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Damian Green

Damian: Knows How to Hold a Racket. 

Our old friend Damian Green is on the up.

As Work and Pensions secretary Damian (as mates, like ourselves call him) was distinguished by his ability to iron out the problems of Universal Credit and his dedication to raising the role of Charities in the welfare sector.

His outstanding legacy is not just celebrated in Food Banks and the Wye Tennis Club.

He is now destined for higher things.

The Financial Times reports,

Mr Green’s appointment as first secretary of state puts a trusted colleague at the heart of Mrs May’s new administration. He will work in the Cabinet Office, helping to fill a void left by the departure of the prime minister’s controversial co-chiefs of staff, Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy.

The former work and pensions secretary is a popular figure in the Conservative party and was a senior figure in last year’s Remain campaign. He is expected to be a powerful advocate for a “softer” Brexit, with a focus on securing a good deal for business and jobs.

The promotion of Mr Green, a contemporary of Mrs May at Oxford and a long-term ally at the Home Office, was the most eye-catching move in a limited post-election reshuffle that was constrained by Mrs May’s evaporating political authority.

This charmer is his replacement as Work and Pensions Secretary:

David Gauke, who has been appointed Works and Pensions Secretary, leaves 10 Downing Street in London. Picture: DAVID MIRZOEFF/PA Wire

Ipswich-born Conservative minister David Gauke appointed as work and pensions secretary

Reports the EADT,

 David Gauke, who was chief secretary to the treasury, has been appointed the new work and pensions secretary by Theresa May this afternoon.

Mr Gauke, who is widely regarded as one of the Government’s most effective performers, was called in to 10 Downing Street along with many other Tory MPs.

Following the news of his promotion, Mr Gauke smiled and thanked reporters as he left Number 10.

 

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Written by Andrew Coates

June 12, 2017 at 10:10 am

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  1. Technically Green’s promotion is called: “Getting on by doing bugger all.”

    Dime Bar

    June 12, 2017 at 11:43 am

  2. Goldman Sachs tax deal: minister backed plan to challenge whistleblower

    David Gauke reacted positively to plan to challenge Osita Mba’s account of ‘sweetheart’ deal, according to leaked emails

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/may/06/goldman-sachs-tax-deal-gauke-mba

    enigma

    June 12, 2017 at 11:54 am

  3. Gobsmacked when Norman Smith said on the BBC News: “Because the Queens’ Speech has to be written on goatskin… vellum… there won’t be enough time to hang it up and dry it out” 😀

    Gogglebox

    June 12, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    • Goat Skin? Gogglebox

      Is that what was said earlier? Ooops….

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40243782
      Queen’s Speech delayed as DUP talks continue

      “Brexit Secretary David Davis predicted some parts of the Tory manifesto would now have to be “pruned” after the Tories lost their Commons majority.
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      BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said the decision to delay it revealed an “ambiguity” about what would go in it – with several manifesto pledges expected to be watered down or dropped – but also the need for the Tories to “nail down” DUP support.
      A defeat for its Queen’s Speech would be tantamount to a vote of no confidence in the new minority government, he said.”

      Gazza

      June 12, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      • You are looking in the wrong place, Gazza 😉

        Fast forward to 6:00

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08tkw1w/bbc-news-at-one-12062017

        iPlayer

        June 12, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      • And David Davis looks as drunk as a monkey 😉

        iPlayer

        June 12, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      • In modern times you could just print off the Queen’s Speech on one of those fancy printers – print job done! but since we are living in the Middle Ages it has to be written on goatskin and left out for a week to dry 😀 and that is why May won’t be able to get the Queen’s Speech through in time – not enough time to dry off the goatskin 😀

        King Henry iV

        June 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      • Andrew Coates

        June 13, 2017 at 8:55 am

      • Imagine telling a jobcentre cockroach that you couldn’t bring in your job diary because the goatskin you had written it on hadn’t dried off yet. 😀 😀

        The Chuckle Sisters

        June 12, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      • Your comment is awaiting your skin drying out.

        Billy the Goat

        June 13, 2017 at 11:40 am

      • Shucks 😦 😦

        Billy the Goat

        June 13, 2017 at 12:21 pm

  4. May wanted a Brexit mandate, but voters want a strong welfare state – Department of Politics, University of York

    Above all, the results certainly indicate that the British people seem to want a stronger welfare state. It seems voters will not be happy with Brexit unless it comes with a social policy agenda that improves social cohesion, helps people improve their immediate well-being, and increases social mobility for all.

    http://theconversation.com/may-wanted-a-brexit-mandate-but-voters-want-a-strong-welfare-state-79210

    enigma

    June 12, 2017 at 12:40 pm

  5. Equality, human rights, never heard of the likes.

    When it comes to equality and human rights,David Gauke believes rights should be afforded based on contribution. Basically the less you contribute, the less of it and them you should have.

