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Esther McVey on the Way Out?

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Steve Bell 5.7.18

Esther Tries to Ride out the Storm.

Our Newshawks spotted this one:

Esther McVey has to go. Her downright lies are dangerous

In a world of fake news and downright mendacity, lying to parliament may seem like just another day in politics. But the work and pensions secretary Esther McVey’s non-apology in the Commons on Wednesday, deliberately repeating fabrications about the universal credit (UC) disaster, takes indifference to facts to a new level of insolence.

The comptroller and auditor general, Sir Amyas Morse, who is in charge of the rigorously independent National Audit Office, has a reputation for strict propriety and extreme circumspection in his public comments. It takes unprecedented misrepresentation of an NAO report to force him to take the extraordinary step of publishing his letter of reprimand to the minister in charge of the Department for Work and Pensions. What else can he do when this minister has the effrontery to refuse to meet him? She plainly takes a Trumpist approach to inconvenient realities, so why bother meeting this annoying nitpicker?

McVeyism is everywhere. Duncan Smith, the architect of UC and many other calamities in one of the most disaster-causing political careers of our time, had the gall to tell parliament that Morse’s report is “a shoddy piece of work”. As he appears on our screens day after day propounding preposterous Brexit unrealities, broadcasters should ask if there comes a point when a politician found responsible for an act of such monumental failure is stripped of all public credibility? As for McVey, her deliberate misleading of parliament is considerably worse than the actions that led to Amber Rudd’s resignation as home secretary earlier this year after she inadvertently misled the home affairs select committee. But there is no sign of any such honourable resignation from McVey.

Our friends in the Mirror report,

Esther McVey faces calls to quit after apologising for misleading MPs about benefits shake-up

Labour demanded a probe into whether the Work and Pensions Secretary broke the Ministerial Code after her humiliating climbdown over Universal Credit.

Labour Shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Trickett demanded Mrs May investigate whether Ms McVey broke the Ministerial Code – which governs Whitehall ethics.

He wrote to the Prime Minister: “I urge you to conduct a full investigation into [Ms McVey’s] conduct to determine whether she knowingly misled Parliament.”

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Margaret Greenwood said: “The NAO report is damning about the roll out of Universal Credit, the Government’s flagship welfare programme.

“If she didn’t read it properly, that’s incompetence. If she did read it properly and knowingly misled Parliament, then she should resign.”

Lib Dem welfare spokesman Stephen Lloyd said: “ Esther McVey ’s contempt for inconvenient facts and independent, reputable bodies such as the NAO shows she is unfit for office. Theresa May should replace her.”

Commons Work and Pensions Committee chairman Frank Field added: “I’ve never seen a letter from the National Audit Office like this before in the 40 years I’ve been in Parliament.

“It’s clearly a call to end this Trumpism in British politics when you think you can stand up and say anything about what any other people have actually said.”

PCS union general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “The apology from the minister will do nothing to convince those using Universal Credit, or our members who administer it, that the scheme works.

“The fact that the Auditor General has felt the need to make a public statement that the minister’s claims that Universal Credit is working are not ‘proven’ is a damning indictment.”

But who would have guessed that the far-right Mail would say this?

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey is facing calls to quit after issuing a grovelling apology for misrepresenting the findings of a Whitehall watchdog.

Ms McVey has said sorry for ‘inadvertently misleading’ MPs by wrongly claiming the National Audit Office (NAO) had concluded benefit reforms were working.

The admission in the House yesterday came after the NAO went public with a spat over a report it published last month savaging the government’s flagship benefits shake-up.




This is her last known Tweet:


If she won’t resign boot her out!


Written by Andrew Coates

July 5, 2018 at 10:08 am

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  1. Liers the lot of them, change needed asap.

    loath them, which is why my tribunal was cancelled.


    July 5, 2018 at 10:19 am

  2. Reblogged this on michaelsnaith.


    July 5, 2018 at 11:08 am

  3. Poly Toynbee hasn’t pulled any punches. She has called McVey a liar. Polly is not stupid. She is not going to make such a statement unless it is demonstrably so. Toynbee is not going to risk prison or having to sell her Tuscany villa to settle a libel suit. This then begs the unfathomable question — why is LIAR McVey, a Cabinet Minister of the British Government who LIED to Parliament STILL in a job?


    July 5, 2018 at 11:12 am

  4. On Twitter some have suggested that in the age of Trump being a kenspeckle Liar, even about important public business for which you are responsible, is not longer a disqualification for high office.

