The benign glade of Anarchy

Some years ago I likened anarchy to a forest glade, each form of life flourishing in its own sovereign way as it is able, calling no ‘other’ master. Of course nature has no use for democracy and yet in the glade is democracy in its purest form. It is exercised subject only to the laws […]

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 […]

2010, the rise of state cruelty, the gloves are off

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,535 Saturday 27 August 2016. Dear Mrs May, Since 2010 we have seen the rise and rise of state cruelty. This isn’t about injustice, that’s normal, built into the system and has been from time immemorial. In days of yore, brutal men would just grab any land […]

Cameron out, May in

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,491 Tuesday 12 July 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, I do not expect anything democratic from the Tory party, no one in their right mind would, but to see members of the Parliamentary Labour Party showing contempt for democracy is a sign of just how far down the […]

The Brexit plan that never was

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,477 Tuesday 28 June 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, This was reported on Sky news, a conservative MP who was a member of the leave campaign was asked by Sky News Political Editor Faisal Islam, “Where’s the plan, can we see the Brexit plan now?” The response was, […]

The Tories and the referendum, bring on the clowns

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,459 Thursday 09 June 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, It is at least unfortunate that we have three of the worst characters possible representing the Tory case for leaving the EU, at worst it is wilful manipulation to swing the referendum in favour of staying in the EU. […]

Cameron is going to let us have an EU referendum, how exc….zzzzzzzz

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,345 Wednesday 17 February 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, I’m fascinated by the upcoming referendum on Europe and all the shenanigans that must go on as you negotiate the terms for our continued membership or our exercising the nuclear option to launch the dread Brexit. In my better […]

We can bail out the banks but the steel industry is abandoned

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,216 Wednesday 30 September 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, Did Conservative MP James Wharton, the Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse, really say, “An industry which has made a loss over each of the last three years would pass that responsibility to the tax payer”? The […]

They who sow the wind, reap the whirlwind

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,215 Tuesday 29 September 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, Precariat: “In sociology and economics, the precariat is a social class formed by people suffering from precarity, which is a condition of existence without predictability or security, affecting material or psychological welfare as well as being a member of […]

Detroit, Detroit! ‘The Free Markets’ – another name for Armageddon…

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,207 Monday 21 September 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, In many ways, though I am not an historical expert, Detroit today stands as a monument to capitalism and, indeed, neoliberalism. It stands as a testament to corruption, betrayal and abandonment, a city and its people used and abused […]