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Tories Cut Benefits to win Popularity.

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Clegg and Osborne Enjoy a Special Moment Together. 

This says it all .

Clegg: Osborne casually cut welfare for poorest to boost Tory popularity (Guardian today)

Exclusive: Former deputy PM says ‘cynical’ ex-chancellor was not bothered about human consequences.

Nick Clegg has accused the former chancellor George Osborne of casually cutting the benefits of the poorest people in society because he believed taking the austerity axe to welfare would boost Conservative popularity.

In a candid interview looking back on his five years as deputy prime minister in the Tory-Lib Dem coalition, Clegg said he found the behaviour of his senior Conservative partner “very unattractive, very cynical”.

“Welfare for Osborne was just a bottomless pit of savings, and it didn’t really matter what the human consequences were, because focus groups had shown that the voters they wanted to appeal to were very anti-welfare, and therefore there was almost no limit to those anti-welfare prejudices,” he told the Guardian.

Speaking before the publication of his anticipated political memoir, written after his party was reduced to eight seats in last year’s general election, Clegg hit out at David Cameron and his Conservative partners in government. He said the former Tory leader or the chancellor – “I honestly can’t remember whom – looked genuinely nonplussed and said: ‘I don’t understand why you keep going on about the need for more social housing – it just creates Labour voters.’ They genuinely saw housing as a Petri dish for voters. It was unbelievable.”

See the Comments. (4080 at the time of writing this post).

For example:

This doesn’t surprise me. The vermin’s support base practically put the bunting out whenever cuts are aimed at the unemployed, single mothers or working poor but cry like babies when the nice to have freebies are taken away for the affluent old.

The Tory support base are nasty pieces of work. There is a section of the electorate who’ll vote Tory not in spite of them being a hateful class war party with no compassion for the weakest but because they are a hateful classwar party with no compassion for the weakest.

These people complain when they are called out on their behaviour.


 Its amazing what short memories some people have when it comes to state benefits.
He didn’t cuts the £85bn in corporate welfare handouts
But did cut to Personal Independence Payments to raise £4.4BILLION to fund tax cut for the rich
In fact he consistently helped the rich – and he did it by hurting disabled people.

Written by Andrew Coates

September 3, 2016 at 10:04 am

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  1. Those human consequences.

    Bailiff action against the poorest residents rocketed by 50 per cent in one year in London as councils adopted a get-tough approach to people struggling to cope with benefit cuts, new figures reveal.

    In 2015/16, 19,000 of the poorest households in London were referred to enforcement agents or bailiffs by local authorities over unpaid council tax – a meteoric rise of 51 per cent in 12 months – according to figures unearthed under the Freedom of Information Act by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2k).



    September 3, 2016 at 11:01 am

  2. Bailiffs used to be something you heard about that affected people really at the end of the road.

    Now their arrival seems an everyday event.

    Andrew Coates

    September 3, 2016 at 11:09 am

    • “Enforcement action is only ever taken by the Council as a last resort. Before that stage we make every effort to provide a range of support and advice for people struggling to make payments.”

      Sounds like the DWP doesn’t it.


      September 3, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    • Can’t pay, we’ll take it away 🙂

      The Sheriffs Are Coming

      September 3, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    • Well the day is coming where we the majority won’t be able to buying which will leave those Bailiffs joining the unemployed to be exploited.


      September 3, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      • “Buy anything”


        September 3, 2016 at 4:07 pm

  3. As time goes on more & more people will get to realize that Tories don’t care about the consequences which they are inflicting on human beings.

    We have a long way to go though with many people still in their own little bubble.


    September 3, 2016 at 11:43 am

  4. Clegg ordered his MPs to vote for almost every welfare curb, cut, reduction and cap. I remember him vividly over-defending the infamous Bedroom Tax to the hilt which he seemed to think was the best thing since sliced bread. I think all of us knew that Osborne slashed welfare to gain points with certain demographics and to try to embarrass and catch out Labour whenever that party opposed him, seeking to make them look “soft” on benefit claimants. Of course Osborne didn’t give a toss about the suffering that resulted, he couldn’t have behaved the way he did otherwise, but the Liberal Democrats were there with the government all the way and went along with almost everything it did until the 2015 general election. If the Tories had failed to win a small majority after the last general election does anybody doubt that the Liberal Democrats would have rejoined them as junior partner in another ConDem coalition government, applauding every future welfare reduction as beneficial and necessary and voting with the Tories to make them law? Does anybody doubt that the foolish and vain Nick Clegg would not now still be Deputy Prime Minister if he could have been?

    Clegg is an idiot who failed across the board – failing to reform the House of Lords – failing to inject a modicum of proportionality into our voting system – whose leadership destroyed and ruined the future of his own party.

    As the saying goes: He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon.

    Clegg’s cutlery wasn’t nearly long enough.

    He is as much to blame as anybody for what has happened.


    September 3, 2016 at 11:56 am

  5. Violet

    September 3, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    • Nice pyramid violet,agenda 21 is rolling along without much of ado!


      September 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    • How many are there?


      September 3, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      • Far to many, I wish these d*ckheads will wake up before it’s too late 😞


        September 3, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      • Obviously a working class gentleman who voted for Brexit.


        September 4, 2016 at 7:57 am

  6. Smokers and obese people will be denied surgery on the NHS by cash-strapped hospitals trying to save money, senior health officials have warned.

    Vale of York Care Commissioning Group has announced it will make people wait up to a year for non-essential surgery if they are overweight, until their body mass index (BMI) drops to 30. The group said the decision has been made as “the best way of achieving maximum value from the limited resources available”.

    The Royal College of Surgeons has described the decision as “the most severe the modern NHS has ever seen” amid concerns the NHS’ funding crisis is seriously impeding its ability to function.



