There is No Party of the Working Class | Louis Hodson
Labour used to be the party of the working class – now that party is (supposedly) the Conservatives. At least that’s what the Tories, the press and many political analysts would have you believe. Voting patterns seem to back this up, but it is demonstrably true that neither of the major parties really have the working class’s best interests at heart, nor have they for a long while.
Initially I was going to begin this piece by eviscerating the Blair government and it’s catastrophic failings – particularly it’s deliberate open borders policy to “rub the Right’s nose in diversity” (according to Andrew Neather – a speechwriter for Blair, David Blunkett, and Jack Straw) which had devastating consequences on the whole country, but particularly the working class who were told that they were racist if they voiced concern. However, the impacts of the aforementioned policy are well documented; what is not so well documented is how the situation then worsened under the Conservative government that followed.
The Conservatives had until 2018 a target of no more than 100,000 net immigrants a year (still far more than the pre-Blair 90’s [1990-96] which saw an average of 39,666 net immigrants a year) and at no point from 2011 to 2018 did they even come within 50,000 of meeting this target. In 2015, the numbers peaked at 331,000 net immigrants and have shown no sign of falling significantly anytime soon.
Whilst many Tories will say that this was because of the EU, this is absolute claptrap – the majority of immigration has been from non-EU nations for decades. Even if it was the case, why were the Tories making false promises to the electorate if they were so different from Labour? But the devastating effects of immigration and state sponsored multiculturalism being met with rabid acceptance (Labour), or lip service (Tories) is not the only reason I say there is no major party that represents the interests of the working class.
We have the fetishisation of university education, much to the detriment of certain sectors and individuals who are not academically inclined or wish to enter a field that should not require a degree. Tony Blair again planted this destructive seed that has caused severe shortages in some fields like construction (According to the CEO of The Federation of Master Builders) and healthcare which could seemingly “only be solved with skilled migrants.”
These migrants increased our population, and our need for houses, nurses, and the like, which necessitated more skilled migrants and so on and so forth in an ever-repeating pattern.
Whilst this government is trying to mitigate the damage done by the placing of university education on a pedestal with the introduction of T levels and the promotion of apprenticeships, it is still too little, too late and we need a fundamental shake up of our education system and it’s expected outcomes. Perhaps a look at the German education system with their successful (and efficient) usage of apprenticeships is in order.
This is not to say that university isn’t a great tool for self-advancement nor an invalid route post-secondary education, but it should not be the expected route for most youngsters as it is today – for many, often to a great detriment to themselves, their communities, and this country as a whole.
These last few months have borne even more reasons to believe that there is no party truly concerned about the working class. The government has mulled putting a 1% increase in both employer and employee National insurance rates at a time when (thanks to their excessive covid restrictions) many sectors are struggling and as much disposable income as possible is needed to stimulate the economy. National insurance is already an incredibly unfair tax – 12% of earnings between £184 & £967 a week but only 2% over £967 – thus hitting those who can least afford it the most; if we have to increase any NI rates it should be on those higher earners who can afford to pay a bit more, not the just-about-managing working man.
The assault on the backbone of this great nation continues. Whilst the ban on petrol and diesel car sales in 2030 will only concern new cars, it would not be a great surprise to me if this changes to include second-hand sales or that taxes on petrol/diesel cars are increased so that the working-class man can no longer afford to run his car nor buy a “compliant” car.
And what of Labour? They have remained silent over the rumoured NI hike and are already actively going after working class drivers – the London ULEZ zone.
I fear for myself and other working-class people unless something drastically changes.