Monthly Archives: June 2017

Where do Disabled People fit in Labour’s ‘Tough on Welfare’ – The Party Response

I had such high hopes for Labour, once Jeremy Corbyn became leader, but the response Jayne Linnley got in a request to find out what the party will do for all those who are too disabled/ill to work, was a huge disappointment.
As it was Blaire’s Labour who opened the doors of the villifying of the disabled, I had hopes that Jeremy Coorbyn would stop all that, completely remove the WCA, and put the decision on who genuinely can and can’t work back to our Consultants and Doctors, who know us, and our health problems more intimately than the tick-box machinery in operation right now. I was hoping that they cared enough about us, to make sure those disabled and ill who lost their DLA in the changeover to PIP, would then get the treatment that they should have done, instead of being treated like criminals!
I know it’s going to be an uphill struggle to get our NHS, our Education services, our Emergency services, and everything else that was bled dry by the Tories, back to some kind of even keel – but I hoped for much more than a promise to tweak the WCA by ‘reforming’ it yet again!

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As well as sending my letter asking Where Disabled People fit in Labour’s ‘Tough on Welfare’? to Kate Green, I also submitted it as a comment in to Labour.org; I received a reply from the Labour Party today –

Thank you for your email about Labour’s plans for social security reform.

Because of this Government’s economic failure, the next Labour government must start planning now for what will be a very difficult inheritance. David Cameron claims the economy is fixed, but the welfare bill is going up, not down. Long-term unemployment is up; the housing crisis is pushing up housing benefit spending; and the growing number of people earning less than a living wage is costing the taxpayer more in tax credits and other benefits.

One Nation Labour will get welfare spending back under control, but based on our values, not the Tories’ failed approach. That means tackling the underlying problems…

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‘Rigorous impartiality’ – how #MayDUP deal breaks #GoodFridayAgreement

The Good Friday Agreement is now in peril because of Theresa May’s desire to stay in power, despite her calling a snap election, then losing the Majority she already had.
Then, by giving in to the DUP, she has now made the UK even more perilous for ordinary people – don’t forget, she’s got plenty of money to pay security firms to keep her safe, unlike ordinary working people!
Not only that, after agreeing to a whopping 11% pay rise for MP’s, the Tories and the DUP voted against any pay rise for our Nurses and Doctors, our Police and Fire Brigade – this sickens me beyond telling.
All of this, just so the Tories can stay in power!

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So, the Tories have – finally – reached an agreement with the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party). It’s a deal that costs us – British taxpayers – a billion pounds.

The biggest involuntary party-political donation in history.

It’s also a deal that breaks the 20-year-old Good Friday Agreement, threatening the increasingly fragile Northern Irish peace process, because of the centrality to that agreement of ‘rigorous impartiality’ on the part of the British government.

The so-called Good Friday Agreement (officially titled The Belfast Agreement) includes a firm and unequivocal commitment from all participants, including the British government:

gfa impartial.pngrigorous impartiality‘, ‘just and equal treatment of theidentity and ethos‘ of both nationalist and loyalist communities.

Not only does the mere fact of the existence of an agreement between the Tory government and the DUP breach the agreement (a legal challenge is already in preparation) –…

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Arlene Foster denied anti-LGBT letter. Why trust there’s no hidden #DUP deal?

The Tories mocked the Labour Party Manifesto, and said that there’s no ‘Magic Money Tree’ to finance it – and yet they’ve ‘found’ 1 Billion Pounds as a bribe to the DUP, so they can stay in power!
Where has that money come from?
Why wasn’t it given to the NHS to keep hospitals open, or to the Police, the Fire Brigade, Social Services, Schools, the Ill/ Disabled, or all the other places and people who have been starved of cash – all for the Tory’s Neoliberal Austerity ideals?
It’s about time we got some answers – ones that aren’t a pack of lies 😦

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The government has announced it has reached agreement with the DUP amid grave concerns not only about the deal – which Welsh First Minister Carwen Jones said is nothing more than ‘a bung’ – but also about the nature of the party it has reached agreement with.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) will receive £1 billion in additional public funds and participation in government policy-making in return for its ‘confidence and supply’ arrangement with the Tories.

tory dup.pngTories and the DUP reaching their deal. Inset: the funeral of the Quinn boys, murdered in a loyalist firebomb attack

After more false starts and delays than a bad day on the notorious Southern Rail that have meant the deal has been announced weeks later than originally promised, there’s little doubt that the public deal represents only a small part of the concessions the Tories will have made in order to bring the famously…

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Social media is being used to stage manage our democracy using nudge-based strategies

Source: Social media is being used to stage manage our democracy using nudge-based strategies

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Guest post: lesson from ‘Day of Rage’ – and protestors confront BoZo (video)

A look at the way the right-wing press are bringing about their own prophecies – at the expense of the victims!

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By Joshua Funnell

A lesson Learned from the “The Day of Rage” : The British Right are Delusional

According to a leading Twitter authority, I’m “a special kind of wanker”. AKA, a person that exercises their democratic right to protest, as enshrined in Article 11 of European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Conservative MP, Michael Fabricant went further, choosing his words delicately, he described protestors like me as “fascists”. Well, if you’re going to get personal Michael, it’s worth mentioning that Fabricant holds the unenviable accolade of having the second worst hair in the Conservative party and also weirdly looks like Kevin from Kevin & Perry…

He’s right of course. It is well known that when Hitler’s Nazis attempted to seize power in the Munich Beer Hall Putsch of 1923, they did so with grammatically suspect cardboard signs, an old boom box on a trolley, plastic masks and their…

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Judicial review rules benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents

Will working class people, who vote for the Conservatives despite their lack of care for us all, only wake up to the Tory false promises, and harsh neoliberal ideals, after everyone else has been sacrificed, and they are the only ones left on the Block?

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The  Conservatives have been dealt a blow by a high court judgement today, which ruled that the government’s highly controversial benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with young children. The imposing of a benefit cap on tens of thousands of lone parents with children under the age of two is not only unlawful, it has has resulted in “real damage” to the families affected, the high court has ruled.

The judicial review challenge brought by four lone parent families, concerned the reduced benefit cap introduced by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. The revised benefit cap drastically reduced housing benefits, leaving lone parent families across the country unable to afford basic life necessities to care for their children.

Mr Justice Collins has ruled that the application of the revised benefit cap to lone parents with children under two amounts to unlawful discrimination and that “real damage” is being caused to the claimants…

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Satirical Video of Boris Johnson’s Car Crash Interview with Eddie Mair

This is about the level of intelligence we’ve learned to expect, when questioning any Tory!

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Boris Johnson: he really should eat more roughage.

I found this video on YouTube of that interview Boris Johnson gave with Eddie Mair, in which the Tory leadership contender and former editor of the Spectator failed to answer Mair’s questions on what was in the Queen’s Speech for correcting harsher sentences against Blacks in the courts and improving the lives of the mentally ill. Boris couldn’t answer the first one, and after umming and ahhing tried to answer the second, before finding out that he couldn’t answer that one either, and tried to go back to answering the first question again. At which point Mair told him this wasn’t the Two Ronnies’ Mastermind Sketch, ‘Answering the Question before Last’.

Mair then went to mention all the policies May had said she would implement in the Tory manifesto, policies which had the support of 17.1 million people, but which had…

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