June 13, 2014 by socialaction2014
A letter a day to number 10. No 769.
Saturday 14 June 2014. Chris Grayling, a black hole of inflicted misery.
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Dear Mr Cameron,
Dystopia is the opposite of utopia. It describes a society that is as dehumanising and as unpleasant as possible. In the years since 2010 we have endured just such a degradation of society for low paid workers, the unemployed, the poor, the sick and disabled in a highly targeted and deliberate war of attrition (a process of reducing something’s strength or effectiveness through sustained attack or pressure). All in the name of austerity for which the poor are being held to account for a global financial crisis which was none of their making.
Understanding that you are doing this and understanding why you are doing it are two different issues and I confess that I do not understand the degree of inhumanity required to oppress and to haunt and hound the lives of so many millions of people.
Chris Grayling’s plans to build authoritarian, privatised, super prisons, advocating physical force or corporal punishment to ensure obedience of 300 vulnerable youngsters is the worst possible plan for dealing with young offenders.
Despite experts warning of the foolish inadvisability of forcing young people into such bastions of depersonalising anonymity and rootless existence, and despite a Ministry of Justice spokesperson saying they will listen to recommendations, we know from experience that empty words come far too easily to your government. I have little doubt that Grayling will press remorselessly ahead with all the arrogant confidence of the designers of the Titanic.
Grayling graduated from Cambridge with an upper-second class Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1984. He later went on, ironically, to manage the corporate communications division of Workhouse Ltd. I am not sure what that involved but it appears he never recovered. Quite what he is now doing as Secretary of State for Justice is a mystery that, like the interior of black holes, may never be solved.
Like black holes your government have an event horizon, people are well enough and muddling along in the world until the moment when that event horizon is reached and government intervention becomes a stark reality in peoples lives, from then on all is chaos. Tragically, that event horizon is expanding daily sucking the very marrow and meaning out of life, as Grayling’s plans will from the lives of young people afflicted by them.