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‘Conscious Cruelty’: Ken Loach’s Shock At Benefit Sanctions And Food Banks

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  1. Very interesting article . Austerity is a method of control as is war and media rhetoriic with ‘strivers and scivers’ .With people hurting who have no time for themselves with work presure and those without work labelled scroungers. Often united by no money, flouridated toothpaste (rat poison) and constant dogmatic soundbites from politicians using main stream media. Meanwhile the banking elite organisers are lording it over us and having a great laugh.

  2. It’s very true and in light of recent news about plowing billions into defence – very much needed – and prospect of bombing Syria the question has already being raised ‘how do you think people who are about to get their benefit cut will take spending money on bombs’

    • Additional public borrowing for Syria is to support isis and moderate Al Qaeda to take out Assad. This is the honest truth and proves our leaders are not interested in our well being at home.

  3. A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions said employment is now at a record high and unemployment is back to pre-recession levels. “We have been very clear there are no targets for sanctions and that reductions in benefits are only ever used as a last resort for a very small minority”.

    See if you can spot the problems with the above:

    1. Employment levels are a different issue to unemployment levels. Anyone conflating the two issues is trying to mislead you. Higher employment is likely to correspond to higher unemployment.
    2. There are targets for sanctions – fact.
    3. “Benefit reductions are only ever used as a last resort”. A lie.
    4. Sanctions affect large numbers of claimants, not a small minority.

    Why are we paying public servants to lie to us? I guess when senior members of the government treat lying as routine and acceptable, an example is set for others to follow.

    And Ken, you should be aware that the abuse of the ill and disabled was well under way under New Labour. We are now having to come to terms with it actually getting worse, something we could not have imagined back in 2010.

  4. If LU were allowed to join Labour, given their deliberately allowing abuse of Jews, in complete contravention of a space spaces policy they’d just passed, I’d leave Labour.

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