    Andrew Coates

    July 5, 2018 at 11:20 am

  5. In his defence, IDS does know a thing or two about “shoddy pieces of work” having “gave birth” to the unmitigated disaster that is universal credit.

    Universal Car Crash

    July 5, 2018 at 11:30 am

  6. In this day and age provided you can garner enough support from your supporters you can say anything you like about anything you like and not be held to account, unless someone sues you personally for slander or libel and drags you through the courts. Trump lies and lies and lies and lies. Esther McVey has lied and lied and lied and lied but I bet she won’t be sacked or resign. In today’s world, these days, truth matters much very much less than popularity and platform.

    Politics has begun to resemble religion; more a matter of faith and belief than fact and reality.


    July 5, 2018 at 12:12 pm

  7. Voting the ‘copyright directive’ that might make it impossible to share a newspaper on social networks or find it on a search engine.



    July 5, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    • MEPs reject controversial copyright law

      MEPs have voted to reject a controversial copyright law in its current form, deciding to return to the issue in September.

      The law would have put a greater responsibility on individual websites to check for copyright infringements.

      But the web’s inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and others had expressed concerns about the proposed rules, which they said threatened internet freedom.

      Opponents greeted the decision as a victory.

      Julia Reda, a Pirate Party MEP who had campaigned against the legislation tweeted: “Great success: Your protests have worked! The European Parliament has sent the copyright law back to the drawing board.”

      BPI Music, which represents UK record labels, had supported the bill and tweeted: “We respect the decision… we will work with MEPs over the next weeks to explain how the proposed directive will benefit not just European creativity, but also internet users and the technology sector.”

      Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales told the BBC he hoped that the music industry could find a way to compromise before the September debate.

      “Don’t think about filtering everything everyone uploads to the internet. That’s a pipe dream but you are never going to get that,” he said.

      Instead, he added, they should look to renegotiating deals with platforms such as YouTube to get “fairer remuneration”.

      More here:


      July 5, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    • The proposed legislation must have been bad. Just look who was pushing it. It was the same fascist fuckers behind it who brought us ISP blocking of ‘file-sharing’ sites; life imprisonment for downloading shit or being in possession of a Kodi box.

      “The combined clout of Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox Placido Domingo and David Guetta wasn’t enough to persuade MEPs to make sweeping changes to copyright law.

      They were among 1,300 musicians who urged politicians to enact a law forcing sites like YouTube and Facebook to use filters that would stop users illegally uploading their music.


      Who supported it?

      Supporters of the rule changes say they would improve copyright rules, giving intellectual-property protection to news and video content.

      On Wednesday, Sir Paul McCartney wrote to MEPs urging them to vote in favour of the changes.

      “Today, some user-upload content platforms refuse to compensate artists and all music creators fairly for their work while they exploit it for their own profit,” reads the letter.

      “The proposed Copyright Directive and its Article 13 would address the value gap and help assure a sustainable future for the music ecosystem and its creators, fans and digital music services alike.”

      Centre-right German MEP Axel Voss was in charge of pushing through the legislation and recently published a video intended to counter what he called “fake news” about the legislation.”

      The Pirate Party

      July 5, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      • I only just noticed the Paul McCartney, ‘Sir’, involvement today.

        It does not make me think highly of the millionaire tunester.

        Andrew Coates

        July 5, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      • The issue is simple for musicians, its time you go back to the old days, you know the ones where you only got paid for a live gig. Make your little videos there where we can see first hand whether or not your good enough to warrant paying in the first place rather than releasing effectively photoshop videos covering up voices,inconsistencies and probably the most disturbing fact, the need for female artists these days to bare as much flesh as they can to cover up a subpar voice.
        Whether these artists like it or not, a lot of people on the net DONT spend their time on homepages looking at what new and released, we simply don’t have time so resort to our preferred up loaders that these artists should give a job and salary to as that’s where most of their advertising comes from when we talk getting the word out and not those antiquated greedy bloated advertising and PR companies.

        These artists might want to watch themselves as they may well find their audience will push back on them.


        July 5, 2018 at 6:34 pm

      • The likes of ‘Sir’ Paul McCartney would have us believe that gigs don’t actually make them any money. Touring is a ‘loss leader’ to sell ‘albums;. So that is why we have rock ‘dinosaurs’ such as ‘the Quo’, ‘Rolling Stones’, ‘Sir’ Paul McCartney touring well into their 70s and beyond. Oh no, not another ‘Sir’ Paul ‘comeback’ tour. Yuk! Pass me a Horlicks and ear-plugs!

