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Food Banks, The Tory Universal Credit’s Legacy.

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A few days ago a contributor pointed out that the planned rise in benefits is a joke.

And what will be the rise, 75 pence ? And the Tories think they can buy people’s votes with this.

Ipswich Unemployed Action team of seasoned  Newshounds has been looking around the local shops for ways to spend this king’s ransom.

A tin of baked beans? A few bananas? Some onions?

The choice is royal.

Food poverty  is one of the most visible legacies of Universal Credit and low incomes for those on benefits.

It’s not just the “freeze” in levels, it’s the wait, the sanctions, and the low level of money people get.

This leads them to go to get help from charity for basics- a great opportunity no doubt for giving and virtue, or as Rees Mogg might say ” “rather uplifting” and growth “shows what a compassionate country we are”.

No doubt go bothering electric shock dog collar hairshirt Coffey likes them too.

People don’t talk much about Food Banks much – in person, to friends.

I can’t think of anybody telling me the details face to face.

But Sky News did the job for us this morning.

UK households at food banks living on £50 a week, research shows

The State of Hunger report found that 94% of people at food banks are destitute, with one in five having no money coming in.

A charity is calling for benefit payments to cover the true cost of living after a report revealed people at food banks have an average weekly income of £50 after paying rent.

The Trussell Trust, a food bank charity, commissioned the State of Hunger 2019 report, which was conducted by Heriot-Watt University.

It found that over 94% of people at food banks are destitute, while three-quarters live in households affected by ill-health or disability.

Meanwhile, the average weekly income of people at food banks is only £50 after paying rent, and almost one in five have no money coming in at all in the month before being referred for emergency food.

The report identified three reasons: issues with the benefits system, ill health and challenging life experiences, and a lack of local support.

Two-thirds of people at food banks were affected by problems with benefits in the last year.

The key issues include a reduction in the value of benefit payments, being turned down for disability benefits, having benefits stopped, and delays in payments such as the five-week wait for universal credit.

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As a result, the Trussell Trust is calling for three key changes as a priority to protect people from hunger:

  • End the five-week wait for universal credit
  • Benefit payments must cover the true cost of living
  • Funding for councils to provide local crisis support should be ring-fenced and increased.

The Guardian covers the story:

Research says evidence ‘clear’ policies such as universal credit can cause destitution

You can download the full report.

This is how they present their findings,

Over the last five years, the number of emergency food parcels provided to people in crisis by food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network has increased by 73%. No charity can replace the dignity of buying your own food. To help end the need for food banks, the Trussell Trust commissioned State of Hunger – the most authoritative piece of independent research into hunger in the UK to date. Here’s what the research reveals…

This is worth noting:

Some features of the benefit system have been associated with increases in the incidence of ‘failures’ of claimants to qualify. This is illustrated by the remarkable swings over time (and space) in rates of JSA sanctions, by variations in the health/disability assessment outcomes associated with PIPs, and variations in the assignment of ESA claimants to different groups. This study of household food insecurity has revealed some of the severely adverse impacts of these processes, both on destitution and on mental health.

On UC, there is evidence from multiple sources that the ‘five-week wait’ is viewed as a delay in benefit payment rather than a system feature. We conclude from a range of evidence including the survey, modelling and qualitative interviews that the waiting period is one of the most critical drivers of food bank use, particularly in this period with the general roll-out of UC. Not everyone fails to cope with the five-week wait, but people who have experienced longer term poverty, those without family and friends able to help and particularly people with multiple deprivation – homelessness,offending, drug misuse and mental health issues – are particularly vulnerable.

Therefore, there is a strong case for shortening this or alleviating its effects in other ways, but not ways which simply pile up more problem debt on people at the very bottom of the income distribution.

There appear to be gaps in oversight of debt repayment, with many people paying significant proportions of their (already very low) benefits back to the DWP and third parties to cover debts. It is not quite clear how far this is about a lack of guidance from the Department for Work and Pensions about what is acceptable or a lack of oversight about what proportion of income is being taken. Even the amounts being recouped for the UC advance payment alone can be very large; an area where that one would expect the Department for Work and Pensions to be able to straightforwardly monitor. Ideally, however, there should be clear, shared protocols for acceptable levels of deduction covering all parties and purposes and these should be consistently implemented.

