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We have a problem and it’s one we need to fix urgently. Housing… to briefly put aside all the other myriad disastrous problems which lie securely at the door of the Tories and the neoliberal consensus.

I’ll begin with a proposition – no one should be evicted from their home for financial reasons, as a human right.

In May 2015 The Tenants Voice reported that evictions had risen 53% since 2010, with 170 tenants being evicted every day in 2015.

Money is increasingly weaponized on a daily basis targeting the very poorest people, yet Britain is the 5th richest country in the world but also one of the most unequal in which ‘the richest 10% own over half of the UK’s total wealth’ and the government is knowingly and deliberately pauperising increasing numbers of people with the purpose of increasing that inequality and the flow of wealth out of the hands of ordinary people.

The poor are being used and abused as wealth creators and yet are being denied any part of the wealth they are brutally forced to create. The most targeted group, of course, being disabled people about whom Priti Patel said, ‘cutting some disabled people’s benefits by £30 a week is justified as it will help those with a “limited capability” to work find a job’*. And, just for the record, Patel also thinks ‘the British are among the worst idlers in the world’, in a book she co-wrote with fellow fascists Dominic Raab, Kwasi Kwarteng, Liz Truss and Chris Skidmore,  in which they claim ‘that “lazy” Brits prefer a lie-in to hard work‘ and ‘criticises the “baby boomer” generation for seeking to raise taxes for young workers to pay for their lavish pension pots’*. (*my emphases)

This is the religion of the far right, who treat poor bashing as an article of faith, who would have pensioners working for the pensions they have spent their working lives paying for until death.

In a country in which depriving people of the means of survival and their economic rights is now routine, it is inevitable that, as a consequence, with zero income, people are wilfully prevented from paying their rent to which the answer is, eviction.

It is also inevitable that at the mere suggestion of housing as a human right and that no one should be evicted from their home for financial reasons, the intellectually supine and propaganda rags like the Sun, the Mail and Express, and other right wing, rage fuelling, toss rags, will cry, ‘Why should we pay for scroungers?’, to which I riposte, ‘We pay for the wealth snatchers every day, like media corps, but if people think it is the poor who are the problem, they are bigger fools than even the government takes us all for’.

A study by Crisis on the financial cost of single homelessness in Britain reports that the New Economics Foundation estimated, ‘a single homeless person, if they were homeless for one year, would cost the UK public purse between £24,500 and £26,000 more than other citizens’.

It is economically illiterate to evict people and force people into homelessness. How many times must we have these sad and tired conversations whilst the greedy stuff themselves stupid on the backs of our lives?

Full employment is both pointless and unnecessary, the problem isn’t worklessness, the problem isn’t the poor, the problem isn’t a lack of housing, the problem is wealth distribution and a world predicated on exploitation and the privatisation of resources, including people, and profit.

Millions of jobs have been automated out of existence, but what happens to the people who used to do those jobs, are they taken care of out of the profits from the automation of the work they once did? No, they are thrown on the scrap heap whilst all the profits from automation rise beyond the reach of ordinary people into the hands of the grasping few, often to languish in tax havens thus further avoiding any social responsibility for the distribution of their unearned, other than through exploitation of people, resources and technology, wealth.

However, if anyone is struggling, the DWP offered contracts in 2015 to procure ‘Online Supported Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ (CBT) worth £21 million to promote work as a health outcome. Bullshit!

We are drowning in bullshit, it is a tidal wave that is still mounting and people are dying in despair. The government wants us to rent out our bodies for less than it costs for us to inhabit our own bodies, for life. Our wages are asset stripped (as taxation) to support extreme wealth and corporations who hide their ill gotten gains in tax havens. And if we fail to juggle the impossible we are thrown on the streets to subsist or die.

We know the answers, we know exactly what is wrong and how it could be put right. We know who our enemy is and what they are capable of, and they are not done yet.

This is economic warfare and we are the target. None of this is happening by accident and nor is any of it unintended. We are certainly victims, but let us never make the mistake of in any way sympathising with our oppressors or making any excuses for them. There are no excuses.

Keep fighting and, above all, keep supporting and caring for those on their last legs who this rotten system has broken and if that someone is you, tell someone, as hard as that may feel, reach out.

