12 October 2015

Tory Pretence as the "Workers' Party"

Quite soon after the General Election in May, the Tory Party tried to re-invent itself as the "Workers’ Party”, using ideas from business marketing strategy

Some said that this was an exercise in “rebranding” through changes in a product , including its name, symbol, image and advertising to distance it from a previous regime of not-so-favourable business.

Others said it was something less, a “re-badging”, which means that it remained the same product but with a different logo or trademark applied to it.

Whether it was re-branding or re-badging, the public soon discovered that the Tories remained , in Theresa May’s words , “The Nasty Party”.

George Osborne , the Chancellor of this new “Workers Party” who had portrayed his austerity policy as a national “we’re all in this together” movement, now turned the screw even tighter on the lives of workers and their families in receipt of tax credits.

These workers are the working poor, those on low wages, those who are underemployed, those on zero hours contracts, and many more who are working hard to support their families.

The pause in Mr. Osborne’s thwarted attempts to rip some £4bn – a horrendous sum of money- in tax credits from them gives us the opportunity to remind ourselves of the effect of these cuts that were to implemented in the name of a punitive policy to “make work pay”

Touchstone, the TUC blog, provides estimates of how this and other changes will affect the various groups of families, all told, saying :

“These cuts are massively biased against the poor.

“Look, not at the change in pounds and pence, but the percentage loss in disposable income for working families”:

• Poorest quintile (lowest fifth) : 8.78 per cent.

• Second quintile: 4.29 per cent.

• Third quintile: 1.24 per cent.

• Fourth quintile: 0.26 per cent.

• Richest quintile: 0.03 per cent.

The price of these cuts is deepening inequality , a much more divided society and even more exclusion from opportunities.

These result from the policies of the new “Workers Party”.

And to show workers who earn low wages and endure poor working conditions what kind of society the “Workers Party” represents , there is the “Workers Party” Trade Union Bill which intends to obstruct and prevent the unions from seeking better wages and improved working conditions for their members.

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