Recovery, driving ordinary people backwards 100 years

18_january_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 978

Sunday 18 January 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I hope you enjoyed your boys own back scratching session with Barack Obama as he praised you for Britain’s economic recovery.  You “must be doing something right” he declared, with you being one of his  “closest and most trusted partners in the world”.

For ordinary people it’s a partnership made in hell, the USA, like Britain is basing recovery on social exclusion, wealth for the few at the expense of the many. As tent cities grow in the US and homelessness in Britain is rising catastrophically, ordinary people are seeing no recovery.

13 million people (or more) in Britain are living in poverty, with 6.4 million of them not striving hard enough in work to escape the jaws of poverty, last year saw over 1 million people reliant on food bank for survival with welfare little more than a demolition derby and now cuts to pensions announced for the people who have contributed longest to the economy.

It seems falling oil prices have lifted the profitability of British companies to a 16-year high. Will that trickle down into wages being raised by even pennies? Put on your realist or even honesty cap, if you have either, before answering that one.

Experts, whatever they are, predict that the price of fuel will fall to under £1 in coming months. Personally I would not advise anyone to hold their breath waiting for fuel suppliers to lower prices by any substantial amount for consumers, they’ll just enjoy the soaring profits as ever in such situations.

You and Obama may be the best buddies ever, but neither of you are friends of ordinary people. You are both married to the markets, which, far from being free, are the best legislated for, most protected, aggressively lobbied for and supported by you and your government whilst the people are increasingly cut adrift in law, employment, welfare, disability, retirement, education and health in the greatest push towards social exclusion and inequality in UK history driving us back 100 years.

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