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Esther ‘Poor Law’ McVey Clings on like a Limpet.

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Esther McVey Tries to Weather Cabinet and DWP Storm.

Fun and games at Chequers,

It seems that Esther McVey did not need the taxi.

Unlike David Davis she has not resigned in the wake of the Brexit Bust-up.

She did not sound off about “polishing turds”, no doubt little concerned about the quality of her regular stool production:

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”.

Kent on-Line. 8th of July.

Like a limpet she is clinging to office, making these sounds…

Some, such as Esther McVey, sounded off about Brexit compromise.

So let us pause and have a look at her.

This, which appeared yesterday,  is a harsh, but essentially kind hearted, summary of our Boss’s politics,

Will Hutton.

 For Brexiters, truth is what you believe – even if it’s a lie

Esther McVey is a passionate Thatcherite believer and fully paid-up Eurosceptic – crucial attributes for success in today’s Conservative party. But her faith is a closed, druidic belief system that, whatever its dubious merits 40 years ago, now has no relationship with today’s economic and social realities.

She is work and pensions secretary, charged with delivering the biggest change in the welfare system for more than half a century – consolidating six income-based benefits and tax credits into one: the universal credit.

There were good arguments for trying to simplify the system – one means test rather than many – but the reality is that it was complex because the lives and circumstances of Britain’s tens of millions of very poor people are also complex. But the belief of the Thatcherite architects of universal credit, notably Iain Duncan Smith, was that the complexity was encouraging claimants to game the system, creating a dependency culture and making poverty worse not better. Best consolidate the six benefits into one in the name of simplicity – making it available only to those in desperate and obvious need who cannot pass the tough availability-to-work tests – save billions in welfare payments and end the dependency culture.

In his and now McVey’s mind the intent was what mattered – even if it is obvious that reality means that universal credit is de facto a regression to the Victorian poor laws, offering a mean, inflexible payment to the “deserving” poor and varying degrees of destitution for the rest.

Last week reality closed in on McVey. The independent National Audit Office (NAO), beleaguered custodian of reality, has a responsibility to tell the truth. Its report last month was damning. Not only was the system operationally faulty, but pilots showed that many claimants were worse off, with a significant minority not receiving any benefit at all. It should not be extended until these faults were remedied. What’s more, it did not promote employment and was not value for money.

Amazingly, McVey told the House of Commons, under questioning, that the NAO, notwithstanding its criticisms, wanted the rollout of universal credit to be accelerated. Last week Sir Amyas Morse, auditor general, published an open letter to her. The NAO had decidedly not said that. Rather, it had suggested the opposite: a pause while the issues it raised were addressed. He wanted the record set straight. Two hours later, McVey apologised to the Commons for misleading it. But she made no commitment to address the new system’s deep faults.

It was shameless, a degradation of our public life. But sealed in the bubble of her ideology, protected by a rightwing press locked in the same bubble, she was able to get away relatively unscathed – despite Labour calls for her resignation. She may have overtly lied: but the greater integrity, she will have told herself, was to be truthful to her beliefs.

We await Esther’s Resignation: Now!

Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has lied to Parliament – her false claim that the National Audit Office was concerned about the slow pace of the Universal Credit Universal Credit rollout has been exposed as a fabrication by an open letter from Sir Amyas Morse of the National Audit Office clearly stating that this was “not correct”.

McVey’s lie is a deliberate one – intended to distract from the actual content of the National Audit Office’s report of Jun 15 which highlighted the hardship Universal Credit caused to claimants. 1 in 5 are not being payed in full on time, 40% are experiencing financial difficulties and 25% said they couldn’t make an online claim.

The report also stated that the Universal Credit system was “not value for money now, and that its future value for money is unproven”. This proves what Disabled People Against Cuts have always said – that Universal Credit is an expensive white elephant which undermines provision for disabled people, those without work and the low-paid. McVey has lied to throw dust in the eyes of Parliament and the public because our calls for this damaging policy to be stopped and scrapped are being proved to be well founded.

That McVey has given this false information knowingly is without doubt; in his letter to McVey on 27 June Sir Amyas Morse wrote: “Our report was fully agreed with senior officials in your Department. It is based on the most accurate and up-to-date information from your Department. Your Department confirmed this to me in writing on Wednesday June 6 and we then reached final agreement on the report on Friday June 8.”

The Cabinet office’s own standards state: “It is of paramount importance that Ministers give accurate and truthful information to Parliament, correcting any inadvertent error at the earliest opportunity. Ministers who knowingly mislead Parliament will be expected to offer their resignation to the Prime Minister”. Other ministers who have misled Parliament such as Priti Patel have been expected to resign – there should be no exception made in the case of McVey.

It is clear that in her fanatical pursuit of creating a hostile environment for disabled people and other claimants Esther McVey has breached this code, knowingly misleading Parliament over the position of the National Audit Office regarding Universal Credit.

We call on Esther McVey to resign now – if she refuses to do the right thing and go we call on The Prime Minister, Theresa May to sack her.

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Written by Andrew Coates

July 9, 2018 at 10:35 am

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  1. David Davis gone. Next Theresa May gone. Brexit Tory Suicide. UC Suicide. Everything to do with the Tories is suicidal. Tory suicide at Food Banks. £50 Billion Welfare Reform Bill. Tory Human Rights suicide.

    General Election – Tory suicide death.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 9, 2018 at 10:48 am

  2. If Esther does eventually, hopefully, resign or get the sack I reckon she ought to apply for a job with Donald Trump. The current president of the United States is an even bigger liar than Ms McVey, likes liars, and is partial to foreign blondes with funny accents, actually marrying two such ladies, and let’s not forget that Esther is a spinster of the parish, in her fifties, and therefore probably open to offers.

