Slave nation

Workfare Sanctions Jobcentres – Britain’s secret penal system Zero hours contracts Cuts to workplace protections Cuts to legal aid Gig economy Getting rid of safety ‘red tape’ Scrapping social housing Scrapping housing benefit for young people Food banks Child poverty Extreme inequality The ‘free’ market economy Government attacks on disabled people The intention to scrap […]

Disgusting over privileged oafs

In 2010 the incoming government was handed a note penned by departing treasury minister Liam Byrne which read, “Dear chief secretary, I’m afraid there is no money. Kind regards – and good luck! Liam”. It was, of course, a joke, the kind of joke shared between colleagues which us Brits are, or were, rather good […]

Britain has gone to the dogs

(This last week has been one of the worst I have lived through in a long time and I make no apologies that it is reflected in this piece of writing) Here’s a very simple statement, the consequences, however, are anything but… There is no democracy without accountability. All too often the first casualty in […]

I am not a democracy

On March 17th 2012 I chose to enter the political ‘arena’ in a pro-active way by writing ‘a letter a day to number 10’. It was a personal decision because I had passed the tipping point in what I could stomach from a government which continues to have a callous disregard for the lives and […]

Dear Tories, thanks, but no thanks

I would very much like the government to stop caring for me through the replacement of Trident and supporting a first strike nuclear option. I would like them to stop pouring their concern and consideration on me through austerity and cuts to front line services and privatising my health care. I would also like them […]

This lamentable green and pleasant land

I spent last evening with friends at a barbecue where I was gently reminded what a green and pleasant land Britain really is. This image I took is neither unusual or rare in Britain, it is the norm for most of these islands. Britain sits on a sweet spot on the planet, a goldilocks spot, […]

For the many

The Conservative party has thrown all caution to the wind in their self interested pursuit of privilege and power over the cares, concerns, and needs of ordinary people and anyone who is not outraged at what they are doing fails the litmus test for basic humanity, as indeed do the Tories themselves. The fundamental problem […]