A letter a day to number 10. No 1,314
Wednesday 13 January 2016.
Dear Mr Cameron,
You Tories employ what I can only describe as the anti-Midas touch in your attacks on Britain. You’ll have to pardon my crudeness but it matches the crudeness of your polices because the simple fact is that everything you Tories touch turns to shit.
Back in 2011 you announced your plans for the privatisation of the state, “services should be open to a range of providers competing to offer a better service. These are practical reforms, driven by a clear rationale that the best way to raise quality and value for money is to allow different providers to offer services in an open and accountable way.” And, “It will put in place principles that will signal the decisive end of the old-fashioned, top-down, take-what-you’re-given model of public services.”
You assured us, “This is not about destabilising the public services that people rely on; it is about ensuring they are as good as they can be. These are practical reforms, driven by a clear rationale that the best way to raise quality and value for money is to allow different providers to offer services in an open and accountable way. Our public services desperately need an injection of openness, creativity and innovation. These reforms will bring that – and that is why I am determined to see them through.”
Since then I cannot think of an area of public service, whether still under state control or privatised, that has not descended into chaos. Education, housing, front line services, care services, welfare reforms across all areas of provision and, of course, our NHS which today saw the first strike by Junior Doctors in 40 years. And that’s just the short list.
If there was any virtue in privatisation you would not have to lie, cheat and steal in order to impose it on the nation.
However, two policy areas serve to highlight the use of the anti-Midas touch in your neoliberal, ideologically driven, destruction of the state – welfare reforms and the junior doctors dispute. The use and abuse of both punitive and destabilising measures reveal the deceit that lies behind your market driven, privatisation, agenda and your utter contempt for the lives and well being of ordinary people, or perhaps I should I say everyone who is not involved in your millionaire government or the greed of the financial markets. Perhaps the anti-Midas touch is really too sophisticated as in reality the lot of you strike me as little more than bloated leeches sucking on the life and wealth of the nation, bleeding us dry.