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Thérèse Coffey, a Right-winger in Charge of the DWP and Universal Credit.

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Our New Boss with ‘Mate’ Liz Truss.

Coffrey is an ardent Catholic Traditionalist, which, informed sources tell this Blog, helped get her a shore-in by the former MP for Suffolk Coastal Mr John Gummer.

 

For those not familiar with Suffolk Coastal – this writer’s parents were involved in the Labour Party there after retiring and moving from North London – the constituency is ‘solidly conservative” both big and small C, with some pockets of resistance in places like Leiston and a few wards in, say, Felixstowe.

Gummer used to do very little locally, except from a tour around his fief at election times, looking like a character out of a P.G. Wodehouse novel, gracefully blessing the people.

“God bless the Squire and this Relations, and Keep us in our Proper Stations.”

This has not changed.

These are the new MInister’s most relevant views reported in the local press, the East  Anglian Daily Times,

Following Mrs May’s resignation, Dr Coffey backed Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership bid, saying he had “the mojo to make Brexit happen and he can reach out to many parts of the country to deliver a better, brighter Britain”.

Here are some of the features of Coffey’s manor. Like many parts of the country, lost a lot of its council housing years ago. While there are now plans to build actual council houses, much is in the charge of these chancers, Flagship Housing. In what is now East Suffolk Council they are the main people offering places to live for “social housing” “affordable housing”.

This business, claiming the status of a social enterprise, engaged in empire-building across the East of England, is loathed by many of its tenants.

Its main concern is making money out of poor people.

We’re Flagship Group. We provide homes for affordable and market rent, and for sale across the East of England. We maintain our own housing stock and support the communities they’re part of. We do this through our housing arm of the business Flagship Homes, our repairs and maintenance specialists RFT Services, and our gas and boiler specialists Gasway.

This is their latest scandal (August 2019)

‘Callous’ care cuts blamed after bodies left rotting in retirement properties for month

Neighbours have urged Suffolk County Council to reinstate funding for wardens and sheltered accommodation following the tragedies at Mussidan Place in Woodbridge, which is owned by Flagship Housing.

The latest body was found on August 8 after a neighbour noticed the man’s kitchen was infested with flies. Residents believe he had lain there since June, when they first complained about a bad smell. They said they were shocked by the death – but it was not the first to go unnoticed.

Another body was found in February. Neighbours said the dead man’s relative told them it had been there since November last year. They said the bodies would have been found sooner if not for budget cuts stripping away wardens who used to check up on residents.

Valerie Kersey, 74, said: “There’s been a lot of reaction since the latest death. You feel guilty, thinking you should have noticed, and you feel angry. It shouldn’t happen. We’ve been through it twice now.”

But I digress….

 

Just before Parliament was suspended, Boris Johnson appointed one of the most hard-line and divisive women to replace Amber Rudd as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Her voting record reveals a tranche of reactionary views, likely to be offensive to the gay community, women, pensioners and non-smokers. She would also like millions of Europeans who live in the UK to have no right to stay here.

Cigar-smoking Therese Coffey, MP for Suffolk Coastal, would like to lift the ban on smoking in public places, bring back limitless betting odds on addictive gambling machines, and is an opponent of gay marriage.

As a former member of the Commons’ Culture, Media and Sport Committee, in the past she has defended Rupert Murdoch over the phone hacking inquiry and was a staunch supporter of Rebekah Brooks, the former News of the World editor and the current CEO of News UK, who she claimed was a victim of “a witch hunt”.

Further extracts:

Coffey opposed gay marriage in Britain in 2013, following up this year by voting against a Commons measure to extend the right of gay marriage to Northern Ireland. She also supports parents who want to withdraw their children from sex education in schools.

On human rights, she voted both to repeal the EU Fundamental Charter of Rights and the Human Rights Act. She is in favour of allowing discrimination against Indians of lower caste and also wants the human rights watchdog, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, to lose some of its powers.

On Europe, although she voted Remain, she has since been hostile to Europeans from both the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) living here after a ‘no deal’ Brexit. She voted against giving them and their families residential rights, but made an exception for the Irish.

On benefits and pensions, she is a firm supporter of the so-called bedroom tax, under which disabled people have to fund for themselves any extra bedroom for a carer. She does not believe that people who are long-term disabled need higher benefits, wants pensioners in work to pay National Insurance, and supports cutting the welfare bill.

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Written by Andrew Coates

September 11, 2019 at 11:56 am

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  1. Funny,IDS is also a Catholic too. No doubt Ms. Coffey, like IDS, will be a ardent supporter of the Protestant Work Ethic, contrary to Roman Catholic doctrine (see Freemasonry and Catholicism by Max Heindel)

    trev

    September 11, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    • You would hope that a religious woman would have a little more sympathy for those in need. Isn’t compassion supposed to be one of the most important parts of Christianity ?

      John Taylor

      September 11, 2019 at 2:09 pm

      • Yeah, right. Cut from similar cloth to the DUP, probably.

        KJ

        September 13, 2019 at 12:54 am

    • The Catholic religion is all about suffering – I mean their symbol is that of a man being tortured to death on a cross! – and they believe that pain and suffering is good for the soul and makes those who suffer come closer to God. They likes a nice bit of suffering, pain and misery splashed about do them Catholics. Mostly for other rather than for themselves usually.

      INRI

      September 13, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      • might i remind INRI, its not only the catholics who worship christ on the cross…… he is NOT their SYMBOL. he is not a SYMBOL at all. catholicism is not a religion on its own they are CHRISTIANS… MEANING FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST. …as for the pain n suffering you talk about. think you need to go talk to a few modern day catholics.we do not still live in the dark ages. and dont class good god fearing catholics with such as this woman or IDS. both vile creatures.( with the complexion she has shes ripe for a heart attack or stroke i would say.(using my knowledge as an ex nurse) bet she has high blood pressure at least.

        hugosmum70

        September 14, 2019 at 3:44 pm

      • She is what you would classify morbidly obese on the BMI (Body Mass Index). She probably has to go to the doctors to get weighed because bathroom scales don’t read high enough. Most definitely she has high blood pressure – it goes with the territory.

