So…. Tories eh!
Today I’ve woken up to find Dominic Cummings is still in post and Boris Johnson is still missing.
No surprises there then. Will he go? Should he go? Absolutely! He broke the law, undermined the Government’s Strategy, and put lives at risk. So why hasn’t he?
Well, there was a clue in his response to journalists outside his home yesterday. He pointed at them all and said they were not social distancing (irony klaxon if ever there was one) and then said “It’s not about what you guys think”. He was talking to journalists but actually, he was talking to us, all of us plebs, because it’s actually not about what we think.
“We” – ordinary people, living ordinary lives, managing ordinary jobs, home schooling, studying, caring for loved ones, making masks for each other, delivering food, working in care homes, the NHS, takeaways, charities, shops. Those of us who haven’t seen our families, hugged our children, held our parents, haven’t touched another human being in months. That’s who Dominic Cummings was speaking to.
We are the ones who have put the safety of others first, often at great personal cost. Funerals we weren’t able to attend, weddings that weren’t able to happen, exams cancelled, graduations not happening, baptisms, eid celebrations, birthdays, and the daily joy that comes from just being with people we care about has all been put on hold because we wanted to look after each other.
None of that matters to the Tory Government – because we don’t matter. Our lives don’t matter, our loves don’t matter, our jobs don’t matter, we are simply a vehicle for their own ambition and wealth creation.
It’s the old story of class war but actually it is as fresh as it’s ever been.
Brexit, Immigration laws, Co-Vid 19 for the Tories it is what it has always been. Every man for himself and fuck the working class.
At every step of the last vile, appalling Tory Governments we have seen a complete disregard for the lives of ordinary people in order to further their own agenda of increasing their own wealth and the wealth of their allies and friends.
Immigration, Social Security, Brexit. At the heart of these issues there is a complete disregard for the lives of ordinary people.
And that’s it in a nutshell, they are not interested in the laws which apply to us because they don’t think they apply to them. Cummings, and all those who expressed their support for him yesterday (which incidentally included the Attorney General – she supported someone who had broken the law – openly and unequivocally. Think about that for a minute) they all think they are bette than the rest of us.
He will have to go. Of course he will. (Although I am tempted to hedge my bets and think that he will ride it out) But make no mistake Boris Johnson will have been dragged to that point kicking and screaming and not because Cummings Is a vital part of the CoVid 19 response – he isn’t a virologist or an epidemiologist, he isn’t a cabinet minister or an expert in community development, he isn’t a sociologist, or a mathematician, he is an illusionist and a manipulator and Boris needs an illusionist because he is all puff and wind and he needs a manipulator because he just isn’t smart enough.
Seeing the PM stripped of his jeering crowds on the Tory benches, seeing him unwilling and unable to face the press conferences or unable to do a live presentation to the nation just underlines that. He is vacuous and as empty as that empty vessel that makes the most noise. Without his chief illusionist, this PM will struggle, without his arch manipulator he will have to fight to keep any sort of control.
Cummings will be back – if he hasn’t already manipulated himself a wee tidy job with one of the companies that have been awarded lucrative contracts and which are run by his friends. This isn’t going to bring down the government. They aren’t suddenly going to be held to account, we have still five years of tories, of Brexit, of this public school, old Etonian, we know what’s good for you, know your place, I’m alright Jack Tory Government whilst being deafened by the silence of the Labour Party.
If there are those amongst you who look at what’s going on at Westminster and think that this is the best that Scotland can do then you need to take a long hard look at yourself. And not just yourself look at those around you and those leading us in Scotland. Facing the press, facing the Parliament, standing up every single day to ask questions, they may make mistakes, they may not have the power to implement the changes they want to make, they may follow advice only to find out later that it was flawed or wrong but whatever your politics, our Government in Scotland has put people – us – at the heart of the decisions they have made. If you think the Tories are better than that, I don’t know what to say to you.
To the rest of us I ask #YouYesYet? And if not why not? Because unless we grasp the thistle and make it happen this is it. This is the best it can be. And we could do much better.