Gross inequality feeds the violence of poverty

24_april_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,068

Friday 24 April 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

What really angered me about you talking about poverty and having a go at Miliband and Balls was that you expressed irritation or anger at them. In a nation like ours poverty is ideological, your government has relentlessly pursued the poor since you came to office and no one more so than Iain Duncan Smith.

There can be no discussion about poverty without looking at inequality and according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Britain is the fourth most unequal country amongst its 30 members.

It is my personal view that absolute equality is a grotesque idea, requiring a degree of micro-management that would be totalitarian and miserably oppressive, if not downright brutal, but, as Owen Jones says, “grotesque inequality is not a natural part of being human”. Indeed, and Jones goes on to say, “the fortunes of the richest 1,000 Britons have doubled during five years of economic trauma. Rampant greed goes unchecked, while benefit claimants, immigrants and public sector workers are relentlessly scrutinised and attacked”.

Britain is a major player when it comes to tax havens and Britain is a great place for huge multinationals to do business. As a treasury official said to the BBC’s Robert Peston, “London is now the unchallenged capital of the world; it is wonderful”. One of the worlds biggest banks described the UK to Peston as the world’s “biggest, most developed tax haven” So whilst you hound, demonise, vilify, and beat the poor into the ground, you actively support unrestrained greed and the garaging of obscene wealth in secret and secure tax havens.

You said, “The Labour Party? Really? The name’s an offence under the Trade Descriptions Act.” How much more true is that of your ‘Compassionate Conservatives’? An oxymoron if ever there was one. You declare ‘tough love’ for the poor whilst being the party of, and partying with, the rich. You announced permanent austerity from a lavish (freebie for you) banquet at which you appeared so stuffed you could barely move.

You epitomise social inequality, the injustice of extreme wealth and the real culture of entitlement. You were born to privilege and everything about you suggests you accept and expect it as your due, so you talking about poverty is an obscenity.

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