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On March 17th 2012 I chose to enter the political ‘arena’ in a pro-active way by writing ‘a letter a day to number 10’. It was a personal decision because I had passed the tipping point in what I could stomach from a government which continues to have a callous disregard for the lives and well being of ordinary people.

The irony was not wasted on me that I was writing to the Prime Minister of a government which was implementing the final solution, the eradication of the lives of all those considered to be useless eaters, of whom I was one.

It was a refusal, on my part, to slip silently into the grave without protest. In limited circumstances the one thing I could exercise was my voice, as protest, and if the letters proved anything, it was in the lack of a single reply from the man responsible for what we now know was the implementation of a pogrom of genocide on the most vulnerable people in society.

Prior to Theresa May’s snap election in 2017 Disability activist and writer Fiona Robertson wrote, “Voting Tory in #GE17 is a vote to kill people like me, and you need to know why.” She went on to say that following the 2015 General Election, “Amid the elation so many in Scotland felt at the sweep of SNP seats, we disabled people also felt utterly betrayed and hopeless, because the population of the UK had voted to enforce extreme, frequently lethal, damage to our health.”

I watched on the Internet in the early hours of 8 May 2015 as the results of the General Election came in with the growing realisation that either through ignorance or callous disregard, the voting public had committed us to another five years of Tory misrule and the brutal destruction of our lives. I shall never forget the overwhelming feelings of despair and hopelessness that crushed me for days afterwards.

I wrote to Cameron on the 10 May, “For those who rely on help from society for whatever reason, another five years of you and your government is going to be an unmitigated disaster, striking terror in their hearts and facing the very real possibility of literally being driven to death. Austerity is merely the deceit of transferring financial risk to the poor. Capitalising on people who Iain Duncan Smith refers to as ‘stock’ and treated as expendable, after all suicide is good for business, getting rid of the high cost elements and concentrating on the stock you can manipulate, not the dead end stock, like the disabled.”

As the facts have emerged out of the Grenfell Tower disaster, it is clear that it was an act of genocide, a disaster that was waiting to happen for which warnings had been consistently given and ignored and even silenced, but worse, far worse, was the arrogant disregard for safety by those responsible. Cost cutting, corner cutting, disregard for safety regulations, meant that the disaster happened with all the inevitability of a killing ground by those who cared nothing for those who lived and died there. Grenfell Tower was social murder because, quite simply, the lives of those who lived there did not matter and everything that has happened since only serves to reinforce that simple but catastrophic fact.

So why write this, what can possibly be the point in writing about genocide whilst it is happening and will continue to happen whilst the perpetrators do everything to evade and avoid any form of accountability?

It is quite simply that, when representative democracy dies, killed by those who have set themselves above the law, only the people can resurrect democracy. When our lives become forfeit for the sake of profit and greed and the doors of the privileged and powerful in government are slammed in our faces, then we are the last and only bastion of democracy and its only hope.

I have lost count of the number of times I have been told to be silent, criticised for penning a letter a day to David Cameron, I was even offered a proper rewrite of one of my letters in the appropriate language to use to those in power, to which I have said every time, ‘I am not a democracy’. I did not seek anyone’s permission to speak out, nor offer anyone a vote on the matter, because I am exercising a right, as now, which is not subject to permit. Rights are sovereign, inaccessible to democracy, and yet are the heart, soul and expression of democracy. The absolute right of ordinary people is the exercise of democracy, and anyone who stands against that is a despot, a tin pot dictator, and, above all, a fool because they are seeking to destroy their own rights and their own freedoms by attempting to curtail mine.

Are we a ship of fools to stand silent whilst the boat is scuttled? Is that not absurd? The residents of Grenfell Tower were not listened to and are still not being listened to. Is the answer, then, to be silent? To give up? Surely the answer is to make such a noise and clamour that those who ignore us quake in their boots and if they are inconvenienced by that, good, so they damned well ought to be.

