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Iain Duncan Smith Greeted with Shouts of ‘Murderer’ as he visits Ipswich.

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Earlier in the day.

We had a long wait for Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) yesterday (we began at 9 o’clock)  but he finally arrived at “MyGo” Ipswich at 5.00 pm, accompanied by Ben Gummer, before heading off to a £45 a head Tory fund raising dinner in Melton.

This Tory Party stunt received a hostile welcome from many people.

Members of DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts)  from Suffolk and Norfolk, and Suffolk Peoples Assembly made sure the message that his term of office as Work & Pensions Minister has been a disaster for people with disabilities and should be terminated immediately came over loud and clear.

As we stood many Ipswich people came up and told us their own stories of how IDS has made their lives worse.

Cries of ‘murderer’ greeted the Tory Toff as he was spotted in the building.

So effective was this messaging that the tv interview they were trying to conduct had to be moved from room to room within the building – only for DPAC banners and renewed chanting to pop up outside the window of each successive refuge.

We think they might have had to hide in the broom cupboard to complete the footage!

The report on Look East (BBC) mentioned that a “small group of protesters tried to disrupt the visit.”

They showed the Proud Banner of Suffolk DPAC in the window of the room where he’d finally scurried to.

Report from Sarah and Andy.

 

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Written by Andrew Coates

November 21, 2014 at 11:00 am

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  1. Excellent stuff.

    Make sure IDS and the general public gets the message, more bad publicity regarding the ‘Architect’ of welfare reforms.

    Hound the twat everywhere he shows up to promote his disgusting idea’s of torture for the unemployed and disabled, don’t give him a moments peace.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 21, 2014 at 12:07 pm

  2. Even other prominent Tories have criticised IDS, including one who resigned and said IDS was probably the most lamentable choice of leader for any political party in living memory:

    Tobanem

    November 21, 2014 at 12:23 pm

  3. Quinonostante

    November 21, 2014 at 1:46 pm

  4. ‘Murderer’ is not an overstatement, in fact it is an understatement, 👿 Iain Duncan Smith MP 👿 , is a ,mass 👿 murderer 👿

    Ghost of Stalin

    November 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    • Just bumped into M – the bloke from Suffolk DPAC in photo. He is well chuffed with the response to the action.

      Andrew Coates

      November 21, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    • Yes that is right. I have seen a lot of the true stories of suffering and it made some people kill themselves.

      Fiona Gregory

      September 23, 2015 at 10:44 pm

  5. But where were all the unemployed/disabled people who must have been there to greet and congratulate IDS for having their lives transformed by his incredibly successful welfare policies and Work Programme? Oh I forgot,they don’t exist.

    ck

    November 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm

  6. The attitude is clear they think ‘Only Disabled People’ – as we have Disabilities they think of us as sub-human.

    Jon

    November 21, 2014 at 3:07 pm

  7. Brighton man says Jobcentre is making it harder for him to find work.

    A Brighton man has accused the Jobcentre of victimising him and making it harder for him to find work.

    Unemployed copywriter Peter Styles, 43, raised his concerns after being told to sign on each day and was then “sanctioned” – had benefit payments withheld.

    He has since made an official complaint and started a blog which has attracted tens of thousands of hits and which has been reported in The Guardian.

    His story has also been covered by Latest TV – see below.

    In his first blog entry Mr Styles wrote: “I have been actively seeking work for a year since the company I was working for ceased trading.

    “Recently I was ordered to sign on a daily basis – a measure I took objection to.

    “Despite this, I continued to diligently look for work while voicing my opposition to Iain Duncan Smith’s draconian and ill-thought out measures.

    “On (Friday) 7 November I was sanctioned by Brighton Jobcentre despite 67 (yes folks that’s 67) separate jobseeking actions in the last fortnight.

    “I believe I have been singled out for discrimination for daring to object to government policy.

    “I have appealed against this decision and put in an official complaint but am looking to raise awareness of this case and seek a review of the powers DWP staff have to make their ‘clients’ comply with their unreasonable wishes under the current Work Programme.”

    In a follow-up entry Mr Styles wrote: “Over the last year since losing my job I’ve been applying for up to 15 jobs a day, securing at least an interview a month and doing whatever I could to free myself from an increasingly precarious financial position.

    “I have a good degree and an arguably impressive work record stretching back 20 years but that elusive appointment seemed just out of my grasp.

    “Just over two weeks ago I was told at a fortnightly signing that I would be forced to attend and sign every day.

    “I objected to this and said it would be completely counterproductive and demoralising but the law is the law and the DWP staff seemed only too willing to carry out Iain Duncan Smith’s ill-thought out, vindictive and distinctly unhelpful measures.

