Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Campaigning for Unemployed Rights.

Iain Duncan Smith’s Honour, “Slap in the Face”.


DWP likes a Larf.


The new year honours list is a reliable source of controversy, with perennial outrage about the worthiness of the recipients.

But the knighthood given to the former work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been particularly unpopular, with more than 237,000 people signing a petition objecting to the award for a man “responsible for some of the cruellest, most extreme welfare reforms this country has ever seen”.

One person with decades of experience adjudicating on the benefits system was especially appalled. “As a retired social security commissioner and upper tribunal judge, I spent a lifetime hearing thousands of appeals of decisions made by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP),” wrote Stephen Pacey in a letter to the Guardian.


The letter went viral as anger mounted, with at least one former MBE recipient announcing they were going to give their honour back, wanting no association with a system “that rewards social cruelty above social conscience”.

Dad ‘has 30p in coppers to last him a month’ after Universal Credit ‘mix up’

Adrian Keal, 48, claims he is at risk of losing his one-bed flat in Hull and is so broke he can’t turn the heating on – but the DWP says he received an advanced Universal Credit payment in November.


Meanwhile the reliably bonkers Minister for Work and Pensions, wearing her hairshirt,  celebrates the beauty of this windswept pile of shingle  which hosted a former military station.

(Note, I have visited the place and know Orford well. Perhaps she has plans to get us to clean it up, for our dole..).


Written by Andrew Coates

January 3, 2020 at 4:39 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.


    January 3, 2020 at 5:04 pm

  2. Never let it be said that the DWP don’t have a sense of humour. They force through the most cruel welfare changes this country has ever seen. And they still stick to their nonsense about it being all to the good.
    Not for benefit claimants it isn’t.

    Jeff Smith

    January 3, 2020 at 5:22 pm

  3. What is IDS getting a knighthood for? It can’t be for Universal Credit, surely? What has he done to deserve an honour? He’s been the very worst at everything he’s done – worst Tory leader, worst Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. There is no beginning to his talents.

    Prince of Wands

    January 3, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    • @ Prince Of Wands, it’s a kind of victory dance for the Tories. Two-fingers to the skiving unemployed that St.Duncan finally sorted out.

      Billy R.

      January 3, 2020 at 5:48 pm

  4. It would certainly spice up the House Of Commons if they had cheerleaders. Mini-skirts and pompoms in party colours. Give you something to watch in a boring debate.


    January 3, 2020 at 5:54 pm

  5. The Tories say that work is the best way out of poverty. Despite that with the lowest unemployment for over forty years and more people in work than ever before poverty, particularly child poverty, is growing apace in the UK. How odd then that so few people in the media seem to have noticed this Alice Through the Looking Glass contradictory state of affairs: More people in work seems to be leading to more and more citizens living in poverty. How curious.

    The Mad-as-hell Hatter

    January 3, 2020 at 6:56 pm

  6. The bastards are rubbing our noses in it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; it’s Class War, make no mistake.


    January 3, 2020 at 8:26 pm

  7. Tony Blair set the ball rolling on Welfare reform, he’s the one who enabled the Tories to fuck up our Social Security system. He laid down the groundwork for what was to come with Freud and IDS.

    “In welfare, for too long, the right had let social division and chronic unemployment grow; the left argued for rights but were weak on responsibilities. We believe passionately in giving people the chance to get off benefit and into work. We have done it for 1¼ million.

    But there are hundreds of thousands more who could work, given the chance. It’s right for them, for the country, for society. But with the chance, comes a responsibility on the individual – to take the chance, to make something of their lives and use their ability and potential to the full.

    In my speech on welfare reform at Toynbee Hall three years ago I set out the challenge.

    We must give the unemployed youth the skills to find a job; give the single mother the childcare she needs to go out and work; give the middle-aged man on a disability benefit the support and confidence to go back into the office.

    And we must not only lift people out of poverty. We must transform their horizons, aspirations and hopes as well – through helping people get the skills they need for better jobs, and through giving them chance to save and build up a nest egg.

    Only in this way will we drive up social mobility, the great force for equality in dynamic market economies.

    To do all that, ours has to be an enabling welfare state – one which helps people to help themselves.

    That is the key to Job Centre Plus. It embodies on the one hand the enabling welfare state, spreading opportunity – and on the other our reform of public services, as a new responsive service focused on the jobless.

    But for it to work, it has to be founded on mutual responsibility.

    Government has a responsibility to provide real opportunities for individuals to gain skills and to get into work that pays. But individuals also have a responsibility to grasp those opportunities.

    We are now seeing the beginnings of a sea-change in how people view our welfare state. There is growing public support for a welfare state that tackles poverty at its source; that gets people into work; that offers people hope – in exchange for a commitment to help themselves.” – Tony Blair, 2002



    January 4, 2020 at 12:26 am

  8. The unacceptable is now acceptable.I’d say the country has become unsafe for certain groups’.Its been building for some quite considerable time.


    January 4, 2020 at 1:12 am

    • Yeah you are right there Ken and no mistake.


      January 4, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    • Any groups in particular you have in mind, ken?

      Abraham Meyer

      January 4, 2020 at 2:36 pm

  9. Man left with 30p due to Universal Credit payment mix-up



    January 4, 2020 at 1:59 pm

  10. But you see how despite it all, the Tories are still managing to get away with all of this ? Generally speaking there is no great public outcry at what has been done.

    Alan Turner

    January 4, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    • The row from the Brexit mess has squelched out the noise erupting from Universal Credit for three years. This is set to die away next year once we leave the EU and negotiations begin as per a free trade deal between the UK and EU. The noise from UC should grown in volume later in the year when, if they are bold enough, the DWP starts migrating people in large numbers from legacy benefits onto UC. With Brexit simmering on the back burner Universal Credit looks set to blow up into a very big thing over the next few years.


      January 5, 2020 at 4:46 pm

  11. Single mum left with no money due to Universal Credit Banking delay:



    January 4, 2020 at 2:02 pm

  12. And in the Jobcentres you have staff in complete denial about the harsh reality of Universal Credit. They see the real costs of it for themselves. But still they carry on repeating the same brain-washed lines about how wonderful it is.

    Jeff Smith

    January 4, 2020 at 2:09 pm

  13. Some £33million is being taken away from people’s pensions as the Government ends the allowance for adult dependents.
    Designed to help people with someone else relying on them, the benefit is worth £70 a week, but will stop being paid in April. – Daily Mirror

    And now the destruction begins ….


    January 4, 2020 at 2:16 pm

  14. I think Therese Coffey’s days at the DWP might be numbered. The woman comes across as cold as ice and isn’t attractive physically or personality-wise. Basically she’s bl00dy awful. Surely BoJo would want someone better than her who seems, at least on the surface, to be superficially warm, sympathetic and half-human to head the DWP when the massive tonnage of sh1t surrounding Universal Credit, blocked for years by the farrago of Brexit, become obvious and unavoidable when UC’s roll out picks up speed? Ms Coffey seems even less a member of our species than frigid Esther McVey – and that really is saying something! Trouble is what ambitious and self-centred Tory MP would be willing to take on the poisoned chalice of the DWP as things stand? The true scandal surrounding UC hidden by the smokescreen of Brexit for the longest time will soon become impossible to ignore or overlook and, hopefully, turn out to be career damaging/ending for as many of the Conservatives who championed it as possible.