The powers that be, including Theresa May, have said there will be an investigation into the Grenfell Tower disaster. Should the survivors of genocide be silent whilst its perpetrators investigate it? Is that a joke?

Several people have resigned in the wake of the Grenfell disaster, each of them to golden handshakes and doubtless gold plated pensions as well, just as David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister to a life of greater privilege and wealth, just as May will when she finally resigns or is driven out. Poor people can be sanctioned and deprived of the means of survival for being a minute late for an appointment at the Jobcentre, whilst those at the top are rewarded for the policies that kill poor people or cause them to take their lives.

Excuse me if I get above myself in saying that’s not right. They can call us all the names under the sun, rabble, ‘stock’, extremists, yobs, malcontents, Marxists, Communists, Corbynistas, socialists… Socialists!?! Is that meant to be an insult?

Writing in the Dorset Eye, Eddy Abs offered ‘A quick explanation of socialism’. “You know the way you love your family? The way you’d do anything to protect them? Extend that feeling to everyone else and that’s socialism. In a nutshell.”

If you want to know what democracy is, if your child is being bullied at school and you decide to do something about it to protect her, that’s democracy, in action. The exercise of an inalienable right when it is threatened is the expression of democracy. There are a million ways to express democracy, but few that suppress it and always by illegitimate force by those who pretend to legitimacy through the imposition of intimidation and fear.

Do I fear the government? Yes. They are horrifying and despicable. Should I be silent? No. Should I be cowed? No. Should I respect them because they are in a position of power? No. Should I do what I am told? Should I submit to their power? Should I forsake my own life in silence because they have the power to kill me? Isn’t it obvious? Do you need my answers? Are you a democracy? Or do you already know your own answers and your own mind because you are not a democracy? You, dear reader, are a sovereign being, just as I am and being a sovereign being can be very, very scary, but we are worth fighting for and we are worth fighting for our selves.

These are truly bad times and yet more and more people are waking up and realising that we are the people we have been waiting for. It has always been so. Whatever Jeremy Corbyn has to offer us, he cannot do it without us. The Tories have made it very clear that they can do without us and our inconvenient lives, whatever Jeremy Corbyn has to offer he needs us because we are the people who will make it happen. Who built the NHS that the Tories are stealing from us? Who teaches our children, who operates our frontline services, who make the wealth of the nation? It has always been us, even though we have been despised for doing so.

We may not have been consulted, but we bailed the banks out and saved the corrupt financial system. Did anyone hear a thank you?

KOG. 06 July 2017

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/social-care-scandal-tory-cuts-9836261

https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/10803/fiona-robertson-voting-tory-ge17-vote-kill-people-me-and-you-need-know-why

http://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/matt-stadlen/grenfell-tower-a-ghastly-monument-to-england-2017/

http://www.neonnettle.com/news/2280-grenfell-tower-fire-blogger-silenced-by-government-for-exposing-dangers

https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/1824/

http://www.dorseteye.com/north/articles/a-quick-explanation-of-socialism

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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

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tories-deleted-past-broken-promises-from-party-website-8937435.html

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/live/2017/jun/14/grenfell-tower-major-fire-london-apartment-block-white-city-latimer-road

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jan/12/tories-reject-move-to-ensure-rented-homes-fit-for-human-habitation

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/06/nhs-faces-humanitarian-crisis-rising-demand-british-red-cross

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/firefighters-cry-as-10-london-stations-including-clerkenwell-close-due-to-cuts-9050079.html

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/aug/17/sale-london-fire-engine-safety

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

https://tompride.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/londons-fire-engines-are-now-owned-by-one-man-an-old-etonian/

https://www.indy100.com/article/cartoonists-around-the-world-react-to-article-50-and-brexit-day-theresa-may-donald-tusk-7655851

https://creatorsnotconsumers.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/oh-dear-you-naughty-naughty-people/

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/adnan-aldaini/globalisation-and-freemar_b_13281784.html

http://economia.icaew.com/en/news/march-2017/uk-named-one-of-the-richest-countries-by-private-wealth