    “I made my opposition to daily signing obvious to staff and, though I may have been brusque and irritated by this massive invasion into my personal freedom and movement, did not swear at the workers.

    “Their response to my passive opposition? To be ordered to sign alone in the screened area every day, being made to feel like some kind of offender.”

    Mr Styles has been signed off with stress for a month by his doctor which has made him ineligible for jobseekers allowance.

    http://www.brightonandhovenews.org/2014/11/20/brighton-man-says-jobcentre-is-making-it-harder-for-him-to-find-work

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 21, 2014 at 3:24 pm

  8. The sick and disabled of this country havnt been treated so badly since hitler tried to wipe out his own peoples disabled.

    Denise Roulstone

    November 21, 2014 at 3:33 pm

  9. And we could be forgiven for thinking that this is part of the agenda. Who can forget the meetings with the far right in Brussels? At the time, about 2010, this was reported in the Guardian but no one seemed to really care or perhaps did not believe what they were seeing. I felt we were in danger then and I can see that my instincts were right. The final solution- it is not fiction by the looks.

    Sandra

    November 21, 2014 at 5:06 pm

  10. wtf has the site has had a stroke

    super ted

    November 21, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    • I’VE ASKED THIS TOO.

      FROM SOMEBODY WHO USES YAHOO

      November 22, 2014 at 2:38 pm

  11. didn’t anybody take a snipers riffle with then??

    Karl Comrade Winnett

    November 21, 2014 at 8:59 pm

  12. Reblogged this on Robert Walsh.

    robertwalsh1975

    November 21, 2014 at 9:49 pm

  13. The Tories have always done this. Half of Ireland died of starvation not so far back in history. The Workhouse and New Poor Law killed 5 million in the 19th Century.

    The poor have always been left to starve and die in a ditch until the 1945 welfare state was born.

    Labour offer to be even harder on welfare reform than the Tories and continue Tory spending cuts. Mr Balls says this time and time again. As soon in recent by-election, this means there is no point in voting for another Tory party and people vote for a Tory splinger party called UKIP that offers the poorest 20 per cent income absolutely nothing but more of the same.

    The poor are indeed going to be left with no food money forever in old age with the flat rate pension to men born from 1951 and women born from 1953 who will get NIL STATE PENSION FOR LIFE, with the bulk of the rest getting even less state pension than the current rate that already is lowest of all rich nations bar poor Mexico.
    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

    The only hope, it appears, is the unique and brand new 2015 manifesto pledges of The Greens, who offer:

    – automatic and universal Citizen Income, non-withdrawable
    with a supplement for the disabled, as is done for:

    – Bettered State Pension, with a full state pension to all citizens,
    leaving no citizen with no food money for life as is coming with the flat rate pension
    to men born from 1951 and women born from 1953
    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

    You might care to ask The Greens why they have not told us all about these life saving replacement to the cruel benefits regime, on billboards in towns throughout England and Wales?

    Pension60

    November 22, 2014 at 2:24 am

    • The clue is in the name – The Conservative Party – Hence ‘Conserve’

      Their ideals in making any policy is to make savings in as many area’s as possible regarding monetary input (Taxes) to monetary output on any level.

      That’s what they want in their overall vision for the future. (that was their original mandate)

      But now they have become money hungry (invest in anything for themselves, made directors of companies) millionaire assholes who just want to make as much money as possible whilst in government, and the firms will let them do this because to be endorsed by a current MP or have one on the board (even though they only attend board meetings 30 days per year) is very lucrative, I would imagine, for both parties.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      November 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      • A good gig if you can get it!

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        November 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm

  14. FAO Admin. There appears to have been some changes made to this site in the past few days and as it result it is not longer displaying properly; the page is out out alignment as well as the avatars being half-hidden and the commentators names being fully hidden in the comments section.

    Teckie

    November 22, 2014 at 4:55 am

  15. Is this the shape of things to come for the bullies in Jobcentres and Workfare places – and maybe even some provocative G4S goons:

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/gang-10-yobs-hassle-pro-4666248

    (Maybe even someone will floor IDS and his goons one day)!

    Avenger

    November 22, 2014 at 8:55 am

  16. ids needs to be placed outside on village green in stocks alongside that supercillious cow esther mc vey his deputy head chief and pelted with unspeakable matter incl rotten veg animal faeces? spend few freezing cold evenings nights wet from rain unfed until they get the picture about what they are doing to the poor peoples of uk its amazing how no matter how austere the measures are to save on our spending budgets to serve the peoples how they always got thousands to spend on hotels meals in restos cars drivers security for themselves theyre An despicable ugly elitist bunch of parasites in 6months anyone reading this please just kick them out ok? vote anyone elses in but them a dwp advisor also asked me to do this? so theirs hope from within dwp also showing signs its own staff are on our sides sometimes? when they got their social consciences engaged?

