Oct. 1st, 2013

Politics

Oct. 1st, 2013 10:14 am
beccaelizabeth: Lady Frankenstein plugs her brain in (net access)
You know, every time I think the *rudeword* conservatives have reached their natural level, they find further to go. This week's idiocy is the suggestion that, in order to get unemployment benefits, people will have to sit in the unemployment office for 35 hours a week.

That's not about giving them skills or training or support. That's making them sit in detention for the terrible sin of having no job.

Think about it. 35 hours a week, in an office, with other people in the same situation, and maybe some dude employed by the government to make sure you turn up and stay there. That's the best use of anyone's time?

That's this government saying hey, no, actually you do not get to have your own life, being poor means obeying our every whim. Dance, puppets, dance!

FFS, we pay taxes, we pay National Insurance, and that means we're entitled to support when we need it. Even if we need it a really long time! And, okay, some of us have to look around the family tree quite a bit to find a tax payer, but the basic principle is society pays in so society can get it back out when we need it. This is our money.

But no, the rich sods in charge think there is some fundamental difference that applies to divide the workers and the... I'm not going to repeat their words for it, they've been using rude words for it lately, lets go with unemployed. And if someone becomes unemployed, that means it is secretly not their money any more, because it is secretly not their country. They just live here.

Can we vote these bastards away soon? Please? Nobody voted for this.



Oh, and while I'm ranting, did you see the thing about making people in the ESA WRAG group take any work offered to them? "Forcing sick and disabled people to take up offers of work". Can you guess why that won't work? They've taken the keywords out of the names, but this is the replacement for Incapacity benefit. The benefit is for people who cannot work. This group is for people who, in a couple of years, may become well enough to work. Forcing them to take up offers of work they cannot do, even by the government's own ridiculously stringent tests... how is that supposed to be remotely helpful? It's not, of course. It's just another hoop. But then it would be catch-22: if you're on the benefit that says you're too ill to work, you have to take up work, or they will take you off the benefit, which will mean you're no longer on the benefit that says you're too ill to work, which, hey, means you have to take up work. At no point in this cycle does the person in question become well. And the government keep expressing surprise that people remain on ESA for a long time. Yes, they do, because they remain fucking disabled.


/rant for the day.

god knows they'll say something else rant inducing soon enough.

beccaelizabeth: Richie Ryan, armed and tough... then sticking his tongue out.  Clan Denial symbol, crossed swords knot.  Richie Lives. (Richie Lives)
I just finished watching the first season of Arrow.

... I sure know how to pick favourite characters. *sigh*

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So... Arrow was mostly fun to watch and didn't be major ugly. A little annoying in who got to be active/passive and the moral alignment and fate of emotional or violent people of particular genders, but, not hugely evil. And it made me care about some characters.

It just made me care about some characters I'm not so much going to see more of later.

It got rid of stuff I thought was interesting and annoyed me with stuff it thought was interesting.

And the island stuff is deeply and epically boring and half the stupid show.


I am not sold on watching the next season.



But I am glad I watched this season.

It gives me interesting characters to rescue and keep and send swimming in rivers.

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