Wednesday, 31 January 2018

The Tories are dressing their failings up as successes again


The Tory party rely on gullibility to generate political support. There's no other way of putting it.

If you look at the social media infographic they're spreading about manufacturing output being at a 10 year high and accept it at face value, then it looks like a positive economic story.

However, if you apply even the remotest critical judgement, and put the claim into any kind of context, then it's actually a profound admission of failure crudely dressed up as an economic success story.

If UK manufacturing output is at a ten year high, this means that manufacturing output has been weak for the entire period of Tory austerity dogma between 2010-18.

What they're actually saying is that their imposition of ruinous Tory austerity dogma on the UK economy has retarded manufacturing output so badly that it's only just recovered to pre-crisis levels a full decade later.

What they've actually done is just reinforced the fact that their fixation with hard-right austerity dogma has resulted in the slowest post-crisis economic recovery since the time of the Napoleonic Wars!

What's even more mind-boggling is the fact that they're actually expecting a slap on the back for it!


Another important piece of context is that the average real value of UK workers' wages has still not recovered to pre-crisis levels, mainly due to the Tory policies of deliberately repressing public sector wages and allowing an exponential growth in low-paid unstable jobs (zero hours contracts, fake self-employment, the gig economy).

If manufacturing output has finally staggered back to pre-crisis levels, yet workers wages are still significantly below pre-crisis levels, what does this tell us about the state of the UK economy after eight years of hard-right Torification?

And if the real value of workers' wages is still lower than a decade ago, what does this tell us about the Tories' fine words about creating "more higher paying jobs and an economy that's fit for the future"?


Just imagine being so confident that the public are a bunch of easily manipulated dupes that you can dress your disastrous economic failings up as some kind of magnificent success story, and expect them to mindlessly lap it up like manna from heaven.

Try to put yourself in the mindset where you could dress the worst personal failings of your life up as some kind of wonderful success story and expect the people around you to believe it, and even slap you on the back for it, and that gives you an small insight into the sheer levels of arrogance, self-delusion, and elitism that abound in the Tory party.


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