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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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We are facing a tsunami of fake news, PR on crack, from people with not one shred of decency or humanity amongst them.

It is worth bearing in mind that these are all power plays, it’s all deception from the utterly corrupt, but more than that is the cynicism of fake news, driven by pictures, memes, stories, faked up knowingly and deliberately to deceive.

It is an onslaught against the lives of ordinary people, which has been ramped up since the banking crisis. The demonisation of poor people, vulnerable people, disabled people, children, the jobless and low waged, health care, care needs, housing needs, those seeking sanctuary from war and persecution, every cut can be seen as a sanction on the lives of ordinary people.

The majority of the worlds population lives in poverty with half the global population living on less than $2.50 a day, whilst the richest 1% have as much wealth as the rest of the entire population of the world (99%).

It is, I feel, simplistic to say that these multiple onslaughts on our lives are to divide and conquer, although it cannot be denied that is part of it. The motivation for all of this is greed for wealth and power. Of course it helps ‘them’ to set us against each other, but that is really just a diversion in their rapacious greed and self serving pathological narcissism.

The Mail, Sun and Express are not newspapers, they exist to inflame and promote hate, they don’t give tinkers cuss about their readers other than feeding an addiction to hatred. They serve their own interests and the interests of power and wealth.

Every time it kicks off on social media and becomes a torrent of abuse, people have taken their eye off the ball, every troll is fishing and once someone takes the bait, they’re hooked and the whole thing unravels with a dreadful vitriolic inevitability. Threads become a battle field in which those embroiled take pot shots from their bunkers, nothing is resolved, the players just become more and more entrenched as the insults fly. No one ever resolved an argument by calling someone a fuckwit. They might ‘win’ if they can come up with a suitably unanswerable line of vitriolic hurtful abuse, but what a shallow victory that is.

Politicians who sell out to greed riddle politics with lies and spin, their speeches are exercises in deception, their words are nonsense, not worth a moment of our time or attention, other than in comparing their weasel words with reality – what is actually happening on the ground in real life, like the humanitarian crisis happening in our NHS deliberately caused by the Tories and Jeremy Hunt in particular.

In October 2016 Theresa May said at conference, reported by the BBC, ‘The Conservatives will use the power of government to “restore fairness” in Britain and spread prosperity more widely’, and the ‘UK must change after the “quiet revolution” of the Brexit vote, urging people to “seize the day”.

Every word of that was meaningless bollocks, yet the BBC trotted it all out like the good little poodle it is, but the most tragic part is that anyone might actually believe it. We invented language so that we could communicate meaningfully, not spout meaningless nonsense. Statements like that from Theresa May demean language itself and insult everyone it is inflicted upon. It’s toxic noise and mind pollution.

We have to move on from this place. If someone is lying or talking nonsense, it doesn’t gain any validity just because they are wealthy or powerful, although that can and does frequently make it more toxic.

Plain and honest speech isn’t an optional extra, it is crucial and in our times more crucial than ever. What is happening with the rise of right wing extremism is an assault on our humanity.

Quite simply, liars hurt us, and rich and powerful liars hurt us more. Voting for them is not any kind of answer, telling the truth is. Yes, truth still has meaning, despite all attempts to suppress it or suggest we live in a post-truth era.

KOG. 08 February 2017

Do this gas co’s 1000s of clients know it’s run by troll who fakes racist #UKIP images?

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/stephen-colbert-kellyanne-conway-bowling-green-massacre-donald-trump-a7566381.html

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35339475

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37556019

07_september_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,195

Monday 07 September 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Britain is a humanitarian rudderless ship. The refugee crisis is a media storm in this country because right now Britain has no humanitarian government or leader. Your initial response of calling refugees a ‘swarm’ was on a par with Iain Duncan Smith referring to people on benefits as ‘stock’ and demonstrates a lack of consideration, care or even concern for the well being of people at their most vulnerable.

