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Christmas is Coming and….. Universal Credit leads Revival of Christmas Day in the Workhouse.

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Coming near you!

Local newspapers and on-line local sites have come into their own over the Universal Credit scandal.

Here are some stories today:

Universal Credit is threatening to break this city – THIS is how Liverpool is fighting back

Liverpool Echo.

Scousers from all walks of life coming out to support those affected by problem-hit benefit system.

Vulnerable families across Liverpool are bracing themselves for the full impact of Universal Credit – a benefit reform that is already pushing people into poverty.

This week, Job Centres in the deprived areas of Everton and West Derby switched claimants over to the troubled system, despite voices from all over imploring the government to halt the roll-out after the many problems that have been reported.

In Liverpool, the country’s 2nd most destitute city, people are taking things into their own hands to help out the most vulnerable neighbours -they know that to sit, wait and hope for a change of heart from this government would be living in fantasy land.

Manchester Evening News.

Universal Credit roll out means people applying for benefits in Stockport could face Christmas with no cash

It takes five weeks to apply for the benefit.


The existence of food banks is a national disgrace

Let’s be quite clear about the increase in foodbank usage: it’s do with government welfare policy and the implementation of Universal Credit.


And there is this, from the out-of-work’s essential daily read, the ‘I’.

Life on Universal Credit at Christmas: I have to save sugar packets from cafes to put in my daughter’s stocking

A mother explains how she is trying to make Christmas special for her disabled daughter despite having to sell her belongings

This is the song to sing at every food bank:
It is Christmas Day in the workhouse,
And the cold, bare walls are bright
With garlands of green and holly,
And the place is a pleasant sight;
For with clean-washed hands and faces,
In a long and hungry line
The paupers sit at the table,
For this is the hour they dine.

And the guardians and their ladies,
Although the wind is east,
Have come in their furs and wrappers,
To watch their charges feast;
To smile and be condescending,
Put pudding on pauper plates.
To be hosts at the workhouse banquet
They’ve paid for — with the rates.

Written by Andrew Coates

December 7, 2018 at 2:08 pm

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  1. Where does our tax dollars go?

    “Nicola Sturgeon has pledged £200,000 to fight climate change ahead of her appearance at Po….. land climate change summit.

    The money will be given to the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action – the body responsible for enacting the Paris Agreement strategy.”

    “The Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action supports implementation of the Paris Agreement by enabling collaboration between governments and the cities, regions, businesses and investors that must act on climate change”



    This is from someone who supposedly runs a country whose roads are strewn with potholes. Our 4×4’s suspension and under-carriage was completely wrecked after a short visit to that turd world country where the streets are littered with beggars and the homeless huddled in derelict shop bundles. You could double our tax take and it wouldn’t make one jot of difference – our money would still be pissed up against the wall by tin-pot politicians on vanity projects, quangos, crap and Jimmy Choo shoes (yup, Nicola Sturgeon wears Jimmy Choo shoes)….

    Jim & Jemima

    December 7, 2018 at 2:49 pm

  2. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    December 7, 2018 at 2:58 pm

  3. Reblogged this on michaelsnaith.


    December 7, 2018 at 3:15 pm

  4. “Reasons for food bank use are complex so it’s misleading to link them to any one issue.”

    Pat Answer of the DWP

    December 7, 2018 at 3:30 pm

  5. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating!.


    December 7, 2018 at 4:22 pm

  6. Charlotte Hughes

    December 7, 2018 at 9:03 pm

  7. Charlotte Hughes

    December 7, 2018 at 9:06 pm

  8. Here we have the tories expecting people to work for nothing. Not one tory will work for nothing though. Fuck off with this shit.

    Charlotte Hughes

    December 7, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    • Save money by reducing all wages to £0.00.

      Then complain that there’s 18 million people claiming benefits.

