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The Saga of Universal Credit Destitution Continues.

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The Saga of Universal Credit Destitution Continues,

Nothing escapes our newshounds.

As  Krankie noted,

Paul Delaney got stuck in minimum wage jobs where employers failed to pay on time and, after ending up on Universal Credit, debts and stresses began to pile up.

A former North Lanarkshire councillor has revealed he was forced to turn to foodbanks after the benefits system plunged him into poverty.

Paul Delaney got stuck in minimum wage jobs where employers failed to pay on time and, after ending up on Universal Credit, debts and stresses began to pile up.

The 51-year-old turned to Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows for support, who helped resolve issues regarding failed payment from previous employers.

However, Paul revealed that he ended up in a crisis situation from last October until January this year because of the benefits system, and had to rely on foodbanks during that period to survive.

The benefits system exists to accelerate people into poverty,” said Paul. “It’s the only thing it excels at.

“It’s a bare minimum, life supporting system – and it doesn’t even do that properly.

Then, as people also saw, there is this:

Boris Johnson admits £111 a month Universal Credit is not enough to live on

The Mirror reports,

The Prime Minister said ‘in a word, no’ after being asked if the paltry sum was enough for a woman who was eight and a half months pregnant.

Boris Johnson has admitted £111 a month of Universal Credit is not enough to live on after being confronted with the shocking case of a pregnant woman.

The Tory leader – who once described his £250,000 newspaper salary as “chicken feed” – made the confession at Prime Minister’s Questions after he was quizzed by SNP MP Mhairi Black.

Ms Black raised the case of a constituent who is eight-and-a-half months pregnant and on the new six-in-one benefit – which includes a five-week wait for the first payment.

That wait leads many families to take out advances, paid back out of their future benefits, to cover the gap. But they’re then hit by the repayments, which totalled £50 million in one month alone last year.

She said: “After deductions, including an advance, she is left with the grand sum of £111 a month to feed herself, to heat her home and care for her child.

The Care Bear of a PM replied,

Ms Black said she would be happy to give the PM more details so he could help, but added: “I want to ask him in principle.

“As the Prime Minister, does he think that £111 a month is enough for anyone to live on?”

Further details of the case – including the woman’s name or details of why she only ended up with £111 – were not immediately available.

DWP statistics say the average Universal Credit payment is £720 a month, though the advice on deductions is less clear.

Mr Johnson replied to Ms Black: “I am of course very happy indeed to look at the case and to do whatever we can to help with the individual case.

“But I must say to her that in the round, Universal Credit has helped and is helping 200,000 people into work.

“As I’ve said to her before I am more than happy to look at the case.

And the answer to her question, in a word, is no.”

The Mirror underlines this point:

Johnson worded his answer carefully just weeks after being slapped down by the official statistics watchdog for making a false claim about Universal Credit.

In January the Prime Minister told PMQs the six-in-one benefit “has in fact succeeded in getting 200,000 people into jobs.” But the UK Statistics Authority said his claim was inaccurate – because the figure is only predicted once the benefit is fully rolled out in 2024.

Coffey, meanwhile, is still  bathing in this glory..

Written by Andrew Coates

February 27, 2020 at 11:34 am

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  1. And so it goes:

    Andrew Coates

    February 27, 2020 at 11:46 am

  2. Will labour be back run by law society lackeys? Starmer like Tony Blair of the legal mafia and in no way represents the ordinary Joe’s.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/feb/26/labour-leadership-keir-starmer-on-course-to-win-in-first-round-poll

    Violet

    February 27, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    • Which one of the candidates who would you prefer to Starmer?

      Reinhart

      February 27, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      • None of them, I don’t trust any politician because none of them have your best interests at heart just want to line their pockets.

        Violet

        February 27, 2020 at 5:54 pm

      • Mhari Blackballs is yet another careerist politician from a comfortable middle-class background with a phoney working-class accent to boot.. Her father is a High Court judge. She even worked needlessly in a chippie for a couple of week. Fellow SNPer Alex Salmond gave the game away when in an interview at a time when he wasn’t involved in politics said: “Now if was in politician mode I would listen intently to what you had to say, give it careful consideration, and then tell you exactly what you wanted to hear”. This is politicians in a nutshell – ALL of them. Talking of fat Eck not long until his High Court trial on multiple sex charges including attempted rape. “You’ve not seen the last of my bonnets and me.” Fireworks!

