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Rab in Hoodie.

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Rab in Hoodie

“Facing hard times, Rab turns to a life of crime and restyles himself as a heroic outlaw.

“Facing hard times that are harder than ever, Rab turns to a life of crime to help make ends meet. Inspired by Robin Hood, Rab restyles himself as a new breed of heroic outlaw and hides out in a local park.

Not so much Robin Hood as Rab in Hoodie, he and his band of Merrie Men will rage guerrilla warfare against the state – robbing the rich to give to the scum.

When a local news crew take up the story, Rab’s long-suffering wife Mary-Doll (or “Maid Mary-on”) speaks up in support of “Rab in Hoodie” and so the legend grows…”

I watched this.

It’s all about the dole, and the new regime.

Bedroom Tax, Food Banks, and, you get the message.

This appears on the same site about our hero,

“Rab C. Nesbitt is a rude, dirty, lazy, foul-mouthed, sexist, violent, alcoholic. His wife Mary and son Gash must put up with him.

Rab has an opinion on anything and everything; put forward in a way that only Rab can. He is possibly the only person on the planet for whom the phrase ‘dysfunctional family’ is regarded as a compliment.

His theories may have as may holes as his string vest, and there may be a lot more life in that bandage around his head than in any council suburb, but you cannot escape the wrath of the man from Govan.”

Well one could say that the BBC is run by well-paid parasitical and condescending  toffs – like Sky.

One could…


Written by Andrew Coates

January 5, 2014 at 10:21 am

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  1. Rab is very funny, but perhaps less so when we’ve watched the telly tonight, ““Benefits Street”.

    Andrew Coates

    January 6, 2014 at 11:11 am

  2. Lets hope Mr Gove doesn’t interpret this like he did black adder ?


    January 6, 2014 at 12:06 pm

  3. I would love to let Rab loose in the House of Commons when it’s PMQ’s!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 6, 2014 at 12:08 pm

  4. No offence to the story but I would have thought discussing more cuts to welfare, the continued tory attack on the poor and where on earth this 25bn in cuts is going to come from would have ranked more highly.

    You might want to be more careful dear site owner as some might believe your diverting attention from the real issues like I don’t know, public debt and inflation?


    January 6, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    • I would indeed have written on the forthcoming welfare cuts.

      But the detail has not been specified, and I had put off writing about this too long so this is a bit of a ‘filler’.

      Thanks (below) for the Prince’s Trust story – the name of the Trust but noted Trustefrarian his Lordliness make you puke to begin with.

      Andrew Coates

      January 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      • Im flattered truly you responded as I wasnt really that serious about what I said. I would have thought by now you know I love this site and like so many others greatly appreciate your efforts to keep it running.



        January 6, 2014 at 11:08 pm

  5. DWP ✔ @DWPgovuk

    Need help getting a job?

    Jobcentre Plus adviser Caroline will answer your Qs on Facebook Wed 8 Jan 12pm #job2014 RT http://ow.ly/siNdg

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 6, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    • Perfect oppotunity to give the Jobcentre and DWP some real stick!

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      January 6, 2014 at 7:57 pm

  6. Annos

    January 6, 2014 at 9:47 pm


    7 if there is anything that prevented you from looking for work
    during this period, please state.

    8 if you did not apply for any jobs in the above period please
    explain why not.

    the rest is the same as b4.

    my so called adviser now shits a brick when i go in the place and all the others r looking out the corner of the eyes at me to see what i say and do pmsl in and out in 3 mins last time.

    as soon as they all know they cant walk all over you they just fold n give in and try it with someone else, was told i had to do a back to work course as it was mandatory so said where on this paper work does it state it is mandatory 1 from jcp does not state this nor the 1 from the place i was meant to go so asked for a copy stating this course was mandatory or i was not going and will continue to fill in my job search as normal as this is the best chance at finding work.

    every letter i had from the wp said it was mandatory and i never went in 2 years, got my exit report yet?


    ill give that new benefit add a ring then got loads of fraud to report to them.:)

    super ted

    January 6, 2014 at 9:56 pm

  8. Disturbing response on social media after Channel 4s “Benefits Street” propaganda programme which depicted benefit claimants as scrounging substance abusers and criminals:



    January 7, 2014 at 10:29 am

  9. refuted @refuted

    It’s official: DWP benefit sanctions for failing to apply for Adult [sex] Entertainment Industry jobs


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 7, 2014 at 12:28 pm

  10. I don’t know who put this video together but well done.

    Here’s something to really turn your stomach:

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 7, 2014 at 12:34 pm

  11. Here’s my letter of complaint to Channel 4. I’ll let you know if I get a reply.

    Dear Channel 4,

    Here are examples of just a few of the threats of violence and even death against the participants of your irresponsible programme Benefits Street last night on Twitter:

    “I want to walk down #BenefitStreet with a baseball bat and brain a few of these scumbags”

    “Set fire to #BenefitStreet”

    “Why haven’t they castrated these people. Creatures #BenefitStreet”

    “#BenefitStreet they need to be put down like dogs. #scum”

    This is possibly the worst example of irresponsible broadcasting I have seen for a very long time.

    You should be ashamed of yourselves. But you won’t be.

