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Jon Cruddas Loses Labour the Unemployed Vote.

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On Newsnight yesterday Jon Cruddas, MP and head of Labour’s Policy Review praised Food Banks ..

He said “Food banks are here to stay”.

Labour would support them as part of the ‘self-help’, community organising politics that Cruddas sees as part of the party’ new agenda..

On the 13th of December Cruddas said,

in the early years of the twentieth century, the Labour movement was about creating a responsible society, driven by collective self-help. It was about nurturing a common life in the face of the dehumanising force of industrial capitalism

In fact the early 20th century was when the labour movement dropped the old, narrow ‘self-help’ of friendly societies, mutuals, and craft unions, and backed universal welfare provision, industrial and white-collar  unions for all.

Cruddas then referred to  this,

 (the) emerging debate about the relational state and about relational welfare and about self-regenerating communities.

Like the ‘Big Society’ this gibberish seems to mean: people doing things that public authorities should pay for, and do, and making  those on benefits dependent on the good will of “communities”.

This means more Charity, Food Banks included.

Or as one section of the Cruddas Blog  cites a Dagenham Church group, “Starting a Foodbank seemed the most obvious way to communicate God’s love in action.”

Jon Cruddas is MP for Dagenham and Rainham and is head of the Labour Party’s policy review.

The deserving poor of Dagenham got a tasty hamper this year (see here)



Written by Andrew Coates

February 14, 2013 at 10:27 am

37 Responses

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  1. That ‘tasty treat’ is shameful. If that’s what ‘god’ thinks people in poveryt want, a bag of fucking sugar, a jar of coffee and a steak and mushroom pie, he’s in the wrong universe!

    This is just disgraceful exploitation. And they wonder why poor kids are obese (even though there are more rich obese kids).

    Ghost Whistler

    February 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

    • I thought it was chicken pie, or what passes for chicken, that is ‘slurry’ fit for the poor.

      Andrew Coates

      February 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    • Useless if you have no kitchen, fridge (milk, the need to buy butter), workspace or cooker.
      Wheat biscuits look pretty minging, how do you chew/swallow it? Pasta is fine but that bag is only 2 rations worth. Oil to cook ingredients you can’t afford to buy, in pan you may not have. Sugar is for baking so you need all the other ingredients and a proper oven and a clean and accessible workspace. Coffee is fine if your kettle doesn’t break down. Chicken and mushroom pie: no good if you are veggie. Soup looked veggie but what if you lack a can opener? (The new ones on sale are not only too expensive, but the new design is too large for my hands so you may as well give me a lefthanded one as I won’t be able to open any sodding cans). Mashed Potato instant needs water, milk and butter, and something big to make it in. Pasta sauce might contain alcohol or not be veggie.
      (Even some stuff given in famines/disasters is badly thought out as it is too heavy to carry and can’t be cooked)

      something survived...

      February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm

  2. Rewriting history on the back of a fag packet part two.


    February 14, 2013 at 12:21 pm

  3. I bet he didn’t have anything like over Christmas. No, no. He would have had the most expensive meat and vegetables washed down with the finest wines. So much for a fair society! Labour are no better than the Tory’s – obnoxious, self-serving bastards.

    A. Ellis

    February 14, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    • Yep, you’re spot on about “Labour” being a bunch of obnoxious, self-serving bastards.

      I have the misfortune of having as an MP the “Right Honourable” David “moneybags” Miliband, who definitely falls into this category. According to reports in our local paper this creep has amassed over a million quid from traipsing the globe securing lucrative sinecures for himself and appearing on the equally well-paying speech circuit. This in a constituency dirt-poor, where the same local paper frequently reports on the spiralling levels of debt, poverty, homelessness and unemployment afflicting its benighted inhabitants. Child poverty alone is reputedly running at over a third of all kids in the borough and is relentless increasing year in, year out. Unbelievably, this twat even tried to claim expenses for a buggy and other goods for his (adopted) kids while on a ministerial salary!

      Scum, the lot of them!


      February 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      • Trevor, you know the old joke.

        Ralph Miliband (the dad of the two Milibands) spent his academic career arguing that the Labour Party would not bring socialism.

        His sons set out to prove it!

        Andrew Coates

        February 14, 2013 at 3:59 pm

  4. takes out the pasta, sauce, sells all that other junk and goes to catch squirrel again.


    February 14, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    • also who uses instant mash, could get atleast 5kilos of potatoes for the same price.


      February 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      • There are rumours of an ”Internet Kill Switch.”
        If this is true, then this site is a good example of hitting the key

        The Demon Hatchet Man

        February 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm

  5. “The Corruption of New Labour: Britain’s Watergate?”


    February 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm

  6. ‘Crud’ might just as well as eat the big foot in his mouth after those statements.That hamper makes a dog turd look appetizing,obviously Cruddas expects the poor to believe any old he feeds them.


    February 14, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    • Meant to type old shit but I typing so fast due to rage after reading the Cruddas bilge,I mean blog. But the title of this article is so right,praising food banks is not the way to generate votes.


      February 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm

  7. Tobanem

    February 15, 2013 at 10:01 am


    Is this what’s coming here for workfare victims on the CAP? Have a look at this report:



    February 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    • Read in the ‘I’, at twenty pence the Unemployed’s favourite daily paper.

      Andrew Coates

      February 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm

  9. http://video.uk.msn.com/watch/video/box-of-garbage-thrown-into-volcano-lake/1j471u1qg

    This link is to a video of a box of garbage being thrown into a volcano.

    It is in Ethiopia but if we had a UK live volcano on land we could use it for disposing of tories.

    something survived...

    February 15, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    • Heard the volcano has a reject button. (LOL)

      oswald cobblepot

      February 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  10. Is there yet hope for “bedroom” tax victims?

    The law on what a bedroom actually is, is not exactly clear! A prominent QC has said there is no LEGAL definition!! The only guidance appears in the Rent Officer Handbook produced by HM Revenue & Customs, which “makes the important point that actual use by an actual household is usually critical”.

    Apparently, if tenants ensure spare rooms are not used as bedrooms, then local authorities can be legally challenged over the so-called bedroom tax!

    Have a look at this report for some encouraging news:



    February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am

  11. On Alec Shelbrookes website there is a question with a vote option asking if the ‘Welfare Cash Card’ is a good idea or not – I voted no.

    Current voting scores:

    Yes: 10.56%

    No: 88.38%


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm

  12. I would like to know how many UK politicians have off-shore accounts, who has made payments into their accounts ?, problem is so many have secret off-shore accounts…



    February 16, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    • Annos:

      RE:- Probably the whole bloody cabinet – most of ’em or their wife’s are millionaires – Cameron’s not one of them – Sam is the money in that partnership.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      February 16, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      • I read that DC is at this moment in time worth in excess of 30 million, his wife I don’t know about, she will I read inherit at least 30 million when her Pater pops his clogs. But there again, just having been PM gives you automatic membership of the multi-millionaires club, in the case of Blair, I hear he’s well on his way into the billionaires club since this below was writing…



        February 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm

  13. Let’s face it, David Cameron is getting on a bit, Sam Cam will still be good looking in 10 years time – couples fall out.

    Hunky Fireman or any decent young man come’s along and show’s interest – Well! – Bye Bye her millions Mr Cameron!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 16, 2013 at 4:53 pm

  14. IDS is on ‘The Andrew Marr Show’ BBC1 at 9:00am today.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 17, 2013 at 8:15 am

    • Gotta watch that for a laugh.

      Not Crudda and his hamper

      February 17, 2013 at 9:53 am

    • Split my sides laughing. Threw Up.
      If I said The Government Make Me Sick, Would I Get ESA.


      February 17, 2013 at 10:14 am

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