A letter a day to number 10. No 1,353
Thursday 25 February 2016.
Dear Mr Cameron,
The real threat to our national security, the security of every woman, man and child in Britain, is a government so arrogant it presumes to treat us as less than cattle to be hounded and marketed with no regard for our lives and well being.
I have no time for fundamentalists and ideologues who are impervious to sense or reason, that a body of such creatures has usurped the position of government and is asserting itself as a totalitarian dictatorship causing actual harm to the people of Britain is an offence against humanity in itself, let alone the multiple offences against the different groups you are attacking.
Before I get onto the issue at hand, I would like to point out that we are not your labour force, you may think you can treat us without consideration for human autonomy or personal dignity, but you are mistaken. We are each sovereign human beings, it does not matter that, perhaps, many people may not have realised that or grasped what that means, to treat anyone less than a sovereign being is a crime against them. No one is born a slave, although they might be born into slavery, such treatment of others is a crime, just as forcing people into work is a crime.
Parliament has voted, against the will of the people and the House of Lords, to strip new ESA claimants deemed fit for Work Related Activity of £29.05 paying them no more than Jobseekers allowance. It doesn’t matter what mealy mouthed words Iain Duncan Smith or Priti Patel may employ in their deceit, even denying sickness and disability and their debilitating effects entirely, sickness and disability are costly and £29.05 is a mere pittance in the lives of those affected, yet to even take away such a small and inadequate an amount is utterly despicable and unforgivable.
According to Cancer Research ‘1 in 2 people born after 1960 in the UK will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime’. Clearly Smith and Patel have no idea of the devastating effect this has on people’s lives, from adjusting to their diagnosis to the treatment and its effects and the necessary frequency and costs of hospital visits. At such a time the last thing people need to hear is that they will be denied any support from the state, a state which the vast majority will have paid into all their adult lives.
Illness and disability play no favourites, something you personally seem to have forgotten. Treating people the way your government does is a heinous crime, all the worse because it is entirely unnecessary and unwarranted. The odds are that Smith or Patel will be diagnosed with cancer at some point, I am not a vindictive man but I can only wish them the same consideration they are meting out to others right now.