Archive for January, 2018

The Iron Fist That Is Throttling The Working Class


 

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This week the media and government have pushed  it’s mass NLP programme (Behavioural Insights Team) a step further into the spotlight denigrating the working class for their lifestyle choices while hiding their own. This week alone we seen stories in media which hints to the general public by subtle means that basically the working class are their own worst enemies and to blame for the difficulties they face, which may apply to some but most certainly not all. The mantra about poor lifestyle choice is a perceived thing which has always dogged the Tories and working class alike .Tories have always had a long held belief most of us were wasters and of little value other than to serve our masters by working our asses off to provide them with wealth and profits they deserve due to privilege and their own sense of entitlement . I mean we all like a occasional pint, the odd takeout now and again after a hard working week, and partying to let off some steam, or booking the family holiday (if you can afford one under Austerity Britain)  once a year to help us recharge our batteries and enjoy some family time together. Universal Credit will highlight this more than ever because until now it only affected the poor who relied on state assistance, well this is going to be a total game changer as they consume workers ,yes those hard working people.

Well now you all have to get back in your place and doff your caps to your masters who are tightening their grips on the working classes while choking them off of any fair or equal quality life. Make no mistake it is a Class War.

Isn’t it time that if we are going to look at peoples lifestyles we should also look at all the UK citizens lifestyle choices not just working class people.Many middle class people and those at the top, consume many a rich dining experience, drink excessive amounts of alcohol,take up risky sports, and behave badly, and are likely to suffer from high end drug addiction than the working class person due to cost ,the big difference is they do it behind closed doors where they are not open to scrutiny of prying eyes and have the morals of an alley cat like any other. The working classes also need to take a long hard look in mirror too as sometimes ,we do not help ourselves by providing them with plenty of incidents  which they jump on to exploit us,when the reality is most of us don’t live like they think we do.

Just look at the bills for parliament on the cost of alcohol alone and its eye watering amount of  taxpayers cash I wonder if all those Daily Mail and Sun readers are as angry by that ,cos for years those ruling over us have abused the taxpayer wallet for decades, and they should take a long hard look in the mirror, as we can all fall from grace,and our lives have never been so fragile as they are now with the looming Brexit and 8yrs of Austerity, life can change overnight.

I used to work in hospitality and I can tell you many a good tale about the so called posh classes and celebrity icons. Truth is they are no different to the rest of us.

It is that sense of entitlement which makes them distance themselves from the working class, and fail to understand them and the hard lives many generations have lived. It is totally different lifestyle and Professor Greens White Working Class programme illustrates that they do lack opportunities afforded to those who are born in a different class because the system is designed that way to keep you in your place. There are many amazing working class people who has come from poverty ridden Britain over the centuries who aspired to want more and achieved it, but the doors and obstacles placed in the way for the majority is because the system is designed to make them fail. It divides us into sub groups too, Male ,Female, Worker,Disabled,Claimant,LGBTQ,Race or Religion and further.

This is how the state social controls its population and dictates how we should live according to their ideology, which still smacks of Colonial Britain remnants of superiority over others. It also sets them off against each by blaming one group or another for the countries present situation, and while we fight over the scraps on table it leaves the door open for any vacuum to be filled by the far right and further stir up hatred. This is what happened in 1930 Germany and that’s why the people followed Hitler. I certainly hope we never see a repeat of those terrible times on the scale it was carried out, but we cannot deny similarities with our present day situation in how it came to be, when we don’t value human life equally. The class war on those deemed irresponsible, is done  by controlling their lifestyles,while ignoring their own because they are entitled,  are valued more due to class,work,position in life is something that really needs to be addressed. The working class let them off every single time, well not this blogger I will call it out for what it is.

I think that working class people should start calling these hypocrites out on their lifestyles leading to a burden on our public services or ,their drunken bawdy behaviour, or their bad behaviour generally, their abuse of power and position, and corruption which is why many of them hate social media, because in the modern age of technology it is harder for them to hide even when they try to hide links to their human failures.

