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A letter a day to number 10. No 1,442

Monday 23 May 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

With GP’s voting overwhelmingly in favour of a ballot to strike to prevent the demise of their profession, I am curious as to whether you have a ball park figure for population reduction that your wholesale destruction of public services is geared towards?

Your attacks on public services are an attack on civilisation itself because you are crippling the infrastructure that sustains it.

Endangering and reducing the population of the UK is taking place on many levels, but the targeted cuts against poor, sick and disabled people suggest that getting rid of  vulnerable people is your top priority. Compared to cuts affecting most citizens cuts to the poor are 5 times higher, disabled 9 times higher and severely disabled 19 time higher.

When Lord Freud said, “people who are poorer should be prepared to take the biggest risks” as they have “the least to lose,” we could be forgiven for dismissing this as the ignorance of an over privileged bigot, little did we realise at the time that he literally meant this as a matter of policy.

As the unelected Minister of State for Welfare Reform at the Department for Work and Pensions, previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Welfare Reform), Freud is a mover and shaker in the hounding and eradication of the poor. It was Freud who was reported saying, disabled people are ‘not worth a full wage’ and at a recent meeting to discuss the hideous child tax credits ‘rape clause’, his attitude was apparently so inhuman it led SNP MP Alison Thewliss to describe the meeting as “the most frustrating and soul destroying meetings I’ve ever had to endure in my nine years of elected public office”.

As the party that is hell bent on the destruction of our NHS and parcelling it out to brigands hungry for profitable rich pickings from the state, it must also be noted, as the Mirror reported, that half the companies that recently won the largest NHS privatisation deal in history have links to Tory MPs and health companies have donated millions to your party.

Profits before people is the Tory way, but what is happening is far beyond that, the realities on the ground look like nothing less than a eugenics pogrom, leaving me to wonder and reiterate, what is the ball park figure?

Freud should be sacked for saying disabled workers are “not worth the full wage”

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20_march_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,377

Sunday 20 March 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Whilst I welcome the news that Iain Duncan Smith has resigned as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, he walks away from the chaos that he remains responsible for orchestrating.

In his letter of resignation Smith writes, ‘It has been a particular privilege to work with excellent civil servants and the outstanding Lord Freud and other ministers including my present team’.

Let us not forget the outstanding Lord Freud who said, “people who are poorer should be prepared to take the biggest risks” as they have “the least to lose”: only their attachment to welfare holds them back.” In that one statement was contained the entire ideology of the attacks on social security, the sanctions regime and incentivising people by reducing them to penury and worse.

What Smith leaves behind is a bunch of like minded rabid dogs who share his vision and will continue to hound poor, sick and disabled people to death, most notably Lord Freud, Priti Patel and Justin Tomlinson. These are people with no more conscience than Smith himself, they are ideological attack dogs who care nothing for those they viciously hound.

Let us also remember Debbie Abrahams saying to Smith, ‘People are dying after being sanctioned’, and Smith responding, ‘No, I don’t agree with that’. There have been deaths a plenty, David Clapson to name but one, yet you and your entire government have ignored their plight and the ongoing suffering of all those despairing under your brutal cuts and ideological austerity.

Whatever Smith’s reasons for resigning, he remains answerable for his actions. The record of his time as head of the DWP is engraved on the lives he has ruined, in grieving families and those in the grip of abject terror. I wrote yesterday of ‘brown envelope syndrome’ to which I can personally testify. I care not how you spin it or what lies you tell, I am telling you a plain truth and you cannot rob me of that. You, Smith, Freud, Patel, Tomlinson and now Stephen Crabb can issue a million denials, but you cannot erase what we know to be self evidently true or our lived reality and the certain knowledge that your war on the poor is not over yet. In the light of all that, Smith’s resignation must be viewed as the first step towards the end of your government.

