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Vagabonds, criminals, paupers & gangrels? Variant Magazine Interview.

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Interview with Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty & Edinburgh Claimants.


This is highly recommended reading for anyone who thinks ‘Welfare reform’ (reducing our living standards and taking away our rights)  is a good idea. .

“They hang the man,
and flog the woman,
That steals the goose
from off the common;
But let the greater villain loose,
That steals the common
from the goose.”
Anonymous, 17th century

A false division exists between those in work and those ‘out of work’, and, despite the correlation between welfare and work, there have been few effective movements to defend the unemployed and low-wage workers collectively. However, with the unemployed increasingly herded into a privatised workfare industry, and with the onset of large-scale unemployment under recessionary conditions, there lies the possibility of a convergence of interests and perspectives between the unemployed, people in precarious work, and all those who contribute to society outside of the wage-relation. In the context of punitive Welfare restructuring there have been some challenging community responses – ECAP and Edinburgh Claimants are among those groups that are only too well aware of the implications. Variant interviewed them, as building and strengthening coalitions between people in low paid work and people on benefits is surely (more here)


Written by Andrew Coates

October 18, 2009 at 9:18 am

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