        Wee Morag

        February 27, 2020 at 6:37 pm

      • ‘I am not a Labor Leader; I do not want you to follow me or anyone else; if you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of this capitalist wilderness, you will stay right where you are. I would not lead you into the promised land if I could, because if I led you in, someone else would lead you out. You must use your heads as well as your hands, and get yourself out of your present condition; as it is now the capitalists use your heads and your hands’

        — Eugene Debs

        Eugene Debs

        February 27, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      • There must be teams of lawyers working day and night on this Haddock trial. You can imagine them sat up all night 😀

        Tabiqua

        February 27, 2020 at 7:04 pm

      • I used to see Mhari appearing with Tracey Ulman doing an impression of the Sturge and liked her.

        I think people only dislike her ’cause she’s a lezzer.

        C. U. Jimmy

        February 28, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      • It’s best to be true to yourself and be everything that you can be. XXX

        Phillip Schofield

        February 28, 2020 at 4:41 pm

  3. Employers/agencies not paying for work has always been a problem. A lot of them will fob you off for a couple of months: “You’re money will be in the bank soon 😀 “. You give up and then you head back to the benefits office. Now you are faced with this extended wait for universal credit to add to the mix. It is very easy to end up in the doo-doo More so if you have a rent/mortgage to pay. And especially if you don’t have any backup. Leaving benefits is a gamble. Taking a job is a risky business especially if you don’t have anything to fall back on if it all goes tits up You can’t blame some people for remaining on benefits if it means they will at least have a roof over their heads.

    Its A Free World

    February 27, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    • Very true ! And then they wonder why people are so reluctant to sign-off and take these two-week temporary jobs.

      Captain Scarlet

      February 27, 2020 at 2:39 pm

      • It’s a Mysteron, it’s a Mysteron
        I’m still searching for a clue
        It’s a Mysteron to me
        shot in the dark
        The big question mark in history
        Is it a Mysteron to you?

        Toyah Wilcox

        February 28, 2020 at 1:51 pm

      • In many ways you are better off with fixed benefits, than wondering how much you are going to get, on Universal Credit.

        Destiny Angel

        February 28, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    • When I was on JSA years ago. I had a job via an employment which lasted three days, was given no training. so I would not touch this company again I was sent to with a barge pole. Even though I did tell the agency about my disability.

      my_final_username

      February 28, 2020 at 9:12 am

  4. Therese Coffey now the High Priestess of forced employment. At the new cult of Work Worship, the DWP.

    Jeff Smith

    February 27, 2020 at 2:43 pm

  5. There is nothing I like better than working every day,
    I don’t care how bad the work is,
    Or how miserable the pay,
    I only want to work like a slave,
    Eight sweated hours a day.
    I’ve always been a bit of a sheep,
    I always follow the herd,
    But I’ll do anything you say,
    If you give me a kind word.
    So if the DWP want me to,
    I’ll take on any job,
    Yes I’ll eat shit, and work in it too,
    I’m not some kind of snob !
    And at the end of a miserable shift,
    I’ll be proud to say,
    Therese Coffey, look at me,
    I went to work today !

    Random Poet

    February 27, 2020 at 3:07 pm

  6. Employers not paying! Oh boy does this bring back memories. My last job. Shockingly we were contractors for our local council. Yet our boss insisted on paying us by cheque and then we played bouncy ball when the cheques bounced….often 3 times! The employer was also racist and when confronted about the guy who was sexual lying harassing me on a daily basis told me I must have led him on.
    Now abut the same time employer bought a huge tank of supposed diesel and stored it in the garage with all the minibuses. He got this from a family of travellers who saw him coming. By this time employer was bouncing payments to garages for fuel. Immediately 3 buses broke down one out in the sticks. It was watered down diesel!
    By now I’d had enough and I was the whistle blower. I met the head of Passenger Transport Unit at our council and tipped bounced cheques and bank letters about same and a list of everyone who was owed wages. This guy’s comment..? Oh well we can’t insist he pays you but the diesel tank is health and safety (I’d taken pix on my phone).
    I just got up and walked out.
    At the time I was still a member of the SWP and I was lucky in that comrades lent me enough to cover my rent and council tax ( I was a single parent then) and I could cover food and ills fro working and child tax credits and child benefit. One poor single girl pleaded with employer for even £20 as she had no food in the cupboard. His reply was eat the cupboard. Had I been there I’d b doing time now for his murder…

    katrehman

    February 27, 2020 at 4:43 pm

  7. “Everyone, whatever their background, should come to work and achieve their full potential.”

