Let’s Kick Poverty Porn Producers Off Our Streets

yuppie-scumThere are few things more unpleasant than a bunch of coked up media wankers deciding it would be a jolly jape to make a film exploiting the lives of people in poverty.

You can imagine the braying laughter as the makers of Channel 4’s Benefits Street egged on people with drink problems to perform in front of the camera, even allegedly supplying them with alcohol to make sure they were shown in the worst possible light.  With clever editing, and in one participant’s case at least, genuinely vulnerable people, it isn’t hard to create the desired freak show.  People perform for the camera.  Fill them full of booze first and film the resulting carnage and watch the ratings soar –  particularly if the group you are stigmatising are already a target of tabloid fuelled hate.

The resulting and all too predictable reaction on twitter, where some people called for benefit claimants to be killed – yes killed – must have been a huge source of amusement to the programme makers.  Boss of documentaries at Channel 4, Nick Mursky, even claims this justified the show, saying to The Guardian that: “the furore surrounding it reinforces my view that we should absolutely be making programmes in this territory.”

It is hardly surprising that those whose lives were documented in the programme are outraged about how they were portrayed.  Thankfully they are not the only ones angry, thousands have signed a petition calling for the programme to be scrapped.  This is hardly the first time that Channel 4 have propped up their ratings with exploitative and dishonest so-called documentaries about life on benefits.  Just a few months ago Benefits Britain 1949 reduced claimants to tears whilst providing a completely distorted view of the benefits system not just today, but also in 1949.

Sue Marsh is right that some of the reaction to Benefits Street, from both the left and the right, has been influenced by snobbery.  But that’s probably because the programme was made by latte-slurping snobs. Laughing – usually from a safe distance – at the funny ways poor people speak and behave has long been a sport for the chattering classes.  Selecting a few isolated and troubled individuals and ignoring most of the rest means that people’s prejudices are easily confirmed.  Not looking deeper ensures that no-one ever asks why someone like Fungi is slowly committing suicide with alcohol, or whether anyone realistically would give him a job if his benefits were taken away.

The next time a bunch of grinning fucking idiots with a camera crew and clip boards turn up in working class areas they should be told, or made, to fuck off.  If this is the best that Channel 4 can come up with at a time when people are being driven to suicide by welfare reforms, then they are less than worthless.  In fact they are part of the problem.  Do not fucking trust them.

Join the protest outside Love Productions, the company behind this programme this Monday 13th Jan at 3pm, 43 Eagle St WC1R 4AT.  More info on facebook.  Please spread the word.  Love Productions are on twitter @LoveProdHouse

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  3. HAVING JUST READ TOM PRIDES BLOGG, WORDS FAIL ME…………..

    THE DEPTH OF DEPRAVITY THAT THE DWP WILL GO, SEEMINGLY HAVE NO BOUNDARY………………

    A LADY WHO HAS A RARE FORM OF BONE CANCER HAS BEEN REFUSED ESA ALLOWANCE BECAUSE THE DWP HAVE ADJUDICATED THAT SHE CONTRIBUTED TO IT.

    MAYBE ITS THE PRODUCT OF BEING INSTRUCTED TO GOOGLE THE EFFECTS OF AN ILLNESS, RATHER THAN ASK AN ATOS HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL, AS RELEASED IN A MEMO TO INTERNAL DWP STAFF ON 7TH NOV 2013……………………

    26 November 2013

    Dear DWP CAXTON HOUSE EXTERNAL Communications,

    Thank you for your reply to FoI request reference 5501.

    The communication to members of your staff I am seeking is
    referenced to in this link:

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/civ…

    You can see it is clear on the date of 7th November and The Mirror
    does not show the title, referencing it only as DWP staff bulletin.

    I trust from this information supplied you are now able to progress
    the request.

    Yours sincerely,

    Nigel Dale

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    EXTREMELY STRANGE HOW THE DWP ARE DOING ALL THEY CAN NOT TO FULFILL THIS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST.

    WHY WOULD THE DWP TRY TO DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM THIS RENEGADE COMPANY, ATOS, AFTER SINGING THEIR PRAISES FOR SO LONG?

    COULD IT BE THAT THE MEDICAL REPORTS THEY CONDUCTED WERE FLAWED?

    COULD IT BE THAT THE SO CALLED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ONLY HAD A CERTIFICATE THAT WAS RECOGNISED ONLY BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND NO REAL MEDICAL ORGANISATION.?…………….

    OR COULD IT BE THE EMBARRASSING AMOUNT OF DEATHS AS A RESULT OF HEINOUS WELFARE CUTS TO THE DISABLED AND POOR THAT ARE BEING WITHHELD BY THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA?

    MAKE YOUR OWN MINDS UP.

    POLITICS KILL, AND THE TWISTED POLITICS OF THIS GOVERNMENT, GO UNCHALLENGED………….

    • @Geoff 10,600 deaths as of 2010 so I have been told..

      • …………………a hell of a lot more than that Bob.
        That’s a government generated figure and you know what that means…………………….
        Hence the mortality count was stopped to cover up the real amount.

        ……….no wonder our gas reserves are low, the crematoriums are struggling to keep up!

  4. ITS SO EASY TO TAKE THE PISS FROM THE UNFORTUNATE PEOPLE OF OUR MEAGRE WELFARE PROGRAMME, AND REEL IN HORROR AS THEY STEAL AND TRY TO EARN A FEW BOB,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    THE REAL HORRORS OF OUR SOCIETY ARE NOT CAMERA SHY, JUST PROTECTED BY SOCIAL INDIFFERENCES.

    A GUY STEALS A FEW ITEMS OF CLOTHING VALUED AT HOW MUCH?

    YET THE CLOWN, IAIN DUNCAN SMITH SQUANDERS A SMALL FORTUNE THAT COULD HAVE PAID A LARGE PART OF OUR WELFARE BILLS AT THE SAME TIME THE POOREST ARE SHAFTED…………………..

    IDIOT CABLE HAS JUST FLOGGED ANOTHER PART OF OUR HERITAGE, ROYAL MAIL, AT A STAGGERING LOSS TO THE TREASURY OF AROUND 1.4 BILLION……….

    IT IS THESE CLOWNS THAT CHANNEL 4 SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON, NOT THE ONES WHO HAVE BEEN DRIVEN DOWN BY POVERTY.

    HOW MANY OF THE MOTHBALL BRIGADE SIT IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS?
    HOW MANY ARE AWAKE?
    HOW MANY ARE CLAIMING THEIR £300 A DAY EXPENSES WHILE I LIVE ON JUST £32 AND HAVE A PARTNER AND A SON?
    ……………AND THATS FOR A WHOLE WEEK!

    SAD PLACE, THE UK, IT REALLY IS……………………….

    THE DWP CAN SPY ON SOMEONE WHO GETS £71 WHILE OTHERS SCAM THE SYSTEM CHRONICALLY!

    TAKE MP’S FOR INSTANCE, THEY HYPE UP EXPENSES AND ACCRUE VAST FORTUNES ON SECOND HOMES ETC…….

    WHEN CAUGHT, GO TO PRISON IN THE CUSHTIEST OF JAILS, ENJOY ALL THE PRIVILEGES A NOB WOULD RECEIVE AND DO A FRACTION OF THE BIRD THAT A CHANNEL 4 FUN CHARACTER WOULD EXPECT….

    DOUBLE TALK, DOUBLE STANDARDS, DOUBLE CROSS!

    SICK BRITAIN, THE SEPTIC TANK OF THE ONCE CIVILISED WORLD…….

  5. @Johnny i am glad you posted this…after reading the diatribe of hate on Toms blog it genuinely disturbed me..as I had posted earlier knowing someone who commited suicide because of accusations of benefit fraud really brings it home to you..they are not a statistic they are friends or family ..
    I may have posted on yr blog about a connection between live productions and conservatives. If this is the case then its even more of a scandal ..
    Have to say how puzzling to see the daily hate mail defending the participants when its usually doing the opposite and also at time when the daily mirror has gone for a bit of benefit bashing ..god the whole thing keeps spinning doesn’t it…

    • just got the Daily Mirror from my mum……………………..

      Benefit bashing seems to be the norm, didn’t think they would stoop so low, Bob?
      They have reduced themselves to the same level as channel 4 by printing this story, the pits!

  6. oh fuck off. ‘coked up media wankers’ is as much of a stereotype as ‘lazy benefits scrounger’.

    grow up.

  7. I have watched a couple of those sickeningly disgusting portrayals of all the usual suspects, just below the belt immoral fucking propaganda to prop up the laughing/champagne swilling/coke sniffing/corrupt tossers CAUSING THE REAL HARM! GOOD ARTICLE JOHNNY AND I URGE EVERYONE TO SIGN THAT PETITION TOO, PLEASE.

  8. It’s thhe modern freak show, and people don’t even have to leave their living rooms. There also used to be trips to public executions, now people just call for mass execution of the poor on Twitter instead.

    The number of serf-dupes in this country is jaw dropping.

  9. You’ll notice from the first link in the piece, just how thoroughly Dacre’s minions have raked through these people’s lives to further blacken their names. The Heil still seems to be short of space to cover Lord Rothermere’s extensive tax dodging.

  10. Reblogged this on Dispatches from the edge or do slipstreams dream? and commented:
    Not only are they SCUM making poverty into evening entertainment.They also make money out of it and completely skew the reality.with a snip of a pair of scissors they turn a troubling story into something entirely different.Everything uncomfortable or boring ends up on the cutting floor :*(

  11. Why don’t they do a feature on the Royal Family, called “The inbreds and how we squander money while the poor are dying”…………………………….

    Channel 4 would not have to bribe them with money, alcohol or gifts…

    …………maybe a jewel encrusted tiara for the corgi and a three bedroomed semi detached for the hamster,(not attracting bedroom tax like the plebs),
    sorry, her loyal subjects.

    The same subjects she decided were ready for austerity by giving her royal seal of approval, royal Assent to the Welfare Acts…………

    ……….bet these fuckers have never had a value line tin of soup or a packet of cream crackers, out of date……………………….

    Doth my cap, i wouldn’t cross the road to help one of them up……………………………

  12. “THE QUEEN IS IN HER COUNTING HOUSE, COUNTING ALL HER MONEY”
    HER SUBJECTS ARE DYING, SHE PROBABLY THINKS ITS FUNNY!

  13. Channel 4, publicly owned, proper gander machine, for the gov of the day.
    BBC,publicly owned, proper gander machine, for the gov of the day.
    Some people will do anything to pay for their large life styles.

  14. 27000 signs and soaring…what a great post jv…

  15. The morons who claim to have a life, are still trying to defend the indefensible on Tom pride over the girl with bone cancer, sick or what.

  16. Oh come on get real, the people who were filmed on Benefits Street were dregs of society long before they were portrayed to be, the real issue is grouping every unemployed person under the same umbrella, which is what less intelligent people will do. There are unfortunately too many people like the ones on the program in our society and some much much worse. We should be stigmatising them never mind the media and hoy polloy, how on earth Mr void can you openly protect these scums of the earth?

    • I AM ALSO THE SCUM OF THE EARTH, PORTRAYED AS A SCROUNGER, THIEF, CHEAT, SCOUNDREL AND MOST OF ALL A BENEFIT FRAUD…..

      SADLY I HAD AN ACCIDENT AT WORK AND WAS ROBBED OF MY WELFARE BY A BIASED ATOS EXAMINATION.

      THE PAPERS AND MEDIA SHOW ME AS THE LOWEST OF THE LOWEST………………….

      PLEASE FORGIVE ME PHOENIX, NOT FOR WHAT I HAVE DONE, BUT WHAT OTHERS HAVE INCORRECTLY LABELLED ME…….

      • Guy Fawkes….that applies to me too and I resent being labelled along with those morons, do you really think any of the characters in that program have an ounce of intelligence? Victimised or used, would you or I put ourselves in that position? No! Reality is reality, you or I have the capacity to rise above adversity, those people even though they have the choice, will always choose to be nothing but a drain on society.

        • Phoenix.

          I do not sit in judgement of the underdog as you do and if anyone is thick and taken in by stereotyping by the media it is you.
          I always believe there is cause and effect in anyone’s life, but some like yourself and the authorities choose to kick those that are already at rock bottom.

        • There but with the grace of god.. Go you Phoenix.. You dont know their lives, yet you are judging them based on a programme that demonises people.. Who is it Moron there.. I have been interviewed by the bbc, i can see how with careful editing whole stories can be created out of nothing but lies. You can go into these places with the best intentions but if it doesnt “sell papers” it will be a squib.. If they are real people I say to have a universal benefits system for all. you cannot say except these people,

          Now people in this street will not be given a chance of a job people people assume they are all like that..

          • @ Guy Fawkes & Eric, very well said fella’s. personaly me thinks phoenix lives on another planet…planet fuckin tory!!!

    • Peter Sutcliffe

      why dont they stop whinging and get a lorry driving job like i did

    • how someone looks on telly is all in the edit.

    • Just where the hell do you get off calling human beings ‘the dregs of society?’ Do YOU know what the human beings you refer to have gone through? Have you some insight you would care to share with everyone and enlighten us, perhaps as to your reasoning? Otherwise dig deep and find that spark of humanity you once had! With people like yourself only too willing to embrace the divide and conquer ideology with your judgemental superficial moralistic views – perhaps you also agree people need to be culled should they come from a background as to have had far less life chances and opportunities that say, YOU ever dreamed of?

      • something survived...

        Simple physics: the dregs/scum, and the turds, always float to the top.
        (They are called IDS, McVey, Osborne, Cameron, All4Emma, etc.)

    • The programme was a set up – propaganda of the worst kind. A Birmingham Mail independent survey reports that nine out of ten households on Benefits Street (James Turner Street) in the channel 4 program were all claiming benefits. You can verify by googling it.

      The doors of the 101 households in James Turner Street were knocked by the survey who found that at least 22 households were in work and not on benefits. There was also no answer at 61 of the homes, but other tenants interviewed suggested many others were at full time work or were employed part time.

      Only ten households out of the 101 doors knocked said they were on benefits ( averaging £700-800 per month ) , four were either pension age or disabled, three were young families or single parents and seven refused to comment.

      It also became clear that a lot of people who were filmed on the street did not actually live on James Turner street but lived in other areas of the city and were only visiting or had been drawn to the area by word of mouth of the Channel 4 filming of the street.

    • You are one mean minded sick individual .What ashes did you rise from eh?
      The bonfire of the vanity that is IDS ….well I have a question for you .
      Why don’t you go to that street and put your views across…stick your face in there and see what your views get you.Brave internet warrior that you are.
      NO thought not .

  17. Phoenix

    Be careful you don’t find yourself trying to rise from a pile of ashes.

