Archives For Boris Johnson

1) ‘Humiliation’ greets new Work Capability Assessment provider in first week

 

Over 30 protests were held across the country against the new provider of Work Capability Assessments (WCA) on Monday 2nd March. American company Maximus replace ATOS but campaigners claim that this is merely a shift from one ‘toxic’ profit seeking company to another, making no difference to the disabled people being assessed. Maximus also has a history of discrimination, incompetance and alleged fraud in the US.

Protests held by activists from Disabled People Against Cuts sought to re-name the company as Maximarse which trended briefly on Twitter during the demonstrations. Embarrassingly for Maximarse, it was revealed that the company had bought the domain http://www.maximarse.com to prevent any spoof websites being created against them.

The purchase was made on 26 January by the company’s senior manager for investor relations and corporate communications. Maximus have yet to comment on the domain purchase or their plans for the site.

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2) Jeremy Hunt accused of cover up over damning NHS report

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been accused of a ‘politically motivated’ cover up of a critical report on the NHS, written by Tory peer and ex-M&S boss Stuart Rose. Sarah Wollaston, a GP and Tory MP who now heads up the health select committee has accused Jeremy Hunt of with-holding vital information until after the election. The report is critical of problems with NHS management, which could come as a blow to the Tory election campaign, as the NHS becomes a hot topic. Rose is said to be angry at the report’s stifling, though has not made any comments.

“Wollaston told the Observer that reports which had been commissioned by government and paid for by taxpayers should be made available at the earliest opportunity on matters of such clear public interest. “There is far too much of this going on, with uncomfortable information being withheld,” Wollaston said. “Just as with the Chilcot report into the Iraq war, it is not right that reports paid for out of public money are not made available to the public on such vital issues as soon as possible, particularly ahead of a general election.”

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3) Occupy Democracy protestors given go ahead to challenge Boris over Parliament Square fencing

Occupy Democracy returned to Parliament Square this weekend on a day that coincided with the thousands of Londoners at the Climate March, with the good news that they have been given permission to challenge Mayor of London Boris Johnson over the decision to erect a fence halfway through a 10 day Occupy demonstration, prohibiting peaceful protest from continuing.

Protestors were told that the fencing was required for maintenance of the grass, but the area was quickly extended, forcing the protestors further and further away. Occupy Democracy went to great lengths to ensure there was no littering and an alcohol free zone. There were also never so many protestors to inhibit others being able to join them or dominate the area.

“Rosie Brighouse, Lawyer for Liberty, said:

“The UK has a long, proud history of holding the powerful to account, and the right to protest peacefully is enshrined in law in our Human Rights Act. Unfortunately that can be something of an inconvenience for those in power.

“The Mayor’s flagrant disregard for one of our most fundamental freedoms, on the very doorstep of the palace of power, cannot be allowed to go unchecked – so we’re delighted the courts have seen fit to review his actions.”

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4) Boris Johnson’s ‘duplicitous claims’ over vanity project revealed

London’s ‘garden bridge’ project was billed as a free gift for London, but a confidential letter leaked to the Guardian has revealed the public purse is obliged to pay the £3.5m maintenance costs yearly on top of £60m committed funds.

This goes against everything Johnson has publicly promised about the project, which now is causing a strain on transport funds while he sells it as a ‘sponsored gift.’This is also amid growing austerity, poverty and social cleansing in the capital, and while Boris makes attempts to shut down the voice of the public as above.

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5) Paul Mobbs arrested during citizens’ arrest of Cabinet

Environmental researcher and consultant Paul Mobbs was arrested under the Terrorism Act last week outside 10 Downing Street while he tried to arrest the Cabinet for Misconduct in Public Office. Watch this brilliant video detailing how Paul Mobbs went through with the action, giving great advice on how to deal with police and law at a time of institutional ignorance to human rights and corruption:

 

Update:

‘Paul has now been released from Charring Cross police station. He has officially reported a crime (misconduct in public office) which the police are now duty bound to investigate and he has provided them with everything they need to investigate the crime. He is now setting off home and should be back in Banbury in a few hours. He is going to celebrate by going for a walk tomorrow.’

