Political Puffering and Barclays Bollocks

The wonderful JK Rowling continues her refusal to join the Rich People’s Club.  In a Gingerbread article, she says, ‘I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.’  She remembers the small kindnesses of some, such as the lady who allowed JK to bring her baby to work, and the spite of others.  (The woman who loudly referred to her as The Unmarried Mother)

And now with 200 000 children pushed further into poverty as a direct result of welfare cuts, the government admit to wasting 10 billion so far on a defunct NHS computer and are threatening to send benefit ‘thieves’ to jail, JK reminds yet again that most single parents do not choose their position. Dur.  Only 2% of single mothers are teenagers.  When a partner or husband leaves or a marriage just ends, what are you supposed to do?  Send the child back through Parcelforce?  Or cope?  59% of single mothers work and the tories are strangely silent on how so many parents work full time yet still remain in poverty.  Well possibly because many mothers take part time, horribly paid jobs.  Remember recently when Costa advertised for six jobs and had over a thousand applicants?

Side Note: I’ve recently noticed that with the recent fee hikes, in the field I teach (creative writing) there are now many many dodgy writing courses springing up.  You can tell they are dodgy because:

1. JK Rowling will inevitably be mentioned, usually along the lines of:  Yes you too with your poor grasp of grammar and inability to understand that an anecdote is not a story plus a total refusal to learn can be famous like that JK Rowling.  All you need are marketing tips!!!!!!  Tips N’ Tricks!!!!!!!! (Note – proliferation of exclamation marks, the word ‘marketing‘)

2. When you ask what study materials are used and who wrote them, the company will be very coy.

3. The tutors will be paid very badly and very often don’t have much of a writing profile.  Yes there are some great teachers who haven’t published much but if they don’t have a web presence at all, be wary.  Why would you want to be taught by someone who has little or no more experience than you?  If the tutors are very badly paid, they will be desperate for money (understandable) but not happy about being so badly exploited.  You’d be better off finding an Adult Education class – or starting up a writing group.  Somewhere you can all share your writing, and learn from each other.

I digress:

On Lorraine the other morning, I switched on during a segment where a male and female presenter were discussing ‘skivers’.  The man very calmly pointed out that the biggest part of the benefits bill is spent on pensions, and that benefit fraud accounts for 1%.  And why hadn’t a single banker been brought to book about an endless stream of financial scandals and frauds that were costing the tax payer blllions?  And continue to, the cost of approx £120 billion a year?  It was as if he’d just said: ‘lalalalalalala’ because the female presenter simply said: ‘Yes well we have to get these skivers’ as though they were vermin.  I wanted to punch her.

Speaking of rich fraudsters, Barclays have recently launched a marketing campaign in a ‘bid to humanise its brand’.  Well they could stop behaving like criminals.  That would be a start.  We are invited to tell them what drives us mad?  Hmm . . . involvement with South Africa under apartheid, financial support for Robert Mugabe, money laundering, obscene bonuses such as £14.5 million to Bob Diamond, it’s profit of £2 billion despite the sub-prime mortgage crisis, tax avoidance, the Libor scandal and your stupid patronising adverts.

Over at Mumsnet, the headline was: The Women Problem with a feature on how the three parties are remembering that we exist battling it out for the female vote.

Do they argue over the male vote?  No.  I’m a voter, not a woman voter.  It says a lot about their approach.  They see 50% of the human population as an annoying ‘problem’ like cystitis.    That they have to treat us differently, talking about their kids and pets, and maybe a cheeky mention of their underpants because that way us girlies might forget the lies you told us last time.

Grumpy?  Moi?

Hey on a lighter note, I was walking home with the Girl and she cheerfully told me that she knew ‘how to make fake wee’.

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