  18. I watched that programme last week, I knew straight away it was going to be like that. Those people were used then, tricked and manipulated by the puppeteers. Now society want them dead. Nice. Well I realised straight away it was part of the Governments Smear Campaign for people on benefits.

    I noticed too, that Fungi had probably had a troubled childhood. I think he said something serious happened when he was a child. Well, strange again how these abused people just get left to cope alone. Where is the help????? Where is the decent therapy??? and I am not talking a quick fix fucking CBT government aided shit to get people of their benefits in 8 weeks time. CBT is not a cure!! not in million years. Where is the decent psychotherapy from a real Docter???? Sexual abuse is a serious crime to happen to a child. It is has a devastating detrimental affect for the rest of their life if it is ignored.

    I suppose only the rich can afford decent therapy. If this Government really wanted to ‘change people’ why do people like Fungi not get helped?

    • jasmine
      cbt or “shut up therapy” as some call it, does indeed make things even worse and drives the root causes in deeper….the rich seeking therapy, that would be even more money wouldn’t it…..

      • Plenty of people are being paid to dish out so called help and therapy, but because they are quacks and can no more cure anyone of anything they are a waste of tax payers money.

        • g fawkes
          there is good money in keeping people sick, and dependant on their guidance + they can also be paid to stay in denial….yes, a waste of taxpayers money and the sanity of human beings

          • overburdend
            am a bit concerned about this”shut up therapy” aka CBT cognitive behavioural therapy. The Government have taken a liking to it because its quick, cheap, and nasty. Also has their favourite word Behavioural in it. That’s why they are funding it right now, and are planning to get people with mental health cured in weeks and OFF benefits. See the devious plan. Check out what Dr Oliver James has to say about it.

            Guy Fawkes there are some good therapists out there that can help people ,but sadly many will be of no use to people has they have their own denials and hangups that have not been dealt with.

  19. Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog.

    • overburden
      Thank god for the good ones, I learnt so much from Oliver James book ‘They fuck you up’ I’ve heard you mention Dr bob truth a lot. I did check him out, and will read more on that.

      • jas
        yes oliver james wrote the back cover what ever it’s called on the back of one of dr bob’s books “emotional health” i think….did you read also nick davies on dr bob….

        • Yes I did, a while ago when you mentioned on here. The wild goings on in Pankhurst prison. When child abuse is extinguished perhaps people would grow into better adults. Perhaps the government will not want to deal with that, there are better things for them to fund.

  20. I’ve yet to see the programme because I don’t have a TV. I’ll try watching it online on 4od. Bear in mind that you don’t need a TV licence to watch “catch-up TV”. That’s £145 that the government won’t be getting.

    • By simply living in this country the government get your money, but I do respect your stance even if it’s denying you things you may deserve to have and denying yourself out of principle. As I say in my lengthy post, we do need to start looking at alternatives come 2015 because another 4 years of this will destroy the identity of the country completely… the whole country will be sold off, lord knows we have already gone cap in hand to china and taken the cheque… what next?.

      • The french company “Total” are bringing fracking to the UK and no doubt poisoning our water as it has in the US.
        French workers used to deliberately poison the water around a company that had sacked them or laid them off unjustly, a sabotage tactic to hit the company where it hurts in the pocket.
        I hope people start their opposition to fracking now, come on Caroline Lucas.

  21. Yes its easy to manipulate thick people, that’s why the authorities are on top, simple!

  22. Just checked, the programme is available for 24 more days so should you want to record it.

  23. On another website, (DWP EXAMINATION) I saw the post showing the hate mail on twitter calling for all kinds of bad things to happen to the ppl who were part of this program.
    What I would like to know is what are/have the Police Departments done about any of that?
    Usually when such abusive stuff is put online, the Police have the folks arrested in days, if not hours.
    So how come all quiet here???
    Radio 4 Today news programme had a bit about it on Friday morning I think, and ppl living on that street are getting name calling from guys going by in cars, merely because the live there, regardless if they were in the docudrama show or not.
    Other are raging that the prices of their bought houses have gone way, way down!

    You wonder what the kids who live there have to put up with now, especially the ones still at school.
    Channel Four really has to be held to account over this.
    But so too does the REGIME at Westminster and its fellow New Nazi supporters.

    But it must also be remembered, much of this benefits bashing culture we now have, started up under the Brown-Blair administration. The last “Labour” dwp guy was quite evil, and now we see where this is all leading to.
    Labour must also acknowledge they’re partly responsible for all of this.

    If the “Labour” politicians really do care, and many do, but most seem as if they don’t, then they must accept and admit their part and say “sorry”…but I better not hold my breath waiting for them to do so!

    • .alright Gordon, you had me day dreaming for a minute when you mentioned Nazis…………….

      an image of ESTHER came into my head…………

      she was was walking behind prisoners who were crouching at the side of a large pit. As she reached each one she pushed the barrel of her pistol into the back of the head and pulled the trigger.
      With a grunt, she then pushed the lifeless, blood spattered body with the sole of her jackboot, reuniting the body with the others she had ritualistically killed earlier……………………………….

      ………………..similar to what she does today i suppose?

      • …………and Gordon, i seem to remember a bald man in the background….
        He was wearing a black uniform, the lapels bearing the totenkopf death head insignia of the SS…….
        Each time Esther pushed a body into the pit, he was salivating whilst cheering the episode on…………..

        Could it have been a daydream, Gordon?, or would it be the nightmare of what is really happening before our eyes?

  24. Narcissists don’t do sorry’s I am afraid, Gordon. Bloody hell who are really the thick ones? I think its the sheep of this country with their heads in the clouds, and falling for this lying, twisting media shit, hunting the poor and blaming and shamming them. Why don’t the Governments media hunt out all the psychopaths working in the stock market and fucking with the economy???The economy crisis 2008 is not because some people are receiving 71 pounds a week in benefits that all has to handed straight back to Gov any way.

  25. Thats right; it was the £860,000,000,000 the government gave the banks of tax payers money that fucked the economy, but now they want to blame the poor, so there mates at the banks dont have to give our money back?

  26. Nobody on ANY form of Benefits should feel bad, as long as those
    ‘Nose In Trough useless skill free money Pitts at parliament get a £100 a week for lunch to spend in tax free subsidized bars,& 20K a year to give to there kids as ‘Researchers’… Job? I will take a minimum wage bloody job when that lazy shit PRINCE PHILIP takes one!
    The tosser has 1200 bedrooms and I have to pay to heat em all.

  27. The comments on twitter saying that benefit claimants should be “gassed, hanged or shot” were fucking shocking. When can we expect to to the scum-bags responsible being prosecuted. Or is it only “feminist writers” who enjoy the protection of the law?

  28. Franklin Percival

    Apparently, according to the BBC World Service News just, IDS has given an interview to The Sunday Times stating that UK is one of a number of EU countries seeking to restrict ‘benefit tourism’. What a hopeless old sod. He is younger than I yet he is trotting out things he falsely claimed long ago:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21490544‎

    17 Feb 2013 – Mr Duncan Smith said “a number of countries” supported the UK’s position … access to benefits, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said. … He said Labour would closely examine any proposals to limit … Beaten to death … 

    I prefer what the beeb reported 11 months ago, because the words “Duncan Smith” and “Beaten to death” can not appear together too often, preferably in much closer association.

    He is an evil liar and fraud, from way back. University of Perugia, indeed!

  29. I worry very seriously where this country is heading, we never fought two world wars at such a high price to repel Nazi’s from our shores only for it to manifest itself from an evil super rich extreme right fascist Tory party. Putting aside the Lib-Dem’s in this coalition we all know they are nothing, merely a little rat on the Tories back they aim to remove come next election in order to gain an outright majority, Do you know something?… they will get it too and the masterplan will be complete.

    The making of this programme is just another means of propaganda to skew the truth because the one thing working tax payers hate the most are the kinds of people in programmes like this… they hate idle men with too many kids who live on benefits when they are quite fit and capable of doing paid work of some kind and women popping out kids every year and treating these innocents as a financial commodity for benefit gain… of course we know this is the negative side and many of those people in this programme clearly have mental problems and are symptomatic of their environment.

    Government forget if you treat people like animals they will ultimately fall to their base nature and instincts will be just to survive by what means possible and the longer this continues the less civilised potentially a person may become, many of those people were cruelly exploited to make this disgraceful freak show, many people with any intelligence could see through the propaganda mist of intent this show was clearly produced to exploit.

    It’s important to remember how Hitler rose to power and it’s important we do not allow any hint of such behaviour in a so-called democratic country where we should be tolerant towards a multi-ethnic society. We have come too far now to start bleating about the desire for homogenous country, it’s too late for better or worse we live amongst fellow humans of different colours and creeds and it’s important to remember if we cut ourselves don’t we all bleed red blood?… not black, not blue, not yellow etc.

    We do live on a small island and it’s not racist to be worried about immigration and the need to shut the doors, the government are too aware it would be political suicide for votes to be completely firm on this and bolt the door for at least a number of years so we can deal with the immigration we currently fail to deal with and that’s those who are legally here… I don’t need to tell you how many exist in the uk illegally and get fake id’s and other such cards and papers so they have access to a G.P and full hospital access, yes we have corrupt doctors and other such people in authority taking kickbacks to grease the path for such people to live here illegally.

    Going back to this terrible show, it’s like the dawn of the Yuppies again, years ago back in the early 80s a local guy was coming home from work as he walked past a regular Yuppie drinking haunt and was promptly set upon by these drunken idiots as they came out and was badly beaten, they threw loose change at him and told him to get a life. This really did not go down well in the local community and three days later they marked the guys responsible and gave them the hiding of their lives, they got arrested for this and because the yuppies were connected it panned out bad and there was a miscarriage of justice and many got time.. but the price paid was indeed worth it.

    Lets be clear, not everyone who is unemployed is playing the system, not everyone who is mentally and/or physically disabled is playing the system, given a choice nobody wants to have their lives controlled by the benefits they have to claim for their unfortunate circumstances they find themselves in. In many ways we are all victims of circumstance and it seems no more so than now under this hideous Tory led coalition who are cooking up more and more reasons to induce bad mental health, hatred and protest… truly Wonderful basis for a positive society where people hoped to see the dawn of a new horizon in their lives at some stage. In layman’s terms we have a government making the problem worse, creating problems, and punishing those who fall victim to their nasty traps and mistreatment and tagging them in ways Hitler persecuted the Jewish race leading on to the final solution.

    It’s without doubt that many Tories are closet Mosley’s and that plaque along cable street reminds how fascism was repelled by ordinary people who did not want that kind of uprising taking root in this country.. it begs the thought… would people do that today or hide behind their net curtains and hope it just went away.. rather like this coalition they hope will go away by 2015… guess what?.. it’s not!… it will actually get worse!… why?.. because the Tories will win an outright majority… why is that?… because people will indeed hide behind their net curtains and hope it goes away or somebody else will get rid of the problem for them.

    Fact is if people seek the dawn of a new horizon in this country they will not get it from this coalition, only way it will happen is if the majority of this country affected so badly by this tory led coalition unite and vote correctly… it’s all about tory MP’s not being allowed to win seats… that is the long and the short of it… of course there are tory strongholds in the country which cannot be denied but on the basis of majority if people actually voted for once in their lives we might not have to endure another four years of hell that will bring the country to it’s knee’s to bow at the alter that is David Cameron’s uber rich and out of touch cronies seeking always to divide and rule… come 2015 we need to see them goose-stepping all the way back to the opposite side of the house where they belong for eternity… I’m no dyed in the wool labour supporter either but we have got to start coming to terms with alternatives… labour/lib-dem’s?…. labour alone or labour/ukip?… some would like Ukip alone, I would not like that… the thought of Nigel Farage leading the country alone would be like handing the keys over to the Joker. But Cameron is no friend to most people only to his own kind. One does have a choice…. for now…. after 2015?.. who knows?.

    • There would never be a ukip/labour union, ukip have already said they would side with the tories especially as most of them are tories, but so too are New Labour.

      We all need to unite in favour of a new party or movement that has the interest of minorities and benefit claimants.

      • You are right we do NEED another party.One that will be PRO people in that yes business is good as that’s what pays the bills but surely its PEOPLE first and foremost .Any business should pay the proper rate of tax to the PEOPLE ie our society, and we employ all MPs on regulated contracted hours salaries.fully accountable and removeable.They work for us…we ALL work us….simple really BUT …….

    • A wit on Tom pride said how about doing a series called “bonus street” about the leeches and parasites in the city of London.

  30. Some of the comments by those of twitter filled me with dread.. Comments like they should be gassed, they should be castrated so they dont have any moire children.. that they have bad genes,,are all scary echoes.

  31. Reblogged this on The Heckler.

  32. …………..and it came to pass, lo and behold;

    Rather peculiar that the tory government have now indicated that they would require the commons to abrogate european laws, past and present and replace them with their own laws.
    Apparently a delegation of some ninety tory ministers have written to Cameron and asked him to draft alternatives to what we are already signed up for…………………………

    Being somewhat of a layman and not fully conversant with the rules, i would define this as, the government are in the shit and are attempting to move the goalposts to cover their fuck ups!

    You do not have to be a genius to realise, all is not well, when sky news discuss the tabloids and spend ten minutes talking about Kylie Minogue and Cameron Diaz…………………..

    ………every day another poll or organisation is featured on our newsreels, telling us that the economy is heading in the right direction……….

    Even a fool would not believe the hyped up crap that we are fed on a daily basis.
    Nevertheless, the government seem hellbent on winning the next election by trying to eliminate the wrath of the people, The UK is becoming more like China every day as moves are made to try and gag the mood of the nation…………….

    …………..Ask yourself, why, in the seventh richest country, are the slaughter of thousands of innocent welfare citizens, being overlooked by the policy?
    Why have our government stopped mortality rates being monitored?
    Why is every law ever to be drafted, on Disability Discrimination, Equality and Human Rights being violated?

    ………….the answer is simple, because they have not been brought to justice, hence the move to escape the European Courts of Law………………

    Our judicial system is a farce, run by the rich, on behalf of the rich, to suit the rich…………..
    Money will always buy justice, always will……

    Strangely, not all has gone to plan in the courts recently, the DWP have had their arses kicked on a number of occasions and are still shaking from the fallout. Jeremy Hunt, the ignorant, evil ****, has also had his tailfeathers clipped.

    People power is still a force to be reckoned with. They might hold the reins but the animal dictates the direction it wishes to go…………………
    Reply

    • I cannot argue with anything you say really. I have watched parliament when they were discussing the laws on human rights they wanted to do away with FOR GOD’s SAKE and what about employment rights, there were a whole lot of ‘rights’ written inside in various ‘clauses’ of another piece of legislation (which if one who did not know it was there hidden would not know at all) unless they did a search for it within The Communications Bill and others similarly drawn up by a right old murder of crows (barristers) so as to perplex ordinary people other than those willing to read through reams of papers.

