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The Sun Launches a “Campaign” to Make Universal Credit “Work”.

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While Sun Bleats People Take to the Street.

The Current Bun has a way with weasel words,

Hard-working families are being punished for working and forced into debt due to the shambolic roll-out of Universal Credit – but The Sun’s got a plan to Make it Work

The government must act NOW to fix these problems, here’s what we demand:

  • Get paid faster: The government must slash the time Brits wait for their first Universal Credit payments from five to two weeks, helping stop 7 million from being pushed into debt.
  • Keep more of what you earn: The work allowance should be increased and the taper rate should be slashed from from 63p to 50p, helping at least 4 million families.
  • Don’t get punished for having a family: Parents should get the 85 per cent of the money they can claim for childcare upfront instead of being paid in arrears.

Like, really…

That will solve everything…

These stories are more its style:

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You can’t help feeling the Murdoch Press has now changed to follow this example:

This might have some effect, as opposed to the Cor Blimey Wealthy Sun’s tears:

The Tories laid into it before it began:

Meanwhile a decent paper which has not just jumped on the bandwagon reports:

 

 

Written by Andrew Coates

December 17, 2018 at 12:22 pm

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  1. Do you have to buy the comic to get the FREE 120 XMAS TV Mag or can you just take it like… ?

    Tea Leat

    December 17, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    • The Hillsborough disaster. The Sun murdering scum. Banned in Liverpool.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 26, 2018 at 7:23 am

      • Theresa May fucks a dead disabled person.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 26, 2018 at 7:24 am

      • The Sun agrees with fucking dead disabled people.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 26, 2018 at 7:25 am

  2. Do you have to buy the comic to get the FREE 120 XMAS TV Mag or can you just take it like… ?

    Tea Leaf

    December 17, 2018 at 1:22 pm

  3. Reblogged this on sdbast.

    sdbast

    December 17, 2018 at 2:39 pm

  4. Now the Sun’s saying.

    We’ve put together a guide that may help if you’ve been left with less money this month

    The reality is more like left penniless.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/7999757/how-to-get-help-if-universal-credit-payments-stop-reduced/

    That paper with getting britain back to work headlines,its all been said before.Perhaps the Sun can fix the country too!

    ken

    December 17, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    • It is intensely crap.

      The Mirror has a serious campaign, that’s been going on for months, with real journalists out doing reports.

      They well..

      Wot next, the Daily Sport jumping in on the act?

      Andrew Coates

      December 17, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    • You know how you tell when a newspaper’s circulation is dropping? It launches a ‘campaign’. Jeez, the Morning Star – ‘mouthpiece of the Communist Party’ circulation is so low – like one – it has a ‘Campaign of the Day’. That is what these whichever-way-the-wind-is-blowing campaigns are all about. Does anyone really think that Ruprick Murdick and the Scum have had a Road to Damascus conversion and genuinely give a flying fig about Universal Credit claimants? And why don’t these comics emblazon their circulation figure on the front cover any more?

      Read All About It

      December 17, 2018 at 6:19 pm

  5. It did look for a while as if the Sun was getting some basic humanity about Universal Credit. But of course they were only joking. Anything to sell a few more copies.

    Alan T.

    December 17, 2018 at 9:28 pm

  6. Reblogged this on michaelsnaith.

    snaithmagmailcom

    December 17, 2018 at 10:30 pm

  7. Why are they no ’emergency funds’ being set up to help the victims of Universal Credit? Human beings are starving, human beings are being made homeless, human beings are dying because of Universal Credit. There never seems to be a shortage of ’emergency funds’ when it comes to politicians’ pet projects. Virtually a day doesn’t go by when a politician is announcing funding for some ’cause’.

    Aborigine

    December 18, 2018 at 11:21 am

    • Ministers have announced that 11 new “rough sleeping hubs” will be established next year through a £4.8m project aimed at tackling rising levels of people in England sleeping on the streets.

      Unveiling plans for the centres, the government said thousands of vulnerable people will be able to receive specialist support to address mental health problems and provide immediate shelter and rapid assessment for rough sleepers.

      It will form part of the already announced £100m rough sleeping strategy and will be launched in 11 areas in the spring across England, including Derby, Liverpool, Preston, Bristol, Lincoln and Nottingham City.

