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I feel as if someone has been drilling holes in my mind and filling them with poison.

I am passionate about social justice and I am passionate about democracy, bottom up, that is, not top down.

The Tories are wiping out people based on an insane binary view of humanity as either strivers or scroungers.

I get it, I’m neither blind nor stupid, but what I don’t get is the passive regurgitation of this nonsense as if it were something other than genocide by pathological homicidal maniacs.

But what we first have to understand in this war of attrition being waged against us, is that it is first and foremost an attack on our minds. Pushing, nudging, bludgeoning with lies and meaningless sound bites and mind numbing psychobabble.

Making sure work always pays by punishing and reducing people to zero income is the work of monsters. Starved to death I understand, starved to work is madness.

These neoliberal devils are capable of anything, yes, even driving hundreds of thousands of ordinary people to premature deaths. But in order to commit their heinous crimes they must control the narrative. People must be persuaded through every twisted foul means that cleansing the poor is either necessary and good or their own fault. And the narrative is the poison they spread at vast cost to twist our minds, to confuse and confound, to alienate and exclude, to divide and conquer.

Too much of my time is taken up with mental survival, as it has been for most of my life, but the Tories spread a pernicious toxicity which no one is immune to. It demands attention because the consequences of ignoring it are disastrous, in fact, lethal.

Theresa May said in PMQs (18 October) that Universal Credit ‘is a system that is working’. Is it? If something is working, that is, it is achieving what it set out to achieve, then the people broken and dead by it (who the government refuse to even acknowledge) are an intended consequence of a system that is working. Certainly, the behaviour displayed in parliament is of a party which is very comfortable with our escalating death toll.

Pain and suffering is an intended and integral part of the process of welfare reform and Universal Credit. I should know, because I am in the process of claiming PIP, and the suffering is immense and intense, but, of course, I am not a witness, I am merely making meaningless subjective observations, because I am weak and feeble minded, one of those intended for cleansing, a useless eater.

After WWII this kind of thing was never meant to happen again and yet here we are. The government has turned on the people, the verminous press (The Mail, Express and Sun, to name but three) still peddle xenophobic lies and promote hate. And innocent people die, who have committed no crime, have had no court hearing and are denied a voice in their own downfall and termination.

One way or another my end is assured, but I will not go silently into that dark place, and I will certainly not say less than I mean against my oppressors, their lies, wilful deception and knowing cruelty. The Tories are lethal brutes, concerned more with their own lives than any of ours. They peddle lies because they lack the courage of their own convictions, they are cowards who deal in treachery for personal gain in which we are absent, not even granted the status of collateral damage to self serving greed.

The Tories are mind poison and toxic to life. They are, and remain, lower than vermin.

I have no immunity to mind poison, quite the reverse, I am hyper sensitive to it and if we are to do something about it we have, to a certain degree, to allow it in. Oh, but warily. It has been a long time in the planning and its execution is managed in real time, which, we can observe, the Tories are not mentally well equipped to do. Car crash interviews are a regular feature these days, earning Theresa May the very apt sobriquet, Maybot. When held to account they often appear taken aback, possibly because in their mindset they cannot, or refuse to, see or understand why anyone would object to their policies.

It’s not hard to see why, when you are a psychopath you are blocked from knowing and understanding what it means to be human and humane, psychopaths are mimics with no understanding of, or empathy for, what they are mimicking (their victims) and the Tories are impervious to reason and will only give ground when all other evasion and avoidance options fail.

The Tories are almost messianic in their own sense of privilege and righteousness, but they are rotten to the core. Even if Jeremy Hunt’s boast of 30,000 more mental health workers than when his government came into office were true (he lied), there is no cure for a people oppressed other than getting rid of their oppressors. The Tories don’t even have the sense or decency to regard or treat us as human beings.

The Tories must go!



A letter a day to number 10. No 1,501

Sunday 24 July 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

Words are the candles of our souls, in which a brighter light shines but stumbles for expression. 1,500 letters are just my own flickering light of the struggle in Tory Britain.

For reasons which are beyond comprehension, David Cameron led your party in a brutal war of austerity aimed specifically at the poor and disadvantaged in which disabled people have borne the greatest burden of cuts.

I graphically remember the day I discovered that I was not well, that I lived with an internal austerity I do not believe you have any concept of or idea about. I was in my early twenties and woke one morning feeling extremely strange, a feeling that persisted throughout the day. It wasn’t until the late afternoon that I realised what it was about. For one day I felt inexplicably well and it was in that moment in the afternoon that the thought occurred to me, ‘If this is how most people live their lives, no wonder they seem to manage life so much better than I do’.

For one day I was free of the searing black hole in which I lived my life, the terrible mind bending austerity of depression which at one point had led me to beat my head against my bedroom wall, without awareness and without conscious volition. My brother found me and held me, preventing me harming myself further, until I came back to conscious awareness.

For this, for the crime of disability, Iain Duncan Smith launched his crusade of punishment and denial of social security declaring, ‘work actually helps free people’. This from a man who had visited Auschwitz and seen the words forged in iron above the gates, in his own words, “It was when we walked into Auschwitz 1 through the gate with its infamous statement, Arbeit Macht Frei, that I realised how little I really knew about this place of cruelty and death.”

Who could have guessed that he would ever bring the legacy of Auschwitz to Britain and build it into his pogrom of welfare reform? Who could have known that a peer of the realm, David Freud, and unelected Minister of State for Welfare Reform would have the temerity to say, “people who are poorer should be prepared to take the biggest risks” as they have “the least to lose”?

As MPs take their summer recess, the legacy of Smith lives on whilst he walks free, as does Freud. Men guilty of unimaginable crimes against poor, sick and disabled people, men without care or conscience. My voice may not count as much, but of this I am certain, I will never be silent in the face of such brutality.

