A letter a day to number 10. No 1,500
Saturday 23 July 2016.
Dear Mrs May,
I know it has got many MP’s not just stumped, but, I think, frightened… people have discovered, or rediscovered, democracy. Not the tokenism of voting every once in a few years, but actually, actively, holding power to account and what a hornet’s nest that has stirred up.
As parliament heads off for its six week break, Britain is left holding the pieces and Britain is not amused. Whether it is Tory austerity, Trident, the EU, pensions, bursaries, student loans/debt, bedroom tax, the NHS, poverty and deaths and a whole lot more, or the Labour leadership debacle, Britain is silent no more.
Are the bad old days of ordinary people meekly submitting to the dictat of government finally coming to an end? I can certainly hope so, but what is very certain is that many MP’s do not like the rising tide of democracy, as the hashtag #TrotsRabbleDogs reveals, efforts to keep democracy down are as strident as they are sneering and hateful. The few presume to sneer at the many and the right wing media is happy to play its part contemptuously casting a moat round the world of the elites, which in many cases includes them.
Responding to a question about whether you were ‘prepared to authorise a nuclear strike that would kill hundreds of thousands of men, women and children’, you replied, “yes”. A wiser people looked at austerity and the record of the DWP and the many thousands who have died and continue to die in Tory Britain and the reality that the loss of lives does not mean as much to you as it does to ‘us’ whose lives are sacrificed.
You responded to Jeremy Corbyn and austerity in PMQs saying, “He talks about austerity – I call it living within our means.” That’s easy for you to say, but the reality of austerity is depriving people of the means of survival. You might be sneeringly trying to gains points against Corbyn, but you insult and ridicule the millions of people who do not have enough means to live within, deprived, as they have been, by six years of Tory brutality.
Over the following six weeks how many more lives will be lost? We may never see the figures, but it will be thousands, and likely tens of thousands from the information we already have. You may find this acceptable, ordinary people do not. Stop the war on the poor.
PMQs: Theresa May defends austerity while preaching social justice
10,600 sick & disabled people died last year within six weeks of their claim ending