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After “Survival Sex” Scandal Work and Pensions Committee Calls for End to 5 Week Waiting Period for Universal Credit.

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Selling sex for £5 is the only way I can survive after Universal Credit chaos’
Sky
As the government faces calls to axe the five-week wait for Universal Credit payments, one ex-claimant describes her experience.

Women are being driven to carry out “survival sex” work because of the five-week wait for Universal Credit payments, MPs have warned.An inquiry by the Commons’ work and pensions committee has found the wait for payments is why some claimants said they had turned to prostitution.

The committee has urged the government to remove the five-week wait for the first Universal Credit payment, which it described as a “fundamental design flaw”.Here, a woman called Susie tells Sky News why her struggle with the Universal Credit system has left her selling sex for just £5.Within the next week if my situation doesn’t change I am going to have to go back on the streets.

Universal credit: MPs call for action on women driven to ‘survival sex’

BBC.

Evidence that women are being driven to sex work because of problems with universal credit must lead to government action, MPs have said.

A number of women told the work and pensions committee they turned to sex work because their benefits payments did not cover their basic needs.

The committee said the government had previously been “dismissive” of the issue but had now changed its position.

The government said it was taking the evidence “very seriously”.

The committee has been investigating a potential link between universal credit and “survival sex” – when people, overwhelmingly but not exclusively women, turn to sex work to meet their basic needs, including food, shelter and clean clothes.

Universal credit merges six benefits into one payment and was designed to simplify the benefits system and help people move into work.

However, the committee has heard evidence that problems with the new system, including a five-week wait for the first payment, are forcing some women to rely on sex work.

 

This is the report behind these articles.

Survival sex and Universal Credit: Remarkable reversal in Government’s “defensive, dismissive and trite” position welcome – but insufficient

This inquiry was driven initially by a Committee member’s direct experience in their constituency. Specialist support organisations told him, that problems with Universal Credit were pushing women into survival sex.

The initial response from the Department for Work and Pensions, when asked in Parliament about the problem, was wholly inadequate. The former Secretary of State, Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, suggested that the Department’s Work Coaches (frontline Jobcentre staff) might tell “these ladies” that there are “record” numbers of job vacancies in the UK and “perhaps there are other jobs on offer”. This response suggested that the Department had little understanding or insight into the issue – to put it mildly. The Committee subsequently launched a full inquiry. The evidence that we received was, in many cases, alarming and distressing.

“The manager said if I gave him [oral sex] he’d let me off [shoplifting food, due to Universal Credit delays]. What could I do? It was that or have the police called. I just did it. I just kept thinking “please don’t call the police”. Anyway, he said afterwards that if I did the same next week he’d let me have forty quid’s worth of stock. It seemed like a fortune. […]

“In the end, I held out for two weeks. I got my [UC] money, and again it was short, and again it was gone on bills before I’d even thought of food. So, I left the baby with next door and went down to the shop […] It’s been like that for months now.”

The Committee expected the Department to respond in full to the Terms of Reference for its inquiry, by submitting written evidence. But the Department’s first attempt at a written response was “defensive, dismissive and trite”. People with personal, first-hand experience told the Committee—and similar evidence was widely available in media sources – that Universal Credit was a factor in their decisions to turn to, or return to, sex work. DWP’s written evidence largely ignored these personal, frontline testimonies, and instead presented what appeared to be its own internet research on whether there is a “direct causal link” between Universal Credit and survival sex.

Chair’s comments

Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

“The women who gave evidence to us were courageous enough to share some enormously difficult and distressing experiences, in the hope of helping us and the Department to better understand this issue. We are grateful for the Minister’s intervention, which helped to ensure that we, and more importantly the people who bravely gave their evidence to us, got a more meaningful response. Welcome though that was, that cannot be the end of it. The Department, having belatedly acknowledged that there is a problem, must take the steps to resolve it.”

The response echoed DWP’s argument when the Committee raised concerns that UC’s single household payment was playing into the hands of domestic abusers, by giving them control of the entire family budget. DWP’s argument then was essentially that domestic abuse had also gone on under legacy benefits and so Universal Credit could not be blamed. One of the Committee’s witnesses – M, a student and a sex worker – said that the DWP’s response “wilfully misrepresented” the issue.

