My Dear Children,
Today I feel I have to apologise. Your future is uncertain. The Conservatives have won the General Election of 2015. Today, David Cameron announced that he is leading a majority Conservative Government. It may be a majority by a small margin but it is enough to leave me with a feeling of trepidation.
I am sorry my children but I have no idea what the next 5 years will bring for our family. Times may well get tougher; we will more than likely have less money to do the things we enjoy. Rest assured my lovelies, we will do everything in our power to keep you doing the activities you love. I feel like I owe you an explanation as to why we may say no to more than we currently do.
David Cameron and the Conservatives have ‘promised’ £12,000,000,000 (£12 billion) in Welfare cuts. Yes, Daddy does work but we are a low income family. We are currently entitled to help paying our rent and council tax which we gratefully receive. We are entitled to Working Tax and Child Tax Credits which, again, we gratefully receive. We do not abuse the system but it does work for us.
Under a Tory government, all of this is under threat. The £12 billion savings have to come from somewhere and unfortunately, it is always the less affluent that take the hardest hit. It will also mean that Affordable Housing becomes less affordable.
I am sorry I couldn’t give you an answer when you asked why I seemed sad earlier. You see, I didn’t really understand politics and the effect on me when the Conservatives were last in power alone. I can only make a judgement on how my own parents felt in the aftermath. Nanny and Pappy are grateful they had the right to buy their council home at a reduced rate, but that is the only positive thing I have heard.
There are three sides to every story but the one you will get in the South Wales Valleys is that Margaret Thatcher and the Conservatives caused the demise of the valleys, the privatisation and subsequent closure of the coal mines that once employed 200,000 men.
While I don’t know what the future will bring, I do know this. I promise I will never try to sway your future vote; I promise I will let you read and discover the facts for yourselves; I promise that you will never vote for a political party just because I did… you will vote for who you believe will benefit your lives.
We will work through the next five years together, under a Tory majority. I am sorry I can’t give you answers.
All my Love,