Cry freedom!

It is a very strange thing, the slave trade was abolished with the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act by the British Parliament in 1807, however it took until the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act to end slavery itself. [1]. This was achieved by giving slave owners £20 million compensation (about £16 billion today) for the […]

The dumbing down of truth

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has announced its 2016 word of the year – “Post-truth”: “Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief,” apparently first used in a 1992 essay by the late Serbian-American playwright Steve Tesich in The Nation. […]

Life’s protectors and the enemies of life

In a speech to students at DePauw University in Indiana (December 2016), David Cameron apparently said that western leaders must take steps to help those who feel left behind by globalisation and address the “movement of unhappiness” about the state of the world. He called for leaders to change course, ‘So you will see a […]

Tory dinosaurs are long past their extinction date

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,367 Thursday 10 March 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, In your campaign speech, ‘Making work pay’ you said, “Since we came to power we’ve got more people working than in our history.” Two things. Firstly, it’s an interesting term, ‘came to power’, I have a feeling that had […]

Work doesn’t pay, if it did the poor would all be richer than Cameron

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,366 Wednesday 09 March 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, In your 2015 speech, ‘Making Work Pay’, you said, “in British politics today it’s the Conservatives who are the party of working people.” You also claimed that you were trying to build a country, “where hard work is rewarded […]

Cameron accuses Junior Doctors of blocking progress in our NHS

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,324 Saturday 23 January 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, I wonder if you have an honest bone in your body. You accuse Junior Doctors of blocking progress in our NHS when it is your regressive policies they are fighting. Suggesting there is an 11% pay rise on the […]

In corporate terms, Britain was apparently broken by the janitor

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,251 Friday 06 November 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, It is always difficult to express the depths of corruption and deceit of you and your government, not least because you combine a mixture of low cunning with a breathtaking amount of utter stupidity. To put the deficit, welfare […]

Tories – ‘the party of working people, offering you security at every stage of your life.’

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,175 Tuesday 11 August 2015. The letters with links are also available at ‘Fear and loathing in Great Britain’ Dear Mr Cameron, As I have said many times, the deceit that you are making work pay is in exploiting people for more profit, making work pay […]

Cameron telling the literal truth about making work pay – the Tory way

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,165 Saturday 01 August 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, This is a letter that has come out of an email conversation with a friend who posited, “What if ‘making work pay’ isn’t another lie coming out of Cameron’s, Osborne’s and IDS’s mouths, but might actually be the truth […]

The neoliberal world grab is the greatest heist in history

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,162 Wednesday 29 July 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, It is astonishing that in a world of incredible technological achievement which advances on a daily basis and which is positively drowning in wealth, albeit highly polarised and selfishly contained and constrained, we have a government that is dragging […]