I’m a girl called Jack.
Just Jack, not short for anything, and I’m a 25 year old single mother to a toddler, living in Southend.
I started to write this blog because of a front page Echo headline from a former Conservative Councillor that stated that ‘Druggies, Drunks And Single Mums’ were ‘Ruining Our TownI bristled at the accusation that my presence as a lone parent, specifically a female one, was somehow a blight on the community of Southend. I wrote an angry letter back, and I’m still writing. I’m often described as ‘an avid blogger’ ‘lively’ ‘fiery’ and ‘political’ – as well as a few other things that I’m too polite to print. Excuse the occasional curse word; I type furiously and honestly, which often means uncensored! This little blog was mentioned in the Independent and The Sunday People ran a double page special report just before Christmas on my £10 a week food shop.
The months of unemployment, job seeking, financial strain, selling everything I own to try to keep my home;personal rollercoaster of unemployment and associated difficulties are mixed here with local politics, and Council meetings, along with low-budget recipes, locally-taken photographs, and general musings.