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Iain Duncan Smith Throws a Wobbly and Writes the Footnote of Shame.

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“And Another Thing……”

Iain Duncan Smith Blasts Media Who Accuse The Tories Of ‘Outrageous Actions’.

Welfare Weekly

Iain Duncan Smith warns MPs against listening to those “in the media and on social media” who “accuse the Government of outrageous actions”.

Iain Duncan Smith has written to the Work and Pensions Committee, responding to questions about the possible correlation between benefit assessments and the suicide of claimants.

The letter, addressed to the Committee chair Frank Field MP, features a barely legible hand-written footnote, warning against listening to those “in the media and on social media” who “accuse the Government of outrageous actions.”

The Footnote of Shame. (From Here). 




There are some out there in the media and social media who have used ons [?] figures to accuse the govt of outrageous actions.

I would hope that the committee would not seek to follow suit. I see that having introduced ESA and the WLA, the Labour Party now seeks to attack it as though they had nothing to do with it.

Surely the committee should seek to recognise the good intent of those engaged in this difficult area.


Welfare Weekly comments:

The correlation between the work capability assessment and suicide was established by academic researchers, not by journalists or social media commentators.

Iain Duncan Smith will probably be accusing the United Nations (UN) of failing to see the government’s “good intent”, when its inquiry into “grave and systematic violations” of the rights of disabled people in the UK concludes.


Written by Andrew Coates

February 13, 2016 at 1:02 pm

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  1. Employment agencies are not the only ones who will leave you high and dry. It happens everywhere. Here is a thread on Digital Spy regarding radio presenters being left high and dry without payment. And having the brass neck to advertise for ‘freelancers’ to replace the staff who have left!

    Black Label

    February 13, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    • Thought I had died and gone to radio heaven when Davy was axed and I took over the coveted breakfast slot lol Little did I know that six months later I still wouldn’t be paid 😦 All “Gazza” could say when he returned from his his holiday in Barbados was: “It will look good on your CV”, I am sure you guys are kind of used to hearing that kind of thing lol Wasn’t so bad for Kenny working for nothing since he had his mortgage paid off but some of us have got bills to pay, shoes to buy and stuff lol Bye for now 🙂 Gracexxxx


      February 14, 2016 at 8:58 am

      • lol Grace don’t be such a cry-baby 😦 It WILL look good on your CV 😀

        And to cheer you up here is something from the archives before you hit the ‘big-time’ 😀


        A sun-kissed Gazza in Barbados 😀 xxxx


        February 15, 2016 at 10:16 am

    • Dinky doo 🙂 Tell ten to tell ten 🙂

      Scottie McClue

      February 16, 2016 at 7:23 am

      • What happened Scottie? Did you not get paid either? Grace xxxx


        February 17, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      • Let us just say my cup isn’t exactly flowing over 😉

        Dinky Doo 🙂 Tell ten to tell ten 🙂

        Scottie McClue

        February 17, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      • lol Scottie 🙂 You’re a gem 🙂

        Grace xxxx


        February 17, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    • 2. The situation at YOUR Radio. When Gary and I took over in November we had some interesting eye opening practices awaiting us. One case a freelance contractor charged over £14k for roughly £600 worth of services. Other presenters were billing for shows before they’d even presented them. Members of the sales team were checking in at 9am and were at home watching TV by 10.30am. The station was hemorrhaging money so they could ‘play radio stations’. As they were all ‘working’ for a large multinational company that paid the invoices without question, they weren’t fussed. Certain freelance presenters then took umbrage when I tried to enforce the contracts that they had signed with the previous owners and which we had inherited under the terms of the sale. They were actually aghast that they weren’t actually employees and didn’t have ‘jobs for life’. YOUR Radio is a commercial radio station, not a community station supported by grants. If Gary and I hadn’t bought the station in November, the multinational would have closed it and handed the licenses back. Period.

      Digital Spy


      February 19, 2016 at 4:09 pm

  2. Freelance Presenters

    YOUR Radio, Argyll and Bute and West Dunbartonshires favourite local commercial radio station is looking to add a couple of freelance presenters to our talent bank.

    Ideally you should be experienced in presenting on small commercial stations or maybe you feel that now is the time to step up from a community station? Either way we want to hear from you.

    These are totally freelance positions and although they do pay, be aware presenters fees are not high, you won’t be taking a holiday in Barbados on your fees from us. For avoidance of doubt these are not ‘staff’ positions and you are treated as self-employed contractors.

