Category Archives: Welfare

Kill The Poor

“Welcome ladies and gentlemen, to the official DWP 1st annual “piss on the poor” party and karaoke night. Tonight our first song is dedicated to a very special person, Mr Ian Duncan Smith.

Please stand up Mr Smith.

Can we shine a spotlight on him …….. no no it’s not that man, the one behind him with the bald head that looks like a SS concentration camp guard, yes that’s the one.  A round of applause for the man who is single-handedly responsible for the funding of tonight’s party.  All paid for from savings made due to the massive increase in sanctions handed out to the peasants by this man. Thank you Mr Smith. Sieg Hail Sieg Hail!!

And so on with the festivities.  In honour of your achievements we would like to dedicate this song to you Ian, I know it is one of his favourites…..”

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Dying cancer victim faces eviction from Birmingham home in bedroom tax row

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The first evictions over the government’s controversial “bedroom tax” are set to begin as notices and final demand letters are being put through the letter boxes of social housing tenants around the country.Including that of Veronica Kenning a 57-year-old cancer sufferer :

A wheelchair-bound mum dying of cancer is facing eviction from her council house in a bedroom tax row .

Veronica Kenning could lose the only home she has ever known after refusing to pay the £23.57-a-week demanded by Birmingham City Council .

The 57-year-old said she would fight her case in court – but admitted any hearing would have to be quick as she was given a year to live last August.

Veronica, who has also suffered from ME for 26 years, said: “I told the council I was never going to pay because I’m dying.

“They shouldn’t be asking for it. It’s disgraceful.

“I told them they could take me to court – but they would have to be quick.”

Veronica was told in February that she faced paying out under the bedroom tax after her daughter moved out of their three-bedroom home in Brook Meadow Road, Shard End.

The controversial benefits shake-up, which cuts payouts for those with spare rooms, came into force on April 1.

It was blamed for causing the death of Solihull grandmother Stephanie Bottrill, who was hit by a lorry on the M6 on May 4.

Veronica, who has cancer of the oesophagus, has already received a letter warning the council intended to seek possession of the home where she has spent her entire life.

The document told her: “Your rent debt is now at an unacceptable level and we are serving you with a notice of seeking possession. This is a legal notice and should not be ignored.”

Veronica admitted she had rebuffed the council’s attempts to encourage her to apply for cash to help her pay her way.

She said: “I haven’t got enough time left to waste it filling out forms.

“I might not even qualify. I’m making a stand.”

A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said: “We have been in regular contact with Mrs Kenning, urging her to apply for discretionary housing payment, which we feel, in her circumstances, she would qualify for.

“Indeed, we have told her we will take a telephone application to make things easier for her.

“Unfortunately she has refused on every occasion to make a claim.

“We are deeply sympathetic to Mrs Kenning’s plight and have written, phoned and visited her property in order to try to help her get the assistance available to her.

“However, her consistent refusal to allow us to help her has left us with little option as she has made it clear to us that she does not want to apply for discretionary housing payment.”

 

I would just like to salute Veronica for being such a brave inspiration to us all. Knowing she is dying she is using her own situation to highlight the evil and targeted discrimination against disabled people by this government.  Most people would have applied for the grant then shut up, do what they were told and used what little time they have left to try to come to terms with themselves and find peace and a  bit of happiness. Instead Ms Kenning  is setting an example and hopefully that example will be used to shine a light on the plight of many thousands of people being affected by these unfair rules.

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Man cuts throat with knife in Runcorn benefits office in protest bedroom tax

 

Another story today of the stress that some people are under due to this governments war on welfare.

A MAN cut his throat with a knife in a Runcorn benefits advice office during an outburst about the bedroom tax.

An eyewitness, who asked not be identified, heard the middle-aged man say he was ‘sick of all this sh*t’ then watched him drag a blade through skin from his ear down to his throat on each side of his neck.

The wounds left him and the floor spattered with blood, the witness said.

Staff hit an emergency alarm during the incident.

It happened at about 2pm on Monday, at Halton Direct Link in Halton Lea shopping centre.

Cheshire police officers have spoken to the man, who suffered ‘minor injuries’, about his wellbeing.

No criminal offences were reported.

Halton Borough Council said he was receiving support following the incident, as are Link staff.

