“Right from the time he was tiny, Mark was always a very vulnerable person, a very gentle person,” Cathie Wood says.
She is speaking about the death of her brother, Mark, a constituent of David Cameron who starved to death in August 2013, only months after the Department for Work and Pensions said he was fit for work.
At the time of his death, he was a desperate and skeletal figure, who weighed only 5st 8lb.
“Over the summer he gradually just starved to death,” Cathie says.
“He was five stone, he had nothing in his stomach. He was ridiculously ill.
“We had tried to help him by this stage, but he was in such a state of advanced paranoia and phobia that it was too late for him, he was too ill.”
Cathie is speaking not to a news documentary team, but as part of what is essentially a band doc about the Sleaford Mods.
It may seem a curious fit until you watch Invisible Britain.
The film follows the mod duo on the kind of tour previous Modfathers used to make – to working men’s clubs and small venues in disaffected towns like Colchester, Wakefield and Scunthorpe.
Visiting some of the most “neglected, broken down and boarded up parts of the country that many would prefer to ignore” in the run up to last spring’s general election, Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn find a disengaged and forgotten audience reflecting their rage right back at them.
Among the interviewees is Cathie, the articulate sister of Mark.
As Iain Duncan Smith’s tears dry over the plight of a young single mother, her quiet dignity is a reminder of all the previous opportunities Duncan Smith had to resign.
For more information, visit www.invisiblebritain.com .
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