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Apart from the inevitable blip after the banks insatiable greed took down the global economy and the public were forced to bail them out to the tune of some £850 billion (UK), revenue from taxation has risen year on year ever since.

Britain is not, nor ever was, broke, close to bankruptcy, or in need of any austerity measures whatsoever. As Mike Sivier put it in Vox Political, “Simon Wren-Lewis re-states a valuable point in his latest Mainly Macro post – that the UK has suffered under Conservative austerity policies, not because there was a need for spending cuts but because the Tories had an excuse to impose them.”

What the crisis enabled the Tories to do was to implement plans, long in the making, to privatise the state, lock, stock and barrel and to rob the public blind with catastrophic cuts to services and provision across the board. The entire Tory reign of terror and, specifically, the war on the poor, has been the greatest scam in UK history. People have starved, died and committed suicide for an obscene Tory lie.

If you examine the attached charts you’ll notice that the entire corporate and business contribution to tax revenue this year will be 7%. The Tories have repeatedly lowered corporation tax and done nothing about tax avoidance or evasion. As Britain mobilises for work each day the profit from people’s labour is sucked out never to be seen again, meanwhile corporations enjoy massive public handouts, which the Guardian reported in 2014 amounted to £95 billion.


As Brexit approaches it is fair to ask what is going to happen to EU land subsidies in the UK? Under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), in 2012 land subsidies cost the average British household £245 a year. Britain’s wealthiest landowners, including the Queen, are gifted money as they sleep, a land tax would add billions to tax revenues, easing the burden on ordinary people. What the Tories plan to do about land subsidies after Brexit remains to be seen, but it is not hard to guess and nor can we expect it to get any mention in the press. They look after their own.

There was no need for any of the austerity that has wrecked the lives of millions of people across the UK, many now dead. As Mark McGowan, the artist taxi driver, said in 2010, ‘This is not a recession, it’s a robbery’, which became the title of a movie he released in 2013.

There are local elections on May 4th. For the millions of people with no idea what to do or how to survive, wondering where their next meal is coming from, using your vote matters if we are to end this national travesty and tragedy undertaken by the thieving Tories for no reason other than the transfer of the nations wealth into private hands.

If you have not registered to vote you can do it here:

Get mad, start getting even, vote the thieving Tories out.



A letter a day to number 10. No 1,484

Tuesday 05 July 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I see that George Osborne is set to lower corporation tax to 15% and there are even calls for it to be lower to woo investors to Britain, not least from China.

The problem with overseas investment is that company profits are siphoned out of the country and corporate returns to the nation are minimised, if they even pay taxes at all and don’t indulge in tax avoidance/evasion schemes.

I am sure that you, or whoever we get saddled with after you, will tell us that these corporate immigrant gold diggers will create jobs, but they are jobs of the worst kind offering no hope to those forced to take them up. Grinding away on minimum wage and/or zero hours contracts, workers, the real wealth creators, will be exploited to the max and the ill gotten gains made at their expense will depart these shores, never to be seen again. What’s in it for ordinary people? Not a lot and we’ll be saddled with the shortfall in tax revenues into the bargain, plus fuelling the neoliberal ideology of the ever shrinking state for private gain.

What Britain needs is internal investment and higher wages, that way the fruits of investment, labour and wages boost the national economy and not the fortunes of global capitalists who have no loyalties beyond the board room.

If Mark Carney wanted to aid Britain’s recovery and ease the pain of Brexit, he could invest in the real economy via Quantitative Easing and such working money could provide schools, housing, flood defences, cleaner energy, well paid jobs and the like and would see, according to Positive Money, a return of at least £2.80 on every £1 invested. When Mervyn King gifted the financial markets with £375 billion of new money the return on that, again according to Positive Money, was a miserly 8p in the pound but saw a rise in the wealth of ‘investors’ of 20%.

