Thursday 18 June 2015.
Dear Mr Cameron,
In this year when we are supposedly celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta in 1215 the burning question in everyone’s mind should be, ‘who or what protects us from the state?’
Your government has set in place legislation that takes away the means of survival from people for up to three years, a punishment for which no crime has been committed, no trial has taken place and is certainly not judged by a jury of our peers. You and your government, then, have become a modern day King John, against whose despotic rule the barons of England rose up to hold him to account. Interestingly, King John had no intention of abiding by Magna Carta and thus ensued the Barons war which eventually saw King John deposed.
Curiously the main reason for the Barons rebellion was the imposition of taxes without consultation, not a million miles disconnected from your execrable bedroom tax, for who ultimately would the Barons seek to raise taxes from if not their feudal subjects and holdings?
It is interesting that again, like King John, you are seeking to scrap the 1998 Human Rights Act which takes its substance from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which Britain was instrumental in drafting and which traces its roots back to Magna Carta. There may be a case, in a modern complex world, to re-examine the Human Rights Act and submit it to careful review, but to simply scrap it in favour of an in-house Tory written bill of rights about which we still know absolutely nothing should be a clarion call to everyone in Britain with a drop of blood still left in their veins.
As in so many things, your party resembles little more than a modern incarnation of King John treating Britain and its people as a Tory fiefdom, riding rough shod over the lives and well being of ordinary people. Through Workfare and Sanctions we have already witnessed the reintroduction of forced labour. With the introduction of the bedroom tax, the proposed snoopers charter and your saying, “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’, so much for respect for our private and family life, home and correspondence. Lastly, for now, sanctions have put paid to no punishment without law and, indeed, freedom from inhuman or degrading treatment (at the hands of the DWP). I see little to celebrate except for those who voted for you who might like to celebrate all the perverse comforts and security of handing their lives and liberty over to the Tory feudal state. Britons ever, ever, ever shall be slaves, eh?