      I am a stupid Tory

      December 9, 2018 at 5:37 pm

  9. Universal Credit: Islington becomes first council to vote for ‘universally discredited’ system to be scrapped

    Islington became the first council to pass a motion of no confidence in the government’s flagship social welfare reform last night

    “When a government is dressing up budgets cuts as reform, it’s only the least well-off in our community that suffer.”



    December 8, 2018 at 2:05 am

  10. You could be forgiven for being unaware of the Unite Community day of action against Universal Credit (which took place on Saturday 1st December), an event which passed almost unnoticed as it received little coverage in the mainstream media. Compare this with the coverage given to the events in France and the actions of the group of activists who have come to be known as the ‘gilet jaune’ movement.

    Our comparative lack of action in response to the brutal welfare reforms introduced by the present government should be a cause for great shame.

    When did we become so submissive and overly-compliant?

    We even allow ourselves to be bullied and intimidated by our power and utility providers.

    The ‘British bulldog’ spirit is now but a distant memory.

    Three lions on a shirt? Three cowering timid little mice would be a more fitting emblem.

    We need to be more like the French.

    John Costello
    Activist for ‘We Are Shadows’

    John Costello

    December 8, 2018 at 10:23 am

    • The British never had a revolution (like France) or get rid of their aristocracy (like France) and remains a constitutional monarchy (unlike France) rather than a republic (like France). Brits tend to enjoy/suffer societal chance by a process of evolution rather than revolution, which is why it is very rare to see organised violence against a government, policy or agenda spill over onto the streets.

      The British simply ain’t got Gallic spunk in them (like the French) more’s the pity.

      Maximilien de Robespierre

      December 8, 2018 at 11:03 am

      • The Oirsh still retain some Gaellic spunk. The Scotch were pretty fearsome back in the Braveheart days when they fought off ‘proud Edward’s Army tae think again’. Maybe it is something in the water. Something for David Icke to investigate.

        Irish Rose

        December 8, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    • If you are waiting for a revolution over benefit cuts, universal credit don’t hold your breath…. It’s NOT going to happen!


      December 8, 2018 at 12:50 pm

  11. I never thought I’d hear myself say this…I use to be a socialist. I’m now an anarchist with the highest respect for class war!


    December 8, 2018 at 11:21 am

    • What do you mean by anarchy, kat? Anarchy is the rejection of a hierarchy, the absence of social structure, law and order, social security… like living in a Max Max movie. But new dominant groups and hierarchies will form. You will just end up being ruled by new overlords.


      December 8, 2018 at 12:57 pm

  12. Amber’s attention’s seem to be focused on anything but Universal Credit.Is this a leadership gambit?

    Brexit: Amber Rudd says Plan B options plausible



    Benefit changes causing ‘impossible’ problems for people in Uttlesford

    people have experienced problems with the initial application process or delays, difficulty managing after a drop in income, especially if people have been given advances to cover the application process, and problems identifying entitlements to free school meals and prescriptions.



    December 8, 2018 at 3:37 pm

  13. Growth in the economy since 2010 has been driven by immigrant labour. Choke this off and the country will become slowly poorer and poorer and so less and less able to fund state spending on things like the NHS and social security. After Brexit be prepared to see more curbs to social security including, eventually, the old age pension. Why? Because eventually there will be too few workers paying too little tax to support too many benefit claimants decently. We are dependent on immigration to secure economic growth because the birthrate amongst the native British is too low to fuel the country’s need for labour. There are too few cradles to be able to support a society with not enough graves.

    Brexiteers often say that the UK should deregulate left, right and centre and become like Singapore.

    These people cannot ever have visited Singapore which is full of immigrant labour doing most of the work that Singaporeans themselves do their level best to shirk, e.g., labouring on construction sites and working in restaurants and hotels. Singapore is kept afloat by immigrants and would not be nearly as prosperous without them.


    December 10, 2018 at 8:34 am

  14. Andrew Coates

    December 10, 2018 at 10:56 am

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