The sadistic pleasure in attacking the poor

25_january_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 985

Sunday 25 January 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Ukip candidate, Lynton Yates, talking about the poor this week said, “Why do they have the privilege to spend the tax payers hard earned money on a car, when those in work are struggling to keep their own car on the road?” John Harris, writing in the Guardian, had this to say in response, “…there is a sadism at the heart of the Yates idea that is not a million miles away from the cruelties increasingly built into the benefits system: cruelties most of us would not put up with for a minute, but which are visited on thousands of people every week.”

Harris is absolutely right, there is a casual but brutal sadism underpinning what Yates said and the entire benefit system and sanctions regime. Why should the poor have anything?

When David Freud said, “people who are poorer should be prepared to take the biggest risks as they have the least to lose”, he was saying that it is perfectly alright for the poor to have less, demonstrating complete disdain for the brutality and violence that is what poverty is.

During the parliamentary debate on food banks Tory MPs mocked and jeered so loudly that the stories of hardship being suffered across the country were almost drowned out. The motion calling on the government to reduce dependency on food bank was defeated by 294 votes to 251. Every MP who voted against the motion was saying that it is just fine for people to be so poor they cannot afford to buy food. Esther McVey falsely blaming Labour for the economic crisis said, “In the UK it is right that more people are… going to food banks because as times are tough, we are all having to pay back this £1.5 trillion debt personally which spiralled under Labour, we are all trying to live within our means, change the gear and make sure that we pay back all our debt which happened under them.

McVey, who doesn’t appear to be suffering any hardship what so ever, believes that the those living in abject poverty should pay back a debt which they had no part in creating. The debt is not ‘ours’ as McVey would have it, it was forced on the nation to bail out the criminal banks who have continued to reward themselves lavishly for their crimes.

All of this amounts to an orchestrated campaign of sadistic brutality towards poor people from which those who are perpetrating it derive a sadistic and malicious pleasure. Special mention must be made, however, of your claim that you can “slash spending by £30billion without inflicting any pain”, demonstrating that for you the poor are entirely discounted and invisible, including our mounting dead.

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