        Staff Nurse

        September 14, 2019 at 4:04 pm

      • nice to see another nurse (ex in my case) agrees with me. not lost my knowledge yet even after 50 years.lol

        hugosmum70

        September 14, 2019 at 4:38 pm

      • Me nan has to go to the doctors to get weighed. If she stands on normal scales she just breaks them lol

        Stacey

        September 14, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    • glad to see you put that in about it being contrary to catholic doctrine. hate it when someone thinks they know about such things yet by their very words you can tell they know nothing about it at all.

      hugosmum70

      September 14, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    • well said….it is contrary to catholic doctrine… they teach the bible the same way as any other church. in the dark ages they used to threaten people that if they missed mass they would spend an extra day in purgatory after they died. and one more for each time they missed mass. back in those days there was a lot of cruelty going on in the catholic churches schools/convents /monasteries etc…. a lot has come to light in recent years. but also what i found was the reason for the purgatory story. the priests were scared cos congregation attendances were falling. so they made purgatory up. back in medieval days the common man wasnt intelligent enough to work this out and indeed if i hadnt seen it for myself on a photocopy of the answer to a question i had asked myself… my question was on one page of a double page and this was on the other page. today its not so prevalent/ most modern day priests dont believe in purgatory. but todays catholic churches are run on the beliefs of the priest in charge at any one time. yes i cant come to terms with these so called catholics in high places who say one thing but do the other which is more often than not a nasty unchristian-like policy they introduce and get passed to the detriment of the people who are vulnerable and unable to fight their corner/

      hugosmum70

      September 14, 2019 at 4:09 pm

  2. I am also finding that a lot of those in the caring industry support conservatives and their auterity.. which i cannot get my head around at all. nurses who are also at the recieving end of austerity, and who come across very ill and very disabled people frequently who are having money taken off them , being told they are not too ill tht cant work when they are laying in a hospital bed in a hospital ward, actually dying. how can nurses vote for these people? but they do. carers who see the results of austerity at first hand, frequently too/// how can they cakll themselves CAREers when they vote the conservatives in. i just cannot fathom it.

    hugosmum70

    September 11, 2019 at 2:34 pm

  3. Come back Amber. Foolish though you were to laid and big up Universal Credit you were at least human much unlike your successor. It is always the faux religious who are the most unforgiving, least sympathetic and often the most cruel. No good will come from Coffey’s appointment. Only suffering results when the devil drives.

    Laurence Corner

    September 11, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    • She should have done the decent thing and scrapped Universal Credit.

      Amber Rudd Failed On Foodbanks And Universal Credit. Will Therese Coffey?
      Our foodbank recently served its 400,000th meal. Meanwhile, the new work and pensions secretary has consistently voted against investing more money into welfare and benefits.

      https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/foodbanks-universal_uk_5d7671b5e4b07521023092fd?

      ken

      September 11, 2019 at 3:58 pm

      • @ken – Right on. UC should have been scrapped. But now it’s too big to fail. Too much has been spent on it. Like the Channel Tunnel, it’s do or die now.

        Andrew

        September 12, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    • There is a good quote that hits the nail in the Coffin. Probably posted on this site someplace.

      Felina

      September 11, 2019 at 8:42 pm

      • “The terrible immoralities are the cunning ones hiding behind masks of morality, such as exploiting people while pretending to help them.”

        – Vernon Howard

        Vernon Howard

        September 12, 2019 at 4:45 pm

  4. The woman is ugly as sin within and without. She will without doubt become a hammer to the poor.

    Colonel Mustard

    September 11, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    • I have only four requirements in respect to women: That they should be human, have been born female, are over the age of consent and have a pulse. As far as Ms Coffey is concerned the only thing I’m sure about is that she’s well over the age of consent. As for the other three requirements, well, I think that at least two other are most probably unsatisfied.

      Kinky

      September 13, 2019 at 3:33 pm

  5. Anybody that ugly has to have a chip on her shoulder and be at odds with the world.

    Kwasi

    September 11, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    • DWP advisers demand ‘urgent action’ on UC claimant commitment health demands.

      The government’s own social security advisers have called for “urgent” action to stop jobcentre staff forcing claimants of universal credit (UC) to take medication or attend medical appointments in return for receiving their benefits.

      The social security advisory committee (SSAC) included the “particularly concerning finding” in a new report about the effectiveness of the government’s universal credit claimant commitment.

      https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/dwp-advisers-demand-urgent-action-on-uc-claimant-commitment-health-demands/

      ken

      September 12, 2019 at 5:14 pm

  6. Jobcentre are sending peeps to mcdonalds. They say it is full time work but when you start they change it to zero hours. Another thing the jobcentre are doing is sending peeps to work for deliveroo.

    Dalila

    September 11, 2019 at 8:29 pm

  7. so we had a ids a dork a mcvile a dud now a ufo pmsl useless fat object that will resign at the first hurdle cos it is so fat it cant jump high enough to make it over the line ,3 months max imo.

    question is who will be next? mr blooby or hump a doo from preacher 😉

    superted

    September 11, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    • The pundits are predicting a General Election in the next three months anyway.. And BoJo to win. It is anyone’s guess the makeuo of BoJo’s new Cabinet. Coffin will have been recycled into lard butties by then 🙂

      Mystic Meg

      September 11, 2019 at 10:30 pm

      • That is why it is of the up most importance that we REMAIN in the EU. So that our MEPs can continue to enjoy their vast salaries and expenses whilst we cycle 10 miles to deliver Denise Coffey’s pizza 😀

        Dariqa

        September 12, 2019 at 7:01 am

      • @ Dariqa

        So you reckon that leaving he EU will get you a better job?

        Lal

        September 12, 2019 at 2:41 pm

      • Is there a better job than a take-away delivery agent? Good basic pay, tips, set your own hours, be your own boss, keeps you fit all the cycling? 🙂 Ask your jobcentre – they might be able to get you in 🙂

        Veg Pakora

        September 12, 2019 at 3:48 pm

      • G’day, cobbers. The way some of you posters bang the EU drum you would be forgiven for thinking that some of you on here were in line for a EU Commissioner-ship. You ain’t got no skin in the Brexit game you unemployable poms.

        Crocodile Dundee

        September 12, 2019 at 4:38 pm

  8. For quasi-1984ish Orwellian info in amongst Big BoJoke’s younger brother Jo has quit as a Tory MP:

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexspence/boris-johnson-dominic-cummings-voter-data

    😦 😦 😦

    Annie

    September 12, 2019 at 3:44 am

    • SPAD – Signal Passed At Danger 😉 Lord knows what that has got to do with Brexit planning 😀

      Casey Jones

      September 12, 2019 at 7:06 am

  9. Brexshit: Operation Yellowhammer no-deal document published.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-49670123

    Violet

    September 12, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    • Nowt but propaganda 😉 designed to scare the shit out of you and turn you into a raving remainiac 😀

      Rose

      September 12, 2019 at 1:31 pm

      • That’s right rose all lies & propaganda from the lamestream media!

        Violet

        September 12, 2019 at 2:14 pm

      • Huh? The Yellowhammer document was prepared internally by the Conservative government who did everything they could to keep it private and stop it’s release to the public. Nout to do with propaganda. Ordinary men and women were never supposed to have seen this.