      The measures coincide with an announcement from Labour, who have also pledged £100m to give every rough sleeper a place to stay in the winter months – funded through a levy on second homes announced at the party conference in September.

      Vote for them or those or even the other!

      https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/rough-sleeping-hubs-homeless-uk-statistics-government-shelter-labour-party-england-a8687971.html

      enigma

      December 18, 2018 at 11:58 am

      • People say that us homeless are all mentally ill, dependent on drugs and alcohol. Well, try being sat on the streets yourself and see how long it takes before you go mad, and take to drink and drugs to knock yourself out from reality. We were once people just like you.

        Homeless

        December 18, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      • People say that us homeless are all mentally ill, dependent on drugs and alcohol. Well, try being sat on the streets yourself and see how long it takes before you go mad, and take to drink and drugs to knock yourself out from reality. We were once people just like you!

        Homeless

        December 18, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      • Those people in Gov yes.

        enigma

        December 18, 2018 at 12:12 pm

  8. Andrew Coates

    December 18, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    • Thier Tory voters, don’t believe a word.

      enigma

      December 18, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    • Cheap nasty sickening headlines that fuel hate,the lowest point has to be the “Cashpoint Holiday”even more now because the national shame they claim to be fixing a system they publically ridicule.

      I’d rather stand shoulder to shoulder with someone on benefits rather a Tory,they cannot stand shoulder with themselves.A divided country is a recipe for continued unease

      ken

      December 18, 2018 at 3:53 pm

  9. UC isn’t to only thing a lack of ID can make difficult to get.

    While many have complained of difficulties getting UC due to a lack of the specific ID its also gone largely unsaid that its near impossible to secure work as well.
    Employers and agencies alike are turning away/rejecting applications from people claiming benefits or not solely on the basis of not having the specific ID they require. If your homeless living on the streets, sofa surfing (cant produce utility bills) then its doubly worse if you cant supply an address were you live.

    So it should come as no startling surprise why DWP is bending over backwards or at least so we are told, trying to help claimants secure ID be it in the form of a loan (laughingly DWP claim to find other ways to establish truth thus making the the whole premise questionable and worthy of investigation). Although ownership is not the total reserve of this current government, it has in sweeping policies more so than others before them put every UK and EU citizen in the position of being labeled non EU, non UK immigrant till proven otherwise.

    Rather laughingly we dont see DWP bound by civil service code (to obey and enforce all law) or these potential employers reporting any of these people and or see them being carted away to detention centers.

    https://www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime

    I would imagine the logic given would be, “well they look like and speak like UK/EU citizens” which leads me straight to the damning point, that of social exclusion.
    The UK has a major trust issue made worse by a government who spreads certain policies that inevitably lead to further exclusion from the basic needs for employment, housing and the right to be treated as a legal citizen without having to prove it (innocent until proven guilty).
    Employers pay a person for what they do, not where if at all they live and or come from.

    There comes a point in any relationship where you have to extend some trust to co exist. The problem we face however is that both governments and businesses despite being and existing around public use have placed themselves above this in their respective ivory towers.
    With globalization still very much alive, with government ever eager to outsource, the situation can only get worse as businesses aren’t held to standards to prevent them directly marginalizing people.
    DWP or so it is said is learning to find other ways to establish truth, isn’t it time businesses were made to follow in tandem, especially with a government continually insisting work is the best way out of social exclusion.

    doug

    December 18, 2018 at 12:38 pm

  10. Why has it taken so long for so many people to see the cruel reality of Universal Credit ?
    It was clear years ago exactly what it was going to be like. Now suddenly even the Sun is going on about it.

    Garry J.

    December 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    • The number of people affected by UC has now passed one million and reached a critical mass which cannot be ignored any more. The media have stopped believing the government and have started noticing how badly people, most of them in some kind of work, are being affected by UC. The fact that a benefit claimant bashing paper in the Murdoch stable has begun to criticise UC publicly (although pretty mildly) is an example of how the tide is turning: the press scent a scandal associated with a failing and unpopular government offering a story which can be pursued far into the future and a story which will sell papers. It’s manna from heaven for the tabloids and even the broadsheets.

      James

      December 18, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    • Garry j.

