Are the Tory Walls About to Come Tumbling Down? By Sarinder Joshua Duroch

What’s really changed since 1985?

It’s April 1985, the privatisation ethos is in full swing. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are facing the full wrath of Tory policies, individualism and the tyranny of the ‘I’m alright Jack attitude’ sent from the Tory south east of England has increased the gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’…

I am now 44 years of age and it is fair to say I’ve seen the impact of Tory policies and unfairness, the memory of the violence that was displayed by the Police on behalf of the Tories to the miners and their families was totally abhorrent.

In fact, the news I was watching should have had a British Board of Film Classification certificate.

I will never forget the Police waving £20 notes at striking miners showing off their overtime pay, and shouting “thank you Arthur Scargill”.

Many were sent from the south east of England to the northern counties, Orwell was right when he said, ‘If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.’ That boot certainly was faced by anyone who had a socialist bone in their body. As for the cities, the skinheads were booting people around with limited intervention from the Police.

The teachers strike was in full swing at the time. How could I forget, I would turn up to classes and got sent away, we would wander around the streets of Glasgow and be fearful if the then Strathclyde Police would give us a hiding for being truant from school.

Don’t forget for a moment I was subjected to a fear of the police and them using force due to what happened to the miners.

Even at that age we were told that the Police are pro Queen, pro Protestant and certainly pro Tory; what chance did a young Celtic supporter have if he was stopped and questioned?

Well, we move on to 2017, what chance has any youngster got when this generation is still being used as free labour? Back then it was the slave labour of the YTS (Youth Training Scheme) and today we have people being sent on work trials by the job centre and they work for nothing or their benefits are stopped.

Has much changed under Tory rule?

NO!

Not much has changed at all, we lived in the fear of the far right then and had to be subjected to hate crimes that were laughed at by the authorities and the Police, in comparison today it is not an exaggeration to say that it was a totally different world.

Hate crimes have increased but they are treated with urgency now not like in the past where if you took a hiding for being who you are then it was your fault according to the authorities.

One movement did make a difference to the socialist mindset and strengthened the will of many young people, it was the famous school children’s strike of April 1985.

10,000 school children took part in a strike against the Tory’s YTS scheme. Rightfully so given that they were expected to complete their schooling and be oppressed by the employer; who was probably enjoying the delights of the Chamber of Commerce meetings in smoke and alcohol filled rooms down in the golf club or some country club whilst the working classes could hardly afford a pint down in the Working Men’s Clubs of Liverpool.

The whole thing was designed to ensure that the children of those union members would become reliant on the wages of torture whilst business leaders profited from their misfortune of being working class children.

Well, the Tories had something else coming and that was the will of these young heroes who refused to be broken by the state and its attempt to supress the youth into submission, and make them subservient just like those in the colonies who joined the police and carried out the agenda of the masters.

Do not be disillusioned by the exploitation of cheap labour abroad by these corporations where there are little or no employment laws.

India is a prime example with the violations of child labour and the call centres that are in place to serve these corporations based over here. So, it is the same ethos of brutal corporate colonialism and appeased to by the subservient servants who are serving the cause and continuing the suffering of their own people.

Those kids in the city of Liverpool were striking for their future and without any arms apart from their school bags and uniforms off they went to the banks of the Mersey to show the government that their will cannot be broken.

In a time when there was no social media all they relied on was leaflets and word of mouth. They still managed to generate 10,000 kids, all achieved in a city where poverty was rampant because of the unfair policies aimed at the working classes.

The south east overall was relishing in the waves of new cash that was being made available by the sell off from public owned industries and the cash being generated from the boom that was created for the Tory voters in the south east.

As for the northern cities, their kids were taking up the cause of fighting for their justice and future opportunities there were no wages for their efforts only the hope of a better future.

When was the last time holding your ground for principle and morals paid you? The wages of sin only go to the sinful.

The odious Norman Tebbit who was the Education Secretary at the time made it clear that all benefits for 16 & 17 years olds will be stopped if they do not go into further education or if they fail to find work; they were forced to engage with the infamous YTS scheme.

Has much changed in 2017?

Today we have the increase in the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’, corporations are booming from tax incentives and loop holes in the system where taxation can be avoided legally.

Yet we have people being sent to work on work trials for free and then sent back to the job centre to be humiliated for not securing employment!

We need the spirit of the school children who went on strike in 1985.

The will has not been totally broken to stand up for the change in government. I do believe we need to take on Orwell’s words and stand by them by not being afraid of political correctness that in result creates appeasement that silences our principles.

George Orwell ~

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, impostersthieves and traitors are not victims but accomplices”

Do we want to become the accomplices, or do we want to be like the kids of 1985 who were petrified of being suspended, or even arrested by the Police on some breach of the peace act or public disorder act being in place.

Don’t forget, now you can simply Google everything, back in 1985 you needed to learn your rights and know them well because it was deemed that you had no rights if you were northern, working class and the son or daughter of a socialist.

To remind the youth of today, I must express this example of what the Tories and their antics are really like.

We must agree that we are a charitable nation, are we not?

Yes of course we are.

I grew up at a time when the famine in Ethiopia was killing the whole nation, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure started the Live Aid campaign and it certainly showed the world that we are a charitable nation of substance.

Our working classes did what they could to raise money for the Live Aid cause and showed their charitable nature.

There is no doubt those who watched the scenes on the news were moved to the point where it left a psychological scar on the mind.

Watching children die in their parents’ arms and be subject to the torment of starvation really moved this nation.

It didn’t move the Tories or Thatcher though did it!