        Truthsayer

        September 12, 2019 at 2:39 pm

      • If Jezza doesn’t get an extension before 31st October and before his ramshackle ‘government’ implodes when he takes over after BoJo resigns then it is a no deal exit. The words ‘no deal Brexit’ terrifies the horses so expect a run on beans and bog roll. Look what happened when the ‘Beast from the East’ happened. Most people wait until the last minute anyway like with the ‘Beast from the East’ when we had a fortnight’s warning that it was on it’s way and we knew it was definitely on its way. So no harm in having a few cans and a few rolls tucked away which is not easy if you are already struggling on benefits. But it is not worth whipping yourself up into a state of high anxiety over. It would all calm down pretty quickly. There would be a General Election, BoJo would win with a landslide and end up doing some sort of ‘deal’. Life would go on. The shops are already brimming with mince pies and boxes of chocolates so if the worst comes to the worst we will all be living off of mince pies like we do every Xmas anyway 😀

        Shakita

        September 12, 2019 at 3:15 pm

      • We were watching a TV with that annoying Greg-whats-his-name last night. Apparently there are 300 million lettuces a year grown in the field around here. We can see them from the windows. We won’t be stockpiling lettuces. Maybe a few cucumbers and spring onions lol

        Normal for Norfolk

        September 12, 2019 at 3:37 pm

      • You can’t stockpile cucumbers and spring onions you daft ‘apper. They will be mush by next week never mind when no-deal Mad Max strikes. And don’t stick them in the freezer either. Lettuces, cucumbers and spring onions are mostly water and turn to mush when frozen. If Mad Max strikes you will have to learn to grown your own.

        Not Normal for Dorset

        September 14, 2019 at 4:53 pm

  10. I just wish the Jobcentre would leave people on benefits alone. They aren’t doing anything.

    Dave Blunt

    September 12, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    • The unemployed are very low carbon or no carbon producers. We are the lowest carbon producers in the whole populace. We have to walk everywhere because we can’t afford a car. We can’t afford to turn our heating on. We can’t afford to go on holiday. We can’t afford to eat much. We can’t afford meat and dairy so we eat a very low carbon vegan diet. The unemployed are the very pinnacle of the low carbon citizen, the prototype no carbon ideal that everyone should be aiming for. The unemployed are the future. Why then are we pilloried so much?

      Dariqah

      September 12, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      • @Dariqah – It’s very unfair but the DWP are totally obsessed with work, work. work. Why can’t they find something else to do with their time ?

        Barry

        September 13, 2019 at 10:02 am

      • The smoke from the cremations of the many sick and disabled benefit claimants who died prematurely because of Tory botched “benefit reforms” must have added a good bit to the UK’s carbon footprint.

        Thanatos

        September 14, 2019 at 1:51 pm

  11. I’m going to prorogue my signing-on to take place in five weeks time.

    Colin Claimant

    September 12, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    • you mean like crochet or knit blankets for the homeless they played a hand in creating and for future ones they are planning on creating on a daily basis?

      hugosmum70

      September 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm

  12. Coffey is just another right-wing, safe pair of hands for the government. It shows just how much the unemployed can expect if Johnson gets to stay on as PM.

    Rod

    September 12, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    • @Rod – Could be worse – there was a rumour that IDS might have come back.

      Tom

      September 12, 2019 at 12:26 pm

      • … from the grave 👿 👿

        Beelzebub

        September 12, 2019 at 1:28 pm

      • Number of people falling into rent arrears due to Universal Credit expected to rise, according to Beyond Housing

        “We are predicting that our rent arrears in general as a result of universal credit will rise to over £2 million in this financial year. Rent arrears in the borough of Scarborough is around £600,000 at the moment but as more and more people transition on to Universal Credit that will rise.”

        The average amount owed in rent by Universal Credit claimants in the borough is around £479 compared to just £110 by people not in receipt of the benefit.

        Rosemary Du Rose, the chief executive of Beyond Housing, added that some people were having Universal Credit appeals that were lasting more than a year, which was causing “a great deal of stress” to the tenants.

        https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/people/number-of-people-falling-into-rent-arrears-due-to-universal-credit-expected-to-rise-according-to-beyond-housing-1-9991603

        Where are the Jobs? Universal Credit is reinforcing poverty.

        ken

        September 12, 2019 at 5:23 pm

  13. I don’t suppose there is any chance that Jeremy Corbyn will save the day by winning the election, and then scrapping Universal Credit ?

    Darren

    September 12, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    • No chance of winning the election.

      Omar

      September 12, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      • It will be BoJo who wins the next General Election (with a landslide) expected some time before Christmas this year. Corbyn and Labour are toast.

        Mystic Meg

        September 12, 2019 at 3:43 pm

      • After the next general election no party will have a majority. The Tories will have the most MPs although many fewer than they have now. There will be another hung parliament with the same horse dealing, infighting and backbiting. Boris Johnson will fail to obey the Benn Act in October 2019 and refusing to send a letter to the EU requesting another extension as commanded by law and, after being arrested and tried in a court of law, will no longer be prime minister but a prisoner serving a custodial sentence behind bars. He will be remembered as the most dishonest, unlucky and unsuccessful premier ever and the first and only Brexit martyr.

        Madam Doreen

        September 12, 2019 at 5:02 pm

      • I wouldn’t put money on that, Meg. My bet is on another hung parliament and whoever ends up the largest party in a coalition that Boris Johnson won’t be Prime Minister.

        Percy Noodles

        September 12, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      • Nope, on the 19th/20th October the podium will be wheeled out on Downing Street and Boris stood behind it will deliver a speech along these lines:

        “Ladies and gentleman, when I first became Prime Minister of this Great country of ours I promised you that I would deliver Brexit do-or-die. More recently, I stated that I would rather be found dead in a ditch than ask the EU for a further extension. Increasingly, my efforts to deliver the wishes of the people of this Great Country of ours have been hindered and frustrated at every turn We are now at an impasse. But we have to move forward. With great regret and a heavy heart I announce my Resignation from the Office of the Prime Minister. I will shortly meet with Her Majesty the Queen to inform her of my decision. Thank you for putting your faith and trust in me. I won’t lie down down and die, you can be sure of that. And I will be back, you can be doubly well sure of that. Thank you.”

        It is written in the tea-leaves.

        Gypsy Rose Lee

        September 12, 2019 at 5:39 pm

      • You obviously use teabags, Ms Rose Lee.

        Seer and There

        September 12, 2019 at 6:13 pm

  14. @ Darren – Probably about 0.00% chance.

    Barry

    September 12, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    • It will be the LIbDems in Coalition again with whoever gets the largest share of the vote. And that doesn’t look like Jeremy Corbyn if the polls are to be believed. We may be looking as Coalition 2 .

