Life in Britain, where the privileged feel hard done by

18_july_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,151

Saturday 18 July 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I can’t imagine a greater insult to public sector workers whose pay is capped at 1% a year for the next four years than you saying of the MPs pay rise, “you’re paid a rate for the job and you should take the rate for the job”. Added to which you insult them further with, “it gives you an opportunity to do more in terms of charitable giving and things like that”. You really know how to set the gold standard for patronising bigotry in our poor ailing country. The rate for the job includes enough spare for (more) charitable giving and things like that? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry in government imposed, austerity riven, broken Britain.

There’s not enough to pay the rate for the job to our absolutely vital nurses, teachers, fire and police services and ambulances, but there is more than enough to pay MPs over the odds for saintly charity and good works (bless).

MP Tobias Ellwood, who received a basic salary of £67,060 plus around £20,000 for his role as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, wrote to the Independent Parliamentary Standards’ Authority saying, ‘I never expected to be watching the pennies at my age and yet this is what I now have to do’. He’s been struggling to live on £87,060 at the grand old age of 49 and considers he’s watching the pennies? I wonder how many millions of people in this country would consider even getting the national average wage of £26,500 a life in clover. At under ten grand a year, including charitable giving and things like that, my heart bleeds for him, it must be difficult being that much of an over privileged idiot.

It’s a grand hypocrisy to be in government condoning the minimum wage, which is less then the minimum amount required for people to live on, and whinging about counting the pennies on 80 grand.

But this is just normal everyday life in Britain, where the privileged few lord it over the struggling and oppressed majority and consider themselves hard done by. So normal is this that there is a substantial number of the poor who vote Tory, called deferential voters, and who loath the Unions and Labour with a passion. I grew up in such a household. I could never understand my Mother voting Tory, like a turkey voting for Christmas, and she could never understand why I turned into a treacherous and disgraceful labour supporter. This much I know, habitual voting habits, like prejudice, do not submit to reason and it’s unreasonable to ever think they would. Austerity kills and if people dying from sanctions can be met with indifference and, in some, sneering gleeful contempt, then we really are in a bad way. MPs jeering and mocking stories of starving families in a food bank debate in parliament really said it all and now they’ve got a pay rise.

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