Why do we swear?
To express emotions with the greatest force? To shock? To frighten?
I never swear on my blog. Other than the odd "bloody" or "crap" you'll find I always consider the reader who could be offended.
In real life, I'm afraid I swear like a trouper and you'll never know how often I'd like to resort to a damn good cuss when I'm writing about politics or the issues facing sick or disabled people.
Earlier today, I wrote a fairly innocent post on food poverty. It was intended as a light-hearted swipe at well paid journalists trying to imagine living on £50 a week to feed a family of four. It opened with a recipe for Desperation Stew that I'd cooked earlier in the week and pointed out that millions of people already live on £50 or less.
The comments started to flow immediately. As the day has gone on, hundreds of people have commented across various social networks and on the blog itself, sharing their tips for surviving. People with MS and heart failure and bowel disease and every other condition you can imagine have shared their stories and it's a fucking disgrace.
A sickening, disgusting, shameful fucking disgrace.
Our country, the 6th richest in the world, has decided - with general consent - that it is OK for people with terrible illnesses or life threatening disabilities to live in abject poverty, scraping around for fucking scraps to make a bit of soup with.
On top of that, they have decided - with general consent - that it's OK to take away around a third of their already inadequate incomes. It's OK to make them pay an eye watering 10% of the entire deficit reduction plan. £9 billion pounds taken from people who already can't afford to feed themselves.
Banks are paying less than 1 Billion this year. I can't be arsed to work out what proportion of their income that is, but I'll lay money it's not a fucking third.
Britain : Get off your lazy arses and wake up! Read a paper or switch on the news.
The first place to start would be reading the comments on this thread. (Click the different colour bit). They should make us all fucking weep.