WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT “JUST ABOUT MANAGING”?

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So, I expect you remember the gut-wrenchingly awful speech, dripping with sugary insincerity, that Mayhem made in Downing Street upon her accession to the post. Her St Francis moment, I thought. Where there is ‘just getting by’, let there be starvation, I though.

She was going to act for the ordinary person; she was going to care about the “just about managing” (not the ones who weren’t managing at all);  she was all about people with mental health issues; she really cared about black people, working class boys, you and me, and not the super rich. This is what she said. (My emphasis in her speech.)

“I have just been to Buckingham Palace, where Her Majesty the Queen has asked me to form a new government, and I accepted. In David Cameron, I follow in the footsteps of a great, modern Prime Minister. Under David’s leadership, the Government stabilised the economy, reduced the budget deficit, and helped more people into work than ever before. But David’s true legacy is not about the economy, but about social justice. From the introduction of same-sex marriage, to taking people on low wages out of income tax altogether, David Cameron has led a one nation government, and it is in that spirit that I also plan to lead. Because not everybody knows this, but the full title of my party is the Conservative and Unionist Party. And that word unionist is very important to me.

“It means we believe in the union, the precious, precious bond between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. But it means something else that is just as important, it means we believe in a union not just between the nations of the United Kingdom, but between all of our citizens, every one of us, whoever we are and wherever we are from. That means fighting against the burning injustice that if you’re born poor you will die on average nine years earlier than others. If you’re black, you’re treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white. If you’re a white, working class boy, you’re less likely than anybody else in Britain to go to university. If you’re at a state school, you’re less likely to reach the top professions than if you’re educated privately. If you’re a woman, you will earn less than a man. If you suffer from mental health problems, there’s not enough help to hand. If you’re young, you’ll find it harder than ever before to own your own home.

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“But the mission to make Britain a country that works for everyone means more than fighting these injustices. If you’re from an ordinary working class family, life is much harder than many people in Westminster realise. You have a job but you don’t always have job security. You have your own home but you worry about paying the mortgage. You can just about manage, but you worry about the cost of living and getting your kids into a good school. If you’re one of those families, if you’re just managing, I want to address you directly. I know you’re working around the clock, I know you’re doing your best and I know that sometimes life can be a struggle. The Government I lead will be driven, not by the interests of the privileged few, but by yours. We will do everything we can to give you more control over your lives. When we take the big calls, we’ll think not of the powerful, but you. When we pass new laws, we’ll listen not to the mighty, but to you. When it comes to taxes, we’ll prioritise not the wealthy, but you. When it comes to opportunity, we won’t entrench the advantages of the fortunate few, we will do everything we can to help anybody, whatever your background, to go as far as your talents will take you.

“We are living through an important moment in our country’s history. Following the referendum, we face a time of great national change. And I know because we’re Great Britain that we will rise to the challenge. As we leave the European Union, we will forge a bold, new, positive role for ourselves in the world, and we will make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few, but for every one of us.

“That will be the mission of the Government I lead. And together, we will build a better Britain.”

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I heard early morning news today, that nearly a million families are having trouble paying their mortgages. And that is before interest rates increase, as they are bound to, and people are forced make real choices.
Then there was this tweet from Jo Maugham:
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Inflation 2.7%. Wage growth 2.1%. Were you just about managing?

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I’m intrigued to know how a cabinet of highly-paid toffs can say that they are listening to ordinary people when they go out of their way to avoid talking to ordinary people. We know May’s general election speeches have been delivered to selective audiences in closed factories, under the watchful eyes of bosses. So how exactly does Mrs May find out what the just managing are thinking?

And, if it is not the rich and the powerful that are foremost in her mind, but people with mental health problems, people unable to find a school (don’t worry, there will be some selective grammars along very soon), people working all hours to pay the mortgage, or rent, ordinary people with ordinary problems… why did the royal household find itself given a bigger cash bonus in the budget than the WHOLE of SCOTLAND?

