How The United Kingdom Is Being Torn Apart... By Their Own Government

Internet Censorhip, WiFi & Homelessness, UK Government Corruption & Nuclear Power

Despite telecommunications companies BT and TalkTalk's recent appeal that the UK government's proposed Digital Economy Act contained elements that violate EU law, the courts rejected the claims and accepted the bill. Accordingly with the new legislation, ISP's (Internet Service Providers) will have to monitor their network traffic handing out three strikes to any customer that actively participates in illegal file-sharing. A penalty will also have to be paid. The bill is expected to come into play in 2013.

Then came news of the USA's proposed SOPA and PIPA bills which which added a whole layer of support to back up the UK's proposed legislation. SOPA/PIPA proposes legislation which will undoubtedly adversely affect freedom of speech and whistleblowing and combined with the UK's efforts at internet censorship it appears that they could be concerned about 'matters of national security' being leaked. Consider the recent take-down of WikiLeaks and the attempt to extradite Julian Assange, then the even more recent close-down of DiscloseTV - they are making a concerted effort to prevent information relating to national security being leaked on the internet. Regularly watch any related Youtube videos relating to certain subjects and you will notice that they are swiftly removed by TPTB.

Simultaneous to this legislation, new legislation in the UK has seen Housing Benefit being cut, people wrongly kicked off sickness welfare benefits causing them to become homeless with no income, including people who are already feeling suicidal and all of them struggling to find somewhere to stay yet they have no funding to pay a bond and one month's rent in advance, even if they haven't had their benefits sanctioned. The lack of help available via councils, hostels, bond schemes and night shelters is more minimal than you could ever imagine. There is practically none. Funding is desperately needed to get these people just a roof over their heads which is not much to ask. The Guardian reveals the shocking truth about the rise in homelessness in the UK. Low budget Bed & Breakfasts should be set up with the funding available, advice is useless without practical help and this is where I plan to step in, not only to provide a security net in the gap in the system but also to creat awareness of the government-initiated issues that cause such problems in the first.

But hang on a minute! How does all this tie in?

In addition to the censorship of the internet, there are plans to turn homeless people into WiFi Hotspots! Yes, you read that correctly. Turn a homeless person into a wireless hotspot?

It certainly sounds more exciting than selling copies of the Big Issue magazine which homeless people actually have to have the money to buy in the first place. The idea is that a homeless person will be able to attract a group of people. But where will the funding come from? Maybe we should ask Boris Johnson about the £5.3 million missing from the homelessness budget!

Is it really any wonder that the UK are being made homeless?? Here's some worrying facts:

* The average age of death of a homeless person in UK is 47.

* The average age of death of a rough sleeper in UK is 43.

* The number one cause of homelessness in UK is relationship breakdown, not substance misuse.

and the most important one:

* 32 People in the UK die every week after wrongly being kicked off sickness-related welfare benefits.

In addition bond schemes and homeless hostels are regularly turning people away and expecting them to be able to pay for calls to 0845 numbers which many mobile phone networks do not allow and are high cost from public telephone boxes. Now homeless people are to be turned into WiFi Hotspots to attract crowds but what about the file-sharers? Only Service Providers with over 400,000 customers can be prosecuted so they are providing a loophole around the new legislation!

Not only that but research shows that homeless people are already higher targets of violent street crime yet there are plans to provide them with technology to attract larger crowds making them even more likely to be victimized.

And what about benefits that homeless people are entitled to such as Jobseeker's Allowance? People making a new claim obviously have no money but new claims can only be made over the phone or online, not in person. Go online and their website gives you the phone number! The only other option is to download and print out a form, no different from attaining a form directly from Jobcentre Plus - but claims can no longer be made at their premises. Obviously, homeless people do not have access to computers and printers at their own leisure and given the fact they have no income cannot afford the phone calls either - it's an imprisoning system of manipulation that forces homeless people into a trap.

Their phone number is an 0845 number. Despite several of these 0845 numbers existing for DWP, Jobcentre Plus and related government departments none of the staff at the call centres seem to know which number you need to ring just to update your address which then makes the claimant look like the bad guy for not informing them of a change in circumstances and if they have been made homeless, they remain at a permanent residence according to the system. Phone one 0845 number and they make you phone a different one until they have racked up all of the money that you might have left to survive - this money is being raised by putting potentially homeless people, some of which are of ill health, through an even harder time whilst having no income and nowhere to go - disguised sadism at it's finest!

So, a large percentage of the UK population have been made homeless with no escape route, people of genuinely ill health have been kicked off sickness welfare benefits sometimes simultaneously (and therefore made to suffer hardship) and there is £5.3 million of funding missing from the homelessness budget thanks to Boris Johnson who is alleged to have spent it elsewhere.

And yet France and Britain now have a agreement to have nuclear power plants constructed all over the UK. Nuclear power?? At the Disclosure project conference back in 2001, former member of Ministry of Defense (MoD) Nick Pope testified that there were nuclear weapons secretly stored at a US Air Force base in England. How is it that USA and UK are allowed to be in possession of such weapons but won't let any other country have them? And shouldn't these funds be awarded to the priorities in society instead of developing technologies that could potentially kill all of us?

Well, at least they're getting solar panels out to go on the roofs of people's houses. That's something I suppose!

