Department of Witchcraft and Primitive software

In a past life I spent a lot of time ranting and writing about the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). In short they’re bloody awful, as is the culture of demonisation and persecution which surrounds the whole welfare. Iain Duncan Smith is a vindictive liar and sociopath who is actively destroying lives, aided and abetted by Liam Byrne – Labour’s very own Tory. The DWP’s private contractors are disability-deniers and slavery-enablers. Life as an unemployed person is mere a existence  soul-destroying, impoverished and full of despair. Near enough every day I offer gratitude that I am no longer subject to that hell, no longer at the mercy of those judgemental jobsworths down the jobcentre.

Now you’re up to speed I offer news of the latest fun still awaiting my unfortunate fellow human beings stuck on the dole.

1) First up, in a move that might cause even a Scientology recruiter to say “Hang on, this doesn’t sound very empirical…”, the DWP is compelling jobseekers to take pseudoscientific “personality tests“. Why they can’t just piss around on Facebook and take a quiz to find out which member of One Direction they are is beyond me.

I am so down with the kids

I am so down with the kids

Apparently the DWP have run out of arguably-legitimate hoops to make desperate people jump through in exchange for subsistence income. Now they’ve moved on to outright bulls***. The test outcomes have no meaningful relationship to responses, as determined by Steve Walker of Skwarkbox blog. Its just psychological manipulation and bullying, what after all the DWP does best.

Like many things, the Daily Mash gets the point across best.

2) Proving that it isn’t just their attitudes towards social problems that are stuck in the 19th Century, the DWP’s new online system for disabled people to complete claims for disability living allowance (DLA) only works with outdated web browsers and computer operating systems.

From the DWP’s site:

The service does not work properly with Macs or other Unix-based systems even though you may be able to input information.

You are likely to have problems if you use Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9 and 10, Windows Vista or a smartphone. Clearing temporary internet files may help but you may wish to claim in another way.

There is also a high risk that if you use browsers not listed below, including Chrome, Safari or Firefox, the service will not display all the questions you need to answer. This is likely to prevent you from successfully completing or submitting the form. You may wish to claim in another way.

All I can really add at this point is “Thank F*** I got out”.


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3 Responses to Department of Witchcraft and Primitive software

  1. ukipboy says:

    if you look at the list of systems you note some interesting windows 7 and 8 are both missing so the chances are it works with windows 7 the mostly widely used windows software used now. Techies will tell you the Vista has always been as buggy as hell and the best thing to do is avoid it. XP is a marvelous system and I still morn the day that I had to give it up for my windows 7 laptop

    • Nash says:

      Get many good deals for laptops down PC World on £56 a week do you? And heaven forbid that a government department should cater for citizens who don’t meet the OS standards of tech snobs. I sincerely doubt that those more recent OS are as common as you claim. I’m still using Vista on a 6-year old laptop. Incidentally I’ve never had a single issue with bugs.

  2. ukipboy says:

    windows 7 has been out since 2009, most high street retailers offer free upgrades if you buy their insurance, plus libraries have free internet access with windows 7

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