Sick people being targeted by the law

So – remind me again – why is heroin illegal? Is it really the terrible drug it is made out to be? Surprisingly, aside from its fearsome addictiveness, it is a relatively benign drug. A heroin addict can live to a ripe old age, without any damage to their body whatsoever. You can’t say thatContinue reading “Sick people being targeted by the law”

CJ Stone in the Independent

My first article in the Independent appeared in the Saturday Magazine, on Saturday 22nd March 1997. It was the first of a series a columns collectively entitled “Going Home“, about my return to my home city, Birmingham, in early 1997. The story is called “Back to Brummagem“, Brummagem being the local name for the city.Continue reading “CJ Stone in the Independent”

Poor paying for profligacy of the rich

It seems our MP voted against a House of Lords plan for an impact assessment into cuts to Employment and Support Allowance to the work related activity group. To translate that into normal English: Julian Brazier has just voted to take £30 a week away from disabled people. Yes, you heard that right. Some ofContinue reading “Poor paying for profligacy of the rich”

Ian Pollock’s Illustrations for Housing Benefit Hill

Housing Benefit Hill was a series of columns which appeared in the Guardian Weekend between September 1993 and September 1996. Originally it featured a cartoon series by Steven Appleby, which were very funny, but not specifically intended as illustrations of the text. (Mind you, sometimes they could be accidentally appropriate). However in September 1995 theContinue reading “Ian Pollock’s Illustrations for Housing Benefit Hill”

NHS not safe in the hands of private companies

You probably remember David Cameron telling us that the NHS was safe in his hands. In fact he’s used this expression on a number of occasions, most recently during the General Election campaign in 2015. He said, “We can’t go on like this. I’ll cut the deficit, not the NHS.” Well it’s sort of true.Continue reading “NHS not safe in the hands of private companies”

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