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

    brettes6

    November 22, 2014 at 10:48 am

  17. Reblogged this on Voice in the Desert and commented:
    Our (Holland) seniors are being displaced out of care homes, which supposedly do not have money to renovate up to code, so that “asylum seekers” may be housed there, which comes along with money to renovate them up to code. It’s insane.

    jitskesez

    November 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm

  18. Reblogged this on markcatlin3695's Blog and commented:
    The “man” is a murderer plain and simple fact.

    Mark Catlin

    November 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm

  19. Reblogged this on loopeyange and commented:
    Well done! I’d love to be kept informed of your protests….I’m in Ipswich, on the Whitton Estate xxx

    loopeyange

    November 22, 2014 at 2:21 pm

  20. NEVER GIVE YOUR EXACT LOCATION. JUST ROUGH AREA. DWP MONITOR AND COULD SANCTION IF THEY FIND YOU.

    FROM SOMEBODY WHO USES YAHOO

    November 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm

  21. WTF HAS HAPPENED TO THIS SITE ????

    FROM SOMEBODY WHO USES YAHOO

    November 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    • IS THIS A DDS ACTTACK

      FROM SOMEBODY WHO USES YAHOO

      November 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm

  22. Well done! ♡

    David A. Evans.

    November 22, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    • DO THE ADMINISTRATORS OF THIS SITE KNOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO IT?

      PHILIP

      November 23, 2014 at 10:25 am

  23. jj joop says, what has happened to this website?

    jj joop

    November 23, 2014 at 2:54 pm

  24. Thank you guys for the presence it means so much to people like i who have their home, job and the stress of the current benefit reforms well done xx

    Louise Gill

    November 23, 2014 at 9:50 pm

  25. Now you can be sanctioned for talking to demonstrators outside a Jobcentre!

    Have a look at this article, which lists 6 reports on various subjects. Report number 2 is the one about talking to demonstrators:

    http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2014/11/23/what-we-learned-last-week-1011-1611-realfare/

    Will it be contributors to this site next?

    Tobanem

    November 24, 2014 at 9:07 am

  26. Meanwhile, here is an account about the “Counter Terrorism and Domestic Extremism” unit of the police:

    https://netpol.org/2014/11/10/ninas-story/

    Tobanem

    November 24, 2014 at 9:11 am

  27. And here is a report about Amnesty International releasing an anti-spyware tool called “Detekt” to counter government surveillance:

    http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/new-tool-spy-victims-detect-government-surveillance-2014-11-20

    Tobanem

    November 24, 2014 at 9:14 am

  28. Firms flouting the minimum wage not prosecuted in the past year

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/22/firms-minimum-wage-not-prosecuted

    ken

    November 25, 2014 at 4:05 am

    • This goes back to at least 2010! Think they might have changed their name/number by now 😀

      RMG Manager

      November 25, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      • Correction: 2004! 😀

        RMG Manager

        November 25, 2014 at 5:20 pm

  29. Universal Credit to get major expansion as Iain Duncan Smith slams ‘spendthrift’ Labour.

    The Coalition’s flagship benefits reform programme will be dramatically expanded, Iain Duncan Smith will say on Tuesday.

    Universal Credit will be in one of three Jobcentres by spring while families will get up to 85 per cent of childcare costs covered by the scheme, the Work and Pensions Secretary will announce.

    Rachel Reeves, the shadow work and pensions secretary, has pledged to “pause” the programme and ask the National Audit Office to investigate if Labour wins office next May.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/11251503/Universal-Credit-to-get-major-expansion-as-Iain-Duncan-Smith-slams-spendthrift-Labour.html

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 25, 2014 at 11:54 am

    • Idiot Dumbass Smith just doesn’t know when to call it quits!

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      November 25, 2014 at 11:59 am

  30. Liverpool Echo – Nov 25th 2014.

    Universal Credit to be rolled out in Merseyside today.

    Families in Merseyside will be among the first to be affected by the Government’s controversial welfare reform Universal Credit as the new scheme is rolled out in selected areas today.

    Families in Birkenhead, Bromborough, Hoylake, Upton, Wallasey and also Warrington will be eligible to claim the new credit from today, with more Jobcentres in Merseyside expected to join the new scheme from early 2015.

    http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/universal-credit-rolled-out-merseyside-8170121

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 25, 2014 at 12:18 pm

  31. Jobcentre – Sanctions.

    Labour will ban Jobcentre claim-reduction quotas.