    September 3, 2016 at 5:36 pm

  7. Another study.

    “working class people are more likely to vote Labour when party contains MPs with backgrounds similar to their own”



    September 3, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    • We should hope so.


      September 3, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    • This will lead to many people no longer using social media, & a lot more, many people in other countries have stopped using many websites because of this,

      It matters not weather it’s Labour, Torie, or SNP etc, they will all have their digital plans & will all be similar.

      I don’t like it & expect no one else will. who in their right mind would.


      September 4, 2016 at 12:04 am

      • Remember when i mentioned tollbooth,portal, well this will be a really big one and if any believe the part about protecting net neutrality, this very government proposal actually contradicts it.


        September 4, 2016 at 10:31 am

  8. A warning to us all, thanks very much. a lot more misery ahead then. & thanks for the setup.

    Theresa May warns that there are ‘difficult times ahead’ as Britain leaves the EU.

    “I’m not going to pretend that it’s all going to be plain sailing. I think we must be prepared for the fact that there may be some difficult times ahead,” she told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show in a prerecorded interview to be aired on Sunday morning.



    September 4, 2016 at 12:35 am


      Now you don’t hear this VOCALLY enough BUT are you aware, leaving the EU was what Tories needed all along to be able to being to fruition their AGENDAS ?

      Mays speech is straight out of the Cameron play book and now gives them CART BLANCH. While Brexit may well be some way off, EXPECT THE UNTHINKABLE as its coming to a cinema near you soon.

      Its called SHOCK DOCTRINE and heres the signs,

      1a: Distraction shock and awe – impose overwhelming levels of distraction, Shock and Awe against an adversary on an immediate or sufficiently timely basis to paralyze its will to carry on … [to] seize control of the environment and paralyze or so overload an adversary’s perceptions and understanding of events that the enemy would be incapable of resistance at the tactical and strategic levels

      2: Engineering catalysts for profit and change – whether true or false create or feed from highly charged situations that are impacting both physically and psychologically. War,terrorism,climate change,financial collapses,poverty,etc.

      3: War chest/Disaster Capitalism Complex – profit and amass from disasters like war in order to steal assets and resources from another country and to misappropriate/steal or hide missing unaccountable public funds, climate change to raise insurance, taxes or form new ones in the wake of floods,high damaging winds,tackling Co2. Deliberate accelerated cuts and reforms disguised under an already existing catalyst that lead to an overwhelmed healthcare system,justice system,prison system,etc.

      3a: Drastic changes unfamiliar to a society – regulation to justify censorship, restriction of movement, restriction of liberties, surveillance, unlawful arrest and detainment of persons and or assets, secret courts, reduced or no due process, austerity,reform,changing of legal boundaries,a reduction or change of human rights,etc and all in the name of or as a result.

      3b: The removal of INFORMED CONSENT – for instance processing personal and or sensitive data, to section or carry out treatments for medical purposes contrary to current law, to spy into every corner of a persons life or an entire country, to detain and question without reason.

      4a:Ostracize and insinuate – to accuse those that in the early stages whom are believed to pose a threat to the order and strategy of an agenda like accusing or insinuating an individual poses a threat to national security,economic security,conspiracist or even working inline with certain countries like Russia,China for instance, or,

      4ab: Insinuate a collective group acts against the interest and good nature of a society like saying some are skivers and or fraudsters (unemployed,disabled,ill), deliberate burdens a government didn’t help facilitate (obesity,alcohol.tobacco) in order to systematically cause premeditated division.

      4b: Introduce methods like nudging,sanctions/penalties,conditions,pay to play and un before known illnesses like ODD to strike down that in the early stages pose a threat to the order and strategy of the whole agenda in a manner the public believe is the social norm despite only being recently adopted.

      5: An economic coup – the continuance of a transformation or introduction of a brand of economic politics like of Milton Friedmon’s work adopted earlier by Margaret Thatcher. To sell or hand over to the private for profit sector public services or public service contracts.

      1b: SHOCK THERAPY – An economic term that refers to the sudden release of price and currency controls, withdrawal of state subsidies, and immediate trade liberalization within a country, usually also including large-scale privatization of previously public-owned assets.

      1ba: release of price and currency controls – allowing its businesses/citizens to buy/use foreign currency freely and set the stage for a sharp depreciation of the pound.

      1bb: withdrawal of state subsidies – take away a sum of money granted by the state or a public body to help an industry or business keep the price of commodities or services low.

      1bc: trade liberalization – governments do not restrict (free trade) imports from, or exports to, other countries. So could remove barriers that may hinder trade include import quotas, taxes, and non-tariff barriers, such as regulatory legislation, (TTIP, TISA, ETC). This would say allow another country to FRACK the crap out of a country without consequence for maximum profit, unregulated access to market information, for example data about our farmers or medical, even welfare.

      1bca: Laissez-faire – economic transactions between private parties that are free from government interference.

      1bd: large-scale privatization of previously public-owned assets so for instance , welfare, healthcare, policing, justice, prisons, fire service for example.

      END GAME (winners and losers) – small groups will often do very well by moving into luxurious gated communities while large sections of the population are left with decaying public infrastructure, declining incomes and increased unemployment.

      So when you feel being sanctioned is unfair,YOU HAVE NOT SEEM ANYTHING YET.

      Do your home work and already most of these have been instituted or carried out and the remainder are on the table in public view.


      If you cant mentally encapsulate this or understand then read both the rise of hitler/nazism and 1984 as i took the liberty of leaving the really scary parts out that not even Orwell could have envisioned but who knows, maybe he did have a script titled 2049.


      September 4, 2016 at 10:23 am

      • Good post there Doug, the more people who read it the better. the majority need to.


        September 4, 2016 at 10:59 am

      • Doug, I knew getting out of the EU was the plan I remember Cameron going to the EU asking for a deal, he didn’t make it, so lets have a ref, the majority will do the opposite of what I say, and vote out, “to hell with Cameron, to hell with Gov, etc etc, Cameron steps down, he was going anyway, T.May & Osborne disappeared for a while. T May.becomes PM.

