Despite what people may think I was not brought up in an openly political family. Certainly my memories or what i believe are my memories are of a family who believed that life was not about material things. I have never believed that greed is good or that I am better than anyone else or that anyone else is better than me. I grew up to believe that being able to share what little you have makes you a better person and that it does not matter if you worship the sun the moon or what ever Deity you see fit.
The one story that sticks with me from the gospels is called the Widows offering (I only know the name as I googled it ) where a widow gives all she has in her offering to the church while the rich are showing off how much they have given
“As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
Now there are many people out there who claim to be “Christians” not many of them admit they are not. If you take the teachings of Christ according to the Gospels.
Personally I never understood how anyone could call them self a Conservative and Christian I have always felt that it was a contradiction in terms like American intelligence.
So it was only after I joined the Labour Party that I learnt that both my parents were lifelong Labour Supporters and would never vote for any other Party. I am very proud that unlike a lot of Labour Supporters they have never wavered from the view that the Labour party is at its heart a party of the working people. If you dont believe them look at my Blog on “What Has the Labour Party Done for Us”
What we must be weary of are the politicians who’s words say one thing but who’s actions show something else. The people who speak of Social Justice and progressive policies but use the same tired old conservative policies of Cutting Local Government funding while at the same time freezing Council tax. A cut to local government means that your Council has to find money elsewhere in order to just stand still. This means that things your local council can charge for go up in price. So the council has to increase how much it charges for its service for Home Helps. The Cost of School Dinners goes up. The cost of Buying a Plot in a cemetery goes up as the does the cost of opening the plot. Then of course there are the cuts the council has to make to its services. The highest cost it has is Staff so as they cant make compulsory redundancies (which I agree with) they look for Natural wastage i.e People retiring either normally or they offer an early retirement scheme with enhancements (which Cost) and more importantly to you and I and the other staff People who leave to get other Jobs. What they do with them is they leave the vacancy open for as long as they can or they just dont replace them. Now this of course means that the council has to carry out the same services with both less money and less staff. This is neither Social Justice nor is it a progressive Policy.
The other way they save money is they claim that centralising a service gives a better service. Where the real reason is the one and only reason you would do such a thing is to save money.
The farce of Police Scotland its closure of call centres the effect that has had on call handling and the frustration of both the people reporting crimes and those who have to register the calls. The reduction of local community policing as police are serve larger areas. Police Stations are being Closed and solvency rates are falling.
Then there is the NHS, I have a lot of respect for the nurses and doctors on the front line of the NHS day after day facing the shortages in staff and the cuts. Just a couple of weeks ago on a Monday afternoon I ended up taking my dad to the ERI in Edinburgh as his doctor had refereed him . He had waited nearly 2 hours on and ambulance till we realised i could just take him . We go to A & E and it was a 5 hours wait before he was admitted. I took a picture of the queue at 5 pm as there were around 30 people standing waiting to register. if this is what it is like at that time I dread to think what its like on a Saturday night.
So we have a Local Government failing us due to its enforced underfunding, we have a police force who cant get people to answer their phones and dont have enough Police on the beat to solve the crimes that do get reported, we have an NHS in crisis with not enough nurses and Doctors to stem the tide.
So how do we solve this ?
well a change in Government in Holyrood Next year.