 

Just a few links below to the controlling ways apart from welfare reforms which has caused detrimental harm to many.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/drug-and-alcohol-addiction-and-obesity-effects-on-employment-outcomes

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42773557?SThisFB

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5300205/Obese-children-losing-two-decades-healthy-life.html

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/22/nearly-one-third-of-alcohol-sold-in-england-drunk-by-4-of-population?CMP=share_btn_fb

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/conservative-mps-hit-out-at-lazy-1266918

 

SO here are a few indiscretions by those who rule over us…. minus the big house

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/parliament-fight-commons-bar-man-arrested-police-gbh-glassed-sports-and-social-a8095511.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/01/sexual-misconduct-claims-pm-seeks-meeting-with-party-leaders

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/09/parliament-palace-booze-sex-modern-westminster-mps-sober

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/15/keeping-it-in-family-second-nature-to-mps

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/22/john-whittingdale-under-parliamentary-investigation-over-mtv-awards-trip-amsterdam

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/10572487/MPs-should-measure-themselves-to-check-if-they-are-obese-a-Lord-and-leading-surgeon-has-said.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tory-mp-royston-smith-is-least-active-among-parliaments-new-members-a6886761.html

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/22/inactivity-lords-problem-elections-reform-second-chamber

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/sep/27/david-cameron-denies-lord-ashcroft-allegations-call-me-dave-dead-pig

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/top-mps-would-so-drunk-5166334

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/disabled-children-should-be-put-down-cornwall-councillor-collin-brewer-to-be-investigated-by-police-8616097.html

The Letter David Gauke will not be expecting and won’t want to receive


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Mo Stewart – Independant Researcher WCA……..After her letter to Mansel Alyward one of the architects of the WCA and  her extensive research and publication of her book Cash Not Care , Mo Stewart has sent a explosive letter to the current Secretary Of State David Gauke. I have been granted permission to use it for my blog. One thing that springs to my mind is I would love to be a fly on the wall when he reads this to see his face. For too long now this government as blagged it way to convince the public it is justified to cut benefits to disabled people. This researcher keeps holding them to account.

Redacted Letter to SoS David Gauke by Gail Ward on Scribd

https://www.scribd.com/embeds/368603275/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&access_key=key-OfbQJpuEQVhzoVpl48LA&show_recommendations=true

 

Mo Stewart -Independant Researcher writes to Mansel Aylward -WCA


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Independent Lead Researcher Mo Stewart and Author of Cash not Care has been a thorn in the side of those who came up with the biopychosocial model of disability for many years and has been relentless in her determination to bring to the attention the harm being caused to disabled people by the WCA assessment process which has instilled fear and dread amongst the disabled community. I am publishing her letter to this man  in May 2017 as those in the community and beyond need to read her work and her book, about the demolition of the welfare state. This hasn’t been accidental process but one that has been designed , and even when respective governments have been told this is a flawed process governments continued to use it with deadly effectiveness.

Redacted Letter to Mansel Aylward Public Health Wales by Gail Ward on Scribd

https://www.scribd.com/embeds/368592854/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&access_key=key-Y0JF0JK0uyx1xVvAjeuk&show_recommendations=true

Awkward Gawke Interview on Marr Show Highlights They Are ‘Clueless’


David Gawke Interview on Andrew Marr show is a bit disturbing in parts, the reason is this he actually admits Rough sleeping has gone up by 134%

 

David Gauke: Rough sleeping has gone up. I can’t give you a
number for what it will be tonight. It has gone up. As a
government, we are committed to bringing that down. We want
to halve it by 2022, we want to eliminate it by 2027.

Andrew Marr: Okay. It’s gone up by 134% on your watch.

