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Luke Loy: Death by Government

  • January 23, 2016
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One of the most sinister achievements of the Tory government is the ease with which it has managed to condition the public to accept the most brutal victimisation of some of its most vulnerable and defenseless members as something normal and acceptable. In the last four years, benefit sanctions against the mentally-ill have gone up...

Does Work Make You Free?

  • April 16, 2014
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Work is good for you.     We know this because our politicians never cease to remind us of the fact.   Whether singing the virtues of ‘hard-working families’, or introducing punitive benefits caps and sanctions in an attempt to ‘get people back to work’ or ‘make work pay’, they constantly present work not simply...

Lord Freud and Foodbanks: a Parable for Our Times

Lord Freud and Foodbanks: a Parable for Our Times

  • December 13, 2013
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Even by the dire standards set by the government, the Under-Secretary for Work and Pensions Lord David Freud, or Baron Freud of Eastry is a nasty piece of work.   Freud is Sigmund Freud’s great grandson, and the Great Man’s humanist genes have clearly not   filtered down to this callous apparatchik and Ian Duncan-Smith’s...

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