The Strategy Of Tory Universal Credit

Finnian O Domhnaill is scathing of the UK's Tory government.

Divide and conquer is alive and well for the Tories tactics and this time they are using apathy instead of conflict to roll in their power and policies.

Does anyone in Derry give a dam about those affected by universal credit in Norwich? What about those who will be effected in Slough or Hull? Do you think people in Dundee or the Outer Hebrides will care about a fella's dole being cut for six weeks in Hackney?

Its hardly surprising that the answer would most likely be no. Those living in Ballymena or Lisburn have things to do and people to see. They don't have time to think about those on the other side of the union. However, when a government is introducing policies that will effect those in Belfast or Liverpool, Derry or Bolton, Isn't it time to join together in mutual agreement and protest together as one unit?

The Tory party know full well the implications of what universal credit means to the people of the U.K.

They understand that people are fuming over the plan to lump 6 benefits into one and hand it to the poor, disabled and low income families on a monthly basis. On top of this, people will have to wait up to six weeks until they are paid.

The main issue that the Tories are aware of is that they know that they could not introduce it to the whole of the U.K at one go. Instead, universal credit will be rolled out in different regions of the U.K. In turn, you will not have a mass nation wide up roar opposing it.

Its better to implement it in places like Newcastle first so people in London are unaffected. Its better to bring it in to Belfast while people in Coventry will simple be unaware of it going on.

It is a very clever ploy the Conservative government have done to chop up the voices of the working class and most vulnerable people in society. It is easier to ignore the faint voices of protesters from time to time, a few in Manchester one week, another few in Sheffield the other.

These weekly or monthly voices that will inevitably fall on deaf ears are exactly what the Tories have planned out to do. Their strategy has worked and is still working. Unless their is a U.K wide protest against the removal of the inhumane introduction of universal credit, unless all working class people unite in this protest and demand it to be removed, then nothing will change and it will be the working class and most vulnerable who will continue to suffer under the Tory regime.

So why don’t you, that sits on the sidelines and watches your opportunities flutter away, get involved? Why don’t you, that cries ‘’injustice!!’’ but goes home and puts up with it anyway, get out there out there and protest and join in the movement? You, that is enough, you, that does have a voice and a say in your future. you, that can make a change. You, me, us, together and collectively can actually make a change and bring a fairer society.

Finnian O Domhnaill is a political writer from Donegal, currently living in Derry. He is the creator of the political page No Bones About It.

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