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

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/01/huge-tax-giveaway-for-rich-as-poor-are-hit-george-osborne-tax-benefit-budget-changes

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/remember-those-killed-tory-austerity-5642530

http://evolvepolitics.com/tory-cuts-are-killing-people-and-labour-councils-still-refuse-to-fight-back/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/nhs-cuts-excess-deaths-30000-study-research-royal-society-medicine-london-school-hygiene-martin-a7585001.html

https://kittysjones.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/what-will-the-tories-suggest-next-compassionate-eugenics/

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2017/04/03/new-plans-show-tory-genocide-against-the-sick-and-disabled-is-set-to-accelerate/

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If there is one thing I have learnt over a long lifetime it is that ordinary people are the donkey engine, the powerhouse, that drives the nation in war and peace and that for those in power, our lives are entirely expendable. In war it is we who are sacrificed and in peace we are (or were) the industrial heart of the nation, and in both war and peace, we pay.

It was ever thus, but we are now in the era of neoliberalism, capitalism with the gloves off, and they are wringing us dry for ever greater profits that they neither need nor care about the harm they cause.

Ordinary people are both the sacrificial lambs for rampant greed and also the cash cow that feeds their greed.

Inequality is raging across the world, last year it was reported that just 62 people had more wealth than half the rest of the world and the top 1% had more wealth than the all rest of the world put together.

In her 2016 Christmas speech the Queen said, “My ministers will continue to bring the public finances under control so that Britain lives within its means.” To which I can only say, ‘Then fix your own house love,’ as the government prepares to give her £369 million of public money to fix up Buck House, not to mention doing up Houses of Parliament at a cost to us of up to £5.7 billion.

Britain is not broke, there is enough money to do everything that is required for stable and prosperous public services, including the social safety nets and our NHS.

Only the other day someone asked me what we are supposed to do if we don’t privatise the NHS because we cannot afford it?

The problem is one of perspective and most people simply have no idea how much wealth there is, which very much includes me. I measure money in terms of tens and hundreds of pounds, I simply have no real perspective beyond that and think of a thousand pounds as a lot of money, even whilst knowing that several grand over a year goes nowhere.

Start talking about millions, billions and trillions and I am basically ga ga because these are meaningless numbers to me.

According to an Oxfam study, $7.6 trillion is sitting in offshore accounts and that is just 8% of individual financial wealth, which puts the total amount of global individual wealth at $95 trillion. That’s $12,838 for everyone on Earth. That may not sound like a lot in a first world nation like Britain, but of the 7.4 billion people on Earth, 2.7 billion people live on less than $2 a day or less than $730 a year.

What does all that mean? I don’t know in terms of social justice and inequality except to say this, clearly a very small percentage of people are not only living within their means they are so far within their means that the mere concept is meaningless to them. I can only suggest that it’s like an elephant walking up to an ant and saying, ‘I’m bigger than you,’ and the ant wondering, ‘Did that mountain just speak to me?’ How can an ant make sense of an elephant? I know the feeling.

According to Noam Chomsky it used to be that some 90% of wealth was created by producers, traders and investors in the real economy, that is ordinary working people, today that is reversed with 95% of wealth being in financial markets and financial speculation and just 5% in the real world economy.

That being the case it is not hard to see why the powerful elites might think that ordinary people are now superfluous to requirements. Production is no longer labour intensive and most of the stuff we need is turned out by machines.

Our labour is no longer a necessity, but instead of everyone sharing in the abundance of wealth in the world with more spare time and fewer working hours, and for many, if not most, maybe none, wealth has polarised and ordinary people are not just abandoned, we are being robbed at every turn and hounded to death.

The world is at permanent war, and war has always been an excellent way to keep the population down and, of course, grab even more resources for the few at the expense of the many. But it seems even that is now no longer enough. In the search for endless profits, they have turned on the national pots of public taxation and public services, built and paid for by the people, and people are literally being sanctioned and financially penalised through poverty pay and shutting down the social safety nets (the same as turning off life support).