Work makes you free


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.


22_june_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,125

Monday 22 June 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I am not a fan of torture, it’s a despicable inhuman practice and only right wing CIA psychopathic barbarians could produce a manual called, “Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual – 1983” and condone and promote its use. But I might be prepared to make an exception for which ever right wing nut job came up with the inspired idea to insult the nations intelligence and call removing the social safety net, driving people into poverty, depriving hundreds of thousands of people of the means of survival, ‘making work pay’. It’d be nothing as fancy as the CIA methods, I’d just keep slapping him (for I do not doubt it was a ‘him’) until he said with enough enforced sincerity, ‘I’m an idiot and so is every misconceived, sick brained, fool who uses it’.

Even whilst the people were marching on the streets against austerity, Iain Duncan Smith and George Osborne were hatching their plots to further deprive poor, sick and disabled people of the life line that keeps them from starving to death, describing their plans as “Welfare reform is fundamentally about opportunity and changing lives, supporting families to move from dependence to independence – a vital point, because without social mobility there can be no social justice. It is the right thing to do.”

Without social mobility there can be no social justice? What does that even mean? Driving people from their homes, families, loved ones and communities to sleep and beg on the streets for a crust of bread? Is that the social mobility they have in mind, because it’s the right thing to do? Edmund Burke said, the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. It seems Edmund Burke underestimated evil.

Apparently housing benefit and tax credits are in the front line for cuts. If your mantra of ‘making work pay’ had any meaning at all, people in work wouldn’t need housing benefit or tax credits because any government with half a brain between them would ensure that work paid enough for people to live on without businesses being subsidised by the tax payer.

It is well said that the first casualty of war is truth, because in your war on the poor, truth is on life support, in a coma, strangled near to death by government advisors who are little more than thought police charged with making the unconscionable sound like Fruit Pastilles; sweeties for the masses you seek to abuse.

Clearly, sanity has absented these shores, we can build nuclear bombs but we cannot feed people, we can build super fast trains but we cannot house people, we can lavish benefits on the wealthy but the poor must be beaten with austerity and no lie is too egregious in the practice of malicious deceit and malignant policies designed to oppress and subjugate the poor.


01_june_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,103

Monday 01 June 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Figures from the Crown Prosecution Service reveal that disability hate crime has risen 213% since 2007/08 and that’s just what gets reported, the reality will be much higher. It’s hardly surprising given the relentless assaults on poor and vulnerable people from government and the media since 2010.

It’s not just programmes like Benefits Street, though Iain Duncan Smith used what is now called Poverty Porn to justify his welfare reforms and his attacks on all those on benefits, including his sanctions regime, claiming, “Many people are shocked by what they see. The reality is that is why the public backs our welfare reform package, to get more people back to work, to end these abuses.”

Whilst benefit fraud is just a tiny 0.7% the propaganda and rhetoric being used against those on benefits is out of all proportion to the facts, fuelling and stoking hatred. George Osborne even used the murder of six children by Mick Philpott to suggest that benefits influenced such behaviour.

There is also an insidious hatred contained in your endlessly regurgitated message that Britain is for “hard working people” and that you are building an economy for “people who want to work hard and get on in life”. It’s the language of exclusion of anyone and everyone who, for whatever reason, doesn’t fit what are vacuous phrases, empty of definition or any real worth or meaning. It’s the language of a propagandist and, of course, it works as you well know.

The rise of vicious hate speech in the media and social media, epitomised by Katy Hopkins, is terrifying, not least that it is done with impunity; streams of hate like projectile vomiting.

As someone who is deeply involved in challenging this growing extremism it’s shocking that care, kindness and consideration are now revolutionary in thought, word and deed but its right that they should be. Injustice must be fought with justice, love for others must counter the hatred, helping hands must challenge the clenched fists, care and consideration must thwart the viciousness, and the rising tide of endlessly expressed ‘opinion’ must be challenged through thoughtful consideration and concern for fact, not fiction, especially the political fictions and propaganda that drive Tory policies of destruction. Hate will only tear this country apart. The future of this country will be decided by love not hate.


01_april_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,045

Wednesday 01 April 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

On the Andrew Marr Show, 29 March 2015, regarding his welfare reforms Iain Duncan Smith stated: “I was told that people would be driven into homelessness, there’d be people on the streets, people moving hundreds of miles to other cities. None of that happened.”

Homelessness has risen year on year of your Tory misrule and the number of people sleeping rough in London alone has grown by 75%. People are being dis-located from their homes and thousands are under threat of dis-location.

I have no time for liars, least if all when they are in my employ. Smith is paid a salary of £134,565 and the very least I expect from an employee is something that demonstrates a passing acquaintance with loyalty and honesty. Smith lacks even the remotest hint of either. He is a talentless liability unfit for any purpose other than ignominious removal from office and, hopefully, prosecution.

But he is far from alone. You announced permanent austerity for the many from an opulent pasture of plenty and Osborne has announced a further £12 billion in Welfare cuts for the poorest and most vulnerable people in the country. None of you is prepared to offer any explanation of just how these cuts will be implemented and Smith has arrogantly stated – “We may, we may not, decide that it’s relevant to put something out there about some of those changes.”

Just who in the name of Christ does he think he is?

For £134,565, not only should he be given the boot but I want to personally be there to see exactly how far he bounces. An employee who implements forced servitude on his employers, sanctions them of the means of survival, laughs about it and wilfully withholds information vital to their survival has forfeited his employ and any severance benefits and the right to be treated with any dignity or consideration along with all those who aided, abetted and colluded with him.

Parliament may have been dissolved, but your crimes have not. If the only opportunity we get to hold you to account is on May 7th, so be it, but there is a great deal left wanting if that’s the best shot we get at justice.