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The Cost of Staying Alive

The recent local elections and the swing from Labour to Conservative in many areas have resulted in commentary on the obvious aspects to political allegiance.

Yet the apparent approval of Boris Johnson’s Tories does not mean that they are ‘popular’.

Above - A nice house with a garden in an increasingly impossible dream for most people

Kevan James

What it means is that many voters see no viable alternative. There is no party other than the Conservatives who are thought of as being able to realistically deliver anything. People are describing themselves as ‘politically homeless’ however and are looking for something other than the two traditional parties of government. Yet both of them – Conservative, Labour and their MPs - are very removed from the reality of life for people across the UK.

We seriously doubt whether it is possible for a new party to be formed, funded, develop a comprehensive set of policies and field candidates in all 650 constituencies in time for the next general election. So we are probably stuck with what we have.

And what we have has dismally failed to represent real people and real lives. For all the posturing, point-scoring, palpable nonsense over Brexit, the NHS and the shambolic, stultifying, confusing and oppressive moves over COVID-19, no Member of Parliament, no government minister, and no elected representative anywhere, of any party or persuasion, has said or done anything that reflects the needs of the people they serve.

The cost of merely staying alive continues to rise and rise; water, heating, eating, clothing on one’s back and shoes on one’s feet, are going beyond the means of increasing numbers. And even the most basic and necessary part – that of having somewhere to live, is rising to the point where the numbers of homeless will rise also.

And this despite ongoing remarks from politicians about building yet more houses; houses that people cannot afford and on land we cannot afford to lose.