His Telling Interview of
Behind-The-Scenes At The Big Issue.
By Tom Yomogi Yuri.
Edited By Uncle Monty.
Story Graphics By Alex Albion.
Part 1 of 2.
Questions By Tom Yomogi Yuri = TYY.
Answers By Sanjav = San.
TYY: What is it you do at the Big Issue?
San: I was a Voluntary Coordinator in Covent Garden.
TYY: What does that mean exactly?
San: It means we managed the Covent Garden area. We
 distribute the magazines…actually I did more than that…I…
for a while I was a Roving Coordinator which essentially
meant I was a Coordinator anywhere in London. I used
to meet the printing truck in Vauxhall at 5.30am and then
 deliver the magazines to all the various distribution points and
then make my way to Covent Garden and thereby undertake
 my duties as a Voluntary Coordinator in Covent Garden which
 was essentially training Green Badges, they’d come to us and
 also we’ve got obviously a mainstay of people who are
selling magazines – they’d come to us to buy their magazines.
It’s largely selling magazines but also ensuring that people
 within the Covent Garden catchment area adhere to the
Big Issue code of conduct. That was what I did.
TYY: And did you get paid for this job?
San: Did I get paid for it? The official answer is no but the
answer to you, my dear, is yes, of course, I wouldn’t
have done it otherwise.
TYY: How much?
San: You asked me this before. Erm. There was travel, there
 was phones, so there were benefits. There was lunch and
then. There were so many hidden benefits, it’s hard, really hard
 to explain but in terms of cash…erm…it varied but not a great
 variance, but…about £300 a week.
Sanjav: Delivering The Latest Edition of The Rotten Big Issue.
TYY: Was that presented as being a cash payment of £300
a week or did they say expenses of £300 a week?
San: Do you know what I honestly don’t know.
TYY: Did you receive that as a weekly lump sum?
San: No, daily.
TYY: So you got £60 a day?
San: No I got £60…no £100 on a Monday and it kind
of varied from there…£100 on a Monday, £40, £40
 and it would vary.
TYY: And where did that money come from?
San: From the takings [laughs] from the magazines
 in Covent Garden. We’d generate that money
 ourselves on the street.
The Big Issue's Prick Peter Bird.
TYY: Err can you explain that…the process of the money for me?
San: Well, all the people had to buy the magazines so they’d
come to us and the cost price to the public say at present is £2,
to vendor who is selling the magazine is £1, with sales upwards
on occasions of 1,600 magazines…quite rare…but 1,200,
1,300 was about the average so we’d be generating say between
 £800 and £1,000 coz would take her money… was also a
Coordinator…there was three Coordinators, all on the same
sort of package and we’d all take our money directly
from the takings on the day.
TYY: So these figures you’re talking about are the daily figures?
San: Which?
TYY: The…err, 1,300 issues?
San: Yeah, yeah, yeah…err…obviously it fluctuates quite
 a lot, given the weather, given the season, given…given err
 holidays…and some other things. I think…the minimum at the
 moment or when I left…I didn’t leave voluntarily by the way,
 I was asked to leave…err, but the minimum would have been
 800 per day but the year before that…and I was often covering
 Covent Garden on my own…err when I say often – frequently…
err…1,200, 1,300 up to 1,500 per day.
TYY: And how much of the…so are you saying that you
collected the Issues for Covent Garden from the distribution
centre, then you sold them in…to individual vendors in Covent
Garden and how much of the money then from those Issues
that were sold actually went back to the Big Issue head office?
San: What there was left after we’d taken our wages.
TYY: Which would be what on average?
San: Well, on the Monday was slightly different things
like I would do delivery. I’m not quite sure what was
 on but we’d take our…we were all on phone contracts
which were quite nice phone contracts, we’d all get travel
allowances, lunch allowances, other gratuities which I
can’t really mention, but strange little things would
 be thrown into the hat.
TYY: Like what [laughs] come on…we can edit it out later?
San: No, no, you don’t have to…theatre tickets…err…
tickets to the opera, theatre tickets…err…
TYY: Where did they come from?
San: They came directly from the office.
They used to send them over to us.
TYY: Where did the office get them from?
San: No idea. Absolutely none.
TYY: So…we’re saying like…what…what percentage
of the sales that you made in Covent Garden, what
percentage of that actually went back to head office?
San: About. I make this a rough estimate. My maths is
usually better…it’s a B right now…but…about 80%.
TYY: So you’d take 20% and 80% would go back?
San: Roughly. I mean I could do the maths again in a
 minute but, yeah, round about that.
TYY: And were head office aware that you were
taking a cut of the money?
San: Oh fully. That was how it was sanctioned.
That’s how we were paid.
TYY: Err…can you give an example of…err…anyone in any
position of authority that you’ve had a direct conversation
with about it?
San: Everybody knew. That’s how the Coordinators
 got paid. It’s not a great mystery.
TYY: Okay [laughs].
San: It’s still going on now.
The Big Issue's Pigface Anthony John Bird, 65.
TYY: So [laughs] I mean how…I want an example of not
just ‘everyone’ but give me an example of a conversation
 that you’ve had with a named person. How
high up would people know that?
San: The CEO, Steven (Robertson), would know that. Every-
body from the very top of the organisation (John Bird) down
(to Peter Bird). Obviously there’s a chap now called who’s
 the London Distribution Coordinator, he manages Covent
 Garden from there, we manage it on the streets, so they
 separate street based services and those who do absolutely
nothing in the office as far as I can tell, but everybody’s
 aware of it. There were occasions where I strangely forgot
 to take my money on the day, coz I’d be so busy, and I
would say to whoever was the Outreach Coordinator for
 the day ‘I’d forgot to take my money yesterday, I’ll
