I’m no politician. I have never ever studied politics and if it wasn’t for being in university and hearing all the conversations around me regarding politics, I probably still wouldn’t have any interest in politics. I’ve grown up believing the subject was boring, irrelevant and hey, I would much rather be drinking in a field with my friend smoking those god awful Richmond superkings! That’s where I was wrong. I’ve just spent the last hour and a half reading a blog post (which you will find here: https://garywalshblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/yes-i-voted-conservative-no-i-dont-hate-the-poor/) that is basically a person justifying his vote in this years election. Firstly, the people who voted conservative are not murderers, they are not malicious but they have been somewhat brainwashed.
I’m not going to talk statistics. I’m not going to fill this post with politician jargon that’s going to confuse myself and those who take the time to read this. I’m just going to write about what I know, and my own beliefs. Firstly, if you’ve taken the time to read anything about myself, I am a 20 year old student working a minimum wage job. My family are not made of money, and we struggle like most British families do. We feel the pressure every day. It’s a constant waiting game, especially with the recent news of the election about when and how we’re going to be shafted. Lets go~
The NHS and Benefits: It’s the first thing on peoples minds. It’s the most popular subject since the Tories have won the election, and the only argument for the privatization is “but people are abusing the NHS as it is, and no party is going to fix that!” Let me just say that, yes, I know that the NHS is taken for granted all over the UK and that it’s ridiculous that people will literally turn up for the sniffles, but can you blame them when the media is riddled with news stories of “eating this food will give you cancer,” and “doing this activity will make your legs swell up and eventually fall off,” or “breathing erratically through the nose will firstly give you the sniffles and THEN YOUR ENTIRE FACE WILL MELT!” (a little exaggerated, but you get the point of the media constantly scaring the public into believing that they’ve got something wrong with them!) oh, and there is such thing as hypochondriacs, which will take advantage of the NHS anyway. Hypochondriacs don’t only live in the UK, they pay for their sniffles treatment in America too, if they’ve got insurance AND money.
Other than that, there are people who NEED help. There are people who are currently claiming disability who physically cannot do anything, or can only do limited things. There are people in wheelchairs, people with mental health issues, people with entirely invisible disabilities. These people exist too, and chances are they are going to be on some sort of medication for the rest of their life. And do you want to know the funny thing about medication? They are all addictive. They all build a persons tolerance. They all eventually have to be put on something more effective, something that will continue to help instead of making these people feel like their quality of life is deteriorating. The purpose for healthcare is not only to cure people and make them feel better, but to also make sure each person that walks through those doors can live. Imagine having your body crumble beneath you each day, the feeling of chronic pain but not being able to do anything about it. In the case of mental health, imagine looking out the window when the sun is shining and everyone in the street is out and going about their daily lives, but you can’t because you have a genuine fear of going out there alone. You know that? Fear? You’re scared of spiders, right? Get someone else to deal with it. That isn’t possible with mental health. It’s not nice, and I wouldn’t wish the feeling upon anyone.
No, Tory voters, you are not murderers, but you’re also not empathetic. You have looked at yourself and the “statistics” you have been spoon fed and haven’t given a second thought to those who need to rely on doctors appointments or to make ends meet on benefits. No one likes being on benefits, and no one likes to be labelled under a statistic. The people claiming disability find it hard enough funding their own lives, or perhaps their families. So how, if they were meant to pay for treatment, would they be able to? Would they have to sacrifice their food, their water, their heat just to pay for painkillers? Think about it.
No, the NHS hasn’t become private just yet and I’m thinking ahead to the time we shall all be paying for treatment. So let’s think of the now. The cuts, the selling and the privatization. We’ll have even more waiting times, less rooms and less nurses and doctors to help. Remember that story a couple of months ago, about the guy who was SO angry because he was put in a store room for the night? That’s only about to get worse, but instead of even getting to stay in a store room, you’ll be sent home with no monitoring and hopefully nothing deadly that will kill you through the night. Not only that, but you’ll have the doctors attention for five minutes before they’ve got to see another patient. “I can see that you have a knife in your chest, will you take a seat in the waiting area for the next six hours? I’ll put it as an emergency but as you can see, there are many emergencies here today.” Maybe you’ll meet new friends, like that paralytic guy with hypothermia opposite you that’s been waiting there for an hour to get his stomach pumped and his body temperature back to normal.
Have fun with that.
If you took the time to read the link above, I guess you’ve seen the “work hard and get rewarded” idea. Yeah, it’s great, because anyone loves the idea of working hard and getting rewarded. A nice little paycheck at the end of the month, maybe even a bonus. Working hard. But what does that exactly entail? Working hard doesn’t always mean making money and putting it all back into the economy, there are people who work hard looking after their parents in their old age, needing to take time off work to make sure that they’re getting what they need. There are people looking after their children who are disabled, which, if you haven’t seen anything about it, is hard work, harder work than most paid jobs. Working hard means a lot more than getting up in the morning, going to work for a couple of hours and doing whatever your job is, and then coming home and repeating. You might have a hard job, but there are people out there who work hard 24/7 looking after someone, and only getting pennies in their pockets to pay for everything they need.
And then there’s the bedroom tax. That good-for-nothing and absolutely pointless waste. If you went around the entire of Britain and counted the 1 bedroom houses compared to the 2 or 3 bedroom houses, you’d realise that there is nowhere near enough and in some areas, people are put into houses too big for their families in order to just get them into the home. What about the parents who have had their children who have lived in that home for their entire life, shared memories and laughter there move out of the family home, suddenly needing to pay for the two empty rooms? It’s not exactly easy to leave something like that behind, and it’s certainly not a quick process to do so.
Benefit fraud: This is another thing that’s been floating about from those supporting the conservatives. Yes, benefit fraud is bad. Benefit fraud is stupid and it’s one reason why more people are suffering than there needs to be. You can work? Great, go to work. You can’t? Then lets help you out. That’s how it should be, but unfortunately there will always be people that will try and get around it. The numbers may lessen, but it’s putting the people genuinely needing benefits at risk, because there has been so many stories about the people needing benefits for genuine reasons being denied because of the efforts of cutting down on benefit fraud. I’m sorry, but there are better ways to do it. I can’t say too much about it, because like I said at the start, I am no politician and I do not know as much as I should, all I want to say is that not everyone is committing benefit fraud, and giving the benefit system a bad name is only going to make it worse. I know many people who are too anxious to even claim benefits because of the stigma it gets, and they have to live off pocket money from parents who can hardly afford it themselves. Thanks, society, you really do have a kind heart.
There’s a hundred more things I want to say, but this post is already pretty lengthy and it’s 1:30A.M. right now and I’m beyond tired. Besides, I don’t think anyone would get through the entire thing without yawning a thousand times. I went on a ramble about things, and eventually got taken away with whatever it was that I was doing. I’ll probably do a part 2, and talk about more things that will probably bore you. Here’s the final word for now:
Tories and voters alike, I do not hate you and I do not think you are murderers and out to destroy everything and anything. I do believe you have made the wrong decision, and neither yourself or the people around you are fully prepared for whats going to happen. I hope the Tories prove myself and a lot of people wrong with their plans, but I’m just another 20 year old who’s scared for my future. For my families future. For my friends around me and to those younger than me.