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Food Banks and Universal Credit. Go together like an ‘orse and carriage.

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In the last five years, food bank use in our network has increased by 73% (Trussell Trust).

To go to a Food Bank is not easy.

Last night on Channel Four the news carried a report on the food poverty that is driving people there.

Charity handed out 1.6m foodbank parcels in one year – rise of 20 per cent

A leading food bank charity says the number of three-day supplies it’s given out in the last five years has “soared” by 73 per cent.

According to figures released by the Trussell Trust, in the last year 1.6 million emergency food bank parcels were handed out – that’s a 19% increase on the year before. Of those, more than half a million went to children.

Our Social Affairs Editor Jackie Long has been to meet some of the young people who understand food poverty first hand, and are now determined to do something to tackle it.

The Guardian reported on the same day.

‘I’m at rock bottom’: food bank offers respite from universal credit

The food bank in St Simon’s church hall, in a quiet residential street off Shepherd’s Bush Green in west London is buzzing with activity. It’s open for three hours, offering a brief window of help and respite for scores of local people who have fallen on hard times.

Livia, 44, is a self-employed fitness trainer making her first visit to a food bank, accompanied by her daughter. Work is supposed to be the path out of poverty, but universal credit is stressing her out, an “absolute nightmare”, and causing her to run up rent arrears. “I put on a brave face but I’m at rock bottom.”

As with many self-employed claimants, the vagaries of universal credit have proved demoralising for Livia. Although her business is new – and she had to have time off after a family bereavement – she is required to meet demanding monthly income targets and, if she does not make them, universal credit will not make up the difference.

And this:

The Trussell Trust site can be accessed here:

 

Meanwhile Amber Rudd is still happy:

 

 

Written by Andrew Coates

April 26, 2019 at 10:10 am

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  1. It’s a total disgrace that we have foodbanks in this country in the first place. The sixth richest country in the world. As for the DWP they should be hanging their heads in shame, not trying to be clever with their contempt and denials. Universal Credit is still a vicious system that is a one-way ticket to the food bank for many people.

    Jeff Smith

    April 26, 2019 at 10:17 am

    • Exactly.

      Food is getting more and more expensive.

      The dole has been frozen for some years now.

      Andrew Coates

      April 26, 2019 at 10:44 am

      • Prices have been shooting up ‘post-Brexit’, especially on fresh fruit and veg e.g cucumbers 50p to 60p, six salad tomatoes 59p to 75p. If you ask a shopworker what on Earth is going on they just shrug their shoulders and say “It’s Brexit, mate :D”. What Brexit? Pre-planned all along, eh 😉

        The Savvy Shoppers

        April 26, 2019 at 11:16 am

      • What I notice, apart from the creep creep of small items, like you mention, tomatoes, is, since it is Friday, is that fish is now a luxury.

        I like fish and chips, me, but to eat it I have to plan the money in advance.

        Andrew Coates

        April 26, 2019 at 12:10 pm

      • It is over £10 for a single fish supper from local chipper. And this is a seaside town. We were built on fish ‘n’ chips 😀

        Grimsby Lass

        April 26, 2019 at 12:36 pm

      • Ipswich, while not a fishing port, is a port and I can walk to the Orwell Estuary from mine in ten minutes.

        There is one fish stall left, on the market 4 times a week, no fishmongers.

        It is not cheap.

        Andrew Coates

        April 26, 2019 at 1:53 pm

  2. Not only has food bank use gone up every year (since 2010) it has continued to go up MORE every year than the year before. So there is no sign of food bank use peaking, plateauing or declining only of it increasing in leaps and bounds. So can anybody answer the following four posers:

    (1)

    In a country with a supposedly growing economy enjoying the lowest unemployment for forty years, with more people in work than ever before, if work really is the best way out of poverty why isn’t food bank use falling like a stone?

    (2)

    If work really is the best way out of poverty during a time when more people are in work than ever before why are more and more UK citizens, in and out of work, suffering increasing levels of food poverty and forced to throw themselves on the mercy of charities like the Trussell Trust in order stave off malnutrition?

    (3)

    When will food bank use stop increasing and begin falling in 20th century Britain?

