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The campaigner responsible for this memorable piece of work –

– is back.

After painting the words “Fit for work” on Job Centres across Birmingham, with an image of the outline drawn around dead bodies in murder mysteries – who have had one leg chopped off, with a trail of blood leading to it (and being arrested for trying to paint the words on a DWP office building), the campaigner responsible is hoping to expand into a line of T-shirts, with all profits going to charity.

To fund this line, this person is selling “Fit for work” sticker packs. If you agree with the campaign, and the reasons for it, then please support it by visiting the website, here.

If you feel the need to be inspired, the page presents a pretty good case.

In it, our campaigner states: “Condemned by the UN for cuts to public services and benefits that disproportionately affect the least well-off, the conservative government is in breach of its human rights obligations.

“UCL research links health and social care spending cuts since 2010 to 120,000 excess deaths in England alone.  14 million people, over a fifth of the country are in poverty, with a record 60% of those in poverty in work, the highest figure yet recorded. The governments own research indicates that a shocking 4.1 million of those in poverty are also children.

“At a time when disability benefit claimant suicide rates have doubled to 43%, nearly half!  When the disabled and terminally ill are being declared “fit for work” in the face of overwhelming medical evidence, there is no question that this is an ideologically driven program of social cleansing. 70% of appeal cases are subsequently overturned, wasting thousands in unnecessary legal fees, as claimants are sanctioned starving or freezing to death in their own homes, DWP officials are claiming 44 million in performance related bonuses.

“When homelessness has risen by a shocking 165%, and people are freezing to death on the steps of parliament, it’s time for immediate action, not platitudes about “strong and stable leadership” or  any of the countless sound bites regurgitated in parliament or the media to avoid answering for their criminal legacy. Public opinion must make it clear that we will not accept this!

“This country has a rich history of protesting that has lead to many of the freedoms we enjoy today, and it is our collective responsibility to stand up against these gross and systemic violations of peoples fundamental rights.”

That’s why this campaigner painted that striking image on Job Centres last year – and that’s why I encourage you to visit the website and support the project.


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