Monday, 30 December 2013
A brief review of 2013 and the austerity robbery.
A letter a day to number 10. No 610.
Tuesday 31 December 2013. A brief review of 2013 and the austerity robbery.
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Dear Mr Cameron,
As the year winds to its end let’s just remember what austerity has been all about – robbing the poor to pay the rich.
Once again we’ve seen the finance sector dishing out eye watering bonuses, many of the recipients being responsible for the banking crash and Osborne going to the EU court to protect their bonus greed.
Meanwhile, you have relentlessly attacked the poor, blaming them for austerity, making them responsible for recovery, imposing swinging welfare cuts and the bedroom tax, doing away with employment rights and attacking the legal aid system and driving people into poverty.
So lets just be perfectly clear, the ordinary people of the UK had nothing what so ever to do with the crash and yet have been ruthlessly hounded by your government with especial attention being paid to the very poorest, the sick and disabled many of whom are now dead, with the revelation at a parliamentary hearing that the poor on benefits are called ‘stock’ by Iain Duncan Smith and the DWP.
For the poorest workers in the country, far from making work pay, you have ensured it doesn’t with 6.7 million workers now in poverty, many workers being driven into pointless jobs through vicious sanctions and wholesale abuse in job seeking through completely unreasonable, unmanageable and unachievable demands.
Samuel Johnson and many others have said “A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.” Well, we have your measure and the measure of your government, Mr Cameron, as you have presided over a merciless war on the poor with the promise of worse to come in the most unequal country in the western world.
As 2014 looms my faith is in the good, decent and honest ordinary people of this country who are living the reality of your austerity robbery, I wish them a happy, better and prosperous new year and you and your government of liars and cheats a life as far away from politics as possible.
— in Peasedown Saint John.
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