I hear a lot about Agenda 21 and population reduction, whatever your take on that, the fact is that we are being exterminated. In my first letter to Number 10 I wrote, “Clearly your contempt for the people of Britain can have only one logical end, so why not begin the cull now?”

I was, of course, being tongue in cheek because they had already started. Can anyone seriously deny it now?

Ordinary, decent, human beings have trouble with words like exterminate at any time, and quite rightly so. Words like extermination and genocide are horrific in their meaning, taking life knowingly and wilfully, which no decent person would ever consider even for a moment. But these things go on in the real world and it is always ordinary people who are the victims of such inhuman barbarity.

As recently as last November the government was slammed by the UN for abusing the human rights of disabled people, the government response? It strongly disagreed with the UN findings and Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said the findings demonstrated ‘an outdated view of disability which is patronising and offensive’. He went on, ‘The UN measures success as the amount of money poured into the system, rather than the work and health outcomes for disabled people’. So there we have it, if you can’t work in some bullshit job scrabbling for pennies, you might as well fuck off and die.

KOG 02 January 2017

http://www.globalresearch.ca/economy-for-the-one-percent-unprecedented-global-wealth-disparity-the-richest-1-have-more-wealth-than-the-rest-of-the-world-combined/5502320

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/queens-speech-2016

http://www.itv.com/news/2016-11-18/369-million-makeover-for-buckingham-palace/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-33184160

http://www.citylab.com/politics/2016/01/wealth-inequality-tax-havens-oxfam-poverty/424659/

http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/25/122.html

http://www.thecanary.co/2016/11/08/uk-government-just-slammed-violating-human-rights-theresa-may-doesnt-care/

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A letter a day to number 10. No 1,528

Saturday 20 August 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

There is one great big reason that fracking is an issue that we must face and deal with. It is the last gasp of a dinosaur that refuses to evolve or die; an industrial behemoth that doesn’t care how much devastation it causes in its death throes as long as it can strangle the last penny out of the Earth in its rapacious greed for profit.

Peak oil is something that the petrochemical industry has never wanted to acknowledge or talk about and yet fracking is the embodiment of the exploitation of last gasp resources. It is nothing like the discovery of oil, great underground oceans of black gold ready to gush up out of the ground. That stuff is running out and petrochemical companies are desperate, why else would Shell want to undertake vastly expensive and high risk arctic drilling which would devastate the world’s last pristine environment?

The great oil and gas bonanza is over, oil is on the way out and what’s left is desperation and governments and corporations are prepared to rip the Earth apart in that desperation regardless of the consequences to the environment and life itself.

The only viable future is in renewables, but right now the future is looking more like an extinction event if the greed for oil and natural resources is not constrained and contained. Is there anyone left on Earth who seriously believes that Bush and Blair wanted to bring democracy to the Middle East? America is the most militarised resource hungry nation on earth which has amply demonstrated its willingness to embark on corporate colonialism and terrorism to feed its greed even whilst abandoning its own people. America is a nation divided, corporations and the people, and it is increasingly militarising against its own people as well as the world. Even whilst Bush was chanting his newly found mantra of ‘Terrorist’ he was The Terrorist in Chief aided and abetted by Blair and look at the world now.

If people want to understand fracking and its devastating consequences, they need look no further than America. The only future we can have is if we keep dirty fuel in the ground and stop the resource wars before some fool presses the nuclear button and commits the ultimate act of ecocide and genocide. Nature is very forgiving, it’s the very thing that gives us life, but unless we learn to know our place in nature and do something about it and clean up our act, the best thing that we can do is carve our epitaph now with the words, ‘An object lesson in greed and futility’, as a warning to any space travellers who might happen by one day.

