Brian Reade: The Prime Minister is a specialist in letting people down
The sense of deja vu as the election results flooded in was over-powering.
It was 1983 re-visited, right down to a socialist icon like Dennis Skinner being ousted the same way Tony Benn was, and a thumping rejection of Labour giving Margaret Thatcher, like Boris Johnson, the chance to go after the enemy with a merciless vengeance.
The Cabinet will now be dominated by hardline right-wingers like Priti Patel, Dominic Raab and Liz Truss, authors of a book called Britannia Unchained.
It advocated Thatcherite free-marketeering taken to extremes, with everything up for sale and all workers’ rights turned to dust.
This is what post-Brexit paradise will look like.
As in 1983 Labour has to take a hard look at itself and ask why many voters in their heartlands deserted them and how a man like Skinner, who held Bolsover for 49 years, can be so callously discarded by his own working-class people.
But Johnson will inevitably let those people down. That’s what he specialises in.
They will soon realise he won’t Get Brexit Done for their benefit and the only potential being unleashed will be for the rich to get even richer.
During that 1983 election Neil Kinnock famously warned us if Thatcher won “not to be ordinary, young, to fall ill or get old.”
Now that her heirs have won a huge majority I warn you not to be any of the above but also not to be dark-skinned, have a passport from the EU, be disabled or low paid, be in a trade union or be employed in the public sector.
I warn you to expect the NHS to look unrecognisable, state school classes of 50-plus and a poverty-pay economy as the UK becomes a low-tax haven for sharks.
I warn you to expect the union with Scotland to be in the divorce courts and your human rights to count for nothing at all.
I warn you to expect the percentage of wealth owned by the top 5% to go up, while yours goes down and to be fed lies on a daily basis by a Prime Minister with no sense of service to anything but his own ambitions.
As Jacob Rees-Mogg showed towards Grenfell victims and Johnson to a four-year-old lying on a hospital floor, the country has voted for a government with less empathy than a salivating wolf facing a pack of lemmings.
Sadly, many who voted for them will discover they are the lemmings.
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