This charity chief broke the Tory gagging order on the effect of Universal Credit. Her words are heartbreaking – and infuriating

The lady in the video below is Ellie Waugh, chief executive of the charity Humanity Torbay, which aims to help the vulnerable secure homes, jobs and training. Part of that mission has involved working with the Conservative government – but this has come with strings attached, including a demand not to criticise Tory policies such […]

Urban trauma, homelessness and economic warfare

We have a problem and it’s one we need to fix urgently. Housing… to briefly put aside all the other myriad disastrous problems which lie securely at the door of the Tories and the neoliberal consensus. I’ll begin with a proposition – no one should be evicted from their home for financial reasons, as a […]

The unsung revolution

There are many people who cannot give praise, encouragement or a kind word. It’s almost as if they are regarded as sparse commodities that might run out. The point is that they are a give, a gift, from one person to another (or many others), they are the expression of an innate regard for the […]

Social exclusion and the Tories proud record

What makes Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’ so powerful is where the plot impacts on life. Most films and documentaries take for granted certain elements of life, like eating and shelter. Such things are assumed, a meal – at ‘home’, in a cafe or restaurant, and access to a home, cafe or restaurant which means […]

The utter contempt of those in power for ordinary people

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,538 Tuesday 30 August 2016. Dear Mrs May, What is happening within the Labour party has repercussions for all of us, but more broadly what the parliamentary Labour party and you Tories have in common is utter contempt for ordinary people and democracy. What has been revealed […]

The brutalised lives of the economically excluded

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,531 Tuesday 23 August 2016. Dear Mrs May, Another homeless person has been attacked on the streets of Britain and is now in a coma, fighting for his life. I cannot accuse your government of doing nothing when it is doing so much to create such fragile […]

Compassionate, one-nation government? Tory gallows humour

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,380 Wednesday 23 March 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, Someone commented on my Facebook page about your party yesterday… “and they are supposed to work for us???” I chuckled. Funny how you can laugh about something that is not remotely funny and which is, in fact, a sick […]

Bailiffs throw 269 people a day out of their homes

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,341 Saturday 13 February 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, Last year in England and Wales there were 42,728 landlord repossessions by bailiffs, that’s 117 families or individuals being forced out of their homes every day, reportedly equating to a daily total of 269 people losing a roof over […]

The staggering genius of Iain Duncan Smith

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,295 Thursday 24 December 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, The staggering genius of Iain Duncan Smith! If people don’t want to lose out under Universal credit, which Smith has insisted will not happen, all they have to do is work an extra 200 hours a year, according the […]

Britain’s got its mojo back and Osborne is very proud

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,281 Thursday 10 December 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, The boy’s own Chancellor speaks to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Britain’s air strikes in Syria – “Britain has got its mojo back and we are going to be with you as we reassert Western […]