Does Mass Impoverishment Matter?

It’s the same the whole world over, It’s the poor wot gets the blame, It’s the rich wot gets the gravy, Ain’t it all a bleeding shame?   Anonymous   The Prime Minister has made some impressive claims about the Tories’ record in tackling poverty and its symptoms. For example, he said that rough sleeping […]

When Mass Impoverishment Collides with Health Advice

History is written by the rich, and so the poor get blamed for everything — Jeffrey D. Sachs, economist It is not news that poverty can make it impossible to follow health advice. The submission by The Food Foundation, the London School of Hygiene And Tropical Medicine and SHEFS made it clear that although the […]

On Not Waiting

“You can’t trust other people. If it’s important, you have to do it yourself.” Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book As the book 99% explains, mass impoverishment is a serious problem in the US and the UK – and indeed several other countries. The book also sets out five steps that any government should take if […]

Is the UK Becoming a Feudal Society?

O let us love our occupations, Bless the squire and his relations, Live upon our daily rations, And always know our proper stations.   Charles Dickens There is a growing sense of unease in the UK. Almost four out of five Britons (79 per cent) believe the country is “on the wrong track” according to […]

What is Johnson’s Strategy?

“Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.” ― Noam Chomsky Boris Johnson’s Government was elected on the promise to ‘Get Brexit Done.’ They defined Brexit Day as 31 January 2020 and held a party to celebrate. Officials were instructed not to talk about Brexit after that day. And the […]

American Pie

The 99% Organisation (and the book) often talk about fair slicing of the economic pie. CBS has gone a step further — with a real pie. (click the link to see the video) I If this matters to you, please do sign up and join the 99% Organisation.

#thick or Welcome?

When a deep injury is done to us, we never heal until we forgive. Nelson Mandela The hashtag #thick is trending on Twitter. Most of the tweets are from Remainers and non-Tory voters castigating Brexiters and Tory voters for their choices. Many of them say things like, “Well done UK boomers. You learned absolutely nothing […]

Morality and Food Banks

Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’ ‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’ ― Lewis Carroll   On 27 January, […]

Must we Live with Permanent Austerity?

“The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day.” Lewis Carroll   Since 2010, the UK has been experiencing the effects of austerity: low growth, stagnant incomes, failing public services and rising poverty. And in the 2019 general election during which it seemed that both major parties were planning to spend […]