    January 4, 2020 at 2:52 pm

  15. Andrew Coates

    January 4, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    • It is unbelievable that someone can be so financially irresponsible to not have enough money/food/supplies in hand to cover for such inevitability. Or not even 5p to buy as box of 12 mince pies from the supermarket!

      Lera Lopresti

      January 4, 2020 at 3:47 pm

      • @ Lera

        Not really when you consider that Benefits have been Capped, frozen and are underpaid by 40% to begin with. I don’t have any savings or access to any money other than my JSA and when that’s gone I am frequently quite literally penniless.


        January 4, 2020 at 4:16 pm

  16. And yet over in the right-wing Daily Express, there is no mention of unemployment or poverty. An article on the NHS crisis which pretends to be astonished that there is a crisis. When the simple fact is that massive NHS funding cuts by the Tories over the last decade have caused this crisis. There is an almost endless series of Royal articles. Will Meghan and Kate get on better this year ? What does the royal expert for the Express think that the Queen thinks about this ? And a shock discovery ! Royal letters discovered showing that Wallis Simpson didn’t love the Duke of Windsor !! ( Now what are we going to do ? )
    But of the major social problems in this country, no apparent concern, or even interest, whatever.

    Jeff Smith

    January 4, 2020 at 5:03 pm

  17. Thérèse Coffey & Chris Grayling for OBE next time.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 4, 2020 at 5:17 pm

  18. A 6.2% pay rise – Who’s paying for it ! Because it will not be the employer & it will not be the Tories. If everyone got a 6.2% pay rise there would be no need for Universal Credit for working people.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 4, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    • The Tories want every working person to be on Universal Credit so they can give Atos, Capita, Maximus a £500 Million bonus each every year.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      January 4, 2020 at 5:22 pm

      • It’s very bad.It wouldn’t be surprising if people end up fleeing persecution.Once the country leaves the EU?

        A new book by a disabled researcher has detailed the “horrifying” levels of disability hate crime that take place every day on public transport across the UK.



        January 4, 2020 at 10:45 pm

      • A ‘disabled’ person fleeing the UK to escape persecution would bring their ‘disability’ into question 😀

        Sunday Augustine

        January 5, 2020 at 7:19 am

      • @ Sunday Augustine

        No it wouldn’t. How do you arrive at that conclusion?


        January 5, 2020 at 10:25 am

      • “Buy this book

        eBook £35.99
        price for United Kingdom (gross)
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        ISBN 978-3-030-28726-9
        Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
        Included format: EPUB, PDF
        ebooks can be used on all reading devices
        Immediate eBook download after purchase

        Hardcover £44.99
        price for United Kingdom (gross)
        Buy Hardcover

        ISBN 978-3-030-28725-2
        Free shipping for individuals worldwide
        Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.”

        It is just a crock to get you to by his wrenched book. He uses the emotive term ‘survivor’, as in rape ‘survivor’, JobcentrePlus ‘survivor’ as if they had survived a Nazi concentration camp.

        He also is trying to make out as if bullying at school is a disability issue. Many, most of are bullied at school at school and we are in no way disabled. As many of us are the victims of crime who are in no way disabled. He also feels the need to remind of us a ‘disabled’ person going to ‘work’. And, in any case, don’t disabled people get a brand-new Nissan Qashqai every year so why are they using public transport.
        He also conflates physical disability with mental disability. Why should a ‘stress’, ‘anxiety’, ‘depression’ ‘survivor’ qualify for a brand-new luxury car every year at taxpayers expense. And why should someone who is in no way physically impaired receive a free car and free parking to boot? This ‘author’ can’t resist throwing in the nonsensical term ‘hate crime’, The able-bodied are sick and tired of the constantly whining so-called ‘disabled’. The able-bodied who pay for them are fed up listening to them. The ‘disabled’ in this country are well taken care off, they receive plenty in benefits (more than most working people). They talk about fleeing from persecution as if we were living in Hitler’s Germany. ‘Disabled’ people should shut their mouths. And if they don’t shut up we will soon end up living in Nazi Germany – at least then they will have something to complain about.


        January 5, 2020 at 7:47 am

      • @ RLJ

        So judging by your comment you have an hatred of disabled people yet you don’t recognise the term ‘Hate Crime’. Your attitude disgusts me, your views are abhorrent and come dangerously close to inciting hatred towards disabled people, which is a crime in this country. Have you ever stopped to think that YOU might become disabled one day?


        January 5, 2020 at 10:22 am

      • An 84-page book for £45! Of made-up ‘research’ as if £45 wasn’t bad enough. And who said ‘disabled’ people aren’t greedy 😉 Or you can buy it preview chapter buy preview chapter for *only’ £23.94 each for an total payment of £167.58. Really can’t see this selling, expect for taxpayer-funded fellow bogus ‘researchers’.


        January 5, 2020 at 7:55 am

      • @ RLJ

        So just to clarify, are you saying that disabled people are greedy? More so than non-disabled people? If so that would constitute Hate Speech, which is a crime for which you can be prosecuted. Please explain yourself.


        January 5, 2020 at 10:58 am

      • Doctor Who went woke then went broke. Same with the whole BBC and the rest of the lamestream media. No-one watches or listens to their woke crap anymore. The bullshit BBC really needs to be thrown to the dogs though. A total piece of garbage.

        J Whitaker

        January 5, 2020 at 11:31 am

      • lol Trev 😀 You and your continually threatening to report commenters to the rozzers for ‘hate speech’. Typically lefty grass 😉 You belong in the SWP. RJL is merely saying that disabled people are human beings just like the able-bodied. Are you seriously suggesting that there are no greedy disabled people? Are disabled people somehow less human? Do they have different innate human characteristics? Are disabled people an entirely separate species? Those sentiments in themselves could be easily construed as ‘hate speech’. Or does having a disability turn someone into an anointed saint?

        Melanie Sykes

        January 5, 2020 at 11:39 am

      • @ Melanie Sykes

        A person’s propensity for greed is neither exacerbated nor defined by their health condition. The statement “Disabled people are greedy” associates disability with greed and thereby attaches a negative connotation to a section/group of people based upon their disability, which is why it may constitute Hate speech. Imagine if you substituted (in the statement) the word ‘black’ or ‘Jewish’ for example for the word ‘disabled’. It is unfairly singling out a particular group of people to be marginalized as transgressors.


        January 5, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      • The yank alt-right crew are at it again.

        Do they seriously bleeding know anybody who is disabled?

