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I would very much like the government to stop caring for me through the replacement of Trident and supporting a first strike nuclear option.

I would like them to stop pouring their concern and consideration on me through austerity and cuts to front line services and privatising my health care.

I would also like them to stop lavishing their sense of social responsibility on us all by driving people into destitution and homelessness, despair and early graves.

I can comfortably live without their evident joy at continuing the cap on public sector pay, their praise for food banks and even their proud attendance at opening new ones.

Their determined focus on young people starting off in life, gifting students with a lifetime of debt, helping young people to never have place of their own, starving children to improve educational attainment, and ruining our education system to improve life chances, I am sure we could all live without.

Improving the life chances of sick and disabled people, the unemployed and the in in-work poor by encouraging them to live on nothing or next to nothing, gifting people with sanctions and penury to improve life chances and promoting a positive mental attitude to being hounded to death, I could happily scrap with never a moments regret that no more would need to die unnecessarily.

Promoting mental health by destroying it seems an little too much encouragement for most people, although the government themselves might benefit by it.

I can happily live without having the nations wealth gifted to the already filthy rich whilst the government joyfully increases the national debt by more than doubling it and encourages the poor to be socially responsible and pay it off.

They really do not have to beat me because of the pleasure I might feel if or when it stops. As a man of modest appetites and needs they need not trouble themselves on my account by gifting me with less.

My simple pleasure in life would, however, be greatly enhanced if they would all bypass jail, which they so richly deserve, and go directly to hell.

KOG. 03 July 2017

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If there is one thing I have learnt over a long lifetime it is that ordinary people are the donkey engine, the powerhouse, that drives the nation in war and peace and that for those in power, our lives are entirely expendable. In war it is we who are sacrificed and in peace we are (or were) the industrial heart of the nation, and in both war and peace, we pay.

It was ever thus, but we are now in the era of neoliberalism, capitalism with the gloves off, and they are wringing us dry for ever greater profits that they neither need nor care about the harm they cause.

Ordinary people are both the sacrificial lambs for rampant greed and also the cash cow that feeds their greed.

Inequality is raging across the world, last year it was reported that just 62 people had more wealth than half the rest of the world and the top 1% had more wealth than the all rest of the world put together.

In her 2016 Christmas speech the Queen said, “My ministers will continue to bring the public finances under control so that Britain lives within its means.” To which I can only say, ‘Then fix your own house love,’ as the government prepares to give her £369 million of public money to fix up Buck House, not to mention doing up Houses of Parliament at a cost to us of up to £5.7 billion.

Britain is not broke, there is enough money to do everything that is required for stable and prosperous public services, including the social safety nets and our NHS.

Only the other day someone asked me what we are supposed to do if we don’t privatise the NHS because we cannot afford it?

The problem is one of perspective and most people simply have no idea how much wealth there is, which very much includes me. I measure money in terms of tens and hundreds of pounds, I simply have no real perspective beyond that and think of a thousand pounds as a lot of money, even whilst knowing that several grand over a year goes nowhere.

Start talking about millions, billions and trillions and I am basically ga ga because these are meaningless numbers to me.

According to an Oxfam study, $7.6 trillion is sitting in offshore accounts and that is just 8% of individual financial wealth, which puts the total amount of global individual wealth at $95 trillion. That’s $12,838 for everyone on Earth. That may not sound like a lot in a first world nation like Britain, but of the 7.4 billion people on Earth, 2.7 billion people live on less than $2 a day or less than $730 a year.

What does all that mean? I don’t know in terms of social justice and inequality except to say this, clearly a very small percentage of people are not only living within their means they are so far within their means that the mere concept is meaningless to them. I can only suggest that it’s like an elephant walking up to an ant and saying, ‘I’m bigger than you,’ and the ant wondering, ‘Did that mountain just speak to me?’ How can an ant make sense of an elephant? I know the feeling.

