PIP/ESA assessments inquiry

This post has now been superseded by a more recent post detailing my submission to the Work & Pensions Committee inquiry: see In my room.

I’m leaving this post here so that you can learn about my pretentiousness and neophobia, while enjoying a gallery of poverty porn from the Parisian world of the fin de siècle.


Parliament’s Work & Pensions Committee is undertaking an inquiry into Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) assessments. Committee Chair, Frank Field MP, has said, “We would like to hear from claimants – and assessors – about whether and where the system works or is failing, and how it might be fixed”.

Of course, I see this as an opportunity for new heights of pretention. I thought I’d make a video to illustrate the fact that I need PIP as I spend 90% of my time in one room due to various symptoms (see Psychotic & proud).

The problem is, despite having my current iMac for eight years, I have never opened iMovie and don’t know where to start. Neophobia, same reason I have never tried sushi. I’m 52!

I have managed to choose some music for the soundtrack. When I overcome my timidity I’ll open iMovie. This will probably be at Christmas, but it’ll give me something to do while complaining that there’s nothing on the telly and I don’t know why I pay the license fee etc. This week I was reduced to watching one of the adult channels. No! I mean BBC4. It’ll be opera on Sky Arts next.

For now, you’ll have to settle for some poverty porn from the Parisian fin de siècle. These printmakers were at it long before Channel 5.


Poverty porn from the Parisian world of the fin de siècle:

Street scenes, sex workers, sheet music and more.


Featured image:  Soup (La soupe), Théophile Alexandre Steinlen (1859 – 1923), the Van Gogh Museum.

More details of each image can be found using the keyword poverty from the gallery French printmaking 1890-1905.

(Many images from the Van Gogh Museum can be downloaded for non-profit publications, personal websites, blogs, and social media).

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