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09_july_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,488

Saturday 09 July 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

What the EU referendum and the Chilcot report have brought into the spotlight is something that has been glaringly obvious for a very long time, we can no longer afford or tolerate the lack, indeed the absence, of government accountability.

Aside from banking and the financial markets, witness the 2008 financial crisis and post Brexit behaviour, no other form of employment enjoys such complete protection from being held accountable for policies and decisions which affect vast numbers of people at such great personal cost.

No one should be above the law and given that we are, in reality, not all equal before the law, the current situation needs turning on its head. Currently, those with the least have the least protection in law, whilst those with the most have the most protection.

There is no justice as long as a 23-year-old can be jailed for six months for stealing £3.50 worth of water bottles from a supermarket during the 2011 riots whilst not a single banker has been prosecuted for the financial crisis.

You made an election pledge in 2010 that there would be no more top down reorganisations of the NHS, yet the The Health and Social Care Act 2012 ‘Abolished the Secretary of State for Health’s ‘duty to provide’ a national health service throughout England’. That act of social vandalism effectively spelled the end of the NHS which has been stealthily and deceitfully pursued ever since.

Currently, Britain is a rudderless ship, you have washed your hands of Britain following the vote to leave the EU and the three most prominent Brexiteers, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Nigel Farage, have all walked away following their campaigns of deceit. I also note that Priti Patel has crawled under a stone and is keeping damned quiet. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, has mocked their behaviour and accused them of abandoning ship, as he put it, “I would have thought that they would have had a plan. Instead of developing a plan they are leaving the boat.” Not forgetting that you had no plan for such an eventuality either.

George Orwell’s Animal Farm could have been written for Britain today – ‘all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others’. It was no accidental flight of writers fancy that this was said by a bunch of greedy self serving pigs.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/aug/15/riots-magistrates-sentencing

http://blogs.channel4.com/factcheck/factcheck-camerons-broken-promises/20429

The Health and Social Care Act 2012

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/mar/02/doctors-bemoan-nhs-privatisation-by-stealth

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/14/priti-patel-struggles-to-explain-how-uk-would-spend-cash-not-sent-to-eu

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/eu-chief-juncker-slams-resigning-brexiteers/news-story/ba7a67decaa7daabe53eedaad4f277fd

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06_july_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,485

Wednesday 06 July 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Well it’s good to see the new kind of politics that MP’s are laying out for us, so that we can act accordingly.

I have been remiss in thinking that your party was fairly unique in its paternalism and sneering disdain for democracy, accountability and integrity.

In the finest traditions of Imperialism, it seems a great many politicians are now coming out of the closet to make their mark as autocratic throwbacks to a bygone era. If only people knew their place as in the good old days, eh, Mr Cameron?

With the release of the Chilcot report immanent, it seems, once again, that Tony Blair will not be held accountable for the invasion of Iraq, against which the largest protest in UK history took place with a million people taking to the streets. Lord Butler, the UK’s top civil servant between 1988 and 1998, has said of Blair, “He wanted to be in helping the US because he thought Saddam Hussein was a dangerous person to the world and to the Middle East and the world would be better off without him.”

In order to get rid of this man who Blair had decided the world would be better off without, UN figures show that ‘1.7 million Iraqi civilians died due to the West’s brutal sanctions regime, half of whom were children’ and from 2003 onwards around 1 million Iraq’s have been killed and a nation devastated to this day.

Let’s not forget that Madelene Albright considered half a million child deaths (more children than died in Hiroshima) as a result of sanctions was, ‘A price worth paying’. It’s not just democracy that’s being trashed, it’s civilisation itself.

From Thatcher onwards the rise of autocracy has gathered pace until today, so inured are many politicians to the arrogant assertion of their sovereign will over the people, that we, the people, are regarded and treated as the enemy and like dirt. It is long overdue that the insufferable arrogance of those who presume to power learnt their place and that you all hold your positions on the sufferance of the people. It is time that the ingrained deference to those in authority was eradicated, if you want respect, earn it. It begins with respecting democracy, not destroying it.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/chilcot-report-uk-role-run-ruinous-iraq-war-160705055553592.html

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/unworthy-victims-western-wars-have-killed-four-million-muslims-1990-39149394

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36701854?SThisFB

https://williamblum.org/essays/read/madeleine-albright-ethically-challenged