Written by Andrew Coates

November 5, 2019 at 10:28 am

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  1. I volunteer at a local independent foodbank and we’ve never been busier. Stocks were running very low but luckily there has been a magnificent response to our appeal and loads of Harvest Festival donations came flooding in through the first weeks of October from churches and schools in the area, replenishing stocks. Very soon we are also expecting to be inundated with Christmas donations too. The wider community have been fantastic and generous with their support. It shouldn’t have to be this way though, and we are all well aware that foodbanks although unfortunately necessary are the symptom of a failed State.

    trev

    November 5, 2019 at 10:43 am

    • The worst part is it’s a deliberate failed State. Designed to punish and impoverish the unemployed and benefit claimants. The Tories knew exactly what they were doing when they started all this.

      Carl M.

      November 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm

  2. One of the first things the Tories did was to downgrade the value of this uprating by switching the calculation from the consumer price index (CPI) to the retail price index (RPI) which is almost always significantly lower. Then after a cart load of caps, cuts and penalties, e.g., the Bedroom Tax, and legislation passed which enabled cash strapped councils to charge benefit claimants Council Tax for the first time in 2016 Osborne froze benefit uprating for four years.

    Yesterday Therese Coffey stated that the decision to uprate benefits and by how much was made annually but can anybody remember a time when benefits were not uprated on an annual basis? If benefits are not uprated their value is progressively degraded over time and there is no longer a bottom line in respect to income and living standards which no-one, absolutely no-one, is ever allowed to fall as was always the case previously. We are seeing the results of this now with 1 in 5 citizens now officially living in poverty of which 4.6 million children are children. Shocking doesn’t even begin to describe it.

    Can anybody reading these words remember any government capping, cutting, freezing and penalising benefit claimants so enthusiastically, disastrously and harshly before. Not even Margaret Thatcher behaved quite so cruelly and heedlessly.

    And after Brexit things could get very much worse.

    Lal

    November 5, 2019 at 11:00 am

    • I personally think the present crop of Tories, from Cameron & Osborne onwards, are far worse than even Margaret Thatcher was. They are Bastards with a capital B, devoid of any morals and compassion, and hypocritically most of them pretend to be Christians! They are quite clearly Luciferians.

      trev

      November 5, 2019 at 11:10 am

      • @Trev – They are far worse, because they can’t believe their luck. Look what they have got away with !

        Jack Reid

        November 5, 2019 at 11:55 am

    • Benefits weren’t even ‘frozen’ during the Ice Age as Jurassic Allowance was uprated annually during this particularity cold spell.

      Terry Dactyl

      November 5, 2019 at 12:41 pm

      • If the Tories had existed during that epoch and could have they would have.

        Lal

        November 5, 2019 at 1:05 pm

  3. Rees Mogg is at it again:

    Andrew Coates

    November 5, 2019 at 11:01 am

    • Rees Mogg, pure evil. Talking of which, this is one of the scariest Halloween videos I’ve seen in a long time…

      trev

      November 5, 2019 at 11:15 am

    • Jacob Rees-Mogg has apologised after claiming Grenfell Tower fire victims did not use “common sense” and leave the burning building.

      The leader of the House of Commons was widely criticised on Tuesday morning after he said the stay-put policy issued by the fire service had limited people’s chances of survival and he would have ignored it.

      In a statement issued to the Evening Standard, he said: “I profoundly apologise.”

      He added: “What I meant to say is that I would have also listened to the fire brigade’s advice to stay and wait at the time.

      “However, with what we know now and with hindsight I wouldn’t and I don’t think anyone else would.

      “I would hate to upset the people of Grenfell if I was unclear in my comments. With hindsight and after reading the report no one would follow that advice. That’s the great tragedy.”

      Guardian – 5th Nov 2019

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 5, 2019 at 12:47 pm

      • What I meant to say in court was a untruth not a lie.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        November 5, 2019 at 12:48 pm

      • Latest on this story – which is not going away with a few mumbled words of ‘sorry’ conveyed to the media by his Butler.

        Andrew Coates

        November 5, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      • Anger as government lists Grenfell firm as approved contractor

        Guardian – 5th Nov 2019

        Recladding contractor Rydon is officially recommended for building high-rise housing

        The government has placed the builder that oversaw the disastrous refurbishment of Grenfell Tower on an official list of firms recommended to build high-rise housing, a move that has sparked fury among survivors.

