Thursday, 27 October 2016
I doubt I have ever encountered people who can stoop so low as some of the people who work for Jobcentre Plus. Some of these people really are fucking scum - Podsnappian. They are are so low, that they could crawl under a snakes belly wearing a top hat. Every week that we protest outside Ashton-under-Lyne Jobcentre, we never fail to be astonished at some of the ghastly stories that we hear from Jobseeker's about the shabby and inhuman way in which, they have been treated. The Tory government and the DWP, really have taken out an insurance policy against pity.
It brings to mind a remark made by the character Lebezyatnikov, in the novel 'Crime and Punishment', by the Russian novelist, Fydor Dostoevsky, who says to the drunken civil servant Marmeladov, that "Science had declared compassion a social evil and that this notion had already been put into practice in England were they have political economy."
This absence of compassion was evident today when we spoke to Lisa, a 44-year-old lady from Ashton-under-Lyne, who has been deprived of her Disability Living Allowance (DLA), because she missed an appointment. Earlier this year, Lisa became very ill with double pneumonia, kidney failure and sepsis. She spent over two-months in intensive care and three weeks in an induced coma.
After her discharge from hospital she was booked in for a home visit to discuss her transfer from DLA to PIP but she was later told that she would have to attend an appointment in person in Rochdale. Unable to attend the meeting because she was still unwell, the Jobcentre stopped her DLA payments, in spite of her explaining her circumstances and backing this up with evidence.
It really does make one feel ashamed to be an Englishman. This is the sort of workhouse mentality that one would expect to find in the pages of a Dickens novel and not modern England, the sixth richest nation on earth. We understand Lisa is appealing the decision and has spoken to her MP about her case.