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Human Interest stories only shaft the vulnerable even more!

via Human Interest stories only shaft the vulnerable even more!

Having just read Speye Joe’s post, I have to agree with his arguments, about the way in which we all seem to be suffering a kind of Poverty Fatigue.

There are so many stories coming to light, about the appalling way people’s lives are unravelling, here in the UK – people who, through no fault of their own, are having to claim benefits in order to survive, and with no chance to thrive!

People who are more likely to actually be working, than not, and who are living such precarious lives because of the Tory inability to see that No, work doesn’t pay any more – mainly, because of the fact that all of those excessively rich tory voters are actually the ones who own the businesses that most people are working in, and who have made sure that wages stay so low, that the only way to survive for their workers, is to claim the now-infamous Universal Credit – thus making the ordinary tax payer the ones who pay towards their own wages, rather than those same Tory bosses being made to dig deep into their enormous profits, to pay their people a decent, living, wage!

But it’s this so-called Universal Credit, that is causing more grief, poverty, homelessness, and deaths, than has been seen since Victorian times – and it was a Benefit that was deliberately refined, to the point where it’s harder to claim than anything ever thought of, and with horrendous sanctions built-in, just to make sure that the poor can be punished even more, for daring to be born poor, or because they were reduced to poverty by their workplace closing, mostly due to the Tory Banker’s greed!

The fact that the tories are aggressively denying the come-back of Rickets, and other poverty-related illnesses, here in Britain, is to be expected – after all, every word that comes out of a Tory mouth is lie, upon lie, upon lie, and nothing gets done to change it – mainly because there are still far too many ordinary working class people who would rather believe the Tory Lie, fed to them every day in their Tory-owned newspapers, and on the Tory-owned TV, rather than face what our country has really become, and do something about it!



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I keep on checking up . . .

. . . . . but there’s still no sign of my results for my Children’s Lit course.

Yes, I know! It won’t be there until 5th August. But I keep on hoping that it’ll mysteriously appear, just for me :/

I don’t know why I worry so much about what my EMA score will be. After all, I won’t be using my degree for any sort of career purposes – although, this afternoon, a good friend did ask me if I had any intention of trying to write something good enough to be published. 

My first instinct was to deny this. After all, I can’t be the only one with file upon file of rejection slips, can I?

But, thinking about it a bit later on, I had to admit to myself that I haven’t quite given up my dream of seeing a book I’ve written in print yet.

When I was young, I used to dream of writing the greatest literary piece ever, but education and life soon taught me that I’m not really up to those sort of standards. But a girl can dream, can’t she? Lol

That’s not to say that I don’t have a chance at all, because I guess I’ve got as much chance as anyone else, to do something with all the ideas I have floating about in my head.

As a huge Terry Pratchett fan, I’ve always fancied the idea he put forward, in one of his earlier books, that all the great ideas are sleeting through the universe and, if you happen to be in the right place at the right time, you might be lucky, and get one bumping into your head!

I’ve have actually written a children’s book recently, and my daughter is going to be illustrating it for me, as I love her style of artwork. She came to stay for a few days recently, and we sat discussing the book, and how we both envisage it, and I realised that there was so much more scope, for developing my book, than I might have realised before I took the two Creative Writing courses with the O.U. 
There’s also the fact that my last course was a children’s lit one, which taught me a lot about how to set out a book, especially one for children.

So, all in all I think, if we can develop this book the way we discussed it, I can’t see any reason why I couldn’t submit it to a publisher to look at and, you never know, someone might actually like it enough to print it! 🙂

And in the meantime, I’ll keep signing in to student home, in the hope that my result is finally in!

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