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The world is being driven by the morally bankrupt and the utterly corrupt for whom accumulated wealth has more worth than life itself and in the hunger for which, globally, they destroy the lives and livelihoods of billions of people.

It is impossible for most ordinary people, including me, to know how corrupt the UK government is, and, indeed, governments and corporations across the world.

In the UK corporations are invited to advise on writing tax law and help design the loopholes they will later exploit. In 2010 Ian Brimicombe, described as a tax guru for AstraZeneca, was appointed as an adviser to a government liaison committee, along with senior executives from some of Britain’s biggest companies, to develop UK corporate tax policy. Within 5 months of the new tax regime coming into effect in 2013 ‘AstraZeneca had set up an unusual and intricate Dutch tax avoidance structure that would enable it to take full advantage of the new loopholes it had so helpfully advised on.’

Meanwhile over at Forbes, Tim Worstall writes, ‘Now They’re Chasing AstraZeneza: If Only These People Understood The System’. He goes on to say, ‘To be honest, it does seem reasonably sensible to have the world’s experts in corporate taxation advising on how to tax corporations but perhaps other people don’t see it quite that way.’

I rather think that Worstall knows the system and displays his disingenuousness well. Britain is languishing under a terrible misapprehension, the myth of the great and the good. Leave it to the experts and don’t worry our little heads about why the system is so complex and why it is, according to Tax Justice Network (TJN), that between $21-32 trillion dollars of private wealth is held offshore in tax havens. TJN goes on to say, ‘Measuring the size of the offshore economy is an exercise in night vision. It is hard to define it; it is fragmented and messy, and it is swathed in secrecy.’ But, but, but, wasn’t the system designed by the great and the good, the worlds finest, so there’s nothing to bother our little heads over? It’s 2017 and we didn’t discover financial literacy yesterday and yet somewhere in excess of $500bn per year of corporate profits is shifted by multinational companies into tax refuges and (unsurprisingly) ‘as a percentage of their gross domestic product, developing countries are hit hardest.’

But I need not delve so far into the twisted la la land of the financial interests of the super wealthy to gather hints of the enormity of corruption that bedevils us.

In 2010, as manifesto pledges, David Cameron promised, ‘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’, ‘absolutely no plans to raise VAT’, ‘No cuts to front-line services’, to name but three. How great the lies that trip off the tongues of the great and the good to bedazzle and beguile the minds of those they rob blind.

As important as lying to the public is, the lies and deceit that Cameron and his cronies and the present government under Theresa May spin so glibly, provide only the merest glimpse of the tip of the iceberg of the fantastic corruption of those who lay false claim to serve the best interests of nations.

2013 also saw the introduction of the ‘bedroom tax’ and David Freud and Iain Duncan Smith were busily redesigning Britain’s system of social security, transforming it into a secret penal system that, it is now horrifically clear, is more brutal and far harsher than any punishment delivered by the nations justice system, and which, with casual indifference, has wiped out the lives of tens of thousands of people, and targets the poorest and most vulnerable people in the UK many times over. A report from The Centre for Welfare Reform in 2013 revealed that under the governments welfare reforms, ‘People in poverty are targeted 5 times more than most citizens, Disabled people are targeted 9 times more than most citizens and People needing social care are targeted 19 times more than most citizens.’

Austerity means hunger, deprivation and death for the poor and tax cuts, bonuses and protection for the rich.

Britain is one of the most unequal countries in the developed world and in 2015 was found to be the most unequal country in the EU. The UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has established that ‘welfare cuts have created a ‘human catastrophe’ for disabled people in the UK and accused the government of “grave and systematic violations” of the rights of disabled people. Damian Green, then Work and Pensions Secretary, dismissed the EU’s findings as, ‘an outdated view of disability which is patronising and offensive’, and claimed, ‘The UK is a recognised world leader in disabled rights and equality.’ If so, then this disabled person says to the government, “Spare me your tender ministrations and the Judas kiss of your treachery.”

