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US Racketeers and Tories Plan to Smash Our Welfare State.

There are a number of sources for serious news about Social Security and Welfare.

Amongst those posting here, there’s Enigma, Doug, Ken, Marie,  and too many others to list.

There’s the Guardian, the Independent, and the Daily Mirror, not to mention specialist journals.

Welfare News has some of the best original articles and collects news from all over.

This really struck me yesterday.

It confirms what many people here have said, and just how serious the attempt to hand over welfare to organised thieving  is.

BBC News reports exposing how a US firm were influencing UK welfare reforms were inexplicably removed from their archives.

In November 2007, BBC News exposed the influence of Unum Insurance with the welfare reforms, and now the UK is perilously close to adopting private healthcare insurance to fund welfare as the Welfare State is demolished.

Almost ten years after the BBC News report chronically ill and disabled people, whose financial survival is dependent upon State funded finance, have paid a very high price for the influence of this American corporate giant with successive UK governments since 1992.

The report continues,

“A multinational insurance company accused of racketeering and cheating thousands of Americans out of welfare benefits, is giving advice to the British government on welfare reform. A BBC investigation has found that executives from Unum have held meetings with senior Whitehall officials to discuss changes to the benefit system”…

The above quote was the introduction by BBC News anchor Hew Edwards for an exclusive BBC News report, transmitted on 6th November, 2007.

Fortunately, some very wise researchers and activists downloaded the transcript of the report as, within a few short days, both the transcript and the BBC News video were inexplicably removed from the BBC News archives.

And,

Quite whose authority was used to rapidly remove this BBC News investigation remains a mystery. Presumably, the New Labour government didn’t want reference to Unum Insurance and their many court cases to be permanently available, or the $multi-million fines they paid out in America for refusing to honour their Income Protection Insurance policies.

In reality, Unum (Provident) Insurance worked with the British government from 1992, and were appointed as official government advisers for “welfare claims management” from 1994, to guide the then Conservative John Major government to eventually replace the Welfare State with healthcare insurance policies.

They link to this earlier story, (March the 5th)

Demolition of UK welfare state planned with corporate America

The ultimate ‘Thatcher Legacy’ covertly used to remove the welfare state.

 

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Written by Andrew Coates

May 31, 2017 at 3:16 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.

    mili68

    May 31, 2017 at 3:45 pm

  2. Tweeted @melissacade68

    mili68

    May 31, 2017 at 3:46 pm

  3. Police investigate after Tory canvassers targeted in Cowie

    Video footage emerged of two women telling Conservatives to ‘get out of Scotland’.

    “Could it be that Ruth Davidson has been forced to suspend two Stirling Tory councillors for racist and sectarian abuse or could it be their toxic policies such as the bedroom tax, welfare cuts to disabled people and their twisted justification for foodbanks and the rape clause have caused so much damage to working class communities. not forgetting the Demolition of the welfare state

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/police-investigate-after-tory-canvassers-10536349

    enigma

    May 31, 2017 at 3:52 pm

  4. THhs is an example of good reporting in the Guardian:

    Andrew Coates

    May 31, 2017 at 3:52 pm

  5. Claiming ESA under Universal Credit. Nobody is unfit for work anymore (updated)

    DPAC – 25th May 2017

    What you will read may be very distressing for you, but we are looking at the worst-case scenario and identifying measures to help you and other claimants. It would be good to have some feedback on the Health and Work Conversations from people who have made an ESA claim. More we know about it, and more we can fight this.

    What you should not do, is to decide not to claim ESA. That is what DWP wants you to do.

    Some documents released by the DWP have shown the direction of travel in terms of claiming ESA under UC.

    Under the old regime, a person wishing to claim ESA was placed in the ESA assessment phase, attracting the lowest ESA rate (JSA rate), and also no conditionality, and this until a Work Capability Assessment could decide whether the claimant was fit or unfit for work.

    Read More:
    https://dpac.uk.net/2017/05/claiming-esa-universal-credit-nobody-unfit-work-anymore/

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 31, 2017 at 6:52 pm

  6. The health and Work Conversation questionnaire. Comments from an expert

    DPAC – 28th May 2017

    This is a follow up of a previous article on the Health and Work Conversation: Claiming ESA under Universal Credit: Nobody is unfit for work anymore. Click here to read the article

    During the Health and Work Conversation, claimants will be asked to fill a questionnaire[1]. It is important to know that this questionnaire can be filled at home and not straight away.

