07_december_2014A letter a day to number 10. No 938

Sunday 07 December 2014.

Dear Mr Cameron,

A study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health by Australian scientists in 2013 found that the suicide rate in the country increased significantly when a Conservative government was in power. This was followed up by Dr Mary Shaw and colleagues from the University of Bristol who said the same pattern was evident in Britain between 1901 and 2000 with suicides soaring under Thatcher. The Bristol study found that “35,000 people would not have died had the Conservatives not been in power”. That’s two suicides for every day the Conservatives were in office. Although lead researcher Professor Richard Taylor, of the University of Sydney, said, “There is a strong relationship between socio-economic status and suicide”, the Bristol team found that it’s not just economics. During the period of growth in the 50’s in Britain, under Tory rule suicides were still above average.

Whilst the report that I have access to states that “Conservatism Devalues Life” is conjectural, observations and logical inference support such a finding. Indeed, as I and many others have been reporting for years now, the devaluing of life under your government has reached its Zenith, such that your government, and Iain Duncan Smith in particular, have refused to publish the death rates under your ideological austerity in your war on the poor.

Iain Duncan Smith has turned the welfare state into the warfare state in which money, as the means of our survival, has become an ideological weapon being used against the poorest and most vulnerable people in society.

Osborne’s Autumn Statement makes it clear that 60% of cuts are still to come. IFS director, Paul Johnson, said Osborne’s plans will cut the size of the state back to a level last seen before the second world war, thus marking the end of the post war consensus once and for all with the destruction of the welfare state and collective responsibility.

With the plight of the poor set to explode even beyond the present catastrophic levels, the banks, who are the root cause behind all this, are as blithe and arrogant as ever. RBS, which is 80% publicly owned, has found a way round bonus capping by offering executives share ‘allowances’. The public are just an open IOU for the banks to benefit from, far from serving the public they are operating an open grave for public resources and labour casting us ever further into debt and richly rewarding themselves for their crimes, ably supported by you and your government.