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The language being used by the government isn’t merely deceitful, or lying, their language is a weapon and their words have become weaponised.

It is impossible for the government to not know the deaths they’ve caused, the hunger and poverty they have created, the evidence is concrete and everywhere to see. In almost every town and in every city there are homeless people, and they are homeless through the wilful inaction of the government to provide adequate affordable housing for people. It would make economic sense to build houses, it would boost the economy and create jobs, but the government is not building social housing and is getting rid of the little that is left.

Theresa May’s Easter message was about coming together. Every word in it was complete nonsense from the head of the most divisive government in UK history.It was a sound stream of willful deception in a country in which hate crime is continuing to rise, particularly against disabled people.

In ‘Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance’, Robert Pirsig wrote, “And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good – need we ask anyone to tell us these things?”

Who is Theresa May to tell me what I should think or feel in any way about anything? Who does she think she is to tell me about coming together? I am not a child and, thankfully, certainly not her child to spout her nonsense and deceitful words at.

I’d have to abandon all reason and sense to believe a word she says. She is neither my elder nor better, in fact, in her deceit, she is a posturing elitist nobody, temporarily occupying a position she has no right to occupy. Anyone who sets out to lead by deceit is an imposter, toxic, presumptuous, dangerous and also ridiculous.

The harm she and her government are responsible for is without any mitigating factors. Austerity is a lie, imposed for ideological reasons and on the back of a financial crisis which had nothing to do with the people who are being harmed and who’ve died as a result. She is a posturing windbag who is not telling the truth, manipulating words for self serving purposes.

Words have the power of life and death in them, they can build up and they can destroy. One of my jobs as a community and youth worker was to reshape the language being used against young people. The media has a particular responsibility in this, instead of reporting or dealing with behavioural issues, they label young people as thugs and hooligans, creating a culture of fear around young people. Call a child stupid, clumsy or useless for long enough and you’ll get a child who conforms to your words, a stupid, clumsy or useless child, a child who will meet the expectations you have placed on them, not to perform better but driven to do worse. It is no good telling a child you’ve called stupid to do better, they’ve already heard the ‘stupid’, anything that follows is useless and pointless.

I wrote a story once called ‘Soda Jack’, a boy who grew up constantly failing to meet his high achieving parents expectations, who was always a disappointment to them and was told so on a daily basis and punished for his failures. As he grew up, he lived out their expectations and lost himself in a world of drink and drugs. Over time his voice grew hoarse and laboured and he always carried a bottle of soda to ease his throat, until he took his own life. A failure made, but not born that way, who lost himself in the unkindness of others, who learnt to fail and never recovered, not even his name, known only, and buried, as Soda Jack.

I am an old man now, retired, and I am not deaf to what the Tories have to say about people like me. This is what was said by a group of Tories in a book called ‘Britannia Unchained’, who accused ‘the “baby boomer” generation (that’s me) for seeking to raise taxes for young workers to pay for their lavish pension pots’. That is the heart of the Tory message, a message of division and hate as I struggle along on my ‘lavish’ state pension.

The writers of that book are MPs in parliament today, Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore and Elizabeth Truss, pursuing their policies of hate, eradicating the poor on a daily basis. The gloss that May tries to cast as a the cover on her policies are merely a disguise for a party and policies that are rotten to the core.

Instead of being beaten by their words I choose to write about them and expose them and oppose them, as many others do also. There is no passive response to their lies, they are designed to hurt and destroy lives, as are their policies. This is a rogue government, the enemy within, which has nothing but ill will and contempt for the lives of ordinary people and none of us will be safe until we are rid of the lot of them.

KOG. 17 April 2017


15_january_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,316

Friday 15 January 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

You said on LBC radio in response to a question about whether you worry about your children owning their own homes, “I absolutely worry about it.” Let’s just pretend for a moment that I believe you. If someone who ranks in society at the level of aristocracy, within the top one percent, is seriously worried that his children might not get to own their own home, then the rest of us stand a snow balls chance in hell of getting there. But, of course, you’re talking nonsense as usual, however it remains that for the majority of ordinary people the snow balls chance in hell still applies.

