Boris Johnson as new Leader of the Conservatives and therefore Prime Minister (only because of the support of the DUP, which has cost us 1.5 billion pounds, so far) is bad news for Britain. It signals our move into populist politics where empty words replace reality and honesty. Mr Johnson is promising what he knows he cannot deliver as though he is still performing in the Eton debating society.
Mr Johnson has chosen his cabinet. An extremely right-wing cabinet, which is very disappointing but not totally unexpected.
Mr Johnson gave his initial speech to parliament which was all bluff and bluster, but given the choice of people for his cabinet it is easy to see that he only cares about one thing; a NO Deal Brexit which would be disastrous for the UK.
Jeremy Corbyn asked him ten questions but he didn’t attempt to answer any of them (which appears to be a Conservative trait). Mr Johnson speaks, promises whatever you want but is always, always short on detail.
Let’s have a look at the people appointed to the high offices of state in his new Cabinet, many of whom had to resign previous positions because of being caught out in lies or mismanagement.
His leadership campaign went on the back foot once his voting record was examined together with past statements such as “People using foodbanks are just people with a cash flow problem”. He is famous for not knowing how important trade with France is for the UK and hadn’t read the Good Friday Agreement when he was Secretary of State for exiting the EU. Another member of the Conservatives who is very light on knowledge and fact. He believes “The government should shelve gender pay audits” and doesn’t back equal pay for women.
Sadly, it looks as if Sajid Javid isn’t a fan of the Human Rights Act either, as he voted to scrap it in 2016.
He’s consistently voted against raising welfare benefits, including the controversial bedroom tax policy which was taken all the way to the Supreme Court over fears it was breaching the human rights of disabled people.
Mr Javid has also regularly voted for mass surveillance of people’s communications and activities, something which can affect our lives and rights in all kinds of ways. Similarly, he’s voted for stricter regulation of trade unions, again something which is protected as part of our human rights. He’s also voted for a stricter asylum system.
She has said and I quote “Once they are in the workplace the British are the worst idlers in the world. Leaving the EU would be an opportunity to cut EU and Social protections” This is our new Home Secretary!
And she wants to bring back the death penalty.
Right wing MP Esther McVey has been given the role of Housing Minister, and this after making such a disaster of Universal Credit. Spreading it out to other areas even knowing it had already caused harm in the pilot areas. The Conservative’s needless austerity programme has caused over 120,000 deaths.
Right wing MP Nadine Dorries has been appointed a Junior Health minister. She is known for her gaffes and claimed the Irish border did not exist and has made many racist comments during in her time in office,
Then let’s have a look at the new Liberal Democrat leader:
Jo Swinson has been elected as leader of the Liberal Democrats and she probably doesn’t want you to be reminded that she was a minister in David Cameron’s Government.
She backed the Tories in;
Voting for the bedroom tax, starving Councils of funding, cutting payments for people with illness and disability, voting for a paycap on public sector workers, trebling University tuition fees after pledging never to do that and raising VAT while cutting billions in taxes for big business.
Same old Tories in disguise with the same broken promises.
Our current MP Steve Double has now decided to back Mr Johnson having previously backed Mark Harper who went out of the leadership race straight away. Mr Double has a record of voting for tax cuts for the wealthy, backing the austerity policies, cutting the nursing bursary and banning free school meals for some children from low income families. The Conservative policies have killed people, are unkind and unnecessary and have wreaked havoc on public services. During their time in power the rich have got richer and the poor poorer.
Meanwhile on the side of fairness and helping people the leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has voted for creating jobs for young people, voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits, voted for measures to reduce tax avoidance and evasion, voted against privatising the NHS, voted against University tuition fees, and voted for measures to prevent climate change. This is what I want to see a government in power do.
Labour will build a better and fairer Britain.
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