        Rydon was the main contractor on the recladding which spread the fatal blaze that claimed 72 lives in 2017. The decision less than three years later to name it as one of the firms on a new £30bn seven-year construction framework agreement has been attacked as “adding insult to injury” by the bereaved and survivors.

        Rydon will face intense scrutiny in the second phase of the public inquiry into the disaster, which will begin in the new year after the first phase last week concluded that the £10m refurbishment of Grenfell broke building regulations.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        November 5, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    • Another fanatical Catholic. No wonder Jesus put the Second Coming on hold indefinitely with fetid sh1ts like Jacob Rees-Mogg waiting on earth to greet him.

      Lal

      November 5, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    • Just before Grenfell Tower was incinerated a new type of smart meter was installed which emit a lot of microwave radiation and also explode & catch fire,it was planned genocide!!

      Violet

      November 5, 2019 at 4:01 pm

  4. Nothing better symbolizes the Conservative attitude to welfare, than Foodbanks.
    Sort out your poverty for yourself, because the government, is not going to do anything for you.
    It’s not our concern. Why don’t you get a job ?

    Jeff Smith

    November 5, 2019 at 11:53 am

    • The future isn’t what it used to be and nor are jobs.

      Lal

      November 5, 2019 at 1:09 pm

  5. Foodbanks are a national disgrace in a wealthy country like the UK. But once again we have blindly followed the Americans down the path of welfare misery. 99 Weeks of payment, and then you can get lost after that, for all the government cares. Remind you of anyone ? Even the wording has changed. Now we speak of ‘welfare’, and not Social Security.

    Tom Sutton

    November 5, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    • Food banks are a disgrace and their existence is accidental. The government introduced Universal Credit without worrying about the consequences, which we are seeing now, which were well predicted without taking food banks into account. If charities hadn’t stepped forward independently to try to mitigate food poverty just imagine what would have happened. Incompetence and cruelty were the hallmarks of the coalition and Tory government which followed.

      Limp Richard

      November 6, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    • @Tom Sutton – You are right there Tom. Why must we be forever copying the Americans ? Half of these brutal welfare ideas started off in the States. Like workfare, and the idea that welfare benefits were conditional on claimants behaving in the approved manner. And the concept of the ‘Discouraged Worker.’
      Where the long-term unemployed claimant who has failed to get a job in the 99 weeks of his unemployment benefit. All the fault in this is placed squarely back on the claimant.

      Malcolm Jardine

      November 6, 2019 at 6:12 pm

  6. What’s really upset me is that new children’s book published about the no money day and mum not being hungry so kiddy could eat the last toast and them going to a foodbank. We see such poverty every day at the school I work in. I’m proud to say I have zero respect for society! !

    katrehman

    November 6, 2019 at 10:01 am

    • @katrehman – It is a total disgrace to this society that this is happening. And yet there seems to be no end to this in sight. I don’t know how people have let things come to this.

      Susan

      November 6, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      • I’m proud to say I have zero respect for society! !

        Something the Conservatives have delivered a totally unpleasant almost unlivable country.They’ve destroyed faith in society in good honest decent people who are left to witness the aftermath of these policies’.They’ll sap the goodness and replace it with poison.

        Brother Boris

        November 9, 2019 at 3:25 am

  7. Andrew Coates

    November 6, 2019 at 10:14 am

    • The DWP are not really sorry for these adverts, or the money that has been wasted on them.
      Just sorry they have been caught out. It’s all part of the same bullshit psychology used against the unemployed.

      Tom Sutton

      November 6, 2019 at 3:38 pm

      • @Tom Sutton. It just shows how untruthful the DWP are being with these adverts. They know the facts but pretend otherwise.

        Lorraine

        November 6, 2019 at 6:16 pm

  8. Universal credit adverts banned as ‘misleading’

    The banned advertisements claimed to debunk myths about universal credit

    A series of government advertisements claiming to debunk myths about universal credit has been banned for misleading the public.

    The Advertising Standards Agency received 44 complaints about six newspaper adverts and a web page.

    The adverts included claims people moved into work faster on universal credit, which “did not accurately reflect the evidence”, the ASA said.

