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Vote Labour, Vote Sandy Martin for Ipswich.

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This is not just a general appeal for vote Labour but a specific call to back Sandy Martin in Ipswich.

Sandy worked in the Ipswich Community Resource Centre, affiliated to the TUC Centres for the Unemployed, when it was in Old Foundry Road.

He has been a tireless campaigner for the rights of the unemployed, and for all those on benefits.

Sandy has joined the national days of action against Benefit Sanctions and participated in TUC events for welfare rights.

This is a picture of him in Ipswich, outside the JobCentre in Silent Street.


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Sandy Martin Joins Protest Against ATOS and Benefit Sanctions.

The Labour candidate for Ipswich has backed many other causes, from the campaign against Tory austerity, to the defence of the NHS, which have wide support.


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Demo for the NHS 2017.

This is after his candidacy was announced:

For many people their 60th birthday is time to look forward to new challenges – but for Sandy Martin the challenge is more daunting than most.

Because on the day he celebrated his landmark birthday he was formally chosen as his party’s candidate in the marginal Ipswich seat at the 2017 General Election.

He will be trying to overturn Conservative Ben Gummer’s 3,733 majority from 2015.

Mr Martin is leader of the Labour group on Suffolk County Council – and was also celebrating 20 years as a member of that authority on the same day. May 2 is clearly a significant date for him!

He has lived in Suffolk most of his life and moved to Ipswich from Halesworth in 1993 – and said he felt it was important that someone who really knew the town could represent it in Westminster.

He said: “Ipswich people want to be represented by someone who lives in Ipswich and is able to give all their attention to the issues that affect Ipswich. Partly because of my age I would not go to parliament with an ambition for ministerial office.”

Mr Martin is a regular campaigner with his Labour Party colleagues – and is seen as coming from the party’s mainstream tradition.

From his discussions on the doorsteps he said people in the town were most concerned about the everyday issues that directly affected them – especially health, education and housing.

He said: “The major concerns that people want to talk about have not changed much from last time.”

Mr Martin said the role of an MP was not just to support their party in Westminster – it was also to act as an ambassador for their constituency.

And he felt that Ipswich was in a very strong position: “When you look at the port and the Waterfront and the proximity of the town to London, we are in a very fortunate position.

“And compared with many other places Ipswich is still relatively affordable. It is a great place to live but it needs to be even better.”

He is unconvinced by the arguments for a new large bridge linking the east and west banks of the River Orwell – but backs proposals for new bridges to allow the development of the island site at the Waterfront.

And he feels the best way of easing traffic in the town centre would be to build the long-awaited northern by-pass.



Written by Andrew Coates

June 7, 2017 at 9:04 am

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  1. Worried about Ben Gummer (or not sure who to vote for)?

    See http://bengummer.net – expenses, donations etc.

    Pro-EU Remainer has switched sides, tipped to be Brexit Secretary! Only thing he understands is the colour of money.

    Ben Gummer Out

    June 7, 2017 at 10:21 am

    • Gummer has been seen praying here this morning:

      Andrew Coates

      June 7, 2017 at 10:25 am

  2. Come on Andrew Coates.

    State the case, surely there’s more than this Gummers over expenses and dodgy dealings.

    Tell the audience what exactly hasn’t changed, there negative impacts on the community as saying just homes are still about affordable and Ipswich isn’t bad but it could be better hardly goes a ways to persuade voters to go one way or a different way. As for unconvinced, well that sure does not dictate far enough where Sandy Martin swings on the issue.

    Describe how Sandy Martin is going to improve things for all, how money spent will be spent on the community rather than lining wealthy companies and investors,etc pockets on the back of a fable, “if you build it, they will come”. Will the community see contracts for prospective plans awarded to local small to medium businesses, will there be loans for start ups thinking more long term enrichment financially than clocking the annual APR, Free tuition for the unemployed to train in better skills of the future to draw in I.T businesses looking to invest in the UK, More nurses, more engineers,etc.

    “Take us home” Andrew, “take us home”.


    June 7, 2017 at 10:47 am

  3. So Ipswich Unemployed Action has finally come out in support of Labour. Like the Guardian newspaper it was a long time coming. Hmm…

    Ipswich Resident

    June 7, 2017 at 11:04 am

    • Ipswich Resident

      I stated a few months back before talk of an election that I would not vote Labour unless they got rid of Sanctions – Andrew said the same thing as I said here on this board. Nuff said.


      June 7, 2017 at 11:56 am

      • Not sure if they will scrap sanctions… but looking at the bigger picture the Tories are looking at effectively scrapping the NHS (as we know it), our security (police etc.) and public services. They will attack benefits hard and force more into food banks.

        NHS has always been used at elections since it was created but we have a crisis on our hands with a lot of hospitals struggling (not just the bottom of the league ones).

        There is a lot of inequality – always have been – but the poorer are getting poorer and the richer are getting richer. The country is getting into more debt… which means our wealth has been siphoned off to off-shore tax havens.

        I cannot agree with all of Labour’s policies and I don’t think all their personnel are good people, but it is the best we have for now. Some of their focus in spot on, others cringe-worthy, not worth splitting hairs…

        In Ipswich it is even more relevant, as Gummer is just following on a political dynasty. It would be nice for him to be forced into having to get a proper job and not living off public monies. Tables have to turn. The waterfront vanity bridge is just to uphold his father’s decision to prevent a Northern Bypass and to make money on land deals. No benefit to Ipswich. The Tories talk of strong economies but the homelessness problem shows it isn’t all rosy.