        Now comes the Bill of rights & I can see mandatory becoming compulsory.


        September 4, 2016 at 11:15 am

    • Symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

      1) Refusal to supply jobcentre with phone number and/or email address
      2) Refusal to sign data-sharing waiver(s)
      3) Refusal to allow DWP access to Universal Jobmatch account

      Either one or more of these symptoms being exhibited is sufficient to diagnose ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder)

      Treatment protocol: A rigorous regime of sanctions, workfare and courses must be applied with increasing intensity and severity as the treatment progresses

      Expected outocome of treatment: negative behaviour patterns are broken down and overcome; the claimant/customer becomes receptive to and fully compliant with the demands placed on them

      DSM -5

      September 4, 2016 at 2:26 pm

  9. I am absolutely sure Clegg is, for once, telling the truth. Trouble is nobody cares what happens to benefit claimants or the poor any more. Nobody looks or listens any more. Nobody give a toss any more.


    September 4, 2016 at 8:00 am

    • They will give a toss if they lost their jobs and ended up on benefits scrimping and scraping on lousy £70 a week!


      September 4, 2016 at 10:04 am

      • As long as something like 40% or so of voters aren’t on benefits, couldn’t care less about the people that are on benefits, and continue to vote Conservative we will be ruled by aloof benefit cutting Tories forever – all the more so after leaving the EU when the Conservatives can overrule every one of the EU laws which currently offer protection to citizens. It’s tragic that people who voted to leave the EU because they hated elites and politicians look set to have a much worse future now because of home grown right-wing elites and politicians. I think it’s called sawing off the branch that you were sitting on.


        September 4, 2016 at 10:24 am

    • Marie/Virago

      The statistic that keeps coming to my mind from OST is the fact that ‘Everyone’, will at some point experience unemployment – the quoted length was 4 weeks upto 3 months i think.

      Bad news is that most people will start sinking into debt well before the end of that period due to the delberate delays in benefit payments and add on sanctions to that it becomes a ‘death spiral’, as they say.

      “Witch May” will make an appearance of moving the deck chairs – but that will be all she does…


      September 4, 2016 at 10:35 am

      • Thing is if you’ve got more than £6,000 in the bank you won’t get much by way of benefits and most good earners have got more capital than that, too much in fact to get any benefits at all. Plus most unemployed people are back in work again within six months, hence only the poorest in society will ever have to face actually living on benefits long term – most of the population will never have to experience what that actually means in practice. So you get the perfect storm. People get unemployed, get few benefits, go back into work within months and think: Why the heck am I paying taxes to fund benefits for other that I didn’t get to stay inactive for a long time? I got back into work within months; if I can do it anyone can do it. As far as I’m concerned welfare doesn’t exist and deserves to be cut to the bone to make everyone behave like me. This is why the public has been so receptive to the Tory welfare cutting agenda and explains why the Tories did it and got away with – even got praised and received accolades – for doing it.

        And will continue to do and get away with it.

        Nobody will care except those affected.


        September 4, 2016 at 11:29 am

      • Bitch.


        September 4, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      • Exactly! If if doesn’t affect YOU, nobody, NOBODY gives a fuck!


        September 4, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      • And however unpalatable that may be that’s the truth of the matter!


        September 4, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      • Although i hear you virago your still missing bits to complete the fuller picture.

        As you know or may know, many that came of benefits as its claimed are actually still state dependent for various credits and housing. On top you have forgotten that despite product prices remaining shall we say controllable, the contents of the products have been reduced meaning your still purchasing twice as many so while individually cheaper, the shop total has actually risen, often masked by more frequent shopping if frugal or literally a rise as is. You see we think by taking advantages of offers that we are the ones having the bargain but what we are actually doing is helping shift products so as to allow such businesses to maintain large orders to maintain profit margins which if suffered or does suffer does actually translate to a rise in purchase for us while what does not get shifted ends up in places like pound stores and such and then goes in quantity to effectually protect the product producers profit margins.

        If say customers didn’t respond to this method, product prices would be markedly higher. In the case of hardware products like TVs for instance, more cheaper material and parts are used to produce the same result.

        Moving back to employment it can be observed job security and overtime have diminished as has pay rises haven’t really materialized as claimed so while happen are percentage wise low. The effect of NLW has in effect crippled the fudging process meaning as again can be observed, part time hours and work have increased at a higher ratio to full time which has actually lowered the average weekly hours. So tax revenue is being used as the premise for business to put more in peoples pockets and less in the governments. Now as NLW increases year on year the process just mentioned will reverse meaning more consistent marginal job loses (bare boning) lower average hours or the spreading of lower hours to maintain staff levels to maintain operations and sketchy unpredictable profits.

        On top of this lower skill sets are diminishing to technology like sainsburys recent increase in unmaned tills for example and a lowering of staffed ones. This means labour market pushes the bar on the upper tier levels meaning more people working in those areas than before if its possible which probably will not be the case. Anyway as the labour forces increase in those areas, the value of is reduced dew to more potential employees than employers, Eventually after push, after push the entire skillset market will be for the employee debased and so employers will naturally offer far less remuneration.

        Also to be taken into account is personal debt which already is high with often house owners using one already indebted asset as a levy for another like say a car. so the ceiling is not far reached. Once people get to their respective ceilings credit will begin to stop while people literally live on what they earn. This means they will because they cant afford it purchase meaning no loans, no means to print money and levy it on debt so debt on debt if you like. So industries will suffer, employment will suffer and so the house of cards begins to reduce.

        Theirs tactics that may come in to play to try to avert this but as seen in countries like China, it does not instantly guarantee a solution/fix but instead creates more money out of thin air in the hope to buy more time rather than descend to what Greece encountered.

