Slaves of money

No greater insult or contempt has ever been visited on ordinary working people than the advent of waged work and stealing the fruits of the bulk of our labour and calling it profit. Organised labour has gained us many hard won concessions and protections, but even today a wage does not in any way represent […]

In a world gone mad

For time out of mind and in the words of the old song: ‘It’s the same the whole world over It’s the poor wot gets the blame It’s the rich wot gets the pleasure Ain’t it all a bleedin’ shame.’ Were Robert Tressell, who wrote ‘The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists’, alive today, despite all the technological advances […]

Philip Green is not happy, he’s lucky, they hung Dick Turpin

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,530 Monday 22 August 2016. Dear Mrs May, Philip Green is not a happy bunny. Holidaying on his £100 million boat, he was confronted onshore by Sky news reporter, David Bowden, who said to him, “Sir Philip, people want to know why you’re on holiday when they […]

The true state of dependency exists in the fragile world of work

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,191 Thursday 27 August 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, In his recent speech on work, health and disability Iain Duncan Smith made a great many extravagant claims, not least the following regarding what you supposedly inherited from Labour in 2010: *    nearly one in five households had no […]

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 […]

Cameron must be very proud to be maintaining traditional British values

2nd letter a day to number 10. No 1,110 Sunday 07 June 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, The following is an excerpt from Robert Tressel’s The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists: first published 1914. In 100 years, how little has changed. You must be very proud to be maintaining such traditional British values. ‘They have monopolized everything that it […]