Culling the stock

Last Sunday I read an article on the cost of badger culling. It is enormously costly, between 2012 and 2014 we paid £16.8 million to kill 2,476 badgers, that’s £6,785 per badger. In Wales, where they use vaccinations, the cost per badger is £293, that’s £6,492 cheaper per badger, a saving of £32.5 million and […]

Sacrificing the poor to protect and reward the rich

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,403 Friday 15 April 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, Following the handing over of the HSBC files to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the subsequent investigation, just one prosecution was made although HMRC did manage to offer an amnesty to 3,600 UK customers identified as potentially hiding […]

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 […]

Universal Credit, the universal scam

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,030 Monday 16 March 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, Universal Credit. Who came up with that bright idea? I am guessing the secretary of state for work and pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, might wish to take the credit but frankly I don’t think he’s got the brains for […]

The Tory giant Ponzi scheme

A letter a day to number 10. No 964 Sunday 04 January 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, Britain is not in a crisis in any natural sense. It is a manufactured, market driven, for profit, ideologically imposed austerity fronted by you and your government. Since 2009 printing money as quantitative-easing (QE) has added £375 billion out […]

Poverty isn’t the crime, the treatment of the poor is

A letter a day to number 10. No 950 Friday 19 December 2014. Dear Mr Cameron, Today, I just thought I’d give you a breakdown of the  minimum amount the law defines a person needs to live on, currently, as far as I can tell, £71, which is £29.56 less than Iain Duncan Smith claimed […]