The problem with corruption in high places is that it is so much a part of the system and so normal that its magnitude is barely discernible to even the most determined investigative research. It is not that there might be a few rotten eggs in the basket, but that the entire system is based on corruption as an absolute, it is written into its DNA, corruption is its raison d etre, backed up, supported and underwritten by a right wing media that targets and vilifies those who oppose and expose this obscene orgy of corruption.

In 2015 David Cameron spent over £10 million on what was described as ‘his army of spin doctors and advisers’ to purposefully deceive the nation. They are the living proof that not only is it entirely possible to polish a turd, but too many people are far too willing to feast on it, digest and regurgitate it in virulent retribution and hate and attack disabled people, immigrants and vulnerable people on the streets as if they are the cause of the all the worlds woe and, as we’ve seen time and time again, much to the delight and braying laughter and mockery of the architects of despair in government.

David Cameron, just prior to an anti-corruption summit in London, said, in front of the Queen and televised, “We’ve got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain… Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world.” leading the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to disagree and say in defence of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, “But this particular president is not corrupt… he’s trying very hard.” James Landale, BBC diplomatic correspondent, said of Cameron, one of the most corrupt Prime Ministers in UK history (and certainly the most blandly shiny faced), ” it is perhaps one of the most undiplomatic things a prime minister could say – to describe two countries as fantastically corrupt just hours before their leaders visit Britain.” And therein lies the real problem of the fantastically corrupt, like Cameron, a wholehearted belief in their own righteousness and outspoken in their appalling ignorance.

Just like May’s government, Cameron served on an entirely corrupt platform of lies and deceit, penalising and brutalising millions of ordinary people, who they despise, whilst transferring the nations wealth into the hands of a grasping elite which is corrupt to the bone.

And children starve and the innocent die young.

KOG. 27 November 2017.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/13/tories-big-business-tax-loopholes

https://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2015/10/14/now-theyre-chasing-astrazeneza-if-only-these-people-understood-the-system/#707e7bf2580e

http://www.taxjustice.net/topics/more/size-of-the-problem/

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

https://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/resources/benefit-sanctions-britains-secret-penal-system

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

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/these-are-the-ten-most-unequal-developed-countries-in-the-world-10267862.html

https://www.indy100.com/article/the-uk-is-the-most-unequal-country-in-the-eu–l1It2nHEZb

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37899305

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/david-cameron-spends-10million-army-7029803

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41648865

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36260193

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Since the days of Margaret Thatcher what has become abundantly clear is that at the very heart of neoliberalism, the financial markets, the ‘free market’ ideology and right wing ideologues like the Tories, they know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

The cause of the Grenfell Tower tragedy is not just a lack of human values, but absolute scorn for them and arrogant contempt for the lives of ordinary people.

Right now it looks as though the human tragedy in north Kensington might have the power to galvanise people to bring to an end a contempt for common people which stretches at least as far back as the Norman conquest of England which saw England carved up for the benefit of the invaders and home grown sycophants. Time passed and the Industrial Revolution saw the rise of another brand of brutal elites, the Industrialists who amassed enormous wealth on the backs of common people. Britain became the richest country in the world and amassed an empire, yet, then as now, that wealth was concentrated in the hands of the elite few, whilst the many lived as paupers, struggling for a daily crust.

In the last half of the previous century ordinary people saw many advances and improvements in life on the back of WWII which led Prime Minister Harold Macmillan to say in 1957, “most of our people have never had it so good.” There was much talk of the growth of technology, shorter working weeks, shared wealth from the machines which would do the work for our universal benefit. It never happened in the way it was imagined and fast forward to today, Tory policy is that ‘work makes you well’ and if you are not working you will not have support for even the basic necessities of life whether you are just unemployed for whatever reason, sick, disabled, young, middle aged or old and sanctions are routine and rife, depriving people of the means of survival. Whilst Britain is said to be in the top ten of the richest nations, ordinary people have no access to that wealth, it is exclusively in the hands of a very small elite from whom nothing trickles down to ease the age old burdens of ordinary people no matter how ‘hard working’ we are.