    He as far as the tory plan goes, hes the best weapon when it comes to kicking it to the low hanging fruit. As i highlighted recently social protection is the highest public expenditure (240 billion a year plus), almost a hundred million more than healthcare a year (145 billion plus a year).

    I wont ruin your discovery but i do urge you to find out what social protection entails. Then your see not only how Gauke fits in but also where diminishing certain rights will not only lower that amount but also systematically also aid in lowering healthcare costs.

    Remember when May said the party is going to help all those hardworking people struggling (the operative being hard working). Remember how the tories are all for heightening the tax allowance yet struggle to embrace wage rate with any real certainty of heightening.

    Digest these things, mull them over in your mind as there’s much more to come.

    doug

    June 12, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    • Its a very uneasy situation at the moment.May being duped with such a party who’s policies are completely against todays political landscape and are unlawful.

      People in the rest of the UK didn’t and most would not vote for such an unsavory group wth attitudes that are totally abhorrent to what most expect in a modern society.If any party in the rest of the union held those values they would be berated into non existence.

      The Tories are the party of shame.They have broken Britain and should go now,

      ken

      June 12, 2017 at 8:12 pm

  6. OT: BrExit consequences… EU Nurse NHS Applications numbers fall… A little…

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40248366
    EU nurse applicants drop by 96% since Brexit vote

    ME: ie compared to last April 2016 month to April 2017 applications from a total of 1,304 its fallen to 46, god knows what it was like for months after April…

    Gazza

    June 12, 2017 at 1:12 pm

  7. Inflation – a test for foodbanks, a lesson for government ?

    As many have heard, inflation is at 2.9% so what will this mean for unemployed claimants on frozen benefits and poorly paid workers in unsecured employment.

    It will be interesting to see what foodbanks will report over the coming months.

    doug

    June 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm

  8. Shucks 😦

    Billy the Goat

    June 13, 2017 at 12:20 pm

  9. New Work and Pensions Secretary has tough challenge ahead

    “His appointment at the DWP is a recognition both of his capabilities, and also of the challenges the government faces at the DWP.

    Tom McPhail, head of pension policy at Hargreaves Lansdown describes Mr Gauke as a “safe pair of hands”.

    Shame it wasnt a bit earilier.

    https://www.moneywise.co.uk/news/2017-06-12/new-work-and-pensions-secretary-has-tough-challenge-ahead

    ken

    June 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    • Solicitors usually make the guilty look innocent but i suspect also considering he looks at welfare as legal aid will probably make the innocent look guilty. Two birds with one stone i think as more unpleasantness is about to ensue.

      Cant possibly rob the rich to feed to poor as however will the Tories make the UK a tax haven for avoidance.

      doug

      June 13, 2017 at 11:42 pm

  10. This is their way of letting us Christians know what they think of us, dirty swines.

    Marie

    June 14, 2017 at 3:52 am

    • Tory views of Tower Block residents… Lives Not worth protecting:

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tory-minister-warned-beefing-up-10622601

      A former Tory housing minister warned MPs against beefing up fire safety regulations, because it could discourage house building.

      Brandon Lewis admitted automatic sprinklers save lives, but said it was not the government’s responsibility to encourage developers to fit them.

      It was revealed this morning that successive ministers had “sat on” evidence that suggested thousands of tower blocks like London’s Grenfell House were vulnerable to fire.

      The coroner’s report into a 2009 blaze in London recommended building regulations be updated, and called for developers refurbishing high-rise blocks to be encouraged to install sprinkler systems.

      OR

      http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/theresa-mays-chief-of-staff-sat-on-report-warning-high-rise-blocks-like-grenfell-tower-were-vulnerable-to-fire/ar-BBCETB6?li=BBoPRmx&ocid=mailsignout

      Theresa May’s new chief of staff was one of a series of housing ministers who “sat on” a report warning high-rise blocks like Grenfell Tower were vulnerable to fire for four years.

      A former Chief Fire Officer and secretary of a parliamentary group on fire safety today revealed successive ministers had had damning evidence on their desks since 2013 and nothing had happened.

      And the Labour MP who chairs the group said ministers had “sat on” the recommendations for almost four years.

