Monthly Archives: October 2017

Tory disdain for democracy reduces Parliament to a talking shop

I’m totally gobsmacked at the actions of the Tory Party. I knew they had no regard for the people who actually voted them into power, but this action alone shows just how low they will go to get their own way!
God help us all, if we can’t get them out of power – and soon!

Ramblings of an Ordinary Man

Older heads than mine may be able to remember a more shambolic and inept government than that of Theresa May. I can’t. However, if that were the only problem, we’d have seen the back of them by now.

Their naked cruelty and obvious disdain for the majority in society marks them out as a clear and present danger to the well-being and prosperity of millions. Can anyone now doubt the basic truth of this statement? However, the handling of the opposition debate on Universal Credit suggests they may be a threat to democracy its self.

This is a party so wedded to austerity, that they are willing to ignore the will of the people, parliament and members of their own party, in order to implement a roll out of Universal Credit. Despite dire warnings that the system will lead to real hardship for some of the most vulnerable people in…

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Overt Tory bias and lie from JRF – Work does not pay more than benefits!

Joe really hits the nail on the head when going through the Tory costings – as usual, the figures are played with in the extraordinary way that Tories tend to do, to prove their continuous lie that Work Pays!

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Government refuse to publish Brexit impact assessment. We need to ask why

Kitty S. Jones has really shown clearly how the present government are willing to do anything at all to keep the power it has stolen from our democratic country.
Through their continued lies, and obfuscation of the real truths of Brexit, they are heading this country to a real disaster of epic proportions – but they won’t be the ones to suffer through this, as they are rich and powerful, and so will be kept safe from the results – no, it will be the ordinary man and woman of the UK, the taxpayers, who will bear the brunt of it all! 😦

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“Despite calls from over 150 MP’s and threats of legal action, the Department for Exiting The European Union are still refusing to publish Brexit impact assessments.” David Lammy.

Whitehall’s internal risk assessments of the impact of leaving the EU on various sectors of the UK economy have remained the private property of the government. The government’s reluctance to publish them has been one of the most controversial, and widely discussed, features of its approach to Brexit. Ministers say that publication would undermine their hand in the Brexit talks and could influence thedebate on Brexit if they were revealed. Circulation of the assessment is said to be highly restricted inside government because of its political sensitivity.

However the government’s authoritarian refusal to publish these documents is undemocratic, and it means the public remains in the dark about Whitehall’s internal analysis over the economic impact of Brexit. Not a government that’s fond of public scrutiny, transparency and accountability, then.

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Achieved #NHS targets fall from 86% to ZERO% in #4ToryYears

We all know that the selling off of the NHS has been happening, and has been, really since Blaire’s regime – but seems to have been really speeded up this last few years or so, by the Tory Government – so why is nothing being done about it?
The NHS is a Nation-funded Health and Social Care system, so why haven’t we the right to put a stop to the Tory selling-off of all it’s component parts?
Why aren’t the Labour Party screaming and shouting out to the world about all the real figures, instead of keeping quiet every time a Tory lies about the real figures – or at least start doing something to put a stop to it all?
Is our government so far above the Law that absolutely nothing can be done to call a halt to it all?

The SKWAWKBOX

The Tories like to claim that they’re protecting the NHS and increasing its funding. They lie – in spite of being regularly rebuked by the UKSA (UK Statistics Authority) for doing so. The lie has been definitively exposed today by a revelation about the English NHS’ performance against ‘key targets’.

‘Shocking’ doesn’t even come close.

The latest data portray the near-collapse of the NHS – especially in England – under the weight of underfunding and unremedied staff shortages combined with completely-predictable demand.

Performance against key targets, in cancer care, Accident and Emergency and planned operations, in 2012/13 was eighty-six percent – which was already seriously short of the 95% target. Four years later in 2016/17, the most recent complete performance year – it had fallen to zero percent:

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Performance in Scotland – where the devolved administration has to live with the Tories’ overall funding cuts but…

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The Universal Credit Row, and our Basic Human Rights . . .

If I’ve read this article right, then the government are preparing to roll out a Universal Credit system that affects almost all of our basic Human Rights.
If this is so, why isn’t something being done about it at the highest levels, before even more thousands of people, including children, are driven to homelessness, huge debt, and penury?

Please follow the link below, and read the article, and see if you come to the same conclusions that I did?

