Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Owen Jones in Ipswich.

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Owen Jones needs no introduction to many of the unemployed.

Apart from the fact that he is a columnist for the paper a lot of us buy, the ‘I’ (cost 20 pence), he has been of the few who has stood up against ‘welfare reform’ and benefit cuts.

Here is a sample of his writing (on the last episode of Shameless),

 Most people in poverty are in working households. One in six workers have claimed jobseeker’s allowance in the past couple of years, most for just a few weeks. The desperation for work is so intense that there are now 45 people chasing every low-skilled job. Charities report parents skipping meals to make sure their kids are fed. Studies show that it is middle-class people – not the poorest – who consume the most alcohol, and are more likely to suffer from obesity. You would never know this from our TV screens and newspapers. The reality is airbrushed out of existence in favour of the extreme and the grotesque.

There are people in this country who can’t be bothered to work, who’d prefer to scrape by on the measly benefits that exist, who run amok on booze and drugs. The point is they are the exception, not the norm. But they are constantly hunted down by ratings-hungry TV producers and cynical journalists.

Shameless has had a good run. But what our TV screens need is a new wave of drama showing the reality of British life in an enjoyable way. It would mean working-class writers and producers who can break into the middle-class closed shop of the media. A challenge, to say the least. But one, I hope, that will be taken up.

Tonight Tuesday the 17th of August) Owen Jones is speaking in Ipswich.

It’s at a meeting called by Suffolk People’s Assembly,.

7 pm Co-op Education Centre.

Fore Street Ipswich (a few doors from the Spread Eagle Pub).

Map of The East of England Co-Operative Education Centre in Ipswich, suffolk


Public Meeting

Suffolk People’s Assembly say No to Austerity!
Defend the NHS, Defend Education, For a Living Wage
Speakers include:-
• Owen Jones, Journalist, Broadcaster and Author of “Chavs”

• David Ellesmere, Leader Ipswich Council – Labour Group

• Graham White, Suffolk County Secretary NUT

• Diana Holland, Assistant General Secretary UNITE the Union


Written by Andrew Coates

September 17, 2013 at 10:02 am

11 Responses

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  1. There are so many annoying things around Annos!

    Andrew Coates

    September 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    • Andrew Coates,

      The word “Civilisation” has no meaning in this world, we live in a grotesque criminal enterprise. The only thing Thatcher got right was when she said “There is no such thing as society”, the evil that rules us makes sure of that.


      September 17, 2013 at 4:59 pm

  2. Annos

    September 17, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    • “We congratulate our members on their determination to resist this draconian attack on civil liberties. We instruct our members to take industrial action short of strikes from 00:01 on Thursday 19 September 2013 until further notice, by booking on and off duty using the established method and not using the biometric machines.”



      September 18, 2013 at 10:05 am

  3. I agree with the article entirely.

    Except, that’s all he’s doing.

    Look, Owen seems like a great guy, though against some of the more rabid attack dogs the right send him up against he come off a bit too tame and often far too compromising.

    But the People’s Assembly has become a talking shop. I wish it were different. At their big meeting in June they decided to do nothing but disappear, talk some more, and come back next year.

    This government is relentless and brutal. The response needs to be stronger or we’re finished. With the media against us it’s too easy for the left to be traduced otherwise.

    I’ve tried tweeting this to Owen, he hasn’t responded.

    I don’t enjoy saying this, but it’s the truth. If we don’t act by the end of the year it will be too late. People will simply give up and just wait until the election presuming a labour victory will bring change.

    ghost whistler

    September 17, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    • These movements are what we make them Ghosty,

      If we have reasonable plans for activity then it’s always possible to get others to join in.

      Andrew Coates

      September 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm

  4. Well, we all know if labour get in that they wont be abandoning UC, have run their own work programme (FND) not to mention MWA so will be just more of the same lack lust ineffectual practices.

    The problem is I feel we have no more real leaders, real men capable of leading the country to victory and success. Currently we have a PM that looks like he’d be more comfortable adorning a jam jar lid as a 40/50s style caricature while Miliband comes across as special needs. I could not as a UK citizen vote for either and judging by the last election this did seem to be a common trend amongst fellow citizens.

    As for the centre piece story here I was impressed by the reference to drinking alcohol as any that look at and understand how stats work know the truth is starkly different to that claimed by our current government and even if not, the red light should have come on for most when certain stats methods were changed.

    A prime example was when this government pushed the story of an immigrant family with 14 kids living in a mansion so as to gain supportive momentum for welfare reforms as according to stats only 4% of UK citizens actually have over 4 kids yet no where was this mentioned, not even by the press and why well I think you know the answer to that one. Now as a result rather than not supporting those with a fourth plus child/children they instead went for 3 as they’ed never save any money. If the public had known this I doubt this not supporting a third plus kids would have passed. They also used this to promote the bedroom tax but I ask you, if you had 14 kids, could you name another type of housing to house them in if not a mansion, again not picked up by media or the public at the time.

    These Mather magicians have polluted every reform they have on the table todate and if that was bad enough their English wit lit knows no bounds either as they word play speech after speech after speech with sentences dotted with might, maybe, should, could and just about any non committal word invisible enough to pass the public gaze.

    Now I noted a poster here gave a call to arms, well I hope he didn’t mean the unemployed as that’s 2.5 million, around a poultry 4% (63.7 million) of the population so will have no effect. Now if they intend to enlist unions, charities, etc including even PCS the numbers will swell and the public will take note and begin forming more less contrived views implanted into them by government and on many occasion the press.

    Im all for a fight but not before strategy.


    September 18, 2013 at 6:33 am

  5. OWEN, man after my own heart, I think you will be touched and moved if you tune into two ORIGINAL songs featured on You Tube, LADY LYRICS AND MUSIC. EASY LISTENING CHANNEL. Good to know you care! Pat.

    1) ‘THE TUDOR ROSE’ ……………… (well viewed 2000 as now)

    2) ‘HAV YE GOR A JOB FOR ME?’ …….. just published.

    Patricia Kirby

    September 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm

  6. IDS thinks if you have 14 kids you should either all live in a shipping container, or preferably be ground up for burgers.

    something survived...

    October 3, 2013 at 8:29 pm

  7. Unemployed need to listen to ‘Hav Ye Gor a Job for Me?’ by Patricia Kirby song writer in North East..
    the song tells it a it is … needs to be heard big time all over the country….

    Patricia Kirby has been a semi finalist in the U.K. International Song Contest several times and the above
    is only one of the many compositions she has written. All on You Tube. Lady Lyrics and Music. Easy Listening Channel. Tune In.

    Patricia Kirby

    October 9, 2015 at 11:06 am

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