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696 people dead. Silence from politicians. Remember the dead fight for the living.

Yesterday 626 people died from Covid 19 but you wouldn’t know about this if you’re not on Twitter. Channel four news did mention it but it wasn’t their top story.

There’s been zero publicity surrounding this and zero communication from politicians about this except for Nicola Sturgeon. At least she cares.

I’m not saying that left wing politicians don’t care, I’m sure that they do but why have they remained silent on this? Don’t the families and friends of those that died deserve some support? They must feel extremely neglected at the moment and its shameful that they’re feeling like this.

Don’t their deaths mean anything? I’m certain that deaths from Covid 19 are being normalised in society. There’s also a whole lot of people that still believe that its all a conspiracy. How callous is this? I’m sorry but it disgusts me.

Every person that died yesterday was someone’s child, sister, brother, parent, aunt, uncle, carer, grandparent and friend. Every one of them were loved by someone. They’ll be missed but sadly do officials care enough to mention this?

I’m furious, they deserve much more than this. They deserve to be remembered.

All of this could have been prevented but it wasn’t. We have a prime minister that is failing the public each and every day. He doesn’t care who dies, nor do his friends either.

You see, I’ve said before that we are all surplus to requirements. If they cant profit from us then they’ll neglect us as they please.

Johnson should have been dealt with the pandemic properly in the beginning. Common sense dictates this but Johnson couldn’t care less. He disappeared for a while, and not one of his Tory MPs questioned this.

Lets talk about the latest news about the new tier system.

It’s complicated, unclear and to be honest lots of people wont even realise that the government have changed the rules again.

It’s ridiculous, people are ignoring the restrictions because they know that they can do. Therefore people are continuing to spread it wherever they go.

The government tells the public that we are in phase 1, 2 or 3 lockdown but they continue to keep the schools open. Thus proving that they don’t give a stuff about our children, teaching staff, school staff and vulnerable family members.

Surely the government must realise that closing schools, especially secondary schools is the right thing to do. Despite the scientific evidence, complaints from the teaching unions and parents they’re still keeping the schools open.

The government will never admit that they’re wrong and they don’t care how many people die as a result of their negligence.

The government is also ignoring the mental strain thats being put on teaching and support staff every day. Not only are they scared of becoming ill themselves, but they’re also worrying about their pupils and their families.

Can you imagine how heartbreaking it would be to learn that you’ve infected a loved one and they become ill or worse. They shouldn’t be put under this stress.

What we need to happen is a full national lockdown. Not a half hearted one because these so called lockdowns aren’t working. The very evidence that 696 people died from Covid 19 yesterday proves this.

We need a full national lockdown thats the same in every town, city and in rural places.

We need all shops except the essential ones to shut, so many shops are still open that say they’re essential but in reality they aren’t. You only have to head over to YouTube and see the Home Bargains and B&M shopping hauls that prove this.

We need each and every person to be properly compensated whilst they can’t work.

We need bailiff visits and evictions to be stopped again

More importantly we need all schools and educational establishments to close. There’s certainly not enough social distancing and the so called ‘Bubble” system is a joke. People are dying remember that.

Whilst it’s definitely not our children’s fault that they’re spreading it, it is the government’s fault for putting them in this position.

The loosening of the restrictions at Christmas time is ridiculous. So many people will become ill or worse as a result of the governments negligence. I suppose they’ve done this because they want to appear popular but they wont be when the death toll is high.

I want all politicians to at least acknowledge the people that have died and I want The Labour Party to challenge the Tories about their shocking management of the pandemic. Before you say it I realise that most Tory MPs won’t but I can ask anyway.

Unemployment is set to hit 2.6 million by mid 2021 and still the government wants to take the extra £20 a week away. It might not seem like a lot to some people but its a lifeline for so many.

So many people have been pushed into poverty through no fault of their own yet their being treated terribly by the government. Don’t even get me started on the DWP and their required job searches whilst we are in the middle of a pandemic.

It shouldn’t be me saying this though, its our politicians job to do this.

Here’s hoping that they will soon.

As for me, I’m still battling this latest infection although I’m not as breathless as I was. The stress of Christmas is already affecting me. I cant afford to buy my daughter anything for Christmas, I only just managed her birthday.

Thousands of people will be feeling the same. If I could cancel Christmas I would.

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Poverty is unrelieved violence that only serves the powerful.

I believe that our very being is political. Before and when we are born we are thrust into the world of politics without our knowledge.

Our future is dependent upon the opportunities that are given to you from this moment onwards. We are political pawns and are so from the cradle to the grave.

We are now living in the middle of a pandemic whilst at the same time more and more people are being thrust into destitution, homelessness and much worse. Little or no support is being given to those that need it and sadly I don’t see it improving any time soon.

You’d think that any responsible government would want to help the very people that are suffering but they don’t. You see they view us as a commodity, a bargaining chip that they can cash in to make money from whenever they want to.

This Tory government has no respect for our life’s, our feelings, our suffering. The only respect they have is for the gods of money and capitalism. There’s always a profit to be made from another persons suffering and poverty.

This is exactly why the DWP have been able to treat people appallingly for years. They constantly gaslight vulnerable people and use the threat of their payments being stopped as leverage to blackmail claimants into doing anything that they say to survive.

I’ve been writing about DWP injustices for years now, and every time that I do it angers me. They force claimants to ‘volunteer aka workfare’ for nothing because it ‘might’ result in employment. It rarely does though because the companies involved would rather have free workers than paid.

Then we also have the never ending mandated work searches, looking for jobs that don’t exist. It’s mind numbing and designed to make us comply.

We have disabled people actively persecuted and harassed for being disabled. Constant ‘medical’ assessments to prove that they’re still ill or disabled. This circle of cruelty never ends.

Can you imagine how cruel and humiliating it is to be constantly told by DWP workers that aren’t medically trained that you aren’t ill, you aren’t disabled despite consultants and doctors diagnosing your conditions?

