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Dear Iain Duncan Smith
I believe you live in a beautiful house – a 16th century Tudor farmhouse which belongs to your father-in-law. Perhaps you'll expect me to be angry or envious. But I'm not. It's natural for people to want to help their children and the more you have, the more you can give.
I was two years old when Margaret Thatcher came to power, and thirteen when she resigned.
Thatcher’s policies led to mass unemployment, leaving my father on the dole for much of my childhood. I started secondary school the year that Section 28 was brought in, banning schools from presenting same-sex relationships as legitimate.
Thanks to Dr Éoin Clarke (BedroomTax@hotmail.com) and his website, The Green Benches (http://www.greenbenchesuk.com/), named after the colour of seats in the UK House of Commons, a list is available of the 57 peaceful protests against the government's Bedroom Tax - the majority of which take place on Saturday 16 March 2013. Details can be confirmed through the hyperlinks in brackets below.
I have often been critical of the Church of England’s leadership for being slow to speak out on issues of economic justice. I’m therefore delighted that 43 CofE bishops have criticised the coalition for cutting benefits (or technically, for raising them by one percent, which is below the rate of inflation and therefore a cut in all but name).