Archives for posts with tag: George Osborne

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On 26th May the BBC reported – “Call to raise retirement age to at least 70” – and the first sentence of the article read, ‘The retirement age should rise to at least 70 in rich countries by 2050 as life expectancy rises above 100, according to a new report’.

Apparently the ‘World Economic Forum said that employees should continue working until 70 in nations such as the UK, US, Japan and Canada’.

I stopped, I reread, I thought, I yelled, “What the hell?”

With no hint of irony or shame, the World Economic Forum is telling us that because we are living in a rich country and living longer we need to work longer. What kind of bizarre binary logic is this? Shouldn’t our lives be getting better and easier if we are rich? But bear with me, it gets better.

The article goes on, ‘The increase will be needed, as the number of people over 65 will more than triple to 2.1 billion by 2050. By then, the number of workers per retiree will have halved to just four’. More bloody binary logic.

What happened to advanced technology and the wealth that creates and the millions of jobs freed from human endeavour?

Here we come to the myth of our rich country. Most of us are not rich, we are only relatively rich in relation to poor countries, which is why Britain had ‘ in 2015 and 4.6 million in persistent poverty – for three of the past four years’.

We the people are not rich, only those at the top. Britain, as a rich nation, is a deeply polarised nation, the poor, as ever, are poor and getting poorer, inequality is rising, this is the myth of Great Britain, it is only great for the few, not the many, and always has been. As a nation we have seen improvements in our living standards, food and health, and, yes, we are living longer, but whilst we create wealth, we are not rich, yet the rich are telling us they can’t afford us and our longer lives so we must work harder for longer. The wealth goes up and we get to labour for longer.

Over the last couple of days a brand new scam has emerged, the selling off of NHS properties and any ‘NHS Trust that doesn’t participate in the sell-off will be forced to pay a penalty of 3.5% of the value of those assets at market rates – but market rates will not apply to assets sold’, in fact properties (assets) will be sold off at knock down prices and we (ordinary people) will be charged the difference.

This reminds me of the great education sell off by Michael Gove, when he stole playing fields and the deeds of schools and handed them out to his mates for free for their academies. Just as George Osborne did with state assets, flogging them off at mates rates.

These people are utterly and fantastically (to use Cameron’s word, describing Nigeria and Afghanistan in conversation with the Queen) corrupt, but they try to tell us it’s all for the good of the country, good for us, for hard working people, for people who’ve had their pensions stolen, for disabled people who’ve had their mobility aids stolen, for those struggling to find a job and dying from being sanctioned, for those  with terminal illnesses who are found fit for work.

And last, but by no means least, these are the same people who say Jeremy Corbyn is unfit to be Prime Minister or form a government, who slander him, lie about him, attack him by every foul means available and trash his policies which call for a fairer more just society that works for the many and not the few.

The Conservative Party are the most venal, corrupt, violent, immoral, dishonest, conscienceless, greedy, grasping, evil, criminal bastards loose in our country today. If we don’t get rid of them on the 8th of June then, whilst many of us will continue to fight like fury, we might as well kiss our arses goodbye because too many of us won’t get to see them again.

I will be proud to vote for Corbyn on the 8th, it will be the most meaningful vote I have ever cast. A man who has spent his life and political career fighting for social justice. He was asked today on the BBC One Show, “Some people say that you haven’t necessarily always gone out of your way to be a PM, but you’re more of an activist, what do you say to that?” Jeremy Corbyn replied, “Is there a difference?” Ha ha ha ha ha, you’ll do Jeremy, you’ll do very nicely.

KOG. 31 May 2017

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40057117

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32812601

https://skwawkbox.org/2017/05/30/the-huge-hidden-tory-nhsbogof-fire-sale-naylorreport-ge17-nhs/

http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.se/2012/08/michael-gove-playing-fields.html

http://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/fastest-asset-stripping-uk-ever-economic-policies-fail-deliver/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-politics-36263809/is-nigeria-fantastically-corrupt-as-cameron-claims

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-politics-36259341/david-cameron-calls-nigeria-and-afghanistan-fantastically-corrupt

https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2017/feb/23/disability-employment-gap-sanctions-cuts-and-death-after-fit-to-work-tests

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If there is any life form in the universe wondering if an entire planet can become insane, then they need look no further than this planet – Earth.

It may be possible that a form of life has appeared on Earth which has nothing to do with any natural order within the universe and which is capable of planet wide destruction and democide for self serving reasons, if so then science has a job on its hands.

