Love this quote

CS Lewis. “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for…

Rest in Peace Tony Benn.

I am not going to write a post about Tony Benn today, I cried this morning when I heard the news. He is one of the reasons I didn’t know integrity was rare, I hesitate to use the word hero, because people need to stop looking for heroes. I may write a post later in…

A few articles I want to keep here.

DWP on brink of meltdown. I wonder what would have happened, had PCS and the Labour focused left allowed us to point out that the welfare reform Iain Duncan Smith planned was not deliverable? China warns of spiralling consequences for economic sanctions on Russia. The world now has an axis around which to spin the…

Cleavage

Originally posted on twlldunyrpobsais:
I cried the night Thatcher was elected for the first time. Just typing those words now summons up a strange feeling, I wouldn’t quite say a Proustian rush, but most definitely a sense of a time and a place that doesn’t really exist anymore. Childhood is at best of times a…

2nd outing on Pieria. Britain’s Food Poverty Problem.

Original here.  Reports into the death of Mark Wood, an Oxford man who starved to death after his benefits were cut when he was declared ‘fit for work’, have added ripples of shock to a debate about food poverty that took a while to reach the Westminster press. The debate has so far been framed…

Poverty Journalism and the Media Patronisation of the Poor

Originally posted on Beastrabban\'s Weblog:
W.M. Thacheray’s The Book of Snobs (Alan Sutton 1989) I’ve just reblogged Jaynelinney’s article criticising the media’s use of the poor as a kind of zoo, who can be patronised on camera by visits from ostensibly well-meaning celebrities and TV producers, expressing concerns about their plight. Her piece was…

Ukraine/Russia/US

I don’t want to get involved in ill advised and informed comment about what is happening with Russia and the Ukraine. So I will keep this short. We hit a wall with Syria, and Russia have just done something which demonstrates to us and the rest of the world that our days are moral policeman…