I appeal to you all, to think carefully about who you vote for tomorrow.
The campaign has been filthy and full of lies, manipulation, and false information, from the Liberal Democrats bar charts to the 19,000 nurses who already work for the NHS. The country is crying out for change in every critical area you can imagine.
Do you think the Liberal Democrats will have any power to stop Brexit?
Do they want to, or is it just a journey full of waffle to ensure they become relevant?
I don’t trust them because they claim to challenge the Conservatives but seem to be trying to steal power from Labour. Don’t forget their history in coalition with the Tories - the bedroom tax, austerity and the student fees increase.
The Conservatives have one primary policy which is to “get Brexit Done”.
Brexit on its own will not help you; it’s the polices and decisions by the Tories over the last ten years that leaves you feeling discontent.
They have decimated this country spreading hate and poverty nationwide, and the misery will continue. The Conservatives have never valued the people and only look to maintain the status quo. At your peril vote Conservative; the pain, suffering and despair will increase, and we should never subject any human to such injustice’s.
The labour party, ok they are not perfect, but the direction of travel is on point.
We do need to address homelessness, global warming, social inequality, the NHS and the education system. We need to rebalance wealth and need to move in a more helpful direction because, if we don’t, it will become much harder to change these appalling injustices and inequalities.
I will vote for hope over misery any day.
If you are an ordinary person just trying to survive, then you should vote for yourself, friends, family and each other.
For goodness sakes #VoteLabour the country needs you!!
Michael Tyrone Shortt
Hello, my name is Michael, I have worked in the NHS for 15 long years, and I am incredibly proud of the service and the original principles. I believe in the right to a healthcare service free at the point of use. However, the foundation of the service and principles are becoming challenges and that is a direct result of chronic underfunding.
The current government and media narratives would have you believe much of the problem is due to an ageing population, un-affordability and lack of staff.
The truth is these are all credible issues facing the modern-day health service, but the current situation we are witnessing has more to do with priorities and deliberate underfunding. While the ageing population does increase the cost of health care and services, it is a positive outcome of a successful health service. It is something that we should be proud of, but often seen as a negative by those who have ulterior motives.
The NHS has suffered since the Tories and liberal democrats came into power during the era of austerity caused by the global economic crash, which is a political choice, not a necessity.
The average increase on NHS budgets every year since the NHS was introduced was 3.7% but since the Tories came into power the yearly increase on average is 1.5% between the years of 2009 to 2019 a massive reduction in the NHS budget (The King’s Fund, 2019). The above information explains the real reason why the NHS is failing to provide the service we are used to; because it has been deliberately underfunded.
The underfunding, reduction and closure of service has painted the picture that the NHS is unaffordable and paths the way for privatisation or outsource which is the current term of choice. The involvement of privatisation started under a labour Government but has massively increased under the Tories despite the constant denial. Furthermore, year on year, underfunding has added to the narrative that the NHS is unaffordable. Well, of course, it is if you are underfunding by the lowest levels in history.
The NHS crisis has been created by the Conservative and in the early years the Liberal Democrats. They do not prioritise your health and well-being, showing utter contempt for the service, values, ethics and survival.
Imagine another five years of a Tory government, what would the NHS look like?
If they continue to underfund it the service as we know it is under threat and could cease to exist. The talks with America is of grave concern because with a proven history of underfunding services and a deal to increase drugs prices could result in certain drugs being withheld or worse, individuals having to pay unjust and extortionate prices. The above adds to the lack of funding, social security, care, empathy and support for those experiencing poverty (14 million, un report, 2018) adding to an increase in health problems leading to more pressure on our health service.
There can only be one conclusion and it is this.
The NHS is being deliberately underfunded, and the vulnerable are being left to rot, and none of the above is safe in the hands of the Conservatives.
Vote for yourself, a neighbour, friends, those with a long term illness or with a terminal illness, the vulnerable and those who are suffering in poverty. We must stand up protect our health service, people, history and things that unite us. Please vote for anyone other than the Conservatives on the 12 December.
Michael Tyrone Shortt
I am over the moon with the agreed Brexit policy just confirmed at the labour conference.
On my way back from uni to an appointment I needed to attend, I stopped by a homeless person.
“Hey, you with the Hair (lol), I know you are busy, and you are probably trying to avoid me but, can you please listen to me before you pass by.”
I removed my earphones out of my ears and proceeded to listen.
He said, “ I know what you think of me, it is true I want money but I promise you I am not a drug dealer or an alcoholic but I need food ( in truth I don’t believe those things of him, and even if he were addicted to something, I could empathise with how that might develop).
The man continued “I am asking, can you spare any money or buy me food if you can? I would appreciate it.”
I responded somewhat in shock with the on-point analysis of the stereotypes and how articulate he was in communicating his message.
I said, “I am so sorry for the position you are in, and I do not place you at fault, “I am not as narrow-minded as you believe.. I don’t have much change on me but I cannot deny you the right to eat.” I looked into my wallet and gave him £1. 70 which was the amount available in my wallet.
Before he left, I shook his hand and wished him luck to help him out of his situation.
On reflection, I could not help but feel how incredibly accurate the narrative was against his plight and many others. How have we come to a situation where we criminalise the homeless, poor and working class - the narrative emphasised by capitalism and neoliberalism.
Can we exercise empathy and treat these people as humans, not delinquents?
The story has to change, and the judgement must stop. We can only measure that by eradicating homelessness, replacing the narrative of criminalisation to one of empathy and pushing for redistribution of wealth.
We must vote for a political party that embraces those changes.
Michael Tyrone Shortt
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