    Labour would scrap any targets for Jobcentre Plus staff to reduce or stop a certain number of benefit claims, the party has announced.

    An increase in such “benefit sanctions” has been cited as one reason why more people are visiting food banks. Although the Government denies setting a national target to cut a proportion of handouts, leaked reports from individual Jobcentres suggest that some targets have been set locally.

    Rachel Reeves, the shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: “We have seen an exceptional rise in the proportion of people sanctioned – with one in four sanctions overturned on appeal. The Government has refused to provide any explanation of this increase – but numerous sources have reported that the increase is being driven by unofficial targets imposed on Jobcentres by the Department of Work and Pensions.

    “That’s why we have pledged that there will be no targets for sanctions under a Labour government, so that Jobcentre staff are focused on helping people into work, not simply finding reasons to kick them off benefits. We will also ensure that rules and decisions around sanctions are fair and properly communicated, and that the system of hardship payments is working properly.”

    The Public and Commercial Service Union has called for and end to “the target culture” for sanction referrals. It said that some 23 per cent of its members had an explicit target for referrals, while 81 per cent had an “expectation” level.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-will-ban-jobcentre-claimreduction-quotas-9873944.html

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 25, 2014 at 12:31 pm

  32. Department of Work & Pensions Orders 90-Year-Old To The Job Centre.

    by Anorak | 24th, November 2014.

    The Department of Work & Pensions requests Mrs Campbell attends a metting at her local Jobcentre plus to have her health and working abilities appraised. Mrs Campbell is 90 years old. Failure to comply will result in her benefits being cut.

    The letter was posted online by her grandson:

    http://www.anorak.co.uk/410884/news/department-of-work-pensions-orders-90-year-old-to-the-job-centre.html/

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 25, 2014 at 1:16 pm

  33. NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE – UNIVERSAL CREDIT REPORT.

    26TH November 2014.

    Coalition’s welfare scheme at risk of wasting billions, warns watchdog.

    Digital service to handle universal credit untried, already delayed and glitch could cost £2.8bn in staff costs, says audit office.

    The report, issued on Wednesday, completes a miserable 24 hours for the welfare secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, who was forced to admit to parliament that the scheme, which was supposed to be fully implemented by 2017, WILL NOT BE READY BEFORE THE END OF THE DECADE.

    Rachel Reeves, the shadow work and pensions secretary, said the NAO had cast grave doubts over the future of universal credit. “The National Audit Office report is further evidence that the government’s handling of universal credit has been disastrous. It’s neither on time or on budget as the government promised,” she said.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/nov/26/coalition-universal-credit-it-scheme-wasting-billions-watchdog

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 26, 2014 at 10:34 am

  34. TREATMENT CENTRES – UPGRADING ADDICTS TO ZOMBIE DRONES

    Quote from the comments section:

    “Terrifying places like the sordid ‘Sorted Project’ in Edinburgh to which people are already being referred by the courts to be put on workfare while being ‘treated’ for addictions.

    Rather than the (bog) standard CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) brainwashing (which is useless enough), they use a technique known as the Transtheoretical Method – better known as the Shock Doctrine. This involves traumatising people (they don’t say how) until they mentally dissociate, creating an alter personality (as in Multiple Personality Disorder/DID) which can be reprogrammed as a good little slavey. Should a person resist they can go to jail, as well as risking sanctions. It goes without saying that nobody referred to these programmes is in any position to give informed consent.

    Upgrading addicts into zombie drones may appear to cosmetically ‘fix’ damaged people in the short term, but in the long term their pre-existing mental health issues will be complicated by the deliberately induced post traumatic stress and dissociative disorders inflicted as a ‘cure’. It boils down to poor people being processed like livestock and no longer considered human. Incidentally no staff there seem to be medically trained in any way, exactly like the Jobcentres”.

    http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/jobcentre-busy-bodies-to-outrank-healthcare-professionals-in-treatment-for-addictions/

    And just when you thought the 35 hours-a-week jobsearch prison was grim!

    Zombie

    November 26, 2014 at 11:00 am

  35. […] Whilst Iain Duncan Smith rants at disabled people to get a job, the changes being made to Access To Work will make this impossible for many.  That won’t stop people’s benefits being slashed however.  Some sick and disabled people are now being plunged into desperate poverty, with no way out.  It is little wonder that benefit claimants and disabled people are now openly calling Iain Duncan Smith a murderer. […]


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