The witness, who was waiting in line to see an adviser, said no other residents reacted to the outburst but that staff seemed ‘a little bit shocked’.

He said: “From what I could see, the bloke had gone to see an adviser.

“He was upset about the bedroom tax and wasn’t getting through and he started to cut his throat on both sides and threw the knife on the floor and he had blood coming from his neck.

“There was a lot of blood but it hadn’t come out of his artery, he wasn’t gushing out blood.

“He went through the side of his neck from his ear to the front.

“It would have needed medical attention.

“Everyone was just sat about normal waiting to go and see the adviser. I was in the queue. Nobody did nothing.”

A Halton Council spokesman said: “We are aware of this incident. The person concerned is receiving appropriate support and we are supporting our staff who witnessed the incident.”

So there you have it people. If you are having trouble because of the new Tory policies be it the bedroom tax or the WCAs, its ok, all you have to do to be acknowledged is to cut your own throat. Then and only then, you may actually get the support you need. Though I wouldn’t hold your breath.

My only worry is that during the ATOS work assessment evidence of cutting ones own throat may be used of proof that you can use your hands properly and have adequate hand  and eye co-ordination  and are therefore fit for work 😛

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ATOS Kills Again

 

Still no word from Ian Duncan Smith on the statistics for number of people who have died after being found fit for work. But today we hear of another victim of the ATOS work capability assessment.

Elenore Tatton, 39, was a mother of three who has struggled with a brain tumour since the age of 15. After attending the WCA she was put into the work related activity group and ordered to begin the job of finding employment.  It can only be theorized, but it is more than possible that the shock and worry that came with this decision was the reason for her sudden worsening of her condition which sadly resulted in her death.

When ATOS were told of this tragedy this was their rather cold reply :

ATOS said: “Our sympathies go out to the friends and family of Ms Tatton at this difficult time.

“We gather information on a person’s ability to work. We pass this on to the DWP for them to decide on benefit entitlement.

“Our doctors, nurses and physios do not diagnose or treat medical conditions.

“Where there is a change in a person’s condition after a decision is made they will need to inform the department.”

To make matters worse her partner and father of the 3 children has also, while still dealing with the grief of the loss of his beloved wife, had his ESA stopped and told to find work. This while suffering from gangrene of the appendix, diabetes and having part of his bowel removed.  Let us hope  this does not lead to a double tragedy for this poor innocent family, targeted by a government determined to punish the poor and disabled for the crime of just existing.

 

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Top ten private sector commissioning failures

Barnet Unison has put together its top ten list of privatisation and private sector commissioning failures. Some extraordinary ones in here. We might add more. There are plenty around, after all.

Follow the links to see how badly these private sector companies have “delivered” services:

1. Jeremy Hunt: ‘completely normal’ for contractor to fail to deliver http://ning.it/OV8pPC

2. Winterbourne – Timeline: Winterbourne View abuse scandal http://ning.it/18tbEaf

3. Southwest One contract dispute cost council £5.9m http://ning.it/18tbHTs

4. Timeline: how G4S’s bungled Olympics security contract unfolded http://ning.it/1b4EnGP

5. G4S faces fraud investigation over tagging contracts http://ning.it/18tbNKJ

6. Private contractor fiddled data when reporting to NHS, says watchdog http://ning.it/1b4EwtN

7. Serco tagging scandal could hit sale of MoD agency contract – http://ning.it/1b4ExOp

8. MPs CALL FOR CAPITA CONTRACT TO BE AXED http://ning.it/1b4EHoV

9. BT overcharging Liverpool council by £10m a year, report claims http://ning.it/1b4EPoq

10. Southern Cross set to shut down and stop running homes – http://ning.it/1b4F0A1

and let’s also add:

11. ATOS – with employment and support allowance appeals up by 70% in recent figures.

12. A special shoutout to ALS/Capita for the shambles made of the courts’ outsourced interpreting service

13. A4e for multiple allegations of fraud and getting just 3.5% of referrals into long term jobs – below the minimum target set by the DWP.