I am about to be moved on to Universal Credit. I will lose £200 a month, approximately […] The thought of going into debt and having no money is really frightening. I have children. I can’t do that. I will sell my body. – K

The report sets out and draws on the private and public witness testimony that the Committee heard in May and June this year. Given its concerns about the Department’s grasp of the problem, the Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance (Will Quince MP) was invited to sit in on a private session with witnesses B, K, M and T: four women who are, or have, engaged in sex work due in part to problems with Universal Credit and the wider benefit system. The women themselves were highly critical of the Department’s initial response.

I was really upset with this sensationalist media quote [DWP] had about someone earning £450 a night and they are kind of implying, “Oh well, sex workers make loads of money in the industry”. My last brothel shift, I was there for three days and I earnt £158, so it just does not reflect the actual reality of survival sex work […] it just seemed to be kind of ridiculing us. – M

The Minister’s subsequent, public acknowledgement that DWP got it wrong was welcome, of course, but the Committee notes that this is not an isolated incident. DWP has shown a “pattern of unwillingness to engage with frontline evidence about the impact of its reforms”. The Committee says DWP’s responses to urgent evidence from the frontline of UK poverty should not be dependent on whether a topic catches the eye of a given minister – and should not depend on evidence being provided by organisations with the resources to lobby Parliament.

The inquiry once again highlights the deep, structural and administrative problems with Universal Credit, including the five week wait for a first payment. These problems are exacerbated by DWP’s continued failure to systematically gather, use, and respond to frontline evidence, and claimants’ lived experience of Universal Credit.

Universal Credit, the five week wait, “advances”, and survival sex

The Department has put in place several measures to help offset the five week wait for a first Universal Credit payment. All claimants can receive a repayable Advance Payment of their Universal Credit (a loan from the Department) when they start their Universal Credit claim, to tide them over while they wait for their first payment. Some claimants will also receive non-repayable “run on” payments of some of their current benefits.

Yes, they do give you an advance, they do give you that. I am not going to say they don’t, they do give you that, but you have to wait six weeks and £250 is not going to last anybody six weeks. Like I am only 21 and I only spend £20 on gas and electric a fortnight, do you know what I mean, and that is cheap. I am trying my best, £30 on shopping, not a penny over, because if I go a penny over I can’t get other stuff that I need, tampons and things, do you know what I mean? That Universal Credit Advance, by the time I got it I had spent it and then I was waiting another three to four weeks for my benefit. Even then when I got my benefit, they were taking £150 off my benefit and I was left with £50. – T

The Department would not tell the Committee how much these measures cost, but it is clear that they are sticking plasters over a fundamental design flaw in Universal Credit: the five week wait. The Committee has repeatedly called on the Government to eliminate the five week wait, and does so again in this Report. In the meantime, the Committee says that the Department should offer non-repayable Advances to claimants who would otherwise suffer hardship. This would include several of the women who gave evidence to the Committee.

This is also of great interest: 

The digital service

Universal Credit is “digital by default”: claimants are expected to make and manage their claims online. the digital service has the potential, in time, to reduce DWP’s operating and staffing costs, and offer claimants a convenient, modern way of managing their benefits. But some claimants will struggle with aspects of the digital service, or simply never be able to use it. People must not be excluded from benefits they need and are entitled to because they struggle with computers. Although DWP says alternatives are available (such as managing claims by telephone), the experiences of witnesses and Committee Members’ own constituents suggest there is a significant gap between what DWP says is available, and what claimants actually receive.