      Gazza

      June 14, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    • Aluminum composite cladding

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

      As your see the inner core is flammable dew to its Polypropylene Honeycomb Core.

      doug

      June 14, 2017 at 10:07 am

      • ANOTHER DISASTER YET WHERE IS OUR GOVERNING PARTY, OUR PRIME MINISTER.

        This will providing they’re not afforded the chance to cover it up or claim reasonably practicable under health and safety put the Tories at the centre of this latest tragedy.

        doug

        June 14, 2017 at 10:18 am

      • Most new buildings are fitted with external cladding and most housing association/council properties are being retro-fitted. And it is not even fire-proof! Wow, just wow!

        Eco Warrior

        June 14, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      • This image is heart-rending:

        Andrew Coates

        June 14, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      • Fire brigade only just visited all the residents for fire checks this Saturday gone.

        doug

        June 14, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      • US Website about Fire :How Rich Neighbors May Have Factored Into London’s Deadly Tower Fire

        Adam Clark Estes
        Yesterday 4:06pmFiled to: DISASTERS
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        Photo: Getty
        Experts and politicians are pointing fingers in an effort to explain what caused the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in London that killed at least 12 and injured dozens more on Wednesday morning. Quite unfortunately, all fingers appear to be pointing in the same direction, at a new aluminum rainscreen cladding installed, in part, to make the building more attractive to wealthy neighbors in luxury flats nearby.

        Grenfell Tower is part of an estate housing complex—that’s the British term for public housing project—in the Royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This area of London is famous for its tremendous disparity in wealth, since it’s home to some of the most valuable real estate in the world as well as some of the city’s poorest residents. Grenfell is where many of those poverty-stricken Londoners called home, and a group of residents now say their warnings of dangerous conditions “fell on deaf ears” for years leading up to the fire. A $12.8 million renovation wrapped up in May 2016, and now, it appears that some decisions made during that facelift may have fueled this week’s fire in a very deadly way.

        Part of the motivation for Grenfell’s renovation, planning documents suggest, was to make the tower look better to its neighbors. That document, obtained by The Independent, claims the addition of new aluminum cladding “will improve its appearance especially when viewed from the surrounding area.” It justified the choice of materials “to accord with the development plan by ensuring that the character and appearance of the area are preserved and living conditions of those living near the development suitably protected.” Those living nearby, of course, are some of the richest people in London. You’ll probably recognize the neighborhood just to the south of Grenfell Tower from the 90s Hugh Grant movie of the same name:

        Image: Google Maps
        Installing aluminum cladding isn’t inherently bad. The renovation detail aimed not only to improve Grenfell’s appearance but also to bolster the building’s insulation. Photos taken after the fire show that the space between the aluminum façade and the structure itself appears to have been stuffed with insulation. Fireproof insulation is expensive, and so some experts suggest that Rydon, the company responsible for the renovation, may have used cheap, non-fireproof insulation instead. This would have been a big mistake.

        “[Cladding] produces a wind tunnel and also traps any burning material between the rain cladding and the building,” fire expert and surveyor Arnold Tarling told The Independent. “So had it been insulated per se, the insulation could fall off and fall away from the building, but this is all contained inside.”

        Mike Penning, a member of Parliament and former fire minister, similarly said, “The cladding was clearly spreading the fire.”

        Grenfell Tower’s scorched cladding and what appears to be insulation material. (Photo: Getty)
        Another fire safety expert, Angus Law from the University of Edinburgh, told the press that reports of the Grenfell Tower bore “similarities with other fires that have occurred recently around the world.” One such fire was the New Year’s Eve skyscraper fire in Dubai, when flames spread up the side of the Address Downtown hotel at breakneck pace as debris rained down onto the streets below. It was later determined that the cladding used on the hotel “did not meet fire safety standards.” The misuse of aluminum cladding has also been named as a major cause for other, similar tower fires in Dubai.

        It’s too soon to say what caused the deadly Grenfell Tower fire with any certainty. Rydon released a statement saying their work “met all required building control, fire regulation and health & safety standards.” The residents’ group that had complained for years about dangerous conditions—including “continuous power surges,” faulty wiring, and the lack of proper safety instructions—said in a blog post they had “predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time.”

        Some reports say the fire started with the explosion of an electrical appliance. But towers are generally designed to contain fires to small areas. They shouldn’t ignite “like a nightdress,” as one bystander put it.