      When voting occurs on any bill or law put before parliament – I just wonder how many MPs and how many in the Lords actually READ completely through the swathes of occult messages. Occult in the sense I use here meaning literally ‘ hidden’. OR did they say ‘aye’ to the bit the old chap that eas their drinking pal/golfing pal/accountant fellow etc tell them about?

      • ,,,,,,,,,,,,,if a law was passed that gassing of the poor and disabled was necessary, the Queen would be up for it immediately!

        LOYAL SUBJECTS, MY ARSE…………

        BUCKINGHAM PALACE, AN INBRED BREEDING STATION……

        • The Queen will give ‘Royal Assent’ to any Bill that ‘her Government’ puts in front of her: Welfare Reform (Round-up and Mandatory Execution of All Welfare-Dependent Citizens) (And other Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014. Signed Elizabeth R

    • The Right Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP

      Ho, ho, ho :-) *cracks open a bottle of Tesda’s Finest champers*

      We are working for you

      The Right Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions

  33. Dawn-Marie Sanders works for the DWP in Farnborough and says people on benefits should go and hang themselves and that she will provide the rope for free.

    http://unemploymentmovement.com/forum/chat-a-rap/8428-how-pleasant-dwp-worker–facebook-acct–hang-yourself#33542

  34. Its not called Tell-Lie-vision for nothing. Its the greatest weapon in the brainwashing arsenal they have.

  35. Having now myself watched two ‘episodes’ of this fantasy show – which is obviously to up the ratings by appealing to the likes of Daily Mail, Mirror and usual brainwashed non investigative rubbish forced fed to ‘Joe Soaks and Susie Who’ on the street here, who ‘believes’ through all the respective propaganda and biased crap (rather than critically thinking reportage) that people on benefits are scroungers and scum, and Ch 4 have really outshone the rest with this piece of filth peddling lies. They do not comprehend what life is be/can like when you have nothing or so very little (quite apart from also being vulnerable in other ways) and what it takes to improve your lot when you are discarded, disposed of like so much dog shit.

    Wake up people because if anyone goes along with how human beings are being ‘portrayed’ and these portrayals are absolute ‘betrayals’ of what the reality of that human being’s situation really is! Some folk genuinely need so much more in a variety of ways in order to improve not only their life, but the availablility to them of choice – through education, health care, child care, support and finances. Enabling them to cope, supporting them while they do.

    As for work – we all know there are not jobs, low pay, no pay and work for your benefit!

    Let us see a program ‘Allowance tabs in Parliament and the Lords’ – PLEASE? These parasites are the REAL SCROUNGERS, and by the way many psychopaths and sociopaths (oh yes) Jasmine above comprehends!

  36. Is anyone else having a feeling of schuadenfraude at the sight of all these tory shires currently under floodwater? And the bleating of the residents that nothing’s being done. Maybe now some of them might feel the despair that so familiar to benefit claimants.Karma is a bitch sometimes.

  37. Maybe the protest will give this ‘strangely’ named production co. a boost in THEIR ratings. Maybe.

  38. totally given up

    hi im waging a campain via youtube this is weapon of great power mark mcgowan goes by the alias “chunkymark” im sure youve heard of him,his channel is truly great the problem with posting via johnny is that only the folk that use it ie me and you get to hear our voices,keep the great work up johnny and im with you but could you guys check out “chunkymark” on youtube and post your comments,,i get the feeling his following is getting bigger and ultimately we can make a difference..ps they offered him to go on channel 4 and he told them to fuck off

  39. This country is now more fucked up than when the tory elite previously grabbed illegal power following the 78/79 winter of discontent.

    To say that a two-tier system is operating in this country today is an under-statement. first, we have the Eton elite (the tory old boy’s club) so-called running the country and holding power and money against everyone else, of which would make kim ding dong of North Korea envious.

    Then we have, the ordinary citizen in the street, struggling to pay bills, rent, and food, as his wage has diminished in real terms since the minimum wage was introduced in 1999. £6.31 ph goes nowhere these days. also we have people unable to find decent paid jobs or even any work of any kind – shoved onto expensive and failing work programmes (which only force you into zero-hour contracts)

    Food banks, debt crisis, the recent flooding, shortage of jobs, rising tax, rising bills, low wages mean nothing to the well-paid eton crowd squatting in parliament.

    David Camoron only appears to deal with the flooding crisis but to soundbite the news programmes. nothing more. He is spinning bollocks again, claiming flooding defence has gone up, yet on the other hand is allowing houses to be built on flood plains. utter twat.

    I’m voting for a revolution to get rid of the toffee-nosed eton twats who are out of touch with the common people and every crisis, problem affecting them and every day life.

    I read somewhere, some time back that the houses of parliament is slowing sinking into the bank of the Thames. The quicker it does, the sooner the tory twats are drowned.

  40. totally given up

    rip stephanie bottrill suicide over bedroom tax god bless

  41. I fully support this protest and welcome the backlash against these fuckers.

    What kind of heartless blackened soul do you have to have to walk into the lives of others and treat them like a spectacle; a zoo exhibit to be gawked at for it’s behaviour.

    If the subjects of this awful programme behave (or appear to in the edit) illegally then we should be asking why. What compels POOR people to shoplift. Instead people complain to the cops hoping they will waste money prosecuting them on the basis of a fucking television edit.

    It’s poverty tourism and that’s all it is. Fuck you if that’s what you consider good television.

  42. Landless Peasant

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  44. “Trillium and its subsidiary companies – are responsible for a £3.2bn 20-year deal to manage and provide property services for the DWP offices.”

    http://socialinvestigations.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/outsourcing-companys-half-billion.html

  45. They must be planning to keep the welfare state after all then if Trillium have a 20year deal.

  46. “Only cowards attack the poor”

    Nuff said really, all these thick idiots should go on benefits if its so wonderful and let those who want the jobs have them. They should also get a brain and realise the economic system fkd them and everyone else over. USA debt counter went out of control when they started there wars, the housing/bank loans to those who could not pay, then bankers bailouts who gambled it away and maintained there lavish bonuses. Having our money printed on interest to insure there will always be debt, the governments from year dot that unfairly taxed the poor while working them to death . Ignore all that it was clearly those on benefits that fkd everything up.

  47. DEAR DWP;

    DOES THE DEATH COUNT OF INNOCENT CIVILIAN BENEFIT CLAIMANTS RUN FROM THE START OF THE NEW YEAR OR APRIL TO APRIL?

    WHAT WOULD THE SEASONALLY , UNADJUSTED, FIGURE BE, FROM THE INCEPTION OF THE WELFARE REFORM ACTS THAT THE QUEEN GAVE ROYAL ASSENT TO?

    DO YOU EXPECT THE MORTALITY RATE TO PEAK OR WILL IT REMAIN ABOUT THE SAME?

    WHAT FURTHER STEPS DO YOU INTEND TAKING, TO COVER UP THE SPIKE IN BENEFIT RELATED DEATHS?

    ARE YOU NAIVE ENOUGH TO PRETEND THAT THE WHOLE OF THE COUNTRY IS NOT AWARE OF THE DEATHS THAT APPEAR ON A REGULAR BASIS?

    WHEN WILL YOU HAVE THE GUTS TO ADMIT YOUR HEINOUS TWISTED POLICIES ARE TAKING LIVES?

    ……………AND MOST OF ALL, WHEN WILL THE DEATHS STOP?

  48. It`s about time that a realistic programme about life on benefits was made. I`m tired of seeing programmes on channel 4 portraying unemployed people as worthless scroungers who are enjoying a party life style at the taxpayers expense. Life on benefits is hard, & most unemployed people would would be glad to take any job that offered a living wage.

  49. We notice that that ‘benefits street’ is on channel ‘shame on you’ 4 at 21:00 tonight! We WON’T be watching it! We will instead be watching Icebound: The Greatest Story Ever Told: Documentary about a team of men and dogs who set out to relay am antitoxin across 674 miles of Alaskan wilderness to save the town of Nome after diphtheria broke out. Why watch rubbish that will only raise your blood pressure – and kill you off which is what the government wants to happen – when even on Freeview there is more choice. Besides, we love our dogs :-)

  50. My WPP is offering this month the chance for its clients to win a Samsung or Kindle Fire Tablet by its clients collecting raffle tickets leading to completing a certain amount of activities that in turn lead to landing a job. The more work activities completed by any client, the more chances of winning a Kindle Tablet.

    Nice to know where the money is actually being spent on – Kindle Tablets -and not towards actual support, help and training as is supposed to be happening within my lame WPP.

  51. Another Fine Mess

    Work and pensions questions just starting, if any wants a laugh/cry.

  52. Iain Duncan Smith live in the House of Commons – Now.

  53. Kittycat58..what is wrong with drinking (or as you put it…slurping) latte’s? i like a latte myself when i do manage to get to a cafe or pub that serves it. and i’m no tory. i’m a pensioner on pension credit who worked in ,low paid jobs including nursing in my younger days,but now am disabled myself with family on sick benefits or carers benefit./income support. we are out n out labour supporters.no point in hoping for a new party or that a smaller one will get in next time. we have no choice but to vote labour. .anything else would allow the torys back in and would be the death knell of our country and its citizens except those with loadsa cash stashed everywhere but in the uk. but please ,if you must call those horrible ppl something,please call them something other than latte slurping ***********…………. whatever else they are. i am sure there are more apt words you could use.. (hot chocolate slurping? i hate that.lol)

    • hugosmmum, it’s just shorthand( as in, ‘4×4-driving/2 sheep in the back’)? if that’s right – catching up time spent outside the UK that led to one or two gaps in my knowing of catchphrases from mid-90s tv. At least, i think that’s what happened. ‘Sheep/landrover’ was meant to refer to townies-trying-to-be-ukippers i think – it was explained to me more than once but (as they say) “if you weren’t there …”.

      Coffee’s just coffee by various other names – but it can be a slippery slope from there to just having a very occasional pannini – previously a ‘toasted sandwich’ … & before you know it, you’ve started voting Ukip … (not you personally) or reading the daily Torygraph … (my dad’s been reading it & even quoting from it lately – even bringing it home from wherever he’s found it … I dread to think). Allegedly not buying it himself – yet, so there’s still room for things to get (much) worse. (Like you, my dad was always an out&out Labour man – til he became – rightly – suspicious of New Labour’s approach to being Labour,- and it’s been downhill all the way since) – from voting libdem to (i think) not voting, to complete disillusionment & finally on to the Torygraph … i grew up with him hating maggie thatcher and all she stood for (& i know hate is a strong word). oh well.

    • No offence was intended, it was a dig at these jumped-up media types, who are no doubt sniggering at the thought that “the poor” are too thick to comprehend what a latte is. By the way I’m not really a coffee drinker, but I’m more than partial to Earl Grey tea!

  54. Came across these few quotes of mis-wisdom from the greatest-ever fool alive, the zombie slap-head IDS. Some of these mis-quotes might have come from whilst he was in opposition or from recent times. Who knows as the fool has always been deluded…

    ”I went up to the top of the career ladder and I came down again, I am past all that.”

    My answer to that is – people usually get sacked for incompentance, so why has the fool managed to hang on to a job whilst not having even the basic skills such as knowing how to tie shoelaces?

    ”Even as our economy starts to pick up, and new jobs are created, there is a risk that young people in Britain won’t get the chances they deserve because businesses will continue to look elsewhere.”

    My response – Companies are advertising jobs in Eastern European as labour is cheap and easy to exploit. Firms taking on foreigners do not pay tax or N.I. contributions and can get away with that, whilst employing British people though, company tax must be paid.

    ”My view is pensioners don’t have the one option that people of working age have. They can’t really increase their income, because they are no longer able to work.”

    My reply – the retirement age is going up from the age of 65 to 72.

  55. I thought I would share this news item on here, in case anyone hasn’t yet seen the Daily Star (sunday edition 12/01/2014)..

    Have a heart, Iain Duncan Smith: Officials cut cash to boy at risk of cardiac arrest

    THE mother of a toddler awaiting a fourth major heart operation fears they could end up homeless after the Government stopped his disability benefits.

    Riley Lewis is thought to be the only child in the world with six separate heart defects.

    Doctors were amazed he survived birth and his mum Michelle Lewis lives in constant fear the three-year-old will suffer cardiac arrest.

    But the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) told Michelle that Riley is a “normal boy” and no longer eligible for Disability ­Living Allowance (DLA).

    The decision of the department headed by former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith also means Michelle’s carer’s allowance has been stopped and her child tax credits cut by £300.

    Riley has already endured three major heart operations and must soon return to Evelina Children’s Hospital in London for a fourth life-saving procedure.

    Meanwhile, Michelle, 33, has to provide him with constant care and supervision.

    The single mum, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, said: “Riley is at constant risk of going into cardiac arrest – and the DWP say he’s not sick. It makes me so angry.

    “My monthly income has been cut by £800 just like that and has left me in real trouble.

    “My bills alone come to £1,000 and that’s without food or anything else. My dad helped me with this month’s mortgage, otherwise I couldn’t have paid it. I’m in a mess.

    “All I’ve got to live on is £600 a month from child tax credit, child benefit and income support.

    “I’m petrified that Riley and I are going to be turfed out on to the streets with no home.

    “Christmas Day is also Riley’s birthday. He’s my miracle son and I wanted to spoil him but I just couldn’t afford it – it’s a struggle to put food on the table.”

    Michelle was advised to end her pregnancy after a 21-week scan showed Riley had an unheard of number of heart abnormalities.

    But she refused and despite a difficult birth and emergency surgery just eight hours later, Riley defied the odds to survive.

    Michelle, who separated from Riley’s dad Darryl Lewis last year, said: “You have to ­reapply for DLA every three years, so the ­Citizens Advice Bureau helped me fill in the 43-page form and I sent it off with supporting letters from his GP and nursery.

    “Then I received a letter from the DWP ­saying they were stopping Riley’s DLA and my carer’s allowance straight away.

    “When I rang to ask why, they told me Riley was a normal child. Riley is not a normal child. He has six heart defects and is at constant risk of going into cardiac arrest.

    “Riley can only walk ten yards before getting out of breath and suffering chest pain. It can make him vomit.

    “If he gets too short of breath he’s at risk of going into cardiac arrest.

    “There’s no way I could go out to work. I’d need to hire a nanny with specialist medical training and I just couldn’t afford that.”

    Now Riley’s GP Dr Chris Sawyer has written another letter to support Michelle’s appeal.

    Michelle, who has been told it might take up to nine months for the appeal to be heard, is now waiting anxiously for Riley’s next major operation, which could go ahead later this month.