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6) Wannabe Tory leader says it’s ‘impossible’ to raise family on £67k

Millionaire Windsor MP Adam Afriyie became yet another example of out-of-touch MPs after he claimed that it was ‘impossible’ to raise a family on an MP’s salary of £67k.

Afriyie said that MPs salaries and expenses should be scrapped and they should be given an allowance of £225,000 a year to spend however they want, adding that if wages from 1911 kept pace this is the figure MPs would be on. He failed to mention the rate at which the minimum wage would be if it had not been stifled by governments, or the rates of pay for nurses and care workers had they not been kept down by successive governments and environments of austerity and stagnant wages.

Read more about this idiot here.

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1) Six firms including Facebook and Google, made £14bn last year but paid just 0.3% tax

Image: PA/Reuters

Image: PA/Reuters

An investigation by the Sunday Mirror has revealed that Facebook, Google, Amazon, Ebay, Apple and Starbucks have paid less than 1% tax.

The companies reported revenue of £2.6bn but further income by sister companies have been collected and have avoided tax through havens. The total they are estimated to have made is actually £14.2bn.

“The Sunday Mirror also reported that there was £9bn black hole in corporation tax, helped along by corporate tax cuts brought in by George Osborne.

“These changes include a scheme “so blatantly a tax avoidance arrangement for big business” it is now being reformed after protests from Germany and the EU, said Richard Murphy of campaign group Tax Research.

“Meanwhile, ordinary people were clobbered with a 2.5 per cent VAT hike within weeks of the Tory-led Government taking office in 2010.

“A group of 17 leading charities, including ActionAid, Oxfam and the Equality Trust, are urgently calling on all political parties to support a Tax Dodging Bill.”

Further support for tax avoidance was shown by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson who defended Boots Boss Stefano Pessina’s tax avoidance, insisting that Pessina had a ‘duty’ to avoid tax for his shareholders.

Crucially, in this defence figures like Boris never highlight that this is money owed to the UK, that should be used for social good, public services and resources. Boris is attempting to make this acceptable, but Frankie Boyle put it succinctly enough on Twitter last year:

‘If you’re rich don’t look at it as tax avoidance, look at it as a children’s hospital buying you a pool.’

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2) Number of City backers doubles for Tories

The number of City donors has doubled for the Tories since 2010 with figures from the Square Mile, the Financial Times reported last week.

We’re sure this has nothing to do with the lucrative money grabbing policies for the city allowed by the Tories through corporate tax cuts and the free reign and support of loopholes and avoidance as above. But they clearly like something about them.

Image from Financial Times – read the full story here.


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3) 40 MPs on guest list for dinner with arms trade dealers

40 MPs were on the guest list for a dinner organised by trade organisation ADS, at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, according to information passed to The Independent by Campaign Against Arms Trade (Caat).

Jeremy Vine gave a speech at the event for a five figure fee, and Business Secretary Vince Cable also attended the event.

Andrew Smith from Caat said: “It’s outrageous that the government actively supports and promotes this deadly trade.

“The fact that arms dealers were swilling champagne with over 40 MPs is a disgrace and shows the extent of the arms trade’s connections and political lobbying.”

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4) Costs of Universal Credit plans not to be revealed until after election

The costs of the troubled Universal Credit System will not be revealed until after the May 2015 election, according to information received by Computer Weekly.

The new system has faced trouble from the start, and was estimated to cost £12.85bn in 2012. However, since then problems and costs have mounted and the government has failed to release a new estimate for 2 years.

“The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which leads development of Universal Credit, and the Cabinet Office, which has responsibility for project oversight, have concealed the revised cost estimate since tearing up plans for the computer system in 2013 after two years of development – a process they called a “reset”. “

Minister for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, has also used taxpayer’s money to fight the release of information in the Courts, appealing several times.

This is a clear manipulation of information, in order to serve the current government’s PR in the run up to the election.

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5) Hinchingbrooke hospital handed back to NHS

Hinchingbrooke hospital, the first hospital to be given to private management will be handed back to the NHS by the end of March.

Steve Melton, head of Circle Health who ran the hospital, was answering questions to the Public Accounts Committee on the hospital’s failures and a Care Quality Commission report that declared Hinchingbrooke as ‘inadequate’ – the first hospital to be declared so by the CQC.

Melton denied that the report gave the full picture of the problems.

