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Millionaire Cabinet and Welfare Reform.

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From the ever reliable Daily Mail (Here. )

It is the £60million Cabinet. David Cameron’s coalition Government may have adopted ‘fairness’ as one of its defining slogans, but his team of Ministers has been drawn almost exclusively from the ranks of the financial elite – leading to accusations that politics is once again becoming the preserve of the wealthy.

Of the 29 Ministers entitled to attend Cabinet meetings, 23 have assets and investments estimated to be worth more than £1million.

Compare and contrast their cushioned lived with this (Hat-Tip to Old Timer),(more Here.)

That is the purge on people who get the miserable level of benefits for the Disabled and Ill:

The “migration” of IB claimants to the new employment support allowance (ESA) is a warning for DLA claimants. George Osborne recently announced a new medical-test for DLA claimants to reduce nonexistent disincentives to work, and to tackle the miniscule level of fraud. It will probably be the same type of unfair programme, run by private contractors Atos, aimed at reducing the caseload for DLA by 20%. This implicit target for throwing people off DLA is easily seen in June’s budget.

As for fraud, there is little justification for a catch-all punishment. Atos will get £500m over seven years for kicking people off benefits, while fraud in IB over this period will add up to around £250m: the tests intended to stop the fraud cost twice as much as the actual fraud! This means that the only way Atos can be value-for-money is if they cut £250m off the ESA caseload – so that there is indeed an implicit target, just as there is for the DLA caseload. The real story isn’t of cheating disabled people, but of a government with a badly hidden agenda.

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  1. The British Class system is alive and well.

    Public school and the right university makes all the difference to your future opportunities.

    Funny A4e Photos

    August 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm

  2. I completely agree with you on that. The class system isstill very well alive. Lets look at the things that have gone.

    1 Tuition Fees. Pushing up people debt. Graduates on coerced labour.
    2 Slavery Alive and well
    3 Yes the cabinet ministers who in my opinion are the biggest rogues going. They milk the system for their own benefit and claim it is within the rule. Joe public finds out and they all clammer to slit their throats but nothing really changes.
    4 How many of the top big businesses in this country are run by working class people realy working class people. I.e not ones born with silver spoon in mouth
    5 How can these idiots in the cabinet decide on policy when none of them deciding on welfare reform or othe rpublic services really on them

    Kyron

    August 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm

  3. “is a warning for DLA claimants” none of this makes a person any less entitled,and reduce anyones disability.

    disincentives to work this is another diversion from the causes of unemployment,its been mentioned may times its hard enough to find paid employment as it is let alone someone with a disability,it is not uncommon to have at leaat one hundred applications for the same job,now with the beat will in the world the disabled are at an immediate disadvantage amongst this.
    its just spoken as if everyone has a job to go to we all know this is complete rubbish as before what would be the “need” for vast expenditure on the now defunct new deal six months ago it was the be all and end all in government press statements’,anyone who has been on the program of course knows differently,instead relying on sanctions for anyone who spoke out and branded “anti” when it was planely obvious to all it was the truth.

    ken

    August 5, 2010 at 8:56 am

  4. Tony Benn declares war on the Coalition!

    “The time to organise resistance is now. We reject these cuts as simply malicious ideological vandalism, hitting the most vulnerable the hardest. Join us in the fight.”

    Full article here:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/aug/04/time-to-organise-resistance-now

    Old Timer

    August 6, 2010 at 8:56 am

    • Tony Benn is just another middle class warrior windbag (the same goes for his son), 13 years of self serving Neo-Labour proves they are only in it for themselves not us…to hell with those traitors I would personaly preffer to be stabbed in the front by the Torries than stabbed in the back repeatedly by the middle class focus group that is Neo-Labour yet again.

      A party that created more Tzars than the Romanovs is clearly never going to act in the interests of the people.

      Lowestoft's Finest

      August 6, 2010 at 1:58 pm

      • I don’t think Tony Benn was ever very keen on New Labour himself, Lowestoft.

        He believes in increased taxation of the rich to pay for public services, that people like those in Lowestoft’s Harbour ward so desperately need.

        Old Timer

        August 6, 2010 at 2:23 pm

      • Sorry Andrew but Labour blew their chances of being credible opposition with me years ago I just view them as part of the same problem.

        The only person I realy rate on that list is Bob Crow who is the person most representational of my views and I respect him for getting stuck in for his union members to carry the day. He is the only person in the bunch who is caperble of actualy achieving anything and can conect with the man in the street.If the left is ever to recover it needs to go back to what it was originaly about.It needs more Bob Crows and less Tony Bens who can right a mean letter to the Guardian but are bloody useless if your a striking minimum wage worker on a picket line.Tony Ben seems to turn up to speak on every demo but nothing ever seems to come of any of it he also reminds me of the old style middle class interlectualised Labour of Michael Foot (and see where that got us)? I wan’t people who are going to battle non stop representing me. Not people from Hampsted or Islington who think the minimum wage is fantastic.

