Most people who voted Conservative don't know what they have actually voted for, rather they believe that a full 5 years might return Britain to that post war Thatcherite fire sale that so many aging middle classers benefited from first time around. Have you not noticed that there is no new emerging middle class? No fresh blood? The only new home owners today are those you financed with your own savings, or else allowed your kids to live at home until deep into their 30s rent free. Labour may not be blameless in respect of the economy, but have you forgotten that the real reason is that it was the conclusion of 20 + years of aggressive, irresponsible selling and manipulation in the banking industries, that like all modern countries, when it crashed it decapitated everyone. Do you really believe it would have been any different under any government in office at the time? We could just as easily be recycling that same accusation at the Conservatives right now. Are there 1000's of new jobs? Yes I suppose so, jobs though, not careers, transient, contract free, minimal wage or living wage jobs, jobs that are dull, un-inspiring, insecure and from companies who no longer have a human resource department because they outsource this - they prefer it because it means they are not contractually obliged to give people security or hand out pay offs if suddenly their business model no longer requires them. Do you know you have voted in TTIP, the covert transatlantic agreement that seeks to lower the standards in trade agreements, basically enabling deeper, less regulated trade with the US, who want to sell us high volumes of processed sugar rich foods without displaying it on the packaging. TTIP means that they will be able to sue governments who create policies that damage their profit margins, then consider that our Government is in talks in respect of outsourcing management of the NHS and water companies to these US companies, surely they have caught the scent of an opportunity on the wind.
If you are a Conservative voter who has voted enthusiastically because you have an income of £80,000 plus, are a home owner, have stocks and shares, run a business, may be about to inherit a large windfall and as well genuinely want to live in a less free, corporate lead society, then this is not directed at you, because you have voted for what suits you best, however, I am completely baffled by any of you, and there are many of you, who simply would have benefited so much more from a government with a social rather than capitalist agenda. I asked many people I know who did this and are technically, economically, socially just like me, why they voted Tory and none of their answers actually stand up at all. Rather, overwhelmingly their/your choices were influenced by a media that promoted the idea that we are over run with benefits cheats and job thieving immigrants. While their maybe some truth in some of that, the broader truth would be that if we lose a billion in tax to benefits claimants, the vast majority goes on pensions and towards families like ours where both parents work full time and yet we need additional income and tax breaks to live. In contrast there is 30 billion in tax missing through the wealthy and their tax avoidance efforts. Were it not for that, the 30 billion of cuts due now, would not even be necessary, indeed we could be building hospitals and employing more nurses.
The head line in the Daily Mail today proclaimed on its front page 'This was YOUR victory!' How does that make you feel? I mean, you must recognise that the Daily Mail is one of the most derided publications on the planet, whom no informed, engaged person - many Tories included, do not take seriously. The sane among us on both sides recognise it to be a newspaper fraught with paranoia and small world mentality, yet it has stepped forward to represent you this morning, it seems to think it has some claim over the reason you voted the way you did.
So the question might be, did you vote for the party best suited to your needs, as I did by carefully considering all the evidence, via many different sources and media conduits or did you just vote for what the Daily Mail told you to vote for?