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A Letter from another White Van Man to Emily Thornberry MP

Dear Ms Thornberry,

I read in The Sun about the way you sneered at Dan from Rochester on Twitter and it made me sick, it made me want to give you a piece of my mind too. Before I start my rant at you, I’ll admit I’ve used a ghost writer for this. Why? I didn’t want you sneering at my poor written English. Before you mock me for that admission, I’ll tell you why it’s poor.

My Dad did a flit before I went to school. We lived in the East End of London, and mum struggled with no maintenance. She had no choice which school I went to, unlike you with your University Professor dad and Teacher mum. They could afford to send you to private school or live in the right area to get a good school. But I went to cr*p schools, the ones you Westminster politicians decided we had to have with no choice. And while I went to school, more and more immigrants came into our class: the teachers spent all their time with them, struggling with language and keeping up with the rest of the class. I lost interest, played up and left school with nothing, just about able to read The Sun and not a lot more.

After a few years of wasting my life, including a bit of time inside (you do know what that means lady, don’t you?) for a bit of petty thieving, I got a sexy girlfriend. I sharpened up, got a job, working as a chippie, learning my trade the hard way: humping and dumping and making the tea, but getting a City and Guilds for Joinery in the end.  I was really proud of that for the rubbish start I’d had in life, and dragging myself up by my bootstraps. Proud, like you would have been when you got your fancy degree in Law.

I started working as a contractor on the sites: it was good money in those days, and I started thinking about marrying my gorgeous girlfriend, settling down and raising a family.

When we started looking at houses, we couldn’t find a council house, sh*t, I mean social housing, so I thought about buying on a mortgage. But even then, in London, property prices were way too high, let alone the crazy prices now. So, we moved outside London, to Essex, near the sea and countryside, but close enough to London to still work on juicy contracts in the City. And, we managed to escape from being surrounded by the United Nations – the ghost writer tells me I mustn’t swear about some of the effing ‘orrible things those people did, ‘cos I might be called a racist. I’m no racist, but if they want to live in my country, I expect them to respect the law, to join in the community and not want it all their own way.

So, we settled down, we had two great kids, the contracts kept coming, the rates stayed high, but slowly things started to get worse. When all those Poles and Hungarians were allowed in, on top of the Asians already taking some of the jobs, the hourly rates started dropping. I started working longer hours, the traffic got worse and worse, and my days got longer and longer – I was knackered by the time I got home and needed the whole weekend just to recover.

Then the bankers b*ggered it all up in 2008 – contracts were few and far between, and work was stop-start. But, as a self-employed contractor, I couldn’t get unemployment pay, and things got tougher and tougher – thank God the mortgage rates came down, but prices kept going up. Pay rates kept going down, East Europeans happy to work for less than us Brits, and some were a safety liability with language issues.

And it got worse, as work picked up, I noticed that immigrants were beginning to move into our town. The roads were now getting more and more clogged – I sit in traffic jams at 5:30 in the morning now going into London, and all it takes is an evening rush hour accident, and there’s effing grid lock. The government are clamping down on us contractors too, trying to get more and more tax from us, but they don’t care we can’t claim benefits and have to pay for our own training and sickness.

Oh, and the kids are struggling at school, now the classes are so overcrowded with immigrants who need extra help – bigger classes, less teacher time for the English speaking kids. And my mum was very ill – the NHS treated her really badly, the doctors and nurses seemed more interested in paperwork rather than caring for patients, and the hospital treated her like she was sh*t.  In fact, they killed her: she caught an infection, dying of it. I tried to complain, but the whole thing got whitewashed.

And we’re really struggling paying the heating bills with all these windmills on rich people’s land we’re getting, and my mates at work say there will be power cuts this winter when they shut down the coal-fired power stations. Is the government stupid, or something?

You know what, Ms Thornberry, this is all your fault, your party’s fault till 2010, and then Posh Dave and his lot since then pretending to be New Labour.  You know what you’ve done, as a barrister you must be an intelligent person and I don’t need to spell it out, but you’ve let all these extra people in who drive down wages, make work harder to get, and fill up our schools, hospitals and roads. You’ve also messed up the economy, raised taxes and increased prices .

Other than the family, the one bit of happiness in my life is when my team wins. If West Ham thrash Spurs, or England slaughters the Krauts, I’m a happy bunny, so that’s why the English flag also flies outside my house like it does Dan’s. AND, I’m proud to be English. Got that, lady?