    This questionnaire asked questions to help claimants to have a better conversation with their work coaches, and to help them find the best support for claimants according to DWP. What follow are the comments of a Consultant clinical psychologist Dr Jay Watts on the unsuitability of this questionnaire for people with mental health conditions:

    JW: It is important to read this new demand on claimants with the wider context in mind. This context is one where the DWP is experienced as punitive, willing to sanction claimants at every turn, with little understanding of the nature of mental health problems, and professionals linking the rise of suicides and mental health epidemic with an austerity regime that belittles and scapegoats disabled people. Professionals like me lack confidence in the DWP’s capacity, or interest in, excluding a wide enough proportion of ‘vulnerable adults’ from this process, who may be made suicidal by yet another requirement. This process is to occur before claimants have their WCA and is mandatory. FOIs tell us that the DWP will presume claimants are fit to work before the WCA, though this demand will be damaging to many. It is likely to increase the time claimants are left waiting before their WCA verdict, leaving claimants in a purgatory that is damaging to mental health.

    Some thoughts on the form.

    This is not a ‘conversation’ because the terms of reference have been predecided.

    DWP: “It’s about helping you get into work when you’re able to in the future.”

    It should not be ‘when’ it should be ‘if’. To set up a ‘when’ and indeed to insist on this ‘conversation’ is deeply damaging – it sets up failure in comparison to a (newly created neoliberal) norm. There are many people with mental health problems who will never be able to work. This form is yet another method of equating worklessness with worthlessness, and undermining the other ways disabled people contribute to society.

    DWP: You and your work coach will use simple tools to talk about an action that you want to do, and plan how you can do it.

    JW: The ‘simple tools’ are not proveably based on positive psychology. But the language of positive psychology runs through every word of this document. One of the core principles of psychology is that intervention should only occur when recipients are able to consent freely. This process is mandatory, and It thus represents a misuse, dare I say it abuse, of power. This is even more problematic in the wider context where many disabled people have been cut off from mental health support and social care. How can it be ethical to deny someone with a history of sexual abuse desperately needed and asked for therapy via the NHS on one hand, whilst insisting they comply with a forced exercise under conditions of extreme stress to return them to work with the other.

    What if there is no “action” the claimant wants to do, or is capable of. Not dying is a big enough task these days. Work coaches are to have minimal training, with FOIs suggesting courses will run for 1.5 days max. This is inadequate to understand the complex nature of mental health problems.

    Read More:
    https://dpac.uk.net/2017/05/health-work-conversation-questionnaire-comments-expert/

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 31, 2017 at 6:55 pm

  7. ATOS with a £500 Million for a year contract with the DWP & then ATOS gets a £500 bonus from the Tories.

    Same with all the other DWP contractors.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 31, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    • TYPO:

      then ATOS gets a £500 Million bonus from the Tories.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      May 31, 2017 at 6:59 pm

  8. Amber “Useless” Rudd.

    Theresa “Anti Depressants” May.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 31, 2017 at 7:01 pm

  9. This is an excellent article.Remploy as supposed organisation to help and assist unemployed people with disabilities to secure employment.

    However they only will accept those under the Jobcentre Disability Employment Advisor which are hard or impossible to find as their policy.

    Disabled people are all protected under the law not what Remploy thinks.

    ken

    May 31, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    • You are aware Maximus own Remploy ?

      I did a while back now post minutes taken from a maximus meeting outlining there plan to cash in on the largest sector of welfare expenditure. Maximus as you know run the work capability assessment so technically control the tap on PIP to ESA.
      Further to this imagine the amount of medical data they will have and what this would afford another company looking to develop healthcare insurance when you consider the less able you are,the more healthcare you need, the more costly you are as an individual for such a company.

      If its not obvious what i mean imagine someone who keeps crashing their car. Currently car insurance companies cant discriminate against you and deny insurance as its law you have to have insurance to be able to own and drive a car legally. Everyone has a right to own a car no matter how much they crash or claim on insurance.. This means the insurance company switches to raising the cost of your insurance.

