The British Government has ruined my life…
“I’m 64 next week and I feel the British Government has ruined my life. It has also ruined the lives of many more.
“The Conservative Government has increased the national debt by over 50 per cent; increased homelessness; and increased reliance on food banks.
“They’ve cut back on Social Services to young and old; cut back on funding to our emergency and front line services; and have underfunded all local services.
“At the same time they’ve knowingly allowed major corporations to avoid paying tax back into the country and infrastructure that they exploit. Effectively siphoning off our wealth.
“During the last decade, the rich have become richer and the poor have become poorer at an astonishing rate. Whilst at the same time the scandal of offshore tax evasion has been brushed under the carpet.
“Whilst allowing major companies to pay almost no tax, they’ve been complicit in supporting the ‘gig’ economy by failing to address zero or 16 hr contracts and ‘false contractor’ roles – all contributing to a fudge of the employment figures that hide the stress and anxiety of millions of people trying to make ends meet.
“We rally and complain, but to no avail.
“When I started work at 14, I signed for a Pension at 60. I found out about the retirement age increase at 59 years old, which a lot of us did.
“The Government changed that without a reasonable notice, and without time to make alternative plans.
“There are thousands of Lawyers advertising ‘No Win No Fee’ services for miss-sold PPI, injury claims and time-shares. But what about the injustices to the British citizens, who have paid taxes and National Insurance their entire lives and are now suffering?
“The lack of investment in our country and economy is astonishing. This will come back to bite us in years to come. What’s worse is robbing from the people. A pension isn’t a privilege – I’ve paid into it my whole life.
“I’m outraged, as are so many of our citizens who are suffering today for our Government’s actions. I can’t fathom how they are still in power, other than propped up by the few that are filling their pockets.”
Written by Linda Hulstrom from Wigan (first appeared as a personal Facebook post on 25th October 2018)
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