Grenfell Tower wasn’t a tragedy waiting to happen, Grenfell Tower was a killing field brought about by policy and wilful neglect and official malfeasance, by people who should have had a duty to make it fit for human habitation, to ensure that all reasonable safety measures were in place, to make provision for front line services which were fit for purpose and adequately manned, to legislate for health and safety, instead of tearing up the rule book for profit and private gain.

This is not, as they say, rocket science, it is ‘common’ sense.

So what do we want?

In the words of Jeremy Corbyn, ‘a fair, more equal and just society’. These are not difficult words to understand, they are kindergarten concepts made complex by adults. They are not weasel words uttered with malicious intent to deceive and anyone who does speak them with intent to deceive is a criminal, because that is what gave rise to the killing fields of Grenfell.

Grenfell carries the sympathy and the love of anyone with a heart for lives shattered by tragedy. The response has been overwhelming, donations are already in million of pounds, the community is overwhelmed with aid. That is what ordinary people do in times of trouble when they are free to do so and not beaten down by politics and a media more intent on spreading lies, hate and division than caring, mutual trust and support.

It can surely be no great mystery that people just want to live and get on with their lives in peace, security and in reasonable prosperity so that they have enough to live on and enough for a rainy day and a holiday, if they so choose. How hard is that to understand, and yet how hard it is to achieve in a country run by those who do not mean us well and who legislate against us?

We are standing on the doorstep of change, a change we must demand and keep on demanding until we, the people, get our way. We need a government that is on our side, with policies that can rebuild our beleaguered nation after years of right wing neoliberal oppression, neglect and destruction.

The time for that is now, the country is in disarray, the Conservatives are a failed party, this must be the end of their world and the start of ours. Nothing else will suffice and nothing else will work. We must have a country for the well being of the many and not just the elite few.

KOG. 16 June 2017

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2017/05/jeremy-corbyn-launches-labours-election-campaign-full-text/#

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/over-2m-raised-by-evening-standard-appeal-for-grenfell-tower-victims-a3566571.html

https://www.gofundme.com/GRENFELL-BLOCK-LATIMER-FIRE-APPEAL

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/14/community-centres-churches-overwhelmed-donations-grenfell-tower/

14_may_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,433

Saturday 14 May 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Every time I hear something like, ‘Labour’s great recession after 2008’ my head does a little blurred jump, like a glitch in the matrix whilst someone is trying to rewrite the code live.

It makes me want to do a slow motion sideways leap to avoid the bullet that’s been fired at my poor labouring, ageing, grey matter whilst simultaneously jabbing my walking stick into the crutch of the pea brained shooter, hoping for irrecoverable testicular damage.

Patrick McLoughlin, the transport secretary, is, naturally, deeply concerned that we do not grasp the ‘potential economic impact of Brexit’. You can almost see his lips trembling as he warns, “Farming and the car industry could disappear from Britain like coal mining in the 1980s because of the financial shock of leaving the EU.” I have yet to recover from the tragedy of the EU closing down our mining industry, it still gives me nightmares.

And, oh, the fallow fields of England that those Brexit bastards would inflict upon us! Crops rotting in the fields with no market, 64.1 million Britons will weep into their thin gruel of boiled shoe and mildew, scraped from the walls of their cardboard hovels.

I was in my local supermarket last week and the guy on the till said to me, ‘You’re a political bloke, aren’t you?’ ‘Yes, I dabble a bit,’ I responded. ‘What’s your view on Europe and the referendum?’ he asked. ‘Well,’ said I, ‘The first thing to understand is that whichever way it goes, we will survive.’ He gave me a long look. Was I being funny or was I making a hard political statement? The next customer was waiting so I didn’t get the chance to enlarge on that.

