Back in Parliament
I was in Parliament this week listening to the Queen’s Speech. Listening to some backbench Tories, you’d think people were choosing to be poor. In reality, the party in power has consistently chosen to make people poor over the last decade, facilitating a massive transfer of wealth to the very richest in our society.
And this trend has only accelerated since Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak took the helm. During the first year of the pandemic, we witnessed one of the largest transfers of wealth to the very richest in our society as UK billionaires sat back and increased their wealth by £290,000,000 a day. Instead of announcing a plan to tackle the energy bills crisis and help people facing poverty and financial turmoil, the Government used the Queen’s Speech to set out an agenda to keep things this way and keep wealth and power in the hands of the few, with drastic new measures to curb our right to protest, rip up the Human Rights Act, and rip up some of the other vital legal protections we currently enjoy.