        I could go on but i think you get that eventually their will be no going on and on so will end up with the majority becoming the have nots while the minority have lots but no means other than self gratification to spend it on as their will likely be no worth while ventures to invest in, in terms of physical real world opportunities besides food, water, heat and energy but again is iffy when talking employment into as technology already pays a large part in those fields.
        Naturally if a way can be found to give all access to an internet then its possible the game could go on longer in terms of redistribution via investment.

        Its all very complex and i in no way covered all the basis so who knows what lies ahead but none the less a winding down effect will occur over time, a time im afraid even economists cant predict while remaining ever optimistic of a solution.

        Its interesting as my idea to remove food, water, heat and electricity and shelter from the private sector and have a model of need rather than want and such have us contribute in physical labour so as to maintain ourselves with the essential assets to sustain life rather than monies to pay for threatens this capitalistic approach where those at the top still seek to control us with their self appointed importance. This means they would rather let us perish than concede capitalism is nolonger functional in a sustainable sense an so becomes capitalism for them and socialism for us.


        September 4, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      • Every new TV you get seems to be built cheaper and cheaper. On our last TV the manufacturer (beginning with an S and ending in a G) had even gone as far as to remove the metal insert for the screw securing the stand and opting for self-tapping screws. But a lot of consumers don’t realise that you you have to apply a LOT of torque to drive the screw in, so they think the screw is too short or they think they will break the stand, which is easy to do when you apply force. And absolutely no consideration to someone with arthritis or lacks strength in their hand or doesn’t have access to an electric screwdriver. And also if if take it apart you won’t be able to reassemble securely – it’s a one-time fix. All to save a a few, probably not even that, pennies. Saying that the TV is still working 8 months later.


        September 4, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    • True! Nobody gives a shit! If the Government were shipping the poor and benefit claimants over to some place in Eastern Europe to be exterminated in gas chambers, bar some hand-wringing from Poly Toynbee in the Guardian, nobody, NOBODY, would give a shit!


      September 4, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      • The benefit cap and similar ARE driving multitudes of completely innocent people out of areas which they and their families have lived in for generations. A class based, or more properly an income based, form of ethnic cleansing IS going on slowly and quietly under a veil as I type these words. And this is but the tip of the iceberg.


        September 4, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      • There are a lot of “I’m alright jack’s out there” less by the day though.


        September 4, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      • Oh i think the public would be troubled if government started shipping people overseas even if they didn’t know exactly all about it as they will begin thinking where does the line in the sand exist as its a drastic change of British practices. You would only have to ask people if they all of a sudden had to look for work abroad and it became less permanent to get a sense of that. Paranoia and uncertainty is a strong stimulant.

        You see Truthteller, the truth always will’s out.


        September 6, 2016 at 11:42 am

  10. Another Anonymous

    I want to help you get the right benefits, but your landlord is taking up all my time

    t’s a Thursday afternoon and I’m finding it hard to mask my exasperation as I put down the headset after my most taxing call of the day.

    I have just been shouted at by a private landlord, let’s call him Mr X, for 20 minutes. He is chasing information regarding one of his tenants, a housing benefit claimant. I work in the benefits department for a local council, providing advice and support on housing benefit and council tax. Dealing with people like Mr X detracts from the real purpose of my job. My time, and public money, would be better spent helping benefit claimants navigate the convoluted welfare system rather than pandering to private landlords.



    September 4, 2016 at 1:53 pm

  11. Tories Cut Benefits to win Popularity.

    Look what else the Tories have achived.

    UN blames UK politicians for Brexit hate crime spike


    Not including the hate crime against the disabled unemployed which have been ongoing for years.The at your service attacks continue!


    September 4, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    • In order to attack a minority you need to demonise that minority to avoid looking cruel and villainous. So you get years of accusations about benefit claimants being lazy, fiddlers, making “lifestyle choices” not to work and so forth and immigrants being criminal, taking jobs away from British workers, getting accommodation denied to the native born, using British public services without paying for them, indulging in “benefit tourism” and God knows what else. This allows government and the media to attack benefit claimants and immigrants mercilessly and ceaselessly whipping up animosity and hatred towards these minorities until they become reviled and treated like dirt.

      Previous more principled governments wouldn’t have crossed this line.

      And then along came David Cameron and George Osborne and the rest is disgraceful and shameful history.


      September 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm

  12. ‘my name’s Jim – I sell washing machines’:How MP lawyer Keith Vas hid real identify from rent boys.



    September 4, 2016 at 4:42 pm

  13. Marie

    September 4, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    • Good stuff vazeline,help make breaking him in an easy passage!


      September 4, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    • I think its really shocking him having a rent boy, you would think on his salary that he’d own one by now.

      I don’t know why he resigned though as Ive heard liberal Corbyn’s quite accommodating, still he could always don a white fleece as the grapevine says, Owen Smith will have his hands free soon, sorry just had to slip that one in.

      Hey have you read his wikipedo, apparently hes very much a head first, hands on sort of guy that doesn’t mind being proactive from the backbenches.

      I always wondered why politician had so many i’s in it.

      Rent boy! rent boy! damn those Tories for their austerity, i could have had a harem full if it wasn’t for them.

      I heard of hair on the ears and on the nose, but the teeth Keith. Well at least that explains why he doesn’t smile much.

      Well i think we should all take a moment to to show him some respect as hes faced it,swallowed it and discharged himself quite admirably.


      September 5, 2016 at 3:22 am

    • Looks more like a Richard than a James to me.


      September 5, 2016 at 7:28 am

  14. Turns out not that crooked after all.

    How big do you like them then ?

    Now that’s better, politicians are much more honest off camera.


    September 5, 2016 at 3:42 am

    • I take it he likes them rather large then! 😃


      September 5, 2016 at 6:27 am

    • Maybe not crooked but certainly bent. What an idiot!


