I am not a politician. I don’t know how to manipulate people to vote for me. But I do know injustice when I see it, and I do know lies and deceit when I see it, and I have learnt to recognise logical fallacies when I read or hear them. The Conservative government have taught me well. Local election results show that the population has unfortunately not learnt the same lesson.
There is massive injustice in our nation.
Look at the distribution of income (latest available figures)
What personal virtue led to the highest earners being paid ten or a hundred times more than those at the bottom? It was all accident. Accident of birth that gave them the attributes to succeed in business, or accident of birth that gave them the education and contacts that they needed. But are they a hundred times more valuable people than the lower paid? And as by accident they have more income, is it not right that they should give more money to the community? Yet the Conservative government wants them to pay less. The Conservative government wants their wealth to increase, and wants to put control of our lives in their hands.
And look at the distribution of wealth.
What personal virtue led to the inheritance of wealth or debt? None, it was all accident of birth. Without wealth you cannot buy your own home without having to borrow. You cannot start a business without having borrow. You cannot have a university education without having to borrow. And when you borrow without wealth you have to pay high rates of interest.
And look at the direction of taxes.
The Conservative governments have reduced tax on the highest earners, they have reduced inheritance tax on the wealthiest, they have increased VAT – tax that is paid by everyone – poor and rich alike.
Conservative values are to tax the poor and to increase the wealth of the wealthy. And yet they manage to manipulate the press and the people to avoid these truths and focus on jingoistic slogans and false national pride. Oh yes, they are very good politicians – but I have learnt to see though their smokescreen. I have looked at the data instead of the rhetoric. I have seen the unnecessary suffering that the Conservatives have caused. And so I will vote for the party with compassionate and just policies. Will you join me?