Beyond Satire: The Tories Rebrand as The Workers’ Party

by Charlie_East_West on February 25, 2014

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The Tories are to announce that they will now describe themselves as the “Workers’ Party.” – This is not satire. This is really happening. Grant Shapps, the party chairman, will announce alongside Sir John Major, the former champion of the “classless society“, that the Tories are now determined to show they want to spread privilege right across our society. Shapps will say today that “The Conservatives are the Workers’ party and we are on your side.

Grant Shapps will also say: “Sir John Major campaigned for what he called a ‘classless society, and I would argue this is the society we are fighting for in government today: a Britain where it doesn’t matter who your parents are, where you can go as far as your talents and hard work will take you, and where work – rather than benefits – is what pays.”

What utter nonsense. When I first heard this news, I had to check the calendar to see if it was April Fool’s Day. It must be a little practical joke played by the Tories on all of us.

All this drivel will be spouted out of the mouth of a huckster politician who appears to understand the price of everything and the value of nothing within in his own murky professional life. For the Tories to claim credit for trying to create a classless society is a bit like myself trying to utter a coherent sentence before my first coffee of the morning – it doesn’t make much sense and it doesn’t add up.

The supposed strategy behind the Tory Workers’ Party moniker can be traced back to the Thatcher years – to try to reach out to blue collar workers and white van man – in areas where the Tories struggle to reach such as the Midlands and North of England. The reality however, is very different. Under the watch of the Tories, the gap between the rich and the poor has increased – largely as a result of their divide and rule policies. The Tories are a party that embraces the class divide, the tax cuts for the super rich, the continued charitable status breaks of private schools, the destruction of egalitarian public services, the slavish toadying to fat cats in The City of London, the destruction of the industrialised communities in Wales, Scotland and the North of England, the rampant privatisation of any asset that is an essential human need, and workers in the UK being on average £1,600 worse off since 2010.

All of this class divide policy implementation has come from a braying born to rule mentality issued by many individuals who come from backgrounds that are completely unrepresentative of the vast majority of people in this country. The Tories are led by bunch of individuals for whom it did matter where their parents came from – which give them a rights of passage through St Paul’s or Eton, Oxford University and the Bullingdon Club, old money trust funds, and friends in high places to land them their first jobs within the establishment. Our Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Mayor of London all came down this gilded path.

So for the Tories to now lay claim to being the champion of the worker and custodians of a classless society is just another example of the Tories adhering to the old adage of:- “do what we say, but not as we do.” – This Tory rebrand is beyond comprehension. It is beyond satire. Even Private Eye or the Daily Mash couldn’t dream this one up.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Monty Best February 25, 2014 at 1:07 pm

How long before they add ‘Socialist’ to the Workers Party?

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M Mercer February 25, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Well said Charlie_East_West!
Your summary of the status quo is excellent!
They do not seem to realise, or even understand, what divisive changes they have made to British society since they “stood-in” for the job in 2010.
Fortunately, their days are numbered with 2015 just over the horizon!
Their lack of appropriate education and exposure to anything economically constructive shows on a daily basis, whilst the country continues to slip into an abyss of incompetence.
Roll on May 2015, or earlier!

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Charlie_East_West February 25, 2014 at 6:53 pm

M Mercer – thanks for your comments.
I just hope May 2015 works out for us!

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Bill February 25, 2014 at 5:22 pm

” and where work – rather than benefits – is what pays.”

This is hilarious, they loath benefits, but if you’re prepared to work, they will make your wages up with benefits? The Welfare State is a pot for corporations to dip into apparently! Because if they paid decent wages, they wouldn’t need quite a bit of it. The welfare bill would drop drastically, if we only paid £10 an hour? This, in the grand scheme of things, is not a lot of money, after Pensions there is £85 billion left and the bulk of this goes on ‘working tax credits’, paid to those in LOW INCOME jobs? Just £4.9 billion goes to Job-Seekers and £12.7 billion to DLA.. Over £42 BILLION GOES TO WORKING TAX CREDITS? i.e. Company Profits?

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Charlie_East_West February 25, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Bill – and the £120 billion lost every year in tax avoidance….a sum that is big enough to pay off the deficit.

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Fionauk512 February 25, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Are they serious!!! If the electorate swallow that one then we will have the governance we deserve.

Bill, good point well made, why business gets the free ride they do on low wages is truly sickening and the rank hypocrisy about ‘benefits’ is pure doublespeak.

Personally I’m hanging in there and hoping for meaningful change from 2015 , not tinkering round the edges or Tory Lite.

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Dan Ash February 26, 2014 at 11:12 pm

I don’t see much evidence that Labour will deviate from its role as Tory Lite. Life will be be slightly less miserable for the poorest and the disabled. Labour will be a bit more generous with the minimum wage. But they’ll do little more than wag a finger at corporate vested interests. It’ll be business as usual – basically keeping the seat warm for when the Tories get back in office and continue the gallop to the right.
Ed, please prove me very wrong.

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