I am getting angrier and angrier at the proposed cuts to the welfare state aimed at lone parents. Also with the withdrawal of legal aid I feel directly targeted as a single mother who made the difficult choice to either stay in a destructive relationship and pop 'happy' pills or bit the bullet and leave. I chose the latter only to find no legal aid protection for me, a welfare state being eroded, and the media targeting 'single mums sponging off the state attitude'. I would like to earn but where are the flexible, decently paid jobs we are supposed to be applying for? I feel directly targeted by the current coalition government because I am a woman who had the audacity to leave her long term partner rather than stay and suffer in silence. I think we need to have a peaceful demonstration that gets our plight across. The students did it when their fees were increased, the disabled when their disability living allowance was reduced. I sat yesterday talking with the lone parent advisor telling me how much poorer I was going to be due to cuts.