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USA: Millions Face No Dole, No Home.

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American Tent City.

USA, Down and Out.

Channel Four’s Unreported World Last Night -you can watch it here.

“Unreported World meets the USA’s new middle-class homeless: families struggling to hold down jobs that pay so little they’re forced to live in tent cities or their cars and receive little help from the government.

Reporter Ramita Navai and producer Clancy Chassay begin their journey in Chicago, one of the country’s manufacturing centres, which has been hit hard by the effects of the worst financial crisis in decades. St Columbanus church is one of 600 charities across the city that gives out emergency food rations.Across America, many working people from all sectors have taken as much as 40% in pay cuts in desperation to hold on to their jobs. Their motivation is clear: if you are a temporary, part-time or self-employed worker you don’t qualify for government help. The result is that many can’t make ends meet and afford to feed themselves and their families.

From the Programme’s Blog (here 

The producer, Clancy Chassay, and I flew to America knowing that increasing numbers of people were being made homeless. Many were just ordinary, working Americans who’d never expected to find themselves in such dire circumstances.

From the moment we landed it was clear what was happening was largely hidden – there weren’t thousands of middle-class Americans sleeping on the streets in plain view. Investigating further we were shocked at what we found. Shelters across the country were packed to capacity with people who had, until very recently, been living the American dream – the house, the job, the car and the big-screen TV. What was even more surprising is that many still had jobs, but the pay wasn’t enough to keep the roof over their heads. All the shelters had waiting lists of hundreds of people; it was clear that there just weren’t enough to cope with the explosion in numbers of people being made homeless. With so many people having nowhere to go, we found groups coming together forming new communities of their own. Many had set up camps out of view of the public – in woods, industrial areas or abandoned wasteland – operating in tandem with mainstream society.

Some of this is already happening here. There are people who get no benefits whatsoever. There are those sanctioned trying to get by on below the minimum the DWP itself  says is necessary to live on. The local Community Resource Centre is beginning to give out food parcels to those stuck in trouble with the DWP’s system. There are people sleeping on the streets of Ipswich. There are beggars.

No doubt with the squeeze on Housing Benefit we will see more of this.

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Written by Andrew Coates

June 26, 2010 at 9:38 am

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  1. A few years back I watched a TV series on plagues, and was amazed that the WHO actualy wanted checks and restrictions put on visitors coming too and from New York as they classed New York as a major plague risk, due to its numerous overcrowded bad housing, large amount of people living in poverty with a totaly inediquate public health care system, combined with it being at the centre for a cheap global travel network.

    It cited the problems that New York health Authorities had trying to contain “white Death” medication resistant assiatic TB brought in by the large influx of imigrants from the former USSR thanks to a combination of large numbers of the population being thrown into dirty overcrowded unsuitable jails in centrel asia where TB is rife, combined with idiotic government programs that gave out anti TB medication like sweets but never checked the sufferes saw through the full medication program end result they ended up imunising the TB against all but one type of medication.

    Unfortunatly the TB has mutated still to make it even more fatal and is starting to get resistant to the last working medication so NEW York has had to bring in the toughest measures out in a desperate attempt to contain the victims so they don’t risk spreading it or fail to see through their medication as the sad facrt is New York health authority is so inadiquate it just couldn’t cope with anepidemic…yet New York is cklassed as the worlds most important city the USA is classed as the worlds foremost superpower

    Lowestoft's Finest

    June 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm

  2. “Unreported World meets the USA’s new middle-class homeless: families struggling to hold down jobs that pay so little they’re forced to live in tent cities or their cars and receive little help from the government.”

    What a bunch of shit. The USA only has 3 classes of people…

    1. Rich (i.e. mega rich)
    2. Wealthy (well-off, can breathe)
    3. Poor (very poor, you’d think its the third world)

    Whats “middle-class”? Wealthy? Well, not anymore… they lose the title, and gain the poor class

    USA is a great place to set yourself up and become wealthy… being rich is more difficult, not saying the measure of your bank balance is a measure of success in life… (try telling the capitalists that)

    its all great when you are “winning”, when you are losing, it literally is the “asshole” of the world…

    Its #1 in the world probably down to the 10,000 “elite” people that falls in the rich category. When we consider the few hundred million people who live there, we are likely looking at over a third falling in the extremely poor category.

