Adventures at A4e

Came across an excellent article that details a real-life situation that ought to be barely believable but sadly isn’t. A cross between “The Thick of It”‘s scenes with the Tory motivational guru and a Nike commercial, the mandatory sessions this woman had to attend add a fascinating extra insight into the whole, chilling ‘positive psychology’ thinking that this government is clearly using to avoid responsibility for the situation it has created: it’s not us, it’s you.
Three things stood out particularly:
1) She asks whether a disabled person attending the course would be told his/her problems are all in the mind. Scarily, that’s exactly what the government and its Atos hatchet-men do think about many disabled people.
2) She’s told that she should indulge in no more than 30 minutes, one day a week, of ‘lamenting’ her situation and spend the other 167.5 hours being only positive. This government really does think it has the right to control how we think, even when it’s utterly detached from reality.
3) If she hadn’t attended this ludicrous course, she would have been ‘sanctioned’ – lost her benefits for at least four weeks. Time wasted that could have been spent actually looking for work, and for which we’re no doubt paying a hefty fee. This government’s austerity rhetoric is just nonsense. There’s money, but it goes where they think best: to their mates who get to provide money for old rope.
But please take a look and draw your own conclusions. It’s an eye-opener and very nicely written.


  1. Absolutely disgusting that tax-payers’ money is being spent on this tripe whilst half a million people are forced to depend on food banks for their very survival.
    This a sinister attempt to brainwash those who are forced to attend these sessions on pain of losing their meagre subsistence. … the blame game. Disgusting.

  2. Good post, but don’t forget it was Purnell who first started this ‘be happy and you will get a job’ garbage. As with so much, all the Coalition are doing is taking some New Labour nonsense and making it even more extreme

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