According to Noam Chomsky it used to be that some 90% of wealth was created by producers, traders and investors in the real economy, that is ordinary working people, today that is reversed with 95% of wealth being in financial markets and financial speculation and just 5% in the real world economy.

That being the case it is not hard to see why the powerful elites might think that ordinary people are now superfluous to requirements. Production is no longer labour intensive and most of the stuff we need is turned out by machines.

Our labour is no longer a necessity, but instead of everyone sharing in the abundance of wealth in the world with more spare time and fewer working hours, and for many, if not most, maybe none, wealth has polarised and ordinary people are not just abandoned, we are being robbed at every turn and hounded to death.

The world is at permanent war, and war has always been an excellent way to keep the population down and, of course, grab even more resources for the few at the expense of the many. But it seems even that is now no longer enough. In the search for endless profits, they have turned on the national pots of public taxation and public services, built and paid for by the people, and people are literally being sanctioned and financially penalised through poverty pay and shutting down the social safety nets (the same as turning off life support).

I hear a lot about Agenda 21 and population reduction, whatever your take on that, the fact is that we are being exterminated. In my first letter to Number 10 I wrote, “Clearly your contempt for the people of Britain can have only one logical end, so why not begin the cull now?”

I was, of course, being tongue in cheek because they had already started. Can anyone seriously deny it now?

Ordinary, decent, human beings have trouble with words like exterminate at any time, and quite rightly so. Words like extermination and genocide are horrific in their meaning, taking life knowingly and wilfully, which no decent person would ever consider even for a moment. But these things go on in the real world and it is always ordinary people who are the victims of such inhuman barbarity.

As recently as last November the government was slammed by the UN for abusing the human rights of disabled people, the government response? It strongly disagreed with the UN findings and Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said the findings demonstrated ‘an outdated view of disability which is patronising and offensive’. He went on, ‘The UN measures success as the amount of money poured into the system, rather than the work and health outcomes for disabled people’. So there we have it, if you can’t work in some bullshit job scrabbling for pennies, you might as well fuck off and die.

KOG 02 January 2017

http://www.globalresearch.ca/economy-for-the-one-percent-unprecedented-global-wealth-disparity-the-richest-1-have-more-wealth-than-the-rest-of-the-world-combined/5502320

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/queens-speech-2016

http://www.itv.com/news/2016-11-18/369-million-makeover-for-buckingham-palace/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-33184160

http://www.citylab.com/politics/2016/01/wealth-inequality-tax-havens-oxfam-poverty/424659/

http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/25/122.html

http://www.thecanary.co/2016/11/08/uk-government-just-slammed-violating-human-rights-theresa-may-doesnt-care/

28_august_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,536

Sunday 28 August 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

Salford’s Unemployed & Community Resource Centre reports that David (no surname given) was repeatedly sanctioned, “This resulted in him being unable to control his diabetes because he had no money for food. This caused diabetic ulcers which became infected and he had to have a leg amputated. All his sanctions were eventually overturned, but it was too late.”

Depriving people of the means of survival has serious and deadly consequences. I and others have repeatedly warned that people’s lives are being put at risk, many are already dead, through a draconian punitive policy that no court in the land would consider for a moment. The DWP’s secret penal system is a travesty.

The Guardian reported that the DWP has had to issue a ‘new policy for all DWP businesses to help them manage suicide and self-harm declarations from customers’.

This descent into barbarism has no place in a supposedly civilised nation.

Although we were given no choice in the matter, we, the people, bailed out the banks and since then we’ve been told again and again that we are also responsible for paying down the debt left by the bank bail out. That’s a nice double whammy for the vast majority of people who had no part in the failure and greed of the banks which led to the banking crisis.

When George Osborne proposed cuts to working Tax Credits he said in his Summer Budget 2015 speech, “So those who oppose any savings to Tax Credits will have to explain how on earth they propose to eliminate the deficit, let alone run a surplus and pay down debt.” Attacking low paid workers to pay down the debt is the most obscene travesty of justice, as are the tens of £billions in cuts imposed on the poorest and most vulnerable people in Britain.