It can hardly come as any surprise to anyone paying attention to the actions of your government and your treatment and attitude towards the most vulnerable people in this country. Britain already has a humanitarian crisis in the way the poor are being brutalised by Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms and, as George Osborne made clear in the budget, the poor are expected to be solely responsible for eliminating the deficit.

Smith’s sanctions regime, despite all his protestations that they are used as a last resort, are, in fact, routine and imposed for the most spurious and trivial reasons and it is reported that 100 people a day with severe mental health problems are being sanctioned. People who are sanctioned can apply for a crisis loan, but it comes from the very department that created the crisis. Depriving people of the means of survival is unconscionable in what is meant to be an advanced civilised society.

It is a tragedy that it takes a child dead on a beach to shake the xenophobic and racist attitudes that are so wide spread in this nation fuelled by hate filled rags like the Daily Mail and the Sun and, of course, Katie Hopkins.

You and your government have also been instrumental in fuelling the vilification of the poor treating those on benefits as cheats and frauds, accusing them of having a culture of entitlement and as work shy. You said that the our system of social security ‘has led to huge resentment amongst those who pay into the system’. Who’s planting the seeds of that discontent if not you and your government, ably assisted by the media? It was Osborne who said at conference, ‘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?’ What was that supposed to do other than fuel resentment and hate?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-33714282

http://www.iainduncansmith.org.uk/content/universal-credit-0

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

http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/11878068.Activists_in_Taunton_protest_at_DWP_sanctions/?ref=mr

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/apr/20/katie-hopkins-sun-migrants-article-petition-nears-180000-mark

http://news.sky.com/story/952248/pm-we-must-end-culture-of-entitlement

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

17_june_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,120

Wednesday 17 June 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

UK wide, we are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis the like of which I have not witnessed before nor ever expected to, which, apparently coincidentally, began with the welfare reform bill, the introduction of universal credit and, in particular, the use of sanctions by the DWP to enforce obedience to its ever more punitive demands on benefit recipients.

Prior to your first term as Prime Minister food banks were not a news item with just 56 Trussell Trust food banks across the UK in 2009/10. In you first year in office that rose to 90, then 185 in 2011/12, 328 in 2012/13, 423 in 2013/14 and 445 in 2014/15 with the total of all food banks at 1,500. 1.1 million emergency food parcels were handed out to approximately 500,000 people with 400,000 food parcels issued to children.

Last year the British Medical Journal warned that in the UK food poverty “has all the signs of a public health emergency that could go unrecognised until it is too late to take preventive action.”

Of course the proliferation of foods banks and food poverty really isn’t even the half of it. In February this year the Guardian asked “How many benefits claimants have to kill themselves before something is done?”

What facts and figures disguise is the scale of human suffering and torment that poverty inflicts on the millions living with it day in day out, year in year out and that’s before they fall foul of the brutal conditionality regime and sanctions regime of Iain Duncan Smith. Let’s be clear, Jobcentres do not make policy, they merely follow orders and those orders ultimately come from the man in charge of the DWP.

People live in abject terror of the DWP and Jobcentres knowing that welfare has turned into a system of punitive benefits denial and sanctions (with targets) which are not, as Smith and the DWP insist, ‘used as a last resort in a tiny minority of cases where people don’t play by the rules’. Sanctions are routine and imposed for the most spurious reasons with vulnerable people being treated worse than criminals, sentenced without trial to losing the means of survival. People living with relentless apprehension and fear only to lose the very means of their survival eventually give up, taking their own lives. The most telling response I’ve seen to this humanitarian crisis was footage of members of your government mocking and jeering the poor in a food bank debate leading Jamie Reed MP to say, “I regret to say the laughter from the Government benches says more about this issue than words ever could” although your own silence is chillingly telling.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ampp3d/food-bank-use-up-eight-fold-5563258

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/10/benefits-sanctions-malcolm-burge-suicides

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

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/01/unscrupulous-staff-set-claimants-fail-mps-attack-sanction-culture-jobcentres

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