Cleaners / Downing Street

D. Riley

11pm on 15 June 2005, I drew up in the Mall alongside Downing Street.
A heavy Nigerian looking commando in a flak jacket holding a submachine
gun barred my way at the heavy gates and said "move your car".
I said I wished to deliver a new book to Cherie Booth (Blair).
He pointed across Whitehall towards Old Scotland Yard.
Down the bottom of Derby Gate you will find someone who can accept the parcel.

I did a U-turn around the Cenotaph and headed back towards Big Ben.
Before reaching Parliament Square I turned left by the Red Lion, into Derby Gate.
At the entrance to Old Scotland yard a less menacing figure greeted me and looked at the parcel I offered.
I pulled the book out.

He read the title "BOOM BUST THE DEPRESSION OF 2010".

He looked up at me and growled:

"Britain is finished and it'll hit the wall in a couple of years. No Government can tax and borrow as heavily as this one and expect prosperity. Last week 90 cleaners in the building behind me went on strike to try to get more than the minimum wage of £ 4.85 per hour.

Last year I was paying £ 800 per month for a single bedroom flat.
It's all right for those who buy-to-let but what about these cleaners who have to live somewhere?"

I asked whether he thought that the inflation index was meaningless when property prices had gone up so much. He agreed and remarked that wages were being held down by the flood of immigrant workers.

If Blair and Brown can not even provide a living wage for those who work within 200m of 10 Downing Street, Whitehall should leave the rest of us alone, to get on with our lives