take it today’ and it was , who unfortunately is not there
 anymore, or if it was who had the foresight and goodwill
 to leave or or the…the Outreach supposed Coordinators
 were fully aware of it and I could do that on occasions say
 look, sorry, I forgot to take my money say on a Monday
I’m going to double it up today on the Tuesday.
Absolutely fine, no problem at all.
TYY: Err…what about…err…what was I going to say…
the outreach? What’s this team of outreach people?
San: Urgh! Speak to any (Big Issue) vendor, any vendor
 in London and they will look at you with utter bafflement.
Nobody really knows. They’re based in Vauxhall.
TYY: But do they actually exist?
San: Oh yeah they do exist. When I was there, and I was
 there for a long time…there was ordinarily a team of…
there was Outreach Team Leader…Outreach Manager,
Outreach Team Leader, four Outreach Team
Coordinators…so ordinarily a team of six.
TYY: Could you say that you have never, ever seen
a member of Outreach come out onto the streets?
San: Oh not at all…they’re there every…well they come
 at the end of every single day to pick up the money,
my dear! [laughs]
TYY: Genuinely you say that’s all they do?
San: I couldn’t…I wouldn’t be as cruel to say that to all
 those who…but that would seem…seem to be most of
what they do…if you look now…particularly at the Covent
Garden area or Waterloo area…and see the amount of
people there either sitting down or in a state of disrepair,
be it through drink or drugs and selling the Big Issue, the
Outreach team supposedly supposed to sort that out.
 Unfortunately that was left to me and to or to the street
 based coordinators.
TYY: Are you aware that Big Issue…err…the Big Issue
Foundation (headed by Nigel Kershaw) pays 35% of the
salaries of the Outreach Team?
San: I wasn’t but it doesn’t surprise me…err…I think I told
 you once before, there was…there was a woman who works
for the Outreach Team, actually no as a Service Broker and
when a friend of mine asked her what she did she said she was
 a Service Broker – he’s a Professor from Pennsylvania – and he
said, oh yeah, fine okay, that’s your title: what do you do? She
 couldn’t answer him. It’s ridiculous. She just stone dead couldn’t
answer him. She just looked…it was horrible…you actually just
reminded me of this at the time…just…
just lots of shuffling and…like.
TYY: The Foundation supposedly pays this 35% to cover the
portion of the work that Outreach does in the charitable aims
of the Foundation, you know, providing…err…information and
advice and support to vendors…and err supposedly not just to
 vendors…under the terms of the Charity Commission it has to
be to any homeless person…err…can you think of any
examples where this has actually taken place? leess
San: [long pause]…I’m afraid to say in…in my view…ess
it’s – I’m going to swear and you can cut that out – it’s
absolutely fucking absurd. All I ever saw was like occasionally
 they’d have like a breakfast day where they give vendors a slice
of toast and a glass of orange juice in the morning. Beyond that,
nothing. I’ve known lots of vendors who are desperate for a
passport, or desperate even for the most basic of needs…if
you ask street based homeless…i.e. a sleeping bag and been
 refused by…by the Outreach Team. It’s a nonsense.
Next: Part Two will present the second half of Tom Yomogi
Yuri's revealing interview with the ex-Big Issue's Sanjav.
Please note that the name "Sanjav" is used herein since
 the full and correct name for "Sanjav" is not known at
this time. However, Sanjav is easily identified from the
images of him posted within this report by Tom Yomogi
Yuri, which has been edited for space mainly. All
 text, however, is retained in the orginial with the
questions and answers untouched in any way other
 than to add the names of Big Issue personnel
 wherever appropiate.
As for Sanjav, he was one of the few at The Rotten Big
Issue's Vauxhall HQ who personally acknowledged my
 presence and showed his respect toward me that the ilk
 of prick Peter Bird and cold granny Linda Driver never did.
Sanjav was everywhere as a staff member. He would arrive
early on his bike to open the front office at the London HQ
on time. I noticed he was missing when I held my last public
protest in May against the vile Bird Brothers outside The
Big Issue edifice. I wasn't sure if he was then on holiday
or had quit or had been sacked. Now I know he was
"asked to leave," presumably by Peter-Bird-The-Prick. 
 A good and honest worker, Sanjav, like so many
before him, is nothing to The Big Issue machine of
greed and self-centredness and the Bird tyranny of
exploitation of those under them either as stiff staff or
street vendors or duped volunteers. I wish Sanjav
 all the very best and I wish all the very worst for
The Vile Bird Brothers and their rotten Big Issue.
You'll hear more about Sanjav soon in Part 2 at
where the question is then raised of "Who Gets
All The Money At The Big Issue?"
Bestest, Uncle Monty.
+Ember Day (BCP), 2011.
Feedback & Comments:
Black Funeral of Police-Shot Gangster Mark Duggan
That UK Scum Looters & Vile Rioters Used As An
 Excuse To Make Mayhem & Violence on the London
city streets, and at other UK urban centres, last month!!
 Look at the photo and then ask yourself:  "What in
heaven's name have they now done to England?
Do U Recognise A Rioter or Looter? If So, Hand Them In ...
By Uncle Monty.
Will The Fake John Bird, Stand Up!
Whoever you are that continues to send me
emails galore in the fake name of John Bird,
I would simply ask that you stop without any 
further ado. Pigface John Bird and I have no
wish or desire to contact each other in any shape
 or form. All I am waiting for is to read his obit!!
Or at least the finale or end of his Rotten Big Issue.
Your comments that I have contacted you as
 "John Bird" are absolute lies from start to finish.
Please go away or better still do us all a big
favour and go jump off the nearest bridge
you pitiful and spiteful git. UM.
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Anonymous said...