    The DWP might refuse to answer questions like this but I believe that anybody with the eyes to see and ears to hear knows that the aggressive “welfare reform” agenda of the Conservative/LibDem coalition and later Conservative governments, with its swingeing cuts, caps, freezes and the introduction of the incredibly badly designed Universal Credit, a benefit which inflicts maximum harm and distress to the people who need and deserve maximum help and support from the system the most, and allowing cash strapped local authorities to charge benefit claimants already living on the margins on small fixed incomes hundreds of pounds a year council tax are wholly and solely responsible.

    Martin

    April 26, 2019 at 2:56 pm

  3. Outside the local Jokeshop the other day, an angry guy showing people his new payslip. Transferred to Universal Credit for a 20 hour job an hour away by bus. Take out his transport costs and repaying his advance loan, and he’s worse off than he was on JSA. So how is he better off ?

    John Ludlow

    April 26, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    • The idea is supposed to get another job/jobs’ as well but as you rightly say there’s travel cost’s/time plus also someone is likely to spend more eating out too.Its bottom feeding and attempting in effect to glue together several part time jobs in time slots.Unfortunatly thats easier said then done and any combination of problems can arise if someone manage’s to do this.

      The 16 hour rule mean’t someone had to sign off even if someone hadn’t worked the sixteen hours but was paid for that time and it showed on a payslip.If theres little demand in an area employment agencies’ will leave pushing people to look further away to more attractive areas’ for work as did locally Maximus abandoning people going where the money is leaving commuter towns with pockets of hardcore unemployment/low skills/poor education and associated deprivation for example,this also raises cost’s for those on a low income looking for work.Lower skill jobs and traveling long distances are not attractive to those taking anyone on.People are priced off an expensive public transport network is another area but another problems can arise.these are fixed route possibly multiple changes and not suitable for shift work often twenty or so miles away.

      Its very easy to get trapped in a mier and Universal Credit is not going solve any of this,adding to local poverty numbers relying on foodbanks’,poor health numbers.People will go into survival mode this can add to local crime problem’s as seen reported in the press.

      ken

      April 27, 2019 at 12:12 am

      • It’s a load of nonsense, ken. Public transport in the UK is expensive, dirty, unreliable and dangerous. To commute around you need a reliable car. And minimum wage jobs don’t stretch to that. And as you say you get hungry when your out and about so you grab a snack, a ‘meal deal’ or a takeaway which is a lot more expensive than rustling something up at home. Whoever comes up with this crap must live on Cloud Cuckoo Land.

        Steph

        April 27, 2019 at 6:53 am

      • I do agree Steph it is dirty I was on a bus yesterday in Hemel Hempstead going back the seats’ were frayed and its tatty inside it was striking when first stepping on,the usual red paint was visable underneath outside usually a withdrawn London bus moved to a country route there was an empty bottle of Casillero Del Diablo upstairs I had to pick that up rolling about because I was nearest adding to the feel.Bus services have been cut back also,there can be other problems as you mention.

        Yes thats also true the expectation today from agencies’ is that a car is a must,even a jobcentre member once said to me that you need a bloody good car because companies have moved to rural locations because of high rents its high expectations today.Here it can take over an hour and a quarter or nearly two to get to other towns on a bus even 90 minutes isn’t cutting it if theres nothing inbetween.

        ken

        April 27, 2019 at 4:07 pm

      • Using public transport puts your personal safety at risk. People have been stabbed and slashed just waiting at a bus-stop or beaten up getting off trains. People have been stabbed to death on public transport. Walking to and from bus-stops and stations puts you in danger. And it is not just in the hours of darkness that danger is present. The safest way to get around by far is by car.

        Tina

        April 29, 2019 at 9:26 pm

      • I live in a rural area and most times the buses are more empty than full. The only thing I object to is young people having sex on them in full view of some of the passengers. Luckily seats on the Hoppa buses these days are quick and easy to wipe clean. When I was working as a cleaner the only thing I really disliked was having to pick up used condoms, usually not knotted with goo dribbling out of them.

        Jay Cloth

        April 30, 2019 at 8:18 am

  4. Tomlinson becomes latest ‘shoddy, shameless’ disability minister

    DNS – 11th April 2019

    Disabled activists have responded with resignation after the government appointed another “shoddy, shameless” minister for disabled people.

    The new minister, Justin Tomlinson, previously held the post between May 2015 and July 2016, before he was sacked in a government reshuffle.

    Now he has been appointed again, this time to replace Brexit casualty Sarah Newton, and becomes the eighth minister for disabled people – or the seventh if you only count him once – since 2010.

