30_march_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,043

Monday 30 March 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Iain Duncan Smith said in response to the leaked secret plans regarding Osborne’s proposed £12 billion cuts in welfare that they ‘did not represent government or Conservative party policy and blamed the leak on a “bitter individual” in the department’.

He went on to say, ‘his party would not make “cheese-paring cuts” but added that it may not be “relevant” to explain where the rest of the cuts will fall before the election. “When we are right and we are ready, we will talk about what we plan to do. [Voters] know for certain that we are going to save the £12 billion. We may, we may not, decide that it’s relevant to put something out there about some of those changes”‘.

I think it is time that Smith was disabused of some of his stupendously arrogant assumptions.

The Welfare system is not yours or Osborne’s or Smith’s, it is ours, it belongs to all of us equally, each contributing according to our means, other than those social pariahs who wilfully evade or avoid contributing taxes. Smith’s arrogant assertion that the leaks were down to a “bitter individual” in the department says everything about him and nothing about the individual who must have believed that such a leak was in the public interest (which it was) and indeed vital if voters are to be enabled to make informed decisions in the coming general election.

Smith says his party would not be making “cheese-paring cuts” which presumably means they will be bloody great big devastating cuts which even more poor, sick and disabled people are going to pay for with their lives.

It is not down to Smith to decide what is or is not relevant for the public to know when he is ‘right and ready’, he is neither right nor ready at the best of times, even when fellow MPs report that benefit sanctions are driving people to suicide.

Cuts cost lives and the welfare system under Smiths misanthropic, pestilential and arrogant, misrule is devastating the lives of millions. He is a menace to society. But I’ll leave the last word to Helen Lewis who wrote, “Whenever I talk about the need for better representation of women and minorities in politics, there is a stock response. ‘Surely we want ministers appointed on merit?’ people ask, making a serious face. And I always think, “So how do you explain Iain Duncan Smith, then?”‘

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/generalelection/conservative-secret-plan-for-12bn-welfare-cuts-10140610.html

http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2014/10/21/uk-welfare-reform-deaths-updated-list-october-21st-2014/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mps-report-benefits-cuts-driving-5388705

http://www.jrf.org.uk/media-centre/report-reveals-new-face-uk-poverty-64567

http://www.taxpayersagainstpoverty.org.uk/a-prayer-for-the-end-of-sanctions-and-the-renewal-of-social-and-economic-justice-outside-dwp-headquaters-front-door/

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/02/welfare-reform-proof-you-can-get-away-failure-if-its-boring-and-it-doesnt-affect

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02n0kmz

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