        Ipswich has real issues and doesn’t stop by making rich people even richer on select deals. Sandy Martin is a good person and he will work hard for our town. He has no interest in being more than an MP – either he doesn’t want the extra time consuming responsibilities or perhaps he isn’t too fond on the central party.

        Ben Gummer Out

        June 7, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      • But would Labour, given their track record of introducing sanctions in the first place, scrap sanctions across the board if they were in actual power? Or would it be back to so-called ‘vulnerable groups’ and all that crap? Would Labour end sanctions – without exceptions? This is the ‘Big Question’. Do we trust Labour to follow through on a manifesto ‘commitment’ when a political party can write anything in their ‘manifesto’ but as we all know manifestos don’t count for jack-shit, even if they are ‘carved in stone’ and are quickly binned and forgotten about as soon as any party attains power.

        Ed's Monolith

        June 7, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      • Not sure about Corbyn but Labour would most likely tinker around the edges of sanctions: exemptions for so-called ‘vulnerable groups’, removal of ‘hardship’ allowance for non-vulnerable groups, maybe exempt ESA claimants from sanctions, increase sanctions for jobseekers, gigantic workfare scheme… Labour have been in power before, so that form. Labour are bastards. As doug says, like Corbyn – HATE Labour. It’s all academic anyway since it doesn’t look like Labour are going to win.


        June 8, 2017 at 9:06 am

      • *so they have form


        June 8, 2017 at 9:07 am

    • Ipswich Resident

      So you can tell all that from Andrews post as im struggling to see anything but one person not liking the other,that its somehow personal.

      A self aggrandizing prick can swing both ways these days so i for one need a little more than scandal,gossip and condemnation.

      Ipswich Resident, just don’t as there’s nothing lite to be had about electing someone who decides the direction your life is going to take, especially when time and time again the public show a penchant for reoccurring nightmares.

      Gazza – Getting shot of sanctions is no basis to vote Labour, neither is purely any of the other welfare changes the party proposes. I like Corbyn yet hate Labour and Tory alike and should Labour win, it will be Labour, not Corbyn unless the Labour swamp is cleared that will be dictating what those changes represent. This means Labour could leave it till the last year in office to drum in the welfare changes. Now im not saying that will be the case, what im saying is, they gave costs, not timetables.

      Corbyn can offer the most heart felt support he feels but he did make clear, he runs a democratic party meaning he follows the majority, not leads it. Now i hope he has a card up his sleeve to deal with these closet Tories in his party but don’t be surprised if like Trump, they conspire with the aid of the Tories to assist in his suppression and attempted demise. Hes a threat to both, hes the populist, the majority labour peoples choice. So if your going to vote Labour, make it a vote for Corbyn and whether or not hes in power, stand firm behind him as let that person fall and you will assure the conventional two party governance continues for a very long time to come.


      June 7, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      • Woman stole groceries after her benefits stopped – sanctioned since February.


        Sanctions aren’t only a burden on those there placed on, there a cost burden on the tax payer regarding police and courts as well. The only lesson to be learnt from a sanction, is im afraid the transmitting of costs elsewhere at an exponential amount.


        June 7, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      • Ben Gummer Out

        What makes me laugh is DWP cant even be bothered to change the sound bite, they’re still peddling the same crap so how can anyone seriously paying attention take there word as gospel.

        Why are sanctions so important for as they admit, so very few. We abandoned the cane, parents hitting their kids, harsh treatment of prisoners, so why the hells bells is this so different and so important as its no less damaging physically,mentally,even economically.
        They claim its not fulfil their commitment to find work yet how is arriving ten minutes late to sign on, disagreeing with staff over whats reasonable,your behavior regarding DWP for a few examples, anything to do with a commitment to find work.

        If all these things happened at a job interview, i would see there point but there not are they, there happening while at DWP or at a provider (in employee of DWP). This is why i suspect they use that ball of “like work” to give the impression that somehow signing on and or doing a scheme is training wheels for the real thing.

        If someone is physical or offensive DWP have security, have the right to call the police, that’s sufficient enough.
        If someones late more than twice without good reason, dock a days welfare. if they persist, make them sign on everyday and every day they turn up late, dock that days welfare.

        Rather than run to the decision maker every five seconds, make sure the work coach knows exactly what and what they can and cannot do (whats enforceable). No more trying sly ways to get around a power under law they don’t have.

        Innocent until proven guilty, the burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies and insure the proof is cast iron.

        Lastly stop with the last resort mantra, we all know a work coach suggests/plans something, if it does not happen or the claimant raises a point, the work coach raises doubt and inevitably more often than not, instigates a sanction. I will agree its last in the line of procedure but never its the last resort.


        June 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      • Good point that, doug. If sanctions are so few and far between, rarely ever used and only then in extremis why not just scrap them altogether?

        Captain Not So Obvious

        June 7, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      • Captain Not So Obvious

        The answer to that, we must understand what is a sanction in the wider sense. When its done to a country, its a non aggressive method of attempting to gain capitulation. so its fundamental design is to make someone not resist an opponent or demand. Its also a way to circumnavigate free will and presumption of innocence in a cheap manner.

