14_march_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,028

Saturday 14 March 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

As the head of a government which all too often states that it cannot comment on individual cases, that does not seem to apply when that individual, in your words, “is a constituent of mine, he is a friend of mine, he is a huge talent” and that you hope the situation regarding him can be resolved so your children will not be left “heartbroken”.

So an ex-soldier can be sanctioned and found dead in his home with no power for his vital insulin and with no food in his stomach about which the DWP cannot comment and yet you can comment on a man who allegedly punched his producer because he was offered a cold meal instead of a steak.

It’s nice to know where your priorities lie, perhaps you’ll manage to do a cumulative impact assessment (CIA) for the benefit of your kids and the 800,000 or more people who’ve signed a petition to reinstate a TV presenter whereas your government falsely claimed it was impossible to do a cumulative impact assessment on the impact of the Welfare Reform Act on sick and disabled people.

The WOW petition gathered more than 104,000 signatures to secure a commons debate where both Mike Penning and David Freud claimed  an impact assessment could not be reliably performed yet about which David Phillips of the The Institute for Fiscal Studies said, “We can’t find anything we have written down saying we can’t do a CIA”.

How extraordinary that you care more for the television presenter of a programme that is really no more than an entertaining bit of fluff at best but have nothing to say about the widely reported misery, despair and deaths of thousands of people in this country caused by your governments welfare reforms and Iain Duncan Smiths sanctions regime in particular.

Experts, national and international organisations, victims, writers, bloggers, national newspapers and TV programmes present evidence that you entirely ignore, Iain Duncan Smith just doesn’t believe and Esther McVey sounds like a robot with terminal software problems.

It may well be the case that we are beyond impact assessments because you’d just delay it, bury it, deny its findings or spin it into a back slapping Tory victory for social care and responsibility. Meanwhile, in the real world, where the rubber hits the road, outside the exclusive bubble of Westminster entitlement and privilege, hundreds of thousands of people are denied even the privilege of a cold meal.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/jeremy-clarkson-david-cameron-backs-friend-and-huge-talent-after-witnesses-claim-top-gear-fracas-was-over-steak-10102585.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/jeremy-clarkson-thanks-supporters-campaign-5327934

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/02/grieving-relative-confronts-dwp-minister-esther-mcvey-after-benefit-sanctions

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/09/david-clapson-benefit-sanctions-death-government-policies

http://wowpetition.com/

http://wowpetition.com/2014/01/27/wowpetition-is-victorious-but-write-to-your-mp-and-make-it-more-victorious/

http://www.theguardian.com/society/patrick-butler-cuts-blog/2015/jan/08/benefit-sanctions-absurd-and-dont-work-mps-told-welfare

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/hundreds-of-thousands-of-people-in-the-uk-will-go-hungry-this-christmas-but-they-dont-have-to-9911206.html

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