I have complex PTSD, from very early age child sex abuse, and over the years my mental health has deteriorated […] That, for me, is also partly another reason why I will not be going on Universal Credit because, again, it doesn’t allow supporting people who can’t both mentally and physically do that admin-based work, which it takes a lot of time and effort and it is online stuff. – B

The Committee recommends that DWP:

  • Scrap the (minimum) 5 week wait for first payment and, in the meantime, offer non-repayable Advances to vulnerable claimants who would otherwise suffer hardship.
  • Put in place a proper evaluation framework for UC which takes account of claimants’ “lived experience” of the benefit, and evidence from frontline organisations.
  • Change its guidance to Decision Makers to emphasise that payment of Universal Credit into a non-claimant bank account should be considered an absolute last resort. The Committee heard that people who cannot open bank accounts are allowed to nominate a non-claimant’s account (often belonging to a “friend” or “boyfriend”) to have their UC paid into. All too often, those payments never reach the claimant because they are stolen by the “friend”.
  • Prioritise allowing telephone applications for Universal Credit from people due for release from prison to help ensure that “day 1” of coincides with “day 1” of a Universal Credit claim.
  • Improve, publicise and monitor the non-digital means of applying for UC
  • commission and publish a review on improving services for this group of claimants: as for many other groups, the specialist support provided by Jobcentres is patchy and varies from JCP to JCP.

Electric Shock Dog Collar DWP MInister Coffey has been busy.

 

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  1. While this is a relevant story, the ASDA saga highlights something way more threatening.

    Navigating UC commitments is bad enough but it gets a whole lot worse when your actually working as the trip up factor heading towards a sanction hits triple factor.

    Everyone bands the word in this case as sack meaning DWP straight off the bat will sanction anyone not signing that contract. This in turn means all those people will have to take DWP to tribunal as an employer cant actually sack an employee for not consenting to a new contract.

    So now is the time to cut DWP off at the pass and protect any asda worker who does not enter into a new contract by the time the bigwigs penned the cut off period to decide.

    Now is the time to publicly force DWP to assure any Asda worker that they will not be sanctioned even in error over this.

    Doug

    October 26, 2019 at 9:38 am

  2. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

    A6er

    October 26, 2019 at 9:44 am

  3. Mary Magdalene was a prostitute and also much beloved by the Lord. There’s nothing wrong with private enterprise and surely being able to support yourself and family by using what assets the Almighty has given you is preferable to a parasitical life leaching tax payer’s money from the state by way of welfare? God bless you and keep you, I am working for you.

    Therese Coffey MP PhD (Ann Widdecombe mk2)

    October 26, 2019 at 10:28 am

    • Therese Coffey Retweeted

      Andrew Coates

      October 26, 2019 at 10:56 am

      • One thing you have got to say for the Roman Catholic Church, in the face of science, astrology, medicine,physics, history, carbon-dating and reality. They still keep on with this kind of thing.

        Andy Atheist

        October 26, 2019 at 12:41 pm

      • Sorry I meant ‘Astronomy’, for a moment there I was possessed by evil forces.

        Andy Atheist

        October 26, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    • One man’s Ham is another man’s Gammon.

      Last Echo

      October 26, 2019 at 12:51 pm

      • @ Last echo – It certainly is !

        T.Coffey

        October 26, 2019 at 1:26 pm

      • But is it kosher?

        Aaron

        October 26, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    • I’m short of cash and suspect that I will soon be losing my job but am too old and ugly to market my orifices. What could I do to improve my position if I end up losing my income if/when my work in politics come to an end and spasmodic appearances in light entertainment begin to dry up?

      Ann Noreen Widdecombe MEP

      October 28, 2019 at 10:54 am

  4. This is conservative ideology in action. Where the government tries not to get involved, and leaves people to their own devices. For their own good.
    ‘Heaven helps those who help themselves is a well-tried maxim, embodying in a small compass the results of vast human experience. The spirit of self-help is the root of all genuine growth in the individual; and, exhibited in the lives of many, it constitutes the true source of national vigour and strength. Help from without is often enfeebling in its effects, but help from within invariably invigorates. Whatever is done for men or classes, to a certain extent takes away the stimulus and necessity of doing for themselves; and where men are subjected to over-guidance and over-government, the inevitable tendency is to render them comparatively helpless.’ Samuel Smiles – Self Help with Illustrations of Character & Conduct (1859)

    Jeff Smith

    October 26, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    • This isn’t the tories ideology in action,it is the committee of 300’s ideology in action!

