Grantham Journal letter: We’re turkeys!

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It’s amazing, but not surprising, how many people vote Tory.

Unless you’re filthy rich (the 1 per cent), supporting or voting for Tories is exactly like turkeys voting for Christmas, since Tory policies only benefit the 1 per cent.

Given that the vast majority of us (at least 99 per cent of us) are not filthy rich it therefore follows that voting Tory is a fairly silly thing to do.

This situation is not surprising because, like turkeys, we’re conditioned to misunderstand the purpose of our existence from the day we’re born. Like turkeys, we’re brainwashed to trust those in charge of our welfare. We trust everyone in charge of us, from teachers to priests to police to the nicely-spoken people on the BBC; we trust all these overseers to look after our best interests when all they’re actually doing is ensuring we grow up to be nice fat turkeys. The fact that most of the overseers are turkeys too just makes the whole thing even more cynical.

Our country is in desperate trouble, and has been slowly deteriorating for most of the last four decades. The Tories were and are mostly responsible for this – but Labour also played a vital role under the treacherous Blair/Brown regimes.

The Green Party has magnificent policies which could not only save our country but the entire planet too; but unfortunately it lacks the courage to fight for its own policies (as their recent pathetic election campaign proved) and it’s now in real danger of becoming the Grey Party.

If supporting the Tories is fairly silly, supporting UKIP is even sillier. Many UKIP supporters are those who would normally vote Labour (as the Earlesfield election result proves).

Labour’s traditional values were very supportive of the working-class, and were therefore quite sound.

Losing traditional working-class voters to something with even more right-wing values than the Tories is desperately sad, but not surprising given the deep cynicism of the mainstream media which is mainly responsible for this through the dangerous misinformation it churns out on a daily basis.

Although my own election campaign (as an Independent) was very radical and based on “No More Cuts!” it was largely consistent with the Green’s more radical policies, and about 30 per cent of those who voted in our ward supported that cause.

This implies that about 70 per cent of voters want continued austerity: turkeys voting for Christmas.

John Andrews

Marratts Lane, Great Gonerby