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Poor Emma Harrison ‘Bullied’.

with 16 comments

 writes in the The Guardian, Thursday 25 October 2012

Emma Harrison’s interview on Channel 4 News. Link to this videoDavid Cameron‘s former families’ tsar gave an extraordinary performance in defence of the welfare-to-work company A4eon Wednesday night in her first lengthy interview since quitting the firm.Emma Harrison told Channel 4 News she was “bullied” out of her job in a Westminster “maelstrom” and she rejected claims that A4E was missing targets for the government’s work programme. She resigned as Cameron’s adviser and then as head of A4e in February, amid fraud investigations into the firm, but she remains its biggest shareholder.

She rejected claims A4e had found jobs lasting at least six months for fewer than 4% of people referred under the work programme, adding she had been a “useful face for the politics people to have a go at”. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has set a 5.5% minimum target for private firms in the payment-by-results arrangement.

Comment it was also extraordinary with her claims that her children were bullied because of this.

But we had the heart-warming tale, by Emma herself, that the poor and needy frequently came up to touch the rim of her coat and tell her what a wonderful job she was doing.

Harrison repeatedly said the information was wrong, but she was not able to supply the correct figures.

“What really, really matters is that, through the work programme, tens of thousands of people are getting jobs,” she said , adding that the taxpayer received £2 back for every £1 spent. Official statistics on the performance of the programme are to be released by the DWP later this year.


Written by Andrew Coates

October 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Posted in a4e, Action 4 employment, Cuts, DWP

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  1. Poor love, perhaps she’d like a nice cup of SHUT THE FUCK UP EMMA!

    Ghost Whistler

    October 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm

  2. Emma Harrison (A4E) gets ROASTED live on Channel 4 News (24/10/2012) regarding the Work Programme. You can watch her squirm on Channel 4 News catch up or YouTube.

    Nice one Channel 4 News, keep it up.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    October 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm

  3. Emma divorce your present husband and marry Iain Duncan Smith MP – you two could then be considered the most hated couple in history, second only to Hitler and Braun.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    October 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    • I don’t know – Braun may have improved Hitler, soon after their wedding Hitler was dead!

      something survived...

      October 31, 2012 at 9:07 pm

  4. Channel 4 News – please expose the Work Programme for what it actually is – a pathetic attempt to pay the owners of all these Private Provider’s (The Bankers in the City of London) massive amounts of money for basically doing the job that the Jobcentre Plus does everyday, who have people working for them earning a fraction of the renumeration that the bankers get.

    In other words it would be cheaper for the taxpayer if the unemployed just got their Jobseekers Allowance – No Work Programme – No Private Providers, taxpayers would save £5 Billion overnight.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    October 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm

  5. “Sob….Sob”, Poor Emma,crying and lying all the way to the bank. This shameless,deceitful woman should be in jail.


    October 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    • We have received this from a local supporter (that is, not Andrew Coates),

      “Dear Channel 4 news team

      I am very glad that Krishnan Guru-Murthy stood up to Emma Harrison of A4e and showed viewers the scandal that is the Welfare to Work programme.

      He even knew about the £400 of taxpayers money paid to these organisations just to have a claimant on their books, and as my experience has shown, done very little to help me, rather bully me, first by telling me that I would lose benefit if I did not go to an proven-to-be obstructive, so-called provider where I got further bullied by having my travelling expenses withheld and being accused of not turning up to non-existent interviews. This was reported to a Jobcentre Plus regional manager who proved to be ineffective and was soon replaced.

      I suggest that her mention of bullying probably reveals much about not only the relationship between claimants and so-called providers, but also between so-called providers and Jobcentre Plus. The latter, in my home town, allowed the same so-called provider to relocate to an out-of-town location, in a remote area served by a bus. Thus creating a financial burden on taxpayers and a significant time inconvenience to claimants.

      I’ve been on the scheme twice. Last left XXXXXXX. Just found they only helped professional people and misrepresented many claimants in many ways and portrayed a world of work that I did not recognise. i.e. gloss over where the jobs were and unreliable public transport that would lead to poor punctuality and ultimately, getting sacked.

      Well done Channel 4!”

