Steps for winning the argument against Tory apologists
1 – Outline some or all of the failures below
2 – When faced with ‘no magic money tree’, and ‘we have to live within our means’ economically illiterate counter-arguments, point out the many ludicrous things the Tories have found money for.
3 – When they then try to counter with ‘we need tories because labour is fiscally incompetent’, provide statistical evidence that the reverse is actually true http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2016/03/13/the-conservatives-have-been-the-biggest-borrowers-over-the-last-70-years/
Between 2010 and 2015 the Tories slashed £20 billion off the NHS budget.
Current spending plans involve a further £22 billion in funding cuts by 2020
Fifteen thousand beds have been cut since the Tories came to power
60,000 seriously ill people had to wait over four hours in December 2016 alone.
Labour consistently hit 98% target of patients waiting under 4 hours in A&E. Now, its down to 85%
When Labour left office, every single NHS trust operated at a surplus. Now 5/6 operate at a deficit
In the past year 193,406 people did not get the operation they needed within 18 weeks
Ambulance waiting times skyrocketing – 20,000 waiting over an hour under Labour. 80,000 now.
Junior doctors debacle
People are having to wait four weeks to see a GP. The average wait is two weeks
Demanding that pensioners – who have paid taxes all their lives – pay for their own social care.
Social care slashed by 4.6bn during rising demand due to aging population
Social care underfunding sending people to A&E who should be helped at home
65 hospital trusts issuing emergency alerts
400,000 patients waited more than 4 hours in A&E when Labour left office. Now its 1,400,000
40% of mental health trusts saw budgets cut in 2015/16
Police cells are being used to substitute for people who need mental health beds
Suicides rising and mental health services falling
International Red Cross warning of humanitarian crisis in the NHS
Life expectancy decreasing for first time in 50 years
Applications for nursing degrees down 23% after bursaries scrapped
Infant mortality worsening for first time in 50 years
Scrapped NHS bursaries, causing 10,000 decline in applications for nursing courses
Add to that NHS staff from EU countries are quitting the NHS in record numbers
And you get a massive NHS recruitment crisis
This trashing of the NHS should enrage people who consider themselves conservatives more than anyone else. A central tenet of Conservatism as a political philosophy, is the preservation and conservation of treasured national institutions. Nothing fits this bill more than the NHS. It is (was) the envy of the world, the most effective, humanitarian and cost-effective health service to have ever existed, and had remained so for seventy years under both Labour and Conservative governments. Now, this great British institution has been trashed by a government which claims to be ‘conservative’, purely as a justification for selling it off into private hands, and driving desperate patients into the hands of corrupt private healthcare providers with links to Jeremy Hunt and a whole host of other Tory MPs
Elderly & disabled
Cuts disproportionately target the disabled
Failure to invest in services vital for the elderly, such as libraries, post offices & local buses
Failure to protect pensions
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’
Government was likely to miss its 2020 renewable energy target
Flooding costs £1billion a year but flood defences cut by £250million
Tax breaks for fracking firms
Tax hikes for renewable energy firms
Rents outstripping wage ‘growth’ (actually a real-terms loss), especially in London
Number of homeless families up from 44,000 to 65,000 since tories came to power
Housebuilding at its lowest level since 1920s
Worst social mobility in the developed world
Brits cannot afford a first home, but Saudi, Russian and Chinese oligarchs can buy up half of London
400,000 more children living in relative poverty since tories came to power
Huge rise in food bank dependency – up 1000% since Tories came to power. 1 million parcels.
Number of homeless families placed in B&Bs longer than legal limit up 800%
4 million children (¼) live in poverty, (even under tories’ more lenient redefinition) ¾ from working homes
Home repossessions climbing
Huge fall in the number of first-time buyers
Housing crisis worsening
Failure to invest in social housing forcing the poorest into the hands of criminal landlords
Child poverty doubled since 2010, up by 400,000
IFS reveals that under Tory spending plans the worst hit group will be poor families with children.
Young people not starting families due to zero-hour contracts and insecure tenancies.
Tories vote down amendment to ensure rented accommodation is “fit for human habitation”.
Employment and economy
In-work poverty has skyrocketed
Wages have stagnated by more than any other developed nation – ever.
For 1st time since 1920s, people earning less at the end of a government than the beginning.
Workers being fined for claiming unfair dismissal
Cut £30 ESA to ‘encourage disabled people back to work’. . .
. . . then closed Remploy centres where they actually were working!