      Your right, it was obvious from the get go but the public and to an extent still do, did and do not see the forest for the trees. Take the use of the worklessness for example. Government kept wittering on about people who dont work as one of its major selling points for welfare reform which should have meant the use of the word workless and not worklessness. What the public didn’t see in that clever use of the word was that silently government was also talking about the working, namely working people who the government considered in their opinion didn’t work enough. In 2010 6.3 million families, containing 10.1 million children, were tax credit recipients or were receiving the equivalent child support through benefits.
      5.7 million families with children receiving CTC, or the equivalent via benefits and 0.6 million families in-work without children, receiving only WTC.
      Of that 6.3 million, 78% (4.9 million) were all working couples and or single people. Now you can imagine a large portion would have also had housing assistance (HB).
      So when government stated minus pensioners those who claim one benefit or more benefits of a workable age that around 72% of that total was claimants who were IN WORK.
      The agenda was NEVER ABOUT THE UNEMPLOYED which currently resides at 440’000 (JSA) and around 414’000 (ESA) who were fit for work or with assistance fit for work which is around 12.5% of the 6.8 million of workable age claiming one or more benefits today. Even at 20%, even 25%, you can see the largest claimant count is people who are actually working be it 2010 or 2018.

      People see what they want to see, are inherently lazy when it comes to researching stuff and as a result which this government knew and played upon walked right into a trap as they had no idea in work conditionality and cuts for the working was winging its way to them. They never thought for a second when the government were talking that they were actually talking about them.

      So there is your answer Garry that i and others have been trying to tell people from the get go.

      doug

      December 19, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      • doug

        What the Government “got’ was that there were many people who “worked” just a few hours a week to claim full tax credits. Is standing around in a supermarket for a few hours a week really working. These people weren’t really working, doug, and the knew it – and now the DWP knows it! it was SCAM! It was a ‘loophole’. Universal Credit closes it and brings this scam to and end. The Government can be a bit slow at times but eventually they usually catch on. Imagine complaining that you are worse off because your scam has been closed down! But let’s just pretend anyway and stick with the “Universal Credit is making
        workers worse off”. You are right, doug. It’s a disgrace that workers are now going to poorer under Universal Credit! Disgusting! Evil Tories!

        Amber

        December 19, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      • doug

        What the Government “got’ was that there were many people who “worked” just a few hours a week to claim full tax credits. Is standing around in a supermarket for a few hours a week really working. These people weren’t really working, doug, and the knew it – and now the DWP knows it! it was SCAM! It was a ‘loophole’. Universal Credit closes it and brings this scam to and end. The Government can be a bit slow at times but eventually they usually catch on. Imagine complaining that you are worse off because your scam has been closed down! But let’s just pretend anyway and stick with the “Universal Credit is making
        workers worse off” narrative. You are right, doug. It’s a disgrace that workers are now going to poorer under Universal Credit! Disgusting! Evil Tories!

        Amber

        December 19, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      • It wasn’t the two-child benefits cap that stopped me having more children, it was the fact that as someone who rips her fat arse out of bed every morning and actually works for a living , to pay taxes, mortgage, pension, etc. could only afford to have two children and like most I didn’t look to have more kids as a way of extorting money out of the state. Perhaps if those on benefits actually thought about the consequences of raising children on limited means, they might decide to keep their legs closed.

        Starlet

        December 19, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      • @ Amber

        Universal Credit encourages part-time working even more than the old Tax Credits, in fact it has been designed expressly to encourage people to do this. The difference is that people on UC have to see work coaches on a regular basis to try to get more hours, more jobs and/or another job to boost their earnings.

        The DWP ran a twelve month pilot to see how this so-called “in-work conditionality” helped to drive “in-work progression” to use DWP vernacular. They found that in-work conditionality made hardly any difference to the earnings of most of the participants: less than 3% increased their incomes by 10% or more and the average increase in earnings amongst full participants – treated exactly as if they were unemployed and not working at all – was £5.25 per week! Yes! All that in-work conditionality, on average, didn’t manage to make those affected better off by one single hour’s worth of pay at the maximum minimum wage.

        Here’s a link to the official DWP report, so that you can see for yourself how utterly hopeless in-work conditionality is at getting people into more paid work:

        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/developing-in-work-support-for-people-claiming-universal-credit/universal-credit-in-work-progression-randomised-control-trial

        What a massive fail.