        If DWP had to take claimants to court, we could all see how expensive that would be. We could also see how this would look if DWP lost more cases than they won, a reason i believe they tried so hard for so long to resist and even now still attempt to spin, giving out figures of overturned cases as regards WCA and sanctions going full term to tribunal. The very act of not reversing decisions at the mandatory reconsideration level is an indictment government and more importantly DWP recognize the futility of the system in place.
        Further to this Tories once tried to discredit foodbanks yet today tout them as a additional tools to welfare so as to avoid the truth, if you take away someones money they need to sustain life, you will inevitably cause physical and mental damage to a person after 2 weeks (according to medical research the human body reaches a critical deterioration condition in health at the 3 week mark). It further goes a way to explain governments position based purely on assumption how people have safety nets elsewhere. Whats doubly nasty about this as such a safety net could only come from a hard working taxpayer so government were expecting the taxpayer to still pick up the tab while claiming success. Additional to this, its clearly a form of stealth tax built on conscience.

        A fundamental of being entitled unemployment benefit is one agrees to look for,apply and obtain work. Being late to sign on, refraining from taking ESA/JSA while appealing a WCA, not going to a provider, not doing work placements, etc does not cross this boundary. Now you know why the phrase introduced “doing things to improve your chances to gain employment” was added to the list.

        I could go on, its a deep subject but i cant imagine although cannot be ruled out any government removing it totally, nor making it fair.


        June 8, 2017 at 12:17 pm

  4. Many thanks to this blog owner, Andrew Coates, for your continued and unwavering support.

    To ensure a prosperous future for Ipswich and a strong and stable Government for the UK:

    Vote CONSERVATIVE on 8th June 2017.


    Ben Gummer MP

    Ben Gummer MP

    June 7, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    • Me bunions are playing up. Could you be so kind to give us a run down to the polling booth, ben, love? Thanks in advance.

      Old Doris

      June 7, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    • enigma

      June 8, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      • More coppers!? Seriously!? No thanks and Fuck off! We already live in a Police State!


        June 9, 2017 at 9:10 am

  5. I have known Sandy for many years.

    He came with me and another Ipswich activist to a TUC Conference on Welfare and Poverty, organised by the Unemployed Centres Combine, a few years ago. T

    These are the people at the centre of the Welfare Charter.

    As the picture shows Sandy has come to our pickets of the DWP etc at Silent Street, opposing ATOS and sanctions.

    Gazza points to the importance many of us attach to the issue of sanctions.

    Well, Sandy did not have to wait for the official Labour policy on welfare to oppose them.

    Andrew Coates

    June 7, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    • Andrew Coates

      I applaud but hes going to be running Ipswich yes ?

      What are his plans for that. Healthcare,economics,social care, education, improving prospects for trade, expansion, you get the picture.

      Sell him like you want the whole audience to sleep with him because that my friend is campaigning, that is hopefully securing the seat.

      Just remember to serve the interests of the all, not the you. Yes it can be a bitter pill, one ive been swallowing all my life but a true citizen serves his people, not his politicians even when they make what seems to you bad decisions.

      Good luck Andrew and all hes supporters, hope he gets the majority.


      June 7, 2017 at 3:27 pm

  6. According to the Newshounds of Election Spy Theresa May used to chase beggars with a stick through the wheat fields.

    But you still have to wonder how she came up with this one.

    Andrew Coates

    June 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    • Getting rid of this is like saying WW2 never happened, never will.

      Changes invariably lead to other changes and before you know it, another dictator rises. Personally the very act of thinking of changing it represents the birth of the mother of all dictators to come.

      We must not treat our enemies as they treat us for then they have won.


      June 7, 2017 at 3:39 pm

  7. Theresa May trembles and tumbles # Uploaded on 6 Jul 2011

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 7, 2017 at 6:17 pm

  8. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 7, 2017 at 6:21 pm

  9. They Sound Good Played Togeter. Mix Up.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 7, 2017 at 6:22 pm

  10. Tory Incitement of hate on society. Tory Terrorists. Disabled Tory Terrorists. #twitterisclosingdown

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 7, 2017 at 6:25 pm

  11. Latest betting news: Corbyn slipping, May gaining ground

    Con Majority – 82.5 86.5

    Number of seats

    Con – 365 – 371
    Lab – 199 – 204
    Lib – 10.5 – 12.5
    SNP – 44.5 – 46.5

    Wllliam Hill

    June 8, 2017 at 7:32 am

    • Ed Balls said it would be a “fantastic victory for Labour if they were to win 200 seats”. Jezza will be well chuffed if this is how the actual result pans out. Just enough to hold on to his position as party Leader and let May back into Downing Street. They both get what they want. “Job well done, well played chaps and chappesses, champers all round ” 😉

      Andrew Neil

      June 8, 2017 at 11:29 am

  12. Thousands of foodbank workers to lose their jobs if Corbyn wins.


    Foodbank Union (FU)

    June 8, 2017 at 8:02 am

    • Andrew Coates

      June 8, 2017 at 10:52 am

      • At least they have used the grammatically correct “Kick Out The Tories” and haven’t made the same mistake as Captain “To boldly go” Kirk and split the infinitive like back in the days of – “Kick The Tories Out”.