A major problem is the fact that any benefit claimant who has secured housing association accommodation via their local council is catered for and can have their rent paid in full. Tenants do not have to pay a bond or rent as they are on welfare benefits - they are given the high life. But if that very same claimant sought accommodation in the private sector they would need to pay a bond and one month's rent upfront which they obviously do not have yet it can take years to be offered accommodation via a housing association. Council tenants are given the high life whilst private tenants must suffer - why not steal from the rich to give to the poor instead of the opposite way round?

Whilst bond schemes do exist in UK, in order to provide those seeking accommodation in the private rented sector some sort of security for their landlord, only certain landlords (often landlords of private hostels) are willing to accept these schemes and are usually tied in with the councils or government in some way. Unless your form of accommodation is provided for, or at least somehow administrated by the government in some way, then you are left to rot on the streets. In other words, you either let them have control over your situation or be ignorantly discarded by the establishment.

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sparkster 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

How is this funny?


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Rehana Stormme 4 years ago

Hmm...why would someone think this is funny?

Great hub, sparkster.


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sparkster 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Sadism perhaps?


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Sustainable Sue 4 years ago from Altadena CA, USA

I don't get this. The reference to Wikileaks I got, which worries me about what the US might do in response. The reference to the plight of the homeless and money for the homeless going missing I got, as well as money mispent on questionable priorities. But what do you mean about the homeless becoming hotspots for WiFi?


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sparkster 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sue, thanks for the comment. Plans have been proposed in UK to turn homeless people into WiFi hotspots in order to turn them into content providers.

You can read more about it at www.guardian.co.uk/society/homeless

The aim is for homeless people to attract groups of people. However, homeless people are already subject to higher rates of crime whilst on the streets, particularly violent crime. Attracting groups of people and having that kind of technology in their possession will undoubtedly lead to more crime and violence against homeless people.


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clairemy 4 years ago

You have the Uk pretty much nailed. makes me glad we moved overseas more than 1o years ago.But it also makes me sad.


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sparkster 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks Clairemy,

It certainly is a sad situation. I have actually just updated this hub with a bit more information literally just as you made your comment.


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Sustainable Sue 4 years ago from Altadena CA, USA

I should think if the government wanted to help the homeless, they could set them up with and teach them to run community gardens. That would be a lot cheaper than what they are doing (or not) and be much, much, much more beneficial as well - to everybody, including the homeless.


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sparkster 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Yes Sustainable Sue,

There are definitey more constructive ways of helping the homeless in some way. Something also needs to be done about the barriers that homeless people face when trying to help themselves.


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Richawriter 4 years ago from On Top of the World

Oh man, it isn't like I didn't already know my Beloved England is going down the drain, fast, but this hub just reminded me of that fact.

It needs to be brought to people's attention though, so this is a valuable hub, voted up and interesting.

I am English, from Darlington and lived in Milton Keynes but I moved out here to Thailand 8 years ago and although I really miss aspects of England, I know it isn't a great place to be right now. Actually, I tell a lie. It is and it isn't. Just depends on your situation and the way you choose to live.

98% of people would probably disagree with me when I say I think money is well past its sell-by date. It would seem too late to do away with money, considering how badly we rely on it, but when you think about it, isn't money the cause of these problems in the first place?

Isn't money the cause of all the tree cutting that goes on around the world? The selling of the wood? Isn't money the cause of homelessness?

Yes, Sparkster, I'm on this new wagon of thought that believes it is time money was gradually removed from the system.

Why can't we use a new currency, like usefulness currency? I'll grow you some vegetables this year and provide you with potatoes and turnips (sprouts if you must! :)) and you send your sons to dig my fields for me! Something like that anyway. It's all gotten way too complicated.

Sorry, mate. I didn't mean to go on like this!

I watched a video about this American guy who walked into a phone box, placed his life savings, $30, on the side and gave up money forever. He went and found himself a cave to live in, and has been living without money for 12 years now!

I would do the same, but i'm married and have a babe.

Thanks bud.


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jonnycomelately 4 years ago from Tasmania

Richawriter, I see money as simply a medium of exchange. In other words, instead of having to work out the value relationship between, say, my cleaning your car for you, and you giving me a few cabbages from your garden in exchange, money allows us to appoint a specific relationship between the two tasks. A multitude of examples like this would make life today unlivable.

The problem comes when that money takes on a value of its own, to be traded, horded, stolen, locked away in vaults or under the bed, fought for, kidnapping for ransom, etc.

In short, greed and selfishness, beyond the minimum needed for survival and a reasonable life style.


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Richawriter 4 years ago from On Top of the World

Excellent point, Jonnycomelately and I'm in full agreement with you on it.

Unfortunately, there will always be those who are greedy and wish to have more than the minimum needed to live. The system is rotten with them. Sports players, for example. Their greedy agents request massive fees for their clients, with the sole purpose of getting rich in order to horde and live lavishly. Sad.

There is also the problem of the competition money has bred between nations. The competition itself is not the problem. It is what countries are doing to the enviroment in order to become the wealthiest and most revered. I mean countries like China and its incessant building of factories and power plants in order to greatly increase its industrial power and subsequently its economy. It isn't just damaging the enviroment around China, the rest of us will suffer in the long run.

We can't realistically only go on like this as a species for very much longer. This way is not going to ensure our survival and spread throughout the galaxy. Some are beginning to see this, but I'm afraid the greed still far outweighs the desire for the long term longevity and survival of our species.

Peace.


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sparkster 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

"the greed still far outweighs the desire for the long term longevity and survival of our species."

Just this statement alone is so profound yet hits the the nail right on the head.

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