Monday 27 July 2015.
Dear Mr Cameron,
The difference between attempting to change the law retroactively, as Iain Duncan Smith did with the The Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013 which the high court threw back in his face, and Jeremy Hunt reneging on plans contained in the Care Act 2014 is really just two faces of the same Tory betrayal.
As should be expected local authorities have been diligently putting into place plans and programmes in preparation for the cap on the financial liabilities of those needing care which means that somewhere between £50 – £100 million has literally been thrown in the bin at a time of ever increasing pressure being placed on local authorities by your government to do more with less. Heaven knows what it cost to employ Saatchi & Saatchi to promote the policy that Hunt has just U-turned on and announced in a cowardly written statement to the House of Lords when the House of Commons wasn’t even sitting.
It also means that lower and middle earners are being betrayed and their hard earned assets put at risk whilst the wealthy have just received a hand out in inheritance tax in the June budget.
It’s tempting to think you are striving to turn betrayal into a Tory art form, if so you are doing a perversely good job even betraying the creative process as an uplifting experience into a bottom of the barrel, ugly and perverse, experience.
Plenty of people have been warning for a long time that people had better start paying attention because your long term economic plan is far from restricted to attacking the poor, that was just a convenient place to start as the most needy are the most easily demonised, as you’ve so ably demonstrated over the last five years.
I have to say I am very much enjoying the gentlemanly leadership campaign of Jeremy Corbyn who with admirable restraint and determination refuses to be drawn by the histrionics of his opponents and sticks to discussing policies in a calm and even manner. In his own quiet but eloquent way he exposes the fragility of deception and betrayal and the effort required to maintain it.
It was Winston Churchill who said, ‘A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on’. That may be true, but once the truth does get its pants on it speaks with the full force of evident sincerity, like a smile that reaches the eyes, which a liar can only simulate but never fully achieve. A master of deception is always a deceiver no matter how well the performance, and your party are anything but that given the resources and effort you have to pour into maintaining your many deceptions.