The World this Weekend BBC Radio 4 at 1pm Sunday 14th July - morally unbalanced - please join a complaint to the BBC

14 July 2013

The World this Weekend BBC Radio 4 at 1pm Sunday 14th July - morally unbalanced - please join a complaint to the BBC

I received a call at 12.30 to day, Sunday 14th July,  from Rosie Seed the producer of the 1 oclock The World this Weekend to say the interview recorded with me on Friday in Haringey by her and Saun Ley, the presenter would not be used. I asked her to send me a copy of the interview. It is attached and do please feel free to listen to it.

Rev Nicolson int

I will be complaining to the BBC on the grounds that Andrew Selous, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Iain Duncan Smith, got away with the oft repeated one sided moral arguments for the tax payers and the landlords and without any independent challenge to that argument for the families who have been capped, cut and taxed and who will be forced to pay rents out of their children's benefits or be torn from their communities and moved out of London. I will draw the BBCs attention to the letter which was published in The Guardian on the 17th April 2012

I would be enormously grateful if you would also complain to the BBC on the same grounds about the World this Weekend on BBC Radio at 1pm on the 14th July.

Good wishes,


Shaun - I have sent the following note to Rosie - The programme on the £500 overall benefit cap was unbalance on the moral issues - Andrew Selous got away with the repeated one sided moral argument I objected to this letter which was published in The Guardian on the 17th April 2012 and kicked off Taxpayers Against Poverty - good wishes - Paul

Rosie - it much was worse than I expected - no mention of the large families, overcrowding, temporary accommodation and the damage to heath and education, about which I had briefed you all, let alone an independent challenge to the morally indefensible laws attacking impoverished tenants rather than the reducing the landlords rent. I very much look forward to receiving the tape of my interview. - many thanks - good wishes - Paul

Letter in The Guardian 17 February 2012.

A taxpayers' alliance to promote social justice

Ministers at the Department of Work and Pensions repeat ad nauseam their mantra: "It is not fair for taxpayers to be asked to pay for the cost of spare bedrooms, or housing benefit which is high in central London because rents are high etc, etc." Therefore the poorest citizens are thrust into unmanageable debt by caps and cuts in housing benefit, possible eviction, forced migration, undue stress and misery. As a citizen who pays income and council tax, VAT and the excise duty on my evening glass of wine, I steam with indignation each time I am used by ministers to justify such draconian measures making people poorer.
I am glad my taxation is used to enable my fellow citizens, both in and out of work, to buy enough food, clothes, fuel, transport and other necessities, to pay council tax and the rent of secure homes, when they have no other means to do so; and bewildered by the short-sightedness of a policy which deliberately reduces the totally inadequate adult JSA of £67.50 a week by creating rent arrears, with debt-related mental health problems and high extra costs for a hard-pressed NHS.

The self-evident unfairness is the current policy of dumping national debt and deficit reduction on the incomes of the squeezed middle and poorest citizens, while the higher-paid taxpayers experience no financial inconvenience. Meanwhile the OECD reports that $11.5 trillion, including bonuses, is parked in overseas accounts and the Treasury is aware that£100bn of property in central London alone is registered overseas – both out of reach of the taxman. That really is unfair. I hope thousands will join Taxpayers Against Poverty, TAP, to say so loud and clear. All we need is an email.
Rev Paul Nicolson
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