A letter a day to number 10. No 1,432
Friday 13 May 2016.
Dear Mr Cameron,
Ah corruption. It’s a funny old thing, even the police couldn’t believe that the UK government could act against the best interests of the people. In one of my attempts to report the DWP for human rights abuses I was sent on my way without the evidence I had with me even being glanced at. I am not suggesting the police were corrupt in that instance, although they were definitely naive, but I had brought evidence of appalling abuses of power by the DWP, a government department hopelessly corrupt in its malicious attacks on poor, sick and disabled people.
As the worst government in UK history, how can people tell that you are corrupt? The daily onslaught of news is full of lies and spin and real journalism in the main stream media is now, with few exceptions, a homeless quivering wreck, out on the streets somewhere, starving to death.
The recent debacle over the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg is a triumph of corruption in which legitimate complaints of bias were accused of being sexist, misogynistic abuse and a witch hunt, leading to the petition site, 38 degrees, taking down a petition based on no discernible or published evidence. The list of comments has been published and whilst one sexist comment was apparently found amongst nearly 40,000, I couldn’t find it. The only sexist comment that could be found was on Twitter using a familiar expletive that rhymes with Hunt.
The issue was even raised in the House of Commons where Lucy Allan (accused in the past of viciously abusing a member of staff) called it a hate campaign against ‘respected journalist Laura Kuenssberg’ to much tutting and frothing at the mouth by fellow MPs. You quite rightly condemned sexist bullying on Twitter which I agree is appalling and abhorrent, but on the specific issue raised you said not a word. Attacking the person and not the issues is the province of scoundrels, trolls and bitter losers, you might like to remember that for PMQs.
Corruption by those in power can most readily be seen in the policies enacted to suppress debate, dissent and protest, hence Theresa May’s Snoopers Charter. It can also be seen in the use and abuse of statistics and reports as is the case with Jeremy Hunt in the junior doctors dispute. It is also evident in the egregious and corrupt abuse of power by the DWP incentivising people into work by depriving them of the means of survival. Last, but not least, is that you are currently hosting an international summit on corruption which Diane Abbott has described as, ‘like putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop’. Nuff said.