26_october_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,241

Monday 26 October 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

One of the major problems we face in Britain today is cognitive dissonance, the difficulty of holding and resolving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviours. We are all subject to it in a complex world, including the police as I found out on one of my attempts to bring charges against Iain Duncan Smith and Lord Freud for breaches of the human rights act, for forced labour (Workfare) and the right to life (sanctions). Without looking at my evidence I was told, the government wouldn’t do this, they are there to look after the people, thus touchingly putting a personal belief before evidence. Not a very objective approach to law and order.

I find it astonishing and dismaying how difficult it is for so many to face facts and to even acknowledge being conflicted even when the evidence is overwhelming. Instead of building houses to meet the housing crisis you chose to penalise people for living in their existing homes. You chose penalty over provision in your vicious and unjust bedroom tax which despite your promise to parliament that disabled people would be exempt, disabled people have been disproportionately targeted, not least those with specially adapted homes.

You have cut legal aid which specifically attacks poorer people’s ability to gain access to justice and over which the legal profession has taken to the streets in protest. You have increased court fees allowing judges no discretion and over which 50 magistrates have already resigned. Those who plead guilty at magistrates court must pay £150 but if they are found guilty in the high court the fee is £1,200 raising real concerns that people will plead guilty rather than defend their innocence in the high court. As Alistair MacDonald QC put it, ‘No one should be influenced by the extent of a court charge in making their decision about whether to plead guilty or have a trial’.

The list is endless, ending the Independent Living Fund, cuts to tax credits, forced compliance and forced labour under threat of benefit sanctions, attacking junior doctors, breaking up our NHS, the proposal to charge for NHS treatment and to move to a US style insurance scheme. Thousands of disabled people losing their Motability allowance. The disastrous rise in food bank use. Disabled people being forced off disability benefits now that Iain Duncan Smith has decided that work will make them well. Student debt, the PFI scandal, destabilising the NHS, the DWP mishandling benefit claims and bogus claims for over payments of benefits. Tax breaks for the rich, £93 billion in corporate welfare.

Just how much evidence does it take to pause and think and maybe get the merest glimmer of an idea that you do not mean us well? Working class people voting Tory are walking up to a scaffold and putting their own heads in a noose for you to come along and kick the chair away. And you say Labour under Jeremy Corbyn is ‘now a threat to our national security, our economic security and your (our) family’s security’. Forgive me if I die laughing of grief.


18_september_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,204

Friday 18 September 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

The politics and polices of demonisation and vilification in order to justify the shrinking of state provision and its privatisation is traumatising lives and worse, it is dehumanising those whose lives are traumatised and deliberately undermines human care, concern and compassion in and for others. Nothing demonstrates this more than Iain Duncan Smith complete indifference to disability and his implicit denial of it having any relevance to employment.

His plan to force disabled people into work and to get that, in proportionate terms, up to the level of ‘normal, non-disabled people who are back in work’ is a complete whitewash of what disability is, whether physical or mental. It is an absurd and ludicrous idea which depends on treating all disability as an object dissociated from any real substance or meaning. He is also laying the blame for the lower rates of employment amongst those with disabilities firmly on disabled people themselves, as if disabled people are deliberately and wilfully work shy.

Worse still is that this is all driven by an arrogant authoritarianism which is such an intrinsic part of the Tory mind set. It presumes to have the right to treat others in the most inhuman way and is exactly why he can say without a hint of shame that people on benefits are called ‘stock’. It is that authoritarianism that allows Lord Freud to say,’People who are poorer should be prepared to take the biggest risks; they’ve got least to lose’.

This is nothing new, it is the same brutality that was seen in the work houses of Britain, where people were treated worse than animals and the poor were despised and punished and dehumanised. It is this blind, unreconstructed thinking that underpins the cruelty of Smith’s welfare reforms and his unshakable belief that he is right and why he is impervious to sense or reason.

