A letter a day to number 10. No 1,244
Thursday 29 October 2015.
Dear Mr Cameron,
I would like to remind you that you have a duty to serve the people of Britain and that you are paid by us to fulfil that duty. What you are not paid by us to do is to pursue an undeclared ideological agenda that is self serving and/or serves the interests of the few at the expense of the many and what you are very definitely not paid to do is to deceive the nation.
In PMQs this week Jeremy Corbyn asked you a very direct question six times which you steadfastly refused to answer. In response to widespread concern and fear in the face of impending cuts to tax credits Jeremy Corbyn asked you to confirm whether anyone will be worse off next April because of cuts to tax credits. What followed was a predictable outpouring of deceit, hardly a master class, but you are fairly good at it having had plenty of practice.
In one answer you said, ‘every penny we don’t save on welfare is savings we have to find in the education budget, or in the policing budget, or in the health budget’. What you failed to mention, of course, is the welfare that you hand out to the rich in the raised ceiling on inheritance tax, lowered corporation tax, having already lowered the highest income tax rate to 45% in 2012. This practice of deception by omission is possibly worse than an outright lie, denying people a context in which to frame an informed view. We do not pay you to misdirect the public.
You make much of being the elected government, albeit on a mere 24% of the electorate and 37% of those who actually bothered to vote, yet you sneered at the unelected House of Lords who debated checks and balances over Osborne’s proposed cuts to Tax Credits, which is precisely what they democratically exist to do. Many people would like to see the House of Lords reformed which no government has bothered to do, it is only now, like a thwarted child, that you have announced an urgent review of the upper chamber. Interesting that party faithful, Jacob Rees-Mogg, an expert on privilege, suggested that you would be entitled to flood the House of Lords with over 150 new peers, which apparently you have refused to rule out. What a bunch of juvenile delinquents you are, the party of naked greed with an overweening sense of your own privilege!
Deceit is always disgusting, but you raise it to ever more cringe worthy heights, beating up the poor for purely self serving reasons. Since 2010 you have been hell bent in finishing off what Thatcher started, privatising the state and the nations wealth and demolishing the postwar welfare state entirely, turning us into a slave nation to the dictates of wealth and the insatiable greed of corporate gangsters. The working poor are right to be frightened, but I’d much rather see them angry and take action in the interests of all ordinary people against government and corporate corruption.
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