Welfare cuts and the eradication of the poor and vulnerable

05_march_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,362

Saturday 05 March 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

There can only be one possible reason for pushing ahead with cuts to ESA and refusing to conduct an impact assessment on how such measures will affect disabled people, the cuts are designed to be punitive and the effects are intended to be brutally harsh.

The dream that advancing technology and increased productivity and wealth would end the need for full employment and create a world in which everyone would share in a common wealth has turned out to be a nightmare. What no one foresaw in that dream was the polarisation of wealth which excluded the common labourer, or, worse still, that far from gaining a share of wealth, the common labourer would not only be excluded but eradicated along with the unemployed, the sick and disabled and the retired.

Depending on what you read, Britain is hailed as the 4th, 5th or sixth richest country in the world, what is seldom asked is, where is all that wealth?

Britain is the most unequal country in the EU and the most unequal of all advanced nations. Not only are the poorest people in Britain excluded from any share in the nations wealth, they are being driven into ever more insecure and meaningless jobs for ever more insecure pay, if any.

The wholesale attacks on poor, sick and disabled people by Iain Duncan Smith and his coterie of DWP devils are entirely ideological, the message being, if you can’t work, you won’t eat.

Of course Smith doesn’t want an impact assessment on his draconian cuts, he knows the impact will be disastrous because that’s exactly what the cuts are designed to be. In one of the richest nations on the world, incentivising the poorest and most vulnerable into work by denying them the means of survival is purely ideological. It is not state welfare or social security, it is social cleansing and the eradication of the poorest and most vulnerable members of society.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tories-block-plan-to-look-at-the-impact-of-their-disability-benefit-cuts-a6909036.html

http://www.psmag.com/business-economics/the-future-of-work-automations-effect-on-jobsthis-time-is-different

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/pension-age-retire-royal-london-westminster-81-a6906676.html

http://www.cityam.com/227917/world-wealth-britain-crowned-fifth-richest-country-in-the-world-behind-us-china-japan-and-germany

http://www.poverty.ac.uk/editorial/five-families-worth-more-poorest-20-cent

https://www.rt.com/uk/259893-inequality-britain-worst-eu/

http://realbusiness.co.uk/article/30813-uk-unveiled-as-most-unequal-rich-nation-in-the-world

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