        Andrew Coates

        January 5, 2020 at 2:00 pm

      • Seems all the Atos, Capita, Maximus, Concentrix workers are talking.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        January 5, 2020 at 5:45 pm

  19. It started so well – But what do you expect from the cocaine addict Boris Johnson – Boris is on another bad coke trip or is it a good coke trip Boris is so high on coke who knows !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 4, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    • I will just pop to the bathroom to power my nose – Are you using paper straws to save the planet from plastic Boris !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      January 4, 2020 at 5:25 pm

  20. G4S and South African Telecoms giant MTN are sued for paying protection money to terrorists in Afghanistan.



    January 4, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    • @trev – Don’t let some of these morons bait you with controversial comments. By your own posts you sound like a sensible, straightforward bloke. They only do it just to wind you up.


      January 5, 2020 at 2:52 pm

  21. Good to see that our Prime Minister is taking such an active role in the Iran crisis.


    January 5, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    • In fairness Donald Trump didn’t bother to give Boris a call or send him an email to let him know, in advance, that he was trying to start a war with Iran by assassinating an Iranian military leader who happened to be in Iraq at the time, even though there are British soldiers stationed in Iraq and British citizens living in Iraq and Iran! No wonder then that the British and British Prime Minister are a little late to the (war) party and certainly too now to demand that BoJo brings a bottle to the festivities.


      January 5, 2020 at 4:40 pm

      • Surely there must have been some ‘collateral damage’ or was it one of these ‘surgical strikes’ you hear about and only the General was taken out?

        Friendly Fire

        January 5, 2020 at 4:48 pm

      • Trump is facing impeachment, which won’t drive the cnut out of office but will ruin his reputation historically, and faces re-election next November. The ar5ehole therefore needs to start doing stuff to shore up his base of deplorables and keep the evangelicals and white supremacists and alt-right weirdos onside. Hence the killing of an Iranian bigwig in Iraq last week. There will be more such things before Trump is finished. In fact a nice little war in the middle east my actually suit him right now, despite him previously wanting to move troops and equipment away from Afghanistan and Iraq which he thinks is too costly to continue. Trump is a man who will stoop to anything to gratify his ego and who knows where his follies will lead us, particularly now that Boris and Co., are ambitious to turn the UK into America’s 51st state under an absolute sh1t like swindler, liar and scum-bucket Donald Trump.


        January 6, 2020 at 8:56 am

  22. It is a disgrace to this country that we had to have a United Nations report made into the cruel treatment of our disabled citizens. To quote Professor Philip Alston,UN Special Rapporteur, ‘ “The bottom line is that much of the glue that has held British society together since the Second World War has been deliberately removed and replaced with a harsh and uncaring ethos.”

    Jeff Smith

    January 5, 2020 at 3:08 pm

  23. What would have happened to political prisoner Julian Assange if Labour had got in? Would he have been rightly set free or shipped off to the State to be executed? Jezza must have had a stance? Or was he “neutral” on this? What about Keir Starmer? Especially since his involvement in the cover-up of the death of Ian Tomlinson. Dianne Abbott who would have been Home Secretary? White, male, straight to the execution chamber?

    FREE Juilan Assange

    January 5, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    • They don’t execute people in Swenden.

      Jinn and Tonic

      January 6, 2020 at 9:07 am

      • Swindon?


        January 6, 2020 at 10:32 am

      • Swindon have dropped the bogus charges. It is the US of A that wants Assange.

        Kellye Eckard

        January 6, 2020 at 11:08 am

      • Du brittiska är så anal.

        Ælfræd Lindström

        January 6, 2020 at 11:31 am

  24. Back on Iain Dopey Shit OBE Topic !!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 5, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    • Iain has his OBE Medal hanging from his neck – When will it be Lord Iain Dopey Shit OBE.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      January 5, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    • @Stepping – Please accept the Intelligent Comment Award for the Ipswich Unemployed Action blog.

      Giles Harrington

      January 5, 2020 at 10:51 pm

  25. You’re about 40 years past the point when you could have held your politicians accountable. It’s probably too late now. You’ve been disarmed as a population — your best, and perhaps only defense, is the cruel hand of Winter.

    Without dutiful British showing up to clock in every day, Britain reverts to what it is: a cold, rainy, remote island that cannot support 70-80 million people. Such a prospect requires a disciplined, cohesive population who can and will work together for a common good — right now, they are bought off, or bullied into showing up to work — but who or what agenda are they ultimately benefiting, when they do clock in to work?

    Say the system crashes. What then? Who benefits? Who suffers? More importantly… who suffers most?


    January 5, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    • We don’t want guns in our Society. This isn’t the USA.


      January 5, 2020 at 8:25 pm

      • with a section one firearms licence you can buy pretty much any gun you want from a hand gun to full auto or 50 cal single shot rifle.

        you must have a purpose for this via a gun club private land ect but is possible in the uk to own such things and even tanks that are road legal.


        January 5, 2020 at 10:36 pm

      • Yes Superted, I am well aware that there are various legitimate means of owning guns in the UK, and there are many illegal guns in circulation within criminal circles, but they’re not for sale in Asda to anyone who walks in off the street. We do have incidents of gun crime (particularly prevalent in my neighbourhood in recent years)and we have enough trouble with knife crimes, but it would be a whole lot worse if the general public had easy access to firearms.


        January 5, 2020 at 11:07 pm

      • And we don’t want American welfare, or ‘Healthcare’. Nor do we want to wear those dreadful check suits for men. You know, the ones that say truly tasteless.

        John Bull

        January 5, 2020 at 10:42 pm

      • Andrew Coates

        January 6, 2020 at 11:23 am

      • After the Dunblane incident handguns were banned and although members of the public could own other firearms like sporting rifles and shotguns, other than the ones that gamekeepers and farmers and such like use to keep down pests, firearms had to be kept securely under lock and key in dedicated premises like shooting clubs rather than private homes.



        January 6, 2020 at 9:02 am

    • @ Fulham

      Apart from the weather what you write is true in every developed country, democratic or not.


      January 6, 2020 at 9:04 am

  26. @superted – Full auto on any weapon is totally banned in the UK. So are US style bump-stocks you can use to go semi-auto.

    Francisco Scaramanga

    January 5, 2020 at 10:46 pm

  27. Here’s an old article from 6 years ago demonstrating that Iain Duncan Smith is a psychotic narcissist:


    What does it say about the British Establishment when people such as him are deemed worthy of a Knighthood? There is nothing remotely ‘honourable’ about this man’s thoughts, beliefs, views, deeds or actions. Nothing.


    January 6, 2020 at 12:21 am

  28. We’ll leave IDS to twitter because he can’t do much else.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 6, 2020 at 12:46 am

  29. Some people are already giving the last rites to the Labour Party as a political institution. This defeat has been so total, it is difficult to see how they can ever be regarded as a serious contender for government again. Perhaps the day of the Labour Party is now finally over ?

    Frank G.

