There is no possible excuse for treating us like scum

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,292 Monday 21 December 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, Research by the National Federation of ALMOs and the Association of Retained Council Housing reveals that because of the built in seven week wait for Universal Credit before any payment is made 89% of claimants are in rent arrears. […]

Increasing social mobility is another grand Tory lie

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,291 Sunday 20 December 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, I’ve been looking again at your attack on lifetime tenancies in social housing because it contains another, typical, Tory falsehood. Before I get to that, though, the Guardian reports that the government communities department considers tenancies for life are […]

Propaganda, PR and spin, managing public deception

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,290 Saturday 19 December 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, Nice to see that you’ve had to increase the number of your special advisers and spin doctors which cost us £11.1 million last year because if anyone needs them, you do. I am fascinated by the world of PR/spin/propaganda, […]

A man who breaks his word is a curse upon the land

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,289 Friday 18 December 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, Your 2015 manifesto pledged: “Over the next five years, we will put in place stronger protections for our natural landscapes… Our plan is to conserve and enhance our natural environment so that this remains the most beautiful country in […]

The links between DWP policy and Nazi Germany cannot be ignored

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,288 Thursday 17 December 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, The thinker and teacher Jiddu Krishnamurti said, “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society”. This has been dismissed by some as an excuse for self righteousness amongst dissidents and activists as […]

Andy Coulson wants young people to become model citizens. Zzzztttt.

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,287 Wednesday 16 December 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, Sometimes I definitely think there’s been a glitch in the Matrix, today was one of those days. It seems Andy Coulson has called on you to make the National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme compulsory in the hopes of helping […]

Poverty is violence, benefit sanctions are extreme state violence

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,286 Tuesday 15 December 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, I am sure that Iain Duncan Smith will dismiss the latest research on sanctions by Financial Action and Advice Derbyshire as anecdotal or as claimant bias or politically motivated but it can come as no surprise that the findings […]

The government and corporations bitterly oppose democracy

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,285 Monday 14 December 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, Since Jeremy Corbyn’s election to become the leader of the Labour party through a genuinely participative democratic process and, indeed, in the run up to that election, I have been taken aback by the histrionics of you, the right […]

Britain – this is what a dictatorship looks like

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,284 Sunday 13 December 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, I have to say that the move in Britain from a putative liberal democracy to a dictatorship has been impressive. I grant you that, and the money and interests that you serve. After all what does a dictatorship look […]

Benefit denial is the raison d’être of the DWP under IDS

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,283 Saturday 12 December 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, You know, some fool once said, ‘there’s no such thing as a free lunch’ which is really just a triumph of cynicism but which sums up you Tories to a T. I have to wonder if you’ve ever done […]