Boris Johnson would have good, honest British people believe that Islam one of the biggest problems in the world today. Nigel Farage’s belief is that immigration represents an existential threat to Britishness. David Cameron (I believe that Danny Dyer rechristened him – Ed), spoke of strivers and skivers and Tommy Robinson and his followers use terms of war to describe people that aren’t English. My question to people today is: who is your enemy?
In 2017, the Grenfell tower block burned to the ground, killing 73 people. It’s residents had warned that it was going to happen months before. Eddie Daffarn, a resident said:
It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders.
Many more lives would have been lost if wasn’t for the unbelievable bravery of the firefighters who responded to the fire and placed their lives in danger over and over again. When the inquiry started, a section of the media decided to place blame on those same firefighters. My question: who is your enemy?
If you live in the north of the country, you have been hearing about the “Northern Powerhouse” for the last 8 years. It was a pledge to improve transport services, and invest in science and innovation. What has happened instead is that libraries have closed at record numbers, the bus service has been cut back and the train service is as bad as ever. Public transport and libraries are key drivers of social mobility and they are being culled. Who. Is. Your. Enemy?
Junior doctors are the backbone of the NHS. They work long hours directly out of university and take on immense responsibility. When they proposed industrial action about pay and dangerous working conditions, they were painted as money grubbers by the government, who tried to stake a wedge between the doctors and the people they serve. Remind me: who is the enemy?
Teachers work over 50 hours a week. They often spend more time with pupils than their own parents do. When they ballot for industrial action, it can be because they find exams for 4 year olds immoral or because they have had a real terms 20% pay cut since 2010. The government again tried to portray teachers as an enemy of the people. Really? Who is the enemy?
I could go on giving examples, but my point is made. When Johnson talks about burkas, Cameron talks about strivers and skivers or Farage talks about the threat of immigrants, know that they are trying to create an enemy to distract people from the real issues. Women in burkas are not cutting public services; immigrants haven’t frozen pay whilst cutting the top rate of tax and firefighters weren’t to blame for putting flammable cladding on the outside of a building whilst letting the inside fall into disrepair.
To the Tommy Robinson supporters, Farage followers and people that say Johnson is saying what people think, consider what is going wrong in your lives and ask yourself who caused it. Then ask yourself one last time: who is your enemy?