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Forever Amber, Rudd: She’s Back and No More Mrs Nice Lady!

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Forever Amber: “If you had better sense you’d have learned by now that nothing thrives so well as wickedness”

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“It was a position of no mean prestige, and of considerable activity.”
― Kathleen Winsor, Forever Amber.

Not only that, but she’s spread her wings!

 

A Happy Amber today:

Tipped for Greater things!

Amber Plans to build on her past successes!

 

Written by Andrew Coates

July 25, 2019 at 10:00 am

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  1. Jo Swinshit and Caroline Lucas who are demanding a second EU referendum are also stating that if the result is a second vote for Leave they will refuse to uphold this democratic decision.

    Faariqah

    July 25, 2019 at 10:20 am

    • And now Priti Patel wants a blockade of Ireland to force them to drop the backstop. Back to the days of the ‘potato famine’ Girl power gone crazy!

      Irish Rose

      July 25, 2019 at 3:57 pm

  2. Suppose Amber will receive a second ministerial salary for the ‘Women and Equalities’ post.

    Nabeela

    July 25, 2019 at 10:23 am

  3. Boris next bit on the side Amber Rudd.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 25, 2019 at 11:04 am

    • Definitely, without doubt. His ‘partner’, or punchbag if you believe the ‘Guardian’ looked like a frightened rabbit caught in a car’s headlights as she stood outside Downing Street yesterday.

      And according to Wikipedia Boris is an American!

      Born:Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, Jun 19, 1964, New York City, US

      Lafiza

      July 25, 2019 at 11:29 am

      • Yep! Boris could be Prime Minister and/or President of the United States!

        Soothsayer (no relation of Leo Sayer)

        July 26, 2019 at 11:33 am

  4. Boris will be gone before 31st Oct 2019. Going for the record of shortest serving PM.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 25, 2019 at 11:05 am

    • But who will step into Boris size 12 shoes?

      Lafiza

      July 25, 2019 at 11:24 am

      • Cinderella?

        Buttons

        July 26, 2019 at 11:34 am

    • Not a chance Stepping. With Corbyn as the only ‘opposition’ the Tories are set to rule for some time yet.

      Dave Blunt

      July 25, 2019 at 11:34 am

  5. I’m back! And this time it’s personal!

    Amber Augusta Rudd MP

    July 25, 2019 at 11:09 am

  6. ‘A turncoat is a person who shifts allegiance from one loyalty or ideal to another, betraying or deserting an original cause by switching to the opposing side or party.’

    Amber Gambler

    July 25, 2019 at 11:33 am

  7. Who would call themselves de Piffle ?

    Zac

    July 25, 2019 at 11:36 am

    • An idiot.

      Sarah

      July 25, 2019 at 11:48 am

      • Have you got a job yet Sarah ?

        Zac

        July 25, 2019 at 11:51 am

  8. Just for the record, what is Jeremy Corbyn, supposed leader of the Labour Party going to do about Universal Credit ? Any small thing ? Anything at all ?

    Philip S.

    July 25, 2019 at 11:39 am

  9. DWP officials said earlier this month:
    •If you were paid the full advance into your bank account through fraud and kept it all, you will need to pay the full amount back.
    •If you were paid the full advance into your bank account through fraud and the scammer took a cut, you will need to pay back the portion you kept.
    •If the scammer was paid the full advance into a bank account and gave you a cut, you will need to pay the cut back.

    ” Honestly, I only kept £5 and gave the £1495 to the other guy…”

    Mr.Naughty

    July 25, 2019 at 11:50 am

  10. Of course I haven’t got a job Zac. We don’t exist remember ?

    Sarah

    July 25, 2019 at 11:52 am

  11. Outrage as council strips widow, 86, of nest egg in benefits row leaving her penniless

    A PENSIONER has been left penniless after her local council persecuted her for saving too much of her pension. Mary Morley, 86, who has learning difficulties, saved a little bit of her State Pension every week after retiring aged 65 in 1998. The former chambermaid, who received £149.54 a week, did not want to burden her family.

    Finally in January 2018, following what seems to be the routine surveillance of pensioners’ bank accounts, DWP agents arrived at her door.

