• 13 Aug 2015

    Of all welfare reform policies, the benefit cap has resonated most strongly with the public, and gained most support from across the political spectrum. As a headline policy it has been easy to explain and to promote. When politicians asked, 'why should people get more on benefits than others get by working?', people tended to agree. Why should they?

  • 12 Aug 2015

    I am delighted to report that my third book is now available to order. It will be published in November. I'm very grateful to everyone who has helped me with the writing process - both practically and emotionally.

    It's called The Upside-Down Bible: What Jesus really said about money, sex and violence. It will be published by Darton, Longman & Todd.

  • 10 Aug 2015

    On the 15th June, I happened to be in London at the same time the candidates for the Labour leader were announced. To my delight, my local MP had responded to requests from constituents like myself, and had nominated Jeremy Corbyn. And that final nomination was enough to put the MP for Islington North on the ballot.

  • 10 Aug 2015

    Are you more afraid of being tortured, shot, beheaded or forced to murder your neighbours to save your own life? If threatened, how far would you run to escape?

  • 7 Aug 2015

    The unquestioning acceptance of, and deference to, market forces may have reached its peak, with an educated young blogger aspiring to have the opportunity to live in a slum, if that's all that market forces are prepared to allow him.

  • 6 Aug 2015

    “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, and there we wept when we remembered Zion.” The song of the Israelites, exiled and captive, have spoken to the heart through millennia.

  • 5 Aug 2015

    It's a while since I last blogged. I'm not egotistical enough to imagine that there are people waiting with baited breath for my next post, but I thought I would offer a short explanation for my absence.

  • 3 Aug 2015

    David Clapson died with no food in his stomach, three weeks after his Jobseekers Allowance was stopped due to a benefit sanction. David, a 59 year old diabetic who had served in the Army and cared for his late mother, was desperately seeking work when he fell foul of the sanctions regime. The DWP said,
    "Sanctions are only used as a last resort for a tiny minority who don’t follow the rules.."

  • 28 Jul 2015

    The great holiday get-away weekend has come and gone. Two million holidaymakers thronged the roads and airports. Gridlock was predicted on many major roads, Heathrow expected the busiest day in its history and the travel association ABTA (Association of British travel Agents) warned people to leave “a lot of extra time” to complete their journeys.

  • 24 Jul 2015

    In 1984 I left home and went to live in a L'Arche community in South London.