      Moving back to healthcare, if you cant work, you cant pay insurance let alone a higher one.

      doug

      June 1, 2017 at 10:56 am

  10. Homeless report number “whatever”
    Well my days of wondering the gay lit streets of london, and sleeping where thou art might fall, a curbside, a stout bench, or patch of dry lad. My mad days of joyless homelessness draw’th now to a sad close. I bid thou good night to the clap trap of we are here to support you those in need. I bid thee good day to those like Crisis who actually be there for thee. Doing a job – grinding slow to be sure my stout heart, but true thou’st are.

    As for the bumpkins in Bromleigh [deliberate misspellng here], cursed are their name and cursed thoust are, for there will be a reckoning on thou cruel soul, I sayest to thou.

    Translation: In accomodation from monday.
    Complaint sent to “Bromleigh”, now suddenly after 2 months of silence Inf Comm pops up asking what’s going on? Ooooppsss – must have found the email I sent back then. Oh dear. It will be interesting what they do after I resend the stuff and ask for a official investigation – you know the one where it costs £250 per day…

    Gazza

    May 31, 2017 at 10:13 pm

  11. K Foundation Burn a Million Quid

    K Foundation Burn a Million Quid was an action on 23 August 1994 in which the K Foundation (an art duo consisting of Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty) burned cash in the amount of one million pounds sterling in a disused boathouse on the Ardfin Estate on the Scottish island of Jura.[1] The money represented the bulk of the K Foundation’s funds, earned by Drummond and Cauty as The KLF, one of the United Kingdom’s most successful pop groups of the early 1990s.

    The incineration was recorded on a Hi-8 video camera by K Foundation collaborator Gimpo. In August 1995, the film—Watch the K Foundation Burn a Million Quid[2]—was toured around the UK, with Drummond and Cauty engaging each audience in debate about the burning and its meaning. In November 1995, the duo pledged to dissolve the K Foundation and to refrain from public discussion of the burning for a period of 23 years, but Drummond spoke about the burning in 2000 and 2004. At first he was unrepentant[3] but in 2004 he admitted to the BBC that he regretted burning the money.[4][5]

    A book entitled K Foundation Burn A Million Quid, edited and compiled by collaborator Chris Brook—was published by Ellipsis Books in 1997, compiling stills from the film, accounts of events and viewer reactions. The book also contains an image of the house brick that was manufactured from the fire’s ashes.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K_Foundation_Burn_a_Million_Quid

    This Day in Histpry

    June 1, 2017 at 1:45 am

    • Pretty dumb really. They could have donated it to animal charities, or some other worthy cause, and done some good.

      The Coil

      June 2, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      • The Coil

        While i totally get where your coming from, such a question based on such an action does bring about a profound discussion on money and its ideology.

        The silly thing here though is they actually did it and went and advertised it. For a start as a government now that money is dead to you the holder, i could quite easily as a government reprint it and pocket it while still counting that as a taxable asset if they didn’t declare it with what i as a government consider proof as a tax deductible. This is but just one train of thought.

        Another would be what if they waited till deaths door and burnt it but never advertised it. Lets say tax was already deducted so its tax free. No one could prove it wasn’t spent over the years unless they went through the entire worlds ledgers. This would mean the monetary system assumes it exists and accounts for it yet on trial balance does not. This would mean a percentage of the worth of the pound or if global, all economy would be false. So if say 20 years later its advertised and proved beyond doubt and lets say a government or governments are not allowed to print it again to the value of (the then and now), would depreciate the currency/currencies.

        doug

        June 3, 2017 at 8:44 am

  12. May’s Conservative Party just three percentage points ahead of the Labour opposition, which has been eating into her lead since the start of the campaign. Good news this morning!

    enigma

    June 1, 2017 at 3:53 am

  13. Have any of you seen Theresa May looking around sizing up house house to pay for your social care!

    She’s not getting mine coz I havn’t got one!

    enigma

    June 1, 2017 at 8:36 am

    • Your house even!

      enigma

      June 1, 2017 at 8:37 am

    • This proposal of May’s (which was stolen from Milliband’s 2015 manifesto) will only affect HOMEOWNERS. It will not affect renters or the homeless even. Why get your knickers in a twist about a proposal that will not affect YOU!

      Get Real

      June 1, 2017 at 9:12 am

      • Get Real… How are you Pennies from Heaven? I see keeping up the ConMen support even when its clear you are in the wrong place. You should head over to ConMen Central HQ, they’ll love you.