      Andy

      September 13, 2019 at 10:08 am

      • The odious Jo Swinshit is definitely angling for the title Deputy Prime Minister. Jo Swinshit loves to talk about “national interest”, a phrase borrowed from Cameron but the only interest the self-serving Swinshit cares about is Swinshit. It is difficult to say, but if Jezza and Labour is indeed toast it would be better if Boris got a straight majority. We all know Swinshit and the LibDems record in the last ‘coalition’. Vote for anyone, anything to keep Swinshit away from power. Swinshit is utter scum!

        Timmy Farron

        September 13, 2019 at 11:13 am

      • GO ON JO!

        Swinson Supporter

        September 13, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      • No chance of a Tory/LibDem coalition next time around. The Liberal Democrat are 100% wedded to being in the EU and the Tories have sold their souls for a 100% Brexit; the LibDems are also increasing their numbers and on the rise currently and definitely won’t forget how being in coalition with the Tories decimated their MPs previously. More likely a Tory/DUP minority government or even a Tory/Brexit party lash up if enough of Farage’s army of idiots end up as MPs unlikely though it is.

        Kinky

        September 14, 2019 at 5:46 am

      • David Cameron in his Times interview has revealed that Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are liars.

        Well, there’s a surprise.

        Fazer

        September 14, 2019 at 7:04 am

      • It was Swinson and the LibDem ‘coalition’ that voted for each and every one of Iain Duncan Smith’s ‘welfare reforms’. The same ‘welfare reforms’ that brought us universal credit, the bedroom tax, cuts to benefits, benefits sanctions… The same ‘welfare reforms’ that heaped misery and suffering upon the weakest, most vulnerable and impoverished members of society. The same ‘welfare reforms’ that brought us foodbanks, aabject poverty, homelessness, destitution, suicide and death. When questioned over her and the Tories record in ‘coalition’ Swinson responded that she has “no regrets”. Why would anyone even consider voting for Swinson or the LibDems.

        Timmy Farron

        September 14, 2019 at 9:49 am

      • Swinson would make for a true abomination of a Prime Minister. Corbyn and even Bojo are preferable to this odious little shit.

        The Mays

        September 14, 2019 at 9:53 am

      • It has been reported that the LibDems are in talks with the Tories in preparation for a snap General Election. So no change there then 😉

        Wham

        September 14, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    • SWINSON WILL MINCE ‘EM! GO ON JO! GO TO TOWN ON ‘EM!

      Swinson Fan

      September 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

  15. Leave all the politicians in the Parliament Port O Loos & cart them off. Brexit Bog Rolls BBR.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 12, 2019 at 1:50 pm

  16. And the moral of Rudd’s resignation and Coffey’s appointment is:

    No matter how bad she or he seems there is always someone worse.

    Maximum Maxim

    September 12, 2019 at 2:36 pm

  17. DWP = Deaths With Pleasure. DWP suicide policy Universal Credit.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 12, 2019 at 3:01 pm

  18. There are now 250,000 more bipolar people in work. Disability Mentally Confident. There unemployment figures are getting lower !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 12, 2019 at 3:03 pm

  19. There are 100,000 more dementia people in work but the DWP can’t remember where the proof is.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 12, 2019 at 3:05 pm

  20. Andrew Coates

    September 12, 2019 at 4:32 pm

  21. Look at the state of Liz Truss in that horrible pink suit. The best thing to say about Coffey is that she’ll be gone soon enough if the recent turnover of Work and pensions ministers is anything to go by.

    KJ

    September 13, 2019 at 1:02 am

    • I’d give her one if she gave me the green light!

      B. Johnson

      September 13, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    • Coffey is dangerous because this is her first cabinet position and she will be keen to impress and make a name for herself in order to secure further promotions. For the Tories saving money, no matter what the cost, is one of the best ways to earn brownie points from superiors and in the DWP this means squeezing social security, particularly working-age benefits, with an iron hand. Coffey is a qualified management accountant when all is said and done and will be going over the books with a fine tooth comb looking for ways to make savings everywhere she can.

      In the absence of conscience and a compassionate heart Coffey could do immense harm to millions.

      Landry

      September 14, 2019 at 2:39 pm

  22. Red of face and wide of girth,
    Smoking cigars for all she’s worth,
    A Catholic woman on her knees,
    Hoping her God above to please.
    I wonder if within her prayers,
    She mentions the poor, or even cares ?
    The homeless sleeping on the street,
    The families with no food to eat,
    The disabled trapped in misery and despair,
    Or does she just pretend they are not there ?
    And as she takes a glass of wine, and lights a long cigar,
    Does she think that this is how things must be ?
    Or only as they are.

    Corona

    September 13, 2019 at 9:57 am

    • @Corona – Good poem.

      Harry R.

      September 14, 2019 at 12:41 pm

  23. Andrew Coates

    September 13, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    • Difficult to see what the Merseyside Claimants can do about it. If they don’t submit they will be sanctioned to death. Labour bear much of the blame for this. Their spineless support for Universal Credit in 2012, allowed it to be rushed through parliament. Then they looked the other way under Jeremy Corbyn. Years of Labour inaction followed while UC was rolled out. Now Universal Credit has now been introduced in every town and city in the UK. Only the remaining legacy claimants, and the disabled not yet transferred from ESA, remain outside the system. There is no way Johnson is going to scrap Universal Credit, Tory Flagship of welfare reform. So unless Jeremy Corbyn is going to get elected, which seems unlikely, then it looks like it will be
      Misery On The Mersey for some time to come.

      Jeff Smith

      September 14, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      • quote:- Then they looked the other way under Jeremy Corbyn. Years of Labour inaction followed while UC was rolled out.
        jeremy corbyn? did i miss something? wasnt aware jeremy was ever elected as PM… and theres been no labour govt since 2009… not a lot labour or corbyn can do as shadow cabinet except object to policies, keep slamming the govt with words in the hope something will hit a nerve or non existant soft spot and get the people on their side ready for an election. this govr will do what it wants. because they dont know the weord no,please,dont etc…

        hugosmum70

        September 14, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      • The last Labour government descended into a Totalitarian nightmare what with Broon and his ID cards nonsense. If Corbyn ever became PM it wouldn’t even be a week before Labour turned to shit.

        A Scargill

        September 14, 2019 at 4:58 pm

      • @hugosmum70 – Yes you missed something. The fact that as Jeff Smith rightly says, Labour have not even tried to oppose Universal Credit. Not under Miliband, or under Corbyn. It doesn’t matter if Labour have been in power or not. They are supposed to provide an opposition. This is exactly what they have failed to do for years. No policies, a weak leader, and stupid rows about Israel. Labour now are as crap as they have ever been.