        Nevertheless, the notion that the management company installed the aluminum cladding, in part, for cosmetic reasons is more than unsettling. There’s a distinct possibility that improper installation and flammable insulation played a part in the loss of homes and lives.

        http://gizmodo.com/how-rich-neighbors-may-have-factored-into-londons-deadl-1796103077

        Gazza

        June 15, 2017 at 7:38 am

      • And HSE is thinking Corp Manslaughter – watch the scramble of the rats to exit stage left

        Gazza

        June 15, 2017 at 7:47 am

      • Gazza

        “Photos taken after the fire show that the space between the aluminum façade and the structure itself appears to have been stuffed with insulation”.

        To place such cladding,it needs a cradle structure to sit in. Furthermore the cladding itself or should i say its core, is the insulation so it would be pointless to insert more insulation between both existing wall and cladding. With the cradle mounted to the wall/s, there flush fitted so again wouldn’t leave space. Basically the longer the cradle,the more strain the cladding panels will place on the cradle. To over come this would require stronger more reinforced metal.

        Now i only have original pictures of the structure prior to renovation but i estimate the original lagging would have been internal to the structure of a dryline construction (wood frame/lagging/plaster board).

        From what i can see from the after fire pictures is that the new cladding is all but completely gone leaving mostly cradle and some of the inner core of the cladding, possibly and i cant tell from the photos, the rear of the cladding panels in places.

        doug

        June 15, 2017 at 9:02 am

      • Gazza

        Ive watch the fire videos again and again and from what i see, the fire is burning aggressively on the exterior of the building much akin to say burning a plastic doll

        http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3607/3319472731_498140a342_m.jpg.

        Whats interesting in some shots is views of a deep red to purple flames in certain apartments which is telling but as yet i cannot state what this contributes to as way of cause.

        The Grozny-city complex fire is a prime example of a facade causing a fire so as a method of spread its basically a done deal when you consider the hallways/corridors/stairwells at grenfell were intact enough besides smoke to allow people to escape and all the apartments structural floors/ceiling are intact to a point the fire brigade is currently going from floor to floor and now apartment to apartment. This implies the fire didn’t spread from the inside floor to floor.

        http://www.grasart.com/blog/category/community

        doug

        June 15, 2017 at 9:58 am

      • “deep red to purple flames”, could that be paraffin (kerosene) heaters? Paraffin heaters are common in low-income households and are one of the leading causes of fires particularity in council-owned high-rises. Households use them because they cannot afford to pay for electricity. For obvious reasons you cannot get (cheaper) gas heating installed in a high-rise. Incidentally, the installation of an use of a paraffin heater in a high-rise would no doubt be a breach of the tenancy agreement. Although not necessarily the as yet, unknown to us, cause of this fire the deep red to purple flames that we can see in the pictures and video footage could be paraffin heaters having caught fire.

        Towering Inferno

        June 15, 2017 at 10:32 am

      • doug

        read the comments in the article link I posted [gizmodo] – people here in uk pointing out the 2 types of cladding used and in this case the use of the cheaper type here, the dangers it posses.

        Gazza

        June 15, 2017 at 11:23 am

      • Towering Inferno

        According to building design, the tower has a large boiler setup in the basement that supplies the block as a whole so i assume heating is inclusive of rent. According to data i have sourced, one of the last renovations along with the cladding was to the communal heating system last year, what that means i cannot say at this juncture.

        There’s no way a parrafin heater could do this, your talking an entire flat and not a small flame. You have to picture the whole flat as a single flame itself and what makes a fire happen and how coloration of a flame occurs.

        doug

        June 15, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      • Andrew Coates

        June 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      • That building went up like candyfloss. By law building materials have to be flame retardant? Like a sofa or a child’s toy or a nightdress. How could you get away with constructing a building out of highly flammable materials?

        Bob the Builder

        June 15, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      • Jeez! The fire brigade set fire to sofas, children’s toys and nightdresses on TV programmes such as Watchdog. Anything that goes up in flames like this building did is immediately condemned as “dangerous”. Trading Standards then withdraw it immediately from sale. You can’t say “but oh, the fireproof cladding was more expensive”, like there should even be a flammable version in the first place.

        Watchdog

        June 15, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      • According to The Times tomorrow the difference between a flammable and a non-flammable panel was £2, so they saved £5,000 on cladding the building.

        It always comes down to money, money, money…

        Money, Money, Money...

        June 15, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      • But why are flammable panels even being manufactured. That is just criminal. It is illegal to drive on a public road with a baldy tyre yet you can install flammable panels on a high-rise building!

        Money, Money, Money...

