Death by a million cuts and that’s just the civil service

07_april_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,051

Tuesday 07 April 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found that the George Osborne’s spending plans over 2015-2019 would be the “largest fiscal consolidation out of 32 advanced economies over the period”. The IFS warned that “Osborne will make the deepest cuts in the industrialised world if the Tories win May’s general election” and that the chancellor will inevitably have to raise taxes after the election, that’s a lose/lose for the public with nothing to show for it other than more swingeing austerity.

The Public and Commercial Services Union has said, rightly, that we need three things to get the economy growing, public investment, job creation, and tax justice. Your claim to have created 1000 jobs a day over the last 5 years is a ludicrous one with no assessment on job quality which has seen the majority of jobs as low paid and insecure and of no tax benefit to the nation and little or no value, in real terms, to workers. In fact in-work benefits have soared with the number of housing benefit claimants in work rising from 650,561 in May 2010 to 1.03 million by the end of 2013 and an extra cost of £5 billion up to the general election. In-work poverty continues to rise as do your empty boasts of recovery which is nonexistent for millions.

Where’s the impact assessment for the cuts proposed by George Osborne? These are cuts that are going to cost lives and not only are you refusing to offer any details of how they will be applied you haven’t attempted to assess their impact.

The people are the heart of the nation. What, do you really think that the aristocracy and the aristocrats of wealth are the lords of all? Great pompous oafs more like, not a house built, nor hospital dressing changed, nor child educated, nor land tilled, nor animal cared for (though certainly shot or torn to pieces), nor banquet cooked and served, by any of you ungrateful fools.

You have gathered rich rewards to yourselves and you cannot even be bothered to assess the impact of your heinous policies or even provide us with details of your plans. Your arrogance is stupendous! As you cull the civil service who will do the real work  of government without the hard working people who provide the backbone of government? You treat this country like a rich boys club with no idea of, or care for, the untold harm you do.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/02/04/ifs-cuts-world-george-osborne_n_6610972.html

http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/campaigns/campaign-resources/there-is-an-alternative-the-case-against-cuts-in-public-spending.cfm

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/reality-check/2015/mar/31/has-david-cameron-really-created-1000-jobs-a-day

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-socalled-inwork-poverty-soars-by-59-under-coalition-as-more-people-with-jobs-are-forced-to-claim-housing-benefit-9340907.html

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/19/george-osborne-cuts-30bn-eliminate-deficit-2019-welfare-squeeze

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/civil-service-job-cuts-more-3143284

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