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1153831/pensioner-money-council-widow-savings-benefits

    Pensioner ALERT!

    July 25, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    • She should have bought gold Krugerrands and hid them under her stairs. She could have sold them when she needed the money and the council wouldn’t have known about her wealth. Plus when sterling gets devalued her gold would have kept its value.

      Midas

      July 26, 2019 at 8:41 am

      • Even a kilo of gold would easily fit under the stairs 😀 Also useful to trade with when the Shit Hits The Fan ™


        Only £18,893.14 nicker 😀

        https://www.royalmintbullion.com/Products/Bars/RMGM500G

        Fagin

        July 26, 2019 at 9:39 am

      • Here’s a biggie 😀


        Only £463,234.24 knicker 😀

        Fagin

        July 26, 2019 at 9:53 am

      • A kilo of the gold stuff is only £37,601.96. Snap them up while you can 😀

        Fagin

        July 26, 2019 at 9:55 am

      • A classic:


        Britannia 2019 1 Oz Gold Coin only £1187.50

        Fagin

        July 26, 2019 at 10:01 am

      • If the pensioner had only bought five or six Krugerrands she wouldn’t have had over £20,000 in the bank for the council to find and prosecute her over. Six or seven grand would have been squirrelled away under her mattress ready to resell, piecemeal, if she needed cash, and all would have been well.

        Midas

        July 26, 2019 at 11:20 am


      • South African Kruggerand 2018 1 Oz Gold Coin – A bargain at only £1194.11

        Goldfinger

        July 26, 2019 at 11:40 am

      • Record of shame: Why Esther McVey is so unpopular in the place she was born

        You may have noticed that the ECHO regularly reports on the actions of Conservative MP Esther McVey.

        https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/record-shame-esther-mcvey-unpopular-16645987

        ken

        July 26, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    • All Governments are heading towards a cashless society, where every penny one spends must be through a traceable source. In Sweden 90% of transactions are made other than using cash. In another 20 years or even earlier do not be surprised if Governments enact a law that all people must be inserted with a “micro-chip”. Nowhere to hide. If it does happen society must take responsibility for allowing Governments to take control over the people. Complacency is so rife that few people realise exactly what is in store for them.

      Futureshock

      July 26, 2019 at 11:30 am

    • Universal Credit is flawed

      The Universal Credit system is indeed flawed, that five-week wait being a major issue. Another flaw is the link between the DWP and city councils in connection with Council Tax reduction.

      Most Universal Credit (U/C) applicants will apply for Council Tax reduction around the same time as they apply for U/C; this is done through Glasgow City Council or the appropriate council. But the actual interaction between U/C and GCC takes place towards the end of that five-week wait.

      https://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/17800301.universal-credit-system-flawed/

      ken

      July 29, 2019 at 9:06 pm

  12. Andrew Coates

    July 25, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    • Yeah, but what she actually said was that Boris would make bloody good company to go out for a drink with but she wouldn’t want him driving her home afterwards. Having bumped into Boris on his way round from Westminster that kind of rings true.

      Suffolk

      July 25, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    • She’s right, they all are.

      enigma

      July 26, 2019 at 7:23 am

  13. Andrew Coates

    July 25, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    • In the end it’s all about their political careers. It’s like Snakes & Ladders.

      Alan Turner

      July 26, 2019 at 9:39 am

  14. Desperate help needed. 1000s of ex-barn egg chickens for re-homing. We’ve currently moved 1000 to Animal Care but there are around 5000 in total. Available from #animalcarelancaster £2 per chicken. £1 had to go to the place to match the meat man and £1 donation to the charity. Please pass on and help if you can. Egg farm thankfully closing down… they are a bit bald in places from where they have plucked themselves and each other but their feathers will come back good as new, and they will still be very good layers 🍳 and very friendly to boot!! Collection from Animal Care Lancaster Blea Tarn Road Lancaster Lancashire 01524 65495 #rehome #animalcarelancaster #batteryhens

    An Appeal

    July 25, 2019 at 3:40 pm

  15. Esther McVey appointed as the new Minister for Housing. She promises that by 2020 all homeless rough sleepers will own their own cardboard boxes.