        June 15, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    • doug

      at a guess about communal heating in tower blocks, that might – i could be wrong, for disclosure a mate’s place has this in a two storey block of flats – be underfloor heating pipes [cannot think how that might have contributed to the fire spreading however.

      housing minister says its “complex” – er, how? resident warned of ignoring dangers until something bad happened, recommendations after a previous fire ignored. How is that “complex”?

      And public enquiry has been announced – as if that will change that the recommendations have not been implemented due to foot dragging/cost.

      Gazza

      June 15, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      • The reasons why people go to food banks are “complex” too, according to the Tories.

        Dime Bar

        June 15, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      • Gazza

        We hear communal heating, fire retardant but there still to generic to clarify exactly what that means.

        The communal heating if at all it still can be considered communal (need to see renovation plans to know), wouldn’t have been responsible. I would image the original system was a heat pipe system (Big pipe full of pumped hot water sized down and ran into Wall Convector Heating Units possibly even fan assisted.
        No one was relocated during the renovation so i suspect underfloor heating wasn’t installed.

        At a guess i reckon they changed to central boiler/s, flushed maybe changed the main feed pipes to the levels or as there is talk they added or changed the gas mains supplying the floors meaning maybe each flat or floor has boiler/s. I cannot say without plans. All i can state from pictures ive seen of some luxury flats there is standard radiators with 15 mm feeds at this current juncture.

        Now large gas mains should have slam shuts fitted so if the case wouldn’t have played a part but that only covers the the feeds to the levels.

        As for fire retardant people forget that doesn’t mean absolute fire proof. I know that sounds strange but its a game of heating levels before a substance/material becomes volatile to combustion.

        Its always really difficult to explain a fire as even if we take the cladding as the spreader, how was it possible to commune with the internal of the flats which could be quite a few reasons. Im at a point without further data having to wait for the first report.

        doug

        June 16, 2017 at 12:34 am

      • Doug

        It is like most people assume water RESISTANT means water PROOF! Of course any material will catch fire if you heat it up to a high enough temperature. No cladding tile is going to survive the temperatures found at the core of the Sun. Even paper catches fire at Fahrenheit 451 (232 Celsius). But back in the REAL world. If you put a match to your sofa* it will most likely scorch, you may see a small flame but it will quickly peter out and extinguish. Now back in the day before it was compulsory to use fire retardation in the constriction of sofas it would have quickly erupted into a ball of flames. This is what the difference between the flame-retardant and non-flame retardant version of these cladding tiles mean.

        As the article below states the non-flame retardant version of the tiles is meant to be installed in low level buildings. It is horses for courses. There is no need to over-engineer but you don’t use a lower quality component in a safety critical application. You wouldn’t put Ford Focus tyres on a Formula One racing car to save a few quid? Well, would you doug?

        So if it is indeed true that Grenfell Tower had been fitted with cheaper non-flame retardant tiles someone(s), somewhere in the supply and decision-making chain has made the deliberate decision to fit these tiles in the full knowledge of the potential disastrous consequences if a fire were to break out.

        http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/grenfell-tower-cladding-could-been-10631983

        *SAFETY WARNING: DO NOT try this at home

        Fahrenheit 451

        June 16, 2017 at 10:00 am

      • Fahrenheit 451

        No as your completely disregarding building code and to be honest product code full stop.

        Instead of trying to see it as a simple matter of a new and old sofa construction, you have to focus on how much heat and or time of sustained heat would it take to reduce that sofa to the destroyed point of as you stated an old type construction. You see the heat in those flats on fire would have made work of a modern sofa in a small amount of time, far faster than a single match placed on an old constructed type sofa.
        This can actually become counter productive and does in such cases act as a source of accelerant once its breached its retardant point.

        Heat and time is the operative and retardant is purely the ability of a substance/material to inhibit something occurring to a point or within a set of circumstances.

        As for putting ford focus tyres on an F1, don’t be stupid. For a start F1 is the pinnacle of engineering in cars, its the creator of all the things regular cars have so naturally would never ever be cheap when you factor these are limited often prototype materials/products. Its perfectly safe to put the type of compound tyre you find on a ford focus on an F1. The problem is however you would never be able to achieve such downforce traction with the surface and thus making these cars have to go far slower. You’ve seen many an F1 car come sliding off a track because there tyres have lost grip with the surface for various reasons and do remember the compound is deliberately made to break down quicker to aid surface contact so if anything the ford focus tyres forcing the F1 driver to drive slower is actually safer not to mention will last a whole race.

        Now getting back to grenfell is obvious someones at fault as skimping on material for the sake of profit/lower tender is a constant in construction but equally so, its been known the supplier/manufacturer has sent out wrongly packaged materials. So its a bit redundant to even discuss that point until we know where the finger points.

        doug

        June 16, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      • “The PE version is used for small commercial buildings and petrol stations, he said, rather than for tower blocks or critical buildings such as hospitals.”

