Obscene wealth needs sanctioning, not the poor from whom it is stolen

The wealth generated by robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be owned by the companies which exploit it, exactly the same model which has exploited human workers since the Industrial Revolution. We have been sold a myth that robots will free us from work and provide us with more leisure time. The reality is that […]

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 […]

Nothing to see here, It’s only a war on the poor

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,364 Monday 07 March 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, How is it, I wonder, that all the wealth of the nation, the media and government and business and financial markets, extremes of wealth, can just roll on as usual but we cannot reduce poverty and help the poor […]

It’s easy to judge, especially in ignorance

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,306 Monday 04 January 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, As a community and youth worker I worked in some difficult and intimidating circumstances. On one occasion there was a fight between two gangs in the youth centre car park, the weapons of choice were rounders bats and baseball […]

Poverty is violence. The welfare reform vote

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,155 Wednesday 22 July 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, What a triumph for the violently malicious and the spinelessly mediocre the voting on the Welfare Bill was. Make no mistake, poverty is violence! That’s the bottom line. And those who drive poverty as policy are no more than […]

Recovery, driving ordinary people backwards 100 years

A letter a day to number 10. No 978 Sunday 18 January 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, I hope you enjoyed your boys own back scratching session with Barack Obama as he praised you for Britain’s economic recovery.  You “must be doing something right” he declared, with you being one of his  “closest and most trusted […]