Underemployment – UK at bottom of European league for people desiring more work;
The earnings decline of UK workers is currently the worst for 163 years
In 2016 UK productivity fell by its greatest margin since the 2008 recession
Workforce at 14% less productivity than pre-crisis levels
Attempt to increase tax on the self-employed only U-turned after massive opposition.
Attacks on union rights
Quadrupling of number of workers on zero-hours contracts
Massive increase in insecure, short-term, agency work with no hope for long term contracts.
Massive increase in phoney ‘self employment’ schemes
Reduction in parental rights at work
Reduction in maternity rights at work
Reduction in unfair dismissal rights at work –
Cuts to legal aid mean it costs £1,200 to make a claim of unfair dismissal
U-turn on mandatory presence of workers on company boards
Inflation outstripping wages – cost of living rising
highest childcare fees in Europe
Huge increase in exploitative employers (BHS, Sports Direct, Amazon etc.)
Uk is most unequal country in Europe, with the lowest social mobility
Corporations paying less tax than their employees
19 million people (30% of population) living below national minimum income standards
UK has second lowest growth rate in the entire Western world
30,000 shortfall in teacher numbers
99% of all UK schools seeing funding cut
£500 average loss per pupil per year
Biggest education cuts in decades
Unqualified teachers replacing the properly trained
200% increase in tuition fees.
Introduction of interest on tuition fees
We have seen literacy levels falling
Education of poorer children being hit the worst
Free Schools syphoning money away from other schools.
Unwanted privatisation of schools
Attempt to turn ALL schools into private academies scuppered by their own MPs
Unwanted and rejected Grammar schools proposals – rejected by Tory’s own MPs
Since 2010 350 Sure Start centres have been closed by the government
Adult education suffered a massive 24% cut in funding –190,000 fewer places available,
Adult skills budget has been cut by an eye-watering 40%
Student debt increased by £30,000 per student
English students now face the highest fees in the world for study at public universities.
Between 2010 and 2015 the Tories slashed 30% off the fire service budget
Loss of 10,000 firefighter jobs, with plans to cut 20% more jobs by 2020
Closure of 39 fire stations.
Between 2015 and 2020 they intend to slash another 20%.
All the above statistics are based on data from before the Grenfell disaster.
Fire chiefs warn that cuts endanger lives. Cuts proceed anyway. Grenfell.
Quality and efficiency of public services falling
Quality and efficiency of public transport falling
Re-privatisation of the East Coast mainline. From 2009 – 2015 the nationalised service brought £1billion in to treasury coffers, had record high satisfaction ratings and increased profits
Subsidy free for all that replaced British Rail.
Since rail privatisation in 1995 rail tickets have gone up by 117%,
Uk trains are slower than our European counterparts’ nationalised services,
Cost to the public of running the railways has more than doubled.
Cost to subsidise private rail is twice the cost of running the rails publicly
Over 90% of rail profits paid straight to Shareholders without considering passenger or taxpayer
Outsourcing corporations having contracts renewed automatically with no competitive process.
Cut local government budgets so harshly that Cameron’s own council plead for him to stop.
Theresa May axes 1000 border guards
Border Force cut by £60 million on Theresa May’s watch as Home Secretary and PM
Border Force morale at all-time low after frontline cuts under Tories and May
Police and crime
May cuts 20,000 soldiers, 5000 seamen, and 5000 airmen
Lowest troop numbers since the 18th Century, with plans to cut 30,000 more!
May cuts 20,000 frontline police roles
Total police numbers down 200,000
May cuts police budget by 20%
Violent crime increased by 96% between 2012-2016, reversing a decades-long downwards trend.
Overall crime increasing for first time in 50 years
Hate crimes up 100%
4-fold increase in armed robbery
Corporate crime/tax avoidance skyrocket, but prosecutions rejected in favour of sweetheart tax deals
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary say police cuts are “dangerous” and “disturbing”
May cuts counter-terrorism & cyber security in real terms
Legal Aid has been cut, creating what Amnesty International calls a “two-tier justice system”
Corbyn warns cuts make terrorist attacks more likely – May says he’s “scaremongering”
Theresa May sells ISIS billions of pounds of weapons via Saudi Arabia.
Theresa May, allows ‘rebel fighters’, (including Manchester bomber) free movement to oust Gadhafi
14 years of Labour sees 1 major terrorist attack – 2 years of Tory majority sees 4
Corbyn speaks to Sinn Fein in 1985 – Thatcher negotiates with IRA directly in 1981!
Theresa May has been in charge of security in the UK for the last 7 years.
