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A letter a day to number 10. No 1,503

Tuesday 26 July 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

The people of Britain have been forced against our will to bail out the banks, we have had austerity forced upon us as a result, we have seen a catastrophic rise in opportunistic insecure employment, we have been victimised and demonised and accused of being ‘among the worst idlers in the world’.

George Osborne incited hatred against people on social security in his conference speech in 2012, “Where is the fairness, we ask, for the shift-worker, leaving home in the dark hours of the early morning, who looks up at the closed blinds of their next door neighbour sleeping off a life on benefits?”

Iain Duncan Smith justified his war of attrition against disabled people, saying, “We won’t lift you out of poverty by simply transferring taxpayers’ money to you. With our help, you’ll work your way out of poverty.” Disabled people have borne the greatest burden of cuts, leading to isolation, loss of jobs, hopelessness, despair and death.

It comes as no surprise that you have appointed George Freeman as the head of your policy board, a man who wrote in 2013 that he would like to suspend employment rights for new firms for three years and cut wages for workers in poorer areas and that he would also like to cut corporation tax to 10% for Britain’s biggest firms. Who would pay for that tax hole I wonder? It is hardly likely that this leopard has changed his spots or that he or your government will encourage worker participation and inclusion in the wealth that they create. Such ideas are alien and indeed anathema to right wing policy makers and board room profit racketeers.

We are not vassals of the state and nor are we corporate slaves. It is unacceptable that we are exploited for war and profit and yet are denied equitable reward for our efforts and patronised and even despised for our modest lives and status.

One of the reasons Jeremy Corbyn has attracted such overwhelming support is his call for a more equal and just society and it is an object lesson in how far to the right Britain has lurched that he is universally despised by all right leaning politicians, including those in his own party. The transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich is an obscenity and a travesty of social justice. That the mere suggestion of a fairer distribution of wealth sends the stealers and hoarders of wealth, the right wing media and politicians into apoplectic fits of rage and hate speaks very eloquently for itself.

Ordinary people getting above themselves is regarded as offensive and an affront by those in power and that is precisely why we should and why I write these letters.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-19300051

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/politics/2012/10/george-osbornes-speech-conservative-conference-full-text

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-simon-duffy/austerity-cuts-disabled-people_b_3248615.html

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

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/27/thousands-died-after-fit-for-work-assessment-dwp-figures

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/theresa-mays-plan-slash-employment-8486233

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