    Todger

    July 9, 2018 at 10:51 am

  3. If the liar goes another liar will probably appear.

    I mean they’ll need to keep up with their crap of how wonderful the reforms, UC etc is.

    whoknew

    July 9, 2018 at 11:09 am

  4. I think the icing on the cake came the day she claimed before the select committee that people who signed off had found work yet when pressed for collaborating evidence like HMRC tax receipts for individuals, all she could do was produce how many signed off and nothing else.

    From there on out her political life took a serious tumble to a point so low, she had to run away to Tatton purely because it was the only conservative stronghold available to secure reinstatement back onto the stage.

    She is as her career media credentials proves nothing more than a propagandist of spin who cares absolutely not for the public over her selfish ambitions.

    doug

    July 9, 2018 at 11:53 am

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

    https://www.24housing.co.uk/news/housing-shake-up-could-save-3bn-on-the-welfare-budget/

    Remember this ideology. 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 in the coming months.

    doug

    July 9, 2018 at 11:57 am

  6. Christian doctor sacked by Tory assassins the DWP for refusing to identify patients by their preferred gender instead of their birth.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6728399/christian-doctor-sacked-patients-preferred-gender/

    Violet

    July 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm

  7. Violet

    July 9, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    • God bless Us, Every One.

      Tiny Tim

      July 9, 2018 at 8:22 pm

  8. Reblogged this on michaelsnaith.

    snaithmagmailcom

    July 10, 2018 at 5:13 am

  9. CABINET CRISIS
    Cabinet crisis: the watch list – will they stay or will they go?

    “Esther Mcvey.

    The work and pensions secretary was at the top of the Downing Street watch list last night amid speculation that she could follow David Davis and Boris Johnson and resign over the government’s Brexit strategy.

    Ms McVey, 50, who was appointed to the cabinet in January, has been conspicuously quiet since Friday’s meeting at Chequers. She was also one of the “Foreign Office plotters” who met on the eve of the gathering to try to force the prime minister to change direction.

    But despite being a strong opponent of a soft Brexit Ms McVey may decide that her best interests are served by remaining inside the tent. No 10 backed her last week when she was forced to apologise to the House of Commons…”

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cabinet-crisis-the-watch-list-will-they-stay-or-will-they-go-esther-mcvey-liam-fox-penny-mordaunt-chris-grayling-rqbd0rz0c

    Andrew Coates

    July 10, 2018 at 10:52 am

  10. Andrew Coates

    July 10, 2018 at 10:56 am

  11. New Brexit secretary Dominic Raab wanted UK to negotiate with EU to scrap workers’ rights

    Labour says David Davis’s replacement ‘has long harboured ambitions to slash vital workplace protections’ after revelation he called for abolition of laws that limit how long employees can be forced to work for.

    Meanwhile

    New Housing Minister Kit Malthouse Admitted Making Homeless People’s Lives ‘Uncomfortable’

    All the right people in place then. as in mcvey

    whoknew

    July 10, 2018 at 11:07 am

    • (am on a Twitter binge…)

      Andrew Coates

      July 10, 2018 at 11:22 am

      • Another twat then, it continues on.

        It’s time for an election

        whoknew

        July 10, 2018 at 11:30 am

      • Jesus Christ! The future of the country as far as leaving the EU goes is in the hands of this little shit. You couldn’t make it up. I thought David Davis was a dick (claiming that negotiating a free trade deal with the EU would be easy) but Raab? Holy shit! Honest to God! Unbloodywellbelievable!

        Shagnasty

        July 10, 2018 at 8:15 pm

  12. Five ways to fix Universal Credit as rent arrears hit £24m

    Housing federations from across the UK call on ministers to reform the “flawed” controversial benefit system

    https://www.bigissue.com/latest/five-ways-to-fix-universal-credit-as-rent-arrears-hit-24m/

    ken

    July 10, 2018 at 1:28 pm

  13. Universal Credit is a ‘flawed’ system, housing organisations warn

    Universal Credit is a ‘flawed’ system, housing organisations warn
    A group of housing organisations yesterday warned that Universal Credit is ‘flawed’ and is causing debt, suffering and hardship for millions.

    https://www.localgov.co.uk/Universal-Credit-is-a-flawed-system-housing-organisations-warn-/45646

    ken

    July 10, 2018 at 1:29 pm

  14. Reblogged this on seachranaidhe1.

    seachranaidhe1

    July 10, 2018 at 5:18 pm

  15. I think that McVey – who once said she would like to be Prime Minister – must have realised that in reality she isn’t going to rise any higher up the greasy pole than her current position and will therefore stick grimly to her current post like shit to a blanket for as long as possible.

    She won’t resign on principle because she has no principles, only ambition.

    Shagnasty

    July 10, 2018 at 8:11 pm

  16. I’ve tried several times to sign the DPAC McVey petition but it won’t work, maybe it’s my phone so I’ll try again in the library . It also says it has 0 signatures every time I ve looked ?!

    trev

    July 10, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    • It says (13.00):

      13,561 have signed. Let’s get to 15,000!

      Andrew Coates

      July 11, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      • Yeah I managed to sign it on the library computer this morning, must have been my crappy old phone, I need a new one but have no money.

        trev

        July 11, 2018 at 2:34 pm

  17. Andrew Coates

    July 11, 2018 at 2:40 pm

  18. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    July 11, 2018 at 10:00 pm


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