After 309 years of union the Poverty and Social Exclusion in Scotland 2015 report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation makes very sober reading. After 309 years of political union with England, bringing about the creation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain , it paints a picture that is nothing short of a moral disgrace.
We hear a great deal from the likes of KeZia Dugdale, Willie Rennie, Ruth Davidson, David Cameron, Gordon Brown etc on the benefits of the Union, of pulling and sharing resources, of the safety net blah blah blah. The reality of the Union in Scotland today is very different.
The reality is actually shit.
Today ONE MILLION people live in poverty in Scotland.
117,689 people used food banks in 2014/15 in Scotland.
64% of those in poverty are working adults which means that 23% of children in poverty come from families who are in work. Glasgow (33%) and Dundee (28%) have the highest rates of child poverty in Scotland.
Young adults make up 40% of those unemployed in Scotland.
16% of claimants on JSA have received a sanction in Scotland and claimants on JSA for more than five months are more likely to be sanctioned in Scotland.
15% of claimants in Dundee have been sanctioned.
600,000 people in Scotland are classed as being in low paid full time work.
Life expectancy in Scotland is 69 years in the most deprived areas compared to 74 years in England.
28,500 households are classed as being homeless in Scotland, five times greater than in England.
49% of pensioners in Scotland are in fuel poverty, 39% of all households are in fuel poverty.
The very richest in the United Kingdom have seen their net worth double since the recession which started in 2008. In the last year alone the Queen has seen her personal fortune rise by 10 MILLION POUNDS to 330 MILLION POUNDS.
Since I was a teen I have been told by both Conservative and Blair’s Labour Government that wealth trickles down, the reality is greater inequality and more debt accumulated by the poorest. Income is roughly 7% lower now than it was in 2008 for the poorest with the public sector facing either pay cuts, or increases pegged at 1% while MPs got a 10% pay increase last year while the poorest have seen a cost of living increase of 25% since 2008.
Being Better Together and All In It Together has resulted in cuts that mean Dundee City Council is right now proposing changes to terms and conditions for it’s lowest paid staff which could mean a £2000 pay cut per year for some.
As I blogged previously I resigned my membership of the Scottish Liberal Democrats in disgust over many issues and policy decisions but you know what! The Scottish Liberal Democrats, The Labour Party, The Conservative and Unionist Party and UKip can shove their UNION right up their arse.
We are not all Better Together or All In It Together, some of us are a hell of a lot more equal than others. Some of us are paying the price of 309 years of greed and poverty and some aren’t. If no voters out there can’t see what is right in front of them then I dispair. In 2016 people should not live in poverty, in 2016 people should not be hungry or cold in Scotland. In 2016 we should be at the point where our society is improving, our conditions are improving, our life chances are improving, but in this f****** union they are not.
We should be angry, we should be f****** livid. This blog entry is why I will never support this union, why I will never have anything to do with a unionist party again, why I despise everything about our politicial union with the rest of the United Kingdom. I know that poverty exsists all over the United Kingdom and I hope that people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland also wake up to the facts in their own countries, wake up to the injustices they face, but right now my concern is Scotland and I have had enough.
Check out http://povertytruthcommission.blogspot.co.uk/ and read real stories from real people and see if you have had enough as well.
This blog, this little bit of angry, will try to express a YES narrative as much as possible because the alternative for much longer really is the stuff of nightmares. This so called union has failed us, by us I mean the poorest, obviously there are those who believe all the shit they read, they believe the rubbish spouted by the likes of Rennie, Dugdale and Davidson and too many of them turn a blind eye or just don’t care. Hate is a horrible word but I hate this union more than I can ever explain.
The slow steady approach of the SNP is not good enough either, more drastic action is needed now. There are 56 SNP MPs (54 officially) at Westminster. F*** the rules and traditions, F*** the pomp and the right honourable this and right honourable that. Any Government that sees people hungry, any Government that sees people cold, any Government that sanctions the poorest and rewards the wealthy deserves our contempt. It’s time for the 56 to stand up and be counted or you might just get replaced by 56 who will.
Just my opinion and if you don’t agree with it I just don’t care.