Monthly Archives: May 2011

Steve Cram: He can run but he can’t hide

Today we’re picking on Steve Cram who has signed up as ‘ambassador’ for poverty pimps Atos Origin.

Today hundred’s of people are contacting him and asking him to reconsider.

He’s on facebook where he’s already getting banny at: http://www.facebook.com/SteveCramMBE?sk=wall

Twitter – @jarrowarrow @ExtraMileme @COCO_Charity (add #atosorigin to tweets)

email – info@cram-alert.co.uk

Steve Cram’s agent can be contacted at: info@missionsports.co.uk

Phone: 01434 689 040/07900 223 563

Blog: http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/features/blogs/reader/stevecram/

or contact his charity: http://www.coco.org.uk/contact-us

There’s even a facebook page devoted to contacting Stevie at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=154833997917756

Atos Kills Cripples

Atos Origin, the murdering bastards IT company responsible for carrying out the notorious Work Capability Assessment have taken their harassment of the sick and disabled a step further by issuing legal threats to a website which was critical of them.

Afteratos.com is a website set up two months ago by a lone disabled woman (who wishes to remain anonymous and goes by the name of Aunty Admin).  It’s purpose was to document and survey reports of those on sickness or disability benefits who have been subjected to Atos ‘ computer based medical assessments.

Thousands of people have been stripped of benefits having failed the Atos test, with 40% (and up to 70% with representation) having benefits restored after appeal.    Tragically some people have committed suicide after learning of Atos Origin’s decision, whilst the stress of the testing procedure has also been blamed for at least one death according to a national newspaper.

This hasn’t stopped Atos from threatening afteratos with libel action, amongst other things over their use of the phrase Atos Kills, and Atos Healthscare.  They also objected to the image below, which has appeared on countless websites (and no doubt now countless more), as a breach of their copyright.

Despite the aforementioned newspaper article, and the cartoon at the top of the page which first appeared in The Guardian, Atos Origin have decided to try and bully the disabled people and groups who have had the courage to stand up to them. The full letter threatening legal action can be read at (pdf):  http://afteratos.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Cease-and-Desist-Letter.pdf

Whilst afteratos.com have made some concessions, they have warned that any further attempt to silence them will be vigourously defended in court.

Atos Origin have been the target of protests around the UK  by disabled people, benefit claimants and supporters.  Activists have vowed to continue the fight until these distressing and shameful attacks on claimants  are brought to an end.

LATEST 22/8: Atos Origin vs the internet – stop Atos censorsing the web!

Steve Cram Signs For Poverty Pimps Atos Origin

Top sports star Steve Cram has signed up to be to be an ambassador for notorious poverty pimps Atos Origin.  According to Atos themselves the ‘Arrow of Jarrow’ will promote their “long-term role as the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games in order to strengthen our UK business.”

Atos Origin have recently been the target of protests by disabled people and supporters over their treatment of benefit claimants forced to attend the ‘Work Capability Assessment’ which is administered by Atos.

Perhaps Cram is unaware of the people deemed ‘fit for week’ by Atos who have died whilst appealing this decision.  Perhaps he has not heard of the suicides that have taken place due to people being stripped of benefits.  Maybe he is unaware of the people with terminal illnesses, mental health conditions and serious disabilities who have been declared ‘fit for work’ and may now be forced onto workfare schemes.

So why not tell him.  Steve Cram is on twitter @jarrowarrow.  He also runs a company called Extra Mile Me who can be found on twitter @extramileme or on the phone at:  01434 689 040/07900 223 563

He runs a thriving online empire selling Cram-Alert bracelets (no laughing) who can be contacted at:  info@cram-alert.co.uk

Be nice (for now) he also runs a charity after all and they can be found at @COCO_Charity on twitter or visit: http://www.coco.org.uk/home

George Osborne is a Nonce* …

George Osborne is a nonce was the message implied by some protesters at today’s pitiful attempt to rally in favour of government cuts. Less than a hundred people turned out for the Rally Against Debt, despite the combined weight of UKIP, The Tax Payers Alliance, The Freedom Association and whole host of random right wing lunatics.

Toby Young, who had previously claimed “all those who care about Britain’s future should attend the Rally Against Debt”, didn’t turn up.

