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MY STORY- TUC, Labour and even Tories, take note.

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Abandon Hope



This is my story, posted here; the 1,000 character limit meant most of it wasn’t sent- so here it is.

Journalists and politicians are asking for stories about how the cuts are affecting us. Yet nobody seems to be interested in the stories of those not affected or minimally affected that are against these measures. To gather a portfolio of such stories would, in my view be a great coup; a show of strength so powerful from people not affected who KNOW it’s wrong!

I’m working, a very low paid job and apart from the continuously rising cost of living, the only other relevant factor is the weekly housing benefit I receive of around £6. Come October, when Universal Credit is introduced I imagine I will be expected to attend work-focused interviews and seek better paid work for 35 hours a week, they will be told in no uncertain terms what they can do with their £6.

I am a life-long socialist, who incidentally believes that Labour is no longer the party of the people, and came to this fight using my strengths to disseminate information and support those who were hit hardest because it is the right thing to do; because austerity is wrong; because there is ample money in this country to solve all the economic problems we are experiencing, but we have a middle-to-upper university educated political class who, despite their rhetoric to the contrary, know little of the realities of being unemployed, low paid or even well paid in a job that leaves you too tired to enjoy what little leisure time you have!

Austerity isn’t just about pay and benefits; it is about profits, tax evasion, tax avoidance and the simple things in life- like days out with your family rather than days in, too tired to enjoy.

One thing the nouveau political class doesn’t seem to grasp is that the working class do not care about your wages, your expenses, profits or bonuses IF we were allowed to work; IF we were allowed to earn enough to live a decent lifestyle; IF our work didn’t leave us too tired to enjoy our leisure time and IF that leisure time were longer. It is when, as Michael Foot put it, we see “…a few fat men exhorting all the thin ones to tighten their belts” that we feel exploited, marginalised and abused and it is those feelings that cause dissent and, in extreme circumstances revolution.

This is my story- one of working to approach retirement with massive debt and a dwindling income; with the prospect of leaving nothing but debt; of fearing, as I never have before, that my retirement will be a cold, hungry one despite the aspirations of the socialist movement I once knew. Never have I feared for my future and that of my children as I fear today because we have no opposition, we have no party to fight our corner and we have no hope- the one forlorn hope, of a future Labour government reversing the trend to depositing our wealth in a few greedy hands and instead redistributing it equitably among those that created said wealth- the working class through their labour is gone.

And yet, my fears are for the future; how much more terrible is the plight of the hundreds of thousand’s already experiencing my future fears of being cold and hungry. How much more reprehensible are the politicians who allow this and will, despite their clever oratory do nothing to reverse this trend.


Written by Smiling Carcass

18/06/2013 at 4:56 PM

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  1. Well Said. In Solidarity


    19/06/2013 at 6:21 AM

  2. Sorry to hear about this, Smiling Carcass. Unfortunately, you’re not the only one. Way back in the 1990s, when the Financial Times supported the Liberals, they ran a piece on poverty. They noted that the majority of people now struggling to make ends meet were actually in work, but their wages weren’t enough to cover their bills. This situation seems to have increased, and will increase with Cameron.

    As for the increasingly middle class nature of the Labour Party, this has been developing for a very long while. Leafing through the contents of a secondhand bookshop a few months ago, I found a book from the 1970s about this very problem. It noted how the proportion of Labour MPs who were actually working class had gone down, and the majority were now university-education, middle class people with little sympathy for the working class. And the Conservatives know this, and are playing on it.


    16/07/2013 at 4:23 PM

    • I personally believe that the Tories have been putting people into the Labour Party for decades to this very end, culminating in New Labour, Blairism and the workers representatives flirting, and now fornicating with the oppressing classes.

      Thatcher said it best when asked what she thought her greatest achievement was and she replied “New Labour”.

      Smiling Carcass

      16/07/2013 at 5:20 PM

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