    January 6, 2020 at 11:38 am

    • A temporary glich. Brexit won’t be an election issue next time, so Labour will get elected to mop up the aftermath of Boris’ disastrous deal. The Working Class who betrayed us by voting Tory will have realised their mistake and will turn to Labour to sort out the mess. It might help matters in the meantime, however, if Labour can get rid of the Rightwing troublemakers amongst their ranks.


      January 6, 2020 at 11:54 am

      • @trev – But Trev is this likely in reality ? Unless Brexit causes an absolute disaster, what do Labour have to offer ? Except a rather old-fashioned name, and some people would say, old-fashioned socialist policies ?

        Tom Sutton

        January 6, 2020 at 12:53 pm

      • @ Tom Sutton

        Socialism isn’t “old fashioned”, it’s timeless, like the ongoing struggle we face, the same struggle that has always existed and always will so long as wealth inequality and poverty continues to blight the lives of millions of people, and blights Society. So long as people like Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and Jacob Rees Mogg exist Socialism will remain relevant. Brexit was the main factor in Labour’s election defeat, as an impatient Leave majority were duped into believing Boris would satisfactorily deliver.


        January 6, 2020 at 1:57 pm

      • “… the Working Class who betrayed us by voting Tory…”

        This is the language of the fool and the fanatic. Almost every member of the working class is not a member of or otherwise affiliated to the Labour party formally in any way and do NOT owe Labour their support or votes. What a shocking thing to suggest. In a democracy the parties set out their stalls and people, all people who are eligible to vote, have the right to freely choose which candidate and party they think best placed to represent their interests. Labour lost support because it had a lousy leader, undefined position on Brexit, and a manifesto jam packed with goodies and fantastical promises which many voters decided that Labour would not be able to realise or honour in practice.

        Labour FAILED to persuade enough members of the working class (and other classes) to support it during the last general election and blathering and behaving like a member of some Socialist Taliban, trev, won’t help to endear the Labour party to moderate centrists anywhere without whose votes the Labour party hasn’t got a snowflake’s chance in hell of ever winning power.

        Labour should serve the people, all of the people; the people should not have to serve the party.


        January 6, 2020 at 5:07 pm

      • NObody who’s active politically could fail to see the disconnect.

        We have been, our contributors, banging on Universal Credit for ages, and they failed to make this a serious issue in the campaign.

        Andrew Coates

        January 6, 2020 at 5:10 pm

      • Those members of the Working Class who voted Tory are Class Traitors who are guilty of collaborating with the enemy.


        January 6, 2020 at 5:19 pm

      • I think you’re a troll, trev. Either that or a basket case and, whether troll or nutcase, don’t think I should respond to your posts any more once this one of mine is done. Toodles.


        January 6, 2020 at 5:27 pm

      • Me a Troll?! That takes the bloomin biscuit! I spend half my time on here replying to the nonsense posted by Rightwing Trolls. I am a Working Class Yorkshire Socialist who speaks his mind.


        January 6, 2020 at 5:32 pm

  30. Labour need to get rid of this awful image of factory work and unions. And go for something lighter, more palatable. Something smoother…. the Latte of socialism as it were.

    Terence Harvey

    January 6, 2020 at 11:48 am

    • Even the name ‘Labour’ is unpalatable.

      Lorina Doyon

      January 6, 2020 at 11:56 am

      • @Lorina Doyon, Yes it’s got a sort of labouring, suffering image to it. The party does need to be completely renamed. You could still have socialist in it, like Socialist Democrats . Something new to appeal to the voters, a fresh start.

        Wendy Willington

        January 6, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      • Perhaps the Rightwingers could leave and form their own party, Neo-Labour, or just Tory-lite. They would then be free to pursue their neoliberal ideology whilst true Socialists could build the original Labour party and go from strength to strength as the only real party of the people.


        January 6, 2020 at 12:12 pm

      • When you hear ‘Labour’ what goes through your head? Suffering, hard work, brutal work, toil, strife, struggle, working hard to get ahead but never quite making it, coal mines, Victorian mills, Dickensian times, the 1970s, strikes, hyperinflation, unions, power cuts, dead bodies piling up… Jeremy Corbyn…

        Word Association

        January 6, 2020 at 1:11 pm

      • @ Word Association

        It’s the Tories that are turning us back to those times, not Labour! Jeremy Corbyn offered a socialist solution but you voted Tory instead so you now have to live with the consequences; i.e. Soaring poverty, inequality, homelessness, millions relying on foodbanks, millions of deaths, bodies on the streets, Privatized Healthcare, and most probably Martial Law.


        January 6, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    • Tory-lite? Not a chance. People will need the Unions more than ever after Brexit.


      January 6, 2020 at 11:56 am

      • @trev, But why should the right-wingers have to leave and form their own party ? Why can’t the Labour Party be the broad-church party it was always meant to be ? And why can’t it have left-wing, centre, and right-wing members. Just like any other political party ?

        George H.

        January 6, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      • @ George H.

        Because it is the Rightwing minority who are expressing their dissatisfaction and calling for the party to change into something else. Labour is a Socialist party, so if you’re not a Socialist and you want to belong to a party with a neoliberal agenda you will have to form a party of your own. Either that or put up and shut up.


        January 6, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      • @ Word Association – A perceptive reply, and indicative of the intellectual quality of comment on this blog.

        Giles Harrington

        January 6, 2020 at 1:22 pm

  31. Aliens definitely exist and they could already be here on Earth, according to the first British astronaut in space. Helen Sharman said there was “no two ways about” extraterrestrial life but they could be made out of entirely different elements to the life that we know exists around us.
    And they might be on Earth without us knowing, she said.
    Speaking to the Observer Magazine, Dr Helen Sharman said: “Aliens exist, there’s no two ways about it. There are so many billions of stars out there in the universe that there must be all sorts of different forms of life.”
    She added that although they may not be made up of carbon and nitrogen like humans, “it’s possible they’re here right now and we simply can’t see them.”


    January 6, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    • @astronamus , Some of the contributors to this blog may not in fact be humans. But alien beings intent on mischief.


      January 6, 2020 at 2:27 pm

  32. @Lorina Doyon, How about calling it the New Socialist Party ? Something fresh and appealing. #Progress

    Fred Nilford

    January 6, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    • @ “Fred Nilford”

      That wouldn’t be very honest though would it? You would be misleading the electorate by pretending to be something you’re not, i.e. “Socialist”. You need to be upfront about it, call it Neo-Labour to reflect your neoliberal agenda, or simply the Neoliberal Party and leave Labour’s good name out of it.


      January 6, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    • @’trev’- Not at all. Progress is the only true hope of the Labour Party. We must move forward to a new era of modern, capital-inclusive socialism. The old ways are over. The Red Flag, communism and all the rest of it. Labour needs a new name, and a new approach. #Progress

      Fred Nilford

      January 6, 2020 at 2:24 pm

      • “Capital-inclusive Socialism”

        Tell that to the millions living in poverty in the UK, tell that to the thousands of homeless, and the 1.5 Million using foodbanks. You mean Neoliberalism, and that’s not Socialism. Just be honest for once in your life. Though why you are in favour of making the rich richer and the poor poorer is beyond me. The mess this country is in today is entirely the fault of 40 years of neoliberalism.