    Flexible New Deal

    June 26, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    • I now think middle class in the USA and UK mean different things, a while back I was listening to some American on the radio who said he was from a regular middle class family and said his farther was a welder. I thought what the…???I can’t see too many Golf Clubs and other middle class bastions over here happily welcoming in welders and forget any chance of ever being a Labour MP.

      Pretty soon in the USA people with part time Mac jobs will class as middle class, maybe that’s what neo Labour were hinting at was going to happen over here when they told us “were all middle class now”???…well Neo Labour maybe but its going to take more than a crisis loan to get me a beach hut in Southwold or expect regular Soujorns to Tuscanny as a birth right.

      Lowestoft's Finest

      June 26, 2010 at 5:26 pm

  3. People, don’t you understand
    the child needs a helping hand,
    or he’ll grow to be
    an angry young man some day.

    Take a look at you and me,
    are we too blind to see?
    or do we simply turn our heads
    and look the other way?

    Fat Elvis

    June 26, 2010 at 5:35 pm

  4. Fuck you USA: go home!

    (not racism just a comment about their poor performance at the World Cup)

    Just goes to show you can stick a man on the moon, create wars/invade countries etc. but cannot win the World Cup.

    Flexible New Deal

    June 26, 2010 at 9:52 pm

  5. a disgraceful situation and the US should hang its head in shame. that this is allowed to happen this day and age and how companies can and are allowed to exploit the workforce,an unacceptable situation.its even more shameful that the uk should look to take ideas from this clearly exploitative unfair country and what it exposes its population too.

    ken

    June 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm

  6. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/conservative/7856349/Coalition-to-tell-unemployed-to-get-on-your-bike.html

    Coalition to tell unemployed to ‘get on your bike’

    Radical plans to relocate the long term unemployed to areas where there are jobs are being drawn up by the Coalition.

    Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, discloses the move in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph today in which he outlines proposals to make the workforce “more mobile”.

    The controversial plan echoes the words of Norman Tebbit in 1981 when he told the unemployed to “get on your bike” and look for work.

    It is part of tough action to cut spiralling welfare bills and tackle Britain’s record deficit.

    Last week a major shake-up of housing benefit and increased health checks for disability claimants were announced as part of the biggest cuts in public spending for almost a century.

    Mr Duncan Smith, the MP for Lord Tebbit’s former parliamentary seat of Chingford, disclosed that ministers were drawing up plans to encourage jobless people living in council houses to move out of unemployment black spots to homes in other areas, perhaps hundreds of miles away.

    The former Conservative Party leader said millions of people were “trapped in estates where there is no work” and could not move because they would lose their accommodation.

    The proposed scheme would allow them to go to the top of the housing list in another area rather than lose their right to a home if they moved.

    “We have over the years, not us personally but successive governments, created one of the most static workforces in the western world,” Mr Duncan Smith said. “In Britain now we have workforces that are locked to areas and the result of that is we have over five-and-a-half million people of working age who simply don’t do a job.

    “Often they are trapped in estates where there is no work near there and – because they have a lifetime tenure of that house – to go to work from east London to west London, or Bristol, or whatever is too much of a risk because if you up sticks and go you will have lost your right to your house.

    “The local council is going to tell you that you don’t have a right to a house there, the housing association is not going to give you one.

    “We have to look at how we get that portability, so that people can be more flexible, can look for work, can take the risk to do it.”

    It is understood that the Coalition is looking at ways to provide incentives for workers to move to areas where there are jobs, rather than compelling them to move.

    “Sometimes they may be lucky because work comes to those areas, we can reinvigorate it by regional tax reductions, so that’s all right where there are old coal mines and things, but you also need to have an element of flexibility.

    “Sometimes you just need to be able to move to the work,” Mr Duncan Smith said. As the welfare shake-up continues, ministers will unveil measures in the coming weeks to “make work pay” including changing the threshold at which claims are withdrawn so people who take work do not lose all their benefits.

    But as well as incentives, there will be tough action to cut welfare bills which may prove controversial. Mr Duncan Smith, who is responsible for finding £11 billion of the extra £32 billion in savings earmarked by the Chancellor, disclosed details of moves to tackle “under occupation” of large council homes.