      Andrew Coates

      October 26, 2012 at 10:20 am

  6. someone should go on dragons den with her bushiness plan and see what they say lmfao

    and the bit where it said c4 stats are wrong and then asked what are they then, i don’t know i dont work there any more is a load of shit she still owns it don’t she lmfao.

    super ted

    October 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm

  7. Krishnan Guru-Murthy for Prime Minister – you’d get my vote lad.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    October 27, 2012 at 10:44 am

  8. So this insane brunette appeared on tv the other night. Like everyne else,I wondered if Channel 4 were running their Halloween schedule a few days early or whether there was something wrong with my telly.

    With a fizog like a cross between Frankenstein’s creaure and Flipper, I knew a team of talented make-up ladies must have laboured for hours trying to prevent viewers from phoning the authouries to report the sighting of a being from a far away planet.

    Then she stated speaking and I guessed some of the audience would me making those phone calls after all.

    The interviewer guy started with legit questions about the performance of Alien Mother’s Earth company, A4e. He asked questions that most of us normal Earthlings would want answers to. Like why does Space Momma insist she is entitled to large amounts of what we call money for essentially doing nothing, and exactly how many Earth Clients has she helped in finding work — and when do plan on returning to your own world, and will it be soon.

    Unfortunately,for us Earth dwellers our sceince of reasoning and intellect have not yet evolved to the point where we can maske sense of the answers she gave. Nuclear physasists ? Lame brains. Nobel prize winners ? Go and sit in the dumb row.

    We’ve only just discovered how to unravel the secrets of DNA so how could our feeble minds even hope to unravel Rocket Lady’s logic. ? She gave us an refreshingly candid insight to the way in which superior intellects will operate in the future when we discovered that reasonable assumptions based on varifiable evidence are worthless and clueless assertions are undeniable facts.

    A success rate of just four percent would be classified as failure on this planet but not for this Extraterrestrial Entrepeniur. Here we were thinking if Roberto Mancini or Alex Ferguson had that kind of sccess rate they’d be out of work in less time than it takes for an A4e employee threaten a jobseeker with a benefit sanction (and that’s lightening speed).

    Four percent success in exchange for millions of Earthly riches was considered by the visitor from far away to be a fair deal. Especially as she through-in a success story of her very own. An Earthing was so ecstatic at landing a low paid job in retail she apprroached the noble Alien to give thanks and gratitude on being sprinked with Alien dust – and also to remind her about M&S policy on returninng unsuitable purchases within 28 days.

    So that was a tv event to remember. We can only dream of possessing such wisdom as hers, but not such a face as hers.

    Who on Earth could possibly begrude paying out of this world sums of money to this wise and gracious guest from another world ? When it is time for this highborn and benevolent being to depart our backward, undsophisticated Earth, all A4e “Clients”,past and present, will wipe away their tears and hope against hope she has a four percent chance of reaching her home planet.


    October 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

  9. The government(s) are paying a company to actually reduce the likelihood of those forced into their clutches to find a job.

    Ghost Whistler

    October 28, 2012 at 8:09 am

    • Hi Pauly

      That was one of the best posts I have ever read, I’m still laughing – nice one.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      October 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

      • Thanks Obi


        October 28, 2012 at 11:54 am

  10. It was painful to watch.

    These providers like flipping the tables round. When she was moaning on about “bullying” this is in response to allegations of A4e bullying clients. Adding spin. I think this was clever at first but when the only material she had was “bullying” and not even come prepared with figures… says it all. She thought she could walk the interview but came unstuck… from the bottom of someones shoe!

    Is it me or does she sound so very much like a tory politician?

    Work Programme

    October 29, 2012 at 10:42 pm

  11. Happy Halloween horrible Emma Harrison, no doubt you’ll be out on your 24 carat gold broomstick tonight scareing all the unemployed – I’d buy you a mask but you really don’t need one.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    October 31, 2012 at 9:51 am

  12. Now Cameron has had his first defeat in the House of Commons yesterday, let’s hope there will be more defeat’s for his party in all area’s of his useless policies, especially the benefit reforms. Let this mark the start of the revolt and open the floodgates.


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm

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