Archives for posts with tag: war on the poor

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Readers might be somewhat put off by a silly, perhaps frivolous, attempt to portray the Labour and Tory leaders as characters from a movie, but the truth is that we’ve gone a very long way beyond that, so please bear with me.

For over a week now I have had a growing ache in my body, a wrenching ache that has steadily increased. I have felt the need to rest more, to sleep it off, but it is relentless and the very simple fact is that I am living on the edge of tears that will, at some point, release, but the problem remains.

I am outraged at the farce this election has already become, the power games Theresa May is playing, the lies and deceit and the vile twisted spectacle of it all.

My response has been mixed, from sharing some of the stories going the rounds which I felt needed sharing, to mocking and satirising the whole damned ludicrous ‘thing’, to sharing the policies that should be the real story but which are being smothered to the point of banality by ‘spectacle’.

The facts are that we’ve lived through seven years of Tory hell and thousands of people have died. They are stealing our NHS right from under our noses and if they get in again it’ll be all over for our most treasured institution and our greatest national achievement. They have turned the national safety net, our system of social security, into a secret penal system driving people into despair and death and attacking the weakest and most vulnerable people in the UK. Since 2010 food banks and food bank usage have gone through the roof as has poverty. And those are but a very few issues that we face which will, of a certainty, get very much worse if the Tories get back in.

I am getting on in years, I live on ‘my’ state pension, I have terminal cancer and I struggle with mental ill health and the brutal callousness of the Tories has had a dramatic affect on my life. I have little hope that my remaining years under a Tory government will be in any way peaceable and the reality is I do not expect to survive another five years of Tory misrule and their callous brutality. I do not require anyone’s pity, but I do require of myself that I face reality. I will fight these bastards to the bitter end but I have no plans to lose my sense of humour, my love of life and nor do I have any intention of giving up fighting for justice, but it hurts and it hurts badly.

I’ll find the release in need in tears, I’ll take their healing balm and I’ll go on, I will not fall into despair, endless depression and futility.

This is no film, some romantic dreamscape in which good triumphs over evil in a pre-scripted plot, but nor can I ignore these times in which the plots of a million films are being lived out. because this is fundamentally a war of good against evil, although I never thought I’d live to see such a thing.

Since coming to power in 2010 the Tories have been conducting a war on the poor with brutal contempt for our lives. Theresa May can hide in her exclusive gatherings of the Tory faithful, to the exclusion of all others, including the press, and pretend she’s the ruling matriarch of Britain. She may even believe she has some divine right to rule and she may be planning a coup if she does not, who knows? We’ll certainly never know from her or her sick party of the privileged.

Jeremy Corbyn won’t play their games, he won’t join their macabre pantomime, nor indulge in the name calling, dirt scraping, tactics so beloved of the right. And yes he does rather resemble Obi-Wan Kenobi, played so well by Alec Guinness and Theresa May does resemble the evil Emperor Palpatine played by Ian McDiarmid. And there is steel in Corbyn that May can neither emulate nor overcome. The force is as strong in Corbyn as the farce is in May. Overcome we shall, overcome we must, because our lives really do depend on it. This is the fight of and for our lives.

KOG. 03 May 2017

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/social-care-scandal-tory-cuts-9836261

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/27/thousands-died-after-fit-for-work-assessment-dwp-figures

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2017/02/18/tory-cuts-have-caused-thousands-of-deaths-again-they-are-denying-it-with-nonsense-claims/

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/nhs-health-service-healthcare-privatisation-a7160771.html

http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2016/05/05/benefit-sanctions-are-britains-secret-penal-system/

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

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/disability-benefits-motabililty-rule-change-disabled-people-vehicles-dwp-a7191636.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/food-bank-usage-at-record-high-reveals-trussell-trust-a6984921.html

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/16/child-poverty-in-uk-at-highest-level-since-2010-official-figures-show

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The Tories have decided to play skittles with 3 million lives, assisted in their bastardy by ‘UKIP, the DUP and a few Eurosceptic Labour rebels’.