If, however, we accept that the Tories and the corporate fuckwits who are running the world for profit are made of the same stuff of this universe as the rest of matter and life, then one can only conclude that nature contains within itself the seeds of its own destruction which has nothing to do with the natural forces of entropy and decay, but rather a propensity for insanity and ultimately suicide.

People like George Osborne or former CEO of the Nestlé Group Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, who said “access to water is not a public right” and nor is it a human right, by their very existence, beg the question, is nature, in fact, senseless or even bonkers? If nature, and, by definition, life, is senseless, then what on Earth is the point of human sense, common sense, reason or rationality?

Asking such questions is the place of mind warping corporate, elitist, rapaciously greedy, planet buggering insanity we’ve come to.

Here’s more from Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, “Water is of course the most important raw material we have today in the world. It’s a question of whether we should privatise the normal water supply for the population. And there are two different opinions on the matter. The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means that as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution. And the other view says, that water is a foodstuff like any other, and like any other foodstuff it should have a market value.”

Let’s just remind ourselves of what an NGO is: an NGO is ‘a non-profit organization that operates independently of any government, typically one whose purpose is to address a social or political issue’. So, essentially, socialist, not corporatist nor political or market/profit oriented.

And to remind ourselves of what a CEO is: A CEO is ‘a chief executive officer, the highest-ranking person in a company or other institution, ultimately responsible for taking managerial decisions’. Note: CEOs have no right or responsibility for making planet wide decisions which affect all life on Earth, like the privatisation of water (the stuff of life).

George Osborne described his little adventures in politics and austerity to Carole Walker, who is leaving the BBC after 37 years, as fiascos, (fiasco: complete failure, especially a ludicrous or humiliating one). It says much of Osborne that he is such a self focused shit, he has no regard for the millions of people affected, including those dead and dying, by his narcissistic psychopathy and his fiascos.

Nature is always true to itself, sadly we are not, and anthropomorphising and diminishing nature to the level of our humanity is not remotely helpful, but the point remains that those with the power and resources to embrace life, humanity, sense and reason do not, whilst those who lack that power are aghast at the monumental enormity of the psychopathy of those in power. It is entirely unreasonable to blame nature or to suggest that nature is itself insane, but that’s the kind of stuff any human with a lick of sense must wonder in these times.

Above all, these people are not lizards from another dimension, they are in every way like us and made of the same stuff as us, but their nature has become perverted by power and greed. As such they are without excuse, as they are neither stupid nor uneducated, and we are in a fight of our lives for life, all life, against the enemies of life. Nature can be described as the ultimate NGO, it is the organisation underpinning all life, and Peter Brabeck-Letmathe might think that’s extreme, but ultimately he’ll answer to it and the world can breath a sigh of relief when he does.

It is to be hoped that when those in power finally surrender to their inevitable demise, they do not take the rest of us with them.

KOG. 31 March 2017

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-privatisation-of-water-nestle-denies-that-water-is-a-fundamental-human-right/5332238

http://www.disclose.tv/news/water_is_not_a_human_right_claims_ceo_of_nestl_peter_brabeckletmathe/134989

http://evolvepolitics.com/george-osborne-just-casually-admitted-government-regularly-lied-bbc/

28_august_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,536

Sunday 28 August 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

Salford’s Unemployed & Community Resource Centre reports that David (no surname given) was repeatedly sanctioned, “This resulted in him being unable to control his diabetes because he had no money for food. This caused diabetic ulcers which became infected and he had to have a leg amputated. All his sanctions were eventually overturned, but it was too late.”

Depriving people of the means of survival has serious and deadly consequences. I and others have repeatedly warned that people’s lives are being put at risk, many are already dead, through a draconian punitive policy that no court in the land would consider for a moment. The DWP’s secret penal system is a travesty.

The Guardian reported that the DWP has had to issue a ‘new policy for all DWP businesses to help them manage suicide and self-harm declarations from customers’.

This descent into barbarism has no place in a supposedly civilised nation.

Although we were given no choice in the matter, we, the people, bailed out the banks and since then we’ve been told again and again that we are also responsible for paying down the debt left by the bank bail out. That’s a nice double whammy for the vast majority of people who had no part in the failure and greed of the banks which led to the banking crisis.

