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The Conservative party has thrown all caution to the wind in their self interested pursuit of privilege and power over the cares, concerns, and needs of ordinary people and anyone who is not outraged at what they are doing fails the litmus test for basic humanity, as indeed do the Tories themselves.

The fundamental problem is that no one from the high table is going to lift a damned finger that might risk rocking the boat of their own privileged world on which they depend and is their reason for being.

The Tories are not so much the nasty party as the self interested party, being nasty is secondary, a mere consequence of the self perpetuation of their arrogant overweening narcissism and greed.

It is the perception or the rich that they are the ‘deserving rich’ and it is unsurprising that when the public ask for more money the Tories, the party of the rich, are affronted. Fire fighters, nurses, paramedics, police, can be heroes, but they have a damned cheek if they ask for more money. It’s the Oliver Twist moment, the masters have their hands on all the provisions of wealth and its distribution but god help the damned urchin who dares ask for more.

Indeed, they are shocked by such effrontery. It was plain to see when a nurse asked Theresa May for some more money in her pay cheque. May didn’t quite splutter with indignation, but it was barely controlled as she told the nurse, “There isn’t a magic money tree that we can shake that suddenly provides for everything that people want.” In her head, May, devout Christian that she is, was probably thinking, “Well really! The damned cheek of the girl, who does she think she is? She should take what’s she’s given and be grateful for small mercies.” It is likely that the reason Theresa May wanted no part in public debates was the admonition of her Lord not to cast her pearls before swine, because she certainly behaved that way.

Contempt for ordinary people comes easy to those for whom privilege is assured, who live a life in which appearance, position and status are everything yet who lack any of the real substance of humanity. ‘They’ do not believe, as an article of faith, that the common people have any right to speak in political debate in our rude voices and indelicate proclamations. It was just such a situation that led Gary Streeter to respond to admirably robust journalist Paul Mason by saying, “This is why i hate social media. It gives a voice to people who dont deserve one”. There can be no doubt that Streeter was also referring to you and me, people who are common, the uppity masses, who should not interfere in matters which are above them and which should be left to their betters to decide for them.

Grenfell Tower and the hundreds of missing, presumed dead, people, and the survivors are, shell, ashes and living, right now, a monument to the historic abuse of the ruling elites against the lives of ordinary people. The inferno and the human cost was a disaster waiting to happen, it cannot in any way be described as an accident. Nor was it in any way down to human failing, it was guaranteed to be a disaster through the knowing decisions of those who felt entirely at liberty to cut corners which made a human habitation ripe for exactly what happened. Not only that, but those residents who warned of the dangers were silenced and ignored and, now that the inevitable disaster has occurred, are still being silenced and ignored by an establishment that simply doesn’t give a shit. However, something else has emerged from Grenfell Tower, in the war being prosecuted by the ‘ruling elites’ against the lives of ordinary people, ordinary people are no longer willing to silently slip into our graves without demanding a reckoning.

The Tories are holding on to power through lies and deceit and, above all, their overweening arrogance.

In the beating heart of Britain, another disaster is happening, although far too many are still, as yet, ignorant of it. That ignorance is neither wilful nor neglectful, it is an ignorance manufactured and maintained by the policies of the Conservative government and the secretary of state for health, Jeremy Hunt and his predecessor Andrew Lansley. Universal health care is being dismantled and destroyed by a government who care less whether we live or die in pursuit of profit. Public outcry is still muted, the government and Jeremy Hunt will never admit that they are presiding over the last stages of the privatisation of our publicly funded NHS. Jeremy Hunt is a liar and a thief who deserves nothing less than to be publicly tortured until he personally screams out the truth in Parliament Square. One of the richest people in the Tory cabinet inner circle, Hunt cares nothing for the health of ordinary people, he is lining up the vultures who hunger only for profit at our expense.

