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Tory Lies, can’t afford them
McDonnell has been hammering Austerity for years, only now people are listening
Eight years ago the Tories snuck in on the back of focus group polling which found that a sizeable proportion of the public were selfish bastards, only interested in the price of their house, and whether the next government was going to make it fall. Around 2010 people didn't much like benefit claimants either and supported measures that would hammer welfare scroungers. Tory cruelty and contempt for the poor found themselves serendipitously in sync with a feeling in broader society about ten years ago. Disillusioned with stagnating wages, the beginnings of the Labour force's new precariat, the drying up of graduate jobs, rising inequality, and the Iraq war, the public had had it with Blair's second generation Thatcherism. Then, in the round of elections after 2008, every sitting European government, except one, was voted out. People bought the lie that Labour were responsible for the recession. They bought the lie that a nation's finances were just like household finances. All they could think about was the "there's no money left" note. This was the Tories big, and they took it.
They wasted no time in selling off what Britain collectively owns, like the NHS, by ramming the Health and Social Care Act, the first major piece of Tory legislation, through parliament as a white paper, without consulting the public because they knew we wouldn't consent to the privatisation of our Health Service. Osborne and Cameron, unashamed disciples of Thatcher's free-
Instead of hammering them on austerity from the outset, Labour shamefully slithered, cap-
When Thatcher swerved the country in the wrong direction a corrective is needed, and that corrective must be directly proportionate to how far she swerved us to the right. If a driver swerves into oncoming traffic, a crash cannot be prevented by steering back half-
If eight years of Tory austerity has demonstrated to the public what the Tories really are, and what happens under Tory mis-