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In 2010 the incoming government was handed a note penned by departing treasury minister Liam Byrne which read, “Dear chief secretary, I’m afraid there is no money. Kind regards – and good luck! Liam”. It was, of course, a joke, the kind of joke shared between colleagues which us Brits are, or were, rather good at.

We are known the world over for being self deprecating, we love to talk ourselves down, something that leaves many of our American cousins scratching their heads.

In the face of uncompromising disaster, some wag will crack a deadpan funny or make a towering understatement. as the Captain of the Titanic might have said to his First Officer that fateful day in 1912, ‘Well that’s a bit inconvenient, Bill’, to which the response might have been, ‘Indeed, Sir’.

Byrne’s note was a classic, an in joke, and when David Cameron made political mileage out of it, all he really did was reveal himself to be the crass opportunistic oaf he was and remains to this day.

Cameron went on to fundamentally change British politics and the social landscape with all the heavy handed crassness the worst of the privileged elites have to offer, epitomised by tales of burning £50 notes under the noses of homeless people. When Lord Ashcroft alleged in his book, ‘Call me Dave’, that Cameron had put ‘a private part of his anatomy’ into a dead pigs mouth, it was an act of revenge and bitter rivalry between posh boys, but entirely believable because that’s the kind of people they are.

Cameron successfully diverted the nations attention away from the bankers who had crashed the global economy and who had been bailed out by bewildered tax payers, money that paid for their continuing bonus culture and Stock Exchange gambling habits, to blame it all on the poorest and most vulnerable people in society. He paved the way for an obscene outpouring of poverty porn and lethal hatred of all those on benefits, in which the symbol of burning £50 notes under the noses of homeless people translated to, ‘Why should ‘we’ pay for scum?’

To succeed in the Tory long held dream and long term plan of ripping the heart out of Britain’s system of health and social care, frontline services, education, publicly funded services and to asset strip the nation, Cameron was the perfect front man, along with coked up fellow Etonian rich bitch George Osborne. To the mantra of ‘we’re all in this together’, Cameron launched an all out war on poor, sick and disabled people not seen since Victorian times.

The remit for hounding the poor to death, fell to David Freud, Iain Duncan Smith and Esther McVey, loathsome individuals who between them turned Britain’s system of social security into a secret penal system with the introduction of brutal welfare reforms, under the guise of Universal Credit, Fit Notes, sanctions, benefits denial and Workfare, 500 disabled people a week having their Motability vehicles stolen from them, and seeing off tens of thousands of lives.

In 2017 this is routine, even Frankie Boyle seems to struggle to find a joke about Britain under Theresa May who is now so inhuman she’s called ‘Maybot’ and listening to Tories speak, they wouldn’t even pass the Turing test as even remotely sounding like anything human. In February Jeremy Hunt went off to America for secret meetings with health care companies and our NHS stands on the brink of full privatisation. Iain Duncan Smith is rewriting history as if he was some kind of saviour of the poor and Theresa May is behaving like a tin pot dictator having a constant paddy that anyone dare question her divine right to rule as she sees fit, even declaring in Parliament about the prospect of a Labour government, “We will never let it happen.”

Meanwhile, in a parody of Labours Momentum, Jacob Rees-Mogg is running a leadership campaign called ‘Moggmentum’ which, astonishingly, is attracting a good many Victorian minded, cap doffing, sycophants for whom, doubtless, the reintroduction of workhouses might be seen as the solution to the poor problem, whom Rees Mogg has consistently voted against, from scrapping human rights to the imposition of mass surveillance, welfare cuts and against guaranteed jobs for young people. He’s a walking relic of a bygone era which the Tory party are hell bent on driving us back to, and for Rees Mogg to consider that his time has come says everything we need to know about the direction we’re headed.

In all of this, however, something is happening for which these hide bound privileged elites have no answer other than to hit back with vile slander and hate filled language. Ordinary people have had enough, and, despite the closed ranks of the privileged, are eloquent in saying so and if some speak out in affronted spluttering rage, better that than the deceitful xenophobic tones of spite with which our lives are scorned.

