British director Ken Loach talks during during a photocall on May 13, 2016 for the film "I, Daniel Blake" at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.

British director Ken Loach talks during during a photocall on May 13, 2016 for the film “I, Daniel Blake” at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.

Among all the ways of getting the British public to realise the harm being done to our own neighbours, under our noses, by the Conservative Government, artistic endeavours are the least discussed.

At some point, This Writer is hoping to pen a play entitled Sunset for a Scrounger, focusing on the evidence against the policies of Iain Duncan Smith while he was Work and Pensions secretary.

So I applaud Ken Loach for reducing the audience at Cannes to tears with what has become an everyday story of benefit claimants here in the UK.

Director Ken Loach denounced the British government’s “conscious cruelty” towards the poor Friday after his film about the poverty and humiliation inflicted upon them by welfare cuts had critics at the Cannes film festival in tears.

The left-wing director, who turns 80 this year and is known for shining a light on the downtrodden, also got lengthy applause and shouts of “Bravo!” at a press conference after “I, Daniel Blake” was screened.

It tells of carpenter Daniel Blake’s Kafkaesque journey to get benefits in Britain after suffering a heart attack and being told by doctors he can no longer work.

But an invisible and oft-cited “decision-maker” rules he is too healthy for benefits.

“The most vulnerable people are told their poverty is their own fault,” Loach told reporters. “If you have no work it is your fault that you haven’t got a job.

“It is shocking. It is not an issue just for people in our country, it is throughout Europe and there is a conscious cruelty in the way we are organising our lives now,” he said.

Source: Loach film on shame of poverty in Britain moves Cannes to tears

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