Whilst they despise our inconvenient lives and our human needs, they treat us a convenience for profit. The cancer living in my neck which will eventually kill me is just a rich source of profit for the likes of Richard Branson and Jeremy Hunt and all the financial vultures hungry for profit who are devouring yours and my NHS. Does that sound emotive, a bit too much, a rude statement, a bit common? Good, I am glad, it should sound rude. It’s the brutal truth.

Theresa May has bought herself a fragile space through betrayal, for betrayal. She has stolen a billion pounds from us to buy herself time to finish the job of selling us all for profit. We, the people, are just marketable stock in her eyes.

But here’s the thing. They are losing the war. The tide is turning right now. The dominant media voices are those of ordinary people. It’s messy, uncoordinated, good and bad, much of it rude, crude and a fairground for trolls out for a ride on nit picking personal insult and vitriolic hate, but that’s the icing, not the cake. In a world of form without substance, real substance is getting a grip and gaining traction and despite all the power and wealth being expended against it, it will not get back in the box of confinement in which the grasping elites wish to imprison it.

The powers that be are terrified of change, but change is the lifeblood of living. The world spins on the axis of change, the seasons, life and death, the weather and all we see and experience in the constantly moving shift of time. The last thing the Tories want is change, they want a frigid world of their own ideological making, dragging its knuckles in 19th century oppression, grubbing for wealth and resources that rightfully belong to us all, each and every one of us.

It can truly be said, these are the best of times and the worst of times, terrifying and invigorating. I produced a poster the other day because I am tired of seeing posters telling me to keep calm. My poster read, “Don’t keep calm – We are the people we’ve been waiting for”. The terrifying power of the many is the very last thing that those who consider themselves to be the masters of all and who profit from our lives want to see and they certainly don’t want to experience it, which is precisely why they should. They would like to maintain a world in which our lives are an irrelevance to them apart from the benefits they can extract from us for their personal gain, I think it’s long overdue the tables were turned for all our benefit.

KOG. 1 July 2017

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-nurse-magic-money-tree-bbcqt-question-time-pay-rise-eight-years-election-latest-a7770576.html

https://www.joe.co.uk/politics/gary-lineker-tory-mp-social-media-131739

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/20/grenfell-fire-housing-policy-social-housing-tenants

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/06/the-political-kindling-of-the-grenfell-fire/530931/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/jeremy-hunt-health-secretary-earn-17-million-nhs-hospital-crisis-sale-hotcourses-education-website-a7529006.html

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2017/06/rise-lions-after-slumber-why-do-jeremy-corbyn-and-co-keep-reciting-19th-century

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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

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Cities are incredibly vulnerable places and I am not sure that the Tories and neoliberals across the world have thought this through.

London is becoming increasingly gentrified as a matter of policy, big money is enforcing social cleansing, it’s getting rid of the poor and creating a haven for wealth, and wealth in and of itself is essentially useless, relying on others to make the stuff that sustains life and having it imported, hence the super port called ‘London Gateway’ in Thurrock, Essex.

The culture of greed of the global 1% enshrines competitiveness as if it is holy writ, whilst denigrating cooperation as weak, leftist, bleeding heart, socialism.

We are in the midst of a global economic apocalypse, driven by greed at the cost of everyone and everything else on the planet and the poor in particular. Those who are amassing global wealth know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Right now our NHS is in crisis, this has been caused wilfully and with intent to privatise the nations health service and introduce an insurance payment system which, because such a system is predicated on profit, not health, will deny comprehensive health care to millions of people. People will be abandoned to die for want of care because their needs are a profit loss and therefore of no value.

The staggering stupidity of this is that they seem not to realise that they are driving people out of health care professions, which makes health care precarious for everyone, including them. The junior doctors dispute caused by Jeremy Hunt, has alienated an entire national group, a labour force, of real, actual, people, personally, politically and professionally.

Biting the hands that heal us has to be the very pinnacle of stupid.

