On last night's Question Time, Michelle Dorrell (35), a single mother of four children, broke down as she accused the government of preparing to give her a right Torying by cutting her working tax credits. Here's the clip that is going all round the web today:
As you can see, Missy Dorrell is a self confessed Tory voter who is only whining because she is now about to get done over. She didn't seem to care when other claimants had their benefits cut by the regime; she seems to have ignored all that because it did not impinge on her or her family. On one level it is hard to say that you would need a heart of stone not to laugh at her distress, which is probably why jibes such as this are also going viral all over the web:
The problem is that Michelle is the victim of a Tory scam that has been running for years. She runs her own nail salon from home, a business which does not make any money, so she relies on tax credits as her main source of income.
If this sounds crazy to you, then remember that the unemployed are pressured to go on courses by the local job centre, or joke shop as they are called in the vernacular. Those courses are run by spiv-like private companies and the aim is to get people off the unemployment statistics by hook or by crook. One way is to encourage the unemployed to become self-employed, and then to rely on tax credits for their income. Back in Thatcher's day every GP was given the nod and wink to sign the long term unemployed onto disability benefit, and now under Cameron they are being moved into self-employment, but the wheeze is still the same: get the unemployment figures down by fiddling them.
Viewed in that light, it is hard not to have some sympathy for Michelle Dorrell, who has clearly been duped by Tory scum. That she now feels that Jeremy Corbyn is a better representative of her interests than David Cameron is a bonus that cannot be denied.
Politics is about self-interest, which is why I am a socialist. If I had been born the son of Sir Charles Bell, landowner, instead of Charlie Bell, factory labourer, I am sure that I would be a hard-arsed Tory who believed in working people to death and paying them a pittance. I am not, so I don't.
Owen Jones, of all people, has it right when he said that Michelle and people like her need to be "love-bombed." This prodigal daughter must be welcomed back inside the tribe and encouraged to tell her story to anyone who will listen: the Tories are scum who aim to impoverish the masses so that the few can become even richer.
That is not to say that we cannot tease her for being gullible and believing Tory lies, but we have to bring the likes of Michelle back on board the collectivist bandwagon. If we can do that then the Tories can be shut out of office forever.