        Hammer on the Mountain

        December 19, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      • @ Starlet

        The two child limit on child benefit affects EVERYONE including people separated from partners or widowed. The policy has begun to plunge innocent children, who have done no wrong and never asked to be born, into poverty cruelly and needlessly. In fact Amber Rudd, the latest Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has stated that she is going to “look into” this abhorrent social policy with a view to abolishing it. I really hope this happens because punishing children for the “sins” of the parents is old testament draconian, Victorian, and repellent.

        https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/dec/19/amber-rudd-warns-of-further-delays-to-universal-credit

        Hammer on the Mountain

        December 19, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      • Amber

        You dont seem to understand the credits system.
        CTC is a benefit to help with the cost of raising a child, it has nothing to do with work. You DO NOT need to be working to claim Child Tax Credit.
        WTC is only payable in certain circumstances.
        Aged 25 to 59 qualify only if working at least 30 hours a week.
        Aged 60 or over,disabled,single with 1 or more children only qualify if working at least 16 hours.
        Couple with 1 or more children qualify only if working at least 24 hours between you (with 1 of you working at least 16 hours).

        As you see from the data i supplied in my last post,CTC is the most claimed credit for which like i said has NOTHING TO DO with working. So going by what your saying of working a few hours yet again we see government only talking about 600’000 people (9.52%) claiming one or more credits or more precisely, 3% of 20 million people claiming one or more benefits.

        The financial situation with welfare is two fundamental things that cannot be changed period stroke period.
        1: People of a pensionable age
        2: People permanently disabled/ill is such a manner they will never ever be able to work or be considered for work.

        That’s 83.5% of the 20 million people claiming one or more benefits. It gets higher if we included the 69% of ESA claimants from the support group.

        doug

        December 20, 2018 at 10:53 pm

      • The problem with welfare, doug, is that it artificially keeps people alive who would otherwise perish naturally under a true survival of the fittest system. And that is why Hitler vehemently opposed welfare.

        H Himmler

        December 21, 2018 at 12:17 am

      • H Himmler

        What welfare and the national deficit show us is work is grossly unpaid and or we do not provide any real product or service to the world to generate the funds. Such things are a constant reminder of how well this country is truly not doing.
        Capitalism cant be argued to cure as look at America, a national debt they can never repay and over half of its entire population earning less than $20’000 a year.
        Its easy to assume without welfare that these people would be gone but what you would actually find when talk these 6.3 million is that how we go about living would be vastly different to now. That homeless person would have more likely assumed the place of someone currently earning £50’000 a year as it would be a when men were men world rather than lucky breaks, wealthy families,etc.
        The homeless man may not have perhaps the intelligence to earn that amount of wage but wouldn’t hesitate by force to cull the heard unlike the other guy who isn’t built for real conflict, real challenges.
        What you would see in a hitler utopia is the current top to middle half would be at the bottom of the human rung if not already extinct.
        You only have to look at mad max style dystopia to know brains wouldn’t win and was often subjected to slavery. The kings and queens of these violent worlds certainly weren’t the middle class and wealthy.
        The world would have been massively different to now had Hitler won and certainly not the world you envision.

        doug

        December 24, 2018 at 11:40 am

      • doug

        As usual you are missing the point and conflating. In Hitler’s utopia you certainly wouldn’t see any Stephen Hawking’s on benefits.

        Under our current system we are forced to pay (through our taxes) for ‘policing’ ostensibly to ‘keep us safe’ but we all know the real reason is to protect property rights. To digress, Law is based on MONEY. If you are sentenced for say, murder, your punishment is for the loss of revenue to the Exchequer. Indeed, prison was borne out of the maxim: Time is Money. If you are sat in a cell twiddling your thumbs you can’t be out earning money.

        Anyway, under our present system if the homeless dude tried to take the home of the dude who couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag by force the guy with brains but no brawn would obtain muscle-by-proxy
        i.e. call the cops. It is only when this system breaks down that the dudes who lacks brawn would be up Shit Creek without a paddle. You can already see this simmering under the surface. There are people out there would would kill you without a second thought. It is only the fear of getting caught and the consequences that keep them in check. Of course in such circumstances the dude with no brawn would
        attempt to ‘hire’ the guys with muscle to protect his interests. So we would be back to the system we have now the only difference being that the ‘thugs’ would be wearing different ‘uniforms’. No doubt biker jackets that a lot of police already wear in certain countries.