When George Osborne proposed cuts to working Tax Credits he said in his Summer Budget 2015 speech, “So those who oppose any savings to Tax Credits will have to explain how on earth they propose to eliminate the deficit, let alone run a surplus and pay down debt.” Attacking low paid workers to pay down the debt is the most obscene travesty of justice, as are the tens of £billions in cuts imposed on the poorest and most vulnerable people in Britain.

David has lost his leg as the price for a tissue of lies that we were in any way responsible for the criminal activities of the banks. What part did ordinary people play in the fall of Lehman Brothers which triggered the banking crisis? The clue is in the description and the answer is – None! The banks aggressively sold junk mortgage securities which were given AAA ratings and which, unsurprisingly, blew up in their faces. Yet the banks have been allowed to carry on with business as usual. Osborne even tried, post crash, to protect bankers bonuses in Europe using public money. You couldn’t make it up!

https://welfaretales.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/benefit-sanctions-are-britains-secret-penal-system/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/27/death-britains-benefits-system-fit-for-work-safety-net

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2011/may/08/jobcentre-staff-guidelines-suicide-threats

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

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-06-22/lending-to-poor-people-didn-t-cause-the-financial-crisis

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/02/06/osborne-20k-banker-bonuscap_n_4735825.html

26_august_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,534

Friday 26 August 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

Up to 500 disabled people a week are losing their independence under the ludicrous and obscene ’20-metre rule’ in the Personal Independent Payments (PIP) system. Even the previous 50-metre rule was limited, that’s a there and back trip to a corner shop within 25 metres of home, if you’re lucky enough to even have one that close. Under the ’20-metre rule’ that might just cover putting your rubbish out, providing you can walk and carry a sack full of waste at the same time.

In 2014 the Guardian reported that corporate handouts were £85 billion, in 2015 that was up to £93 billion. It seems we can support Disney to the tune of £167.6 million since 2007 to make films in the UK, but we can’t afford to support either the Motability industry or those who rely on it just to manage to get around on a daily basis.

Speaking to one Motability company in North Devon today, they report that garages and workshops that adapt vehicles are quiet and as PIP rolls out I wonder how many UK businesses are going to hit the wall?

The Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts that the cost of all PIP payments between 2015/19 will be £66.4 billion, or £16.6 billion a year. If we can afford corporate handouts of nearly £100 billion a year, why are disabled people being targeted and penalised?

Culling benefits and therefore those who rely on them was George Osborne’s explicit chosen route to paying down Britain’s debt which, I hasten to mention, he managed to double during his time as Chancellor of the Exchequer. According to the Centre for Welfare Reform, Britain’s disabled people have been hit 9 times harder than the average person and severely disabled people 19 times harder. Presumably Osborne had inside knowledge that Britain’s severely disabled people were responsible for the 2008 crash and therefore should be expected to bear the greatest burden for Britain’s recovery. Either that or austerity and attacking the UK’s poorest and most vulnerable people is ideologically driven without a shred of justification. I wonder which it is?

Meanwhile Carly Tait, a member of ParalympicsGB athletics team in Rio, has been deprived of her means of transport and George Osborne has been made Companion of Honour in Cameron’s resignation honours list. I have nothing further to add.

http://www.disabledgo.com/blog/2016/08/benefits-rule-change-forces-500-disabled-people-to-give-back-vehicles-every-week/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/06/benefits-corporate-welfare-research-public-money-businesses

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35830275

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/the-uk-national-debt-has-risen-by-555-billion-since-2010-under-george-osborne-a6947661.html

The surprising truth about disability benefit cuts

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/36926033

Government ‘has stripped Paralympians of their Motability vehicles’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36976596

19_august_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,527

Friday 19 August 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

The annual report (2015-16) from the Social Security Advisory Committee chaired by Paul Gray reveals that the welfare reforms were driven by pressure from the treasury and that assessments of the likely impacts were non-existent, ignored/rejected or, through the use of secondary legislation, deliberately bypassed altogether.

What is also clear is that recommendations presented to government were rejected, an example being that the reduction of the maximum period for backdating ‘a claim for HB from six months to one month was too severe’. The government response was, “We remain of the view that the arguments are not compelling for retaining an additional two, or five month period during which entitlement to support for housing costs can be backdated for an increasing minority of new claims to benefit.”

With the imposition of Mandatory Reconsideration’s, benefit delays increased enormously, or ground to a halt, and any reduction in the period of backdating would, and has, led to hardship, hunger, homelessness, increasing numbers of suicides and death.