    A DWP spokesman said: “Disability Living Allowance isn’t awarded because of a specific condition but rather how that affects someone’s care and mobility needs.

    “For children’s fixed-term awards, we ­re-examine cases at key development stages and they might not get the benefit any more or they might get a different rate.”

    * In other words, the DWP are sick, twisted wankers with no thought for human life. If this innocent family loses their child, questions will need to be raised about the DWP and of their depraved boss IDS who I feel is likened to Atilla the Hun.

  56. Lying PM Tell me it isnt true LOL…..http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/city-news/david-cameron-faces-uk-statistics-1554067 David Cameron has been reported to the statistics watchdog after lying about the economy in a party political broadcast.

    The PM claimed in the film yesterday that he is “paying down Britain’s debts”.

    But Office for Budget ­Responsibility figures showed since June 2010 debt rose from £811.3billion (55.3% of GDP) to £1.11trillion (70.7% of GDP).

    Check out all the latest News, Sport & Celeb gossip at Mirror.co.uk http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/city-news/david-cameron-faces-uk-statistics-1554067#ixzz2qIgXYpCi
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  57. ……….”KNOW YOUR PLACE”

    TODAY I ATTENDED MY ESA TRIBUNAL IN SCARBOROUGH MAGISTRATES COURTS.

    THERE WAS A FEMALE DOCTOR AND A FEMALE JUDGE. UPON ENTERING THE COURT ROOM I WAS ASKED IF I WOULD LIKE TO SIT DOWN, THE USHER WAS A REALLY PLEASANT LADY.

    I DECLINED TO SIT, PREFERRING TO STAND, HOLDING MY STICK IN MY LEFT HAND TO SUPPORT ME.
    THE REASON I DID NOT SIT IS I HAVE TO WEAR A NAPPY BECAUSE I CANNOT CONTROL MY WATERWORKS AND I LEAK SOMETIMES WHEN I STAND UP!

    THE MAGISTRATE ANNOUNCED WHO SHE WAS, AND ALSO THE DOCTOR SAT BESIDE HER.

    THE MAGISTRATE BEGAN TALKING TO ME BUT HAD HER HEAD DOWN. I WEAR A HEARING AID IN MY LEFT EAR AND HAVE MODERATE TO SEVERE TINNITUS IN BOTH EARS AND A HEARING LOSS.
    LEANING FORWARD, I SAID, “I’M SORRY LOVE, BUT I CAN’T HEAR YOU”

    AT THAT SHE BIT MY HEAD OFF!

    “BEFORE WE CONTINUE THIS HEARING, I WOULD LIKE IT KNOWN THAT YOU DO NOT REFER TO ME OR THE DOCTOR AS LOVE”

    “I WILL BE ADDRESSED AS YOUR HONOUR OR YOUR WORSHIP AND SHE IS THE DOCTOR”

    I DID NOT KNOW WHERE TO LOOK, I WAS COMPLETELY HUMILIATED AND MADE TO FEEL LIKE A PIECE OF DIRT!

    TO ME, MY COMMENTS WERE THAT OF A NORMAL YORKSHIRE PERSON. I WAS NOT BEING RUDE IN ANY WAY, JUST MY USUAL SELF……………………………………………………………..

    THIS EPISODE HOWEVER, MADE ME MORE AWARE OF THE DYSFUNCTIONAL SOCIETY WE LIVE IN…………………..

    BEING A MERE PLEB IS JUST SOMETHING I WILL HAVE TO ACCEPT. MY STATION IN LIFE IS NONE EXISTENT, I MUST HAVE GOT OFF AT THE LAST STOP……………….

    • There is nothing to honour in the courts these days and I most certainly would not have called her your honour after that reply.
      You are not a criminal you are sick but the judge is obviously sicker.

      • ps criminals should not be talked down to like that in court either, “treat people how you want to be treated yourself” that is my motto, otherwise shot the same rudeness back at them.

        • @guy fawkes I checked out the cancer sufferer thing on Toms blog….bloody hell who were those people posting on there showing off with bloody long words talking crap….

          • chewie
            don’t know still trying to understand their 1st sentence…

            • OBD

              What does DA do, from what I gathered not much, he is supposed to have MS isn’t he, personally I don’t believe a word he says.
              I’m waiting for Something survived having a go at me for calling him gay, but some of them are just too over the top.

            • @donkey its just showing off….

            • chewie
              yeah, it is a pontificational procrastinated extrapolation of the juxtaposed, biophysiological socaiolpsychological model of modified, bi-lateral hemispherical corpus collosom, cerebrum amygdala deoxyribonucleicacid triphosphates coupled to the production of energy via mitochondria, as understood by donald krebbs and his cycle and the conversion of energy within cellular structures commonly known as adenylpyrophosphatase, ATP monophosphatase, triphosphatase, and it’s conversion to DTP…the key to understanding how minds think is in the accidental evolutionary addition of docosahexaenoic acid….

          • Chewie

            I think Devils advocate aka FinkFurst and God knows who else was nothing but an arsehole, we can all use big words if I started reeling off some of the jargon I have picked up in the sciences I’ve studied we would have been there all night, but who wants to sound like a text book?
            He is a camp as xmas and twice as showy, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is not doing a Fay Wray over it all.

            • g fawkes
              he tells granny how to suck eggs, most, like me, started out with his narrow pov…just breeze down to cab, jcp get it all sorted out, yeah right..20 times later wheelbarrow to transport paperwork….

            • OBD

              I have found you very informative on many subjects, which you re-iterate succinctly yet still get the message across. I have been very grateful for all of what you post, sincerely, but people like DA which should stand for ducks arse by the way, just get right up my nose.

            • g fawkes
              he got up my nose too….it is one thing to claim what he does, but at the same one must offer a practical remedy, telling people that they are stupid is not a remedy, but an insult that shows his ignorance….

            • @guy Fawkes I gave up it was just fucking waffle itus..to show how superior he was…but he just showed what a twat he was instead

    • @Geoff…yeah knowing your place…itsbuilt into the fucking language ..
      Sorry geoff i knew you were unwell..but not how severe….that is horrible for you…
      I also appreciate how you try to help others…

  58. Kittycat58…why are yu dissing drinking latte’s? have i missed something? even those on low incomes like that drink when they can afford it. its not just yuppies or the well off drink it.

  59. Upon filling the form in for the renewal of the blue badge for disabled, i was shocked to see some additions to the back pages!

    There are a series of boxes to tick, one of them states, i agree to the local authority contacting an accredited healthcare professional, if necessary,for the purpose of obtaining further information in support of my application………

    …..another states; i understand that i may be required to undertake a mobility assessment with a health care professional who is independent of my existing care and treatment, in order to determine my eligibility for a blue badge…………

    At the top of the page it states;

    Not ticking one of these declarations may mean we are unable to issue a blue badge……..

    What concerns me is that this is asked after i have ticked the box stating i am receiving the higher rate of mobility DLA.

    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,these bastards will stop at nothing to steal your benefits!!!!!!

    • @geoff thanks for that…the blue badge is the bone of contention and where all the bile against disabled starts..eg ” disabled are scum ” blog on BTC….

      Its where we are judged .over bloody parking problems….we are all lazy idle ..according to some..because of this bloody blue badge parking thing….

  60. http://www.express.co.uk/news/showbiz/453204/Katie-Hopkins-in-Benefits-Street-workshy-scroungers-rant

    Of course the shitty sexpress ( the owner produces porn magazines )
    Has to wade in with its utter bollocks..

    • ……………all these clever fuckers love to show they can get a low paid job, it gives them a bit of publicity in the rags……………….

      Its easy to sustain it for a day or two but none of the bastards would hack it for long.
      Poverty is not a choice, but a way of life for millions. Any M.P.could spend a night in a sleeping bag and a few quid for a week…………………….

      It’s another thing, day in , day out, for a fucking lifetime………….

  61. Miss Fanny Bush

    That Magistrate sounds like a right uppity cow.

  62. The Comment order is fucked again!!!!

  63. “Paintings of Dianne Abbot and Iain Duncan Smith were paid for by the taxpayer.”

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mps-spend-250000-taxpayers-money-vanity-portrait-paintings-1432126

    • Bloody cheek, there is no way that they will increase in value, they might come in handy as a raft when Parliament sinks into the Thames, I assume they are hung there.
      I know where I would like to hang both of them, Diane Abbot for being a turncoat, who sent her kids to public school even though she used to be an arch left winger supposedly, fighting for good schooling for all and IDS just for being alive still.

  64. A few years back there was a documentary screened on several European networks.
    It showed how the UK government treated its pensioners and the meagre pensions afforded to them…………
    The people of these, more than affluent nations, could not believe the hardship and squalor thrust upon our elderly.
    Tv programmes were made and we were ridiculed throughout……………..

    Perhaps it would not go amiss if the truth of how we treat our poorest was released throughout Europe. It would make immigrants think twice about coming to this shithole……………………

  65. THE SIMPLE REASON FOR THE COMMENTS BEING MUDDLED, IS THE GOVERNMENT ARE SHAMED BY THE TRUTH OF THIS BLOG AND SEEK TO MUDDLE THE CONTENTS FROM PUBLIC SCRUTINY, HERE AND ABROAD………………………………………

    SADLY IT’S TOO LATE, THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE………….

    THEY KNOW IT, WE KNOW IT AND THE REST OF THE WORLD ARE EAGER TO FIND OUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN FORTRESS SHITHOLE….

  66. OBD

    Being called a scrounger is taking bloody liberties, when most people have paid more in than they will ever live long enough to get back.
    Only the idiot mp on QT last week I forget her name, shouting all that’s been paid in has gone. It is an ongoing system which people are still contributing to, if they clawed back that which has been paid to the rich which they were not poor enough to receive there would be enough for everyone – they are deliberately trying to bankrupt the NI system that pays for welfare with benefits for the rich and extortionate salaries for executives within the NHS and DWP workfare. we the contributors to the welfare state have not been asked do we want to pay GP’s inflated salaries or consultants, dentists etc, most would go out of business were it not for the welfare state.

    • g fawkes
      yeah i gave up an hour of music to listen to it, bloody waste of time, i check in now and then to see if common sense is making a come back, sadly not it seems…a £1.8trl + economy and we cannot be afforded? plain nonsense, our economy automatically generates vast wealth, it just does, we are a very old capitalist nation…they want the working classes to provide more wealth and they want it all…..

      • OBD

        I have just left a comment again on the Tom Pride blogg on the cancer sufferer and that bore DA going on about the Zeigeists, when he means the intellectuals which he obviously considers himself to be, I’d say he is more a nazi.
        Why should so called intellectuals be the decision makers, especially when you see how wrong they have gotten it throughout the ages.
        Yet Da has so much faith in those he considers to be of his ILK.

        • PS I also commented on the first page as well as the last as to the fact that the medical profession make as many mistakes as the DWP especially when diagnosing cancer.

          They probably want the whole country running for cancer charities to keep the NHS afloat i.e. with more going to greedy GP’s, consultants and managers – not frontline staff and patients.

        • g fawkes
          some people refuse or are unable oblivious to ways of articulating their suffering so as it can be understood, without going into the nitty gritty of their actual suffering, by those who have knowledge of suffering and what causes suffering ….kind of like, “if you exploit us we’ll shut you down”….

        • @fawkes ILK ? Maybe he is an ELK…

    • “shouting all that’s been paid in has gone” – that’s just bollocks, Guy – another common misconception, myth that is peddled by those who purposes it suits. National Insurance contributions are paid into the National Insurance Fund which runs at an annual surplus of around £2 billion.

  67. Geoff
    That is terrible treatment. Who do they think they are? I mean really!! your honour and your worship , bloody hell anyone would think you were at the old bailey on trial for murder. It must have been awful. What a cow. Well I hope you get good news tomorrow and have your esa or dla given all back to you like you deserve. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts. Hope your o.k.

  68. If you missed it yesterday (or simply want to see it again) recorded coverage of questions in the Commons to the secretary of state for
    work and pensions iain duncan smith, from Monday 13th January. Today (Tuesday 14 January) 09:30-10:30 on BBC Parliament.

    • lol at that david shitley cunt ranting on about ‘benefit claimants with the obligatory wide-screen colour TV’ ffs

    • I am watching parliament and not shocked at the fact that while these monsters on the right, who are deluded enough to think Benefits Street is reality and the reason for taking people off sickness benefits, they are proposing that married women receive a basic pension in their own right if they have been good conservatives and gone out to work and paid married woman’s stamp i.e. half stamp.
      They are now saying that those that are not married or have not paid stamp or have been disqualified from NI stamps because they were sanctioned of benefits, may not even INHERIT the basic state pension.
      They want to discriminate against single women in the tax system and now in the benefits system. So while they take again from the poorest single parents etc, they are giving money to those that have had two incomes throughout their married life.
      If either husband or wife have wealth neither should be getting basic state pensions.

      As for the rest of the debate on work versus welfare I say there was not much benefit in work experience for those that because of pain and illness chose to kill themselves than be forced to do something they are incapable of, no mention also of sanctioned benefits or length of time those on work experience actually last in their jobs.

      The debate which was poorly attended by objectors to IdS and Mc Vey’s policies is telling more of the figures and issues they do not disclose than those that they do.

  69. The cuckoos are finally gathering within the corridors of power after today’s papers reveal Herr dumhkoff Smith to have had a painting of himself at a cost of £10,000

    I am beside myself, spitting venom knowing that the monster of sanction referrals can do this on expenses when myself and others get sanctions for not being obidient with the lunatics running the JCP/DWP asylum

    Just wait until that deluded slaphead comes to my town. The first thing I will do is burn his painting and ask for him to be arrested for denying a sick child with a heart condition essential and vital funds to keep a roof over his family’s head.

  70. Iain Duncan Smith MP

    To whom it may concern..

    I did NOT, repeat NOT, authorise anybody in my department to leak details of my self-portrait nor the cost of having it commissioned, to the media.

    Contrary to current facts that my selfie cost £10,000, it did not cost that amount nor did it come from money saved from JSA sanctions that were issued last month.

    My portrait only cost £1000 in total as these charges were billed up by the artist who painted my selfie – Rolf Harris. He was very kind in painting me in all of my glory and was not demanding over the clothes I finally decided to wear. I could have had all of my clothes off and be painted in the nude, but was talked out of that at the last minute by my boyfriend David Cameron.

    Nuts to you if you are angry in your glorious leader and controller of your meagre JSA/ESA rations by having a true-to-life painting commissioned.