Osborne is married to public debt for private gain, he talks about the Northern Powerhouse but perhaps he should go and ask the people of Sunderland, Liverpool, Manchester and Ashton Under Lyne, to name but a few, just how they are getting along in his powerhouse. You claimed in 2015 that you’d created 1000 jobs a day since 2010, that’s a grand boast to dole out during Prime Ministers Question Time, but it fails dismally to answer whether a single person was lifted out of poverty by the types of jobs created. In fact in-work poverty now exceeds out of work poverty, so well done for that. It isn’t investors Osborne should be wooing, it’s workers, but frankly neither you nor he have much time for Britain’s workers. Whilst they are, indisputably, creating wealth, they just don’t get to take it home with them.

Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside


A letter a day to number 10. No 1,418

Saturday 30 April 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Just in case you were wondering, junior doctors have not gone away, Jeremy Hunt is not off the hook and the support for junior doctors will continue. The contract that Hunt wants to impose on them is not safe and will put lives at risk.

But let’s shimmy aside from junior doctors here and consider our fire services which have been subject to crippling cuts leading to stations being closed, equipment sold off and huge staffing cuts. The latest report says that fire deaths have seen the biggest increase for a decade and yet the fire service faces up to 50% further cuts by 2020, following 30% cuts under your coalition government. Cuts imposed by your government cost lives and that will only get worse.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I have heard or read people say, “It’s as if the government doesn’t care about our lives,” to which I respond, “There’s no ‘as if’ about it, the government doesn’t care about our lives.”

Yours is the government that deprives people of the means of survival for up to three years, has ignored the massive rise in food banks and yet gives tax cuts to the wealthy and reduces corporation tax.

How many lives would have been put at risk if you’d hiked corporation tax as a response to industrial scale tax avoidance and tax evasion thus imposing an industry wide corporate responsibility to address tax dodging? How many people would starve to death if a City Tax was imposed on the City of London, home to those who get fat on selling Olympic sized tax dodging deals?

Every single person and every single business that sets about dodging tax is putting up two fingers to the nation which sustains and supports them through the massive infrastructure that taxation pays for. Whether it’s junior doctors, fire services, low paid workers or disabled people, all pay the price for greed.

Greed costs lives, it’s not an impact free choice, the consequences are measured in human suffering and deaths. Osborne expects those without wealth to pay down the debt caused by those who enjoy obscene wealth and who continue to enjoy fat city bonuses. You claim we are all in this together, were that true then we might get a fully 7 day NHS which includes elective care, we would not see a 21% increase in fire deaths, we would not see the biggest increase in England’s death rate since WWII caused by the imposition of your ideological austerity. Austerity is a war imposed on those who can least afford it by those who are unaffected or gain from it.

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17_november_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,258

Tuesday 17 November 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I am sick to death of being regarded and treated as a lower class of being in this country by an elitist government determined to keep robbing the poor to pay down the deficit. Osborne made it clear in his summer budget that the poor are responsible for Britain’s deficit and debt, ‘So those who oppose any savings to Tax Credits will have to explain how on earth they propose to eliminate the deficit, let alone run a surplus and pay down debt’.

Osborne is so contemptuous of us he really doesn’t care that corporate welfare amounts to £93 billion with never a word about belt tightening or sharing a penny of the burden being heaped on the poor.

Osborne has also raised the inheritance tax threshold and lowered corporation tax, so the poorest people in society are being robbed to pay welfare for the rich. It is extremely doubtful that a cut in corporation tax will translate into any increase in wages as they continue to fall which, since 2010, is the longest period for 50 years according to the Office for National Statistics.

This enormous transfer of wealth upwards means that the poor simply cannot afford the rich. Osborne might well say that ‘Britain is open for business’, but it isn’t open for the business of living for ordinary people.

Osborne said in his summer budget, ‘We have to move Britain from a low-wage, high-tax, high-welfare society to a higher-wage, lower-tax, lower-welfare economy’, by which he meant lower-welfare for the poor as he continues to protect and reward the rich.

