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18_june_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,468

Saturday 18 June 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Are you or are you not the leader of your party? If you are, something I have serious cause to question, you need to reign your party in and stop the deliberate spreading of misinformation, fear and lies.

I know it is a tough call for someone who has lied to parliament and the nation with impunity. Remember your statement about the bedroom tax and telling parliament, “Obviously, what we’ve done is exempt disabled people who need an extra room?” Remember your 2010 election pledge? This what you told the Royal College of Pathologists on 2 November 2009 “With the Conservatives there will be no more of the tiresome, meddlesome, top-down re-structures that have dominated the last decade of the NHS.”

Baroness Manzoor, the Lib Dem work and pensions spokeswoman, has raised the issue of Priti Patel breaching the principles of the Ministerial Code over “misleading and inaccurate” claims about Turkish membership of the EU and has warned Patel to ‘consider her position as a minister’. Manzoor has asked Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood to consider whether Patel has issued an ‘outright falsehood’ over Turkey and is concerned that Patel could ‘stoke public fear and resentment of the existing Turkish community in the UK’.

Britain is having a seizure over the referendum and it is no accident. It is a culmination of 6 years of lies and manufactured hate by you and your party, from Osborne’s rhetoric of people sleeping off a life on benefits to the DWP depriving people of the means of survival. But you are not alone, the media has brought the nation poverty porn and right wing rags like the Sun and the Mail glory in the lies they tell, not least about immigration and their xenophobic peddling of fear and hate against any human being who isn’t pale pink or spray on orange and dresses in drapes/robes rather than a frock or tee/shirt and trousers like wot yer average English mongrel race type person does.

My letter yesterday was castigated by one Facebook user as a hate piece against the Leave campaign because I had the temerity to suggest that the damned referendum be called off because of all the chaos, and another added a map of where I live with the following, “Check the address. It’s a care home for the clinically insane”.

Right now, as a life long resident of these islands, Britain is about as attractive as something a dog vomited and which only a dog would go back to and it’s headed up by the most divisive and offensive government in our history.

Cameron misleads Parliament on Bedroom Tax and disability in PMQs

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/11/pre-election-pledges-tories-are-trying-wipe-internet

Priti Patel ‘could have broken ministerial code’ with Turkish claims

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

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/dwp-defeated-in-court-again-over-unlawful-retroactive-benefit-sanctions-a7006466.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/michael-havis/poverty-porn_b_6899976.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3634353/Nearly-two-million-migrants-EU-settled-Britain-just-ten-years-according-UK-official-statistics.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/09/03/daily-mail-migrant-refugee-aylan-kurdi_n_8081424.html

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17_april_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,405

Sunday 17 April 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

It was interesting to read the following quote today from ‘Montagu Norman, Governor of The Bank Of England, addressing the United States Bankers’ Association, NYC 1924’: “Capital must protect itself in every possible way, both by combination and legislation. Debts must be collected, mortgages foreclosed as rapidly as possible.

“When, through process of law, the common people lose their homes, they will become more docile and more easily governed through the strong arm of the government applied by a central power of wealth under leading financiers.

“These truths are well known among our principal men, who are now engaged in forming an imperialism to govern the world. By dividing the voter through the political party system, we can get them to expend their energies in fighting for questions of no importance.

“It is thus, by discrete action, we can secure for ourselves that which has been so well planned and so successfully accomplished.”

Also very interesting was what Osborne said at the spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, “Britain will work with our major European partners to find out who really owns the secretive shell companies and trusts that have been used as conduits for evading tax, laundering money and benefiting from corruption. Strong words of condemnation are not enough, populist outrage doesn’t by itself collect a single extra pound or dollar in tax or put a single criminal in jail.” This is rich coming from the man who used tax payer money in his attempt to protect bankers bonuses in Europe and who opposed EU measures to clamp down on tax avoidance.

The historic treachery of those in power to the present day turns my blood cold. There is no betrayal so base or lie too egregious that you would not use against us. ‘No top-down reorganisations of the NHS’, ‘absolutely no plans to raise VAT’, ‘No cuts to front-line services’, on the bedroom tax, “Obviously, what we have done is to exempt disabled people who need an extra room.” George Osborne, “It is totally unacceptable for bank bonuses to be paid on the back of taxpayer guarantees. It must stop.”

