I remember vividly the episode of The Simpsons where Homer, attempting to suppress his rage, causes golf ball-sized lumps to erupt under the surface of his skin. Like a fury-fuelled Continue Reading →
BUWT – the Beneficiary and Unwaged Workers Trust – are a vital intermediary between vulnerable people and failing systems. Myself and thousands of other beneficiaries have relied on them at crucial Continue Reading →
Technically, this will be the second week I do not get a welfare payment. I… cannot overstate the changes in my life.
As of this week, I don’t qualify for a benefit. Why? Did I suddenly get healthy enough to work fulltime? Did a distant cousin leave me their millions in Apple Continue Reading →
The report on recommended changes to our welfare system is now public. So far, the government response is, to be blunt, piss poor. So will it actually change anything?
The Ministry of Justice might be set to review the way we request information from any government department. I wrote about this under the headline The Right To Know, but Continue Reading →
In my years of blogging I’ve tackled a lot of personal topics. I did that because I believe in talking about shit, even if it makes me vulnerable. Because when Continue Reading →
The Ministry of Justice may be about to overhaul the Official Information Act, which determines the release of public information. They want your feedback on how the OIA is working Continue Reading →
Like something out of a badly written B grade movie, Section 66A sounds boring, and it also sounds like something a lawyer would uncover at the final hour before a Continue Reading →
A few days ago I attended a funeral. I’ve been trying for weeks to write something about kindness and why it matters. Everything seems trite, not enough, or like it Continue Reading →