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Pre-'rona raised kids in a van. Profane. Poor. ME/CFS. Unashamed. Veteran of the free school meals shambles and now editing an anthology of truths on poverty.
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Nov 25, 2021 21 tweets 6 min read
In light of that bloody article, let me walk you through what is not extreme fatigue...

This morning my ex came to get the children up for school as he now does daily because I can't do that and also do anything else at all in a day...

1. When I say "anything else" I am not referring to a job, or a social life, I mean ANYthing.

If I had to drive the morning school run I wouldn't also be able to get dressed. I wouldn't be able to take a bath for those 5 days, I wouldn't manage any lunch or dinner.

ANYTHING

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Nov 24, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Bacon slow cooker *thing* 🧵

Mainly priced from Lidl

500g cooking bacon 73p (packs £1.45/1kg)
Tin chickpeas 30p
Tin kidney beans 30p
Tin plum tomatoes 37p
100g red lentils 14p (69p/500g)
1 tsp white pepper 6p ( Aldi £1.19/100g Aldi)
3tsp smoked paprika 10p (Aldi 49p/40g!)

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Why are the spices from Aldi when everything else is from Lidl?

Two reasons:

1. I can't find the spice prices on Lidl website.
2. I can't even remember where I bought the spices, they just live in the cupboard.

Anyway we are calling this £2 for 4 servings/ 50p each.

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Oct 28, 2021 19 tweets 6 min read
Changes to #UniversalCredit in #Budget2021 see the loss of £20 (#KeepTheLifeline) "mitigated" with a reduction in the UC "taper rate" from 63p to 55p.

Let's look at what that means, who that helps and who that hurts.

#poverty #ukpolitics #benefits #UKPoverty #foodbanks

1. It means that now instead of 63p being deducted from Universal Credit for every £1 earned, only 55p will be. Meaning claimants in work are 8p better off per £1 wages earned.

That offsets that £20 for some. Who though? How many 8p's are needed to reach £20?

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Oct 24, 2021 10 tweets 2 min read
When I was about 6 or 7 I caught something from playing in sea water with raw sewage in. I was so sick that I was sent to my grandparents to best be attended round the clock. The doctor came every day for a week. I remember banana medicine (anti biotics) and lucozade.

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They put me in Grandad's room, with the big bed, because the door was angled such as to be more visible than the other rooms. I don't recall if Grandad got the sofa or went back in with Nan. Knowing Nan probably not. My Nan knew her own mind regards men and their place.

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Oct 6, 2021 11 tweets 3 min read
I didn't sleep last night and I haven't settled yet tonight either.

I'm fairly sad for me about the #UniversalCredit cut, but the weight of the sadness for others is vast.

It's similar to getting the news someone you know is terminally ill.

Deaths are coming. 100% sure.

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It'll be lonely middle age men, isolated from their last few pleasures in life, by a whacking cut in their income and a whacking rise in their essential bills all at once.

Someone's brother. Someone's Dad.

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Oct 6, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
I just saw an article claiming a lorry trailer conversion is a first in the UK. It isn't.

They claim they have built something unique. They have not.

They claim they have created a livable space. I sorely doubt it.

They are raffling the liability for £20/each. I wouldn't. For the avoidance of doubt:

Lorry/trailer conversions are as old as lorries/trailers.

Nothing unique about it, and only getting 4 berths into 44ft, does not bode well for the planning.

No images of any insulation. No spec.

There are no residential pitches for that.

And...
Aug 29, 2021 13 tweets 3 min read
Not even halfway into the monthly payday cycle, and I am already running alarmingly low on funds. Every fucking month is like this. Every one. I can't even spend what energy I do have on productive steps forward out of the mire because I am spending my mental energy on making do. It's so much more work to be poor. Imagine you can never replace anything and everything you have was either old or low quality to start with, and you have to juggle work arounds constantly... I'll illustrate...
Aug 20, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
I can't believe I am saying this but it's worse than my initial calculation. I over estimated the bread and milk, would you believe. Let me show you what your meal plan on this "nearly pulled it off" weekly shop actually is...

1/ Breakfast - 1/2 slice of toast

Lunch - 1 fishfinger. No bread at all unless you saved your 1/2 a slice of toast from breakfast

Dinner - 1 and a third nuggets, 1 heaped teaspoon of frozen mixed veg, 3-4 chips

35ml of milk (about 2 tablespoons)

Eat this for 6 days

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Aug 20, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
I wish you were right Norma, but it's worse than that.

This menu comes out at about 400 calories a day.

The Nazis were feeding concentration camp prisoners 1300 calories a day, and even when it got really bad at the end, it only went down to 700.

theholocaustexplained.org/the-camps/ss-c… This menu requires the same food most days...

Breakfast- either 1/2 slice bread, or nothing.

Lunch- 1 fishfinger, maybe 1/2 slice bread

Dinner- 1.3 chicken nuggets, one teaspoon of frozen mixed veg, 3-4 chips

Drink- a shot size serving of semi skimmed milk

6 days a week.
Aug 20, 2021 13 tweets 3 min read
Can we talk about the mental health impact and the social stigmatisation that results from callous mockery and rank dishonesty, such as the piece below.

Poor parents (more of whom are single mothers than any other arrangement) experience real, lasting, and serious impacts. Let's set the benchmarks. £15 per person per week (£60 for a family of 4) is pretty low. Good job, if you get your family fed healthily on this.