        OK, they are low-level building, but still why you want to use highly flammable materials to construct a petrol station of all places?

        Captain Obvious

        June 16, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      • When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water 😉

        Firefighter

        June 16, 2017 at 2:35 pm

  11. The Conservatives are forced to end austerity because they face a turning tide and electoral extinction.

    https://kittysjones.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/the-conservatives-have-been-forced-to-end-austerity-because-they-face-a-turning-tide-and-electoral-extinction/

    enigma

    June 14, 2017 at 10:33 am

    • enigma

      All too true – but then Mad Mayhem & those in Gov knew things were going to get very sticky from here on economically and tried to pull a fast one. Note, Gov knows what the economic projections are well before we do and others, doug and I have been saying things are not as rosy as some would have you believe.

      One example to illustrate the wool being pulled over peoples eyes. Inflation. Inflation now at 2.9%. This is due to weak pound, cost of laptops and foreign trip.
      Wrong.
      Those things quoted are things mostly that can be chosen/or not [excluding the cost of imports/exports] to buy.
      Where in that is Food [need every day], fuel [need most days], etc etc?

      Which brings us to austerity – less well off have suffered up till now, and the pain is spreading. How this circle is squared [raising taxes], i have no idea.

      Gazza

      June 14, 2017 at 11:48 am

  12. Kensingtons first labour MP vows to tackle areas inequality ((The richest borough in London’s most extreme gentrification))

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/11/emma-dent-coad-vows-to-confront-kensingtons-extreme-inequality

    Marie

    June 14, 2017 at 12:41 pm

  13. ‘Deport first, appeal later’ policy ruled unlawful

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40272323

    From wibbly wobbly to just cant get off the floor as again MAY and her party are called into question. It appears just like cases of work harassment and unfair dismissal, the number reported and cases successful has plummeted dew to changes brought in by this very government.
    Clearly divisive, they set about ignoring human rights and justice in favor of cost, precisely what was said would happen did happen with the changes made to law and aid.

    Its easy to see here rather than deal with border control, they opted to use buckets on an already sinking boat of a pledge they made and failed to deliver on.
    With a government so consistently underhanded how can we expect them to broker us a good deal from Brexit.

    By hook or by crook is this governing parties motto so do you really trust them to strengthen your workers rights or even human rights once we leave Europe where you are the beneficiary instead of those you oppose and oppress you like inanimate stock ?

    doug

    June 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm

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    ““Twin Towers of fire” spell out the numeral 11. The “Twin Towers of Jachim and Boaz” represented by the numeral 11 are the central symbol of Freemasonry, a Zionist satanic cult dedicated to overthrowing religion in general, and in particular to destroying I*slam and its Masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, and “rebuilding” a satanic blood sacrifice temple overseen by the Antichrist or Dajjal. Human sacrifice, often by fire (i.e. “holocaust”) is a central preoccupation of the highest levels of Freemasonry.”

    Knew it, just knew it… 😉 Kind of obvious when you think about it… 😉

    Travis Bickle

    June 15, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    • Come on now, we all know it was Osama Bin Laden who orchestrated the 9/11 attacks from out of a cave in Afghanistan! tut tut! 😸

      Foxglove

      June 15, 2017 at 6:53 pm

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    ““Twin Towers of fire” spell out the numeral 11. The “Twin Towers of Jachim and Boaz” represented by the numeral 11 are the central symbol of F*reemasonry, a Z*ionist satanic cult dedicated to overthrowing religion in general, and in particular to destroying I*slam and its Masjid al-Aqsa in J*erusalem, and “rebuilding” a satanic blood sacrifice temple overseen by the A*ntichrist or Dajjal. Human sacrifice, often by fire (i.e. “h*olocaust”) is a central preoccupation of the highest levels of F*reemasonry.”

    Knew it, just knew it… 😉 Kind of obvious when you think about it… 😉

    Travis Bickle

    June 15, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    • The Wicker Man

      June 15, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    • Just like 911 and nearly every other major incident there always seems to be a smoking gun. The Fire Brigade only visited residents on the block of flats four days ago warning residents that if a fire was to break out then they should barricade themselves in their flats. Residents were told that the building was fire-proof for at least an hour. Even when the fire broke out residents were being told to stay in their flats by the emergency services. We even seen a copper on the TV screaming at the top of his voice to “get back in”. Luckily the residents ignored that advice and got to hell out of that towering inferno.

