Like others, I read with a deep sense of sadness about the deaths by suicide of Mark and Helen Mullins, a couple in Coventry who were struggling against the insurmountable barriers set up by a social services and social security system that seemed to be weighted against them – existing between them only on £57.50 per week due to a set of circumstances that laid to waste the idea of a welfare state that supports those who need support to the extent that they were driven to despair.
However, the overwhelming sadness I felt was not accompanied by surprise that I’ve seen others express. I am shocked that this situation can come to pass in the UK today. Shocked but not surprised. I can see how it happened.