    There had been a gap of more than three weeks – filled with increasing anger at the prime minister’s failure to appoint a replacement for Newton – before Tomlinson’s name was finally revealed.

    Despite repeated requests from Disability News Service (DNS), the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has failed to produce a press release welcoming his appointment.

    Disabled activists this week pointed to Tomlinson being repeatedly publicly shamed for his ministerial performance and activities as an MP.

    In October 2016, he had to apologise to MPs and was suspended from the Commons for two days after leaking a confidential Commons report to payday lender Wonga.

    Read More:
    https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/14638-2/

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    April 27, 2019 at 11:15 am

    • Justin Tomlinson is a Disability Hate Crime.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      April 27, 2019 at 11:16 am

  5. Andrew Coates

    April 28, 2019 at 10:26 am

  6. Got a card telling me that my postal vote to elect an MEP to represent me at Brussels would be coming soon. Pondlife from UKIP are already whipping up the xenophobia amongst local yokels and I suppose people from Farage’s band of tossers will be touting for support soon. Aim for the biggest iceberg and full ahead onwards to oblivion!

    Alivie Michael Coy Christian Chance Vincent Zackary Kesler Worth Levi Dartanyn Bishop Quiton Caige Burns

    April 28, 2019 at 4:00 pm

  7. jj joop

    April 29, 2019 at 11:21 am

    • It’s completely unpolicable unless you are scrutinised every minute of the 35 hours you are supposed to be u”job seeking” by someone, e.g., a Jobcentre employee, and so is rendered meaningless. Basically they have to take your word for it and lump it.

      James

      April 29, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    • Availability for Work

      General tailoring, reasonableness and work search

      Regardless of the number of hours the claimant is expected to be
      available for, work search requirements should always be tailored to
      the individual claimant. The work search activities expected of
      claimants need to take account of their capability, regardless of
      whether the claimant is expected to look for full-time work or has
      restrictions. Not all claimants will be able to undertake the same
      amount of activity during the same period of time. Work coaches will
      need to judge what is reasonable to expect of the claimant, based on
      their knowledge of the claimant and their capability.

      that says it all it is not that amount of hours that you look for work it is the amount of jobs that you apply for because the 35hr job search is a expectation and can not be enforced buy law!

      if you apply for work and can prove this it does not matter the amount of time taken to do so and 3-5 jobs per week will stop a ase doubt being raised.

      superted

      April 29, 2019 at 3:36 pm

      • Ted, can you be sanctioned for applying for a job, even just the one job, that in roach’s opinion you don’t have the skills, experience or it has been in roach’s opinion a long time since you did that kind of work? Also, is a roach allowed to take a photocopy of your work search evidence? And can a roach tell you to apply for more suitable work, without telling you what more suitable work is, even though the type of work you are applying for is the type of work on your jsag/cc?

        Many thanks in advance
        Carrie

        Carrie

        April 29, 2019 at 9:13 pm

      • ase means actively seeking employment so you can apply for any job you like skills or not as buy law you are doing what you are meant to it does not matter what a coach thinks or expects of the jobs you have applied for.

        when they tried to enforce the 35hr job search and lost at upper tribunal it turns out if you take 3 or more steps a week to seek employment the time taken does not matter and the dwp lost.

        job search info is personnel data so yes you can refuse to let them photo copy it as done it many times tho they really dont like that but tough as it is part of the gdpr and your personnel data.

        a coach can give you jobs to apply for but as long as you are applying for work nothing they can do unless they give you a job seeker direction to apply for it but cant see them doing this these days as they can not ring the employer or in most cases will be an agency so will not tell them jack anyway gdpr!

        a work coach can not dictate what jobs you apply for or even dictate how you provide job search evidence as you can provide this anyway you like, dwp own rules and regs.

        superted

        April 29, 2019 at 9:49 pm

  8. What do you do when a stinking man who has clearly pissed himself, has an appointment to see the wc before you. This is the dilemma I was faced wirh this week. The smell coming from the chair was so bad there was no way I was gonna sit in it. So when the wc called me I swapped chairs as no way in hell will I be forced to sit in piss.

    marge

    April 29, 2019 at 4:28 pm

  9. When wild birds sit on you even they don’t piss or crap on you. Humans are disgusting creatures.

    Old woman at the end of the road who feeds the pigeons

    April 29, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    • I’ve never had a human sit on me and piss or shit on me. Perhaps you were just unlucky.

