I could emigrate to Nepal and live as a goat.
But actually that kind of misses the point.
Because at present I’m basically fine. I have a job, which I’m very unlikely to suddenly get ejected from. I have food, shelter, and an internet connection to a bunch of cool people, which fills all the higher-up parts of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
But there are people not in that situation.
There are people relying on benefits to live, and the Tories - more than any other major party, though the others have been following suit - the Tories strongly believe that the moral way to deal with this is to squeeze them until it hurts, to motivate them into being so terrified of having to continue living like that that they decide to get a job instead.
As if that would actually work. As if the result is not that people are forced to spend all their energy scrimping and cutting to make ends meet, so they don’t have the time or energy or hope it takes to keep fighting the labour market. As if the disabled people who get declared aren’t disabled enough will go “oh OK I suppose I’ll just power through.”
I could emigrate to Nepal, and live as a goat. But even though I’m employed part-time on a low wage - even though this government have plans that might make it harder for me to not just take an abject position of supplication before the might of my corporate overlords - I am basically fine and there are a fuck of a lot of people who will not be and me fucking off wouldn’t help.
And sometimes that joke will get a laugh from me, and sometimes it’ll get an impassioned, angry rant like this, because there are moments when it seems to be being mooted as not entirely in jest - when it strikes me as uncomfortably similar to the “I’m alright, Jack” wave the Tories are riding to power on.
I’m not saying nobody else would be continuing the squeeze. I’m too cynical for that. But where I think most of the other parties view it at most as unfortunate politicoeconomic necessity (whether it is or not), I honestly think the gestalt belief of the Conservative Party - one of their unifying principles - is that this approach is moral, is actively helping the people it fucks over, because they just need Motivating to Work Hard Until Jobs Appear Out Of Fucking Nowhere.
But I’m OK. I’ve got a steady paycheque, food and friends, and if the worst came to the worst I could probably up sticks and move somewhere else to make sure I stay that way, and… that’s what matters…?