It’s safe to say I wasn’t the only person
gutted disappointed by the surprising outcome of the UK general election, so I thought I would share my main thoughts/fears/predictions about what’s in-store for us over the next five years under the Cameron regime.
- I think the most worrying aspect of conservative policy can be summarised by one word: CUTS. Be they to housing benefits, disability benefits, job-seekers’ allowance, the NHS, education and the arts etc… the list is quite literally endless, and it makes me shudder at the thought of how much damage can and will be done to our welfare, health, and education system.
- An In out EU referendum. In theory the idea of a referendum as a way of giving the government legitimacy when making large decisions sounds democratic and thus a good idea, however, referendums only work if the people voting in them are well informed. The decision to leave the EU is huge, and to do so would have a massive impact on both Britain as a country, and on its citizens, and I worry that people will not have the time to fully research what leaving the EU would result in. It has been hard enough to try to cut through the political rhetoric surrounding the recent election campaign, and I sincerely doubt that politicians will speak any plainer about the EU. Therefore, I am concerned that a rash and irreversible decision will be made based on political party rhetoric, not what is best for the long term future of Britain. I will be doing a follow up post on ‘should Britain leave the EU’ soon.
- The Snoopers Charter may be passed giving the government the ability to enact blanket surveillance of the UK (similar to the one recently passed in Paris). It was blocked by the Lib Dems in the last parliament, but the Tory majority this time round means that if Cameron wishes, he could probably get the motion passed fairly easily. There are many arguments against the Charter, and Liberty has a good explanation here. Such legislation relies on the government playing off of people’s fear of terror attacks, and using this fear to pass such extreme laws.I just don’t think legislating out of fear is rational, especially when it involves mass surveillance.
- Scrapping the Human Rights Act. To enable Britain to ‘deport first, and hear appeals later’. There’s so much wrong with this, like what happened to innocent till proven guilty, or the right to an appeal? Scrapping the Act would be followed by decreasing illegal immigrants’ grounds for appealing deportation from 17 to 4; I understand that many people believe immigration requires controls, but deporting vulnerable people is NOT the way forward. Plus, I think ‘Human Rights’ says it all, I can’t support a government whose policies clash with an Act designed to protect the fundamental rights everyone is entitled to.
The list could go on and on, feel free to add your thoughts below, it’ll be interesting to see how things pan out over the next few years…