Recently I leant from Benefits And Work that there have been some terrible breaches of confidence, disgusting questioning whilst having to undergoing PIP telephone assessments.

These are some of the complaints;

Trainees listening into the call and sniggering, being asked to make noises like they make when in pain, being asked ‘How often do you change your underwear”. Meanwhile some assessors have been relentless, making the claimant cry and refusing to acknowledge their distress.

This would never happen to anyone thats financially secure and without money worries would it. It just wouldn’t because they’d be challenged straight away. Meanwhile poor people have to accept that they’re going to be subjected to this treatment as a daily part of their life.

I read a comment on Twitter that asked ‘What’s the one thing that would eliminate poverty’. There were many suggestions such as having money, yes that would help. Having a home.. Yes that would help if you’ve got the money to be able to keep a home going. One person hit the nail on the head and suggested education.

Whilst money is a must have and an immediate answer to many of our problems, the answer does lie with education. The more that a person is educated, the more likely a person is to be able to question things, to have a better job, a nice place to live.

The government doesn’t like this idea though. They don’t want working class children to have a good education, this would create adults that wouldn’t put up with their bullshit.

Whilst the pandemic continues its very much a question of us and them. Whilst we are struggling to survive because of lost employment, the lack of sufficient social security, the much better off are actually being being able to ‘enjoy’ the lockdowns to some extent. They can start new hobbies, whilst we are left to spend our time worrying about how we are going to feed ourselves and their children if they have them.

Meanwhile the government handles the pandemic in the worst way possible and offers extremely unclear guidelines to the public. How are people meant to abide by the rules when they’re not clear?

Then we have the question of money.

The government is still refusing to extend the extra £20 a week pandemic payments for universal credit claimants beyond April,. They’re also still refusing to help disabled people in the same way and are often heard saying ‘well there isn’t enough money to do that”

I and others question this especially when the government announced yesterday that they’re wanting to spend £24.1 billion over the next four years on defence. There’s always a magic money tree available for this isn’t there.

Unbelievably the opposition appear to be in agreement with this money being spent. What about the people that are ill or dying from Covid 19? What about people living in abject poverty? Wouldn’t the money be better spent on them and on our NHS?

There’s absolutely no doubt that the poorest will be made to pay the most for the austerity crisis. Austerity economics has failed. It has harmed millions of people that haven’t received the support that they needed. Instead it plunged millions into poverty and absolute poverty.

Austerity has killed over 120, 000 people but Sunak and the Tory party don’t care about this. It’s all about keeping their friends happy, keeping the wealth to themselves whilst watching the working class suffer.

Sod the working class… They don’t matter…

Now tell me that you aren’t political… That politics don’t matter to you…

Like my friend Keith says that whilst we’ve got this evil government in power ordinary people will always pay.

We are robbed from the womb to the grave by over privileged thugs. Poverty is unrelieved violence that only serves the powerful.

Remember this.

Many thanks to my good friend Keith Ordinary guy for inspiring me to write this.

Yesterday’s blog was below par, most likely because I’d spent the day chasing down my meds whilst feeling rotten. I promise to do better in the future.

A massive thank you to everyone that reads and supports my blog and campaign. You really do mean the word to me.

I don’t receive any payment for anything that I do and whilst Ive been ill my finances have taken a massive blow.

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I’m struggling…

Dear readers this week’s blog is going to be rather short and I apologize for this.

The other week my daughter brought a virus home from school. This in itself wouldn’t be problematic but combine this with my long covid and respitory problems because of this it’s been a nightmare.

I was prescribed some meds which have worked to an extent but I still feel terrible. As a result it’s impacted my life dramatically this week and all that I’ve been able to do is nothing. A flat nothing except essential tasks.

I know that I should probably go back to the hospital but I’m putting it off because they’ve got much sicker people than me to deal with.

The reality is that long covid sufferers like myself are left to it with very little or no support. If you haven’t been admitted to hospital then it’s extremely hard to get someone to listen and to help you.

Unluckily I was admitted to hospital so I have been able to access some very basic tests and have been allocated a respiratory specialist that I’m still waiting to see.

I’ve tried all of the alternative remedies out there and none of them work. Some slightly ease the symptoms but the only things that really work are time, antibiotics for any infection lurking and a nebuliser on bad days.

To access any of these you either have to have access to a decent doctor and a local hospital. By decent I mean a doctor that actually recognises that long covid and related problems are an actual thing.

This sadly isn’t as easy as you might think. Often when you get covid 19 you also can get some really strange symptoms that there’s no explanation for.

My strange symptoms have been high temperature but not skyrocketing high, hallucinations in the early stages, really strange aches and pains, fatigue, breathlessness and a crappy immune system that can be set off by the slightest thing.

When the decision to have another so called lockdown not once were people with illnesses, disabilities and long covid taken into account.

The government shuts pubs, restaurants, gyms etc but they refuse to shut the schools, colleges and universities.

It’s a total misconception that children are being adequately socially distanced. The covid 19 and other viruses are running through these establishments at a high rate. This then returns home with the pupils, teachers, teaching staff and school staff and is passed onto any person living with them.

It’s extremely dangerous but so many people are failing to see this. We aren’t even an afterthought we aren’t thought of at all.

It’s also extremely frustrating to see that so many people in my area at least don’t believe that this virus exists or if it does it’s not harmful.

It’s all a conspiracy they say, wearing a mask takes away our freedom! They fail to see that wearing a mask actually does help to give them the freedom that they crave.

Then we have the news of a vaccine that’s on the way. It’s supposedly around 90% effective and it should be welcomed. But it isn’t by many.

Like anything new it’s ok to be suspicious but this vaccination has been tested adequately. I can’t however comment on any side effects but to be honest I’d give anything to feel well again.