The diverse crowd of middle aged Jeremy Clarkson wannabes even included some women.  The wives of several members of the Tax Payers were not believed to be in attendance, with many using the opportunity to spend the afternoon fucking someone else instead.

Protesters wore hard hitting t-shirt bearing slogans such as ‘fuck the EU’, carried placards urging people to read capitalist heavy weights like Ayn Rand and Richard Littlejohn, whilst one even dressed up as someone from a film.  Spiffing.  Not to be outdone by the storming of Tory Headquarters by student protesters last year, a couple of Ukippers burnt an EU flag.

Despite the poor turn out organisers were pleased with the result, claiming that almost every complete cunt in the country had attended.  An organiser told us “whilst we had hoped for a slightly higher attendance, amongst complete cunts our attendance was impressive.  We believe that almost all high profile cunts, with the exception of Toby Young, are present, and it’s entirely possible that we have managed to bring together the hundred biggest cunts in the country.”

Tory party sources were quick to deny this.  The silent majority who aren’t cunts failed to show.

Then everyone went home and got laughed at on twitter.

* allegedly, claim some Rally Against Debt protesters.  Sort of.

Leaked Jobcentre Plus Suicide Memo!

The Guardian reports on a “six-point plan” being distributed to DWP workers dealing with ‘job seekers’ who claim to be suicidal. Here it is in all it’s glory:

1) As most job seekers are liars and cheats many threats of suicide are likely to be bogus. It is important to establish the genuine suicide cases from those who are attempting to skive workfare provision. Job seekers should be asked which methods of suicide they have considered, or whether they have taken opportunity of the countless ‘suicide websites’ to research their opinion and network with other suicidal individuals. Have they found a ‘suicide buddy’ yet? Fifteen minutes access on the Job Search computer may be allocated to job seekers to research suicide websites as well as the effective fatal administration of prescribed medication, self-gassing, hanging, slit wrists and stabbing themselves in the heart. It is vital that job seekers are empowered to make choices about options themselves, with the encouragement and continued support of the DWP.

2) Once satisfied that a job seeker’s claim of feeling suicidal is genuine then it is important vulnerable claimants feel motivated and empowered in this decision. Explain to claimants that suicide may well be an appropriate outcome for some people and that they should not feel stigmatised or discouraged by friends and family. Many job seekers who have committed suicide in the past have been completely successful outcomes for the DWP, with none seeking further benefits or training support. Whilst we remain committed to finding people employment at Jobcentre Plus we fully recognise, and will co-operate with, the more complex needs of some of our target group. No-one is to be discriminated against for committing suicide.

3) We recognise and understand that for many long term job seekers suicide can seem challenging and daunting. Encourage claimants to take small steps. Suicide statistics reveal that suicide attempts, far from being selfish, are in fact a ‘call for help’ with many going on to kill themselves properly in later attempts. DO NOT DE-MOTIVATE CLIENTS WHO ATTEMPT SUICIDE AND FAIL! Remind them gently there’s always a next time and discuss more effective methods of self-administering fatal injury.

4) It is not uncommon for job seekers to become anxious or agitated in the lead up to their suicide. Whilst distressing for client advisors, who may well have worked hard towards this outcome, these doubts can be overcome. Explain to the job seeker that they are worthless and their lives are not living. Referring to them as chav scum, parasites, useless eaters is perfectly acceptable in this case. Re-enforce any negative or self-destructive behaviour whilst cautioning against statements of self-worth, dignity or confidence. The DWP is investing heavily in encouraged suicide, in return we expect suicidal job seekers to ‘do their bit’ as well. It is entirely appropriate to discuss the possibility of benefit sanctions if the client appears to be ‘bottling out’.

5) Whilst all methods of suicide are to be viewed as ‘positive outcomes’ it is important to distinguish responsible suicide from irresponsible and anti-social behaviour. Throwing yourself off a bridge or under a train, whilst it has a positive impact on unemployment figures, may put pressure on other Government agencies. A quiet suicide, in the job seeker’s own home, is to be encouraged. If the client is homeless then jumping in the Thames on a cold Winter’s night may be a seen as a reasonable and environmentally responsible approach.

6) Workfare providers A4e will be rolling out the Work Programme Suicidal Clients Option soon. Job seeker’s will spend thirty hours a week at A4e’s offices being told they are shit and worthless. It is anticipated that this will dovetail with A4e’s current job search provision, meaning both mainstream and suicidal clients can be told they are shit and worthless together. This will not only minimise costs, but will allow clients previously considered ‘job ready’ to consider whether more appropriate action may be taken towards a successful outcome for the DWP.