        'Sir' Mick Jagger

        July 5, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    • ..


      July 5, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      • Can you still tape music? Blimey! All my bootlegged music these days is digital, mostly MP3s and FLACs.


        July 5, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      • We still tape the ‘Top 40’ off of Radio One on a Sunday evening on our dual-tape ghetto blaster ;D

        The C60s

        July 5, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      • Thing is they’ve been saying that copying music and films will kill the music and movie business and yet there seems to be more music and films available than ever before. So as far as I’m concerned Paul McCartney, who has a personal fortune estimated at over £100,000,000.00 in 2018, will still be able to afford a crust of bread if people bootleg his songs all the hours of the day and night.


        July 6, 2018 at 7:47 am

      • Morning Pop-pickers.:D Here’s a very interesting factoid for you 😀 Did you know that the Lennon/’Sir’ McCartney track* ‘Yesterday’ is the most played tune on the radio 😀 and even more interestingly a radio station somewhere at any moment in time will be playing this track 😀 Kerching! 😀 Did we mention royalties? 😀 Better not then 😀 And talking of lovely lolly did we mention how much we give to charidee? 😀

        Have a fab-tastic day 😀

        Smashie & Niceyxxxxxxxx

        *well, actually written and composed by Theodor W. Adorno but we don’t want to spoil ‘Sir’ Paul’s party 😀

        Smashie and Nicey

        July 6, 2018 at 8:18 am

  8. Facebook finds Independence document ‘racist’


    YouTuber in row over copyright infringement of his own song


    You see, this is what happens when you make website providers responsible for things and how so easily it can and does go very wrong.
    Time to stop the rot, stop the virtue spouting, labeling that pollutes the political,commercial spheres and incites certain members of the public to behave like sniveling illogical children.


    July 5, 2018 at 6:46 pm


    [video src="http://video.dailymail.co.uk/video/mol/2018/06/20/904155436422705364/640x360_MP4_904155436422705364.mp4" /]

    Report here:



    July 6, 2018 at 8:35 am

    • Try this link for the video above:

      [video src="http://video.dailymail.co.uk/video/mol/2018/06/20/904155436422705364/640x360_MP4_904155436422705364.mp4" /]


      July 6, 2018 at 8:37 am

  10. Classic moment:

    Andrew Coates

    July 6, 2018 at 9:21 am

  11. Todger

    July 6, 2018 at 9:41 am

  12. A global economic “recovery” without wage increases


    When was UC first talked about and forwarded for implementation, that’s right 2010 and so a damning conclusion this government knew what this report professes is very far from untrue. The great welfare reform and UC is a direct indictment government knew people would need financial assistance as work wages stagnated for those earning low wages,knew work hours would become less frequent and random.

    The top 50% of tax income payers contribute to around 90.6% of total tax revenue, the top 1% contribute to around 28% of total tax revenue. Its not hard to see not only where the money goes but how very less most workers have to live on. While the money rapidly travels up stream its rotation back to the bottom is perversely hampered. The more a person hordes money and or allows it to travel around in a small financial circle/s (ie expensive car makers,million plus house market,etc), the less we see it get used at the lower end.
    While some profit isn’t a bad thing, a large amount certainly is so it high time we look to control both size of profit and wealth to ensure those individuals and businesses cant capitalize any further beyond a certain point.
    By capping wealth be they a individual or business, we remove these players from the game and so allow others to begin to capitalize while those removed begin redistributing their attained wealth via spending and living. Only by doing this can we force the rotation of money to speed up while maintaining the opportunity for another person to potentially capitalize. This is just one method of many that can address the heavy imbalance our current system plagues us with.


    July 6, 2018 at 11:27 am

    • Things is though that income tax, inheritance tax and capital gains tax have all been cut to benefit the rich and therefore the reason that the rich and super-rich are paying so much tax these days can only be because their taxable wealth has increased hand over fist. They’re paying a bigger proportion of the overall tax take because that have grown exponentially wealthier not because they are being taxed more!