      Tigerlily

      October 27, 2019 at 6:03 pm

  5. Can I recommend the following to the Department of Work & Pensions ?

    1. Pay people enough money to live on

    2. Stop treating the unemployed like prisoners of the benefits system

    3. Try and have a bit more compassion and humanity ?

    Reginald Bartlett

    October 26, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    • But then affected persons would not be encouraged to discover their own salvation in a timely manner. We have found that the stick works better than the carrot as a motivator. Spare the rod, spoil the child. Often it is necessary to be cruel to be kind.

      (I will remember you generally in my prayers and trust the Lord God/Work Coach to save and redeem you.)

      Therese Coffee (Decaffeinated)

      October 26, 2019 at 2:03 pm

  6. In the future perhaps people will speak of St.Coates, Patron Saint of The Unemployed and Benefit Claimants.

    True Believer

    October 26, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    • @true believer , Not while he’s in the Illuminati they won’t.

      Roger Realist

      October 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm

      • Speak nor write of the hidden order in the presence of the profane; the secret arcanum of the sanctum regnum is for the knowledge and conversation of initiates only. Exercise the forth power of the sphinx – Silentium – at all times in every public arena and guard the mysteries with you life.

        Let Frater Coates be your exemplar.

        Most Puissant Sovereign Grand Commander of the Hidden College, Imperator and Hierophant Illuminatus

        October 27, 2019 at 7:28 am

  7. You can get Universal Credit Payment straight away if you wear a electric shock collar & continue wearing it while on Universal Credit. Is it a Smart electric shock collar !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 26, 2019 at 3:06 pm

  8. PIP assessor told claimant to ignore her ‘irrelevant’ suicide attempt… then challenged her son to a fight

    John Pring DNS – 24th Oct 2019

    A benefits assessor told a disabled woman to ignore “irrelevant” information about a suicide attempt, shoved her son after he was asked to halt the assessment, challenged him to a fight, and then damaged their house as he left.

    The shocking incident in Cardiff last week has left Cheryl Matthews terrified that the healthcare professional who carried out her face-to-face personal independence payment (PIP) assessment for the outsourcing giant Capita could return to her home.

    As he left the house, the assessor even told her 22-year-old son that he intended to return for a fight.

    Capita has confirmed that the assessor has been suspended as a result of the incident, but the company has refused to say if it will now re-examine the other face-to-face assessments he has carried out for the company on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

    But within two hours of her lodging her complaint, Capita had already offered her £600 compensation.

    South Wales police is now investigating allegations of criminal damage by the PIP assessor.

    Matthews, who works as a customer service agent and has several long-term health conditions, including one that could cause a fatal aneurysm if she becomes anxious, has struggled to sleep since the incident last Wednesday.

    She already receives the PIP standard rates for daily living and mobility, but she had requested a new assessment after her health worsened in recent months.

    She says she has been told by Capita that the assessor confirmed to his bosses that the incident had taken place, after he was called in for an interview about the allegations.

    Matthews has told Disability News Service (DNS) how the assessor agreed to carry out the face-to-face assessment in her bedroom because her stairlift was broken.

    Her husband Paul was also in the room during the assessment, while her disabled son was in his bedroom nearby.

    But she said the assessor began to grow angry after she told him she couldn’t say which of her various health conditions was causing her the most problems with her mobility and ability to live independently.

    And when she told him that she had recently been to hospital with one of her conditions, he told her: “Absolutely irrelevant. Irrelevant, irrelevant, irrelevant.

    “I don’t need to know about the past. I just need to know about your condition.”

    As she grew increasingly alarmed by his attitude, she told him she found him “very, very rude and quite abrupt”.

    When she said she had been treated for a kidney infection and was being tested for lupus, the assessor said: “As I told you, I’m not going to repeat myself again…”

    She then told him that she had tried to take her own life six weeks earlier, but he again told her this was “irrelevant”.

    At this point, her son, who was passing the room and could see how upset his mum was becoming, told the assessor: “Excuse me, I have heard you being quite rude to my mum.”

    The assessor, who she believes is in his 50s, asked her son if he wanted him to end the assessment and leave, and he said yes.

    Matthews said: “With that he slapped his laptop closed, ripped the plug out of the extension lead and as he left the bedroom he pushed my son so hard that he fell against the door.”

    The assessor ran downstairs and then turned and told her son, who was still at the top of the stairs: “You want a fight do you, mate, because I can give you a fight?”