        Gazza

        June 1, 2017 at 10:09 am

  14. The lies Amber Rudd told in her first 34 seconds on the BBC debate, – silly sod.

    enigma

    June 1, 2017 at 10:41 am

  15. Andrew Coates

    June 1, 2017 at 10:57 am

    • That’s different but high time! it’s more good news.

      enigma

      June 1, 2017 at 11:01 am

    • Well, i never, Boris is awake but bless him if he doesn’t need a little help with his sums.

      Now unless im mistaken, it is easily possible to have mathematical even splits and still get a majority.
      What you saw last night was a perfect example of what i said a while back when i said, “you don’t poll two people in a party of ten ,then portion the resultant to the rest. If you want to know what ten people think, you ask all ten people”. This is called bean counting and is the only accurate method of achieving a true and concise sum total.

      What particularly makes me laugh at these admissions by certain Tories, is what could they possibly suggest would have been an alternative. Lower the amount of left wing supporters in each group and top up the other two right wing groups with the same amount ?

      In short reduce all parties bar Tory and Labour to non existence while giving the Tories a clear majority over Labour. Seems like Boris and co think levels should have been decided by seats held. Now whose being biased ?

      doug

      June 1, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    • BBC’s report on it.

      Andrew Hawkins, founder of ComRes, said the recruitment of people to watch the seven-way debate had been “more complex” than he had ever witnessed.

      BBC election audience ‘rigorously’ selected – ComRes

      enigma

      June 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm

  16. A personal message from Theresa May:

    ‘If you’re one of those families, if you’re just managing, I want to address you directly. I know you’re working around the clock, I know you’re doing your best, and I know that sometimes life can be a struggle. The government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the privileged few, but by yours’

    Theresa May

    June 1, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    • I’m Santa Claus.

      enigma

      June 1, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    • Ed Balls on This Week still thinks May is going to win…

      Andrew Neil

      June 1, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    • And there it is, “I know you’re working around the clock”.

      So your not here for the unemployed, the disabled and ill who cant work,the retired older people, the young either growing up or busy studying full time.

      As for working,talk about subjective as why in work conditionality, why say must look for more hours or higher pay, why lower tax credits for new entrants onto UC, why set a cap for those that don’t measure up to a standard your very party set., why remove housing benefit for under 24s, why not let GPs and the NHS decide what and whether or not a person can work,why have even those not drawing benefit succumb to a non medically qualified person just to decide whether or not to take sick leave,whether or not its justified,etc,etc,etc.

      May and the party are really only here for a very small minority while kidding the rest that they come first AGAIN for a third time. May never contested the austerity that put struggling into so many lives, may and her party put the finance of the country before people. We are here for her party, not her party here for us and the willingness to conceal manifesto figures paints a thousand words, contempt would be one of them.

      May puts herself first, look at her bus,her banners before even her party. Now either shes vain or we are all in for a shock after the election when she says, “yes you did vote for me but its the party that runs the country”. “That i will do my best for you but ultimately the party makes the decisions so i must be democratic and abide by the majority of my party, the Hunts,the Greens,the Greenings, the Trusses of the world.

      Remember come vote day they can only offer back what they took previously so they’re whole pledge at best is one big Uturn, at worst more suffering for those at the bottom of the food chain. The most the party can promise is you wont struggle more, but struggle still you will.

      doug

      June 2, 2017 at 8:23 am

  17. The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) is a thinktank established in 2012 to act as a centre for left debate and discussion. Originating in the labour movement, CLASS works with a broad coalition of supporters, academics and experts to develop and advance alternative policies.

    CLASS produces briefings, policy papers and think pieces to influence policy development, which spans a field. Projects already underway address issues of growth and the economy, work and pay, housing and equality, security and aspiration, democracy and welfare, amongst many others.

    CLASS have produced a comprehensive briefing which breaks down and compares Labour and Conservative manifesto proposals across policy areas including public services, tax, education, employment and Brexit.

    A comparison of Labour and Conservative manifestos.

    10 pages

    http://classonline.org.uk/docs/LAB_Con_manifesto_briefing_no_border.pdf

    enigma

    June 1, 2017 at 7:46 pm

  18. New Labour were the party who first involved the private sector in welfare provision for the first time. None of us should forget this. It was New Labour who brought David Freud into welfare planning and contracted ATOS to administer the deadly Work Capability Assessment, which caused such pain and misery to so many of the sick and disabled. And it was Labour who made the jobless “work for their dole” on their New Deal and Flexible New Deal programmes.