        John Taylor

        September 15, 2019 at 12:23 pm

      • do you actually watch PMQs? or do you turn a deaf ear when corbyn speaks ? he has had goes at maggie may and bojo as well as all the other tory MPs in recent years about the effects UC is having on the general public .particularly those who are already ill and disabled. and families on low pay with children. he has done as much as any opposition leader could do. hes not in power, he can only bring things up at these times over n over again. but like bojo who shuts his deaf ears to anything that could possibly make him feel guilty (sorry that lot never do i know) they all do the same.or did. the fact that so many con MPs walked out because they knew what the no deal brexit would mean for this county including the vulnerable , does show a modicom of care/guilt call it what yu want. but bojo hates being reminded of the results of their policies etc. Corbyn can do no more till he gets labour in.

        hugosmum70

        September 15, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      • Parliamentary politics is all pantomime – Punch & Judy for the politics. It gives the illusion of a democracy. Like BoJo (the clown) and Jezza (the rag ‘n’ bone man) are really at each others throat. Like barristers who fight each other in court all day they all go for drinks together at the end of the day. Brexit has taught us that there is an agenda. But exactly whose agenda we don’t know. To quote Donald Rumsfeld It is a known unknown that is it is something we know we don’t know. Likewise with the EU Project, Universal Credit is going nowhere because it is part of the agenda. Labour are just so lazy that they can’t even be bothered to pretend to oppose the government, universal credit They couldn’t make it more obvious. They are all in it together, a cast of characters, performance artists, actors.

        Ubaidah L

        September 15, 2019 at 12:57 pm

      • Parliamentary politics is all pantomime – Punch & Judy for the public.

        Ubaidah L

        September 15, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    • Scottish Government claims thousands falling into poverty as a result of welfare reform

      Thousands of families are falling into poverty as a result of UK welfare reforms which will reduce Scottish spending by £500 million, it has been claimed.

      “The UK Government is still refusing to listen to the overwhelming evidence that Universal Credit, the benefit cap and the benefit freeze have caused significant hardship and misery to thousands of people and families.”

      But UK welfare delivery minister Will Quince said: “Universal Credit is a force for good, delivering personalised support right across Scotland and helping people find work.”

      https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/politics/1841799/scottish-government-claims-thousands-falling-into-poverty-as-a-result-of-welfare-reform/

      Clearly this policy has failed to produce the results’ promoted and is nothing more then hype.There simply isn’t the work.This many people cannot be scroungers’.

      Lies, damned lies and Iain Duncan Smith

      Conservative commentators emphasise his honour and decency.

      Before the benefit cap, it was the work programme, which is meant to provide training for the unemployed. The statistics authority criticised the “coherence” of Duncan Smith’s statistics and, once again, the manner in which his department presented them to the public. Far from being a success, the programme found work for a mere 8.6% of the desperate people who went on it.

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/may/12/iain-duncan-smith-fiddling-figures

      ken

      September 15, 2019 at 9:31 pm

  24. The The Benn-Burt Extension Act forbids Boris Johnson to take the UK out of the EU without a deal while BoJo has been spinning the lie that he’s going to force the country to Brexit on 31st October 2019 even if no deal with the EU has been negotiated. Something’s got to give and it isn’t going to be the law. BoJo is a liar and a coward and so I can’t see that bluffer defying the law with everything ending up in the courts with BoJo eventually being found guilty of contempt of court and sent to prison to do a stretch of porridge.

    As much as I would really love to see Boris Johnson break the law, humiliated, disgraced and sent to Clink the man at his core is chicken through and through and my bet is that he will back down rather than put himself at risk.

    What a pity Johnson isn’t a man of spine and mettle.

    BoJo behind bars for Christmas would be the best present Santa could bring millions of us who loathe him.

    Norman S. Fletcher

    September 14, 2019 at 7:00 am

    • Talking of criminal trials, the Alex Salmond criminal trial is scheduled to take early next year. The former first minister of Scotchland is accused of multiple serious offenses including attempted rape, Many people would relish the prospect of Fat Eck serving porridge. Wee Nippy Turdgeon will want to get this out of the way before any General Election. It is also likely to clash with another Brexit extension. An Alex Salmond attempted rape trial would wipe Brexit off the front pages. BoJo could force through a no deal without anyone noticing. The public and media will be too busy relishing the prospect of a trial, Salmond being found guilty and being sent don’t for a long stretch 😀 Of course, like BoJO, Salmond could do a ‘deal’ 😀

      Wee Nicola

      September 14, 2019 at 9:27 am

    • Or rather Wee Nippy Turdgeon will want a General Election called before Alex Salmond rears his ugly head.

      Wee Nicola

      September 14, 2019 at 9:30 am

    • “The The Benn-Burt Extension Act forbids Boris Johnson to take the UK out of the EU without a deal”. This sounds like the politics of Alice in Wonderland. Winding back a bit, the question is: Does the Benn-Burt Extension Act forbid BoJo from enacting the result of the 2016 Referendum i..e LEAVE THE EU. Remember, the UK voted to LEAVE THE UK which is exactly what BoJo should be doing. This no-deal business is a red herring. You are never going to reach a deal with a partner whom who want to leave who doesn’t want you to leave because it benefits them that you stay.

      Lennie Godbar

      September 14, 2019 at 9:39 am

      • Does the Benn-Burt Act prevent a government from taking the UK out of the EU without a deal.

        You betcha!

        To secede from the EU withdrawal arrangements have to have been negotiated with the EU before Brexit.

        If Johnson tries to take the UK out of the EU without a deal rather than asking for a further extension from the EU, which he has said he rather be “found dead in a ditch” than do, he will be breaking the law of the land, stopped in his tracks, found to be in contempt of parliament and will end up in court. If he persists he could end up in jail! Johnson’s own history shows him to be a paper tiger and so he will almost certainly back down, ask the EU for an extension and go into the next election having broken his word multiple times and FAILED to take the UK out of the EU by Halloween.

        Basically both he and his party will be completely and utterly discredited and have to resign in disgrace.

        Of course if the Supreme Court finds that Boris Johnson, as Prime Minister of the UK, mislead (lied to) Her Majesty the Queen in respect to the atypically long suspension of parliament, i.e., proroguing parliament to avoid scrutiny of the government’s actions by MPs rather than to prepare a Queen’s Speech and allow for the conference season, Boris quite likely won’t be Prime Minister long enough to get to Halloween!

        Off with his head!

        Kinky

        September 14, 2019 at 2:10 pm

      • BoJo is expected to call a General Election on 19th October. What is Benn going to do to stop that?

        Swansea

        September 14, 2019 at 5:07 pm

      • Because of the five year parliament act unless Boris Johnson can get two thirds of MPs to vote for a general election he can’t have one and so far the opposition parties have co-operated with each other to vote against BoJo trying to get a general election TWICE! The reason for this is to prevent BoJo crashing the country out of the EU while a general elcetion is going on. The opposition parties have intimated that they will continue to do stop a general election being called until AFTER the end of October forcing Boris Johnson, by law, to send a letter to the EU requesting another extension rendering his “I’d rather be dead in a ditch” twaddle worthless.