Living in cities has, at its very core, dependence, there is not a city on Earth that is capable of providing its needs without a vast infrastructure to provide for those who live there by road, rail, sea and air. Supermarkets are contingent on daily deliveries of stock, Millions of people live one pay day away from starvation whilst entire cities and towns are just a few days away from starvation reliant, as they are, on ‘just in time’ deliveries.

I well recall going to a local supermarket for a loaf of bread after an overnight snow fall to discover that the bread shelves were empty, along with eggs and milk, I drove out of town to a bigger supermarket to find their shelves empty as well. The very fact that I could drive there says everything about panic buying for no reason and the fragility of supply.

Whilst governments hold us to ransom to sustain the competitive thirst of big business for profit, big business also holds us for ransom for overpriced goods to sustain their profits.

Cities like London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle are consumer monsters, resource hungry, not least in fossil fuels, for their daily survival.

Prior to the 2008 banker driven crisis this may well have seemed an irrelevant issue to raise, but with the imposition of austerity on ordinary people, increasing poverty, inequality and global unrest, the cooperative endeavour that maintains modern life is not just being denigrated, it’s being attacked by those whose only motivation is greed, which includes the government which is hell bent on finishing what Thatcher started.

The so called ‘free markets’ are anything but free for the vast majority of ordinary people who are merely food ‘stock’ for corporate greed and the wealthy few. The richest 1% own more wealth than the rest of the entire world and a mere 62 people own half of all global wealth.

We no longer have a ‘salt of the Earth’ working class but a denigrated, demoralised, demonised and penalised working class who are being killed off at a terrifying rate and whose only function is to serve greed or be abandoned to manage, somehow, or die. Homelessness is on the rise and homeless people are being criminalized in a country in which the government makes no attempt to address the housing crisis. If the government really cared about jobs and housing the answer would be to build social housing! That they don’t and won’t is the measure of the hostility and contempt they have for our lives.

Those who live the most precarious lives are being targeted by government and if the consequences of that are of society rotting under the insanity of neoliberalism, it has only one direction to go and we’re already seeing the results. Student debt, shrinking the welfare state, the destruction of front line services, including our NHS and those who staff it, asset stripping the nation and selling off everything that we, tax payers, have paid for and maintained, if all that isn’t creeping rot from the bottom up I do not know what is.

On 17th January 2017, the Guardian reported that the government is failing to deal with corruption at home and in Britain’s overseas territories, David Cameron said at last years anti-corruption summit which he hosted, corruption is “the cancer at the heart of so many of the problems we need to tackle in our world.” He was in prime position to know, but there are consequences to state corruption which I am not sure he’s really thought through any more than Theresa May or the rest of the right wing ideologues.

Servicing cities and, indeed, an entire nation is a mind buggering undertaking and yet it goes largely unremarked, it’s tempting to call it a logistical nightmare, except that it carries on day and night, a gigantic cooperative operation organised by countless people in countless ways. In human terms roads and railways are the nations arteries, then there are great ships and planes traversing the world and all the technology to make it all work, including all the communications networks and who makes it all work? Not the government. There is nothing coordinating the entire system, it’s an astonishing collective effort run and operated by millions of ordinary people in which we are all players, reliant on one another and yet almost all complete strangers to each other.

If one person ceases to be able to function, however that may be at home or at work, it’s no big societal deal, but as life becomes more precarious and unstable for increasing numbers of people then the system will become affected, in ways great and small, and the more that is pushed by government policy and corporate greed, the more complex the problems become and the more chaotic.

All of this is being caused by a neoliberal agenda of unrestrained vulture capitalism and greed which, according to right wing doctrine, left to its own devices will privatise everything and sort the world out and do it more efficiently and offer better value for money and choice than public ownership and collective action. That is the same as saying that in order to sort out the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, what we need is another tsunami, bigger and more destructive than the first one that caused it.