      September 5, 2016 at 7:29 am

      • Your right Leo, i would have never paid for it.


        September 5, 2016 at 10:09 am

      • #####NEWSFLASH#####

        Rent boy gets sanctioned.

        Apparently media coverage according to DWP, is not a recognized method of reporting a change of circumstances.


        September 5, 2016 at 10:11 am

    • He’s a member of the Homo Affairs Select Committee… sorry Home Affairs Select Committee.

      UKIPper Unleased

      September 5, 2016 at 11:08 am

  15. The Scottish Government cannot fully protect its victims.



    September 5, 2016 at 7:48 am

  16. OT: Illness forces %12 of workers to quit job before pension age

    “Illness forces 12% of workers to quit before pension age – TUC”

    ME: So lets come up with a really brilliant idea to make SURE we kill off the old foggies… lets force them to work till the drop or die in harness, and better yet if they quit they face a life of being poor until they reach pension age [by which time the damage has been done] – if they’re not starved/dead by then…

    Another ClassWar brought to you by the New Caring ConMen


    September 5, 2016 at 9:20 am

    • Quitting will not be permitted, there will be no other choice.


      September 5, 2016 at 9:45 am

    • Ahhh but this only counts until the Tories bring in the abolition of unions and according to them, a new concept called slavery.


      September 5, 2016 at 10:15 am

  17. The department of work and pensions set to take over community service system.

    The plan is to re-brand it in a way that better serves the community

    The pamphlet reads


    September 5, 2016 at 10:30 am

    • Unions have already attacked the idea,questioning the efficacy when faced with certain claimants


      September 5, 2016 at 10:35 am

    • Need help? clock in at your local Health & well-being centre, formally JCP, it’s off to work you go.


      September 5, 2016 at 10:39 am

      • and apparently Louie Spence is going to be their advocate


        September 5, 2016 at 10:54 am

  18. The effluvia of homophobia pollutes this blog.


    September 5, 2016 at 11:02 am

    • Reminds me of when my Mum burned her Queen album collection when she found out that Freddy Mercury was gay 😀 Who would have thought?! 😀


      September 5, 2016 at 11:21 am

      • Hello everyone, meet freddy and tracey from the social justice for reform think tank.

        Will you two get off your soap box as its just comedy plain and simple. Do you two run around berating people for fat jokes,

        would you slate David Chappelle for the gag about a blind black guy being a white supremacist leader

        or gags about woman

        NOBODY, I REPEAT NOBODY mentioned hating homosexual people so where do you two get off lecturing us. I tell you what you two just committed, its called defamation of character and are the sort of people ruining and sucking the life out of the comedy industry with your PC crap.

        As any comedian will tell you, if you don’t like the show, don’t be in the audience as no one asked you to come.


        September 5, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      • Freddy i picked out this one just for you.

        Take a chill pill bro


        September 5, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      • I haven’t forgotten about you tracey dear, i know even women matter

        You can also take a chill pill and in case your down hear as well freddy as lets face it i cant be sure what side of the fence your on in a post now can i.

        Both you two get a life and stop insinuating stuff when clearly you two don’t know what your talking about.


        September 5, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      • What about that Scotchman, Frankie Boyle, who tells jokes about disabled kids?

        Ban This Filth

        September 5, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      • Wow, me crap at English even though English, giving an English language lesson, go figure.

        Its not what we say, its the intent of why we say it or,

        Its not the words we choose, its the intent in which we use them to convey something that really matters.

        You see i could say the sentence,

        “your fat” but on its own does not infer any one thing at this stage if we say just talking about an online post so not afforded visual cues.

        So we say it lacks substance,meaning,implication.

        Without asking the person saying it, “why did you say that”, one, Im afraid cannot attribute meaning or action.

        Hope this helps.


        September 5, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      • You’re no comedian, moron, and I’m not laughing.


        September 5, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      • Again dear Freddy HOW WOULD YOU KNOW, YOU NEVER ASKED.

        Didn’t you read what i put above your post about intent which YOU clearly showed by debasing yourself BY calling me a name which says the intent is as you obviously cant get round my sound logic have thus resorted to become mean and petty plain and simple.

        Have a nice evening wont you Freddy.


        September 5, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      • Oh Freddy, contrary to what you may think not everybody finds the same thing funny so it perfectly understandable and expected you would not find it funny otherwise why post,

        The effluvia of homophobia pollutes this blog, yes ?

        Your ability to state the obvious is quite staggering however my memory is quite perfect along with my ability to read between the lines so you really could have saved a few button presses their, time management and all.

        In case maybe your mention something like, well it took you 2 posts, that’s because i have multi websites open while i work on various sites as im a very busy man so rather than let the database clock run if you know what that is i end often mid making a point.

        Again have a nice evening.


        September 5, 2016 at 5:59 pm

  19. Apparently the digital passport begins next April, the bill of rights, bit by bit.


    September 5, 2016 at 11:05 am

    • Digital exclusion,get a load of this enigma


      How desperate are government to steal everyone’s personal data while turning us into marketable tools while making iot possible to have next to no civil servants ever again.

      I think someone needs to tell government theirs a strong growing movement of internet free areas, events and societies pushing back so we all don’t turn into computerized coach potatoes incapable of connecting on a physical level.

      I cant wait till they venture into the darkweb only to discover infinite inter dimensional nature of it and how they will never have control beyond pulling the plug on the whole internet and even then many of us are working on route link devices everyone can have in their homes so we don’t even need IPs.

      Watch for the bird government, watch the for birdy.


      September 5, 2016 at 1:08 pm

  20. Did anyone think other wise.

    Theresa May will not rule out delivering yet more brutal welfare cuts if the economy suffers a Brexit nosedive.

    The new Prime Minister refused to offer any guarantees that she will not again take the axe to struggling families’ benefits if more Whitehall savings are needed in the coming months – despite the relentless Tory attacks on welfare since 2010.