David has lost his leg as the price for a tissue of lies that we were in any way responsible for the criminal activities of the banks. What part did ordinary people play in the fall of Lehman Brothers which triggered the banking crisis? The clue is in the description and the answer is – None! The banks aggressively sold junk mortgage securities which were given AAA ratings and which, unsurprisingly, blew up in their faces. Yet the banks have been allowed to carry on with business as usual. Osborne even tried, post crash, to protect bankers bonuses in Europe using public money. You couldn’t make it up!

https://welfaretales.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/benefit-sanctions-are-britains-secret-penal-system/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/27/death-britains-benefits-system-fit-for-work-safety-net

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2011/may/08/jobcentre-staff-guidelines-suicide-threats

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/chancellor-george-osbornes-summer-budget-2015-speech

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-06-22/lending-to-poor-people-didn-t-cause-the-financial-crisis

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/02/06/osborne-20k-banker-bonuscap_n_4735825.html

23_august_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,531

Tuesday 23 August 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

Another homeless person has been attacked on the streets of Britain and is now in a coma, fighting for his life.

I cannot accuse your government of doing nothing when it is doing so much to create such fragile existences.

Homelessness is the embodiment of fragility on the public stage of everytown, shame on those who are offended and angered by this very public display of precariousness and assault those who unwillingly and unwittingly force it upon their attention, exposed, as they are, without privacy, dignity or security. Shame on all those who persecute those less fortunate than themselves.

I feel this insidious rise of precarity, at 65 I fear homelessness, it is not something I can ignore in an ever more insecure world, but I do not fear the homeless, for they are me in one twist of neoliberal driven misanthropy.

If I attacked them, I would be attacking myself, my own psyche, but as if this very public display of abject loss were not bad enough, councils are making homelessness and begging illegal and even impose fines for begging. Fining people for having nothing is a particularly twisted kind of perverse and sadistic cruelty which actively increases the danger of assault because ‘society’ has legislated against and criminalised homeless people.

The bedroom tax, benefit delays and sanctions, enforced pension delays, the Universal Credit system and benefit caps are all policies which put people in danger of homelessness to which many have already fallen victim.

Fragile and precarious living is the new normal for millions of people in Britain today as are the increasing attacks on those living in enforced vulnerability. Homelessness, like poverty, is a political issue and not the individual personal failing of those afflicted. Such people are the economically excluded as Britain’s safety net is demolished. You pledged that, “The government I lead will be driven, not by the interests of the privileged few but by yours.” I have only one question. When?

http://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/news/homeless-man-in-coma-had-been-evicted-after-facing-bedroom-tax-claim-1-8080777

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/conservative-council-set-to-fine-homeless-people-50-for-begging-in-worthing-a6971476.html

https://www.rt.com/uk/248625-homeless-criminalize-oxford-council/

http://www.nottinghampost.com/nottingham-man-fined-banned-begging-city-centre/story-29313706-detail/story.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/if-its-crime-against-people-with-disabilities-we-dont-care-a6966776.html

19_august_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,527

Friday 19 August 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

The annual report (2015-16) from the Social Security Advisory Committee chaired by Paul Gray reveals that the welfare reforms were driven by pressure from the treasury and that assessments of the likely impacts were non-existent, ignored/rejected or, through the use of secondary legislation, deliberately bypassed altogether.

What is also clear is that recommendations presented to government were rejected, an example being that the reduction of the maximum period for backdating ‘a claim for HB from six months to one month was too severe’. The government response was, “We remain of the view that the arguments are not compelling for retaining an additional two, or five month period during which entitlement to support for housing costs can be backdated for an increasing minority of new claims to benefit.”

With the imposition of Mandatory Reconsideration’s, benefit delays increased enormously, or ground to a halt, and any reduction in the period of backdating would, and has, led to hardship, hunger, homelessness, increasing numbers of suicides and death.

