2020 election predictions need to take into account what Britain will be like by then – after another four years of Tory cuts, writes BERNIE EVANS
Compassion and caring are not in the Tories’ DNA. The trouble is that this does not stop them winning elections.
They are good at creating false impressions, like that they help the “aspirational” or care about workers.
Many Tory backbenchers hate David Cameron and his pro-Europe policies, but they all repeat the mantra about “long-term economic plan” etc.
Labour’s proposals have to be repeated too, with the clear message that they are what the majority of people support, and that together, they create a vision for a fairer and more just society.
Labour need to develop some repeatable sayings, along the lines of: “Austerity measures have failed to reduce the deficit,” or “the Trade Union Bill shows that the Tories are the enemy of working people,” or “by attacking the doctors, the Tories show they are the anti-NHS party.”
These could be coupled with a denunciation of Cameron’s “sink-estates” proposals, as their destruction will almost everywhere lead to private housing developments and the creation of more unaffordable homes.
Those who still claim that Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable and that his party is out of sync with the people are simply not thinking of the damage the Tories will have done to the country by 2020.
Are we expected to believe that the vast majority of the country won’t want an end to cruel austerity measures, aimed at those least able to defend themselves and for the rich to pay more in taxes?
Bosses are already taking home 183 times the amount of the average worker. Will voters really be content with a “national living wage” which, even by 2020, will be way below what a London living wage is today?
By 2020, unless there are major U-turns, there will be even greater shortages in the teaching and nursing professions, and hundreds of doctors will have left the country for more appreciative climes.
George Osborne will still not have reduced the deficit significantly, and the Tories’ shrunken state will be suffering from reduced security at home and increased industrial action, regardless of the Trade Union Bill being passed, in all areas of employment.
Infrastructure will be starved of essential funds, yet over a £100 billion will be available for nuclear weapons and wars in the Middle East.
More businesses, in true Sports Direct form, will have been discovered to be breaking employment rules, scam-riddled banks and City accounting firms will still be avoiding the scant regulations government has imposed, inefficient security firms like G4S will still be given government contracts, energy firms will not have stopped overcharging consumers, all businesses will still be paying one of the world’s lowest rates of corporation tax, and the CBI will still be moaning about their employees’ lack of skills.
Housing availability for first-time buyers will be at a minimum, while private rents to greedy landlords will still not be capped, and thousands of Tory voters’ offspring will be paying through the nose for uninhabitable accommodation, as well as having to repay their student loans.
Social mobility will still be restricted, with the places in the so-called top universities, and the best jobs, going to the privately educated.
Of course, victory in 2020 is possible, but unity is essential — Labour MPs need to rally round their leader, support him in his attacks on the Tories, and endorse the policies he proposes.