  71. Skinner turned down Benefits Street http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25729610

    Frank Skinner opted out of narration for benefits street …

    • maybe Frank Skinner was threatened with a sanction if he had accepted the part of narrator, so to save face he backed out at the last minute

      • @AWP he is from that area and he wasn’t going to rubbish ppl there..he said he made right choice ..
        I see there were protests outside the makers ..
        There should be more said about connections with makers and Tories

        I have s document from Thatcher talking about cosying up to channel 4 .so it goes back a long way

        • David Camoron was right then when he said ‘we are all in it together’

          Now I see what he was gabbling on about being into a big society – the big society being him and certain TV comapnies: he’s also showing cosy vested interests with Channel Four, same then as the milk snatcher with the iron handbag

          • @AWP. Yeah I came across all these cabinet meetings documents some to do with Falklands war. Others which showed she was intent on privatising the NHS. and the one when channel 4 started where she was saying they had to meet up with Channel 4 bosses to get them on their side to get their message across. As she put it. It’s very revealing stuff….

    • Not that it matters coming from that cnut Guido Fawkes but he is doing his sneering about love productions not being connected to Tories …but he hasn’t decried the hate abuse levelled at claimants ..why is that i wonder ..

  72. http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0097009/photos/35721010@N02/11947670344/

    Esther McVile on the rampage against benefits claimants …..Tin Lizzie…

  73. ” in June, ultra-conservative backbenchers had the chutzpah to issue an “Alternative Queen’s Speech” that called, among other things, for the Department of Energy and Climate Change to be abolished, for the August Bank Holiday to be renamed Margaret Thatcher Day, for the BBC to be privatised, for National Service to be reintroduced – and, for good measure, for burkas to be banned in Britain”

  74. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/benefits-street-iain-duncan-smith-3019449

    iain Duncan Smith backs benefits street and uses it to justify his draconian policies

    YOU SEE HOW THIS SHIT WORKS NOW ?
    Yeah and fucking ” shameless is a documentary ” fucking ignorant cunts…so IDS supports all those hate murder tweets I guess fucking psychopath ..

    • Iain Drunken Spliff has put his head in the noose now…if he is using benefits street pseudo doc to justify his death by cuts policies then he is in fact condoning all the murderous tweets issued to those residents and ideally aimed at all claimants. And this comes on top of the 10,000 plus and counting deaths so far…
      IDS is writing his epitaph even as we speak..

      That and the disaster of UC amongst other things ..

      • I don’t know about you guys but I am calling IAIN DRUNKEN SHIT out on this latest him using this shit docu to justify his fucking crap…he is giving the green light to all those hate mongers….SMIFFY I am putting you in the frame.!!! Anyone with me on this.

        • So, now it looks like open season on benefit claimants if that’s the case. Since the tories can’t really go out & rip foxes to shreds legally any more it looks like they going to get their sick kicks another way

          • @kittycat. There is a line that gets crossed and there is only so many times you can just put up with it till you can’t just stand idly by…this narcusstic twat can’t see he has let him self in for…so it seems to me we should assist his downfall …
            By this bragging he has in effect given his support to all the bigoted hate mongers …and if you nail him to that you can contribute to his end…

          • @ Kittycat.

            It’s been open-season against us ever since IDS brought in that fucked up universal shitematch. I can’t find any decent job application on there now to save my fucking life. All the jobs are now re-directs to recruitment agency websites, USM is one fucked up advertisement for all the scam job websites and the legit ones

    • And shameless is a channel 4 program as well….

  75. Without the erosion of human rights this government cannot deny welfare for the poorest in society.
    The welfare state and the NHS coffers have been hijacked by the right wing.

  76. Without the erosion of human rights this government cannot deny welfare for the poorest in society.
    Welfare benefits and the NHS coffers have been hijacked by the right wing.
    So too has employment of any kind that pays a decent wage.

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  78. http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2014/01/iain-duncan-smith-people-are-shocked-by-benefits-street-and-labour-will-thank-us-for-welfare-reform/

    Labour will thank us for killing off sick and poor people boasts Iain Drunkard Sniff..
    accoirdibg to the speccie tory comic..

    Just another step closer to the prison or loony bin eh Smiffy ?

  79. chewie

    Go and read a newcomer to the ongoing Tom pride cancer blog Helen boy is she a card. Hell-en is the right name for her.

    • @Annos this us what Tony Benn said about north sea oil in that the money made could have oaud for schools and Hospitals and the things we needed..instead it went towards pay the dole money of the 4 million Thatcher dumped on the dole whilst wrecking industry…

  80. …………..just as i thought the DWP were being cornered for the incredible mortality rate of benefit claimants, guess who comes to there rescue?

    None other than Hayley from Coronation Street!!

    Yes, the historic reign of, one of the streets favourite characters, ends in suicide…………………………….

    There is expected to be a spate of copycat suicides and the question on everybody’s lips must be, “Can the DWP mask the suicides caused by ill thought out welfare policies, and blame them on unfortunate Hayley’s demise?

    …………….and the answer must be, of course they can!!!

    They deem the increase in foodbanks to be associated with the poor’s push for a freebee, rather than destitution, and the rise in evictions not being associated with bedroom taxes…………….

    Denial seems to be the “in policy” when dealing with state assisted executions via the welfare acts bearing the blessing of killer queen…………………

    Even the BBC seem to have weakened their stance on benefit bashing, tonight saw Paul O’grady expressing his own disgust at benefits street.

    Scousers despise what is happening and they distance themselves completely from such persons as Esther Mcvey, the most hated woman in politics (since Thatcher).

    Could the tide of decency be turning?

    …….just like the noose around Duncan Smith’s cowardly neck…

    • @Geoff already I can see IDS in his bunker accusing everyone but himself rather like the famous scene in the movie about hitler called ” Downfall “….

    • @GEOFF dream on mate. Govt needs scapegoats to push through draconian policies…and they will always find them

      • I lose my job through government in-competences, then I get the shit end of the stick for being out of work. I can’t fucking win with these power crazy wankers. They took my fucking job from me by throwing money to the banks, then try to take my meagre JSA rations away at any cheap opportunity they can get if I don’t jump through their flaming hoops. The only way I can escape from their bollocks is to emigrate to the North Pole

  81. Do you know of a locally vacant lamp post

  82. New subject required. There are more out there. Search.

  83. It’s hard shoplifting Bob, when you keep pissing yourself like me………….

    the sales assistant can follow you around the store, it’s like a grown up snail trail.

    In winter i just manage to leave the shop with my swag bag bulging, only to freeze on the doorstep and be taken to the cop shop to thaw out and be charged
    Wearing wellies hasn’t helped one iota, the gushing sound is a dead giveaway……………….

    Stole some cheese and crackers today, the stilton was lovely, it masked the smell of my underclothes…………

    The crackers i did not enjoy, you can’t pull them on your own………..

  84. Did I miss something ? Twatter is supposed to have a policy against broadcasting hate and murderous tweets ? Oh that must have been as good as their policy against paedophiles tweeting their sick images that Twatter forgot to do anything about until people complained several times about.
    But then benefit claimants are much more criminals than child sex predators arent they ? Silly me I forgot ..

  85. DWP/JC ARE ATTACKING ANTI-DWP/JC SITES

    What the fuck is it with Unemployment Movement… seriously fed with this fucking shit!! A BIG FUCK OFF to the JC?DWP!!

  86. JC Is Full of BROWNSHIRTS

    Noticed how my local jc seems to be sacking the old guard and taking on brown shirt (on temporary contracts) teenagers (who haven’t even started shaving yet) with absolutely no work/experience whatsoever to conduct sanction interviews. This is how Hilter operated.

    • JC Is Full of BROWNSHIRTS

      no work/life experience

      • I should be worried when all of the JCP staff start wearing hitler moustaches, wear nazi costumes and start goose-stepping around the premises instructing their firing squads to exterminate the JSA claimants on sanctions…

  87. Change.org emailed me to stop benefit street and for them to make a donation to a suitable charity – I refuse because of the charity conditionality.

  88. The new scriptwriter of Coronation Street – Iain Duncan Smith. You can email Granada TV with your complaints over the Hayley suicide storyline as it was the slaphead who commissioned and wrote her demise, basing it on true life from the bedroom tax deaths under his watch.

    I’ll be contacting Castro and ask if his cuban death squads are free next wednesday to take out a contract against IDS and his cronies.

  89. Now IDS wants us to have his failed benefit support via the Red Button on Sky and through the Nintendo Wii if we haven’t got a home computer or internet….

    Information about Universal Credit and finding work is now available by hitting the red button on the TV remote control.

    Millions of people who do not have internet access in their homes can now find information about Universal Credit (UC) and finding work by hitting the red button on their TV remote control.

    The new Universal Credit information channels have now seen more than 30,000 hits since they were launched at the end of October, according to digital content provider Looking Local.

    The new services, by the Department for Work and Pensions in partnership with Looking Local, have been designed to give the 7 million adults who do not have home internet, access to important information about the new benefit.

    The aim is to give the public as much choice as possible over how they receive information.

    Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said:

    As we continue with the rollout of Universal Credit, increasing numbers of people will need to know how it affects them and how to prepare.

    Working with Looking Local, we have ensured as many tools as possible exist for people to find out everything they need to know about the easier to understand and more flexible benefit that is Universal Credit.

    We are also making sure Universal Credit is an opportunity for people to build online skills, so they can look for work and benefit from what the online world offers for 21st century life.

    Sky and Virgin customers who have interactive TV can simply scroll through the menu to the relevant page to view a raft of information, including checking their eligibility for UC and learning how they can make a claim.

    In a ground-breaking development, Looking Local has also designed the only public sector service interface for a games console, which Wii users can now use to view the details.

    And those who use their smartphone to connect to the web, even though they might not have an internet connection in their home, can access the information via the new app, My Council.

    The information can also be accessed via Facebook.

    As well as information on UC, people can also access Universal Job Match and The Money Advice Service through Looking Local.

    The Introduction of Universal Credit will also see 6,000 new computers in Jobcentres across the country for claimants to look and apply for jobs online.

    • Huh, when I turn on my Wii it’s so I can have a couple of hours escapism playing games, not to about read about about IDS’s disasterous vanity project.

      • @ kittycat

        What you read is true. The twat IDS wants to use the SKY red button service and the Wii internet to spread his gospel about the Universal credit proposals and what he intends on doing, all because a lot of people have no internet or computer of their own.

        I can just imagine sooner or later pressing the BBC Red button on Freeview and seeing a load of claptrap about UJM, the work programme, universal credit and other cobblers instead of seeing the usual extra BBC output as currently shown.

  90. Complete and utter twat, as interviewed last year on TV –

    ‘With their £5bn Work Programme failing the long-term unemployed, the Tories have announced plans to punish jobseekers by forcing them to cook meals for OAPs or pick up litter.’

    ‘Despite boasting of his two periods of unemployment in the press — leading to ridiculous claims that he was living “on the breadline” seven years after he married into the aristocracy — work and pensions boss Iain Duncan Smith seems to think he’s too good for his own reforms.’

    ‘Asked by Andrew Neil whether he himself would benefit from performing menial tasks, IDS — who was out of work for months before finding a job as a director in a defence industry company — clearly answered “No” before trying to explain why it shouldn’t apply to him:

    “You’ve been unemployed twice before. Do you think picking up litter or serving meals to older people would help you find a job?”

    “No.” replied the smug tory slaphead

    The Quiet Man is happy to invoke his ‘struggle on the dole’ — but less keen to be subject to his own reforms.

  91. Has anyone been on a British Gas Workclub? I am due to attend this one day event next week and it would be handy to know what to expect. My thoughts are that it is just things like mock interviews but it would be useful to get some info from someone who has been on one of these workclubs. When they say one day do they mean all day or is it going to be just for a couple of hours.
    I had to agree to attending as the advisor in the jobcentre said that if I didn’t it would be turning down an opportunity and that sounded like sanction talk to me.

    • I’m currently on the work programme. All you’ll get on a work-club (which Is similiar to WP, and that I also have been on a work-club before) is just talk on how to do a CV, spec letter, mock telephone calls and read old, out-of-date newspapers. If you’re lucky they might allow you to do actual jobsearch on a computer.

      • @AWP
        Thanks for that. I have completed the work programme and a few new deals but I will still have to attend this work club being organised by British Gas. Maybe I can bring up my dispute with British Gas over the standard charge they have started to charge that will cost me over £90 a year even though I don’t use gas. They can rip me off because I have a gas meter that the landlord won’t let me get rid of.

  92. Reform EU or I’ll start crying and throw a tantrum – George Osborne lays down ultimatum.

    Membership withdrawal threat after Tory MPs sign letter calling for dismantling of Europe’s core principles via veto powers.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jan/15/george-osborne-reform-eu-quits-tory-dismantling

    If we do come out of the EU, everyone on benefits will be left penniless, and forget human rights, they will be a thing of the past.

    • “If we do come out of the EU, everyone on benefits will be left penniless, and forget human rights, they will be a thing of the past.”

      So no change then.

  93. What’s happening with the comments JV? – There going in all over the shop!

  94. BILL GUNNYEON ,CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF THE DWP SHOULD BE SACKED IMMEDIATELY, AN INQUIRY SET UP AND THE BENEFIT CLAIMANTS FULLY REIMBURSED AND COMPENSATED.

    THE FAMILIES OFTHOSE WHO DIED, AS A CONSEQUENCE SHOULD ALSO BE COMPENSATED AND CRIMINAL CHARGES OF MANSLAUGHTER IN OFFICE, BROUGHT AGAINST THE DWP, GOVERNMENT MINISTERS AND ATOS……………….

  95. A jobcentre DWP OFFICER has been suspended after a dad of three was told to, “get a fucking job or hang yourself”

    It happened on a facebook rant. She claimed her account had either been hacked or her 14 year old son must have said it.

    ………….how could anyone doubt this lovely lady’s integrity?

  96. Whatching Everything

    So…. why is http://unemploymentmovement.com under attack?
    Anyone have a clue?

  97. So Benefit Street will be debated then..I wonder what conclusions will be arrived at and if it will have any effect at all…

  98. Landless Peasant

    To be honest I watched Benefit Street for the first time last night and I didn’t really think it portrayed any of the residents particularly badly, apart from the racism expressed towards the Romanians, but other than that they all seemed relatively ok sort of folk, pretty much ‘normal’ everyday life like it is where I live, or pretty much anywhere in UK I’d have thought. If anything, it reflected badly upon Society and the Establishment – the Council’s shoddy approach to tackling litter/refuse removal, the poor Romanians ripped-off by gangsters and failed by the system, people struggling to get by on insufficient income, etc. and the manner in which people generally seemed to help each other out was not the ‘Big Society’ in action but in spite of Cameron & Co.- the poor helping the poor because the State has abandoned them.

  99. Google:
    Oliver James Official Website.

  100. Google:
    Oliver James Official Website. Its good.

  101. overburdend
    Well, I like him. Think his fookn great. Also did you see Sonia poulten have a right go about Benefits Street. She was good. Google it, or catch it on u tube. I should learn to link.

