Suicides have risen significantly, with the rate among males between forty-five and fifty-nine at its highest since the depths of the last Conservative government. A report commissioned by the Samaritans suggested that "men from low socioeconomic backgrounds living in deprived areas were 10 times more likely to die by suicide than were men from high socioeconomic backgrounds living in the most affluent areas". In other words, the rate is ten times greater among the poor than the rich, doubtless owing to some disease of the consciousness caused by too much time lurking behind closed blinds watching daytime television. Norman Lamb, the Deputy Conservative care services minister, said the figures caused somebody or other very real concern and needed to be tackled "head on". Given that the Government's policy is to continue depriving the deprived and making the most affluent more affluent, we can only assume he meant that the welfare parasites aren't yet killing themselves fast enough.