It takes courage to ask for help

The Independent reports that five families are being made homeless every hour in the UK. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation reports that ‘almost 13 million people are living in poverty in the UK’, with over half of those in families with at least one adult working. And the BBC, amongst others, reports that, ‘More than 16 […]

Punishing the poor, will it ever end?

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,510 Tuesday 02 August 2016. Dear Mrs May, Pensions come from real work, from real labour, contributions are taken out of our pay to be invested for later life. We can afford tax cuts for the rich, we can afford £93 billion in corporate welfare, we can […]

The plight of the desperate, driven by monsters

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,474 Saturday 25 June 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, If the referendum has been about anything, it’s been about framing. Britain’s exit has been received as the triumph of ignorance. Brexiteers despised as some kind of Neanderthal, sub-human, knuckle dragging, species that have destroyed Britain. And yes, divide […]

The arrogant presumption of the power of privilege

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,322 Thursday 21 January 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, I expect much from the party of lies and prejudice, but there’s one thing that tops both of these, and indeed drives them, the presumption and power of privilege. From cover ups of accusations of paedophilia to ignoring high […]