  102. Thanks. Sonia Poulten on Benefits Street.

  103. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A GENIUS TO SEE THAT THE DWP AND COURTS AND TRIBUNALS SERVICE ARE SHAFTING THE DISABLED AND POOR…………

    IT’S A COLLABORATION MADE I HEAVEN WHERE ONE DEPARTMENT ROBS YOU OF YOUR ENTITLEMENT THEN THE OTHER ONE ENDORSES IT.

    EQUALITY LAW GAVE THE DISABLED A STATUS OF HAVING A “PROTECTED CHARACTERISTIC” THAT OFFERED THE HOLDER A FORM OF PROTECTION FROM BEING BULLIED, BUT NEITHER OF THESE DEPARTMENTS GIVE A DAMN, RUTHLESSLY TREADING THE RIGHTS INTO THE GROUND…………

    WHAT YOU ARE WITNESSING IS A GIANT CULL OF THOSE OF US UNFORTUNATE TO HAVE A MENTAL OR PHYSICAL DISABILITY.
    THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE PAIN, SUFFERING AND DEATH.

    TO THESE TWO KILLERS, YOU ARE A MERE STATISTIC, A PAT ON THE BACK FOR SOME ARSEHOLE WILLING TO INFLICT PAIN
    HIDING IN AN OFFICE KOW-TOWING TO HIS SENIORS AS THEY ARE, IN TURN REWARDED FOR THEIR INHUMAN ACTIONS.

    ………….NOBODY NEEDS TO DIE, BUT YOU MY FRIENDS, OFFER THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTENCE!

    YOUR BODIES AND MINDS ARE ALREADY FRAIL AND CARRY THE HEAVIEST BURDENS, YET YOU ARE CONSIDERED A WORTHWHILE TARGET.
    IT REMINDS ME OF HUNTING FOR THREE LEGGED ANIMALS, TRAPPING THEM AND STATING THE MOST DECENT THING TO DO IS PUT THEM OUT OF THEIR MISERY…………………….

    ……………THE DWP AND COURTS AND TRIBUNALS SERVICE IS A STATE KILLING MACHINE, ONE ENDORSES THE OTHERS ACTIONS………

    HOW CAN IT BE FAIR THAT A BIASED ATOS MEDICAL REPORT IS USED TO STEAL YOUR BENEFITS WHEN IT ISN’T WORTH THE PAPER IT’S WRITTEN ON?

    MORE TO THE POINT, WHY ARE THE COURTS AND TRIBUNALS SERVICE ALLOWING HEARINGS TO GO AHEAD WHEN THE BASIS OF THE SANCTION WAS A SKEWED REPORT THAT GENERATED ON A ROGUE SOFTWARE DEVELOPED BY A DISABILITY DENIAL GROUP?

    THEIR IS ONLY ONE ANSWER, COLLUSION!……………..

    HOW CAN A COURT BE INDEPENDENT WHEN HANDLING AN ISSUE OF WELFARE, WHEN THE QUEEN GAVE ROYAL ASSENT TO THE WELFARE REFORM ACT OF 2012, AND THE COURTS CARRY THE TITLE OF ,”HER MAJESTY’S COURTS AND TRIBUNAL SERVICE?”
    IT’S JUST FARCICAL, IT IS NEITHER INDEPENDENT, FAIR OR JUST……………….

    IT’S A BIG CON TO ROB YOU OF THAT, WHICH HAS BEEN RIGHTLY GRANTED PREVIOUSLY.

    WHEN YOU ATTEND A COURT OR HEARING, YOU ARE TREATED LIKE DIRT AND SPOKEN DOWN TO……………

    YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE HEARD BY YOUR PEERS AND THIS IS DEFINED IN ANY DICTIONARY AS SOMEONE OF EQUAL RANK OR MERIT.

    ALL THE BULLSHIT OF SWEARING ON A BIBLE, A DODDERY OLD FART IN A WIG AND A TEAM OF TOFFEE NOSED EDUCATED BARRISTERS IS SO FAR FROM THE THE REALITY OF A FAIR TRIAL, IT’S BEYOND BELIEF.

    MONEY BRINGS ABOUT JUSTICE, IT ALWAYS HAS AND IT ALWAYS WILL……………………

    ANDREW MITCHELL MADE NO MISTAKE WHEN HE USED THE WORD PLEB.

    YOU, MY FRIEND, SHOULD KNOW YOUR PLACE AND THIS IS DICTATED BY ONE THING ONLY, THE PECKING ORDER.

    THOSE SITTING NEAREST TO THE HEAD OF THE TABLE ALWAYS RISE ABOVE THOSE WHO ARE FED THE CRUMBS OF COMFORT………I MAY BE A PLEB BUT I HAVE AN OPINION.

    AN OPINION AS GOOD AS ANYONE, BUT STIFLED BY THE FACT THAT I SIT AT THE OPPOSITE END OF THE TABLE FROM THE SERVER……………………..

    • @Geoff and all..i see in recent guardian an item about how the NHS wilk be sharing our medical information with just about abyone including companies. It just for research of course ib order to improve the service and all that and privacy will be maintained so they say. Someone posted a link on the thread which led to a webpage and PDF download with more waffle…and on the PDF more links to website ..out of curiosity I searched that website for something and found references to…ATOS who have connections with this organisation ..
      Now does anyone feel confident about that because I fucking DO NOT…

  104. I’m not against the idea of making a documentary about poverty as I think it absolutely needs highlighting, there were things featured in this programme, maybe inadvertently that showed some of the injustices that happen to people, the person who got the job which offered nothing more than 100& commission and got diddly squat, this is even worse than zero hours.
    Left wing people watching would feel nothing but empathy for everyone featured, right wing people are horrible anyway and just blame peoples plights on the people and so this programme doesn’t change thast.
    Was this programme actually meant to pander to the stereotypes, or did it possibly inadvertently highlight people’s plight, perhaps it might do some good, as it would open some peoples eyes as to how unfair and difficult it can actually be.

  105. Lets not be obsessed with Benefit Street …after all, BBC commissioned a similar styled programme “Nick and Margaret : We Pay Your Benefits” (fronted by Nick Brewer, with a nice retainer from the DWP to front the Pensions Campaign), as with other, and a few years ago, Channel 4 commissioned “The Fairy Job Mother” fronted by ex A4E clerk Hayley Taylor.

    Thankfully, Channel 4 moved on (We had hoped), and no further pathetic excuse of a programme such as Fairy Job Mother has appeared – the pleb has appeared within a US series (sadly). However, the US are getting in on the act with the Sundance Channel producing something called “Get To Work” based on a ‘STRIVE Programme”. Similar to the Flexible New Deal and Work Programme, the staff are less qualified than Admin Staff within Job Centre Plus.

  106. You gotta be joking.. what with the demonisation of people via documentaries on MSM, and that you will share the details with the job centre plus.. (the same group is targeting the very people you are talking about.., How can anyone speak out when YOU will share it with the job centre.. when they can be sanctioned for it.)

  107. Wayne Kerr, if he’s for real is no doubt another latte-slurper who’ll twist the facts to suit his own agenda, inasmuch that there are plenty of vacancies on UJM it’s that these scroungers can’t be arsed to apply for them.
    There will be no mention course that these vacancies are mostly scams, fake jobs, Betterware & even sex work.

  108. Landless Peasant

    I don’t think he’s real. Wayne Kerr/Wanker?

  109. I can confirm that Wayne Kerr is indeed a real person.

  110. January 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    ……….”KNOW YOUR PLACE”

    TODAY I ATTENDED MY ESA TRIBUNAL IN SCARBOROUGH MAGISTRATES COURTS.

    THERE WAS A FEMALE DOCTOR AND A FEMALE JUDGE. UPON ENTERING THE COURT ROOM I WAS ASKED IF I WOULD LIKE TO SIT DOWN, THE USHER WAS A REALLY PLEASANT LADY.

    I DECLINED TO SIT, PREFERRING TO STAND, HOLDING MY STICK IN MY LEFT HAND TO SUPPORT ME.
    THE REASON I DID NOT SIT IS I HAVE TO WEAR A NAPPY BECAUSE I CANNOT CONTROL MY WATERWORKS AND I LEAK SOMETIMES WHEN I STAND UP!

    THE MAGISTRATE ANNOUNCED WHO SHE WAS, AND ALSO THE DOCTOR SAT BESIDE HER.

    THE MAGISTRATE BEGAN TALKING TO ME BUT HAD HER HEAD DOWN. I WEAR A HEARING AID IN MY LEFT EAR AND HAVE MODERATE TO SEVERE TINNITUS IN BOTH EARS AND A HEARING LOSS.
    LEANING FORWARD, I SAID, “I’M SORRY LOVE, BUT I CAN’T HEAR YOU”

    AT THAT SHE BIT MY HEAD OFF!

    “BEFORE WE CONTINUE THIS HEARING, I WOULD LIKE IT KNOWN THAT YOU DO NOT REFER TO ME OR THE DOCTOR AS LOVE”

    “I WILL BE ADDRESSED AS YOUR HONOUR OR YOUR WORSHIP AND SHE IS THE DOCTOR”

    I DID NOT KNOW WHERE TO LOOK, I WAS COMPLETELY HUMILIATED AND MADE TO FEEL LIKE A PIECE OF DIRT!

    TO ME, MY COMMENTS WERE THAT OF A NORMAL YORKSHIRE PERSON. I WAS NOT BEING RUDE IN ANY WAY, JUST MY USUAL SELF……………………………………………………………..

    THIS EPISODE HOWEVER, MADE ME MORE AWARE OF THE DYSFUNCTIONAL SOCIETY WE LIVE IN…………………..

    BEING A MERE PLEB IS JUST SOMETHING I WILL HAVE TO ACCEPT. MY STATION IN LIFE IS NONE EXISTENT, I MUST HAVE GOT OFF AT THE LAST STOP……………….

  111. I concur with Master Bates.

  112. lol :-)

  113. geoff
    yes they were very rude…a simple i don’t like being called love would have sufficed…

  114. “I WILL BE ADDRESSED AS YOUR HONOUR OR YOUR WORSHIP AND SHE IS THE DOCTOR”

    OK, love :-) no need to get your knickers in a twist, love :-)

  115. The way you were treated Geoff, you should have sat down and then when you stood up they would have seen for themselves how disabled you were and you could have just apologised and said “Its my condition, your honour!”
    And when she said that to you did she do you the courtesy of calling you Mr Reynolds or just speak to you as if you were a badly behaved animal?

  116. My NAME is my NAME

    Geoff, you should have replied with I AM THE WITNESS to assert your common law jurusdiction. She, asserted ADMIRALTY LAW by making you call her your WORSHIP. They have their own language and YOUR WORSHIP IS their speak and means YOUR WARSHIP.

    I will expect my comment to be removed.
    So Thanks in advance.

  117. Who could love a magistrate any way…
    GCHW even appoint them…yep its on their own site it says that.

  118. GCHQ…..poxy autocorrect

  119. @donkey and we don’t like being called scrounger ..either

  120. chewie
    yes, being called a scrounger is very rude as well…

  121. ………………..i never usually cry Bob, but when i do, the value line tomato soup seems to go further?

  122. @donkey its an insult and a lazy tabloid headline too..

  123. _@geoff. Yes you are marked out by the stuff you purchase. Its as bad as the yellow star….never mind you keep on shouting mate….it sums up our rage and frustration so well…..

  124. And you still have sense of humour geoff. Gawd bless ya and thats from a poncy southerner too ..lol….

  125. @fellow etc this ” know your place ” crap is out of touch with reality its a hangover from autocratic establishment bollocks who haven’t worked out that ppl have rights …of which they are trying to erode..

  126. My reply to this is further up the chain, twice I have tried to post under your comment chewie and twice it has moved upwards.

  127. @fawksey. WordPress is notorious for jumbling up stuff…I was gonna do a blog using it anf gave up…looked complex and a mess…Tom went back to it because of the adverts….I may still do one so far its got stuff to do with Boris Ego ATM…

    It originally started out about YouTube idiocy but someone has already pinched my idea…then it was going to be be about fangirls of one dimension as they are as dumb as a bag of spanners mostly the ones from USA and much worse if they are christian zealots too….

    Fuck it I seem to be angry all the time now…
    Old age or what..so much pisses me off..
    But seeing sick people getting grief and threats gets my goat…poor old goat..

  128. chewie

    Go and read a newcomer to the ongoing Tom pride cancer blog Helen boy is she a card. Hell-en is the right name for her.

  129. Chewie you should do your own blogg, so long as you let us know what it is.

  130. @fawksey well I have a small one on tumblr which is about my time where I live at present but unforeseen circumstances have put that on hold..sadly…
    And it is pretty strange too..

  131. I like bees

  132. @bamboozled i am sure you do..no my stuff was about psychic type stuff…very odd it was too..

  133. bamboozled
    capitalism likes the hive mind….

  134. …………..just as i thought the DWP were being cornered for the incredible mortality rate of benefit claimants, guess who comes to there rescue?

    None other than Hayley from Coronation Street!!

    Yes, the historic reign of, one of the streets favourite characters, ends in suicide…………………………….

    There is expected to be a spate of copycat suicides and the question on everybody’s lips must be, “Can the DWP mask the suicides caused by ill thought out welfare policies, and blame them on unfortunate Hayley’s demise?

    …………….and the answer must be, of course they can!!!

    They deem the increase in foodbanks to be associated with the poor’s push for a freebee, rather than destitution, and the rise in evictions not being associated with bedroom taxes…………….

    Denial seems to be the “in policy” when dealing with state assisted executions via the welfare acts bearing the blessing of killer queen…………………

    Even the BBC seem to have weakened their stance on benefit bashing, tonight saw Paul O’grady expressing his own disgust at benefits street.

    Scousers despise what is happening and they distance themselves completely from such persons as Esther Mcvey, the most hated woman in politics (since Thatcher).

    Could the tide of decency be turning?

    …….just like the noose around Duncan Smith’s cowardly neck…

  135. …………just thinking out loud again………..

    The mile and three quarters of coffins that belong to the victims of DWP policies would make a fantastic floating walkway in one of the flooded areas.

  136. @Geoff um ok but its coming up in my mail as if your comments are in reply to my own…so its confusing ..

  137. i’m also dyslexic……

    no bout adoubt it……………..

  138. It’s hard shoplifting Bob, when you keep pissing yourself like me………….

    the sales assistant can follow you around the store, it’s like a grown up snail trail.

    In winter i just manage to leave the shop with my swag bag bulging, only to freeze on the doorstep and be taken to the cop shop to thaw out and be charged
    Wearing wellies hasn’t helped one iota, the gushing sound is a dead giveaway……………….

