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Since 2010 we have witnessed and experienced seven long years of bitter Conservative betrayals, from David Cameron’s pledge that there would be no top down reorganisation of the NHS to the horrific fire in Grenfell Tower which follows the Conservatives voting down in 2016 a Labour amendment to the government’s housing and planning bill to ensure rented homes are fit for human habitation.

The depth of crisis in the NHS is so catastrophic that it should be on life support, except there is no life support and it has been driven to what the Red Cross has called a humanitarian crisis by government policy.

In 2014 London firemen wept as Boris Johnson closed down ten fire stations which was preceded by selling off London’s fleet of fire engines for £2 to a newly formed company with one sole director, Sir Aubrey Thomas Brocklebank, an old Etonian with a dubious business history.

These are just the tip of a despicable iceberg of Tory corruption and betrayals since 2010 and the worst of it is that they have lied and lied and lied their way through their misanthropic neoliberal betrayal of Britain.

Cartoonists across the world are mocking Theresa May for her posturing over Brexit and a BBC reporter laughed in the face of Conservative MP Alan Mak when he spouted May’s meaningless trope, ‘strong and stable’.

Whatever the outcome of the General Election, the election is not the issue and the result is not the problem, the problem is that the Tories are not fit to hold office. That and only that is the problem and the Tories are determined to continue driving the UK into the ground.

It is frequently and casually reported (I’ve done it myself) that Britain is one of the richest countries in the world. In March this year the New World Wealth’s Global Wealth Review placed Britain in fourth place in terms of private wealth in 2016. It may seem impressive but it fails to acknowledge that Britain is one of the most unequal countries in the world where the richest 1% (634,000 people) own more than 20 times the total wealth of the poorest fifth (13 million people). Yes that does read ‘twenty times’ the combined wealth of 13 million people. The reality is that in food bank Britain the vast majority of people are completely excluded from any share in the nations wealth and Tory policies ensure and drive this vast wealth division.

Conservative policies are killing people in their thousands, excess deaths by cuts were reported to be 27,000 in 2015 alone.

Whatever secret deals Theresa May is conducting behind closed doors with the DUP to secure a fragile majority in order to continue her betrayal of Britain the only significant and relevant fact for the lives of millions of people in Britain is that she and her party are not fit to hold office. Forget election results and look at the results of seven years of austerity and the suffering they have presided over and the deaths which they are so comfortable with causing, yet deny their existence. That is not democracy that is genocide. That is not a ballot box issue, it is a humanitarian issue of crimes against life. Britain does not merely need a change of political party in government, it needs an end to the most brutal regime in our history which has rightly been compared to the rise of Hitler and the Nazis.

KOG. 15 June 2017

Revealed: The Old Etonian Baronet who snapped up London’s fire engines for £2

Britain is now one of the most unequal countries in the world


04_october_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,220

Sunday 04 October 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

In May 2014 the Independent reported a study by the Office for National Statistics that found more than a million homes lay empty in Britain.

In February 2015 the Mirror reported that the number of families hit by the bedroom tax (under-occupancy charge), which targets poor and vulnerable people, will increase by 1 million over the term of this parliament. Despite your assurances to parliament that ‘Obviously, what we have done is to exempt disabled people who need an extra room’, disabled people are being hardest hit by the bedroom tax and are being evicted from specially adapted homes.

Between July and September last year Ministry of Justice figures show that 11,100 evictions by bailiffs had taken place, the highest number since records began, a large proportion attributed by social landlords to the bedroom tax.

By any sane definition a house sitting empty is under occupied, a child under 5 could work that out. In 2011 the coalition government introduced ‘dedicated empty homes programmes to support housing providers and community organisations to create affordable homes from empty properties’. These programmes ended in March 2015, which, according to government figures, succeeded in creating just 6,000 new homes from empty properties.

In very welcome news on Friday, in a country in which good news is in extremely short supply, a judge ruled that a group of squatters could remain in a disused adult learning centre. In dismissing the councils attempt to oust the squatters the judge found, ‘The defendants appear to be straight forward and honest individuals and they know the law around squatting, they have to gain entry and keep in residency. They are fully aware that they need to show continuity of occupation and have done so with evidence’.

The bigger issue here is that the group demonstrated good sense and, more importantly, self determination. It is the right to be self determining which is under attack through ever more draconian policies imposed by your government and none more so than from the DWP under Iain Duncan Smith. I wrote yesterday that authoritarian governance discriminates against those you consider to be beneath you, treating ordinary people as lesser beings, undermining dignity and self worth and treating us a vassals of the state. I consider this to be a fundamental issue and something that must be opposed and written into anti-discrimination law as a matter of urgency. No one, especially not government, should be free to subjugate and oppress others to the detriment of their mental and physical well being and especially to be a threat to life as Smith’s sanction regime clearly is. The rights to life, liberty, food, shelter and self determination are self evident and fundamental rights of life, a government that opposes and legislates against them is committing crimes against life itself.