Thoughts on the foodbank debate, from the public gallery.


This is what the Tories and Libdems are REALLY like. HEARTLESS and SPINELESS at the SAME TIME!

COOKING ON A BOOTSTRAP

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It’s taken me almost 24 hours to write this post, as if I had written it after the debate last night it would have probably been a big rant about what a nasty piece of work Esther McVey is – and the work that has gone into the debate and the efforts of 142,000 people who signed and shared that petition was too valuable to waste in a rage.

So I took some time to reflect, rather than leap in, and here I am.

Last night, sitting in the public gallery at the House of Commons, I witnessed the hideous, smirking face of one (yellow and blue) side of the house. Half empty benches lined with braying, jeering, sneering MPs, shouting down Maria Eagle in her opening speech as she attempted to set the terms of the debate for food bank users, volunteers, and struggling households up and down Britain.

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The just world fallacy


Now we ALL know what they are trying to do as they are attempting and are brainwashing the public through the mass media to become sheep and turn them against their own people in order to wipe us ALL out so that they’re the only ones left. THE THOUGHT POLICE HAVE ARRIVED!

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The Tories now deem anything that criticises them as “abusive”. Ordinary campaigners are labelled “extremists” and pointing out flaws, errors and consequences of Tory policy is called “scaremongering”.

Language and psychology are a powerful tool, because this kind of use “pre-programs” and sets the terms of any discussion or debate. It also informs you what you may think, or at least what you need to circumnavigate first in order to state your own account or present your case. This isn’t simply name-calling or propaganda: it’s a deplorable and tyrannical silencing technique.

The government have gathered together a Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) – it is a part of the Cabinet Office – which is comprised of both behavioural psychologists and economists, who apply positivist (pseudo) psychological techniques to social policy. The approach is not much different to the techniques of persuasion used in the shady end of the advertising industry.  They produce

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Sue Marsh’s Open Letter To David Cameron


This is what Cameron and his cronies are doing to the “Underclass” of society, the poor, sick, disabled, vulnerable, low-paid and now the elderly as well. WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!!

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Written by Sue Marsh. Cross posted in the interests of viralness.

I can hardly bear it any more. Day after day after day. Terrible stories of suffering, despair and suicide.

I’m know you don’t believe it. I know what you’re told. “It’s getting better, we’re taking action, we’re improving the process, these people don’t try hard enough, they’re not really sick enough.”

People say I shouldn’t beg. But I’m not proud. If getting down on my knees and begging you would make a difference, I’d do it gladly. I promise you now, you’ll be remembered for this. If you’re sitting at home right now, thinking about your legacy, I promise you it will be this. It will be that you turned away from the pain and suffering before your very eyes. I’ll make sure of it if it takes me 20 years.

It will be that you allowed your Department…

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Reserve a place for a homeless person at Crisis at Christmas


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Ben’s story

When you’re homeless, Christmas can be the toughest time of all for someone like Ben, for him Crisis at Christmas was a lifesaver. The odds were stacked against him from the start. He was shunted from foster home to care home and then went from one insecure job to the next – until, aged just 27, he found himself on the street last winter. “The cold just sinks into you,” he remembers. “I was struggling even to walk. My body was proper giving up on me.” On Christmas Eve, Ben met someone who told him about Crisis at Christmas. Your gift could give someone like Ben the warmest welcome they could hope for, a hearty Christmas dinner, good company and friendly faces, and the chance to take advantage of a whole range of services to help with housing, gaining skills and finding work. “I wouldn’t have had a Christmas if it wasn’t for Crisis.” Please reserve a place for someone like Ben. Thank you.

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IDS and Armed Bodyguards: No-One Trusts the Man who Trusts No-One


This is the sign of things to come, as in the film “V for Vendetta” when the Prime Minister becomes High Chancellor and the Police become armed. As in one of my previous posts WELCOME TO THE FASCIST STATE OF GREAT BRITAIN!

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Mike and several of the commenters over at Vox Political have commented on IDS’ evident paranoia and fear of the public as he appeared before the parliamentary Work and Pension’s Committee. Not only did he have a bodyguard, but was also surrounded by several armed policemen. Martha, one of the people in the public gallery, describes the scene:

‘ Hi Mike, I attended the DWP hearing on Monday, IDS didn’t just have a body guard he had several ‘policemen’ with machine guns, maybe 3 or 4 at least. I didn’t dare to count them as it was frightening and it seemed best to ignore them for obvious reasons. The machine guns were raised and pointed at our group which included 3 people in wheelchairs and about 8 disabled and mentally ill people with their carers. We had all been security checked, bags searched and x-rayed, frisked and had walked through…

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Tesco offers to pay work experience candidates and give them job


Tesco offers to pay work experience candidates and give them job

Tesco has offered to pay all work experience candidates referred to the supermarket through Jobcentre Plus and give them a job at the end of their placement if they do well, in a move designed to curb the growing anger towards the company over unpaid placements.

