Are they joking? UN poverty expert thought Tory response to his report was a ‘spoof’

Personal comment From Fear and Loathing in Great Britain: ” The lesson to learn from the government response to Philip Alston’s report on extreme poverty in the UK is that the Conservatives are driven by a deadly narcissistic ignorance that puts every one of our lives at risk, the exact same brutal ignorance that gave […]

This charity chief broke the Tory gagging order on the effect of Universal Credit. Her words are heartbreaking – and infuriating

The lady in the video below is Ellie Waugh, chief executive of the charity Humanity Torbay, which aims to help the vulnerable secure homes, jobs and training. Part of that mission has involved working with the Conservative government – but this has come with strings attached, including a demand not to criticise Tory policies such […]

Truth in politics

Seeing the title of this piece, readers can be forgiven if their immediate reaction is that I am just being ridiculously naive. Politicians and lying go together like a horse and carriage, fish and chips, Batman and Robin, Theresa May and Brexit cluster fuck. Surely everybody knows that! When David Cameron became Prime Minister in […]

The Tories handling of Brexit is entirely consistent with their intent

Trying to fathom the Tory strategy over Brexit is not dissimilar to trying to work out where you were and where you were going in one of London’s infamous smogs in years past in which, sometimes, you were unable to see your hand in front of your face. I well remember being completely disoriented, not […]

Fight to win and break the Tories

The right wing media, the Telegraph, Sun, Mail, Express, etc. are celebrating the hiring of Lynton Crosby to run Theresa May’s election campaign. They describe Crosby in such terms as ‘mastermind behind 2015 win’, ‘political guru Sir Lynton Crosby’, ‘the architect of David Cameron’s victory’, but he’s also known as ‘master of the dark political […]

The great British Tory heist

Apart from the inevitable blip after the banks insatiable greed took down the global economy and the public were forced to bail them out to the tune of some £850 billion (UK), revenue from taxation has risen year on year ever since. Britain is not, nor ever was, broke, close to bankruptcy, or in need […]

The party of PR fraudsters and snake oil salesmen

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,400 Tuesday 12 April 2016. Dear Mr Cameron, My own MP has now waded into the great tax debate. Jacob Rees-Mogg, Honourable Member for the 18th Century as Vox Political aptly describes him, has apparently said, ‘tax avoidance is a matter of law, not morality’. He’s right, […]

Iain Duncan Smith back in charge of social deprivation

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,083 Tuesday 12 May 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, I see that Iain Duncan Smith is to stay in the DWP as the minister in charge of depriving people of the means of survival and dismantling the welfare state. The man is indefatigable and remorseless in targeting vulnerable […]

The DWP will starve you to death for trying to pay for your own funeral

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,042 Sunday 29 March 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, The Disability News Service (DNS) yesterday reported that a terminally ill woman “risked being charged with an ‘offence’ and would lose part of her benefits if she used an insurance policy windfall to pay for her own funeral”. What […]