        Doug's Spelling And Grammar Tutor

        June 8, 2017 at 11:20 am

      • How come that, only since the Tories came to power, literally MILLIONS of British citizens suddenly started having such bad cashflow problems that they ended up being driven to a foodbank? How many of these people are at food banks because of a DWP sanction? And how many of them are there because they’re waiting for their Universal Credit entitlements to arrive? And how many of the others are there simply because of systemic poverty, i.e., their wages and/or benefit entitlements are simply too low to enable them to live decently in the United Kingdom in the twenty first century?

        Monkey Nuts

        June 8, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      • Isn’t it funny how cashflow problems coincide with Tory government?

        Dime Bar

        June 8, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    • Hundreds of thousands more of paid employees to lose their jobs if May wins.


      June 8, 2017 at 11:43 am

  13. The hidden hand that is pulling the strings of twat May will be the same hidden hand pulling the strings of Jezza if he is put into place as PM!


    June 8, 2017 at 11:53 am

  14. To right, sod all will change…


    June 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm

  15. enigma

    June 8, 2017 at 12:51 pm

  16. The need for harmful austerity measures in Britain was based on a lie.

    The lies continue to this day.

    The difficulty for politicians is that every public statement they make in the House of Commons is recorded, every new policy they introduce can be scrutinised and every lie they tell will eventually be exposed.



    June 8, 2017 at 1:14 pm

  17. enigma

    June 8, 2017 at 1:59 pm

  18. Sandy’s a’right!

    Monkey Nuts

    June 8, 2017 at 4:13 pm

  19. Bookies latest: Corbyn gained some ground.

    Con Majority – 82 – 86

    Number of seats

    Con – 360 – 366
    Lab – 206 – 211
    Lib – 10 – 12
    SNP – 44.5 – 46.5

    Bet Fred

    June 8, 2017 at 6:15 pm

  20. Wow, that shock exit poll sure put the cat among the pigeons:

    Number of seats now at:

    Con – 323 – 331
    Lab – 244 – 251
    Lib – 13 – 16
    SNP – 38.5 – 41.5

    William Hill

    June 8, 2017 at 9:15 pm


    Its strongly believed Ben Gummer will win ipswich, well done Ipswich.

    Its also believed Amber Rudd (Home Secretary) may have lost her seat. Its believed shes called a recount.


    June 8, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    • Stop press. stop press

      My system is fcking up so ignore Ben Gummer line,especially well done ipswich if it does turn out true

      The second line is correct though regarding Amber Rudd.


      June 8, 2017 at 11:35 pm

      • Hand written rumour

        In reference to Ipswich an as yet unconfirmed rumour is Labour will take Ipswich.


        June 8, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      • Andrew Coates

        June 9, 2017 at 9:09 am

      • Andrew Coates

        June 9, 2017 at 9:29 am

      • I saw on the BBC news that Gummer just walked out without any comment.

        He screwed up good. He screwed up, old school.

        jj joop

        June 9, 2017 at 9:35 am

      • The candidates are told the results before they are lined up on the platform for public humiliation.

        Returning Officer

        June 9, 2017 at 11:25 am

      • What next for Ben Gummer? Great Ipswich Bus Journeys with Ben Gummer?

        Michael Portillo

        June 9, 2017 at 11:30 am

      • I heard people round town today talking in the street everywhere about glad they were to see the back of ‘Mr Ipswich’, Lord Mayor Of Gummer Ipswich, Editor of the Ipswich Star, Minister for Ipswich.

        For those who do not know our town (the size of a city by the way) Gummer claimed that he’s behind everything going in Ipswich, from the bleeding Waterfront to the plans for the centre, to, no doubt, repairs to cracked pavements. When I say claims, he wrote whole articles in the Ipswich Star saying this, and in just about either vehicle going. And that’s not counting the stuff his minions put through your letterbox.

        He is, I admit, at least polite and bears some resemblance to a human being, unlike some of the Tory cack around.

        But this Mr Ipswich stuff really got on people’s tits.

        One of the first things Sandy has pledged to do is stop Ben’s Bridge, a bridge across the Orwell between the existing Orwell Bridge and the Waterfront, for traffic that will go from nowhere to nowhere.

        It’s the Ipswich answer to the vanity project of the London Garden Bridge.

        The word is that, as the man behind the Tory manifesto (One of the main authors of the Conservatives’ 2017 election manifesto has lost his seat.

        “Ben Gummer, the Cabinet Office Minister, saw his 3,700 majority in Ipswich overturned by Labour, whose candidate Sandy Martin won by just 831 votes.

        He received 23,393 votes compared to Ms Martin’s 24,224 – a 10.3 per cent increase in Labour’s vote since 2015.

        READ MORE
        Tories distance themselves from Theresa May as hung parliament looms
        Along with one of Theresa May’s chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy, Mr Gummer was responsible for writing the Conservative manifesto and had been widely tipped for a more senior government post if Ms May was re-elected.

