First things first, this list is not a request to vote for Labour, the Lib-Dems, UKIP, Greens, SNP or Plaid Cymru, or even to vote at all. It is merely pointing out the fact that no-one who considers themselves to ‘love their country’ could possibly support a Tory party which has caused it such unspeakable degradation, injustice and despair.
The Tory party have failed and abused this country in every conceivable way. Even in areas where conservatives are normally supposed to excel – crime prevention, fiscal prudence, and the economy – have seen them utterly, utterly fail, performing far worse than the last Labour government by every imaginable measurement.
We are told all this suffering and injustice must continue and is justified by the fact that ‘theres no more money’. . . but towards the end of this list, we will see just how many pieces of massive, wasteful, unjust and inefficient large-scale expenditure the Tories somehow CAN find a magic money tree for!
So, put your feet up, grab a coffee/tea, and prepare for the shortened catalogue of Troy failure and injustice!
Labour consistently hit 98% target of patients waiting under 4 hours in A&E. Under tories, it is currently struggling to reach 88%,
65 hospital trusts have issued emergency alerts since Tories came to power
Applications for nursing degrees down 23% after bursaries scrapped – combined with far fewer EU nurses coming since Brexit vote, we now face an impossible nursing shortfall
Under Labour, every single NHS trust operated at a surplus. Now 5/6 operate at a deficit.
Doctors say cuts are endangering patient lives. Cuts go ahead anyway. Life expectancy drops.
60,000 more ambulances waiting more than an hour at A&E per year since Tories came to power
1,000,000 patients waiting more than 4 hours in A&E since Tories came to power
Life expectancy decreasing, for first time since World War 2
Infant mortality worsening, for first time in 50 years
International Red Cross warning of humanitarian crisis in the NHS
Dementia tax Forcing retirees to sell their homes to pay for their care
Number of over 65s needing emergency financial help for monthly pension up 95% since 2015
UK government breaching international law with welfare reforms
90 people a month dying after being declared ‘fit for work’
Private companies charging more to run ‘work capability tests’ than it cost to support the disabled
Tax breaks for fracking firms
Tax hikes for renewable energy firms
Number of homeless families up by 25,000, since Tories came to power &
400,000 more children living in poverty since Tories came to power
Housing crisis, property bubble,
Housebuilding at its lowest level since 1920s
Worst social mobility in the developed world
Highest childcare fees in Europe
Huge rise in food bank dependency – up 1000% since Tories came to power.
1 million emergency food parcels given out a year.
Tories vote against ensuring rented accommodation is “fit for human habitation”
Tories vote against sprinkler systems being fitted in tower blocks
Underemployment – UK at bottom of European league for people desiring more work
In-work poverty has skyrocketed
Wages have stagnated by more than any other developed nation – ever.
Inflation outstripping wages – cost of living rising
The earnings decline of UK workers is currently the worst for 163 years.
For 1st time since 1920s, people earning less at the end of a term than the beginning.
Economy stagnating due to Productivity crisis
In 2016 UK productivity fell by its greatest margin since the 2008 recession
Legal Aid has been cut, creating what Amnesty International calls a “two-tier justice system”,
Now costs £1,200 to make a claim of unfair dismissal
U-turn on mandatory presence of workers on company boards.
30% increase in depression and anxiety among workers
19 million people (30% of population) now living below national minimum income standards
99% of all UK schools seeing funding cut – £500 average loss per pupil per year.
Literacy levels falling as unqualified teachers replace the properly trained
30,000 shortfall in qualified teachers
200% increase in tuition fees
Introduction of interest on tuition fees
Student debt increased by £30,000 per student.
9% aspiration tax on graduates disposable incomes for their entire working lives.
English students now face the highest fees in the world for study at public universities
2/3 of graduates will never be able to pay off their student debts
Adult education suffered a massive 24% cut in funding – 190,000 fewer places available,
Adult skills budget cut by an eye-watering 40%
Between 2010 and 2015 the Tories slashed 30% off the fire service budget.
Loss of 10,000 firefighter jobs.
Fire chiefs warn that cuts endanger lives. Cuts proceed anyway.
2015/16 number of fire deaths increased by 17.4%. (based on data from before Grenfell)
UK has the most expensive, most over-crowded, slowest, and least reliable rail service in Europe.
Private rail companies awarded contracts in 1 region, whilst same companies failing in others!
Repeated, failed re-privatisation of the East Coast mainline.
From 2009 – 2015 the nationalised East-Coast mainline service brought £1billion in to treasury coffers, had record high satisfaction ratings and increased profits.