Whilst the schools etc are still open the virus will still be spread amongst our communities. Add into this the people that refuse to wear a mask etc and so many more people are going to become ill or much worse die.

This week saw the death total for UK hit 50 thousand. Yes these people died from Covid 19 related illnesses but people still insult the dead and their families by saying that its all a lie.

It isn’t a lie, people are dying and they need to take this seriously.

I’m sorry for repeating myself again but people do need to hear this. It’s extremely important.

As for me, I’ve not been able to go out anywhere except for my local post office which isn’t far.

I struggle walking there and back, breathing isn’t easy when your mobile but it is what it is.

I wear a mask whenever I do go to the post office and I’m very strict about using anti bacterial hand creams etc.

I stay away from any crowds of people because I realize the risk of catching something else.

I’m not contagious anymore but so many people are vulnerable and we all need to look after each other.

What I do want is a proper lockdown with the full support of the government for workers and self employed people.

I want people to realise that long covid is a serious thing as is having a weakened immune system thanks to covid 19.

I want people to realise that we don’t get well overnight. It takes a long time and its a struggle to do so.

For some catching covid 19 is the only way that they’ll start to realise how awful it is.

As for the vaccine. It’s going to take quite a while for it to be rolled out to the general public. It’s being offered to vulnerable groups of people first and quiet rightly so.

Please don’t become complacent because a vaccine is on the way.

Please keep safe. I know that as a single parent it’s doubly hard to do so but it’s so important.

Continue to look out for each other, help and support each other.

I’m going to end this blog here but please know that you’re all in my thoughts.

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Lockdown number two and more DWP cruelty.

Dear readers its Thursday again. Time passes so quickly, in a blink it appears to be another day. I remember being a kid and wanting desperately to be an adult. How stupid was I.

I’m much the same as last week, but I managed to get my meds so hopefully I’ll be feeling a lot better soon. I know that I keep saying this and I do think that I’m being a bit over optimistic when I say this. As long as my daughter is at school the more viruses she will bring home.

Today didn’t start well. Almost as soon as my daughter arrived at school her school bag broke. Wonderful, I can’t budget for things like this and some would say that we shouldn’t be wasting our money on ‘frivolous’ things like this.

The fact is that essentials aren’t exclusively food. Essentials also mean gas, electric, clothing for children and ourselves. Now that charity shops have shut down once again because of the second lockdown the option to buy clothes and such essentials at a cheaper price has been taken away.

Don’t get me wrong, I totally agree with the second lockdown, only it isn’t a lockdown is it. Schools are still open and debt collectors are still knocking on doors demanding money often with menaces.

Schools especially secondary schools aren’t providing adequate social distancing for both pupils, teachers and all school staff. There isn’t the room to do this and you wouldn’t believe how many people really think that these measures are in place.

To be honest how are they supposed to know the truth if they don’t have a child at school or have friends with children at school. The mainstream media have made it sound like it’s totally safe for our children to attend school.

It isn’t safe though and the government knows this. They don’t mind our children being used to continue with their herd immunity plans. They know exactly what they’re doing. They know that our children will pass covid onto family members but don’t expect them to care either.

The Tories have always seen the working class as an expendable commodity and I know that I keep saying this. They’ll use us until we die and even then they’ll try to chase up any so called deaths from grieving relatives.

It doesn’t end there though. They’ve fine tuned the DWP to harass both disabled and able bodied people so much that thousands have died as a result.

The DWP also has no soul, they don’t care about a persons circumstances either.

From this Monday anyone who doesn’t attend or participates in a telephone assessment for ESA or Universal Credit will have a very high risk of having their payments either reduced or cut off altogether.

What if a person is unable to talk on a telephone? The DWP don’t care. They tend to ignore a persons disability and circumstances and there’s lots of reasons what someone can’t use a telephone.

The burden will now be on disabled people to prove that they have a good reason for missing a telephone appointment. If the DWP doesn’t accept their proof then they risk having their social security payments being stopped.

This will affect thousands of disabled people including many people with mental health problems. But don’t expect the DWP to care about this either.

If anyone is affected by this please contact Debbie Abrahams either on Twitter using #DWPcutmysupport or email her at debbieabrahams.org.uk

Thank you to Debbie for continuing to push DWP related issues on behalf of us. She makes such a big difference.

As for the second lockdown.. It isn’t really a lockdown when schools are open and I urge everyone that has Facebook to join the BRUTUS page for details of campaigning for the closure of schools.

Although we do need this lockdown its important to check on each other to make sure that people are coping. Myself and others have been isolating since March but just because we’ve managed to do it doesn’t mean that everyone can cope.

Be kind, check on people, a smile can make such a big difference to someone’s day.

There’s also no need whatsoever to bulk buy toilet rolls etc. It’s complete madness.

People with disabilities need to be able to buy toilet rolls and I wish that people would stop being so bloody selfish.

Like thousands of others I wish that I could make my daughters life much better and everything that I do I do for her, for her generation so they won’t have to go through what we are going through now.

I also wish that I could do more to help more people. Having Covid 19 has really set me back. I survived it, I’m luckier than most people but the legacy of it lives on. To be honest I’m really fed up of it now.

I need to get well again but that’s a never ending battle whilst my daughter continues to go to school.

Over in America, Trumps having a strop because he can’t have everything his way and he could well loose the election.

Why is this important? Because it will affect our country in quite a few ways, trade wise and for other reasons. It will also help to stop the division and hatred that he’s stirred both in America and in the world in general.

I really hope that he looses and he can slither back to whence he came.

I’ll leave it here for now, but please note that I’m here for you and if you want to chat please contact me via messages on here or on my Facebook and Twitter profiles.

Lots of love to you all, you all mean the world to me.

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Do we need another lockdown?

Dear readers I hope that you are all as ok as you can be and are keeping safe. Keeping safe is a struggle for so many of us at the moment and Covid 19 isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

As you all know I caught Covid 19 back in March and I’m still not fully recovered. Yes I’m one of the thousands of long covid sufferers that struggle to get by from day to day because we aren’t well enough to do much.

