12_june_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,115

Friday 12 June 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

There is really only one word I can think of to describe what you and your government are doing to this nation – ‘Subjugation’.

You have imposed ideological, permanent, austerity to beat the poorest and most vulnerable people into submission to become a slave nation.

You’ve attacked our access to justice and Michael Gove’s first major spending decision as justice secretary is to cut legal aid by a further 8.75%. You’ve turned welfare into a penal system with special emphasis on sick and disabled people. You have attacked people in their homes with the despicable bedroom tax and are destroying social housing, promoting social cleansing, and have turned homes into a marketing commodity. You are flogging everything that we have worked and built by the people for the people, including our NHS. You have broken the fundamental link between work and pay insisting only that we must work hard but have cut benefits to ‘make work pay’ so that in-work poverty is only better because out of work poverty is even worse. Education is a pigs breakfast and you want to scrap the human rights act.

You have declared government authoritarianism and the supremacy of government over law – “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. It’s often meant we have stood neutral between different values. This government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach.”

Iain Duncan Smith has decided to ‘rebrand’ unemployment as a psychological disorder. Any jobseeker who thinks the Tory world of work misery isn’t the best of all possible worlds, in fact the only one, and are ‘work resistant’ must be subjected to enforced psychological reprogramming. Smith also wants to rebrand zero hours contracts as flexible contracts, and that they should be thought of as good for workers’ work-life balance, even though they’ll still be the same lousy jobs that no sensible human being who wasn’t driven by desperation would take. Smiths idea of work-life balance is to throw people into an ocean of exploitation with weights chained to their ankles. Welfare reforms and Smith’s ‘sanction regime’ have already cost too many lives and many more will follow.

Your response to MPs in the House of Commons is to sneer, gloat and snigger like a school boy and you treat our nation as if it is a Tory fiefdom to subjugate and do with as you see fit. In this much you are right, for too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, but it’s time you learnt a bit of respect for the nation in which you enjoy your privileged life yet abuse your position and those less fortunate than you.

http://www.theguardian.com/law/2015/jun/10/legal-aid-fees-to-be-cut-by-875-confirms-ministry-of-justice

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/plans-to-house-londons-poor-in-stoke-attacked-as-social-cleansing-7676065.html

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/09/lesson-birmingham-state-education-chaos-park-view-school-islam-islamophobia

http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/making-work-pay-fallacy.html

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/may/13/counter-terrorism-bill-extremism-disruption-orders-david-cameron

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/the-dwp-is-trying-to-psychologically-reprogramme-the-unemployed-study-finds-10312838.html

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/03/victims-britains-harsh-welfare-sanctions

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jun/10/tory-benches-tire-david-cameron-pm-questions-gloat-sneer

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