27_january_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 987

Tuesday 27 January 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

What a strange feeling, my birthday is the same date as the liberation of Auschwitz which was 70 years ago today. I had never realised before that I shared a date with the end of such an atrocity. I am glad I do, it gives me pause to remember what my parents fought to for, enabling me to be born in a country without the fear of the jack boot of fascism on my neck. Until you and your government came along, that is.

I never imagined I would live to see the day when the UK governments minister for welfare would mimic the words that hang over the gates of Auschwitz in saying, ‘disabled people would be made free by working’ or impose a regime of threats and punishments on the most vulnerable people in the UK.

As new evidence emerges of the depravity of Iain Duncan Smiths sanctions regime it is clear that, despite all his denials, it was designed to deprive people of the means of survival in your ideological war on the poor.

You and your government embarked on the systematic demonisation of the poor, as Polly Toynbee wrote in 2012 in an article entitled, ‘Tory vilification campaign against the poor is so clever’, promoting the propaganda that – “People are poor because of their lifestyles; worklessness, family breakdown, bad parenting, drink and drug addiction, irresponsible debt, crime and lack of aspiration.”

You have turned the poor into caricatures of depravity claiming you are fighting against a “culture of entitlement” in the welfare system. You have aggressively pursued and promoted a divisive battle between workers and shirkers, fuelling resentment and hatred.

At the 2012 Conservative conference George Osborne colourfully promoted hatred of those on benefits – “Where is the fairness, we ask, for the shift-worker, leaving home in the dark hours of the early morning, who looks up at the closed blinds of their next door neighbour sleeping off a life on benefits?”

Oddly enough, 1951, the year I was born, marked 100 years after the potato famine in Ireland, when a million died in a land of plenty through the vicious depravity of Britains ruling classes and it’s government. The cry then was “Give us food or we perish”, now, tragically, too many people in the UK are too terrified to even speak out.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2015/jan/26/auschwitz-liberation-70th-anniversary-survivors

http://socialistreview.org.uk/350/work-makes-you-free

https://intensiveactivity.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/is-this-how-jobcentres-operate-beyond-belief-barely-covers-it/

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/jun/11/tory-vilification-poor-child-poverty

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2012/jun/25/cameron-tories-slash-benefits

http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/aug/14/disability-hate-crime-increase-reported-incidents-data

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/politics/2012/10/george-osbornes-speech-conservative-conference-full-text

http://www.irelandcalling.ie/irish-famine-ireland-exported-food-as-thousands-starved

https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/sanction-and-suicide/

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