KOG. 05 April 2017

Samaritans – free any time, from any phone on 116 123.

http://www.thetenantsvoice.co.uk/your_home/evictions-up-53-in-5-years/

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/feb/11/tenant-evictions-highest-level-england-wales-ministry-of-justice

http://www.cityam.com/227917/world-wealth-britain-crowned-fifth-richest-country-in-the-world-behind-us-china-japan-and-germany

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/14296603.MP_Priti_Patel_says_cutting_some_disabled_people_s_benefits_by___30_a_week_is_justified/

‘Lazy’ workers: the ignorance and shamelessness of Tory ‘rising stars’

http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/lord-bichard-force-pensioners-work.html

http://www.welfareweekly.com/tens-of-thousands-of-disabled-people-hit-by-cruel-benefit-sanctions-dwp-figures-show/

http://www.crisis.org.uk/data/files/publications/CostsofHomelessness_Finalweb.pdf

https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/fcdf22ca-cac8-45da-a614-fbc5754de037

https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/hunger-homelessness-and-despair-the-stark-reality-of-the-benefit-cap/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/23/charlotte-sees-desperation-first-hand-job-centre-benefits-system

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The Independent reports that five families are being made homeless every hour in the UK. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation reports that ‘almost 13 million people are living in poverty in the UK’, with over half of those in families with at least one adult working. And the BBC, amongst others, reports that, ‘More than 16 million people in the UK have savings of less than £100’.

These are dreadful statistics that highlight the terrible suffering of people in Britain today as a matter of policy. This is not a failure of government, it is deliberate policy, an economic war of attrition being waged against the poorest and most vulnerable people in society who are not just being abandoned, but are being targeted and penalised for absolutely no good reason.

I am sick to death of reading that some of those being attacked are called wasters and losers, alcoholics and drug addicts, fraudsters and cheats. As if such ‘character defects’ are exclusive to the poor. Who in hell created this mess, who bombed the global economy, who has trillions of dollars stashed away in tax havens exploiting all the benefits of society and contributing nothing? The poor?

Anyone who whinges about the poor on benefits needs to take a long hard look at the world and themselves and maybe begin to wonder, who makes these stories up, who is aiming the arrows of their hatred at the most deprived and yet cover up and hide the most depraved, like ex-prime minister David Cameron, George Osborne, Iain Duncan Smith, Esther McVey, Priti Patel, Philip Green, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt and the entire financial ‘free’ markets? This is orchestrated hatred which is morally and socially bankrupt.

Richard Branson lives in a tax haven. Yeah, he really is one of the good guys! He’s one of the people stealing our NHS from us. Richard Branson is a carpet bagger of the worst kind, looting and plundering what we have paid for.

Meanwhile, every single day, there is an unsung army of ordinary people giving of themselves and the little they have to succour and support others. There is a 91 year old man called Morrie Boogart, a cancer sufferer who lives in a hospice, yet who found purpose in knitting over 8,000 hats over the last 15 years for homeless people which are delivered to shelters throughout the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area in the USA.

This Thursday, Charlotte Hughes will be at the Jobcentre in Ashton-under-Lyne, as she has been for two and half years supporting those hounded by the DWP in one of Britain’s most deprived areas. Charlotte and friends, whose names I do not even know nor how many, are feeding, supporting, offering advice and a kind word, to those who are victims in one of the DWP’s test areas, where the DWP practice their cruelty first before rolling it out across the country. I name her only because I know her and have the utmost respect for her, yet she is suffering for what she is doing, it is tough and demanding and at times downright dispiriting.

Under the shadow of oppression there are millions helping out, volunteering, giving of their time gladly, against the odds.

People know of the Trussell Trust, but they are only one part of the food banks that now exist across the UK, keeping people alive just because they care.

There are street kitchens, cafes and restaurants across the UK feeding the elderly and homeless, not just at Christmas, but every day.

It is impossible to even begin to name all that goes on every day out of kindness and care by ordinary people giving their time and energy to support others. It is impossible to even guess how many lives are saved daily who are abandoned and ignored by government.

This is barely even news, whatever scarce mention is made in the news of those who care is the merest tip of an enormous tsunami of care happening every day, saving lives, offering support and advice, giving a helping hand, lifting up and sustaining life.