Iain Duncan Smith is going ahead  with is plan to  strip tens of thousands of disabled and chronically ill people of almost £30 a week in support, which, as it happens, is the same price as a heavy duty body-bag (inc. VAT), although I am sure that price will rocket with ever increasing demand on the (not so) free markets.

03_november_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,248

Tuesday 03 November 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I see Phillip Schofield said to you, “People say that you are out of touch, you don’t know families on the breadline, they are not people that you would deal with.” To which you responded, “I do. I am a constituency MP. People come into my surgery talking about their problems, their circumstances, how we can help.”

Do you explain to them why the deficit is the exclusive responsibility of the poor to pay off while we give handouts to the rich, like raising the Inheritance Tax threshold, lowering the top rate of income tax and giving corporations a further 2% drop in corporation tax? Perhaps you also explain to them how we can afford £50 billion for HS2 so that commuters can get to Birmingham 32 minutes faster than at present, giving them those vital extra minutes to grab a cappuccino or latte from Subway.

Do you explain why Britain’s nuclear deterrent is more important than feeding children, building homes, paying to train more nurses, funding the NHS and protecting our front line services?

Do you take the time to explain why austerity is merely an ideological political choice in one of the richest nations in the world and that each of their households very generously pays £3,500 annually towards the £93 billion given in welfare handouts to big businesses?

Of course you don’t, if you remotely cared about the lives of ordinary people you would have prevented Osborne from attacking Tax Credits and kept your promise to protect them. You would not give with one hand and take with the other, you would ensure that people were genuinely better off. You would actually make work pay and begin to address the appalling inequality in this country.

Your fellow MPs laugh and jeer when told of people suffering hardship and when Debbie Abrahams told Iain Duncan Smith in the house of Commons, “People are dying because of these sanctions,” he responded, “No I don’t agree with that”. That’s how much he cares as he unravels our entire social security system, inflicting more sanctions and harsher penalties than the entire UK Magistrates’ and Sheriff courts.

However you like to spin it, your ‘compassionate Conservatism’ is as corrosive as Sulfuric acid and your policies against the poor are exactly what you mean them to be, toxic.

29_october_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,244

Thursday 29 October 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I would like to remind you that you have a duty to serve the people of Britain and that you are paid by us to fulfil that duty. What you are not paid by us to do is to pursue an undeclared ideological agenda that is self serving and/or serves the interests of the few at the expense of the many and what you are very definitely not paid to do is to deceive the nation.

In PMQs this week Jeremy Corbyn asked you a very direct question six times which you steadfastly refused to answer. In response to widespread concern and fear in the face of impending cuts to tax credits Jeremy Corbyn asked you to confirm whether anyone will be worse off next April because of cuts to tax credits. What followed was a predictable outpouring of deceit, hardly a master class, but you are fairly good at it having had plenty of practice.

In one answer you said, ‘every penny we don’t save on welfare is savings we have to find in the education budget, or in the policing budget, or in the health budget’. What you failed to mention, of course, is the welfare that you hand out to the rich in the raised ceiling on inheritance tax, lowered corporation tax, having already lowered the highest income tax rate to 45% in 2012. This practice of deception by omission is possibly worse than an outright lie, denying people a context in which to frame an informed view. We do not pay you to misdirect the public.

You make much of being the elected government, albeit on a mere 24% of the electorate and 37% of those who actually bothered to vote, yet you sneered at the unelected House of Lords who debated checks and balances over Osborne’s proposed cuts to Tax Credits, which is precisely what they democratically exist to do. Many people would like to see the House of Lords reformed which no government has bothered to do, it is only now, like a thwarted child, that you have announced an urgent review of the upper chamber. Interesting that party faithful, Jacob Rees-Mogg, an expert on privilege, suggested that you would be entitled to flood the House of Lords with over 150 new peers, which apparently you have refused to rule out. What a bunch of juvenile delinquents you are, the party of naked greed with an overweening sense of your own privilege!