The big question isn’t in or out of Europe, it is whether we can survive a Tory government? The miners know the answer to that one. What is happening to our NHS, our schools, our social security system, our tanking economy, our front line services, our care services, our housing, our liberty and freedom, our human rights, our way of life, isn’t about our membership of the European Union, it is about whether we can survive the enemy within. Thatcher said ‘there is no such thing as society’ and you are doing your best to finish the job. But whatever happens, as with McLoughlin and his Labour comment, it’ll all be Corbyn’s fault as the BBC will reliably report it, in it’s modern newspeak unbiased way, independent of all political interference, naturally.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/13/brexit-eu-referendum-farming-car-industry?CMP=twt_a-politics_b-gdnukpolitics

13_january_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,314

Wednesday 13 January 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

You Tories employ what I can only describe as the anti-Midas touch in your attacks on Britain. You’ll have to pardon my crudeness but it matches the crudeness of your polices because the simple fact is that everything you Tories touch turns to shit.

Back in 2011 you announced your plans for the privatisation of the state, “services should be open to a range of providers competing to offer a better service. These are practical reforms, driven by a clear rationale that the best way to raise quality and value for money is to allow different providers to offer services in an open and accountable way.” And, “It will put in place principles that will signal the decisive end of the old-fashioned, top-down, take-what-you’re-given model of public services.”

You assured us, “This is not about destabilising the public services that people rely on; it is about ensuring they are as good as they can be. These are practical reforms, driven by a clear rationale that the best way to raise quality and value for money is to allow different providers to offer services in an open and accountable way. Our public services desperately need an injection of openness, creativity and innovation. These reforms will bring that – and that is why I am determined to see them through.”

Since then I cannot think of an area of public service, whether still under state control or privatised, that has not descended into chaos. Education, housing, front line services, care services, welfare reforms across all areas of provision and, of course, our NHS which today saw the first strike by Junior Doctors in 40 years. And that’s just the short list.

If there was any virtue in privatisation you would not have to lie, cheat and steal in order to impose it on the nation.

However, two policy areas serve to highlight the use of the anti-Midas touch in your neoliberal, ideologically driven, destruction of the state – welfare reforms and the junior doctors dispute. The use and abuse of both punitive and destabilising measures reveal the deceit that lies behind your market driven, privatisation, agenda and your utter contempt for the lives and well being of ordinary people, or perhaps I should I say everyone who is not involved in your millionaire government or the greed of the financial markets.  Perhaps the anti-Midas touch is really too sophisticated as in reality the lot of you strike me as little more than bloated leeches sucking on the life and wealth of the nation, bleeding us dry.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/pm-paves-way-for-privatisation-of-public-services-2220868.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationopinion/11969970/Chop-and-change-politics-creating-chaos-in-schools.html

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/durham-mp-roberta-blackman-woods-10719673

http://www.policeoracle.com/news/Police+Staff/2014/Sep/15/Cuts-Forces-way-beyond-the-frontline-impact_85473.html/news

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/11/david-cameron-letter-cuts-oxfordshire

http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/video_voices_from_the_junior_doctors_strike?utm_campaign=jdstrikevid&utm_medium=email&utm_source=thepeoplesassembly

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18270523

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/01/11/gravy-train-scandal-as-ex-ministers-join-payroll-of-industries-they-used-to-oversee/

13_december_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,284

Sunday 13 December 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I have to say that the move in Britain from a putative liberal democracy to a dictatorship has been impressive. I grant you that, and the money and interests that you serve. After all what does a dictatorship look like? It looks just like us but we imagine it would look very different, visibly oppressive, long shopping queues, oppressed peasants and all the visual images we have been subjected to of oppressed societies under oppressive regimes.

But such images belie the reality of people living just as usual, no matter where they are. People still have to shop, eat, live. They watch television and ‘the news’. People still go to work, life in general looks ‘normal’ and people react and live in ‘normal’ ways. What they can’t see, don’t see, refuse to see, is that in a dictatorship we all become progressively less free, starting at the bottom but moving slowly, but progressively, upwards. Just like Britain right now.