    The Tories have ramped up a lot of these things but New Labour began them.

    Diesel Dragster

    June 2, 2017 at 6:17 am

    • And it was New Labour who brought in sanctions. Also there was no ‘hardship’ payment under New Labour unless you were in a so-called ‘vulnerable’ group. Lest we forget!

      Diane Abbott

      June 2, 2017 at 8:04 am

    • New Labour was never Labour, they were and those that remain, closet Tories, motivated by the smell of money and influence with other elites.

      Corbyn while appearing old Labour is something different, why do you think most of his party hate him so very much, tried to topple him and will attempt to again if Labour lose the election.

      This election isn’t just about a majority going into Brexit, its an attempt to remove a threat, the threat of populism that Corbyn himself, not Labour provides. I will admit despite not being affiliated to any party that i like Corbyn but hate Labour.

      If the Tories win again its important every Corbyn supporter comes out and insists he does not stand down like Ed did. Lets put other Labour member’s on the spot of making a decision and in the mortal words of Trump, lets clear the labour swamp.

      Just remember, Tories may say Labour is taking us back to the 70s and Labour say Tories are taking us back to the 50s but the truth is, history does repeat itself for as far as we stride forwards, we invariably move backwards. Didn’t the Aztecs, the roman empire, even the British one to name but three fallen promised utopias teach you anything.

      True change comes from thinking outside the box, trying what appears radical. Corbyn may not be the absolute answer but hes certainly the start. Vote Corbyn because he brings change, don’t vote because its Labour as we all know he was pressured unfairly into a manifesto that does not represent what he would like to bring.

      doug

      June 2, 2017 at 9:01 am

      • I voted Labour by postal ballot last week but don’t expect the Labour candidate to win where I live. Normally I would vote for the candidate most likely to damage the Tory candidate: where I live this means voting Liberal Democrat, which I will never be able to do during the rest of my life after the way the Lib Dems behaved when in coalition with the Conservatives.

        Diesel Dragster

        June 2, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      • Exactly Doug, we protested tooth and nail against Freud and the rest of the New Deal crap, not to mention Blunkett’s dodgy involvement with Emma A4e.

        Andrew Coates

        June 2, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      • “he was pressured unfairly into a manifesto that does not represent what he would like to bring”

        Most people don’t realize that. if only the majority did.

        enigma

        June 3, 2017 at 8:37 am

    • And it was New Labour that put lie detectors – which didn’t work reliably – in council office and such like to filter benefit claimants innocent or not. The idea was to try to “put off” people from claiming for benefits even if they were entitled to them.

      Big Wanger

      June 2, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      • And the Tories found a cheaper option of guilty till you take them to tribunal and prove it.

        New Labour, closet Tories,Tories, see the symmetry..

        doug

        June 2, 2017 at 5:45 pm

  19. American company enviornment there are parallels to whats happening at the DWP black and white thinking total intolerance of anything outside of a thin line.What would happen they would say we only removed two or three people over the years but what they did do was intimidate people to leave by creating a nasty hostile degrading enviornment.They were exploiters of labour law and feared a labour government.

    Certainly here there has been Americans assocating with Jobcentre staff in jobcentres.What their role was is impossible to tell.But they returning back in conversation.

    ken

    June 2, 2017 at 11:04 am

    • Ken

      You’ve only got to look at how Bernie Sanders was treated by the DNC to know agendas are all a party wants to push. Corporate to the core.

      Its very interesting you say Americans have been in your jobcentre Ken, its a shame you didn’t find an excuse to be a fly on the wall a bit longer.

      doug

      June 2, 2017 at 11:30 am

  20. Labour – Tougher on the unemployed than the Tories.

    Truthteller

    June 2, 2017 at 11:17 am

    • Truthteller

      Well as we are talking truth lets see.

      New Labour made claimants do flexi new deal for 1 year while the Tories extended to 2 years and are now looking to throw people back into it again despite for either, it ever achieving anywhere near good results.

      New Labour closed 29 Remploy factories while the Tories closed the remaining 54, 36 of which were financially viable and flogged Remploy a then public service to Maximus and thus putting loads upon loads of disabled people out of work.

      New Labour introduced work placements where a claimant would be mandated for a period of 3 months. Not only did the Tories lengthen this but also suggested it should be indefinite under the idea people should work for their benefits but still label it like work, rather than it being actual work.