        Of course you don’t have to use force if you want to seize property. You can do it through political means.
        An Act of Parliament to seize all private property would do it. After all, it is the same State and their agents who at present throw you onto the street when you fall behind with you rent/mortgage payments.

        No one is safe in their ‘castle’. Look what happened to the last Tsar of Russia – Nicholas II. On the night of 16–17 July 1918 the Bolsheviks stormed his palace He and his family were marched down into the basement and summarily executed (shot).

        Be careful what you wish for, doug…;)

        Aristotle

        December 24, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      • Aristotle

        A son of physician, raised by a proxenus. A life of entitlement that without would have never afforded him the luxury of time to philosophize let alone study what he later did. In short he is only known purely because of this basis and thus would have been as insignificant to history as all those he lived among.

        Your right Stephan Hawking’s wouldn’t have been on welfare, he would have already been snatched at birth under the banner of eugenics and cease to exist long long before Hitler would have rose to power.

        Money is a tool that allows commerce between two or more parties that might otherwise not trade. Its not a strong asset and could lose all value in a heart beat unlike an owned physical asset. So when we look at the middle class man and the homeless man it boils down purely to what do they actually own that’s not dependent on others. Bang goes the house, the car, you get the picture and all of a sudden that middle class person is singing a different tune more a kin but not entirely to the latter.

        Take away the credit, cancel all debt and the pretence disappears and states with but these arms and feet i exist. Tell me now who has the wisdom and experience of the effects of hunger and abandonment. Who would flourish in a sea of new arrivals.

        doug

        December 25, 2018 at 12:37 pm

  11. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating! and commented:

    Shameful from both the Tories and The S*n

    A6er

    December 18, 2018 at 5:37 pm

  12. Now here’s some news from a reliable source:

    Andrew Coates

    December 19, 2018 at 12:19 pm

  13. I’ve just spent all morning slaughtering and butchering a load of fine turkeys. Have now loaded them into the van and be taking them to the foodbank while they are still fresh.

    Farmer Brown

    December 19, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    • What are you about? Trying to put starving out of their misery by feeding them raw poultry and giving them a fatal dose of food poisoning?

      Hammer on the Mountain

      December 19, 2018 at 4:25 pm

  14. Shock horror Corbyn accused of calling May a ‘stupid woman’s (Truth hurts.)

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/uk-politics-46619689

    Violet

    December 19, 2018 at 3:49 pm

  15. Lunatic Tory plans of a no deal Brexit war as troops line up.

    Violet

    December 19, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    • Someone will have to stop people from leaving the sinking ship.

      Hammer on the Mountain

      December 19, 2018 at 4:14 pm

      • Troops on the street – it’s not going to happen! Hordes of starving rioters on the streets would mean that London property prices would drop to £0. A LOT of peeps do want it to happen though… thinking they will pick up a few “bargain”, bring about some Bolshy revolution, whatever…. Brexit will end in a fudge not Venezuela or wherever…

        Cara Choc

        December 19, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      • How will we be faced with empty shelves and hordes of ravenous zombies if most of our food is UK produced? We noticed tomatoes from Morocco the other day. Tomatoes have always been form P***o**land or Spain. Supermarkets are probably changing their supply lines as we type.

        100 Days Left

        December 20, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      • Haulage is the biggest problem. Most food comes in by ship or lorry from French ports; some gets flown in but not much. Now if the ships docking and lorries entering the country by ferry or channel tunnel get delayed for border checks you’ll get massive delays in getting food distributed to supermarkets, shops and food manufacturers and shortages as a result. When we had the bad weather last March all the shops and supermarkets emptied in a few days, caused by deliveries being delayed because the roads were impassable. Same thing on a bit smaller scale will happen if we crash out of the EU without a deal.

        Someone once said: “There are small countries in the world who know that they are small and other small countries who don’t know that yet.” The British are going to find out soon just how small they are and just how insignificant their place is in the big bad 21st century.

        Europa is going to KO Britannia in the final round.

