You have had 5 years in which to passionately oppose, speak out and vote against the policies the Conservatives have brought about.
You’ve had endless opportunities to challenge the lies told by George Osborne, David Cameron and especially Iain Duncan Smith in the House of Commons. But you did nothing. The lies went unchallenged.
There’s been 5 years of untold misery heaped upon the poor, the disabled, the disadvantaged and the most vulnerable of our society through welfare cuts, the bedroom tax, appalling and unfair benefit sanctions, forced underpaid labour via illegal work programmes, the rise and abuse of zero hour contracts. Unfair work capability assessments carried out by under qualified sports physiotherapists (and the thousands of deaths that followed those assessments), a rise in foodbanks (from 66 to over 400) and over a million people using said foodbanks. Red Cross food parcels being handed out, the stigmatisation and persecution of the disabled and unemployed, the privatisation of the NHS. Sub contracts handed out to private companies who are supposed to help people find work but who do no more than make people fill out forms then reap the money. Access to Legal Aid all but stopped, charging employees £1,200 for a tribunal if they’ve been unfairly dismissed or mistreated.
All of this happened and you stood by.
This election should’ve been a shoe in. You should have walked it. It was all but handed to you on a silver platter. Yet
you failed. And now you’re blaming the SNP and UKIP for “stealing your votes.” They didn’t steal the votes. You had to earn them and you didn’t.
Instead, you panicked. You pandered to the Daily Mail voter, the right wing faction, the racists, the bigots and the wealthy. You betrayed the very people you were originally created to represent. You failed to learn the lessons you should’ve learned from the Labour party of Tony Blair.
You perpetuated the demonisation and persecution of the disabled and
unemployed by adopting the rhetoric of the Conservatives. Parroting the phrase “hard working families” ad infinitum. Subliminally cementing in people’s minds that anyone who didn’t have a job was worthless and committing benefit fraud. You ended up alienating and stigmatising anyone unfortunate enough not to have a job (because we cannot forget that contrary to the popular belief that benefit fraud is at 27%, it’s actually 0.7%).
Instead of copying the “hard working families” rhetoric, you should have focused on the “working class”. You should’ve returned to being the party of the people. You alienated yourselves from the trade unions, again cementing the stereotype that the unions are dangerous when they actually do more good.
You refused to even contemplate a coalition with the SNP and by doing so, you helped the Conservatives convince the voters that the SNP were dangerous. You alienated yourselves from Scotland. Yes you betrayed them too.
You’ve failed the people of the UK. You don’t deserve the good will you’re getting right now to be honest.
So I what do I want to see from you? I want to see you do what you’re supposed to be doing. I want to see you support the ordinary, working class people. I want to see you go up against the Conservatives at every chance you get. I want to see you oppose their policies that will destroy millions of people’s lives . I want to see a packed House of Commons with no abstaining, no pairing off. I want to see every Labour MP in the chamber, visibly supporting the people of Britain, visibly arguing and debating against the vindictive and cruel policies the government are about to start making.
Then and only then will I start contemplating voting for you again. Until you start supporting us, you don’t deserve our support.
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