‘Death has become a part of Britain’s benefits system’ – Frances Ryan.


September 21, 2015 by socialaction2014

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,208
Tuesday 22 September 2015. ‘Death has become a part of Britain’s benefits system’ – Frances Ryan.

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Dear Mr Cameron,

As a chronicler of the last three and a half years it is truly shocking
to witness the appalling rate of decline in the quality of life in
Britain. Who could have imagined such a thing, or how much worse it
would have been if you hadn’t been somewhat held back by having spent
the first five years in parliament in a coalition? Whilst the
compromises that the Liberal Democrats chose to make cost them dearly
there can be no doubt that they did exert a modest restraint on your
party and the policies you were able to pursue.
It has also given
me an opportunity to reflect on what a modest venture the introduction
of the Welfare State was, although that in no way undermines the
achievement when compared to the brutal conditions that existed for so
many before its introduction. It was certainly something the
establishment of aristocracy and wealth would never have even considered
and who fought like fury to prevent it, especially the NHS which led to
Anuren Bevin’s furiously angry speech in which he said, ‘no amount of
cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate
from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party that inflicted
those bitter experiences on me. So far as I am concerned they are lower
than vermin. They condemned millions of first-class people to
The late Howard Zinn had much to say about
compromise in the struggle for social justice and believed it was not
for the people to compromise; that is for legislators – ‘he starts out
with a compromise, and when you start out with a compromise, you end
with a compromise of a compromise’. Yet if we the people make demands we
are already compromised by our historic expectations. If I demanded a
£20/hr minimum wage my own neighbours would likely turn on me for making
such a ridiculous demand, yet it is a demand so paltry I doubt you
would consider getting out of bed for five minutes to make a cup of tea
for such an amount.
Now, here we are today, counting our dead
and, as Frances Ryan recently wrote in the Guardian, ‘Death has become a
part of Britain’s benefits system’, and yet you accuse us of having a
culture of entitlement as you slash away at a benefits system paid for
by the people for the people and Tory MPs jeered and sneered in
parliament at tales of hardship in a debate on food banks. Only three
days ago we heard from a chap whose mother had lost her benefits for
missing a JSA appointment because she was in hospital, she received no
money for five weeks and her carer noted, ‘Ruby is worried about money,
still waiting for benefits to be sorted’. Less than 48 hours later she
was dead. At the time of writing that post has received 35,866 shares on
Facebook alone.
How we respond to such barbarity I do not know,
nearly 36,000 people could probably tear down the Palace of Westminster
with our bare hands, perhaps people are constrained by fear of the
response from those who inhabit it. I have little doubt you would
justify the massacre of the outraged as restoring proper order after
politically motivated extremists attacked parliament, because you care
nothing for our lives or well being. It has ever been thus and that is
precisely the problem, beating the poor is the historic role of the
privileged and that is what the vitriolic outrage at the fair and
democratic election of Jeremy Corbyn is all about.


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