    The Department for Work and Pensions said it was disappointed by the ban.

    The ASA investigated four issues arising from complaints about the adverts, which took the form of advertising features to “set the record straight” and appeared in May and June in the Metro newspaper and on a web page hosted on the Mail Online and Metro sites.

    The claims included in the Universal Credit Uncovered advert series included:

    “Myth: universal credit makes it harder to pay your rent on time. Fact: your job centre can give you an advance payment and pay rent directly to landlords.”

    The ASA said this was misleading as it omitted significant restrictions placed on the right to alternative payment arrangements, which are in fact available to about one in 10 claimants.

    The ASA said: “We considered that readers would understand the claim to mean that under UC the option to have rent paid directly to landlords was generally available without restriction to all claimants who wanted it.”

    Other adverts claimed:

    “Myth: you have to wait five weeks to get any money on universal credit. Fact: if you need money, your job centre will urgently pay you an advance.”

    This again, the ASA concluded, was misleading, saying it was not always made clear enough in the adverts the advance was a loan to be repaid within 12 months, or that the advance payments were not necessarily available immediately.

    And others said:

    “Myth: universal credit doesn’t work. Fact: it does. People move into work faster on universal credit than they did on the old system.”

    The ASA said it considered that readers would interpret the wording “move into work faster” to refer to secure ongoing employment, but in fact the 2017 study the claim was based on had included “people who had worked for only a few hours on one occasion during the relevant period”.

    ‘Apologise’

    It banned four of the newspaper ads and the web page from appearing again in the form complained about, and said it had told the DWP to ensure it had “adequate evidence to substantiate the claims in its advertising” as well as presenting “significant conditions” to its claims clearly.

    The organisations that submitted complaints included the Disability Rights Consortium, the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the anti-poverty charity Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K).

    Z2K chief executive Raji Hunjan said the ruling showed the DWP’s attitude was “not acceptable in public service, especially in the department charged with protecting people from living in poverty”.

    “The next government must engage with the compelling evidence that points to the harm universal credit is causing, leaving many people reliant on food banks, and others destitute,” she said.

    Jonathan Blades, of the Disability Rights Consortium, urged the DWP to apologise for its actions and “concentrate on fixing universal credit”.

    In a statement, the Department for Work and Pensions said: “We are disappointed with this decision and have responded to the Advertising Standards Authority.

    “We consulted at length with the ASA as we created the adverts, which have explained to hundreds of thousands of people how universal credit is helping more than 2.5 million people across the country.”

    Universal credit adverts banned as ‘misleading’

    BBC

    November 6, 2019 at 11:12 am

    • Social Contempt drips from these adverts. The cheerful wally, not too bright. The steady lass by his side.
      caricature working-class. Cor blimey charlie ! Lets touch our forelocks and get down the mill before all the good jobs go. And thank you guv’nor for letting us exist in your society.

      John H.

      November 6, 2019 at 3:49 pm

      • @John H. It’s like something from Victorian times. When the working-class knew their place.

        Ken

        November 7, 2019 at 5:00 pm

  9. Is ‘AQ’ more important than intelligence?

    Worklife 101

    As workplaces change, is it enough to be smart? Enter AQ, the capacity to adapt that may well determine your future career success.

    Once, if you wanted to assess how well someone might do climbing the career ladder, you might have considered asking them to take an IQ test. For years, it was thought that the intelligence quotient (IQ) test – which measures memory, analytical thinking and mathematical ability – was one of the best ways to predict our future job prospects.

    More recently, there has been increased attention on emotional intelligence (EQ), broadly characterised as a set of interpersonal, self-regulation and communication skills. EQ is now widely seen as a tool kit that plays an important role in helping us succeed in multiple aspects of life.

    IQ is the minimum you need to get a job, but AQ is how you will be successful over time – Natalie Fratto

    Both IQ and EQ are considered important to our career success. But today, as technology redefines how we work, the skills we need to thrive in the job market are evolving too. Enter adaptability quotient, or AQ, a subjective set of qualities loosely defined as the ability to pivot and flourish in an environment of fast and frequent change.

    “IQ is the minimum you need to get a job, but AQ is how you will be successful over time,” says Natalie Fratto, a New York-based vice-president at Goldman Sachs who became interested in AQ when she was investing in tech start-ups. She has subsequently presented a popular TED talk on the subject.

