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Sun Jul 31, 2022, 04:45 PM

Jeez Louise the real cost of inflation is through the roof...

Was in Waitrose this morning and bought a particular item from the essentials range. Last week this item was 1.99, today 2.50 - an increase in a week of 25%. How are people on a fixed income supposed to cope? I speak from a position of somewhat privilege, I have a good job, living in the centre of a city means public transport is readily available (no petrol costs) and my energy bills are traditionally very low and so the current increases in energy supply have not impacted as significantly as they will have with others. But what are people supposed to do? Food bank donations are down because people are tightening their own belts - Warm banks are being suggested so that those in energy poverty can pop in somewhere to keep warm in winter. You listen to people calling into radio shows who have had their electricity cut because they cannot feed the meter, wearing indoor coats, only bread and butter to eat... employed people that could not cope last year - and that was before the current shitshow allowed the energy and oil companies to boost profits for shareholders by increasing profits to unsustainable levels for half the country - what on earth are they going to do this year? Inflation at 9% - that would be bad enough - but it is way higher than that for those affected the most by it.

We need a plan or people are going to die, and we have an absent administration and a leadership race that is focused on who can be the most racist, homophobic, transphobic wanker to appeal to the Gammons and the Shires, rather than being serious about any of the issues facing the post Brexit Britain they have created. It is shocking.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sun Jul 31, 2022, 05:03 PM

1. Yeah it's pretty bad

On the public transport front where I am, cuts to public transport, especially buses are horrific. far worse than during the Cameron years!

Businesses such as pubs that rely on disposable income are noticeably quiet as about the only people who have any disposable income right now are pensioners.

The economy is tanking alarmingly, and you would think that Tories would have a lot to say about this. Especially as monetarism (the economic dogma of the Thatcher years) was heavily focused on controlling inflation. And inflation is the major problem hitting the UK economy right now. But no, all they are bothered about is unisex toilets and using the word "woke" pejoratively in every other sentence.

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Response to T_i_B (Reply #1)

Sun Jul 31, 2022, 05:28 PM

2. And the new section 28 for trans kids

lets not forget about that in their race to the far right bottom, while people literally go without. Where the fuck is the gravitas?

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Response to Soph0571 (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 31, 2022, 11:38 PM

3. My MP is one of the worst offenders for this

Totally negligent at constituency level, but very homophobic and only too happy to go on TV to complain about sex ed lessons in school containing too much sexual content.

I'm convinced that it's only a matter of time before right wingers start trying to get Pantomime dames banned. Such is their current bizarre obsession with Trans people. Meanwhile people can't afford to pay skyrocketing electricity bills and trade is collapsing.

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