    Work and Pensions Secretary @theresecoffey visited Heathrow to hear about how inclusive employment is helping them reach a wider talent pool. pic.twitter.com/OOXtMSTsup

    FUNNY as im pretty sure if youve been convicted of a crime both past and present that you will not receive security clearance to work in any airport.

    Doug

    February 27, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    • Jobcentre work experience: “Criminal record 😦 ” “No problem 😀 ” “No security clearance 😦 ” “No problem 😀 ” “No references 😦 ” “No problem 😀 ” “No qualifications 😦 ” “No problem 😀 ” “No work experience 😦 ” “No problem 😀 ” Jobcentre work experience 😦 No problem 😀

      Emma

      February 27, 2020 at 6:59 pm

  8. “200,000 people into jobs”,

    What jobs exactly is that then and when you say people, how many were the same person ?

    Using the phrase jobs rather than employment is quite creative as while it indeed could have been 200’000, there is nothing to say any of them did more than a days work each.

    This so called figure needs more scrutiny as whether its a permanent single or agency is quite an important fact as is hours, age groups and duration. Its also important to know how many hold more than one job.

    I can say from personal direct experience that UC is absolutely not fit for purpose for transition from employment to unemployment for the following groups
    1: People who have to constantly use their latest pay to cover the previous month
    2: People paid every one or two weeks in arrears.

    Dependant on what you earn and hours worked, if you were to stop work and sign on UC, you infact are highly likely to receive NO BENEFITS for a TOTAL of 9 WEEKS (basically your pay cancels out your benefits and it makes no difference that your wages were paid in arrears.
    If you owed money for mis paid hours, given money for entitled holiday not taken, pension, etc, this is still seen as taxable and will count as deductible from your benefits.

    Doug

    February 27, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    • It also means that if you keep getting short-term jobs you keep getting shafted for a months pay! Outrageous!

      Arifiya

      February 27, 2020 at 7:32 pm

      • All this shit is set up to screw you over. And you wonder why some peeps won’t play ball.

        Tammi

        February 27, 2020 at 7:43 pm

      • they wont give me back the ball anymore the dont want to play anymore 😦

        superted

        February 27, 2020 at 7:47 pm

  9. That’s because you showed them who’s boss ted 😉

    Violet

    February 27, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    • yeah but it is just boring now like i gone back 25 years i just sign and go. pmsl 😉

      superted

      February 27, 2020 at 8:05 pm

      • @superted. We have been trying to make it up to Superted for being so awful to him. I promise in the future you won’t have to really look for any jobs. And I don’t care what TC has to say about it. If she spent as much on office stationery as she does on cigars, we wouldn’t be using toilet-paper for post-it notes.

        Jobcentre Manager

        February 28, 2020 at 6:22 pm

  10. Errol Graham death: Starved man’s family take action against DWP

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-51665505

    superted

    February 27, 2020 at 8:40 pm

  11. Listening to Therese Coffey, you would think that the only way people will ‘ achieve their potential ‘ is by taking some crap job via Universal Credit. All this will do is realize their potential for cheap labour.
    Education, voluntary work, helping in the community, these are all ways to reach individual potential. And there are many, many more. As many ways in fact, as there are different people in this world. Neither Therese Coffey or the DWP have the monopoly on ‘potential’. But sometimes it does seem as if they do have the monopoly on bullshit.

    Jeff Smith

    February 27, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    • Are you actually arguing that liberats are fiscally responsible? Omg lmao 😆. Before you respond… realize that I live in dead, long time controlled liberal upstate NY and can give you an endless list of examples… here’s one… liberal fool Cuomo touts that he’s bringing in 500 jobs to Utica… but he’s paying the company (Cree) 1/2 billion dollars plus 10s of millions more in tax breaks… end result … 1 million dollar cost on tax payers for each job created. …and don’t worry in 10 yrs when tax breaks end Cree goes .

      Yellowstone

      February 28, 2020 at 1:39 am

      • Yank, if I were you I’d finish your bottle of Bud and then shut the fuck up.

        John Bull

        February 28, 2020 at 11:56 am

      • That’s a lot of ellipsis. And when I say “a lot” I mean A LOT!