        Hammer on the Mountain

        December 20, 2018 at 2:56 pm

      • We’ve just had a plate of New Potatoes with our Brussels Sprouts for lunch – grown by a ‘Farmer Brown’ and a ‘Farmer Jones’ from East Anglia. Are you saying that these have travelled through a French port before landing on our plates in Norwich? This is owt but scare-mongering. May/HMG wouldn’t put up with the nonsensical situation you describe for long.

        Normal for Norfolk

        December 20, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      • Over 50% of British food comes from abroad and 30% from the EU. Britain hasn’t been self-sufficient in food for decades and, with a much bigger population to feed than ever before, is never likely to ever be self-sufficient again. (The UK hasn’t got enough arable land to farm that intensively.) My advice would be to stock up with plenty of tinned and dry non-perishable food before the end of March 2019, if you can afford it, so that you’ll have a bit of a buffer to help cope with any shortages. More likely is that Brexit won’t happen in the spring of next year and will be delayed as the government plays for time.

        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/food-statistics-pocketbook-2017/food-statistics-in-your-pocket-2017-global-and-uk-supply

        Only the British are dumb enough to bite the hand that feeds them… or should I say used to feed them?

        Hammer on the Mountain

        December 20, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      • I think that you will find, Dear Sir or Madam, that the United Kingdom holds all the cards.

        Michael Gove MP

        December 20, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    • Airports, Borders etc

      enigma

      December 20, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      • And if you look on motorways you will see fittings in place to put barriers across 😉

        Fury Road

        December 20, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      • And if you look on motorways you will see fittings in place to put barriers across…. 😉

        Fury Road

        December 20, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      • Holds all the cards? How come that Theresa May came back after a two year negotiation with such a lousy deal then? The idea that the UK (65 million) could threaten or dictate terms to a bloc like the EU (550 million) was always daft and has proven to be daft. My advice would be to: Be afraid, be very afraid.

        Hammer on the Mountain

        December 21, 2018 at 12:09 pm

  16. Amber Rudd, who was appointed to the role last month, said benefit claimants should accept insecure jobs or risk having their payments reduced, prompting anger from MPs who said the warning could push people into exploitative work such as prostitution

    No change from she

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/amber-rudd-zero-hour-contracts-benefit-sanctions-universal-credit-work-pensions-dwp-a8690626.html

    enigma

    December 20, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    • Another from she

      A Christmas bonus paid to benefit claimants since 1972 is being “phased out”, the Tory benefits chief acknowledged today.

      Amber Rudd used the phrase to describe the decision not to pay the £10 one-off sum to new claimants of six-in-one benefit Universal Credit.

      Existing claimants who already receive the bonus will continue to get it, she said, but new claimants under UC will not.

      https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/benefits-christmas-bonus-being-phased-13755652

      enigma

      December 20, 2018 at 1:01 pm

  17. This is my question: If work is the best way out of poverty, as the government maintains, then why has food bank usage continued to increase exponentially year on year since 2010, never peaking, never plateauing, never falling, in a growing economy with the lowest unemployment in forty years and more people in work than ever before?

    The UK economy is growing slowly, unemployment has reached a four decade low, and a record number of people are supposedly now in some kind of paid work and yet poverty is increasing, homelessness is growing increasing, food poverty is rising and child poverty spreading – all social evils that many of us thought had been defeated and abolished forever are growing like weeds, choking and ruining lives in twenty-first century Britain as never before. If work really were the best way out of poverty, with so many people now supposedly in gainful employment, surely food bank usage and allied all poverty related social injustices should be decreasing hand over fist not growing and spreading like a cancer through society?

    Hammer on the Mountain

    December 21, 2018 at 8:03 am

  18. The UK has been a net contributor to the UK for 40 years. i.e. we pay more in than we take out. Our money has been used to build the economies of other economies. And these same countries are now screwing us over on the way out. That is what being a mug does for us.

    The CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) is also why we pay sky-high prices for many foods. The CAP keeps prices artificially high. It does this by means such as paying ‘farmers’ such as Iain Duncan Smith to NOT grow produce or keep livestock, burning/dumping produce at sea/storing it in ‘mountains’.

    The EU is a gravy train par excellence that makes Westminster and the devolved assemblies look like The Holy Trinity.

