Conservative defence minister Anna Soubry has described the prospect of a Labour government supported by the SNP as “terrifying”. Really? What about a government that has cut deals with the racist EDL? What of a government supported by Ukip (a party that has reportedly already made its own arrangements with the far-right BNP and Britain First)? How about a government bankrolled by the same financial institutions which caused the global recession in the first place, via massive accounting fraud, now attempting to buy themselves immunity from prosecution and to avoid regulation despite having been proven time and again to be untrustworthy and irresponsible? Or how about a government backed by tax avoiders who are ready and willing to provide support and funding in exchange for the promise of sweetheart deals and lucrative government contracts?
What we truly need is the chance to elect a government which will actually be representative of the population of our nation. While it cannot be denied that this number does include racists, bigots, fraudsters and thieves, surely it’s still safe to say that they represent neither the best of us nor the most of us. The prospect of a government which represents the very worst among us is what’s truly terrifying; men from the north with beards and kilts I reckon we can handle.
Meanwhile, David Cameron is asking for five more years in the job in order to “see it through” and it’s hard not to sympathise with his position – after all, he’s so very close… He’s almost finished dismantling the NHS, which looks after the health of our population; he’s almost finished dismantling state education, which teaches our population; he’s almost finished dismantling the Welfare State, which cares for our population when times are hard; he’s almost finished dismantling our justice system, which protects the interests of our population; and he’s almost finished selling off all of our nation’s assets. To be this tantalisingly close to wrapping the whole deal up must be agonisingly frustrating for him.
So that’s the choice we’re now faced with: do we want to let him “see it through”? Well, it’s tough to judge because we wouldn’t really know what we were voting for: George Osborne has reiterated Iain Duncan Smith’s pledge that the Tories won’t tell us what they’re going to cut next until after the election is over, but he claims “Our values are to protect the most vulnerable. You can judge us by our record.”
That was brave of him. Presumably he has forgotten that this government’s record includes welfare ‘reforms’ which have been directly linked to the deaths of a number of ill and disabled citizens when their lifelines were suddenly withdrawn; it also includes the establishment of the divisive and loathed bedroom tax, which has hit the poor and the disabled the hardest; and it includes the exponential rise of dependency upon food banks, as real people have been hit by a combination of spiralling living costs and wage stagnation.
The civilisation of any society is measured by how it cares for its weakest members, and it is incumbent upon whoever is placed in charge to ensure that they are treated with compassion, dignity and respect. Remember that these are the criteria by which this government wishes to be judged when you are casting your vote at the ballot box…