Did the Tories just win the next General Election? It is clear that we are all going to feel more pain as far as our wages, standard of living, and public services are concerned, that is clear for anyone to see. Freezing tax bands is a tax rise for all of us at a time when we are all feeling the pain. I know that I am feeling it now and I earn more than the average I suppose in Dundee, that is also assuming I still have a job next year though anyway with the huge cuts that are going to come to the public sector in Scotland due to the mismanagement of both the Tories and the SNP on the economy. The Tories to incompetence and the SNP to both incompetence and cowardice with neither having any sort of progressive vision in this time of severe need.
The energy price cap is due to rise to £3000 after the new year, it will really hurt many of us, but they will argue they are helping those on the lowest money, the Tories can also argue they have brought in a windfall tax on energy companies. They have lowered the top rate of tax to bring more people into that rate so they can argue that they are taxing the wealthy, they are not really, but the picture is they are. Fuel duty is going to go up next year, but the Tories will argue that tax on shares and dividends will change so again the wealthy pay more. They have delayed some cuts to public services until after the next election while allowing local authorities to raise council tax giving them some more time to try and brave this crisis out while using the back door to make us all poorer for their mistakes.
The budget is a disaster for most of us and that hope that I always held that my children would never experience what I did under Thatcher in the 80’s has vanished, my kids are going to have it worse, says everything you need to know about life as a colony in the United Kingdom. But what the Tories did do yesterday was pretty much do everything that Labour said they were going to do if they formed the Government, along with the right-wing media narrative on the economy, have they just given themselves the time they need to win the next General Election. I really don’t believe that voters in England want to vote Labour, I really don’t. I do think that England has went Tory, as Scotland has gone SNP the last 15 years, one country has gone Tory, as has, it’s most important colony.
Now I know the polls are showing a large Labour lead, in Scotland Scottish Labour are taking votes from the Tories but they are not really going to hurt the SNP, Alba are still building and that is a long-term project with no imminent success on the horizon any time soon. Our colonial status means our vote doesn’t matter anyway but what I really think yesterday did was give the Tories a chance to win in 2024 in England, and that is all they have to do to stay in power. They have the right-wing media in their pocket, they have convinced English voters pretty much that it is everyone’s else’s fault but theirs for the state of the UK, throw in levels of ignorance in both England and Scotland and we face years and years of pain with no real political change on the horizon. The real danger though is going to be apathy, and apathy might just win it for the Tories because there is just no real radical with common sense alternative out there.