Four terror attacks in as many months on Theresa May’s watch
Libya has been made unstable through intervention
Cut and privatisation of prison guards leads to;
In 2016 a record number of 119 inmates took their own lives,
37 thousand incidents of self-harm in prisons and over
25 thousand assaults; 6430 of these were against staff; a rise of 40% on 2015
Prison numbers climbing, but still crime keeps rising
Private companies like G4S failing prison and probation systems, freeing felons early.
17% of women’s refuges have had to close in 2010
In a typical day 103 children and 155 women are turned away from over-pressured refuge centres
Unwanted introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners
Tories committed electoral fraud in 2015. already paid the maximum fine for cheating democracy,
U-turns on national insurance, grammar schools, fox hunting, workers on company boards
Tory donors named in Panama and Paradise papers
Almost £60million has been cut from the parks budget
In some Labour governed areas, Westminster cuts have been 5x in Tory-voting areas
In 2015 Tories won a seat for every 34,244 votes. It took Labour an average of 40,290 per seat;
. . . That ratio is set to become more unfair after the boundary changes take effect
Theresa May’s husband’s company paid no corporation tax in 8 years on £500 million profits.
£93bn a year in corporate subsidies
Failing, tax-dodging companies awarded public contracts (Carillion, Capita)
Sold British trains to Dutch and German state on the cheap
Sold British power generation to French company and Chinese state on the cheap
Theresa May wants to join Belarus as the only European nation that doesn’t adhere to human rights legislation
All of the above failings are excused by Tory apologists with the economically illiterate idea that “Tough choices need to be made” and “There’s no more money” and “We’re all in this together.
The idea that there is ‘no more money’ rings hollow when the top 1% has doubled their net worth since the crash, especially when you consider some of the blundering economic incompetence and fiscal idiocy administered by the Tories, including;
Anti-welfare schemes which cost more to administer in corporate fees than they save.
Promised deficit would be surplus by 2015. Now admit it won’t even be back to Labour’s level until 2025
17% economic growth in 7 years touted as a victory – actually almost the worst growth in British history
Debt doubled since 2010 – more new debt created than every labour government in history COMBINED!
UK lost its AAA rating with 2 agencies. This didn’t happen under Labour even during 2008 financial crash!
Allowed HMRC to draw up sweetheart tax deals with massive corporations
Google get to negotiate a 3% tax deal when ordinary working people 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 (never happened under Labour)
The pound hits its lowest rate against the dollar in over 30 years.
£ then drops to its lowest EVER level (never happened under Labour)
The economy is stagnating
£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.
A blank cheque for the private companies that operate Trident
Sold British trains to the Dutch and German states on the cheap
Sold British infrastructure projects to the Chinese state on the cheap
ATOS ‘fit to work’ schemes led to the early deaths of 1000s of disabled people cost more to run than they save
George Osborne borrowed more in three years as Chancellor than Labour did in 13 years of government
George Osborne cut top rate of tax giving the UKs 13,000 millionaires a minimum of a £100,000 tax cut each
Police chiefs say cuts are increasing terrorism risk. Cuts go ahead anyway. 3 terror attacks in 3 months.
Fire chiefs say cuts are endangering lives. Cuts go ahead anyway. Grenfell.
Doctors say cuts are endangering patient lives. Cuts go ahead anyway. Life expectancy drops.
Again, all these failures, all this proven decline in the living standards and opportunities for the vast majority of the country’s citizens are explained away with a “we have to blance the books” rhetoric and a “Sorry, there’s no magic money tree”. However, it turns out there actually is a ‘magic money tree’ which, despite not paying out for education, health , or housing, has been able to;
Print £475 Billion and give it to failing banks under the guise of ‘Quantitative Easing’
Promise these banks a further £200 billion to mitigate the effects of Brexit on the City of London
Find £150 billion to fund Trident, an unusable WMD
Subsidise failing private rail firms at twice the cost of running the trains publicly
Agree 50 billion EU divorce bill with barely a moment’s protest
Set aside £500 million for blue passports
Bribe the DUP with £1bn in order to prop up May’s minority government
Set out an 11% increase in MP’s pay, when almost every other public-sector worker has seen a real-terms cut
Subsidise private energy firms with public money
Write off billions of unpaid corporate tax
Proposing £100 million for a new royal yacht
£227 million bailout for private firms running failing probation services
So, as we see, there actually is a magic money tree, its just that it is only able to print and distribute money to already wealthy groups and individuals, and is unable to enable taxes paid to be spent on health
How much longer can the apologists keep blaming the only major party which hasn’t had any control of the country for almost a decade?! If its all Labours fault, how come its got so much worse since the tories took over?!