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/welcome-to-the-age-of-crappy-oil

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/sep/28/shell-ceases-alaska-arctic-drilling-exploratory-well-oil-gas-disappoints

http://jah.oxfordjournals.org/content/99/1/208.full

http://public.wsu.edu/~mreed/380American%20Consumption.htm

http://www.globalresearch.ca/is-the-federal-government-ready-for-war-against-the-american-people/5446852

https://thinkprogress.org/frackings-total-environmental-impact-is-staggering-report-finds-7cec0834c0e5#.7ecwe8nh2

List of Bans Worldwide

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A letter a day to number 10. No 1,521

Saturday 13 August 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

Figures from the Office of National Statistics reveal that there were 746 hospital admissions and 391 deaths from malnutrition in 2015, a rise of 27% from 9 years ago.

The response from the Department for Work and Pensions? “We now have record numbers of people in work and wages rising faster than inflation. But we need to go further, which is why we’ve committed to increase the National Living Wage (not true), we’re taking the lowest paid out of income tax (yet still pay the highest, around 30% of income, in indirect taxation) and our welfare reforms are ensuring it always pays to be in work.”

Not a single word of regret that nearly 400 people starved to death last year in the world’s 6th richest country and an admission that your welfare reforms are so punitive that work always pays (it still doesn’t) no matter how precarious, insecure or low paid that work is. We used to have a social safety net but since 2010 you Tories have cut the ropes.

The food supply in Britain is incredible and awe inspiring, shifting food and stock on a daily, even hourly, basis. From the largest supermarkets to the smallest rural shops, Britain’s roads are full of huge trucks down to small vans and even car boots, 24 hours a day in an endless supply chain keeping shelves filled with goods from across the globe. You’d think it would be a logistical nightmare, but it runs almost invisibly (taken for granted) minute by minute, day by day, all manner of plain and exotic foods in plentiful supply in a land of plenty.

There’s only one problem, food is only good if you can eat it. It’s of no use to anyone if it’s languishing on shelves in shops or finds it way to landfill sites, as half the food in Britain does. If you can’t grub for pennies, you don’t eat, no tokens, no food. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so deadly serious. We all live on this luscious ball of goodness with everything we need to sustain life as a free gift of the universe. Yes, really, I am not making it up, but we have this insane system imposed upon us that you can’t plant a single carrot without either owning or renting the land or having someone’s permission. A share of the Earth’s bounty isn’t a right, you have to earn it and the DWP has introduced forced labour just so that we know our place.

You might think that feeding the starving would be a government priority, rather like the nations health before Lansley and then Hunt got their hands on it, but it isn’t, the priority is profit. The entire Earth has been stolen from us: like the British Empire, stick a flag in it and it’s owned by a rapacious select few hell bent of stealing the world’s wealth from ordinary people. If we don’t like it we’re treated to violence and arrest, compliments of the state. The Irish potato famine was English state controlled genocide in a land of plenty, people were shot for trying to stop the food from being stolen from Ireland by the British gentry.

No one, but no one, should be dying of malnutrition in Britain today, that they are is a matter of wilful and deliberate neglect by the state in which arms are a greater priority than feeding the starving. You’ll steal our money to replace Trident, but you won’t feed the poor.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/number-brits-dying-malnutrition-hunger-8611991#ICID=sharebar_facebook

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/the-graph-that-shows-how-the-poor-are-paying-more-than-the-rich-in-tax-10353982.html

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/jan/10/half-world-food-waste

http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/node/2163

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/proving-the-irish-famine-was-genocide-by-the-british-tim-pat-coogan-moves-famine-history-unto-a-new-plane-181984471-238161151.html

http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/famine/hunger.htm

19_october_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,235

Monday 19 October 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Research by Credit Suisse reveals that the top 1% of the worlds population now owns over 50% of all household wealth whilst the bottom 50% owns just 1%. The pace of global inequality is such that this situation has arisen a year earlier than predicted and in Britain inequality is dramatically increasing.

Total global military expenditure for 2014 was $1.8 trillion and Britain’s share of that was in excess of £60 billion ($92.6 billion). We can afford to kill people but not save them.