Smith’s choice of Priti Patel to replace Esther McVey is telling as she is even more heartless and cruel than McVey and seems to take pleasure in demonising and attacking those most in need of help. She believes Britons are ‘the worst idlers’ in the world, and  that ‘too many people in Britain prefer a lie-in to hard work’. With an attitude like that she is the perfect addition to the DWP as Smith’s latest attack dog with nothing but contempt for ordinary people. None of these people are fit to hold office, but it is their unrestrained arrogance, brutality and authoritarianism which are precisely why they do.


19_august_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,183

Wednesday 19 August 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Ralph McTell wrote a song, released in 1983, that was inspired from a conversation with Billy Connolly who had watched an Indian Trade Union man address a party political conference with the opening line, ‘A man without a job is a stranger to the season’. The final verse is, ‘Everyone is poorer for the millions, Who keep growing, Whose season stays at Autumn, And whose only colour’s grey, Though we get by on the dole, It feeds the body, starves the soul, And stirs the bitterness that’s growing, In the ones who’ve been betrayed’.

What Ralph McTell doesn’t directly mention in the song is pay because what kind of fool would ever consider work without pay? Those who choose to do voluntary work only do so if they have other means of survival and volunteering should always be voluntary. Of course there are college and University courses which involve training placements in the subject being studied, teaching being a typical example. The point of such placements being to gain experience in ones chosen discipline, not to learn to labour for labouring’s sake.

If young people are to experience work they should also have the experience of being paid; they should be remunerated for the expenditure of their time and energy. In all your ‘hard working people’ rhetoric I hear nothing about ‘a fair days work for a fair days pay’, not one word.

You said in February that those ‘most at risk of starting a life on benefits’ will be  ‘expected typically to undertake at least 30 hours’ community work a week and 10 hours’ looking for jobs’, under threat of sanctions, and ‘be paid a youth allowance’. An allowance? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, your government is destroying the fundamental link between work and pay, enforced labour but no enforced pay. You aren’t helping young people, you are penalising them, whilst surrounding your punitive regime with mealy mouthed words, deception and lies.

The latest scheme dreamed up by the Department for Work and Poverty is the ‘WE can’ campaign. Employment Minister Priti Patel says, ‘Young people tell me they can’t get a job without work experience, but they can’t get work experience without a job’. So tell her to force bloody companies to invest some of their profits in training and stop being so damned useless! The page boasts that the ‘WE can’ campaign is, ‘backed by 30 businesses and organisations’. I’ll just bet it is, as Lord Freud said (in his gross deceit about food banks), ‘there is an almost infinite demand for a free good’, but in this case it’s true. Youth as free labour, without obligation, what’s not to love? The wolves are at the door slavering for some young blood and free forced labour. Throw in a sanction and the little bastards might learn to be a bit more servile too, along with three weeks spent in a Boot Camp. The grey workforce of betrayed and brutalised young people! It’s pure filth!


16_august_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,180

Sunday 16 August 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Despite all Osborne’s efforts to blame the 2008 crash on Labour, it was no such thing, it was the banks, but it was also the failure of the G7 which consists of the ‘finance ministers and central bank governors of seven major advanced economies whose primary task is to discuss economic issues’. A fat lot of good all their discussions turned out to be as the banks drove the worlds economies off a cliff.

A central belief of the free market economy is that it will naturally self regulate, which reminds me of the famous Albert Einstein definition of insanity – ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’.

Amazingly, Osborne has just sold a 5.4 percent stake in RBS at a public loss of £1.1 billion yet we couldn’t afford to support 19,000 of the most disabled and disadvantaged people in Britain at a mere £330 million. Osborne’s give away to the boys in the city could have supported severely disabled people for three years and, if he knew anything about investment, which I doubt, probably longer. Amongst the group brokering the deal were Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, which seems sensible as they know all about blowing money and letting the great tax paying public pick up the tab.

But, of course, we now know it was the tax guzzling poor who broke the economy living out luxurious lives on benefits, in a drink and drug fuelled haze of privilege and entitlement. “Why should we work they cry, when all these hard working people just keep filling up the tax pot for us? Someone’s got to pay for our tattoos, wide screen TV’s in every room and our jet ski holidays in the Costa Del Plenty!”