        January 6, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    • Socialist Labour Party sounds good but Arthur Scargill as already done that.

      Judi Harnois

      January 6, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      • @Judi Harnois, How about Socialist Centre Party ?

        Sharon Cartworth

        January 6, 2020 at 2:36 pm

      • Arthur Scargill was a great man, if only he had been the Leader of the Labour party!


        January 6, 2020 at 2:40 pm

      • Arthur Scargill took his own union to court when it tried to get him to pay rent on the union flat he occupied rent-free and insisted that he had the right to continue occupying rent-free for life:


        And for money owed to that union by an organisation he controlled in France:


        There are plenty of other scandals concerning this rather daft little man who sounds more like someone on the make than someone interested in creating a socialist UK. He was a prat’s prat who gave prats a bad name.

        Dementia Free

        January 6, 2020 at 4:46 pm

      • “Arthur Scargill was a great man, if only he had been the Leader of the Labour party!”

        After reading that I am convinced now that trev is a troll. Somebody with too much time on his/her hands making comments to provoke and getting his/her jollies when his/her posts attract comment. Anybody who lionises Arthur Scargill is either having a laugh or needs his/her bumps feeling.


        January 6, 2020 at 5:22 pm

      • He’s still known as “King Arthur” in my part of the world. The man who took on Maggie Thatcher. We still remember the Battle of Orgreave.


        January 6, 2020 at 5:27 pm

      • Scargill didn’t win any “battles”, trev. In fact his poor leadership of the NUM helped Maggie Thatcher secure successive multiple victories for the Tories by making union members look like yobs, thugs and ignoramuses and union leaders to be turned into demonised law-breaking hate figures accused of “holding the country to ransom” and whatnot. The pits still closed and Scargill, as pointed out, ended up fighting his own union in court because they wanted him to pay rent and he wanted to live rent-free, FOR LIFE, in an expensive London property owned by that union. The man was as fake as an eleven-bob note and as thick as elephant’s turd.

        I know because I was there

        January 7, 2020 at 9:31 am

      • Scargill’s right-hand, or was it left-hand man, never mind, Joe Gormley was an MI5 agent.


        January 7, 2020 at 9:57 am

      • MI5 agent ‘spied on Labour MP’
        Information from NUM infiltrator ‘beat coal strike’

        MI5 ran an agent to monitor the activities of Dave Nellist, the Labour MP and supporter of the far left Militant group in the 1980s.

        It asked the West Midlands police special branch to find an agent to infiltrate the Labour party in Coventry and cultivate Mr Nellist, then MP for the city’s south east constituency.

        The police special branch also ran a spy in the inner circle of the miners’ leader, Arthur Scargill. Given the close relationship between the special branch and MI5, there is no doubt the spy’s information was passed to MI5.

        The agent, codenamed Silver Fox, provided valuable information about the tactics of the leadership of the National Union of Mineworkers and helped to break the 1984-85 miners’ strike, according to former special branch officers.

        The disclosures are made in the second programme in BBC2’s True Spies series, to be broadcast on Sunday. It also includes an interview with David Hart, a millionaire who was Margaret Thatcher’s unofficial adviser. He says he employed former SAS soldiers to protect the families of working miners during the strike.

        A former West Midlands special branch officer identified as Dennis describes how, on MI5’s instructions, he cultivated Militant supporters in Coventry, including Mr Nellist.

        He says the agent and the MP were “pretty close”. “[The agent] helped him on a lot of things. He went around with him to a lot of meetings.”

        Monitoring an MP raises serious questions. Although Dennis says the special branch was monitoring Militant rather than an MP, he admits that they were reporting on Mr Nellist since he attended Militant meetings.

        Asked whether he was surprised MI5 put a spy on to him, Mr Nellist replies: “On a personal basis it does surprise me. What was the state doing in investigating, if it was me, an elected MP who had the support of thousands of people in the area to go off and do a job down in London?”

        The special branch agent within the miners’ union is described by Tony Clement, assistant chief constable of South Yorkshire police in the 1980s, as “at the level where he would sit round the table with the NUM leadership”.

        John Nesbit, a senior officer of the South Yorkshire police force at the time, tells the programme that the information “beat the strike, there’s no doubt about that”.

        Stella Rimington, the former director general of MI5 and at the time responsible for countering “subversion”, has repeatedly denied MI5 had an agent inside the NUM leadership. However she makes it clear MI5 received the intelligence provided by Silver Fox.

        Mr Scargill said of the security services’ surveillance of him that it was “not only illegal, is not only against the whole question of human rights and civil liberties, but in my view flies in the face of democracy itself”.

        The programme also discloses that MI5 planted an agent to weaken the influence of Derek Robinson, the union leader at British Leyland’s Longbridge plant in the 1970s.

        Last week the documentary named two leading trade unionists as police special branch informers. Joe Gormley, the miners’ leader who presided over two successful strikes against the government in the 1970s, and Ray Buckton, the long-term leader of Aslef, the train drivers’ union, were said to be among as many as 23 “senior trade unionists” who regularly passed information – unpaid – about their tactics to a secret unit of special branch.

        Silver Fox

        January 7, 2020 at 10:03 am

  33. Looks like the ‘Progress’ mob have just got out of bed.


    January 6, 2020 at 2:16 pm

  34. Andrew Coates

    January 6, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    • “That is why no amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party that inflicted those bitter experiences on me. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin”

      Nye Bevan – Eve of NHS Creation – July 4th 1948


      January 6, 2020 at 5:38 pm

      • Scargill fell into the Tory trap of calling a strike when Mrs.Thatcher had made huge secret reserves of coal.
        All ready to take on Scargill and his miners.

        Labour Realist

        January 6, 2020 at 5:46 pm

  35. And now the Corbynites are trying to make sure the party leadership goes – to another Corbynite !!
    Have they learned nothing from this disaster of the election ?

    Gerald Purley

    January 6, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    • @ Gerald Purley

      I must say you are very inventive with your pseudonyms!

      For “Corbynite” read ‘Socialist’, hardly surprising for a Socialist party is it? And what is it that you want Labour to learn? You do realize that Brexit was the main reason for “this disastrous election result” don’t you? If you don’t like it you are free to go join the LibDems, or another Party of your choice.


      January 6, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    • What Labour should have done, and can learn from, is that they should have placed greater emphasis on the issue(s) of Universal Credit, the destruction of our Social Security system, poverty and foodbanks, which if anything calls for more Leftwing Socialist emphasis in their policies. The Tories played their trump card of Brexit and effectively turned it into a single issue election. Labour should have seen that coming and gone on the attack against Austerity and Welfare reforms. Unfortunately though for Labour, they had abstained from voting against the Tory Welfare reforms whilst under Miliband, a great mistake and a betrayal of the poor. Corbyn, to his credit, did vote against the Welfare reforms.