        Lowestoft's Finest

        August 6, 2010 at 5:32 pm

      • What we need is a Bob Crow for the unemployed!

        Andrew Coates

        August 7, 2010 at 9:00 am

      • Tony Benn? Don’t you mean Lord Anthony Wedgewood-Benn? Just another diversion to blow off steam and marshal and neutralise opposition. Waste of space!

        Toni Bent

        October 4, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    • Whoops meant to say sorry Old Timer not sorry Andrew got a bit confussed over the changed Avatars.

      Lowestoft's Finest

      August 6, 2010 at 5:35 pm

      • Lowestoft, Changed Avatars, Well, you know us, like Supermarkets we are always changing the shelves around.

        I thought these one pretty sweet!

        Andrew Coates

        August 7, 2010 at 8:59 am

      • My new avatar seems to represent the headless torso of a topless woman in a G-string?

        (Thank god they don’t make me take the ink blot test at job interviews)…

        Lowestoft's Finest

        August 7, 2010 at 10:02 am

  5. One reason I posted this is that class differences round here are icnredibly visible – that is, if you leave Ipswich and go to, say Woodbridge.

    I was there a couple of weeks agao and you could almost feel the comfort most (obviously not all) people in Woodbridge live in.

    Suffok Coastal (Constituency where the town is) is one of the safest Tory seats in the country.

    I doubt if there’s much sympathy for the unemployed there.

    Andrew Coates

    August 6, 2010 at 9:35 am

    • Personally, I can do without their sympathy.

      Old Timer

      August 6, 2010 at 10:02 am

    • If you go to the harbour ward area of Lowestoft which is fortunatly a bit tucked away its realy shocking to see that so many of the locals are physicly stunted through generations of poverty. You can see mums taking their kids to junior school and though the kids are probably shorter than average they are still many inchs taller than their mums. It’s also difficult to estimate how old their mums are as they look a lot older than their actual years. Its pretty shocking to see as you would have thought this sort of thing went out in Victorian Times I am not talking small I’m talking Stunted. I’ve lived in some crap places in my time and the bit of Lowestoft I live in is worse for crime yet I can’t say I’ve witnessed this at this level anywhere else it’s appalling in this day and age.

      Lowestoft's Finest

      August 6, 2010 at 1:46 pm

      • Bullshit

        abu

        August 7, 2010 at 8:51 am

      • Hey abu, big mouth. You got a problem, buddy?

        Scarface

        August 7, 2010 at 10:47 am

  6. bob crow doesnet connect with me

    abu

    August 7, 2010 at 8:54 am

    • Abu and you don’t connect with us on this site so kindly F-off and if you come back you can F-right off again.

      Lowestoft's Finest

      August 7, 2010 at 9:55 am

  7. Mr Abu

    I totally agree with you. If you read certain posts, it appears that

    Lowestoft’s Finest
    Flexible New Deal
    Andrew Coates

    Are just happy to stay on the dole and SCROUNGE hard earned tax payers money.

    I am a TAXPAYER and I do object to the likes of the above spending their days in the pub and or betting shop smoking and drinking to excess.

    I know exactly what will come next,
    I expect I will receive a post from scarface spouting the normal crap about respect etc.

    George Wiley

    George Wiley

    August 7, 2010 at 10:08 am

    • Hey, buddy. Low-lifes aint welcome around this manor. Beat it!

      Scarface

      August 7, 2010 at 10:46 am

      • I was right; Mr Abu I was right

        George Wiley

        August 7, 2010 at 11:02 am

      • Hey, cloth ears. How many times do you need to be told?

        Scarface

        August 7, 2010 at 11:10 am

      • Pardon Me Mr Scarface,
        I did not seem to hear you properly. It is you it allegedly seems does not like the critisim of the unemployed. How would you feel if you were in work [lol?]. And all you saw all day were people sitting on benches and drinking in the street. SPENDING YOUR TAXES. ????????????

        George Wiley

        August 7, 2010 at 11:25 am

      • Hey, buddy. You still not listening. Beat it!

        Scarface

        August 7, 2010 at 11:26 am

      • “How would you feel if you were in work [lol?]. And all you saw all day were people sitting on benches and drinking in the street”.

        Pretty good as I am the landlord of a fine pub with a great beer garden.(unemployed alwayswelcome)

        Tim Dunford

        The Locks Inn, Geldeston
        on the Norfolk side of the River Waveney between Beccles and Bungay

        The Locks Inn
        Locks Lane
        Geldeston
        NR34 0HW

        01508 518414

        T.Dunford Geldeston Lochs Inn

        August 7, 2010 at 11:45 am

      • yea I am back. Judging by your comments I can see why abu don’t like you

        George Wiley

        October 5, 2010 at 9:34 am

  8. Mr Abu,
    I forgot too mention that the above 3 appear to be one and the same person.

    George Wiley

    George Wiley

    August 7, 2010 at 10:23 am

    • George Wiley, do the nice people who look after you and give you your medicine know you are playing on the computer by yourself again?