      The Tories removed housing benefit to under 24s,introduced bedroom tax that saw an exodus of people be pushed by their local councils to parts of the country they are unfamiliar with and thus lack a social safety net. The Tories introduced not one but two benefit caps, raised sanction lengths, attempt to and still are trying that benefit claimants should spend 35 hours a week looking for work without even knowing how much time they already spend doing so. Removed vital financial support to the disabled/ill and rather than allow local GPs and the NHS to decide what and whether or not a person can work, handed it over to private for profit companies. Rather than keep tax credit decisions under to control of public service, handed it over to concentrix who like the work capability assessors, couldn’t get it right. Reduced tax credit to new entrants to UC and set in work conditionality. Instigated to business to sign up all employees to a non medically qualified assessor to decide whether or not they deserve sick leave. Believe me, i really could go on.

      So on the balance of the evidence, i suggest Truthteller is a man of religion as only a sycophant would put blind preached faith before fact and no Truthteller, we cant turn back the clocks and imagine what if New Labour remained in power. We deal with the here and now.

      doug

      June 2, 2017 at 11:59 am

  21. Nicola Sturgeon has said she would help Jeremy Corbyn become Prime Minister by ordering SNP MPs to support him on an “issue-by-issue” basis if the General Election results in a hung par liament.

    Just maybe he won’t need help but then any help is always good.

    enigma

    June 2, 2017 at 11:56 am

  22. Ken could these guys have been from MONSTER.COM they run ujm

    Philip B

    June 2, 2017 at 2:19 pm

  23. Britain’s poor face another round of painful benefit cuts

    Labour would do little to reverse the Tories’ regressive plans

    http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21722886-labour-would-do-little-reverse-tories-regressive-plans-britains-poor-face-another-round

    ken

    June 2, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    • Labour, tory, doesn’t matter who gets placed into power, the hidden hand will still be pulling the strings of whichever shysters it is!

      Foxglove

      June 2, 2017 at 9:25 pm

  24. poor people are ‘dangerous’ and food bank users have a ‘deplorable lifestyle’ – ‘Fake’ Lincolnshire Conservatives Twitter account claims

    The tweets posted overnight on June 2 originate from an account purporting to be the official Twitter account for Lincolnshire Conservatives, with a location tag in Grantham.

    Following this the account tweeted that “poor people are not ‘vulnerable’, they are dangerous due to the fact that they are addicted to drugs and have NOTHING to lose.

    “The vast majority of people who use food banks have poor budgeting skills and no cooking skills.

    “They usually resort to a life crime and then blame the government for their deplorable lifestyle

    http://lincolnshirereporter.co.uk/2017/06/fake-lincolnshire-conservatives-twitter-account-claims-poor-people-are-dangerous-and-food-bank-users-have-a-deplorable-lifestyle/

    enigma

    June 2, 2017 at 7:56 pm

  25. Independent academic evidence provided by Professor Martin McKee identified long ago that the austerity measures introduced by the Conservative led Coalition Government in 2010, which accelerated the punitive welfare reforms, were adopted as “a political choice and not a financial necessity” when introduced “without any ethical approval”.

    The spin, the political rhetoric and the power of the mighty Tory press, who were only too happy to aid inflammatory media coverage to suggest that the majority of out-of-work disability benefit claimants were “scroungers”,

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/killed-by-the-state-how-tory-policies-have-cost-countless-lives/

    enigma

    June 2, 2017 at 8:12 pm

  26. Tories U-turn on plan to build more socially rented council housing

    Plan to build genuinely affordable homes ditched by housing minister

    Theresa May personally promised her policy would deliver “a constant supply of new homes for social rent”, but her housing minister has now admitted planned homes would be let at significantly less affordable rents.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tories-housing-policy-u-turn-affordable-homes-general-election-2017-manifesto-a7769866.html

    enigma

    June 2, 2017 at 8:23 pm

  27. LIARS,CHEATS,BULLIES – A TORIES LIFE

    Tax avoidance,fake claims,stereo typing,draconian behavior,false promises,fraud, the list is endless. When the Tories say they work hard its difficult to disagree but then again its not difficult to see why we have a productivity puzzle when so much effort is negative and self serving.