I put it to you that cuts to social security were always ideologically driven, that is, George Osborne had simply decided that the poor were ones who were going to be penalised to supposedly pay down the debt created by the banks. I also put it to you that this was an orchestrated war on the poor, in which sanctions and imposed hardship were weapons used against the poorest and most vulnerable people in Britain. Whilst George Osborne was cutting inheritance tax and corporation tax, rewarding the wealthy, the poor were, and are, being driven into the ground.

I also wonder where this war on the poor got us given that George Osborne created more debt than every Labour government in history and doubled the national debt. Poor, sick and disabled people have suffered, and continue to suffer, for no better reason than vindictive spite and even the stated intention behind such appalling treatment was entirely false.

Lastly, after the imposition of permanent austerity, the countless billions in cuts across the board, including our NHS, the fire sale of national assets and the increase of over £500 billion in the national debt, where the hell has all our money gone? As you are currently enjoying a walking holiday in the Swiss Alps, perhaps you could give a few banks a call and find out if George hasn’t opened a secret Swiss bank account and squirrelled all our money away there, because I am damned if I can figure it out.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/545870/ssac-annual-report-2015-2016.pdf

The Tories aren’t persecuting the poor out of spite, it’s even worse than that

Tories pushed through welfare changes ‘without meaningful analysis of impact’

http://www.publicfinance.co.uk/news/2015/12/benefit-delays-%E2%80%9Cplunging-families-hunger%E2%80%9D-say-mps

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/18/thousands-limbo-disability-benefit-appeals-grind-to-halt

DWP admits responsibility for benefit-related deaths with a single, small word

http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/george-osborne-debt-monger.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/the-uk-national-debt-has-risen-by-555-billion-since-2010-under-george-osborne-a6947661.html

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2013/11/the-tories-have-piled-on-more-debt-than-labour/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/george-osborne-on-course-to-sell-off-more-public-assets-than-any-chancellor-for-more-than-30-years-a6786926.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/12/theresa-may-pictured-on-walking-holiday-in-the-swiss-alps/

04_august_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,512

Thursday 04 August 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

The Telegraph reports that there has been a rise in payments for NHS trust interim managers being paid “off payroll” from 961 in 2013/14 to 1,193 in 2014/15.

Given that the NHS is in crisis thanks to the actions of Jeremy Hunt, there can be no possible excuse for the eye watering sums these people are being paid. One interim manager, Steve Leivers, was apparently paid £59,500/month, equivalent to an annual salary of £715,000, to act as ‘turnaround director’ of Kings College Hospital Foundation trust, in London. I rather think it is not Kings College Hospital Foundation trust that needs a turnaround director but the Department of Health. Jeremy Hunt is not only Britain’s most renowned typographical error he’s a walking disaster.

I remind you that this is public money that is being used and abused and government has a duty to protect the public purse and to apply pay restraints at a time when front line staffing pay is capped.

The government was right to put a cap on agency staffing which hospitals are increasingly forced to rely on if they are to remain in operation due to catastrophic cuts in nursing staff.

The NHS is reported declaring a £2 billion deficit this year. Even a modest cut in corporate handouts, which were £93 Billion last year, would amply cover the needs of the people’s most vital and important asset. David Cameron boasted of creating 1,000 jobs a day, jobs that he actually did not create and which were mostly insecure, zero hours contracts and desperate self employed ventures because no jobs were available, yet the real jobs he could have created and boasted of are entirely absent in Britain’s largest employer, the NHS. Britain needs real jobs not PR spin.

Britain is in the grip of a housing crisis and the worst social housing crisis since WWII. Instead of selling off housing estates to privateers, who are more interested in profit and building luxury homes rather than homes for ordinary people, what we need is a massive social housing building programme, which would create real jobs and boost the real economy. But, of course, that’s not part of the neoliberal end game, so beloved of George Osborne, which involves the transfer of the nations wealth and resources to privateers and the unlovely hands of vulture capitalists. Britain is suffocating under the weight of corporate greed and it must stop!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/02/nhs-chief-on-record-60000-a-month-as-numbers-off-payroll-soar/

http://www.nursingtimes.net/roles/nurse-managers/government-reveals-pay-cap-for-agency-nursing-staff/5091129.fullarticle

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-job-cuts-4000-senior-3228433

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

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/reality-check/2015/mar/31/has-david-cameron-really-created-1000-jobs-a-day

http://blog.shelter.org.uk/2014/10/201314-the-worst-year-for-social-rented-house-building-since-ww2/

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/apr/30/housing-crisis-council-homes-are-the-answer

https://corporatewatch.org/magazine/50/autumnwinter-2011/neoliberal-project-privatisation-and-housing-crisis

29_july_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,506

Friday 29 July 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

In my letter of 26th July I wrote that we are ‘patronised and even despised for our modest lives’. Just writing that I knew it was a subject I needed to come back to.