These days Britain is looking ever more like a monstrous Titanic and like the Titanic there are (seemingly) not enough life boats for the many, but unlike the real Titanic, those who are securing safety for themselves are the very people who are sinking the ship and care nothing for those who are losing their lives. Where once it was women and children first, these days, it’s the privileged and powerful first and only, the rest of us can sink or swim. It is impossible to imagine Theresa May saving anyone but herself. There can be no more horrifying symbol of this titanic and deliberate national injustice than Grenfell Tower.

Grenfell Tower should remain as monument of our times as a warning to future generations to never again allow humanity to become enslaved to money. Life is too precious to be allowed to be auctioned by those whose only god is greed.

KOG

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/david-cameron-put-private-parts-6484611

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/iceland-has-jailed-26-bankers-why-wont-we-a6735411.html

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/13/poverty-porn-blights-the-lives-of-people-claiming-benefits

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2009/oct/08/david-cameron-speech-in-full

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/13/suicides-of-benefit-claimants-reveal-dwp-flaws-says-inquiry

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/disability-benefits-motabililty-rule-change-disabled-people-vehicles-dwp-a7191636.html

https://www.thecanary.co/2017/02/06/jeremy-hunt-caught-secretive-trip-us-looks-like-bad-news-nhs-tweets/

https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-accb-IDS-rebrands-himself-as-saviour-of-welfare-state#.WWOGbVGQyUk

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-politics-40510376/pmqs-theresa-may-gives-a-warning-about-jeremy-corbyn

https://sciscomedia.co.uk/earth-tories-launching-moggmentum/

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You may recall George Osborne cynically using the brutal and vicious murder of six children by Mick Philpott to monster benefits recipients and the welfare state. This is what he had to say, “Philpott is responsible for these absolutely horrendous crimes and these are crimes that have shocked the nation. The courts are responsible for sentencing, but I think there is a question for government and for society about the welfare state and the taxpayers who pay for the welfare state, subsidising lifestyles like that. I think that debate needs to be had.”

This Tory tactic has been used repeatedly to denigrate not just people on benefits but the entire working class. That’s what poverty porn was all about. And let’s be very clear about this, by working class they mean, very specifically, white working class, white trash, Chavs, the something for nothing, culture of entitlement, vile white working class. Find the lowest of the low and present that as the one size fits all image of the working class in Britain, you know, the white working class in social housing ‘sleeping off a life on benefits’ (Osborne again, in a budget speech no less). It is racism that dare not speak its name.

And what happened to social housing, The post war homes fit for heroes? Thatcher is what happened and her home owning democracy and now social housing is restricted to the most desperate who are ripe for demonising and monstering, thus the term ‘sink estates’ came into being (council housing estates characterised by high levels of economic and social deprivation). That provides the image of all working class people, put forth by politicians and the media, the free loading working class, useless eaters and a burden on the welfare state, spending all their money on drink and drugs and neglecting their children, that is, if they are not actually murdering them.

To be working class is to be feral, dirt poor, unintelligent and uneducated, a living affront to all right minded and right thinking people.

What absolute, complete and utter, bollocks!

I quoted Margaret Thatcher in an earlier piece, but here it is again, “I think we’ve been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it’s the government’s job to cope with it. ‘I have a problem, I’ll get a grant.’ ‘I’m homeless, the government must house me.’ They’re casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There’s no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.”

Who was that aimed at if not the working class? And very specifically the minimum wage, zero hours contract, low pay, no pay, down beaten, exploited, used and abused, for profit, working class. Not all the working class, because we’re a very broad social class, but those at the cutting edge of subsistence survival. The people working their hearts out for bullshit pay, thanklessly exploited and brutally attacked for the sin of being poor.

Are companies entitled to make their profits without obligation to those who make them? Oh yes. Nothing to see there. It took government legislation to establish even a minimum wage, which is less than an amount that people can actually survive and live on, and that became the industry standard for far too many businesses, including companies like Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and Morrisons, whilst raking in the profits.

And let’s not forget the miners (Thatchers enemy within) and their pensions which have been serially robbed by successive governments. Generations of miners who’ve dug the black gold that kept Britain running, dying of the black lung and other mining related issues that crucified their health. No entitlement without obligation? Oh I think working class people have met their obligations endlessly, day in, day out, year in year out, generation after generation, and still do.

Thatcher destroyed industry and now the majority of working class people are employed in service industries and it is the government that has destroyed workers rights, paving the way for bullshit jobs, on bullshit hours for bullshit pay.

The working class have carried the responsibility for keeping Britain running since the industrial revolution. How long would London survive without the cleaning staff who are increasingly being socially excluded, socially cleansed, from living in the capital?

Britain is still nation built on class and I am working class and proud of it. I was raised working class, it’s written in my bones. Sure I was the first person in my family to go to university, a place I gained as a mature student based on years of work and experience as a youth worker and outdoor pursuits instructor. Does that make me middle class now? Does it hell. University taught me to critically think, it reinstalled my thirst for knowledge that school ‘taught’ out of me. It encouraged and taught me to write. Who knew that working class people can do such things? But we can and do, against all that is stacked against us.

Ours is a proud rich history and the class war isn’t nearly done, a war not of our making, but it is we who have had the temerity to challenge it, to demand social justice and it is as important today as it has ever been against a government determined to starve us out of existence and deny hundreds of thousands even the means of survival in their appalling ingratitude and contempt for our lives.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/george-osborne-sparks-benefits-storm-over-mick-philpott-derby-house-fire-8560138.html

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/politics/2012/10/george-osbornes-speech-conservative-conference-full-text

http://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/transformingsociety/towncountry/towns/overview/councilhousing/

http://briandeer.com/social/thatcher-society.htm

http://www.attwells.com/site/news-and-events/care-company-fails-to-pay-minimum-wage-despite-gaining-huge-prof

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/apr/20/taxpayers-spend-11bn-to-top-up-low-wages-paid-by-uk-companies

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/miners-deserve-pension-pot-paid-9131609

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/aug/28/vast-social-cleansing-pushes-tens-of-thousands-of-families-out-of-london

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A letter a day to number 10. No 1,468

Saturday 18 June 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Are you or are you not the leader of your party? If you are, something I have serious cause to question, you need to reign your party in and stop the deliberate spreading of misinformation, fear and lies.

I know it is a tough call for someone who has lied to parliament and the nation with impunity. Remember your statement about the bedroom tax and telling parliament, “Obviously, what we’ve done is exempt disabled people who need an extra room?” Remember your 2010 election pledge? This what you told the Royal College of Pathologists on 2 November 2009 “With the Conservatives there will be no more of the tiresome, meddlesome, top-down re-structures that have dominated the last decade of the NHS.”

Baroness Manzoor, the Lib Dem work and pensions spokeswoman, has raised the issue of Priti Patel breaching the principles of the Ministerial Code over “misleading and inaccurate” claims about Turkish membership of the EU and has warned Patel to ‘consider her position as a minister’. Manzoor has asked Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood to consider whether Patel has issued an ‘outright falsehood’ over Turkey and is concerned that Patel could ‘stoke public fear and resentment of the existing Turkish community in the UK’.

Britain is having a seizure over the referendum and it is no accident. It is a culmination of 6 years of lies and manufactured hate by you and your party, from Osborne’s rhetoric of people sleeping off a life on benefits to the DWP depriving people of the means of survival. But you are not alone, the media has brought the nation poverty porn and right wing rags like the Sun and the Mail glory in the lies they tell, not least about immigration and their xenophobic peddling of fear and hate against any human being who isn’t pale pink or spray on orange and dresses in drapes/robes rather than a frock or tee/shirt and trousers like wot yer average English mongrel race type person does.

My letter yesterday was castigated by one Facebook user as a hate piece against the Leave campaign because I had the temerity to suggest that the damned referendum be called off because of all the chaos, and another added a map of where I live with the following, “Check the address. It’s a care home for the clinically insane”.

Right now, as a life long resident of these islands, Britain is about as attractive as something a dog vomited and which only a dog would go back to and it’s headed up by the most divisive and offensive government in our history.

Cameron misleads Parliament on Bedroom Tax and disability in PMQs

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/11/pre-election-pledges-tories-are-trying-wipe-internet

Priti Patel ‘could have broken ministerial code’ with Turkish claims

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/politics/2012/10/george-osbornes-speech-conservative-conference-full-text

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/dwp-defeated-in-court-again-over-unlawful-retroactive-benefit-sanctions-a7006466.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/michael-havis/poverty-porn_b_6899976.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3634353/Nearly-two-million-migrants-EU-settled-Britain-just-ten-years-according-UK-official-statistics.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/09/03/daily-mail-migrant-refugee-aylan-kurdi_n_8081424.html

15_december_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,286

Tuesday 15 December 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I am sure that Iain Duncan Smith will dismiss the latest research on sanctions by Financial Action and Advice Derbyshire as anecdotal or as claimant bias or politically motivated but it can come as no surprise that the findings reveal ’95 per cent of sanctions result in stress and anxiety’ and that ‘3/4 people said sanctions made it harder to find work’.

Smith insisted to the Work and Pensions Select Committee that sanctions, or ‘temporary benefit cuts’, were fair, stating, ‘We don’t have an internal concern that these are being applied in any way, I hope, other than fairly’. He hopes? How sweet.

The sleight of hand Smith plays here is the imposition of remedial sentences for supposed transgressions by benefit claimants as fair with never a moments concern for the inevitable effects of such punishments. DWP guidance to job centre officials acknowledges that sanctioning the means of survival has an inevitable effect on health, “It would be usual for a normal healthy adult to suffer some deterioration in their health if they were without: 1. essential items such as food, clothing, heating and accommodation, or 2. sufficient money to buy essential items for a period of two weeks”, yet sanctions can be applied for three years.

There is nothing fair in depriving people of the means of survival. The DWP acknowledges that JSA benefits are intended to cover day to day living expenses, nothing more, so they are already set at a depressingly low subsistence level allowing nothing for any inevitable contingency or emergency.

You claim that there is a “culture of entitlement” in the welfare system and the media has gone to enormous lengths to demonise and ostracise people on benefits through so called poverty porn. The moral outrage of the noble working whose enforced sacrifices via taxation pay for the idle and indolent is as strident as it is ill considered. The alternative, which we are fast heading for, is the removal of the social safety net below which no one should fall altogether but which we know only too well has already cost thousands of lives.

Do we really want to live in a nation in which people are not entitled to survive, because we’re already there? That’s the reality of Tory brutality in Britain today and it is this that Iain Duncan Smith thinks is fair. Poverty is violence and depriving anyone of the means of survival for any reason is an act of extreme violence.

http://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/grassroots/exclusive-benefits-investigation-reveals-heavy-impacts-of-sanctions-1-7614355#ixzz3uJlA9tk2

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/benefits-sanctions-are-working-the-way-they-are-supposed-to-iain-duncan-smith-says-a6712041.html

http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2015/03/benefit-sanctions-are-unfair-and-hurt-innocent-vulnerable-people/

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13611707.It_s_official__benefit_sanctions_harm_health_of_claimants/

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/186931/foi-844-2013.pdf

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2012/jun/25/cameron-tories-slash-benefits

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/michael-havis/poverty-porn_b_6899976.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/over-4000-people-have-died-soon-after-being-found-fit-to-work-by-the-dwp-s-benefit-tests-10474474.html

26_july_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,159

Sunday 26 July 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

It is astonishing that Iain Duncan Smith can justify savaging our entire system of social security based on the reaction of people watching poverty porn on television and yet completely ignore the ever growing public outcry against the reality of his brutality and the consequences of his vicious policies.