    Abracadabra

    July 25, 2019 at 5:17 pm

  16. Rudd has been credited in the press and within government as heralding a “reset” on the disastrous new welfare system Universal Credit. She has certainly made the right noises and tweaked a few bits and bobs to suggest she understands more how terrible the reforms are than any of her predecessors did.

    https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/welfare/2019/07/cabinet-audit-what-does-amber-rudd-work-and-pensions-and-women-and

    The fallout from local government preassure from other groups’ and the now endless media attention was more likely to do with it and its still far from being a safety net made worse by the dependence on technology .

    They say that forgiveness is the mark of great leadership,putting differences to one side to an end result but in this case there’s a much wider worry what after the EU for the country?

    Perhaps its just me but I dont have any confidence in this type of politics’ of center stage and the rest the audience its not a true way to gain popularity something the Conservatives have heavily relied on.The running down/decline that we have seen in the past forty years has been seen to be heavily flawed brought declined confidence that has a poor long term projection.We’ve never competed with Germany and France.Only an opinion but.

    ken

    July 25, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    • But it’s still a programme of forced employment. Because that is what Universal Credit is all about.

      Dave Blunt

      July 25, 2019 at 8:41 pm

      • Yep, that’s about the size of it.

        Sam Waller

        July 26, 2019 at 9:30 am

      • Sweated labour at minimum wage.

        Fred Hartley

        July 26, 2019 at 9:41 am

      • Unite day of action against Universal Credit, Thursday 1st August

        As always with events of this nature, one-off days of action called by national bodies like Unite are no substitute for the ongoing work of building power among claimants at a local level and on a day-to-day basis, but they’ve got to be better than nothing.

        http://guerillawire.org/politics/unite-day-of-action-against-universal-credit-thursday-1st-august/

        ken

        July 26, 2019 at 4:26 pm

      • But what about the people who simply don’t want to work? Are they going to be forced to work?

        Freda Hartley-Brewer

        July 26, 2019 at 10:22 pm

  17. It’s just like the bankers, they buggered the country with their financial schemes. Then they beggared the country trying to get out of it.

    Dave Blunt

    July 25, 2019 at 8:39 pm

  18. Jo Swinson has started a petition to get a ‘much needed’ statue for her ‘heroine’ Maggie Thatcher built. Only 100,000 signatures needed to get Mrs T’s memory cast in stone.

    Fatima

    July 26, 2019 at 8:14 am

  19. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

    A6er

    July 26, 2019 at 8:55 am

  20. Unless and until the Labour Party return to centre-ground politics, they will never form a government again.

    Political Sage

    July 26, 2019 at 9:34 am

    • @political sage – And I would add to that , unless the Labour Party get rid of Jeremy Corbyn as leader, they will never form a government again.

      Malcolm Hartford

      July 26, 2019 at 9:51 am

      • Poor old Jezza. He hasn’t got enough go in him these days to read things that people have written out for him to say during PMQs. Like John Snow on Channel 4 News poor old Jezza fluffs his lines and loses his place. Can’t we have Yvette Cooper as Labour leader? I reckon with somebody intelligent and sparky like her Labour might have a chance to make some progress and my bet is that antisemitism would vanish once and forever, overnight. Like a knackered pit pony put Jezza out to pasture and allow him to grown some nice peas and runner beans quietly on his allotment.

        Percy S.

        July 26, 2019 at 11:59 am

  21. The new cabinet is full of sacked ex DWP & Disabled ministers. State Sponsored Murderers.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 26, 2019 at 11:01 am

  22. With so many aggressive egoists in his cabinet, after having promised the world, I don’t reckon Boris Johnson will remain Prime Minister for long. He isn’t going to get a deal from the EU that can get through the House of Commons. Parliament has also stated that it won’t allow Johnson to take the country out of the EU without a deal. Result: The fall of Boris Johnson and his government followed by a general election which the Tories will probably win (without a majority) since Corbyn’s Labour party seems to be losing members and support from floating voters hand over fist as the antisemitism farrago rages on and on and on. If Corbyn was a real leader with any power and courage antisemitism would have been stamped out in the Labour party years ago.

    Mason

    July 26, 2019 at 11:46 am

    • I don’t reckon Boris Johnson will remain Prime Minister for long.

