A letter a day to number 10. No 1,266
Wednesday 25 November 2015.
Dear Mr Cameron,
£178 billion to be spent on military equipment over 10 years – 20 million people in Britain living in poverty today.
You said in a press conference that this military spending would help keep us safe for generations to come. The question is, from what, Mr Cameron? The violence of poverty? The violence of sanctions? The violence of the Work Capability Assessments? The violence of the bedroom tax? The violence of ending the Independent Living Fund? The violence of malnutrition with ‘7,366 people admitted to hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis of malnutrition between August 2014 and July this year’. The violence of chronic housing shortages and rising homelessness? The violence of austerity? And that’s just a short list of the violence caused by you and your government.
You said you, ‘want the British people to know they have a government that understands the importance of our national security and that we will take whatever actions are necessary to keep our country safe’.
The really big question is who will keep our country safe from you?
Today we’ll find out just how bad things are going to be for the future of ordinary people in this country when George Osborne reveals his Spending Review and Autumn Statement. Paul Johnson, the director of the IFS, has warned that cuts ‘between 2010 and 2020 will be the deepest ever seen and will reduce the overall size of state spending to its lowest level since the War’.
Isn’t it astonishing that it takes £178 billion to kill terrorists, civilians and children abroad yet in the UK our government ignored dead are killed by policies that drive deprivation and deny people the means of survival. To repeat what Ken Loach said of the current government system in Britain, ‘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’. Every penny spent on arms will be stealing the lives of ordinary people in this country. Why would we fear ISIS? They are not the clear and present danger to life in Britain. You and your government are.