    Last week, the Coalition said it would reform the housing benefit system to stop the state paying up to £100,000 a year in some cases to house families in expensive areas. But Mr Duncan Smith suggested that a tightening of the rules could apply more widely, meaning single occupiers or couples without children could be asked to leave larger houses. “We have tons of elderly people living in houses which they cannot run and we’ve got queues of desperate people with families who are living in one and two-bedroom houses and flats,” he said. Councils would be given more money in a hardship allowance to help families relocate, “to smooth this over, to encourage people to move”.

    Mr Duncan Smith said the “excesses” of some council tenants living in large homes in expensive areas would end, adding: “We need to exert some downward pressure on this now.”

    Norman Tebbit

    June 27, 2010 at 4:40 am

  7. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/10426714.stm

    Unemployed people living in council homes could be offered incentives to move to areas where there are jobs, the work and pensions secretary has said.

    Iain Duncan Smith said millions were “trapped in estates were there is no work”, unable to move for fear of losing their right to a home.

    He told the Sunday Telegraph the system must be more flexible, but did not give a clear commitment to rehouse workers.

    Shadow education secretary Ed Balls called the idea “profoundly unfair”.

    Mr Duncan Smith told the newspaper Britain had one of the most static workforces in the western world with people “locked” to areas.

    He said the result of that was more than five-and-a-half million people who “simply don’t do a job”.

    “Often they are trapped in estates where there is no work near there and – because they have a lifetime tenure of that house – to go to work from east London to west London, or Bristol, or whatever is too much of a risk because if you up sticks and go you will have lost your right to your house,” he told the paper.

    “The local council is going to tell you that you don’t have a right to a house there, the housing association is not going to give you one.

    “We have to look at how we get that portability, so that people can be more flexible, can look for work, can take the risk to do it.”

    He did not spell out exactly what sort of commitment would be offered on rehousing, but an aide said ministers would provide incentives for people to move, rather than force them to do so.

    But Mr Balls accused Mr Duncan Smith of “on yer bike” politics, a reference to former Tory minister Lord Tebbit telling the unemployed in 1981 to get on their bikes to look for work.

    Writing on his blog, he said: “The Tory-Liberal government is doing this at the same time as cutting investment in jobs and industries and communities with a budget that will increase unemployment by 100,000 a year.

    “That’s why this policy is so profoundly unfair. We should be investing in jobs and growth to boost employment in our regions, not cutting it back and effectively abandoning high unemployment areas while telling people they should move house to get off the dole.”

    Norman Tebbit

    June 27, 2010 at 4:54 am

  8. Tebbit could should his proposals on a bike as there obviously not going to work either.

    Let’s think these proposals through a bit, For a start there is not this amount of spare capacity in council housing in the job rich areas precisely becouse everyone who could has already moved there to work.

    Even if Tebbit try’s to moove out tennants such as OAP’s to rehouse them on the coast, this will create a load of problems in itself.

    For a start a single pensioner will not be living in the right type of property for a young family as I doubt if they would have been allowed a 3 bedroom house which will be needed for the family.Likewise the family will have vacated a 3 bedroom house back home which will be unsuitable for a lone pensioner.

    The jobs need to be brought to the areas of unemployment as otherwise if the potential workers go those area will just become worse dumping grounds for societies outcasts and with no income from jobs into those area they will just rapidly become more and more deprived. I thought the Tories said they would never make the mistake of turning their backs on huge areas again?

    Last time Thatcher was in power she tried a similar idea to swap council tennants between Lowestoft and Cambridge, (as Cambridge couldn’t get anybody to do its Mac jobs and Lowestoft didn’t even have any Mac jobs). It was a total flop as becouse it has jobs Cambridge already has a big social housing under supply problem (exasperated by Thatcher’s right to buy)Which meant Cambridge council tenants didn’t wan’t to move to Lowestoft as the money they could make from a right to buy on their Cambridge home could have bought most of Lowestoft, also after living in Cambridge they wern’t keen to move to somewhere that looks and behaves like Grozny, Chechnia.