        Capital Colon

        February 28, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    • Very true Jeff. Half the problem with the DWP is that they are locked into this work-or-die mentality.
      There really are other things in life beside crap work. And people shouldn’t exist just to do 37.5 hours in the local poundshop.

      Tom Sutton

      February 28, 2020 at 11:53 am

    • Well said Jeff ! There’s more bullshit than sense in the DWP.

      Burt

      February 28, 2020 at 6:04 pm

  12. “Have you not reason then to be ashamed and to forbear this filthy novelty, so basely grounded, so foolishly received and so grossly mistaken in the right use thereof. In your abuse thereof sinning against God harming yourselves both in person and goods, and raking also thereby the marks and notes of vanity upon you by the custom thereof making yourselves to be wondered at by all foreign civil nations and by all strangers that come among you to be scorned and held in contempt; a custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black stinking fume thereof nearest resembling the horrible stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless.”

    ― King James I of England – VI of Scotland

    The Last Cigar

    February 27, 2020 at 10:59 pm

  13. Thousands of depression cases ‘linked to universal credit’

    A study has linked a spike in mental-health problems among the unemployed with the rollout of universal credit and other government welfare changes.

    The number of unemployed people with psychological distress rose 6.6% between 2013 and 2018, it suggests.

    And this represents an extra 63,674 people in England, Wales and Scotland – 21,760 of whom became clinically depressed over the period.

    The government highlighted the study found no causal link.

    ‘Mounting evidence’

    Prof Dame Margaret Whitehead, of the University of Liverpool, who co-authored the Lancet Public Health Journal study, said it had found “observational associations” rather than “cause and effect”.

    The spike in mental-health cases could also have been influenced by the broader range of welfare changes, she said.

    But the study added to the “mounting evidence of substantial mental-health harms related to universal credit”.

    And it was crucial the government conducted robust health-impact assessments of all welfare changes, including universal credit.

    Long delays

    The researchers found no links to any impact on physical health, however, or any evidence universal credit had led to an increase in the number of claimants finding jobs.

    Launched in 2013, universal credit, which combines six benefits into one, was an attempt to simplify the welfare system and get more people into work.

    But its implementation has been criticised for introducing long delays and a tougher use of sanctions.

    Numerous concerns have been raised by MPs, charities and select committees and there have been several cases of vulnerable individuals killing themselves after having problems with the new system.

    The researchers followed more than 52,000 working-age people between 2009 and 2018, who were taking part in Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study.

    A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: “People coming into the job centre are often doing so at a difficult time in their lives and there is a range of support available for those with mental-health conditions.”

    Thousands of depression cases ‘linked to universal credit’

    BBC

    February 28, 2020 at 1:07 am

    • Thanks,

      More in the Guardian:

      “Universal credit is linked to an increase in “psychological stress” among the jobless people who claim it, according the first major study to quantify the impact of the government’s flagship welfare system on mental health.

      The study found the introduction of universal credit across the UK was associated with a 6.6 percentage point increase in mental health issues among recipients compared with a comparison group who were in employment or retired.

      This was the equivalent of an estimated 63,674 unemployed recipients experiencing significant forms of mental distress after signing up to the benefit, of whom a third were likely to have become clinically depressed, researchers concluded.”

      https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/feb/27/universal-credit-linked-psychological-stress-increase-study-benefits-uk

      Andrew Coates

      February 28, 2020 at 10:21 am

      • I once saw a woman collapse with an anxiety attack (seriously), while waiting to sign-on. She was quite overweight, and seemed to start getting more and more upset, while she waited. Mumbling to herself, she looked very confused. But nobody seemed to notice. Then, Bang. Over she went on the floor, passed out altogether. Then the manager and two security guards moved in. Last I saw, they were trying to bring her round.
        It did cause a bit of scene as I remember. The woman was on ‘transfer’ from ESA to JSA. Having failed the Work Capability assessment. But it shows the sheer psychological pressure that people are under in this new system.

        Jeff Smith

        February 28, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    • What has a woman pushing a supermarket trolley got to do with depression and universal credit? Are all women pushing supermarket trolleys depressed and on universal credit. Bizarre! Who would have thought,
      thanks BBC. Why not put a picture of a ‘Jobcentre Plus’ sign for crying out loud!