    Fratto says AQ is not just the capacity to absorb new information,but the ability to work out what is relevant, to unlearn obsolete knowledge, overcome challenges, and to make a conscious effort to change. AQ involves flexibility, curiosity, courage, resilience and problem-solving skills too.

    As society changes, could AQ be more crucial to career success than IQ? If so, how do you identify it – and is there a way to hone AQ to future-proof your career?

    Adapt – or become obsolete

    Amy Edmondson, a professor of leadership and management at Harvard Business School, says it is the breakneck speed of workplace change that will make AQ more valuable than IQ.

    Technology has vastly changed how many jobs are done, and the disruption will continue – over the next three years, 120 million people in the world’s 12 largest economies may need to be reskilled because of automation, according to a 2019 IBM study.

    Over the next three years, 120 million people in the world’s 12 largest economies may need to be reskilled because of automation

    Any roles that involve spotting patterns in data –lawyers reviewing legal documents or doctors making a patient diagnosis, for example – are easy to automate, says Dave Coplin, CEO of The Envisioners, a UK-based technology consultancy. This is because an algorithm can do these tasks faster and more accurately than a human, he says.

    To avoid obsolescence, workers doing these jobs need to develop new skills like creativity to solve new problems,empathy to communicate betterand accountability, using human intuition to supplement insight from machines.“If an algo can do 30% of the tasks that I used to do, what can I do with that spare capacity? The winners are those who choose to do things that algos can’t.”

    Edmondson says every profession will require adaptability and flexibility, from banking to the arts. Say you are an accountant.Your IQ gets you through the examinations to become qualified, then your EQ helps you connect with an interviewer, land a job and develop relationships with clients and colleagues. Then, when systems change or aspects of work are automated, you need AQ to accommodate this innovation and adapt to new ways of performing your role.

    All three quotients are somewhat complementary, since they all help you to solve problems and therefore adapt, Edmondson says. An ideal candidate possesses all three,but not everyone does. “There are rigid geniuses,” she says.Having IQ, but no AQ would leave you struggling to embrace new ways of working using your existing skills – and low AQ makes it harder to acquire new ones.

    Asking ‘what if’

    AQ is now increasingly being sought at the hiring level. According to the IBM study, 5,670 executives globally rated behavioural skills as most critical for the workforce today, and chief among them was the “willingness to be flexible, agile and adaptable to change”.

    Will Gosling, Deloitte’s UK human capital consulting leader, says there’s no definitive method of measuring adaptability like an IQ test, but companies have woken up to AQ’s value and are changing their recruitment processes to help identify people who may be high in it.

    Deloitte has started using immersive online simulations where job candidates are assessed on how well they adapt to potential workplace challenges; one assessment involves choosing how you would encourage reluctant colleagues to join a company triathlon team. Deloitte also looks to hire people who have shown they can perform in different functions, industries or geographies. “This proves they are agile and a fast learner,” Gosling says.

    Fratto of Goldman Sachs, meanwhile, suggests three ways AQ might manifest in potential candidates:if they can picture possible versions of the future by asking “what if” questions,if they can unlearn information to challenge presumptionsand if they enjoy exploration or seeking out new experiences.

    She says this is not a definitive recipe for AQ, but recruiters should pose these kinds of questions to tease out evidence of AQ in candidates.In fact, she puts them to founders of start-ups seeking her investment.“Start-ups go through evolutions,” she explains. “It’s not like the founder has a written job description; they need some of a fluctuating list of 30 or 50 skills to be successful.”

    A study published in June by analysis firm Oxford Economics estimated up to 20 million manufacturing jobs globally could be replaced by robots by 2030

    ‘Mission critical’

    One good thing about AQ is that – even if you can’t measure it – experts say you can work to develop it. Penny Locaso, the Australian founder ofBKindred, an education companythat helps people to become more adaptable, says some people have more curious or courageous personalities, which may explain why they are naturally better at adapting than others. “However, if one does not continue to surf the edge of their discomfort, the adaptability you are born with could decrease over time.”