Deceit is always disgusting, but you raise it to ever more cringe worthy heights, beating up the poor for purely self serving reasons. Since 2010 you have been hell bent in finishing off what Thatcher started, privatising the state and the nations wealth and demolishing the postwar welfare state entirely, turning us into a slave nation to the dictates of wealth and the insatiable greed of corporate gangsters. The working poor are right to be frightened, but I’d much rather see them angry and take action in the interests of all ordinary people against government and corporate corruption.

25_october_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,240

Sunday 25 October 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

The only test for any government policy is its impact on the ground in the real world, not some cooked up nonsense spun from a government office or department and especially not a PR department.

The Trussell Trust latest figures reveal that 1,084,604 people were given food parcels in 2014/15, 687,607 to adults and 396,997 to children. This is a catastrophic rise from the 61,468 handed out in 2010/11, your first year in coalition.

The richest people have seen their wealth double since the banking crisis. Government policy attacks the poor whilst the richest are rewarded, that is the reality of austerity in Britain. George Osborne announced in his budget that families could pass an increase to £1 million on to their children free of inheritance tax. He lowered corporation tax from 28% to 20% over the period of the coalition government, but has lowered it further to 18%. However, in proposing a then freeze on Tax Credits he remarked, ‘So those who oppose any savings to Tax Credits will have to explain how on earth they propose to eliminate the deficit’. He thus made it clear that eliminating the deficit is the sole responsibility of the poor. The rich are not only protected, they are rewarded whilst the poorer you are the more you are penalised and let’s not forget where the deficit came from, the banks who will directly benefit from the lowered corporation tax. Britain’s corporation tax is the lowest in the G20 and we’re also giving businesses £93 billion a year in subsidies, that’s a welfare gift of more than £3,500 from each UK household.

The magnitude of the injustices being heaped on the poor are utterly staggering. You are literally crushing the life out of the poor, knowingly, wilfully and with malice aforethought. There is no justice in it, no hint of ‘fairness’, a word Osborne is fond of using, and no ‘security’, his new catchword applied to everything except the poor other than in proposing more cuts in tax credits next year to pay for ‘national security’.

This is the relentless wholesale destruction of the poorest and most vulnerable people in Britain and is nothing more than cold blooded, callous, brutality. Your government has blood on its hands and you couldn’t care less and Tory MPs openly mock the poor in parliament. Britain now ranks amongst the worlds brutal dictatorships.

22_august_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,186

Saturday 22 August 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

You know, we are going to have to do something about people in politics who look like adults but have the mentality and behaviour of sub-normal children.

Although this has nothing to do with you or your party, it appears that Andy Burnham has hinted that he may challenge the outcome of the Labour leadership election if Jeremy Corbyn wins. He makes no mention of challenging it if he himself wins, presumably on the grounds that in such an eventuality all will have been well, right and just and above board.

In his summer budget George Osborne increased the inheritance tax allowance saying that the current level was ‘not fair’, thus people can now pass up to £1 million on to their children free of inheritance tax. He also lowered corporation tax which will fall to 19% in 2017 and 18% by 2020. This is the same Osborne who abolished housing benefit for under-21s, created a new minimum wage (though deceitfully calling it a living wage) that won’t apply to under-25s, and replaced university maintenance grants with maintenance loans. And also the same Osborne who said, ‘So those who oppose any savings to Tax Credits will have to explain how on earth they propose to eliminate the deficit, let alone run a surplus and pay down debt’.

Osborne has the mind of an educationally sub-normal juvenile. Rewarding corporations and the rich and attacking the young and poor, telling us if we oppose such attacks we will have to explain how on earth we propose to eliminate the deficit, is utterly senseless gibberish from an economically illiterate juvenile.

Debbie Abrahams has called for Iain Duncan Smith to resign after it emerged the DWP created a leaflet about sanctions containing made-up quotes attributed to non-existent benefit claimants. It has been reported that the release of what we expect to be fudged figures on benefit death statistics will be next Thursday, just prior to a bank holiday with parliament in recess. And when Smith avoided a parliamentary debate on the bedroom tax he repeatedly shouted at reporters who wanted to know why he had skipped the debate, ‘I can’t hear you, I can’t hear you!’ and said, ‘I am not there because I am here’. Good grief!