      July 6, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      • Well that’s obvious as taxes is a percentage.
        Taxing these people more does not change a thing besides the figures now showing they pay 99% of all taxes and that is a regressive answer to a problem. Whether you tax or don’t tax, they still acquire money at a faster rate. Im sure a lot of people think this but believe it or not, if we striped all the wealth and redistributed it, we actually wouldn’t be that better off. Sure your have more than you originally had if you were at the bottom but none the less most certainly wouldn’t be close to being a millionaire or even having enough money to live off till you die. Its the same with this basic income and why it wouldn’t work if people lack the ability to be able to capitalize on it.


        July 7, 2018 at 10:07 am

      • Even if “they” pay 99% of the tax “they” are still getting richer hand over fist while those in the bottom 10% get poorer, Doug, partly because they lock their wealth away as appreciating assets, e.g., luxury property, businesses and land. The tax system needs to consider both income for taxable purposes and assets.

        Historically wealth amongst the wealthy generally grows faster than economic output. All other things being equal, faster economic growth will diminish the importance of wealth in a society, whereas slower growth will increase it but there are no natural forces pushing against the steady monotonic concentration of wealth amongst those already wealthy; only a burst of rapid growth (from technological progress or rising population) or government intervention can prevent economies from returning to the “patrimonial capitalism” that worried poor old Karl Marx.

        Unless government intervenes unbridgeable inequality is inevitable. The “natural” human lifespan in the absence of proper nourishment, medicine, hygiene etc., is 25 to 30 years, but because we, as a society, decide to intervene and provide help to individuals, paid for mostly by the rich to help the poor, in our society the “average” life expectancy these days is over 80. And the same holds true for income. Without intervention and redistribution millions of people around the world would starve and suffer. In fact the beginnings of changes which might lead to such things happening in the UK, can be seen by the food bank dependency growing exponentially on these shores since 2010, as a direct result of government shirking former responsibilities and concentrating more on tax cuts, to win support electorally, than ensuring the health and welfare of all of its citizens, including the non-working, sick and disabled.

        So: What can we do? Basically the only solution seems to be to adopt a global tax on wealth, in order to prevent soaring inequality leading to economic or political instability spawning conflict and war eventually down the road.

        It isn’t capitalism versus communism, doug, it’s mathematics.


        July 7, 2018 at 11:55 am

      • But they have already paid taxes,you cant just keep finding another excuse to tax them again because you cant control the rate at which they accrue.
        Only by removing them from the board at a certain point and putting them into a position to only be able to spend will you make that money flow the other way.
        The rule of the game is simple, you make a certain amount and instantly you have to retire from all forms of money making directly or indirectly.
        All taxation will do is keep them on the board longer, take even more money out of the system, it never ends unless you end the individual/business.
        Taxation is primitive caveman talk as you only ever going to take a mere percentage far far lower then the rate at which money is syphoned off.


        July 8, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      • I think you must have missed the word “global” in my comment, doug. Tax is whatever the powers that be decide that tax is: in the seventeenth century the government of the day taxed windows since the more windows you had the bigger the house you had and the richer you were! You say that “they” have “already” paid tax as if what is taxed and how much it is taxed is inviolate, but it isn’t it is whatever the political and secular powers of the day decide that it is. However, in order to stop people transferring wealth from one country to another to secure the lowest rates of taxation global agreements need to be arranged to curb tax evasion by the very rich and super-rich: taxing income is not enough since most wealth is not liquid but held in the form of material assets and it is these assets than need to be brought further within the compass of the tax system to unlock as much of that “frozen” wealth as possible for reinvestment and redistribution.

        If governments don’t act the future is this:



        July 9, 2018 at 6:27 am

      • Traversing the past is precisely why we are where we are now, tired old political, economical systems that are nolonger applicable when dealing with the quantum, global, national, it makes no difference.
        I tell you what todger, give us the total net worth of all these non liquid assets combined so make sure to deduct mortgages,loans,debt, owed taxes,anything accepted as part of a business,etc and this is an important one, any of the assets in whole or part that have been used collateral.


        July 9, 2018 at 10:05 am

  13. Andrew Coates

    July 6, 2018 at 11:34 am

  14. Trump blimp will fly over UK Parliament when he visits Great Britain.


    July 6, 2018 at 12:01 pm

  15. How can McVey get away with lying like this? and how can IDS get away with his “shoddy” comment? the pair of them should be held accountable.


    July 6, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    • How can Theresa May say that the NHS will get more money from a non-existent “Brexit dividend” and get away with t? In the age of Trump politicians can say anything they like and promise impossible things and get away with it.