        Stalemate.

        BoJo has painted himself in a corner.

        All he can do now is what he’s told or break the law and end up a criminal.

        Kinky

        September 14, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    • If Salmond does got to prison will his RT(Russia Today) show be called ‘Behind Bars’? 😀

      Inside Life

      September 14, 2019 at 1:58 pm

      • Come on now. Salmond would need help from a sack of Viagra and forklift truck to get it up. I find it hard to believe that he’s capable of getting up to extracurricular monkey business like our adulterous and priapic Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

        Iago

        September 14, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      • That could be why Salmond is accused of attempted rape 😀

        Floppy

        September 14, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    • David Cameron has branded Alex Salmond as ‘the slipperiest of characters”. The former Tory Prime Minister said he would have to ‘count his fingers on the way out of a meeting’ with the former SNP leader.

      Senga

      September 15, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    • Polish ambassador advises Poles to leave the UK after Brexit

      Poland’s ambassador to the UK is urging Polish nationals to “seriously consider” leaving the UK because of the problems some have encountered in achieving settled status.

      Arkady Rzegocki said many Polish people with UK resident status did not realise they had to register to remain after Brexit and claimed “quite a lot” of people had issues in achieving settled status, even if they had lived in the UK for more than a decade.

      https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/polish-ambassador-advises-poles-to-leave-uk-brexit/

      The advert that’s appeard on TV telling people to get ready for travel changes to Europe when the UK leaves the EU,I thought we are European its not a seperate continent them and us.Also the slash brexit forward slash would have sounded better but thats how bad all of this is thought out.

      ken

      September 22, 2019 at 12:29 pm

  25. Johnson is still playing his ‘Chicken Run’ games with the EU. He still thinks that they will keep arguing about a deal, to save face until the last moment, and then give in. making him ‘The Winner’.

    Alan Turner

    September 14, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    • When negotiating saying that if you don’t get what you want you will do something that you can’t actually do (no-deal Brexit) and that even if you could do it you would hurt your interests very much more than you would damage the interests of the other side isn’t plausible leverage. In fact it’s completely bonkers to be honest.

      With such a chaotic shambles of a prime minister and government the fact that Labour cannot capitalise on these political showers of sh*t says all you need to know about Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership because many of Labour’s policies aren’t bad. My fear is that Corbyn is vain enough and stupid enough to stay on as leader after Labour loses the next general election rather than see himself replaced by a more popular and attractive centrist leader who can win voters not affiliated to the Labour party into voting for it in elections. Corbyn is loved by hundreds of thousands of card-carrying members of the Labour party but mistrusted, even viscerally disliked, by millions of apolitical voters whom the party absolutely has to appeal to in order to win power.

      I hope to see another Labour government in power before I die but who knows?

      Jeremy Corbyn reminds me of a quarter-brained version of the late Michael Foot.

      Heart in the right place but a brain made out of mush.

      Landry

      September 14, 2019 at 2:28 pm

  26. Why do the Labour front-bench always look so awkward in parliament ? As if they don’t really know what they are doing ?

    Tom Sutton

    September 14, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    • They look as if they have been dragged off of the street to represent diversity and political correctness.

      Sunita

      September 14, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    • As far as I can see neither side have a clue and neither side are fit to govern.

      Landry

      September 14, 2019 at 2:31 pm

  27. Did you know that a referendum is advisory not binding? This means that the vote is an snapshot of the opinion of an electorate indicating opinion which a government can accept or ignore based on its own judgement subsequently. That’s the legal position which I find kind of interesting. So any party that comes to power without promising to honour the result of any referendum, which loses its value over time anyway as the voting demographic changes, could legitimately ignore the result of any referendum legally and politically without going back to the people.

    In fact this seems to be the position which the Liberal Democrats seem to be drifting towards.

    And let’s not forget that in the 2016 EU referendum although 17,410,742 million voted to leave the EU at that time 16,141,241 voted to remain in the EU. There was less than 4% between leave and remain in the ballot.

    There was no overwhelming support for leave.

    The Liberal Democrats could end up hovering up remain voters from Labour and the Tories.

    Numero

    September 14, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    • Why can’t people just be honest and say that, for whatever reason, maybe you are a provider who makes shedloads of cash from the european social fund, that you don’t want the UK to leave theEu? Why not just say so instead of ranting on about ‘Boris must follow the law’ etc, Everyone knows it is a load of old cobblers.

      And why won’t whoever is pulling the strings of Parliament show their hands. Let us save a few quid and shut down that phoney ‘democracy’. We are no better than that bloke in North Korea with the Peaky Blinders hairstyle. We just like to pretend because we can’t handle the truth.

      When the dust settles we will soon so who receives the payoffs, who become EU Commissioners. It is then you will know that you have been had.

      Shirley Nott

      September 14, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    • “which loses its value over time anyway as the voting demographic changes” This is a nonsense because sinister Dark Forces have been deliberately obstructing Brexit at every twist and turn. If you obstruct Brexit long enough the original electorate will all be dead.

      Shirley Nott

      September 14, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    • If it is the case that referendums are merely ‘advisory’ and the Government or whoever are free to ignore them should they not get the result they desire then there should never be another referendum held in the UK. Brexit should have put an end to any notion of future referendums in the UK. Referendums in the UK are toast.

      Shirley Nott

      September 14, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    • It is a straight majority decision. That is the rules set out before the referendum took place and all parties agreed to it. If people wanted a more ‘decisive’ majority they could have argued for one. But they didn’t want to risk it. Suppose remain had won by 50% + ONE vote? Would remain have accepted this ‘non-decisive’ win? You can bet your bottom dollar they would have. MPs currently sitting in Parliament one with a ONE vote majority. There are people who will spend their whole life in prison on the basis of the opinion of ONE jury member.

      Shirley Nott

      September 14, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      • The point about the fag paper thin majority for leave, Shirly, is that there was a small majority for leave but not one big enough to justify leaving in the worst possible manner with no-deal. The referendum wasn’t a binary choice between leave or remain but a consultation over a massive political and economic change to the country and the small majority indicated a preference to leave the EU but in a way which would preserve a close, co-operative and cordial relationship with the EU with an ordered transition from member status to third country status with the minimum of harm and inconvenience to both the UK and EU.

        A referendum is NOTING like the “first past the post” election of a government or jury trial.

