The pyramid of power, privilege and poverty

16_may_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,087

Saturday 16 May 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Isn’t it amazing that the same week that sees the release, after a ten year battle, of the ‘black spider memos’ of the lobbying of government by Prince Charles also sees the re-emergence of your proposal to fast track surveillance powers to monitor peoples internet communications.

It’s a timely reminder of the pyramidal power structure of the UK which has nothing to do with democracy and everything to do with historic structures of privilege and power. Accountability dwindles as the pyramid rises with, at the very top, royalty enjoying the highest security and unaccountable privileges of all.

This pyramid is built on the lives of those at the bottom, the urchin, bunting waving and cheering, masses on whom the entire structure rests who never, not even in their wildest dreams, can aspire to such privilege as exists at the very top and for which they pay with unthinkingly generous hands that are hardened by labour and toil to plenish the few.

It is impossible to imagine a more unjust system that would deprive the poorest of the means of survival for the meanest of reasons or enforce a tax on one, small, spare room which might store wheel chairs and other necessary equipment of support to a disabled person, or be used as a quiet computer room, or who cares what and what right do government have to so intrude in the personal space of ordinary people?

Ordinary people are generous indeed to tolerate the weight of the pyramid resting on their backs and, as we’ve seen, vote for the one party guaranteed to look to maintain it with over bearing authority; punitively and maliciously.

Austerity, the grand lie, is solely for those at the bottom, imposed by those who will never know want or lack, whose callus free hands wield the callousness of power over the lives of the afflicted poor.

Do you fear extremism, Mr Cameron? So do I, so do I. So much so that I feel it necessary to write about it every day. Another five years of it feels utterly unbearable, but so long as I and people of courage and good heart survive, we will challenge the orthodoxy of oppression that weighs so heavily upon us, no matter what.

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