I am so angry at the Conservatives, who do not even have a majority in Westminster and rely on the "left wing" Liberal Democrats to prop them up, that I am no longer allowed to discuss the budget cuts with Paul lest I have an aneurysm. I'm overwhelmed with both sadness and anger because it is blatantly obvious that these cuts are going to effect the poor and most venerable in our society.
It's funny because when Paul or my friends - or, indeed, any Scottish person - talked about Margaret Thatcher and the Tories of the 1980s, everyone did so with utter contempt and I dismissed their rage as sheer hyperbole. I am used to the Canadian Conservatives and as much as I despise Stephen Harper (twat), they are but mere meekly shadows to the Tories of Britain. Turns out, they are right to hate the Tories.
I suppose I didn't give too much weight to the collective hatred of the Tories in Scotland, because I thought, "well, this is Scotland; most people, in some capacity, look out for one another". Now, it's all too clear that people do look out for one another because, historically, Westminster Conservative governments clearly did not. And now they've done it again.
Perhaps I'm naive but as I watched George Osborne, the Chancellor (i.e. the money dude), deliver his announcements, I could not believe what I was hearing. Not only were the Conservatives perpetuating the lie that they had "inherited the economic mess from Labour" and therefore had to do something, but also dismembering the country that I love. As Seumas Milne said in the Guardian:
And when the UK's most respected economic think tank, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, announces that the poorest will suffer the most and contradicting the government's claim, you know it's serious. And when the Nobel prize winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz, writes the following, well, it's gotta be really serious:
It's just all too depressing really. Yet, as downtrodden and angry as I feel, I know that I simply cannot accept these measures; anyone with heart or conscious wouldn't. I'm not really sure what I can do to be honest but it's a start.