“I now believe that this governments economic policies – cutting spending in a depression, reducing welfare benefits for the most vulnerable, removing employment protections and cutting taxes for the richest – are completely wrong, economically unjustifiable, and I cannot in good conscience defend their actions.”
Torbay Councillor Matthew James has resigned from the Tory Party after calling Cameron’s plans to slash Housing Benefit for those under 25 “the final straw”.
In a statement on his website Cllr James says he will remain as an independent but that a “a misguided and damaging commitment to austerity” means he must leave for the sake of his “own integrity”. Basically he’s saying “I used to be Tory, but then I grew up. Sorry about that.”
The proposal to end the vital benefit, which keeps a roof over young people’s heads, has met a mixture of condemnation and mockery from all sides of the political spectrum with even Daily Mail readers rejecting the plans outright. Cameron was mauled in the polls shortly after giving the speech.
Cameron would expect to lose a few councillors on the way as he continues his rampant ideological destruction – but losing one over proposed benefit cuts was not in the script. This Government appear to be buying into the swivel-eyed fantasy that the reason people despise Cameron is because he’s not Tory enough. As the country rejects austerity Cameron responds by lurching to the right with threats of yet more cuts. The Prime Minister appears to have forgotten that he wasn’t elected. You can almost hardly blame him with the lapdog Lib Dems disintegrating as a moral or political force.
Events this week show that Cameron can no longer distract people from his string of blunders and u-turns with ever more brutal attacks on those with least. Meanwhile Labour remain virtually silent on the open goal that is Welfare Reform, showing that they would be little different if elected.
This whole shower of Oxbridge little shits needs to go, along with the City thieves that fund them and the bent cops that protect them. It’s time to imagine a new world. One without them in it.