It’s time to offer some hope and aspiration to those struggling

30th October, 2013 2:05 pm

David Cameron’s government are failing Britain. In 2010 when the nation rejected a Conservative government and instead voted for the two parties who had at least paraded as progressive, it was a clear sign that whilst perhaps they felt a change was required, the Tories and their free market, anti-state mantra wasn’t it. The Liberal Democrats soon forgot their pre-election position and the “Rose Garden” moment has signalled their total acceptance of nasty Tory policies.

Since 2010 this government have led an all out assault on the gains that ordinary working people have made, through the labour and trade union movement, over the past few hundred years. They are dismantling the NHS, destroying the public sector, cutting health and safety and making it easier to sack people. They have cruelly slashed the welfare bill, without thought to those affected whilst slashing the top rate of tax for their rich friends and donors.

Through all of this they have hidden behind the line “we’re all in this together”. “We’re all in this together” when they pit the working poor against the unemployed. “We’re all in this together” when they pit migrant workers against local workers. “We’re all in this together” when they pit public sector workers against private sector workers. This is the age old Tory tactic of divide and rule.

And even as we see ministers rolled out on television to celebrate what can at best be described as a lukewarm “recovery” and more realistically a flatlined economy, the country is in the midst of a cost of living crisis. David Cameron has overseen prices rising faster than wages in 39 of the 40 months since he became the Prime Minister. With energy prices skyrocketing and the Tories refusing to back Labour’s plan to freeze bills, even that famous old Socialist, former PM, Sir John Major, has called for a windfall tax on the big 6 Energy Companies.

With living standards falling for the majority, those at the top are enjoying the benefits that the slashing of the top rate of tax has brought. George Osborne’s department have even launched a legal appeal against European Union plans to curb obscene bonuses. Whilst the bottom gets crushed and the middle is squeezed, the rich get off scot free. Who remembers that line “We’re all in this together”?

This Saturday hundreds of delegates from across the labour movement will be gathering at TUC Congress House to debate our response to the crisis in living standards and Government attacks on the lives of ordinary people. To defeat the government which dares go further than even Thatcher did we need to work together. The Labour and Trade Union movement needs to remain strong. The role strong unions play in creating a more just society cannot be underestimated. Strong union membership is unequivocally shown to correlate with a more even share of the financial pie.

In order to fight the vested interests at play globally and more locally within the UK we need to build bridges within the movement. We need to continue to recruit, educate and campaign together. We are strongest when we work together towards common goals, strong unions are vital to a strong movement. Most importantly we are best when we are bold. It’s time to offer some hope and aspiration to those struggling and to show there is another way forward.

Ian Lavery MP will be speaking at the first policy conference of the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) on Saturday 2 November 2013 at TUC Congress House. You can find out more information and purchase tickets here

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  • treborc1

    “Through all of this they have hidden behind the line “we’re all in this
    together”. “We’re all in this together” when they pit the working poor
    against the unemployed. “We’re all in this together” when they pit
    migrant workers against local workers. “We’re all in this together” when
    they pit public sector workers against private sector workers. This is
    the age old Tory tactic of divide and rule.”

    So why then are Labour backing it, the cap on benefits or are we again the group out side of Labour scope, why are labour backing the cap on wages in the public sector.

    Then you have Ms Reeves hammering down on the welfare state, think you need to have a sit down a cup of coffee and look at what the Tories are going to do and which bit Labour agrees with.

    Labour we will cut harder then the Tories , the real issue is not we are all in this together nobody believes that, but which of the two parties are telling us the truth from hammering down to we will cut harder to backing the Tories.
    The bedroom tax everyone knew this was an attack on the poorest people living in council housing, and for a while I thought after Flint attacking people in council houses and Labour telling us that they could not say anything or do anything I was waiting for them to say yes we will back this.

    But then Miliband came out saying we will get rid of it, it took so long it now looks like electioneering and not a real idea.

    And Labour refusing to stand up for the Royal Mail, sadly I’m in no mood to trust any political party right now and I expect in 2014 we are going to see a fist fight with the Tories or a pillow fight

  • dave wilson

    It’s
    time to get rid of Millipede and his red tie Toryism. Get someone with
    some balls to lead the party. Take the fight to the Tory swine,
    re-nationalise all of our public utilities, gas, water, electricity, the
    railways, post office and stop the creeping privatisation of the NHS.
    They should also scrap Trident, nuclear new build, tax the banks and
    make tax dodging corporations pay up, close all the tax loop holes and
    stop the growing corporate fascist state. They should ban all corporate
    lobbying and start to trust the people who pay their wages and elect
    them – not some sleazy corporate toady. This would be a start.

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