    Matthews’ son told his mum to phone the police and told the assessor: “I have told you three times now to leave the house.”

    The assessor then left the front door open and kicked the safety gate that protects their three dogs off its hinges, damaging the wall of the house (pictured).

    As he left, he told her son: “Don’t worry, I will be back for you because clearly you want a fight.”

    Matthews was told later that day by Capita that the company had immediately called the assessor in for an interview after she lodged her initial complaint.

    She said she was concerned about other disabled people who were in more vulnerable situations than she was who could have been visited in their own homes by the same assessor.

    She said: “He’s in a very powerful position.”

    She said his behaviour raised concerns about the other face-to-face assessments he has carried out for Capita.

    She was too unwell to go to work for the two days following the incident, and added: “I have had to go to the doctors because I was so upset. I have been really quite anxious, worrying if he was going to come back.”

    She has been visited twice by a police officer about the allegations.

    She said she still could not believe what had happened and how the assessor had behaved.

    She said: “I don’t think you could have written it.

    “I would never in my wildest dreams have thought that somebody in such a position would have been so aggressive.”

    The incident is just the latest in a series of failings that have plagued the PIP assessment process since the government launched the new benefit in 2013.

    Evidence from disabled people – collated by the grassroots WOWCampaign and published in July – shows that PIP assessment reports are still often riddled with distortions, twisted facts and ignorance.

    DNS spent months investigating allegations of dishonesty by PIP assessors in late 2016 and throughout 2017, hearing eventually from more than 250 disabled people in less than a year about how they had been unfairly deprived of their benefits.

    And last month, DNS revealed that PIP claimants are now almost twice as likely to win their tribunal appeal than claimants of disability living allowance – which is being replaced by PIP for working-age claimants – were almost a decade ago.

    A Capita spokesperson said: “We have apologised to Ms Matthews and offered her compensation following this incident.

    “The assessor involved has been suspended pending an investigation.”

    But she declined to say whether the company would now review his past face-to-face assessments, and if Capita would contact those claimants he has assessed.

    She also declined to say whether he was a nurse, a paramedic or an occupational therapist, and whether there had been other similar complaints made against him.

    A DWP spokesperson said: “We take these allegations extremely seriously – the assessor in this case was immediately suspended while Capita is carrying out their investigation.

    “We expect the highest standards from our providers and all claimants must be treated with dignity and respect.

    “Capita’s investigation is ongoing – we cannot comment any further.”

    A South Wales police spokesperson said: “South Wales police is investigating an allegation of criminal damage to a property in [Cardiff], on October 16.

    “Statements have been taken and enquiries are ongoing. There have been no arrests.”

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 26, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    • Tories your sub contractor is breaking your Tory responsibility policy. So Capita runs the Tories. Care Of Duty turned into Line Of Duty with a bit of Luther.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

      • “Capita’s investigation is ongoing – we cannot comment any further.”

        Guilty as charged.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 26, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    • It used to much safer when they had bullet proof glass when we did not get attacked by the staff.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 26, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    • What kind of people are they employing ?

      Alan Turner

      October 26, 2019 at 8:04 pm

      • Criminals.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 27, 2019 at 10:58 am

    • It says in the no doubt one-sided, only tells half a story article i.e. story (NEVER believe ANYTHING you read in newspaper) that the claimant is being assessed for PIP (Personal Independence Payment). You have to put yourself in the assessor’s shoes. The assessor wants to know if she has any difficulty at present with mobility. Does she need a new stair-lift? Money for taxi fares etc.? But like a witness in a court of law who doesn’t want to answer the questions she goes off on a tangent introducing irrelevant ‘facts’ that have nothing to do with the matter under discussion hoping to avoid scrutiny. You can see how the assessor could possibly become frustrated. He is only trying to do his job, that is to assess the claimant’s mobility needs for PIP.

