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Ken Loach making benefits sanctions film

Renowned film director Ken Loach is making a film about benefits sanctions and foodbanks and has called for ‘public rage’ about the way that ‘hunger is now being used as a weapon’. He has also called on Jeremy Corbyn to do more to highlight the situation.

Loach, famed as the director of Cathy Come Home told the Guardian that the situation is now ‘much worse’ than it was when he made that film.

“This is a real open wound in our society. We are just closing our eyes to this. The situation is much worse than in the days of Cathy Come Home, at least then if people had a trade they could have a job for life.

“Those jobs don’t exist now and working people are no longer in control of their own lives. All this is about dividing people into skivers and strivers. There needs to be public rage about this.”

He went on to say that:

“The present system is one of conscious cruelty. It bears down on those least able to bear it. The bureaucratic inefficiency is vindictive and hunger is being used as a weapon. People are being forced to look for work that doesn’t exist.”

“The idea that someone in the system can decide whether or not you can eat is appalling. Where is the Labour party on this? We should have the Tories on the run on this one.

“Come on Jeremy, we want to hear from you on this issue. People are feeling oppressed and crushed and powerless. What is the point of the Labour movement if not to give voice to people in these situations?”

You can read the full story in the Guardian.

Comments  

#4 Blackcat 2015-11-27 01:34
Hi
I have autism and have to be very careful.

I remember 'Cathy come home' very well This led to the foundation of a very famous charity. It also made a student who has never stopped being a student famous. In fact it was then that the country started to be run by students.
It was one of these students who said 'Covert agreement' 'singing off the same hymn sheet'
I am really thrilled by all of this,because the whole lot is about to hit the buffer stops at full speed. As for the crips like rubber ducks always bounce back. :-*
+5 #3 bobingalong 2015-11-25 14:42
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I totally agree with you Mr Loach. The labour party has been marked absent.
Corbyn has made a few mistakes, some of them silly and self-inflicted. That's not surprising, given his lack of experience in a leadership role. But he's really not been helped by the Blairites, many of whom have gone out of their way to undermine him from day one. The most frustrating thing about this is that the Tories are more vulnerable than they might seem, as the tax credits row shows. Sadly it seems many Blairites have ceased to believe in genuinely progressive, compassionate policies, if they ever did so.
It is not Corbyn or the mp's that back him that i have a problem with, it has been the lack of the labour party to stand up for poor disabled and oppressed ever since Cameron’s lot came to power.
I'd hoped that Corbyn would have reminded the mp's what the labor party represents not tory-light. The way that labor mp's are ganging up to distance themselves from Corbyn in my opinion shows how spineless they are.
+5 #2 tintack 2015-11-25 12:38
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I totally agree with you Mr Loach. The labour party has been marked absent.
Corbyn has made a few mistakes, some of them silly and self-inflicted. That's not surprising, given his lack of experience in a leadership role. But he's really not been helped by the Blairites, many of whom have gone out of their way to undermine him from day one. The most frustrating thing about this is that the Tories are more vulnerable than they might seem, as the tax credits row shows. Sadly it seems many Blairites have ceased to believe in genuinely progressive, compassionate policies, if they ever did so.
+4 #1 bobingalong 2015-11-25 11:16
I totally agree with you Mr Loach. The labour party has been marked absent.

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