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11 Year-Old Schoolgirl Slams David Cameron For ‘Making The Poor Poorer’

An 11 year-old “kind hearted” schoolgirl has slammed David Cameron for “making the poor poorer”, it has been reported.

In a letter to the Prime Minister and Tory leader, Halle Carnall, who attends the Accrington Academy, says her school friends are often left hungry and that she is worried about “what state this country will be in when I’m older”.

Her letter has been shared on Facebook over 40,000 times, after proud mum Joanne, 31, uploaded it to the social network to share with family members.

Joanne told the Accrington Observer:

“After school, Halle was sat in her bedroom, I thought she was doing her homework when she came down and asked me to read her letter.

“When I read the first line ‘Dear Mr Prime Minister’, I almost laughed as I thought it was a joke but as I carried on reading I realised it was a very serious letter that she had put a lot of thought into.

“I uploaded a copy of the letter to Facebook, only to show it to my family, as they live in Liverpool.

“I didn’t expect anything further than a couple of likes and maybe a few comments from friends and family.

“We were in total shock to see that the letter had been re-shared almost 40,000 times, as far as China and New Zealand.”

In her letter to David Cameron, Halle congratulates the PM for winning the general election but warns against “selling the NHS and making the poor poorer whilst looking after you and your firiends”.

“I am worried you are making a poor choice that will impact on my future”, she says.

“I am very lucky that both of my parents have good jobs and I will have a warm meal tonight. However lots of my school friends and millions of others in your country are not so lucky and will be hungry today, tomorrow and for the next five years at least.”

In a call to unite the whole of society, Halle writes:

“Whether rich or poor we are all the same. We all have the right to a good standard of education, healthcare if we are poorly and job opportunities.

“It scares me to imagine what state this country will be in when I’m older.”

She ends the letter by urging David Cameron to:

“Please consider me and million of children of just like me who deserve the best chance in life”.

Commenting on the huge response the letter has received on Facebook, Halle’s mum Joanne said:

“The response has been amazing.

“To us, Halle has always been a kind hearted and gifted child, but for total strangers to agree is just crazy.

“People have been commenting on how well written the letter is, and how Halle is so bright, caring and such a brilliant young lady.

“People have said they are looking at a future electorate and that she would make a fantastic MP.”

Source – Welfare Weekly, 19 May 2015

http://www.welfareweekly.com/11-year-old-schoolgirl-slams-david-cameron-for-making-the-poor-poorer/

Performing masculinity: teaching the haka to the unemployed

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I have just 21 weeks to wait before the start of the Rugby World Cup. To while away the time, I want to remember a rugby-playing Marxist from New Zealand who in 1934 taught the haka at a summer camp for unemployed men.

Bertram in China in 1937 Bertram in China in 1937

James Munro Bertram was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford when he volunteered to spend his summer with the Universities Council for Unemployed Camps (UCUC). Born in Auckland on 11 August 1910 to a Presbyterian family, he came to England with left-wing views and a training in journalism. He graduated in 1934 with a first in English, then took a second class degree in modern languages in the following year.

UCUC, though based in Cambridge, drew support from a number of English and Scottish universities, and is best understood as part of the broader tradition of student social service, sharpened by the…

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