£10 per person per week (£40 family of 4), healthily, is an extreme challenge. If you need to honestly learn how, see @BootstrapCook.
Aug 20, 2021 17 tweets 15 min read
This article titled "I took £10 to Iceland to feed a family for a week and nearly pulled it off" from @kentlivenews is a joke, at the expense of low income families and that joke just ran aground here. 🧵

How dare you @kentlivenews?

Cc. @IcelandFoods

kentlive.news/whats-on/shopp… What a sanctimonious, patronising and offensive false equivalence, you horrible horrible little man @AdamMcGroarty.

Some of us like nice things, but the poor eat any old thing if it's cheap enough, what japes.

Cc. @IcelandFoods - the opposite of quality, are you?
May 10, 2021 10 tweets 2 min read
I'm walking away from social media today and I am going to be very honest with why that is. Take the piss and you will be on instant block, I am not fucking around.

I feel like the appointment of an "opposition" to the Nazi government we have that has already used austerity

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as a means of murdering 130,000 sick/ disabled people, states I can expect nothing better or more hopeful from my future and indeed, it's probably going to get worse.

I don't feel like the woman who sourced a rented house in spite of no references or deposit, in 2 days flat

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May 7, 2021 26 tweets 5 min read
I have been polite and I have been nice for a Really Long Fucking Time at this point (over a year). My patience just wore out.

At first I didn't have anything but defence for Keir Starmer because the initial Tory attacks were both bollocks and within my capacity to refute.

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Then I kept my mouth shut, because God knows, when the man *I* had wanted to see lead got elected, the little bitches really should have kept it zipped, and I, being a better person, decided to extend courtesy to them such as they had denied me. "Give him a chance" they said.

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May 6, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
We have an update on the mission to persuade the Mini Nazi away from the dark side!

Read the thread here, then scroll down, I'll add the news below. It's kind of worked.

The Mini Nazi has decided (and believes it to be his own idea) that he wants to be...

*Drumroll*....

A car engineer/ designer.
Apr 16, 2021 17 tweets 6 min read
He's right.

It shouldn't take an Oxford educated, white, middle aged, privileged male pillar of the scientific press to get ill before any patient gets taken seriously, but now that @GeorgeMonbiot has arrived, perhaps at last, we can DO SCIENCE on #MECFS

When we DID SCIENCE (in the rest of the world in the last 2 decades, just not in England) we discovered biomarkers. We discovered findable, physical signs, that show measurable changes are present in multiple systems.

Yes. ME has been found. You didn't know that? Ask why not?
Apr 15, 2021 13 tweets 3 min read
Ah fuck it. The handle that adjusts the seat height in the car has snapped. Worse still it has snapped at the setting RD uses- not the setting I use. I have sent RD out with a set of grips to put it where I use it and banned him from driving it. He's sulking. Tough. He can walk. It means it has to be fixed before school reopens on Monday or I have to do the school run myself and realistically I can't.

We are now trying to work out if it can be fixed.
Apr 14, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Oh My God.

I need to sit with the ramifications of this one for a while.

The fake-science that for years told ME patients they were either deluded or malingering... Was funded/supported by the DWP... So they could legitimise economic violence.

CAN WE RIOT YET FFS??? Just look at this.

The DWP apparently never before or since, funded a clinical trial.

Just this one.

This specific one. Image
Apr 14, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
Nearly forgot to tell you a freshly arrived tale about the Little One's exploits at school (with the boy who thinks he wants to be a Nazi).

Remember LO had an altercation with a boy who wants to be a Nazi? LO slapped him over it.

They had to work together on a project...

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Kids were put to work in pairs (not of their own choosing) to make a cardboard model of a village. They could put things into the village that they wanted to see there.

LO wanted to put renewable energy into the village and a badger set.

Mini Nazi didn't. (MN for short).

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Mar 27, 2021 10 tweets 2 min read
Policing in Britain has traditionally been by consent. Attacking peaceful (if disruptive) protests crosses a line into policing by force.

That this approach began in multiple police forces simultaneously right as the bill went to the vote, suggests it's new UK wide strategy.

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If it is a new UK wide strategy the only person who can be directing it, is Patel, as Home Sec.

Bristol didn't fall in line on the correct day (Fri 12 March- the Clapham vigil). Sussex did and the Met did, that's why their protests went sour. Bristol didn't right away.

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Mar 26, 2021 10 tweets 3 min read
Been thinking about these threads...

1. Little One did a violence against a drawing of Boris, the bots/sock puppets were deployed. See here:

2. Little One did a violence against an actual child, and not one bot/sock arrived:

1/? I realised this last night but wanted to leave it to rule out that it was simply a matter of the post not being up long enough.

It's potentially linked to how many likes and shares, as the post with the bot/sock attention was 10x more popular, but I don't think it's that.

2/?
Mar 25, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
OMG. Little One just filled in the gaps on a story we half knew...

Another child said he wanted to be a Nazi. LO smacked him and stamped on his foot. LO served a punishment for this crime (time out), and has just described the punishment as "worth it". LO has no regrets.

👀 LO said LO challenged the boy, and said Nazis were mass killers in ways too horrible to even explain and if the boy wants to be a Nazi he's an idiot.

The boy did not repent.

LO flashed angry and then slapped him and stamped on him.