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6) Number of teachers quitting classroom reaches 10-year high

The number of teachers quitting the profession has reached a 10-year high according to figures released by the Department for Education.

50,000 teachers quit in the year to November 2013 (the latest figures to hand), a 25% increase over 4 years.

Christine Blower of the NUT said falling working conditions and pay were pushing candidates away:

“A combination of unacceptable number of hours worked, a punitive accountability system, the introduction of performance-related pay and being expected to work until 68 for a pension has turned teaching into a less than attractive career choice.”

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1) ‘The Sun’s free copy sees backlash and a potential fine, and Ed Miliband apologises for endorsement

‘The Sun’ circulated 22 million free copies of it’s paper last week with the front page headline ‘This Is Our England,’ as a commemorative  World Cup edition.

But it was not a war reception from the public with thousands of people burning the paper, sending it back, or putting up posters to tell Royal Mail not to deliver the tabloid to their address.

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Further, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband posed with the paper as an endorsement, which saw fierce criticism from the public against the tabloid’s history, proprietorship and bias.

Miliband later apologised, though he was the only one. Having said previously, that he would ‘stand up to Murdoch,’ this PR faux pas may have cost him.

Also, the paper forgot to print some legally required details on the paper, which could see them paying up to £50 per copy, or £1.1bn in total for this mistake. It would take 3.5 years for the paper to claw the money back in sales.

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ATOS fined £30m for Work Capability Assessment errors

In an exclusive report, The Londoner was told that ATOS, the French healthcare company on government contract to supply fit-to-work testing, has been fined £30million for errors in it’s delivery of the assessments.

The company has already announced that they are exiting the contract early, due to huge failures exposed by thousands of people attending theassessments, but details of this pay off were kept secret up until now to avoid further embarrassment for the company.

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2) Boris’ water cannons are being phased out in Germany amid safety concerns

The water cannons secured by Boris Johnson, are being phased out in Germany (where Boris is buying them from), amid concerns over their safety.

“The “WaWe 9” vehicle, produced by Ziegler Group and colloquially known as “Mammoth” or “Goliath” among German police, was first, introduced in 1982. It is named after the 9,000 litres it can hold in its tank, which it can spray as far as 65 metres at 18 litres a second – though some reports claim the machines can easily be adjusted to double the water pressure.”

Image: Revolution News

Image: Revolution News

The water cannons are two decades old, and first raised concerns in 1985, when activist Günter Sare died after being stunned and run over by a WaWe 9.

An investigation into Sare’s death revealed several flaws in the design of WaWe 9, which contributed to the death.

Germany is seeking to replace the cannons with newer models, explaining why Boris Johnson was able to bag three of them for around £30,000 each – much cheaper than the £1m it costs for new cannon models.

Kerry-anne Mendoza, author of the brilliant ScriptoniteDaily has begun a crowdfund for a People’s Cannon, which you can donate to here.

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3) Focus E15 mothers target abandoned houses in protest for decent homes

The excellent Focus E15 mothers targeted local abandoned housing, covering them in posters and photos which said “This family needs a home, this home needs a family.”

Focus E15 mothers will march on July 5th for decent homes for all.

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All photos from Focus E15 mothers facebook page.

4) Farage could face jail for undeclared donations of £205,000

Action is being considered against UKIP leader Nigel Farage after it was found that donations worth £205,000 were undeclared to the electoral commission, breaking electoral law.

The donations, dating back from 2001, made by party supporter John Longhurst were declared to the European Parliamentary register but Farage failed to tell the British Electoral Commission. Donations should be declared within 30 days.

A UKIP spokesperson said “Mr Farage was surprised to learn that the Electoral Commission thought it should be informed as well, as this did not accord with the professional advice he had received at the time.”

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5) Salma Yaqoob confronts Iain Duncan Smith on Question Time

Despite the presence of the Minister for Work and Pensions on BBC Question Time last week, welfare and employment played a small role in the discussion. However, Salma Yaqoob, from Birmingham’s Stop The War campaign, did confront Iain Duncan Smith and the ‘scrounger’ rhetoric he has previously relied on.

The Met Police Commissioner says he wants water cannons for London, and Boris agrees. We could see them on our streets the by the summer if the Met get their way. Before Theresa May makes the final decision, Boris says he wants to hear people’s views. Yet, the public meeting due to be held at City Hall in London on Monday 17th February has seen little exposure, and the advice offered up by the President of the senior police committee has been ignored.