The shrinking of the welfare state, bringing in forced labour for people seeking jobs and forcing people into onerous Claimant Commitment Contracts and the routine use of sanctions denying people the means of survival. Punishing people with the hideous bedroom tax instead of building houses. Attacking disabled people and denying them support and care, ending the Independent Living Fund. Creating a crisis in the NHS and forcing top down reorganisation (attacking junior doctors for work they already do) that increases health insecurity and creeping privatisation. Attacking the unions and the rights to strike and to peacefully protest. Attacking our social and employment rights and even planning to scrap the Human Rights Act. Cutting front line services and putting people’s lives at risk. Corporatising the state and, for example, pursuing fracking against the will of the people and communities. Manipulating voting and Gerrymandering to rig elections. Undermining democracy and fast tracking laws and now working to neuter the House of Lords. Engaging in wars of aggression. Putting military troops on our streets. And so much more.

Your latest bid to undermine working class communities by ending life time contracts in social housing, claiming it will increase social mobility, is right up there in the despicable stakes. It will not increase social mobility, it will increase social insecurity undermining family and community life and social identity. You do not create any meaningful social mobility by enforcing social insecurity. It doesn’t matter that right now existing tenancy agreements are secure, that is just a smokescreen for an inevitable future of insecurity for (but not exclusive to) working class people.

This is what a dictatorship looks like.

http://www.boycottworkfare.org/

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-contract-demanding-more-from-jobseekers-in-place-across-britain

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/dec/08/bedroom-tax-harming-childrens-learning-amid-stress-and-hunger-experts-claim

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/welfare/2015/09/art-cruelty-why-conservative-attack-disabled-people-harms-us-all

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/09/nhs-trusts-in-england-run-up-almost-1bn-deficit-in-three-months

http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/News/nhs-facing-creeping-privatisation-

http://www.unitetheunion.org/campaigning/no-to-the-trade-union-bill/

http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/whats-in-the-human-rights-act-cameron-wants-to-scrap–ekox_1SdBx

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-clashes-with-conservative-controlled-oxfordshire-council-over-cuts-to-frontline-a6729616.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/the-tories-are-removing-twice-as-many-people-from-the-electoral-register-in-britains-poorest-areas-a6701446.html

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/09/cameron-war-lords-rebellion-tax-credits

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/11600927/David-Cameron-to-fast-track-tough-anti-terror-laws.html

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4d7ee334-9cde-11e5-8ce1-f6219b685d74.html#axzz3u8BXmpJF

http://thepensivequill.am/2015/12/syrian-war-crime-of-aggression-with.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ten-thousand-troops-flood-britains-6887367

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/dec/09/council-tenants-lose-lifetime-right-to-live-in-property

05_november_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,250

Thursday 05 November 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

As I follow the battle of junior doctors being fought against bogus reasons and deceitful ideological purposes, for a 24 hour NHS which has existed since its inception, what hits me more than anything else is that Hunt, and all you Tory misanthropes, care nothing for our quality of life. Hunt is perfectly happy to force junior doctors into a life that really isn’t worth living and many will leave because it will be intolerable. Dedication and belief in what one is doing can only go so far especially when attacked by an external demand to be more dedicated and give up even more of ones own time and values to satisfy a political ideological game. As one anaesthetist put it, ‘I love my job, I have worked incredibly hard to get myself here but I am not a machine. If the contract is imposed I will leave medicine. This is a line that cannot be crossed’.

This person is exactly right, since 2010 you have crossed the line, undermining peoples ability to have dignity and self respect, that underlies all your policies against the poor, the vulnerable, sick and disabled people. You simply don’t care what makes my life worth living or anyone else’s outside of your cloistered bubble of privilege and entitlement.

Whether its welfare reforms, our human rights, legal aid, the independent living fund, our NHS, front line services, sanctions, housing, education, decent pay and employment conditions, and all the rest that I’ve forgotten in the moment, it is our very quality of life that you are attacking, undermining and destroying. And the correct response is, ‘How dare you!’ These are the most egregious offences against us and the many and varied qualities of our individual, familial and community lives.

