08_august_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,172

Saturday 08 August 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Labour has branded your latest scheme to undermine the Unions by ending union subscriptions automatically deducted from their pay cheques as ‘mean-spirited and ideological’. In fact it is much worse than that, it’s yet another brat pack attack on workers driven by the ideological right who tremble in their beds at the thought of democratically organised labour and ordinary people getting above themselves and daring to make demands of those who consider themselves to be our masters and betters. Just by the by, how was your meeting with the unelected, undemocratic and entirely secretive Bilderberg group holding ‘off-the-record discussions about megatrends and the major issues facing the world’?

Isn’t it interesting that this latest tantrum at organised labour comes as Theo Clifford, a Philosophy, Politics and Economics student at Merton College, Oxford, calls for getting rid of housing safety regulations so that the poor can throw together ‘jerry-built slum dwellings’ to live out their dismal lives in. To be honest, I don’t think he’s thought this through, couldn’t you just dump unserviceable containers on Brownfield sites and throw in a stand pipe or two? I am sure the poor would be ever so grateful and ‘The English Favelas’ has a nice exotic ring to it.

If I live to be a thousand years old I will never understand why the over privileged detest us commoners so much. Haven’t we built this nation from the ground up for you, built your homes, cars, roads, the national infrastructure that you so take for granted and made the shirts on your backs? Do we not clean your mansions and offices, dispose of your rubbish, cook for and serve you and make sure everything is just the way you like it and accept the pennies you grant us as a reward for our labour? In this great divided nation, where you ensure the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, still, when, like Oliver Twist, we have the temerity to say, ‘Please sir can I have some more?’ the response is always demented rage.

You hand out £93 billion in corporate welfare and yet sanction us for being late for a job centre interview, or fail to turn up for an appointment because we’re in hospital, or for attending a job interview, or for not attending a cancelled appointment. And all Iain Duncan Smith can do is sit back in parliament as he sets his latest attack dog, Priti Patel, on us who accused Labour of not publishing death statistics which were never democratically called for or needed under Labour.

Is it any wonder that Jeremy Corbyn has set the nation alight because he is offering joined up thinking with joined up policies in the interests of the nation as a whole, which very much includes the lives and well being of ordinary people? Instead of policies of diseased effluent that attack the poor, he is a breath of fresh air on a summers day. He gives people heart and hope,  and, instead of dumping on us from on high, he invites engagement and involvement. He treats people with courtesy and respect, even his opponents who are frothing at the mouth.

The Labour membership is growing at its fastest rate for 64 years, added to which are those who have registered to vote for the next leader of the Labour party. I know you loath it, but that’s democracy so stop attacking OUR Unions! For transparency, I am by choice and democratic right and glad to be a member of Unite Union.