Image: Daily Mail

Image: Daily Mail

Water cannons have been used in other countries with some devastating effects. They can seriously injure, bruise and even kill, as the police themselves have admitted. In one famous case, pensioner Dietrich Wagner (pictured above) was permanently blinded during an environmental protest in Germany in 2010. The harrowing image of this man following the incident is an indictment to the sort of chaos and violence these weapons could bring to our streets.

Boris says he will only use water cannon in the most extreme situations, but a leaked report from the ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) reveals they want water cannons for use against the effects of “ongoing and potential future austerity measures,” which could include just, legitimate and necessary protests and demonstrations, ultimately heightening people’s fear in protesting altogether:

“There’s a very big civil liberties concern. My fear is that innocent people will be affected. If not by being hosed down by water a few degrees above freezing, then perhaps from being deterred from protesting at all. Water cannon could stifle attendance at legitimate, democratic protests which the Met actually has a duty to protect.“

Baroness Jenny Jones, Green Party

Further, the Met say they want to roll out the use of the cannon to other parts of the UK, but other Commissioners from places such as Thames Valley, the West Midlands, Merseyside and Manchester say they do not want them. Bob Jones, Police Commissioner in the West Midlands said the cannon would be as much use a “chocolate teapot” in stopping disorder. Boris says he wants the water cannons in case of further rioting, like the ones seen in 2011, but following the riots the then-Commissioner said “they are not the answer.

“ACPO President Sir Hugh Orde – who has experience in ordering the deployment of water cannon in Northern Ireland – made clear that water cannon would not have countered criminal behaviour during the riots and would be inappropriate for circumstances involving disparate groups of uncoordinated individuals spread out over wide areas. Water cannon is an indiscriminate weapon that, in addition to being unhelpful in these situations, risks injuring and distressing innocent bystanders and ratcheting up tense situations rather than containing them.”

Baroness Jenny Jones, The Independent

The very premise in the need for water cannons to prevent the effects of “ongoing and potential future austerity measures” is an attack on people’s right to protest, and hugely corrupt in thinking. It reveals the government is already planning to protect itself from the people against the laws they will undoubtedly make.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the country are being forced to use food banks, fall into debt, face stigma and abuse, be made homeless, hungry and desperate for a crisis they had no part in creating. And now, those doing the punishing are planning to defend themselves from the fallout with huge violent weapons that our streets have never seen before.

Lifelines are being cut for those facing austerity – to welfare, the NHS, legal aid and more. With so many reasons to fight, there are already many protests happening across the country. But the media largely fail to report this, unsurprisingly. With further cuts almost certain under this government, the anger and social unease will spread. Perhaps the ignorance of media will not be enough to silence the numbers of people making noise, protesting, fighting. And maybe this is what the water cannons really represent for the Met and Mayor.  Government armoury against the people they have made suffer, and those they will make suffer. A violent weapon to defend against the effects of unjust laws.

We do not need water cannons on our streets.

Visit the Facebook event page for information on the Public meeting and how to sign up. 

Click here for details of the consultation.

Tell the public consultation what you think about water cannons before 28th February via watercannonengagement@mopac.london.gov.uk

by Kam Sandhu @KamBass

1)   WOW Petition hits 100,000 signatures

 

Image: WOW Petition

Image: WOW Petition

The WOW petition, calling for a re-assessment of welfare reform and an end to the Work Capability Assessment, sanctions and forced work for the sick and disabled has hit its 100,000 signature target.

This means that it shall now be considered for debate in the House of Commons.

The petition was started by comedienne, writer and disability rights campaigner Francesca Martinez, and has been branded as the petition to stop the War On Welfare.

The WOW petition also calls for independent inquiries into ATOS, care home charges and the closure of Remploy factories.

This follows the news of another successful petition which calls on Minister for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith to answer MPs on the failures and problems of welfare reform, which he is due to attend on 9th December.

Read more about this story here.

2)   NHS must be preserved from commercial interests who want to privatise, says Stephen Hawking

World famous physicist, Stephen Hawking has called for protection of the NHS from privatization, insisting he would have died without it.