        Fanatical Brexiteers never had a mandate to leave the EU without a deal and in fact cannot now legally crash the country out of EU membership without negotiating a deal which has been submitted for the consideration of and gained the approval of parliament. Unless BoJo can stump up such a deal, submit and get it passed by parliament before the end of October, his promise to leave the EU “do or die” by Halloween will be null and void because I am absolutely sure he won’t put himself at risk personally be breaking the law of the land which stop him.

        I wish he would outlaw himself because I would enjoy what happened to him personally afterwards, but as the man has no moral compass or moral core I know, as I sit here typing these words, that he will crumple and fold and have to go into the next general election as a failure unable to honour the promises he made.

        Either way he’s screwed.

        Hurrah!

        Kinky

        September 14, 2019 at 8:04 pm

      • All BoJo has to do is resign – BoJo is under no obligation – and recommend to the Queen that Corbyn, since he has the second biggest share of seats in the Commons, forms a ‘government’. Corbyn then becomes PM 🙂 Hurrah! But how long is a Corbyn ‘government’ going to last before it implodes and a General Election is called?

        D Cummings

        September 15, 2019 at 8:47 am

      • What is perverse though is that we have BoJo, who if we are to believe Cameron, doesn’t really want Brexit
        and is only pretending that he wants Brexit, and Corbyn who is a committed Europhobe and has spent the past 40 years campaigning for the UK to leave the EU pretending that he really doesn’t wants Brexit. What does that say about politicians?

        D Cummings

        September 15, 2019 at 8:54 am

      • Whoever is prime minister and whatever government is in power unless they can negotiate an exit deal with the EU which parliament approves the prime minister will have to write a letter, already drafted for him, asking the EU for an extension to continue negotiations. Without some kind of a deal Brexit will not happen by or before the end of October, do or die, whoever is in power. Unless Boris lands a deal from the EU that he can get through parliament he is screwed because if he resigns he’s done none of the things he said he would do or promised and is a failure, stays and has to ask the EU for an extension he’s broken his promises and is a failure, or breaks the law and tries to take the country out of the EU without a deal he has broken all of his promises, failed spectacularly and has become a criminal.

        In fairness Boris Johnson will be remembered in history now but not in a good way.

        And the same goes for that irritating little golemlike creature the dreadful Michael Gove.

        Kinky

        September 15, 2019 at 10:44 am

      • The UK should Remain tethered to the EU right until the bitter end. If you have been paying attention you will have noticed that the EU has swung to the far-right. We now have a far-right fascist Nazi in charge, that far-right woman who rants on about “protecting our European way of life”. This is the yang to Merkel’s yin. If you want to foment and give rise to the far-right you do exactly as Merkel did. There was always going to be a (far-right) backlash. Merkel is not stupid, she must have been aware of of the consequences of her polices, all actions have consequences after all. You really do have to question Merkel’s motives. Is she the proverbial shit-stirring aunt that we all remember for childhood or something more sinister.

        Evelyn

        September 15, 2019 at 1:14 pm

      • Remain would have argued that a ‘fag paper’ majority is good enough to keep the status quo, but a more ‘decisive’ majority is needed to uproot the apple cart and change things.

        Jenni

        September 15, 2019 at 1:21 pm

      • It will be as funny as fuck a Corbyn ‘government’ 😀 Looking forward to the lols 😀

        Chucky

        September 15, 2019 at 1:37 pm

      • @ Jenni

        The UK can and probably will still leave the EU but only after negotiating a deal which has been passed by parliament. And, after all, the great leader himself recently boasted that the odds of leaving the EU without a deal were a “million to one”. Surely you must find the word of such an honourable, mpeccable and august paragon of probity and honesty enough to allay your fears? Anybody would imagine that you harbour fleeting doubts and lack complete confidence in our beloved leader’s ability to wring a marvellous deal from the withered hands of those pesky and perfidious Europeans.

        With Boris Johnson as our champion how can our great nation possibly lose?

        Kinky

        September 15, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      • Remain would have argued that a ‘fag paper’ majority is good enough to keep the status quo, but a more ‘decisive’ majority is needed to uproot the apple cart and change things.

        I’d agree with that statement it wasn’t enough majority for a complete Brexit.The Conservatives haven’t just divided sections’ of people against people on benefits for example,this time they’ve managed half the country.Its so toxic its divided their own party with ruthless consequences’ with absolutely no concern for the public display of totalitarianism.

        Boris Johnson looks unfit personally and politically to lead anywhere but to a disaster.

        ken

        September 15, 2019 at 5:35 pm

      • If the UK remains in the EU we are going to have to adopt the Euro. And food prices will go through the roof like they did in the rest of the Eurozone. We will also lose our opt outs and opt ins and will have to join the Schengen Area. (no more crossing the channel in a lilo, just catch the EuroStar 😀 Welcome to the UK one and all 😀 Hurrah!

        Europhile

        September 16, 2019 at 12:22 am

      • Why do Brexiteers all seem so daft and/or dishonest. If we remain in the EU we will NOT have to adopt the Euro. That is a barefaced lie. Shame on whoever stooped to resort to brazen untruth to try to put the wind up people… you wouldn’t happen to be Boris Johnson by any chance would you?

        Kinky

        September 16, 2019 at 8:37 am

  28. What about Brexit preppers? Are we expected to build up to Armageddon every three months. Eat our stashes of highly-processed muck for the next few months… then re-stock all over again? How long is this going to go on for?

    SHTF

    September 14, 2019 at 4:24 pm

  29. Ipswich continues to have more claimants than any other district in Suffolk, but a spokesman for Ipswich
    Borough Council said the recent rise does not mean there has been a dramatic increase in people claiming benefits.

    “A big spike in numbers is to be expected as the council’s long-term aspiration is to get everyone who is claiming onto Universal Credit.”

    Will Quince, minister for welfare delivery and MP for Colchester, said; “Universal Credit is a force for good, delivering personalised support right across the East of England and helping people find work.

    https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/universal-credit-claims-increases-ipswich-1-6268611

    ken

    September 14, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    • Sounds like my kind of place.

      Dave Blunt

      September 15, 2019 at 12:08 pm

      • Take it from me, you’ve not had fish n’ chips till you’ve tried an Ipswich Wally.

        Jack

        September 15, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    • You see the assumption here that ‘helping people find work’ is a good thing ? It’s the same idea all the time.

      Tony

      September 15, 2019 at 12:15 pm

      • It is like Vernon Howard said further up the page: “The terrible immoralities are the cunning ones hiding behind masks of morality, such as exploiting people while pretending to help them.” This is exactly what is going on.

        E McVey

        September 15, 2019 at 1:06 pm

      • Town that has more food banks than supermarkets as families pushed into poverty

        More and more struggling families have been forced to rely on food donations leaving stocks stripped bare, in Rhyl, north Wales

        The spiralling cost of living and changes to the benefits system has left one town with more food banks than supermarkets.