    Stole some cheese and crackers today, the stilton was lovely, it masked the smell of my underclothes…………

    The crackers i did not enjoy, you can’t pull them on your own………..

  139. Geoff

    Sam’s conviction for being innocent in Emmerdale, must be down to his legal aid solicitor being useless, perhaps the doing away with them and representing ourselves might be a better option providing we can be funded to pursue witnesses and evidence as they are.

  140. @Geoff i blame these anarchist t shirt wielding yobs setting up blogs just to incite hatred against innocent conservative psychopaths…

  141. @guy fawkse you do reakuse that emmerdale isn’t real ? You don’t think that box in the room contains tiny people do you ?

  142. Was it the same one who represented Len Fairclough?

  143. @Geoff you are commenting twice and replying twice ..maybe a glitch some where.

  144. its just me Bob, i’m a fucking jinx………..

  145. Flerp…..nif nif blerp….command reset…….hesitating..redundancy check….status rendition overload….retesting…poignancy verification needed..verified ok….
    Integrity factor …9.9% ….standby….bollocks warning..alert alert …speech by h..ho..honourable. ALERT does not compute Duncan Sfilth…retry error..end..
    Blip…

  146. Chewie

    Do you think SM contains real people?

  147. @Geoff I know…can you go and sit in IDS office for a while…he is due for a bit of misfortune ..
    And we need a laugh..

  148. @probbly when they found out ena sharples was really a bloke…

  149. PS @geoff Reynolds for you think Esther Mcvile looks the way she does because IDS has been bangi…no stop….

    Here come the mods ..lummy i’m off …

  150. @fawkes who are real people. Ive never met any…

  151. @fawskey Saddo Masochism contains real people ? It depends on what type of method of containment is used ..I much prefer a single cell…filled with single celled species ..

  152. We are the real people Bob, not the influx of dummies from Tussauds that work in DWP…………..

  153. Geoff
    was that a tribunal for your esa and dla you had to go through yesterday? or was it some other nasty court hearing? How did the outcome go. Have you had your dla or esa reinstated yet? Its such a nightmare is at the moment. I have the councils nasty robbing bailiffs threats already. I was in court this week. They charged me another 95 quid court costs on my 550 pounds council tax disgusting bill. They are making me destitute. I only get 76 pounds a week reduced esa. My benefit does not cover all these outgoing bills its making me so angry. Oh and get this the court sent me a letter saying I will have to pay for the bailiffs time and work when they are at mine nicking my few little belongings. There is an actual letter with the bailiffs costs. It is so abusive. I was actually shouting with so much anger yesterday I think the neighbours were disturbed. The counsel is really putting the boot in. I think I will have to get legal aid, they are trying to do me in. I just know it now.

  154. @geoff Tussards has more humanity than DWP…

  155. Jasmine

    They are picking largely on single tenants and benefit claimants too when it comes to benefit withdrawal and eviction. I am not surprised they have not sectioned you for causing a disturbance by shouting at the Council, who in my opinion are more like prison warders than local government workers, and the baliffs are beyond contempt.
    If it’s any consolation I am sure all of our hearts and solidarity are with both you and Geoff, it’s a pity we can’t send a posse to back you up.

  156. They refused me ESA and awarded me zero points and took away my money, initially i was awarded disability for life………..and given industrial injury benefit……..
    Last year Jasmine, they stopped my DLA.
    I have been getting only £32.32p since last july, each week to live on…..

    My tribunal, the other day was to try and reinstate the money they refused after the WCA assessment by ATOS who awarded me zero points.
    The magistrate adjourned my case as she wants to check my doctors records to see if i am lying. i have been registered as disabled since 2002.

    Next month i am attending another tribunal to try and get my DLA reinstated.
    The dwo wrote to me and said “We dont dispute Mr. Reynolds has disabling conditiobs, the reason we stopped his benefit is because he refused to fill in a questionnaire about his health to see if he is getting the right amount of money”
    Instead i wrote them a letter stating my condition has not changed………

    What the DWP are doing is sending out questionnaires with 35 pages, regardless of what you write, the DWP Decision makers then say they think your circumstances have changed……….
    You have to then undergo a biased medical with the likes of ATOS, BRANDED AS FIT FOR WORK AND YOUR BENEFITS STOLEN FROM YOU………………………………….

  157. jasmine ps
    this link is for scotland…but there is a phone no..and the contents maybe applicable to england…

  158. Thanks so much overburdend and guyfawkes

    Will check this edinburgh site out. I am not Scottish and live a long way down the country, will not give my where a bouts as I think hostile Gov are a nasty bunch. I have said my bit on here a lot. Do not fancy being hung and drawn just yet. You are right guyfawkes the council are like prison wardens. What a vile lot. They treat me with utter contempt and hostility. They are doing the devils work. I am being fucking bankrupted and they are trying to starve me to death. I am not giving in. They are nothing but gangsters and I am disgusted they are getting away with it, Just commenting on here gets the frustration and anger out at times. This attack and fight has been going on since Oct 2012 for me. It has been non stop abuse, disruption, stalking and being made destitute.

  159. jasmine pps..
    the contents only apply to scotland, sorry, but it is worth looking out for a local grassroots group though….

  160. They sure are, guy, if you are single and live alone you the cunts definitely have you in their sights… you are a sitting target… you can’t really blames girls who pop out a kid or two… at least if offers some protection… at least in the meantime.

  161. and yeah, Jasmine, don’t go around your home shouting ffs or you will have the wo/men in white coats dragging you off

  162. just received an e mail from change.org asking me to sign a petition to stop benefits street on ch4 and that they make a donation to a relative charity – I refused due to the charity conditionality clause – we need statutory legislation to protect us not charity.

  163. Margy Rine
    I think the old ways will be back soon on how people with mental health will be treated. CBT is already more than dodgy. Do not worry I will never have a man in a white coat take me out. I know what they are doing. I try and warn others as much as I can.

  164. Entrepreneur getting generous payments to take youngsters off the dole and TRAIN them (apprenticeships).
    How the hell can these so called businesses be entrepreneurial if they are reliant on government handouts to get youngsters to sweep floors and make tea?
    This government is providing nothing in the way of employment because there is nothing new in training schemes, just wasted years so that the government can move more money in the direction of the pretentious business class.

  165. The DWP is full of and run by clones of IDS. The only exception is his mistress McVey who has escaped from his master plan to take over and control everyone on benefits.

  166. IN AN EFFORT TO HIGHLIGHT HOW CORRUPT THE DWP HAVE BECOME IN THE HIRING OF A RENEGADE COMPANY, ATOS, I WILL QUOTE THE FOLLOWING TWO STATEMENTS.

    BOTH ARE BY HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS HIRED BY THE DWP…………..

    05 JUNE 2007.
    JULIE SIMPSON, HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL.

    PROGNOSIS;
    I ADVISE THAT THERE IS UNLIKELY TO BE A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN THE PRESENT MEDICAL CONDITION OR THE FUNCTIONAL EFFECTS IN THE LONGER TERM.

    JUSTIFICATION OF ADVICE;
    THE INFORMATION ON FILE INDICATES NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE SINCE THE LAST EXAM.
    THE CLIENTS LEVEL OF DISABILITY IS UNLIKELY TO VARY SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE.
    ………………………………………………………………………………

    10 JULY 2012.
    EMMA BRODRICK. ATOS HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL.

    ZERO POINTS AWARDED.

    FUNCTIONAL PROBLEMS.
    I ADVISE THAT A RETURN TO WORK COULD BE CONSIDERED WITHIN 3 MONTHS.
    ………………………………………………………………………………

    …………..and just to show the hippocracy of the DWP once again………..
    06 November 03.
    Dr. j. Rickinson.

    Condition is unlikely to improve.

    12 September 95.
    Dr. R. Colman.

    No significant change anticipated.

    19 September 95.
    Mr, A. Heaten.
    Adjudication officer.
    Incapable of all work.

    ………………………………………………………………………………

    Everybody has a right to require the DWP to furnish them with all the information that they hold.

    I would not have the records above, to fight my case, had i not requested them……………

    THREE ENVELOPES ARRIVED, THE FILES THEY HELD ON ME WERE OVER 7 INCHES DEEP.

    WHY DON’T YOU REQUEST YOURS TODAY?
    “ALWAYS SEND THE REQUEST IN WRITING, RECORDED, AS THEY WILL INSIST THEY NEVER RECEIVED IT OTHERWISE…….
    Reply

  167. McVile is the next scapegoat for IDS to sacrifice – but the dumb bint can’t see it, he will turn on her in a second should the need arise to protect himself.

  168. ………..In effect Jasmine, the DWP WOULD REQUIRE ME TO DIE AND JOIN THE MILE AND THREE QUARTERS OF COFFINS THAT THEY HAVE SUCCESSFULLY FILLED………………………………

    BUT I WON’T OBLIGE…………

  169. …and that arrogant twerp smithy has the cheek to put an an expenses claim for vanity purposes – that £10,000 self-portrait hanging in the corridors of power. Those running the DWP circus have clearly got their heads buried up each others fat arses rather than to be slightly bothered about how reducing or stopping ESA/JSA for undetermined set periods can affect health and social well-being.

    The rot set in when the DHSS was reformed and merged with the then-seperate pensions service. At least people using the system knew where they stood in life unlike now where we worry about what is around the next corner regarding ESA/JSA payments.

    IDS will die a hated person in a pauper’s grave as no one will give him a proper funeral. The decay went further when the sham tories brought in an outside company to deal with disability claims using DWP’s own doctors, etc and literally take their word for it.

    When i lost my JSA claim for four weeks over blatant lying from my JCP office, I had to dig deep into my savings just to keep my head afloat with rent payments. I still hate that ugly, twisted cow of a so-called jcp advisor to this day and treat her with deep mis-trust. Each time I see her, I have a deep fear and nervous sweat that my JSA won’t be paid at all the same week. Spiteful cow tries to sanction everybody she sees yet seems to get away with it all of the time. The next time she tries it with me, I’ll have the manager involved.

  170. @ Obi

    The tory cow McVey could be trying to feather her own nest out of taxpayers money so if and when IDS sacks her she can claim wrongful dismissal from the baldy bonce. He’ll do anything to protect his own cushy, isolated desk job far as possible away from the poor person in the street. The crimes against humanity are building more and more every day, with his day in the high court pleading insanity surely cannot be too far off now.

  171. Awp, how us Fred bummer ??

  172. THOUGHT THE READERS WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS ARTICLE ABOUT ATOS AND THE DWP GOVERNMENT CONTRACT, AND HOW IT WAS BROKERED TO CHEAT THE DISABLED OF THEIR MEAGRE PITTANCE OF BENEFITS ON WHICH THEY RELY, SO MUCH……………………………….

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree…

    Leaked data suggests the Department for Work and Pensions is holding Atos to extremely tight tolerances. Photograph: Janine Wiedel Photolibrary/Alamy
    Ask Atos, the company responsible for executing the work capability assessment (WCA), or the Department for Work and Pensions, which defines how the WCA is conducted, and they will tell you that they have no targets for the number of people who pass. Yet a new report from the Centre for Welfare Reform, How Norms Become Targets, uses a leaked set of Atos data to suggest that the DWP is holding Atos to extremely tight tolerances on its results.
    Atos and the DWP admit to the existence of “statistical norms” and that these are used to manage the performance of individual healthcare professionals carrying out the assessments. Campaigners have long claimed that these norms function as de facto targets, but were surprised by the detail of the data logged and matched against acceptable ranges. Not only are there figures for overall numbers of people awarded the points needed to qualify for the employment and support allowance (ESA), figures also exist for individual prognoses, for the points awarded, even for the word count of the summary findings. And each Atos region is expected to stray no further than 20% from the national average.
    Combining any data-gathering system with pressure to meet expectations will drive staff to converge on the “official” numbers; norms will become de facto targets, and no manager wants to be forced to justify their region’s figures. Unfortunately pressure to meet expectations is exactly the process described to the Guardian by Atos whistleblower Dr Greg Wood, who went public after being repeatedly asked to change assessments, including at least one case that conflicted with his professional medical opinion.
    Whether the Atos data represents targets, as the CWR report suggests, or norms, as Atos insists, the numbers themselves are deeply problematic. An assessor is expected to see about 40 people per week, 65% of whom, the data shows, are expected to fail the assessment. The remainder will be split between the ESA support group (14.5%) and the work-related activities group (20.5%). Those who pass, in either group, are then further divided across five sub-groups, which specify whether an applicant should be expected to recover in six-24 months or “longer term” (in practice three years). Only 2.6% of WCAs are expected to result in a “longer-term” prognosis, which effectively means an assessor can allocate the prognosis to just one person a week; allocating a single extra person across a month hovers on breaching the allowed 20% variation. All other applicants, no matter their disability, are labelled as expected to have recovered within two years or less.
    This suggests an explanation for some of the stranger Atos rulings, where people with lifelong or degenerative disabilities have been told their conditions are expected to improve in six months. Any assessor struggling to keep down their average for longer-term prognoses has to be tempted to assign a shorter prognosis instead. Someone with a long-term disability should theoretically face an assessment once every three years, but if they are consistently assigned to the six-months prognosis group, they will potentially face not one but six assessments in that period.
    Similar problems exist for points awarded during the assessment. The “descriptors”, if matched, are worth six, nine or 15 points, and many disabled people will match multiple descriptors. It takes 15 points to qualify for the ESA, yet the report suggests national averages of 2.1 points for physical issues and 3.6 points for mental issues. The only way to maintain such low averages is by scoring several people at zero points for each one who passes. Are cases of people who score zero points when they clearly should pass simply evidence that the assessor saw too many seriously ill and disabled people that week? There is already an outcryover the state of the work capability assessment, with roughly one in six of all assessments successfully appealed against, at a cost to the Tribunals Service, and the taxpayer, of more than £75m per year. If that failure rate is not caused by poor quality work at the healthcare professional level but is a consequence of the Atos management system, which in turn is driven by the contractual requirements placed on it by DWP, then shouldn’t that out

  173. BILL GUNNYEON ,CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF THE DWP SHOULD BE SACKED IMMEDIATELY, AN INQUIRY SET UP AND THE BENEFIT CLAIMANTS FULLY REIMBURSED AND COMPENSATED.

    THE FAMILIES OFTHOSE WHO DIED, AS A CONSEQUENCE SHOULD ALSO BE COMPENSATED AND CRIMINAL CHARGES OF MANSLAUGHTER IN OFFICE, BROUGHT AGAINST THE DWP, GOVERNMENT MINISTERS AND ATOS……………….

  174. too true Geoff.