    As well as the rehousing problems There were also infastructure problems as the plans would cause both areas problems due to sudden age group inbalances. Cambridge would need to somehow find a load of school places overnight for the additional workers children, and Lowestoft would have had problems with its already stretched healthcare budget caused by a big influx of pensioners into an area who need far more healthcare spent on them per head.

    Lowestoft's Finest

    June 27, 2010 at 9:21 am

    • Exactly, well put. They never think things through at all.

      Its ideas on a beer mat followed by a round of drinks celebrating that they have the ability to make a “change” without even looking into if it will work or if its needed.

      Of course, they can always send a few million quid gained from income tax of taxpayers hard earnt wages to some consultancy firm to say they had researched it. Yeah, backdate everything.

      Flexible New Deal

      June 27, 2010 at 9:41 am

  9. Classic! “Incentives” to move to other areas… that means be able to keep your benefit.

    I like the idea ^o) although there is a few issues that they haven’t thought of:

    a) people dont choose to live in an area just to claim benefits – it generally is a fault of the Government of not doing enough (if at all) job creation in the area

    b) relocating to the next town is do-able but only if the person is willing to do this. I have personally always considered relocating if that decent job came up… of course would have to be a little more than NMW!!

    Even nationally I am finding it hard for a suitable permanent fulltime sustainable job and well… lol, one that is well paid enough to cover the costs of moving isn’t going to happen as so many people are wanting a job so the low wages is no longer a concern for people. Not to mention over-qualified people getting their foot in the door first.

    c) the strength of local job markets vary on location…. in all honestly where ever you go there isn’t all that many jobs around, although hotspots of unemployment will exist where there are no jobs or a few going.

    London for example is likely to have the most jobs in the country quite possibly, but there is also so many people there (its not as simple as matching unemployed to new jobs, people do change jobs, and graduates/college/school leavers do enter the job market) and then its very expensive…

    The problem is happening again:

    a) As loving SimCity I deem myself qualified to state this… you cannot keep abandoning zones, allowing areas to become run down, while investing in new areas

    b) The cost of this scheme (I assume the travel etc. will all be paid by Government) will be best off used for job creation. I somewhat predict that the cost of moving people will be unproductive compared to the actual benefit savings and of course any tax/NI contributiosn gained.

    c) What is likely to happen (potential workfare victims listen up) is… after claiming JSA for so long, you will be forced relocation to Scotland or Wales to do physical work in fields. You are likely to be paid more than benefits (unlike workfare) but the accommodation conditions will be appalling.

    I can’t see too much that its solely subject to people living in council homes, although they will probably start with that as a pilot. Surely, anyone claiming Housing Benefit/Allowance for a private property would be closely in the same boat?

    Flexible New Deal

    June 27, 2010 at 9:28 am

    • Flexi,
      I couldn’t figure out why it only applied to tennents living in social housing either?

      All I could come up with was that otherwise unemployed private home owners in areas of high unemployment would have to try and sell their homes before they could move and the money they got would reflect wages in the area, so it would be several times below what they would need to buy a property in the area of high employment they were being forced to locate to, eg If I was to sell my present luxury 29 bedroom (one each for my top model girlfriends) Villa in Lowestoft’s most select location the resulting money wouldn’t even get me a portaloo in Kensington and Chelsea.

      Lowestoft's Finest

      June 27, 2010 at 10:22 am

  10. What’s Dear Old IBS talking about here? Some sort of Second Home Allowance?

    Gary Baldy

    June 27, 2010 at 9:52 am

  11. This is part of a wider agenda to further fragment society. We are going to be left with a global itinerant workforce, isolated with no bonds, no sense of community and no-one to stick up for each other.

    Oracle

    June 27, 2010 at 10:35 am

  12. Is this not just a veiled removal of the “within daily travelling distance” stipulation of JSA? Flexi is right, the time will come (but hopefully not) when the Job Centre/A4e etc. will be offering “opportunities” for strawberry picking in the Scotland and Wales. Of course, you’ll receive “help” to buy a bucket to bail out the leaky caravan.