Here’s an example. My daughter had to return to school and she brought home a new lodger to our house. This lodger was another virus that completely flattened me. I felt dreadful, had to spend the week in bed. I’m now struggling to get my sats above 96.

So on top of the long covid, my already weakened immune system was attacked by another unwelcome visitor. Normally my immune system would have got rid of it and I certainly wouldn’t have been as ill as I was.

This is what many people don’t understand. I’ve found that so many people still think that you get better after a week or so and thats it. It’s gone only its not.

The minority of people get away with no side effects whatsoever whilst so many peoples suffering lasts for much longer.

I’m not saying that everyone gets as ill as I have been or worse, but so many people do. It’s completely devastating both personally and as a community. If only Johnson had taken the actions to protect us instead of secretly continuing with his herd immunity plans.

I’m now living in a tier three area, which to be honest wont do much to prevent the spread of this awful virus. Children still have to go to school, and others still have to attend colleges and universities.

I truly believe that schools need to close for a while, have a complete deep clean and work out how to educate our children in other ways, albeit be collecting homework from school because not everyone has access to the internet at home and online work for those that do have access.

I realise that schools aren’t just about learning, they’re about connecting with friends and having that bit of independence away from home but it just isn’t working.

Every week children at my daughters school are testing positive for covid 19 and their bubble are being sent home from school. What these bubbles don’t take into account are siblings in different classes that can still spread the virus around the school and neighbours or family members of the positive person still attending school therefore resulting in more contamination.

Basically it’s impossible to control in situations like these. We are in unprecedented times, the schools are doing their best but the government isn’t.

I’m fully in support of an at least two week lockdown. Some people are hell bent on ignoring the rules because they either believe that this virus is fake news, or that they’re immune to it because they haven’t caught it yet.

This morning I was reading the covid related comments on local newspaper Facebook posts. The reality of this situation is out there in black and white for everyone to see.

So many people just don’t believe that it exists and the hatred towards covid sufferers like myself is unprecedented. No one appears to be monitoring these comments ether so they continue to spread their vile opinions out there.

Meanwhile the government are now starting to talk about another lockdown. Instead of just talking about it they need to do it, but they need to adequately support struggling families, small businesses and self employed and employed people.

Adequate support wasn’t given last time and it needs to be so much better than their ‘efforts’ during the last lockdown.

I’m not blaming the schools though, I’m blaming the government. They were warned about this virus, how dangerous it is and given advice on how to deal with it, and how to look after the public.

Johnson didn’t and doesn’t care though. He gave crucial contracts for PPE etc to his friends and they’ve become richer as a result at the cost of other peoples suffering.

This needs to be stopped, he needs to be stopped. He just doesn’t care if we live or die.

Johnson and many in his government come from such privileged backgrounds that they genuinely believe that working class people are feckless, time wasters, and not worthy of anything. They genuinely believe that we all waste our money on alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. They also believe that we shouldn’t have any decent quality of life and we deserve every bit of misfortune thats thrown at us.

Their attitude is very Victorian but Victorian with steroids. They believe in the deserving and undeserving poor, and I’m positive that they’d send us all to do some hard labour etc as punishment.

God help you if you’re disabled then they believe that you’re not entitled to anything including life.

Disabled people have been hit harder than any other group of people by the benefit reforms etc etc. Now the government wants to take away any freedom that they have.

The pandemic is extremely hard for them and they’ve been virtually ignored by so many. It shouldn’t be like this but it is for thousands of people.

How am I coping? To be honest its bloody hard. I cant get out much because I’m not well enough yet and I’m awaiting my hospital appointments in November that are now being conducted on the telephone. At least I wont have to find the transport money for them.

Even though I’m struggling I am so grateful for my friends and readers. You all know who you are and I care about you all so much.

I’m scared of having to go to the hospital again, not only because I find it hard to accept my health decline but financially its a problem. But I totally understand that this isn’t the worst problem to have.

Please can I ask everyone to share my blog posts? The truth really needs to get out there.

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I’m trying my best to get better and to get back to normal. I’m still helping people from my home and are also helping people online and on the telephone also.

Thank you so much to everyone that supports my campaign and blog. It really does mean the world to me. I just wish that I could do more.

It’s official the government wants children to be hungry.

Well yesterday the government hit an all time low. Not only have they purposely neglected to protect the public from Covid 19, they’re now allowing our children to become hungry.

As a covid 19 sufferer I know exactly how vicious this virus can be. Thousands have does from it and the secondary infections that follow.

Thousands of people have also lost their jobs as a direct result of Covid 19.

The government have been woefully neglectant in the so called support that they’re giving the public. They even plan to take away the extra £20 top up money for universal credit and tax credit claimants in April.

It might not sound like a lot to many, and it isn’t but it is helping people to survive this covid 19 nightmare.

This week Andy Burnham and the other metro mayor’s took a stand against the governments covid phase strategy.

I live in the Greater Manchester area and the monies offered to our local councils weren’t enough to help anyone.

Thankfully Andy won his fight in parliament this week, but it’s a bitter pill to swallow.

It’s not enough to compensate people, nor will it make a big difference in the R rates. I’m a big believer in a full lockdown for at least two weeks, and everyone should be adequately compensated.

Yesterday a motion was put forward in parliament to ensure that all children would receive free school meals in the autumn and Christmas holidays.

Despite putting up a good fight, Tory MPs voted it down. They don’t care if our children are hungry, not do they care if we die from Covid 19.

Boris Johnson’s cruel, evil Government voted down a motion which would have prevented a million kids going hungry over the half term & Christmas holidays.

This is proof that they don’t care and will never care. Some Tory MPs are disgusted in their behaviour as are some ex Tory MPs.