      Dr Frogmore Pritchard, President of the Society for Completely Different Reasons

      April 30, 2019 at 8:12 am

  10. Andrew Coates

    April 30, 2019 at 11:30 am

    • It’s not so long ago that the Tories were trying to make out that people used foodbanks as a sort of free version of Tesco. And then they could spend the money they saved on tattoos and alcohol.This tripe about people sleeping on the streets is on the same level. It just shows how out of touch the Tories are, and worse, that they really believe this stuff.

      Jeff Smith

      April 30, 2019 at 11:45 am

      • The Tory scum aren’t out of touch at all they know exactly what their crap policies are causing & they are loving every minute of it, it is entertainment for the warped bastards.

        Ultra Violet

        April 30, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    • I wonder what this twat thinks would happen if food bank use had not been able to grow with demand. You might as well say that increasing the number of hospitals encourages sickness by treating more and more sick people and closing them down would make the nation healthier because fewer of the ill would be given treatment. What an arsehole! Also as far as poverty goes all measure show that both relative and absolute poverty ARE rising quickly in the UK. Mrs May used to like to boast about absolute poverty, a very basic measure of poverty relating to the bare minimum of basic commodities necessary in a society to sustain life, had fallen under the Tories: now that absolute poverty is on the up again she’s gone back to usual the “we need to cut taxes and benefits in order to maintain a strong economy to have the means to help the poor” shite. Daniel Hannan is a waste of skin. That said we need more Tories like him to show the world exactly how stupid, heartless and evil these bastards really are.

      Jim

      April 30, 2019 at 2:45 pm

  11. ‘cuse me, mate! You’ve dropped an ‘h’ 😉

    Bob 'oskins

    April 30, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    • I’ll give you bleedin’ haitches I tell ya!

      London 'ackney Cab Driver

      April 30, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    • Wotcha!

      Bob Preston

      April 30, 2019 at 2:46 pm

  12. Though I do say so myself, I make exceedingly good cakes.

    Mr.Kipling

    April 30, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    • Exceedingly small ones too unfortunately!

      Mary Berry

      April 30, 2019 at 6:15 pm

      • Size isn’t everything you know Mary, in cakes or in life. Some of the nicest things come in small packages.
        Just like my Cherry Bakewells.

        Mr.Kipling

        May 1, 2019 at 3:36 pm

      • The DWP’s lack of planning for Universal Credit means ‘destitution’ for even more people

        More challenging areas”

        Another key concern flagged by this report is that the pilot is set to take place in Harrogate. Work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd claimed that there was “nowhere better” for the pilot because it’s “home to a mix of benefit claimants with a varying range of needs”

        But as the committee said, this is actually an area with “relatively low levels of deprivation”. So it asked vital questions.

        As The Canary has documented for some time, Universal Credit is damaging lives. It has already forced people to use food banks and made others homeless. It’s now very clear that Universal Credit pushes people further into poverty.

        https://www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/05/01/the-dwps-lack-of-planning-for-universal-credit-means-destitution-for-even-more-people/

        Amber can peer into that!

        ken

        May 2, 2019 at 10:20 am

  13. Call to cut Universal Credit payment delay to two weeks as foodbank use soars

    Birmingham MP asks DWP to cut waiting time for first payment from five weeks to two

    A Midlands MP is demanding that Universal Credit bosses cut the waiting time for payments of the controversial new benefit.

    Many people have complained that during the long wait for their first payout – during which any existing benefits are stopped – they are struggling to cope and are being driven into poverty and debt .

    “Our benefits system should be there to protect people from poverty but expecting anyone to wait five weeks with no money while they have rent to pay and a family to feed is just not acceptable.

    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/call-cut-universal-credit-payment-16204486

    This is a bad system that doesn’t appear to be “encouraging” people into work as they put it as can be seen through foodbank rises.Its bad enough the Jobcentre on your back out of work let alone in work,those that can understand and manage this system are more likely to be in a better position to find work and avoid this altogeter.Their not renting to people on Universal Credit so why bother employing anyone on it if theres going to be problems with staff turnover/discontent,its a system that appears to rely on clockwork precision (if it works at all) through the never ending delays’ over many years’.