Of course not everyone is doing so well, corporations are still struggling, requiring a little public help in the shape of £93 billion a year in welfare handouts. Still things should pick up as corporation tax in the UK is the lowest of the worlds major economies, that is, if they choose to pay it and not bury their profits in tax havens. Figures for 2012/2013 reveal that tax evasion and avoidance had gone up a bit to £34 billion.

The real bad boy, though, as Iain Duncan Smith is at such pains to constantly remind us, is still benefit fraud at a truly eye watering £1.2 billion! He was recently slammed by the spending watchdog for failing to get to grips with benefit fraud and error. Perhaps he should rethink his sanctions regime and just start shooting scroungers, they shouldn’t be hard to find as they are regular attenders at Jobcentres across the land trying to blag an extra quid or two. A half decent marksman shouldn’t have any problem picking them off and if that doesn’t produce a satisfactory cull, they could also try foodbanks as they attract hundreds of thousands on the lookout for what Lord Freud calls a ‘free good’, as he so rightly said, “food from the food banks is a free good and by definition with a free good there’s almost infinite demand”. So there you go, that shouldn’t require a marksman, any goon with a semi automatic could probably do the job.


15_august_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,179

Saturday 15 August 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

There is a storm brewing and all you self serving, careerist, political charlatans are the cause of it. If it breaks you will have no one but yourselves to blame. You have paid lip service to democracy for too long, using it as a means to have your own way and to use and abuse the people of this country to serve the markets, the rich and the powerful, but now democracy has come to call you don’t know what to do with it other than try to oppose and suppress it.

Jeremy Corbyn has awoken the sleeping giant, he has engaged people, talking to them and with them, treating them with dignity and respect. Something that I cannot remember happening before in my lifetime.

Your own actions and that of your party towards the people of this country resembles nothing if not the hideous face of feudalism, treating us like villeins: feudal tenants entirely subject to those who lord it over us yet to whom we have dutifully paid dues and services in return for our enforced obedience to your every whim, policy and dictat. We have been rewarded with treachery, contempt, vilification and demonisation. You insult us, hound us as frauds and cheats, deny support for the most vulnerable, sanction us and deprive us of the even the meanest basics of life and sustenance, accuse us of a culture of entitlement whilst thousands of our children go hungry.

Lord Freud, with all the arrogance and hauteur of the over privileged, who consider their every advantage as their right and due, said, ‘people who are poorer should be prepared to take the biggest risks’ as they have ‘the least to lose’. Oh yes, only our worthless lives, sacrificed for those who consider themselves so far above us we are not even people, just human stock.

Enter Jeremy Corbyn, a man of principle with a heart and mind for social justice. A man who has struck terror in the heart of every arrogant, self serving, political careerist. A man of policy and a man who is being attacked, just as we are, for his humanity. In the most open democratic election Labour has ever had, what is the response? Open fury and rage and, as Simon Danczuk has warned, ‘Labour MPs will work to overthrow Jeremy Corbyn ‘from day one’ if members and supporters elect him as leader’.

That is what so many politicians think of democracy as they wade in with their great clumping feet in their mouths and dig their own political graves. If that is the political garden of Britain, it is time it was weeded of all those who pay lip service to democracy but in reality serve their own selfish ends. I look forward to the arrival of my ballot and to voting, one man, one vote, that is what democracy looks like and I do not take kindly to having my vote or my life contemptuously trashed by political traitors and feudal throwbacks.


28_july_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,161

Tuesday 28 July 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

In 2011 Iain Duncan Smith said it was a ‘sin’ if people failed to take up available jobs. He went further saying that if people were ready for work and if they have a job offer, they should take that work. In 2013 George Osborne described ‘new conditions on unemployment benefits as tough love, saying it would ensure there was “no option of doing nothing” for welfare payments’.

