Tomorrow, Labour leader Ed Miliband will join union leaders to address a rally of tens of thousands of ordinary men and women who have marched through the streets of London calling out for a future that works.
The Tories, of course, will try to dismiss this as Labour being in the pockets of the unions with all the usual right-wing rhetoric it and its supporters can muster. We all know that’s just the Tories mood music; the comfort blanket it turns to whenever the public opinion tide starts to turn.
For the tide is turning and the Tories should be scared. Their covert agenda of rolling back the state; of dismantling our NHS; stripping workers of rights, of creating a large pool of cheap labour to bring about a new order, is gradually being rumbled.
No-one now believes that we are all in this together. The austerity programme offers little hope to anyone who doesn’t have a million pounds in the bank. Living standards of hard-working families are being driven down; pay is being cut and frozen while prices are allowed to soar. We have just seen the perfect storm of cost of living increases that signal economic hardship for years to come.
Today in Tory Britain, we have food banks, pay-day loan sharks, benefit cuts to those who most need them and tax cuts for those who don’t. We have more than one million of our young people without work and no hope of getting a job in the future. We have the longest period of falling wages since the 1920s, while the wealth of the richest soars.
Even the International Monetary Fund is now saying that cutting too deep and too fast is bad for the economy and will push it down even further.
This government has tried to drive a wedge between the majority of people, fostering job and pension envy, blaming the public sector for the economic crisis and demonising those who can’t help themselves. But the real divide they have engineered, is between rich and poor
Pitting the public sector worker against the private sector worker is wearing thin. People realise that care workers, teaching assistants, dinner ladies and the army of people who look after our poor, sick and vulnerable and keep our streets clean and safe, are equally struggling to make ends meet.
Our fight and our march tomorrow is about the kind of society we leave to our children. It is about defending all the good that has been introduced into our society over the past 100 years. It is against the insidious new order that these nouveau Tories want to create.
That is why it is so important that our Labour leader has chosen sides. He is prepared to stand on the same side of the street as the people who are most affected by the political and economic decisions of a millionaire’s government. That is, with us – the majority.