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A letter a day to number 10. No 1,422

Wednesday 04 May 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Congratulations on being the party of hate, prejudice and fear, one of the most loathsome, putrid, stains on Britain in our long divisive history.

From the Irish potato famine genocide, to the massacre of 379 unarmed and peaceful demonstrators in Amritsar, India, in 1919, to the destruction of thousands of documents of the colonial crimes of the British empire, Britain has a long dark history of what can best be described as the brutal oppression by its aristocratic elites of the lives of ordinary people. It’s not a history that is taught in schools, certainly not in my day, and it’s never mentioned by those who expect us to break out the bunting and wave flags to celebrate Britain’s greatness in slavish devotion to the majesty of power.

Nothing has changed, the patronising, authoritarian, arrogance of your government is an indictment against you, treating ordinary people like serfs, telling us to be hard working when you have no idea what hard work is, telling disabled people they have to earn their keep or starve, robbing women of their pensions, casting aside care services for those who have spent their lives working for this country, rebuilding it after WWII. The blind self serving arrogance of it takes my breath away.

Who does Zac Goldsmith think he is? He’s just some rich popinjay with barely enough sense to tie his own shoelaces. His bigoted racism towards Sadiq Khan has all the arrogance of a court fop, I am surprised he doesn’t hold a scented kerchief to his nose when he’s amongst the hoi polloi. I suppose he’ll attract some votes from those too blind to see, more fool them.

The Independent reports that ‘more sick days are lost to depression and anxiety than any other illness at the Department of Work and Pensions, more than 112,000 days off sick because of mental health problems in the year to 31 January 2016’. It’s hardly surprising in a regime designed to brutalise and punish the poor, although, of course, the DWP has come out with its usual fatuous denial saying, “Mental health problems are complex, and to try to link them to one thing – such as welfare reform – is misleading and irresponsible.” A department that thinks the poor can be incentivised by depriving them of the means of survival is, I am sure, convinced that those forced to impose such sanctions have a cushy number.

Since the crash the rich have more than doubled their wealth ably assisted by your government, the notion of the trickle down effect, that the poor will get to enjoy some crumbs falling from the tables of the rich, is revealed for all its sick, arrogant, nonsense. Blaming the poor, mistreating the poor, exploiting the poor and hounding them to death is traditional, it’s what made Britain supposedly great, great for the few at the expense of the many. It was ever thus, but never so utterly loathsome as you hate filled Tories today.


26_april_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,414

Tuesday 26 April 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

The cost of poverty is enormous, it affects both physical and mental health with associated costs, it affects education, aspiration and life expectancy, it affects the kind of jobs available to those in poverty, the quality of housing, the ability to heat a home and what or whether to eat, it affects development and wellness of being. It also means living with prejudice and stigma, not least from a government which actively promotes prejudice and punitive, humiliating, policies which are specifically and monstrously targeted at the poor.

The perfect solution for poverty in Britain, a modern capitalist nation, dependent on money as the means of survival, is to throw money at it. The question is, why anyone would dare suggest the poor can be incentivised by making them even poorer? It’s a monstrous, arrogant, conceit of the powerful over the powerless. The idea of throwing money at a problem is neither stupid or naive, it’s obvious, that’s what every business venture requires and regards as perfectly normal. It’s called capital investment.

The poor are accused of wasting money on booze and drugs, allow me to present to you the coke habit of George Osborne (past or present) and the amount of money you steal from us for booze and food. An endless supply of our hard earned cash including from the poor. You eat at our expense.

The so called trickle down effect is anything but, the money pours upwards, the third of the population who fell below the poverty line between 2010 and 2013 can testify to that.

There is an expression, ‘give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’. What total and utter nonsense. A fish a day is the least of it and teaching someone to fish is nothing without the means to fish. Either way it costs. And, no, teach people to fish and provide the means, and you do not feed them for a lifetime, that’s just a philanthropist’s conceit.

Show me a self made man and I’ll show you a liar. Either he inherited wealth or he borrowed it to get where he is. One way or another he depended on others to make more. If he doesn’t want to contribute to the system that sustains him, he is a thief. If he ever gets ill, then let him first build a hospital with his own hands.

A self made man is ultimately a deluded scrounger, a parasite and a fool. Pretty much exactly what all you Tories are, milking others for your own ends. Poverty is a weapon of mass exploitation and a crime against humanity.

30_march_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,387

Wednesday 30 March 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

It looks like another shambolic coup for George Osborne as we approach the roll out of the new living (minimum) wage.

Your government has created another policy with no structure behind it to facilitate it’s roll out, leaving workers vulnerable to exploitation, lower pay and even loss of jobs.

Private companies are already changing employees hours, terms and conditions effectively neutering any advantages in increased pay.

In the public sector, with no extra cash available services will be affected through scaled back hours, job losses and services abandoned with private service providers driven from or abandoning the market.

This is the real trickle down effect in action, the pain is passed down to the bottom, to employees and end users.

Osborne is, of course, not alone, Theresa May’s new immigration rules will see highly motivated and qualified teachers recruited from overseas being deported for earning too little as they fall under the £35,000 salary threshold rule for staying in the UK.

