Austerity, Brexit, Conservatives and Devaluation: The Great Afflictions of The United Kingdom

Adebayo Adeniran
5 min readSep 18, 2022

ABCD of Britain’s terminal decline.

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It is no exaggeration to state that the United Kingdom is gravely ill.

Our economy is currently being placed under ‘medical supervision’ and we have no clue as to whether it will make a full recovery.

Contrary to the nonsense being spouted by the experts, our illness is self-inflicted; brought about by several years of poor choices.

Austerity

When Gordon Brown decided to step in to clean the mess made by the bankers during the global financial crisis of 2008, he failed to anticipate the degree to which this act of mercy would be used by the wealthiest to consolidate their position and destroy the poorest among us.

For this was exactly what happened in 2010, when the Conservative led coalition came into power.

No sooner had the Tories stepped in than they began to oversee the destruction of the safety nets which were put in place by the Labour party from 1997–2010.

Tuition fees which were pegged at £3,000 were tripled to £9000. This ensured that children from the poorest backgrounds were put off from going to university and those who chose to go were saddled with nearly £40,000 in debt, before stepping into the workplace.

The funding of local libraries were heavily scaled back and the educational grants which were instituted for kids from the most deprived areas were removed.

But all this paled into insignificance with what the Conservatives did when they won a full majority in 2015.

The introduction of the bedroom tax.

Not content with eviscerating state provisions which the British public had come to take for granted, the second conservative government went for the jugular.

And how did this happen?

By literally invading our bedrooms.

The policy of the bedroom tax from our Tory friends, who have always proclaimed their libertarian principles from the roof tops, meant that there was no hiding place for the working class.

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Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible