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A letter a day to number 10. No 1,439

Friday 20 May 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I was very impressed at this little nugget that you threw into the Queen’s speech for the State Opening of Parliament, “… and to move to a higher wage and lower welfare economy where work is rewarded.”

It’s amazing, in all the commentary that has followed the Queen’s speech, not a word has been mentioned about pay being redefined by your government as a reward for labour, yet it is possibly the most egregious patronising insult contained in the speech.

Pay was once an entitlement in exchange for labour, but, of course, that’s something you have worked assiduously to bring to an end. The fundamental right to expect a decent rate of pay in exchange for the expenditure of our labour no longer applies in Tory Britain, that is what Workfare has stolen from workers. You have rewritten work as a state duty under threat of punitive sanctions, in which pay has been eradicated and is now merely a reward, if we’re lucky.

I don’t care how many times I have to say it, forced labour is a crime under the Human Rights Act! Yet under the DWP’s brutal and punitive regime this is now routine. The reward being that if you meekly obey you will get to keep the pittance reward of so called ‘benefits’. Even our pensions are called benefits, disregarding that they are an entitlement we have contributed towards all our working lives.

How you’ve stealthily slid us back into feudalism!

Priti Patel is promoting Brexit on the basis of halving the ‘burdens’ of the EU social and employment legislation, which exist to protect workers rights. Such inconveniences you refer to as ‘red tape’, which prevents businesses from being even more profitable at the expense of workers.

Your government is behaving like feudal overlords, patronising us as vassals of the state and rewarding us with a token keepsake if we’ve performed well whilst stealing all that we have so arduously laboured for. Small wonder the Trussell Trust reports that the number of working people needing emergency food parcels from food banks is increasing, citing  low wages, insecure work, high living costs and problems accessing working benefits. Weaponising money to use as a bargaining chip over people’s lives and calling it a reward is a crime against life.

Who let the cats out? Priti Patel suggests we could lose half our EU work rights after #Brexit

Foodbank use remains at record high


18_january_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,319

Monday 18 January 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

There was a comment on yesterday’s letter, No. 1,318, that the poor shouldn’t breed, that they are irresponsible and don’t care for their kids or their education. It’s a growing trend once again started at the top and fed down for lazy commentators to repeat without thought. It’s originator was Iain Duncan Smith who proposed limiting child benefit to the first two children which would ‘help behavioural change’, a deceitful way of laying the blame for poverty firmly on the poor who all behave irresponsibly or they wouldn’t be poor in the first place.

This is lazy eugenics suggesting that the worst ‘stock’ (the poor) needs dealing with to improve the genetic quality of the human population, as if the poor are feckless scroungers who don’t want to work, preferring to live a life of luxury on benefits, drinking, smoking and doing drugs and neglecting their children.

Of course, as you know very well, poverty is capitalism’s dirty secret. A cheap labour force is very good for business and profits. Regardless of the product cheap labour creates wealth. The worst companies exploit cheap labour under appalling working conditions sometimes with disastrous results as we saw in Bangladesh when a factory collapsed killing 1,129 people. Legislation is hard won and slow to implement and resisted by those whose interests are served by cheap, insecure, labour.

Your own attacks on our Unions speak volumes, an organised work force is bad for profits, attacking employment protection as mere red tape and scrapping the human rights act creates an ever more insecure work force which you want to control and dominate under the guise of promoting growth. That growth clearly does not include the poor with more than half of those in poverty in work.

To suggest that the poor shouldn’t breed or have their breeding restricted and need behaviour modification imposed on them is utterly despicable. Labour is the bread basket of the nation yet is consistently reviled by those who benefit the most from keeping people poor. Whilst capitalism benefits the most from the poor, their exclusion from the fruits of their labour doesn’t matter as long as there are enough in the middle and top who do benefit.

