October 22, 2015 by socialaction2014
A letter a day to number 10. No 1,239
Friday 23 October 2015. To get the heart back into Britain we need more creative subversion.
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Dear Mr Cameron,
I wrote a little poem today that I thought I’d share with you.
All work and no play
takes all the bloody fun away
so have a skive
and feel alive
and have a loafing day
The very idea that ‘Britain is for hard working people’ is an affront
to humanity and human dignity. It should ignite the spirit of subversion
in every heart apart from the terminally dull and intellectually
It raises the old question, do we work to live or
live to work? Clearly it is your intention that we live to work, in fact
that dictum underlies Iain Duncan Smiths welfare reforms and his
egregious attacks on our system of social security and his punitive
regime of benefits denial and sanctions.
Since 2010 you have
been pursuing this silly nonsense in the most divisive way possible as
when George Osborne said in his 2012 conference speech, ‘Where is the
fairness, we ask, for the shift-worker, leaving home in the dark hours
of the early morning, who looks up at the closed blinds of their next
door neighbour sleeping off a life on benefits?’ I have to acknowledge
that such tactics have worked very well not least because the corporate
media has rammed it down people’s throats and inflamed division leaving
you to carry on demolishing Britain’s superb public services and the
jewel in our nations crown, our NHS.
The truth is that the
whole idea of ‘Britain being for hard working people’ is utterly
cretinous. It is an attempt to drive the rich diversity of human nature
down a blind tunnelled ally of dingy grey sucking the life out of living
which should be lived for its own sake and never shackled to the
dictates of others, especially government. If the poor old shift worker,
leaving home in the dark hours of the early morning, gazes enviously up
at the closed blinds of his still sleeping neighbour, rather than
resenting his neighbour he should take a hard look at his own life, do
himself a favour, throw a sickie, go and buy some beers and spend the
day loafing with his neighbour enjoying himself and sticking a finger up
to the world and your government in particular. You know nothing of his
(our) lot in life, and care even less, time spent with his neighbour,
who would doubtless intimately understand his lot, would be far more
productive and good for his life and well being. He might even discover
that a life of creative subversion is far more rewarding than obedience
to a Tory government which seeks only to oppress him.