Sold British trains to Dutch and German state on the cheap
Border Force cut by £60 million
Axing 1000 border guards.
Border Force morale at all-time low after frontline cuts under Tories and May
May cuts 20,000 soldiers,
5000 fewer seamen,
5000 fewer airmen.
Lowest troop numbers since the 18th Century, with plans to cut 30,000 more!
May cuts police budget by 20% – 20,000 frontline police roles, & 200,000 other roles.
Also cuts counter-terrorism & cyber security in real terms.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary say police cuts are “dangerous” and “disturbing”
Violent crime increased by 96% between 2012-2016, reversing a decades-long downwards trend.
Hate crimes up 100%
4-fold increase in armed robbery.
Overall crime increasing for first time in 50 years
Corbyn & police chiefs warns cuts make terrorist attacks more likely. Cuts go ahead
May says they are “scaremongering”, 4 terrorist attacks in 4 months follow.
14 years of Labour sees 1 major terrorist attack – 2 years of Tory majority sees 6
Theresa May sells ISIS billions of pounds of weapons via Saudi Arabia,
May allows ‘rebel fighters’, (including Manchester bomber) free movement to oust Gadhafi – making Libya has unstable and handing power to isis!
Cut and privatisation of prison guards leads to a record high of 119 inmates committing suicide
37 thousand incidents of self-harm in prisons
25 thousand assaults in prisons; 6430 of these were against staff; a rise of 40% in 2015.
Prison riots becoming the norm.
Prison numbers climbing, but still crime keeps rising
17% of women’s refuges have had to close since 2010.
In a typical day, 103 children and 155 women are turned away from over-pressured refuge centres
UK has lowest state pension in the developed world
Failing, tax-dodging companies awarded public contracts (Carillion, Capita)
Double the subsidy to failing private rail firms,
Now spending 3x more to subsidise private firms than it would to run the trains publicly!
Theresa May wants to join Europe’s last dictatorship, Belarus, as the only European nation that doesn’t adhere to international human rights legislation
Tory-supporters claim all this must happen because “There’s no magic money tree”. . . however, here are some of the things the Tories have miraculously managed to find the cash for!;
£475 Billion has been printed and given to failing banks under the guise of ‘Quantitative Easing’
£1bn DUP bribe
Propose £100 million for a new royal yacht
Tories promise a further £200 billion to banksters to mitigate the effects of Brexit on the City of London,
£150 billion to fund Trident, an unusable WMD
Blank cheque for private firms that operate Trident
Agree 50 billion EU divorce bill with barely a moment’s protest
Set aside £500 million for blue passports
11% increase in MP’s pay, when almost every other public-sector worker has seen a real-terms cut
£227 million bailout for private prison and probation firms who charge for tagging non-existent offenders and let real felons go free early
And what about the nation’s finances? how are the Tories living up to their promises?;
Promised deficit would be surplus by 2015. Now admit it won’t even be back to Labour’s level until 2031
Debt doubled since 2010 – more new debt created than every Labour government in history COMBINED!
17% economic growth in 7 years touted as a victory – actually almost the worst growth rate in British history
Corporate crime/tax avoidance skyrocket.
Prosecutions rejected in favour of sweetheart deals.
Corporations pay less tax than their employees.
HMRC writes off billions of unpaid tax
Google ‘negotiates’ 3% tax deal, while ordinary British citizens must pay what they owe
UK dropped from 5th to 7th in World economic rankings in less than a year on Theresa May’s watch
UK lost its AAA rating. This didn’t happen under Labour even during 2008 financial crash!
The pound hits its lowest rate against the dollar in over 30 years & shortly after drops to its lowest EVER level (never happened under Labour)
£1bn lost due to inheritance tax cuts for the richest.
£56bn lost to cuts in corporation tax
£360mn lost to cuts to top rate of tax
£120bn lost due to tax dodging
Refusing to invest, even though the weak £ means that public borrowing has never been cheaper.
Sold British power generation to French & Chinese on the cheap.
Subsidise private energy firms with public money.
Promising taxpayers’ cash to 2x going rate for electricity for 35 years at Hinkley C.
Hinkley clean-up cost at the taxpayers’ expense too.
Global foreign investment in Britain down 90% in 2017
Growth in 2017 lower than Greece.
The tories have failed in every way. Poverty has skyrocketed. All our public services are failing. Business insecurity has never been higher. workers have never had a worse deal. Crime is up. The nation’s public and private finances have never been in worse shape.
If you vote for Tories, you vote for all this to continue. If you vote for Tories, you cause immeasurable harm to your community and country.
No true patriot could ever vote Tory.