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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KOG. 15 June 2017

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

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


19_april_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,407

Tuesday 19 April 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Now that Jeremy Hunt seems to be pretending that he didn’t insist on a nuclear option, merely an introduction, over the junior doctors contract who have started legal proceeding against him, his disdain for the truth is as rich as his contempt for democracy and a publicly funded NHS, built and paid for by the people for the people.

Interestingly the Mirror reveals today what a privatised health care system that puts profits before people would look like. I seems that up to 6,000 private care patients a year are having to be treated for ‘botched’ treatment in private hospitals. Around 2,500 of such cases having to be rushed to NHS care for emergency treatment.

The Mirror further reveals that outsourced operations for cataracts in Somerset have been halted where patients were left in severe pain and complications were found to be ten times the expected amount.

A dossier – compiled by the British Medical Association, due to be published this week, apparently highlights the lightning pace of the privatisation of healthcare in the UK.

I can only wonder what the fate of victims of private health care will do if you are allowed to continue this robbery of our NHS? Apart from suffer and die, that is.

It beggars belief that one of the finest health care systems in the world is being privatised by stealth and deception by a government with no mandate to do so. In 2010 you promised no top-down reorganisation of the NHS, I suppose there is a grain of truth in that as what you are doing is tearing it apart.

Let’s be perfectly clear about this, opening our NHS to free market forces is a betrayal and outright theft of the people who bought, built and paid for our NHS in the first place and we who continue to pay in the present. The market is neither free and nor is it a market, it’s more like a pig farm where public services and finances are fed to pigs whose intent is to gorge themselves stupid. Were it any other way we wouldn’t be fed a constant stream of lies by you and your government and I wouldn’t have to constantly force myself to spell Hunt with an ‘H’ against my better judgement.

NHS privatisation is public theft!

23_september_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,209

Wednesday 23 September 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I wasn’t going to mention #piggate but something came up and I feel I must. I’m not going to make any jokes about it, what I want to talk about is treachery, which is what the whole thing with Ashcroft is all about. Isn’t it amazing that he would spend so much time on a book just to get his own back because he didn’t get the rewards he felt were his due after giving your party such generous donations? It doesn’t matter what he wanted, he didn’t get it and now he wants his pound of flesh, not justice, vengeance.

The reason I mention treachery is because Ashcroft isn’t alone in falling victim to your treachery, it’s a speciality of yours. Do you remember your 2010 election promises of ‘no top down reorganisation of the NHS’,  ‘No cuts to front-line services’, ‘absolutely no plans to raise VAT’, on Education Maintenance Allowances -‘we don’t have any plans to get rid of them’, to name but a few? Perhaps you also remember telling parliament regarding the bedroom tax, ‘Obviously, what we have done is to exempt disabled people who need an extra room?’

Let’s spread the net a little wider and draw the time a little closer. Do you recall in January when energy secretary, Amber Rudd, told MPs: ‘We have agreed an outright ban on fracking in national parks [and] sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs)’? Just to remind you, SSSI’s are unique habitats for rare wildlife and plants and among the 159 licences issued last month to explore for oil and gas onshore, and therefore likely to be sites for fracking, are 293 sites of special scientific interest.

Do you also recall when I said on the 21st that ‘it seems your own constituency of Witney seems to have remained mysteriously fracking application free even whist the surrounding areas have not’, leading Anne McIntosh MP to remark that fracking would ‘not be coming to Witney anytime soon’? I wonder if you would tell me what makes Witney such a special, special place that of all the country it is being preserved? Is there something rare and precious there and could it perhaps be that it is the home of the most treacherous man in Britain?

I am afraid I am going to be unkind, perhaps a little treacherous myself, now, I really wish that, whether the story is true or not, you had remained with the pig, or any pig, as long as it was dead, because I certainly wouldn’t wish you on a live one. We could all have slept a great deal more soundly than we currently do or are likely to do for some time once the frackers start tearing the country apart. I am not one for vengeance, but I can quite understand why Ashcroft did what he did.