I wanted to write to you with a request from a reasonably ordinary (in this context, at least) person. I want to know that you’ll do all you can to make things right in our country. To lead a team that we can trust to do what will be necessary to put right the terrible things that have been done to our country, to our people.
You know the facts and figures, I don’t need to remind you of the details of just what this government is doing and has done. I’m sure positive things are happening, but the bad things, the dismissal of the poor and the disabled, has to far outweigh any good.
I want to vote for you – no other party is going to stand a chance of being able to do something. I’ve not voted for Labour before but now it would seem we need a level of socialism currently lacking in our country. We need to take care of people. I know little of politics and have a pretty simple and perhaps naive view on how things should be, but that is not wrong, perhaps actually it can be simpler than it actually is made to be after all.
Yes, there may be some who work the system, of course there are and there always will be. But in trying to rectify that, thousands of others are being punished. That is not the way to go, we are better than that and can afford to be. And it’s just not that difficult to stop the cheats – a cynic might consider the means as an excuse to cut costs. I’m not a cynical person. Indeed this whole situation is encouraging people like me to do something to help others – rather than inspiring the “big society”, David Cameron has made it a necessity.
I am able to keep working, in my own business, yes, but that’s pretty much all I can do and what so many others do who cannot work for whatever reason. But those people who do not have the resources to do something, what of them? Everybody personally knows horror stories of people being put into an untenable situation when they really cannot work but have benefits removed.
Yes, you do some odd things, like posing with The Sun – what were you thinking? Have the courage to stand by your convictions – please – we will see and respect that. But I nor other sensible people do not care how you eat a bacon butty – for goodness sake, who does eat one gracefully – that was a non-story if ever there was one and surely a desperate attempt to belittle you. Well don’t let them. Be strong, please. We know you can, you were when you responded to that despicable story about your father. We sense that you’re heart is in the right place, and we need that, we need someone to be strong and believe he can bring Britain to the great place it actually is. The country needs you, Ed. The alternatives are frightening. What will happen to the poor after another four years, to those who need us to look after them?
Yes, we know you cannot change things in an instant, but tell us what you would do, where you’d start, what you want to do, and do not be afraid to be honest. Don’t make promises that you just cannot possibly meet or based on information that you just don’t have available to you. We know it will take time to bring things to a place they’ve not been in goodness knows how long. Your predecessors did some pretty dreadful things and that is a tough legacy to bear, but what our reaction to them has resulted in is too dreadful for words. We need you, quite frankly. I’ve no idea if you really understand this or if your advisers are the ones with the power, but there are a lot of people desperate for a fair and right government, and we need you to be it.