      I don’t think he will.It has to be asked what will happen to these flash in the pan politicians sounding more like Mr T.Once this episode is over and the EU have delt with the british experience once and for all they have to be commended for their patience and tolerance in the face of totally unexceptable at times provocative behavior.

      Not so long ago it was.

      US president, visiting London, says ‘part of being friends is being honest’ as he lays out perils of leave vote in EU referendum

      https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/22/barack-obama-brexit-uk-back-of-queue-for-trade-talks

      ken

      July 26, 2019 at 2:05 pm

  23. Or how about a statue of a LibDem with a giant carrier-bag with the words ‘Sold Out For 5p’ written on it ?

    Alan Turner

    July 26, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    • A statue showing a LIbDem sneaking away from parliament with his hat pulled down low over his face ?

      Tom Sutton

      July 28, 2019 at 10:09 am

  24. Warnings over Universal Credit debt mountain

    Camden owed £1.3 million in rent arrears from tenants struggling with benefits system

    NEARLY three-quarters of council tenants on the new Universal Credit system are in rent arrears, leading to fresh calls for it to be halted and reviewed.

    by virtue of having to claim Universal Credit their household finances are severely stretched and challenged, and the government is making it worse. We’ve hired three new additional debt advisers in the past year, to try and help residents and tenants who are on Universal Credit cope with the changes and get them through the difficulties.”

    http://camdennewjournal.com/article/warnings-over-universal-credit-debt-mountain

    ken

    July 26, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    • Any social security system that put the poorest and most desperate claimants and only the poorest and most desperate claimants into debt and rent arrears by design needs looking at. How something quite as bad as this ever got rolled out as far as it has without a complete redesign is baffling. It’s incredible – unbelievable! Incredible, unbelievable and a complete and utter national disgrace.

      Jim

      July 26, 2019 at 5:13 pm

  25. “Rudd has been credited in the press and within government as heralding a “reset” on the disastrous new welfare system Universal Credit. She has certainly made the right noises and tweaked a few bits and bobs to suggest she understands more how terrible the reforms are than any of her predecessors did.

    But, as I’ve written before, her rhetoric is rather different from the reality of what’s actually changed in that Department.”

    Cabinet audit: What does Amber Rudd at Work and Pensions and Women and Equalities mean for policy?
    The political and policy-based implications of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Minister for Women and Equalities.


    ANOOSH CHAKELIAN today:

    https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/welfare/2019/07/cabinet-audit-what-does-amber-rudd-work-and-pensions-and-women-and

    This is from what the NSS journalist said ‘before’ –

    February 2019,

    “Spin: Delaying the roll-out of Universal Credit and having a more cautious approach instead
    Reality: Delaying a vote on the roll-out, while sticking to the existing timetable – complete with the “test and learn” plan that was already in place before Rudd came in: no overall delay, pause or policy change
    A lot of cheery headlines accompanied Rudd’s decision in January to delay Universal Credit’s roll-out – something both the Labour party and poverty campaigners and charities had long been urging. A “pause” or “delay” has been a battle-cry of the policy’s opponents, so this move from Rudd made it look like she was listening to them.

    But this wasn’t a real delay. All Rudd actually did was postpone a vote in Parliament. Originally, MPs were due to vote on moving three million existing claimants onto Universal Credit as part of the managed migration process. Rudd simply pushed back a vote with a potentially embarrassing result for the government.

    Around two million people will move onto Universal Credit this year anyway – via a new claim or a change in circumstances that changes the benefits they need – according to a figure from the architect of the policy, Deven Ghelani.

    Managed migration is neither postponed nor cancelled. The government is still insisting that all claimants will be on Universal Credit by its existing deadline (prior to Rudd’s announcement) of December 2023. So overall, there’s no pause or delay.

    Spin: Avoiding rent arrears and evictions by paying landlords directly
    Reality: A new system will put the onus on private landlords to request rent directly, but housing payments going straight to claimants remain the default.

    Under legacy benefits, housing benefit was paid directly to the council or landlord, depending on your type of accommodation. But under Universal Credit, in most cases the housing element is paid directly to the claimant.