I will never forget her being collared by Bob Geldof because she refused to exempt the Band Aid record, ‘Do they know it’s Christmas’ from 15% VAT.

So here we have the working classes raising money for the cause to save the lives of starving children and doing something for humanity, whilst they themselves were still nursing the wounds of police batons from the miners’ strike.

Thatcher with a deluge of support from the Tories would refuse to exempt the record of VAT and return any tax made from the record to the starving children of Ethiopia.

A Labour MP at the time held Thatcher to account and asked her to refund the 15% tax. MP Al Morris of Manchester, Wythenshawe said:

“Every penny of this money was intended for starving children in Africa, and not for the Billy Bunters of the Treasury. You cannot praise the Good Samaritan and then mug him to the tune of 15% of his aid.”

“I want Mrs Thatcher to instruct the Treasury to find a way to refund their pickings from this wonderful event -which may run into many thousands of pounds.”

MP Morris became the first Minister for the Disabled in 1974 and his work played a huge role in passing legislation in 1970 for disabilities and chronic illnesses.

I wonder what he would have to say about the Tories and their antics with PIP and the indignation that disabled people must go through today.

So, what has changed since 1985?

Years later, in November 2014, George Osborne eventually surrendered to the idea of VAT exemption and informed Geldof he can keep the money for the Ebola cause.

Did he want to appease the working classes by making this decision or was he just as moved as his loyal tears for Margaret Thatcher at her funeral?

They say in politics that one must vote and speak with their conscience, so didn’t one Tory MP have the courage to stand up and hold the hierarchy of the Tory party to account?

At least in the Labour party Blair felt the wrath from Robin Cook over the Gulf war and had his own MPs holding their ground.

The Tories were and still are petrified of their leadership, any sign of change will be for their own financial gain or a power grab; not for the principles of humanity, that you can forget right this very instant.

So, what has really changed?

We still have massive profits being made by companies that bought our industries!

We still have cheap or total free labour.

The human trafficking situation is way out of control because profits before people is still the main concern of the Tory government.

People cannot make it to the end of the month financially, food and fuel poverty is a massive problem and zero hours contracts have been allowed to flourish without much opposition or questioning from the Tories.

We have had a recent increase in rail fares and buses are no longer the cheaper option for the working classes.

The 1985 deregulation act of our buses was implemented in October 1986, Labour Lords managed to create an amendment that prevented PM May from prohibiting local authorities from running a bus service back in 2016.

Labour made it clear that municipalisation must remain an open option to local authorities, thus allowing the opportunity of public ownership returning to the people who were victims of corporate theft by the Tory government.

Bus fares have risen faster than inflation and bus usage has fallen by more than a third causing more congestion on our roads.

So again what has changed since 1985?

It’s the same corporate tyranny supported by the Tory government, someone is certainly getting richer from all of this and it isn’t the people who are paying for all, that is a certainty.

Consumers must accept it or just simply must walk to their destination; the market is like a hostile takeover where three bus companies hold the monopoly they are Arriva, Stagecoach and First Bus.

The Tories have totally ensured that the working class pay for this proper, since 1995 to 2016 bus fares outside of London rose by 156% whilst the Retail Price Index rose by 77%.

What has changed since then?

This month saw another rail fare increase for the same quality service where delays, cancellations and not getting a seat is a daily occurrence.

As for the Tory faithful; the membership I am referring to, that is falling according to media sources and activists the figure could be under 100,000 members.

Is it the case that the autocratic ethos of the Tories has finally broken the will and participation enthusiasm when only 28% of them have a say on policy formation?

Could it be that many Conservative members have been mislead and when they visit their doctor’s surgery or local hospital the reality hits them straight in the face?

Maybe the reality of life hits them when they need to access the NHS or face unemployment.

Whatever the reason, brick by brick, this wall is tumbling down.

The next repetition we will be seeing is more seats like Canterbury becoming Labour; Canterbury was a massive victory and with Jeremy’s leadership more towns and cities will become Labour.

Whatever he is doing it is working and working exceedingly well the membership reflects that at over 500,000.

I will leave you with the lyrics of the 1985 song Walls Come Tumbling Down by the Style Council, it may just rekindle your desire for change of government and not stand for this social oppression.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5HfOipwvts

You don’t have to take this crap

You don’t have to sit back and relax

I know we’ve always been taught to rely

Upon those in authority

But you never know until you try

How things just might be

Are you gonna try to make this work

Or spend your days down in the dirt

You see things can change

Yes, and walls can come tumblin’ down

Lights go out

Walls come tumblin’ down

Yes, they do

Yes, they do

The competition is a colour TV

We’re on still pause with the video machine

Until the unity is threatened by

Those who have and who have not

Those who are with

And those who are without

And dangle jobs

Like a donkey’s carrot

Are you gonna

Get to realise

The class war’s real

And not mythologised

And like Jericho

Yes, and walls can

Come tumblin’ down

Lights go out

Walls come tumblin’

They’ll be too weak

To fight it

Oh, the world’s united

Oh, we’ll unite it

Are you gonna

Be threatened by

The public enemy

Number 10

Those who play

The power game

They take the profits

You take the blame

Are you gonna try

To make this work

Or spend your days

Down in the dirt

You see things can change

Walls can come

Tumblin’ down

Oh, lights go out

Walls come tumblin’ down

Yes, they do

Lights go out

Walls come tumblin’ down

Oh, lights go out

Walls come tumblin’ down

Oh, lights go out

Walls come tumblin’ down

Source BBC Politics, Daniel Zeichner Labour MP for Cambridge.

Author: The Avenger

Independent writers from a very varied background with a shared vision of empowering stories , news and reviews not always highlighted by the mainstream media

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