Last night the Tories got their Welfare Bill passed in the UK parliament. Here are a few interesting facts about it:
1) This bill will undoubtedly cause many people, including children and the disabled, to be worse off, putting them at higher risk of starvation, ill health and even death. This isn’t about workshy jobless, and it isn’t even about welfare. The social security system isn’t a hand out, we all pay our national insurance, and many many people requiring help are in work but on very low pay or hours.
2) Virtually all of the Tory MPs voted for the bill, and under a quarter of Labour MPs voted against it, preferring not to oppose this bill, but to allow it to pass effectively unopposed.
3) All the SNP MPs voted against the bill.
4) IF ALL OPPOSITION MPS HAD VOTED AGAINST IT, it would not have been passed.
5) Of the four prospective Labour party leaders, the only one to vote against the Welfare Bill was Jeremy Corbyn. I’m still not convinced, however, that even this wasn’t some sort of game playing manoeuvre on the part of the Labour party. Don’t they know people’s lives are at stake?
This vote wasn’t about party politics or political gameplay, and yet Labour treated it as such, just like they have been doing for a long time. As a result it passed through parliament.
I just hope the general public are paying attention to all this…