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Theresa May called an election supposedly so she can deliver us a 'strong and stable' future with Brexit. But isn't the biggest concern for most people just how unstable our lives and communities have become since the Tories introduced austerity in 2010?

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The Tories brought in austerity supposedly to reduce the country's deficit, claiming public spending was too high. But much of the debt came from bailing out the failing banks.  "'We're all in it together", they said, as the rich got richer while our wages went down and benefits were slashed.

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Years ago, Margaret Thatcher got elected. Her and her gang nicknamed 'The Tories' conned loads of us to buy our council houses.

At the time people said, “Don’t do it, it’s a con”. Yet many fell for it. Some wanted to make a quick buck. Others saw it as “protecting” their housing security. Not trusting local authorities, buying seemed the best option. When huge repair bills arrived and interest rates hit the roof, many were evicted for mortgage arrears or left with huge debt.

Now, these homeowners who took housing out of the council’s stock are again realising they were conned by 'The Tories'.

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The introduction of Universal Credit, which replaces many state benefits, will have a damaging effect on millions of working families, leaving the poorest running up the down escalator.

Under Universal Credit low-paid workers will be required to work with DWP job coaches to seek more work hours, higher pay, or an extra job as a condition of receiving benefits. If claimants fall short of targets agreed with coaches, they may face financial penalties.

Now this appalling government has introduced this policy in Haringey with a clear intention to sap money from the poor and making victims of anyone who needs benefits. The programme is a perfect example of the government's heartless policies.

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We hear politicians claim “the NHS is safe in our hands” but do any of us believe these lies?

Go into any A&E. Try and get a GP’s appointment. If you have drug or mental health problems try and get help. Ask anyone with care needs how they cope. We all know the results.

Money won’t solve it all but cuts are killing our health care slowly. When I say “ours” I mean workers and claimants. People like politicians and “the rich” have private health care. They don’t use the NHS.

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For the last two years, politicians and the media have been telling us that we are in the throes of a refugee crisis. Whenever those with power use language like this, it is worth scratching the surface in order to see the bigger picture.

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