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Bob Arctor

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  1. Vineland is also fantastic by Pynchon, I've read it three times now which is a rarity for me.
  2. I don't want to make a massive deal of this (or maybe I do?) but I can't help noticing that when things like this happen in Parson Cross or Southey the attitude is very 'whatever', but if the same were to happen in Page Hall, Burngreave or Darnall, we'd have pages of comments about how it's all to be expected, it's how 'they' behave, etc. There was an article in the Star recently about police having a petrol bomb thrown at them after they interrupted people who were about to petrol bomb someone's car. This was in Southey. Barely a mention. Just imagine if that had happened in Burngreave - the reaction! I know this is not a daily occurrence in S5 and most people there don't get up to this sort of thing and just want to get on with their lives, but can I please point out that some serious chaos goes on up there at times and it's nowt to do with the ethnicity of the people living there. Just as it isn't in the places where brown people tend to live.
  3. I don't have any figures, my experience is anecdotal and to some extent self-selecting, in that the people we help where I work are people for whom something has gone wrong. What I can say is that from my experience it's not an infrequent occurrence, and that's because (and I can say this with confidence) employers often over-promise to agency and zero hour contract workers. A common scenario is that someone applies for a ZHC job and are told by the employer that they can expect a regular 35 - 40 hours per week. And then what happens is that they get offered that amount in the first week and maybe the second week. Then the next week it's not so much, maybe 20 hours. At this point the worker doesn't have enough to pay all their bills, rent and council tax and they get jittery. But the employer says they've got some more work coming up next week, so they hold on. But the next week has even less hours, maybe zero. But the worker is still getting promise of a big spike in work coming up so they hold out for another week. But the next week is the same. At this point they decide to bail out and sign on, but by now they are nearly a month behind with the rent and they have council tax arrears. Often they have borrowed from family and friends (or if they don't have those who can loan to them, a payday loan company) for daily essentials. And they have 7 waiting days before they can make a JSA claim, and when they get their first payment they have to pay back people they have borrowed from, or the loan from the payday lender is escalating in interest. All this suits the employers - often they will recruit to ZHCs at a time when they have got some extra work coming up, but often that is only for a few weeks, but they know they won't entice many people with the required attributes unless they inflate the amount of work available. And because the amount of work they have coming up isn't always predictable it suits them to have a pool of available labour that they either use or not. Workers who have been through this cycle tend to avoid going for similar employment again. And at work we advise people to be very cautious of taking these contracts. And for part-time work on conventional contracts of around 12-13 hours per weeks we do a 'better off calculation' which often shows that the person will be worse off in work - but we find that despite our advice people still take these hours or ZHCs because, despite what the right wing media keep telling us, people really want to work, even if it makes them worse off - they hope that once they've got their toe in the door, extra hours will follow. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. All of this fuels personal debt, puts people at risk of homelessness (especially those with private landlords) and puts demand on food banks and other charity-provided services. We just get busier and busier.
  4. I don't think there is a generic email address for Sheffield City Council Housing Service. Separate email addresses for staff and teams.
  5. In theory you should be able to claim either ESA or JSA, but the system is designed in such a way that it is quite possible to receive neither, and no it's not illegal, although it should be. Those people caught in that trap need food banks. As do the people on zero hours contracts who got just that this week - zero hours. And the people waiting for their first Universal Credit payment. And the people who just had to spend all their money on keeping their car on the road for work. And so on.
  6. On my way home today (6.30 p.m.) I kept pace with a taxi all the way from the centre of town to Burngreave. It wasn't the cyclists holding him back, it was the other vehicles and red lights (which I also stopped at, I should point out).
  7. I don't disagree. I think it's clear that the EU was designed to primarily meet the interests of the capitalist class. If the referendum had been called under a Corbyn government I probably would have voted leave, because I'd be fairly confident of getting an alternative that worked better for workers. But to vote for Gove and Johnson's Brexit seems insane to me, it means more neo-liberalism, not less. My overall view on it is that in or out, workers will lose. But I think we lose more if we go out in the current reality and to me that looks painfully obvious.
  8. Exactly. And then you have people like Car Boot who think that a vote for Brexit is a vote against neo-liberalism. How easily they are played by the ultra-capitalists.
  9. When you think about it, it's impressive that France managed to get 4 goals past a team that included one of the world's best defenders.
  10. It certainly is, Croatia played very well but France took control in the second half, Pogba and Griezmann in particular.
  11. I understand that you would think that - it's hard to accept that the government would deliberately make life hard for very ill people isn't it? Sadly, your optimism is misplaced though. There are hardship payments available for JSA but only if you are sanctioned, not if your claim is cancelled by the DWP. There are no hardship payments available to ESA claimants. There are some Jobcentre staff who can see that someone should be on ESA, despite them being refused it, and that the person in question can't comply with the conditions for receiving JSA, but there is literally no mechanism by which Jobcentre staff can move someone on to ESA if they have already been refused it. And then there are the refusals of ESA that can only be made by someone who is intent on limiting the number of awards - anyone else meeting that person for 10 minutes can easily see that they have limited capability for work.
  12. I have to pick you up on this. There is sadly a lot of need for food banks. I recently helped someone whose brain injury meant they couldn't cooperate with what was expected of them to be able to get ESA, and the same with someone whose mental health likewise meant they lost their ESA because they were too paranoid to go to the assessment. Both tried claiming JSA but that fell through very quickly in both cases they were far too ill to comply with the expectations put on them so their claims were cancelled by the Jobcentre. Very ill, no money. We have helped them and one of them is now on the right benefit and the other is getting there, but not without a lot of time and expertise being employed - and food banks being made use of.
  13. If only all the World Cup managers had let you choose the teams eh?
  14. Rashford and Lingard are playing very well, as is Loftus-Cheek, but that counter attack from Belgium on 78 minutes was lovely.
  15. The EU fundamentally consists of the European Commission, the European Parliament, European Central Bank, European Court of Justice, the Council of the European Union and the European Court of Auditors. Provided the UK leaves those institutions then the referendum result has been respected. The future relationship with the single market is separate to the basic question asked in the referendum.
  16. The choice was simple, yes. Different possible future relationships with the EU are complex, and therefore the referendum tells us nothing about peoples' opinions of those.
  17. You can't keep repeating that the choice was simply whether to leave the EU or not, and then start claiming that it was also a referendum on whether to have an EFTA style arrangement, because the EFTA nations are not in the EU
  18. But the Assured Shorthold Tenancies you describe were introduced by the 1988 Act, so if the 1988 Act gives the tenant protection then the protection applies to Assured Shorthold Tenants.
  19. Well he drives everywhere, his arse is probably about 3 ft wide
  20. That was some bus France parked after going a goal up against Belgium (Mourinho & Son's finest model, an executive double decker). I hope for the sake of those watching that France don't score first, but Croatia have been good at coming from behind, so maybe they'd prefer that.
  21. Of which there are various permutations because there are a number of institutions and agreements that go to make up "the EU".
  22. There's a lot of hubris in the Croatian media about how they are going to take France. They'd better hope they're right, pride comes before a fall.
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