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TOPIC: Two years on, Ken Loach’s masterpiece is more poignant than ever

Two years on, Ken Loach’s masterpiece is more poignant than ever 05 Jan 2019 11:21 #12581

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On Saturday 5 January, Ken Loach’s award-winning film I, Daniel Blake will broadcast on BBC Two at 9.45pm. First screened in cinemas in 2016, the film is a searing indictment of the impact of Tory policy on real lives. It charts the story of two people caught in the nightmare of the UK benefits system. And while the film shook audiences, brought many to tears, and achieved wide critical acclaim in 2016, two years later, we need to ask: where are we now? Because two years on, poverty levels are rising. Foodbank use is soaring. Universal Credit is destroying lives. People are dying. Two years on, there are more Daniel Blakes than ever.
“Can you raise either arm…”

Set in Newcastle, the film follows 59-year-old Daniel Blake (Dave Johns). Following a heart attack, he’s forced to apply for benefits for the first time in his life. To get financial support he needs to go through a DWP work capability test (WCA). These dictate whether disabled people receive certain benefits. As The Canary has reported, they’re hugely controversial. His application for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) is rejected because he can walk a short distance and raise two hands above his head. The ‘health care advisor’ refuses to look at his medical notes, sticks to her script; refuses to acknowledge the impact of his certified medical condition. “Can I ask you a question?” Daniel asks, “Are you medically qualified?”.

In April 2018, the Mirror reported that 68% of people who appealed against an assessment decision had it overturned by a tribunal. But although Daniel’s refused ESA, to appeal, he’s told to apply online. Having worked as a carpenter all his life, Daniel has never used a computer.

www.thecanary.co/opinion/2019/01/04/two-years-on-ken-loachs-masterpiece-is-more-poignant-than-ever/
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Two years on, Ken Loach’s masterpiece is more poignant than ever 06 Jan 2019 20:24 #12637

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My Mate and i have just watched this Very True to life film, 2 years since it was made, Nothing has changed ?
Oh yes it has, things are now WORSE then 2 years ago, since then Universal Credit has kicked in big time,
Kicked people in the Head, Heart, Pocket, And Kicked them onto the Streets


Applying for Any Disability Benefits has been made so complicated, millions just "Give Up" (As is the Governments plan in the first place) and
Go into Crime,
At least if that goes wrong, You get a free Room and Food, Heat and a daily shower. :)

How have we got to this desperate state. :angry: BUT Until people Fight Back its going to get worse and worse,
The only future Boom Industry is going to be paupers Funerals. :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry:
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Two years on, Ken Loach’s masterpiece is more poignant than ever 07 Jan 2019 11:17 #12641

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I watched the film for the first time the other evening and really enjoyed it. Very true to life and we could all recognise the actions taking place during the film like the job centre tensions and the Vivaldi music and waiting time on the phone to the call centres. I missed the final 45 minutes of the film sadly as sleep beckoned, but I heard that Danial (the male character) died in the film? Is that right?

Every MP, Lord and Council should watch this film as a factual reminder of how this government have implemented a system that harms, not helps people. It`s not helping people into work, it`s BULLYING them by coercion. There`s a marked difference between the two. If they were helping people, they would not have sanctions as part of the welfare system, end of. Allow people a basic living income and see what happens. I would BET that the claimants looking to have more income would be more than happy to find work if they wanted or needed it. The sick could be left alone and society would prosper. No more Tory scare tactics or scaring people into GP surgeries. Or in some cases, mortuaries.
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Two years on, Ken Loach’s masterpiece is more poignant than ever 08 Jan 2019 17:12 #12692

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comply or die wrote:
I missed the final 45 minutes of the film sadly as sleep beckoned, but I heard that Danial (the male character) died in the film? Is that right?

Indeed another Murder Victim of DWP:
Comply why not use BBC i-Player to catch the bit you missed; or better still watch it again complete ?.
I got my Mate to record it as I knew I would not be able to watch "Live" .
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Two years on, Ken Loach’s masterpiece is more poignant than ever 08 Jan 2019 17:17 #12694

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I used to watch some programmes on the iPlayer Paul but you have to subscribe to it now or create a username? Can`t be bothered with creating accounts on sites I may only use now and then.
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Two years on, Ken Loach’s masterpiece is more poignant than ever 08 Jan 2019 17:32 #12698

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I have an account with them but it is just for listening to regional radio stations.

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Two years on, Ken Loach’s masterpiece is more poignant than ever 10 Jan 2019 17:50 #12769

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Two years on, Ken Loach’s masterpiece is more poignant than ever 10 Jan 2019 23:00 #12777

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'I wonder if Amber Rudd saw Les Misérables on BBC One on Sunday, where Fantine was forced to sell her hair, teeth and, inevitably, herself. The day before on BBC Two, the title character of I, Daniel Blake was dying in a DWP toilet after being forced to sell his belongings by the “welfare” system. My January universal credit payment was £346 as I’d earned £185 in November. My rent is £317. My (Labour) MP is silent'

www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/10/the-misery-despair-and-pain-of-universal-credit
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