Charmaine Morgan’s column: You judge whether or not we are safe in the hands of Mr Cameron
The Conservative Government would like us all to believe that they can deliver personal independence and still be ‘safe’ in their hands.
Yet reality is proving this to be untrue with worrying potential consequences.
Under the Conservatives our Gross Domestic Productivity (GDP) has consistently fallen. Public debt has significantly increased from 60% of GDP under Labour to 80% now under the Conservatives. This equates to a current public debt of approximately £1.48 trillion and is expected to rise.
We will be paying £1 billion a week in interest by 2018.
According to the Office of National Statistics, the loss of British manufacturing jobs, which plummeted under Margaret Thatcher, has continued. So has investment in research and development, which is lower than in other EU nations. Whilst the Government slashed public sector funding it failed to create alternative jobs.
British industry and scientists need investment. A plea to the UK Government by Tata steelworkers, made in September 2015 should have resulted in a prompt reaction but did not. Setting aside some questionable job growth statistics, immigration continues at unsustainably high levels year on year adding to the demand for more housing and public services.
Ill conceived planning and social housing policies are not only failing to deliver the homes we need but the impact on our younger generation, paying the price is unacceptable.
Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation highlighted how Osborne sought to save over £5m from disabled people whilst handing out a comparable amount to those earning more than £40k a year. Whilst this plan was thwarted, Osborne is not giving up his attack. In 2015 between 58% and 60% of appeals over ESA and PIP were won by claimants. Rather than consider a fairer taxation system that tackles a world record level of inequality, in response Osborne has given £22m to the DWP to recruit Presenting Officers with the objective of undermining claimants during tribunals. Yet I am aware of three local men forced to appeal and who subsequently died.
Other evidence is also mounting. Cameron is playing Russian roulette. Our membership of the EU and possible fragmentation of the United Kingdom are at stake. Our energy policy is a shambles. With North Sea gas at risk, a failure to invest in renewable energy has left us reliant on nuclear power and fracking.
As availability of qualified teachers falls, our entire school education system is to be uprooted with school academies being forced through.
Our NHS is at a crisis point with record A&E waiting times, junior doctors facing a return to dangerous long hour shift patterns, GP numbers reaching crisis levels, there is an unsustainable dependency on agency staff and local authority social care budgets are underfunded.
The underfunding of flood defences and leaked cuts to our Border Force also leave us more at risk.
‘Safe’ in their hands? You be the judge.