Auschwitz is not there for inspiration for IDS, it is meant to be a lesson.

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October 19, 2015 by socialaction2014

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,236
Tuesday 20 October 2015. Auschwitz is not there for inspiration for IDS, it is meant to be a lesson.

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Dear Mr Cameron,

For a man who has visited Auschwitz and written a fairly detailed
account of his experiences I can only conclude that Iain Duncan Smith
has found inspiration in the brutal cruelty of those who so willingly
presided over the suffering and deaths of others. Smith recounts:
“Auschwitz was deliberately turned into a factory. To understand how
this was achieved one needs to look at the Commandant. According to
Whitney Harris, the American prosecutor who interrogated him at the
Nuremberg trials, Rudolf Höss appeared “normal”, “like a grocery clerk”.
During his working days, Höss presided over the murder of more than a
million people, but once he came home he lived the life of a solid,
middle-class German husband and father. He even said to the prosecutors
that he liked nothing more than to go back to his house and play with
his little children in the evening after work.”
I am not
suggesting that Iain Duncan Smith is, as yet, responsible for anything
like the same atrocities as Höss, but he clearly acts in the same spirit
as Höss, deciding the fate of millions, impervious to the suffering,
despair, anger, reasoning, entreaty, hopelessness and even deaths of the
most vulnerable people in Britain. His faith in himself and his
policies is absolute. He responds with anger when challenged in the
House of Commons, absolutely refusing to accept for one moment that, as
MP Debbie Abrahams said in parliament, “People are dying because of
these sanctions!”, to which Smith responded, “No I don’t agree with
It was with feelings of acute dread that I learnt that
Doctors are being instructed not to sign people unfit for work on the
obscenely renamed ‘Fit Notes’ if they are capable of any (undefined)
work at all. My dread arises not from his pernicious interference in the
professional capacity of doctors to care for their patients health,
that is entirely in keeping with Smith’s welfare, benefits, sanctions
regime, it arises because in order to pursue his policies he, like Höss,
must dehumanise his victims and deny them any possibility of self
determination. This is the despot in action, enforcing conformity to his
narrow twisted view blissfully confident, in his overweening arrogance,
in the righteousness of his cause. That is what is most terrifying.

As a severely disabled man and writer of these letters this strikes to
the very core of my being. Many have questioned why I bother writing a
letter a day, what’s the point of writing to a government that doesn’t
have the slightest regard for my humanity, a government that regards me
merely as ‘stock’? Am I meant to go meekly, a lamb to the slaughter,
head bent to the inevitability of despotic totalitarianism from a
government that subjects itself to neither legal restraints nor
mechanisms of popular control? Do I give up my humanity because that is
what is expected and demanded of me and wait for the hammer to fall
without one word of protest? I may be ill but I am not stupid. I may be
silenced, but it will never be my decision to be silent. I grew up in a
world of enforced obedience and oh how I tried to be what was expected
of me, and guess what? It didn’t change a damned thing. It was only
later in life I leaned to fight, to stand up to injustice, and I’ve seen
many changes, no matter how long it has taken to achieve them. It is
clear you will never treat ordinary people with dignity and respect, as
ever the fight for social justice must be hard fought and hard won.…/iain-duncan-smith-mp-refl……/iain-duncan-smith-benefits-deaths……/2931-oldham-mp-tells-mi……/sick-note-refuse…/…/how-the-dwp-is-drafting…/


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