14. We’re saving this spot for companies involved with the development of Universal Credit.

 

Reblogged from the False Economy website

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The BBC is colluding in the government’s attack on benefit claimants

 

The camera may not lie but sometimes it tells truths you weren’t expecting. As the government’s flagship benefits cap is rolled out across the nation, amid protests from homelessness charities, women’s rights groups and food banks already overwhelmed by demand, the BBC is devoting hours of its prime-time schedule to pitting the underpaid against the unemployed. The spectacle of one single mother telling another in the tin-can aisle at the supermarket that she’s greedy because she wants her kids to have a hot meal says a great deal about modern Britain. It tells us whose suffering matters and whose children will never have their dinner dissected for our scorn on national television.

The BBC1 programme Nick and Margaret: We All Pay Your Benefits (11 and 18 July, 9pm), echoing the rhetoric of the Department for Work and Pensions, pits “taxpayers” against “shirkers” and asks how we can “make work pay”. Of these gristly little semantic nuggets of state propaganda, “making work pay” is the most noxious – a mantra that’s incanted by every jobsworth Tory in every debate, in line with the logic that if one repeats a lie for long enough it will function as truth.

Taking away benefits will not “make work pay”. The reason why work doesn’t pay is not that benefits are too high. It is that wages are too low. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that, with the rising cost of living, there have been 40 consecutive months of contraction in real wages in the UK. In many occupations, the basic pay is too low to cover rent, food and bills, especially in London and the south-east, where housing costs are out of control. This is why a large proportion of housing benefit is paid on behalf of those who are in work, straight into the pockets of private landlords.

Then there’s “the taxpayer”, a phrase that is deliberately misused to imply that only those in waged work pay taxes. Everybody who buys a warm Cornish pasty puts pennies into the Treasury. Drawing an arbitrary distinction between “taxpayers” and “people on benefits” implies that those who rely on state support are taking money directly out of the pockets of workers, when they are being supported by a system to which we all contribute, which is there to help all of us should we find ourselves ill or unemployed.

The anxiety to separate the interests of “taxpayers” from those of the unemployed falsely suggests that unemployment benefits are now the main drain on the state. Despite savage welfare cuts, state spending on unemployment remains high because unemployment remains high, for the simple reason that one cannot “incentivise” people into jobs that aren’t there. A far higher proportion of state spending goes on subsidising tax cuts for multinational corporations and arms dealers, maintaining our nuclear weapons programme and having a military presence abroad. “Taxpayers”, though, are not being invited into the homes of devastated Afghan families, taken on tours of the Trident base or shown around the mansions of offshore millionaires and asked to make judgements about how their taxes are being spent. The idea is preposterous. Poor people are supposed to make moral judgements about other poor people only. We can afford to offer Vodafone billions in tax breaks but God forbid some kids in Ipswich get a second-hand PlayStation.

That’s the judgement call that representatives of the working class are invited to make in We All Pay Your Benefits, deciding whether or not the unemployed are being indulged, as Nick and Margaret, a pair of well-spoken, pension-age presenters, ride around in a taxi prattling on like something out of a David Lynch film. For most of the show, the camera leers at the jobseekers but the truly fascinating characters are those who have been invited on to the show to judge.

Their anger that their hard slog has not raised them above the level of a family on Jobseekers’ Allowance is distressing to watch. Clearly they all work hard – for not enough money and with few prospects of improving their circumstances as rents rise and essential services are dismantled. It is hardly the fault of a disabled single father-ofthree that a care worker who runs her own business is still struggling to cover the bills. But that is the only conclusion that this programme and this government are permitting us to voice.

On any other channel, a programme such as this could be written off as a crass cash-in on public mistrust of the welfare system, treating the unemployed as a telegenic cross between criminals and animals in a zoo. That it was given the green light by the BBC, a publicly funded and supposedly impartial broadcaster, indicates something more. It suggests a culture shift: the wilful misdirection of public anger towards those who least deserve it.

The cruellest thing about the benefits cap is not that it could make thousands of people homeless or force more families to depend on food banks (three of these open every week). It’s that it’s not really about people on benefits at all. They aren’t the voters this government is interested in attracting. It’s about placating public rage and persuading people who would vote for a tin of beans if it had a Tory ribbon on it that this government is tough and in charge.

Like any pack of bullies, the Conservative Party likes to prove its strength by picking on the weakest people within reach. In this case, the targets include single mums and the mentally ill. That tens of thousands of children will spend their school years going to bed hungry because of this policy is incidental. The benefits cap is first and foremost a public relations exercise. With a former PR man for Prime Minister, what else would it be? Behind the relentless campaign of spin, though, is the truth – and the truth is that those on benefits have nothing, absolutely nothing, to be ashamed of.

