LONDON: A new campaign video for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has gone where no mainstream media has dared to tread. It exposes the reality of the past seven years of Tory-led rule, and shows the stark choice the public faces at the ballot box on 8 June.
A Tale of Two Britains?
The People for Jeremy Corbyn is a social-media-led campaign group. And it’s released a video called We’re all in it together, which it says tells “a tale of two Britains”. In it, two actors play the roles of a banker and a nurse, and describe the impact the past seven years of Conservative-led rule has had on them. And while a work of fiction, the video is probably a reality for many people in the UK:
While Tory rule may indeed be good for a banker, the same cannot be said for many in society. Because, as Corbyn himself pointed out in a tweet:
‘The Conservatives are strong against the weak and weak against the strong. That’s not leadership.’
And the facts seem to back up the Labour leader’s assertion.
The Tories: strong against the weak
Since coming to power in 2010, the Tories have presided over:
- A 54% rise in homelessness in England.
- Cuts to disabled people’s benefits that have led the UN to say in two reports that their human rights have been “gravely” and “systematically” violated by the government.
- Capping [paywall] the pay rises of doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and all other public sector staff at just 1%. While pocketing pay increases themselves of more than £12,000.
- An increase in children living in poverty to 4 million.
- Food bank use rising, with over half a million people reliant [paywall] on just the Trussell Trust for food packages. That’s an increase of 2,792% since 2010.
- National debt increasing by more than 50%.
- Cutting the number of people getting social care by 26%. And cutting £50m from children’s mental health services.
- Allowing 9,000 people each winter to die of fuel poverty.
And weak against the strong
But also since 2010, the Tories have:
- Scrapped inheritance tax for all homes up to the value of £650,000.
- Slashed corporation tax to 17% by 2020. 11 percentage points lower than in 2008.
- Allowed the bill for avoided, evaded and unpaid tax to sit at around £120bn per year. And done little to tackle it.
- Paid £8bn a year in NHS money to private companies.
- Privatised a record £26.4bn worth of public assets in 2015.
- Lowered the top rate of tax from 50% to 45%. Giving Tory donors a tax break of £15m.
- Allowed fracking to begin. Because it benefits Tory donors.
- Failed to introduce a Mansion Tax. But instead introduced the Bedroom Tax.
Time to decide
When told that national debt has actually gone up, the nurse in the video says “You’ve got to be fucking kidding me?” But the past seven years of Conservative-led rule has been no joke for millions of people, struggling to just get by in day-to-day life. So on 8 June, the UK faces a stark choice. Another five years of destructive Tory rule, benefiting only a few. Or a vote for a different path, whatever that may be. But either way, the ‘Tale of Two Britains’ we’ve so far been told is a story that needs to come to an end.