        Some reports in the days leading up to the election suggested he was even being lined up to be placed in charge of Brexit talks, with David Davis, the current Brexit Secretary, moving to the Foreign Office. ”


        Andrew Coates

        June 9, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      • It’s this blog wot done it 🙂

        Bye, Bye Ben! C'ya :D

        June 9, 2017 at 11:34 am

  22. Jeremy Corbyn is bookmaker’s favourite to be the next Prime Minister. But so was Theresa May 😀

    Doug's Old Insomiac Nan

    June 9, 2017 at 1:11 am

  23. Bookie latest:

    Number of seats:

    Con – 306 – 312
    Lab – 272 – 278
    Lib – 10.5 – 12.5
    SNP – 31.5 – 33.5

    Odds of a Con majority 16-22%

    William Hill

    June 9, 2017 at 1:17 am

  24. Breaking News



    Surprise Surprise

    June 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

  25. A man armed with a knife is believed to be holding several members of staff hostage at a job centre plus in Newcastle, police say.

    Negotiators are at the scene and the roads around the building have been closed as a precaution.

    Officers said they were called at about 8am following reports of a man causing a disturbance at a job centre in Byker.

    Police said a knifeman had entered the building and several members of staff are thought to be held there, while several other workers have left.

    There are no reports of any injuries at the moment.

    The man is believed to be known to the job centre.

    More follows…


    June 9, 2017 at 9:16 am

  26. Don’t go into the water – Ester McVey is back.

    What with not having a pray of ever getting back into Wirral, McVey jumped ship for Tatton, Osborne’s old stamping ground. There should be a law against it but what can you do.

    With May, Priti and now McVey back from the dead, will Dorothy Greening find herself pushed out or will Priti decide to live out her true ambition and open a dungeon ?


    June 9, 2017 at 9:21 am

    • There was some UKIPer or something parachuted into Bolton. He was playing a game on TV to find out how much he knew about the place he wanted to represent. He was shown some pictures. He mistook Aylesbury town centre for Bolton town centre lol He had no idea what Bolton looked like 😀


      June 9, 2017 at 12:32 pm

  27. Had he had UC – He could have had a real one!


    The mail in there usual dickhead way seem to think the ringleader of the latest attack being on benefits is somehow relative and warrants our attention. I say this as we provide ex cons with benefits on release and considering the trend to be a repeat offender is high, then shouldn’t we scrutinize them getting benefits as well ?

    And when you’ve kicked them off the dole, then what, you think there just roll up into a chrysalis and out pops a butterfly. What happens is you push them underground, harder to track and ultimately end up what they were going to do all along even if they had been working.

    From a DWP stance he not only fulfilled his commitment to take any job but also proved hes not picky about working nights and weekends,willing to work for little or nothing and im sure his gig employers thought he was worth every penny what with every gig employer only to happy to have the state pick up the financial slack. NOT FUNNY IS IT AND MOST OF ALL NOT RELATIVE.

    For a paper who likes nothing more than to stalk female celebs and catch them as naked as possible, i don’t think there in any position to preach when we talking taking the moral high ground.


    June 9, 2017 at 10:05 am

  28. doug

    June 9, 2017 at 10:09 am

  29. Newcastle Knife Incident – Hostages Released No One Injured


    Surprise Surprise

    June 9, 2017 at 10:13 am

  30. UK election 2017: The Sun, Daily Mail and Express newspapers binned in protest at Jeremy Corbyn coverage



    June 9, 2017 at 11:00 am

  31. doug

    June 9, 2017 at 11:10 am

  32. doug

    June 9, 2017 at 11:11 am

  33. The Queen’s Butler: “Excuse me, Ma’am, but there is some crazy woman banging on the doors of the Palace. She keeps shouting something about wanting to form a Government.”

    The Queen: “Tell her to fuck off. I am busy watching Bargain Hunt.”

    Fly on the Wall

    June 9, 2017 at 12:11 pm

  34. So Sandy Martin won, while the town I’m in is a bloody Tory one, any idea’s Andrew Coates, it’s been a Tory town for donkeys.


    June 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    • Enigma

      My heart goes out to you. Every day must be like living in the Helmand Province.


      June 9, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      • Life in a Tory town…
        A Salvation Army Band played
        And Children drunk lemonade
        And the morning lasted all day
        Life in a Tory town…

        Dream Academy

        June 9, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    • Get the University of Kent (Canterbury) to open a campus round your manor.

      “Canterbury has elected a Labour MP for the first time since the constituency was formed in 1918.

      Tory MP Sir Julian Brazier, who had represented the Kent area for the last 30 years, lost his seat to Rosie Duffield.

      The Tories saw five-figure majorities in the 1970s, but the vote fell away in the 80s and early 90s.

      Sir Julian, a Brexiteer and former defence minister, was awarded a knighthood in the New Year honours.

      Canterbury’s turnout was 56,800, and Ms Duffield won 25,572 votes – a 45% share – pushing Sir Julian into second place with 25,385 votes, a difference of 187 votes.
      The result saw Labour increase their vote share by 20.5% from the last general election in 2015.”


      Andrew Coates

      June 9, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      • You know, I feel like I’m a lone campaigner in this town, but since I now have more time on my hands……..


        June 11, 2017 at 11:27 am

    • Same here. The constituency consists, basically, of a town and a city. The town votes Labour and the bigger city Conservative, so the Tory vote more often than not wins, although the Labour candidate cut the Tory majority of to about 5,000, which is pretty amazing really.


      June 10, 2017 at 8:03 am

  35. Should May be telling us what we need!

    The arrogance of this woman is simply unbelievable, even now she thinks we work for the benefit of her.