 

Written by Laurie Penny and reposted courtesy of The New Statesman

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GPs in south east Wales told not to help benefit appeals

 

Had to suffer one of the appalling ATOS fit for work assessments? Been found fit despite clearly being too ill to work?  Well don’t bother contacting your GP for a supporting appeals letter, at least if you live in south-east Wales.

According to the BBC the local medical committee has told GPs NOT to write any more appeal letters to support patients because of massive increases of requests for said letters from disabled people being found fit for work.  Apparently “it is an abuse of NHS resources”   What? an abuse of NHS resources, are you serious?  Isn’t it a GPs job to look after their ill patients and to help them get the care they need?  How is causing them to be deprived of money to eat and live helping them get the care they need?  My god this is callous desk bound bullshit if ever I have seen it,

Now if this was a letter of protest written to the DWP or to ATOS itself saying how GPs were spending far too much time having to do these appeals because of the Tories lousy attack on the most vulnerable I could understand. But this is no criticism of  government welfare policy this is guidelines for GPs to follow. It is basically an inter department whine that they have too much work to do mixed with asinine claims like :

“Do we want to see doctors seeing ill patients, or do we want to see doctors seeing patients who are not ill but simply want to undertake some form of appeal letter?”

What? They are seriously missing the point here. These people who are coming to them for appeal letters ARE ill ffs and not only are they ill but they are being forced to jump through hoops and often denied the money and help that they need because of a callous disregard for their wellbeing and a government hell-bent on making sure the working class knows its place – at the bottom in the mud, there to be walked on by their betters. So if you ask me I would say that not only are these people ill and therefore need to be seen but they are suffering much more and so are in that much more need of talking to some kind of friendly understanding face.  It is bad enough that where GPs are allowed to write these appeal letters they charge the claimants between £20 and £80 per letter!!!!!!   How someone who only claims £72 per week is meant to pay for one of these letters is beyond me.

Does this feel like class warfare yet?

Now I should make it clear that while this directive to GPs is reprehensible it is not the medical committee that should take all the blame. The blame is and should be fairly planted on the shoulders of Ian Duncan Smith and his DWP. These are the cause of all the policies that are filling up GP surgeries with people asking for appeal letters.  If the ATOS work capability assessment was not such a fucked up biased piece of evil  then there would not be this problem to start with. However I am saddened to see professionals who should be coming together with their patients on this and showing a united front to the policy makers, instead dismissing patients concerns and worrying about themselves and their work loads. Dont want to write these letters doctors?  Then stand up and fight against this corrupt money stealing, people demeaning coalition of the damned.

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People of colour like me have been painted out of working-class history

Black people have lived in Britain at least from Roman times, and some historians claim that north Africans were here as much as 3,000 years ago. We know that Indian people were here as far back as Shakespeare’s time. The first Chinese visitor we know of was the Jesuit priest Shen Foutsong, who communicated in Latin when he worked at Oxford’s Bodleian Library in the 17th century. His portrait still hangs in the Queen’s collection. People of colour have been part of the fabric of British society for centuries, but you won’t find many in official histories – either from the right (look at Michael Gove’s draft national curriculum) or, more shockingly, from the left.

Ken Loach’s feature-length documentary, The Spirit of ’45, is one recent example. A documentary about the creation of the welfare state and its legacy, it presents us with Loach’s vision of the British working class, united in the struggle for a better Britain. And though it covers the period from the 1930s up to the Thatcher era, everyone featured in the film is white – it’s as if people like me have been bred out of the working-class gene pool.

In this Loach is swimming with the tide. Both Maurice Glasman (of Blue Labour fame) and David Goodhart, the former editor of Prospect magazine, are very influential in Labour’s thinking – and both nostalgically emphasise the importance of continuity and community values in the British working class, as against immigrants, who threaten that continuity. While the working class is rarely discussed in mainstream left circles these days, the “white working class” is endlessly debated. “Working class” becomes indivisible from “white” in such debates.