      July 7, 2018 at 9:43 am

      • There needs to be more serious emphasis on accountability. It’s like truth is not only considered subjective but has now become optional.


        July 7, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      • That’s true. Politics has become like religion, i.e., based on faith and belief rather than bald facts and truth. This is one of the reason things like Universal Credit go wrong. They are based on “belief” rather than evidence or data. I well remember Iain Duncan Smith being challenged on all sorts of things from cuts, caps, sanctions, and freezes etc., accused of implementing things that could never, would never, work as expected and always answering along the lines of “I believe that they will” even though they never did.

        “The Bedroom Tax will not rehouse 250,000 over-occupiers in under-occupied properties”

        “Well I believe it will.”

        It didn’t of course and nor did Universal Credit help cure poverty, doing far more harm than good as we know.


        July 8, 2018 at 5:59 am

  16. Reblogged this on seachranaidhe1.


    July 6, 2018 at 12:38 pm

  17. Will jobcentres be closed on the 40 days of National Mourning following the death of the Queen?

    Charles & Kamila

    July 6, 2018 at 6:17 pm

  18. Making the disabled work for their medicine – Life in Trump’s America

    Do Poor People Have a Right to Health Care?

    The 16 Kentuckians who recently won a lawsuit challenging the legality of Medicaid work requirements include a law student with a rare heart condition, a mortician with diabetes, a mother of four with congenital hip dysplasia and a housekeeper with rheumatoid arthritis. It’s a mixed bunch, united by two grim facts: They live at or below the federal poverty level, and they’re caught in the cross hairs of a debate over what society owes its neediest members.

    Their lawsuit argued that insisting that people work a certain number of hours a month in order to receive Medicaid benefits, like other requirements the state was planning to demand, is illegal because it runs counter to Medicaid’s purpose — to ensure that low-income people have access to decent care. The lawsuit also contended that such requirements would imperil the plaintiffs’ health by depriving them of the only medical insurance they could afford. The new rules, which would have stripped recipients of their benefits if they failed to meet monthly hours-worked quotas and strict reporting standards, were simply oblivious to the realities of low-wage living in Kentucky, and America in general…

    New Yorker

    July 8, 2018 at 5:55 am

  19. New Yorker

    July 8, 2018 at 5:56 am

  20. New Yorker

    July 8, 2018 at 5:58 am

  21. A bungled Universal Credit roll-out is forcing some Ashford claimants to travel more than two hours on public transport to sign on – in Folkestone.

    With the issue affecting some 6,000 properties, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says it is “working to resolve it as quickly as possible”.

    Traditionally the following villages were aligned with Ashford Jobcentre in Dover Place: Mersham, Smeeth, Sevington, Aldington, Kingsnorth, Appledore, Hamstreet, Kenardington and Ruckinge.

    But after the government’s so-called flagship reform scheme went live in May, all of the villages were aligned with the Folkestone Jobcentre instead.

    08 July 2018


    Andrew Coates

    July 8, 2018 at 11:21 am

  22. Housing ‘shake-up’ could save £3bn on the welfare budget


    Remember this chestnut, i remember ringing up a certain housing association who took on board this task/s regarding applying for a job doing this very thing for them. Low and behold when asking questions about qualifications being required in dealing with people with health problems both physical and mental, ex offenders, the gentleman cut the conversation short citing a prior obligation he had forgot about and only just remembered. He promised to call me back much like the so called revrend promised the electrician that had fitted and commissioned the transformed cargo crates would that never ever came.

    The only reason for government to use housing associations over say ingeus,shaw trust,etc is that they are already receiving welfare funding via housing benefit not to mention council tax relief so programmes are cheaper to run with greater profitability than the existing industry. With most people claiming UC, legacy type benefits also claiming housing, you can just see how claimants will get locked into this and wow, you can just imagine the level of depth, tracking could be conducted at.
    You can also imagine these associations clambering to house the homeless now there is a carrot dangling.

    It will certainly be interesting to see how this develops.


    July 9, 2018 at 10:45 am

    • Nudge theory applied to Housing, comply or become homeless . The bastards will stop at nothing.


      July 9, 2018 at 11:41 am

  23. […] Esther Tries to Ride out the Storm. Our Newshawks spotted this one: Esther McVey has to go. Her downright lies are dangerous Polly Toynbee In a world of fake news and downright mendacity, lying to … Source : https://intensiveactivity.wordpress.com/2018/07/05/esther-mcvey-on-the-way-out/ […]

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