      Elsie

      February 28, 2020 at 11:23 am

      • Consumers, in general, are depressed. Depressed people also make easy targets for advertisers: “You’re worth it” as they say 😉 Lots of people especially women use ‘retail therapy’ as a ‘cure’ for depression. A very temporary ‘cure’, it must be said, since once the initial rush of endorphins has worn off you will end up feeling lower than the high like a sugar rush/ It is also why many people return products they have bought. It is also why many people, especially women are always entering new ‘relationships’. The initial buzz of the ‘new’ ‘relationship’ gives them a high and when that wears off they then move on to the next one. Rinse and repeat. It is all about chasing a ‘high’. But you will never be happy or satisfied. It is like people who have cosmetic surgery done. You will just find something else to be unhappy about. The Jobcentre tried this too. Back in the day they had posters on Jobcentres with someone jumping for joy: “I’ve got the job”. And there is sort of high in getting a job. And the added psychological aspect of ‘someone wants you’. But once the novelty wears off and routine bites hard. Beware the Jobcentre and their psychological tricks.

        Dr Shrink (PsyD, PhD, EdD, MD, DO, MsC, BSc)

        February 28, 2020 at 11:45 am

      • All very true, Dr Shrink 🙂 You should have letters after your name 🙂

        Vicky the Depressed, Emotionally Unstable, Shopaholic

        February 28, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    • And once again what do we hear from the DWP ? Any acceptance that there might be a problem ?
      No. it’s business as usual. Ideology to the front. The Golden World Of Work.

      Tom Sutton

      February 28, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    • It is not a consequitor. There is no causal link.

      Thérèse Coffey MP

      February 28, 2020 at 12:40 pm

      • Boo! What’s a consequitor when it’s at home, Thérèse oh blessed one? Is it a Latin word you picked up from Boris?

        The Ghost of Iain Duncan Smith

        February 28, 2020 at 12:46 pm

      • Latin words are not the only thing you could pick up from bonking Boris, love. Be careful, and keep your hand on your ha’penny 😉

        Edith

        February 28, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      • I was in stitches at that MPs face on the Interrogation Committee when you mentioned the word ‘consequitor’ – just by his clueless, vacant expression it was patent that he hadn’t the foggiest idea what the word meant 😀 On the back-foot you could envision the rusty cogs of his brain turning… conse… something to do with consequences? and hehalf ran with that. Of course he didn’t want to make himself look a bigger plonker than he already his train of questioning was quickly derailed and he quickly moved on. Still stinking conse…? Of course he could have simply asked. Something that intellectual vacuum Jeremy Corbyn would have done. But then he would have revealed himself to be an uneducated nincompoop that he is. Having struck the first blow you deftly followed it up with a “no causal link’. Knock out! Well done, Thérèse! Love and kisses, Jacobxxxxx

        Jacob Rees-Mogg

        February 28, 2020 at 3:39 pm

      • The jokecentre should rebrand as ‘No Casual Link – Consequitor’ 😀

        Val

        February 28, 2020 at 3:45 pm

      • It’s a Spanish word not a Latin word you plebs!

        Boris the Red Tory

        February 28, 2020 at 6:08 pm

      • Andrew Coates

        February 28, 2020 at 6:15 pm

      • How right you are Therese. Even if you drop something to the floor, that doesn’t prove the so-called theory of gravity. Have you ever seen any gravity ? Of course not !

        Neil Crueling

        February 28, 2020 at 10:28 pm

  14. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

    A6er

    February 28, 2020 at 9:40 am

  15. Uk:Google data transfer to USA just the start – possibilities for abuse are enormous.

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/uk-google-data-transfer-usa-start-possibilities-abuse-enormous/5704884

    Violet

    February 28, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    • The ironic thing Violet is that this site is hosted by the anti-privacy 3-letter agency front ‘Cloudfare’. It also has the following trackers:
      googlesyndicationdotcom
      pagead2dotgooglesyndicationdotcom
      klangoodotcom
      magnetapidotklangoodotcom
      sharethisdotcom
      wsdotsharethisdotcom
      wpdotcom
      s0dotwpdotcom
      statsdotwpdotcom

      It seems like those pesky Google guys are everywhere 🙂

      Cisco

      February 28, 2020 at 1:20 pm

      • Install Privacy Badger or Ghostery in your browser to deter this kind of stalking from the big boys.

