Monday, 16 May 2022

Safeguarding Minister Rachel Maclean, who you've probably never heard of, has explained that if you are struggling with the cost of living crisis, you simply need to find a better job or work longer hours. Yes, she really told poor people to stop being poor!

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Maclean told Kay Burley on Sky: 'Over the long-term we need to have a plan to grow the economy and make sure that people are able to protect themselves better, whether that is by taking on more hours or moving to a better paid job.'

In other words, the government plan is to have no plan at all and hope you sort things out yourself.

Rachel was sadly unable to explain who would work the essential front line roles if everyone suddenly quit and became a doctor or lawyer. She also couldn't explain what we would do with so many doctors and lawyers! Surely, if there was a surplus of professionals, their salaries would come down and most of them would be unable to find work.

Our economy only has room for so many professionals, and as Rachel well knows, essential front line workers are, well, essential - they kept the economy going through the pandemic. This is exactly why the government was so keen to force them back into unsafe environments while ministers were safe in their country estates. 

If only we could all claim £220k on top of an £84k salary...

Remember that time that lasted about a month when all front line workers were national heroes? Yeah, they're back to being peasants who should know their place again.

This is the thing about the Tories: every word that comes out of their mouths, whether that be praise or criticism, is never more than manipulation to ensure you know your place. There is no sincerity in anything they ever say. It is not ideological because they know their words are bullshit, but they hope you are stupid enough to believe them.

Rachel knows full well that in this economy most people aren't going to find better jobs any time soon, which leaves them with her other appealing option: "work longer hours". The people who are already working so many hours and doing such long commutes they never see their families are being told to work even longer hours. 

Let's just get everyone working 14 hour shifts, 7 days a week. After all, your job should be the sole purpose of your existence. It's grind culture!

Last time I worked for someone else, I was cycling 14 miles a day just to get to and from work. I was also illegally forced to work for two weeks straight while I was unwell. I was leaving the house so early and getting home so late, I was never seeing my kids, and to make matters worse, almost all of my income was going on childcare. Needless to say I quit.

If someone like Rachel had suggested I work longer hours as a solution to that, I would not have had polite words for them. The reality is the Tories have made working life almost impossible. But Rachel's words are a classic Tory tactic: deflect blame from their failures by placing the blame onto the individual. 

If the economy is falling apart, this is nothing to do with government policy, it is simply that you personally are choosing to not work hard enough. You who are sleep deprived and exhausted and medicated for anxiety because capitalism has pushed you beyond the limit, you simply need to work harder. That is how we fix the economy. And just enough people fall for this dumb argument.

Clearly, the huge surge in food bank use under Tory rule is down to people not working hard enough.

Strangely, the government never have to work harder or perform better in order to sort things out, it's always on the working class. The plebs must work harder and budget better. 

Remember, Tory MPs think they can feed themselves on 30p a day, yet they get £25 a day food allowance when they stay outside of their constituencies overnight. They never insist they should be expected to budget better, do they? They're not demanding their food allowance be reduced to 30p a day. Well, it bloody well should be.

I posted the following on Twitter recently and I wasn't even joking:

Obviously, we would have to stop MPs working second jobs and freeze any other income they have and put a stop to their piss-taking expenses claims, but the point is, force them to endure the same cost of living crisis they are expecting us to endure. Imagine an MP suddenly being unable to claim their heating bills for their second homes on expenses. Imagine them getting a taste of living like the rest of us. They would be nationalising energy companies faster than you can say, "Individual responsibility".

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