A letter a day to number 10. No 1,414
Tuesday 26 April 2016.
Dear Mr Cameron,
The cost of poverty is enormous, it affects both physical and mental health with associated costs, it affects education, aspiration and life expectancy, it affects the kind of jobs available to those in poverty, the quality of housing, the ability to heat a home and what or whether to eat, it affects development and wellness of being. It also means living with prejudice and stigma, not least from a government which actively promotes prejudice and punitive, humiliating, policies which are specifically and monstrously targeted at the poor.
The perfect solution for poverty in Britain, a modern capitalist nation, dependent on money as the means of survival, is to throw money at it. The question is, why anyone would dare suggest the poor can be incentivised by making them even poorer? It’s a monstrous, arrogant, conceit of the powerful over the powerless. The idea of throwing money at a problem is neither stupid or naive, it’s obvious, that’s what every business venture requires and regards as perfectly normal. It’s called capital investment.
The poor are accused of wasting money on booze and drugs, allow me to present to you the coke habit of George Osborne (past or present) and the amount of money you steal from us for booze and food. An endless supply of our hard earned cash including from the poor. You eat at our expense.
The so called trickle down effect is anything but, the money pours upwards, the third of the population who fell below the poverty line between 2010 and 2013 can testify to that.
There is an expression, ‘give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’. What total and utter nonsense. A fish a day is the least of it and teaching someone to fish is nothing without the means to fish. Either way it costs. And, no, teach people to fish and provide the means, and you do not feed them for a lifetime, that’s just a philanthropist’s conceit.
Show me a self made man and I’ll show you a liar. Either he inherited wealth or he borrowed it to get where he is. One way or another he depended on others to make more. If he doesn’t want to contribute to the system that sustains him, he is a thief. If he ever gets ill, then let him first build a hospital with his own hands.
A self made man is ultimately a deluded scrounger, a parasite and a fool. Pretty much exactly what all you Tories are, milking others for your own ends. Poverty is a weapon of mass exploitation and a crime against humanity.