06_october_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,222

Tuesday 06 October 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Every year thousands of people die because they cannot afford to heat their homes, last winter saw around 40,000 deaths, the highest for 15 years. Ed Matthew, director of the Energy Bill Revolution, notes that 80% fewer homes will be insulated by your government, down to 1 million from 5 million during the coalition years.

Alex Wild of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, meeting in Manchester, has called for immediate cuts to pensioners state income and support, including cuts to winter fuel allowance. In a statement worthy of Niccolò Machiavelli, Wild gave two reasons why this should be done immediately, “The first of which will sound a little bit morbid – some of the people… won’t be around to vote against you in the next election. So that’s just a practical point, and the other point is they might have forgotten by then”. According to Wild, the cuts, which effectively amount to a cull, are best done immediately because dead people don’t vote and secondly he would exploit those whose memory might be affected as they’ve grown older and they’ll not remember which government had deprived them of much needed support and income in their twilight years.

Wild is right of course, dead people don’t vote, so getting rid of them sooner rather than later is just a practical point in his twisted, sick, mind. He goes on, “So on a purely practical basis I would say do it immediately. That might be one of those things I regret saying in later life but that would be my practical advice to the government”. It is to be hoped that he won’t have to wait to regret it in later life and that the response is immediate and harsh.

In his last budget George Osborne announced cuts in corporate taxes which will cost the UK £2.47 billion a year by 2020. Britain has the lowest corporate tax rate in the G20 by a huge margin and Osborne considers that putting business before people is just good business, but, of course, tax cuts at the top mean heaping the cost on the poor in Tory Britain. The Guardian reported that businesses benefit to the tune of £93bn in huge subsidies and tax breaks, that’s one hell of a golden handshake, costing ‘more than £3,500 from each household in the UK’.

Perhaps Alex Wild would like to explain to Britain’s pensioners why they must suffer and die to pay for corporate hand outs and why the inheritance tax threshold has been raised so that homes worth £1 million can be handed down to the next generation tax free, but cutting support for pensioners is just practical common sense. Such arrogant and brazen contempt for the lives of ordinary people is discrimination of the worst kind, how many more must die before it is made illegal? A fat lot of good the human rights act is if the right to life can be ignored by your government with impunity.