Well there you have it. The polls were wrong, my instincts were wrong, the exit poll was wrong. We now look forward to five years under a Conservative Majority Government. One of David Cameron’s first acts as PM was to lift the ban of fox hunting. Another was a cap on funding for helping disabled people into work. The Tories have said they seek to “scrap” the human rights act (though a conversation with a lawyer friend yesterday taught me this is almost impossible) and “tighten up” on welfare spending. We’re also getting a 2017 in/out referendum on EU membership.
And already, just a few days after the election, protests are already happening. London is teeming with protesters today as a collective #ToriesOutNow demonstration took their anger to Downing Street. Already the police are kettling, batons out, ready for violence. I’m no fan of ridiculous, pointless violence. Someone sprayed “Fuck Tory Scum” on a war memorial, guaranteeing bad press in the morning, regardless of the level of violence overnight. But protesting now is an essential tool. They’ll try to take our right to protest away, so we will protest for it. That’s how it has to be.
I don’t have an awful lot else to say because for three days I’ve been in a kind of fog of misery and anger. I can’t believe we have a Conservative government. One good thing is that this time they are the only ones. They are accountable for every single cut, cap and sanction. And we have to hold them accountable. We must not let this government – and those who voted for them – forget that their actions have consequences. People have died because of Tory policy. More will in months to come. I don’t think this government will last. I think it will become so toxic, so damaging, that the people will make sure it can’t.
I predict riots, protests, acts of violence, acts of revenge and an awful lot of anger. And rightly so. This government needs to know that it cannot carry on like this, harming its people, uninterested in those who suffer. Those of you who voted Tory clearly care very little – if at all – about anyone but yourself. I hope you feel some of the pain so many millions of others have under the last coalition government. I hope you finally realise that this pain is unacceptable. I hope you feel every cut to come, as so many of the most vulnerable in society have in recent years. I hope you see what we see. I hope you regret your vote, and finally see that you haven’t elected a government for the many but given a mandate to the worst kind of human beings to do whatever the fuck they please with the lives of those living under them.
I am angry. So angry. And I will take that anger to the streets when I can. I promise this. Because I’ll be mostly okay under a Tory government; I have a job, a home and a wonderful network of family and friends around as support. But I didn’t vote for me. I voted for society. Tory voters did not. Tory voters could not give a shit about anyone but themselves and their wallets. And I hate each and every one of you for this.