A Missed Turning Point

Never before have so much rested on so few. The consequences of yesterday's election may linger for a very long time.

UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that the next decade is critical to limit the climate catastrophe that is already beginning to unravel all over the globe. I have a feeling that historians 100 years on from now will look back on this particular election and the frivolous and trifling Brexit debate leading up to it as one of the biggest mistakes of this generation with monstrous future consequences. That turning point where we could have done something but didn’t.

To have directed so much time and resources to be divisive, at a time when we must unite more than ever in tackling the biggest threat to humanity that we have ever faced. To have vote against Labour who’ve promised to initiate pilot studies of Universal Basic Income, protect the NHS, bring forward the net-zero target and other policies that would benefit the masses. And to have elected in Conservatives, who not only has the most insignificant environmental pledge of all the parties but have crippled the UK in the decade leading up to now.

I’ve not fact checked every data on this but Matt Turnbull’s post had a poignant list of things that are worth seriously thinking over. I suspect, from all the data gathering that I’ve been doing over the years, that a large percentage of this is true.

2010-2019, in case you missed it…

1,000 sure start centres closed.
780 libraries closed.
700 football pitches closed.
Food bank use up 2,400%.
Homelessness up 1,000%.
Rough sleeping up 1,200%
Bedroom tax caused mass evictions.
Evictions are running at record highs.
35% of U.K. kids live in poverty.
Student fees up 300%.
Student debt has risen 150%.
Eradication of EMA (education maintenance allowance).
National debt has risen from £850billion to £2.25trillion.
Emergency Brexit stimulus from BoE in June 2016 of £175b.
Brexit related fall in national revenue £500b.
GDP fallen to -0.1%.
GBP fallen by circa 15% versus EUR and USD.
Manufacturing in recession.
Construction in recession.
Services close to recession.
25-30% cuts to all govt departments.
25-30% cuts to all councils, mainly centred on Labour councils.
Half of councils facing effective bankruptcy.
185k extra deaths attached to the political ideology of austerity.
25,000 less police.
20,000 less prison officers.
10,000 less border officials.
10,000 less firefighters.
10,000 less medical professionals.
25,000 less bed spaces for mental illness.
OECD calculate 3 million hidden unemployed, rate is really 13%.
Creation of 1.3m jobs, mainly temporary, self employed, gig economy and ZHC.
Only 30k full time work positions created.
Close on 50% of workers are self employed, ZHC, or part time precariat.
80% of the 5.3 million self employed live below the poverty line.
35% of self employed only earn £100 a month.
25% cuts for our disabled community.
80% cuts to Mobility allowance.
Closing Remploy.
40% of working households have practically no savings.
70% of households have less than 10k savings.
60% of households can only survive 2 months without a wage.
Household debt reaches new peak, despite emergency base rates.
Increase of 50% in hate crimes.
Increase of knife crime by 150% to 22,000 per year.
Increase in teenage suicide by 70%.
Suicide up 12% in the year 2018.
Self harm among young women up 70%.
Life expectancy down 3 years.
NHS satisfaction level at lowest recorded rate.
Council home building down 90%.
200k social homes lost since 2010.
Zero starter homes built, despite Tory flagship programme.
Council home building down 90%.
200k social homes lost since 2010.
One million families on council home waiting list.
100,000 increase on the council home waiting list since 2010.
36,000 teachers have left the profession.


I’ve watched with awe – almost an admiration for the media and the Tory party to be able to manipulate the masses with so much fallacy (88% of Tory ads deemed misleading). The viciousness of its smear campaigns and the audacity to portray Corbyn who’ve spent his lifetime fighting against racism, as a bigoted racist. And the sheer stupidity of the general public as they guzzled up the slew of misinformation and turned a blind eye to the crumbling world around them. I am baffled. Utterly bewildered.

Perhaps it’s a sign that we can and should go lower. Perhaps, as a nation, we need to hit a harder rock bottom. If a slap won’t do it, a sledge hammer to the temple might.

There is one positive way of looking at this. All the signs point to an eminent recession just around the corner, with unprecedented debt levels and interests rates still absurdly low, we’ll probably begin to see governments print currencies into hyper inflation, most likely leading to a global economic catastrophe in the next year or two. That responsibility should rightly be placed on the shoulders of Conservatives, rather than smeared on Labour. So a little wait may do good in the long run.

But it upsets me greatly to think of the pain and misery that the most disadvantaged and so many children (of whom 1/3 are already living in poverty) will have to endure to get to that point of realisation. With Jeremy Corbyn stating that he will not be leading the party to the next election, we may have lost the chance to have a leader that will truly work for the masses and not the few. It makes me nauseous thinking about the missed opportunity to do something about climate change as we enter the most critical decade. How many centuries of climate will we affect? How many generations of descendants lives will we impoverish? How will we answer to the condemnation of the generations to come, left to deal with the consequences?

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