Picnic and Party Against Atos Origin – part 2

Today!

Monday, May 9 · 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Atos Origin HQ,  Triton Square, London, NW1

At the first party and protest outside Atos Origin’s UK headquarters on January 24th over a hundred disability and claimant activists and groups held a noisy and passionate demonstration.

On April 14th, as part of the Third National Day of Protest Against Benefit Cuts, Atos Origin’s offices were picketed around the UK.

As part of the National Week of Action Against Atos Origin, beginning on Monday 9th May, a second Party and Picnic against Atos will take place on the 9th May from 2pm at their Head Office in Triton square, near Euston.

Bring music, drums, banners, placards, food to share and brighten up the faceless corporate wasteland that is home to poverty pimps Atos Origin Ltd.

Musicians, poets, orators, ranters, shouters, all benefit claimants and supporters welcome. Please help spread the word, invite your friends and let’s make this the biggest stand against poverty pimps Atos Origin so far.

Triton Square is on the North side of Euston Road, a minute or so from Warren Street tube and less than five minutes from Euston/Euston Square or Great Portland Street tube stations.

Margaret Thatcher … going … going …


Fears grow over ‘frail’ Baroness Thatcher after no public appearance for nearly two months

Could be any day now.  Prepare the bunting!

Party – Trafalgar Square, London – When Maggie Thatcher Dies

The Party’s Over for the Lib Dems


Have used this picture before but it’s even better today.

Week of Action Against Atos Origin – Call for Solidarity

Disability activists and benefit claimant’s groups are calling for protests and actions around the country targetting Atos Origin in the week beginning on 9th May.

Previous days of action against benefit cuts have seen protests, pickets and occupations of Atos Origin across the UK including London, Leeds, Glasgow, Bristol, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Dundee and many more.

Now claimants are calling for a week of announced and unannounced protests as well as a week long international virtual protest against Atos.

Atos Origin have a £500 million contract with the Con-dem Government to carry out ‘work capability assessments’ on all of those claiming Incapacity Benefit.

It is claimed assessments are to test what people can do rather than what they can’t. The real purpose is to strip benefits from as many people as possible.

This testing system has already led to people with terminal illnesses and severe medical conditions being declared fit for work and having benefits cut. GP’s are ignored in favour of decisions made by Atos Origin’s computer. People have already committed suicide due to the decisions made by Atos.

Plans announced for the scrapping of Disability Living Allowance have also revealed that this intrusive testing is likely to be extended to everyone on some form of disability or health related benefit.

To date around 40% of appeals against Atos Origin’s decisions have been successful.

Please organise and help us spread the word!

Details of all events plus links to the locations of Atos’ offices can be found at: http://benefitclaimantsfightback.wordpress.com/

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=121624627914913&index=1

If you live in London please download, print and distribute the flyer below – or make one yourself! To save right click on the image then choose Save Image As

Hundreds Attend Deptford Anti-Monarchy Party

With the turn out on this year’s London Mayday event generally being a bit crap it’s heartening to know that the biggest party on wedding day in South East London was an anti-royal one.

Over five hundred people turned out for the event held at the Social Centre Plus in Deptford which lasted late into the night with music and stand up comedians.  Support from the fine folk of Deptford was unanimous, not just for the event but also for Social Centre Plus, a squatted community centre established as a space to support the anti-cuts movement.

Only one slightly inebriated royalist expressed concern at the sentiment of the day, muttering something about tourism before skulking away.  Other locals joined to chat on the stall outside the venue, donated money and enjoyed the sunshine and party atmosphere on the roof of the building.

One unwelcome guest was local Lewisham Councillor Mike Harris who thought his republican views might make him some friends.  A strange, dweeby looking bloke in a badly fitting cheap cardigan, Harris attempted to defend voting through the cuts in the borough whilst above him hundreds of people openly expressed their scorn.

Harris tweeted later “Just been mocked by 100 people from an squat on Deptford high st for making ‘democratic socialist’ cuts”.  This was in reference to his claim that closing local libraries and cutting services for the some of borough’s most vulnerable residents was somehow ‘socially democratic’.  The cunt’s lucky he wasn’t lynched.