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A letter a day to number 10. No 1,459

Thursday 09 June 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

It is at least unfortunate that we have three of the worst characters possible representing the Tory case for leaving the EU, at worst it is wilful manipulation to swing the referendum in favour of staying in the EU.

Priti Patel makes her case that leaving the EU would enable her to attack employment protections and, “halve the burdens of the EU social and employment legislation”. On the face of it that firmed my feeling that I should be voting to remain in the EU, forgetting for a moment that to pull a stunt like that she would be acting undemocratically, without consultation and against our best interests, in short, she’s being her usual self, a petty dictator. That’s not an argument to remain in Europe.

Moving right along, let’s have a look at Boris (BoJo the clown) Johnson. In a street speech that was more a pantomime piece than anything else, in reference to someone saying ‘bananas’ (A shill? A plant? An idiot?), Johnson claimed that the EU prevents Britain from selling bananas in bunches of more than 2 or 3 and that they must not be excessively bent, unlike him. It was a claim so self evidently false I wondered why the crowd didn’t plant him head first in a water butt? This wasn’t an argument for Brexit, it was a temptation to vote for anything other than the idiot, but even if I voted remain, we’d still be stuck with the idiot.

Michael Gove’s central argument for Brexit is for, “a galvanising, liberating, empowering moment of patriotic renewal”. It was Samuel Johnson who said, “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel”, meaning just the kind of jingoistic, flag waving, nonsense that Gove was spouting. True patriots are those who protect democracy, as Tony Benn did all his life, who want to end wars and serve the cause of peace, the kind of people who demand that Tony Blair faces the Hague for his illegal invasion of Iraq, an invasion that Gove supported regardless of his later change of heart. Let’s also remember that Gove gave away our schools to privateers, demanded our children learn by rote and alienated almost the entire teaching profession. This man is hardly a friend of Britain or Brexit.

Your own claim that leaving the EU could herald another Europe wide conflict, was the other side of this sordid mess, senseless fear-mongering in a world riven by conflict that the EU has been powerless or useless to prevent. What matters is the we the people are able to hold power to account. Europe has done nothing to prevent the excesses of the worst government in UK history. You ignored the findings of UN special investigator Raquel Rolnik into the despicable bedroom tax. Rolnik was branded by Grant Shapps as, an “absolute disgrace”, dismissing her as “a woman from Brazil”. Iain Duncan Smith called her a  “strange woman” and accused Labour of indulging in “little gimmicks with people from Brazil.” That’s the contempt you have for us. This fight isn’t about the EU, it is about the people of this country who must fight against Tory extremism and a supranational organisation that offers no protection for ordinary people from neoliberalism and the interests of elite criminals and greedy financiers putting profits before people.

Who let the cats out? Priti Patel suggests we could lose half our EU work rights after #Brexit


23_march_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,380

Wednesday 23 March 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Someone commented on my Facebook page about your party yesterday… “and they are supposed to work for us???” I chuckled. Funny how you can laugh about something that is not remotely funny and which is, in fact, a sick joke: gallows humour.

It’s the same with you and your “modern, compassionate, one-nation government”. The only person I know who could get a real belly busting laugh out of that is Frankie Boyle. From you it is self serving, brain dead, terminal nonsense and as trustworthy as me, at 65, trusting a fart not to follow through.

It got me wondering, when was the last time we could trust a government? It has to be pre 1970 and, as I thought about it, it was probably the government of Clement Attlee at the time of the founding of the NHS after the hideous brutality of war and a time for the nation to rebuild.

That was before my time, having been born in 1951, but I do remember, in my first decade, living in a newly built council (proper) house. I was not politically aware then, so I guess the first sparks of awakening came in the sixties, which is the one decade I look back on as a period of optimism and dramatic social change. Following on from the likes of Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly, the sixties was the decade of the phenomenal explosion of youth and youth culture and music, music, music. And it was an explosion, I was briefly a Mod and then a Hippie, a life changing experience which has never left me.

I recall vividly the saying of Harold Macmillan, “most of our people have never had it so good” (1957) during the post war economic boom, which became colloquially, ‘you’ve never had it so good’. Today, looking back, I wonder if that wasn’t the shot across the bows, the warning of lean times to come. Despite the economic boom and his desire for increased production Macmillan also wanted to suppress wages and spending. From my personal perspective, all else followed, to the ultimate ball buster Thatcher and successive governments who had little or no regard for ordinary people. The optimism around Blair was brief and destroyed by the illegal invasion of Iraq.

Now we have you and your party of pariahs, the ultimate betrayers of ordinary people, behaving like lords of the manor wining and dining on the backs of the rest of us, feeding the rich and starving the poor. A government that has raised two fingers and said ‘fuck you’ to everyone from the destitute, the homeless, disabled people, children and old folks to junior doctors, teachers and nurses, frontline services, legal aid and our NHS, privatising and selling off everything in a national fire sale on an unbelievable and unprecedented scale. You are supposed to work for us maybe, but in reality? Don’t make me laugh.

03_september_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,192

Thursday 03 September 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

You must be enjoying the spectacle of Labour tearing itself apart immensely. Had they applied themselves with such vigour in opposing your policies of attrition against the good people of this country, the last general election might have had a better outcome for the life and well being of this nation.

I confess that I am enjoying the rabid terror with which the Labour party grandees have welcomed democracy. It is a vital and valuable insight into the prevailing mindset of Westminster. As you and your party so ably demonstrate every day, the notion of being democratically accountable to the people is a concept that is entirely absent as you tear our country and our lives apart.

I have just spent a few days away with deeply caring and loving friends and one of the chief topics of conversation was the overweening arrogance of a political class, aided and abetted by a poodle media, who insult us, demean us and belittle us with never a thought for how asinine and utterly juvenile they reveal themselves to be.

Curiously, Unite union’s political director Jennie Formby has come under fire for calling Tony Blair a ‘neo-liberal, multi-millionaire, war-mongerer’ with nothing useful to say about the Labour leadership race, and who was told this was ‘disrespectful’ to the former prime minister. And yet Blair can quite blithely insult us by saying, ‘people who say their heart is with Corbyn, get a transplant’.

Prior to the illegal invasion of Iraq (which you voted for) Britain saw the biggest ever protest march (in London alone called ‘The million march’) in its history opposing an invasion which was prosecuted under false pretences. The democratic voice of the people was entirely ignored at obscene human cost and the devastation of a sovereign nation, which has formed the basis of western military intervention ever since. In international law a military conflict waged without the justification of self-defense is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime.

George Osborne has waded into the Labour leadership contest claiming Jeremy Corbyn is a ‘threat to our future national security and to our economic security’ in proposing to scrap Trident. What greater threat can there possibly be to our future national security and to our economic security than nuclear annihilation? It is the possession of such obscene weapons capable of global extinction that is the real insanity pursued by arrogant, power hungry, fools who care nothing for democracy or even life. What greater insult to our intelligence can there be that the potential to end life on this planet is regarded as necessary and worth investing vast amounts of our money in renewing whilst our own people die in poverty.