These are peoples lives and livelihoods, families and children. It involves their life choices and endeavours, legally and legitimately strived for and achieved. All cast aside by a vote of 335-287 by politicians who demonstrate nothing but contempt for real people and their lives.

This is the Lords amendment that they have cast aside like an old chip wrapper: “Within three months of exercising the power under section 1(1), ministers of the crown must bring forward proposals to ensure that citizens of another European Union or European Economic Area country and their family members, who are legally resident in the United Kingdom on the day on which this act is passed, continue to be treated in the same way with regards to their EU derived-rights and, in the case of residency, their potential to acquire such rights in the future.”

And for what? To use as fodder for blackmail to grab the best trade deals and market freedoms, once again, on the backs of people’s lives and well being.

The Tories could not make it any clearer that they are willing to sacrifice the living for private gain and personal profit. From a public perspective their crimes should rightly be regarded as hate crimes and yet the even more brutal reality is that they are malicious crimes of complete indifference.

Theresa May is prepared to sacrifice the livelihoods and well being of 3 million EU residents who have legitimately settled in Britain, using them as little more than casino chips, gambling with their lives.

They began with the poor, which remains to this day in their ongoing ‘war on the poor’, but their contempt and indifference is for everyone who is not a member of their corporate club and the elitism of wealth.

These are the vilest human beings imaginable without a shred of human decency for whom no lie is too egregious, no deception too despicable, no depth too low to which they will not stoop.

Theresa May, like Cameron before her, and her government are impervious to reason or entreaty, an enemy of the people at the heart of Westminster. They appear on the media and are accorded respect and dignity which they in no way deserve. It falls to us to call them out at every opportunity, to treat their every word with the deepest suspicion, as we would any cheap chiseler and fraudster. We cannot afford to accord them any room for doubt, the evidence is entirely against them and too many lives have been lost, it is not our place to make any allowance or room for manoeuvre, they simply cannot be trusted.

The notion of innocence until proven guilty in law no longer applies to this government, the empirical evidence is overwhelmingly against them, even as they demonstrate utter contempt for the rule of law, supreme court rulings and the findings of the United Nations for “systematic and grave violations” of disabled people’s human rights. Words like disgrace, shameful, shocking, no longer apply to the outrage that is this Tory government. This is a rogue government and should be treated as such without mercy. They have abandoned the right to any consideration of human decency and respect.

KOG. 15 March 2017

http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/the-tories-just-voted-to-allow-theresa.html

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/sunday_herald_view/13620791.The_Tories_know_austerity_cuts_are_killing_people/

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/nov/23/ken-loach-benefit-sanctions-jeremy-corbyn-food-banks

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/gloating-tories-dont-care-people-3022783

http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/confirmed-un-is-investigating-uks-grave-violations-of-disabled-peoples-rights/

http://www.politics.co.uk/news/2017/03/14/bedroom-tax-couple-in-court-as-dwp-try-to-block-future-appea

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03_september_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,542

Saturday 03 September 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

David Freud said, “people who are poorer should be prepared to take the biggest risks” as they have “the least to lose”.

The rich have everything to lose whilst the poor have nothing beyond mere survival, so we must pay more eh? I do not take kindly to being sacrificed on behalf of the wealthy and privileged.

Those who desire to govern and dominate and profit by others are definitely not going to save the world or make it a better place to live in. That is now abundantly clear.

Poverty is not a personal failing it is systemic and maintained by political and economic will to take advantage of people.

Poverty is not inevitable, it is the result of extreme inequality. It may well be true that inequality will always exist, but it is extreme inequality that drives poverty.

An Oxfam report, Even It Up: Time to End Extreme Inequality, stated that ‘Eighty-five people in the world own more wealth than half of the world’s population’. I am sure Oxfam would have made sure that such an assertion was accurate and it is mind boggling.