My life is a small life, lived from a small space and place. No £millions here. Thank goodness. I’ve never aspired to that nonsense.

As it happens, there is nothing wrong with modest lives and modest living, but that is exactly what is being brutally attacked.

There has been a relentless campaign against us and I am not immune from its insidious power. In a few days I will lose my vehicle, which, as someone with mobility difficulties, is a cause of enormous anxiety and distress. I literally do not know what I am going to do, but here’s the thing, the worst of it is that I feel ashamed in a way I never have before. It is a shame based on fear of deliberately targeted brutality.

In an area and indeed a country where so many are struggling just to get by and doubtless also shamed and fearful, I am ashamed of having such a need. And that feeling comes right from the top, a measure of the success of the war on poor and vulnerable people.

I have no reason to be ashamed, especially living in rural Britain, or of having restricted mobility. But here it is, it’s crept in, promoted by maliciously vicious politicians and a maliciously predatory media intent on shaming our lives. As Guardian writer Barbara Ellen put it, “How shaming the poor became our new bloodsport.” “How long would it take,” she asked, “for “poor-shaming” to embed itself in the national psyche as borderline normal?” The answer is six years, from 2010.

I loathe that it has got inside me, that it has risen unbidden and certainly unwanted, promoted by shamelessly evil people, such that it should be treated as a hate crime and the worst of it is that it’s just a PR campaign to undermine us, a way to inflict policies that no civilised society would tolerate for one moment without that relentless campaign. This is what David Cameron, George Osborne, Iain Duncan Smith (“Poor-Shamer General” – Barbara Ellen), David Freud, Esther McVey, Priti Patel and many others, including the mainstream media, have achieved, wilfully, deliberately and with malicious intent. It is a pernicious evil that is going to take years to undo, it has dragged us into a gutter world of lies and violence, and it is utterly unforgivable.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/mar/03/blame-poor-poverty-barbara-ellen

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/27/disabled-lives-law-hate-crime

26_july_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,503

Tuesday 26 July 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

The people of Britain have been forced against our will to bail out the banks, we have had austerity forced upon us as a result, we have seen a catastrophic rise in opportunistic insecure employment, we have been victimised and demonised and accused of being ‘among the worst idlers in the world’.

George Osborne incited hatred against people on social security in his conference speech in 2012, “Where is the fairness, we ask, for the shift-worker, leaving home in the dark hours of the early morning, who looks up at the closed blinds of their next door neighbour sleeping off a life on benefits?”

Iain Duncan Smith justified his war of attrition against disabled people, saying, “We won’t lift you out of poverty by simply transferring taxpayers’ money to you. With our help, you’ll work your way out of poverty.” Disabled people have borne the greatest burden of cuts, leading to isolation, loss of jobs, hopelessness, despair and death.

It comes as no surprise that you have appointed George Freeman as the head of your policy board, a man who wrote in 2013 that he would like to suspend employment rights for new firms for three years and cut wages for workers in poorer areas and that he would also like to cut corporation tax to 10% for Britain’s biggest firms. Who would pay for that tax hole I wonder? It is hardly likely that this leopard has changed his spots or that he or your government will encourage worker participation and inclusion in the wealth that they create. Such ideas are alien and indeed anathema to right wing policy makers and board room profit racketeers.

We are not vassals of the state and nor are we corporate slaves. It is unacceptable that we are exploited for war and profit and yet are denied equitable reward for our efforts and patronised and even despised for our modest lives and status.

One of the reasons Jeremy Corbyn has attracted such overwhelming support is his call for a more equal and just society and it is an object lesson in how far to the right Britain has lurched that he is universally despised by all right leaning politicians, including those in his own party. The transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich is an obscenity and a travesty of social justice. That the mere suggestion of a fairer distribution of wealth sends the stealers and hoarders of wealth, the right wing media and politicians into apoplectic fits of rage and hate speaks very eloquently for itself.