Hunt claims that he cannot ‘negotiate on the Conservatives’ manifesto commitment to a 24-hour NHS and that he had to implement the new contract introducing a seven-day-a-week service’. Aside from the fact that election promises mean nothing to you (remember ‘no top down reorganisation of the NHS?), this particular mandate is based on the fundamental lie that we don’t already have a 24hr NHS service. Hunt has promoted a myth and successfully undermined the astonishing quality of care the people who work so damned hard to provide our NHS and give us health care 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Hunt has knowingly and deliberately set out to undermine and demoralise those who staff our NHS. No one, but no one, gave him the right, let alone a mandate, to do such a thing. This is an issue that precedes any (deceitful) posturing over manifesto commitments.

That is where we must draw the line and fight at that line with our feet planted firmly on it, no quarter given and no compromise accepted. Some things are worth living and, indeed, dying for and human dignity and respect are right up the top alongside the right to life, because what is a life without dignity and respect? Life matters, Mr Cameron, but so does dignity and respect, and if you can’t or won’t grasp that, you are out of order, a government gone rogue on humanity.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/05/contract-imposed-nhs-junior-doctors-protesting

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/nov/04/jeremy-hunt-i-cannot-negotiate-on-manifesto-promise-of-24-hour-nhs

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/nov/03/jeremy-hunt-offer-junior-doctors-pay-rise

24_september_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,210

Thursday 24 September 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

You really don’t understand or even care about ordinary people at all do you? Ashcroft petulantly having a go at you, and your reported comments – ‘a little prick, a stab in the back’ – ‘rather summed up my day’, you rich boys having a spat is nothing to the axe you’ve planted in our backs and for which people are paying with their lives and our children go hungry.

It never ceases to amaze me, the crass, arrogant, attitude of the worst of the aristocracy and the wealthy. You can be at one of the most lavish banquets in the UK, waited on hand and foot, never stopping for one moment to consider that those invisible staff, waiting on you, are the very people you condemned to a permanent austerity that will never even touch your life in any way.

As Ashcroft takes his revenge, for spite, for pride, for being scorned, he cares nothing for the country he so wanted a high position in. You can tell exactly what he thinks of this country and us in his spiteful little bitch-fest against you.

Why do you think #piggate was such a phenomenon and something you will never be free of? You’ve never taken the time to get to know us, but had you done so you’d know that it was a response to egregious harm. You and your government crossed the line of decency back in the last parliament, but ordinary people know how to manage, we’re used to it, but you’ve eclipsed anything in modern history since the war in your bestial treatment of the people of this country. Soldiers in the trenches managed by rough good humour and camaraderie, that’s how they survived, how they managed the horrors of trench life. I am sure you’d find it very common and disdain it, but did you know us at all, you’d know it for the survival mechanism it is. And it’s tough.

You might think your spat with Ashcroft is the important issue but you’d be wrong. You will go down in infamy as the prime minister and the pig. Quite how it will be couched hasn’t emerged yet, but make no mistake, you will pay for your contempt and arrogance, you will pay for austerity and the Independent Living Fund and our starving children, you will pay for the lives lost because that pig will live on.

As yet we haven’t found the way to save our NHS, nor Legal Aid, or get a decent education system back without crushing people with debt, or stopping Sanctions and driving people into poverty, homelessness and death, we don’t know how to restore our front line services or human rights or our social safety net, but if you think you can get away with such travesties scot-free, think again. Think pig. May it haunt you for the rest of your life. And if Osborne is quietly queuing up as your replacement, he’ll fare no better. You all may think you are above the law, but the law isn’t the only justice in this land, not by a long way.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/david-cameron-deeply-wounded-lurid-6496279

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/03/benefits-sanctions-leading-suicides-dwp-depression

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/nearly-100000-of-britains-poorest-children-go-hungry-after-parents-benefits-are-cut-10079056.html

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/13/david-cameron-austerity-public-sector-cuts

03_august_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,167

Monday 03 August 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

After yesterdays whistle stop tour of ‘around the Tories in 80 days’ I have to say that probably your greatest offence is the daily onslaught of government insults to our intelligence.

