A letter a day to number 10. No 1,510
Tuesday 02 August 2016.
Dear Mrs May,
Pensions come from real work, from real labour, contributions are taken out of our pay to be invested for later life.
We can afford tax cuts for the rich, we can afford £93 billion in corporate welfare, we can afford MPs pay rises, bonuses and perks, We can afford to cut corporate taxes and the means to blow the world to kingdom come, but apparently we can no longer afford pensioners according to Ros Altmann.
All this welfare for the rich is a free gift, courtesy of tax payers, whilst pensions are something we actually pay for out of the sweat of our labour. You Tories really do excel at injustice and inequality.
I see that you are also going ahead with scrapping student maintenance grants which existed to support the poorest students who aspired to a university education. So it’s a double whammy for poor students, a student loan plus a second loan for their living costs.
It’s amazing, the rich must be rewarded and the poor must pay for their poverty and the welfare for the rich. Even more amazing is the bile and hate dished out to the poor, homeless people arrested for begging, charged with antisocial behaviour for the crime of sleeping rough. Poor people are still being sanctioned for the most trivial reasons and deprived of the means of survival.
In Ashton Under Lyne it was reported that a man was sanctioned for three months for making a spelling mistake, meanwhile MPs expense scandals are the stuff of legend. MPs might have to pay some back, but sanctioned or tried for abusing public funds as a poor person would be? No chance. Imagine if MPs were sanctioned, I’d hear the screams in Somerset and the media would be full of their bleating complaints and cries of ‘Unfair!’
You may have heard the song, “It’s the same the whole world over, It’s the poor what gets the blame, It’s the rich what gets the pleasure, Isn’t it a blooming shame?” Will it ever be any different and the poor stop being a cash cow for the rich?