Ordinary people getting above themselves is regarded as offensive and an affront by those in power and that is precisely why we should and why I write these letters.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-19300051

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

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-simon-duffy/austerity-cuts-disabled-people_b_3248615.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35476904

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/27/thousands-died-after-fit-for-work-assessment-dwp-figures

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/theresa-mays-plan-slash-employment-8486233

14_july_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,493

Thursday 14 July 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

I am most interested that the target demographic for your reign as prime minister is: “If you’re from an ordinary working class family, life is much harder than many people in Westminster realise. You have a job but you don’t always have job security. You have your own home but you worry about paying the mortgage. You can just about manage, but you worry about the cost of living and getting your kids into a good school. If you’re one of those families, if you’re just managing, I want to address you directly.”

If that is your datum point, you are aiming high, there are many millions below that who are traditionally ignored, voiceless and, indeed, have been the target of social cleansing under David Cameron’s leadership from 2010. Oxfam finds that ’13 million people in the UK do not have enough to live on, and most do not have the power to speak out about what this feels like and why it is wrong’.

You said that your party is called the Conservative and Unionist Party, I would remind you that a union, like a chain, is only as strong as its weakest link.

It is to Britain’s shame that we now have food banks the length and breadth of Britain, that further education is subject to a life time of debt, that many women are facing years of hardship having been denied a pension or any interim help for which they have spent a lifetime working, that the provision of universal health care is no longer a duty of the state, that those in the most need face a sanctions regime that deprives them of the means of survival, that sick and disabled people have been cast aside through brutal cuts.

If your focus is not on building a nation from the bottom up, of supporting the most vulnerable, living the most precarious existence, of giving the voiceless a voice, then we are no further forward and those without hope are facing the same future that David Cameron, George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith have cast them into. In this time of political upheaval we need change, drastic change, and I am not at all sure you are offering anything like what is needed for Britain as a whole.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/theresa-mays-first-speech-prime-8415313

https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-a2b8-Camerons-Social-Cleansing-of-Britain#.V4aUuKKzzc4

http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/our-work/poverty-in-the-uk

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/a1c27f38-0c86-11e6-b0f1-61f222853ff3.html#axzz4EJqsz2Zn

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/110776

http://classonline.org.uk/news/press/its-time-for-a-political-response-to-attacks-on-universal-health-care

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/19/benefit-sanctions-ruin-lives-dwp-fiction

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/15/disability-cuts-cutbacks-destroy-independent-living-budget

13_july_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,492

Wednesday 13 July 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

I am afraid I do not have any words of welcome to offer you, there would be nothing laudable or useful in such words of insincerity from me. I prefer to leave them to politicians, for many of whom insincerity and downright hypocrisy is their stock in trade.

Before attaining the crown of leadership by default you campaigned under the banner of, ‘A country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few’. Given your voting record of supporting the bedroom tax, voting against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices , voting against higher benefits for long term sick and disabled people, voting to reduce council tax support, voting to reduce social security, to name but a few, your campaign banner does not inspire confidence.

As a member of the privileged elite, it is fair to ask you, what have the elites ever done for us that has not come through bitter and protracted struggle? History does not inspire confidence in attention grabbing banners and what has been a six year war against the poorest and most vulnerable people in Britain at the cost of thousands of lives.

At the very least we need an end to the atrocious sanctions regime and tick box Work Capability Assessments which are depriving people of the most basic means of survival.

Whilst George Osborne has consistently laid the responsibility for Britain’s recovery at the door of the poor, it was not the poor who broke the world’s economies, it was not the poor who made Britain one of the world’s most unequal countries and it was not the poor who raised Britain’s debt to £1.6 trillion. All that and more lies with the privileged elites.

It falls to you to negotiate Britain’s departure from the EU and even the Washington Post has picked up that you proposed using Europeans living in the UK as bargaining chips. It says much about you that you would even consider treating the lives of ordinary people in this way. Andy Burnham said in parliament this week, “My own kids would quite like their mom (from the Netherlands) to stay here forever if that is okay.” I hope you were listening, because people’s lives are not yours to play with.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36763208?SThisFB

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/10426/theresa_may/maidenhead/votes

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/27/death-britains-benefits-system-fit-for-work-safety-net

https://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/scale-economic-inequality-uk

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/immigrants-in-britain-worry-theyve-become-bargaining-chips-in-coming-eu-talks/2016/07/06/27b3f3cc-421c-11e6-a76d-3550dba926ac_story.html