    You should have a good knowledge of whats going on in our TSA and ideally live no more than 30 minutes travel time from our Clydebank studios. If it’s going to involve a 200 mile round trip to present a 4 hour show, think carefully about applying, you could be paying more in petrol than earning in fees.

    However if you want to make great radio on a great station drop us a line!
    To apply

    To apply send a C.V, covering letter and most important a short demo to Station Director Gary Marshall at gmarshall@yourradiofm.com

    This job closes: 24 February, 2016
    Please say you saw this position on media.info when applying.

    Universal Jobmatch Alert

    Uuniversal Jobmatch Vacancy Alert

    February 13, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    • You now the class of people you’re dealing with job wise when basic mistakes are made :

      “Please say you saw this position on media.info when applying”

      This should have “say “where” you…”


      February 13, 2016 at 3:04 pm

  3. “accuse the Government of outrageous actions”.

    For to long this government has got away with these attrocities,Its interesting also how it seeks to criminalise and treat people like criminals,while its own criminality goes ignored in the main with the exception of a few legal challenges and somehow justified often with howls of laughter by their MPs.

    These actions also show the detachment of all of this in the comments above by this government.


    February 13, 2016 at 4:51 pm

  4. lol at fucking Fakebook! Just who do these c!”%$W think they are?

    “Upload Your Photo ID
    To make sure this is your account, we need you to upload a color photo of your government-issued ID. Your ID should include your name, birthday and photo.
    Acceptable IDs include your:

    Driver’s license
    State-issued ID card
    Military ID card
    Immigration ID with signature”

    Who the fuck in their right mind is still using this shit??

    Facebook is shit

    February 14, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    • How does a computer know you is you ?

      Putting aside the ethical issue of seeking personal data without consent, holding membership to on the basis if that’s the case and a consistent inability to negotiate terms regarding said data, an electronic system only sees file type, it cannot differentiate one picture from the next.

      By supplying such personal data, you will be allowing them to begin more accurate profiles so can only urge people to abstain and feed it any photo bare what they ask for if required for membership.

      They would have to go into your account personally to know what picture meaning a further intrusion of ones privacy, ones right.


      February 15, 2016 at 11:16 am

      • Oh fake ID from any country is easy to pick up so specific pictures wont wash either if they indeed enter your account prior to membership.

        Any IP user is completely free to let anyone use their PC and internet connections, internet cafes and libraries being a prime example. Even if they ask for ID, they like DWP can only look at it for confirmation as it would be illegal to place anyone especially indiscriminately under suspicion of a crime without good reasonable grounds if one attempts to hide behind part 4, section 1 of the data protection act.

        Second its not illegal to have a false identity online and is openly encouraged so as to protect peoples personal lives.

        Facebook like twitter being as trendy as it is for people to meet and share are the most used sites for people or companies hired by people/businesses to troll for specific data on individuals so is without doubt the most important place to conceal ones true identity and with the addition of murders committed through, fraud perpetrated on, never has their been an more important time to practice this common sense approach.


        February 15, 2016 at 2:13 pm

  5. I would report them:

    Military ID card

    That right there breaks the Secrets act.


    February 14, 2016 at 6:07 pm

  6. “who have used ons [?] figures”

    I think it’s ‘who have used new figures’.


    February 14, 2016 at 7:50 pm

  7. Tory cuts leave millions in poverty as campaigners warn work is failing to pay


    David Cameron announces that tens of thousands of people with mental health conditions will be supported to find or return to work.


    People with mental health problems have already come through the work programme,these groups were the first abondoned by A4e and others at the first opportunity.


    February 16, 2016 at 12:08 am

  8. Sheltered housing developments ‘shelved due to benefit cuts’

    Hundreds of planned new sheltered accommodation units have been delayed or scrapped owing to proposed cuts to housing benefit, the BBC has learned.

    Several housing associations have said they are no longer financially viable.

    The flats, for the elderly or people with learning disabilities, are more expensive to build and run because they provide additional support.

    Ministers say they are reviewing the sheltered housing sector “to ensure it works in the best way possible”.

    The National Housing Federation (NHF) has calculated that nearly 2,500 units have so far been scrapped or delayed as sheltered housing providers face losing an average of £68 a week per tenant.



    February 16, 2016 at 12:55 pm

  9. BBC News reporter Ellie Price was pointing to a large wall poster that the “Out” cabinet members had signed… Pritel Patel, check, Michael Gove, check… she then pointed to an illegible scrawl: “Apparently that is Iain Duncan Smith’s signature” lol

    London Cabbie

    February 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm

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