I am not a client, a customer, nor a service user.
I am not a shirker, a scrounger, a beggar, nor a thief.
I am 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 neighbour 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 right.
I demand you treat me with respect.
I, Daniel Black, am a citizen,
Nothing more and nothing less.