What I read in Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto sounds a great deal more like what Mrs May was promising, than what Mrs May has delivered thus far.

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31 thoughts on “WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT “JUST ABOUT MANAGING”?”

  1. Well, I did think “Aye, right” at the time. It’s difficult to know which is worse: if she believes her own words, she’s living a complete fantasy; if she doesn’t she’s a stunningly cynical hypocrite. I can’t square that particular circle any other way.

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    1. No idea which of those it is.

      Both, in part, I should think.

      When I saw her that day, I thought:

      1) What on earth is she wearing?
      and
      2) Ha ha ha ha ha … where there is despair… Heard it all before.

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  2. I’ve worked all my life, and always tried to stand on my own two feet. After a job loss and health issues, i’m now seeing the ‘hidden’ UK first hand. A family member with severe mental health issues just adds to the fun.
    So Treeza, why don’t you just FUCK RIGHT OFF!

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    1. And we are all only a step or two away from that, Jutie.

      People who support the vile way that this government treats people who need some support… by denying it, or messing it up, putting people through hell to get it, and by running down the people who need it are, most of them, only a pay cheque, or a couple of months off being there themselves.

      Think on people. It’s maybe ok when she’s doing it to other people. But how will you feel when she’s doing it to you, or your mum or your gran?

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    2. Juteman,

      I do not dislike the world you are asked to inhabit.

      I hate it with a vengeance.

      Politically we are being led by fascists, and they have ideas about ‘worth’ and ‘value’ that no sane human being would share.

      Stick on in there.

      For we shall be free of them!

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  3. Tris

    Tories have no f idea how the majority live in this country and sadly many out there believe the shit they spout when they say they do. She can go do one and take the Windsor’s with her for all the good that bloody family does. I hate this country. I spent some leisure time reading the Liberal manifesto today, another pile of shit that is full of promises and delivers nothing, not that it matters anyway they will be lucky to get 12 seats at best I suspect if the polls are correct. The Tories and the Windsors just live in a permanent Disney Land, the rest of us are facing the Day After Tomorrow.

    Bruce

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    1. Yes, I though about that as I vaguely heard what teh Liberal Dems were proposing.

      Really, they could promise the moon on a stick. It doesn’t matter. The one chance they got to be in government they swallowed most of their principles and blew their party away.

      All the work that people like Chic Kennedy and Paddy Ashdown did completely stuffed.

      Some ghastly people tried to blame the SNP for Kennedy’s death. He died of a broken heart after he lost his seat, they said. We all know he died of complications relating to alcoholism, but if he was saddened at all, it was because of the way his party behaved in government… a government he refused to take any part in.

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  4. Just a question. Is there any member of the Blessed Theresa’s cabinet who is not a millionaire?

    New Rules revised:

    The new Scottish Parliament will reject any candidate who went to Eton. That was rule one. Long long time ago.

    The new Scottish Parliament will reject any candidate who is or subsequently becomes a millionaire. No millionaires will be allowed to stand or sit.

    I keep hoping that the Lottery will make me ineligible, but, sadly, it doesn’t.

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      1. I too live in a flat in Dundee. Can I come with you to Iceland, please? The unpredictability and uncertainty of the Trump/May transatlantic horror show are getting to me…

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  5. I have a new idea!

    If we ever become independent, we should select by lottery a person to represent us. And then, the Prime Minister should be required to curtsy to them, in recognition of who they serve.

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  6. Not entirely sure about the curtsy bit. Perhaps the citizen could do the sword thingy that anointed medieval monarchs? But with a sell by date on it. Probably a modern bar code done in Damascus Steel?

    Saying, ‘until the next election’ perhaps?

    Clearly, the point is that they should serve us. Not them.

    I should imagine Nicola Sturgeon might be our first heroine….

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    1. Hmmm. It’s a reasonable question to which, as at present, we have no answer. I suspect that there are professors working on post-doctoral papers as we speak.

      It’s catching on though…

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