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Apart from the inevitable blip after the banks insatiable greed took down the global economy and the public were forced to bail them out to the tune of some £850 billion (UK), revenue from taxation has risen year on year ever since.

Britain is not, nor ever was, broke, close to bankruptcy, or in need of any austerity measures whatsoever. As Mike Sivier put it in Vox Political, “Simon Wren-Lewis re-states a valuable point in his latest Mainly Macro post – that the UK has suffered under Conservative austerity policies, not because there was a need for spending cuts but because the Tories had an excuse to impose them.”

What the crisis enabled the Tories to do was to implement plans, long in the making, to privatise the state, lock, stock and barrel and to rob the public blind with catastrophic cuts to services and provision across the board. The entire Tory reign of terror and, specifically, the war on the poor, has been the greatest scam in UK history. People have starved, died and committed suicide for an obscene Tory lie.

If you examine the attached charts you’ll notice that the entire corporate and business contribution to tax revenue this year will be 7%. The Tories have repeatedly lowered corporation tax and done nothing about tax avoidance or evasion. As Britain mobilises for work each day the profit from people’s labour is sucked out never to be seen again, meanwhile corporations enjoy massive public handouts, which the Guardian reported in 2014 amounted to £95 billion.


As Brexit approaches it is fair to ask what is going to happen to EU land subsidies in the UK? Under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), in 2012 land subsidies cost the average British household £245 a year. Britain’s wealthiest landowners, including the Queen, are gifted money as they sleep, a land tax would add billions to tax revenues, easing the burden on ordinary people. What the Tories plan to do about land subsidies after Brexit remains to be seen, but it is not hard to guess and nor can we expect it to get any mention in the press. They look after their own.

There was no need for any of the austerity that has wrecked the lives of millions of people across the UK, many now dead. As Mark McGowan, the artist taxi driver, said in 2010, ‘This is not a recession, it’s a robbery’, which became the title of a movie he released in 2013.

There are local elections on May 4th. For the millions of people with no idea what to do or how to survive, wondering where their next meal is coming from, using your vote matters if we are to end this national travesty and tragedy undertaken by the thieving Tories for no reason other than the transfer of the nations wealth into private hands.

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Get mad, start getting even, vote the thieving Tories out.


29_june_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,132

Monday 29 June 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

It is one thing for people to suffer in a time of need, say a drought or a famine, but to be made to suffer and die for greed, that is something else entirely.

There is enough money amongst the vultures who will gather for Osborne to sell off state assets so that instead of us being owners of those assets we will be forced to become paying consumers of what were once our assets to private companies who will reap all the rewards and we the losses. Ordnance Survey makes £32 million profit a year for the public purse. The Met Office makes £11 million profit a year for the public purse. The Royal Mint makes £5.7 million profit a year for the public purse. National Air Traffic Services brought in £82 million last year to the national purse. The Land Registry last year, £8.5 million profit for us, £100 million in 2013.

The free market so beloved of Osborne in which ownership and profit are its very reason for being, is not just being denied to the nation, but Osborne is hell bent on asset stripping the nation, passing all our assets and rewards to privateer vultures.

Osborne’s long term economic plan, then, is to reduce us to a nation of paupers paying inflated, for profit prices, for what we once owned.

And what do we get out of it, Mr Cameron, what exactly have we got? Permanent bloody austerity is what we’ve got, announced at your gold plated state banquet attended by the great and the good who reap all the rewards which many of them doubtless stash in tax havens.

I believe it was Mark McGowan, The Artist Taxi Driver, who came up with the expression, ‘This is not a recession, this is a robbery’ (which adorned every envelope of my letters for a year or more until I switched to ‘Stop the war on the poor’) and made a film of the same name. How exactly right he was.

You insult us with your meaningless statements about austerity because it IS a robbery and you have made austerity intimate and personal to the lives of millions of ordinary people who are quietly suffering and many dying because of the unscrupulous actions of you and your government.

George Osborne is the heir apparent to the Irish baronetcy of Osborne of Ballentaylor and Ballylemon, so one day he will inherit the title of Baron and go down in infamy as Britain’s foremost robber Baron and won’t he be proud!