‘I’m starving’ says man in protest against the benefit system on Job Centre roof

Sometimes people have to stand on rooftops to make a point, it seems.

This Writer can’t approve of the damage to property implied by this particular gentleman’s behaviour, of course.

But I certainly sympathise with the motivation behind it.

He is reported to have said, “I’m starving” at one point.

Standing on the roof and shouting about it suggests this was the only way he expected to get his point across.

I wonder if he had already tried talking to the staff inside Upton Job Centre Plus before he resorted to standing on top of it and shouting.

It’s hard to get through when nobody wants to listen.

And now that they can pin criminal damage on this man, I wonder whether anybody will bother listening to him again.

Perhaps that’s how the Tories get away with victimising these people. What do you think?

Source: Man on roof for hours in job centre standoff with police – Liverpool Echo

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4 thoughts on “‘I’m starving’ says man in protest against the benefit system on Job Centre roof

  1. Florence

    Looks like another case of “poverty crime” for the police to clean up after the DWP. Maybe they gave him a meal after arresting him, as legally obliged to do. It’s not the first time we’ve seen starving people commit crime to get arrested simply to get a meal. Starvation induces erratic and survival mode behaviours.

    At a Rebecca Long Bailey campaign event this week end in Wales a UC victim stood up and spoke movingly about how the DWP is starving people. It’s the new normal in UC areas for everyone on benefits to be constantly hungry. It’s time the Unions and Labour started organising mass protests in every UC area and show leadership and opposition, and for local members to actually do something useful. Food banks are a stop gap and demeaning. We have set up a small food support group in our small community that is currently providing weekly support to those in need. Not just 3 days 3 x a year but every week until they can get straight. We had our first pensioner ask for help this week too. There are many such groups springing up as real grass roots responses to dire need.
    There are face book groups such as the Fighting UC Atrocities (FUCA) that offer advice and a sister page Feed the FUCAs to respond to food needs.

  2. Jeffrey Davies

    Untill more protest then on it goes denial of benefits to the poor aktion T4 rolling along with out much of a ado

  3. trev

    I sometimes think they want people to lose it and kick off in the Jobcentre so they can throw them out. It’s an intimidating and hostile environment with Work Coaches stonewalling you, asking you tricky questions but refusing to accept your answers, and generally talking out of their backside, while G4SS goons hover about. I thoroughly hate the place. Signing on is a fortnightly ordeal, an anxiety-ridden showdown with a human robot.

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