Friday 3 June 2011

Spoonie Revenge Party - Friday Fun

Those of you who read
will know that we had enormous fun imagining David Cameron, George Osborne, Maria Miller, Iain Duncan-Smith, James Purnell, Frank Field and Chris Grayling having to live the way they expect us to.

Their "punishment" for unfettered sickie-bashing is to be a year of living our lives. What would you do? How could you make sure that they taste just a little of what you go through daily? Davie-boy would have to go without the botox and trips to Ibiza, obviously. No more skiing holidays to Klosters or champagne receptions for Little-Lord-Osborne. Dry toast until someone can come and prepare a meal for you? 1 light-bulb only after 7pm?

Today we're running a twitter festival using the hashtag #spoonierevengeparty. We need some fun! We need to feel a little empowered and nothing does it better than swapping roles for a day - even imagining these privileged fools having to experience our lives is ludicrous in itself!!

So tweet! Have fun? How would you make sure their year on benefits is authentic?

Let's make the #spoonierevengeparty enormously successful, side-splittingly funny and if we can get it trending, all the better!!


  1. Lock them in for a month until they are well enough to 'go out' then on a day they make the super effort to get dressed and out the lift will be having a non working day. Oh and no you dont have a garden as you live in a block of flats so if you dont have a pot plant nothing green to look at either.

  2. Dear Sue,

    I am unemployed but only have a very minor disability and am not ill but I am still finding things difficult. It is very difficult for me to imagine how awful it must be for disabled and ill people like yourself. I have read how as a direct result of the governments actions disabled and ill people have died. I have read a fair bit about it and it does seem clear that it is a direct result.

    I would therefore like to ask if anyone is taking any action with regards to forming a case against the relevent government department(DWP I think) for corporate manslaughter? Although it is of course the priority to stop the ATOS tests I dont think that is enough and that criminal charges should be looked into. I have been reading bits from the following:

    If you look under causation I think the only bullet point that is unclear is the third one. However if only compensation was found appropriate rather than ruling it was a criminal offence i think it would still show the government had done severely wrong and had at the least substantually contributed to peoples deaths. Are there perhaps some lawyers with contacts within your community of bloggers and supporters? I am thinking of lawyers who may be outraged at the government's actions and are therefore prepared to work for free?
    I believe that the criminal prosecution of mps in the expenses scandal indicates that the judges/lawyers do believe prosecuting mps (and therefore hopefully government departments)is in the public interest.


    an extract from the page I am reading is below:

    The Act does not define causation but as the intention was to follow aspects of the law on gross negligence, it must be assumed that the test is as set out in:

    R v HM Coroner for Inner London, ex parte Douglas-Williams (1999) 1 All ER 344.

    Lord Woolf:

    "For gross negligence manslaughter so far as the facts we are considering are concerned there must be:

    -negligence consisting of an act or failure to act;

    -that negligence must have caused the death in the sense that it more than minimally, negligibly or trivially contributed to the death;

    -and the degree of negligence has to be such that it can be characterised as gross in the sense that it was of an order that merits criminal sanctions rather than a duty merely to compensate the victim.

    In relation to both types of manslaughter it is an essential ingredient that the unlawful or negligent act must have caused the death at least in the manner described. If there is a situation where, on examination of the evidence, it cannot be said that the death in question was caused by an act which was unlawful or negligent as I have described, then a critical link in the chain of causation is not established. That being so, a verdict of unlawful killing would not be appropriate and should not be left to the jury."

  3. I have a feeling this site is not all it seems?