Today will be no joke for 100’s of thousands of poor people, vulnerable people, disabled people and children across the UK and Scotland. Some people will now face eviction or debt due to changes to housing benefit, their choices will be to feed themselves and their family or pay the rent. Some will have to decide if they should walk miles to work(transport costs are too high), feed the kids or pay the rent.
Today we are going to hear about people being told to get off their arse and find work, but the fact that finding work which pays enough to live on is pretty impossible in Scotland right now doesn’t matter. People are going to be told to move to smaller one bedroom properties, problem being that after decades of no investment in social housing there are very few available. People are going to be told that the fact that they can no longer feed their kids a decent undernourished meal is because we are all in it together.
Lets me be clear here, millionaires from the three main political parties are doing this to me and you today. In five days time anyone earning over £150,000 a year will receive a tax cut, this is the politicians looking after their own simple as that. And lets also be clear on who is to blame, the Conservatives are to blame, the Liberals are to blame, the bankers are to blame and most of all in many ways the Labour Party is to blame. It was under Gordon Brown that banks were allowed to destroy our financial system, it was under Labour that the Tories have found it easier to continue with their work and none of them are going to stand up for you.
In Scotland we are lucky in some ways, well in one way, in September 2014 we can vote for a different way, for control of our own destiny. I am sorry but my message to everyone even considering a no vote, if you vote no you are just like the millionaires of Labour, of the Liberals and of the Tories. A no vote means that in reality you support these attacks on the poorest and most vulnerable, you support poverty and hunger, you support privilege, you support greed and you only care for yourselves.
The guilty here today are not the poor and disabled or the children who will be made to suffer because of these Victorian policies. The guilty are:
Ian Duncan Smith
They should be in court for crimes against the Scottish people. But if you in any shape or form support these changes to social security, if you in any way support their policies then you are as guilty as they are.