The fact is that the Tory party has always been cruel and judgemental. They believe that the working class person is responsible for their own poverty, and they fail to acknowledge that they are the ones responsible for this.

If they could they’d round us all up and throw us in workhouses again like they did in the old days. Maybe this is why they always hark on about the good old days.

They now claim that eating is a choice that we have to make and it isn’t a necessity. They claim that all working class parents are bad parents because they can no longer afford to feed their children and themselves.

The truth is that the majority of parents living in poverty are bloody good parents. They feed their children before themselves and often go without meals to do so.

I honestly was waiting for the day that the government would stoop as low to suggest that eating food is a choice. That our children don’t deserve to eat, that they must go hungry at any cost.

They actually want our children to be hungry.

The ramifications of child hunger don’t just end when a child grows up. Not only does it hinder development it also causes health problems that continue throughout their lifetime. It also can cut their lifespan short.

We’ve already seen the return of Victorian illnesses and this is going to become a whole lot worse.

Combine hunger and the covid 19 and you create the perfect storm. The covid 19 virus loves to target a person with a weakened immune system, so I expect the child and adult mortality rates concerning covid 19 to rise substantially.

Being poor is no joke, I know because I’m in this situation myself, and the lack of care and consideration from the government never fails to anger me. Some high poverty areas voted for the Tory party because they were more concerned about Brexit than their well-being. This has bit them on the bum big time and hopefully they regret their actions now.

It’s going to be a struggle for many to donate food to food banks as more and more people are plunged into poverty yet the need for them will be greater than ever.

The Tory party actually like the fact that we are literally begging for food to survive. They love it, it brings back memories of the deserving and undeserving poor, only now no one’s deserving.

God help you if you’re northern and working class. They don’t even hide their hatred of us.

We all need to be angry about this, we need to remind them that we won’t be walked over like this. That every human being deserves a good quality of life. This isn’t an extremists views it’s a basic necessity.

So what will happen to the odious, lazy prime minister Johnson?

Johnson has been a failure since day one and I’m certain that he only got the job because of what he’s got on everyone else.

There is a time though that the Tory party will have to do some damage limitation. They’ve now lost thousands of supporters and if there was a general election in the near future they could well loose.

Will they do the dirty on him and get rid? Who knows but what I do care about is the future of our children.

I’m a Thatcher’s child, I grew up in a time where the working class was hated and poverty was everywhere.

I grew up with a lot of anger about this and a determination to try and help others and to try and change things.

I’m positive that our children will never, ever forget the cruelty inflicted upon them. They will fight back like I have I just hope that they’re more successful than I’ve been.

Health-wise I’m still not 100%, I’m struggling to stop coughing and to get my breathing back to normal. Yesterday I had to go out to do some errands and I felt awful, trying to breathe and beat exhaustion.

Please keep safe everyone and let’s continue to fight the heartless Tories. We can’t allow them to continue their cruelty towards the working class and also northern England.

It’s not the desolate north it’s beautiful with amazing people living there.

My thoughts go to other areas entering phase three of the so called governments covid strategy and also to the areas entering phase two.

We were in phase two for ages and you can get through this.

Now is the time to ignore the conspiracy theorists and to follow the hygiene and mask rules.

We need to beat this virus and every precaution helps.

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Lets talk about food poverty.

Dear readers its Thursday again, alas the days appear to be merging into one for me as I’m sure that they are for many of you.

Today finds me exhausted, Long Covid does this to you so I’m trying to pace myself, giving myself little goals to achieve in between rest times. Some days you feel like you’ve got more energy than the others and its hard not to overdo it.

I’ve taken advice from friends and I am trying to cope with it the best that I can.
Lets talk about food poverty.

Lets be straight, food poverty has always existed, its not a new thing and its always been terrible. It was unacceptable then and it is now. We’re the 5th richest economy and people are hungry.

Call me old fashioned, but I’m of the belief that no one should be hungry, no child should be hungry and no one should be malnourished. It’s a subject that many won’t talk about and those of us that do are sometimes ridiculed.

Since the Tory government were elected the first time back in 2010, they made it their priority to make the poor and disabled suffer. Their benefit reforms and the introduction of Universal Credit has plunged thousands of people into poverty and extreme poverty.

Basically they set off to destroy the working class, and I’m sure that you all know this.
People have been hungry for a long time.

Then Covid 19 hit us, thousands of people have died, thousands have lost their jobs, lost their homes and the government doesn’t care. Hell, the government didn’t even want to take action to prevent people from catching Covid 19 and their inaction has caused the deaths of thousands more.
Hunger and Covid 19.

As I type this we now have a country with more people living in food poverty than we have ever had in the uk in modern times.

It is predicted that UK destitution rates will double by christmas as Covid 19 job furlough schemes and income support schemes are wound down. You can imagine how angry I was to hear Johnson talk about wanting people to celebrate Christmas when thousands upon thousands of people won’t be able to do so.

It’s also predicted by the Trussell Trust that at least 670,000 people will become destitute in the last three months of the year. Basically if the government withdraws their Covid 19 support schemes these people will be unable to meet basic food, shelter and clothing needs.

If you add these figures on top of the already enormous poverty figures its totally obscene that the government can just sit back and do nothing whilst rubbing our noses in their push for Christmas.

Lets get it straight, thousands of people wont be able to celebrate christmas unless the government takes us out of the poverty that we are living.
Food poverty isn’t going to go away.

We’ve got hungry people stealing to feed themselves only to be prosecuted for doing so. Many were fined or sent to prison for being hungry…. Much like Victorian times. Lets punish the poor and ignore their desperation to find food because they’re hungry.

It should be a crime to cause the hunger and poverty of others.

Parents are going without food to enable their children to eat. They then end up being malnourished and ill.

It’s ok for people to say that these people should ‘just go to a foodbank’. Many foodbanks have now returned back to the three parcels a year system, kudos to those foodbanks that aren’t doing that.