    First it was we didn’t need an election. Then it was we did. Then it was we needed a strong and stable government. Now its we need certainty.

    From what i can see we need a lobotomy as why the hell are we still putting up with this crap.


    June 9, 2017 at 1:04 pm

  36. A face of evil


    June 9, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    • Come what May.Growing numbers are sick of the Conservatives she looked haggard on edge wouldn’t answer a question and in disarray.She should go now she has no credibility or her nasty party.

      Congratulations to Ipswich voters who saw through this and voted accordingly.


      June 9, 2017 at 10:41 pm

  37. So laugh, false whigs, in the midst of your glee. You have not seen the last of my bonnets and me.

    Ben Gummer

    June 9, 2017 at 6:40 pm

  38. I’ll be back 😉

    Ben Gummer

    June 9, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    • What happened to your “MP”, Ben? Did you lose it? 😀 😀

      Ipswich Voter

      June 9, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    • Like other failed politicians Ben will no doubt turn up on Have I Got News For You, appearing on ‘Strictly’ or presenting train journey programmes.

      Ed Balls, Alex Salmond and Michael Portillo

      June 10, 2017 at 8:00 am

      • He looked pretty pissed off at defeat to say the least.

        I suspect he’ll be spending more time, days, if not weeks, holding Ben in the Pubs.

        Andrew Coates

        June 10, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      • Coming soon: Ben the pub bore sat in the corner weeping into his glass of flat Abbot Ale and ranting on about his erstwhile ‘glory days’ as an MP.

        The Brickmakers Arms

        June 10, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      • Ambles down to the Fat Cat, orders another Abbott,

        Sniffs to bar staff,

        I used to be Ben Gummer.

        Andrew Coates

        June 11, 2017 at 11:49 am

      • More good news!


        June 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm

  39. doug

    June 10, 2017 at 12:52 am

  40. Here’s one for you: Has anybody seen a Prime Minister come across worse in public than Teresa May? I mean her image was absolutely awful – she seemed unattractive, uncharismatic, robotic, indecisive, hollow, brittle, dilatory and out of touch. Strong and stable? Pull the other one. I have never seen someone call an election so obviously unfit to lead the country. What a stupid woman. What a stupid, stupid woman. And she look like being the one who is going to lead Brexit negotiations on behalf of the nation. God help us all!


    June 10, 2017 at 8:10 am

  41. New Reality TV Show – Mayhem Strikes Again vs. Reality of Ordinary Peons

    Welcome welcome to Tonights Episode of Mayhem against Reality.
    1st up the days news…

    ConMen get Conned at the Polls in shock result of telling people of their Cons.
    When asked why voted against ConMen elderly fools said – expect us to forget backtracking on promises? Dementia Tax? Triple Lock? Winter Fuel? Or as Adam Smith pointed out change policies and by next election we will forget about it? If we’re not dead by then…
    Approaching youngsters post BritExit, all our reporters received was &^%%$^ and raspberries.
    The News that we are all in it together has struck a chord of disunity across the country as UKIP shrivelled and imploded like a black hole.

    In other news Mad Mayhem forms pact with DUP…. No stop laughing at the idea of cosying up to the nutter wing of the ConMen. It will provide stability. It will provide dependable back. It will mean BritExit is a winner. It means no new election within 10 Months if not sooner. It will…

    I give up, lets return from this omni version of the Walking Dead to our regular programming where we go to the Archers and we Hear that MadMayhem and ConMen Farm has a problem with peon cockroaches and cannot get anyone to deal with the infestation …


    June 10, 2017 at 8:47 am

  42. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 10, 2017 at 10:35 am

  43. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 10, 2017 at 10:37 am

  44. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 10, 2017 at 10:39 am

  45. SALE OR RETURN – People are officially goods


    “the flexible nature of gig work offers benefits to employers, as they only pay when work is done, and don’t incur staff costs when customer demand is not there”.

    Just like a sale or return policy with a supplier, people are taken on and then sent back when it looks like profit will suffer if they have to hold onto them like stock. The difference here however is the supplier is the DWP. Infact employers have got so good at managing this new type of stock, they’re getting welfare to help subsides the first 20 hours figuratively speaking just so they can keep them around should the tide turn.

    “The ‘gig’ economy has made it easy for workers to control when, where and how much they choose to work”.

    Well if that were true, why is it that in-work conditionality exists (this is where you have to find more hours and or higher rate of pay), why is it an employer will drop you like a hot coal when you say your not coming in (basically they don’t ring you much after such a choice), why can i not get a gig contract without an employer stating they wish to hire me first.

    So to say you have control is a very very loose term subject to certain facts already being apparent.
    This government knew this would and is going to grow, knew giving businesses tax breaks wasn’t going to be enough so effectively allow businesses to prop themselves up at the cost of income taxpayers or if they pay a lot of business tax, technically a tax credit in the form of the welfare state.
    They also know the trend to encourage people to go self employed completely releases employers from any responsibility towards the collection and addition of tax and national insurance contributions, knew once numbers reached a certain point would mean less revenue as you can claim back a lot of stuff PAYE people cant before paying taxes and so set about introducing real time tax declarations. Why do you think they wanted to change NI contributions. Another thing to consider is, whose responsibly when self employed for holiday,sickness,injury and retirement funds like private pension.