The problem with this extreme right wing authoritarian conservatism is that it strips people of every shred of humanity, treating people like cattle to be prodded and forced into obedience by the rampant paternalism of the state. It is small wonder that Jeremy Corbyn has hit the nation like a breath of fresh air, far from being the a relic of the old left, he is the voice of reason and progressive, humane, politics the nation has been crying out for. Small wonder the right is having hysterics, Corbyn throws the extremism of the right into stark relief revealing it in all its heartless brutality.

Of course it is not just unemployment benefits  and job seekers who are being attacked. Sick and disabled people are also under the axe, since Unum, the discredited American Insurance company, fraudulently branded sickness and disability as ‘malingering’, lapped up by Lord Freud and IDS who believes, with no hint of irony to the sign over the death camps of Auswitz, that disabled people would be made free by working. In 2005, after many successful legal cases brought against Unum, ‘California Department of Insurance Commissioner, John Garamendi, stated: ‘Unum Provident is an outlaw company. It is a company that has operated in an illegal fashion for years.’

It was Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the NHS, who said, “Illness is neither an indulgence for which people have to pay, nor an offence for which they should be penalised, but a misfortune, the cost of which should be shared by the community.”

If any sin is being committed it is against the people of Britain by your government. Osborne, a man raised with every privilege and advantage in life, talking about tough love for people on benefits is an insult to intelligence and humanity. He has not the slightest idea what he’s talking about any more than he does on the economy.

Official advisers to Iain Duncan Smith have called for an ‘urgent and robust review’ of his ‘benefit sanctions regime’, concerned that it is ‘failing to help jobless claimants’. As necessary as that is, it is Smith himself who should be under urgent and robust review and extremely rapid and ignominious idsexit.–the-man-threatening-to-wrench-labour-to-the-left-10397997.html


31_may_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,102

Sunday 31 May 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

A fellow blogger wrote in 2014, “It’s truly remarkable that whenever we have a Conservative government, we suddenly witness media coverage of an unprecedented rise in the numbers of poor people who suddenly seem to develop a considerable range of baffling personal ineptitudes and immediately dysfunctional lives.”

Even Labour are closing ranks with you as Labour Leader hopeful, Liz Kendall, raises her clarion cry that children from white working class backgrounds must be taught to ‘aspire’. The poor, revelling like pigs in the clover of poverty of their own making through moral failure and degenerate character, need aspiration. That’s really going to end poverty and get people on their feet, eh?

Of course we mustn’t forget Iain Duncan Smith who claims people are going to food banks because they get divorced, ill or addicted to drugs, adding it is “ridiculous to blame the Government” as he readies the noose of yet more punitive cuts to welfare currently predicted to target the working poor and disabled people.

Baroness Jenkin tells us that poor people are going hungry because “poor people don’t know how to cook”, her solution? Let them eat porridge.

And let’s not forget Lord Freud famously saying, “people who are poorer should be prepared to take the biggest risks” as they have “the least to lose”. True, only their worthless lives, eh Mr Cameron? And who will miss a few less poor people, as George Osborne told the Tory conference, ‘sleeping off a life on benefits’?

Slowly and steadily the poor are being eradicated from history, those who armed and fought two world wars, filled the teeming ship yards, carved black gold from the bowels of the earth, fed the furnaces and made the steel, filled the mills and factories, built the roads, canals and railways, built and paid for the NHS and constructed social housing brick by brick to live their inconvenient, useless, lives in.

If you want to know what extremism is, it is the extravagant use of the poor and the towering ingratitude and vitriol heaped on us from on high, even Prince Philip has said he’d like to come back as a deadly virus to extinguish our lives, who keep him in the lap of luxury. Here’s a thought though, we don’t need you and the loss of all you who vilify and persecute us could only improve our lives, but you do need us and the next time your fuses trip and you divert workmen battling to restore electricity to 11,000 houses, you might like to think about that.