Poverty is violence, it is wilful, extreme, violence with 22,000 children dying of poverty across the globe every single day, that’s over 8 million a year and that’s just the children. Poverty is the silent killer, largely ignored and seldom newsworthy, and I wonder when might be the time to call it genocide? We could afford to bail out the banks and the media and government laud extreme wealth as if it is some kind of personal virtue whilst millions silently die of poverty and disease.

As Jeremy Hunt continues in his destabilising of our NHS for privatisation and moves us every closer to a US insurance system which you are in favour of, the reality is that, as in the US, the poorest people will be abandoned. It’s all about profiteering and nothing to do with actual health care. Dr Jo Kirkcaldy wrote on 13 October: “Dear NHS, it is you who now keeps me awake at night. It is you that I want to be able to save because you do so much for all of us even though we don’t always acknowledge or recognise it. I love that you are indiscriminate in your care, providing for the last, the least and the lost in exactly the same way as you do for the great and powerful. I know we’ll miss you when you’re gone and I fear for my family, friends and patients in a world without you. But, dear NHS, I’m running out of ideas as to how to save you and I know I can’t do it alone.”

The loss of universal health care will be catastrophic for the poorest people in society, just as in the days before the NHS people will die of preventable diseases, the clocks will be turned back over half a century. Illness and Disease will become things of terror once again. Health insurance will be a lottery, people will have to decide on their level of cover by what they can afford and if your policy doesn’t cover your illness, tough. Iain Duncan Smith claims that, ‘For those who are never able to work through disability or other problems, the state will step in.’ We’ve seen just how that will work through his current treatment of sick and disabled people, he’ll sanction them to incentivise them to get well. John Lennon summed it all up nicely in “Working Class Hero”, ‘There’s room at the top they are telling you still, but first you must learn how to smile as you kill, if you want to be like the folks on the hill’. And how you do all smile, it’s only poor people dying after all.

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/oct/13/half-world-wealth-in-hands-population-inequality-report

http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2015/05/britsian-now-unequal-european-countyry-saysy-new-reportc/

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/14/uk-inequality-wealth-credit-suisse

http://www.rferl.org/content/global-arms-spending-sipri-/26952329.html

https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-global-poverty

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/13/david-cameron-open-to-workers-saving-up-fund-own-sick-pay

http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2014/aug/06/privatisation-ripping-nhs-from-our-hands

13_march_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,027

Friday 13 March 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

The Irish potato famine weighs heavily on my mind these days given all that you and your government are inflicting on this nation. The disaster visited on Ireland wasn’t a famine it was a genocide but history fallaciously records it as a famine.

How could a million people have died in a land of plenty, in the lush green lands of Ireland? Thomas Carlyle wrote; “Ireland is like a half-starved rat that crosses the path of an elephant. What must the elephant do? Squelch it – by heavens – squelch it.” And what, Mr Cameron, was that elephant? Why the British government and the aristocracy. The Irish watched helpless as ships full of food sailed for England, and when the people objected they were fired on by British troops and as the crisis worsened the food continued to be exported as yet more troops were imported.

Even BBC history says; “A million people are said to have died of hunger in Ireland in the late 1840s, on the doorstep of the world’s richest nation. Ideology helped the ruling class avoid grappling with the problem of mass starvation.” I beg to differ, though, with the BBC, the ruling class did grapple with the problem head on, against the Irish.

History reports on the treatment of the Irish; “Total Annihilation;” suggested The Times leader of September 2, 1846; and in 1848 its editorialists crowed “A Celt will soon be as rare on the banks of the Shannon as the red man on the banks of Manhattan.”

Today in Britain there is no potato blight, no shortage of anything in one of the very richest nations in the world other than in the attitude of the government, the wealthy and powerful. There is no hint of mercy as you attack the poor, the weak and vulnerable.

Iain Duncan Smith claims that “sanctions are used as a last resort”. Really? Niall Cooper, Director of Church Action on Poverty, rightly said; “If you commit a crime, no criminal court in the UK is allowed to make you go hungry as a punishment, but if you’re late for an appointment at the Jobcentre, they can remove all your income and leave you unable to feed you or your family for weeks at a time.”

