15_february_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,001

Sunday 15 February 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

We have a fundamental problem in this country which, unless it is addressed, is going to lead to untold suffering and misery for decades to come. At the heart of Conservatism is a core ideological principle which Naomi Klein, Owen Jones and many others have described as socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor. Perhaps it could be more clearly described as socialism for the rich paid for by the poor. No better example of this exists than the £1 trillion bailout of the banks which was the greatest act of socialism in our history.

George Osborne at the 2013 Tory conference promised to end the something for nothing culture which was directly aimed at people on ‘welfare’, since when poorer people have fared far from well and have been subject to punitive and brutal conditions causing hardship, hunger, homelessness, acute distress and an ever increasing death toll. Meanwhile, since the crash, the wealthy few have enjoyed a positive bonanza of increased prosperity.

As we well know the tax affairs of ordinary people are mandatorily taken care of by the state through PAYE and the many forms of indirect taxation whereas the tax arrangements of the wealthy and corporations are left to their own devices and for whom tax havens and the many and various means of tax avoidance and evasion are their exclusive domain even whilst enjoying all the social benefits of life paid for by the tax paying majority.

Instead of charging fees for services, banks employ the never ending treadmill of interest charges, a vast publicly funded supply of monthly benefits for the duration of every transaction, with mortgages at the top of the benefits heap.

And here’s the problem, the wealthy are radicalised to protect their interests and to maintain their benefits, from global gatherings, conferences and media coverage to lobbying at the very heart of government, whilst the vast majority of the public who maintain them are supine, inactive, ignorant of and unquestioningly obedient to the dictates of wealth and profits. Ordinary people need to become informed, energised and radicalised to fight tooth and nail against the socialism of the rich and to refuse the chains of economic slavery, sanctions and debt and the imposition of poverty from those who profit from it. Instead of hopelessness, despair and suicide, ordinary people need to find their righteous anger against the hell spawn that drive them to it and learn to fight back!