If there is any place for cynicism, it is not here, if there is reason to abandon hope, it is not for want of the efforts of those trying to offer it. Yes, we do lose people and each one hurts and at times the tears and sorrow are overwhelming, but that is not the time to give up, even if we must pause for breath and catch up with our own needs, because we forgot to do that for a time.

But that is not what takes courage. What takes courage in a time of need is asking for help. It says much about us that we manage, and we manage and we manage, until we have nothing left, but that is not the time to die, that is the time to courageously ask for help. Asking for help is not weakness and nor is it failure, that is the time to surrender and say one of the toughest words to say, ‘help’: to a friend or neighbour, a doctor or care worker, someone who can connect us to the care we need. It is not that no one cares, they just might not know we need it, and may be stricken if we die when they might otherwise have offered a helping hand had they but known.

It may feel easier to die and cease to be a burden, but caring does not recognise any of us as a burden. I speak from personal experience, it is ok to need help, but it takes courage to seek it and ask for it. It is ok to be in need.

KOG. 30 January 2017

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/homeless-rough-sleeping-figures-increase-rise-conservatives-housing-shelter-vertical-rush-a7550251.html

https://www.jrf.org.uk/press/report-reveals-new-face-uk-poverty

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37504449

http://www.taxjustice.net/topics/more/size-of-the-problem/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/23/charlotte-sees-desperation-first-hand-job-centre-benefits-system

http://streetskitchen.co.uk/scotland/

http://www.peopleskitchen.co.uk/be-a-volunteer/

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/06/europe/muslim-restaurant-christmas-homeless-elderly-trnd/

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A letter a day to number 10. No 1,502

Monday 25 July 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

The privatisation of, er, well, everything, reminds me of Douglas Adams’ title of the fourth book in his ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ trilogy, ‘So long and thanks for all the fish’…

So long tax payers and thanks for all your cash.

Flogging off state assets, PFI’s, Academies, privatising our NHS, public services (water, gas, electricity, buses, ambulances, police, etc.), Royal Mail, you name it, is just a massive con, transferring the nations wealth into private hands.

I don’t think that tax payers generally have got it yet, that all their wealth transferred to the treasury as taxes is regarded by you Tories as just a gigantic corporate slush fund. Call it what you like, class warfare, economic warfare, a giant Ponzi scheme, daylight robbery… With more people now in in-work poverty than out of work poverty, in excess of 40% of their income is siphoned off as taxes to pay for privateers and fat cat salaries. That’s great, isn’t it, cuts to social welfare, money for corporate welfare, meanwhile back at the food banks…

This isn’t the politics of envy, that great get out of gaol free card for those who exploit the tax system, it’s social injustice on a massive scale.

The privatisation myth that, ‘competition promotes excellence and market forces breed efficiency’, is just that, a myth. To take just one, water, in late 2015 it was revealed that private water companies were ripping customers off to the tune of £1.2 billion, whereas Scotland,  with its entirely publicly owned water services, is the cheapest in Britain despite a £1.8 billion investment in infrastructure.

Whilst the poorest are subject to forced labour under threat of sanctions and slavery, via Workfare, the nations hard earned money is handed to the boardrooms of vulture capitalists, gathered like bears around a honey pot and these same companies will be paying minimum wages on zero hours contracts to the very people who fund them, to maximise profits, whilst their workers are striving to work their way out of poverty. Fat chance! And the icing on the cake is that many of these privateers avoid paying their taxes through tax avoidance and tax evasion schemes and stash their ill gotten gains in tax havens in British overseas territories and dependencies. Nice, if rampant greed is your thing…

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/jul/23/education-academies-funding-expenses?CMP=share_btn_tw

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/11618980/George-Osborne-to-privatise-23bn-of-taxpayer-assets.html

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jun/16/british-public-wrong-rich-poor-tax-research

http://www.poverty.ac.uk/tags/work-poverty

https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2014/aug/06/privatisation-ripping-nhs-from-our-hands

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/shopping-and-consumer-news/11929998/Water-rip-off-bills-are-800m-too-high-watchdog-finds.html

https://www.unison.org.uk/news/article/2014/03/efficiency-myth-of-privatisation-exploded/

25_may_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,444

Wednesday 25 May 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Our NHS is a not for profit organisation, although it does increasingly generate income from private health care, however, any funding crisis in our NHS is not because of failure in its diligence (ask any of the private patients who gladly use it), it is due to being starved of funds.

