24_february_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,010

Tuesday 24 February 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Sir Malcolm Rifkind has said he has “nothing to be embarrassed about”, after apparently offering his services to a private company for cash, he also said that it was ‘unrealistic’ to expect some MPs to live on their £67,000 basic salary and that limiting MPs to their parliamentary salary would be “excluding very large numbers of very able people” who could not “accept such a substantial reduction in their standard of living”.

Of course the man is incapable of feeling embarrassed, he is so inured to privilege and entitlement he wouldn’t have a clue that in the eyes of ordinary people he is a walking embarrassment, a symptom of everything that is wrong with this country under your ultra-privileged misrule.

Rifkind casually mentions that he charges “somewhere in the region of £5,000 to £8,000” for half a days work. It isn’t that he’s too stupid to realise that in a time of austerity we must all be prepared to tighten our belts, he ably demonstrates your great austerity lie of all being in it together, because for you, he and the rest of your government, it doesn’t exist at all.

Austerity is a pack of lies, spoon fed to the nation, endlessly repeated by the media, believed by the gullible, and used to beat the crap out of poor, vulnerable, sick and disabled people. The super rich and corporations get fat on the spoils of your ideological austerity, allowing companies like Tesco, as reported in the House of Commons by John McDonnell MP, to pick up the phone and order a new batch of free labour from the Jobcentre.

Meanwhile, the banks and the financial sector (remember them? The cause of financial crisis) are about to announce their 2014 bonus pot which is predicted to top £100bn since financial crisis.

It would be laughable if it were not so crushingly and disastrously serious. Poor people are paying with their lives, driven to despair, not least from the violence of Iain Duncan Smiths sanctions regime.

The only belt tightening I can see in your world is caused by bloated privilege stolen in time dishonoured tradition from the lives of the poor.