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The Tories cheered when denying the hard working a pay rise. Now they must go.
Hypocrites. To say the least.
The recent months have been hard for the country to digest, and when cowardly acts of terrorism occur, it is right for the different parties in the country to come together and support the people involved. It was completely right for the praise to be given out by the PM for the emergency services, following the Manchester and London attacks, as both the police and ambulance services were a credit to their country. Not to mention the hundreds of doctors and nurses continuously trying to save people's lives.
But after the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower blaze, it brought to light of how courageous our emergency services really are. Firefighters risked their lives to save others, whilst medical staff came to the residents' aid. It was a true representation of the endless amount of hard work people like this do, day in day out.
Therefore, to my astonishment, the decision made by the 323 MP's on Wednesday was completely uncalled for. These nurses, firefighters, paramedics, teachers and even the military were denied a pay rise by some selfish, hypocritical Tories. Whilst Corbyn looked at them in disgust, they cheered. They actually celebrated not giving brave men and women a pay rise.
Furthermore, the actual guts May had to prop up her government with £1b of the taxpayers money, only on Monday, makes it even the more sickening. The irony, that Corbyn allegedly didn't have this 'magic money tree' and she seems to have stolen the seeds for it. But let's not just focus on Theresa May; this is her whole party. I was angered by a statement made from one of her backbenchers, Heidi Allen, who issued her "anger" at her party's deal with the DUP. It's all well and good highlighting your party's mistakes, but then voting against paying our emergency servicemen and women a penny extra, is out of order. I sense a few guilty consciences within the Conservative Party.
Now the public must add pressure on the government and demand answers, as to why they think it's acceptable to do this. The added pressures of the cladding used on tower blocks has already worried the Tories, but questioning must continue. Attending rallies, organised by people like Owen Jones, a Guardian journalist will show Theresa May that the electorate aren't foolish people. I suspect another election may be on the cards soon, so campaigns in marginal seats are just as important.
Only today (1st July) was Jeremy Corbyn speaking in Amber Rudd's (the Home Secretary) constituency of Hastings, where she won by only 346 votes in June's election. He spoke how Labour could win 73 other seats across England, Scotland and Wales, giving another reason for us as a nation to slap austerity in the face. There can be change. Another 5 years of this cruel government is the last thing we need. Thankfully, already, there has been a real shift in the electorate's attitude and Mr Corbyn appears to be winning the heart's and mind's of many people. Austerity doesn't have to continue for much longer.
Were Theresa May's Tories right to deny the hard workers a pay rise?
© 2017 Jake Dannatt