He further  nails his own government

David Gauke: Well, no, and that’s why we need to bring it down.
So for example, we’ve got a Homelessness Reduction Act which
we have passed. Actually it was a Private Member’s Bill with the
government’s backing. Which is about trying to deal with this
upstream. It’s why we will be spending a billion pounds between
now and 2020 on this –

Andrew Marr: This is a problem that’s been created on your
watch, because the last Labour government almost eliminated
rough sleeping, and it’s gone shooting up on your watch. Four
thousand people tonight will be rough sleeping in this country.
That is only part of course of the homelessness issue. Again, as
compared with 2010, what about the number of children in
temporary accommodation because their families are homeless?

David Gauke: Well, yes, I accept that that also has gone up. But if
we’re looking at what we’re doing –

Andrew Marr: It’s gone up 70% under the Conservatives.

Then he tries to deny and find further wriggle room as he just figured this interview is not going well so far when it comes to Governments statistics because the excuses don’t stack up

David Gauke: And what we’re doing to address this, as I said, we
are spending a billion pounds over the next three years on this.
We are also, you know, we’ve got plans to, as I say, eliminate
homelessness by 2027. When it comes to children, we’ve actually
seen a fall of the number of children who are in absolute poverty
since 2010, a fall of 200,000. When it comes to temporary
accommodation, actually we made some changes in the budget
last month in terms of how temporary accommodation works,
which I think again is a sensible change. I accept there is much
that we still need to do. But, you know, the fact is that we are
seeing fewer children in workless households, we’re seeing fewer
children in absolute poverty than we were in 2010.

Andrew Marr: I’ll come onto that. But do you accept the Public
Accounts Committee, a very senior committee of MPs say that
part of the reason for increasing homelessness, part of the reason
for rough sleeping is connected to the sanctions regime that
you’re in charge of as universal credit rolls out?

 

He then goes further while hanging on by his fingertips to any credibility left

David Gauke: When it comes to the sanctions regime, actually
we’ve seen fewer sanctions over 2017 than we did in 2016 and
2015, so the number of sanctions is coming down.

Andrew Marr: I’ve got it, let me just read you this, this is the
Public Accounts Committee in February. ‘Sanctions have increased
in severity in recent years and can have serious consequences,
such as debt, rent arrears and homelessness.’ Are they wrong?

David Gauke: It is the case that in the last couple of years the
number of sanctions has fallen. We must also remember that we
have a welfare system that is based on conditionality, and rightly
so. We pay money to people but there are certain conditions that
are in place. We do expect people to comply with those
conditions. In some cases where those conditions are not met, it
is appropriate to have a sanction. If you don’t have sanctions
essentially you don’t have conditionality and you don’t change
behaviour.

 

Marr then grills him regarding Mental Health being made considerably worse as well as homelessness and some of his answers are a bit strange given the fact by now Gawke is drowning in his governments deliberate attempts to avoid giving a straight answer which the conservatives have down to a fine art form where the objectivity is deny, deny, bypass and repeat our mantra.

 David Gauke: It does place more conditions on people. And one of
the reasons why I think we’ve got higher levels of employment,
because we place conditions on people, that changes behaviour
and that helps people get into work. Now, that’s not to say that
there aren’t hard cases, cases where we get it wrong, and we
want to work very hard to eliminate that. But I would defend the
principle of saying, ‘look, if we’re going to give money to people to
actually lift people out of poverty on a sustainable basis, it’s not
just about giving the money it’s also about saying what can we do
and what can you do to get you into work?

Andrew Marr: I’m absolutely sure that you don’t get up in the
morning and think how can I make people have mental
breakdowns or become homeless and all the rest of it, but part of
the problem perhaps is that your department doesn’t really know
very much about the effect of the sanctions that you’re in charge
of on actual people. Both the National Audit Office and the Public
Accounts Committee have criticised your department for not
knowing enough about the effect of sanctions in the real world.
And your department has now accepted that.