      If
      Lowestoft’s Finest
      Flexible New Deal
      Andrew Coates

      were the same person then the website would be called Lowestoft Unemployed Action best ask a grown up to help you next time you are gouing to post anything…

      Lowestoft's Finest

      August 7, 2010 at 10:51 am

    • George Wiley and what the F*ck do you know about Lowestoft or Unemployment? David Milliband Knows more about Russia than you know on the subjects, you useless C*nt…go tread on my Dick!!! you and Abu are a couple of Asstakers.

      Sergei Lavrov

      August 7, 2010 at 10:59 am

      • Slava Sergei,

        You took the words right out of my mouth, but don’t you mean George Wiley and Abu are a couple of “Asstalkers” not as you said “Asstakers”?

        Lowestoft's Finest

        August 7, 2010 at 9:09 pm

  9. I’m reading about the Poor Laws and the workhouses.

    Sometimes, apparently, “the poor were ‘farmed’ — a private contractor undertook to look after a parish’s poor for a fixed annual sum”.(http://www.workhouses.org.uk/)

    Sound familiar?

    Old Timer

    August 7, 2010 at 10:39 am

  10. LF – calm down – you are a bullshitter though – I’m off to the locks – free drinks for workers – just exchange money…

    abu

    August 7, 2010 at 5:55 pm

  11. What Great policies by the conservative.
    As I see it works like this
    1. Cut the public sector putting thousands of public sector workers on the dole + thousands of private sector workers who rely on public sector contracts.
    2. Reduce befits these hard working people can claim in a welfare reform bill when there chance of getting back to work is very difficult.
    3. Then brand these people as scrounger in the press and treat them the same as people who have never worked or want to work.

    What a great country we live in, if there was a change that needs to be made to the welfare state benefits should be set at different levels and named differently for those who want and do work than those who don’t.
    As I am one of those scroungers having worked for 20 years I lost my job due to ill health (still trying to get back into work and studying at my own expense in the mean time to increase employability) and the only benefit I found you got for working and paying tax for 20 years is I have to pay for my prescription but if I never worked I would have got them free.
    And now there going to try and reduce my benefit by £25 a week. I don’t need to be punished I need help getting back into work.

    Phil

    October 4, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    • phil, you are a blooming disgrace, you whine that your own benefit may be reduced, but you advocate other people’s benefit being reduced. how do you propose the like of lowestoft’s finest is supposed to survive on less than £65.45? nasty, vindictive, bad people like you deserve to have your benefit reduced. I am going to send of an email to george osborne. sod you phil.

      phyllis

      October 4, 2010 at 2:20 pm

  12. “Then brand these people as scrounger in the press and treat them the same as people who have never worked or want to work” –

    Here we go again – the deserving and undeserving poor, lets have JSA Gold for the middle class and JSA Vanilla for the proles.

    “What a great country we live in, if there was a change that needs to be made to the welfare state benefits should be set at different levels and named differently for those who want and do work than those who don’t.”

    That’s about the only thing the Job Centre – has going for it – it treats everyone the same. They don’t differentiate between recently made redundant/business gone tits up middle class piece of shit who will be back to whining on about “benefits scroungers” just as soon he gets back into work or his business picks up.

    Phil, people like you are beyond contempt, I have more respect for IBS than bastards like you, and that is saying something. We are on to you, so don’t come on here to peddle your insidious bullshit.

    Toni Bent

    October 4, 2010 at 1:13 pm

  13. I can’t believe how the police have been done up like Kippers, as reported not only has the Suffolk Copter still not reserfaced in Lowestoft air space. But now it looks like Police recruits will have to work for nothing for years as Hobby Bobbies….as if they couldn’t see that coming. On the plus side Neo-Labours plans to “Proffesionalise” the Police Officer class so middle class mummies boys from Oxbridge could go straight in as officers rather than have to pound the streets as plods for years.

    Lowestoft's Finest

    October 4, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    • Good to see that this corrupt, make-work piece of shit, Jim Gamble, has tendered his resignation. Nice one, Teresa May!
      Fuck, I hate praising these Tory bastards.

      Online child protection chief Jim Gamble resigns

      The chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) has resigned in a row over its future, the BBC has learned.

      The Home Office confirmed the home secretary had accepted Jim Gamble’s resignation letter.

      MrGamble did not believe the decision to assimilate Ceop into the National Crime Agency was in the best interests of children and young people.

      The merger proposal was outlined by Theresa May in July.