        Indigo

        February 28, 2020 at 1:46 pm

  16. Me mate has just returned from holiday in the Indian Ocean. She displays all the symptoms of this corona virus. She phoned her doctor and the NHS helpline. They told her to self-isolate until symptoms clear. Not even bothering to test her. No wonder there are no positive tests. It is like we are not being told something. Watch with them jobcentre pens when you sign on. Buses and jobcentres are hotbeds of infection.

    Marge

    February 28, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    • If she is late for her appointment with her Work Coach she will be sanctioned.

      T. Coffey PhD MIMA MP

      February 28, 2020 at 6:20 pm

  17. Yoda

    February 28, 2020 at 6:19 pm

  18. Stultus verba Latina uti quis possit intueri et temptare Subtiliter

    Centurion

    February 28, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    • Any idiot can use Latin words to try and look clever

      Translator Maximus

      February 28, 2020 at 8:21 pm

      • Cui bono?

        Cicero

        February 28, 2020 at 9:18 pm

  19. This research does not prove that idiots are running the Department of Work & Pensions. Nor does it prove
    that vampires suck the blood of the living. The bite marks and the missing blood might be purely co-incidental.

    Count Dracula

    February 28, 2020 at 10:25 pm

  20. “The benefits system exists to accelerate people into poverty,”

    Unfortunatly society is being torn apart as is our country is rundown, in ruins’ by decades of failure.What was the underpinning of society is in completer tatters.A personal recent experience.The level playing field.

    The Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Service

    Online dispute resolution

    The ODR service has been established by the European Commission to help residents in the European Union (EU) who have bought goods or services online, get their complaint resolved.

    The route is designed mainly to facilitate complaints where the customer and providers are in different countries but you may also be eligible to use this service.

    If you purchased a (company removed) product on-line and are still an EU resident you can choose to complain via the ODR service as an alternative. But not us.

    We’ve been let down and hoodwinked.

    ken

    February 29, 2020 at 12:04 am

  21. So the Conquistadors were consequitors as well ?

    Barry Netley

    February 29, 2020 at 11:12 am

    • Only indirectly, in the sense that being a Conquistador meant as a consequence being a consequitor. Circumstantially as it were.

      Henry Harvill

      February 29, 2020 at 12:10 pm

  22. Outcry over £1m bonus for DWP bosses who cut benefits causing poverty

    https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/outcry-over-1m-bonus-dwp-21574952.amp

    trev

    February 29, 2020 at 11:15 am

    • It’s any ill-wind that blows no one any good.

      Neil Gruelling

      February 29, 2020 at 6:29 pm

  23. How many £thousands£ bonus do these evil f*ckers get for each death caused by their financial and psychological torture of the peasants.

    Violet

    February 29, 2020 at 1:45 pm

  24. Andrew Coates

    February 29, 2020 at 3:37 pm

  25. You can’t learn to acquire power by rules: it has to come from inside. But by following certain rules, you can develop an awareness of it. We all have a power potential, but few of us use it, or even know it’s there.

    In more “primitive” cultures, youths are initiated into the rites of power, sometimes in very complicated ways. The rules are absolute and clear-cut, and must be followed exactly, but they are intended to increase the initiate’s awareness of himself – simply carrying out the rituals isn’t enough. If in certain American Indian tribes young men bury themselves in pits up to the neck on lonely hills in the desert , it is to learn patience, concentration and the ability to stay motionless when necessary, however uncomfortable it may be. There’s nothing mysterious about the process – a hunter who is fidgety or has to scratch himself when bitten by flies is unlikely to trap much in the way of game. Survival lies in the ability to control one’s body and one’s mind.

    Our world is not so different, noisy and complex as it seems, but we are less fortunate than the Indians. We are educated at a considerable expense and effort, but no wise teacher prepares us for the world we will face as adults. If we are lucky we learn how to do job, but for most people the price of survival is surrender. There is a place for almost everyone in our world, but usually on other people’s terms rather than our own. Some of us learn how to succeed and may even become rich and famous, few learn how to use the world, instead of being used by it.

    — Michael Korda, from Power! How to Get It; How to Use It

    Though for the Day

    March 1, 2020 at 11:40 am

    • **. If we are lucky we learn how to do a job

      Thought for the Day

      March 1, 2020 at 11:44 am

  26. “I will look for you. I will find you. And I will kill you.”

    — Liam Neeson

    Scary Thought for the Day

    March 1, 2020 at 12:02 pm


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