Corporate welfare is somewhere around £90 billion a year to private companies whose central purpose is to make a profit for shareholders. In 2012 Amazon received more in government grants that it paid in taxes, thanks to its creative use of tax avoidance. We can also cheerfully throw in the bankers bailout to really get a grasp on the generosity of your government, robbing the public to support private enterprise.

Corporate welfare is about political choices made by George Osborne, as such it is his choice to support private enterprise over public services, like our NHS, fire, police and ambulances, teachers, flood defences and so on.

Jeremy Hunt and his NHS boss Simon Stevens are threatening dire consequences if local NHS bosses do not clear their massive shortfalls within a year, shortfalls it must be noted imposed by… oh hell, I’m not going to do all the bloody work for you, just have a damned guess.

So just to lay out government funding choices in incredibly simple terms: private enterprise – shed loads of cash, public services – being starving to death.

Small wonder you had no hope to offer 11-year-old Ben Baddeley when he wrote to you after his treatment was cancelled due to Tory cuts. You couldn’t even meet him for a few moments when he came to Downing street to deliver a further letter asking for your help. Hardly surprising really, when the honest answer to his plea is that the wilful underfunding of our NHS is all part of your governments plans to privatise our NHS and Ben is just a statistical casualty along the way.

There is no shortage of money, it’s all about the transfer of public wealth into private pockets. I can put it no better than how writer and activist Marcus Chown expressed it in a Tweet, “Cameron’s transfer of wealth from poor to rich not only immoral, makes no economic sense. Poor spend in economy. Rich put money tax havens.” Are you man enough to tell young Ben the truth? Not hardly…

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/19/private-patient-income-soars-nhs-privatisation

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

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/07/corporate-welfare-a-93bn-handshake

https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/deborah-harrington-madeleine-dickens-and-caroline-molloy/hunt-and-stevens-leaving-their-dirty

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/cerebral-palsy-sufferer-ben-baddeley-7537632

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/david-cameron-offers-no-hope-7638792

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/ben-baddeley-david-cameron-cerebral-palsy-treatment-nhs-funding_uk_572c928de4b0e6da49a623c0

22_may_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,441

Sunday 22 May 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

The latest NHS scam dreamt up by Jeremy Hunt and NHS boss, Simon Stevens, ex 10 year employee of global health firm UnitedHealth, is called ‘footprints’. This scam has all the hallmarks of out and out piracy rather than looking after the health of the nation.

Apparently Stevens has ‘told local health bosses that they must come up with a plan by 30th June to completely clear their massive shortfalls – within a year’. If they fail to do this, he has threatened that no further financial help (sic) will be available and that they risk losing their jobs, to be replaced  by ‘other’ organisations. Presumably more pirates.

Just to clear this up for the terminally stupid, our publicly owned and funded NHS is not a business and has no profit margins. The only way that a state funded organisation, which is being financially strangled to death by your government, can clear the funding shortfall imposed upon it by Hunt, is to cut, close and flog off anything that doesn’t move. Even as I write the pirates and vultures will be circling ready to pick over the remains of our once world class NHS (no reflection on those who work so hard to maintain it).

The so called ‘financial help’ that Stevens refers to is NHS core funding, it is its life blood. The shortfalls Stevens is so concerned about are the ones imposed by Hunt, it’s like blaming a child who is dying of starvation for not eating food after it has been stolen from her by unscrupulous thugs.

A publicly owned and funded organisation will die if its funds are cut. Who knew? That is exactly what you are doing to our NHS, wilfully, deliberately and with malicious intent to pave the way for pirates to take over our NHS and trouser our taxes as profit. It’s a double whammy, we lose the NHS we built and paid for and our taxes are further plundered to pay for a reduced private service, and/or an unaffordable health insurance rip off for a reduced private service (triple whammy), to increase the wealth of fat cats who doubtless stash their ill gotten gains in tax havens.