Do we really need an inquiry to discover that denying people the means of survival will cause hardship and death? It is unquestionable that in a country like the UK, money is the almost exclusive means of survival with extremely rare exceptions. There is no alternative or easy opt out to our entire structural dependence on money and it is that very structural dependency that makes money the perfect ideological weapon for Smith to use and abuse. It doesn’t take more than a moments thought to realise this is self evidently true.

Ah, but these are the times and these are the days of extravagant lies dished out by those entrusted to faithfully serve the nation yet who have abandoned the duty of care for those who most need it.

Iain Duncan Smith is about to rewrite the definition of poverty and, indeed, eradicate the word ‘poverty’ in favour of the utterly meaningless ‘life chances’. And he must, of course, he must do everything in his power to disguise his plans in an ever growing web of deceit.

Smith repeats himself ad nauseam that there is no link between sanctions and hardship and the catastrophic rise in food bank use, echoed by his latest attack dog, Priti Patel, just as he maintains, ‘It’s irresponsible to suggest a causal link between the death of an individual and their benefit claim’. If you stop someone’s income with no other available means of support that person is in hardship. It’s not rocket science, it is something that would be self evident to a child yet seems to be beyond the grasp of grown adults. This is all being done in the name of ‘Austerity’ about which you told those who oppose it to ‘Stop bleating about austerity’. People are roaring and snarling, not bleating, as you give tax breaks to the rich and corporations and load the nations debt on the poor, as Osborne so succinctly put it in his emergency budget speech, ‘So those who oppose any savings to Tax Credits will have to explain how on earth they propose to eliminate the deficit’.

How else indeed? That’s what austerity is all about, the poor must pay because no other bugger is going to. You’re making damned sure of that.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/benefits-street-iain-duncan-smith-3019449

http://www.welfareweekly.com/benefit-claimants-should-not-be-forced-to-live-in-fear/

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/25/benefit-sanctions-regime-should-be-scrapped-independent-review

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/24/independent-review-benefit-sanctions-urgently-needed-say-mps

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/green-living-blog/2009/oct/28/live-without-money

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2015-2016/0051/en/16051en02.htm

http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/tory-minister-denies-sanctions-force-people-to-foodbanks

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2015/07/25/sanction-threat-to-health-duncan-smith-replies-with-lies/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/200000-join-petition-demanding-tories-5909676

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron-stop-bleating-austerity-5202784

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/chancellor-speech-on-changes-to-the-tax-and-benefit-system

28_june_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,131

Sunday 28 June 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

People ask me how I can write these letters day after day? I can write them because I have no mercy in my soul for you. You do not forgive someone for abusing you knowing they will do it again the next day, you set your heart, mind and will like granite against them, yet I at least exercise restraint where you do not. You are committing violence against the people every single day and we are not using the militarised Police to beat you up with weapons and nerve holds, crashing you to the ground, that’s what you do, those are your tactics and you should be, at least, grateful that we are not kettling you, forcibly restraining and arresting you, which you richly deserve and we do not.

The bankers bail out slips so easily off the tongue, but how many bankers have died because of their greedy, wilful and recklessly criminal behaviour? And as a consequence, how many ordinary people have died? How many children are going hungry?

How many MPs or their family members have died as a consequence of the banking crisis and the imposition of austerity?

In the last five years I have bought a few ‘Letter a Day’ tee shirts and a few for others, some socks and underpants last year, and a pair of boots to replace my single pair of shoes that were plain worn out, but which, in fact, I still wear. What have you paid for this austerity you have imposed on us that you claim we are all in together? Name one single thing and make good what are otherwise empty words.

I have paid for these letters with a little help from my friends, but I have paid through depriving myself of real world stuff, like clothing, for something I believe in and actually I don’t much care about ‘stuff’ or how scruffy I look, I care about life. What have you paid, Mr Cameron, for this austerity that you so ardently believe in and impose on us? Name it, name the price of your conviction, on paper, for all to see, and let us be the judge of your conviction.