    Yours in disgust,

    Tom Pride

    Andrew Coates

    January 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm

  12. Benefits street: I saw half of it only. One scene I saw was the one where 2 young black women are trying to get jobs. One rings up after seeing an ad on Gumtree for a care worker.
    The man asks her age. “I’m 25”. A bit of a weird question; but maybe he’s not sure she can cope with the work. She asks what the job involves. He says she has to have sex with him.

    She ended the call; and made the good point that he should go to an escort agency, for sex, not put a fake job ad on a proper job site. Wasting her time, harrassing her, wasting her money, obtaining her personal details.

    I think Gumtree should be contacted and ban the person from their site, or get him prosecuted.

    If the jobcentre, workfare and UJM get similar ads they will mandate you to apply.

    Another option. Pretend to agree to do the job. Suck his dick. Bite it off. All the better if he is also a tory MP…

    JCP can force you to be a sex worker?: so JCP is breaking the law. they are a pimp and soliciting and a sex trafficker.

    I’ve not seen the new signing rules, mine says nothing on ‘why you applied for nothing’
    (answer: there was nothing, you wanted me to be a tank commander or lorry driver). and mine has just been reissued so ought to be a new one. my exit report was never done so I think I’m still on work programme. they’ve been trying to re-refer me to that one or another one. in other words illegal.

    the shoplifting guys on benefits street don’t care who they hurt. and messing around with drugs, 1 how do they afford drugs/drink/cigs, 2 they have nothing better to do? it looks quite a macho, homophobic and possibly racist (definitely sexist) neighbourhood.

    What’s crap about the show, is that loads of people on benefits don’t do any of the above. Nobody challenged the claim of the cannabis grower that ‘everybody on benefits does something on the side’. Or that of the ‘mother figure’ who said no benefits person would ever refuse an obviously stolen £150 jacket for a tenner from an obviously dodgy bloke on a street corner. Slightly more realistic, was when one of the criminals said nobody tells the police or they’d be beaten/killed. And why would anyone want to live somewhere like that?

    Of course it assumes your interests (if on benefits) are those of the average Sun reader, and you are just into beer and football. You don’t think, debate, educate others, study? You don’t get involved in the community or (other than of course rightwing) politics? It makes it look like we want to take drugs, and drink all the time, while robbing from shops and burgling places/eachother, and having vicious dogs that shit everywhere. That we drop litter everywhere and flytip, even in our own garden/yard. That we happily vandalise and graffiti our own neighbourhood. And piss in the street, vomit, etc.

    (The other night on the news I saw an item on a British man who is being prosecuted for vandalism and antisocial behaviour – because without permission and the council were not doing it themselves, he cleaned up his neighbourhood and cleaned off the graffiti. And cleaned dirt off walls.)

    I thought it showed some of the issues we face, but the people picked were some of the most likely to make people concur with government/mainstream views of us. So on the whole it did not help!

    something survived...

    January 7, 2014 at 9:52 pm

  13. Meanwhile, the controversy over Universal Credit moves to higher level.

    “Friction” between IDS and the Cabinet Office is causing high level risks to the delivery of UC:


    How much longer before the Universal Credit “train” eventually crashes?


    January 8, 2014 at 9:18 am

    • More comment on Universal Credit – from today’s Guardian report:

      “Former Labour welfare minister Frank Field said: “Universal credit staggers on a life-support machine which costs taxpayers increasingly dear. It is creating a raft of problems that will come back to haunt the DWP.”Early trials of this monster of a project show it is pushing people into severe hardship, it does very little to help people into work and claimants are struggling to navigate their way through the arduous process of setting up a claim.

      “Worse still, these problems are cropping up amongst the claims that are meant to be the easiest ones to process.”


      January 8, 2014 at 9:24 am


    And don’t forget the angry aftermath of Channel 4s “Benefits Street” propaganda programme:



    January 8, 2014 at 9:28 am

  15. Government’s flagship benefits scheme faces more delays after rift. Documents reveal friction between Department for Work and Pensions and Cabinet Office as IT problems mount.

    The government’s flagship programme to shake up the benefits system is facing fresh problems in a battle between two departments at the heart of the scheme, documents leaked to the Guardian show.

    “Worse still, these problems are cropping up amongst the claims that are meant to be the easiest ones to process.”


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 8, 2014 at 10:13 am

    • Just Heard On Radio, Number 1 Regional Crime Squad Are To Investigate Some Tweets And CH4 Complaints


      January 8, 2014 at 11:12 am

  16. See you Jimmy… a mean Iain Duncan Shite… dinnae come roon here gieing us any o’ your shite!!

    Rab C. Nesbitt

    January 8, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    • Rab, ye cannae be at our Dead Kennedys’ concert outside the Wilson’s home?

      Andrew Coates

      January 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm

  17. Some might remember last year i made a comment about how technology needs to be regulated in relation to human employment, that what we think is happening and what is actually happening is two different things entirely. Well I came across this video while awaiting a meeting that I thought you might want to see. Please bare in mind I haven’t watched it all yet but after 30 min thought it worthy of a post and your attention.

    Please if you do watch this now (pay attention to time stamp) and have any questions or concerns, don’t reply to me straight away as im away from my residence currently so am not in a position to respond in any informed way.


    January 8, 2014 at 4:03 pm

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