A letter a day to number 10. No 1,154
Tuesday 21 July 2015.
Dear Mr Cameron,
In your stunning U-turn over your pay rise you said, “you’re paid a rate for the job and you should take the rate for the job”. All well and good, except you and your government are not doing the job that we pay you to do. We do not pay you to lie to us. In 2010 you said, “We have absolutely no plans to raise VAT” yet in his first budget George Osborne raised VAT from 17.5 to 20 per cent, which, unsurprisingly, very specifically hits poorest people hardest.
I have lost count of how many times you have promised to look after sick and vulnerable people, for example, in your speech on the Welfare Reform Bill on 17 February 2011, you said, “I passionately believe that the welfare system should be there to support the needy and most vulnerable in our society and provide security and dignity for those in old age. That’s why the system was born, that’s what it’s always done – and with me, that’s the way it will always stay.” On June 30th this year you abandoned the most disabled people in the country by closing the Independent Living Fund with almost nothing in place for their ongoing support.
Just prior to the general election in May you were asked, by ‘Jenny’, on national television about cuts to tax credits to which you replied, “Thank you Jenny for that question. No, I don’t want to do that. This report that’s out today is something I rejected at the time as Prime Minister and I reject it again today.” David Dimbleby asked for clarification, to which you replied, “It’s not going to fall.” Yet fall it did in Osborne’s ’emergency budget’.
We know that whatever comes out of your mouth is almost a gold plated guarantee that you are planning to do the opposite. Any reassurance or promise from you is red flag of betrayal for the nation.
Only yesterday the Mirror reported yet another death of a sick and disabled man two weeks after being found fit for work by the DWP who had stopped his benefits. A DWP spokesman said, ‘It’s wrong to suggest a causal link between the death of an individual and their benefit claim’. Really? What is damned certain is that it didn’t help, did it?
You have forgotten, if you ever grasped it or considered it for a moment, that you work for us and we pay your wages and we pay you to serve the people of this country. What is absolutely clear to anyone paying attention is that even before the 2010 election you had long laid plans to betray the entire nation, to demolish the state, privatise our NHS and sell off or give away, public services and assets into private hands. That is precisely what you’ve done and continue to do and you lie about it every step of the way. The question on pay isn’t about the rate for the job, the question is about you ever doing the job we pay you to do.
UN complaint puts ILF closure under international microscope