When someone like Freud makes such an asinine statement he is not only revealing himself for a fool, he is also revealing himself as a vicious brute. It is poor people who have paid for the bankers crimes, whilst those with wealth have prospered, as Oxfam put it, ‘the rich grew richer, while the global poor took the hit’. Since 2010 your party has systematically hounded the poor, many to their deaths. Poverty has exploded into a national curse driven by Tory policy. The manufactured scarcity of money for ideological reasons is an abomination. There are no excuses or mitigating circumstances, it is an ideologically driven war on the poor and it is unforgivable.

https://newhumanist.org.uk/articles/4846/why-poverty-isnt-inevitable

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/general-election-2015-16-reasons-5647467

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/08/starve-benefit-sanctions-unemployed-hungry-government

http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/tag/benefit-related-deaths/

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/

15_august_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,523

Monday 15 August 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

Since 2008 millions of people in the UK has been driven into a fetid swamp of fear and uncertainty. The banking crisis was a catastrophe delivered to our doors by the criminal negligence of a few bankers who have been allowed to not only get away with their crimes, but have prospered by them at our expense.

On the back of that crisis, ordinary people have been driven into deprivation and despair by a political class hell bent on demonising and penalising those they consider beneath them. When David Cameron announced that we can expect permanent austerity whilst he sated himself at the most luxurious banquet, he declared a permanent ideological war on the poor which all events since have confirmed as policy.

Our humanity has been redefined to a swingeingly narrow narrative of work and worklessness regardless of all other factors including age, disability, personal inclination and desire in life.

Whilst a royal birth is trumpeted as something second only to the birth of a messiah, child bearing and rearing for ordinary people has been effectively abolished as a meaningful function in life. It is expected that all parents work and hand the daily care of their children over to others. Children’s precious formative years are disrupted because falling wages mean that people are paid less than even an individual can expect to live on, let alone a family. If children are denied the sanctity and security of a home, then home has lost its meaning. Home security, and community, is something Cameron went to great lengths to undermine including ending lifetime tenancies.

Quality of life has been deprived of substance, as have creativity, learning, leisure and personal time and space. Even being reduced to mere workers has been denigrated as the five Tory MP’s in their book ‘Britannia Unchained’ whinged, ‘the British are among the worst idlers in the world’. For the record, the five who chose to insult the nation in print are Elizabeth Truss, Dominic Raab, Priti Patel, Chris Skidmore and Kwasi Kwarteng.

What Britain is really suffering from is the uniform dismalness of a political class of self serving careerists whose only interest is money which we are meant to pander to in docile servility. Thankfully the human spirit is made of sterner stuff and the outcry grows daily, which I will sum up in just five words, ‘We are better than this!’

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/13/david-cameron-austerity-public-sector-cuts

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-19300051

https://www.theguardian.com/business/datablog/2014/nov/19/uk-workers-suffer-sixth-year-of-falling-real-pay-in-2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36903032

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/dec/09/council-tenants-lose-lifetime-right-to-live-in-property

12_july_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,491

Tuesday 12 July 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I do not expect anything democratic from the Tory party, no one in their right mind would, but to see members of the Parliamentary Labour Party showing contempt for democracy is a sign of just how far down the rotten worm hole of neoliberalism politics has gone.

It is to be hoped that so far as the labour leadership challenge goes democracy will assert itself… robustly.

The breaking news as I type is that you’ll be gone by Wednesday afternoon and Theresa May will apparently be PM by teatime, not by election but rather coronation as Andrea Leadsom has dropped out of the leadership contest. I am sure the Queen will be able to give her some tips on unelected leadership and show her how to wave in a regal way. I wonder whether she’ll do a Thatcher and use the royal ‘We’, she looks the type.

I guess this is the parting of the ways and I’d like to thank you for not replying to a single one of these letters and the issues I have raised, but I do appreciate that dismantling our nation, legally abolishing and privatising our NHS and trashing poor, sick and disabled people and everything else takes priority over anyone protesting against such heinous acts.

I have little hope that Theresa May will do anything but more of the same, if not worse, her expressed intent to use EU residents in the UK as bargaining chips in the negotiations with the EU says much about her care for the lives of ordinary people.

