Friday, 8 May 2015

Five More Damned Years #GE2015



First they came for the jobless, and I did not speak out -
Because I had a job.

Then they came for the disabled, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not disabled.

Then they came for the poor, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not poor.

Then they came for the ordinary working families -
and there was no one left to speak for us.

With apologies to Martin Niemöller



Say goodbye to the NHS, to more and more teachers,
to your tax credits and your child benefit.

I am ashamed of my country today.


11 comments :

  1. I'm still at a loss for words when it comes to figuring out why so many people supported the Tories in this election given what they've done so far! Well, I do have some words, but they're not printable...

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    1. I had to hold back rather!! Just shocking.

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  2. That says it for me. Hope you don't mind, I copied it to my Facebook page - Louise

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    1. Thanks Louise. It has resonated with a lot of people. I hope your circumstances get better soon.

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  3. Nice post - I've still not recovered from this and our country won't for a long time! As a teacher, going to work on Friday was very grim, yet I fear most for the future of our parents and children. Very sad situation indeed :(

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  4. Fantastic blog post! I'm dreading the next five years, he rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer. :(

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  5. I can't believe how many voted Tory, either.

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  6. It is unbelievable, lemmings rushing over the cliff edge springs to mind.

    At least Farage was not elected.

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  7. I am totally dispirited by the results of the elections. What is it about the British psyche and the respect for the rich & privileged? It's almost like a serf mentality, voting for the oppressors. Is a total disgrace.

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  8. Couldn't have put it better myself! And the rubbish that the conservatives are for the working people! When my daughter was a child I claimed benefits, and then when she was nearing her mid teens I got a job. The funny thing is, I am now more worse off than I have ever been in my whole life, and I am working. If they take away the working tax credit like they're talking about when I move on to a full time job in September, I will be no better off working full time than I am part time. What they mean when they say working people is people working for a higher wage: everyone else is just dirt to them. Rewarding working people my arse.

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  9. Don't be ashamed of our country - by all means be ashamed of the government, their policies and cuts, and the way they treat those in society who need the most help, but not of the people. I say this as someone who voted in the hope of getting rid of the Tories, of someone who has been deeply affected over the past five years and have real fears for the next five. But I think if we start to lose hope in our fellow citizens then we begin to lose the hope of working together to support each other through what is to come.

    Like you, I was shocked and saddened by the results, but as time goes on I gain more hope. The majority was only a small one, far less than the losing party in previous decades received. This will make it far harder to pass legislation. Equally as important, it only worked out at 24% of all those who *could* have voted. So you're far from alone in not wanting this!

    I completely hear your words and your sentiment and couldn't agree more with the idea that we need to speak out NOW... I just wanted to give a spark of hope that together we may still be able to create change...

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