      January 6, 2020 at 6:43 pm

      • Labour also abstained on the vote that allowed that fucker Iain Duncan Smith to pass his ‘retrospective’ legislation that denied jobseekers recompense for being illegally sanctioned for failing to participate in draconian workfare schemes. The problem for Labour is that people have memories and if you do bad things you will be punished – and deservedly so.


        January 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm

      • True, but all that took place under Miliband who was influenced by the Rightwing in the Labour party, nothing to do with Jeremy Corbyn. Blair’s Welfare reforms put me off voting Labour for a long time until Corbyn came along.


        January 6, 2020 at 7:10 pm

      • @trev – seriously Trev, the Labour defeat was far more than just Brexit. It was Jeremy Corbyn’s dreadful, dithering ‘leadership’ of the party that did equal damage. Outside of Labour and Momentum, he was the most unpopular Labour leader in recent memory. Even on Brexit, it was Corbyn’s yes/ no fence sitting that sunk the Labour party at the election. And one of Corbyn’s worst features, a blind refusal to take any advice but his own. Finished the whole matter for Labour. How many times did Emily Thornberry beg him not to give the Tories an easy ride on Brexit ? But Corbyn just turned his face away. As if stubborn refusal were some great strategy.

        Jeff Smith

        January 6, 2020 at 8:43 pm

      • I understand that you didn’t like Corbyn but Brexit was the issue that was his undoing. He couldn’t possibly deliver what the hugely racist electorate were demanding. Boris, on the other hand, had already quite deliberately courted that vote by gleefully revealing his own racist credentials with comments about “letterboxes” and watermelon smiles, etc. Boris played a blinder. Labour couldn’t possibly compete. Face facts, the majority of the British Working Class are racist and that’s what won the day.


        January 6, 2020 at 9:16 pm

      • Corbyn could have easily out-Brexited the Tories. The electorate don’t want ditherers, procrastinators and fence-sitters to lead a country. Take a firm stand, and go with it hell for leather.

        Ford Ferrari

        January 6, 2020 at 8:51 pm

      • Unfortunately the majority of the electorate in the Working Class heartlands want a Hard Brexit, over and done with come Hell or high water, all of which is based upon racism and xenophobia, pure and simple, and there is absolutely no way that Labour could have delivered that or even pandered to the idea, no matter how decisive they managed to appear. Racism won the election. The Working Class Leave voters just want all foreigners kicked out of the country, I know because I come from and live in such an area where I have heard this first hand. There’s no way that Labour could have competed with that.


        January 6, 2020 at 9:08 pm

      • Trigger warning: comment may contain offensive content.

        It is not a recent phenomena, trev. My grandparents were far-left wing dyed-in-the-wool working class socialists. But they were also racist and xenophobic through and through. They would always be coming out with stuff such as; “I would never vote for a darky/paki even if they were wearing a Labour rosette”. Shocking, but that is what Labour is up against.

        Judy H

        January 6, 2020 at 9:41 pm

      • Well I don’t know about the older generations who were dedicated Socialists, but I was talking about the modern day Working Class, many of whom seem to be de-Politicized, have no particular allegiances, and are just anti-foreigner. I know people who rarely leave the valley where they live and some have never been abroad in their lives, middle-aged people who have never even had a foreign holiday, and have certainly never lived in a mixed or largely immigrant area. They think Farage is a good bloke, one of them, because he poses with a fag & a pint and wants to kick the foreigners out. Labour don’t stand a chance of appealing to that section of the Working Class.


        January 6, 2020 at 10:09 pm

      • Indeed, Judy H. Labour should have seen this coming. It has been brewing for a long, long time, way before Brexit. Your grandparents (if they are still alive) would no doubt have voted for Boris.


        January 6, 2020 at 9:51 pm

      • Here’s an interesting article from the Big Issue on why traditional Labour voters in Rotherham voted Tory:



        January 7, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    • @Gerald Purley – Gerald I have my suspicions about @trev. No-one can possibly be such a total defender of Jeremy Corbyn. And I mean against any criticism whatever, no matter how slight. This kind of blind adoration suggests Momentum to me somehow.

      Tom Sutton

      January 6, 2020 at 8:51 pm

      • @ Tom

        I’m not a member of Momentum but I would be if I ever became a member of the Labour party as I am supportive of Momentum and what they stand for. As for yourself, I strongly suspect that you are a member of Progress, that Rightwing pro-Israel party-within-a-party funded by Lord Sainsbury, and which I believe should be Proscribed.

        I am considering joining the Labour Party (and Momentum) when I can afford to do so, which won’t be just yet.


        January 6, 2020 at 9:25 pm

      • Still not answering my question, I see.


        January 8, 2020 at 3:35 am

  36. @Ford Ferrari: You have nailed it in one !

    Jake Mountley

    January 6, 2020 at 8:54 pm

  37. @Jeff Smith – You have it dead on there Jeff, and I strongly disagree with @trev. I don’t think that most of the working-class are racist, far from it. And once again we see Corbyn supporters ignoring the basic facts.
    Corbyn was a very poor leader, Racism had nothing to do with Labour’s defeat. It was these two things alone which finished Labour. Poor leadership from Jeremy Corbyn, and his indecisive position on Brexit.
    It’s no good Corbyn’s supporters desperately looking for other reasons because their Red Messiah messed it up. Labour shot themselves in the foot again and again, until the voters were sick and tired of it.

    Dave R.

    January 6, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    • @ Dave R., Totally agree with you Dave. The problem with Labour now is that the Corbynistas won’t accept what happened. Learn from it, and change. They will just run another Corbyn clone, and probably use the same manifesto in 2014. No wonder the Tory MPs were cheering Corbyn when he came into parliament after the election disaster.

      Pete Davis

      January 7, 2020 at 10:56 am

      • The Rightwing won’t take over the Labour party again. Brexit was the issue that swayed the election in favour of Boris Johnson. Next time it won’t. In the meantime we’re all going to suffer because of the stupidity and shortsightedness of those who voted Conservative. After another few years of the Tories people will be desperate for a Labour government to sort out the mess. But it might be too late by then as Boris will have flogged the NHS. The supermarket shelves will be empty. Mass redundancies will break the foodbanks. Martial Law will have been declared. All because of racists and xenophobes voting Tory in the mistaken belief that they will “get Brexit done”. Only a Socialist government can provide the solution.


        January 7, 2020 at 11:31 am

      • Even the old guard have had enough of Corbyn:

        Speaking to Kay Burley on Sky News, (Former Labour Foreign Secretary) Jack Straw said: “The Labour Party needs a loyal successor to Jeremy Corbyn like it needs a hole in the head.

        “If it goes for someone who says he or she is the continuity candidate, that is signing a collective suicide note.

        “We’ve tried that. We had four and a half abysmal years of this far left experiment of not compromising with the electorate.