David Gauke: Well, we’re always looking to know more, to learn
more, to have an understanding of everything that we do. But I
come back to this point about having a benefits system that is
designed to get people into work. And on the subject of mental
health – and this is a sensitive point and I’m not going to pretend
for one moment that we have always got this right in every
individual case, but we do know that getting people into work,
giving people the benefit of working, the structure that that

provides, the self-esteem that that provides, work can really help
mental health as well. And we shouldn’t pretend otherwise.

Andrew Marr: But this is an argument where the professionals are
on the other side. The British Psychological Society and all the
other psychological bodies in the country wrote to the press
recently and they said they call on you to: ‘immediately suspend
the benefits sanction system. We see evidence which links
sanctions to destitution, disempowerment and increased rates of
mental health problems. Vulnerable people with multiple and
complex needs are being disproportionately affected.’

David Gauke: Now, I think the task for us is to ensure that we
have an increasingly personalised welfare state, a system that
properly understands the circumstances that individuals are in,
and that is a challenge for us and I fully accept that. But the idea
of walking away from conditionality within the benefits system,
which is what those who advocate getting rid of sanctions are
essentially advocating, I think would not only be unfair to the tax
payer but actually unfair to a lot of claimants, because it is that
conditionality that helps change behaviour and helps get people
into work.

Andrew Marr: Part of the problem that you have inherited is that
so much of the cuts that were made to work allowances have now
been baked into the new universal credit system, and therefore
you are cutting the overall amount of money for people on
welfare at the moment by about three billion pounds. And
everybody seems to agree with that figure. Now, right at the
beginning when universal credit was first announced in 2010, the
government said, your department said, that it would lift 350,000
children out of poverty. Can we talk about child poverty? And then
a couple of years later the figure dropped to 150,000. What is it
now?

David Gauke: Well, I think it’s difficult to make an assessment at
the moment. But I come back to this point, and the new universal
credit is really important here. What universal credit will do is help
get more people into work.

Andrew Marr: You made the assessment in 2010 and in 2014, and
you’re not revealing a number now because the truth is that the
way you’re implementing the system is you’re actually going to
put more people, children, into poverty, not fewer. Not raise them
up.

David Gauke: I come back to what I was saying earlier. If you
look at what our record is – if you look at our record – if you look
at our record, we have lifted more children up out of absolute
poverty. And the fact remains that universal credit is going to be,
and is already a very effective means by which we can get more
people into work and more people who are in work progressing in
work. And that is the best way of lifting people out of poverty.

Gawke then proclaims his government  have created more jobs  and that is why income inequality has fallen….which planet is this guy on  or whats he been smoking? Then finally they get around to discussing the new pension scheme announced by government

 Andrew Marr: People can make their judgements about that, but
let me ask you about your big announcement today, which is
auto-enrolment in pensions. Another 900,000 youngish people are
being automatically enrolled into the pension scheme. Why?

David Gauke: Well, we believe that what we’ve seen over the last
few years, since auto-enrolment came into place in 2012, is much
greater saving for pensions. After decades of declines in
workplace pension saving we are now seeing increases. We want
to extend that benefit to people under the age of 22. At the
moment the starting point was 22, we’re now lowering that to 18.
That’s the announcement that we are making today. That, I think,
will get more people into the habit of saving. It will mean that
younger people will be saving for those extra years, so that
obviously is significant when it comes to their retirement. And so
extending the benefit of auto-enrolment, which I think everybody
agrees has been a huge success, is a really important next step.
Over the next couple of years we’re going to see increases in the
contribution rates, and that –

Andrew Marr: And that could people off of course.

David Gauke: It might do. And the challenge here is to get the balance right.

We believe that the next years, the increase in the contribution rates for employers and employees strikes that
balance. The evidence so far is that the opt-out rates on autoenrolment
have been lower than people expected, and in
particular lower for younger people. So people in their twenties
have been saving more than I think anyone particularly expected.
Now, that’s encouraging. And this is building on that success.

To watch this interview see below

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05rc2gh/player

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