Times are hard for (nearly) everyone, and particularly for those finding themselves existing on benefits. And every indication is that it’s going to get a whole lot worse.
We have the promise of years more austerity, cutbacks in services, rises in prices, a widening gap between the rich minority at the top and an ever growing number of the poorest at the bottom, increasingly being cut adrift – and to add insult to injury, being blamed for everything, as if being at the wrong end of society was in itself a dastardly plot to bring down civilization.
George Orwell, in 1984, wrote “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – for ever.”
The boots are here. The stamping has begun.
Despite this, there seems to be very little organized opposition amongst those on the receiving end – nationally and especially here in North East England. I know – I’ve been looking !
So this blog is intended as a first step towards rectifying that situation, raising another voice in protest locally. A small thing, but even the longest journey starts with a single step.
After all, as our beloved leader never tires of telling us, “we’re all in it together”. Trouble is, some of us are in it up to our necks… and still sinking.