    She suggests three ways to boost your adaptability: first, limit distractions and learn to focus so you can determine what adaptations to make.Second, ask uncomfortable questions, like for a pay rise, to develop courage and normalise fear. Third, be curious about things that fascinate you by having more conversations rather than Googling the answer, something “which wires our brains to be lazy” and diminishes our ability to solve difficult challenges.

    Otto Scharmer, a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management who has written books on learning from the emerging future, suggests other methods. In a TED talk, he recommends remaining open to new possibilities, trying to see a situation through someone else’s eyes and reducing your ego so that you can feel comfortable with the unknown.

    One thing we do know is that the workplaces of the future will operate differently. We may not all be comfortable with the pace of change – but we can prepare. As Edmondson says: “Learning to learn is mission critical. The ability to learn, change, grow, experiment will become far more important than subject expertise.”

    Is ‘AQ’ more important than intelligence?

    BBC

    November 6, 2019 at 1:07 pm

  10. Food banks: ‘I had to substitute heating for eating’


    Shauna Gauntlett had no safety net after the company she worked for experienced financial difficulties

    Shauna Gauntlett was a care assistant in Dundee when the company she worked for went through financial troubles.

    In the run up to Christmas, the company cut her hours, leaving her unable to pay for food or her bills.

    “I should be able to have enough money to feed myself while being in work,” Shauna said.

    But with no savings or safety net the reduced income meant she had to visit a food bank in Dundee.

    A three-year study, focusing on more than 1,000 food-bank users across the UK was commissioned by the Trussell Trust, and conducted by Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University.

    Its first annual report indentifies three key elements that leave people “no protection from hunger and poverty”:

    problems with the benefits system
    ill-health and challenging life experiences
    too little local support

    It said that 94% of people using food banks are “destitute”, which means they can’t afford a number of essentials such as heating, clothing, toiletries and shelter.

    Prof Glen Bramley, who conducted the research, told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland: “Our research shows decisively the people using food banks are incredibly poor.”

    Ms Gauntlett, who has two young children, was working on a zero-hours contract when the company went through financial difficulties.

    “I didn’t know what hours I was supposed to be working from week to week,” she said. “That led me to end up not having enough to pay all my bills. So I had to substitute heating for eating.”

    The study suggests that nearly 75% of food bank users are from homes affected by illness or disability, with an average weekly income of only £50 after rent.

    Accessing local support was highlighted by the report as a way for people to get help in periods of crisis.

    Ms Gauntlett said attending the food bank in Dundee was a turning point.

    Not only did they offer her food, they helped her set up her electricity meter at home, she said.

    “They did an amazing job. I was very grateful for that because I needed to be able to cook the food that I was going to get from them,” Ms Gauntlett said.

    Addressing the gap in services

    Kyle McCormick is a project manager at the Glasgow North West food bank, which took part in the research.

    He said issues with benefits and a lack of support had contributed to the rising need for food banks.

    “It is really alarming, especially here in Scotland, and you can be only just one pay cheque away from needing to go to a food bank,” he said.

    Mr McCormick wants organisations on the frontline of addressing poverty to coordinate better.

    “It’s about addressing the gap in the services that are provided at the moment,” he said.

    Food banks: ‘I had to substitute heating for eating’

    BBC

    November 6, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    • There are a few Tories that could well do with substituting Compassion for Cruelty.

      Dave G.

      November 6, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    • Just about managing should be just about eating.

      With all this about the end of the benefit freeze what about the end of council tax liability.

      We're all in this together.

      November 6, 2019 at 10:51 pm

      • We’re all in it all right. In it up to our necks!

        Kinky

        November 7, 2019 at 2:48 pm

  11. I do wish they would stop all this religious stuff at this time of year.

    Anthony Atheist

    November 6, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    • Christmas and every other Bank Holiday has already been banned for Universal Credit claimants who are obliged to clock up 35 hours of work-search activity even during weeks which have public holidays for everybody else!

      Elmer

      November 8, 2019 at 12:46 pm

  12. I have just been made redundant. Bloody Tories and what have you. What I want to know is will I able allowed to take my dogs into the jobcentre? They are Staffie/Akita crosses if it makes any difference.

    Hammer and Tongs

    November 6, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    • you cant even use the toilet let alone take a dog in there or park in there car park

      superted

      November 6, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      • Jobcentre sounds like a prison.