    This is a problem because payment delays, underpayments, and the challenge for tenants budgeting under a new system, have increased rent arrears and the risk of eviction. Landlords are more reluctant to rent to Universal Credit claimants.

    Plenty more here in this excellent article:

    (eg: Spin: Admitting that Universal Credit leads to food bank use
    Reality: Announcing no new policies to fix this)

    https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2019/02/amber-rudd-audit-she-really-reforming-universal-credit

    Andrew Coates

    July 26, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    • This is absolutely true. Amber Rudd is less aggressive than McVey. And she could see that the best way to push forward the great programme of Universal Credit, was by adopting a more diplomatic approach. Make a few non-essential changes to UC, and a big fuss as if something wonderful is being done. But underneath all this, making sure that the main Universal Credit roll-out goes ahead as planned. It’s pure ideology in action. The end of traditional unemployment and benefits in this country, and the start of something else altogether.

      Jeff Smith

      July 26, 2019 at 8:18 pm

  26. Housing benefit is set to go for everybody by 2023, including old age pensioners, destined to be subsumed into universal credit. Will very elderly and frail people have to pay their landlords directly when this happens unless their landlord requests direct payment from the DWP? As far as I know very little information about universal credit and those of pensionable age has leaked out. I haven’t read anything about how the old age pension and other benefits are going to be integrated with universal credit. This is a minefield yet to blow up in our faces.

    Jim

    July 26, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    • Remember, these are the same Tories who suggested a couple of years ago, that those retired on a State Pension could still be available for ‘light agricultural work’ like fruit-picking.

      Alan Turner

      July 26, 2019 at 8:07 pm

      • Only somebody who had never sweated and strained to pick fruit for hours in the blazing sun could possibly think that retired people over 65 could labour like that for long. That’s the problem with these people. They have no experience in respect to what they are trying to get people to do when implementing policy. They think that because MPs and Peers can carry on “working” into their seventies, eighties, even nineties, so must manual workers, labourers, people who work with their hands. Most can’t. Even the few that can normally don’t want to. And beyond that what farmer in his right mind would want to employ men and women beyond the retirement age to do hard work in their greenhouses or fields? Older people are normally much slower when doing physical work than younger people: immigrant labour entering the UK is always from the young end of the age spectrum.

        Jim

        July 27, 2019 at 7:02 am

      • SNOOTY MPs have built a wooden gate in a public underpass – to stop rough sleepers thronging outside their Commons entrance.

        But it has sparked a bitter row with a homeless people’s charity accusing them of erecting “barriers” while talking about action to solve the problem.

        https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9600559/mps-build-gate-public-underpass-barring-homeless/

        ken

        July 28, 2019 at 6:11 pm

  27. Anyone else beginning to think Brexit is a population control experiment?
    Kill off the “the weak” and “vulnerable” saving money on disability allowance and the NHS
    Sounds bat-shit crazy but we live in strange times.

    Tabana

    July 26, 2019 at 6:51 pm

  28. “But these weren’t the kind of monsters that had tentacles and rotting skin…they were monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don’t recognize them for what they are until it’s too late.” ― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

    Thought for the Day

    July 26, 2019 at 10:30 pm

  29. Regardless of his politics BoJo at least looks the part. He acts, talks and walks like a PM. He commands like a leader. Unlike Komrade Korbyn, Wee Cranky Sturgeon, Jo LImpDems, , Leanne Wooden Plank, , Caroline Mucus

    Comply or Die

    July 27, 2019 at 8:45 am

    • So did David Cameron… and look where he got us!

      Wallflower

      July 27, 2019 at 9:53 am

    • No wonder the Tories are keen to call an election. Frankly, what sort of opposition do they have ?
      It wouldn’t suprise me to see them win again, or go into coalition with the ever-flexible LibDems.Where principles take second place to expediency. Coalition 2 – The Armageddon

      Henry Mortimer

      July 27, 2019 at 10:40 am

    • Unless BoJo starts borrowing money hand over fist he won’t be able to keep his promises at which point people will start hating him. Better to have an election before that point is arrived at. My bet is that we’ll have a general election before the end of the year before BoJo loses his mojo!

      Whey-hey!