      In a statement Ceop said: “The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre does not feel that it is in the best interests of children and young people for Ceop to be assimilated into the National Crime Agency, as was announced a short while ago.

      “This direction of travel does not seem to have changed and Ceop’s CEO, Jim Gamble, has therefore today offered his resignation to the home secretary with a four month notice period.”

      Mrs May said: “As chief executive Jim Gamble has done a great job at Ceop and made a huge contribution to protecting children. I wish him all the best for the future and arrangements for his successor will be outlined in due course

      “The government recognises the importance of child protection and wants to build upon the work of Ceop, but does not necessarily feel this is best done by creating a new quango.”

      It is understood that Ceop has made representations to the government since the announcement that its work was to become part of the proposed National Crime Agency.

      Ceop is currently affiliated to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

      It is believed that Mr Gamble was keen on gaining more independence for the agency rather than allowing it to become part of a greater National Crime Agency.

      It felt it would lose its identity and priorities given to its work would be devalued.

      Claude Knights, direrctor of anti-bullying charity Kidscape said Ceop had proven its worth and the news was concerning.

      “It is so sudden as well and to have a person with as much experience as Jim Gamble being taken away from the horizon, really at such speed is a worry, because he is a leader in this field,” she said.

      Shadow home secretary Alan Johnson said Mr Gamble was a passionate advocate for effective measures to protect children from threatening people on the internet.

      “Under his leadership the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) was gaining an international reputation for its tremendous work. Labour would have given Ceop the operational freedom it needed to become even more effective, ” he said.

      “The government’s plans will harm child safety networks. Their lack of consultation has led to the resignation of Mr Gamble who is highly respected within and outside of the organisation he served so well. His expertise will be badly missed.”

      Ceop was set up in 2006 with the aim of finding and convicting online paedophiles.

      Mr Gamble was head of Northern Ireland’s anti-terrorist unit before joining the agency and was one of five senior police figures shortlisted to replace Sir Hugh Orde after he stepped down as chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

      As Ceop chief executive Mr Gamble led calls for Facebook to set up a “panic button” to give reassurance for young users. The application has been downloaded tens of thousands of times since its launch in July.

      Cop Watch

      October 4, 2010 at 9:12 pm

      • Wasn’t this the evil man who was responsible for all those suicides and persecutions brought about by Operation Ore, as well as being knee-deep in corruption, shoot-to-kill, in Northern Ireland. I always have to question the motives of someone who professes such interest, obsessive even, in the “protection” of children. Reminds me of a Roman Catholic priest in a way 🙂 Facebook should should have told him to get lost with his outrageous attempt to drum up business. Hopefully now, they will remove all traces of this scum from their website.

        Ronni Ancona

        October 5, 2010 at 9:25 am

      • CEOP has achievements, but they don’t do no where near enough.

        Panic button for facebook? They dragged their feet not wanting to co-operate in preventing harm to its millions of users.

        Simply: Should have been made law so all social networking websites were required to do so. This isn’t a CEOP issue but one in Westminster – a very basic Bill to write in fact.

        I would like to know how many resources were used to achieve this goal, while children were exploited elsewhere without the required resources to help.

        In my eyes I thought it was more about investigating and prosecuting evil child abusers, and not silly awareness PR marketing stunts and negotiating with big websites to make changes.

        Is this what they mean by “operational freedom”? Although CEOP seems more prevention than cure its primary aim is to discover, investigate and prosecute paedophiles and child abusers.

        A “panic button” doesn’t help with the objectives at all. It really is like saying… MI5 disclosing rough locations to that of whom it spies on and disclosing a heat map of places more likely to be attacked by terrorists.

        CEOP should really be like the Security Services against paedophiles and surely not just like the local police outfit working on very basic principles (awareness, reassurance (esp. after an incident) and light investigation work)?

        I also think the name of such organisations contradicts its real purpose. Surely not a safe harbour for children online, although it does focus on providing advice for prevention measures.

        Effectiveness? It costs around £10m a year (not sure what the startup costs were in addition) and to date:

        624 Children Safeguarded
        1,131 Arrests
        262 Network/rings disrupted or shut
        5,000,000+ children undergone thinkyouknow(?) training

        I personally do not feel that is significant. It is positive but the above figures are for 4 years via a specialised group… Not sure what % of arrests were convictions and whether they were prison terms.

        As for Jim Gamble… a quick Google of his name will highlight some bad stuff about his past. Lets not mention Operation Ore (Oops) which if I recall was about indiscriminately going after everyone who used their credit card with a middleman service (similar to PayPal) which has been used for child abuse for a few(?) websites, however, was also used for other legit adult websites also.

        Flexible New Deal

        October 5, 2010 at 9:25 am

  14. Who watches the watchers ?

    George Wiley

    October 5, 2010 at 9:30 am


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