Just when you think this seemingly evil harpy of a Prime Minister cannot sink any lower… just when you dare to think, maybe just maybe she’s swung at all the lesser fortunates she possibly can – at least without being physically arrested – Theresa May lowers the bar even further.
The next delightful titbit leaking from the Tory manifesto, like a seeping bag of dog vomit, is this Tory government now plans to literally take food out of the mouths of children. It’s so utterly appalling, it really does defy belief:
Before the Worst
As The Independent reports here, free school meals for all infant school pupils were introduced three years ago, under the coalition government in 2014. However, the Tories under David Cameron were still very much ‘testing the water’ at that point. They still had to at least begrudgingly acknowledge their coalition partners, the Lib Dems, and hadn’t quite got into the full swing of bleeding the country dry at a rate that would make Count Dracula swoon.
And of course, it was also before an extreme wing of the Conservative party forced a coup, virtually lynching democracy. Or before Britain took the decision that getting rid of foreigners was more important than… you know, any of us being able to afford to buy stuff. And fair’s fair, as much as it pains me to say it, comparing David Cameron to Theresa May is like comparing Boba Fett to Emperor Palpatine. (OK, neither of them are good guys, but one simply wants to be a wealthy bounty hunter. The other wants to enslave the entire frickin’ universe.)
Who’d have ever thought we’d miss the slimy ferret guy who reportedly f**ked a dead pig, who opened this veritable can of worms in the first place? I actually do. (Then again, I imagine many Americans are thinking the same of George Bush, when compared to the guy at the helm today.)
A question of priorities
A friend and former colleague commented on the article from The Independent, which I’d shared:
To be fair, I do support this. I’ve never understood the ‘free lunches’ thing. When I was at school they were given to those who most needed it, not everybody. Why should the taxpayer pay for your child’s food? If you wish to bring children into this world you should take the responsibility of feeding them. If I couldn’t afford to feed my cats I wouldn’t expect others to pay for me – I’d just go without myself, or not gets pets in the first place. The same should apply to children.
The person concerned was not a monster, but a perfectly lovely and decent lass I’ve known for many years. I was a bit surprised. I do respect the point of view of anyone who dares to argue their position honestly and respectfully, but similarly felt it needed a fair old stomping:
I love cats too. You know that. I’ve thought of my cats as my children. But there still is a tiny subjective part of me that knows they’re not, and to compare the value of a human life to that of a cat’s is fairly grotesque. I would have said the same, even before I was a parent myself. They are human beings; they are the future of our world and of humankind. Cats are not, much as I adore them. It’s a bit silly to be honest.
Her attitude, sadly, is the ‘I’m alright Jack’ syndrome so evident in Britain today. “Why should I help anyone else? No-one helps me, it’s their problem.” It’s a tragic casualty of so many people struggling to get by, feeling disenfranchised and let down by their government, and the system supposed to protect and empower them.
An iPhone for every child
We’re not talking about providing every school-child with an iPhone here. We’re merely talking about feeding them, one meal a day. In a country where 10% of households have 50% of the wealth, how anyone could argue that unreasonable is beyond me. Socialist ethics must be the way forward. The wealthy are only so because of the economies/societies they exist in, and have thrived in. It is their responsibility to give something back – their duty in fact. Especially to those less fortunate, and to help build a better world. Some things should be a basic and universal right for everyone: healthcare, education, a roof over your head, basic sustenance, the right to justice and safety etc. So for the future citizens of our society to be fed one bloody lunch a day is no tall order – certainly not when the politicians who’ve decided they shouldn’t, increase their own pay year after year. And slavishly make the rich richer. It’s an abomination.
Not to mention, many of us have already paid with our taxes, as did our parents, and our grandparents. The problem is, the money has been siphoned off over generations into the pockets of the greedy.
Theresa May’s ‘get-out clause’ for this deplorable draconian measure, is to offer kids breakfast instead. (Knowing full well that school-children are far more likely to get a breakfast in the morning at home.) In true Tory capitalist manner, she’s recognised the financial opportunity of charging kids for meals in the middle of the day when they physically can’t go home, when they are hungry and their developing brains/bodies need the food most, half-way through a school day. In some ways it’s a stroke of malevolent genius.
Seems to me it’s not out of the question they should get both. They’re only the future after all.
Erm… while we’re at it
All this, the day after announcing anyone who requires care in their old age will have to hand equity in their home back to the government, instead of passing it on to their children. This proposed law is not only for the rich, eg: those who own numerous or highly lavish properties, people who’ve fallen ill with huge expendable incomes/savings who can easily afford to give something back; people like this guy:
— Brian Keith O'Hara (@bkohatl) May 18, 2017
Instead of taxing Hugh and his glamorous all-partying ilk, the Tories plan to make this rule enforceable on anyone who owns a property of over £100,000 in value.
As a point of reference, according to the UK House Price Index (HPI) in February 2017, the average price of a house in the UK was £217,502.
So that’s basically anybody who owns a home. Screw potentially a lifetime of paying income tax, screw the stamp duties and mortgage interest payments for years and years, the council taxes and the National Insurance contributions – they’ve all nobly funded tax-breaks for Amazon and Google after all, and those yearly pay rises for MPs.
No, you must give everything you’ve worked for back, for the privilege of using a toilet safely.
The embodiment of ‘Scrooge’
A friend shared a passage from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with me, referring to The Independent article on school meals:
“Are there no prisons?”
“Plenty of prisons,” said the gentleman, laying down the pen again.
“And the union workhouses,” demanded Scrooge. “Are they still in operation?”
“Both very busy, sir.”
“Oh. I was afraid, from what you said at first, that something had occurred to stop them in their useful course,” said Scrooge. “I’m very glad to hear it.”
“Under the impression that they scarcely furnish Christian cheer of mind or body to the multitude,” returned the gentleman, “a few of us are endeavouring to raise a fund to buy the poor some meat and drink, and means of warmth. We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when want is keenly felt, and abundance rejoices. What shall I put you down for?”
“Nothing!” Scrooge replied.
“You wish to be anonymous?”
“I wish to be left alone,” said Scrooge. “Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned-they cost enough; and those who are badly off must go there.”
“Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.”
“If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”
Another friend joked it was hard to tell whether this was Dickens, or straight from the Tory manifesto.
We laughed. But it’s not funny. Not at all really.
Are you really that callous, to vote for this?
ARE YOU REALLY???
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