Just been reminded of the Kinnock speech of 7th June 1983, which warned of the things to come under Thatcher. And boy was he right.
Ignore the media. Kinnock was one of the best men ever voted in to Parliament. The speech is below.
“If Margaret Thatcher is re-elected as prime minister on Thursday, I warn you.
I warn you that you will have pain–when healing and relief depend upon payment.
I warn you that you will have ignorance–when talents are untended and wits are wasted, when learning is a privilege and not a right.
I warn you that you will have poverty–when pensions slip and benefits are whittled away by a government that won’t pay in an economy that can’t pay.
I warn you that you will be cold–when fuel charges are used as a tax system that the rich don’t notice and the poor can’t afford.
I warn you that you must not expect work–when many cannot spend, more will not be able to earn. When they don’t earn, they don’t spend. When they don’t spend, work dies.
I warn you not to go into the streets alone after dark or into the streets in large crowds of protest in the light.
I warn you that you will be quiet–when the curfew of fear and the gibbet of unemployment make you obedient.
I warn you that you will have defence of a sort–with a risk and at a price that passes all understanding.
I warn you that you will be home-bound–when fares and transport bills kill leisure and lock you up.
I warn you that you will borrow less–when credit, loans, mortgages and easy payments are refused to people on your melting income.
If Margaret Thatcher wins on Thursday–
– I warn you not to be ordinary
– I warn you not to be young
– I warn you not to fall ill
– I warn you not to get old.”
Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian, used the Kinnock speech as a basis of a piece to warn of the dangers of electing a Tory government in 2010.
Both Kinnock’s original speech and Freedland’s article seem pretty close to the mark.
Should we finish up with Cameron in Downing Street again after the 2015 election, then the warnings of Kinnock and Freedland will seem mild, compared to what the Tories will inflict upon the us.
I live in hope.