I can but hope that May will call a general election as soon as possible, as she urged Gordon Brown to do when she accused him of “running scared of the people’s verdict”. We are still awaiting the outcome of the investigations into Tory election fraud, assuming that has not been buried, politics needs some fresh air at least and a damned good flush would be welcome.

Do I wish you well, Mr Cameron? Yes, I wish you as well as anyone afflicted by your war on the poor which you have overseen in your time as leader of the Tory party.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/andrea-leadsom-theresa-may-conservative-leadership-election-live-tory-latest-updates-next-prime-a7130671.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/theresa-may-prime-minister-conservative-leader-angela-leadsom-withdraws-immediate-general-election-a7131081.html

https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2015/oct/02/nhs-one-way-road-privatisation

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jul/03/theresa-may-eu-migrants-pawn-brexit-talks-tory-leadership-race

http://www.channel4.com/news/election-expenses-exposed

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/theresa-may-prime-minister-conservative-leader-angela-leadsom-withdraws-immediate-general-election-a7131081.html

07_june_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,457

Tuesday 07 June 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Two studies, that I know of, have trialled a guaranteed income, one in Canada and the other in India. In both cases there were unreserved positive outcomes. In Canada not least among the benefits they found were, “Participant contacts with physicians declined, especially for mental health, and more adolescents continued into grade 12”. A feared labour fallout did not occur as the programme was, “designed in such a way that there is always a positive incentive to work more hours rather than less, because every dollar received from other sources would reduce benefits by only fifty cents.”

In India, where no work incentives or conditions were imposed, researchers found that there was, “a shift from casual wage labor to more own-account (self-employed) farming and business activity, with less distress-driven out-migration. Women gained more than men.” And, “Better health helped to explain the improved school attendance and performance, which was also the result of families being able to buy things like shoes and pay for transport to school.”

A study published just three days go was able to look at the cognitive effects of poverty and what happens when that is relieved by a reliable increase in income, in this case the opening of a “luxury casino owned and operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.” One tribal leader feared, “gambling would be the Cherokee’s damnation,” and North Carolina’s governor attempted to ‘block the project at every turn’.

What the study was able to do was shed light on the problem we face in this country, in particular from your government, on whether poverty is genetically determined and whether the poor are to blame for their poverty, or are the problems experienced by poor people caused by poverty? In short, which is the horse and which is the cart? What the study reveals is that the traditional paternalistic view so beloved of your government, that the poor are too stupid and lazy to do anything about their poverty is, in fact, baloney; utterly foolish nonsense.

Margaret Thatcher once called poverty a “personality defect,” the study found that the real problem for those trapped in poverty was a ‘scarcity mentality’. “Scarcity consumes you,” Eldar Shafir, a psychologist at Princeton University explained. “You’re less able to focus on other things that are also important to you.” What these studies confirm is that the punitive DWP regime and your ideologically imposed austerity are wrong, toxic and harmful, ruining lives. People who think that it is no good throwing money at a problem should think again, so far as poverty is concerned the evidence says otherwise. As the American study put it, “Poverty is not a lack of character. It’s a lack of cash.” The mental defectiveness and lack of character are in those who pursue a relentless war on the poor, you and your government.

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-mincome-experiment-dauphin

India’s Experiment in Basic Income Grants

View story at Medium.com

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

03_june_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,453

Friday 03 June 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Speaking at the premier of his documentary of his life and work, ‘Versus’, Ken Loach said, ‘there was no point in “Cameron and co” watching the film “because that is their project, that is what they believe in … It is part of what they want to happen. It is not an accident that the poor are punished for their unemployment. That’s their project, that’s the point… There’s no point in showing the film to them.”

I have been asked many times why I bother writing to you, why waste my time on a man who will not listen and does not care?

The questioners are missing the point, which is to highlight injustice, state brutality and malicious and punitive policies that oppress and cause wide spread suffering.

Unlike Loach’s film, the most appropriate person to direct and focus my letters at is the head honcho of the organisation which has perpetrated this war on the poor.