    And it comes after the previous Chancellor George Osborne announced in March that he had ‘no further plans to make welfare savings’ before the 2020 general election.

    Asked by the Mirror if she will stick to that promise, Mrs May replied: “We are continuing the plans we have as a Government.



    September 5, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    • A comment.

      “.Mrs May ….. called for a greater focus on fairness…” Fairness = Toryspeak for make the rich richer and the poor poorer. Theresa Mayhem and the Tories wouldn’t know fairness if it bit them on the ankle. “..making clear there will be no end to Tory austerity..” So the disabled, poor and unemployed will be targeted again. Austerity is unnecessary, a political tool to ensure Right Wing control and is counter-productive to economic recovery. Once again she uses the discredited analogy between macro-economics and household budgets”.


      September 5, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    • Well it didn’t take her long to shed the snake skin and revert back to type…


      September 5, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    • A clear warning.

      Watch this space.

      Andrew Coates

      September 5, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      • Yes, Theresa May is a clear and present danger to the poor citizens of the UK.


        September 6, 2016 at 9:06 am

    • Actually as the manifesto said a 12Bn reduction so anything else is not as she claims a part of the continuing plan. I hope people remember the cat argument she tried to use.

      I don’t call her a witch for nothing as shes very mean and very bitter as a person incapable of caring about anyone who cant do something for her. If you thought Cameron was bad, well, your see soon enough as a leopard cant change its spots.


      September 5, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    • With old age pension increases and changes, even for the richest pensioners, set in stone and with so much suffering and potential mass homelessness on the horizon the question has to be: What is there left as far as social security goes that can be cut? When Osborne tried to cut tax credits there was uproar and he had to sneak the cuts through by including them in Universal Credit’s implementation. The earliest date the DWP has given to transfer people from legacy benefits to Universal Credit is July 2019, near enough three years away. So where are the further savings that can be made as far as welfare is concerned? Most of the welfare budget is old age pensions which are supposed not to be touched. (To butter up older voters to stick with and continue voting Tory.) Working-age benefits are frozen for the next few years even though living costs and particularly rents continue to rise by 2.5% a year on average meaning that by the end of the parliament private renters will be subsidising their rents from frozen benefits to the tune of !0% or more, eventually ending up even worse than the infamous Bedroom Tax, plus paying 25% or more of their Council Tax – why don’t Councils make their richest resident pay a bit more tax rather than soak the already grindingly poor? – plus fund a 35 hour Jobsearch (computer, internet, transport, phone, stationery and stamps etc) if they are unlucky enough to be unemployed.


      What working-age benefits are left that can be cut, capped or frozen?


      September 6, 2016 at 8:22 am

      • JSA will also have been cut by around 10% in real terms by the end of this Parliament not to mention the council tax ‘contribution’ that benefit claimants are required to pay in England and Wales so all in all it these are very swinging and brutal cuts that will slash the household budgets of the very poorest members of society to the bone but all we seem to hear about is ‘poor pensioners struggling to make ends meet on their meager pensions’.

        Benefit Freeze

        September 6, 2016 at 9:32 am

      • * typo – swingeing

        Benefit Freeze

        September 6, 2016 at 9:37 am

      • Easy Tim, its called social protection and social exclusion the to most biggest expenditures besides pensions.

        So if your disabled, ill, abused, ex con, or a single parent, expect more unreal crap.


        September 6, 2016 at 11:47 am

  21. […] Here Andrew Coates other blog, Ipswich Unemployed Action has a post called Tories Cut Benefits to win Popularity. It basically  is a lot of pasting from the Guardian and is misinformation designed to make people foam at the mouth. But as it is mostly copy and paste, no new information can be obtained from it. Goebbels Scale: 8 Information Scale:0. […]

    • “misinformation designed to make people foam at the mouth”

      I take it your no fan of the guardian but lets not forget mainstream media is all about agendas and the public pawns. Take this so called latest revelation, its not like we all didn’t know welfare reform was a driving factor for the Tories to rise to power as its hardly new and was first practiced although hatched by Blair by one Gordon Brown. The only things different this time round is the payment by results for providers, the banding together of benefits and an attempt to go digital not to mention cuts that had to be made because the Tories couldn’t possibly deliver on all their promises while promising to reduce the national debt which infact they didn’t and have borrowed more than Tony Blair and Gordon Brown combined. Despite fudging figures,changing measurements,telling tall and misleading stories they failed in their first 5 years of office. This lead to further cuts and more cuts, more misdirection and a well paid hand to screw the public discontent into voting out of Europe, exactly what they needed to push through deals Europe see as dodgy and not without good cause with the yanks that both Tory and Labour voting electorates alike will soon come to regret as America is desperate now it killed all its industry by throwing overseas, fracked the crap beyond return and damaged the land it stands on and flogged all it had but still has a national debt so large that it can never pay it off.If that wasn’t enough being one of the worlds biggest polluters has lead to climate system smashing it to pieces. I wont even bother talking about how they never got to go to war as much as they planned and thus wrecking their big profit machine the industrial military complex machine, those damn Russian and Chinese partners messing up their plans and American public saying no more war.

      Your see soon enough how your censored,have your liberties reduced, your higher skill sets get over saturated and thus push down wages, the lower end labour force replaced by machines just like sainsburys recently, your agriculture kicked into the dirt and when fracking gets really going, your land poisoned and a rise in serious illnesses you cant treat because the Americans have out priced your medicine and medical care. I could go on but just stick a pin in this and let me know what you think in the next 5 to 10 years,please do.

      So forget foaming at the mouth as it will be very much shock and awe but by then it will be to late as this British public are to easily fooled and to easily beaten.


      September 5, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    • ipswich Article 19
      What happens when you get to Article 50?

