Daily Archives: September 2, 2017

Sanctioned for not being able to sign on on bank holiday Monday. Tears, frustration and rain.

Charlotte and her wonderful team continue to perform small miracles, and help all those new people who have been sent to Ashton Under Lyne, after their own jobcenter closed!
I don’t know how they have managed to keep doing this every week, but next week is their fourth year of standing up to fight against the intolerance of the jobcenter – well done to you all 🙂

The poor side of life

Today’s demo started rather hurriedly and to be honest I didn’t know if I was coming or going. This feeling was amplified because it was cold, rainy and my daughter was a bit fed up. understandable of course. But she soon settled down into our usual routine and all was well.


We are seeing a lot of new faces due to Stalybridge Jobcentre shutting. They don’t know us and what we are doing, and we don’t know them or their situations either. So we have to start from scratch, which at times isn’t easy.  But it’s a whole lot harder for them.

I started a conversation with a man who had been previously attending Stalybridge Jobcentre for his appointments. The first thing that he said to me was that he couldn’t believe how rude the front desk staff are at  Ashton Jobcentre, and how rude some of the advisors are also…

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New Tory youth movement ‘Activate’ deletes webpage after ridicule

So this is the face of Tory Youth . . . . . if so, I’ve definitely gone back to mine! Lol

Pride's Purge

Oh dear.

The Tories have launched a new organisation called ‘Activate‘ in a vain attempt to capture the youth vote.

The organisation is supposed to be run by and for young people.

But if that’s true, why does the Activate website keep referring to young people as ‘them’ and ‘their’:

Could it be because Activate is actually being run by a bunch of old farts from Central Office?

Or is it because the organisation’s Chair is middle-aged Tory councillor Gary Markwell – who is also Tory MP Nick Herbert’s campaign manager, someone not particularly known for his youth-orientated views?

And why – within hours of the launch – did the Tories delete the page from the new Activate website which showed the names and faces of its leadership?

Mind you, to be fair, I wouldn’t want everyone to know I was involved in such an embarrassing project…

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