      July 27, 2019 at 6:15 pm

  30. How soon will it be before we start seeing domestic service as a job option on Universal Credit ?

    Augustus Bartlett

    July 27, 2019 at 10:30 am

    • Augustus, have you tried to find domestic staff these days ? It is a real problem I can tell you, some of the agency staff are quite frankly too awful to employ.

      Claudia Forthingfield

      July 27, 2019 at 5:05 pm

      • I saw a maid chewing gum the other day, in the conservatory ! Agency staff of course, so what do you expect ?

        Priscilla Vine

        July 28, 2019 at 11:50 am

      • How dreadful for you my dear, but what can one do these days ?

        Hermione Chalmers

        July 28, 2019 at 11:55 am

  31. If life in the UK get too much (under Universal Credit) you can always claim Asylum in another country. Yes, under International Law, because that is what the UK is signed up to, gives you the unalienable right to claim Asylum in any country anywhere in the whole-wide World.

    Henrietta Braithwaite

    July 27, 2019 at 3:14 pm

  32. Hello comply or die
    As a regular on Welfare Central do you or anyone have any information on why the website closed down?

    blimey2016

    July 27, 2019 at 5:01 pm

  33. Islington Jobcentre Plus survey: Many people feel disrespected, discriminated against and pressured to take unsuitable work.

    One respondent said: “I was criticised for not filling things in correctly, [which] caused stress and humiliation.

    https://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/islington-benefit-claimants-feel-disrespected-at-jobcentre-plus-survey-suggests-1-6183993

    ken

    July 27, 2019 at 6:59 pm

  34. Amber Rudd, Amber Rudd,
    Riding through the glen,
    Amber Rudd, Amber Rudd, with her DWP men,
    Feared by the bad,
    Loved by the good,
    Amber Rudd, Amber Rudd, Amber Rudd.

    Will Scarlet

    July 27, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    • Somebody should write a pome about Amber in this vein,

      The Famous Tay Whale

      ’TWAS in the month of December, and in the year 1883,
      That a monster whale came to Dundee,
      Resolved for a few days to sport and play,
      And devour the small fishes in the silvery Tay.

      So the monster whale did sport and play
      Among the innocent little fishes in the beautiful Tay,
      Until he was seen by some men one day,
      And they resolved to catch him without delay.

      William Topaz McGonagall,

      http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/gems/the-famous-tay-whale

      Andrew Coates

      July 28, 2019 at 2:39 pm

  35. Boris Johnson is going to borrow billions and spend billions. The exact opposite of what the coalition and later Conservative minority government told us. Cut the deficit was the mantra. Squeeze public spending as never before to get back into the black and eventually run a surplus. Were ten years of painful austerity for those least able to bear it unnecessary then? All the people that advocated slashing spending and laughing about the non-existence of a “Magic Money Tree” are now actively planning to pluck its fruit hand over fist like there is no tomorrow and put off paying the piper until later.

    The absolutely awful, black-hearted and reptilian Pritti Patel is now Home Secretary?

    What the fuck is going on?

    Wash 'n' Go

    July 28, 2019 at 8:00 am

    • A take-over of the planet Earth by a highly-evolved race of reptilian aliens

      Barry Sandwell

      July 28, 2019 at 10:18 am

      • It does kind of look like that 😀

        The Invaders

        July 28, 2019 at 10:32 am

    • BoJo with his borrowing £billions and £billions is like Gordon Broon on speed. Broon squandered £billions on useless crap.

      Felicity de Monteroy

      July 28, 2019 at 10:40 am

  36. Can you imagine the price of plastic carrier-bags if the LibDems get in again ? They’ll be a fiver each.

    Dave Blunt

    July 28, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    • They won’t get in directly. But they are hoping to form another coalition with the Tories. Jo Swinshit has prime-ministerial ambitions. That was what May was hinting at when she said there was a few potential female Prime Ministers in the Commons: she meant Swinshit, Patel, McVey? If Swinshit makes it to ‘Deputy Prime Minister’ the title Nick Cegg oh-so loved all it needs it for something ‘bad’ to happen to Boris and she is in No. !0. Swinshit will say, do, take up any ’cause’ or kiss any baby to get there.