How to destroy a nation the neoliberal way, hollow out the country forcing people and service providers to throw up emergency scaffolding to shore up the structures that are failing because of your policies, then your government destroying the scaffolding.

This is government by economic hitmen and women, Osborne, Gove, Morgan, Grayling, May, Hunt, Smith, Crabb, Patel, to name but a few, headed up by you, the man who announced permanent austerity at a gold plated banquet at which you appeared too sated to move, which was really little more than a meeting of criminals overseeing the fall of Britain.


09_august_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,173

Sunday 09 August 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Three myths that you Tories love to peddle: The rich are the entrepreneurial drivers of progress, privatisation offers more choice and better service and the trickle down effect.

The great capitalist dream is over, bar the screaming, that is. Edward Bernays’ (who turned propaganda into PR and was the great prostitute of capitalism) torches of freedom turned out to be cancer sticks and ashes. Let’s not confuse entrepreneurs with inventors and blue sky thinkers, the people who have driven progress through invention and daring, often at great personal cost, or confuse extreme wealth with social progress.

The famous Wright brothers apparently cared little for money but were passionate inventors, leading us into the skies, and today we owe the incredible power of the Internet to Tim Berners-Lee who gifted the World Wide Web to the world for free.

The Industrial Revolution onwards saw people hungry (literally) for jobs but let’s stop the silly myth that it is they who should be grateful to the wealthy, the capitalists and the corporations. Loyal workers and hard working people built the modern world but were rewarded with low wages and punishing hours, until labour got its act together and through bitter struggle wrestled an improved lot from those who siphoned all the profits of labour into their own pockets, as they still do today. The loyalties of corporations to workers can be seen today in the apocalyptic wasteland of Detroit, once the automobile capital of the world, now abandoned by the capitalists, who fed on its inhabitants and left them empty handed, for richer pastures elsewhere.

But we need not look so far afield. In Britain you are making work pay alright, you, Osborne and Smith are driving people into poverty and death to feed the markets voracious appetite for profit. Osborne is busily asset stripping the state, privatising our public services and the NHS, to serve the greedy who cherry pick services and abandon the unprofitable and time consuming treatments for the bottom line, profit. Corporate theft includes not just exploiting the workforce but also evading and avoiding taxes that pay for the very infrastructure they abuse and Osborne protects them just as he attempted (and failed) to protect bankers (the architects of the crash) bonuses in the European Court of Justice at public expense.

The dream of capitalism turned out to be a nightmare and Britain will not recover until we re-establish public, not for profit, ownership of all that has been stolen from us. As always this won’t come from the top, it will come through the eternal struggle of ordinary people for a fair deal and a fair share of the Earth and its resources which exist for our common benefit and which need husbanding not raping to feed naked greed. We must have Co-operation and co-operatives not corporations. This not a choice, it is a necessity because capitalism is destroying, and will destroy, the world. That is the economic and the living truth, unlike your economy of truth. There is no other route for humanity than to end this insanity.–10-inventors-who-failed-to-profit-from-their-ideas-111454584.html#pm7PUAH


17_february_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,003

Tuesday 17 February 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

There is no such thing as a ‘free market economy’, it is a rigged game, just as there is no such thing as the ‘trickle down effect’, and if there was a trickle down effect that would constitute the greatest insult to the ordinary hard working people of the world. The idea that all we get are the crumbs from the top table, as our due, is an insult so vast it beggars belief.

I was born, raised and educated into this rigged game and I believed that was just the way things were. I believed in the banking system, the markets, pittance wages, a life of endless work getting nowhere. I took it all in, hook, line and sinker. I was born into poverty, my father was around for a few years before being locked up in a mental asylum and I was raised by my mother, a royalist and a deferential Tory voter. The only radical aspect of my young life, though I didn’t know it, was to accept completely that I was destined for the factory and the daily grind while my elders and betters ran the system and knew what was best. The only time I voted Tory was the first time I voted, such was my ignorance.

I have wished many times that I’d been born into the Welsh valleys or the industrial north. I’ve listened jealously to people like Tony Benn and latterly Owen Jones as they so eloquently and with such clarity describe the struggle for social justice. I’ve wished I’d been raised to the struggle and had it explained to me and discussed it from a young age so that it was hard wired into my make up and my consciousness.

My education was a long and protracted one brought about by two things. I had inherited mental illness so I wasn’t going to make it in the crappy system anyway and I was bored brainless and constantly thinking, ‘there has got to be more to life than this’. So I had to take the long road to understanding what the hell was going on and what life was all about, and no regrets, it’s been a good, if hard, journey and I am glad I got the chance to make it.

I am sure you think you are some kind of mover and shaker in the system but actually all you are is a liar and a cheat and not very good at either. You are selling peoples lives short, Mr Cameron, but as long as there are thinking people in the world, you’ll never win and you and your kind will always be opposed. You are more blinkered than I ever was and I wouldn’t swap places with you for all the tea in China, your investment portfolio, an ermine robe or silly title.

We are a nation betrayed by liars and thieves.