It’s daylight robbery, stealing our money and health from right under our noses. As angry as that makes me, that isn’t the worst of it, the worst of it is the lies, the arrogance, the smarmy voiced, smiling, deceit that drips out of every word from a bunch of rich over privileged thugs for whom health care is a done deal. Those who will never know want inflict want and suffering on those who can least bear it. That is yours and Hunt’s and Stevens dirty little game and it is rotten to the core. ‘Footprints’ is a curious choice of word unless Hunt is seeking to mock us as he puts the boot in, auctioning our lives for profit and stealing our health services.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/deborah-harrington-madeleine-dickens-and-caroline-molloy/hunt-and-stevens-leaving-their-dirty

This disturbing video shows exactly what Jeremy Hunt has in store for our NHS (VIDEO)

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-plans-to-dismantle-our-nhs

15_april_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,403

Friday 15 April 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Following the handing over of the HSBC files to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the subsequent investigation, just one prosecution was made although HMRC did manage to offer an amnesty to 3,600 UK customers identified as potentially hiding their money in Switzerland. Nor did HSBC face any formal action from the Financial Conduct Authority.

The Financial Times has revealed that there are unlikely to be any prosecutions arising from the Panama papers scandal though a few individuals might be embarrassed by the revelations. It’s kind of cute when you think about it, some wealthy criminal suffering a little pink flush in an awkward social situation. Bless.

So, well, anyway, that’s that then eh? Another triumph for those who wilfully decide not to contribute to the countries and societies which support and sustain them in their accumulation of wealth.

Not so the hapless recipients of welfare though, the jobseekers and low paid, the sick and disabled and the homeless. Without trial or consultation, the DWP arbitrarily and routinely removes the means of survival from millions of people, 900,000 JSA sanctions in the year April 2013 and March 2014 alone. The single factor that unites them all is the crime of being poor and therefore easy meat for a predatory government to pick on.

Remember George Osborne in his 2015 summer budget speech saying ‘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’? Indeed, for who else is there to eliminate the deficit and pay down debt if not the poor?

A Tax Justice Network (USA) report reveals that between $21 – $32 trillion is stashed away globally in tax havens and HMRC basically can’t touch a penny of it. It was your government that opposed EU plans to ‘combat industrial-scale tax avoidance’, bearing in mind that tax avoidance schemes are legal instruments for withholding tax, so that’s before we even get to illegal tax evasion.

It comes down to this, the poor are being deprived of food and shelter and vital aid whilst the rich accumulate ever more wealth whilst avoiding and evading paying money that would prevent poor people from suffering and dying. I don’t know how that looks to you, Mr Cameron, watching you in parliament I’m guessing it amuses you and provides plenty of ammunition to make cheap jibes at those who oppose you. To me it looks like what it is, an obscenity without precedent in post war Britain, an evil so vast and so craven there aren’t even words to describe it. Is this what a generation sacrificed their lives for?

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/13/hmrc-admits-to-winding-up-inquiry-into-hsbc-tax-evasion-claims

https://next.ft.com/content/a277646c-0091-11e6-ac98-3c15a1aa2e62

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/08/900000-claiming-job-seekers-allowance-subjected-benefit-sanctions

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

http://www.globalresearch.ca/trillions-stashed-in-offshore-tax-havens/32485

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/18/uk-reject-eu-plans-combat-multinational-tax-avoidance

08_april_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,396

Friday 08 April 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I notice that you were touting yourself as a champion of tax transparency (again) at a student EU rally in Exeter yesterday. Listening to you, you sounded like the messianic chief of the global war on tax evasion, although you did manage to prevent the press from asking you a single question.

The things you force your mouth to do I am surprised it doesn’t go on strike.

I also note that you hid with your pro-EU battle bus in a gated compound preventing the press from any access during a photo op, so not a day for any awkward tax questions from them then.

The treasury sent a note regarding an EU commission on countermeasures against tax havens to MEPs which said, “the commission might coordinate member state blacklists and a range of countermeasures. The UK is strongly opposed to this”. You are currently, and hopefully very temporarily, the head of the UK government, are you not? Opaque is clearly the new transparency.

Out of interest, where is the rest of your government? Have they all run off to hide in caves? There are great matters afoot, not least our steel industry which is currently in Tata-ers (you’ll have to excuse that). Sajid Javid did pop up long enough to let us know that ‘TATA Steel will begin the formal process to sell its UK plants by Monday’. Good for him. Ground breaking stuff there.

Absolutely no news on forced academisation from your government but good news that teachers are joining forces with junior doctors, a united front as opposed to a steaming government train wreck.