    Now if you were Labour, Lib Dem,SNP,UKIP but say your going to vote Tory, if your undecided but say your probably go Tory, if your pay is ok, the last 5 years gone unaffected, your probably go Tory, moved here from abroad over 5 years ago, life better here so will go Tory, PLEASE REMEMBER THESE WORDS.

    BOTTOM TO TOP (bottom up), as its 3 words your never hear from a Tory government/party in a way you benefit in actuality.

    You live and its a fact, in a commercial society that practices TOP DOWN economics (trickle down system). Basically you give massive breaks to the top and the profits in theory are redistributed downwards in the form of pay rises and benefits. Now as you have witnessed, apart from the eventual global collapse, your wages and benefits haven’t grown proportional to profits, that for most not only have you seen a stagnant path but a RISE of personal debt, a rise of struggling, a rise of house re processions and homelessness, a rise of more renters, a rise of in work poverty, rise of foodbanks and use, a rise of the gig economy (short-term contracts or freelance work), a rise of more renters, a rise in welfare expenditure despite record levels in work if you ignore government cuts and unnecessary spending towards to private for profit market (delottie ingeus, maximus,A4E, ATOS, concentrix,etc) to mask it, a rise despite austerity (cut after cut after cut) of other public expenditure required such as healthcare,social care,education,etc.

    Now what makes these markers significant, especially when you consider this government changed the measurement on many markers such as poverty for example is that it highlights exactly how successful the top down system is.
    You know what all the above are, you also know the rich have got richer so its fact the system isn’t working to enrich everyone’s lives, that actually the tiny minority are the only ones to come out on top.

    UNDER THE TORIES THE ONLY BOTTOM TO TOP YOUR SEE WILL BE THE RISING TIDE OF IN WORK POVERTY AS YET ANOTHER CLASS OF EARNERS JOIN THE GROUP.

    All things like dementia tax do is attempt to paper over and mask this obvious crack in our economic practices. It didn’t work the last 6 years and knowing the greed of the rich capitalist, wont in the next five besides fool yet another portion of our population into believing things will get better.

    BELIEF – an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof.

    doug

    June 3, 2017 at 7:54 am

  28. “No pay rise since 2009”

    T may – “there is no “magic money tree” to provide “everything that people want” .

    So that’s that, continue on and suffer the consequences.
    .

    enigma

    June 3, 2017 at 8:19 am

    • Enigma

      Im really glad you said that as the Tories sure like to try and plant them or at least that’s half the truth they tell you when they award more cash breaks towards business. The other truth of course is they like foreign orchards to plant them in whose owners like nothing more than to chop them down when rip and build shelters out of them.

      So yeah they’re right to a point except they left out the “for you and your kind” part.

      doug

      June 3, 2017 at 8:59 am

  29. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 3, 2017 at 11:23 am

    • If you win please please don’t go into the Brexit talks naked will you, everyone even the silly Tory voters.won’t be able to stand it, we don’t want to even imagine it.

      enigma

      June 3, 2017 at 2:27 pm

  30. The mega rich tory donors helping raise £19,000 an hour to get witch May back into power ((and they claim it’s a democracy))

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/mega-rich-donors-helping-tories-10447619

    Marie

    June 3, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    • Well lets get out there and inform as many silly Tory thinkers as possible that she is a liar, which will hopefully ruin her plan.

      enigma

      June 3, 2017 at 2:31 pm

  31. The Guardian view on the election: it’s Labour.

    For the fourth time in three years, Britain is once again at a moment of reckoning. Since 2014, powerful forces have threatened to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect have been damaged by a series of votes that have divided us from each other and the rest of the world. Next week, the British people have a chance to change that: to begin unwinding a political project of isolationist policies that with Brexit has seeded a fear of the future; to dispense with an economy where chief executives’ pay races ahead while the poorer half of the population sees income fall; to jettison the Victorian idea that moral courage and enterprise could replace the state in securing people’s freedom from want, ignorance and disease. The opportunity to reverse direction is the outcome of a series of votes that have shaken post-crash Britain. These started with SNP dominance in the wake of the Scottish independence referendum. The vote last year on Britain’s membership of the European Union has also shrunk, for very different reasons, Ukip and the Liberal Democrats. The result is that, in England and Wales, we have the return of two-party politics and a straight choice between a Labour or a Conservative government.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/ng-interactive/2017/jun/02/the-guardian-view-on-our-vote-its-labour

    enigma

    June 3, 2017 at 2:42 pm


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