ALL the progressive/left wing parties are really, really flawed.
Labour: Jeremy “Oh Where Do We Even Start” Corbyn. Useless on Brexit. Has thrown immigrants under the bus for the sake of chasing the WWC, who are not biting. Never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Party as a whole still carrieslegacy of Blair, Iraq.
LibDems: Tuition fees. Enabling Tories. I’ve come to see this as more complex than I used to - in retrospect I think they DID, in coalition, worst impulses to a degree and sucked at taking credit for their victories, as God knows the Tories have been even more awful since, but there were opportunities to walk out, bring down Cameron’s government before it enacted our current miseries, and they did not take them.
Greens: Just unprofessional to the point where I keep expecting them to fall over and roll around with their legs in the air. Made a hash of Brighton. At one point decided the worst threat to civilisation was artists and writers getting to profit from their work.
I’ve shifted interest from one to the other and all of them have royally pissed me off.
NONE OF THEM deserves your loyalty in the sense of sticking with them to make a point about the unpalatability of any of the others.
ALL OF THEM are better than the Conservatives. Yes, they are. Yes, even that one.
What is the point if they’re just watered down Tories?
Well, the point is that they’re not.
Labour: Wants a £10 minimum wage, universal free meals for primary schools, renationalised railways and to integrate NHS and social care.
LibDems: Trying to save us from Brexit. Much more money for the NHS. Support the introduction of legalised, regulated cannabis and treating drug addiction as a medical issue rather than a criminal one overall. Would give 16-year-olds the vote.
Greens: Want a universal Citizen’s Income. Robin Hood tax on banks. Would repeal the Health and Social Care act of 2012 which basically opened the privatisation floodgates. Also, you know, to save the world.
I once thought the distinction between the Tories and an exasperating opposition wasn’t meaningful. I don’t any more. Don’t like that the Lib Dems broke promises? Well, May promised no snap election, just for starters. Don’t like Labour’s bellicosity? The Tories were there for all of it. Aghast at the Greens’ bungling? Iain Duncan Smith exists. Does that mean “they’re all the same”? No, it means the Conservatives combine the flaws of all of them and the virtues of none of them.
That’s the Tories killing off good policies Labour had put in place, or doing awful things opposed by Labour and the Lib-Dems/Greens, and or thwarting efforts Labour/the LibDems/the Greens were making to rescue children. Those green policies, that NHS funding, those refugee children would be safe right now if the Tories were not in power.
Would Labour/the LibDems/The Greens get to enact all their best ideas and avoid all their worst tendencies? Of course not. Will they do or be what you most want in a government? No. Are you right to be furious with any or all of them? Definitely.
Are you old enough to remember the 80s-to-late-90s when huge numbers of homeless people were sleeping rough all over London? And then in the late 90s through the 00s, how they weren’t? It’s true. Have you seen how they’ve come back, how positive change has been deliberately reversed? I can remember when mass rough-sleeping seemed like the bad old days that would never return. They did not have to.
Do you remember Sure Start? More than 350 Sure Start centres have closed since 2010.
Do you remember when satisfaction with the NHS was at a record high? It wasn’t long ago. It was in 2010, when Labour left office. Satisfaction plummeted during the following year. Now, seven years later it’s on the brink of collapse.
Because none of the left-wing opposition parties are that great it is not worth allowing the differences between them to be points of division. And while we remember their mistakes and even their crimes we must remember what they did right. While we point out their ongoing flaws we must continue to see the opportunities they offer to reverse our slide into a cruelty, ignorance and unnecessary deprivation. Not to do so means more people will literally die. They will die on the sea trying to reach safety or under bombs they cannot escape; they will die waiting for medication or operations that would easily save them; they will die by suicide when they can no longer endure the poverty they have been forced into. They will die of cold and exposure on the streets.
I was in Hastings the other day. I met an old friend of mine. He’s a longterm alcoholic. He’s never going to be employable. He’s just lost his flat and was back to sleeping on the street after having a roof over his head for five years. There was a rattle in his breath that really scared me. He hadn’t had electricty or heating for years. He’s fifty-one, and looks at least ten years older. I think he’ll be dead in a year or so. His MP is the Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
Treat Labour/LibDems/TheGreens as a single opposition. Viewed that way they’re at least adequate. Even if the fuckers can’t get it together to form an alliance. Vote for whoever has the best chance of ousting a Tory.
Reminder that the DUP:
-are against lgbtqa+ rights
-oppose same sex marriage
-are climate change deniers
-believe in creationism
-are supporting the fucking CONSERVATIVE party
Hopefully this won’t last long but in the meantime stand up for what you believe in but most importantly stay safe!
Over 500,000 signatures and rising, including mine.
Look I know it won’t do anything but it’s a pretty good sign that within a day over half a million people are trying to organise any way of either stopping Theresa Mayhem’s Coalition of Chaos or at least vocally registering their utter disgust and contempt with the very idea of her shamelessly clinging onto power by jumping into bed with a gaggle of anti-LGBT, anti-abortion, anti-intellectual, bigoted arseholes.
She’s giving that kind of backwards ideology a hideous amount of bargaining power in Westminster just for the sake of shoring up her own position, damaged as it is from the self-inflicted snapping of elections.
