Dear Mrs TeePot: an MP’s response

You may, or may not, recall my Dear So and So from a while back which was a minor edit on a letter I sent to my MP. Well, he has replied and one is not amused. In fact, one thinks it is a waste of paper.

I have included a scan of the letter itself but I’m going to  type it out for you too in case you can’t see it so well in the blown up version. I am, however, going to add my own translations, using MrsTeePot Translates – Bullshit Detector, so you all know just how peed off I am with the whole situation and why I have absolutely zero intentions to ever move back to the UK.

Dear Ms (TeePot)
I have decided to refer to you as Ms despite your rather strong feelings on the subject, (but I shall let that slide as you evidently don’t read my blog.)

I am sorry that you are still experiencing such health problems.
*Copies from Government approved response book of replies*

I realise that you are concerned about the Government’s proposals to reform DLA and replace it with a new Personal Independence
Oh for Pete’s sake, not another one of these letters! I haven’t actually read your letter and am sending a generic reply
Payment. I understand that concern but I want to assure you that those who are genuinely sick, disabled or retired have nothing to
You are evidently not sick , therefore I have no need to deal with you as you are obviously benefit scrounging scum
fear. I know that this Government does not regard caring for those in need as a burden, but as a proud duty. I believe that it is right to
*Checks notes about replying to these worries* – ah yes, we do care…duty…
make sure that people entitled to this support get the help that they need and that those capable of working do go out to work.
You have been deemed ‘fit for work’ and should therefore be working. I have no even bothered to read your letter.

I am pleased that you are being supported by the CAB, I am sure they will offer you every assistance.
Oh good, it’s not my problem, someone else is dealing with you.

Yours sincerely
Not giving a hoot

So, ATOS don’t give a damn, the media doesn’t give a damn, my MP doesn’t give a damn and the rest of Government doesn’t give a damn.

Anyone remember the saying:

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Well they’re coming, and “they” aren’t the Tories, or the Liberal’s, or even Labour. They are everyone in power. They are everyone who gets these letters and pushes them to one side, who ignores the blog posts, the marches and the pleas. And it seems they have taken down the sick, when will you speak out?


  1. Zero

    This applies across the board. Governments around the world are doing terrible things to their own citizens. For countries the like those in the UK or like my country, USA, they are masked by bullshit ‘reasons’: it’s a recession, we are in debt, we can’t afford to help EVERYONE… In reality money isn’t even backed by any value anymore and when, someday, the world stops fighting over worthless bills and coins this will be in the history books as hilariously sad… or we’ll all kill each other while we wait.

    I know you very well and we have similar issues. To say that because you can work some, you can work enough to support yourself isn’t even logical for anyone to assume about anyone. I can’t work a typical job. Maybe if I can manage to get some training I can work in a career that doesn’t kill me, but you need money to do that.

    PS: You deserve better. I know you know these dicks don’t care, but remember those of us who do.

    1. Mrs TeePot

      Thanks hun. It still baffles me that people are letting this happen in this day and age, it’s so wrong.

  2. bubbleboo

    What a pile of bullshit. Don’t give up though, Livi. We may not be able to do it alone, but when we band together, boy can we shout loud.


    1. Mrs TeePot

      I sure hope so sweety, I really do!

  3. WeeWifie @ One Epic Holiday

    This letter is a disgust to the parliamentary system.

    He is basically saying YOU are not GENUINELY ill, or your payments would not have stopped. One word for him…. CUNT. Sorry for those reading who don’t like that word – but sometimes the ONLY word required to describe someone… and this is the case here.

    Letter was also way too generic. What a utter (insert that C word again here). So much for MP’s being a port of call to approach for help these days. It is truly despicable!!

    He’s not even mentioned the fact that you were expected to live off NOTHING for 6 months since you were not applicable to ANY benefits. This HAS to change… people cannot be forced from one benefit type to NOTHING. This is basically forcing people homeless and on the streets – or like in your case – having to move in with relatives for support. Unfortunately for you, yours were in FRANCE (and able to take you in might I add – not every parent/relative would be able to do so thus forcing someone on the streets). In France you’ve been whipped away from your support systems… your mental health team and General Practitioner doctor. Disgusting. Truly disgusting.

    How can these things be allowed to happen in this day and age in a country such as ours!? This country is not a Great country… it is not Great Britain – it is DISGRACEFUL Britain.

    1. Mrs TeePot

      Love it when you get all riled! 😛

      I have to agree, although I wasn’t even angry, just resigned to the fact that it is more proof that no one gives a damn.

  4. Gill

    Hiya i’ve read your blog for ages but don’t think i’ve ever commented before, this response from your mp is a disgrace. sounds like he’s saying you’re not really ill so therefore deserve to have your payments stopped! unbelievable. i do genuinely feel for you and am glad you had a parent to take you in even though that meant moving to france. i suffer from mental illness not as badly as you, i’m expecting this to soon come my way. i wish you all the best 🙂

    1. Mrs TeePot

      Hi, thanks for taking the time to comment. I sincerely hope that your assessment is more accurate than mine was, or that it doesn’t come round at all. The whole system is a shambles.
      Have everything crossed for you. If you do find yourself stuck get in touch with CAB, they helped me loads.

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