I’m a 63 year old working class woman born in Oldham, Lancashire and now living in a council house in Bolton, Greater Manchester.
I’ve done many jobs in my life, laboratory technician, sales clerk, registered nurse, part time university lecturer and social researcher, advocate for people making complaints against the NHS, investigator for the IPCC and now I’m semi-retired due to disability. I currently support another disabled person in work – a blind man who lectures in Organisational Behaviour at a nearby University.
I’ve been appalled at the way this current coalition government have attacked our health and welfare system. In three short years they’ve caused more misery, poverty and desperation than any previous government I can remember – even Thatcher’s and that’s saying something!
I firmly believe our NHS is now in very grave danger of being taken over, not just by private interests in this country but by international corporate interests and private equity companies. They will exploit it purely for a quick profit and the Tories are deeply implicated through their own personal, private connections, in handing over an NHS that has served me well (it saved my life) and that has been long fought for by caring and dedicated professionals. The appointment of Nick Seddon, former deputy director of the right wing think tank Reform and a former executive of private health company Circle, as Cameron’s health advisor does not suggest that the NHS is safe in Tory hands.
I predict that immigration will become a hot topic as the beleaguered Tories ramp up their election campaign for 2015. There are already sinister doings by the UKBA that should cause us great concern (see my post for 14th May, for instance).Now they are paying controversial Australian Lynton Crosby to mastermind their campaign we can expect the kind of ‘dog whistle’ politics he employed when working for Michael Howard. The Tories are likely to play on right wing prejudices to bring back those of their flock who defected to UKIP thus actively encouraging racist feelings. Its going to get nasty.