Three special letters

It’s hard to believe that I am now in my second year of being Excluded without work, pay or any government support whatsoever.  I’m actually working on a new book which like most of mine, is totally unique and I think will cause quite a stir, now and in the future.  More of that another time.

I thought I would share a little bit of insight of what living with no income or support for over a year is like.


This first letter is from a tourist who I had the pleasure of taking round on a walk almost 2 years ago. I still remember them very well; they were staying in a nice hotel in Covent Garden and it was a perfectly beautiful summers day.

If you can’t read the photo, they write that they enjoyed a tour with me and they are very sorry that my government has forgotten me. They enclosed their left over Pound Notes from their holiday to help me out because as they point out, I’ve likely more use for them than they do in Tennessee. How kind and lovely of them.


The letter above is one that a little girl wrote at Christmas.  Like me, her mother hasn’t had any income or government support for a year.  Isn’t it lovely that the little girl cares so much about her mother and yet sad that at the age of 10, she has to worry about such adult problems as having no money.  Something that is entirely avoidable except for the fact the government has deliberately chosen to discriminate against 3 million people.


Finally look what came to my front door on Sunday.  An ExcludedUK member who lives about 5 miles away surprised me with this.  If these message wasn’t kind enough, look what was under the lid!


What a kind gesture to bring me a ready cooked and free of charge Lamb Shanks for Sunday Dinner.  It’s nice to know people appreciate my campaigning on behalf of ExcludedUK but wouldn’t it just be nicer and more fair if I could buy my own food and the mother of the little girl be treated just like everyone else.

Isn’t incredible that both this meal and the donation from Tennessee were each more help in one day than I’ve received from the government in over a year.  Something can’t be right about that?

I often feel like I will soon be asked to stitch a Star of David badge on my coat whenever I go outside rather like in Nazi Germany.

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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2 Responses to Three special letters

  1. Marilyn Allan says:

    Are they giving covid shots there? If so, when can you take one? Think I told you, after having an antibody test a few weeks ago, I found out I had had covid in early December. I just had a bad cough for a week or so, a few headaches and that was all! Not everyone has a bad case. I am not going to take the shot!

    Are stores and restaurants opening up there? I keep hearing about a new strain coming here from the UK! It is going to be like the flu with a new one every year! The percentage of even getting it is so low, it is insanity what countries are doing destroying people’s lives, incomes, etc. over this! I sure wish you lived closer so we could help you more!!

    We all are praying it ends soon!! Marilyn

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  2. schroedie says:

    Amazing, isn’t it, that those pound notes and the meal were more help than the govmt has given in a year! I think our message is getting through, but it is hard. People are kind – someone’s helping me with my website free of charge as she’s in the same boat, and I try to pay it back – but the bottom line is that we shouldn’t be in this mess. Keep going, Stephen – they may be trying to kill us off but I’m damned if I’ll go under, just to spite the likes of Sunak, Johnson and Gove 🙂

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