        More and more struggling families in Rhyl, north Wales, have been forced to rely on food donations leaving stocks stripped bare.

        North Wales Live reports, charity Trussell Trust will be opening a fourth food bank in the town to help cope with demand on the other three.

        https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/town-more-food-banks-supermarkets-20056813

        ken

        September 15, 2019 at 5:18 pm

  30. Boris Johnson is destroying the Conservative party. None of you folks seem to be noticing this and as far as I am concerned I’d just like to thank Boris for all his hard work and for driving out so many one nation Tories who made the Conservative party look like a party for practical government for so long.

    (Also a big shout out to Jeremy Corbyn for all his efforts to f*ck up the Labour party too.)

    I’ll be voting Liberal Democrat in all elections in future.

    Pudding Pop

    September 15, 2019 at 10:54 am

    • Liberal Democrats ? Those collaborators are 50% responsible for what has happened with austerity, the benefit cuts, the disability ‘tests’ – you name it. I’d rather vote for Vichy France.

      Frank T.

      September 15, 2019 at 12:11 pm

      • sold their members up the swanee without a paddle that lot did.

        hugosmum70

        September 15, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    • GO ON JO!

      Swinsoner

      September 15, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    • Last time we checked Swinson was never off the media especially the BBC. Which is worrying. And why we turned it off. TV Licence goons can go the Hell!

      The White Family

      September 15, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      • Think Swinson must be super-glued to Victoria Derbyshire’s sofa the way she is never off giving it her “disastrous consequences”… “crashing out of the EU”, “cancer patients will die”, “the government is stock-piling body-bags”. As Hilter’s PR agent Goebbels said: “If you repeat a lie often enough people will come to believe it, and the bigger the lie the better.” Biased Auntie Beeb needs shut down. You never see Jacob Rees-Mogg on Victoria Derbyshire.

        Hackney Falls

        September 15, 2019 at 2:54 pm

      • Jacob Rees-Mogg isn’t the leader of a political party.

        Victoria

        September 15, 2019 at 4:45 pm

      • It’s the papers not the BBC which is biased but I wouldn’t want to close them down.

        In fairness the Liberal Democrats are holing their annual conference right now and Jo Swinson was only elected to lead them fairly recently. Plus the LibDems look set to pledge to revoke article 50 and stop Brexit in its track, without another referendum, if they have the influence to do it. During a time of shambles and misrule under Boris Johnson there is bound to be more interest in a resurgent Liberal Democrat party under it’s first female leader announcing a very pro-EU agenda like that. If the Supreme Court rules that Boris Johnson misled the Queen next Tuesday the BBC and other channels will be awash with Tories bigging up Boris “The Hulk” Johnson, trying to fire fight and minimise the damage.

        Kinky

        September 15, 2019 at 4:52 pm

  31. If you can bear to watch Coffey was on Sunday Politics East today, looking smug.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0008lxg/sunday-politics-east-15092019

    Andrew Coates

    September 15, 2019 at 1:21 pm

  32. LIBERAL DEMOCRAT AUTUMN CONFERENCE

    ……………..WELL FANCY THAT!……………….THE CONFERENCE IS BEING HELD AT THE BOURNEMOUTH BEST WESTERN HOTEL……………….

    WHAT A SUPER VENUE FOR THE DISPLACED COWBOYS TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER.

    OUTCASTS THAT ARE RUNNING SCARED OF FACING LOCAL BY ELECTIONS UNDER THE FLAG OF BEING INDEPENDENTS CLUB TOGETHER UNDER THE LIB DEM FLAG THAT IS HELD ALOFT BY THE EVIL SWINSON WHO SUPPORTED THE TORIES IN EVERY DESPICABLE BILL AIMED AT THE POOR AND DISABLED…………….

    SWINSON’S RECORD OF WALKING UPON THE COUNTRIES MOST VULNERABLE WOULD PROBABLY NEGATE HER CHANCE OF GETTING A JOB AT A CONCENTRATION CAMP GATES.

    THE LIB DEMS ARE NOT A POLITICAL MOVEMENT, RATHER A MISH-MASH OF CONTRADICTORY VIEWS FIGHTING TO REDEEM THEIR M.P.’S SALARIES AND PERKS AS THE UK SINKS FURTHER INTO RECESSION.

    …………………NOT ONE OF THE MP’S THAT WALKED OUT OR WERE EJECTED FROM THEIR RESPECTED PARTIES DARE FACE THE ELECTORATE AS AN INDEPENDENT, THE LIB DEMS A FLAG OF CONVENIENCES FOR BORN LOSERS.

    PREPARE FOR AN EARLY GRAVE

    Sarah7

    September 15, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    • Here their saying.

      Commits us to spending £5 billion every year to make the benefits system work for everyone. With this money, we can reduce the average wait for that first benefits payment from 5 weeks to 5 days.

      Provides universal access to basic services for shelter, a good diet and access to much-needed digital and transport infrastructures. This makes applying for jobs less financially challenging for millions of people.

      https://www.libdems.org.uk/a19-fairer-share

      Abolishing the Conservative party would be a start of the way forward.

      ken

      September 15, 2019 at 9:03 pm

      • “JO SWINSON – YET ANOTHER ‘CAREER’ POLITICIAN WHO WILL DO ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING, SAY ANYTHING, KISS ANYTHING, PROMISE YOU THE MOON, AND THE STARS AND 5 DAY WAIT TO RECEIVE YOUR FIRST UNIVERSAL CREDIT PAYMENT TO GET YOU TO VOTE HER INTO POWER. AND WHEN THAT FUCKING BITCH EVER GETS INTO POWER IT WILL BE A WHOLE DIFFERENCE FUCKING BALL GAME.

        IN A GENERAL ELECTION, NO RIGHT-MINDED PERSON SHOULD BE VOTING FOR THIS FUCKING BITCH AND HER ROTTEN, STINKING PARTY – AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU KEN! DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!

        PREPARE FOR AN EARLY GRAVE

        Sarah7

        September 15, 2019 at 11:24 pm

  33. 25% of households at risk of homelessness are in work

    One in four people applying for council support in 2018-19 were in paid work, government data shows

    One in four households in England found to be homeless or under threat of homelessness last year were in paid work at the time, an Observer analysis of government figures reveals.

    Data published last week showed that, of more than 260,000 households facing a homelessness crisis, more than a quarter of applications for council support were made by a household member who was in paid employment at the time.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/sep/15/25pc-households-at-risk-of-homelessness-are-in-work

    ken

    September 15, 2019 at 5:04 pm

  34. New DWP collars for the unemployed undergoing trials.
    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-chief-therese-coffey-blasted-20083806

    Just Thinking

    September 18, 2019 at 11:19 am


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