I put it to you that cuts to social security were always ideologically driven, that is, George Osborne had simply decided that the poor were ones who were going to be penalised to supposedly pay down the debt created by the banks. I also put it to you that this was an orchestrated war on the poor, in which sanctions and imposed hardship were weapons used against the poorest and most vulnerable people in Britain. Whilst George Osborne was cutting inheritance tax and corporation tax, rewarding the wealthy, the poor were, and are, being driven into the ground.

I also wonder where this war on the poor got us given that George Osborne created more debt than every Labour government in history and doubled the national debt. Poor, sick and disabled people have suffered, and continue to suffer, for no better reason than vindictive spite and even the stated intention behind such appalling treatment was entirely false.

Lastly, after the imposition of permanent austerity, the countless billions in cuts across the board, including our NHS, the fire sale of national assets and the increase of over £500 billion in the national debt, where the hell has all our money gone? As you are currently enjoying a walking holiday in the Swiss Alps, perhaps you could give a few banks a call and find out if George hasn’t opened a secret Swiss bank account and squirrelled all our money away there, because I am damned if I can figure it out.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/545870/ssac-annual-report-2015-2016.pdf

The Tories aren’t persecuting the poor out of spite, it’s even worse than that

Tories pushed through welfare changes ‘without meaningful analysis of impact’

http://www.publicfinance.co.uk/news/2015/12/benefit-delays-%E2%80%9Cplunging-families-hunger%E2%80%9D-say-mps

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/18/thousands-limbo-disability-benefit-appeals-grind-to-halt

DWP admits responsibility for benefit-related deaths with a single, small word

http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/george-osborne-debt-monger.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/the-uk-national-debt-has-risen-by-555-billion-since-2010-under-george-osborne-a6947661.html

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2013/11/the-tories-have-piled-on-more-debt-than-labour/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/george-osborne-on-course-to-sell-off-more-public-assets-than-any-chancellor-for-more-than-30-years-a6786926.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/12/theresa-may-pictured-on-walking-holiday-in-the-swiss-alps/

10_july_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,489

Sunday 10 July 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I am mindful today of the last chapter of the book of proverbs in the bible. ‘The words of Lemuel, King of Massa, which his mother taught him’. Here are verses 4 – 7 of what your mum clearly left out of your instruction. “It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to desire strong drink, lest they drink and forget the law and what it decrees, and pervert the justice due any of the afflicted. Give strong drink [as medicine] to him who is ready to pass away, and wine to him in bitter distress of heart. Let him drink and forget his poverty and [seriously] remember his want and misery no more.”

I wonder what Lemuel’s mum would have thought of the bars and restaurants which we so generously subsidise for you?

Now that he’s taken over the Department for the War on the Poor (DWP), devout Christian Stephen Crabb might like to have a word with David Freud in his latest scheme to micro manage the lives of the poor.

Details are scant but it seems the DWP are trialling a mobile app for managing social security payments. According to Freud, “Claimants are using an app on their phones through which they are receiving and spending their benefit payments. With their consent, their transactions are being recorded on a distributed ledger to support their financial management.” One of the missing details is just what ‘consent’ means, previous form would suggest that it is likely to be consent under threat of sanctions.

There are some big players involved not least Barclays and RWE npower, plus GovCoin Systems, and I wonder how many millions this is costing us? According to Business Wire, “GovCoin Systems is developing a platform to reduce the $1 trillion lost annually due to friction and fraud costs in the distribution of social welfare and aid.” Of the UK’s £164 billion social security budget, approximately £1.2 billion is down to deliberate fraud, so Britain’s part of that magic trillion is 0.12%, plus whatever crazy sums are being dished out in contracts.

Micro managing the lives of the poor is something dear to Freud’s heart because, as everyone knows, the poor can’t handle money, preferring to spend all their income on drink, drugs, cigarettes, tattoos and Olympic sized plasma TV’s, not to mention the Pit Bull Terriers and probably ferrets. Freud, who I doubt has ever actually met a poor person, is clearly of the view that Big Brother state is the answer to all our needs. Personally, I think he’d be enough to drive Jesus to drink. Just reading Freud’s name is enough to set of off my gag reflex and reach for a large one. Here’s mud in your eye!

