The Poor Side of Life: Hammersmith Jobcentre Producing Propaganda Photos of Claimants

The Poor Side of Life have put up a piece reporting that Hammersmith Jobcentre has been approaching claimants and trying to get them to pose for promotional photos, showing them as happy, smiling satisfied customers. This follows a message they had from one such claimant, who was approached in this way by the supervisor. They turned the request down, though as the Blog states, the claimant was hard to intimidate. Others, who were more scared and intimidated by the threat of sanctions, would more likely have given in. The blog states that it has confirmed their view of the propagandistic nature of much of the material from the Jobcentre, and particularly after they found many of the claims made in support of Iain Duncan-Smith’s wretched Universal Credit misleading. The piece concludes

Now, it’s extremely rare for a claimant to be actually smiling inside a Jobcentre. You are usually extremely stressed and it’s the last place that you want to be in. And shaking an advisors hand? This very rarely happens, at best claimants are treated like they have the bubonic plague. A decent advisor still won’t shake your hand. Manners don’t really exist in a Jobcentre.

It’s just more evidence of the DWP trying to send out a completely misleading message.

Kudos to the claimant for sharing this. And watch out for the new fake smiley photos posted in local newspapers and Jobcentres.

https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/hammersmith-jobcentre-approaching-claimants-to-take-photographs-for-dwp-promotional-material/

This is the DWP building Potemkin villages for us peasants. These were fake villages put up in 18th century Russia, after Catherine the Great complained that she wanted the peasants to be better housed and prosperous. So her prime minister, Potemkin, order a number of fake villages to be built. The houses in these villages were just facades. Catherine was taken through them, and shown how fine they were and that the peasants were happy and well housed. But it was all fake. Just like this.

Jobcentres are terrible places. I’ve a young cousin, who didn’t sign on for ages because of the way the staff treated them. I’ve also had a taste of their abuse myself, after I was more or less told to stop going there and signing on. But unless you have experience of this maltreatment, or hear about it personally, then you don’t realise what it’s like. As all too many people don’t, lulled into believing that the Jobcentre really does have some kind of ethic about helping people, while since Iain Duncan-Smith and probably a few years before, it’s all been about keeping as many people as possible off benefit so the rich can get their tax cut and the government can massage its unemployment figures.

Disgusting. And it’s also disgusting that Ed Miliband was all too willing to go along with this and the Tory welfare cuts, as he didn’t want to be seen as weak on benefit scroungers. Which is how he would have been presented by the Tory press.

It’s no wonder we’ve got mass starvation in this country. And apart from the government and nearly 40 years of Tory ideology determining benefit cuts, part of the blame must lie with the people peddling these bogus stories in the right-wing press: Rupert Murdoch, the Barclay Twins and Paul Dacre. They should all be kicked out now.

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4 Responses to “The Poor Side of Life: Hammersmith Jobcentre Producing Propaganda Photos of Claimants”

  1. Mark Catlin Says:

    Reblogged this on Declaration Of Opinion .

  2. jeffrey davies Says:

    aktion t4 at its best smile for the camera while quietly sanction is given oh dear sounds like that summer of 41 jeff3

  3. Blissex Says:

    «believing that the Jobcentre really does have some kind of ethic about helping people, while since Iain Duncan-Smith and probably a few years before, it’s all been about keeping as many people as possible off benefit so the rich can get their tax cut and the government can massage its unemployment figures.»

    Since Ian Duncan Smith resigned from the cabinet over the cuts that New Labour did not oppose, accusing the cabinet of engaging in class war (something New Labour would never do), I have got a lot more respect for him. Also recently from interviews of Nick Clegg and Vince Cable it turns out that Ian Duncan Smith was the most effective opposition to cuts at the DWP, and the resignation was just the last act:

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/mar/22/i-made-a-mistake-but-i-wont-say-sorry-george-osborne-tells-mps
    «At the weekend, Duncan Smith, a former party leader, launched a withering attack on Osborne, accusing him of safeguarding wealthy, Tory-voting pensioners at the expense of cuts that hit the working poor and disabled.»

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/sep/05/vince-cable-tories-collectively-could-be-appalling
    «Some of the greatest pressure came on IDS at the Department for Work and Pensions, whose poor, disabled, unemployed and otherwise vulnerable clients were seen as easy targets for cuts. IDS was a significant figure, and a fundamentally decent man, but he spent much of his time fighting off pubescent advisers and Treasury officials with cruel ideas for saving money.»

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/sep/02/nick-clegg-george-osborne-cut-welfare-poorest-boost-tory-popularity>
    «”Welfare for Osborne was just a bottomless pit of savings, and it didn’t really matter what the human consequences were, because focus groups had shown that the voters they wanted to appeal to were very anti-welfare, and therefore there was almost no limit to those anti-welfare prejudices,”»

    Amazing times when Ian Duncan Smith turns out to be the caring, sensible champion of the poor and disabled.

  4. Blissex Says:

    «Ian Duncan Smith turns out to be the caring, sensible champion of the poor and disabled.»

    Relatively speaking of course, but still…

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