19_march_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,376

Saturday 19 March 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

The trouble with maintaining a lie is that it takes so much work. I have to admit, with no pleasure at all, that you’ve had a good run. The great British public have had to go through the process we all face when going through shock or bereavement. The first stage of disbelief or denial is tough. I encountered this first hand at my local police station in one of several attempts to report Iain Duncan Smith for human rights abuses regarding Workfare and forced labour. The Officer’s response was a flat refusal to accept or read the evidence I had gathered, saying, ‘The government wouldn’t do that, they are there to look after people.’ I have to say that the person who had accompanied me and I were stunned, the officers disbelief trounced any attempt to present evidence and facts. That happened on more than one occasion.

There is no rigid order to dealing with shock or grief although disbelief is usually the first reaction. The next feeling can be anger, an impotent fury with no clear avenue of expression and with, perhaps, intense feelings of betrayal, an inchoate rage at life or circumstances. That may be followed by guilt, self blame, bargaining, depression and so on, but in the end comes acceptance at which point it becomes possible to function again and take action for the future.

It’s a process I have had to go though many times now, firstly before I even started writing these letters and many times since in response to policies which beggared belief. Scrapping the Independent Living fund was one such shock and the ongoing brutality of Iain Duncan Smith’s sanctions regime has proved extremely taxing. Overall, though, the toughest part for me in all this has been the constant stream of lies and deceit and the pathetic response from much of the main stream media.

Over the last four years I have hit rock bottom several times. Fortunately I am long enough in the tooth to know that these times pass. There’s no point fighting it, it happens and the best process for me is to just rest and let it work itself out. Our minds are very good at sorting things out, but all too often we try too hard and just make things more messy by trying. Many years of therapy have taught me to trust the process, it’s a kind of relaxing in the face of trauma, and not pushing myself too hard.

Since Smith embarked on his reign of terror something has emerged which I can only describe as ‘brown envelope syndrome’, which many readers of these letters are all too familiar with. Just seeing the damned things kicks off the feelings of dread and we each deal with them as best we can, sometimes just ignoring them for a time, unable to even muster the strength to open them.

It appears, though, that the chickens are finally coming home to roost for you and your government as the public outcry becomes more confident, assertive, vocal and robust. George Osborne seems to have been taken by surprise at being taken to task for his appalling record. It must have been a real shocker when John Humphrys asked him, “What’s a bloke got to do in your job to get the sack?” It was a fair question though and not before time.


Osborne crashes and burns in post-budget interview, live on Radio 4 (AUDIO)