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160707005803/en/GovCoin-Systems-Implements-Social-Welfare-Payments-Distribution

http://www.fstech.co.uk/fst/GovCoin_Welfare_Payments_Trial.php

http://www.theweek.co.uk/62461/benefit-fraud-v-tax-evasion-which-costs-more

14_june_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,464

Tuesday 14 June 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I would like to thank you for the GOV.UK web page – “Report online material promoting terrorism or extremism”.

I have taken the opportunity to report an organisation that has recently accepted that its actions are a factor in the deaths of many people in this country. In their defence they state that it would be inaccurate and misleading to link deaths solely to their behaviour. Which may be so, but that does not in any way absolve them of their extremist behaviour towards people in the UK and the part they play in causing the widespread distress that has led to so many deaths. The organisation is, of course, your governments own Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The website I reported was the Gov.UK ‘Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions statistics’. I included the following in my report: “The website represents Britain’s secret penal system, imposing judgements and sentences without trial or representation and depriving people of the means of survival. Something no court in the land would do. The sanctions regime is government extremism which leaves victims destitute and desperate.”

There are three levels of sanctions, lower, intermediate or higher level, that is 4 weeks, 13 weeks up to 156 weeks and since 2012 the amount sanctioned is ‘100% of the prescribed amount for a single claimant’. This prescribed amount refers to the minimum amount the law defines a person needs to live on, in other words the minimum amount of money a person requires for their basic survival.

Without food it is reckoned that it is possible to survive for three weeks, so with no other means of support, at 4 weeks the sanctioned claimant would be rather dead, at 13 weeks they would be very dead and smelly and at 156 weeks I guess they would be a somewhat withered husk. To the best of my knowledge death has an extremely limited recovery rate, so whichever sanction is applied, at the end of the sanction it is unlikely the body would be able to sign on without a great deal of help, nor yet be able to fulfil whatever commitments the DWP demands of claimants. It seems to me that under such circumstances the corpse would very quickly find itself subject to yet another sanction, but on the up side, the corpse will probably not be all that bothered.

Is it just me or does this all sound a bit extreme to you? Living in bonkers Britain it is hard to know any more, after all you Tories seem to maintain some functional capability even though you lack both hearts and souls. Despite this you do seem to have retained some limited ability for speech, yet every word that comes out is a lie, so I wonder if that isn’t just the babbling of the father of all lies transmitted through however he manages to animate your heartless, soulless bodies from the bowels of hell?

https://www.gov.uk/report-terrorism

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/27/death-britains-benefits-system-fit-for-work-safety-net

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/how-dwp-rhetoric-on-responsibility-for-benefit-claimants-deaths-has-subtly-shifted-a7041291.html

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/jobseekers-allowance-sanctions-leaflet/jobseekers-allowance-sanctions-how-to-keep-your-benefit-payment

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

06_june_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,456

Monday 06 June 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Class warfare is alive and well in Britain today.

Let’s remember that when the bankers imploded the global economy they were rewarded with bailouts of such magnitude that national economies were threatened and ordinary people are still reaping the rewards for their generosity through imposed privation, starvation and death.

As I recall, only one banker in the UK was sacked after the crash, Fred (The Shred) Goodwin. Bankers were allowed to carry on as if nothing had happened and just in case we were unsure about just how seriously George Osborne took the situation, he blew £43,064 of tax payers money fighting the imposition of a bankers bonus cap in Europe. He failed, but we still kissed goodbye to nearly 50 grand to protect bankers.

Compare that with the incentive schemes offered to the unemployed, the under employed and sick and disabled people by the DWP to aid them find work. Such schemes include removing Motability from disabled people, ending the Independent Living Fund, cutting ESA for disabled people, capping and cutting housing benefit and, of course sanctions.

