Tory Defeat Down to Economy Not Gay Marriage
The Tory Party’s heavy defeat in Thursday’s local elections was not the result of David Cameron’s plans for gay marriage but because of George Osborne and his disastrous handling of the economy.
There will be some within UKIP and the various religious communities who will be quick to point the finger of blame – for the loss of so many council seats – at the coalition government’s proposals to legalise gay marriage. It’s an easy target especially for religious leaders many of whom are outspokenly opposed to allow loving, gay couples the right to marry. While gay marriage may have put a few supporters off – the kind still stuck in the 1950s – the real reason why so many voters turned against the government is due to the economy.
How many budgets has George Osborne, the Chancellor, described as a “budget for growth”? Where is that growth? The UK is back in recession and the Chancellor has no idea how to get the country out of it. The coalition government’s poor handling of the economy, the country and public services are the real reason they lost hundreds of council seats on Thursday.
Osborne and his fellow cabinet members mistakenly believe the way out of a recession is to make hundreds and thousands of public sector employees unemployed! The coalition government believes for the economy to recover unemployment levels must rise and rise and rise – or least given its policies you would think that is what it believes. How can the Tories honestly expect the economy to grow when they are making thousands of people unemployed??
Mass unemployment coupled with public service cuts, pay freezes, benefit cuts, pension cuts and tax cuts for the rich and wealthy have left a bitter taste in the mouths of the working classes. Once again the poor suffer while the rich get richer and Cameron and his cronies have no idea just how much ordinary, hard working families are suffering. Cameron and Clegg are quick to pay lip-service to the ideas of rewarding hard work but the actions of the coalition government so far speaks volumes; it’s government for the rich, by the rich.
That doesn’t mean though that millions of voters are drifting back to the Labour party as Ed Miliband may hope and expect. Quite simply a lot of voters have been turned off politics completely as witnessed by the low turnout in many areas. Political apathy is common place and politicians are regarded with suspicion by the masses and who can blame them after the disgusting scandals of recent years?
It is apathy that may very well lead to Cameron and Clegg being re-elected despite the damage they have done to the country. If Labour can not unite the working classes behind it by the time of the next General Election then apathy amongst voters may reach such a height that the Tories get in by default – not a pretty prospect at all.
Ed Miliband has his work cut out but if Cameron and Clegg keep handing him ammunition, as they have been doing, then the Labour leader should have more than enough fire power to sink them both.
[Opinion piece written by Doug Lambert]