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Iron Man Challenge with Iain Duncan Smith.

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Tories auction off an Iron Man challenge with Iain Duncan Smith (10th February).

Super-rich guests at the event in London last night were invited to bid on lots including an Iron Man challenge with Iain Duncan Smith, an early morning jog with Nicky Morgan, shoe shopping with Theresa May and a roast chicken dinner at home with Michael Gove.

Hedge-fund kings, City tycoons and captains of industry were among the 1,100 guests paying between £500 and £1,500 a ticket for the bash at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.


The eagle-eyed newshounds of the Ilford Recorder give more details,

The secretary of state for work and pensions offered the opportunity for the lucky winner to join him for an “action-packed” race at the gala evening at the five-star Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair last night (Monday).

Guests paid up to £15,000 for a table at the event, with the party auctioning off items including a shoe-shopping trip with home secretary Theresa May, budget papers signed by chancellor George Osborne and a bronze statue of Margaret Thatcher.

A description of the Redbridge MP’s entry read: “Feeling adventurous? Join Iain Duncan Smith in this mini Iron Man style ‘Endeavour’.

“This 10km course will be action-packed, suitable for endurance race veterans or competitors who are looking for a challenge.

“You will encounter hills, woods, streams, hedges and hay bales as you seek the finish line in a bid to beat your team mate.”

I was just at the Dentist.

Reading Town and Country I learn that in the posher parts of London it’s £7,000 per square foot for flats and homes.

I might get me a half a foot out of a year’s JSA.

For reasons that are hard to explain Ipswich Unemployed Action was not invited to the  Grosvenor House Hotel.

But in Town and Country I notice this this delightful Valentine’s gift.

I shall send it to Iain Duncan Smith in appreciation for all his hard work.



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  1. Elsewhere another ‘do your – paid – old job for the Dole’,

    “During the recession, John McArthur put himself forward to work for LAMH Recycle Ltd in Motherwell, a social enterprise that reconditions computers. An electronics specialist, McArthur, now 59, had previously worked on factory floors, then retrained, moved into product development, and even started his own company. But like many in Lanarkshire, he found that a rich CV counted for little when facing a slump. Frustrated by unemployment, he seized on the chance “to sit at the end of line” at LAMH, “doing the final quality check, signing things off as good to go. It was minimum-wage work,” he tells me, “but I was more than happy to do it. I had experience to share.”

    John was prepared for the fact that this placement, which was backed by a Labour government programme, would not last forever: it ended in 2011. Nothing, however, could prepare him for what happened next. Last summer, under a new coalition make-work scheme, he was informed that there was, once again, a post for him at LAMH. But the new “offer” came with a twist: this time John would be working without a wage. There would be no reward for 30 hours’ graft, only the threat of subsistence-level benefits being withdrawn if it wasn’t done.”


    Andrew Coates

    February 12, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    • Millions just don’t know what they can and will end up doing just because those millions are working in full time paid employment, those who look down on those that are unemployed and those who have to go to a food bank, they just don’t know what is coming as like the story about John McArthur.

      Some people who have came into the food bank today have told me they are being sent to Worthing to “Scope”, to get so call help to find a job, but they will then be sent into Tesco’s etc to work for their benefits, or be sanctioned of course. we know though this is happening everywhere.


      February 12, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      • Ever Lidl helps… 😀

        Tesco Invades Denmark

        February 12, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    • Just like myself where I can not get paid employment in what I am trained for, but because of my experience, I have been asked by the JC to teach those who are looking for jobs on the computers in the JC, in March, for no pay of course, why the hell should I and why the hell should John McArthur or anyone else.


      February 12, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      • … because it gives you recent experience, an up-to-date reference, and will look good on you CV.

        Jobcentre Plus Work Coach

        February 12, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      • “Look good on a CV” of course, but over 25 years of volunteering, many references, I am currently a volunteer, and have a lot of experience, so why then am I unemployed?

        jobcentre sanction plus work coach, you know as well as I that CV’S mean nothing to people like you, so stop talking nonsense.


        February 12, 2015 at 10:56 pm

  2. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    February 12, 2015 at 12:43 pm

  3. UC – Wide sharing of claimant’s data. “John Slater”

    It now appears that despite stating in its consultation document that refusing to share your data could adversely impact your UC claim that the DWP is now stating that it categorically won’t happen:

    “In respect of data sharing for Universal Support provision, the legislation allows for data to be shared, this will happen following a conversation with a claimant during which they will have the opportunity to decline to share some or all of the information. If someone prefers not to share information, there is categorically no impact on their claim for Universal Credit. Giving consent will enable Universal Support partnerships to offer tailored and more holistic support more quickly this will help to ensure that people get the level of support they need

    We will be taking steps to ensure that data sharing complies with data protection principles; that claimant confidentiality is not compromised; and that no claimant is inadvertently put at risk. We are developing procedures and guidance that will clarify this.”

    I have to wonder if this will make it through to JCP staff who will probably use refusal as an excuse to sanction.



    February 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm

  4. There is nothing like reading Country Life and Town and Country to make you angry.

    There was one article about PJ parties.

    No not pijamas.

    PJ = Private Jets….

    Andrew Coates

    February 12, 2015 at 4:58 pm


    Pilot scheme begins for sanctioning benefit claimants who are working:



    February 12, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    • I know many of those who will be affected by this, I will though show them this info.


      February 12, 2015 at 5:26 pm

  6. Hope you didn’t need any fillings, Andrew love 🙂

    Ironing Woman

    February 12, 2015 at 5:41 pm

  7. Digital Claimant Commitment (?)

    When I signed on this week, I had my CC updated. My work coach advised me that the CC was going to be digitalised soon. She hadn’t been given any specific details about what this would involve. Has anyone heard anything?

    jj joop

    February 12, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    • What did it state on your CC when it was updated JJ.

      The jobcentres are going digital in March.

      digital singing on is not, like many other things, mandatory.


      February 12, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    • JJ are you soon to be on UC? have you seen the list.


      February 12, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    • Did you ask her if she’s looking for a new job, or does she somehow think she’ll be spared.

      Another Fine Mess

      February 12, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    • JJ are you going on UC soon? have you seen the list of places regarding UC.


      February 12, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    • Sticking the word ‘Digital’ on the front of everything is so 1980s, let’s get rid of it.

      Digital Sanction Centre Plus. ( we’re here to help )
      Digital Work Roach ( it’ll look good on your CV )

      Another Fine Mess

      February 12, 2015 at 11:21 pm

  8. There is a cunning plan that would leave the so-called big parties outside of a multi party coalition bigger than any of them, from a unique set of circumstances available, through the 194 marginals in mostly England.

    See how England’s Westminster could be utterly changed in 2015


    February 12, 2015 at 8:35 pm

  9. Scottish council budgets: Councillors face tough decisions

    Local government body Cosla said councillors across the country were facing “tough choices” as they decided what to spend their money on.

    Among those meeting on Thursday was Moray Council, which warned of “tougher times ahead” as it set a total revenue budget of £197.9m for 2015-16.


    Meanwhile in Sweden.

    Morgan Stanley warns that the world is revisiting the “ghosts of the 1930s” as one country after another tries to steal a march on others by devaluing first



    February 12, 2015 at 10:26 pm


    Even America does not use water cannon any more because of their “horrific history”.

    Boris Johnson is advised against the use of water cannon by New York’s police Commissioner – after spending millions on them!

    Germany is also phasing them out – one German protester had his eyelids ripped off by these difficult to control weapons.

    Money down the drain!



    February 13, 2015 at 11:10 am

  11. HSBC whistleblower’s email to HMRC uncovered.

    An email which the whistleblower at the centre of an HSBC tax scandal says he sent to HM Revenue and Customs in 2008 has been uncovered by a French newspaper.

    Herve Falciani said he had offered HMRC information on bank account holders in Switzerland.

    HMRC, which has been accused of failing to act on the 2008 offer, said it had no record of the email.

    Le Monde has since uncovered the email and shown it to the BBC.

    Meanwhile, the Bank of England may look into standards at HMRC, according to one of its directors.

    The email was sent to a general HMRC inquiries address on 18 March 2008.



    February 13, 2015 at 12:03 pm

  12. “the regulator may look into what happened at HSBC.” The word MAY says it all. It will be swept under the carpet.


    February 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm

  13. EAT THE RICH!!

    Vote for CLASS WAR!!

    February 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm

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