In letter form, they are a publicly shared record of the most shameful and despicable government in our history. They are a catalogue of the misdeeds of you and your government which rightly belong in the public sphere.

Given also that the mainstream media is broadly complicit in your oppression of ordinary people, then it falls to us ordinary people to speak out because who else has our backs if not each other?

That’s what democracy is, the voices of the people and the power of the people. Democracy is government by rule of the people who elect representatives accountable to the people. As such the people are the power, which government should serve but which you do not. If a government fails in its responsibility to the people then it falls to the people to protect, preserve and protest their rights.

Ken Loach and I have this in common, serving the interests of the people and I am proud to be a small part of that finest of traditions of fighting for social justice. I can think of no higher purpose in life, or better free choice to make. Comparing you and Ken Loach, which do I admire and respect doesn’t even enter the world of choice.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/may/31/ken-loach-i-daniel-blake-punishing-the-poor-david-cameron

09_may_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,428

Monday 09 May 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I hope that your relentless war on the poor haunts you for the rest of your days. I also hope that Iain Duncan Smith will be reviled and prosecuted for his obscene escalation of the sanctions regime, punishing the poor for merely being poor. And not just him, but everyone who has had a hand in it, including David Freud whose peerage is a slur on the nation, Maria Miller, Esther McVey, Mark Hoban, Priti Patel, Justin Tomlinson and not forgetting George Osborne targeting the poor to pay down his and the bankers debts. The list extends beyond them, I merely wish to highlight those named. Just to be clear, Labour are culpable in this too, including Tony Blair, but in nothing close to what this vile system has escalated into under your government.

There is no excuse. To wage an ideologically driven war against the poor is both baseless and heartlessly cold blooded. You have all corrupted a laudable and once proud system of social security into a penal system. You have turned Jobcentres, once called Labour Exchanges, into punitive dens of misery and human suffering.

Whatever Iain Duncan Smith’s stated reasons for resigning from the DWP, it followed a four year legal battle which ended in him being ordered to disclose Universal Credit internal reviews in the week prior to his resignation. No attempt by him to spin himself as a champion of the poor can expunge his dismal record and hate filled actions.

So many lives have been lost, such that Smith would never dare release the true figures, but sought to suppress and fudge them in every way.

I have written before (letters 1,017 and 1,037) that no court in the land would hand out a sentence depriving people of the means of survival and yet more sanctions are handed out than fines in Magistrates courts. People are judged and sentenced in secret without representation and driven into penury for up to three years to survive by what means, no one knows, or to die, many taking their own lives.

Last, but by no means least, is the disproportionate attacks on disabled people, nine times more than for most citizens and for severely disabled people it is 19 times. Disability hate crime has gone through the roof under your government, in one year alone, 2014-15, it increased 41% with the  Disability Hate Crime Network saying this was an under estimation of the true scale of the problem. Whatever mealy mouthed denials we hear from government on these issues, it cannot be denied that it is happening under your government and on your watch.

Your war on the poor will end, it is a matter of when, not if. We measure the time in human suffering and death, we will not forgive and we will not forget.

Benefit sanctions are ‘Britain’s secret penal system’

Miller and Atos face angry heckling at disability poverty conference

https://mikesivier.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/esther-mcvey-is-a-compulsive-liar-who-should-be-kicked-out-of-government/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/cowardly-iain-duncan-smith-ducks-7261825

http://www.gcsehistory.org.uk/modernworld/britishsociety/lab_exchanges.htm

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/civil-war-iain-duncan-smith-7598791

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/27/thousands-died-after-fit-for-work-assessment-dwp-figures

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/16/universal_credit_internal_reviews_disclosure_order/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/iain-duncan-smith-lost-court-battle-to-suppress-publication-of-potentially-embarrassing-dwp-memos-a6940881.html#gallery

http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/library/by-date/briefing-on-how-cuts-are-targeted.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/hate-crime-against-disabled-people-rises-41-per-cent-in-one-year-a6713546.html