We are a nation and, indeed, a world afflicted with the politics of fear and hate. The terrorist (a modern catch-all invention), the immigrant, the benefit scrounger, the undeserving poor, the malingering disabled, poverty porn, the religious extremist, those divisive Scots, too many ageing people, the feckless workless young. Endless meaningless vapid nonsense!

The greatest threat to the world today is corporate and financial terrorism, which is what TTIP and ISDL mean. And then there’s corporate welfare, worth, according to the Guardian in October last year, £85 billion of our money. If a fraction of the time spent by politicians and the media mercilessly vilifying ordinary people was spent on vilifying benefits for the welfare eating, rich corporate money grubbers, we might begin to see some social justice in this country. In the face of such extremism, we act with admirable constraint where you do not because, make no mistake, utterly corrupt neoliberal corporate greed and the imposition of poverty is violence and that is what austerity means to millions of ordinary people.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/06/benefits-corporate-welfare-research-public-money-businesses

https://stop-ttip.org/europeans-dont-want-investor-state-dispute-settlement-trade-agreements/

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2014/06/how-corruption-became-global-problem-age-neoliberalism

07_june_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,109

Sunday 07 June 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I am delighted to read that you are going to call for a global crackdown on the “cancer” of corruption in the wake of Fifa bribery allegations. The BBC reports – “He (you) will use the G7 summit in Germany to call for an international effort to clean up governments and business. And he (you again) will condemn the international “taboo” on pointing the finger at corrupt institutions.

However, it is now widely reported that you have ‘awarded a contract to five companies (cost?) who will monitor what people tweet, post to Facebook or blog about the Government and provide updates to Whitehall in real time for references to the Government’. A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said the contract was about getting better value for money. ‘We monitor digital, social and traditional media so we understand what people are saying, identify their concerns and shape policies accordingly, ensuring good value for money for the taxpayer’. How very sweet and benign of you.

I wasn’t aware that your government took any interest in public opinion in shaping policies. Even Iain Duncan Smith justified his welfare reforms based on Benefits Street and the reaction to a television programme that is nothing more than poverty porn. He said of Benefits Street, “Many people are shocked by what they see. The reality is that is why the public backs our welfare reform package, to get more people back to work, to end these abuses.” Thus demonstrating that he has a very curious, and entirely corrupt, grasp of reality. Sadly he is in good company as far too many people confuse television with reality and even become extremely angry and abusive when it is pointed out to them.

You are quite right that there is an international “taboo” on pointing the finger at corrupt institutions like government. Both Julian Assange and Edward Snowden are both still on the run for breaking that taboo and I do not for one minute believe that your intent at the G7 summit is to change that in any degree. The bill for Assange’s asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London is now over £10 million and whilst Snowden’s revelations have forced NSA reform on Congress in the USA, they would still throw him in jail as a reward.

It is my personal view that your statement, “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone’” is the most corrupt thing any British politician has said since Blair’s dodgy dossier and his false assertions on WMD to justify his illegal war of aggression in Iraq. However with a further five years to go, the floor is now all yours… and ours. Wink, wink.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-33025225?SThisFB&fb_ref=Default

http://metro.co.uk/2015/06/05/your-facebook-twitter-and-blog-are-about-to-be-monitored-for-references-to-the-government-5232639/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/benefits-street-iain-duncan-smith-3019449

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11392085/Julian-Assange-policing-costs-reach-10-million.html

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/03/snowden-leaks-nsa-reform-congress-still-facing-jail

02_june_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,104

Tuesday 02 June 2015. The Tories intend to do what they like to us regardless of the law.

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http://www.keithordinaryguy.org.uk/

Dear Mr Cameron,

When I was a lad, poking your nose into others people’s business was regarded as extremely rude and offensive.

I think television has much to answer for in the ever growing trend of doing just that. So called Reality TV shows, The Jeremy Kyle Show, poverty porn and so on all encourage the intrusion of public opinion into other people’s lives. It’s certainly true that everyone has a right to their opinion just as I have an equal right not to have it inflicted upon me and to tell them so should they decide to offload it on me.

