Dear Conservative Party Members,
I have a question for you...
There's only so much crap that you will take, right? Am I right?
Yes...I tend to think so. I tend to think that people will only be pushed so far. They'll only take so much crap before they lose it completely.
I know that writing this won't make a single ounce of difference. Shame doesn't seem to exist within the mentality of the Conservative Party in the first place, so appealing to your compassion is a total waste of time. You HAVE no compassion for the likes of me.
I'm writing it anyway, though. There are enough people out there who DO think like me, and enough who aren't sure one way or the other whose minds may still be open to the possibility that your party are screwing them over in the long-term.
So what is it I want to say..? Well, that's simple. You're poison. It's that straightforward. You're all total and utter poison. You are a cancer of the Well-Being of Britain.
Yesterday, my 13-year-old daughter was admitted as an inpatient for emergency tests on her transplanted kidney. Her renal consultant is concerned about a spike in some troubling blood-results, and wishes to conduct a biopsy of the kidney to investigate the cause of the spike, and to find out whether there's a means for optimising the life-expectancy of the transplanted organ.
I'm sure I don't need to spell out to you that organ transplants save lives, which means that should the kidney fail or reject sooner than is hoped, she'll be back on dialysis and back on the waiting list for a new kidney.
I also imagine I don't need to spell out to you how many people die per year waiting for an organ transplant.
Clearly this is no minor thing. This is no temporary set-back. This is her life, and her life is dependant on this care.
With that established, here is the next point I want to make...
My wife works in a care home for the elderly. She has had to take time off to stay with our daughter in hospital. Our daughter is still a minor, and cannot be left alone and cannot consent to medical procedures. But in taking time off work, my wife is now losing money. She isn't being paid for the time she has to take off to sit at our daughter's bedside. She has to spend money, too. Money for food, money for drinks. The hospital's obligation to feed and water clearly only extends to our daughter, so whilst losing money at work, my wife is rapidly spending it in the over-priced hospital shops and cafeterias.
And whilst all this is going on, your party is busily engaged in relishing the kind of elitist, back-slapping twaddle that is causing, and will continue to cause my family hardship. True, you're not to blame for my daughter's kidney problems. But you most certainly are to blame for our financial hardship. And for the financial hardship of many other families like ours.
Cutting Tax Credits is a foul idea, backed by the self-justifying rottenness that is the truest representation of the hideous mentality of the Conservative party. The idea that by cutting the support provided by the state for the state's own failure to clamp down rubbish wages, to amend the ever-deteriorating rights and protections for workers...this is all hypocrisy of the highest order.
People who work already work hard enough and long enough for inadequate pay. For insecure hours, with minimal protection. We live in the age of zero-hours contracts, temporary contracts, part-time contracts. We live in the age of increasing food-bank usage and people pawning property just for money to live on. Deny it if you will. It suits you to deny it. We all know that. But facts and figures speak for themselves.
When my wife's wages are paid next month, we'll be several hundred pounds short. And that is not because she hasn't worked hard enough. It's not because she isn't Chinese.
It's because she did what any other mother in her position would do. And that is to be at her daughter's bedside for the time it takes the hospital to investigate the ways in which the life her transplanted kidney can be prolonged.
And consequently, of course, for her own life to be prolonged.
Cutting financial support to working families is a fundamentally unfair decision. Families on a low-income already think you should have done more to protect and secure their positions. Now you're just making it worse. If you're not going to tackle the diabolical wages situation, you should at least maintain support for working families instead of criticising their efforts and then tossing them to the lions.
How do you expect people to see an incentive in working when working may produce just as much hardship as not working..? Slashing financial support isn't the way to encourage a good work ethic. That's like trying to convince a patient in the merits of mending a broken leg by amputating his arm.
If it wasn't for Tax Credits, and if it wasn't for state financial-support of the insufficient wages that my wife is paid - who'll now be short in her next wage-packet - how would we manage? Would you even care? We have two other children here to look after, and they're going to be affected by this. Does that bother you?
If through the choices I made, or actions I carried out, any children of yours were harmed in some way, or if your families were caused hardship and suffering, how would you feel about me? How would I be viewed?
Some of you, in fact, HAVE had direct experience of suffering...of sick children. Why hasn't this given you the empathy to identify with the public? Why do our lives, and the lives of our children seem to mean so little to you?
Because let's be clear about this; through the choices you make, plenty of people HAVE been harmed. Plenty of people HAVE died. Plenty of children HAVE suffered. And plenty more will continue to do so.
You're pushing people too far. You're greedy cowards, kicking the hard-working folk whilst they're down, and they're only going to take so much of it before they snap.
I thought it was just fair to warn you...