Not everyone is aware of all of who and where their local foodbanks are. When you haven’t got access to the internet, have no credit for their phones and aren’t able to go out because their either shielding or recovering from Covid 19.

Foodbank food isn’t always the healthiest also. They’re filled with emergency items of food that require little preparation.

Fuel and food poverty is an awful reality for so many people.

This leaves the independent foodbanks within local communities to pick up the pieces, to try and find the people that are going without and to give them the help that they are needing.

Because they have more independence and don’t just open once or twice a week they can offer fruit and veg. They try their best to individually cater for everyone.

You cant imagine how wonderful it is to eat a piece of fruit or vegetable after a long time of not doing so. It’s heavenly.

It’s far from easy though. Independent foodbanks aren’t funded by anyone. They often don’t have a permanent place to operate from and are shunned by other organisations because they won’t buy into the same schemes like the larger food bank organisations do. They want to remain independent to give them the freedom to help exactly who they want to without judgement.

Believe me, there’s nothing as humiliating as asking for food from someone else. No one should not be judged for this.

The safety net has been taken away.

So what’s the solution?

There isn’t a fix all solution sadly, but I cant just sit back and see so many people suffering like this. It’s totally unprecedented and could all be prevented if the government actually cared.

When a person is hungry it affects their body as a whole, its an awful feeling and sadly its one that I’m familiar with, and that makes fighting back harder.
What can we do?

For those that can please email and visit your local MPs and communicate your worries about this.

If you can and have access to the internet, share posts and blogs like mine, share newspaper articles and if you are able start having these conversations with people.

If you aren’t shielding or recovering from Covid 19, talk to your neighbours if you can, make sure that they’re ok in a way that you know best to do.
What about foodbanks and food donations?

We need to put more pressure upon the supermarkets to freely donate their food to foodbanks instead of asking people to buy it and then donate.

Supermarkets are seeing this as an opportunity to profit from this and it needs to end.

Foodbanks depend upon these donations and if no one has any money then no one can donate.

The supermarkets can easily afford to donate this food themselves and I believe that they should.
Donate to your local independent foodbank.

They receive no help financially from anyone. Often local authorities shun them because they want to remain in independent.

They should be helped not shunned because they provide valuable help on a voluntary basis. They’ve saved life’s.

If you cant find or donate to your local independent foodbank then you can give food directly to someone thats suffering.

You can find a full list of independent food banks over at foodaidnetwork.org.uk or follow @IFAN_UK over on Twitter.
Put pressure on the government and MPs.

Universal credit, ESA, Pip are incredibly hard to survive on. People are still being sanctioned and payments barely cover the basic expenses of staying alive. They plunge people even deeper into poverty, hunger and homelessness.

We need to continue to campaign against this and fight for a fair and decent social security system that helps everyone.

The government will refuse to do this, I’m well aware of that but we can still continue to put pressure on them for higher payments and stop the government withdrawing the extra £20 a week that they’re paying to claimants.
We need to support each other.

Being a friendly face and saying hello to a stranger can really make a big difference to someone else’s day.

Don’t underestimate how wonderful you are.
Support independent blogs and newspapers.

Bloggers like myself don’t receive any payment from anyone, we remain independent and we also like to help others via our writing and campaigns.

It’s a huge struggle for us, and we often go without but we won’t stop what we are doing.

Keep sharing our posts, tweets and Facebook posts.

I hope to publish more than one blog post a week.
Support independent press and newspapers.

There are some really good left wing independent news organisations out there such as the Byline Times and The Meator over at bylinetimes.com and http://www.themeteor.org

Both are independent and unbiased.

Of course I won’t ever recommend any right wing publications.

Support campaign groups and individuals.

Support campaign groups such as DPAC and Black Triangle and my own.

We work so hard to help others and we can and have made a difference to people’s life’s.

Read my friend Raymond Woolfords book Food Bank Britain and his campaign.

It’s an excellent insight into how food banks operate etc.

Please follow him over on Twitter at @Raywoolford

Read kittyjones.wordpress.com
Thank you.

Thank you so much for reading my blog. I appreciate that its not perfect and this blog is a tad long, but I’m still battling long covid and its been a struggle to say the least.

A huge thank you to everyone that supports my blog and campaign, Ive got no intention to stop anytime soon!

A huge thank you to everyone that has helped me to get through my Covid 19 battle. I can’t wait to be well again!

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Thank you!

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/sep/14/coronavirus-extreme-poverty-in-uk-will-double-by-christmas-trust-predicts

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/sep/21/uk-poorest-nutrition-guidelines-obesity

Laughed at for wearing a face mask.

Dear readers it’s Thursday once again. I hope that you are all as safe as you can be.

Good news! So far I haven’t rebounded again and I’m praying that I’ve seen the end of my Covid 19 battle. However I am aware that I can potentially catch it again.

My daughter came home from school last Friday with a virus. Thankfully it wasn’t Covid-19 but it quite easily could have been.

Viruses are free to travel around the school corridors and classrooms. There’s no way that schools can contain it.

Yesterday I spoke to one of my daughters teachers and she was very worried about working in this environment. It’s hard getting the balance right.

Children need to be educated, they need that contact with their friends at school but they shouldn’t be at risk of catching covid 19 and passing it on to family members and friends.

There’s no ideal solution, I wish that there was. So many people are at risk of catching covid 19 and I’m sure that I’m not the only person to be concerned about this.

Yesterday I had to go to my local town to do some errands. It exhausts me, but needs must so off I went.

I would do online shops but I can’t afford to do this.

I was happy to see more people wearing masks, but so many wernt. It’s so frustrating.

A friend of mine said that it’s good manners to wear a mask and it also shows consideration for others.

I have to agree, it is and more need to wear them.

As I was walking towards a shop that I had to go into a man looked at me, laughed and said that I was an idiot for wearing a mask because they do nothing.

