The presumption of taking our consent for granted

26_december_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,297

Saturday 26 December 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

The words of Howard Zinn – “Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders… and millions have been killed because of this obedience… Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”

We are living in interesting times as the famous curse goes, they have arrived in Britain and I was certainly caught unaware. The coalition years were a foretaste of things to come if you Tories ever got in again with even a small majority. The shock of the general election was extreme, it knocked me for six, knowing for sure that the worst was yet to come. I was not wrong.

There is now an enormous chasm between the spin and the reality from the worst government in UK history. You’ve abandoned any semblance of honesty, just spinning whatever nonsense you dream up whilst people are living in despair as a result of your policies.

Zinn was exactly right, our country is being run by grand thieves and the problem is that you are regarded and treated in any other way. We do not live in a democracy, the people’s voices are treated with utter contempt and ignored. Everything is geared to the transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich and the relentless demonisation and hounding of ordinary people.

Your attack on trade unions is as unwarranted as it is malicious, but what we face is quite another battle which is much bigger than workers issues and rights. You have brought the attack into the homes and lives of ordinary people, undermining the very foundations of living and being in any security in our homes, undermining, through cuts and taxes and sanctions, even the right to life through economic warfare in a country in which money is the means of survival. We’ve been caught unaware, taken by surprise. Few expected such government extremism and brutality. It has taken time to absorb the enormity of the malicious intent of your government. 2015 has seen a rise in opposition and a firming up of attitudes and actions, 2016 can only improve on that. Civil obedience only exists as long as we consent, it is time the consent of the governed was withdrawn and you must learn that such consent must be earned and not given blindly or presumed. You have no right to such presumption.

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