14_february_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,342

Sunday 14 February 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

How kind of you to let us know that you are now demonising people who fail to pay back their student loans on time. Sanctions and prosecutions for the debts you’ve heaped upon students, who’d have thought it eh?

I wonder, did any of you threaten Google with sanctions or prosecution for their tax avoiding antics in any of the 25 meetings they had with 17 ministers including George Osborne? Did you take the time to rattle Googles cage at either of the two Google conferences you spoke at or during the three meetings you had with Google bosses?

Having got off with a sniggering £135 million tax deal, the Independent worked out that Google still owe us nearly £700 million. Assuming student loans of £50,000, Google walked off with 14,000 of them and not a penny pay back in sight. I’ll bet there’s a student or two out there who is touched by your generosity to Google.

Then there’s all the MPs expenses scandals, like Maria Miller who, for all your support for her, had to quit (with a mealy mouthed, curt, apology) but not a prosecution or sanction in sight.

Do you remember that £375 billion the Bank of England pumped into the financial markets in Quantitative Easing as free money? That could have paid for 7.5 million students to study for their future and invested in Britain’s future from the ground up. Instead it got fed straight into the market casino and merely enriched the financial sector further, you know, those gamblers who crashed the world economy and passed their filthy gambling debts on to us, for which we’ve been suffering ever since.

14,000 disabled people have been robbed of their Motability vehicles. In order to qualify to lease a Motability vehicle you must have at least 12 months award left of the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance of £57.45 per week. Assuming disabled people had ten years of that allowance left, that same £375 billion would have paid for 12.5 million disabled people to have a mobility car and there’s only 650,000 people who currently use the Motability Scheme. Alternatively, it would have covered each person currently on the scheme for 193 years of worry free mobility, though they might have got a bit smelly towards the end of that time.

But hey, punish the poor and reward the rich. That’s the Tory way.

http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/government-will-prosecute-those-who-fail-to-repay-their-student-loans-on-time-warns-jo-johnson-a6869221.html

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/feb/12/student-loans-we-will-trace-prosecute-borrowers-dont-pay

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/top-tories-met-google-chiefs-7251620

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/google-still-owes-the-uk-nearly-700m-in-unpaid-taxes-a6839391.html

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/apr/09/maria-miller-timeline-how-the-row-over-her-expenses-unfolded

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/apr/05/maria-miller-expenses-commons-statement

https://positivemoney.org/2014/06/waste-375-billion-failure-quantitative-easing-video/

http://www.motability.co.uk/understanding-the-scheme/allowances/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35476904

http://www.motability.co.uk/understanding-the-scheme/allowances/

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