      Stepping Razor System

      October 27, 2019 at 9:36 am

      • Criminal Damage, Assault for starters. If that is the way to do the job then they all need sacking. Tories one sided genocide. You really talk rubbish & have been brainwashed with propaganda. John Pring from Disability News Service is a proper reporter that has done much research, unlike the main media who just looks at Twatter.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 27, 2019 at 10:57 am

      • Another Tory Chat Bot now malfunctioning.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

  9. Why do you people look down on ladies of the night? Shame on you! These girls and women are pulling themselves up by their bootstraps and should be applauded for their efforts to make something of themselves and get on in life. What a pity that more of you don’t share their entrepreneurial spirit, follow their example, buckle down and grasp what opportunities are available to you. Selling your body is surely a much better option than claiming benefits in the brave new world we Conservatives are creating.

    Therese Coffey MP PhD

    October 27, 2019 at 11:31 am

    • Tories Genocide.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 27, 2019 at 11:41 am

      • Let’s pimp a Tory.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 27, 2019 at 11:42 am

    • At least they are actually being productive, doing something, providing a service that is in demand, and not just sponging off of everyone else. How dare lazy spongers who contribute absolutely nothing to society look down on people who are working for living,

      Damian Green

      October 27, 2019 at 11:42 am

      • What next a Iain Doppy Shit [IDS] Chat Bot.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 27, 2019 at 11:46 am

  10. Disability Hate Crime – Chat Bot.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 27, 2019 at 11:47 am

    • Recall your malfunctioning Chat Bots Tory HQ.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 27, 2019 at 11:56 am

  11. I wish the DWP would stop all these fake visits to Jobcentres, where they pretend that everything is wonderful. That people enjoy claiming benefits, the Work Coaches can’t do enough for you. The staff love their jobs etc.etc. Amber Rudd make some propaganda visits to various smiling Jobcentres, and now I see St.Therese is doing the same. It won’t work. People can see the reality of Universal Credit for themselves.

    Alan Turner

    October 27, 2019 at 3:47 pm

  12. Conservative Party Headquarters Chat Bot Deactivation Notice
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    Section DFG

    October 27, 2019 at 3:53 pm

  13. And sanction someone probably takes about 20 seconds

    myfinalusername

    October 28, 2019 at 9:58 pm

  14. Here comes the general election. Brace and prepare yourselves for four or five years of the most extreme doctrinaire right-wing government since the war led by liar and charlatan Boris Johnson.

    The Ace of Wands

    October 29, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    • Andrew Coates

      October 29, 2019 at 12:40 pm

      • We have heard all this crap before Jeremy your fake promises fall on death ears with us 😦 zzzzzzzzz.

        Violet

        October 29, 2019 at 12:48 pm

      • Good news, enough is enough

        high time

        October 29, 2019 at 1:25 pm

      • @Andrew Coates – Too little, too late Jeremy. Now we are going to have to watch Corbyn’s Last Stand.
        Like Custer’s Last Stand, but with Conservatives instead of Indians.

        Alan Turner

        October 29, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      • Corbyn’s campaign will appear intensely to committed Corbynite members of the Labour party and fans not thus affiliated. Trouble is his appeal as a leader, although extremely strong within his circle of support, this circle does not contain enough voters to enable Corbyn’s Labour to win an election. He is loved and adored by a very large number of people who admire the man and agree with him, refusing to hear a bad word said about him, but viewed coolly and with suspicion by an even greater number of citizens who have not been convinced by his history, words and actions that he is fit to be Prime Minister and cannot now be persuaded to vote Labour with him at the helm. Minds have been made up. The blunt truth is that no political leader in recorded history, as unpopular amongst the general public as Jeremy Corbyn is, has ever led a political party into office.

        I’m hoping for another hung parliament and am sh1tting myself at the thought of what Boris and his acolytes will end up doing to the country once it has left the European Union and on course to become the unofficial 51st State of the good ole United States under Trump. We’re f*cked folks and a good part of the reason why is that Corbyn overestimated himself and remained leader of the only political party that might have put a brake on the coming Tory excesses as they try to turn the country into a deregulated Singaporean clone with low taxes for the rich and an ultra-lean social security system moored off the west coast of France.

        Jeremy Corbyn is the gift that keeps giving… TO THE BLOODY CONSERVATIVES!