    “These disruptive changes offer the potential to boost growth and deliver more opportunities for both workers and consumers. However, they also have the potential to increase insecurity at work for some”.

    Workers and consumers is another very subjective term. On a national level for the majority there is no and as they’re one in the same. I don’t see the merit in someone having insecure employment just so i can have cheaper goods as im paying on the back end in welfare. If it smells like sweatshop methodology with a new age spins, that’s because it is and i have tried to warn you but as you have been rather cleverly tricked into thinking how it effects just you or a small class, you just haven’t seen the bigger picture.


    June 10, 2017 at 10:42 am

    • Doug

      We all wear many hats at the same time: worker, consumer, shareholder

      As a worker we want high wages, as a consumer we want low prices and as a shareholder (pension fund) we want high profits

      What gives? We are all part of the problem not the solution.

      Worker Bee

      June 10, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      • Worker Bee

        Like it, hate the game, not the players.

        Spoken like a true rakeback pro.


        June 10, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    • Well put doug

      this plugs perfectly into the rubbish from others – lose your job/zh contract, retrain. but how to do that? Take on debt. Or better still take a gap year. but how to do that if as 95% of population do not have such monies to engage in such a extravaganza? Or, the latest pronouncements pointing out ‘Lifestyle’ is rented via pay you receive, apply implications to what you point out and above and see if sustainable, plainly as ZH is growing how will a] society adjust to a ever shrinking pool of full time workers, b] shrinking ‘opportunities’ for a Rented ‘lifestyle’ (I wonder how the young will react to that let alone everyone else), c] the resultant pressures on taxes/prices etc etc, d] and finally the elephant in the room, the fallout of BritExit
      e] long term effects of automation in all its forms coming soon to a workplace near you


      June 10, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    • The DWP (and Lord Fraud) have always referred to their customer as ‘stock’. When the DWP sell their ‘stock’ to the private ‘providers’ they place an ‘order’ for x amount of ‘units of ‘type’ with a stock control code. Even the ‘provider’ payment system uses the same acronym (PPRaP) as the system to manage herds of cattle.


      June 10, 2017 at 12:59 pm

  46. Truth about Mayhem… and so it leaks into the light of day…

    “Election 2017: No 10 was ‘toxic’ says former May aide”

    The atmosphere in Downing Street under Theresa May is “pretty toxic” and its operation “dysfunctional”, a former aide of the prime minister has said.
    Katie Perrior, who served as director of communications for 10 months, said she and others were not able to “speak freely” and her advice was not heeded.

    ME: and the telling bit is…

    She suggested that Mr Timothy and Ms Hill – the PM’s “gatekeepers” who worked for her in the Home Office – were too protective of the prime minister and had a negative influence on how No 10 functioned, often “bellowing” at other staff.
    “We would be able to speak freely if they weren’t around and if they were, you don’t speak,” she said.
    “Sometimes we would sit there and hear Fiona come up with things which, quite frankly, were crazy and say nothing.”

    ME: and these tools control and are in charge of a successful BriExit? Oh Frakk…


    June 10, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    • Theresa May,The wounded animal,not only that shes wounded the country once again the laughing stock .The division that has become the Conservatives hallmark has now caught up with them.Its impossible to see how more long she can last outside the inner circle.She shares camerons judgment traits.Her picture is associated with an embarressment of failure.

      Brexit talkes have been undermined a new generation of forward thinkers is emerging.The old Conservative party is dead too.With judgement that inept what does the future hold?


      June 10, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    • Ken

      Good points but I wonder about the imeadiate future – she goes who takes over? A Leaver? A Remainer? [You can forget about the baffoon called Boris – his duck is dead after his missteps] Whoever it is will have those two sides to contend with plus all the other external pressures that pop up. Trade [are we in a slowdown?], foreign Policy Trump inching towards jail, his pal Putin acting up, Islamaists, Near east, China dumping UK vis a vis trade with EU less and less a option for way in, Far east nutter NK’s Kim “I’m desperate to stay in power” ill Judged, etc etc – oh and the possibiilty of ConMen civil war [see first point]
      This is way beyond a mess now


      June 10, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    • Jeremy Corbyn – a PM-in-waiting who can afford to wait. But can we?



      June 11, 2017 at 11:18 am

    • General election 2017: Theresa May is a dead woman walking, says Osborne



      June 11, 2017 at 11:41 am

    • May seeks deal with Northern Irish party to cling to power,

      Another election possible.



      June 11, 2017 at 11:46 am

    • An online petition condemning Theresa May’s plans to govern in coalition with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has received more than 500,000 signatures in one day.

      At the time of writing, 503,880 people had put their name to the petition, which calls Tory attempts to make a deal with the DUP “a disgusting, desperate attempt to stay in power” and demands Ms May resigns after failing to secure a majority in the general election.

      “Theresa May should resign This is a disgusting, desperate attempt to stay in power.”



      June 11, 2017 at 11:56 am

      • “Tories out, refugees in” – does Jezza really want to be associated with mass i*mmigration. It was a previous Labour administration led by war criminal Tony Blair who did massive damage to the fabric of the UK when they opened the flood-gates to i*mmigration. They persistently lied about the true numbers of i*mmigrants and were caught out over and over again: e.g. the “10,000 i*mmigrants from Eastern Europe” lies Labour repeatedly trotted. The Brexit vote demonstrated that the Great British Public have no appetite for mass i*mmigration, controlled immigration like it was before Blair – yes, but not flooding a tiny island with vast swarms of i*mmigrant. Jezza should be distancing himself from such slogans and polices.