Did you know that junior doctors have just held a 48 hour strike? I thought I’d better keep you up to date on the real news as Jeremy Hunt seems to have gone into a cave and blocked the entrance. Yesterday LBC spotted Hunt on his bicycle, presumable on his way to his cave, and asked him why ‘He Won’t Talk To Jr Doctors?’ Wow, that guy can peddle fast when he wants to. Seriously impressive stuff. Maybe he’s just on a strict keep fit regime as a visit to A&E at this time might be a bit awkward.

Might I suggest changing your party colour to yellow now that the Lib Dems seem not to need it any more, it is the traditional colour of cowards and therefore entirely appropriate for your utterly dismal, useless, pointless and spineless government.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/david-cameron-running-scared-hides-7708463

https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/economy/news/59011/uk-lobbied-against-eu-blacklist-tax-havens-report

http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Tata-begin-sale-process-Monday/story-29065516-detail/story.html

https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/economy/news/73273/teachers-could-join-forces-junior-doctors-mass-strike

http://www.lbc.co.uk/we-asked-jeremy-hunt-why-hes-refusing-to-talk-to-doctors-128164

07_april_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,395

Thursday 07 April 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Tax evaders have an implicit arrogant expectation that everyone else will pay for the social infrastructure that supports their criminal lifestyles. Tax avoidance, whilst technically legal, is the equally morally bankrupt equivalent of tax evasion.

Those who exploit such practices even have the temerity and arrogance to accuse people (like me) of the politics of envy. What they fail to understand or wilfully propagandise to their own advantage, is that it is not envy of their wealth that prompts indignation and even outrage, it is their self serving greed and their disdain for the common wealth of ordinary people that supports them.

You really should understand this better than most as your own father established Blairmore Holdings Inc, in Panama in 1981 in which its 2006 investment prospectus stated, “The directors intend that the affairs of the fund should be managed and conducted so that it does not become resident in the UK for UK taxation purposes. Accordingly… the fund will not be subject to UK corporation tax or income tax on its profits.” At this time it is moot whether you profited by your fathers tax arrangements, what matters is the issue of financial arrangements which exist to evade or avoid taxation of which you are indisputably fully aware.

Even the most politically ill informed must surely be aware of the issue of tax dodging but it is likely that these shady pursuits could well have continued unremarked were it not for one thing, you have weaponised money in the UK. Under your government money (the means of survival) has become weaponised as a means of punishment and torture in order to force compliance to government dictat causing material and life threatening harm to millions.

It is possible that you might still have got away with your ‘permanent austerity’ and ‘all in this together’ rhetoric were it not for egregious policies that reward the rich with tax breaks and protection, including tax havens in British crown dependent territories, whilst impoverishing and depriving poor, sick and disabled people of support and even the means of survival, costing thousands of lives.

The pressure you are under is of your own making. If you want someone to blame for the political storm that is sweeping this country, look in the mirror. If you are feeling hounded and persecuted, it is no more than you have been dishing out for six years to millions of ordinary people. It is too late to expect mercy, the mercy ship sank a long time ago and you were at the helm and if tax evaders and avoiders are beginning to exude some perspiration, it is not before time.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/david-cameron-father-ian-cameron-blairmore-holdings-panama-papers-offshore-tax-haven-fund-leak-a6967671.html

Cameron tax avoidance: If dodgy Dave isn’t getting the money, who will?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/budget-2016-george-osborne-takes-44bn-from-disabled-people-to-fund-tax-breaks-for-rich-a6934531.html

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

07_march_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,364

Monday 07 March 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

How is it, I wonder, that all the wealth of the nation, the media and government and business and financial markets, extremes of wealth, can just roll on as usual but we cannot reduce poverty and help the poor and, worse, attack them for being poor?

The great propaganda machine of government, fed by tax payers, lumbers on like a giant steamroller attacking poor and vulnerable people at what heinous financial cost I can only guess. I am surprised you haven’t accused the poor of being a threat to national security.

You do virtually nothing about tax havens yet bleed the poor dry.

The banks mustn’t fail and the poor must pay, and yet are punished for such outstanding generosity and even driven into the grave.

There’s money for everything except poverty. Billionaire media rips apart the souls of poor people in outrageous poverty porn.

You’d think that society would be falling apart because the poor are draining the life and wealth of the nation, but, of course, nothing of the sort is going on.

