Yesterday I read Paul Nicolson's letter published in The Guardian about the Department for Work & Pensions making poor people mentally ill at great cost to the NHS in treating the symptoms resulting from the DWP's inhumanity.
This morning I heard on the news that the cenenary of the World War I blood bath known as Passchendaele takes place at the end of this month.
A film Passchendaele was based on the life of a previously medically exempted combatant highlights the bullying for the sake of 'nation' and 'empire', alongside whipping up of hatred toward the 'foreign enemy' that was used to marshal people into the military at that time.
Having seen that film on more than one occasion, it struck me that
- the DWP's making poor people mentally ill at great cost to the nation as well as the individuals concerned and
- the WW1 recruitment methods of the British Empire