I look forward to the day when the whole thing unravels for only one reason, when a banker comes to rural Peasedown St John, where I live, with a bar of gold, begging for food because he and his kind have turned London into a wasteland, I want be in the front line to tell him that having done it all for what’s sitting in his hand, he can now “Fuck off and eat it!” Bear in mind that David Cameron and George Osborne, the two arch criminals and architects of austerity for the poor in Britain, are currently (Jan 2017) reported to be earning five figure sums for 20 minute speeches to bankers, the architects of the global economic meltdown in 2008, at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos. The solution to greed is yet more greed (economics for the terminally stupid).

Our day will come although it’ll get worse before it gets better, but sooner (probably) rather than later, we will either wrest the world from their grasp, or it will unravel through their senseless greed, and we will have to restore sharing, cooperation and collective action for all our sakes, but never forgive those who caused it and have treated us with such brutality and contempt.

There are two certainties in life, they say, death and taxes, now there is a third, the absolute greed of the few at the expense of the entire planet. The world is drowning in their arrogance and stupidity.

This is global economic warfare, and there is no possible excuse for it, nor is there a way out unless we resist and fight back in whatever way we are capable of. Our essential instincts of flight or fight won’t help us here, there is nowhere to run that can ever be anything but a temporary shelter from greed. The world is our birthplace and our birthright, it is a closed system, but it is also now a prison being run by criminals who are destroying it. Our only choices are to do nothing or fight. It is as hard and as simple as that, but above all, never, ever, vote for them, that’s not democracy, that’s suicide.

KOG. 19 January 2017

http://www.londongateway.com/the-port/

http://tobyhemenway.com/419-fear-and-the-three-day-food-supply-3/

https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2015-01-19/richest-1-will-own-more-all-rest-2016

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-18/richest-1-now-wealthier-than-the-rest-of-the-world-oxfam-says

http://news.sky.com/story/david-cameron-and-george-osborne-cash-in-with-big-money-davos-visit-10732792

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A letter a day to number 10. No 1,543

Sunday 04 September 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

Just as Jeremy Hunt is stealing the life blood out of our NHS, so too is the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) draining the life and spirit out of the people. None of this is necessary, these are policy decisions driven by ideological choices as was the imposition of austerity.

The DWP’s idea of incentivising people into work is through punitive impoverishment. In late 2015 a coroner sent a regulation 28 report, or a Preventing Future Deaths report, to the DWP when a man committed suicide having been found fit for work following an ESA fitness-for-work test by Atos. In her verdict senior coroner for inner north London, Mary Hassell, said “The anxiety and depression were long term problems, but the intense anxiety that triggered his suicide was caused by his recent assessment by the Department for Work and Pensions (benefits agency) as being fit for work, and his view of the likely consequences of that.”

As recently as last month the DWP said, “decisions were not based on the condition of claimants, but on what they can do.” No matter what the claimants condition or how extensive the evidence they provide, that has no place in making an assessment.

The central issue in the junior doctors dispute with Jeremy Hunt is that patients lives will be put at risk if Hunt imposes his work contract on Junior doctors. Hunt is also imposing hospital closures through his so called ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plans’ again putting lives at risk. Both the Department for Health and the DWP are actively and knowingly putting people in harms way.

Speaking to the Guardian, Nick Clegg had the following to say about George Osborne, “Welfare for Osborne was just a bottomless pit of savings, and it didn’t really matter what the human consequences were, because focus groups had shown that the voters they wanted to appeal to were very anti-welfare, and therefore there was almost no limit to those anti-welfare prejudices.”