      Smoking Gun

      June 15, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    • As well as the usual “Is the death toll likely to rise? 🙂 ” why did the BBC ghouls-at-the-scene keep saying “is the building likely to collapse? 🙂 ” Thought FIRE CANNOT MELT STEEL!

      911 Was an INSIDE JOB

      June 15, 2017 at 5:21 pm

  16. This is what life has come to under the Tories.

    Andrew Coates

    June 15, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    • Witch May slammed for failing to meet survivors during ‘private visit’ to see the devastation at Grenfell Tower-while Jezza Corbyn is seen hugging families just an hour later.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4606502/May-vists-Grenfell-Tower-vows-learn-lessons-html

      Marie

      June 15, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    • How do you get a card? How do you prove that you’re homeless?

      Dime Bar

      June 15, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      • The only way would be your not on council records for being legally responsible for paying council tax which you wouldn’t if you didn’t have a tenant agreement.

        doug

        June 16, 2017 at 12:48 am

      • Blimey! Only if you have been “officially” approved as homeless are you allowed to beg on the streets. What a strange country we live in for such an idea even to be considered.

        Dime Bar

        June 16, 2017 at 5:30 am

      • As far as i know, its illegal for anyone to beg, homeless or not.

        All this article like the others prove is media don’t have a clue what homeless means or are deliberately avoiding it for the sake of an article.
        If your living off someones sofa,temp housing,hostels,shelters and even in some places, hotels and bed and breakfasts, your also classified as homeless because you don’t have your own permanent residents.

        “go home to a bed at the end of the night”.

        I think the writer of this article knows this so uses the term home loosely so as not to cross the boundary of a night. Further more the premise for the ID cards is pathetic and quite possibly a rue as if they have a home to go to, they would hardly be seen queuing up to sleep on a bus.

        This professional beggar angle is getting tired now as its being used far to often as a means to demonize the homeless in the public’s eye just so a city and or town can use it as a vehicle to push/hide the homeless, massively increased by this government.
        They like to tell you of stories of addiction, self infliction yet if you speak to many, many lost their homes because of a lack of money,jobs and benefits while others come from social care for young people and people with mental health problems.

        Only the other day media tried to insist a homeless person who helped victims in the Manchester bombing was playing the field.

        You cant live off no chance of gaining work and benefits or worse still sanctioned benefits while being on the street or bobbing between sofas and hostels. How many people who still have a home but resort to stealing mars bars do you need before you look beyond the veneer. Whats next, the nurses and police using foodbanks are professional beggars.

        Converting buses, suggesting the use of cargo containers as well intentioned as they are, simply mask a massive failure of affordable protected and safe housing.

        doug

        June 16, 2017 at 8:34 am

      • Yes I thought, and am sure, that begging is illegal, Doug.

        It is a very strange article and a stranger, and ill-thought out proposal.

        Does it mean that if you have a special licence you will be allowed to beg – that is, on the authority of the people running the homeless bus?

        I think not.

        Andrew Coates

        June 16, 2017 at 11:00 am

      • DWP threat to cut benefits of Hull rapist Alec Lowther’s victim and leave her homeless

        http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/dwp-threat-to-cut-benefits-of-hull-rapist-alec-lowther-s-victim-and-leave-her-homeless/story-30392916-detail/story.html

        If she hadn’t had gone to the papers, i don’t doubt she would have ended up on the streets. More interested in saving face than actually doing there job in the first place.

        Individual support, they don’t even know who the hell we are let alone care. Money before people is this governments motto.

        doug

        June 16, 2017 at 9:03 am

      • Do they mean ‘homeless’ or ‘rough sleepers’? You can be technically homeless but still have a roof over your head e.g. living in temporary/unsuitable accommodation. Most, if not all, Big Issue sellers are only technically ‘homeless’.

        The Big Issue

        June 16, 2017 at 9:22 am

      • Like the Town Tall Licensing Committee having the power to override Guv’mint rules and issue Begging Licenses?

        London 'ackney Driver

        June 16, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      • ‘Cuse me, mate, you’ve dropped your ‘h’.

        Bob 'oskins

        June 16, 2017 at 12:56 pm

  17. I had to go back twelve jobs in Universal Jobmatch to find one thats even been looked at “viewed”.Its not possible to tell on other sites but given the applications sent its not surprising that its been very tough and hard going.