The protests on the past two Saturdays calling for your resignation are the very least of it. No government in our long history has ever dared attack Britain, it’s people and infrastructure, so arrogantly or so brazenly, casting discretion to the winds. Yes you must go, but your entire damned government of liars must go with you.

https://forumnews.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/the-ultimate-bankster-quote-from-a-former-governor-of-the-bank-of-england-1920-1944/

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/apr/14/uk-under-pressure-from-eu-states-over-beneficial-ownership-secrecy

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-bonuses-idUKBRE98O0NW20130925

https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/economy/news/59011/uk-lobbied-against-eu-blacklist-tax-havens-report

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/11/pre-election-pledges-tories-are-trying-wipe-internet

http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/cameron-untrue-statement-over-bedroom-tax/

23_september_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,209

Wednesday 23 September 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I wasn’t going to mention #piggate but something came up and I feel I must. I’m not going to make any jokes about it, what I want to talk about is treachery, which is what the whole thing with Ashcroft is all about. Isn’t it amazing that he would spend so much time on a book just to get his own back because he didn’t get the rewards he felt were his due after giving your party such generous donations? It doesn’t matter what he wanted, he didn’t get it and now he wants his pound of flesh, not justice, vengeance.

The reason I mention treachery is because Ashcroft isn’t alone in falling victim to your treachery, it’s a speciality of yours. Do you remember your 2010 election promises of ‘no top down reorganisation of the NHS’,  ‘No cuts to front-line services’, ‘absolutely no plans to raise VAT’, on Education Maintenance Allowances -‘we don’t have any plans to get rid of them’, to name but a few? Perhaps you also remember telling parliament regarding the bedroom tax, ‘Obviously, what we have done is to exempt disabled people who need an extra room?’

Let’s spread the net a little wider and draw the time a little closer. Do you recall in January when energy secretary, Amber Rudd, told MPs: ‘We have agreed an outright ban on fracking in national parks [and] sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs)’? Just to remind you, SSSI’s are unique habitats for rare wildlife and plants and among the 159 licences issued last month to explore for oil and gas onshore, and therefore likely to be sites for fracking, are 293 sites of special scientific interest.

Do you also recall when I said on the 21st that ‘it seems your own constituency of Witney seems to have remained mysteriously fracking application free even whist the surrounding areas have not’, leading Anne McIntosh MP to remark that fracking would ‘not be coming to Witney anytime soon’? I wonder if you would tell me what makes Witney such a special, special place that of all the country it is being preserved? Is there something rare and precious there and could it perhaps be that it is the home of the most treacherous man in Britain?

I am afraid I am going to be unkind, perhaps a little treacherous myself, now, I really wish that, whether the story is true or not, you had remained with the pig, or any pig, as long as it was dead, because I certainly wouldn’t wish you on a live one. We could all have slept a great deal more soundly than we currently do or are likely to do for some time once the frackers start tearing the country apart. I am not one for vengeance, but I can quite understand why Ashcroft did what he did.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/sep/21/lord-ashcrofts-cameron-biography-bears-hallmarks-of-revenge-job

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/11/pre-election-pledges-tories-are-trying-wipe-internet

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bedroom-tax-prime-minister-david-2874744

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/16/government-makes-outrageous-u-turn-over-fracking-in-precious-wildlife-sites

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/sep/16/new-wave-of-fracking-licences-threatens-hundreds-of-key-english-wildlife-sites

http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2985487/frackfree_witney_how_did_david_camerons_constituency_escape_the_14th_round.html

08_june_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,111

Monday 08 June 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

With sanctions to disabled people at 3,000 per month there is one figure that now dominates the minds of many disabled people, my own included, Iain Duncan Smith. Whilst the feelings that accompany the receipt of yet another brown envelope are often ones of fear and dread, the same cannot be said for the feelings engendered by Smith which, for many of us, are fury, revulsion and disgust.