    Disability problems are still a concern in the workplace including mental health which we are told work is supposed to benefit.

    Sharp rise in disability discrimination claims at tribunals

    There were 6,550 disability discrimination claims at employment tribunals last year, a 37% rise on the year before (4,770), according to Ministry of Justice figures.

    increased willingness of employees to bring claims relating to mental health issues.

    many claims of workplace disability discrimination related to the impact of high levels of stress and depression on an individual’s work.

    Employees’ absence through stress often resulted in disciplinary action or dismissal, which led to high numbers of claims.

    “Workers are now facing a range of increased pressures impacting their mental health.

    https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/sharp-rise-in-disability-discrimination-claims-at-tribunals/

    Amber Rudd is totally out of touch.

    Hastings Pier ‘belongs to our town’ – Amber Rudd MP

    “It is unacceptable if the pier remains closed indefinitely and I cannot support any scenario where this is the case.

    https://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/politics/hastings-pier-belongs-to-our-town-amber-rudd-mp-1-8859656

    What about people who are indefinitlely Unemployed thought the country?

    ken

    April 30, 2019 at 8:17 pm

  14. Universal Credit is the Trojan Horse of the benefit system. Looks alright at first glance, but all the real problems soon become clear.

    Kyle B.

    May 1, 2019 at 10:50 am

  15. Universal credit is ‘Orwellian’, says former high court judge

    Sir Stephen Sedley says digital benefits system is also failing to meet legal obligations

    A former high court judge has described universal credit as “Orwellian” because of its tendency to create and exacerbate misery for claimants even while it professes to be rescuing them from hardship.

    Claimants who were underpaid, or overpaid, sums amounting in some cases to hundreds of pounds a month were routinely unable to work out the correct payment,

    a former lord justice of appeal and now a visiting professor at Oxford University, said universal credit was repeatedly failing to meet its legal obligations

    “Help is also available from work coaches,

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/may/01/universal-credit-is-orwellian-says-former-high-court-judge

    ken

    May 1, 2019 at 5:08 pm

  16. Benefit claimants at risk of ‘destitution’ if DWP fails to prepare for Universal Credit roll-out, MPs warn

    https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/social-affairs/welfare/news/103558/benefit-claimants-risk-destitution-if-dwp-fails-prepare

    ken

    May 1, 2019 at 5:13 pm

  17. Many a time I’d sit on his lap
    And share a few flies with my master
    He could pull the wings off quicker
    But I could eat them faster !

    Gavin's Tarantula

    May 1, 2019 at 10:02 pm

  18. Negative interest rates on the horizon just as soon as we become cashless

    Cashing In: How to Make Negative Interest Rates Work

    Many central banks reduced policy interest rates to zero during the global financial crisis to boost growth. Ten years later, interest rates remain low in most countries. While the global economy has been recovering, future downturns are inevitable. Severe recessions have historically required 3–6 percentage points cut in policy rates. If another crisis happens, few countries would have that kind of room for monetary policy to respond.

    To get around this problem, a recent IMF staff study shows how central banks can set up a system that would make deeply negative interest rates a feasible option.

    How low can you go?

    In a cashless world, there would be no lower bound on interest rates. A central bank could reduce the policy rate from, say, 2 percent to minus 4 percent to counter a severe recession. The interest rate cut would transmit to bank deposits, loans, and bonds. Without cash, depositors would have to pay the negative interest rate to keep their money with the bank, making consumption [so much for going ‘green’ 😀 ] and investment more attractive. This would jolt lending, boost demand, and stimulate the economy.

    When cash is available, however, cutting rates significantly into negative territory becomes impossible. Cash has the same purchasing power as bank deposits, but at zero nominal interest. Moreover, it can be obtained in unlimited quantities in exchange for bank money. Therefore, instead of paying negative interest, one can simply hold cash at zero interest. Cash is a free option on zero interest, and acts as an interest rate floor.

    Because of this floor, central banks have resorted to unconventional monetary policy measures. The euro area, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, and other economies have allowed interest rates to go slightly below zero, which has been possible because taking out cash in large quantities is inconvenient and costly (for example, storage and insurance fees). These policies have helped boost demand, but they cannot fully make up for lost policy space when interest rates are very low.