        June 11, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      • Bletchley, ah another ConMan tool…
        Will be discarded after use…


        June 11, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      • lol Gazza, you just don’t get it, do you? Are you Ok with Blair’s foray into Iraq then? Blair is not a war criminal? You are too far gone to help, Gazza. You have lost the plot completely.


        June 11, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      • Even the ‘lef-wing’ Guardian accepts that i*mmigration soared under Labour

        “Between 1997 and 2010, net annual i*mmigration quadrupled, and the UK population was boosted by more than 2.2 million i*mmigrants, more than twice the population of Birmingham. In Labour’s last term in government, 2005-2010, net migration reached on average 247,000 a year.”

        Why do you keep coming out with your ‘ConMan’ crap every time a commentor states an indisputable FACT, they might be unpalatable you, but they are FACTS nevertheless.



        June 11, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      • Damned if you do, damned if you don’t, what a pretty pair are we.

        You can limit immigration but only so far as business need. Business need will grow and so the cap will grow. Today you say its 10’000, tomorrow its 100’000, the day after that its 1’000’000. The current economic model dictates nothing but growth so its inevitable unless we change the way we live, ultimately all things will run out of control.
        To state claim to controlling immigration is just an attempt to put a clock on time. The problem with that is you the public aren’t the ones controlling it. Any government promising such without dramatically changing the economical model is merely pacifying you.

        Those that seek to privatize the nationalized seek to ingratiate with the current economical status quo. Those that seek to spy, to suppress, seek only one version, only one outcome.

        Be wary of the traveler whom petitions to share your campfire, for as easily as they could be gone morrow, so could just as easily you.


        June 12, 2017 at 11:35 am

      • Doug

        “Those that seek to privatize the nationalized seek to ingratiate with the current economical status quo. Those that seek to spy, to suppress, seek only one version, only one outcome.

        Be wary of the traveler whom petitions to share your campfire, for as easily as they could be gone morrow, so could just as easily you.”

        STOP! taking in riddles.

        It is Corbyn (Labour) who want to privatize the nationalized. It is Labour who like to spy. suppress.

        Be wary of those who offer you ‘magic beads’ for your valuable watch, gold and jewellery.

        Chief Wigwam

        June 12, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      • What doug does is saying is that if you let strangers into your home it is you that ends up out in the street.

        Old Betty

        June 12, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      • it’s called being ‘usurped”.

        Dictionary Corner

        June 12, 2017 at 12:56 pm

  47. Corbyns labour now has six point lead as one in two voters say Witch May should sling her hook.



    June 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm

  48. Theresa May is a dead woman walking, says Osborne


    This vindictive behaviour at the top shows in many ways as the nastiest of the nastiness.Theres no common good in a country in crisis and divided.

    The Tories created a political divide in society for many years they have underestimated.They just did not care,used threats’ againt the EU aggressive actions against people who they forgot have a vote in the UK and thought they could get away with it,industries closing sell offs short changing the taxpayer hair brain reforms that created an injustice.The Tory die hard are now shrinking in numbers as the years go by.Its time for serious change.Theres always that simmering with them.


    June 11, 2017 at 5:27 pm

  49. ot has anyone been put on daily signing recently and how long did it last for as last time i did it it lasted a week as i guess did not like paying the 20 quid in bus fair a week.


    June 11, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    • superted

      Having looked at whatdotheyknow, my understanding is that whatever regime you’re on, these daily signings / work search reviews only last 13 weeks.

      I’ve never had to do daily signing. However, my Jobcentre has just introduced weekly signings for everyone, regardless of how long you’ve been out.

      jj joop

      June 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      • Fortnightly here.There have been people on daily signing but its not common.

        There does appear to be a situation here that is targeting someone.

        Be careful of those freedom of information requests.The real information is in the regulations and jobseekers act.


        June 13, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    • Jobcentres are trialing a new random cockroach at each signing on regime…. 😉

      Jobcentre Insider

      June 13, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      • This is on top of the random signing on time. The idea is to disorientate and create confusion in the hapless jobseeker so that they don’t know if they are coming or going.

        Jobcentre Insider

        June 13, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      • jobcentre insider

        You’re spot on there, mate.

        This is the new ethnic cleansing of the unemployed. Drive them mad so they kick off big time in a JCP building, giving the cockroach a reason to call the five-o and have the hapless claimant expelled from the building and get a three sanction in the bargain as well.

        jj joop

        June 15, 2017 at 12:46 pm

  50. to bad ill just sit there and smile and then ask for my 5 quid in bus fair back every day yay i got a free trip to town every day 😉


    June 15, 2017 at 1:35 pm

  51. do they still do a bus pass or one that is half price ect?


    June 15, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    • The last I heard, you could get a travel pass bus/train from the Jobcentre but it only lasts for three months. You can use it for whatever you like but I think it’s aimed at jobseekers to get to interviews. And you have to supply the Jobcentre with two passport size photos as well. I wouldn’t bother if I were you!

      jj joop

      June 16, 2017 at 9:54 am

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