If homes were ‘affordable’ you wouldn’t be opening the nations tax coffers and pouring our money into the banks to subsidise over priced, bloated, housing prices and mortgages.

In Prime Ministers Question time this week you said that you are saying to the 1.3 million housing association tenants that they can buy their own homes. Instead of having to find a £30,000 deposit, under your housing schemes (or scams, as I like to call them) they would only need £10,000. I assume the £20,000 discount is what’s coming out of our taxes. If all 1.3 million took up the opportunity to become a home owner, we tax payers would be shelling out £26 billion straight into the pockets of the banks, and that’s just for housing association tenants.

What with bailing out the banks after they crashed the global economy, giving them £375 billion in Quantitative Easing and now who knows how many tens or hundreds of billions in housing scams, the banks really are rather good at trousering our money and our reward for this incredible transfer of our wealth to the elite criminal class by the elite criminal class is crippling austerity.

The Guardian reported last October that you’ve abolished demands that developers provide a certain amount of affordable housing to rent in new developments and will build housing for sale only, much to the delight of property developers who get to trouser their take immediately rather than investing over time and waiting for the payback on properties for rent.

The Independent reports that a family on the minimum wage (Osborne’s new living wage) in 2020 would only be able to afford to buy a house in two per cent of England’s councils. It seems to me that what this all amounts to is a further abandoning of the poor and with selling off housing association properties and leaving councils with little or no social housing, homelessness is going to go through the non-existent roof.

Your home owning democracy is looking like the scam of the century. What we need is social housing at fair rents, not ‘affordable’ housing at 80% of market prices, but then what we need is not a factor in your transfer of the nations wealth into private hands. It looks like, once again, we’re going to be following the USA in the proliferation of tent cities or maybe you already have plans for that eventuality and will finally have a use for Boris’s water cannons.–Z1w4nr512l

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06_april_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,050

Monday 06 April 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

One of the more important expressions that came out of the 60’s feminist and student movements is ‘the personal is political’. It’s an expression that, still, today is not widely accepted or understood, which is unfortunate because it has never been more relevant. Whether people are facing rising food prices and increased VAT, struggling to make ends meet on minimum wage, having their disability benefits stripped away or are forced to stay at home because they cannot find affordable housing and therefore independence, it’s all political. In this nation, whether people acknowledge it or not, politics is woven throughout the fabric of life.

When Osborne struck a deal with Swiss banks to protect illegal tax evaders it was entirely political and against the interests of the wider UK public. Britain lost out to what chartered accountant, Richard Murphy, described as, “the Treasury and our political leaders going out of their way to support criminality by making sure that a measure – the European Union Savings Tax Directive – that would blow tax evasion in British dependencies apart cannot now be implemented. And all, no doubt, at the behest of the City of London”.

Scotland’s private landowners, who have been described as Britain’s greediest benefit claimants, were subject to calls in 2013 for investigation to see how they avoid paying an estimated £40million in tax a year. Whilst Osborne imposed a £26,000 benefits cap on the poor your government fought against any such cap on the richest land owners in the country who receive billions in farming subsidies. Even Iain Duncan Smith’s extended family has received over a million pounds in benefits on their land.

Ed Balls has committed to restoring the 50p top rate of income tax for the wealthiest people in Britain who have enjoyed a very generous windfall from Osborne’s 5% tax cut to 45p.

Iain Duncan Smith’s is proposing to tax Disability Living Allowance, supposedly arguing that they should be increased for the poorest claimants while being subsidised with a tax on the benefits for those with higher incomes. In another slight of hand, he is not laying out any increase for poorer people, any more than benefit cuts actually make work pay, it’s all cheap chiseling at the bottom whilst protecting the benefits of the rich. There is nothing more personal than being poor and being pounded by politics.