To be poor in a land of plenty is one thing, to be driven to destitution and death by the powerful is quite another. Nothing has changed, Mr Cameron, the brutal subjugation and obliteration of the poor by the rich and powerful is a black scourge throughout history, a genocidal scourge that is alive and well and unsated in Britain today. And people actually vote for this?

http://www.irishholocaust.org/officialbritishintent

http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/famine/hunger.htm

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

http://www.churchinwales.org.uk/news/2015/03/churches-call-for-urgent-review-of-benefit-sanctions/

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/29/uk-biggest-food-drive-second-world-war-poverty-welfare

http://nhsfightback.org/2015/02/05/further-evidence-of-deaths-due-to-uk-welfare-benefits-sanctions/

14_february_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,000

Saturday 14 February 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Genocide is a terrible and emotive issue to raise under any circumstances. It is not something that should ever be approached or raised frivolously or without a great deal of thought and consideration. I have raised the issue twice recently and I did so long after it became clear to me that you and your party were pursuing policies which target the poorest and most vulnerable people and which are designed to put them in harms way and are undertaken with malice aforethought.

It is a terrible thing to drive people into hardship and poverty. It is also a terrible thing to drive people into debt and to place on them a burden of debt they cannot meet. I am in the position of being told I have been overpaid a sum of £9,779.80 for failing to declare a benefit to the DWP paid to me by the DWP. I have a transcript of the conversation with the DWP in which they clearly state they had access to my records and yet it took them three years to discover this alleged failure on my part to declare a benefit to them. They have on the basis of this allegation cut my income by some £600 a month.

As a man who has led a fragile existence all my life, I am at some pains to ensure that the information I am asked for is correct and that I do not make my fragile existence more difficult than it already is. I am also not a man who likes playing some kind of rigged game with people who are holding all the Aces and nor do I like being taken for a fool.

I am far from alone in being placed in this situation. I have heard from people in exactly the same situation suddenly thrust into debt for many thousands of pounds. We are being forced into hardship in an orchestrated system of benefit denial by you and your government with the sole purpose of driving us into the ground.

In 2013 Esther McVey told us that 300,000 people on Disability Living Allowance would lose their benefits or have them cut in the move to the new benefits system. Recently she gave evidence on sanctions and suggested that sanctions were a means of highlighting people in need of extra support. She would have made a great death camp commander, targeting people for special treatment and beating them into greater efforts when they were dying of starvation and forced labour. What is perfectly clear is that you and your government are procuring genocide through the imposition of ideologically driven economic hardship and deprivation whilst the super wealthy, corporations and markets reap the rich rewards. Death and profits go hand in hand and the killers wear suits, drink champagne and smile as they kill.

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2015/02/10/how-many-deaths-have-tory-evidence-free-policies-caused/

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jul/22/benefit-sanctions-vulnerable-people-hardship-dwp-report

http://www.bigissue.com/features/3637/atos-deaths-and-welfare-cuts

http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/work-and-pensions-committee/benefit-sanctions-policy-beyond-the-oakley-review/oral/17970.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/food-banks-debate-video-iain-2941100

26_january_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 986

Monday 26 January 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

A report this week revealed that 62% of people sanctioned have mental health problems. The increasingly routine use and abuse of sanctions is unconscionable and unrestrained state brutality, that they are disproportionately being used against disabled and vulnerable people is a descent into a level of barbarity and cruelty that beggars belief.

As Oldham MP Debbie Abrahams very succinctly put it in the House of Commons,  “People are dying because of these sanctions” to cowardly denial from the perpetrator.

Iain Duncan Smith stated  “I actually believe the sanctions regime as applied is fair” despite all the vast available evidence to the contrary. What he believes in is his own sadistic brutality.

Your own claim that you can slash spending by ‘£30billion without inflicting any pain with the bulk of the cuts coming from squeezing welfare’ may well in your view be ‘easily doable’ but it will only come through the pain and suffering of the least able. It is not that you can do them without inflicting any pain, it’s just that you don’t care about the people who are your intended victims.