As the Independent revealed the poor lose the highest percentage of income to overall taxation, direct and indirect. Those who complain about the poor should perhaps shout a little less loudly and hold back on all that righteous indignation and consider the benefits they enjoy from those stuck in the imposed violence of poverty.

04_june_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,106

Thursday 04 June 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I see that you have had to accept your pay rise which was forced on you against your wishes and you do not feel able to formally challenge the pay watchdog. If there are to be any cuts to public services may I volunteer government? Or, if you want to privatise public services, privatise MPs, get the people who benefit from your government to pay for government, pay, restaurants, transport, expenses, second homes, refurbishment of the houses of parliament and so on, and not just reward you through lobbying and donations.

It seems to me you have a missed opportunity here in your madcap privatisations.

If you did privatise government that would open up a whole range of choice in the services you receive in pay and conditions. It’s the obvious choice for hard working MPs who want to get on.

I understand that you are as helpless in the tide of a pay rise thrust upon you against your will as we are in the tsunami of cuts and sanctions against us. We’re all in this together after all. None of us are masters of our own destiny any more, even government is suffering from excessive bureaucracy and red tape over which you have no choice and no decision.

Who can know what agonies you suffered having stood so firmly against a pay rise to find you are powerless to fight it? It’s a terrible shock to the system, no one likes that feeling. You have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and find the strength to carry on. I feel your pain.

It is to be hoped that support services are available for any MPs who feel undermined and powerless to do their jobs effectively in attacking ordinary people and making our lives a misery. Watch out for mood changes and suicidal thoughts, help is always available by calling Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90. If you are struggling, think on this, your pay rise is more than many of us have to live on a year and we’d welcome it, so it can’t be all doom and gloom.

If you feel overwhelmed in having to deal with a pay rise in these harsh times perhaps you might consider donating it to your local food bank which is located at – 98b Hailey Road, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 1HQ. It was founded by Joanne Cypher who can be contacted on 07557 979384, I am sure she will be happy to talk to you and help you unburden your conscience, if you have one.

20_march_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,034

Friday 20 March 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

New research from the University of Birmingham has revealed that “Political policies including austerity measures have turned Britain into one of the world’s most harmful societies to its own citizens.”

This will, of course, come as no surprise to the millions that live this every day.

Looking at measures such as suicide, road traffic accidents, obesity, poverty and unemployment across 31 Organisations for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, Dr Pemberton, an expert in social harm says, ‘Far from being inevitable events, such social harms are the result of the way we choose to organise our societies. “There is no “natural” rate of death from the cold, road traffic injuries or obesity, nor are there natural rates of poverty, financial insecurity or social isolation.”

This news comes just as you are about to scrap 80,000 documents of ‘red tape’ that provide safety at work. Sure, there must be some real loonies in there, but you specifically named ‘over-zealous rules which dictate how to use a ladder at work’. Have you ever used a ladder? Do you know how to use a ladder. You don’t come out of the womb knowing such things, nor how to reset a simple electricity trip switch which you disrupted a flood rescue mission to get engineers to do for you.

Mike Cherry of the Federation of Small Businesses is delighted at this news but what ordinary workers think I have no idea as no mention is made of any worker or Union consultation taking place. It’s not surprising really as the lives and well being of ordinary people is a matter of sublime indifference to you and you detest the Unions and all the historic work they have done to improve the lot of ordinary people.

Poverty in Britain is rising catastrophically driven by swingeing cuts, a punitive welfare system and, of course, sanctions. Poverty in Britain is not a natural phenomenon, it is a violence inflicted on ordinary people in one of the worlds richest nations.

The national minimum wage is a national insult. Imagine someone not in need being asked by a friend to come and fix his roof for an hour and offering him £6.50 at the end of it. He’d learn a valuable lesson, how to duck next time he decides to insult a mate.

The reason that Britain is one of the world’s most harmful societies to its own citizens is because of you and your government, it’s as simple as that, and it is long overdue you were gone.