        “Also a very authoritarian situation inside the Labour party coupled with this absolutely vile anti-Semitism which Corbyn didn’t want to do anything about.”

        How very true. The only hope now is for Labour to move towards the centre-ground, #Progress

        James L.

        January 7, 2020 at 11:42 am

      • @ Pete Davis – Listen to these people ”Martial law will have been declared” WTF ?


        January 7, 2020 at 11:48 am

      • Insignificant Rebecca Long Bailey as leader and dopey Angela Rayner as deputy leader are the dream ticket – FOR THE TORIES! Electing these ladies to the top two posts will doom Labour to another historic defeat, whenever it comes, probably the third worst defeat in the history of the Labour party. For the love of God at least give the leadership to Keir Starmer, qualified barrister and the best that Labour has to offer when it comes to intellectual voltage.

        Leggy Mountbatten

        January 7, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      • To be fair Long-Bailey and Rayner have the backing of the fair-right Conservative 1922 Committee. They have also secured the personal endorsement of Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings.


        Pearl Pruett

        January 7, 2020 at 1:22 pm

      • ‘But it might be too late by then as Boris will have flogged the NHS. The supermarket shelves will be empty. Mass redundancies will break the foodbanks. Martial Law will have been declared. All because of racists and xenophobes voting Tory in the mistaken belief that they will “get Brexit done”.’

        This didn’t happen during the second world war! Although we didn’t have supermarkets in those days and food was rationed for most people we still eat enough to nourish ourselves and martial law was never declared even during those incredible trying and testing times of hardship. Honestly, trev, if you were serious when you wrote this I worry about your mental health. You do realise don’t you that these rabid rants of yours are more off-putting than encouraging to people toying with the idea of voting Labour in any local or national election? You sound positively Stalinist, sport, and that tyrant was responsible for the deaths of over 20 million of his countrymen and possibly many more. Shame on you. Better if you spent more time posting on Vox Political and similar. Birds of a feather and all that.

        Sergeant Wilson

        January 8, 2020 at 11:53 am

      • No, I’m not a Stalinist, and Martial Law has already been set in motion under an Act originally brought in by Blair. There are several thousand troops on standby right now ready to take over the running of local government.




        During WW2 we grew and produced a lot more of our own food than we do now and weren’t as reliant upon imports as we are now, plus the UK population is now far bigger. Many people will lose their jobs as companies rely on the smooth import/export of products, goods, materials. The Social Security system is already unfit for purpose, as witnessed by the 1.5 Million people currently relying on foodbanks. Things can only get worse, much worse, under Tory rule and the after effects of Brexit. I think we will see the UN handing out Aid on British streets like they do now in war zones and famine-hit parts of Africa. All of which could have been avoided by voting Labour. You reap what you sow.


        January 8, 2020 at 12:18 pm

  38. That’s a weird post on thread about IDS getting a gong!


    January 7, 2020 at 9:16 am

    • Probably a comment gone astray from another blog or summat. Someone, somewhere will be complaining about their comment not appearing. I wouldn’t worry about it if I were you.


      January 7, 2020 at 10:11 am

  39. DWP now trying to prevent claimants from seeking help & advice from their MP over Benefit issues:


    That’s what you get by voting Tory – a Dictatorship.


    January 7, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    • Thanks Trev:

      Andrew Coates

      January 7, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    • @trev- They do really dislike this. The MP gets involved, and the DWP have to write to the MP and the claimant, and their own semi-independent complaints department. It’s a three-ring circus of aggravation for the DWP. And nine times out of ten, if an MP has taken it up, the DWP lose. Then comes the teeth-gritted official apology, and sometimes a small payment in compensation. ( Usually about £40 or so ).
      The DWP have been trying to get the MPs prevented from helping claimants for years.

      Jeff Smith

      January 7, 2020 at 5:12 pm

      • Lot more people doing this now. People that would never have thought of complaining to an MP, because it wasn’t for the likes of them. But now their mates have a go and win, and then they see that anyone can have a go. Costs nothing but a stamp and a quick letter. If you can’t do it, or are unsure what to say, get some help.
        But whatever you do send the letter. Then it runs on autopilot, with the MP like a free lawyer on your behalf.
        I have heard of Work Coaches disciplined, compensation paid, official apologies.
        The DWP try it on all the time. People on JSA forced to apply for zero-hours or part-time. People forced onto voluntary training schemes. Others sanctioned wrongly for not being told about a change in their signing time, or some other meeting. Then when they don’t turn up because they don’t know about it, they get sanctioned anyway.


        January 7, 2020 at 5:26 pm

      • I know Jeff, there have been a few times in the past when I’ve managed to get some action in the Jobcentre just by mentioning that I’ll contact my MP and see what he says. They suddenly get their fingers out and solve your problem pronto….or used to do.


        January 7, 2020 at 6:52 pm

      • @jeff smith , Always complain Jeff mate, that’s my rule. If something happens and you know it’s not right, or you get sanctioned don’t hang about. Get your letter in to your MP, and make as much trouble for the DWP as you can. Remember, they would do it to you.


        January 8, 2020 at 12:24 pm

      • I put a post on this blog about this subject about 5 1/2 years ago when someone I knew was illegally sanctioned by a work coach. I told him what to do, his sanction was overturned, his money was paid back and his work coach was reprimanded by his Jobcentre area manager.


        January 9, 2020 at 1:48 pm

  40. Tenants face the growing risk of being made homeless because of welfare cuts and rising rents, a hard-hitting Scottish Government report warns.

    The annual snapshot found 3320 families claiming help with housing costs are £64 a week worse off following a £300 million cut in UK welfare spending in Scotland.

    The findings add to the impact of the Universal Credit payment, which combines six old benefits and has been blamed for soaring rent arrears and poverty.

    As of March last year, arrears on council properties totalled £74 million – up £9 million on the previous year.

    Kevin Stewart, the Scottish housing minister, said: “UK Government welfare cuts are squeezing more families into poverty and leaving them struggling to afford appropriate accommodation.

    “As the private rental market becomes increasingly less accessible to those on low income, cutting housing benefit by £64 per week for some families puts them at risk of homelessness. The UK Government must act urgently to reverse these cuts and support those renting in the private sector.”

    The third annual report on welfare reform, published on Tuesday, focused on housing and social security and the squeeze on Local Housing Allowance, which has rates set regionally for private tenants. Rates were frozen by the Tory-led UK Government and it is “unclear” if they will change after March this year.

    The Scottish Government said the weekly cash shortfall between the LHA rate and families in the cheapest 30 per cent of properties is getting worse.

    For four-bedroom housing, the shortfall is as high as £114.31 a week in Lothian, which covers Edinburgh.

    For a one-bed property, it is highest at £27.63 in Lothian, followed by £21.86 in Greater Glasgow and £11.51 in East Dunbartonshire.

    The proportion of households in private rented homes increased from just five per cent in 1999 to 14 per cent in 2018. At the same time, rents have grown.

