A letter a day to number 10. No 942

Thursday 11 December 2014.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I am old enough to remember when a family existed on a single pay packet, traditionally the mans, and I also recall some of the myths and prejudices that existed then, probably one of the most common ones being that women at home lounged around all day. Quite how the home was (magically) kept tidy, the washing and shopping done, every meal cooked, the kids looked after and got to and from school and so on seemed not to figure as work and was indeed frequently scorned as not real work at all. Prejudice and ignorance abound in every age. Without the 7 million women who volunteered or were conscripted into war work, the outcome of WWII would almost certainly have been very different.

Post war, many women were demobilised and yet the post war period of growth led to rising employment amongst women, but women’s work was deemed to be secondary work, not central to family incomes and welfare payments were ‘based on the assumption that a man’s income supported his wife and children who were his dependents’.

You’ll be too young to remember all that but I am sure you’ll remember how Thatcher (the milk snatcher) set out to drive organised labour into the ground, she not only destroyed the Unions, however, she also destroyed entire industries. It was Thatcher who considered labour to be the enemy within. Little did we realise that she was just a foretaste of things to come and the real enemy within.

It was impossible to imagine that a party such as yours would arise and destroy the most fundamental link between work and pay, strip us of our rights, work and legal protections and systematically destroy the very meaning of work and reduce work to a slavish duty and reward companies for not paying people or that you would turn welfare into warfare with untold deaths as a result.

Your war on the poor, accompanied with sneering contempt, your naked hatred for and persecution of, but not exclusive to, the working poor, the unemployed, the sick and disabled is the most heinous of crimes against the poorest and most vulnerable people in society. Your aim to drive people into the ground, literally, and deny people any share in prosperity in the sixth wealthiest country in the world is a betrayal so vast it beggars belief. Work is no longer a means to get on in life, ask any fireman, nurse, policemen or teacher, it is just a means of the vilest oppression by the worst and most oppressive government in UK history.