“They call this a 'pauper's funeral' because it's the cheapest slot, at 9:00. But Dan wasn't a pauper to us. He gave us things that money can't buy. When he died, I found this on him. He always used to write in pencil. And he wanted to read it at his appeal but he never got the chance to. And I swear that this lovely man, had so much more to give, and that the State drove him to an early grave. And this is what he wrote. 'I am not a client, a customer, nor a service user. 'I am not a shirker, a scrounger, a beggar, nor a thief. 'I'm not a National Insurance Number or blip on a screen. 'I paid my dues, never a penny short, and proud to do so. 'I don't tug the forelock, but look my neighbor in the eye and help him if I can. 'I don't accept or seek charity. 'My name is Daniel Blake. I am a man, not a dog. 'As such, I demand my rights. 'I demand you treat me with respect. 'I, Daniel Blake, am a citizen, 'nothing more and nothing less.' Thank you.”
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