At a time of record production and confidence and of unimaginable wealth both in the UK and globally aided by hitherto equally unimaginable technological advances, what does your long term economic plan consist of? Punish the poor, attack workers, the sick and disabled and expect the poor to be solely responsible for paying down the national debt. I have no idea what my personal contribution is to the government pay pot, but whatever it is I do not pay you to insult me or anyone else.

I have no wish to denigrate those who cook meals for the elderly, work in parks or clean up war memorials, these are all important jobs that should be respected and paid well. What is offensive is that you choose them as examples of work that young people should be forced into without pay, in so doing denigrating both those who do such work (paid or voluntary) as a matter of choice and young people.

You say you want an economy that delivers for people who want to work hard and get on in life, with the best schools and skills for young people. Oh really? Have you ever heard of computers and digital technology? I know five year olds who can use the wealth of apps on a mobile phone far better than I can. Where are the inspiring creative arts apprenticeship placements and jobs for young people in film, music, art, the written word, or work in theatres, studios and performing arts? Where are the placements in digital technology, research and development, out on the cutting edge of shaping tomorrows world? Where are the teachers, nurses, doctors and front line services, that we need and yet which you are destroying.

What do we get? A dismal race to the bottom, sanctions, poverty, austerity and people taking their own lives in a world fit to bust with wealth, in which corporations get benefit hand outs worth £93 billion a year and the banks were given £375 billion in Quantitative Easing which they used to play the financial markets to line their own pockets and feed their own rapacious greed.

Whilst you play with your magic bible, the Tory manifesto, and ridiculously and childishly call it ‘the good book’, your government is an insult to the intelligence of every woman, man and child in this country.

By the way, How’s Michael Goves foot, which he couldn’t be bothered to get properly treated and which he and his wife used for a filthy attack on and insult to our NHS? Wasn’t it Gove who was one of several Conservative MP who co-authored ‘Direct Democracy: An Agenda for a New Model Party’ which states the “NHS fails to meet public expectations” and calls for it to be dismantled and replaced with personal health accounts? He should have gone private then, eh? When he opened his mouth, he should have put his foot firmly in it and spared us his insults.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/uk-manufacturing-sector-confidence-record-high-1447294

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/chancellor-george-osbornes-summer-budget-2015-speech

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/28/help-to-work-britains-jobless-forced-workfare-unemployed

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/11416694/David-Cameron-Jobless-teenagers-must-carry-out-community-work-to-get-benefits.html

https://www.conservatives.com/ourteam/david_cameron

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/07/corporate-welfare-a-93bn-handshake

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/adnan-aldaini/quantitative-easing_b_6692038.html

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2015/07/26/tory-attack-on-nhs-backfires-badly-hunt-and-gove-and-mrs-gove-labelled-c-s/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Gove

03_may_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,076

Sunday 03 May 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Like many who have endured under the worst government in UK history and for the tragedy of all those we’ve lost, I hope, with every particle of my being, that this election is not just your career defining moment, but that of your entire party.

For you politics is just a game, a career for which you were supported and groomed, caring nothing for those who suffer the impact of your political agenda in real life and in real suffering.

You blame Labour for ‘the mess you inherited’ whilst supporting and rewarding the banks and the people who caused it. But that’s not the point, the point is, where were you as a politician as the entire world descended into chaos? If any politician and any party is to blame, it is all politicians and all parties. Real politics isn’t a lifestyle choice, it’s engagement in the life and well being of the nation and its people. Just because you were in opposition when the banks crashed the global economy doesn’t mean that you or any MP serving in parliament at that time is any less culpable for the disaster that the politically unrestrained financial markets inflicted on the UK. Your use of the crash to further your own ends and your career at the expense of this nation is beyond despicable, it is a crime even if the Police are powerless (or prevented or complicit) to pursue prosecution.