        Jude

        October 29, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    • The much respected Electoral Calculus predicts a Conservative majority of 55 after the next election.

      https://www.electoralcalculus.co.uk/homepage.html

      Absolutely nobody anywhere is predicting that Labour will form a government under Jezza, who has been a terrible Labour leader who not only cinched the forthcoming Tory victory but ended up driving his own party into hundreds of thousands of pounds of debt as well. Please God let the next Labour leader be more acceptable and successful than Corbyn, a foggy-minded well-meaning dreamer with not one single quality that qualifies him fit for leadership. Ultimately it will not be Corbyn that pays the price for his vanity and folly but us. In a few years he will sunning himself on his allotment on a magnificent and handsome MP’s pension completely oblivious he has done by helping the most right-wing government in decades, led by the worst and most dishonourable Prime Minister imaginable, to win a majority because he wasn’t personally up to the job of resisting and stopping it; a better leader and shadow cabinet might have put an end to the hideous future that all of us will now have to face up to.

      And even worse might be coming with dopey Angela Rayner in the frame as Corbyn’s successor.

      https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/labour-leadership-jeremy-corbyn-successor-woman-emily-thornberry-angela-rayner-636570

      Jesus help us!

      Tarot

      October 29, 2019 at 1:19 pm

      • @Tarot – You have clearly seen the future. Labour might as well go and play marbles for any chance they have of winning. I don’t care about these parliament types on 128K plus big London houses. They won’t be signing on for Universal Credit, even if they do lose. It’s the people on disability benefits, the homeless and the unemployed who are going to suffer, if we get another 5 Years of Tory Cuts !

        Frank Harper

        October 29, 2019 at 1:33 pm

  15. Are Labour seriously going to stand for election with Jeremy Corbyn as Leader ?. With the poll ratings he has at the moment ? With half his own party against him ?

    Disgusted Labour

    October 29, 2019 at 1:27 pm

  16. My dear Mama tells me that Mr.Corbyn is some kind of awful socialist, and wants to take over the railways.
    Just like the communists did in the Russian Revolution. Well, I shan’t be voting for him.

    Penelope Hill-Barton

    October 29, 2019 at 1:38 pm

  17. “It’s time.”

    It isn’t time, Jeremy, thanks to your dithering and indecisiveness it’s now far too late. On the bright side it looks as if your goose will be cooked by Christmas. Which is nice.

    Val S.

    October 29, 2019 at 4:15 pm

  18. Don’t worry there will be Polling Stations in all the supermarkets – Open to fraud.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 29, 2019 at 4:46 pm

  19. NEWS FLASH

    The Tories now want to cancel the December Election.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 29, 2019 at 4:48 pm

  20. Where’s Boris Johnson gone ? He’s gone to powder his nose with a straw.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 29, 2019 at 4:50 pm

  21. Oh no the Tories have started moaning again.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 29, 2019 at 4:51 pm

  22. BREAKING NEWS/BREAKING NEWS/BREAKING NEWS

    The next UK General Election will be held on 12th December 2019.

    BREAKING NEWS/BREAKING NEWS/BREAKING NEWS

    BREAKING NEWS

    October 29, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    • They think that it’s all over… it is now!

      Finis

      October 30, 2019 at 7:17 am

  23. Bye bye Amber.

    Andrew Coates

    October 30, 2019 at 11:37 am

    • he only had a majority of a few hundred and as food bank use went up by 80% after Universal Credit got rolled out in her constituency something tells me that she would have lost her seat anyway in the coming general election. If only all dissatisfied UC claimants would club together to vote for the candidate most likely to defeat Tory MPs locally, well, that would wipe the smile off Boris’ face I’ll be bound!

      Dimebar

      October 30, 2019 at 2:07 pm

      • That should read: “She only had a majority…” above. Apologies.

        Dimebar

        October 30, 2019 at 2:09 pm

  24. ” Her honey-coloured hair fell in heavy waves below her shoulders and as she stared up at him her eyes, clear, speckled amber, seemed to tilt at the corners; her brows were black and swept up in arcs, and she had thick black lashes. There was about her a kind of warm luxuriance, something immediately suggestive to the men of pleasurable fulfillment- something for which she was not responsible but of which she was acutely conscious.”
    ― Kathleen Winsor, Forever Amber

    Farewell Amber

    October 30, 2019 at 3:59 pm


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