Since I decided in the early nineties that I no longer wanted a television I have been constantly pestered by the Television Licensing Authority because I do not have a television licence. Their attitude is that if a property is not registered with a licence it is down to the occupier to prove that no television is present and I get regular visits from inspectors, or whatever they are called. I always tell them that under the law I am innocent until proven guilty and that the burden of proof lies with them not me and I send them on their way. So television is responsible for popularising people being downright nosy and opinionated and also of undermining a fundamental rule of law.

Newspapers like the Sun and the Express but in particular the Daily Mail sell, not least, on promoting moral indignation and outrage and are the media equivalent of curtain twitchers revelling in the hypocrisy of their self righteousness. The examples are legion of the imposition of modern intrusiveness which also has to include on the spot fines and CCTV.

But the worst offender by far is your government. People can no longer be workers, they have to be hard workers and benefits recipients are treated as cheaters and shirkers and beaten into submission by being forced to jump through hoops and sanctioned for the most spurious reasons, treated worse than prisoners and deprived of the most basic means of survival.

Your recent announcement was simply sublime, “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone’.” Under your government it’s no longer going to be enough to be law abiding, you intend that you can do whatever you like to us. Is it any wonder that you want to scrap the Human Rights Act leaving us without any protection from state intrusion in our lives. All I can say is, expect a robust response because you have absolutely no business doing anything of the sort.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/10350157/Conservative-Party-Conference-David-Cameron-pledges-to-cut-taxes-of-hard-working-people.html

https://www.conservatives.com/OurTeam/David_Cameron

http://dwpunspun.org.uk/sanctions

http://www.mirror.co.uk/usvsth3m/how-obeying-law-no-longer-5688690

01_june_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,103

Monday 01 June 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Figures from the Crown Prosecution Service reveal that disability hate crime has risen 213% since 2007/08 and that’s just what gets reported, the reality will be much higher. It’s hardly surprising given the relentless assaults on poor and vulnerable people from government and the media since 2010.

It’s not just programmes like Benefits Street, though Iain Duncan Smith used what is now called Poverty Porn to justify his welfare reforms and his attacks on all those on benefits, including his sanctions regime, claiming, “Many people are shocked by what they see. The reality is that is why the public backs our welfare reform package, to get more people back to work, to end these abuses.”

Whilst benefit fraud is just a tiny 0.7% the propaganda and rhetoric being used against those on benefits is out of all proportion to the facts, fuelling and stoking hatred. George Osborne even used the murder of six children by Mick Philpott to suggest that benefits influenced such behaviour.

There is also an insidious hatred contained in your endlessly regurgitated message that Britain is for “hard working people” and that you are building an economy for “people who want to work hard and get on in life”. It’s the language of exclusion of anyone and everyone who, for whatever reason, doesn’t fit what are vacuous phrases, empty of definition or any real worth or meaning. It’s the language of a propagandist and, of course, it works as you well know.

The rise of vicious hate speech in the media and social media, epitomised by Katy Hopkins, is terrifying, not least that it is done with impunity; streams of hate like projectile vomiting.

As someone who is deeply involved in challenging this growing extremism it’s shocking that care, kindness and consideration are now revolutionary in thought, word and deed but its right that they should be. Injustice must be fought with justice, love for others must counter the hatred, helping hands must challenge the clenched fists, care and consideration must thwart the viciousness, and the rising tide of endlessly expressed ‘opinion’ must be challenged through thoughtful consideration and concern for fact, not fiction, especially the political fictions and propaganda that drive Tory policies of destruction. Hate will only tear this country apart. The future of this country will be decided by love not hate.

http://www.welfareweekly.com/disability-hate-crime-fuelled-by-propaganda/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/benefits-street-iain-duncan-smith-3019449

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22025035

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/10350157/Conservative-Party-Conference-David-Cameron-pledges-to-cut-taxes-of-hard-working-people.html

https://www.conservatives.com/OurTeam/David_Cameron