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Keith Linday-Cameron is a social justice activist who has set out to write a Letter A Day to David Cameron

Here I have reproduced today’s edition as “Shares are encouraged and welcomed.”

A letter a day to number 10. No 980

Tuesday 20 January 2015. Civil disobedience should be taught as an art form.

Shares are encouraged and welcomed. If this letter speaks for you and you wish to send your own copy please feel free to copy and paste, and alter for your own needs the text for your own letter.

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http://www.keithordinaryguy.org.uk/

Dear Mr Cameron,

Oxfam reports that by next year 1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99%, that is 1% owning more than half of global wealth which in 2013 was given as $241 trillion, that’s $51,600 per adult in the world.

In Britain, which you say is for hard working people who want to get on as you commit to full employment, you fail to mention that more and more people are living and working in ever more insecure circumstances. You have removed safety nets at work and cut safety nets in welfare with yet more cuts on the way as the wealth divide increases.

In Britain you have created, austerity, insecurity, poverty, workfare and sanctions for the poor and ever increasing wealth for the rich. Worse still, you treat us as less than human, forcing people to take any junk job, zero hours contract, dead end, nil satisfaction, grafting for peanuts, drudgery, under threat of sanctions. Iain Duncan Smith even had the appalling temerity to invoke the dreadful sign over the gates of Auschwitz, ‘Arbeit macht frei’, saying that “disabled people would be made free by working”.

Sack the vile man!

I must say the British public has been very generous in allowing this state of affairs to continue as long as this.

I have no idea why there isn’t a much greater national outcry and action against you, the banks, debt agencies, interest charges, pointless and useless jobs, the welfare penal system and the outrageous demands on the poorest to pay off Britain’s debts which they had nothing to do with creating.

Apparently the boss of one of the world’s biggest banks last year described the UK as; the world’s “biggest, most developed tax haven” with London being the millionaire capital of the world.

There is no trickle down effect and you are making damned sure it stays that way, the money is siphoning upwards at an unbelievable rate thanks to Osbornomics and it’s time Britain engaged with civil disobedience as a national past time because that’s the only way we are going to see any social justice in this country.

As we generally seem to be unsure about civil disobedience in Britain, it should be taught in schools and colleges as a creative art.

http://www.theguardian.com/…/global-wealth-oxfam-inequality…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30875370

http://classonline.org.uk/…/low-pay-and-increased-job-insec…

http://www.theguardian.com/…/wealth-inequality-uk-ticking-t…

http://www.mirror.co.uk/…/poor-poorer-britains-richest-40bi…

http://www.theguardian.com/…/jobseekers-zero-hours-contracts

http://socialistreview.org.uk/350/work-makes-you-free

http://www.jrf.org.uk/…/households-below-minimum-income-sta…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27187398

 

UK television CHANNEL 4 documentary “Dispatches” – “LOW PAY BRITAIN”

Was an investigation into how companies are lowering their tax bills by using loop holes not to pay minimum wage, N.I, and TESCO “ultra part-time” contracts.

TESCO saved £100,000,000 in non payment of National Insurance and employee tax, by exploiting the the “ultra-part time” loop hole where they pay you less than £153/week and less than 4 hours work/day. They do not give you more hours to survive, they simply take on others on “ultra-part time” as and when they require. Workers already employed are left precariously surviving below a Living Wage.

It’s a blatant war of exploitation!

Also shown, the temporary recruitment agencies bringing in gangs or workers from Hungary and Poland then sacking them after 8 weeks to avoid employment rights they would enjoy if employed for 12 weeks and over.
These immigrant workers are then left broke and stranded in Britain by the same Recruiters!
These Agency Recruiters coach companies in how to avoid paying workers minimum wage, and how to avoid taxes. The company involved is fashion clothing warehouse ASOS.

The DWP also actively moving unsuitable people into self-employment just to reach targets – which they vehemently deny exist but – which whistle-blowers say they are enforcing and threat from managers. These newly self-employed individuals are no-hopers, they may have a college certificate but absolutely no experience. They are set adrift by the government department whose only motive is reduction of figures for the odious Iain Duncan-Smith (a “man” I hate with a PASSION!)

150119toryjobsmiracle[Image: Eoin Clarke.]

There are several reasons we should be sceptical about David Cameron’s
pledge to make the UK a nation of ‘full employment’.Firstly, his campaign
poster has lied about his record so far.
Why should anyone believe his claims about what he’ll do in the future?

Secondly, everybody knows that the Tories’ woeful neo-liberal ideology
demands a large number of people have to be unemployed, in order to keep
wages down – and Cameron very much wants the UK to remain a low-wage
economy. Indeed Karl Marx outlined this in 1848, as a necessity of Kapital, it’s an integral part of wage-suppression, magnificently simplified One hundred and one years ago
in Robert Tressel’s “The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists”, chapter 21 – “The Great Money Trick” (1914).

Thirdly, look at the jobs he has managed to “create”:
zero hours contracts, part-time work, under-employment rife.
If that’s his idea of what we need in order to create full employment, then he should be looking forward to his own P45 in May! Since 2009, the number in UK employed on zero contracts has risen from 167,000 to over 250,000!!! [ONS stats.]
Or, as David Schneider put it on Twitter:

“Cameron’s promise of full employment is to guarantee everyone in the country a job that doesn’t pay enough for them to live on.”

He thinks we don’t realise what a deliberate, diabolical mess he has made of the British jobs market and economy – but don’t worry!

Here’s a way to clarify matters:

Are you stuck in part-time work when you want to be earning full-time wages?

Have you been forced to accept a zero-hours contract, so you don’t know when you’ll be working but can’t claim benefits when you’re not?

Are you on a temporary contract, rather than in permanent work?

Are you earning less than the minimum wage – on a government work programme, for example – or are you earning less than a living wage in a full-time, part-time or zero-hours job?

If so, it’s time to stop calling it a job. Call it EXPLOITATION!