Excerpt from “The Final Cut” DCI Miller #5

Miller 5 “The Final Cut”
#Kindle release date 27/11/2017

Somebody has started viciously attacking DWP staff in Manchester. It looks as though the brutal, “life-changing” assaults are connected to the sadistic, systematic “sanctions” and “work-assessments” which are ruthlessly taking away benefits from the most vulnerable people in society, leaving them with nothing.

The public are appalled by the crimes, although many believe that this kind of retaliation was inevitable.

DCI Andy Miller and his team are going to have to dig deep and come up with something extra special in order to put a stop to this madness, as the sheer scale of the DWP’s vindictive treatment of the poorest comes into the spotlight, and becomes the nation’s biggest talking point.

THE FINAL CUT, the 5th DCI Miller adventure. Release date Monday 27th November 2017

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Miller 1 is “One Man Crusade”
Miller 2 is “Neighbours From Hell”
Miller 3 is “Road To Nowhere”
Miller 4 is “Gone Too Far”

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EXCERPT FROM THE FINAL CUT:

Part of the trick that had been pulled in turning the nation against the poor was the demonization of council house tenants. Most of the UK’s council housing stock was built in the years following the second world war. Hundreds of thousands of smart new council homes were built, the mantra at the time was “homes for heroes” as the government looked for new ways to create jobs, create affordable, good quality housing, and of course, provide nice new homes for the British people, as the old Victorian slums were cleared.

Council homes were, and still are, extremely good earners. They have all paid for themselves dozens of times over, and they provide excellent, self-sustaining income to their local councils. There is not a Town Hall in the land that would say that the local council estate wasn’t a nice little earner. The vast majority of people who live in council housing are nice, decent, hard-working folk who go out to work and keep themselves to themselves, watch Strictly or X-Factor on Saturday night, and try and get away for a fortnight every summer, just like everybody else in the UK.

But as part of the war on the poor, the same TV shows that have incensed tax-payers about “their tax” going towards ciggies and tattoos, and boob jobs for the lazy bastards, also set their sights on council tenants, tarnishing them with the same brush. In historical terms, this is a very new thing, a brand new phenomenon, where the UK media has tried to shame council tenants about the fact that they live in a council property. It began in London, where TV crews would show workless families living in rented council accommodation, pointing out to their viewers that young professional families were paying two thousand pounds a month in rent, for a place that wasn’t as big or as nice. And it wasn’t fair.

In a relatively short time, between 1979 and today, the housing system has changed. At the end of the seventies, 42% of the population lived in a council house. Today, that figure is only 8%. Of those 8%, there are undeniable instances of “out-of-control” people who blight their local communities. But in the main, the media have succeeded in convincing the other 92% of people in Britain that council house tenants are up to no good. Using rare examples of individuals who trash their homes, create anti-social problems, and who live chaotic, troubled lives, the establishment has managed to tar all council tenants with the same brush. It was utterly ridiculous, in exactly the same way that suggesting all 1980’s TV personalities were child molesters, would be.

But, if you repeat a lie enough times, it becomes the truth. And as the UK struggles to find enough housing to contain its growing, ageing population, the fact is that millions more council homes will have to be built. Whether the UK’s media will demonise all of the future tenants as they do today’s tenants remains to be seen. But no other policy highlights and illuminates the government’s complete and utter contempt for the poor than the “bedroom tax.”

This policy was, in theory, a way of making better use of council housing stock. The stock was in short supply, as a result of the 1980’s policy of selling the council houses off at discounted prices to tenants, in the biggest pre-election voter bribe that the world has ever seen. It won Thatcher another term in office, but it also wiped out the nation’s council housing stock practically overnight as tenants bought their council property for a fraction of the market cost.

No more council houses were built, at least not in any serious numbers. The resulting demand on council housing waiting lists became overwhelming, and a new industry was born. Buy to let properties, where private landlords bought up streets and streets of run-down properties in the worst areas of town, in many cases from as little as £500 per house. The “Victorian slum clearance” had gone full circle. There were many that were sold for as little as £1, because of the amount of work that was needed to make the property fit for human inhabitation. These new landlords were delighted with the deal. They could offer sub-standard houses to the local councils to rehome people into, for astronomically inflated rates, and without the usual rules and regulations that went with a secure council tenancy. It was yet another win for the rich, and another blow for the poorest in society. The Tory idea to sell off the council houses in order to gain working-class votes was the gift that kept on giving, and the fact that a third of the nation’s MPs are private landlords today, and that 309 Conservative MPs voted against the “fit for human habitation bill” lays testament to this fact.

In 2010, the nation was facing a council-house shortage, and consequently, the bedroom tax idea was born. The idea was simple enough. If you are on benefits, and you have bedrooms that you don’t use, you would now have to pay an extra subsidy on each room. This meant that a sixty-two year old woman living by herself in a three-bed house was now facing an extra forty pounds a week cost. The idea was that she would surrender the big house and move into a little one-bedroom property. The basic theory made sense. But there was a problem. There were no one-bedroom little properties. There were just hundreds of thousands of poor people in big houses, being charged a ridiculous subsidy on spare rooms. There was no alternative accommodation for them to move to, they just had to stay put, and pay the extra subsidy, whilst the government ignored the gargantuan flaw in their plan. Rather than show some humanity, hold their hands up and admit that they’d got it wrong, they simply lied and lied about what a great success it had been.

This policy was just another example of how disgracefully the government have treated the poor since 2010. The roll out of the Universal Credit was said to be the “box-set” of benefits, a new simpler, easier to navigate system for the most-needy in British society. The small print however, is that from the date of registering for Universal Credit, which would cover unemployment, or disability, or income support, an applicant will automatically wait six weeks until their first payment. Not only is that impossible to sustain human life, but it is also negative in trying to find rented accommodation as no landlord is prepared to wait six weeks until the first payment. As though this was all part of a sick joke, the government set up a phone number for Universal Credit applicants in need of an emergency payment, which costs 55 pence per minute to call. It all seemed like a very sinister, dark, satire sketch show based around rich people being deliberately cruel to poor people.

Sadly, this was no sketch show. This was the reality of life for millions of poor people, whose crime in the eyes of the state, was to be born with nothing.

Now, after seven years of this sustained, unforgiving and wholly unchristian attack against them, it had become clear that somebody out there had snapped. Somebody, somewhere had had enough, and was kicking back. Whoever that person was, it seemed that he was so desperate to highlight the injustice of the war on the poor, that he was prepared to seriously maim the people who were at the coal-face of delivering the hatred. This was a deplorable way of trying to attract support for a campaign, and even to those who had the greatest sympathy for the appalling way that the British poor were being treated, there was an insurmountable sense of disgust and anger about the attacks, and a steely determination that the perpetrator of these sadistic, cold-blooded crimes was not going to achieve anything by this, come-what-may.

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THE FINAL CUT, the 5th DCI Miller adventure. Release date Monday 27th November 2017

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