This is not an accurate portrayal of the British working class, either now or in the past. My own father, an ex-seaman, was a British trade unionist in Liverpool from the 1920s onwards, and helped found the Chinese Seamen’s Union. It was necessary: Chinese people ran much of the merchant navy in the second world war, and plenty died for us in conflicts up to and including the Falklands war, and yet they suffered horrible discrimination. Their pay and conditions were inferior to those of their white counterparts. Adding insult to injury, many were forcibly sent back to China after the war despite having settled here with families.

And many other people of colour contributed to the spirit of 1945 Loach celebrates: the black pilots who flew in the RAF in the second world war; the Chinese firefighters in Liverpool (including my dad) who fought the flames ignited by Luftwaffe bombs; the Nepalese Gurkhas and Indians who fought for Britain in two world wars, making up the largest volunteer army in world history. And of course, postwar, the thousands who arrived here in waves of immigration from the Caribbean in order to run the new NHS and public transport systems.

People of colour have performed important work in the labour movement throughout its history. I remember at least one south Asian shop steward at Ford Dagenham in the 1970s, and Asian women won a famous victory at the Grunwick film processing plant in a strike lasting from 1976 to 1978, in what journalist Paul Foot described as “a central battleground between the classes and between the parties”.

Once you look beyond Britain, and the narrow definition of the British working class as only those who labour within its borders, the composition of those who have resisted capitalist predation looks different again. As George Orwell says in his bitter 1939 essay, Not Counting Niggers: “What we always forget is that the overwhelming bulk of the British proletariat does not live in Britain, but in Asia and Africa.” Without cheap non-white labour from the empire, Britain couldn’t have afforded the welfare state of which we’re so proud. The blind spot that so irritated Orwell is alive and well on the left today.

While many on the left would sell us a mythologised, all-white Little England, it is worth remembering that the British working class itself has a proud tradition of rejecting racism; we shouldn’t allow this to be airbrushed out of existence by those who purport to represent them. Even though the cotton famine of 1863 plunged Lancashire textile workers into life-threatening poverty (because the slave-grown cotton from America’s southern states on which the industry relied was blockaded in the civil war), the textile workers actively supported the fight against slavery. In 1862 they wrote to Lincoln expressing their “hope that every stain on your freedom will shortly be removed, and that the erasure of that foul blot on civilisation and Christianity – chattel slavery – during your presidency, will cause the name of Abraham Lincoln to be honoured and revered by posterity”.

As well as being a prominent anti-slaver, the Manchester radical Richard Cobden was a leading campaigner against the opium wars, when Britain attempted to impose cheap mass-produced opium on the Chinese population by force of arms. In 1936 East End Jews found themselves arm in arm with many diverse groups who turned out to challenge Mosley’s Blackshirt fascists in Cable Street. In the second world war Brits welcomed black American GIs based here, to the dismay of the US army’s Jim Crow segregationist officers.

Examples of cross-race class struggle are many: so why impose such a filter? Who gains? Constructing a narrative palatable to a constituency increasingly susceptible to the dishonest blandishments of the right is a divisive and dangerous game, especially in the current atmosphere of immigrant bashing and fear of the other. Harking back to a fictitious golden age when everyone was white represents surrender to an antagonism stoked up towards “outsiders”, with polls showing that increasing numbers of us blame immigration for dwindling resources, though facts prove otherwise.

Loach’s airy dismissal on Radio 4 of his whitening of our history was simple: “That’s how it was. That’s the record of the time. That’s what people thought, that was the moment of the time.” You can’t include stuff “to suit our present sensitivities”.

He’s wrong; that’s not how it was. And that matters: the left should educate people and inspire them with the truth. The ethnic cleansing of our history is an insult to the spirit of the working class it purports to represent.

Written by Anna Chen and reposted here from the Guardian

 

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Another BBC Program Demonising Benefit Claiments : Only This Time Its Personal

So did you see it? the BBCs new “documentary” Nick And Margaret : We Pay All Your Benefits.  Just reading the title I think we can all see where this program was heading, and it didn’t fail to deliver.  Right from the start we were subjected to language the average Daily Mail reader will be only too familiar with, terms like “striver” “scrounger”

This was never meant to be an honest unbiased look at the whole benefit system. No this program had one aim and one aim only. That was to push the whole right-wing callous capitalist agenda of demonizing the poor and needy. The program stunk of propaganda, from the snide comments the totally “neutral” hosts were making, to the stagnant anti welfare soundbites the so-called “strivers” regurgitated on cue. It could have been written by Ian Duncan Smith himself it was so patronising and dismissive of the people involved.