  175. Geoff
    I am disgusted they have given you no points for your disability. I am not surprised though as they are doing similar to everyone with disabilities. I know only to well of Atos abuse and have had my own fight with these pseudo health workers, and the Dwp. Its a sham and a disgrace. Atos and Dwp have run roughshod
    over sick and disabled peoples lives. They are corrupt and know what they are doing. They are Narcissists. Check out Thierry Bretton’s profie on google worse than IDS. His Atos company is a multimillion pound industry. We have psychopaths here Geoff. Check out what his work colleagues say about him.

    I scored 6 points on my tribunal. Not quite enough for the out of reach Esa. They took my reduced Esa from me too. I too get a pittance and have permanent damage to my lower leg and ankle after bad accident. Need another op but putting off because of this risk of being destitute and not be able to survive. I worked all my life, but having an accident put me on my back. Not my fault, can happen to anyone.

    Geoff please keep fighting you are a very strong person and I am sure you are helping others be validated in their suffering.

  176. ………..cheers Jas.

    This blog brings together a plethora of thought and opinion on all sorts of issues. It acts as a fuse and a lifeline for those who are being abused and those who recognise the plight of others and the unsurmountable obstacles that are placed before them…………..

    It allows comments from north to south and east to west, whilst examining topical issues.

    This site is everything the government of our islands fear, the right of freedom of speech and the threat of concerted action against anything that appalls us.
    A bond between people and an expression en masse.

    …………a chance to shaft those who seek to shaft us……….

  177. g fawkes
    thanks for that, i just wanted to break the log jam….

  178. @donkey and i might have to keep watch to see who is outside ny place just in case someone is out to get me

  179. chewie
    i am at a loss to know how to reassure you, try and get some rest, will you….go easy on yourself, perhaps post a lot less, on some sites….we’ll see you tomorrow….

  180. Benefits Street live debate revealed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-25750475

    LIVE DEBATE ON BENEFIT STREET.

  181. @donkey it was reported to the police ..I have identified the culprit aand submitted it to google ..nothing heard back from either Google or police . perhaps its not important then eh ?

  182. Geoff:

    Please provide a link to this.

  183. Agreed. I have experienced some bullying at work (time-limited) but nothing to touch the relentless, week-in-week-out intimidation and threats from JCP- and from our glorious leaders via ATOS, (a close relative, not my own personal experience). This site is the antidote and ought to be available, free at the point of need, on the NHS (oh …). Tried attending a few CBT sessions recently and it was way worse than doing nothing would have been (came away feeling worse, not better – just with added homework). On the plus side, it was free on the NHS – on the minus side – what was it for really? The practitioner (if that’s the right word) had a very definite mental block in being able to see cause/effect and not suggest just having a quick rethink … trying to rethink stress/anxiety/fear/paralysis doesn’t seem to work and that’s why we have (eg.) womens’ refuges and high levels of ill health …

    Taking up the offer of CBT-type ‘support’ helped me understand that the vast majority of things that ail us are likely to only be heard/viewed as more of an ‘attitude problem’ than a legitimate and unsurprising response to circumstance/actual threat (however symptoms manifest – physcial, physiological di/stress). Even sympathetic gps seem mystfied by the doings of Atos & have difficulty in appreciating the reality. Generally they seem not just shocked, but also unaware of the ‘bigger picture’ (clinical commisioners & etc.). They probably know at some level but can’t really ‘afford’ to get too inovlved so have responded to increased requests for help with forms/proofs by (in many cases ) charging for letters etc.rather than by trying to object/refute the diminishing system they work within …

  184. @GEOFF thank you for your tireless campaign to bring to people attention the true amount of Benefit related deaths..
    In my own humble efforts I have been trying to glean as much info on this matter and so far have reported here ..in this case the CPAG report on DLA changes ..
    Even so it proves that there had been warnings given to the DWP on this matter..

    Begging lots of questions about their denials or perhaps reticence on the matter.

  185. @Obi not heard from the police about threats made to me so far…I guess if I was bumped off it would save tax payers money ..one less benefit scrounger to complain about …

  186. “The impact on some claimants could be devastating. Disability charities report that a ‘small but disturbing number of people saying they will kill themselves if their benefits are cut”

    This statement appears on DWP.gov.UK website ..I think its posted from CPAG…
    If this is the case then how come DWP can be in total denial about this serious matter?

  187. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2389539/Benefits-way-ticket-easy-street-days-Says-IAIN-DUNCAN-SMITH.html

    Benefit Street = Easy Street ?

    Perhaps all those hate tweets were well intentioned to assist claimants to end their lives and save tax payers money
    After all that DWP advisor mentioning hanging and offering to supply rope was simply getting claimants to do the right thing …
    You see IDS does care after all
    Esther McVey should step up the campaign for euthanising the feckless so called sick who are just people suffering from lazy itus

  188. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/universal-credit-encourages-people-to-look-for-jobs

    @Shirley Johhny Void guy Fawkes obi and all
    I would like to inform you all that this present govt does indeed have a sense of humour..they have set up the Department for Bad Jokes

    The above link is one of their latest offerings

    Its a strange surreal humour I must confess
    But am confident it is meant to be taken in jest…
    After all they could not meant for it to be taken seriously …now could they ?

  189. @All the statement about concerns about claimants taking their own lives as result of cuts was part of consultation exercise with regard to DLA reform ..it appears in CPAG document submitted to DWP ..
    it goes on later to mebtion stigmatisation of claimants in the media etc..

    Well then it proves then that DWP must be aware of this concern as it appeears in its own consultation exercise with poverty and disability organisations
    Begging the question as to why DWP seems to be in complete denial about it all and only producing cursory figures ..when its obvious they were warned about this matter.

    Why do they set up these consultation exercises if only to ignore then

    This seems to be a DWP pattern .. Oddly enough it resembles the behaviour of a certain govt minister called Iain Duncan Smith . living in the land of denial..

  190. Shirleynott

    CBT focusses on the here and now, and your future. As in ‘get over yourself, and get a fucking job’. Basics here. As overburdenddonkey called it the Shut Up Therapy. They are funded by the government. That say’s a lot in its self. CBT’s aim is to get people with depression off benefits in 8 weeks. They are missing vital points with the people here. They ignore peoples past experiences. It is all very BEHAVIORAL. Ring any bells? Its all in on the Bio social model. Do I need to say more. People with mental health problems I fear may not be getting the help they need. Cognitive BEHAVIOURAL therapy. YUK!! Oliver James PHD is a very good psychologist with so much experience, google him and check out what he has to say about cbt.

  191. Every one

    My computer skills are rubbish, I would like to send a link but I can not. Check out Oliver James the Psychologist. He is furious with what is going on in this country. With Neoliberlism, Consumerism, Narcissism and fucking Thatcherism. Guys he has a video for you to watch, he is not a happy man with this gov. Check him out.

  192. That was more or less the impression. Ended up giving it a go after a friend noticed some sort of distress & suggested going to GP in case it was some form of depression. Had tried explaining the situation with being unemployed/or ill and it probably does sound incredible to most people unless they’ve been unlucky enough to have experienced it. (In all honesty i knew it wasn’t depression because but started to wonder if there might be anything the GP could do to help – even though deep down I already knew GPs don’t offer financial help/can’t exempt people from having to attending the job centre – even dead people/people who are in intensive care still have to attend to sign/receive a fortnightly lecture/dose of ill-will). Friend was right insofar as I was starting to go under/feel desparate/hopeless – at least to some extent – but that’s still not the same as ‘depression’ – or simlar but not the same.

    CBT was what was offered and that was really all there was – jcp immediately started to ‘medicalise’ me and jump to all sorts of even more than usual inappropriate conclusions … On hearing about the CBT – which I said was for (job centre) stress-related symptoms – the jcp (understandably enough) didn’t know what it was any more than I did & started to say things must be pretty bad – or at least i must be suffering with fairly serious ‘issues’ (I was by that stage – partly CBT induced – but just not the ones they were imagined!)

  193. Google:- Oliver James official website.

  194. that’s the funniest thing i’ve heard all week …

    It’s just been on R4’s more or less programme that the alleged 90% of people living on the street “on benefits” as quoted in the C4 programme was a selectively chosen statistic – no, really – (including only working age benefits but not child benefit/pensions as dwp wouldn’t have records for those?) … whereas up and down the country people are indeed “claiming benefits” if they receive either of those 2 (child benefit/pension).

    in other words the programme seems to be concluding that that particular street is no more (or less) unusual than anywhere else in the country but that they producers chose to film in a street that’s in a wider area with a higher than average.amount – so that they’d be more likely to get people making statements like this (?)

  195. (sorry that’s in reply to bobchewie about universal credit being an incentive to work).

  196. @shirleynott seeing ” Universal Credit ” in the same sentence as ” finding jobs ” just seemed ludicrous and absurd ..how on earth a IT falling vanity project for IDS has anything to do with finding work is beyond me….unless it’s linked to….( snigger ) Universal Job Match which. as we know is a complete mess. How ironic to read an Iain Duncan Smith as a then new Tory leader in an interview going on about governments that waste money..

  197. Oh dear now I am being modded when replying to someone….have I done something wrong ??

  198. @shirley thank you i thought it was pretty silly. …oh dear i seem to have upset the moderator here….

  199. “30,000 people — including you — have now signed my petition to have Benefits Street taken off air and for Channel 4 to make a donation to a charity. 

    The press have taken notice and there has been a big debate about the show. But Benefit Street was on our screens again last night and Channel 4 executives continue to defend it. A spokesperson said the show is “a fair reflection of the reality of life on a street where the majority of households receive benefits”. 

    I know this show does not represent life for people who claim benefits. In a letter to The Telegraph this week the CEO’s of four leading charities, including Crisis and Mind, said the programme “ignores the reality that the vast majority of people who need support from benefits.”

    As consumers we can complain to Ofcom about any TV show that we find offensive or think is harmful. Every time Ofcom receives a complaint from a viewer it has to assess it under the Broadcasting Code to see if it needs further investigation.”

  200. Above is an email to myself from the petition against benefit street program

  201. jasmine
    oliver james…is right…rage in action…

  202. overburdenddonkey
    Yes I like Oliver James . He has worked with kids company. Did you see Sonia Poulten the journalist have a right go at the boss of c4 ‘s programme Benefits Street. She slated him. Catch it on googe or utube. Its good. My computer skills are pants. I need to learn to link.

  203. jasmine
    go to the address box, at top of page.. ie http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/lets-kick-poverty-porn-producers-off-our-streets/#comment-77892
    right click scroll down to copy and left click, now right click in the reply dialogue box scroll down and left click paste…..

  204. Thanks overburdend

    Ive done it but its at the top somewhere lol. At least I got it on here. People will like it.

  205. No one knows what’s going on any more.

  206. http://m.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/local/london-council-tenants-housed-here-in-hastings-1-5556734

    ” we don’t want them lot coming here taking our jobs and homes ”
    Yes folks xenophobia reaches Hastings and london is ” the immigrants “

  207. http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/9116701/britains-dirty-secret/

    And now a word from the Iain Duncan Smith fan club ( yes its that bad ) see above link..

  208. http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/9116701/britains-dirty-secret/

    And now a word from the Iain Duncan Smith fan club ( yes its that bad ) see above link..
    It seems some people like him oddly enough and see him as a hero to the downtrodden masses..

    I can only assume they work for DWP.

  209. This Viz comic parody of tabloid “benefit scrounger” propaganda speaks for itself: http://t.co/ID1DFPDlBt

  210. Big tip here if you are reading that speccie item ..please have a sick bag at hand…

  211. ………..extract taken from staff bulletin to DWP internal departments on 7th Nov 2013, as highlighted in Daily Mirror;

    evidence to be obtained before a decision can be made on balance of probabilities.
    12. In exceptional circumstances, should all sources of evidence be exhausted and it is still not
    possible to reach a decision on balance of probabilities, the designated person may seek
    advice from ATOS using the DBD 385 via the medical evidence wizard.
    ………………………………………………………………………………

    …………..they are saying, the use of ATOS material in making a decision on a disabled persons claim, must only be used if every other avenue has been thoroughly exhausted…………….

    A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO ATOS WERE HERALDED BY THE DWP AS THE MOST HIGHLY TRAINED FIRE BREATHING DRAGONS OF THE HEALTHCARE WORLD.

    TODAY THEY ARE NOT EVEN ON THE BACK BURNER……

    NAMED AND SHAMED AS THE CHARLATANS THAT THEY REALLY ARE,
    “THE PRODUCT OF A STATE ENLISTED, DISABILITY DENIAL MACHINE THAT HOLD NO CREDIBILITY WHATSOEVER, A SHAM IN EVERY RESPECT”

    …………a ruthless organisation that has brought about deaths in our community, sponsored by the DWP in collusion with another government department, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service,

    “A FINELY HONED, WELFARE AND DISABILITY KILLING MACHINE”

  212. Inequality? …. Its called a gov’t cull because gov’t don’t give Atos about the poor and disadvantaged.

    Atos & DWP 10,600 disabled people died within 6 weeks of their claim ending January – November 2011.

    Here is the actual figures in a table from the DWP.

    2,200 died before they finished being assessed

    1,300 died who were in Work Related Activity Group (Fit for work)

    7,100 died who were in the support group (the most disabled).

    Now the questions to ask yourself are:
    Why did they die within 6 weeks of their claim finishing ?
    Why did their claims finish BEFORE they died ?

    These people who were all at one time labelled disabled stopped or had their claim stopped before they died…..WHY ?

    7,100 of the most severely disabled in the support group suddenly had no benefit and died.

    1,300 who were pronounced fit by Atos suddenly had no benefit and died.

    2,200 who were yet to be fully tested, intimidated, interrogated stopped their claim or had it stopped and died.

    Please help disabled people by Joining our demonstration. Michael Meacher MP called for an enquiry ~ he was ignored. Please think why these people, good people, suddenly had no benefits and died within 6 weeks.
    10,600 within a period of 11 months and after that the Government stopped counting.

    Details at … http://ukrebellion.com/atosdemo/

  213. I borrowed that from Guardian CIF today ..so credit goes to the author there

  214. I WOULD ASK ANYONE ON THIS BLOG, WHO HAS UTTER CONTEMPT FOR THE WAY THE GOVERNMENT TREAT OUR POOREST AND DISABLED, TO GO ON THE 38 DEGREES SITE, TYPE IN SAMUEL MILLER AND SIGN THE PETITION……………………

    IT MUST BE IRKING THEM AS THEY KEEP REMOVING REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET SITES…………..

  215. google; 38 DEGREES SAMUEL MILLER

    A LETTER TO THE HAGUE OUTLINING THE MISTREATMENT OF THE SICK AND DISABLED

    I WOULD ADVISE ALL TO SIGN IT……….

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