You may recall George Osborne cynically using the brutal and vicious murder of six children by Mick Philpott to monster benefits recipients and the welfare state. This is what he had to say, “Philpott is responsible for these absolutely horrendous crimes and these are crimes that have shocked the nation. The courts are responsible for […]
Tag: working class
Letter to America (to Eileen , a friend) (may contain class prejudice)
It’s a steel grey Monday morning, not so much light coming in to my living room as creeping in and stealing all the colour. There is really only one word to describe it – melancholy – and it is infectious. I’ve woken late, for me, and I have two things on my mind, you and […]
What price education and inequality?
A letter a day to number 10. No 1,499 Friday 22 July 2016. Dear Mrs May, In your first speech as prime minister you said, ” If you’re a white, working-class boy, you’re less likely than anybody else in Britain to go to university.” On Tuesday the Higher Education and Research Bill passed its second […]
A cabinet of millionaires to lead the working class. Yai!
A letter a day to number 10. No 1,494 Friday 15 July 2016. Dear Mrs May, Your cabinet… It’s almost too unbearably funny in a totally mad way. A line up of millionaires all for little ol’ working class us. How sweet. Cuddly Mr Hammond, dappy Lizzie for justice, Amber the banker vulture capitalist, nuke […]
In May’s Britain, what about the voiceless?
A letter a day to number 10. No 1,493 Thursday 14 July 2016. Dear Mrs May, I am most interested that the target demographic for your reign as prime minister is: “If you’re from an ordinary working class family, life is much harder than many people in Westminster realise. You have a job but you […]
Britain – this is what a dictatorship looks like
A letter a day to number 10. No 1,284 Sunday 13 December 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, I have to say that the move in Britain from a putative liberal democracy to a dictatorship has been impressive. I grant you that, and the money and interests that you serve. After all what does a dictatorship look […]
A government of rich pariahs dismantling the working class
A letter a day to number 10. No 1,282 Friday 11 December 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, Class warfare is alive and well in Britain, relentlessly pursued by, as the Morning Star so eloquently put it, ‘A cabinet of the rich, for the rich, by the rich’. The bedroom tax remains as despicably divisive and vile […]
Forgive me if I die laughing of grief
A letter a day to number 10. No 1,241 Monday 26 October 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, One of the major problems we face in Britain today is cognitive dissonance, the difficulty of holding and resolving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviours. We are all subject to it in a complex world, including the police as I […]
If life has a purpose then it is life itself which is that purpose
A letter a day to number 10. No 1,214 Monday 28 September 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, You know, sitting, as you do, in the top 10% or 1% of society, or maybe in the top 1% of the top 1% (I don’t know), it is easy for you to judge us and hand down your […]
Britain is not a Tory feudal fiefdom and we are not their vassals
A letter a day to number 10. No 1,130 Saturday 27 June 2015. Dear Mr Cameron, Britain has a profound and distressing problem. The problem is your government and can be put very simply, Britain is not your feudal fiefdom and we are not your vassals. I have, in a long and chequered life, had […]