Category Archives: The benefit system

For a “Christian country”, ours seems to have an awful lot of hoarded wealth

David Cameron has recently taken to declaring with an unprecedented frequency and vigour that “we” are a Christian country. Some people are upset about this. Personally, I’m not all that upset. I don’t tend to get upset about these kinds … Continue reading

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Mind are to be congratulated for their work with benefits claimants

I have a habit, on this blog, of criticising the major mental health charities when they undertake activities with which I disagree. I did so most recently a little over a month ago. On that occasion, I expressed disappointment and … Continue reading

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This is how some of the major mental health charities work against the interests of mentally ill people

Today, there was a conference on mental illness. It was addressed by the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg. The text of his speech is here. Since he was speaking about mental health in public, he inevitably aired a number of … Continue reading

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Insensitive fancy dress might not be the worst problem we face

You may have heard of the small PR disaster experienced by Asda and Tesco (and to a lesser extent Amazon and Ebay) recently, when it emerged that they were selling Hallowe’en* costumes which purported to represent a ‘mental patient’ and … Continue reading

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7 arguments against the benefits cap

This post is something of a re-tread for me: here I was back in January 2012 explaining why the benefits cap is unfair. That was quite a long, discursive post. The idea is that this will be a much more … Continue reading

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Mental health campaigns can backfire

Mark ‘One in Four’ Brown has written a typically thoughtful and interesting blog post for the BBC to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. In it he wonders whether a standard tactic deployed by self-appointed mental health campaigners – that of … Continue reading

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From the BBC: how not to eat healthily for £1 a day

The BBC have published an article by one Brian Milligan, which purports to show that it is possible to eat a healthy, varied diet for less than £1 a day. The article is – and I’m being polite here – … Continue reading

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