Smith, probably now the most reviled man in Britain, claims that ‘sanctions are used as a last resort’ when nothing could be further from the truth. Sanctions against disabled people have increased four fold over two years and are the fastest growing area of Smith’s ‘sanctions regime’. People with disabilities cannot by any stretch of the imagination be considered to be hardened and persistent abusers of the benefits system when they are, by definition, amongst the most vulnerable people in society.

Despite your personal assurance to parliament about the bedroom tax that, ‘Obviously, what we have done is to exempt disabled people who need an extra room’, what is glaringly obvious is that you have done no such thing and that disabled people are, in reality, disproportionately hit by the bedroom tax.

Writer and author, Tanya Marlow, wrote on the ‘Archbishop Cranmer’ blog site, “Disabled people have been cut so deep they are collectively bleeding”.  Analysis by the Centre for Welfare Reform into cuts in public spending finds that welfare cuts target disabled people nine times more than the majority of citizens and that figure rises to 19 times for those needing social care.

Isn’t it astonishing that one of the most important bits of news reported recently was the Scottish Nationalist Party being rebuked, no less, for clapping in the ‘Chamber’, which sounds like a weird lavatory joke but, no, it was those churlish Scots shaming the hallowed ground of the House of Commons with their barbaric antics. Ye gods, thank goodness they held back on daubing their faces with woad.

Where’s all this going, Mr Cameron, as we suffer atrocities and wanton lies in the most egregious and relentless attacks by your government on the lives and well being of disabled people? Of the 49 claimant deaths peer reviewed by the DWP, 40 of which were suicides, 22 were claiming a disability related benefit. What we’ve got is a bloody man made humanitarian disaster on our hands and that man is Iain Duncan Smith but includes every minister of all parties who backs, or fails to speak out against, these atrocities, including you. It would be too easy to say shame on the lot of you, but that doesn’t even come close.

http://dpac.uk.net/2015/05/herod-in-charge-of-the-nursery-justin-tomlinson-the-new-minister-for-disabled-people/

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/benefit-sanctions-ending-the-something-for-nothing-culture–2

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/disabled.people.are.collectively.bleeding.under.welfare.cuts.says.christian.activist/54171.htm

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bedroom-tax-prime-minister-david-2874744

http://archbishopcranmer.com/an-open-letter-from-a-disabled-christian-to-conservative-voters/

http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/library/by-date/briefing-on-how-cuts-are-targeted.html

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2015/05/snp-mps-rebuked-for-clapping-in-the-chamber-will-tory-and-labour-hecklers-be-next/

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-2ee4-DEATH-AND-THE-STATE-HOW-DWP-SANCTIONS-SNUFF-OUT-LIVES#.VXSKB0ZRK6M

07_may_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,080

Thursday 07 May 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Claiming Ed Miliband is preparing a con trick is just more self serving nonsense from you. If the boot was on the other foot you’d be creating just as much fuss in an effort to establish your legitimacy to form a government, so, please, just shut up!

It’s tiring, it’s wearing, it’s pathetic, it’s ridiculous.

The party that can claim a majority and the confidence of the house has the constitutional right to form a government.

You might think it’s a con trick and , yes, Miliband has said he won’t do a deal with the SNP. Well he wouldn’t be the first Prime Minister to break his word, would he? If you want to throw a paddy, do it in your own time and have the decency to do it in private.

You’ve torn our country apart for five years, refusing to see sense or reason, you’ve lied to the House of Commons, not least in saying, regarding the bedroom tax, “Obviously what we’ve done is exempt disabled people who need an extra room” and never offered any kind of apology for such an egregious lie.

The media attack dogs, like the Mail and Sun, will howl and scream and smear Miliband and Labour, as they have throughout the election campaign, but it’s about time they were reigned in and prevented from deliberately misleading the public and running such virulent smear campaigns for their own self serving reasons. They are an embarrassment to themselves.

I don’t recall ever seeing such juvenile goings on, to the same degree, in any other election, small wonder people find it hard to engage or have no interest in voting. I suppose that could be regarded as a pretty good tactic to alienate much of the electorate, to me it just says that we are in desperate need of political reform in which just growing up would be a pretty good start.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/06/uk-election-ed-miliband-con-trick-number-10-says-david-cameron

https://speye.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/cameron-lies-to-parliament-again-about-the-bedroom-tax/