The war on the poor is a crime against humanity

Jobseekers allowance – Single unemployed under 25 – £57.90, over 25 – £73.10 – a week In the following I make no attempt to be impartial. not to the system. the government, its officials and especially the Department for Work and Pensions all of which act with extreme prejudice against the lives and well being […]

‘Activate’ for right of centre bigotry and hate

On 1st March 2018 Activate UK, which proclaims it is ‘Actively engaging young people in the right of centre politics’, posted the following Tweet on Twitter: “As the cold settles in and the national gas supply is running low we are hearing horrific stories… All across the country, Socialists are being forced to put their […]

Can you feel it?

We are much more complex creatures than we give ourselves credit for and certainly more than those who mis-govern us give us credit for. If you’ve paid any attention to the government over the last seven years you’ll doubtless have learnt that our only worth is in whether we are working or not, and if […]

Working class and proud of it

You may recall George Osborne cynically using the brutal and vicious murder of six children by Mick Philpott to monster benefits recipients and the welfare state. This is what he had to say, “Philpott is responsible for these absolutely horrendous crimes and these are crimes that have shocked the nation. The courts are responsible for […]

When the going gets tough the Tories throw a pity party

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,402 Thursday 14 April 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, Pity you poor Tories, trapped in a world of wealth and privilege that’s none of your making (just inherited) and not your fault. As Charles Moore said in the Telegraph, “David Cameron’s fate is to be caught in the […]

Instead of an apology from Osborne we get insults

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,382 Friday 25 March 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, John McDonnell, Labour’s shadow Chancellor, stood at the despatch box opposite George Osborne and called for him to, “Apologise for the pain and anguish he’s caused disabled people and their families for the last two weeks.” He went on, […]

The Tories are obsessed with beating down the poor

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,300 Tuesday 29 December 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, Since 2010 you have successfully worked to demonise and then punish the poor, ably assisted by the media. George Osborne even included an attack on the poor in his 2012 conference speech, “Where is the fairness, we ask, for […]

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, […]

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 […]

Tax Credits may be headlining, but Tory betrayal is nothing new

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,242 Tuesday 27 October 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, When reality comes calling it can be a very painful experience. As welcome as the furore over tax credit cuts is, it is tragedy that all the harm you’ve caused to the poorest and most vulnerable people in Britain […]