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#I Daniel Blake - Ken Loach film @ The Quad in Derby

Just been to see "I Daniel Blake" at the Quad.

What a film , can't say it was brilliant , although it was, but the subject matter was devastating, harrowing, depressing, and funny in some small parts.



For those of us who think they know the situation and "it's nothing we don't already know " then this film helps to remind us of the depths of inhumanity that the Tory Welfare System is imposing on vulnerable people .


It will make some folks "mad as hell " and at the other extreme reduce some to tears of sorrow for those affected , I witnessed both of these extremes coming from various members of the audience in a post film discussion.


What to do about the system , well , firstly go and see the film , then think about the actuality of those involved . 


Possibly suggest courses of action , mine is to establish just what our various Councils here in Matlock do to help with information and assistance . Then what we as the local Labour branch can do to help either with more accessible information to those who have difficulties in understanding the complexity of the system even if this is just links on our website to further information the web.


What do our local food banks need , this will make more sense when you've seen the film , have we got any and where are they ?


What would your suggestions be lets hope they will be more helpful than those of a mature couple who stood up during the post film discussion and said " It's all too political what you are discussing "and with a dismissive wave of her hand Mrs Hyacinth Bucket left with husband in tow to calls of " shame on you" from the audience. Her response was " why is that shameful " obviously not a Labour voter and no conscience of what they had just dismissed .

P.S Hyacinth Bucket was a BBC TV show Keeping Up Appearances , Google it if you don't know of it .


Rob Clarke


Here is someone telling a real life Daniel Blake story:




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