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Philip Hammond recently said to Andrew Marr, “Public sector pay raced ahead of private sector pay after the crash in 2008/9 and taking public sector pay, before pension contributions, that gap is now closed, public and private sector pay on average are round about the same.”

This statement by Philip Hammond is a golden nugget, a mini master class on the arrogance of privilege.

Prior to 2010 public sector pay was subject to modest rules, improvements and protections, teachers, nurses and other public sector workers were not getting rich off the fat of the land, running huge investment portfolios or making off with million pound bonuses. They might get cost of living rises, but little more than that. They are just part of the vast body of workers, public and private, who live modest lives on modest means and who keep Britain running, day by day, year in year out.

What they did not do, any more than those struggling in poverty, or disabled people or young or old people, was to crash the global economy. Had they done so it is certain that, unlike the way bankers were treated, the government and the media would have screamed it from the roof tops. Oh, but hang on, they did scream it from the roof tops. Benefit scroungers, work shy and lazy, sleeping off a life on benefits, generations of unemployed, ‘cuts for the poor’, George Osborne cried, ‘how else are we to pay down the debt?’

Private sector wages took a hit after the crash and so, in the words of Hammond, ‘Public sector pay raced ahead of private sector pay’, clever mealy mouthed words which justified cuts to public sector wages to drive them down to match dismal, struggling, private sector wages. A gap which Hammond now proudly announces is closed. Fairness and justice for all, the Tory way.

In the exciting new private sector gig economy, of low pay, no pay, zero hours contracts, we can’t have the public sector undermining the first world free market slide into third world, sweat shop, employment. Globalisation and liberalised markets means everyone must scrabble to the bottom and be grateful if the food banks haven’t run out of food.

And if public sector workers complain, they get told firmly, ‘There’s no magic money tree you know’. Except for the rich, of course, people like multi millionaire Philip Hammond who has never suffered a days austerity in his life.

It is the privilege of the privileged to kick and cull the poor. It is a time honoured tradition, like conkers and casual racism.

No one, but no one, screams louder against social justice than those who profit from injustice, for whom inequality is a way of life and for whom money is the measure of their own worth and who, by dint of their own excessive wealth, demand ever more. They give tax cuts to the rich and arrest beggars on the streets. They own multiple properties and despise the homeless. They have fancy schemes to avoid paying taxes and stash their wealth in tax havens yet hound and prosecute the cash in hand window cleaner as a bad citizen if every penny is not accounted for and taxed.

It would be laughable were it not so stinkingly mean, if Hammond wasn’t really just a grasping crook and a dismal throw back to the days of work houses and gruel for the poor, taking vicious pleasure in flogging the urchin who dares to ask for a penn’orth more gruel.

And the greatest tragedy of all is. after all their lies, of hounding the poor to death, of stealing the food from the mouths of children, finding the food bank empty and facing another horrific week of poverty and despair, Tory propaganda is so successful that vast numbers of the poor go to the polling booth and vote for them. That is the Tories greatest success and the worst travesty of any form of natural justice. Or, perhaps the very worst travesty of all, is the Tories delight in mocking and shaming the deceived poor, laughing and jeering in parliament when they cut their incomes further.

Hidden in Hammond’s weasel words lies a profound truth, in the pursuit of wealth our lives are less than bargaining chips, of less value than wheat or steel or the minerals poverty workers drag from the earth, rather we are expendable stock. They care nothing for the substance of our lives or whether we live or die.

The poor are suffered to exist only to serve the interests of the rich.

KOG. 17 July 1017




A letter a day to number 10. No 1,497

Tuesday 19 July 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

The ridiculous term ‘nuclear deterrent’ should be banned, it is a clear misrepresentation of the reality which is, as you said in parliament during the debate on Trident, that you would be prepared to use it. You also said that it would be a ‘dereliction of duty’ to give up our nuclear capability and you would not downgrade it because you are not ‘prepared to settle for something that does not do the job’. The job of mass extermination and perhaps even an extinction event.

There is no such thing as a nuclear deterrent, there are only weapons of mass destruction and as Philip Hammond said this year regarding a missile test by North Korea, “North Korea seem to think possessing a nuclear weapon makes them safe. In fact it’s the opposite. Having a nuclear weapon makes them a target.”

This is the kind of nonsense we are fed by tub thumping ne’er do wells, the good guys have a cuddly nuclear deterrent and the bad guys have aggressive weapons of mass destruction. What idiocy!

Such nonsense is an insult to human intelligence. It’s the game that politicians play in which the lives of ordinary people are rendered meaningless because we pay the ultimate price for all the nonsense you spout.

There is no such thing as a deterrent if you are prepared to use it in anger, the instant the missiles are launched exposes the absurdity of the hubris and pomposity of those who’ve maintained the lie all these years. Even the intention, as you expressed to parliament, exposes the lie.

I grew up close the HMS Warrior in Northwood which was surely a target during the Cold War, we maintained that in the event of a nuclear strike we’d just go outside and, briefly, enjoy the blast whilst politicians headed for their bunker/s. It wasn’t just that as ordinary people we had no say or protection if politicians decided to go nuclear, it was also the question of whether we’d want to be alive in a post nuclear world given that we’d still be under the rule of the fools who caused it?

It comes down to this, the very last people who should be in charge of nuclear weapons are those who actively seek their proliferation and are prepared to spend our money on the very weapons that would bring about the eradication our lives. That is a very special sort of insanity that I want no part of.

04_february_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,336

Thursday 04 February 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

During your arms junket to the Gulf in 2012 you were pictured wearing a poppy as were others in your delegation. That is not the same as making sure your buttons are done up or wearing a tie, it’s a deliberate act of adding and wearing a symbol of remembrance for all the lives lost to war.

It is an oft used and tired saying that many politicians just ‘don’t get it’, but it’s also sadly true.

I wonder what you make of the all party call for the suspension of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia which Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond admits have been used in Yemen. Inconvenient? Irrelevant? A damned nuisance?

Modern warfare, thanks not least to Bush and Blair, has been twisted to be some kind of peace process, or as Bush said, bringing democracy to the Middle East. That’s the lunacy of our times, the Orwellian dysfunction and dystopia we now live in. The shock and awe required for peace. That’s the kind of lunacy that will see some ultimate fool use nuclear weapons as the final solution for peace and that fool will be a politician.

Warfare is also the indiscriminate killing of civilians, those inconvenient lives that get in the way of war and become collateral damage from guns, drones and bombs that are anything but ‘smart’. And do those civilians have any say in the death meted out on them by politicians? Do they have a democratic voice not to be killed? No they get to be dead or refugees. Yet they, the people, are democracy, if such a thing exists.

Democracy isn’t having a government as against a dictator, democracy is the people and the ability of the people to hold governments to account and modern warfare is the ultimate weapon against democracy. Wars of aggression, the ultimate international crime, have become the new global expression of imperialism. The war against terrorism is itself a war of terror, normalised by politicians and the media to such an extent that war is hardly even news any more. Indeed, you can even wear a poppy whilst promoting it because you just don’t get it.

MPs call for immediate halt of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia