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Iain Duncan Smith “Does not Know Where Welfare Cuts will Come from”. Vote Him Out!

Iain Duncan Smith admits the Tories have not worked out where their £12bn welfare cuts will come from.


The Conservatives have not worked out where their planned £12bn welfare cuts will come from, Iain Duncan Smith has admitted.

The Work and Pensions Secretary said the Tories had not “done the work” and were not in a position to say which benefits would be curtailed.

Asked why he could not disclose the cuts, he said: “We would have to have done the work on it. That’s why. We would have had to reach agreement as to exactly where those are… as soon as we’ve done the work and had it modelled we’ll let everybody know what that is.”

In March of this year the Institute for Fiscal Studies challenges the Conservatives over their planned cuts and said the Chancellor should spell out exactly which benefits would suffer.

“But it is now almost two years since he announced his intention of cutting welfare spending by £12bn. Since then the main announcement has been the plan not to cut anything from the main pensioner benefits,” Paul Johnson, the Institute’s Director, said.

“We have been told about no more than £2bn of the planned cuts to working-age benefits. And, remember, apparently the ‘plan’ is to have those £12bn of cuts in place by 2017-18. It is time we knew more about what they might actually involve.”

The New Statesman provides the detailed transcript of what he said,

N: Let me come – speaking of a benefits and welfare, let me come back to you  IDS. Now in March you said that you are – I quote you: ‘May or may not decide that it’s relevant to reveal to the British electorate where the £12bn of welfare cuts are going to come from in the next government’  if you win. Why don’t think it’s relevant that we should know?

IDS: Because we’d have to have done the work on it, that’s why and we’d have had to reached agreement as to exactly where those are. We’ve let know – the public know exactly one area which was that we’re going to freeze those benefits. That’s going to save between 2 and 3 three billion pounds and also –

AN: About £2bn now with low inflation.

IDS:  – and we’re going to lower the cap to £23,000 which is average earnings. But as I said on the Marr programme more recently I said, you know, as soon as we have done the work and had it properly modelled then we will let everybody know what that is.

AN: Shouldn’t you have done the work before you come to the British people to ask for re-election?

IDS: Yes, but the key area here of course –

RR: Yes.

IDS: no, well okay, but the key area here is that everyone is very clear that after the next election, if you get a Conservative government we have already said that we will save £12bn from essentially working age benefits and we’ve said that. That’s very clear. But I have locked out –

SW:  What I don’t understand is … what you won’t cut.  If you’re clear  you won’t cut pensions, child benefit, disablement benefit.

IDS: Yes.

RR: Well he hasn’t completely about child benefit.

SW: Then why can’t you be clear about what you will cut?

IDS: Well because, as I said, the work that we do on this will be done in the spending room, we will announce that out at the time.

Now we already have

  • The Benefit Cap.
  • The Bedroom Tax.
  • No rise in many benefits to meet growing cost of living.
  • Obligation to pay Council Tax percentage by all claimants.
  • Massive sanctions.

In the offing are (Guardian): “abolishing statutory maternity pay and barring under-25s from claiming incapacity benefit or housing benefit. ”

Getting employers to contribute more to the cost of statutory maternity pay – or as an alternative abolishing it entirely.

Freezing benefit payments at current levels across the board.

Limiting welfare payments by family size.

Forcing single parents on income support to seek work when their youngest child reaches the age of three (currently five).

Making it harder for sick people to claim state aid when they are out of work by introducing “stricter” fit-for-work tests and/or tighter limits on eligibility.

Increasing the bedroom tax on certain categories of renters.

Barring under-25s from claiming incapacity benefit or housing benefit.


They could simply cut JSA…..

I bet they’d like to.

So we’d all be begging charity from Foodbanks and the ‘Big Society’.

Vote to get rid of this crew!

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  1. Where are the cuts coming from?

    Well, apart from “Rule .303” for the workshy, there’s also the option of euthanasia at 64 to solve the pension crisis in one stroke.

    And remember the 60,000 ESA deaths.

    And don’t forget the frostbite case recently about the fellow who was living in a tent during the winter due to the bedroom tax..:


    May 6, 2015 at 12:42 pm

  2. They could and I’ll bet that they would like to abolish the safety net completely.


    May 6, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    • They are doing this “step by step”.


      May 6, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      • You might not have seen the clip of our Dear Chanceller at a Banker Nosh up a year or two ago boasting about doing just that. The end of a caring society, ruled by the shits like him and is ilk, like him advising peope on how to avoid paying tax.


        May 6, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      • I didn’t see that, but we can all see this is what is happening, and many people don’t yet know.


        May 6, 2015 at 2:27 pm

  3. Reblogged this on patricknelson750.


    May 6, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    • Guys n gals let’s do the work n save IDS a job…
      Vote him out!!
      Shame his unemployment or salary cut won’t leave him starving and destitute!!

      kat rehman

      May 6, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      • That’s why such people don’t care about other people.


        May 6, 2015 at 1:59 pm

  4. Is this the first one.

    A mentally-ill woman should undergo heart surgery against her will, a judge has ruled.

    Judge Isabel Parry was told that the 34-year-old woman had a “life-threatening cardiac condition” but was “firm and clear” that she did not want surgery.

    The judge has ruled that surgery would be “lawful” and in the woman’s “best interests” following a hearing in the Court of Protection – where issues relating to sick and vulnerable people are analysed.



    May 6, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    • She also said it would be lawful for medics to administer “such physical and/or chemical restraint” as may be required to deliver treatment.

      Judge Parry said the woman could not be identified.

      The judge said health authority officials had asked her to rule that surgery could go ahead – but she did not name the authority involved – why


      May 6, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      • DWP, NHS, Maximus, Capita …


        May 6, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      • They Mean Local Authority / NHS Trust.


        May 11, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    • No its not enigma and this is only so because she’s mentally ill so lacks the mental capacity to make decisions.

      The worst I’ve heard is the one about an Italian woman forced into to have a caesarean and to make matters worse they took the child away and put it into foster care until they could put the newborn up for adoption despite relatives in Italy being and wanting to take the baby back to Italy.


      To think she only came here for a training course and ended up like that because she panicked dew to forgetting to take her pills.


      May 6, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      • Are they making out she is in a worse condition than she is, she did say she didn’t want the surgery.


        May 6, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      • I see what you mean, the future ……………………..


        May 6, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      • The Italian one is the worst I’ve heard too, I’ve just been reading about “court of protection”


        May 6, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      • It is all interesting but it sickens me to hear how we behave as humans towards each other yet have the audacity to call ourselves civilised.

        If your away with the fairies that’s one thing, but as I have found, a lot of these cases didn’t warrant such action and the person should have been given the dignity and right to make such a decision no matter what they elected to choose.

        They may have closed down a lot of as they used to call them, nut houses but it appears nothings changed regarding patient treatment and to think authorities bang on about, “quality of life”.


        May 6, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      • Gaia, at the moment it’s this lady and the mentally ill. Do you not think next stage is obese people like the ones in Plymouth being forced into gastric bypass “for their own good “, maybe people like enigma and myself forced to take new drugs we might not want to try for our rheumatoid arthritis, or women like you N me being forced to take breast or cervical screening regardless of our view on it as they were proposing to do to women in Poland??

        kat rehman

        May 7, 2015 at 8:16 am

      • Life in a “low secure” MH facility might be utterly unbearable for her. It is for most. Over medicated, given fallacious diagnoses and generally treated poorly with regard to dignity and humaneness. There is rarely any true recovery. I can understand why she wouldn’t want surgery, living with little freedom, surrounded by parasitic patronising “care” staff, social workers and the like.

        It would be good if folks, including those who work in the judiciary, the NHS and social work, would steer away from the idea that because someone has a mental illness (more appropriate language would deem it “emotional disorder/distress” they do not have the mental capacity to make decisions on their own care or treatment.

        Similarly, MH issues do not automatically conflate with Learning Disabilities, nor do those with LD automatically have MH issues.

        This deeming of mental capacity has often been the gateway to the vulnerable being subjected to horrific abuse.

        This kind of abuse against the self has been going on for a very long time.

        It’s shameful, that individuals can be forced into being treated by law.

        I am my own person, so is everyone else, irrespective of their education, their mental state or learning difficulty.

        They even want to remove the poor woman’s lower teeth! No reason for that, other than disease or control of the individual.

        This country has lost the plot for good.


        May 7, 2015 at 9:53 am

      • When someone commits suicide it is said by some that they committed suicide because they were mentally ill, this will be the case for some but not everyone, as some of us know.


        May 7, 2015 at 11:28 am

      • Yeah the insulting and frequently inaccurate “took their own life whilst the balance of their mind was disturbed”

        Which is a massive, stigmatising issue for the bereaved and it pisses on the memory of individuals who may well have had every reason in the world not to want to continue living.

        You can have a mental health problem, and still be capable of deciding rationally that life is not worth living. But our populace is very ignorant and scared of topics such as suicide. So are most doc’s and other HCPs.

        When these “professionals” actually start listening, respecting and providing true, humane sanctuary for all who have MH issues, then we might get somewhere and people may recover.

        Again, Victorian era religious dogma bleeds into our modern world and keeps some of the most vulnerable and fragile alive in misery, with no chance of recovery or moving to a better quality of life.


        May 7, 2015 at 12:16 pm

  5. Talking about “control”.

    A council has banned a new takeaway from opening – because its residents are already too fat.

    Officials at Plymouth City Council have rejected plans for a fast food shop – because some of its population have an “excess weight” issue.

    Businessman Mohammed Rafic had applied to open a takeaway selling fish and chips, kebabs and fried chicken in the St Budeaux area. But councillors said no after being told that residents in the suburb are already bigger than the average person.

    Among the people living in the area are controversial Stephen Beer, 45, and 43-year-old Michelle Coombe – a couple who claimed they are too fat to work.

    Now the council has taken the decision to block a new takeaway close to the couple’s home to avoid others ending up like them.



    May 6, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    • Personally I don’t have enough money to throw away on take-aways.

      Now Iceland……

      Andrew Coates

      May 6, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      • Nor me, over £5 for a meal, Iceland is the place to spend that for a lot more than one meal.


        May 6, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    • I suspect all councils will do the very same.


      May 6, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      • Some around here don’t like them anywhere near schools or colleges . Social Housing too

        Mr Frosty

        May 9, 2015 at 7:56 am

  6. Thank fuck! 😀

    One Day To go

    May 6, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    • One day, in your dreams if it is hung. The only way it would ever be one day is if the Tories get a majority as I cant see labour getting it.

      Heres to me being wrong hopefully.


      May 6, 2015 at 6:59 pm

  7. The Guardian has an article about this,which suggests more work or die policy.its clear the welfare state is being dismantled.Britains booming……in food banks.

    Making it harder for sick people to claim state aid when they are out of work by introducing “stricter” fit-for-work tests and/or tighter limits on eligibility.



    May 6, 2015 at 4:12 pm

  8. OT: Workfare slavery and the loss of Ordinary Jobs to Same

    If anyone was in doubt about the future of work check out:


    Found via Refuted.


    May 6, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    • Yep, never ending of what is called an apprenticeship, never ending of working for benefits, one day to be called an allowance.- if one works.


      May 6, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      • Enigma, come on you’re being too soft! If you survive starving from the castoff scraps from our masters, and they deign to “Reward” us with a “Job” of worth such as this or Poundland…. We the poor must know our place of course….


        May 6, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      • Yes, I did forget the part of surviving, first.


        May 6, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      • Internships, apprenticeships, even our daft workfare is one that’s defined as primarily as training hence why your not legally termed employee.

        If they step over that line and you can prove it, you become an employee and any court will backdate as far as the proof goes back that you receive fair remuneration In accordance with the particular practice. If you can prove say abuse of power and position and that’s just one charge you can level at them, you can add suing for damages like stress, ill health and don’t forget if you can make it criminal instead of civil, they might even get a prison sentence.

        In these incidences ACAS will cover the civil prosecution and then you can use that to lunch any civil charges after. If you can make it criminal again the cost is covered.

        Just to tie it off if acas have a case don’t be surprized if you get an offer of an out of court settlement along with a gagging clause.


        May 6, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    • If this kid can back up what he says with evidence, he has a clear case for exploitation.

      That said though its not as easy as it sounds as your looking to charge them with offences that simply aren’t marked under a section titled exploitation.

      My advice would be to this kid to look at any contract he may have entered into as the chances are being a SME, this company hasn’t protected itself from poaching as regards interns. If they have just hang about until the contracts are up again for renegotiation.

      If they haven’t then this kid should take the skills he has learned, approach all those he visited, especially those a little disgruntled and the ones he will see a fresh and poach the lot and start his own business or at least cover them until he gets to work somewhere else as usually a customer has one contract for product, another for service.

      If he does move to another company he can offer these contracts as carrots with a legal clause to remain the servicer while the new company coins the profit and believe me, that will trump any other applicant attending the same interview.

      I had a similar problem back in the day except in a different employment sector entirely and that company thought they could take the piss but it didn’t turn out as long as mine when I walked off with 75’000 pounds worth of contracts which was quite a bit in those days. Unlike this advice I have given I just flogged them to there competitor.

      In my day you were taught to stand on your own two feet but today this generation is taught to rely on others so I get why so many kids fall victim to abuse BUT heres the thing.

      If a company lets you have contact with customers, sell yourself not the company while doing there work as if you get the customer to have faith in you, there go were you go BUT watch out for existing mate rate customers of the company your working for as if you miss that your more than likely get scuppered and it will all be for nothing.


      May 6, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      • Unfortuntelty for him this took place in Ireland. They however have been a bit more successful in finding out who the Irish Workfare providers are via the Irish FoI – as of Mid Feb15 a list provided all 11,243 of them which include:

        Over 300 schools
        Over 10 churches
        Over 10 universities
        Over 50 hospitals
        Over 160 hotels
        Over 40 credit unions
        Over 50 golf clubs



        May 6, 2015 at 8:52 pm

  9. tbh i have never voted n never will might go n take a shit in the box tho 😉

    super ted

    May 6, 2015 at 8:26 pm

  10. Prime Minister David Cameron said the country was “stronger than it was five years ago” but there was “more to do”.

    Ed Miliband urged people to vote “to reward hard work in our country again” while Nick Clegg said the Lib Dems would offer “stability and decency”.

    Polls suggest no party will win enough seats for an outright majority.

    An ICM survey for the Guardian put the Conservatives and Labour level on 35%.

    BBC deputy political editor James Landale said there would be “pretty fundamental questions” on the ballot paper when polls open at 07:00 BST.



    May 6, 2015 at 9:01 pm

  11. I must say Russell Brands lastest youtube debunking the the Sun Newspaper & Cameron and the cronyism of that whole set of connected people is spot on.

    Watch and enjoy:


    May 6, 2015 at 9:20 pm

  12. Yes Russell The Sun is a truly evil rag. Wouldn’t wrap one of my turds in it!

    Every Lidl Helps

    May 7, 2015 at 2:00 am


    Before you vote, take a long, hard look at the picture on this page. It is the son-of-privilege, Cameron, all bow tie and tails, a product of Eton, Oxford and the Bullingdon Club.

    Then ask yourself: How best can we kick out this most shameful apology for a Prime Minister – a hypocrite who backs austerity for working people while his millionaire chums gets richer?


    May 7, 2015 at 8:24 am

    • Haven’t seen that pic of the Bullingdon Boys before… just the one with Boris down the front taking a dump 😀


      May 7, 2015 at 9:44 am

      • Yeah, this one:

        Seems there is a few 😀


        May 7, 2015 at 9:46 am

      • Zoooooooooooooooom……….


        May 7, 2015 at 9:47 am

      • In colour with Osborne on the far-left lol 🙂


        May 7, 2015 at 9:49 am

      • Wish I had an Uzi with a full clip!

        Every Lidl Helps

        May 8, 2015 at 1:23 am

  14. Dear friends and colleagues,

    The question of mental health under the previous government’s austerity policies has taken a vital new twist. Please find a new press open letter touching on this in Monday’s Guardian, here >>


    In the accompanying newspaper report, we read that <>

    This rebuttal appears in today’s “i” newspaper – not available online >>


    Having announced their £12 billion of welfare cuts nearly two years ago, any responsible government would have long since devised clear plans for implementing them (6 May). The Conservatives are also being equally disingenuous about the impact of their austerity policies on Britain’s suicide rate, having recently publicly denied that there has been any spike in the data. This denial flies in the face of all the empirical evidence. Extensive international epidemiological evidence shows a clear and consistent causal link between austerity policies and suicide rates. With the Conservatives returned to office and these cuts imposed, Britain’s suicide rate would soar to previously unheard-of levels.
    Dr Richard House
    Chartered Psychologist, Stroud; Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Could you please circulate this link and letter far and wide to all your contacts ASAP, and ask them all to do the same… – that way, we can maximise the extent to which voters know about this scandalous issue before voting today.

    Thanks for your support on this crucial issue.

    The Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Andrew Coates

    May 7, 2015 at 9:40 am

    • Researchers and sociologists have identified several causes for the high rate of suicide in the country; these include recent recessions, unemployment, austerity measures.

      Suicide is a significant national social issue in the United Kingdom; 6,045, 5,608 and 5,675 people aged 15 and over committed suicide in 2011, 2010 and 2009 respectively. The number of male suicides in 2011 was the highest since 2002.



      May 7, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      • True Statistics – unknown

        It is commonly acknowledged by professionals in the field of suicide research that official statistics underestimate the ‘true’ number and rate of suicide. This is not only the case in the UK and ROI but in most (if not all) countries. There are various reasons and explanations for this under-reporting.


        May 7, 2015 at 7:21 pm

  15. BBCs housing enforcers program reveals housing crisis’s the Tories would rather the public didn’t know.


    Another scandal is how its aired at a time most of the UK is at work as either the BBCs more interested in viewing figures or pro Tory, even possibly both.

    You will see in this series 2 (episodes 1-4), the escalation of sheds and garages illegally converted that despite being mentioned as for profit, that it masks the actual figures of homelessness dew to proper social housing and spiralling rent prices. From working people on low wages to struggling students, yet todate even in the height of elections our current government has failed to tackle it and if anything, has proliferated its growth.

    Watching series 2 you will witness the unhealthy conditions the homeless live in as they share there life with rats and in the depiction shown in one episode saw this homeless couple even knowing each rat from the other. You will also witness premises certain councils willingly allow housing benefit claimants both working and not to live in that in another depiction was invested with mice and cockroaches.

    You will witness from episode to episode the harsh and completely unacceptable conditions renters be they on benefit or not are forced to live in dew to the floundering tory ideology that dates back as far as Margret Thatcher.

    I bring this to the forefront as again but under Cameron, the Tories seek to establish THE RIGHT TO BUY and further cement this legacy all for the sake of greed. From above to below the ground, they and big business seek to take it all.

    Its nolonger enough to simply not vote Tories, for the seed has spread to others.


    May 7, 2015 at 10:10 am


    Vote for CLASS WAR!!...

    May 7, 2015 at 2:43 pm

  17. Andrew Coates

    May 7, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    • Wow! 🙂 What a hottie! 🙂

      Bobi Van Kenobi

      May 7, 2015 at 4:57 pm

  18. Trust created PLC to pay NHS staff less, says union

    The GMB union is warning that the creation SABP Care Ltd, a new company set up by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, could result in a two-tiered workforce and see some staff forced into working for reduced pay and conditions.

    A draft contract of employment from the new company details a basic wage that receives no additional supplements for evening, night or weekend work and the rate for working a public holiday would be basic pay plus 25%.

    The contract adds: “The Organisation reserves the right to alter or amend your terms and conditions, from time to time and will provide you with notification of such changes in writing.”



    May 7, 2015 at 4:54 pm

  19. More jobs lost to automation:

    Milking Robots


    May 7, 2015 at 5:28 pm

  20. New app aims to help citizens record police brutality using cellphones

    The Mobile Justice app allows users to send video directly to the local ACLU chapter where it can be reviewed by lawyers and not confiscated by authorities.



    May 7, 2015 at 7:41 pm

  21. Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    When one of your provider’s is requiring mandatory back to work/help to work scheme participants (benefit claimants) to use myworksearch.co.uk under license from MyWorkSearch Limited (ML) and ML grants the provider full access to all the personal data and user account job application, usage and search history of the mandated participant, who is the Data Controller and the Data Processor of the mandatory participants personal data held on myworksearch.co.uk?


    MyWorkSearch is the smart online service that helps you to get people to prepare for and find work. Its proven and secure cloud-based technology helps you make the most of your budget, your skills and your time.- fee

    MyWorkSearch makes your job easier for you. It gives you the flexibility to customise your provision. It also automatically collects all the data you need to prove that your delivery is working ­ along with the evidence that individuals need to prove they are seeking work.



    May 7, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    • Clients include:



      Campbell Page








      Urban Futures

      Working Links


      May 7, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    • Have you seen their advertising:

      “MyWorkSearch Nudge Engine[TM] – Key to the user’s personalised experience. Analytics engine monitors everything the person does – or does not do – then makes recommendations.”

      Another Fine Mess

      May 7, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    • You have to treat myworksearch.co.uk as you did UJM.

      It was pretty obvious others would eventually join the UJM bandwagon and the above is hardly a stranger considering they started back in 2009.

      While DWP and or provider can mandate you to register they CANNOT mandate you part with your personal and or sensitive data.

      Now DWP and or provider would no doubt attempt to incite by doing what i will prescribe shortly that the individual was reducing there availability and activity BUT I assure you this is both reasonable, perfectly legal and demonstrates your commitment to fond and secure work while protecting your privacy and security.

      With regards to being asked to enter a CV I would advise instead placing a notice in its place giving your name, an email address and a small notice demonstrating you are interested in the vacancy and applying but dew to privacy and security concerns do kindly request the employer and or agency in the first instance contact you via the given email address so a CV can be forwarded.

      Make sure if they do contact you at your email address that you add your own data protection controls to any correspondence sent in reply.

      If these employers or agencies DONT, then that was THERE choice and not yours as effectively myworksearch, ujm are nothing more than portals designed to Siphon data.

      They siphon data as that’s how they make there living and will result in your data going to more third parties than is in my opinion necessary.

      Ultimately the choice is yours but in doing so you will lock out third parties who myworksearch have connected to.

      You have to remember like UJM most adverts addresses will be hidden unnecessarily as they don’t do so in there normal course of business meaning myworksearch has only done this to protect there interests. Myworksearch financial security is NOT your responsibility or concern. I mention this as whats good for the goose is good for the gander except your asset is your personal and or sensitive data.


      May 8, 2015 at 6:56 am

      • Yes, I will continue with my usual evidence.


        May 8, 2015 at 7:43 am

  22. A4e purchased by Staffline: to merge under Avanta/EOS.

    Staffline announced the acquisition of A4e on 27th April 2015.

    This means that Staffline, which already owns EOS and Avanta, will now hold nine Work Programme prime contracts, the largest number of any company (Ingeus was awarded 7 by DWP).

    The employment support companies will be merged into a new brand ‘PeoplePlus’ over the coming months.

    The companies also hold a number of other central and local government contracts related to employment and skills.



    May 7, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    • That’s called hiding the smear.


      May 8, 2015 at 6:57 am

  23. Is everyone but me! watching the news on the election, I’ll continue keeping all updated on other news 🙂


    May 7, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    • I always do both at the same time.

      Another Fine Mess

      May 7, 2015 at 10:58 pm

  24. A U.S. spying program that systematically collects millions of Americans’ phone records is illegal, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, putting pressure on Congress to quickly decide whether to replace or end the controversial anti-terrorism surveillance.

    Ruling on a program revealed by former government security contractor Edward Snowden, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the Patriot Act did not authorize the National Security Agency to collect Americans’ calling records in bulk.



    May 7, 2015 at 11:18 pm

  25. Head for the hills or take pills.

    “All people affected by obesity should have their levels of vitamin D tested to see if they are deficient, and if so, begin taking supplements.



    May 7, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    • Health is considered sensitive data.

      So do not consent to such when making a claim for benefit (read everything before signing it)or if you are already a claimant revoke it as is your legal right. (This is only effective for claimants not claiming a disability or illness).

      Also visit your GP and revoke the automated consent to supply your health data to a national database. Although they may not be able to do it the same, do return to seek some sort of written insurance that they have complied with your request.


      May 8, 2015 at 7:08 am

  26. Well its near clear we are all in for further draconian measures what with the Tories constant struggle to place the hardest to claimants into work.

    Some of us im sorry to say will never be offered employment for various reasons and as the Tories cannot as yet guarantee you paid employment will no doubt seek to find ways to remove you from benefits all together regardless.

    They’ve already shifted the goalpost on there legal responsibility not to make you homeless, there not building anymore council houses along with farming housing out to the private sector while lowering expectations and regulation in respect to the obligations of private landlords.

    When I mentioned housing enforcers the other day in regards to people living in illegally converted sheds and garages, the area in the program was Oxfordshire, namely David Camerons constituency not that its only privy to that area.

    The Tories have also convinced the public that its perfectly acceptable to stave people as a punishment for no being able to find work while allowing criminals such as terrorists and murders to not along with supplying a roof and bed even if further crimes are committed while inside.

    (Lee Rigsbys murders are currently enjoying food and a roof without conditions while many suffer without either even though no crime has been committed).

    To prove this point I signed off almost 2 weeks ago making clear that I was working but that it was unpaid and legally couldn’t be considered voluntary under law yet my advisor made no attempt to mentioned hardship payments let alone assess me for such. My advisor didn’t even try to persuade me to reconsider.

    Todate im not very well (not really eating enough as i cant afford it so rely on small handouts but not foodbank) but regardless have pressed on as best I can to complete hopefully the work I took on off my own back).

    Now I don’t hold the Tories or DWP responsible as it was my choice but as im sure you can agree it does demonstrate that apathy still exists within DWP.

    I don’t know why and again I do not hold the above responsible but I cannot gain employment despite having two arms and two legs, despite having no life threatening illness yet or criminal record (have a past but legally it doesn’t have to be declared as it was long ago). I cant even get a job sweeping floors despite being a qualified and experienced engineer along with for a while a unpaid employment tutor that outside of the labour government at the time helped 64% of my clients into work. Even now despite helping others into work can still not do the same for myself bar the old but rare little temp jobs, one of which being a team leader to encourage work programme claimants into work while providing a skill set to help or hope would help.

    I can only imagine what with being able to get data on allsorts of things these days that it is this that is putting employers off as I have a good CV, strong, good work ethics, well educated, knowledgeable, polite, kind and smart in dress.

    I don’t believe im alone by a long shot and that others are experiencing same like issues and have like me been through every single scheme the Tories have devised todate to no avail.

    I cant see this changing currently so my heart goes out to all who like me may well suffer for another five years to come.


    May 8, 2015 at 8:18 am

    • Your not alone Gaia, we know millions of people will never again be employed in what we know as paid employment, including myself, experienced in IT but I know I will never again be in paid employment, but we know we can do the work we trained for, only we will be doing it for free. it is understandable why many are against this, “why should we”

      Myself I continue to play the DWP’s game, to me it is, I have always done what I wanted and have never done anything I didn’t want to do, this will never change.

      I’m not eating right either, and haven’t been for a few years, but then this is also because I just can’t afford it, I will never have the need to take Vitamin D, that’s’ for sure.


      May 8, 2015 at 9:33 am

  27. The majority of the public have agreed that its acceptable for a person to be sanctioned for 1 or 3 years with no redress in place before its expiration date.

    This will be compounded worse still once UC fully rolls out as yet no clarification has been given as to whether or not any sanction will include housing benefit.

    Without being protracted its not hard to conceive anyone in such a position will most certainly not gain employment regardless of foodbanks and recoverable hardship payments what with appearing gaunt and weak in stature dew to a lack of a proper diet not to mention if it does include housing benefit, without an address (using DWPs address doesn’t work).

    If pushed as I hope they are, I can say with certainty DWP nor the Tories will be able to produce any evidence whats so ever that will prove a person who has been sanctioned longer than 6 months has gained meaningful employment.

    We know from the committee set up in the wake of the welfare reforms that DWP did state on record they are working on a system that will concretely prove either way what has in fact happened to those who have been sanctioned and or signed off.

    I know for a fact HMRC could easily clarify this under the new system although they could under the old one so its not that DWP couldn’t have already done this or fail to.

    Todate DWP has ignored all those they feel oppose them including even defying court orders so I don’t hold out much hope there comply with anything they put on record prior to coming out of this recent election ontop.


    May 8, 2015 at 8:47 am

    • To be honest as I always am, it is for this reason that I no longer volunteer at the local food bank.


      May 8, 2015 at 8:59 am

  28. How breathtakingly astonishing to her seat-loser MvVey describe the election campaign as “brutal”. Brutal: a word often used to describe McVey’s sanctions! Mass murderer McVey ranted on about “vile abuse”: “there have been calls on Twitter that I should be hanged from a lamppost”, accused John McDonnell MP of “threatening to send a mob to Liverpool to lynch me” and even had to audacity to complain about “graffiti sprayed on a wal


    May 8, 2015 at 9:45 am

    • Whats that film again, “the wicked witch is dead, the wicked witch is dead” ?

      Well we got shot of spin doctor grayling, sorry dear prisoners and prison wardens who now don’t take comfort in his meddling ways and now the wicked witch herself.

      Just the poison dwarf to go.


      May 8, 2015 at 10:16 am

      • The Wizard Of Oz Is The Film. The Witch Was The Wicked Witch Of The West. A House Fell On Her


        May 8, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    • Huw Edwards on BBC News has just said that John McDonnell has just been in touch to say that he didn’t call for mass murderer and inveterate lair McVey to be lynched – “he was only reporting what other activists had said”

      Breaking News

      May 8, 2015 at 10:53 am

      • Ahhh, doesn’t anyone say what they mean anymore, still im sure he meant hung parliament as why just do it to McVey ?

        Hey anyone know if shes signed on yet and is she claiming incapacity benefit ?


        May 8, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    • U mean ding dong the witch is gone?? I sung that on the street when the queen mother died. She thought Mr Hitler was a nice little man.
      I’m not sure my relatives who got gassed in his camps would agree…

      kat rehman

      May 9, 2015 at 8:53 am

  29. To say I am not happy with the General Election Result is the understatement of the century.

    Andrew Coates

    May 8, 2015 at 10:38 am

    • The turkeys have voted for Christmas.


      May 8, 2015 at 11:09 am

      • How many turkeys didn’t vote.


        May 8, 2015 at 11:19 am

      • I would use the English word beginng with ‘C’ but I’ll use the French one: Connards!

        Andrew Coates

        May 8, 2015 at 11:45 am

    • Say that again Mr Coates, usually by now, you’ve printed another article, still maybe you can do a photoshop of McVey for tomorrow.

      Anyone think of a theme ?


      May 8, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      • Why Gaia, is it important – will it help us in any way.


        May 8, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      • Another takes McVey’s place, whom will it be, worse?


        May 8, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      • If you don’t laugh, your only cry and I refuse to let this unpleasant result wreck my life anymore than it already has.

        What is it they say, ” don’t let the ba*tards grind you down”.


        May 8, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      • Gaia, I never get down by anything they do, I just get on with it, I live to have as much fun as possible which is why I sometimes have fun on here, while others are serious because of all the bad news that come our way. while I don’t see the point in being miserable about it all.

        It’s good to know that you now refuse to let this unpleasant result wreck your life.


        May 8, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      • o well 5 more years of nothing for me then 😉

        super ted

        May 8, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      • Except maybe some more nonsense from the JC!


        May 8, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      • yeah more fun and games 😉

        super ted

        May 8, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      • Yes, play along with it with your knowledge.


        May 8, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      • you know where i am if you got some pots n dirt 😉 money does grow on trees pmsl 😉

        super ted

        May 8, 2015 at 7:11 pm

  30. I saw where it was going just before 1 and turned off BBC and went to bed.

    The People have Spoken – those curretly benifiting/untouched from the ConCons policies.

    When they start to bleat not us, then there will be a change in attitude but I say, no change back unless its ALL the way back.

    Paraphrasing “If we burn, you burn with us”


    May 8, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    • We saw where it was going to, love, and switched over to a horror movie – Blood Runs Cold think it was called – on the Horror Channel – really quite scary and much, much better than watching that election rubbish. When it had finished we flipped back over and just couldn’t be bothered with it so we had another cup of cocoa and went to bed.

      Bernie & Millicent

      May 8, 2015 at 3:24 pm

  31. Just seen Norman Tebbit on the TV – thought that fucker died years ago! 😀

    On Your Bike

    May 8, 2015 at 3:35 pm

  32. Yes it was a bleak night for everyone who cares about fairness and decency in society. Instead the electorate chose 5 more years of lies and deceit.

    The only pinpoint of light arrived this morning with the result in Wirral West where the voters decided they’d had quite enough of Ms Avon Lady McFey.

    Perhaps she can now apply for one of those thousands of jobs she’s been telling us about – that’s if those vacancies exist in reality and not in her own imagination.


    May 8, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    • Even if she cant, she can always run back to her parents and work for them.

      Oh what it must be like to have a safety net.


      May 8, 2015 at 5:04 pm

  33. The professional association that governs polling organisations is to launch a full inquiry into the inaccuracy of polling during the 2015 general election campaign.

    The British Polling Council said it would look at an apparent “bias” in polls across the board which saw large disparities between the industry’s final snapshots of opinion and the real result on the night.

    The Market Research Society, which concerns itself with survey standards in consumer research, will also be involved in the probe.

    “The final opinion polls before the election were clearly not as accurate as we would like, and the fact that all the pollsters underestimated the Conservative lead over Labour suggests that the methods that were used should be subject to careful, independent investigation,” the Council said in a statement.



    May 8, 2015 at 4:15 pm

  34. The DWP has revealed that it is looking at cutting a scheme that helps disabled people into work – just hours after the Conservatives won the election.

    In a nondescript PDF file slipped onto Department’s website on election results day, officials revealed they were looking at capping the £108m Access to Work fund.

    The fund helps people and employers cover costs of disabilities that might be a barrier to work. The biggest single users of the fund are people who have difficulty seeing and people who have difficulty hearing.

    Click to access future-of-access-to-work-equality-analysis.pdf



    May 8, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    • Then they’ll probably sanctions the disabled people when they can’t get new jobs!!

      kat rehman

      May 9, 2015 at 8:56 am

      • Kat have you got a few docs to present to an adviser in a JC, when on UC, you know what I mean.


        May 9, 2015 at 9:08 am

  35. Tories weigh up options for £12bn welfare cuts.

    Party rallied support on basis of balancing the books but knows it can be tarred as nasty if cuts are seen as unfair.

    Either the poorest in society or the “hard-working people” courted by the Conservatives face being targeted under the party’s commitment to £12bn of welfare cuts, experts have said.

    One way of achieving the £12bn goal could be by reducing the £38bn cost of out-of-work payments to working-age families, for example by cutting entitlements to a third of the recipients, according to John Hills, director of the centre for analysis of social exclusion at the London School of Economics.

    “But that would mean hitting lone parents and disabled people and create pressure on food banks and hardship on a scale that would be hard to imagine,” Hills said. “Alternatively you could take it from hardworking families who rely on housing benefit and tax credits. That’s a lot of pain from a large number of people who have just voted for you.”



    May 8, 2015 at 8:21 pm

  36. By the autumn we will find out how the Tories will make welfare cuts of £12bn a year by 2018. If they go ahead – and there are difficult political choices to be made here – these cuts will amount to one of the defining social policy decisions of the next five years.

    The Tories were curiously loathe to explain how they would make these cuts during the election campaign. Either they knew, but were not telling because the truth would scare voters; or they didn’t know, but it didn’t matter because this was only ever a coalition bargaining chip to trade with the Lib Dems.

    Ironically, a Conservative majority government may now find itself having to take unpopular choices it perhaps never really expected to have to make.

    To reach £12bn by 2018, the Tories will not only have to massively increase the pace of welfare cuts made over the past five years, but achieve net savings. They will have to focus on the five big ticket items: tax credits (currently about £30bn a year); housing benefit (£21bn); disability living allowance and personal independence payments (£15bn); incapacity benefits (£14bn); and child benefit (£12bn).



    May 8, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    • The Department for Work and Pensions believes there is scope for reform, however, and we can expect more drastic measures to try to reduce the numbers claiming employment and support allowance, by moving as many as possible on to the less-well remunerated jobseeker’s allowance.

      This will be controversial, and Whitehall has concerns over the ability of the outsourced service (formerly run by Atos, now Maximus) to do this. Savings here will be painful, in human terms, and are far from guaranteed.


      May 9, 2015 at 11:15 am

  37. i can see even food banks running out there will be so many ppl starving jcp will be in melt down, and courts n prisons will be at braking point and mass homelessness to boot.

    super ted

    May 8, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    • There will soon be thousands of food banks, there is only one in this town but that won’t be the only one for long, and UC hasn’t came to this town yet.


      May 8, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      • There used to be only one around here, and quite a hike away, now there’s five within that distance – that I know of.

        Another Fine Mess

        May 8, 2015 at 11:13 pm

  38. 1 food bank here shut down a few months ago fkn joke bet all the big supermarkets will be fooked if mass food banks happen.

    super ted

    May 8, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    • There is going to be a lot more people made homeless, it will be worse with UC because of the sanctions, which are more severe on UC.


      May 8, 2015 at 9:51 pm

  39. i see Watching a4e blog has given up lol

    super ted

    May 8, 2015 at 10:08 pm

  40. “To Hell With Capitalism: Snapshots from the Crab Cannery Ship”



    May 9, 2015 at 8:39 am

  41. And just when everyone thought there would be a hung parliament, the Tories crept home first-past-the-post with a majority. No coalition to temper their harsh policies. No restraint. They’re free to do as they like.

    From the Daily Mail today: “Sources believe yesterday’s dramatic victory may have secured the PM up to a year in which he can govern virtually unchallenged after Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband, and Nigel Farage all stood down.”

    The fox is undoubtedly in charge of the hen-house now.

    It will be interesting to see what will happen in Scotland. One thing is certain: no one will ever treat Scotland like a branch office again!


    May 9, 2015 at 11:48 am

  42. McVey Loss Is No Compensation as Unemployed Wait for the Pain to Come.

    Instead we got a Tory majority government and a wipeout of compassion in England.

    In one tiny bright spot Esther McVey, who has forced unemployed people and other benefit claimants through such misery, lost her seat in Wirral West and was carried out of the building kicking and screaming lies about her Labour opponent, who must have felt he understood what it was like to try to claim welfare under the erstwhile employment minister.

    This will be a terrible time to be unemployed or to need the state’s help. Some who voted Conservative will suffer at the hands of this new, unfettered government, and still be encouraged by politicians and the media to blame the workless and disabled for their plight.

    Only the ‘haves’ will truly enjoy this Conservative majority. For the unemployed the advice must be: that zero hour contract you were offered (and that Iain Duncan Smith wanted to rename)? Even if you can’t live on it, you should take it, because the alternative of a civilised period on benefits with quality jobsearch support while you you look for real work is even less likely now.


    P.S. McVey,

    Hope you really enjoy the shitty system you’re about to experience when you go to sign on after all you helped to create it.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    May 9, 2015 at 12:04 pm

  43. Just realised, at 10 something Rumors started going round that Ed Balls had lost his seat.

    Problem – the boxes of votes hadn’t even arrived.

    Strange that.


    May 9, 2015 at 12:18 pm

  44. Obi Wan Kenobi

    May 9, 2015 at 12:36 pm

  45. You will remember Cameron’s “One Nation” comment.

    What’s going to happen to the “One Nation” Welfare State – with Scotland against Tory welfare reforms?

    I’m assuming the Welfare State survives at all under the Tories!!


    May 9, 2015 at 12:36 pm

  46. Very Important alert:

    I have just been hit with latest UK version of the ‘UKASH POLICE VIRUS’ – total scam.

    Please everyone look to YouTube videos on how to eliminate it.

    Just blown it out of the water.

    To do this you must have various ‘System Restore’ points.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    May 9, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    • Also after you have finally got to ‘System Restore’ and got rid of it, you must delete your %temp% file for the date you got it also once in your recycle bin, you must empty this as well.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      May 9, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      • NB:

        Should you be unlucky enough to get the ‘UKASH VIRUS’ which looks totally official, the first thing you don’t do is PANIC as most people do.