Hawking, who developed motor neurone disease at the age of 21, said during filming of a Channel 4 film:

“Only last summer, I caught pneumonia, and would have died, but for the NHS hospital care. We must retain this critical public service, and prevent the establishment of a two-tier system, with the best medicine for the wealthy, and an inferior service for the rest.”

The film will be shown on C4 this Wednesday.

Image: Christian Medical Comment

Image: Christian Medical Comment

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3) Workfare Week of Action

Boycott Workfare will begin a week of action on Monday 2nd December against the government policies that force benefit claimants to undertake full time work for no pay or under threat of losing their benefits.

The week of action kicks off with a noise demo outside Senate House where a government workfare conference is taking place, alongside the potential ‘employers’ of workfare.

Find out more about the week of action here.

4)   Boris Johnson defends the rich and greed, but not the sick, disabled or unemployed

In the Margaret Thatcher lecture, Boris Johnson defended the super-rich again and insisted that greed was a valuable ‘economic spur’ whilst also adding that where success is measured, we should not ignore the IQ levels of those in high places.

Well, we had a lot to say about that.

Read our open letter. 

 

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Image: One World Chronical

by Kam Sandhu @KamBass

An Open Letter To Boris Johnson

kamsandhu —  November 29, 2013 — 2 Comments

Dear Boris Johnson,

Your recent speeches have pushed me to write this open letter. Whilst seeing an unfortunate glimpse into the real values you hold, I at least applaud that you have spoken outside the generic defensive rhetoric used by most politicians to alleviate any PR disasters. Now at least we can talk honestly and openly about how out of touch, self-crediting and delusional your ideas are.

You tell us not to bash the bankers. You tell us not to criticise the rich. You tell us that the super-rich are experiencing the discrimination and treatment of a minority.

You seem so encouraged to defend them. Strange, I did not see you defending the unemployed who continue to be demonised as ‘scroungers’ by our government and the media – their problem being that they are a product of your beloved capitalist boom and bust system – intrinsic to the economic inequality you say we need. I have seen these people take the blame for anger felt by our public during the economic hardship. Blame they did not and still do not deserve. Blame that was purposely diverted through some of the most damaging and divisive rhetoric, begun and repeated by your fellow colleagues.

I have seen the unemployed punished by the policies of your party for problems they did not create and that you cannot solve. I have seen them demeaned by the culture of fear your party has instilled, whilst trying to survive the poverty they are living in. All while those responsible for this recession, yes the super rich, the bankers (or victims as you would call them) go unpunished. Instead, they are paid outlandish bonuses and able to garner more wealth. I have seen George Osborne and David Cameron defend those bonuses in court. But no defence has been offered by your party to the people who have suffered much harsher attacks on their lives, their treatment, their worth.

Neither did I see you defend the sick and disabled after disability hate crime rose this year. Following the romance of last year’s Olympics and Paralympics, the disabled have faced a torrent of abuse and humiliation through the failings of ATOS, through fit-to-work tests, through the news agenda framing these people as undeserving frauds.  I have met disabled people who have experienced attacks as a result of media vilification, but I did not hear you defend these people.

Yet here you are, insisting the rich should be celebrated and not criticised. They earned it right? Their IQ is high? Tell me, how high does your IQ have to be to govern the slowest recovery in a century? How high does your IQ have to be to consult with special advisers on the public payroll for every move and speech you make? How high does your IQ have to be to fiddle crime figures to what you need them to be, in some instances counting rape as a no crime? How high does your IQ have to be create a completely fraudulent election campaign and then delete it from the Internet after your pledges are all broken? How high does your IQ have to be to have a politician as a father?

It seems to me you may have IQ mixed up with privilege. Would that not explain the nepotism that made it easier for you to get into politics? A route many others have gained from? Would it not explain the private education background of so many politicians? Would it also not explain how people survive the months of free work as interns into sought after and influential jobs such as media? The career paths into this work are beaten tracks from the privilege you were born into. And the protective fence is sharp with policy to keep the less well off struggling enough to keep out. Look at education. Instead of creating a strong, innovative and sturdy state education system, your party divides it. It throws constant hurdles and changes that are impossible to keep up with. Nevermind trying to improve it. Look at the bedroom tax. 96% of people affected have nowhere to move to and if they cannot afford to pay they will be stuck in arrears and poverty cycles forced onto them as they have no other choice. Your position is one Warren Buffet described; “There’s class warfare alright, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

So divisive. How fitting that you gave your most recent speech at the Margaret Thatcher lecture. A woman responsible, not just for the merger that hailed the start of politics and media as bedfellows, but a champion of the divide and rule culture you continue with today. You are the evolved homage. A product of thirty years of manipulation, moral panic and PR, that allows you to think that the public is now so stupid as to believe it is the rich who are the victims in this charade. I think the lecture got to your head a bit.

