A letter a day to number 10. No 1,104
Tuesday 02 June 2015. The Tories intend to do what they like to us regardless of the law.
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Dear Mr Cameron,
When I was a lad, poking your nose into others people’s business was regarded as extremely rude and offensive.
I think television has much to answer for in the ever growing trend of doing just that. So called Reality TV shows, The Jeremy Kyle Show, poverty porn and so on all encourage the intrusion of public opinion into other people’s lives. It’s certainly true that everyone has a right to their opinion just as I have an equal right not to have it inflicted upon me and to tell them so should they decide to offload it on me.
Since I decided in the early nineties that I no longer wanted a television I have been constantly pestered by the Television Licensing Authority because I do not have a television licence. Their attitude is that if a property is not registered with a licence it is down to the occupier to prove that no television is present and I get regular visits from inspectors, or whatever they are called. I always tell them that under the law I am innocent until proven guilty and that the burden of proof lies with them not me and I send them on their way. So television is responsible for popularising people being downright nosy and opinionated and also of undermining a fundamental rule of law.
Newspapers like the Sun and the Express but in particular the Daily Mail sell, not least, on promoting moral indignation and outrage and are the media equivalent of curtain twitchers revelling in the hypocrisy of their self righteousness. The examples are legion of the imposition of modern intrusiveness which also has to include on the spot fines and CCTV.
But the worst offender by far is your government. People can no longer be workers, they have to be hard workers and benefits recipients are treated as cheaters and shirkers and beaten into submission by being forced to jump through hoops and sanctioned for the most spurious reasons, treated worse than prisoners and deprived of the most basic means of survival.
Your recent announcement was simply sublime, “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone’.” Under your government it’s no longer going to be enough to be law abiding, you intend that you can do whatever you like to us. Is it any wonder that you want to scrap the Human Rights Act leaving us without any protection from state intrusion in our lives. All I can say is, expect a robust response because you have absolutely no business doing anything of the sort.