All you have done is impose a political ideology on the nation without a shred of honesty or decency. Your 2010 manifesto was a pack of lies which you dumped as soon as you made it to number 10, with long standing plans to cripple ‘hard working people’, justice, welfare, education, our NHS, front line services, along with the unemployed, carers, poor, sick and disabled people and the elderly.

Austerity, the great lie, which you announced as permanent to the nation in the midst of the lavish splendour of the Lord Mayor’s banquet, was the imposition of an ideology whose driving aim was to attack the lives of ordinary people, just like the bedroom tax was.

The thought of another five years of you and your party of rich, self satisfied, career criminals strikes horror in the hearts of those you have targeted and will continue to target. Austerity is a war on the poor being conducted by career politicians who care nothing for the impact on the lives of their victims, nor the deaths that have occurred and which will only escalate should you gain access to a position you have already so viciously and violently betrayed for a ‘fixed’ term of five years.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/01/david-cameron-election-career-defining-moment

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/17/global-financial-crisis-labours-fault

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/02/ministers-are-reaching-beyond-scroungers-and-aiming-britain-s-working-poor

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/nov/19/austerity-failed-incomes-deficit-votes-cameron

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/13/david-cameron-austerity-public-sector-cuts

http://www.theguardian.com/business/ng-interactive/2015/apr/29/the-austerity-delusion

18_april_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,062

Saturday 18 April 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I have to say that the Leaders debate on Thursday looked quite refreshing without you there. Thank you for deciding not to bother attending.

I notice you decided to go to Leeds instead, apparently saying you liked a good debate though I also note that 30 people walked out in disgust. Good for them, there’s a lot to be said for voting with your feet. Did you really say in Leeds, “unfortunately Nick and I aren’t allowed to join the televised debate because it’s only for the challengers”? Haven’t you heard of the Internet? The debates were an open door are far as I can tell and it was you who kept kicking it shut whilst spinning it for all you were worth (which is not much… worth to the nation, that is).

On the subject of spin. Unbelievably, your spin merchants were allowed into the ‘Spin Room’ after the debate, granted permission by the BBC it seems. It’s bad enough that there is a ‘Spin Room’ at all, but to allow your party any access to that was an insult to the nation of epic proportions.

A Labour source is reported as saying, “David Cameron should be represented by an empty chair. Instead, he will be represented by spin doctors”. Like it or not the chair is the image that remains and one with a white feather on it and there’s nothing your spin doctors can do about that.

Michael Fallon’s attack on Ed Miliband about stabbing his brother in the back says everything about Fallon and dirty electioneering and nothing about Miliband who admits that bidding for party leadership was difficult and one that is taking time to heal in his relationship with his brother.

Electioneering based on lies and spin is utterly despicable and the wounds of this last five years are going to take a long time to heal and will only stand a chance of healing if you never darken the door of number 10 again. Those who say it isn’t worth voting are not considering those grieving for the loss of loved ones over this past five years and what another five years of Tories will mean for the poor, the sick and disabled, for social housing, for our NHS, for front line services, for education, for workers or for justice. Whether people vote tactically or vote with their hearts, this is the most important election this country has ever seen.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/apr/16/tv-debate-pah-cameron-prefers-a-jolly-meet-and-greet-in-yorkshire

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2015/03/david-cameron-has-just-chickened-out-of-tv-debates-while-pretending-not-to/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/chicken-david-cameron-sends-spin-5526898

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/tory-grandee-ken-clarke-personal-attacks-ed-miliband-will-cost-david-cameron-votes-1496814

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ed-miliband/10470106/Ed-Miliband-admits-relationship-with-brother-David-is-still-healing.html

http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2014/10/21/uk-welfare-reform-deaths-updated-list-october-21st-2014/