    Annie Seed

    June 27, 2010 at 11:09 am

  13. I find it ironic Tebbit is telling the unemployed to relocate for work.

    For a start you can do a Europe wide search on the jobscentre computer system which is great but as I found out twice to my cost if you then get a job interview outside the UK you can’t go to it (even as in my case the foreign companies were paying all my costs)becouse should a jobseeker set foot outside the UK for any reason they are instantly classed as unavailable for work (as available for work is classed as within the UK only).This means being unemployed here is a double whammy first we can be undercut by the foreign labour that benefits from favourable exchange rates that means they get paid in real terms several times what we do and can then easily afford to take the jobs we struggle afford to take, which also keeps wages unrealisticly low in those jobs. But additionaly we effectivly can’t go to Europe to work as we can’t even attend interviews without being classed as unavailable for work.

    Lowestoft's Finest

    June 27, 2010 at 11:16 am

    • Totally, you have to be in “Great Britain” to claim JSA so the AfW requirement isn’t even applicable although I have heard them use this as a reason.

      I also doubt they will pay for you to Travel to Interview – I sincerely doubt it as would allow people free holidays lol

      I think the Europe-wide search was a EU proposed concept. I have no idea why otherwise the UK Government would want people to leave the country to work somewhere else as its bad for the economy.

      Flexible New Deal

      June 27, 2010 at 4:42 pm

      • A mate was daft enough to tell the Job Centre that he had been to London looking for work – at the weekend. He was sanctioned for being *out of the area*

        Barnacle

        June 27, 2010 at 4:52 pm

      • Was also sanctioned for refusing a job more than two hours travelling distance away.

        Barnacle

        June 27, 2010 at 5:03 pm

      • refusing to APPLY for a job more than two hours travelling distance away.

        Barnacle

        June 27, 2010 at 5:04 pm

      • refusing to APPLY for a job more than two hours one way (4 hours a day) travelling distance away.

        Barnacle

        June 27, 2010 at 5:05 pm

      • Flexi

        Both times the foreign companies were paying my travel, Jobcentre won’t pay your travel but my problem was they even won’t let you travel abroad to interview for a job without classing you as unavailable for work during that period. People couldn’t pull a fast one anyway as even if you leave the UK for a holliday you still class as unavailable for work during that period.

        Bearing in mind the ars*hole British government ounce tried to deport me and my family back to Poland (where we never came from, can’t stand our lot who mutualy hate Poles in return) I never thought the simple act of me getting out of the country would be so difficult…returning on the other hand.

        Lowestoft's Finest

        June 27, 2010 at 5:19 pm

      • Well the “Available for Work” clause needs defining.

        Being unavailable for work in whatever capacity is one thing but it must also take into account of whether it has any real effect to whether it hinders any chance of working.

        For example, it really doesnt matter if I decided to go travelling (with what money? lol!) around the UK this week… my job areas I am looking for are never immediate start and all are atleast a week notice, plus without an interview that week or a job offer, there is no chance of work.

        Of course I would have to prove I am Actively Seeking Employment… but you only have to do 3 steps (?) a week anyway so this is possible.

        99% of people infringing the AfW condition (resulting in termination etc.) are not failing or refusing to work. They dont have a job hence they are signing on.

        About time the Jobseekers Act 1995 was replaced.

        Flexible New Deal

        June 27, 2010 at 8:50 pm

  14. The same thinking occurs in China creating mega cities and slums, Shenzhen in China is a gigantic sprawl of 160million people living either in dorms or 2×5 boxes.

    The effect it has had is to annihilate wages to subsistence levels and has led to systematic exploitation. The Foxconn city or should that be shity is a prime example of this. Foxconn owns EVERYTHING the shops and all the supplies. So the workers end up spending close to 100% of their wages on food and living costs meaning they get nothing.

    London is already unpleasant enough, imagine 60 million people living inside the M25. It’d be horrendous. Especially since population density will have to be much higher in various areas to make up for those who have money like in Hong Kong. —

    Ken Itchy

    June 27, 2010 at 12:42 pm

  15. Normaly when people relocate to an area its becouse they have friends/family contacts there already (which are normaly the ones who help them get the job in the first place). As things stand I don’t think many councils will presently rehouse people with no existing links to their location.