It really is small wonder that Jeremy Corbyn has ignited the nation when there are so many arrogant juveniles in politics, none of whom are fit to hold office.

13_july_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,146

Monday 13 July 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

The progress of humanity has led to me enjoying and appreciating the comfort and security of living on Disability Living Allowance. Yes I did say comfort. Feel free to quote me. You can have no idea what that means to someone whose life has been marked by the insecurity of breakdowns and incapacity, unable to work for long periods of time in mental torment and anguish.

11,334,576 people voted to remove that in favour of Universal Credit which attacks the least able to support themselves by a government which, along with the media, has the temerity to vilify us.

11,334,576 people walked into a voting booth and endorsed a known liar who also gained his position in 2010 on a pack of lies. Thus the ignorance of a minority inflicted on the majority the return to government of the worst government in our history.

In your speech on Opportunity on 22 June 2015 you said, “Whatever the pressures, we will stand by my promises to protect the most vulnerable – including the most disabled who cannot work because that’s the sign of the compassionate country I believe in.” This was mere days before the closure of the Independent Living Fund and the end of the support of the most vulnerable and disabled people in the UK. I will never know how your own tongue didn’t jump out and strangle you.

You also said in front of an audience on public television that you would protect tax credits which two months after the election George Osborne has cut whilst at the same time rewarding the rich and the powerful through raising the threshold on inheritance tax and lowering corporation tax.

George Osborne said in his budget speech, “those with the broadest shoulders are bearing the greatest burden. For we are all in this together.” Indeed, it’s true, the poor have always had the broadest shoulders and carried the greatest burdens whilst the rich profit from the fruits of their labour. You might find out just how much we are all in this together if waiters, kitchen staff and cleaners, who are amongst the poorest paid workers and will therefore bear the burden of cuts in tax credits, decide that London is no longer a place they can continue to support with their labour.

The next Lord Mayors Banquet might be interesting if you all have to prepare it, bring you own packed lunches and clean up your own mess afterwards.

02_april_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,046

Thursday 02 April 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

In a response to the 100 business people who have written a letter to the Daily Telegraph in support of your flagship policy of progressively lowering Corporation Tax to 20% you said the following: “Today it is an unprecedented intervention by some of the business leaders in the best-known business, large and small, in our country saying the Conservative long-term plan is working, generating jobs. That is a very clear message from business leaders who, like me, care about jobs and wealth creation and prosperity and livelihoods in our country.”

This is my response to you and them.

I have written 1,046 letters over three years supported by over 13,000 people (that I know of), with many hundreds of thousands of shares regarding your war on the poor and the ever increasingly toxic effects of the policies and practices of you and your government.

I am just one of a list of people that I would be embarrassed to start for fear of missing superb work, undertaken without reward or favour, driven by conscience, touching the lives of millions in this country and yet entirely ignored by you.

Letter writers, bloggers, vloggers, artists, musicians, poets, alternative media, activists, protesters, of every age, in unprecedented numbers, who are merely the vanguard for millions of ordinary people in this country betrayed and abandoned by you and your government.

13 million people living in poverty, desperate millions hit by the bedroom tax, sanctions, caps to council tax and housing benefit, catastrophic housing crises, disabled people the hardest hit by a whole raft of punitive cuts and sanctions, low pay, no pay, zero hours contracts and forced labour under Workfare.

And, lastly, our dead, many taking their own lives in despair, who we privately and publicly remember. A group of my personal friends organised one of the earlier events of remembrance called ‘We shall overcome’, but there have been hundreds since. We do not forgive and we will not forget and that, Mr Cameron, is unprecedented, not silly people lauding you for a tax break. With 60% of your austerity cuts still to come, this country cannot afford another five years of you or your-long term plan that works for the few at the expense of the many.