        Inmate

        November 6, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    • Thanks for the info, ted. I will mind to take a good shit before I go in. Finding somewhere to park will be a nightmare though.

      Hammer and Tongs

      November 6, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    • Hang on to those dogs for as long as possible. If you’re sanctioned you can always butcher and eat them if worst comes to worst and you’re starving. Although they will be tough and stringy beggars can’t be choosers. You can only visit food banks a certain number of times you see.

      Ernest Shackleton

      November 8, 2019 at 5:26 pm

  13. Finding somewhere to park will be a nightmare though.

    they do that on purpose as well and dont listen to a word they say and check it all first as most are pathological liars.

    and if they send you to a 3rd party provider dont sign anything as buy law you dont have to 😉

    superted

    November 6, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    • Thanks for the advice, Ted, not looking forward to it to be honest. Heard so many stories.

      Hammer and Tongs

      November 7, 2019 at 6:21 am

  14. Sherlock Holmes admitted he needed the help of his trusty assistant Watson. Now Tom Watson has resigned. Lets face it, Jeremy Corbyn is no Sherlock Holmes. All this will do is open for the way for the Tory version of Professor Moriarty.

    Hugo Baskerville

    November 7, 2019 at 10:24 am

  15. Jezza isn’t going to win and maybe Boris won’t either if people vote tactically, especially with the Brexit party set to field candidates in every constituency. So maybe another hung parliament which can’t decide everything in which case roll on the people’s vote as the only way to finally settle the matter of Brexit. I’m going to vote for the person most likely to beat my current Conservative MP to the punch, I don’t care who or what party, all I want to do is to get rid of the Tory hereabouts and reduce Johnson’s power.

    (When I say that I’ll vote for “anyone” that’s “anyone” bar the Brexit party candidate of course.)

    Kinky

    November 7, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    • When your own Deputy Leader resigns just before the election, it’s not a good look.
      Or when you have two MPs from the party urging people not to vote for Corbyn !
      This must surely be a political first.

      Tom Sutton

      November 8, 2019 at 12:04 pm

  16. Andrew Coates

    November 8, 2019 at 9:43 am

    • One thing you can say for The Tories – when they set out on cruelty they do a thorough job,
      Now it’s an attack on the unborn child.

      Alan Turner

      November 8, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      • That’s one of the things that Catholics like Jacob Rees-Mogg apparently see no problem with. He is all for the protection of the unborn child as regards abortion and would like to see terminations banned under all circumstances, but once children have been born apparently no longer gives a sh1t about them and is at ease with seeing hundreds of thousands of babies and children already born fall into food poverty and grinding soul-destroying poverty generally.

        Relics like Rees-Mogg are a waste of protoplasm.

        Two-thumbed Fist

        November 8, 2019 at 12:53 pm

      • That’s the amazing part. The Tories have caused all this misery and suffering with their cuts and austerity. But they don’t even try to hide it. They have just slapped the British Public in the face, and gone away laughing. And they still expect people to vote for them !

        Jeff Smith

        November 8, 2019 at 5:00 pm

  17. I pray to God that a better and electable Labour party will rise phoenix like from the ashes of its coming defeat in the up and coming general election. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life living under Tory rule and unless Labour pulls its socks up we’re all in for Conservative government for decade after decade.

    Please God let the Labour party learn a lesson from what is about to happen in December.

    Quentin

    November 8, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    • @Quentin – Amen to that. This has all the hallmarks of a disaster for Labour.
      And why is Jeremy Corbyn so keen to get into a TV debate ? He’s not that good at this.
      One bad debate where Johnson runs rings round him and it could be game over.

      John K.

      November 8, 2019 at 4:51 pm

  18. The whole Corbyn thing reminds me of Moby Dick, and Captain Ahab obsessed with chasing the white whale. That didn’t end well… The whale sinks the ship.

    Ishmael

    November 8, 2019 at 4:56 pm

  19. Я тебе покажу, где раки зимуют.

    Direct translation: I will show you where lobsters spend the winter.

    Meaning: This is essentially a threat (stop, or else).

    Moscow Lobster

    November 8, 2019 at 6:07 pm

  20. Hotspur

    November 9, 2019 at 10:03 am

  21. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

    A6er

    November 9, 2019 at 11:55 am


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