The New York Times Reports on the Tories “Divisive” Whac-a-Mole Mayhem

Thoughts of a Leicester Socialist

Reporting on the second lockdown imposed upon Leicester city by the Tories the title of a New York Times (July 9) article said it all: “‘Whac-a-mole’ against virus sounds reasonable, unless you’re the mole.” As it explained: by…

“…carving a stay-at-home border around one region while others hurry back to pubs and jobs has proved to be a convoluted and divisive step. And it illuminates the difficulties that countries across Europe and Asia will face as they try to battle local flare-ups of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.”

The article correctly made the connection between the city’s relative deprivation and the spread of the virus, noting that Leicester was “recently ranked as the 21st most deprived of more than 300 local authorities in England.” It also highlighted how the government had prevented the city from responding to a localised spike by refusing to share testing data…

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Tory Failure Long-List

Van Rants

Between 2010 and 2015 the Tories slashed £20 billion off the NHS budget.

Current spending plans involve a further £22 billion in funding cuts by 2020

Fifteen thousand beds have been cut since the Tories came to power

Ambulance waiting times skyrocketing – 20,000 waiting over an hour under Labour.  80,000 now.

Labour consistently hit 98% target of patients waiting under 4 hours in A&E.  Now, its down to 85%

When Labour left office, every single NHS trust operated at a surplus.  Now 5/6 operate at a deficit

In the past year 193,406 people did not get the operation they needed within 18 weeks

Junior doctors debacle

60,000 seriously ill people had to wait over four hours in December 2016 alone People are having to wait four weeks to see a GP.  The average wait is two weeks

Demanding that pensioners – who have paid taxes all their lives –…

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The only reason I am against the Tories. Their record.

Van Rants

I know Tory apologists would like it if they could dismiss me as perhaps a ‘bitter liberal remoaner’, but I accept that Brexit has happened.  Perhaps they’d like to imagine me as a black-masked, Molotov-cocktail wielding anarchist?  Such anarchists are against ALL political parties.  Perhaps they think I’m some contrarian politics student, riling against the government for the hell of it?  Wrong again.  Maybe it’d be easier for them to picture me as a dyed-in-the-wool socialist, but I’m not.  All the easy clichés and ad-hominem attacks of why I oppose the Tories are nonsense.

I consider myself completely moderate.  I don’t hate them just for the sake of it, or because it’s ‘cool’ and  ‘rebellious’.  I don’t oppose them because “they’re the blue team and I support the reds” There is literally only one reason I oppose the Tories;

The ways they have failed, and the immense damage they have…

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