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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KOG. 15 June 2017

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

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



A letter a day to number 10. No 1,470

Monday 20 June 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

The DWP’s ‘Mandatory Reconsideration’ (MR) scheme introduced in 2013 was another block in the road of social justice in their pogrom of dispensing injustice. Official figures published this week reveal that only 10% of appeals through MR are successful compared to 50% through independent appeals tribunals.

Mandatory Reconsideration was dreamed up as a block to claimants, an unaccountable bureaucratic hindrance of red tape that you Tories purport to despise so much, but in reality only when it hinders you, like employment protection, health and safety inspections and building regulations.

You may recall when your government rejected an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill this year which would have required private landlords to make their properties ‘fit for human habitation’. It was reported that according to Parliament’s register of interests, 72 of the MPs who voted against the amendment were also landlords. As ever, the cares and concerns of ordinary people do not figure in your schemes.

Mandatory reconsideration’s serve only to create more delays during which time people are left in limbo with no benefits for an indeterminate period of time and it is only once a decision has been reached by the DWP that claimants can ask for an independent tribunal.

Judge Robert Martin, ex-head of the appeals tribunal, told the work and pensions select committee that, ‘We have no jurisdiction whatsoever over mandatory reconsideration; there is no statutory limit for the time taken to reconsider. It is in unsupervised territory and the tribunal cannot legally intervene to move things along.’

In a bizarre Orwellian dystopian nightmare dreamscape of reality the DWP declared they would not be abandoning MR stating, ‘The fact that nearly 90% of decisions were not overturned last year shows that in the majority of cases decision-makers are getting it right first time’. This would be rather like Wonga holding an internal review of sky-high interest rates on loans and finding that the rates did not unfairly reflect their own expectations. Welcome to the la la land of Tory reality.