‘I, Daniel Blake’: The trailer for Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winner – video. Seetec/Job Path

‘Gruff but goodhearted, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a man out of time: a widowed woodworker who’s never owned a computer, he lives according to his own common sense moral code. But after a heart attack leaves him unable to work and the state welfare system fails him, the stubbornly self-reliant Daniel must stand up and fight for his dignity, leading a one-man crusade for compassion that will transform the lives of a struggling single mother (Hayley Squires) and her two children. Graced with humor and heart, I, Daniel Blake is a moving, much-needed reminder of the power of empathy from one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers’ (rotten tomatoes film reviewers) link rotten tomatoes


Seetec/Job Path, the new privatized Social Welfare body in Ireland since 2016, is a U.K. Social Welfare facilitating company which was founded in 1984.  The organisation and employees in Seetec, from my research studies, follow a rewards/commissioned based system where a bonus is paid when unemployed people are registered with the Company and another reward/bonus is applied if the P.A. (personal assistant) is successful in finding employment for their assigned unemployed clients (subjects springs to my mind?).  To date having googled Dail Debates, newspapers articles and a variety of forums, as well as speaking with someone who has been put through the system I can find nothing positive about this agency but it is open for objection discussion here.

About susansover50

This is my first attempt at public blogging so I will keep it simple. My name is Susan and I am 53 years young. I was motivated to set up this blog by a relatively recent article in "the Irish Journal" by Tom Neville titled 'There is often a stigma that people in their 50s, who are out of work, are waiting it out until retirement'. I like many other over 50's who commented on this article can relate to it's contents. So out of curiosity I am setting up this blog especially for 50's who feel that Ireland is becoming an increasingly ageist society. So happy trial blogging hopefully. My blogs will be shared on Facebook with my friends.
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3 Responses to ‘I, Daniel Blake’: The trailer for Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winner – video. Seetec/Job Path

  1. I look forward to seeing this. Thanks for sharing. PS. I still can’t pass the test for a Civil Service job.


    • susansover50 says:

      I am looking forward to watching the film also. I have never watched a Google rental movie before but maybe later this evening I will give it a try! I will let you know? The Director, Ken Loach, is 81 years old and is known for his socialist ideologies, he also directed ‘The Wind That Shakes the Barley’. He reminds me a bit of Roddy Doyle whose books and subsequent films I am a big fan of ☺(although Doyle did have a falling out with Alan Parker, the Director of ‘The Committments’,! Doyle sold the rights but I think Alan Parker did a good job of the movie which was a great success and a valuable source of social history of the working class young people In Dublin in the 1980’s which seems to be resonating in our current times. I have spent the past 7 years re-training and up-skilling my job prospects🤔 I got my honours degree in 2015 at the age of 51 and I have been doing Community Work for the past 2 years. In the last 2 months I have kept an excel spreadsheet of all my job applications and replies etc. I may be put on the Seetec route shortly, a journey which I am not looking forward to☹ as I feel it is not progressive in rehabilitating people of any age into the workforce. I also believe that the vast majority of people in the working class spectrum really want to work and better themselves but are being denied this through an ever growing class division within our society veering towards an American culture which does not appeal to me or my conscious.


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