I find nothing in what Clegg has said that is inconsistent with what we have witnessed for over six long years of Tory misrule. Yours is a party which is entirely comfortable putting people’s lives at risk and Iain Duncan Smith has gone to extraordinary lengths to hide evidence of benefit related deaths, leading Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, to call for Smith to face criminal charges. To be honest, I think we are spoiled for choice as your entire government should be in the dock.

http://news.sky.com/story/qa-why-are-junior-doctors-going-on-strike-10561087

http://999callfornhs.org.uk/footprints/4592357931

Coroner’s ‘ground-breaking’ verdict: Suicide was ‘triggered’ by ‘fit for work’ test

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/14699246.Cancer_sufferer___39_put_through_hell__39__after_told_he_was_fit_for_work_by_government_assessors/

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/sep/02/nick-clegg-george-osborne-cut-welfare-poorest-boost-tory-popularity?CMP=share_btn_fb

DWP hides seven secret benefit suicide reviews

Shadow chancellor backs calls to prosecute Iain Duncan Smith over WCA deaths

02_september_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,541

Friday 02 September 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

Jeremy Hunt has accused junior doctors of inflicting ‘the worst doctors’ strike in NHS history’. It is hardly surprising given that we are afflicted with the worst health secretary in history.

What is more worrying is that the rest of the nation is not striking as Hunt and CEO of NHS England, Simon Stevens, are about to crucify our NHS by reducing the 140 full A&E hospitals in England we had in 2013 to somewhere between 40 and 70 under their so called ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plans’.

The NHS and the country is now split into 44 regional areas – known as ‘footprints’ which have been labelled the ‘The 44 footprints of death’.

This national vandalism being inflicted on our NHS is, as far as I can see, the final nail in the coffin for our publicly funded, publicly owned, free at the point of use NHS paving the way for full privatisation and an American style health insurance system.

Stevens used to be President of Global Strategy for United Health of America where he apparently lobbied for healthcare around the world to be included in the despicable Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. This is the wolf who is now CEO of NHS England.

I am sure Hunt must be delighted that his lousy junior doctors contract is hogging the headlines. The vast majority of the general public seem to be completely unaware of Stevens’ plans or the impact they will have. We the public must be prepared for longer ambulance journeys for A&E treatments which for critical patients will put lives at risk, longer waiting times for treatment adding to the risk of increased patient deaths and including the possibility of paying extra to be seen by a doctor.

Eamonn Holmes gave Hunt a grilling yesterday on Sky News over the junior doctors strike. Hunt, as he so often does these days, looked like a rabbit caught in headlights, but he must have been secretly delighted that Holmes made no mention of the obscene acts of social vandalism being rolled out by Hunt and Stevens.

The bottom line is that this is all about profits before people and healthcare and it is utterly despicable.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/sep/01/jeremy-hunt-five-day-doctors-strike-worst-in-nhs-history

http://999callfornhs.org.uk/footprints/4592357931

Watch – This will be “the worst doctors’ strike in NHS history,” claims Hunt

11_august_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,519

Thursday 11 August 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

What in the world…? United Lincolnshire hospitals NHS trust (ULHT) has announced that crisis point has been reached and to protect patient safety they are looking to reduce A&E hours because of a shortage of doctors.

Before Andrew Lansley and then Jeremy Hunt got their unlovely hands on our NHS we had a fully functioning 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, NHS hospital service in Britain. Now it’s in chaos and, unless I am very much mistaken, reduced A&E hours at ULHT means less than Hunt’s duplicitous 24 hour service and ULHT is far from alone.

Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, ex-President of Global Strategy for United Health of America (GSUHA), who lobbied for health care around the world to be included in the infamous Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, is destroying our NHS.

He is paving the way for privateers to take over each of the 44 ludicrously named ‘Footprint’ areas (they should have been called ‘Steamrollers’ or ‘Jackboots’). His plan is to open up each area to US private health corporations, which is what he lobbied for whilst with GSUHA.

Under his Sustainability and Transformation Plans he is set to reduce A&E departments from the 140 full A&E hospitals in 2013 to between 40 and 70. It’s hard to imagine how they’ll cope with a single Friday night let alone anything else.