Bankers get their bonuses of millions of pounds, MPs get their pay rises, Iain Duncan Smith has a bottomless pit of money for hounding the poor. I wonder how much he has splashed out challenging court decisions that find for poor and vulnerable people?

Trident is going ahead, we can lash out billions on war, give tax breaks to corporations and the extremely wealthy, Osborne can flog off national assets at knock down prices to his business buddies and you parcel out privatisation contracts to profiteers whilst bleeding our NHS and staff dry to enrich the greedy, parasitic, few.

The Mirror reported in February 2015 that 20 million people in Britain were living in poverty, nearly a third of the population. Poverty has doubled since 1983 and it’s still on the rise. That’s social exclusion on a scale so vast it’s mind blowing. It’s open season on the poor, a war hidden in plain sight, a daily onslaught of victimisation and terror in the worlds 5th wealthiest nation. It’s endemic and it’s deliberate. At the macro level its business as usual, at a personal level it is a national disaster and tragedy of epic proportions driven and sustained by you and your government and Tory MPs even openly jeer at and mock the misery of the poor.

http://www.open.edu/openlearn/society/politics-policy-people/social-policy/hate-the-poor-the-new-politics-loathing-vitriolic-britain

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/welfare/2015/09/art-cruelty-why-conservative-attack-disabled-people-harms-us-all

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34074557

http://www.private-eye.co.uk/registry

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

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/the-great-british-sell-off-osborne-will-sell-more-public-assets-in-the-next-12-months-than-in-the-10440918.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nhs-deficit-crisis-one-chart-that-shows-how-the-nhs-is-headed-for-financial-ruin-a6687926.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breadline-britain-20million-now-living-5123323

http://www.cityam.com/227917/world-wealth-britain-crowned-fifth-richest-country-in-the-world-behind-us-china-japan-and-germany

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/food-banks-debate-video-iain-2941100

02_february_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,334

Tuesday 02 February 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

It’s refreshing to see the growing opposition to your governments destruction of our NHS. Whether it is attacking students bursaries, junior doctors, cash starving our NHS, the steady privatisation by stealth, plans to turn our NHS into a USA style privatised insurance health system, you have no right to steal what is not yours. It is our NHS, paid for by each and every one of us; publicly funded universal health care free at the point of use and the best health care system in the world.

No one who can afford private health care, or, probably in your case, have it provided as a perk of the job paid for by tax payers, should have a decision in privatising our NHS.

Under such a system many of the poorest will die for want of health treatment, just as they did before the founding of the NHS in 1948. People are living longer not least because of the superb health care system built by the post war generation and paid for by them and those who followed. That we could lose all that in less than a human life time since its inception just so that private companies can make a profit is an appalling indictment on you and your government.

Over 80% of all voters want a publicly funded NHS. Before the 2010 general election you promised ‘no more top-down reorganisations’ of the NHS, a promise made even whilst such plans must already have been in place given the speed at which our NHS was attacked. Your coalition government went on to launch the biggest top-down reorganisation of the NHS in its history.

It isn’t our NHS that needs top down reorganisation, our tax system does. Corporations are laughing all the way to their tax havens and do so with George Osborne’s blessing. Only two days ago it was reported that your government ‘has been privately lobbying the EU to remove from an official blacklist the tax haven through which Google funnels billions of pounds of profits’.

That really shows where your priorities lie. We’ve had endless warnings about an ageing population and the pressure that the NHS is under. If corporations paid their damned taxes for all the benefits they enjoy in Britain at our expense, then you wouldn’t have to deceitfully blame the elderly for the pressure on the NHS, an NHS we have paid our taxes for all our lives.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/11/25/george-osborne-cuts-grants-for-student-nurses-replaces-them-with-loans_n_8646538.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35462117

https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/jeremy-hunt-stop-starving-nhs-funds?medium=twitter&source=38degrees&campaign=generic

http://www.nhsforsale.info/privatisation-list.html

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jul/16/jeremy-hunt-raises-doubts-about-long-term-future-of-free-nhs

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/17/nhs-health

http://nhap.org/what-you-can-do/facts-fingertips/public-and-professional-opinion-of-nhs-privatisation/

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

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/business/six-firms-including-google-facebook-5081824

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jan/30/google-tory-battle-protect-30bn-tax-haven-bermuda

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/14/nhs-funding-boost-300m-as-a-and-es-face-unprecedented-demand-this-winter