Candidates will have the choice of remaining on JSA benefits, paid at a little over £50 a week for under-25s, or taking up the paid placement with a job at the end of it, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

Candidates will have the choice of remaining on JSA benefits, paid at a little over £50 a week for under-25s, or taking up the paid placement with a job at the end of it, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. Photo: GETTY

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The UK’s biggest supermarket has announced it will offer all Jobseekers Allowance work experience candidates a paid four-week placement with the  company and a guaranteed job at the end of the scheme, provided they   complete the placement successfully. 

Candidates will have the choice of remaining on JSA benefits, paid at a little over £50 a week for under-25s, or taking up the paid placement with a job at the end of it, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Richard Brasher, chief exectuive of Tesco UK, said: “We know it is difficult for young people to give up benefits for a short-term placement with no permanent job at the end of it. So this guarantee that a job will be available provided the placement is completed satisfactorily, should be a major confidence boost for young people wanting to enter work on a permanent basis.”

When Tesco began offering work experience to Jobcentre Plus jobseekers last May, as part of the Government’s new work academy scheme, it pledged to create 3,000 placements. It has completed 1,500 placements to date and said   the remaining 1,500 candidates will be offered the choice of staying on their benefits or taking up the paid placement. 

Tesco recruits about 7,000 people each year in its stores nationwide and now 1,500 of those jobs will come from the Jobcentre route. The jobs are not extra to any recruitment plans the company has. 

Over the past week, Tesco has come under fire for hiring hundreds of unemployed benefits claimants on four-week work experience schemes in return for no pay – just expenses and Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), at £53.45 per week for under-25s. 

The placements were part of a Government welfare scheme aimed at encouraging business to provide unpaid work placements, to improve jobseekers’ skills and make them more “job ready”. It is voluntary, but if applicants pull out, there is a threat they will lose their JSA payments. 

The job advert which sparked the Twitter row

Tesco said it continued to seek reassurances from the Government that if jobseekers dropped out of the work experience scheme, they would not lose their benefits. The supermarket has only ever taken part in the voluntary   programme and not the “mandatory work activity” scheme which is more controversial. 

A statement on Tuesday said: “Tesco has suggested to the Department of Work and Pensions that, to avoid any misunderstanding about the voluntary nature of the scheme, the risk of losing benefits that currently exists should be removed.”

The Tesco jobs row kicked off on social media site Twitter last week. Campaign activists used the site to rally support to boycott Tesco and raise awareness over the scheme, which they claim equates to “slave labour” as employers receive four weeks of unpaid labour. 

The British Chambers of Commerce today urged the Government and employers not to let the debate on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook drive policy decisions on tackling youth unemployment. 

A petition to abolish all welfare work experience schemes in the UK, run by campaign group Unfair Workfare, has attracted more than 7,000 signatures to date.

One of the commenters, markmason33 to  Andrew_Ck   (2 years ago) made a list of companies engaged  in this “work experience” scheme. The list is as follows:

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Alpha Stream – Kent

Asda

ATS

BHS – British Home Stores [1]

Boots

Burger King

Burton

Age Concern

Argos

Asian Star Community Radio LTD

Barnardos

Bookers Wholesale

Carillion – Kent

British Heart Foundation

Capability Scotland

Cancer Research

DB Accident Repair – Kent

DC Cleaning Sussex

Diamond Glass Medway – Kent

Dorothy Perkins [1]

Envirostream – Kent

Evans [1]

Finsbury Park Business Forum

F&S Interiors – Kent

Go Response – Kent

Helen & Douglas House Hospice – Maidenhead

HMV [3]

Holiday Inn

Holland & Barrett

Gorgie City Farm

Greggs the bakers

JA Glover – Kent

Jessup Electrical Wholesale Ltd – Kent

JJ Vickers & Sons Ltd – Kent

Kennedy Scott

Kent Flooring Supplies – Kent

Kent Space – Kent

Maplin – have tweeted that they have withdrawn, awaiting statement

Matalan – have suspended workfare. Keep up the pressure for them to drop it!

Mayhem Paintball – Kent

McDonald’s

Medway Council

Medway Tyres – Kent

Miss Selfridge

Mr Gleam – Sussex

Newham Council

Newhaven Community Development

Olympic Glass – Kent

Omnico Plastics Ltd – Kent

Outfit [1]

Payless – Kent

PDSA

Pizza Hut

Plumbase – Kent

Poundland

Poundstretcher

PPDG

Primark

Process Plant Services Ltd – Kent

RBLI

Regency Guillotine – Kent

Richmond Fellowship

Romney Resource Kent

Royal Mail

RNR Performance Cars – Kent

Saffron Acres Project

Salvation Army

Savers

SERCO

Scout Enterprises

Servest – Kent, London

SHOC Slough Homeless

Signs & Imaging Ltd – Kent

Slough Library

Slough Furniture Project

Southern Membranes Ltd – Kent

Southern Metal Services – Kent

southern Roofing & Building Supplies – Kent

Stephens Fresh Food – Kent

Superdrug

Swan Lifeline – Windsor

Tesco

Topman [1]

Topshop [1]

The Range – Sussex

Town and Country Cleaners Kent

Wallis [1]

Westvic Enamellers – Kent

WHSmith

Whittingtons Silk Flower & Plant Centre – Kent

Wilkinsons