    As always there are many vested interests at stake peddling their own self-serving agenda but never telling the voting public what they are really about.

    Sponge in the Valley

    December 21, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    • British farming will be decimated if it has to trade with the rest of the world under WTO rules when they lose subsidies from the EU. The British government has said that it will plug the hole initially but after that who knows? Once we leave the EU all the trade deals the EU has negotiated with many other countries around the world will be voided and uncompetitive British farmers will struggle to export their produce abroad. (Sadly they are only now beginning to realise this when it’s too late.) However you spin it the farmers, many of who voted to leave the EU, are going to end up screwed even more than the rest of us and we are all going to bend over an take it for decades to come.

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38510423

      https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/general-election/food-sector-faces-terrifying-tariffs-after-hard-brexit-1-4345486

      Hammer on the Mountain

      December 21, 2018 at 2:53 pm

  19. The UK has been a net contributor to the EU for 40 years. i.e. we pay more in than we take out. Our money has been used to build the economies of other economies. And these same countries are now screwing us over on the way out. That is what being a mug does for us.

    The CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) is also why we pay sky-high prices for many foods. The CAP keeps prices artificially high. It does this by means such as paying ‘farmers’ such as Iain Duncan Smith to NOT grow produce or keep livestock, burning/dumping produce at sea/storing it in ‘mountains’.

    The EU is a gravy train par excellence that makes Westminster and the devolved assemblies look like The Holy Trinity.

    As always there are many vested interests at stake peddling their own self-serving agenda but never telling the voting public what they are really about.

    Sponge in the Valley

    December 21, 2018 at 12:37 pm

  20. Bring back the job seekers allowance, uc seems to confusing at first

    myfinalusername

    December 21, 2018 at 4:44 pm

  21. Drug firms preparing for no-deal Brexit told to sign ‘gagging orders’

    More than 60 non-disclosure agreements in force across Whitehall as part of planning

    Guardian – 23rd Dec 2018

    Pharmaceutical organisations working with Whitehall to maintain medicine supplies in the event of a no-deal Brexit have signed 26 “gagging orders” that bar them from revealing information to the public.

    Figures show that 16 drug companies and 10 trade associations have been asked to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) which prevent them from revealing any information related to contingency plans drawn up with the Department of Health and Social Care.

    It means that the government has now asked at least 60 partners working on no-deal preparations across Whitehall to sign such agreements, angering transparency campaigners and MPs.

    Theresa May’s government has been accused of controlling the release of information about no-deal preparations to try to force Conservative MPs to back the prime minister’s Brexit agreement through parliament.

    Read More:
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/dec/23/pharmaceutical-firms-preparing-no-deal-brexit-ordered-to-sign-ndas

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 25, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    • These drug companies are going to pull out of anything to do with the Tories if gagging orders are imposed. So no medication after Brexit. Dictatorship fail in controlling things. No Contracts.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 25, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      • Resulting in deaths.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 25, 2018 at 4:24 pm

  22. Brexit = British Civil War. Is that within the Tory Party or is it going to spread like a failed dictatorship being overthrown by bomb on drones. The bombers are ready with the drones to blow up the country because the Tories are a failure. The disabled Terrorists with bombs on drones blowing up gagging orders & legal Aid. KEY WORD Now the Tories are interested in the UDF whoops the DUP. Funding terrorists to help Theresa May getting killed politically. Read my fucking words carefully Tories because it will bring you down suicide failure. All of these things the Tories have created & whose is the Tories scapegoats – The Disabled who are a threat to the Tories not the UK Public & seen as fucking scroungers. Because disabled people get treated worst than a terrorist. A Terrorist has Human Rights a Disabled person has no Human Rights. Now Tories get your fucking Cobra meeting going because of security breaches of the Tories own making. Tories kill disabled people for profit. Fuck up & all British Airports will be bombed. Tories you fucking idiots.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    December 26, 2018 at 7:37 am

    • Wake up Tories, now you are interested as assassins against the disabled. Tory Terrorist.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      December 26, 2018 at 7:40 am

      • Tory suicide. So shut the fuck up Tories.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        December 26, 2018 at 7:41 am

  23. And when you went for your payment to go in over the holiday, depression hits even harder worst than being on job seekers.

    myfinalusername

    December 26, 2018 at 7:25 pm


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