I didn’t get the chance to reply because he walked off pretty quickly and I’m not exactly going to go chasing him down the street. I don’t have the energy.

This persons attitude isn’t unusual though. So many people are saying that covid 19 is a conspiracy, that masks don’t work etc.

I’m sure that you’ve all heard and seen comments like this.

I wear a mask because I’m bloody petrified of catching covid 19 again. It’s taken me months of struggling to get over it and my long covid battle isn’t over yet.

I also wear a mask because I don’t want anyone else to catch any viruses that might be walking around with me. I want to be responsible and help as much as I can.

I also wear a mask because Tameside is now in the double red zone and is heading for another lockdown.

Now going back and to the man that laughed at me for wearing a mask. I’m certain that he will change his mind about wearing one of he catches it.

It’s impossible to get a covid 19 test at the moment. The government has completely failed everyone. The testing process is a shambles and don’t get me started on their rubbish track and trace scheme.

We have all been failed by the government, I and others expected this though.

In other news, my local hospital Tameside Hospital has been in the news again.

Sadly its a hotbed for covid 19 and patients on non covid wards have died from it.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/sep/16/tameside-hospital-covid-deaths-are-canary-in-the-mine

Maybe this was caused by people not adhering by the government guidance for wearing masks and keeping hands clean. Who knows but I’m sure that they’ve played a part in this.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has died from covid 19 and their families. It’s heartbreaking especially when so much of this was completely preventable.

Yesterday I cut my hand on a tin in my rubbish bin. It was totally my own fault, I wasn’t paying attention.

It looks like it could do with a couple of stitches but there’s no way that I was going to go to the hospital after this weeks covid 19 news.

I cleaned it and have bandaged it and I’m sure that it’ll be ok.

This did get me thinking though.

How many people are choosing to stay at home rather than seeing a doctor when they need to?

It’s a scary thought.

How many people have absolutely no support and are trying their best to get through this nightmare which is covid 19?

The government has been extremely negligent in providing support for people. They don’t care and it appears that they’re quite proud of their attitude regarding covid 19.

This leaves us living in some kind of limbo waiting for covid 19 to catch us.

All I can suggest is to keep yourself as safe as you can do. You know yourself better than anyone else.

Don’t let anyone else judge you for the decisions that you have been forced to make to keep yourself safe.

I really hope that you all manage to keep safe and as well as you can be.

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A massive thank you to everyone that supports my blog and my campaign.

I couldn’t do this without you. Your support means the world to me.

I receive no funding for anything that I do and it’s a struggle to say the least.

This week I helped four families.

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DWP sanctions return despite the pandemic. DWP and government cruelty at its worst.

Dear readers its Thursday yet again. I hope that you are all safe and as well as you can be.

I have some good news regarding my own personal Covid 19 recovery journey. I haven’t relapsed this week and I’m so happy about this. Every morning I wake up and hope that the pneumonia and pleurisy hasn’t returned. Baby steps though because I know from experience how unpredictable this illness can be.

I am however still suffering from fatigue and every ache and pain has me worrying. Thousands of people are feeling exactly the same as myself. The other day I strimmed some of the grass in my front garden and it wiped me out.

I’m trying to get things done but its taking me longer to do them so please be patient.

This week its been announced that as from the 24th of July its going to be mandatory for everyone to wear face masks in shops, obviously there are exceptions for people that can’t wear them.

I really do think that this will be a positive thing however is it too little too late? Personally I think that the government is trying to cover its back and are getting ready for a second covid 19 wave.

Please wear a mask if you can. They really do help. Take it from me Covid 19 is an awful virus. You can read my struggles in my previous blogs.

The DWP however haven’t wasted any time in reinstating full conditionality for job searching etc. Despite the fact that there’s fewer jobs out there than there have been for many years they want claimants to prove that they’re looking for work.

Look for work or be sanctioned. Sod the fact that there’s hardly any jobs out there, that people are shielding, recovering from Covid 19 and just can’t find work. The DWP have also employed more staff to deal with the extra claimants.

How on earth can you look for work when there are hardly any jobs out there? Thousand of people have been forced to claim Universal Credit because they lost their jobs during the pandemic. Thousands of businesses have shut their doors and many more will follow.

There isn’t enough jobs to go round.

The DWP is a heartless machine that doesn’t give a stuff about a claimants situation, their health struggles, childcare commitments etc etc. They just don’t care. My support goes to the claimants that are struggling under their cruel regime.

Many people have also forgotten that during the midst of the pandemic the two child limit and the benefit cap are both ensuring that both children and their parents are hungry, lacking in a half decent diet. This has resulted in record numbers of children being admitted into hospital for malnutrition related illnesses.

This week sees the re opening of some food banks and organisations, whilst this is good news and a great many amount of people will benefit from this, it isn’t good news that we need food banks in the first place.

The sad fact is that food bank usage has become normalised as has people being sanctioned and left with no money and the terrible deaths of thousands of people due to Covid 19.

I’ve found the UK to be very quick to normalise awful things that wouldn’t be tolerated in some other countries. This does us no favours whatsoever.

The awful truth is that people are still scared of being sanctioned, living in fear of becoming homeless as a result of this. Children are still suffering as are their parents. It’s a cruel world out there especially when you are poor.

What we do need is compassion, understanding and the opportunity to improve our life’s. A £10 restaurant voucher won’t improve anyone’s life, its worthless. But the government does realise this.

We need a society that enables us to flourish and to give us the opportunities to improve our life’s.

I want to pay tribute to everyone that has died as a result of the governments cruel, evil regime. I have them in my thoughts every single day and at my demonstrations I often read their names out and make sure that they are not forgotten.

The government want us to forget them though just like they want us to forget about everyone that have died as a result of Covid 19. They know that people would die but they regard our life’s as meaningless and surplus to requirements.

