24_november_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,265

Tuesday 24 November 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Do ordinary people really matter so little to you in your ambitions, Mr Cameron?

Award-winning director Ken Loach is currently filming in Newcastle and has spoken out about the hardship he has seen. He didn’t pull any punches in condemning the realities of Iain Duncan Smith’s brutal regime, “The present system is one of conscious cruelty, it bears down on those least able to bear it. The bureaucratic inefficiency is vindictive and hunger is being used as a weapon. People are being forced to look for work that doesn’t exist.”

Whatever the realities of benefit related deaths, realities that Smith does not want us to know, Smith and your government are wilfully imposing hardship and suffering on millions of people in Britain.

Loach was shocked at what he witnessed at a food bank, “This is a real open wound in our society. We are just closing our eyes to this. The situation is much worse than in the days of Cathy Come Home, at least then if people had a trade they could have a job for life. Those jobs don’t exist now and working people are no longer in control of their own lives. All this is about dividing people into skivers and strivers. There needs to be public rage about this.” He went on to say, “The idea that someone in the system can decide whether or not you can eat is appalling.”

How, then, you can prepare for war hoping, yet again, to gain a mandate from parliament to engage in bombing Syria and say, “So we will tackle the poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism and refocus our aid budget to support fragile and broken states and regions, to prevent conflict and promote the golden thread of conditions that drive prosperity across the world: the rule of law, good governance and the growth of democracy”, I do not know.

Promote the golden thread of conditions that drive prosperity across the world: the rule of law, good governance and the growth of democracy? If you cannot, and, indeed, will not do it at home, heaven help those in distant lands that you are striving to deliver your munificence to with all the tools and violence of modern warfare. Economic warfare against the poor at home and military warfare abroad and both leading to more suffering and more deaths (even militarily, innocent civilians predominate, as in Iraq). You are very fond of the word ‘extremist’, Mr Cameron, all I can say is, if the cap fits, wear it.