Britain’s great divide is firmly based on class and the war on the poor is utterly brutal and without mercy.

A recent report from Oxford found that the odds of long term unemployed finding work are reduced 2% for every pound lost in housing benefit cuts which, naturally, the DWP rejects. It is not hard to work out the implications of that for the DWP’s brutal incentives to work.

This is discrimination on an epic scale, applied to no social group other than the poorest and most vulnerable people throughout Britain. This is your ‘fairer and more cohesive’ society in action and the result of George Osborne’s long term economic plan. Slash and burn the poor.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16822439

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tories-spent-50k-taxpayers-money-4875061

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/29/employment-and-support-allowance-the-disability-benefit-cuts-you-have-not-heard-about

https://www.unison.org.uk/about/what-we-do/fairness-equality/disabled-members/key-issues/disabled-people-and-cuts/

http://www.thenational.scot/comment/lesley-riddoch-the-reality-of-the-dwps-horrific-sanctions-regime.16318

https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-2ee4-DEATH-AND-THE-STATE-HOW-DWP-SANCTIONS-SNUFF-OUT-LIVES#.V1Rqz-Szzc4

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/05/docking-welfare-payments-is-not-incentive-to-work-report-claims?CMP=share_btn_tw

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/speech-on-the-big-society

20_may_2016

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/queens-speech-2016

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

https://www.tuc.org.uk/international-issues/europe/eu-referendum/workplace-issues/priti-patel-reveals-leave-campaign-agenda

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron-scrap-80000-documents-of-red-tape-for-businesses-and-builders-9087036.html

Foodbank use remains at record high

17_may_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,436

Tuesday 17 May 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Power speaking to me is not democracy, authority is not democracy and in order to speak to me it must be legitimate. I am democracy, I speak to power as a right, that is democracy. Write that down and remember it well, because no matter what happens, or how this present desecration works out, that is the truth. If people fear to speak to power then something is terribly wrong.

Democracy is something I exercise as a human right and when you told us, “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,” you declared your intention to abuse the exercise of power without being held accountable. Whatever the rules are, whatever the law is, you presumed to declare yourself lawless, and to act against us in whatever way you choose. And you have done just that.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) deprives people of the means of survival on a routine basis. The Human Rights Act 1998 states, ‘Everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law. No one shall be deprived of his life intentionally save in the execution of a sentence of a court following his conviction of a crime for which this penalty is provided by law’. The DWP is clearly acting outside of the law, imposing sentences that are not handed down by a court of law and in excess of any lawful sentences, through its own arbitrary rules and for the most trivial reasons.

The Workfare programme is a system of forced labour, without pay, under threat of sanctions. Article 4 of the human rights act stipulates, ‘No one shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour’. Workfare infringes our human rights and any normal civic obligations and is a criminal offense. The courts have already ruled that the Workfare programme is illegal, and yet the DWP persists in its pogrom of forced labour.

In making the statement above to the country, you betrayed whatever legitimacy you might have had and became a self declared rogue government. What matters is that people imprint that in their consciousness and, no matter what you get up to, apply that at all times and under all circumstances. You are right that for too long, we have been a passively tolerant society but only in a historic subservience to power. That is what requires a seismic shift.

No one is above the law and that includes you.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/counter-extremism-bill-national-security-council-meeting

http://indy100.independent.co.uk/article/this-is-the-creepiest-thing-david-cameron-has-ever-said–e1q_01xlZZ

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1998/42/schedule/1

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/16/human-rights-abuse-of-power-conservatives-bill-of-rights

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/24/benefit-sanctions-trivial-breaches-and-administrative-errors

http://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/resources/benefit-sanctions-britains-secret-penal-system

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/workfare-ruled-illegal-court-appeal-1705844

https://mikesivier.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/high-court-throws-out-duncan-smiths-flawed-and-tawdry-retrospective-workfare-law/