22_may_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,093

Friday 22 May 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

People still ask, ‘How could what happened in Nazi Germany have come about?’ Today, Britain is an object lesson in exactly how it came about.

The DWP has created our own ‘Untermensch’, a class of people treated as sub-human, people who are seen and treated as lesser creatures even than the worst criminals (who are at least housed and fed), vilified on national television and who can be attacked with impunity, without protection in law, without rights and who are being mercilessly persecuted.

I mean, of course, people on benefits, people who are sick, the terminally ill and people who are disabled who are being socially abandoned and deprived of the means of survival.

I was up all night watching as the votes were counted after the general election and I don’t think I have ever felt so desolate as it became clear that you were going to get a majority of seats. After a lifetimes battle with mental ill health, a personal war I fought every day working as a Community and Youth Worker and now, at 64, sickness retired, facing the very real possibility that I might not be permitted to survive another 5 years almost broke me.

Evidence from the PCS Union reveals that (some) Jobcentres are expected to reach targets of 80% sanctions and to get as many people off benefits as possible using provocation, intimidation and harassment with staff encouraged to use the “hassle factor” to “frustrate claimants off benefits”.

The worst cuts are yet to come with welfare as one of the primary targets and disability benefits firmly in the firing line.

Millions sacrificed their lives to prevent this country being invaded by Nazi Germany and yet this country has voted to allow George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith to vilify and target the most vulnerable people in society, to roll out their pogroms of cuts and sanctions that will deprive people of life. May they hang their heads in shame for such a callous disregard for life.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/patrick-butler-cuts-blog/2015/feb/03/sanctions-staff-pressured-to-penalise-benefit-claimants-says-union

http://www.parliament.uk/documents/PCS%20%28SAN0161%29%20300115.pdf

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