The Universal Credit Row and our Basic Human Rights

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‘Corbyn is coming!’ BBC’s #Budget17 preview – and what it really means

The Tory Party are well past their sell-by date, and are having a BOGOF sale of anything public property they can lay their hands on – including our NHS. They will then promise us the earth, as long as we don’t expect them to actually fulfill any promises – a lot like they’ve already done before then?

The SKWAWKBOX

tory translate.pngThe BBC’s Daily Politics show on Monday gave a ‘preview’ of what the government has told it will be the key themes in the government’s Budget next month – and it was an object lesson in reading the real meaning of Tory statements.

Here are the points trailed to the BBC by the government – and what they really mean:

1. “This will be a revolutionary Budget”

We’re going to tinker round the edges of the real problems and hope calling it ‘revolutionary’ will stick – just like when we say ‘let me be completely clear’ when we want to avoid something.

2. “Austerity rules on borrowing may be relaxed to aid further investment”

“We’re not going to give anyone more funds – but we might let them go into more debt to temporarily fill some holes. We hope this will make us look less damaging.”

3. “The…

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‘Odd couples’ article misses point – shows Establishment still rattled by Pidcock

Laura Pidcock has been a breath of fresh air, ever since she was voted in as an MP, and I truly wish that more of the ‘old-school’ Labour MP’s would start to emulate her thinking.
Unfortunately, there are still a few die-hard Labour MP’s serving among the Party, who continue to have the same, awful, views that Blaire and his cronies did when in charge of ‘New’ Labour – where ordinary people, and those who are so very vulnerable, are the last thing they think of – unless it’s as a target to blame for the world’s ills!
There really still IS a ‘Them’ and ‘Us’ attitude in this country, brought about by these basic divisions, and it’s about time it was got rid of!
NOBODY, whether rich, or poor, is superior to anyone else – OR entitled to better treatment – just because they were fortunate enough to be born into monied families.
We are all born naked, and we all go to our graves taking nothing with us, so to continue to treat those with less, as if they were beneath contempt (which, unfortunately, is still the prevailing attitude among so many Tories), just because they didn’t have all the advantages money can buy, is beyond contempt.
No, MP’s DON’T have to look on each other as enemies (even though Tory MP’s have been treating Labour MP’s as a joke for far too long), but ANY MP who wants the best for their constituents, rather than the hell-on-earth being made for them with every Tory policy made so far, must know they can’t be Pals with their opposite number in Parliament?
There has been far too much of this chumminess, made at the price of too many deaths, especially of the most vulnerable in our society. This terrible list has grown ever bigger, especially over this last seven years of Tory government, and I really do feel that it’s this inability to separate who is for, or against, such powerful issues, that has caused so very many people to give up any hope of a better future – which has made people stop caring, and stop voting, and has allowed those who are just hungry for power to rise to the top, rather than having decent men and women fighting hard for the rights of those constituents who voted them into that power in the first place!
What most of the MP’s who vote for the policies that are killing us all forget, is that Loyalty goes both ways – and the worse we’re treated, the more likely it will be that they will soon be out of a job!
There must surely be one or two Tory MP’s who see the terrible harm being done to the people of the UK, people who don’t have the advantages of wealth, or a so-called ‘good’ birth?
If so, they are keeping very quiet, so it really IS up to our Labour MP’s, just like the amazing, brave, and very vocal, Laura Pidcock, to start working for things to be improved for ALL of us in the UK, not just the Few – which is, after all, the Labour slogan!

The SKWAWKBOX

A Gaby Hinsliff article in today’s Observer lists a number of supposedly-unlikely parliamentary ‘odd couples’ under the emetic title:

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The piece amounts to little more than a barely-veiled attack on Labour MP Laura Pidcock, who shook the Establishment with her SKWAWKBOX interview in August, in which she expressed her hatred for Tory policies and her lack of interest in letting Parliament’s ‘clubby’ atmosphere change her opinion of the Tory MPs who pass them: the enemy of her constituents.

The impact of that interview – termed by one right-winger ‘the interview that launched a thousand comment-pieces‘ – is still being felt. The depth of the shock-wave it created could be perceived in the avalanche of attacks on Ms Pidcock by Establishment journalists and politicians.

Ms Hinsliff’s article has been published, coincidentally or otherwise, on the same weekend that Laura Pidcock, in an interview with Owen Jones, reaffirmed  her…

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