David Cameron’s true colours shined through during his interview with Jeremy Paxman tonight. He made it pretty clear that he believed the 1980s inequality was justifiable and tolerable in order to achieve a ‘sustainable’ economy and growth. However, he then tried to claim that if he became Prime Minister now it would be somehow different when the Tories attempt to ‘sort’ the economy out. Let us unpick the illogicality and total inaccuracy of this claim.
Cameron’s emphasis in terms of improving the economy is growth, and it is clear he would do whatever it takes to reduce the deficit. He blamed the 1980s inequality on the legacy of Labour, but in the same interview, he referred to how we have borrowed more in this current recession than we did in 1976 when we went to IMF, part of what he has attributed as the reason for the massive inequality within the 1980s.
So what is the difference? It is exactly the same situation, if not worse. Like in the 1980s the Tories neglected inequality for their ideological aims to an unfair neo liberal economy, they will do it again if they are elected. All their policies are inherently unfair and do nothing to promote inequality, as Paxman cleverly highlighted.
Take marriage tax, Paxman enlightened me further about the inequality and out of dated nature of that policy. I was unaware that when one of the partners stays home they are able to claim the tax benefit. This is Thatcher 2. Whilst furthering the economy through unequal aims, they also want to promote some ‘ideal’ nuclear family.
There is very little that has changed from the 1980s Conservative party and the ‘modern’ day Cameron party. If we elect Cameron, we will be greeted with a great deal of inequality that will destroy the lives of many. Let us not make the same mistake we made in the 1980s…