Monday, October 31, 2016

Quote of the day

"Compassion must be redefined as weakness. What was once seen as a strength has to be seen as an act of negligence, even stupidity."

Prompted by government pronouncements and legislation, media coverage and the new Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake, Robin Ince muses on a worrying shift in attitude towards basic human decency.

Needless to say, I, Daniel Blake - a searing portrayal of Breadline Britain - has been swiftly dismissed as unrealistic by a senior Tory, former Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith: "the film has taken the very worst of anything that can ever happen to anybody and lumped it all together and then said this is life absolutely as it is lived by people, and I don't believe that". According to those on the front line, such as Dawn Foster, he fucking well should.

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