      Why are doug’s avatars showing a different colour in the thread from up on the right under recent comments, a mustard colour in the thread and a bright redish magenta up right.

      Another Fine Recession

      September 5, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      • Answer i dont know personally, it started only recently.

        Im only throwing this out their but i did offer Mr Coates an opportunity to use me to moderate for him so MAYBE he decided to take me up on it. The problem is however if he attempted to contact me via email he wouldn’t have got a response (i wont get into why as that’s technical). If and only if that’s the case then please Mr Coates air this online that you wish to make contact with me and i will make arrangements so that is possible.

        I will leave it in Mr Coates good hands to say anything further if he decides to.


        September 6, 2016 at 7:41 am

      • Doug, your previous antics re Keith Vazeline in particular aptly demonstrate the dangers of handing over the keys of the Ipswich caste to some unknown entity, and doug you do seem hellbent on getting your hands on those keys. You want to usurp and takeover an already established blog with a huge following and deploy it for your own (nefarious) purposes. You could always start your own blog, but then you would have to provide content, build an audience as no one would read it, post comments, you would be stuck out their in the wilderness. Not to mention that some unseen dark force meddling, and promoting their own agenda would quickly destroy the blog. As we say down these parts: “Mr Coates is not as green as he is cabbage looking.” You can ‘moderate*’ this comment if you want, doug

        *keys to the Ipswich castle required


        September 6, 2016 at 9:21 am

      • First up iffy, no sorry ippy nice try but anyone only has to trace my posts back and back and back and back to know i supply tons and tons of useful content already to know my true intent.

        Secondly one time which is easily fact checked, i decided to dish out some humour here on the site whether you find it funny or not proves absolutely nothing and why i chewed up and spat out any attempt by anyone to insist it was homophobic as im sorry to inform you but humour does not equal hate or an aversion to. To make you and them sound even more pointless in your effort to besmirch me you dont even know if im gay as you were to lax to think to fact check by asking as your far to busy acting in haste trying to be vindictive to do actual homework.

        As for asking for keys which by the way was once, please do fact check, hardly constitutes as hellbent but hey you probably like waffling and making stuff up in the hope people wont fact check your incorrect assertions about me.

        Everyone who is a regular knows whose who and how many and how much they contribute so as i suspect Mr Coates does already, we all see you coming a mile away.

        Like for instance, “You can ‘moderate*’ this comment if you want, doug”, which is a pitiful attempt at trying to silent but loudly say to the unknown audience, “look see doug and Coates are in it together,suppressing the truth”.

        Well and again is fully checkable, i don’t shy away from a debate yet strangely the people who start it or tag on to something i say DO. I love debate but posts like yours break up the ebb and flow of what this site is about so unless has real merit which lets face it you’ve attempted to mislead viewers, hardly merits keeping and effectually clutters the site unnecessarily. Now i wont delve to deeply on the subject but am already an administrator/moderator of other well branded websites and have been for well over a decade so know how to run a website professionally. In the case of moderation unlike other sites that simply cut you and or ban you i allow those a court to air their case which may i add is not held by me what with me feeling its a conflict of interest, but a consortium of other administrators/moderators to preside over (we reside over eachother case so its unbiased). We do it all day every day as most cases cant present evidence sufficient enough to justify their post being reinstated like say blatant racism for example. As i said to another poster here a short while back, this is not facebook, its the property of whom started so like a house means its their legal private although appearing public domain and as such can enforce any restrictions on the freedom of expression they desire and can even if they choose to ban you with out reason as a landlord of a public house can ask you to leave and theirs legally nothing you can do about it, if and only if that is the proprietors choice to do so.

        If you haven’t worked it out yet already i have and for a very long time a large footprint on the net and combining figures to all my aliases, currently some 5 million followers as an average if you at all understand how this business works. The reason i have aliases in case you ask is because although you attract alot of people who hear you and like what you say, you also collectors haters,disseminators and trolls who quite literally follow you around in some stupid attempt to mess up your stuff. Like i said, ive been around a long time and seen plenty of your type come and eventually go no matter how clever they think they are as any successes they had in the distant passed have only served to help me fortify my efforts like teflon.

        Well ive given you enough time i think and answered or should i say disproved any claims you have made so i will simply say

        Have a nice day.


        September 6, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    • “Andrew Coates other blog, Ipswich Unemployed Action has a post called Tories Cut Benefits to win Popularity. It basically is a lot of pasting from the Guardian and is misinformation designed to make people foam at the mouth. But as it is mostly copy and paste, no new information can be obtained from it. Goebbels Scale: 8 Information Scale:0.” 😀

      Kevin Algae

      September 6, 2016 at 9:09 am

      • Kevin Algar is a mad Ipswich Tory.

        Ipswich local elections 2016.

        “Gipping Ward: David Ellesmere (L) 896; Kevin Algar (C) 434; Shaun McDonald (G) 144; Conrad Packwood (LD) 99. L majority 462. Turn out: 28%.”

        That’s all you need to know.

        Oh and here’s a sweet picture of the man ‘imself.

        Andrew Coates

        September 6, 2016 at 11:28 am

      • Ahh… I wondered when the Scum Troll ConMen would crawl out of their holes… Welcome Ken Algae…


        September 6, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      • Damn did he just get served, good on you Mr Coates.

        These people trying to dissolve your efforts are very sad individuals that it appears rather than attempt to debate an article on its points if they disagree, merely seek instead to carryout childish practices.

        Well done Mr Coates, i tip my hat in respect.


        September 6, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      • “no new nonsense can be obtained from it”


        September 6, 2016 at 2:16 pm

  22. Tories vote for corporation tax cut despite being told they’ll make Britain a ‘big immoral tax haven’



    September 6, 2016 at 12:36 am

    • So no change then enigma as lets not forget the UK financial sector was every bit involved in 2008’s crash and is a kingpin after the USA in tax avoidance and very shady practices.