This has all come about after David Cameron vowed in 2009 that there would be no more ‘tiresome, meddlesome, top-down re-structures’ of our NHS, since 2010 that’s exactly what we’ve had, the biggest in the history of our NHS. Hunt and Stevens have no mandate to undertake their despicable acts of social vandalism and worse, it’s all taking place underhandedly and deceitfully.

The nation is not being informed by government or the mainstream media. The majority of the pubic simply have no idea what is going on, many of those I’ve spoken to were absolutely clueless. I do not blame them in any way, they are living busy lives, many struggling just to keep their heads above water. They have no time to scrutinise the actions of your government, and well you know it. The first many will know of the situation will be in the event of an emergency, and I wonder how many will not survive those emergencies? This is a national crisis and a tragedy waiting to happen for which Stevens is paid somewhere in the region of £190,000 a year and Hunt £134,565 and given your reappointment of Hunt as Health Secretary, you fully support them.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/aug/10/hospital-a-and-e-crisis-shortage-emergency-doctors?CMP=share_btn_tw

http://999callfornhs.org.uk/footprints/4592357931

http://blogs.channel4.com/factcheck/factcheck-camerons-broken-promises/20429

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Stevens_(NHS_England)

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-jeremy-hunt-rakes-1m-5714882

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

01_august_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,509

Monday 01 August 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

It took about 200,000 years from the birth of humanity to make the NHS and a mere 68 years to dismantle it. It was Britain’s finest achievement yet Jeremy Hunt is close to finishing it off for good and It’s a fair guess that he’ll also bring in an insurance system at some point.

Tories opposed the NHS from day one, a national health service paid for by the people, free at the point of use and admired the world over.

It transformed the lives of the poor and, of course, the poor will suffer the most once it’s gone.

It is an unforgivable step backwards, undertaken with cunning and deception. At the very least the nation should have been consulted and a referendum held, but you know that the nation would not have tolerated it for a moment if it had been honestly declared.

It is the people’s NHS, we’ve paid for it and no government should have the right to steal it away from us.

The NHS has been deliberately under funded to destabilise it, as Diane Abbott wrote in Left Futures, “The Public Accounts Committee said in May (2016) that the NHS is nationally short of 50,000 front line staff and the Government is driving through £22billion in cuts by 2020, which has pushed hospitals and A&E departments to the brink of failure.”

It is nothing more than a confidence trick, parcelling out the nations money to corporations for profit. It is more than shameful, it amounts to robbery by stealth. The Guardian reported in 2015 that patients were already being denied care through treatments being rationed. Jeremy Hunt will never suffer from lack of health care and yet he is forcing his will on those who will certainly suffer from his actions and indeed already are and being driven into acute distress. The degree of Hunt’s dishonesty is appalling, putting lives at risk for profit.

Our understaffed underfunded NHS is the result of government ideology

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/dec/08/nhs-rationing-denying-patients-care-cash-crisis-survery-doctors

20_july_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,498

Wednesday 20 July 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

Yesterday’s letter was met with a remarkable response on Twitter, “Keith Ordinary Guy – Member of the Labour Party – says it all – how pathetic.” At such times I do feel that for some people the act of procreation was a waste of time. It’s not the same as the more general contempt that many MPs have for the lives of ordinary people, who use and abuse us so extravagantly and treat us as a cash cow even whilst despising us, lying to us and robbing us.

Someone having a meaningless pop on Twitter is such a display of futility, it is by definition pathetic and it is notable if no other reason than it is uncommon. In a general sense I enjoy Twitter as a social media site on which most of the Tweets I see are worthwhile whether I agree with them or not, or share them or not.

In six years of Tory misrule we have witnessed the appalling contempt your party has for the electorate, in recent weeks in both the referendum and the Labour leadership challenge such contempt has reached white heat and the central issue is that democracy is under attack as never before.

There is nothing banal about Jeremy Hunt’s attacks on our NHS or our junior doctors, underlying all his machinations is the determination to privatise our NHS. That’s the bottom line. No government would dare declare its intention to privatise the NHS, so it is being done by stealth and deception because politicians rightly fear democracy and an informed electorate.

