As we approach New Year many people are no doubt lamenting the departure of Christmas 2013, however for the residents living under the auspices of Hammersmith and Fulham Council in London, they may not have started out with much festive spirit to lament this season. This is because their council sent them all a flyer warning them not to “overindulge” so that they can still afford to pay their rent, see: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/10525707/Hammersmith-and-Fulham-Council-Christmas-cards-disgusting.html. The council has justified its actions because 46% of its tenants are in serious rent arrears. This is because people are so much poorer now than they were a few years ago… That’s it; no other reason! Do the council really think everybody will be financially AOK if they just forgo a few presents and slices of turkey this year? It’s a supreme act of ignorance and contempt, sadly one we’ve seen many times before, for example see: http://hpanwo.blogspot.co.uk/2009/08/economys-fawkt-its-your-fault.html. The authorities will do anything, even try to stop us enjoying Christmas, rather than addressing the real reasons for poverty. It must have cost quite a few rent payments just to distribute this toxic flyer considering there are 182,000 people living in the borough, the same population as Oxford, and no small proportion live in council accommodation; see how desperate they are? Ebenezer Scrooge is alive and well!