“Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully” (Proverbs 28:5 NIV)
My family in Christ,
I feel that I must first apologise for the subject of this post: British politics. Compared to what is happening in places like Yemen and Myanmar (and even in the United States!) we in the United Kingdom have little to be worried about. But I am worried – enough to dedicate a whole blog to the subject.
I was born and raised in Britain and have lived a relatively calm life here. Most of the time I would rather not talk about nationality: but yes, I have enjoyed being a British citizen and having the freedom of movement around both the nations which make up the UK and also in Europe. (Yes I will mention Brexit here and there but in my humble opinion there is no greater embarrassment to modern Britain than the Tory ‘government’.)
When the Tories came to power in 2010 (alongside their ‘partners in crime’, the Liberal Democrats) I watched and said nothing as the machinery of the political, legal and social systems were reworked in order to target the most vulnerable (those who have to rely on free health and social care, legal aid, tax reliefs etc.). Now like every Christian I am called to:
“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed” (Psalm 82:3)
Of all that was happening, worst of all (in my view) was how the welfare system was (and still is) being carved up, plundered and redirected to help politicians and civil servants to become super-rich at the expense of the people for whom the system was created in the first place:
Let me assure you, Ian Liddell-Grainger MP is not the only Tory to deny this. That video is from 2015, and in the three years since then the UN has reinvestigated UK poverty on an annual basis. And each year the report had damned the Tories. This is the latest one which reported its findings last week:
From where I stand, the Tory Party is a Party of cruelty. Don’t get me wrong, I think that there are one or two compassionate humans within it who are capable of genuinely showing human emotions. Check this out:
Frank Field (a Labour MP at this point) makes Heidi Allen (a Tory MP) cry
Brilliant! I remember watching this live and applauding Ms Allen. But what she has said in Parliament in relation to the government’s welfare shambles since makes me think that, after the above parliamentary session, she was ‘treated’ to a long spell in Room 101, where the Party’s brainwashers brought her back round to accepting the Party’s mindset:
Anyway, enough with the backbenchers. Let’s take a look at the current leader, Theresa May. She’s been our Prime Minister for just over 2 years. What did we know about her from the start of her premiership? Well:
That video was made about a year after she became PM, at the time when she called a General Election – a lost her majority in Parliament! Before her premiership, as Home Secretary she consistently told the police that they could work just as effectively with savage budget cuts. She also played a major part in the Windrush scandal and created the ‘hostile environment:
Crikey, no wonder May wouldn’t dare show her face to the survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster! Incidently, the woman pictured above with the red cross over her face (Amber Rudd) was May’s scapegoat as her successor in the Home Office, and who frequently misled Parliament in an attempt to try and cover up for both of their failings. Now this once disgraced Home Secretary has been appointed to head the Department for Making the Poor Poorer (DWP). As the Universal Credit Sufferer rhetorically asks, “Is ‘misleading parliament’ a requirement to head the DWP now?” Like all Tory governmental Secretaries, everyone who has headed the DWP since 2010 has consistently lied to officials. Now Ms May really does seem to be scrapping the bottom of the barrel and it is really really embarrassing!!!
In her inaugural speech, May said how she was concerned for the just about managing and how she wanted to make being in work the way to lead people out of poverty. Though many people saw this as a lie from the start, it took me a year or so to work out that these have never been, and probably never will be, Tory concerns. And it is just so annoying hearing the same lies recycled over and over again.
Now, though, the situation in Britain has a chance to be made better. The government is in chaos: numerous MPs have resigned from Cabinet and May is unlikely to get her Brexit plan through Parliament. In fact, her short-lived governments have been chaotic from the outset and this is the result the repetitive shambles has led to.
As I see it, one of three things are going to happen from tomorrow:
- Things will remain as they are;
- May’s leadership will be challenged, and the disablist Tory Party will vote for a new leader; or
- Britain shall have another General Election.
In a way I am really looking forward to next week to see what happens. I think that the first option is not realistic (although stranger things have happened). The second option may cause a bit of excitement in society and in the media, but ultimately what difference would it make? The motto of the Tory Party seems to be to hate the British people so nothing would really change. I like the third option. Britain would have another chance to rid itself of an embarrassment and a stumbling block. The fabric of our society has been left in a really bad way, but human nature leads me to believe that there are people out there who would, for whatever reason, vote for the politicians and Party which has caused it. But my one true hope is that God’s will be done. God deals with us in a loving way in which fear and hatred do not play a part, and which leads to His glory.
None of these options can ever compare to putting our hope in Him. May God forgive my feeling this way about the Tories and Liberal Democrats. May my readers also forgive me. Please can you pray for the situation in the United Kingdom, that’s God makes a change in the coming days which will bring order and stability to our lives, and which leads the people of this country to praise Him forever more? Thank you, my friends.
God bless you.
Brexit Betrayal | The Wee Flea
Destitution in the UK 2018 | Joseph Rowndtree Foundation
From Windrush to the DWP: A perfect storm of hostile environment | Govt Newspeak
People are dying as a result of benefits system failings | theworkprograme
Sixty-year-old man proclaimed fit for work despite having a stroke. The DWP have destroyed me | The Poor Side of Life
Tory Minister gives disgusting response when questioned about disabled claimant | Universal Credit Sufferer
UN expert tells of disabled people’s ‘horrendous’ evidence on poverty | Disability News Service
Universal Credit: Social Murder by Design | DUCKSOAP