Even a dimwit like me NEVER forgets
to pick up his pay or money no matter how busy or tired I may be.
The man's statement makes me wonder how many other Big Issue coordinators did the same as him? Didn't he sign for the money he got? Or was that another Big Issue business trick? I read what he was quoted has having said:
"There were occasions where I strangely forgot to take my money on the day, coz I’d be so busy, and I would say to whoever was
the Outreach Coordinator for
the day ‘I’d forgot to take my money yesterday, I’ll take it today’ and it was , who unfortunately is not there
anymore, or if it was who had
the foresight and goodwill
to leave or or the…the Outreach supposed Coordinators
were fully aware of it and
I could do that on occasions say
look, sorry, I forgot to take my money say on a Monday
I’m going to double it up today
on the Tuesday. Absolutely fine, no problem at all."
My goodness me, what next?
I am a retired fraud investigator.

KEV. said...

Mister blogger. Let me ask you something, isn't there any thing good that the Big Issue does for the homeless? It helped me when I was homeless. All you do is write one put down after another against Mr. John Bird and
Mr. Peter Bird and those people with them. I don't agree with you.
Look at yourself first
before pointing a finger at others.
You are no saint "Uncle Monty" and
never will be. I'd say you're more
of a fart and you piss me off. Find
some thing good to say about Big Issue for a change. If you
cannot, then SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!

M. Mann. said...

Kev ~ Some believe like me that it takes a "fart" to know a "fart". Well aside from that, Monty's blog
is getting better and better for content. He seems to be finding the "goods" on Big Issue like few have done so before. The interview
he has just posted is an indictment on the underhanded goings on by the crude management style of John Bird. Monty told me a few weeks ago that his intention is to put Big Issue out of business once and for all. If he cannot do that, he says he wants to inflict as much damage as he can. He seems to have succeed there quite well so far. Monty also said he was no longer interested any more in gaining back
his pitch, which he bitterly blames Bird's "scum brother" Peter for doing him down and "throwing away my pitch like a petty and
ignorant bastard that Peter Bird
truly is ... He sucks ..."
So fart on that ~ Kev & The Birds.
Morris Mann.

Anonymous said...

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