    Its a lot worse out there then coverage suggests.Theres still hardcore unemployment no one should be fooled.

    ken

    June 15, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    • Its actually a mix of unemployment and underemployment, something ive been reporting on for ages. What the books look like as so to speak and what it actually is on the ground is to different things. From changing measurements, how measurements are calculated, what they actually mean, difference between a guesstimate and bean counting,rising national borrowing, rising personal debt, etc, etc.

      doug

      June 16, 2017 at 12:57 am

    • Where I live jobs advertised on UJM have become very sparse, e.g., five hours a week cleaning from Monday to Friday ten miles away – so one hundred miles of travel to get five hours of minimum wage work.

      Absolute shit.

      And when you want a decent job the feeling that you’re having the piss taken out of you.

      Dime Bar

      June 16, 2017 at 7:14 am

      • signed on the other day – said did not use UJM as a pile of stinking ^%$£ – new advisor agreed…

        Gazza

        June 16, 2017 at 4:01 pm

  18. Low income families forced to walk ‘relentless financial tightrope

    Survey by debt charity finds many families going without food, furniture and new clothes as they struggle with huge debts

    Breadline Britain.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jun/14/low-income-families-forced-to-walk-relentless-financial-tightrope

    ken

    June 15, 2017 at 8:50 pm

  19. UK welfare benefits fall short of international standards

    http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2017/06/uk-welfare-system-international-standards/

    How many international bodies,statistics will this government ignore before they have to admit, their welfare policy failed and is still failing.

    doug

    June 16, 2017 at 8:49 am

  20. What the hell does plummeting sanctions got to do with housing benefit overpayments ?

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/west-dunbartonshire-fraud-cases-lost-10628295

    doug

    June 16, 2017 at 9:06 am

  21. In-work claimant suing DWP for compensation after tribunal forced DWP to reverse PIP decision.

    http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/news/15352541.Disabled_grandfather_wins_nine_month_battle_to_get_his__vital__benefits_back/

    Love it and its just a shame more who had there decisions reversed by tribunal cant or couldn’t follow this course of action. Who knows, maybe a legal group will take up the mantle in such cases and just add the cost to the compensation they seek.

    doug

    June 16, 2017 at 1:17 pm

  22. NOTE THE FIRE SPREAD PATTERN

    AGAIN NOTE FIRE PATTERN

    doug

    June 16, 2017 at 1:57 pm

  23. LOOKS LIKE ITS GOING TO BE LESSONS LEARN’T AGAIN.

    Rydon are climbing behind the building regulations and if correct the last time i checked, it wasn’t illegal to have a shitty conscience.

    WHAT EVER DO I MEAN

    There’s absolutely no way Rydon can say they didn’t know this material would do what it did. Across the trade we all attend product promotions,courses etc, we all look at out industry world wide so not only do we know whats in these things, we all know how they fire test. There’s scores of incidents all over the world of this stuff failing. Now what bothers me is Rydon isn’t coming out saying they recommended other materials but saw it rejected or if so who did reject it.

    All i see and i hope im wrong is money being offered, regulations changed like always and no one being hung for what easily could have been avoided.

    If anything Rydon and any other companies involved in such work currently should be made to stand down till such time as the regulations are changed. I bet that doesn’t happen though.

    doug

    June 16, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    • “The PE panels which conform to UK standards but are rated as “flammable” in Germany, putting them in the same category as “unprotected wood with a thickness of no more than 12mm”.”

      http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/grenfell-tower-cladding-could-been-10631983

      Seems like these el-cheapo tiles are industry standard:

      “Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) said it had a “robust” system in place to minimise the risk of fire and prevent it spreading. ”

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-40306667

      Why not a reassurance that the cladding tiles are fireproof? Because they are not – they are clad with highly combustible material. High-rise flats in the UK are a death-trap! Witness the scenes at the town hall down here in London. ‘They’ don’t give a shit if the poor get burnt to death!

      First Responder

      June 16, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    • The young man, clearly agitated, his eyes red from tears or the acrid smoke, pointed up at the blazing tower above us. “We’re dying in there because we don’t count,” he shouted hoarsely.

      On Wednesday morning, low burning anger flickered around the police cordon as people stood staring at what used to be their homes.

      By yesterday, among the heartbreaking messages and condolences on the memorial wall was written: “Justice for Grenfell – Jail those Responsible.”

      Nearby, someone had summed up a growing feeling in a few well-chosen words, saying: “I remember watching the film Titanic and thinking ‘wow, I can’t believe that they put poor people at the bottom of the ship without life jackets and life boats to save them’. This feels like the housing equivalent.”

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/were-dying-because-dont-count-10631261

      Paramedic

      June 16, 2017 at 7:38 pm


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