    Breaking through zero

    One option to break through the zero lower bound would be to phase out cash. But that is not straightforward. Cash continues to play a significant role in payments in many countries. To get around this problem, in a recent IMF staff study and previous research, we examine a proposal for central banks to make cash as costly as bank deposits with negative interest rates, thereby making deeply negative interest rates feasible while preserving the role of cash.

    The proposal is for a central bank to divide the monetary base into two separate local currencies—cash and electronic money (e-money). E-money would be issued only electronically and would pay the policy rate of interest, and cash would have an exchange rate—the conversion rate—against e-money. This conversion rate is key to the proposal. When setting a negative interest rate on e-money, the central bank would let the conversion rate of cash in terms of e-money depreciate at the same rate as the negative interest rate on e-money. The value of cash would thereby fall in terms of e-money.

    To illustrate, suppose your bank announced a negative 3 percent interest rate on your bank deposit of 100 dollars today. Suppose also that the central bank announced that cash-dollars would now become a separate currency that would depreciate against e-dollars by 3 percent per year. The conversion rate of cash-dollars into e-dollars would hence change from 1 to 0.97 over the year. After a year, there would be 97 e-dollars left in your bank account. If you instead took out 100 cash-dollars today and kept it safe at home for a year, exchanging it into e-money after that year would also yield 97 e-dollars.

    At the same time, shops would start advertising prices in e-money and cash separately, just as shops in some small open economies already advertise prices both in domestic and in bordering foreign currencies. Cash would thereby be losing value both in terms of goods and in terms of e-money, and there would be no benefit to holding cash relative to bank deposits.

    This dual local currency system would allow the central bank to implement as negative an interest rate as necessary for countering a recession, without triggering any large-scale substitutions into cash.

    Pros and cons

    While a dual currency system challenges our preconceptions about money, countries could implement the idea with relatively small changes to central bank operating frameworks. In comparison to alternative proposals, it would have the advantage of completely freeing monetary policy from the zero lower bound. Its introduction would reconfirm the central bank’s commitment to the inflation target, rather than raise doubts about it.

    Still, implementing such a system is not without challenges. It would require important modifications of the financial and legal system. In particular, fundamental questions pertaining to monetary law would have to be addressed and consistency with the IMF’s legal framework would need to be ensured. Also, it would require an enormous communication effort.

    The pros and cons of the system are country specific and should be carefully compared to other proposals, such as higher inflation targets, for increasing monetary policy space in a low-interest environment. We consider these issues, and more, in our research.

    https://blogs.imf.org/2019/02/05/cashing-in-how-to-make-negative-interest-rates-work/

    IMF

    May 1, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    • Devaluing your money to force you into spending it on shit you don;t want or need! From the same scam artists pushing the green agenda. It proves that this green agenda; all this carbon crap, climate change, blah, blah, blah is total horse shit.

      Greta Thimbleberg

      May 2, 2019 at 12:04 am

      • Always nice to have the opinion of an eminent scientist with more doctorates than you can shake a stick at.

        Bullshit Detector

        May 2, 2019 at 8:24 am

      • The idea is to reduce the living standard to that on everyone on the dole. e.g. plant/insect-based diet (can’t afford it), end of the private car (have to walk/cycle everywhere), no more air travel (back to a fortnight in Blackpool), more cramped living conditions, the end of cheaper cooking/heating by gas, massive hikes in electricity bills, copper-tops crowded into ‘smart cities’ like battery hens. Like with battery hens the more you increase the population in the most dense living conditions the more productivity you gain. Human beings are seen as no more than copper-top batteries. It is from the same bullshit factory that lead us into wars and the mass slaughter of our young men, and in more recent times Saddam Hussain and his ‘weapons of mass destruction’ that lead the UK into an illegal with Iraq (bet you were in favour of that Mx Virtue Signaller, eh 😉 ) In the fullness of time we will be told that global warming, er climate change was at best a natural process/highly exaggerated or at worse totally made up.

        You are going to get totally screwed. And you know what – you deserve it.

        And while you are at it, put down that ‘Made in polluting China factory’ smartphone that you upgrade once a year.