        Please remember this is a total scam and in no way connected to any police department or law enforcement agency.

        It’s all about Extortion, it’s as simple as that.

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        May 9, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    • What if you don’t have a system restore point? If it is one of these fuckers of a process that are set to start with Windows and blue-screen Windows if you terminate it then you are going to need a “live disk” to delete the fucker.

      IT Security Expert

      May 9, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      • And if you have a good enough anti virus program then you have no problem 🙂


        May 9, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      • Enigma – as usual you really have no idea!

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        May 9, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      • IT Security Expert:

        No it’s not that one but not far off. And you really don’t need a thingy ‘A LIVE DISK’ ? – WHAT THE HELL IS THAT BY THE WAY?

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        May 9, 2015 at 8:53 pm


        Your not one of IDS’s Lackey’s who thinks the ZX 81 IS THE LATSTEST COMPUTER SYSTEM THAT CAN SORT OUT UNIVERSAL CREDIT?

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        May 9, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      • Obi Wan, I would imagine this Live disk to be a standalone anti virus tool you can put on and run from disk or USB.

        You use this type on software when attacked in the boot menu (bootjacking) and or by seriously bad ass worm. In order to remove these you have to isolate the infected drive (not run it) and attack it from a bootable disk/USB. Basically its a very small Linux OS with anti virus program.

        As a tip, should this happen again first ignore the pop up window (do not attempt to close it, minimise it or anything) and simply go to control panel and log off but do not shut down.
        Re log in again and try your browser, If its gone simply use CCLEANER and use the first 2 tabs (cleaner and registry).

        If it does re appear look for suspect temp file as bottom dollar that’s where it is, this includes checking java files. If you can delete it and it doesn’t return, run antivirus and then CCleaner.

        If it returns you have a worm and so will require a standalone. If it doesn’t return once removed yet once you reboot it does then you have been bootjacked.

        This type of ransomware while being a pain is but a little boy as the ones to fear are the ones that actually do encrypt your data as only reinstalling windows will cure that kind, meaning you lose all your data.


        May 10, 2015 at 2:56 pm

  47. Theresa May to revive her ‘snooper’s charter’ now Lib Dem brakes are off

    Election results were barely in when the home secretary indicated the Tories will increase state surveillance powers, to the alarm of privacy campaigners.

    The Tories will move swiftly to strengthen the online surveillance powers of the police and security services now that the block placed by their erstwhile coalition partners the Lib Dems has been lifted, the home secretary Theresa May has indicated.

    Speaking as early results on Friday indicated the Conservatives would form a government with a Commons majority, May said increased surveillance powers was “one very key example” of Tory policy blocked by the coalition arrangement

    Documents leaked by Snowden have shown that joint UK-US programmes subject the British public to dragnet surveillance of email records, social network activity, internet browsing history and phone data. Advocates say a loss of privacy is the price society has to pay for safety from criminals and terrorists. Opponents say state snooping threatens freedom.



    May 9, 2015 at 2:56 pm

  48. Just how much worse can it get, for billions of people because the same things are happening in every country.


    May 9, 2015 at 3:32 pm

  49. I believe there are a couple of benefits (can’t remember exactly what they’re called), which are claimed by people in work (so-called “ordinary working people”), which next year will be converted into Universal credit. A lot of these silly buggers will have voted conservative.

    I wonder how they’re going to feel this time next year when they have to come into the Jobcentre with the rest of us and be branded workshy, etc. – and have their benefits stopped because they’re not trying hard enough to find full-time employment?


    jj joop

    May 9, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    • JJ, would you believe that someone who is not in work and hasn’t for years voted tory, why? because they have not “yet” been affected by the welfare reform.

      I know many people who don’t think they will have to go to a JC or a food bank.


      May 9, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      • I know a few people like that myself. They’re in for a rude awakening. I can just imagine the look on their faces when the reality sets in. The idiots.

        jj joop

        May 9, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      • They won’t be Tory’s for much longer.


        May 9, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      • JJ Joop:

        Obi Wan’s Advice:

        Enigma – Mega Tory Asshole!

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        May 9, 2015 at 9:02 pm

  50. JJ Joop:

    I even suspect even Andy Coates is beginning to suspect this.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    May 9, 2015 at 9:09 pm

  51. It’s looking like Esther McVey is going to have to give extremely good H**D if she want’s to get back in to the Conservative Party.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    May 9, 2015 at 9:38 pm

  52. Seventeen people have been arrested in an unplanned protest outside Downing Street following the Conservatives’ election victory, the Met police say.

    Protesters waved banners with anti-Tory slogans and placards calling for proportional representation as police in riot gear looked on.

    The police said four officers and a staff member were injured.

    A police investigation is under way after graffiti, referring to “Tory scum” was daubed on a war memorial.



    May 9, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    • Like I said!

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      May 9, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      • I told a police officer yesterday that he better get used to riots on the streets of every city from now on.

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        May 9, 2015 at 10:19 pm

  53. Ok, time for a bit of legal song and nookie – Russian style:

    Group: Via-Gra

    Song: Stop, Stop, Stop:

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    May 9, 2015 at 10:38 pm

  54. Focus on living in the moment rather than dwelling on things that are beyond their power to control.

    An ancient Buddhist approach to meditation rebranded as “mindfulness” should be made available to the millions of Britons who are suffering from stress, depression and anxiety, according to the Mental Health Foundation (MHF).

    The call comes as new figures being released by the charity will show that more than one in four (29 per cent) of Britons regularly suffers from stress.



    May 9, 2015 at 10:38 pm

  55. Measuring Living Standards.

    Living Standards (LS) refer to households’ level of access to goods, services and recreational activities. Assessments of LS vary in how they set the thresholds that define a certain standard of living and how they measure who achieves these thresholds

    Click to access POST-PN-491.pdf


    May 10, 2015 at 8:11 am

  56. Another attack on the overweight, this time a DNA test.



    May 10, 2015 at 8:21 am

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