A letter a day to number 10. No 1,382
Friday 25 March 2016.
Dear Mr Cameron,
John McDonnell, Labour’s shadow Chancellor, stood at the despatch box opposite George Osborne and called for him to, “Apologise for the pain and anguish he’s caused disabled people and their families for the last two weeks.” He went on, “When you make a mistake and you correct it at least you should apologise.”
The camera in the House of Commons panned across to find Osborne laughing and joking with a grinning Michael Gove who was playing with his phone.
Clearly these are men, and I use that term loosely, who are so secure in their privilege and arrogance, their lives untouched by any hint of hardship or suffering, they do not even realise that their self absorbed antics mock the suffering of millions.
It’s one of the mysteries of the aristocracy and privileged that the meaning and value of life becomes debased, the poor are treated as mere breeders for use and abuse, for war, for profit, and there’s always plenty more where they came from.
Osborne and Gove revealed themselves as insults to life itself. It’s no different to your theatrics at PMQs which you use for mockery with sneering disdain for serious issues, in what is, for you, a mere game; a pantomime.
Your kind insult us every day, accusing us of the politics of envy and even of having a culture of entitlement. Oh, the arrogance and conceit of it. There is nothing about you I could envy, it is that you insult us as you assault our lives which is the most egregious and unforgivable. I have known very few people who wanted more than enough, the vast majority of people I know and have known have only wanted enough, a fair share. Yes that thing that you deny us. Merely enough.
Do you really think people are killing themselves for wealth? Dying in despair because they want your millions? The mere thought is obscene and an insult to their humanity and to their memory. Michael Gove and Boris Johnson are exhorting us to clean for the Queen to honour her, I will do that the day a member of the aristocracy honours the lives spent by them throughout history without honour and acknowledges the pain and suffering they inflict and lift not one finger to spare ordinary people and apologises. I’ll make it easy for you, I nominate George Osborne.