Dear Mr Letwin,
I returned home from shopping this lunchtime to find a poor tree had died partly to fund an election "communication" from you , promoted on behalf of your campaign by a Mr Antony Stanley.
My first thoughts were to return to sender with instructions on where one could shove it. However I have decided to respond in more detail.
Your election pamphlet was addressed to me here at the Vicarage. You see my wife is a vicar. In fact Mr Letwin you met my wife during the last election campaign. She was introduced to you in her capacity as a local Church minister in Charlton Down and you completely ignored her. Whatever merits or demerits your party may have I would never vote for someone so rude as to completely ignore and refuse to speak to someone in this way. Manners maketh the man and all that. But let's move on - I don't want to make this personal,
I have more of a beef with your party than your own lack of manners. As I said your pamphlet was sent to me at the Vicarage. I know it's not popular among your church going party colleagues but this house, my wife's position and our family ethos actually has something to do with the teachings of a man called Jesus of Nazareth. Anglican Tories, are happy to miss out all the giving to the poor, helping the needy bit, and instead favour racist immigration policies and demonising of the meekest members of our society. However I feel that your party is the enemy of everything this house, the church and the teachings of Jesus stand for.`
I want to raise a few points for you to explain why I would never vote for you or any other Tory candidate:
1, The Bedroom Tax - a purely malignant policy with two aims, first to divide and demonise the poor and secondly to save a tiny bit of money that could be spent elsewhere such as on rich pensioners. This policy was never about freeing up larger homes for poorer families - the housing stock didn't exist to downsize people into. But your party went ahead with it anyway.
2, Tory opposition to Labour's non-dom policy. A grown up intelligent party might have pulled the rug from under Labour by instantly adopting the same policy. Instead you circled the wagons and defended the fat cats that leach on this nation yet pay little tax here. The "all in this together" rings very hollow.
3, The recently announced changes to inheritance tax rules. The wealthy of this nation do not create their wealth in isolation. Our roads, railways, schools etc. are all used as they built their business empires. It seems perfectly reasonable for the rich to make reparations to society when they die. However as usual your party has decided to man the barricades and ensure very little of this money trickles down.
4, The harsh benefit sanctions driving people to starvation and suicide.
5, The lies on the economy. The figures do not bare out Tory claims that Labour wrecked the economy and you are fixing it. Independent figures show GDP fell due to your draconian slash and burn austerity policies.
6, Focus on the few benefit fraudsters when by its own figures the government wastes more benefits in mistakes and overpayments. The continued focus on the unemployed as your demons of society is revolting scapegoating. Pensioners make up the vast bulk of benefit payments, but of course the old vote for you so you will tip toe around the rich pensioners that receive benefits they do not need.
7, Selling off housing association stock. This one is new and a new low. This wrong-headed nonsense would see you sell off prime housing stock at a loss to fund building more expensive homes. It is totally insane. We have precious little social housing as it is and you want to flog it off? Shame on you.
8, Opposition to European human rights laws protecting workers, the disabled, parents, the sick, the poor - basically the laws that protect anyone from your party and its friends.
9, The attempted coup against the Speaker at the end of the last session of Parliament was shady, disgusting work.
10, TTIP - an assault on our freedoms via the back door. Selling off parts of the NHS to American corporations, relaxing banking laws (well it's not like the banks would get us into trouble eh?), reducing controls on environment and food safety and even an assault on our democracy itself.
11, The Tory campaign has offered little positive. It's all been about scaring people into voting for you. Daily Mail tactics - make vulnerable poorly educated people too scared to abandon the Tory party. Your pamphlet which I received today features a banner that devotes two thirds of its space to fostering fear of Labour rather than celebrating your party's own policies. What's wrong? Not enough positive policies to trumpet? Scared Labour might be right? I wasn't going to vote Labour, but this pamphlet has me thinking of doing so.
12, George Osborne's £8bn NHS boost. A completely fictional pile of money, a desperate attempt to win back some credibility on the subject of health. It failed. What kind of minister, or even chancellor, cannot answer a question asked 15 times about where such a large amount of money will come from? I can claim to be eating unicorn bacon for breakfast tomorrow, it's just as likely as this £8bn being real.
13, The volunteering policy. So people could take time off from work to help a registered charity such as their local posh private school - but not their normal common village primary? What larks.
14, £9000 tuition fees. The children are the future of this nation. The rich pensioners are not. But your party insists on bolstering the past while robbing from the nation's future. It is sickening. My children will be paying for your follies long after you are gone.
15, Cuts in social care for the old that means hospital beds are blocked by them, making people waiting for treatment wait longer. Like in many areas you make cuts to get headlines but cost us more money in the long run.
16, Protecting the wealthy, the privileged, the powerful. I see plenty of entertainers from the past have been in court - but not so many party colleague that perhaps frequented Dolphin Square. A cynical person might suggest we're being offered these entertainers as a decoy. I also see plenty of bankers are still free to wander the streets after wrecking our economy, you're still friends with them and blame Labour for their wrongdoing. Why are these bankers are not in prison? And why do those in desperate need who wrongly make benefit claims find themselves in prison but not former education secretaries who refurnish their kitchen(s) at our expense? On rule for one, eh?
17, The failure to make the likes of Vodafone pay the billions owed in taxes.
18, Closing libraries. What the actual fuck? Why not just go the whole way and burn books at torchlight parades?
I could list many more, but if I don't put the shopping in the fridge soon some of it may spoil. And so that will do for now. I'm also a bit cross, so I'd rather go have a wagon wheel and some Fanta than bang my head against this uncaring brick wall any longer.
Mr Letwin, I would never ever vote for you or any of your party. You are the enemy of decency and fairness, your party has attacked and vilified the poor, made the poor hungry and sick, made the sick homeless and driven people to their deaths with your selfishness. The policies of your government since 2010 were an all-out war on the most desperate and needy people in our society, the people without a voice, all so you could hoard wealth for rich pensioners, non-doms and your corporate friends.
When children arrive at school hungry and without warm clothing there is something very sick at the top of our society. I am not a party loyalist - I haven't even decided where my vote will go in May - but one thing is clear, it will never go to those who abuse the weakest members of our society. My late mother brought me up to believe in decency and kindness - and I am not one of those people who can stomach the cognitive dissonance of kneeling on a Sunday but voting to harm the poor on a Thursday.
Good day to you
Comment from: Alex Walsh
*round of applause*. The promise to build one new social house for each existing one sold rings hollow- the figures I read suggest currently they’ve built between 1 for every 5 or ten they’ve sold off. Our local authority is currently putting the homeless in a Premier Inn as there is no social housing stock. That’s a good use of tax payers money isn’t it?
Comment from: Grumpyrocker
Have you seen the front of the Daily Mail today? The selling off of housing stock is referred to as a return to the home owning dream, yes that dreamy world where Maggie was in charge and all was right with the world.