        Virtue Signaller Detector

        May 2, 2019 at 9:40 am

      • plant/insect-based diet (can’t afford meat/fish),

        Virtue Signaller Detector

        May 2, 2019 at 9:41 am

      • And PS, scientists, eminent or otherwise, will tell you anything as long as the price is right. Same with the media if anyone steps out of line or goes off message they are never seen or heard of again. David Attenborough at least was given the chance to convert. David Bellamy, on the other hand, was air-brushed from broadcasting history. That is how ruthless and shameless the people behind these scams are. So shameless that the purposely use a 16-year-old girl to front their agenda because the know that challenging her hand-down opinions would be tantamount to ‘child abuse’. Oh, and the same ruthless fuckers who will see the poor indigenous population eradicated from the UK which is already underway with universal credit. You really do get what you deserve – universal credit included!

        Virtue Signaller Detector

        May 2, 2019 at 9:49 am

      • The elephant in the room is the Greens’ refusal of nearly zero emissions nuclear…because this protest has never been about CO2. Thorium nuclear is pretty well safe, but no one wants to know. This whole thing has been politically driven from around the ’90s. The science has been wilfully manipulated by Al Gore, Hansen and others plus the IPCC to suit a longer timescale global governance agenda. We will be living in mud huts sleeping on straw bales on our tiny over-populated island whilst, China, Russia, India and the US carry on business as usual.

        Elephant in the Room

        May 2, 2019 at 11:13 am

      • Who in their right mind would want to put in a hard day’s graft and be denied owning a car or taking a holiday by plane? Meanwhile, the pretend hippies (toffs in disguise) will be using private plane like taxis, lording it up on the finest of everything and jetting back and forth to the private tropical islands. But look I am a virtue signalling ‘greeny’ living on a diet of beans in a mud hut. It is rolling back the improvements made to the standards of living for the working classes disguised as ‘saving the planet’. You would be daft to fall for this.

        Range Rover Owner

        May 2, 2019 at 12:10 pm

      • If enough of us gave up our cars and started biking everywhere it wouldn’t be long before ‘cycling safety’ laws were brought in, you know, to ‘end the wild west of cycling’. You would need to be insured, taxed, mot’ed and licenced, and display a registration number. You would be stuck in the same ‘legislative straight-jacket’ as a car currently is. And of course the costs of insurance etc. would keep going up and up until it was prohibitively expensive. And with like with eco-cars you would be taxed to the CO2 you weren’t producing to offset the cost to the Treasury. Stop falling into traps.

        Mini Cooper Woman

        May 2, 2019 at 12:19 pm

      • Yes because our tiny Island taxing the hell out of itself is really going to prevent India, China and America from pumping 95% of the man made CO2 into the atmosphere isn’t it?

        Has anyone else noticed that every single ‘solution’ we see is just a redistribution of wealth scam? Funny that, isn’t it? Almost as if Globalism were Corporatism wrapped in socialism for the masses but not the elite.

        Greta Thurnberg's Knickers

        May 2, 2019 at 12:45 pm

      • Why not make public transport free? 🙂 Then we can fly everywhere for free 😀 Simples! 😀

        Greta Thurnberg's Biodegradable Recyclable Knickers

        May 2, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    • Government must stop the roll out of Universal Credit – Margaret Greenwood

      Margaret Greenwood MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s report on managed migration to Universal Credit, said:

      “Universal Credit is clearly failing and is in no state for the government to begin the next phase of the rollout.

      “It is simply irresponsible to require almost 3 million more people to transfer to Universal Credit when the Conservatives have still failed to fix its fundamental flaws, such as the five-week wait for a first payment.

      “The government must stop the roll out of Universal Credit as a matter of urgency before any more people are pushed into hardship.”

      https://labour.org.uk/press/government-must-stop-roll-universal-credit-margaret-greenwood/

      ken

      May 2, 2019 at 10:15 am

  19. Universal Credit SHAMBLES: Claimants left ‘in the dark’

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been accused of having “inadequate” communications with claimants, as well as making administrative errors likely to result in wrong payments being handed out.

    “Transparency should be at the heart of a fair social security system.

    “Because UC is an all-in-one benefit, with all your eggs in one basket, when things go wrong for claimants the financial fallout can be dire,

    https://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1121396/Universal-Credit-benefit-claim-online-department-work-pensions-dwp-report

    ken

    May 2, 2019 at 10:13 am

  20. Starbucks Canada just announced a plan to donate all its unsold food and saving it from going to waste http://www.dailyamericanbuzz.com/2019/05/starbucks-canada-just-announced-plan-to.html

    dashedopinion

    May 16, 2019 at 10:21 pm


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