And there you are, living in your posh expensive houses, with overpaid jobs, snouts in the politics trough while the ordinary working man and his family suffers… and you sneer at us. Call yourself a LABOUR MP? Fighting for the rights of the working man? Understand our problems? Like hell you do!

I hope I never hear about you again. I’ve never been interested in politics but after what you did to White Van Man Dan, I’m going to vote UKIP, not only to stick two fingers up to you, Mili-whatsit (another one in a classy expensive Islington house), Posh Dave and that Clegg bloke, but because now I’m listening to Nigel Farage, and he makes a lot of sense to me.

Lady, don’t you ever dare take a picture of my van outside my house….

Yours very sincerely,

(Name withheld)

 

(Note: This letter is entirely fictional, but we’d like to believe it’s what the genuine article might be like if another White Man Van did send a letter to Emily Thornberry)

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13 Comments on A Letter from another White Van Man to Emily Thornberry MP

  1. The Emperors New Clothes // December 4, 2014 at 8:11 am //

    The best thing to do with the Emily Thornberry’s of this country is to fly the flag of St George, if you live in England. or the Saltire flags if you live in Scotland & Wales NI etc. On special days fly the Union flag (not the EU flag).
    There has been a concerted plan by predominately leftist parties, which includes the Tories, for several decades to make everyone ashamed of their own identity. To tag anyone that flies the flag as a racist/nationalist. Not the done thing. When you think about it though, it is an intolerable imposition to place on the people of a country, to make them feel ashamed to show loyalty to their own country and national identity.
    and for decades people have felt uncomfortable to show this patriotic behavior of ones own country in the United Kingdom. It was OK to associate flying a flag with a football match, but beyond that, you were treading on eggshells.
    You have to ask Why is this the case?
    The British gave the planet, most of what we enjoy today. Most of the technological advances can be found in British laboritories and garden sheds. from plastic to Aviation design, bridge building, pharmaceupial advances. We gave the world an international language, English. We gave a significant proportion of the world Common Law, which is vastly superior to Corpus Juris, we encouraged democracy to the world. We gave the world human rights. We saved the planet, from tyrants in two world wars, acting as the world policeman. The list you could make on proud achievements that Great Britain has done, over the course of 1000 years, knocks sock off most other countries, in historical achievements.
    What is there to be ashamed of? Almost nothing at all. No doubt there are some incidents in our rich history not to proud of,, like the slave trade, but we were also the main instigators to abolish the slave trade. Even back then the British knew it was wrong and we did something about it. How many other countries can say they have a clean sheet on particular period in their past. They all fly their flags and are not afraid to show it.
    Fly your flag before the Emily Thornberry’s take your country away.

  2. Well said it’s our flag it’s our country if it up sets anyone then it’s time to cick them out

  3. Well said its about time people wake up before they take over

  4. Ten years ago, the anger expressed in that letter would have found an outlet elsewhere, in certain other parties and groups. If that anger can be channelled effectively in UKIP, then all the better. If UKIP can assuage that anger with real policies that work, then even better, for all of us.

  5. My family and I stopped voting Labour a long time ago. We vote UKIP. The Labour Party just like the Liberal and Conservatives are a bunch of hypocrites who have the audacity to preach to the public is beyond any decent citizen. This is the time to teach them all a lesson they will never forget.

    All those who have the future of their children, grandchildren and the country at heart should desert the main stream parties. They offended our intelligence for far too long. VOTE UKIP.

    “The people are the masters. They have only to express their wants at large and in gross. We are the expert artists; we are skilful workmen, to shape their desires into perfect form and to fit the utensil to the use. They are the sufferers, they tell the symptoms of the complaint; but we know the exact seat of the disease and how to apply the remedy according to the rules of art. How shocking would it be to see us pervert our skills into sinister and servile dexterity for the purpose of evading our duty and defrauding our employers, who are our natural lords of the object of their just expectations.” Edmund Burke

    “The proper business of a statesman is to contrive the means by which certain ends may be effected, leaving it to the general voice of the country to determine what those ends shall be and shaping his own conduct, not according to his own principles, but according to the wishes of the people for who he legislates and whom he is bound to obey.” Edmund Burke

    “The love of exercising power has been found to be so universal, that no class of men who have possessed authority have been able to avoid abusing it.” Edmund Burke

    “When government and the general public differ, government is generally in the wrong.” Edmund Burke

  6. My family and I stopped voting Labour a long time ago. We vote UKIP. The Labour Party just like the Liberal and Conservatives are a bunch of hypocrites who have the audacity to preach to the public is beyond any decent citizen. This is the time to teach them all a lesson they will never forget.