I can’t say I am proud to be a member of the Labour party, it isn’t about pride, it’s about standing up for social democracy, which accounts for the ever growing popularity of Jeremy Corbyn and explains the vitriolic attacks upon him by politicians and the media. It is impossible to insult me as a member of the Labour party because that is my informed personal choice which anyone is free to dismiss as pathetic, but that only says something about them and nothing about me.

The Police have apparently said that the scale of your party’s election fraud is of ‘staggering proportions’ and have accused your party of trying to cover it up by silencing the media, which, I have to say, is an extraordinary move on their part. What we are seeing is an unprecedented attack on democracy, but what we are also seeing is an extraordinary response and all those who oppose democracy should rightfully be trembling with fear because democracy is the foundation of social justice and social responsibility. Democracy is too often touted without consideration and without any meaningful context, yet behind its glib misuse lies the very bedrock of civilisation.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jul/19/jeremy-hunt-broken-nhs-england-funding-pledges

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/27/jeremy-hunt-doesnt-understand-junior-doctors-book-dismantle-nhs

UK Police: Tory Election Fraud Scandal Is Being Covered-up

22_june_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,471

Wednesday 22 June 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

The one thing I can say about the EU referendum and the Tory campaign is that it has been run by the fantastically corrupt for the fantastically corrupt.

I have never witnessed a more brutally corrupt campaign which has sowed discord and confusion at every step of the way.

Ipsos MORI found that 47 per cent of the public believe the claim that we pay £350 million a week to the European Union. Why would they not? It is a lie that has been ruthlessly promoted with malicious intent.

I saw some clips of you in a TV studio facing the public. What boggles my mind is that people would actually go to such an event, sit docilely in seats and ask you questions as if anything you say will be of any value to them whatsoever.

In America snake oil salesmen used to go around the country preying on folks with their magic elixirs of life. In Britain people will happily attend a TV event to participate in the same sort of flannel from politicians who not only have a vested interest in lying but have a proven track record. Isn’t that so, Mr no more top down reorganisations of the NHS?

Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Priti Patel all claim that money saved from EU membership can be spent on the NHS. These are Tory policy decisions that are not in the remit of any of those politicians and I have heard no such commitment from you, Jeremy Hunt or George Osborne in the event of a majority vote for Britain’s exit. As such these ‘suggestions’ do not represent real term benefits, they are mere speculation against the facts over the last six years which show that the break up and privatisation of the NHS is inevitable due to Tory policy and a deliberate starvation of funds.

The reality is that Jeremy Hunt and Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, have launched their ‘Footprints’ plan which will close services and sell off NHS land and hospitals which, unless we fight them tooth and nail, will happen regardless of the EU result. Part of that plan is to reduce the number of A&E departments from 144 A&E departments in England (2013 figure) to only 40-70. This is social vandalism by stealth on a grand scale for which you have absolutely no political mandate.

I can do no better than repeat the words of Aneurin Bevan in 1956 for today, you Tories have “besmirched the name of Britain. You have made us ashamed of the things of which formerly we were proud. You have offended against every principle of decency and there is only one way in which you can even begin to restore your tarnished reputation and that is to get out! Get out! Get out!”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nearly-half-of-britons-believe-vote-leaves-false-350-million-a-week-to-the-eu-claim-a7085016.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/14/eu-referendum-spend-brussels-billions-on-nhs-instead-boris-johns/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36523764

The NHS is being deliberately starved of funds, and this proves it

https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/deborah-harrington-madeleine-dickens-and-caroline-molloy/hunt-and-stevens-leaving-their-dirty

http://nhap.org/are-we-really-going-to-lose-more-than-half-our-aes-in-england/

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/03/02/michael-sheen-nhs-cuts-speech_n_6783056.html

http://www.newstatesman.com/uk-politics/2010/02/aneurin-bevan-1956-speech