    If the government force people into jobs at the other end of the country and relocate their families they will have to give the family at least a five year job guarantee as otherwise a family will experiance more trouble than gain if it relocates to another area wheir it knows nobody. If the job falls through (as just happend to “pissed off” who’s job went tits up after a day), I think they will be up against it in an alien area as their is nobody they know to fall back on if things go wrong even to help with childcare so they can get to interview as I know loads of people who have had to move back in with relatives/friends parents when they’ve lost their jobs till they can get back on their feet again.

    Lowestoft's Finest

    June 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    • totally whacky idea this… fairy land for those of us who don’t have the change for a cup of tea… we’re not all millionaires with vast resources at our disposal… so here goes… give up your council house to head to London for job… get messed around, *job* falls through, you end up sleeping under the Embankment 😦

      Homeless Harry

      June 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm

      • Spot on Harry, You’ve described a classic career path from council house to cardboard box.

        I guess the Tories think just like wealth in this country you only have it if you are born into it, everbody living in a carboard box in a puddle of their own wee is a sixteenth generation card board box dweller?

        Lowestoft's Finest

        June 27, 2010 at 2:14 pm

      • I tried it in the late 80s..i was penniless on the streets with no money for food or shelter after my £100 had run out after two weeks because a benefit claim took four weeks and still does to process.

        ..one night i asked a policeman to lock me up just so i could get a sleep..he refused..The support structure is just not there for people who get on there bike and go looking for work

        …And it never will be..
        during the month i was down south i never got one interview and returned home a dejected bitter man…

        Then you had to go through the whole signing on process again taking another month before you get any money so that’s two months without any money for food etc etc.. why did i listen to the ******** !!!!!!!

        Bitter Pill

        June 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm

      • On the other hand if the Tories follow their own doctrine of letting the market decide. Lets see how much house prices drop in the most expencive areas when those areas can’t get any nurses, firemen, postmen,ambulancemen, cleaners and childcare etc which would be what happens when workers can’t afford to live there.Then the companies would have to go to the cheaper unemployed areas to get the workers its only becouse people at the top like company directers and MP’s like Tebbit get umpteen subsidies allowances and handouts that people at the bottom don’t get that they can live in those areas in the first place, so solve the problem by taking them away from the top end of society so they have to moove out or give them to the people at the bottom so they can afford to move in to do them.

        Lowestoft's Finest

        June 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm

  16. Smoke
    Lingers ’round your fingers
    Train
    Heave on – to Euston
    Do you think you’ve made
    The right decision this time ?
    Oh …

    You left
    Your tired family grieving
    And you think they’re sad because you’re leaving
    But did you see Jealousy in the eyes
    Of the ones who had to stay behind ?
    And do you think you’ve made
    The right decision this time ?

    You left
    Your girlfriend on the platform
    With this really ragged notion that you’ll return
    But she knows
    That when he goes
    He really goes
    And do you think you’ve made
    The right decision this time ?

    Steven Morrissey

    June 27, 2010 at 2:32 pm

  17. Men walkin’ ‘long the railroad tracks
    Goin’ someplace there’s no goin’ back
    Highway patrol choppers comin’ up over the ridge
    Hot soup on a campfire under the bridge
    Shelter line stretchin’ round the corner
    Welcome to the new world order
    Families sleepin’ in their cars in the southwest
    No home no job no peace no rest

    The highway is alive tonight
    But nobody’s kiddin’ nobody about where it goes
    I’m sittin’ down here in the campfire light
    Searchin’ for the ghost of Tom Joad

    He pulls prayer book out of his sleeping bag
    Preacher lights up a butt and takes a drag
    Waitin’ for when the last shall be first and the first shall be last
    In a cardboard box ‘neath the underpass
    Got a one-way ticket to the promised land
    You got a hole in your belly and gun in your hand
    Sleeping on a pillow of solid rock
    Bathin’ in the city aqueduct

    The highway is alive tonight
    But where it’s headed everybody knows
    I’m sittin’ down here in the campfire light
    Waitin’ on the ghost of Tom Joad

    Now Tom said “Mom, wherever there’s a cop beatin’ a guy
    Wherever a hungry newborn baby cries
    Where there’s a fight ‘gainst the blood and hatred in the air
    Look for me Mom I’ll be there
    Wherever there’s somebody fightin’ for a place to stand
    Or decent job or a helpin’ hand
    Wherever somebody’s strugglin’ to be free
    Look in their eyes Mom you’ll see me.”