    All those who have the future of their children, grandchildren and the country at heart should desert the main stream parties. They offended our intelligence for far too long. VOTE UKIP.

    “The people are the masters. They have only to express their wants at large and in gross. We are the expert artists; we are skilful workmen, to shape their desires into perfect form and to fit the utensil to the use. They are the sufferers, they tell the symptoms of the complaint; but we know the exact seat of the disease and how to apply the remedy according to the rules of art. How shocking would it be to see us pervert our skills into sinister and servile dexterity for the purpose of evading our duty and defrauding our employers, who are our natural lords of the object of their just expectations.” Edmund Burke

    “The proper business of a statesman is to contrive the means by which certain ends may be effected, leaving it to the general voice of the country to determine what those ends shall be and shaping his own conduct, not according to his own principles, but according to the wishes of the people for who he legislates and whom he is bound to obey.” Edmund Burke

    “The love of exercising power has been found to be so universal, that no class of men who have possessed authority have been able to avoid abusing it.” Edmund Burke

    “When government and the general public differ, government is generally in the wrong.” Edmund Burke

  7. David Warwicker // November 23, 2014 at 1:48 am //

    I began work at at Greenwich University in around 2000. The left wingers on my first day were airbrushing-out union jacks on the photos of students they had photographed because they didn’t want the union flag to appear in their prospectus. If anyone want more information, get in touch. I will gladly blow the whistle.

  8. The letter whether from an actual person or not, rings true, setting out very clearly the unforgivable way that the true white working class people of this country have been treated by the sneery establishment elite of a lll three parties. I am from a lower middle class background, and now after a lifetime of hard work and achievement, am enjoying a comfortable lifestyle. But in my Grammar School in South Wales in the 60s, there were many working class boys and girls, so I can relate to their struggles and feel a genuine empathy. They are of my people, my countrymen and women. I was fooled by the Conservatives for years, but Cameron revealed to me just how insincere and empty these people are, traitors in fact. So I am proud to have thrown in my lot, politically, with the predominately working class people in my local Ukip branch. Things are never going back to where they were. The dust has been kicked up into the air, the winds of change will continue blowing and a new, better pattern will emerge. Damn the political establishment ! I want rid of them, and people of integrity and principle with their hands on the lever of power, not these heartless deceivers, cheats and impostors. The Peoples Army marches forwards.

  9. The letter may be entirely fictional – but it chimes very well with what I’m hearing from the same ordinary people in the streets, on the bus just listening in to their phone conversations.
    They also might have written such a letter, but they already know it won’t change a thing, so they also will vote UKIP.
    The greatest shock for me was when my elderly friend, 86 years of age and a committed Christian, told me in a whisper that she’d actually voted UKIP in the EU Elections. I’d never ever would’ve thought she’d do such a thing.

    So there you are – white van man and his mum, dad and granny are everywhere, and they vote!

    • I agree, it’s obviously a work of pure fiction which really is as insulting to ordinary people as the stupidity of Emily Thornberry but the sentiment is right as are most of the observations of how disastrous uncontrolled immigration has been to working people, the majority of which are low paid.

      • I didn’t think it was insulting to ordinary people.

        In fact, I think it rings true, and ordinary people do have exactly these experiences – only they don’t know how to put it on paper. But they do talk about these experiences.

        After all, how many are there who have missed out thanks to Blair’s ‘education education education’, and are semi-literate when they enter college, so that they need remedial courses at University!

        Also, in my experience, ordinary people do not mind at all, when asked politely, if one can write about what they say and think.

        What they cannot stand, and rightly so, is being patronised because they lack certain literary skills which the ‘literati’ and champagne socialists value so much. It is this pretension which ordinary people hate – and this letter was in no way pretentious or patronising, or indeed insulting.

        • Ivorschwartzporsche // November 22, 2014 at 11:29 pm //

          I’ve listened to many a similar caller into LBC radio like this story. All genuine by the tone and distress.

      • Bryan Tomlinson // November 23, 2014 at 9:36 am //

        As an ordinary person, I am not insulted by this letter.
        I am insulted by the Establishment and their political, corporate and media parasites on a daily basis.

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