So why this time is it personal?

Because one of the participants is a long time friend of mine.  Luther the single dad.

I first want to say, well done bro, you did a great job, you came across as the likeable caring chap we all know you are. This despite the editing they did to push their agenda and the serious lack of detail into your predicament.  But of course they don’t want to go into too much detail because that will show the world what a down to earth solid geezer you really are. No they want caricatures of benefit claimants ones that fit into their nasty little pigeon holes they have for us all. They wanted to dehumanize him. Well I’m sorry to say that despite their best attempts they failed.

So why did he do the show, I mean we all knew they would try to paint him in a bad light, after all that is the job of propaganda, to blur the truth and point the viewers towards one conclusion. He knew this perfectly well when he entered into this program but did it because he wanted to do his best to show the world that benefit claimants are human too and to show the audience the  inhuman cruelty that some of these cuts can cause.  So he used this chance to highlight all the problems with this governments welfare strategy. He spoke about the bedroom tax and the benefit cap, the council tax benefit removal, the sterile anti person ATOS interviews and the DWPs twisting of statistics.

unfortunately that would not of served the BBCs political masters for them to show any of that, so instead they cut and edited almost everything he had to say unless it fit with their opinions.

Then they added those patronising comments the hosts made about the people in their car.  But at least he tried hey, at least he took that opportunity and tried to make his voice heard.  The end result though was already a foregone conclusion and that pisses me off.

Things like “he doesn’t contribute to society”  BULLSHIT!  There are many more ways of contributing to society than just being a wage slave.  This is the man who at 16 yrs old took on full care of his new baby boy after its mother just did a runner. Now I’m sure like all 16 yr olds he would rather have been out their partying but no, he manned up and took responsibility.  He as also helped many many other people who have suffered for one reason or another from giving a bed to sleep for people who were homeless to feeding others kids when they struggled to find the money.

The man has basically put other people’s problems before his own because that’s the kind of guy he is.  Now isn’t that contributing to society?  You see society isn’t just columns of figures or records or taxes. It is people real people who look out for each other in order to make a nice loving and safe community.

This is something that the benefit claimants excels at. Helping each other out, building strong community safety nets between themselves. Afterall they have all been there at one point or another so they are the ones who stand up and without thought for themselves give what little they have to help others.

This is something even the Christian Jesus would have approved. I believe he told some parable about the rich man and the poor man and the meek. Ironic then that most of the gov ministers identify with this guys teachings. Shame they don’t follow them.

So fuck their claims of not contributing to society. WE ARE SOCIETY.

Other points that they failed to mention in their puerile hate crusade of a program. The guys disability. I think they mentioned he had a lung problem. What about the hip replacements he had to have while still in his 30s?  The constant hospitalizations, the ages spent on crutches. All this while bringing up 4 lovely children.

You all saw his kids right? Didn’t they look the nicest happiest loving kids you ever seen?  You telling me these parents who spend their entire lives working get to produce such lovely children? Because I am sure that children need a parent around them to teach them and give them the love they deserve. It seemed according to this program that this is no longer the accepted way of child care. No now the government want you to have less of a connection to your kids, they want you out working at all hours. They want you to leave your children to be brought up by carers or nurseries.  They are basically trying to break the bonds of parenthood and replace the parent with the state in the childs eyes. …… ” Dont trust your parents children they are only human so will fail, trust us instead we know whats best for you, we will teach you how to become an uncaring consumer just like us”   This is brainwashing FFS Is this what we want to see the future of our society becoming?  No parental responsibility just a mindless adoration of authority.

It’s not just Luthers portrayal that annoyed me though, the whole tone of the show just oozed stereotypes:  Look at that poor woman. Anyone want to bet she was chosen just because she is a bit overweight?  Then they can show all benefit claimants as greedy guzzlers that get paid far too much or they wouldn’t be fat.  Then there was the usual flat screen TV bullcrap and the smoking and drinking.  They were even picking on the family pets ffs.