    The highway is alive tonight
    But nobody’s kiddin’ nobody about where it goes
    I’m sittin’ downhere in the campfire light
    With the ghost of old Tom Joad

    The Boss

    June 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm

  18. I come from down in the valley
    where mister when you’re young
    They bring you up to do like your daddy done
    Me and Mary we met in high school
    when she was just seventeen
    We’d ride out of that valley down to where the fields were green

    We’d go down to the river
    And into the river we’d dive
    Oh down to the river we’d ride

    Then I got Mary pregnant
    and man that was all she wrote
    And for my nineteenth birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat
    We went down to the courthouse
    and the judge put it all to rest
    No wedding day smiles no walk down the aisle
    No flowers no wedding dress

    That night we went down to the river
    And into the river we’d dive
    Oh down to the river we did ride

    I got a job working construction for the Johnstown Company
    But lately there ain’t been much work on account of the economy
    Now all them things that seemed so important
    Well mister they vanished right into the air
    Now I just act like I don’t remember
    Mary acts like she don’t care

    But I remember us riding in my brother’s car
    Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir
    At night on them banks I’d lie awake
    And pull her close just to feel each breath she’d take
    Now those memories come back to haunt me
    they haunt me like a curse
    Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true
    Or is it something worse
    that sends me down to the river
    though I know the river is dry
    That sends me down to the river tonight
    Down to the river
    my baby and I
    Oh down to the river we ride

    The Boss

    June 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

  19. (Emigranty)Refugees

    I am neither a thief nor a murderer

    I have never done anyone harm

    I am neither lazy nor a drunkard

    I have been nothing but an honest worker

    I am simply a free man

    I protect my rights

    And I will treat my brothers

    And anyone else the same as myself

    This is why I came here

    To be free

    Do not fret, brother, don’t weep

    I will live like a fugitive

    Taras Bulba

    June 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm

  20. It reminds me of 1930’s depression America Grapes of Wrath where people would hear that there were lots of Jobs somewhere
    so the whole family would put everything they owned and the whole family on a truck and travel to the other side of the country only to find there
    werent any jobs their either and that thousands of other families had done the same as them.

    Fudge

    June 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm

  21. This has been in the planning for a long time, ever notice how those pod-looking job searchers in the Job Centre have been offering jobs up and down the length of the country, minimum wage jobs in London too, how can anyone live on that, especially in London!?

    Barnacle

    June 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm

  22. This policy has not been thought through. How can someone living in say, the North of Scotland be expected to cycle all the way to London and the South East?

    Lance Armstrong

    June 27, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    • No wonder people keep stealing David Cameron’s bikes.

      Lowestoft's Finest

      June 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm

  23. Radio $ has just mentioned that this policy applies to ENGLAND. Wonder if it got anything to do with the World Cup.

    Earwig

    June 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    • Yeah, likely an England & Wales policy as laws typically are for both countries.

      This doesnt mean however that people (from England) couldnt be moved to Scotland (as part of the UK) although its unlikely so soon.

      Flexible New Deal

      June 28, 2010 at 7:12 am

  24. Would have been a tricky law to implement in Northern Ireland as they would have to also take into consideration if the person moving and the relocation housing/area being moved into was Protestant or Catholic or their could have been disastrous consequences.

    Wouldn't It Be Nice To Get On Wif Me Neighbors

    June 28, 2010 at 10:22 am

  25. I grew up as a teenager in the 80’S
    I was leaving school as strikes hit the north I left to go to college in Kent from the north I just got out as my family say,but it did not last I join the once Great Merchant Navy and it was slowly broken up, I was homeless twice in 3 years down south this is now 20 years ago you can make it,but it is sheer will and the odd friend who will get you there,I’m now safe and half way through a mortgage I will only be at peace when I owe nobody nothing,what makes me laugh is I am so careful now with my money that I am inundated with c/c and loan offers ..thist life is twisted..goog luck to you all and God Bless.

    Robert McDonald

    July 31, 2010 at 11:22 pm


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