We cant let them downplay this pandemic into being nothing to worry about, just because they regard a human life as being worthless doesn’t mean that we have to do the same.

If you scroll back to previous blogs and click on the media button at the top of the blog you’ll find more of what I’ve done regarding this.

So what can we do?

We can continue to hold them accountable for each and every awful decision that they make. This can be done online via Twitter, Facebook etc, via emails and also collective action online.

I do what I can when I can.

I realised yesterday that I’m four months into my covid recovery, I’m hoping that I’m back to normal ASAP because I need to and want to do more.

My home has become both my safe space and my prison. In my mind I can do everything but then my body reminds me that I can’t.

To keep my mind busy I’ve started to paint using pastels and charcoal. I love doing this, and I wouldn’t be able to do this without the help of my friends.

I’ve read loads, all of the books that Ive been meaning to read for a long time.

I’ve started to research for a new project of mine regarding graveyards, cemeteries, death and burials mainly in the 18th and 19th centuries. Morbid I know but I find it interesting.

I am annoyed with myself because I cant provide more for my daughter. I can fully sympathise with everyone thats in the same position as me. I hear you, I walk the same path as you.

Before I end this blog post I want to thank everyone for reading and sharing my blog. I don’t get paid for anything that I do and each share means the world to me.

I want to thank my friends both online and in person for being there for me. It’s been a really scary time for me and I really don’t know what I would have done without you all.

Personally I feel so guilty because I haven’t been able to be the mum that my daughter used to know. I’d normally be taking her on walks etc, providing more for her but I cant. She’s been amazing though and I hope that I’m getting better now.

Please read share, tweet, email my blog.

Many thanks to everyone that has done this and does do this. It really does mean the world to me.

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I don’t get paid for anything that I do and every penny helps me to continue with the blog and the campaign.

A massive thank you to everyone that does and has supported my campaign and blog. Xxxx.

Restaurant discounts given to people who can afford to eat out. Record number of people using food banks. Is this the new Let them eat cake?

Dear readers, its Thursday again and I hope that you are as well as you can be.

I know that many of my readers are struggling to get by from day to day, I can totally relate to this because I am too. This is one of the reasons why I’ve taken offence to the latest offering from Rishi Sunak.

Yesterday Sunak promised 50% dining vouchers to those that can afford to go out and eat. I don’t know you but I can’t remember the last time that I ate in a restaurant. The highlight of my week is when our food parcel arrives.

I see this as a massive insult towards us, a big two fingers up at our lack of income and lack of decent food. It also shows that once again they don’t have a clue about how WE live, how we survive and how hard we work hard to do so.

Yesterday the daily Covid 19 death rate rose to 126 deaths. Each one of these people that have sadly died were loved by someone albeit a mother, father, brother, sister, aunt, uncle and friend.

The government would like us to forget about their deaths because they’re in a rush to get the economy to be restarted, if it costs lives then they don’t care.

I’ve also noted that more people are trying to justify these deaths, maybe they’ve not experienced Covid 19 themselves, maybe they’ve not had a family member of friend die from it. Regardless it’s awful that this justification is happening. In my eyes one death is a death too many.

I can tell you from my personal experience that Covid 19 is an evil virus and the side effects can continue for long after the Covid virus has left our bodies.

I developed bacterial pneumonia which I understand is a fairly common side effect of Covid 19. I also developed pleurisy which is very painful. I’ve also taken four lots of antibiotics to try and get rid of it.

Friends of mine who are fellow Covid sufferers have had a wide range of awful symptoms including and not exclusively Eye problems, fatigue that I have also, unexplained pains in their bodies, rashes, the list seems endless doesn’t it.

Financially we are all suffering, my finances have been obliterated as have thousands of others. I hate feeling like this, I want to get better, I want to have a bigger income, I want to be able to go on long walks with my dog. I can’t though, my friends are in the same position and it’s awful.

Yesterday I had a phone call from my social housing landlord, they wanted to come and do a gas check which is good but it took me about ten minutes to get them to understand that I’m shielding because I don’t want to become ill again, nor do I want their workers to get ill also.

So many people really do believe that its “just” a flu, even though the flu can also kill you.

How am I managing though?

I’m a single parent and luckily my daughter is 13 now and is very sensible. She’s helped me so much and has put up with my crying when I felt awful, my lack of being able to do much around the house. She’s been a great support to me.

I do realise that I am very lucky to have her, I cant imagine how hard it is to have Covid 19 and have younger children, there’s no way that I could cope with that.

Thousands of parents are having to deal with this though, thousands of people are also carers for loved ones and receive no help both physically and financially.

I have learnt that doctors and other medical people really don’t know what to do with long term Covid 19 sufferers like myself. So many people have symptoms that they’ve never seen before. This results in not getting the help and support that we need and deserve.

The government have treated the Covid 19 pandemic with no care at all. They just DONT care. They view us as surplus to requirements.

What is worrying though is the fact that the government and the DWP expect everyone to be able to find a job during this pandemic. Sadly the new Universal Credit claimants will soon realise how awful this system really is.

Whilst I can’t tell you how long this pandemic will continue for, I can say that we have to sadly find our own support. I’ve found such support in Facebook groups and friends that have had it and are long time sufferers like myself.

So far my last lot of antibiotics have worked but I’m keeping everything crossed that it stays this way. I’m still suffering from fatigue and other symptoms but I’m trying to remain positive. One day I will feel better, I will be able to go on long walks with my dog and I will be able to say that I’ve beaten this awful virus.

I have taken some kind of solace in art, even though I’m not a good artist its helping me to take my mind off my symptoms.

Keep strong everyone, remember there are more of us than there is of them and together we are stronger.

Please read and share this blog, its very important that we continue to get the truth out there.

Also a massive thank you to everyone that has and does support my campaign and blog. I don’t get paid for anything that I do, but I continue because I really don’t want the government to get away with treating people like rubbish.

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