If these fuckwits had their way a person on benefits would look like an Auschwitz victim. Would live in a one room shack with no TV, phone, computer or probably even electricity at all.  They would all only get to eat processed food  (did you hear that woman? “why they having two hot meals a day?”  You what? so now feeding your kids well is a crime too?)  Wear only rags. Spend ALL of their time looks at the same six jobs in the job centre and presumably applying for these 6 every day over and over again.  Then of course they would have to be sterilized so they don’t have any kids. Finally they would have to duck out of sight anytime a “real” person walked past because after all who wants to have to look at poor people all day 😛

Sounds horrific or over the top? I guarantee if we don’t rise up on mass soon and do something about this, it will become reality, and its programs like this that will bring it about.

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Con-dems Use Their Magic Wand Again.

We all remember those old Disney films when we were kids. The ones where the fairy godmother would come flying in and wave her magic wand to make everything all right again.

Most of us as we grew up realised there was no such thing as magic like in the movies. However there were a few out there who loved the elegant simplicity that making things disappear with a wave of your wand could bring to their notions of problem solving. Unfortunately it seems that those few all gravitated towards the Conservative Party. Then in a minor miracle that beats anything Disney could russle up, the Tories somehow find themselves in government with their very own head-boy David Cameron behind the doors at number 10.

Now if thats not magic, I dont know what is 😛

Within weeks those at the top in the Tory party had gotten their magic wands out and with a wizardly flourish made all of their election promises disappear.

Not going to touch the NHS   Bang!!  Massive cuts and privatisation by stealth

Going to be tough on crime   ZAP!!!   Cuts thousands of police jobs

Get tough on bankers   POW!!!  Bankers go on bleeding us dry

Then of course there is the way that statistics point to one conclusion but those magicians at Tory party HQ weave their illusions and the population end up believing the opposite. In fact the right wing myth makers and their stooges in the media get the people so confused they end up attacking each other and blaming those who are suffering most from austerity, instead of placing the blame on the real culprits : The bankers, the hedge fund managers, the venture capitalists and the self entitled bastards now sitting in both houses of parliement.

The way the country has played to their tune on the welfare issue is itself a major feat of hypnomancy. Changing a nations natural care and consideration for the most marginalised in  society into a rabble rousing hatred that allowed the spawning of the so called “strivers or skivers” debate. Where the most sick and disabled in our community are instead labelled as scroungers and where hate crime against the disabled has risen by 25%.

Well the Tory wand wavers have been at it again. This time in an attempt to tackle that vitally important issue of fuel poverty.

Fuel poverty has been skyrocketing since the 2008 financial crash. With households increasingly having to chose between buying food to eat or paying bills for fuel.  This is a direct result of the austerity measure forced upon us by Mr Smugness himself Gideon Osbourne. With the scrapping of council tax benefit, the bedroom tax, the benefit cap, the housing benefit changes, the ATOS fit for work scandal, Workfare, massive unemployment, zero hour work contracts, blacklisting, increasing utility bills by privatised industries and increased food prices. Many many more people are fighting to survive and make ends meet.

So how do you think the Torys have decided to deal with rising problem?

Why they just wave their magic wands and change the definition of what is fuel poverty. Genius hey?  Oh and in the process it just happens to knock 1000 000 of the national fuel poverty figures.

From The Telegraph :

Campaigners criticised the Government after ministers took 1m people out of fuel poverty – by changing the way the measure is calculated.

Under the old measure, any family spending more than 10pc of their income on gas and electricity was judged as being “fuel poor”.

The new measure from DECC classes fuel poverty as a home where “the total income is below the poverty line, and energy costs are higher than typical”.

and the reason these compulsive pork pie tellers give for changing the definition……..

The Department for Energy and Climate Change said a new definition that cut the official number of “fuel poor” families from 3.5m to 2.5m was being introduced to ensure help is “targeted at those who need it most”.

Ahhh so they are only cutting the numbers to help people more, how compassionate of them.  Im sure the one million who are now no longer “fuel poor” are brimming with joy at being taken out of this bracket. Im sure it has really benefited their lifes. Of course they still have to make a choice between food or fuel and many of them will die this winter due to entirely preventable causes but at least the government figures look good, and that after all is the only thing our politicians care about and with a magic wand in their arsenal I expect to see alot more of this kind of “solution” coming soon.

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