A wonderful Tweet from Russ in Cheshire

Who I don’t know, but I really sympathise with. I cannot vouch for all of the detail – but I’m pretty certain that some of the statistics are ONS compliant. It rather effectively adds to the tale of woe that Charles has just posted here.

Russ in Cheshire:
Social Justice Catering Corps. Designer, data-analyst. Once lay in a bed while the NHS battled cancer for me. Remainer. Migration is how we all got here.


You know what our problem is, in Britain?

It’s this little lot. Thread:
1 The unelected House of Lords outnumbers the Commons for the first time in 550 years. Average age in the Lords is 69.

2 Worldwide, only Britain and Iran automatically grant religious leaders a place in parliament.

3 90% of the judiciary come from the same 5% of schools

4 London gets 24 times as much public infrastructure spending PER PERSON as the North.

5 Five British individuals own as much as the poorest 12 million of us.

6 At least £33 billion a year is lost to tax evasion.

7 100% of our national newspapers are owned by Russian mafia, tax evaders or pornographers.

8 We’re the only European nation that doesn’t own any of its railways, water or power companies.

9 Only 138 constituencies actually matter, because the other 500 are essentially rotten boroughs which never change hands no matter how you vote.

10 Our electoral system is designed to prevent new parties from entering it

11 We have the greatest inequality in Europe, costing the economy an estimated £39bn per year, or £1400 per person

12 Since 2010 £225bn has been cut from public spending

13 Since 2010 the richest 1000 individuals have increased their wealth by £225bn

14 This is supposed to be a coincidence

15 90% of Northern Europe’s poorest regions are in the UK

16 More members of the cabinet attended the same private school than have used the NHS in the last decade

17 70% of new jobs since 2010 have been casual or freelance, with average earnings £16,500 below the average full-time permanent job

18 The “minimum wage” is less than the minimum required to survive

19 Of our last 6 Prime Ministers, only 2 got the job by winning a majority at a general election

20 The last 4 governments won absolute power with the vote of less than 30% of voters, and less than 25% of the electorate

21 We sell arms to Israel (44 years in breach of UN resolutions) and Saudi Arabia (still flog women for driving and hang homosexuals)

22 UK tax code is 17,000 pages long, custom-made to hide every possible trick for the rich to evade and avoid tax

23 Homes are taxed, but land isn’t; so if you own a tiny flat you pay more tax than a man who owns 1 million acres and is just sitting on it, forcing your rent to rise

24 Half of people under 30 will never be able to afford their own home

25 And finally – in case it’s unclear – absolutely NONE of this was caused by immigrants, refugees, black, brown or yellow people, foreigners, or the EU. None of it. Absolutely none.


The richest 10% of UK household wealth is 315 times greater than the poorest 10% of UK household wealth.

In 1950 you could afford a 3 bedroom house and car in London on the equivalent household income of £25,000. Today you need £430,000.
UK corporate law actively encourages directors to asset-strip businesses rather than invest in them over the long term

We are cutting education budgets per pupil whilst every G20 country (bar USA) is increasing them: so we have too few skills, and too many low paid jobs
I should correct this, it’s been bothering me. Intended to say “tax avoiders”, not “tax evaders”.
Before you get too high and mighty about this, very little of it happened overnight, or is the sole responsibility of one government or party. It’s just the abject position we’ve got ourselves into. We are ludicrous.

All I can add is that I fervently hope we are not “ludicrous”, but I certainly fear that, particularly with our voting system, our politicians actually might be.

A final tweet sums up:

In a more rational country, Theresa May would be an RE teacher in a primary school in Special Measures, Farage would be shift manager of a Wetherspoons in Grimsby, and Boris would be a children’s entertainer on administrative leave pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.


  1. Sean Danaher -

    yes I have seen the tweet. Covers many of the topics we have been passionate about on this blog since we were founded.

    The only one that seems to have drawn some comment is point 7 100% of our national newspapers are owned by Russian mafia, tax evaders or pornographers.

    There was some debate about whether the charity status of the Guardian could be considered tax evasion. I was prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt – whilst not perfect the Guardian is the best national newspaper. Not sure about the FT either

  2. Peter May -

    The FT is now, I think, Japanese owned, so, it has to be admitted, probably not one in the no 7 categories.
    But even if we don’t include the Grauniad we are still left with the majority – and the overwhelming majority of the circulation – in the no 7 categories.
    It would, of course, be pretty unimportant if the BBC were less craven in taking its lead from the press!

      1. Graham -

        Perhaps you’ve read “The BBC: Myth of a pubic service” by Tom Mills. (from the Introduction) “It is lauded by liberal academics and journalists for its much-vaunted independence and its fostering of democratic public life, but in fact it is part of a cluster of powerful and largely unaccountable institutions which dominate British society – not just ‘a mouthpiece for the Establishment’ … but an integral part of it.” He shows that from its inception it has been a pillar of support for the ruling government, including having many of its employees vetted by the Security services.

  3. Bill Hughes -

    Yes agree The Guardian is not Russian owned, pornographic etc and the best paper on offer. The Morning Star could possibly be included in the list but even this when it was the Daily Worker was financed by Russian gold during the Soviet era..

  4. Andrew -

    Not arguing with the thrust of this, but some of the points do not stand up to scrutiny. The author self-corrected on tax evasion, and as discussed above the point on newspapers is debatable. And then membership of the House of Lords was 1,330 in October 1999 (just before most of the hereditary peers were removed) which is a bit more recent than 550 years ago.

    1. Peter May -

      Fair point – and I really posted it because it told A general truth and, as you say, the thrust was okay. Perhaps I shouldn’t have drawn attention to it, but it seemed to me to be well written and I thought the twist at the end was amusing in a rather worrying world.

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