Ashton under Lyne Job Centre is now internationally infamous, thanks to the posts of seercharlotte on The Poor Side of Life blog.
This Writer can make this claim without fear of inaccuracy because Vox Political is known to be read in all but around four countries globally.
What do those foreign readers think of this place, where people are sanctioned out of their due benefits pointlessly and then die in the cold, or commit suicide, and where staff use the Nuremberg Defence of “I was just following orders” to justify the deaths?
Can they feel anything but contempt for the government that was once the Fountainhead of Justice?
As it was particularly cold I decided to stand at the front of the building [Ashton under Lyne Job Centre] out of the way of any doors, so not to cause an obstruction. I had found a little spot where it was a degree or two warmer. It was a blessing, my coat is very old now and it’s hard going out there.
Within 5 minutes of my standing there, a G4S security guard marched out demanding that I move. He couldn’t give me a reason why, but he had his usual grin on his face. Of course I didn’t move. I stood my ground very peacefully. No crime was committed and no harm was caused. After all I wasn’t causing an obstruction, I was polite and I’m sure the Job Centre is regarded as a public building. So there I stood, until I had to leave.
Regarding waiting inside the Jobcentre for your appointment: There is no official ruling stating that you can’t. They just like tell you that you can’t. So wait in the lobby of your local Jobcentre. Go and use one of their computers for 10 minutes or look at a few leaflets. It’s cold and you need to keep warm. Don’t let them bully you.
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