      Jabbadah

      July 28, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      • Or at least Swinshit thought May meant her going by the look on her face ;D

        Jabbadah

        July 28, 2019 at 12:32 pm

      • Patel is Home Secretary though, so it is only one small step for her to No.10. If Swinshit, Patel or McVey are ever Prime Minister, it doesn’t bear thinking about.

        Jabbadah

        July 28, 2019 at 12:34 pm

  37. To all you extinction rebellers: you personally not reproducing won’t stop overpopulation in the long run. Even if you personally don’t reproduce, other people will reproduce in large numbers, and their descendants will inherit the earth. Simple! 😀

    Winoika & Winston

    July 28, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    • Trouble is as more and more people compete for ever diminishing resources as deserts grow, sea levels rise, arable land shrinks and wars start breaking out over things like fresh water supply millions will be culled by famine, plague, disease and violence reducing population by means of sterility and death. Ever wonder why lemmings jump off ice floes? Answer: Too many lemming competing for too little food, forcing the poor little buggers to try to emigrate to find more. Darwin hit the nail on the head. One of the species now most in danger of going extinct is us, homo sapiens.

      Immacolada

      July 28, 2019 at 1:44 pm

  38. Surge in the number of people on the brink of homelessness or been evicted as welfare reforms hit families hard

    A senior councillor says he blames the UK Government’s controversial universal credit system for the spike.

    The system was introduced in Inverclyde in October 2015 and around 5,700 local people are now claiming UC.

    Cllr Chris McEleny says it is driving people into poverty and leaving some without a roof over their head.

    He says the situation will deteriorate as the UK Government is aiming to move individuals still in receipt of ‘legacy benefits’ onto UC next year.

    https://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/news/17797076.surge-number-people-brink-homelessness-evicted-welfare-reforms-hit-families-hard

    ken

    July 28, 2019 at 5:56 pm

  39. I just wish Amber Rudd would mind her own business about who is working or not. And stop trying to palm people off with the idea that Universal Credit is something wonderful – it isn’t.

    Dave Blunt

    July 28, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    • I’m sorry Dave, but you are just going to have to work, and that is all there is to it. And superted too that naughty boy.

      Amber

      July 30, 2019 at 9:59 am

      • But Amber, clearly Dave and superted simply do not want to work. How can it fair and just, and more importantly in line with the Conservative value of ‘compassion’ to force human beings into work against their will. It is barbaric!

        Daphne-Claire de la Delavallée

        July 30, 2019 at 11:42 am

      • @Daphne-Clair, how right you are my dear. It is awful, this dreadful campaign of forced work. It’s nothing short of socialism !

        Priscilla Fortesque-Smthye

        July 30, 2019 at 5:21 pm

  40. The latest phase of the controversial and complicated Universal Credit system has now started in Harrogate in a move which may affect 10,000 people.

    The Department for Work and Pensions told the Harrogate Advertiser reacted to concern over the introduction of ‘managed migration’ for all existing benefit claimants with a list of reassurances, including a pledge that people on the trial will be given three months to transfer to Universal Credit, a system in which all new claimants must wait five weeks for their first payment.

    https://www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk/health/revealed-universal-credit-pilot-starts-in-harrogate-1-9903367

    ken

    July 29, 2019 at 9:05 pm

  41. You better watch out, you better not cry
    Amber Rudd is back in charge

    She knows that you’ve been skiving
    Not doing what you should

    Still being unemployed
    Instead of working and being good

    She’s bringing in Universal Credit
    Just to help poor people like you

    No more unemployment
    A real job to do

    You’ll have to sign-up soon
    Whoever you are

    No running away
    No matter how far

    You better watch out, you better not cry
    Amber Rudd is back in charge

    Random Rodney

    July 30, 2019 at 9:39 am

  42. Und here again ve see ze Universal Credit as fantasy-objekt..
    Created in ze mind of ze sufferer.
    Ze idea, so stupid, zat one can enjoy low-paid poverty.
    From zis to believe a vonderful future awaits.
    False projection syndrome, or Fehlprojektionssyndrom
    As ve say in German.

    Docktor R. Heinkel

    July 30, 2019 at 10:16 am


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