Good Ending - Labour Party wins and inequality begins to decline, working families have more money in their pockets because of a higher minimum wage and investment in the economy stimulates growth. The need for food banks begins to decline. European environmental policy is not immediately scrapped as a result of Brexit and the tax on renewable energy sources is removed - there is no more fracking in the UK and wind farms start to pop up everywhere. This creates a demand for skilled workers and therefore jobs. The NHS begins to heal with the funding it needs, social and mental health care is also properly funded which removes much of the strain on the system, and Doctors and nurses stop quitting from chronic stress and exhaustion. We retain our access to the European single market (where 44.6% of our exports go, and 53.6% of our imports come from) and no citizen is afraid of deportation. The rail is renationalised and no one ever has to take a megabus again. Corbyn continues to make jam and things get better. Dennis Skinner sleeps with a smile on his face.
Bad Ending - The Conservatives increase their mandate giving them greater power to create a hard Brexit with no ties to the EU, while continuing to snuggle up with countries like Saudi Arabia, and Trump’s fascist America. EU environmental policy is scrapped and air pollution sky rockets, fracking and nuclear power become the default as the tax on renewables is maintained. The NHS is slowly dismantled over a long period where of the systematic underfunding of its services and overworking/underpaying of its staff makes it unfit for purpsoe, private healthcare is introduced. Higher education becomes more expensive, increasing the education divide between the rich and the poor. Lower education is also under-funded and grammar schools make a come back, further widening the gap. Scotland votes to leave the UK and the British people can’t blame them. Theresa May poses on the cover of the sun wearing the skin of dead cows, her eyes are gleaming.
Mediocre (sort of good) Ending - Coalition between the ‘left’ parties, things get better but there is a lot of bickering and no consensus can be made about how to deal with Brexit. Working families are better off but corporations still aren’t made to pay their taxes. Everyone makes compromises and no one is really in charge, still better than the conservatives though.
I say that, but I know I have a lot of followers in the US and elsewhere, so…not everyone might know about exactly what’s been going on in the UK recently. So I thought I’d take a bit of time to cover everything that’s happened to lead us up to where we are now - and where exactly that is.
I’m not going to provide references to anything I say in this because there’s a LOT, but if you want references for anything I say, please feel free to send me an Ask or reblog this and I’ll find you references for whatever you’re interested in.
‘Tories’ = The Conservative Party. Basically the Republicans. One of the two biggest parties.
‘Lib Dems’ = Liberal Democrat Party. Centrist, slightly left
‘Labour’ = Labour Party. Left-wing. One of the two biggest parties.
‘New Labour’ = A movement that happened in the Labour Party in the late ‘90s that created ten years of Labour government and saw them pushing from the Left towards…basically slightly-less-right-wing than the Conservatives. It was shitty.
‘UKIP’ = UK Independence Party. Far Right Assholes, want to leave the European Union.
‘SNP’ = Scottish Nationalist Party. Slightly left-wing from what I understand but I’m not overly familiar with Scottish politics. Mainly want independence from the UK.
‘DUP’ = Democratic Unionist Party. Far-right hyper-religious party in Northern Ireland.
‘Sinn Fein’ = Sinn Fein. In a deadlock with the DUP the Northern Irish Assembly which is the core of the Good Friday Agreement - letting UK Parliament govern them while the two parties remain deadlocked. Have a Thing about never taking their seats in UK Parliament.
Putting all the rest of this under a read more because…things are gonna get long. It’s a fuckin’ ride.
One proof that Merkel and her party are anti-refugee: She says that Afghanistan is a safe country and that therefore it is okay to deny asylum for citizens from there and even more, she sents people back to Afghanistan. Directly chartered machines bring people from Germany to Afghanistan. Even after yesterday’s attack near the German embassy in Kabul with nearly 100 deaths she holds on to that. Her official response is: There are people still living there, so there are safe areas where people can move to.
Even better she says that while there is a warning from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that advices Germans against entering Afghanistan, because it isn’t safe.
So, the results are going better than most of us anticipated. At the start of the polling, us Labour supporters were derided for clinging to hope. Then the exit poll results came out. Things started looking up, but we didn’t dare celebrate yet; the Tories have been underestimated in previous elections. But now there are few seats yet to be counted, and everything is brighter in the world. It looks like it’s going to be a hung parliament, a minority government. That is so much better than most of us Labour voters expected. The millennials have really pulled through this time. They were scorned, called lazy, but we still got up off our asses and voted (despite the rain). I’m proud of us. At the moment, it looks like May will probably resign in disgrace (yay) but Boris Johnson will take her place (nay!). Since the Tories are still winning, if they want a majority, they’ll have to go into coalition, probably with the DUP (North Irish party), the very rightwing nutjobs (very antiabortion, even in the case of rape, incest and death of the mother and baby). I’ll keep you updated. I’ve got to go now, the Tories just won a seat from the Lib Dems by forty votes (shit).
theresa may is seriously trying to form a coalition government with a party who wants to introduce a “conscience clause” that would grant religious exemption from equality laws, deny climate change, are actively fighting against abortion rights and lgbt rights and marriage equality??? m8 stop. don’t make things worse for yourself like this. it’s over
Can you explain what just happened in the U.K.? I'm still kind of confused. Who's prime minister?
Theresa May is still Prime Minister (for now). She may be pressured into resigning, since the results of the election were nothing short of a failure for the Conservatives, with them losing their majority and Labour making serious gains. Additionally, if she cannot put together a governing coalition with another party, she will be compelled to resign.
apparently awhile ago Theresa May tweeted that if the Tories lost “just six” seats then Corbyn would be PM which is actually a bit of a self-own because losing six seats is a hung parliament so she’s saying her government would be so unpopular that literally every other political party would coalition with Labour including right-wing ones like the Democratic Unionist Party who would also be in a coalition with their arch-enemies Sinn Fein (who would also apparently decide to attend Westminster for the first time in nearly 100 years)