    Tenants must make up the shortfall, move away from their area “or have to apply as homeless”, the report warned.

    A spokeswoman for the UK Department for Work and Pensions said: “Since 2011 we have provided around £1 billion to local authorities to make Discretionary Housing Payments and in 2020-2021, we will make an additional £40 million available.

    “The UK government continues to spend around £95 billion a year on working age benefits. Meanwhile, Scotland has significant welfare powers and can top-up existing benefits, pay discretionary payments and create entirely new benefits altogether.”


    January 7, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    • We’ve already seen the disastrous results to some extent over the last decade with homelessness rising but it’s just the tip of the iceberg compared to how much worse this situation can get, it’s got the makings of a full blown Humanitarian Crisis, right here in the UK. I think we’ll see local parks turned into homeless camps. The Tory Armageddon isn’t over yet by a long way, the thousands of DWP related deaths we’ve seen so far and the thousands made homeless, will turn into Millions.


      January 7, 2020 at 5:42 pm

      • Coming from the man who predicted that Labour under Jezza was going to win the last election and telling everybody not to believe all of the polls that said the opposite, well, let’s just say that you haven’t proven to be particularly good at predicting the future, trev. Plus, since the number of private renters has doubled in 20 years to over 5 million, many of whom vote Conservative, no government in its right senses would allow what you suggest to happen in a million years. I know you’ve had a shock and, in a sense, you were correct about the inaccuracy of the polls, Labour’s defeat was far worse and more complete than any of them foresaw, but all these attempts to drum up fear and loathing in the wave of Labour’s recent pasting is unworthy of sensible people.

        As the late Kenneth Williams would have said: “Stop messin’ about.”

        Bush about the Beat

        January 8, 2020 at 11:42 am

      • Time will tell. Wait and see. Tory Apocalypse coming soon to a town near you. Mass redundancies, a dysfunctional Social Security system, rising poverty and homelessness, import/export delays, food shortages, Privatized NHS, Martial Law. That is what people have voted for.


        January 8, 2020 at 11:49 am

      • @ trev

        Based on you past performance as an oracle I fully expect the diametric opposite to happen in respect to everything you have written. You sound like an overemotional headbanger to me and such people are inevitably unwise to give credence to. On the bright side it gives you something to do with your days, evenings and nights and some disembodied company as a salve to ease your pain which could well prove to be positively therapeutic.

        (Plus it’s nice to know that a gentleman in you position of financial embarrassment can afford the internet.)

        Bush around the Beat

        January 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      • I only have a limited amount of internet access via my phone, an old smartphone that was a gift and which is rapidly becoming outdated. I need to have some internet access for jobsearch purposes as the local Library closed and it’s a bit of a walk to the Central Library or the Jobcentre. It’s a necessary expense.


        January 8, 2020 at 12:24 pm

  41. Finland To Introduce Four-Day Working Week and Six-Hour Days

    Finland’s new Prime Minister has called for the introduction of a flexible working schedule that would involve a four-day week and six-hour days. From a report: Sanna Marin, the youngest female head of government in the world , has announced the intention to trial the initiative, which she claims could be “the next step” in working life. The 34-year-old leads a five party centre-left coalition – all led by women. The Social Democratic Party leader told NewEurope: “I believe people deserve to spend more time with their families, loved ones, hobbies and other aspects of life, such as culture. This could be the next step for us in working life.”


    January 7, 2020 at 9:46 pm

  42. Look upon your works and despair, all you people who voted Tory.


    January 8, 2020 at 12:27 pm

  43. Jeremy Corbyn last night refused four times to say Qassem Soleimani was a terrorist – and also described the Iranian general’s killing by the US as ‘illegal’.

    Business As Usual

    January 8, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    • @ Business As Usual

      Are you suggesting that’s not the case? Do you have any expertise or inside information on Middle Eastern Terrorism, or International Law? Or do you just prefer to take Trump’s word for it, if he says so and it was on Fox news it must be true?


      January 8, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      • One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

        Che Guevara

        January 8, 2020 at 2:01 pm

  44. A different approach : In Finland, the number of homeless people has fallen sharply. The reason: The country applies the “Housing First” concept. Those affected by homelessness receive a small apartment and counselling – without any preconditions. 4 out of 5 people affected thus make their way back into a stable life. And: All this is cheaper than accepting homelessness.( scoop.me)
    Giving people stable housing first, and then, if they feel ready, help to get suitable employment. Not forced workfare schemes and sanctions. True socialism in action.

    Alan Turner

    January 8, 2020 at 2:01 pm

  45. “The goal of all socialism is communism”

    ~ Vladimir Lenin.


    January 8, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    • On the other hand, Gangsta Capitalism isn’t all it’s cracked up to be either is it?


      January 8, 2020 at 5:42 pm

  46. Get your stuff girl, we’re off, and sod the lot of them !

    Royal Male

    January 9, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    • @Royal Male : Brilliant ! This should go on Twitter.

      Barry H.

      January 9, 2020 at 4:38 pm

  47. Wax figures of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been swiftly removed from the Royal Family set at Madame Tussauds just hours after the couple announced they would be stepping back as senior royals.

    It begins…the Royal fightback.

    Backstairs Bertie

    January 9, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    • And yet…..

      Andrew Coates

      January 9, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    • Wonder if the old benefit scrounger in crookingham Palace will take a leaf and follow suit… fooking doubt it… but wait!! isn’t the old hag already dead!


      January 9, 2020 at 7:59 pm

      • Well, she hasn’t been seen in public for over twenty years – “a heavy cold”, supposedly – so who knows 😉

        Joanne Ezell

        January 9, 2020 at 8:05 pm

  48. God Save the Queen
    God save our gracious Queen,
    Long live our noble Queen,
    God save the Queen;
    Send her victorious,
    Happy and glorious,
    Long to reign over us,
    God save the Queen.
    Oh Lord our God arise,
    Scatter our enemies,
    And make them fall
    Confound their politics
    Frustrate their knavish tricks,
    On Thee our hopes we fix
    Oh save us all
    Thy choicest gifts in store
    On her be pleased to pour;
    Long may she reign;
    May she defend our laws
    And ever give us cause
    To sing with heart and voice
    God save the Queen
    Not in this land alone,
    But be God’s mercies known,
    From shore to shore!
    Lord, make the nations see,
    That men should brothers be,
    And form one family,
    The wide world over.
    From every latent foe,
    From the assassins blow,
    God save the Queen!
    O’er her Thine arm extend,
    For Britain’s sake defend,
    Our mother, princess and friend,
    God save the Queen
    Lord, grant that Marshall Wade
    May, by Thy mighty aid,
    Victory bring.
    May he sedition hush,
    And like a torrent rush,
    Rebellious Scots to crush.
    God save the Queen

    Percy Patriot

    January 9, 2020 at 9:20 pm

  49. I’ve told the DWP that I have decided to step back from my JSA claim, but I still want the money sent to North America.

    Burt Martley

    January 10, 2020 at 12:32 am

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