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The late Malcolm Burge: When an arab street trader set himself on fire in protest against his government, it launched the Arab Spring revolutionary uprisings. When Mr Burge burned himself to death in the UK for the same reason, nobody batted an eyelid.

The late Malcolm Burge: When an arab street trader set himself on fire in protest against his government, it launched the Arab Spring revolutionary uprisings. When Mr Burge burned himself to death in the UK for the same reason, nobody batted an eyelid.

It’s good to see that some bloggers are still on the ball while Yr Obdt Srvt is unwell. Here’s Tom Pride:

A man was burned alive in Britain – and nobody seems to care.

Malcolm Burge, 66, found himself more than £800 in debt as a result of a government decision to cut his housing benefit by 50 per cent.

The council dealing with his case was also unable to correspond properly with Mr Burge because of a massive backlog they were experiencing – again due to government cuts to local government funding.

And so – on the same day he received a letter telling him he had to repay the money – Mr Burge drove to Cheddar Gorge and burned himself alive in his car.

Just the latest victim of Iain Duncan Smith’s war on the poor.

Note that Housing Benefit is now run by the Department for Work and Pensions, so the responsibility for this death belongs with Iain Duncan Smith.

But never mind that:

Does anybody remember the Arab Spring?

It was a wave of revolutionary uprisings that began in December 2010 after street trader Tarek al-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest against the confiscation of his wares and the harassment and humiliation that he reported was inflicted on him by a municipal official and her aides in a town in rural Tunisia.

At the time, some of us speculated on what would happen if a British citizen did the same in protest against the Coalition government.

Now we know:

Nothing.

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