There are no circumstances in which human rights should be scrapped

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,299 Monday 28 December 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, Michael Fallon’s call for the human rights act to be suspended for the armed forces has apparently been dismissed as the ‘worst kind of jingoistic rubbish’ by Tim Farron. He carries on with his own brand of jingoism by […]

Government extremism, the elephant in the room that must be challenged

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,163 Thursday 30 July 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, Let’s talk about extremism. Now there’s an elephant sitting squarely in the middle of the room. You began your recent speech at Ninestiles School in Birmingham with the following, “Over generations, we have built something extraordinary in Britain – […]

Don’t insult the past or those who gave their all

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,123 Saturday 20 June 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, I read your Tweet today, “ISIL is one of the biggest threats our world has faced. We need to confront extremism in all its forms, violent and non-violent.” I am sure many people will be wrapping up their embarrassing […]

Rising hatred must not be allowed to decide the future of Britain

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,103 Monday 01 June 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, Figures from the Crown Prosecution Service reveal that disability hate crime has risen 213% since 2007/08 and that’s just what gets reported, the reality will be much higher. It’s hardly surprising given the relentless assaults on poor and vulnerable […]

The pyramid of power, privilege and poverty

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,087 Saturday 16 May 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, Isn’t it amazing that the same week that sees the release, after a ten year battle, of the ‘black spider memos’ of the lobbying of government by Prince Charles also sees the re-emergence of your proposal to fast track […]

Catastrophic extremism in the UK

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,086 Friday 15 May 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, Let’s keep talking about extremism. In housing! “The number of tenants evicted from their homes is at a six-year high.” “County court bailiffs in England and Wales evicted more than 11,000 families in the first three months of 2015, […]

The proposed fast tracked powers against extremism are likely to target the voices of reason

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,085 Thursday 14 May 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, I include the following in this letter because it raises the question I want to ask, what constitutes extremism? “The ASA banned the Home Office’s ‘Go Home’ travelling ad campaign, calling it ‘misleading’ as it contained inaccurate arrest statistics. […]