By Darren Lynch
In this time of manufactured hatred against those in society who rely upon State support for their day to day existence, I believe it is time that a wider look at the overall economic effects of government policy should be laid out for all to consider. Local MP’s need to be collecting and collating figures from responsible authorities regarding not only benefits issue, but also from such organisations as charities and food banks, as well as the police with regard to hate crime, to present an accurate picture of what is happening in society.
We need to see accurate, and independently verified figures, compiled by people on both ends of the social spectrum, with contributions made by people at all levels of society.
We need to hear from owners of existing and former businesses, from manufacturers to small retailers, to see what, if any, effect they are seeing on their bottom line, and encouraging them to submit opinions on this subject.
We need to hear from people who have been made redundant, as well as from those who have found work, to discover what difficulties, if any, they are experiencing.
We need to hear from the law courts, to determine what, if any, increase or decrease there has been in regard to their civil case workload.
We need to hear from councils, in a way that does not permit “spin,” as to what difficulties they might be facing.
When we have all the information collated, we should present it to all interested political parties, as well as to every branch of the national media, along with interested international press bodies, to ensure that the truth of our society today is exposed for all to read in the press and/or watch on TV, Youtube, social media and so on.
What we need along with each category of information, is documentary proof of statements made by those supplying that information. If actual documentary proof is not readily available, links to that proof would suffice.
When we have a government in which a Minister can dismiss official statistics on the basis that he “believes” he is right and the ONS is wrong, the only way to convince his superiors of the danger he presents to society is to collect, collate and present information in a manner that cannot be disputed by that Minister. Personal stories, backed up by either documentary proof, or links to it, are what is now required. the press is not the body to carry out such a survey, as the press can be rightly accused of bias towards one or another political ideology.
I am going to set up a page in order that people affected by the changes to society under this government can post details of their experiences, as well as their findings, from which I propose to create a spreadsheet divided into categories that will cover each type of experience or discovery. I will declare on that page that I am merely collecting and scoring the information provided, and that I will not “spin” it in any way. All links to, and collections of, documentary evidence will be completely open to the authorities. I fully expect it to turn into an “armchair protest march” because I, personally, do not believe that there is a positive outcome to the information that can be provided. I am, however, willing to be proved wrong in this assumption. I am hopeful that people from all walks of life will be willing to contribute their stories. whatever is eventually published, at the end of August, will be a street level reflection upon this government’s performance since 2010.
My intention is to score each article, using a “1” for positive information and “-1” for negative. In a very basic way, therefore, the total at the bottom of the sheet will illustrate whether or not the changes to the system are useful or harmful to society as a whole.
I will post the link to the page here, probably tomorrow. Watch this space.