This is why I cannot agree with your dismissive idea that some are just too stupid to get on in life. As your government and the ones before it, pave policy and culture so opportunities are always given to the ones who cut the silouhette of your upbringing. Right now, the welfare cuts, the bedroom tax and workfare programmes are forcing some half a million people to turn to foodbanks. If a child from one of these homes goes to school hungry, and is unable to concentrate because their family cannot afford food, are they too stupid to get on in life? Or have they had their opportunities made more difficult by a government that sees fit to take from the worst off before they would ever fairly tax the wealthy? A government that stacks the odds against them?

And once again, your IQ comparison is just another attempt to divide us. To make the ones you have chosen to leave behind and under-serve, seem undeserving. Your party’s mantra is based on ensuring we divide ourselves, and see the differences in each other as a reason for hate. Look after ourselves and only ourselves. You have all but driven out the notion of how the whole is often greater than the sum of it’s parts.

We need the people who are good at IQ tests, but we also need the people who have other talents; science, sport, manual labour, problem solving, teaching, health, care.  We need all these and more to create a working society. We need the working population to help the old. Breakfasts at school not only provide food but also equal social experiences for children. Knowing your neighbours helps with childcare and the sharing of equipment and tools, as well as security. These are all things your mantra attempts to pull us from, so we instead fear and envy our neighbours, pit our children against each other and isolate the generations. But people are waking up, Boris.

“Greed is a valuable spur to economic activity,” you say.

The world’s richest 1% own 46% of the world’s wealth. Most economic activity is created by those with little money, having to buy things they need, yet much of the wealth is hoarded by the few super-rich. Is this the valuable spur you mean?

Greed has become a quest which is congratulated even when you impoverish your workers and behave unethically at the expense of people’s lives. Attitudes like this in the pursuit of anything else would see imprisonment and shaming and some serious mental illness questions.

Maybe you should ask the thousands of people in the UK in in-work poverty if greed is an economic spur. These are people who work hard each day and still can’t escape poverty. They work for large companies that refuse to pay them a living wage because of profit and greed. How valuable.

Ask the 24,000+ elderly that are expected to die this Winter in cold homes because you and your party will not stand up to the greed of energy companies, whether they feel this valuable economic spur. Tell this to all the millions of exploited workers around the world. Let me know how you get on.

You tell us not to bash the bankers. You tell us not to criticise the rich. You tell us that the super-rich are experiencing the discrimination and treatment of a minority. I say maybe the super rich being a minority is the problem.

Perhaps the rich would feel more a part of society if you restrained from building the millionaire’s playground on our capital. Affordability at 80% shows just how in touch you are, and who you don’t want in the city. You are not worried about social mobility. You are only worried for the millionaires in whose pocket you reside.

But I know why you have been making these speeches recently. It’s because something is erring. People are waking up to the culture of exploitation and corruption you defend. A global uprising took place on November 5th in over 400 locations worldwide against the wealth gap and austerity. Before and after, people up and down the country have been protesting for months against austerity, the bedroom tax, legal aid cuts, banking corruption, welfare reforms, workfare schemes and more. And people are noticing the absence of these voices in media. They are noticing the manipulation that has complimented politics all these years. And they are waking up.

People are uniting and mobilising, and that’s harmful to the privileged few, who have worked so hard to divide communities. So in some desperate hope to keep the status quo, Cameron tells us ‘profit is not a dirty word’. You tell us the super rich are victimised. Like a bumbling Gordon Gekko you tell us ‘Greed is Good’. But instead of invoking the funny and entertaining reaction that usually covers the true shape of your politics, this time the public felt the awkward and disturbing elitism you prescribe.

Best,

Kam Sandhu @KamBass