The word of the week is “scum” so what better time to revisit our old friends, the bottom-feeding dregs who scam elderly people, steal their savings and don’t even die of shame. Rachel Johnson, the prime minister’s sister, has revealed that her late elderly mother, Charlotte Johnson Wahl, who suffered from Parkinson’s, fell victim to cold-call fraudsters who came to her house to “value her valuables”. They scarpered with her belongings. I’m guessing that when Johnson found out she felt like taking a nail gun to the scumsters’ groins.

I certainly did when similar happened to my lovely father who also died this year. Nothing will persuade me that the decline in his health was unrelated to the months of worry, despair and humiliation these

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