      September 6, 2016 at 7:44 am

  23. No job? You can’t move to Britain:

    David Davis, who is Cabinet minister for Brexit, said the UK was prepared to quit the single market to regain control over borders.

    Italy yesterday made it clear that it was prepared to start a trade war with Britain in order to protect the rights of its workers to come here.

    Carlo Calenda, Italy’s economic development minister, told Bloomberg TV: ‘The more they are going to regulate and limit the presence of EU citizens in the UK, the more we are going to limit the presence of UK goods into Europe.’



    September 6, 2016 at 12:54 am

    • It would not surprize me as i did say a while back that because of history, if the UK did leave Europe that various countries would be petty in their retaliation.


      Its worth remembering though the UK takes more goods from Italy than we send so it would hurt them more.

      What should be of not however is the use of the word EUROPE rather than Italy so this Carlo Calenda is speaking for or attempting to speak for other countries which really needs to be confirmed the case before his words should actually be considered. SO, the EU needs to STOP HIDING LIKE COWARDS and CONFIRM THEY ARE ALL THREATENING THE UK in which case IF they are and IF Russia decides to put their foot on the THROAT OF EUROPE,they will find we will leave them out in the cold as lets not forget it only took ONE SINGLE COUNTRY once TO FELL THE LOT OF THEM and considering who supplies most of their energy, their in a very tight spot.

      Theirs obviously more to this when we talk USA, China, Russia so its not as simple as i just mentioned but its to early to speculate on that and which bed we the UK gets into.

      I tell you something though and i want all conservatives and labour voters to bare this in mind, OUR CURRENT MP is NOT BEST QUALIFIED TO DEAL WITH THIS AND STANDS A GREAT CHANCE OF CLUSTERFUCKING IT.



      September 6, 2016 at 8:19 am

  24. A few changes but it continues.

    Sports Direct’s mea culpa over working practices has serious shortcomings. .

    Chief executive Dave Forsey is tagged as the fall guy, but he’s still around. And would a truly independent review have turned out like this one?



    September 6, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    • Sports Direct has said it will offer directly employed casual retail staff at least 12 guaranteed hours a week, instead of zero-hour contracts.

      However almost all staff at the firm’s troubled Shirebrook warehouse are agency workers and are not eligibe



      September 6, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      • So that’s probably 12/7 = 1.7 hours a day seven days a week, meaning seven journeys between home and work for one and a half day’s pay. This is where in-work conditionality is going to fail. My work coach recently wanted me to apply for a job eleven miles away with five more hours work. I’m already working 30 hours a week locally doing a job I like which is very convenient for me as I have no car. So with the new job I gain on hour’s pay on the minimum wage per day but have to fork out £4.20 to take a train on a branch line meaning that I will only be £7.20 – £4.20 = £3.00 per day better off and end up with a much longer working day having to wait for trains and walk about a half a mile from the railway station to work and back every day.

        Who wants to do a thing like that for a mere £15.00 per week? Little more than two hours minimum wage?

        THIS is Universal Credit.

        You can keep it as far as I’m concerned.


        September 6, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      • I can state personally the agencies they speak of as scapegoats were equally involved in this cash grabbing ring.
        I told only recently how and where they recruited these people along with how they practice tax/NI avoidance. This is why the comment “We are told casual staff will be offered guaranteed hours instead of controversial zero hours contracts, if they want them.” is infact listen lads and girls, dont go PAYE AS you make far more pounds and pay less tax if you stay under an umbrella company, a company if things haven’t changed that the likes of best connections say you have to use.

        If any of you on this forum work their or know a person who does and don’t want guaranteed hours then get yourself registered at the tax office as self employed as then you can control your pay far better without paying this snake tax umbrella company any fees. Theirs still free government sponsored courses on being self employed and what you can consider as claimable as well as online ones. I say this as it still appears sports direct have no intention of paying its workers directly even if the option of guaranteed hours are taken.

        That snake company or Ashley if you like hasn’t changed one bit, its so obvious a blind man can see it hes still very much the tosser he has always been. I promise you, you shouldn’t take your eyes of him as he knows only to well those foreign workers and even the English ones don’t know employment and tax law so he will exploit them rest assured.

        For instance if the company asks you to stay onsite after your paid time expires/shift incase certain staff don’t show up, he has to pay you for your time. If they asks you to do this but says some crap like go get a sandwich and drink from the shop down the road while waiting (hypothetical) so off site, kindly say, “no im alright, i will wait right here” as if you don’t, they don’t have to pay you for that time you wait.

        This story most certainly isnt out of the woods as far as im concerned.


        September 6, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      • Ok this 12 hour guaranteed hours dependent on how its written as do remember ZHCs are still legal. could take the piss but i suspect as its usually teenagers working will probably translate to 4 hours three times a week.

        This means the teenage under the age of 18 is not legally entitled to one single break until they have worked 4.5 hours in a single shift, if they do exceed the 4.5 then they must be given a 30 min break but this does not have to be paid for by the employer. If over 18 its one single break for 20 min after working 6 hours.


        So assuming they don’t hire multiple kids its really still half a ZHCs and im not joking if the contract does not state hours per day. See what i mean about you cant trust ashley (sports direct) and nothings changed.


        September 6, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      • So it’s 6 hours now, next…….


        September 6, 2016 at 6:37 pm

  25. Universal Credit saved from the ‘brink of disaster’, says charity (IfG).

    Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship welfare reform has apparently been rescued from the “brink of disaster” and may even “eventually work”, according to a new study.



    September 6, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    • I’m working part-time and receive a modest top up via Universal Credit and believe you me Universal Credit is ALREADY a disaster! Although I only receive a relatively small top-up I’m still treated as if I’m unemployed and forced to do work-search as if fully unemployed!


      September 6, 2016 at 2:23 pm

  26. […] Tories Cut Benefits to win Popularity. […]

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