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Catch the IQ crew at LonCon3

Sadly, I couldn’t be present at the LonCon3 event in London, but my publisher Inspired Quill and fellow authors have made a good show. Here’s a small selection of tweets from the last couple of days…

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Catch me on Goodreads and find out about my work

If you’re in into fiction or poetry, novels or short stories, then that’s the kind of stuff I’ve got on the go. Join me on Goodreads and find out about my work…

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Join Silas Morlock for a journey into the heart of darkness

In the haunted city of Terapolis, an ancient struggle between good and evil nears its terrifying climax…

Caxton, a man so haunted by his past he seeks solace in the most powerful drug known to man…

Marla Caine, shaped by a betrayal that cut so deep it drove her mad, she will stop at nothing to realise her revenge…

Otto Schencke, a cold killer lost in a tangle of conflicting loyalties, he will do anything to survive…

Adam, a misfit dreamer pulled into a conflict beyond his understanding, he must bear the burdens of a dead father’s question for redemption…

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Mark Cantrell Interviewed In A Drip Of Truth

"These days I can’t say that I have much in the way of hobbies. Sure, I’m an avid reader, I also enjoy watching a good movie, but somewhere along the line I’ve become something of a workaholic.

If I’m not actually writing – or doing those ever-multiplying non-writing jobs that come with the territory – then I am stressing about the writing. What can I say, the words have kind of taken over…”

Read the rest on A Drip of Truth by R G Dole

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Be prepared for real austerity

With the Coalition austerity programme and welfare reforms effectively making enforced destitution a matter of Government policy, it might be argued that ministers are actively manufacturing the underclass known as zeros that feature so prominently within Citizen Zero. Many of the links below relate to this with, with stories about how social exclusion and hardship is actively promoted…

 Swindon Advertiser, 2 April 2014

 Police called out to Jobcentre protest


 This Is Money, 2 April 2014

 Britain told to prepare for ‘real austerity’: Warning over future from business leaders


 London Evening Standard, 2 April 2014

 Richard Godwin: Help to Work is slavery by another name

 Perhaps the most modern approach of to unemployment is to put people in work without paying them


 The Irish Times, 27 March 2014

 ‘Guardian’ reporting of Snowden leaks threatened with closure, conference told

 Deputy editor details extent to which intelligence agencies tried to stop newspaper’s disclosures


 The Guardian, 11 March 2014

DWP advising jobcentres on sending claimants to food banks – documents

 Government insists charities form no part of welfare system and this is merely a ‘signpost’, but ‘high level process’ in place


 Huffington Post, 10 March 2014

 Brits Selling Organs On Facebook For Thousands Of Pounds Due To Poverty


 The Guardian, 10 March 2014

 Councils using controversial lie detector tests to catch benefit fraudsters

 'Voice risk analysis' being used by 24 English authorities at a cost of millions – despite scientists' claims that it 'does nothing'


 RT, 7 March 2014

 Starved & evicted: Britain’s poor now treated worse than animals

 Beginning his working life in the aviation industry and trained by the BBC, Tony Gosling is a British land rights activist, historian & investigative radio journalist


 New Policy Institute Blog, 6 March 2014

 Even working households need help to pay for ‘affordable housing’


 The Guardian, 5 March 2014

 Government’s Universal Jobmatch website ‘bedevilled with fraud’

 Around half of the vacancies on official job search website may be bogus, falsely promoted or against the rules, says Frank Field MP


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You must be mad to question authority

Welcome to another batch of links culled from the media and various websites. As before, these represent what might be called the backstory to Citizen Zero. Taken together, and they present a chilling insight into the world of the novel…

Centre for Medical Humanities, 10 December 2013

 Whistle While You Work (For Nothing): Positive Affect as Coercive Strategy – The Case of Workfare

 In this post, Lynne Friedli and Robert Stearn look at the role of psychological coercion, notably through the imposition of positive affect, in UK Government workfare programmes. There has been little or no debate about the recruitment of psychology/psychologists into monitoring, modifying and/or punishing people who claim social security benefits. This silence raises important ethical questions, including about the relationship of psychology to the medical humanities.

 [Now this really is chilling; talk about echoes of the Soviet Union and the use of psychiatrists to declare dissidents mentally unwell…]

‘I have been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for about 8 weeks. I haven’t sworn or shouted at anyone. I have had 3 advisor interviews already; yesterday my adviser asked me to see their psychologist. I did not consent. I have been told that I shouldn’t look into things too deeply… and that I am asking too many questions … They were concerned that there might be ‘some undiagnosed mental illness’ which they said they were unqualified to identify’


Inside Housing, 27 February 2014

DWP: Housing benefit will be sanctioned

 Part-time workers judged to be doing too little to find full-time work face having their benefit for housing costs sanctioned by the government for the first time under universal credit


 Wales Online, 24 February 2014

 Jobcentre whistleblower warns of helplines chaos for job seekers

 Welsh MP Peter Hain was contacted by a civil servant who has outlined a range of problems in Jobcentres


 The Intercept, 24 February 2014

 How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations


 The Guardian, 19 February 2014

 Record number of sanctions made against benefits claimants in 2013

 New figures show the highest number of sanctions against claimants since jobseeker’s allowance was introduced in 1996


 The Guardian, 18 February 2014

 Welfare state presides over ‘culture of fear’, charities say

 New figures presented to benefits inquiry expected to show record numbers of claimants have had cash withheld


 Democratic Audit, 17 February 2014

 Recent developments in the United States vividly illustrate inequality’s threat to democracy

 The impact of socio-economic inequality on democracy has long been debated, with most agreed that the democratic notion of equal representation is undermined by large gaps between the wealthiest and poorest citizens. Looking at examples from the United States, Alistair M. Macleod argues that the corporate lobbying is but one manifestation of the malign influence that this imbalance can have on democratic processes.


 The Telegraph, 16 February 2014

 Downward mobility: Lucy Mangan on the fall of the middle class

 The middle classes are being squeezed and stripped – of jobs, income and security – like never before. Lucy Mangan reports on ‘a profound psychological shift in the nation’s heartland’


 The Guardian, 15 February 2014

 Welfare reforms a ‘disgrace’, says UK’s most senior Catholic

 Archbishop of Westminster says Duncan Smith’s reforms leave people with nothing if they fail to fill in forms correctly


 The Journal, 27 January 2014

 Government cuts creating a generation without hope say campaigners

 Youth unemployment high, tuition fees creating huge debts, services and benefits being cut. Is this the worst time ever to be young?


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