As I said in letter 982 the time to talk about genocide isn’t after the fact it is when the mounting evidence clearly indicates that genocide is inevitable as is the barbarity which will bring it about. That isn’t propagandist scare mongering, as is the endless propaganda on terrorism and the war on terror, flushed down the tubes of mainstream media into peoples homes and minds, it is exactly what the facts suggest and which Ms Abrahams outburst in the House of Commons is indicative of.

It is going to get worse because you are making it worse and your claim that cuts will be pain free is as false as were your promises to protect the NHS and front line services. In Britain today four in ten teachers see kids at school who haven’t eaten for twelve hours and a third of staff admit they buy or bring in food to give ravenous pupils. That is Britain right now under your government in which Credit Suisse finds ‘Britain is the only country in the G7 group of leading economies where inequality has increased this century’. The only question in my mind is how we stop your predatory war on the poor?

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ampp3d/how-benefit-sanctions-punish-people-5005786

http://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/071171549-%E2%80%98people-are-dying%E2%80%99-oldham-mp-blasts-iain-duncan-smith-over-benefit-claim-sanctions

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/david-cameron-slammed-after-claiming-4969053

http://www.alternet.org/story/63632/the_mega-lie_called_the_%22war_on_terror%22%3A_a_masterpiece_of_propaganda

http://www.stalbanslabour.org.uk/2012/10/06/protect-frontline-nhs-services/

http://streetskitchen.co.uk/?p=1876

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/14/uk-inequality-wealth-credit-suisse

22_january_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 982

Thursday 22 January 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

You and your government are knowingly and wilfully causing people physical and mental harm. The benefits system is now predicated on threat and punishment and millions have suffered and are suffering under Iain Duncan Smiths sanctions regime. Even the use of the word ‘regime’ is a sign of the ever growing authoritarian state in the UK.

The DWPs Decision Makers Guide acknowledges that people will be harmed by sanctions, not only that but it normalises the harm caused to a ‘normal healthy adult’ and uses that as a point of comparison when depriving people of the means of Survival:

“It would be usual for a normal healthy adult to suffer some deterioration in their health if they were without
1.    essential items, such as food, clothing, heating and accommodation or
2.    sufficient money to buy essential items
for a period of 2 weeks.”

With the severest sanctions being three years, we should now be looking at the use of the word ‘genocide’ to describe the effects of your authoritarian state. It is clear to see where it is going so the time to prepare and act is not when a million are already dead but now.

The Guide also states. “Requests for hardship payments may be made by people who say they have a mental condition.  A person will only be a member of a vulnerable group if the condition causes limitation in functional capacity because of a physical impairment.” It further states: “It is extremely rare for a mental condition to produce a physical impairment that limits or restricts functional capacity but it can happen.”

The people making up these rules clearly have no understanding of mental health issues or the widespread limitations that occur to peoples ability to function effectively. This is UNUM dictated nonsense from a company discredited in America having been subject to a number of court proceedings and fines for malpractice and yet who have been UK government advisors from the beginning of these attacks on the welfare state under new Labour.

This carefully orchestrated authoritarianism has been with us a long time but became explicit Tory policy from the day you entered number 10 when it became clear that your pre-election promises were a tissue of lies. Since then we have been subject to an avalanche of authoritarian doctrine from racist vans to the bedroom tax and sanctions to the attacks on disabled people and the problem now is normalisation creep. This is not something to be adjusted to but resisted, opposed and fought against every step of the way.

http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=4066

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/feb/19/record-number-sanctions-benefits-claimants

http://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/071171549-%E2%80%98people-are-dying%E2%80%99-oldham-mp-blasts-iain-duncan-smith-over-benefit-claim-sanctions

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/391572/dmgch35.pdf

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2015/01/20/the-influence-of-private-insurance-on-uk-welfare-reforms-mo-stewart/