"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 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 rights.
"I demand you treat me with respect.
"I, Daniel Blake, am a citizen, "nothing more and nothing less."
I, Daniel Blake