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Thérèse Coffey “Food Banks” are the “perfect way” to help “vulnerable people”.

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Elizabeth Truss and Dr Therese Coffey, to |Spend more time at Blythburgh Pork in Suffolk?

This Blog sometimes wonder about the Work and Pensions Secretary.

Thérèse Coffey is the MP for the Constituency next to Ipswich, Suffolk Coastal.

She seems happiest when, like her predecessor in the place, John Gummer, she’s pottering around the quaint by-ways of rural life, or visiting the big town, Felixstowe, to bestow her airs and graces on a local event.

Coffey’s spent most of her time recently slavering over the prospect that Brexit offers to her mates to make a pretty penny.

You wonder if she likes the Blue Nun style white wine from  Bruisyard in the county.

Well -wishers hope that in the near future she will be spending more time in Suffolk.

Perhaps she could share some of that tasty pork an crackling with those fortunate than herself….

The East Anglian Daily Times reported on January the 27th (yesterday).

Work and Pensions Secretary and Suffolk Coastal MP Dr Therese Coffey and International Trade Secretary and South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss are both thought to be vulnerable in any reshuffle.

Dr Coffey would be particularly disappointed to lose her department only five months after being promoted to the cabinet after the sudden departure of Amber Rudd. She has been a loyal supporter of the Prime Minister, but is seen by some as an “accidental cabinet minister” who reached the top table unexpectedly.

Another accident waiting to happen just did:

Minister says food banks are a “perfect way” to meet challenges of “difficult times”

Left Foot Forward.

Food bank use has increased by around 2,800% since the Tories came to power.

McDonalds has just paid off its British boss with a £30m payout so Sultana asked: “Does the Minister accept that it is a gross injustice that nurses are forced to use food banks while fat-cat bosses receive obscene pay-outs?”

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey replied that food banks are a “perfect way to try and marry the challenges that people do face at difficult times in their lives”.

A  further report,

Tory minister called ‘totally out of touch’ after labelling food banks ‘perfect way’ to support vulnerable people

In 2017, then-backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg sparked uproar when he said “the real reason for the rise in numbers is that people know that they are there”.

Earlier this month, in a blog about food bank use, New Forest West MP Desmond Swayne said people who receive benefits need “help” with how to spend their money.

The Trussel Trust, who run a nationwide network of food banks, gave out a record number of food parcels in the last year.

The organisation recorded a 23% increase in the number of emergency food parcels given out compared to the previous year.

Here are few responses:



And more will come!

Written by Andrew Coates

January 28, 2020 at 5:58 pm

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  1. It shows the Conservatives don’t care and are will to except a run down country as the norm and bizarrely see it as the way forward and to be excepted as everyday.It has undertones of the future of the welfare state in that message also.Another secretary of state that is a total failure to produce or say anything positive again not good signs for the UK,its leadership/direction froward,good to man nor beast.

    Lord Freud

    January 28, 2020 at 6:24 pm

  2. i wouldn’t stand too near that pig if I were you, Theresa dear… not very ladylike.

    Lady Fiona Mountjoy-Barrington

    January 28, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    • Not very ladylike, true, but even worse for the pig.


      January 29, 2020 at 5:41 pm

  3. It’s a disgrace these foodbanks even exist in the UK in the 21st century. There is no more potent symbol of Tory destruction of the welfare state, than these private enterprises having to feed 1.5 Million desperate people. And it shows the sneering cruelty of these right-wing Tories, when they try to pretend that this is somehow a good thing.

    Jeff Smith

    January 28, 2020 at 6:54 pm

  4. Jockina Strap

    January 28, 2020 at 7:20 pm

  5. Politicians used to hold babies in photographs, now they hold pigs.

    Alan Turner

    January 28, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    • To need help in how to spend their money ppl must first have money to spend! So how would a sanctioned person or a low earner cope?? To solve the problem of my needing new glasses which I can’t afford I’ve ordered a £6 magnifier from ebay in the hope that works. It’s 5.43am here and I’ll b off to clean toilets for 6.3am. …


      January 29, 2020 at 5:43 am

      • @ kat, fuck all that misplaced pride, doing the right thing, making America great again and get yourself on welfare.


        January 29, 2020 at 10:14 am

  6. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.


    January 29, 2020 at 10:03 am

  7. kat, fuck all that misplaced pride, doing the right thing, making America great again and get yourself on welfare.


    January 29, 2020 at 10:13 am

    • “… making America great again…”

      Most people in the UK couldn’t give a sh1t about America one way or the other. Everything disgusting, vile and inhumane that cheapens and pollutes our culture, growing like malignant cancer in UK society, are American imports. Under a sociopathic liar, swindler and moron like Trump the sh1tstorm has worsened significantly but under previous presidents, even democratic presidents, it wasn’t much better.

      F*ck America and Americans.

      You deserve to be led by a self-aggrandising scam-artist and narcissist like The Donald.

      Benedict Arnold

      January 29, 2020 at 1:56 pm

      • US Politicians Blast UK Over Huawei Deal, Warning: ‘Our Special Relationship Is Less Special Now’

        Eat My Shorts

        January 29, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    • @ Kate

      What are you on about you utter bellpiece?


      January 31, 2020 at 2:50 am

  8. Andrew Coates

    January 29, 2020 at 11:31 am

    • And for how long? The secretary of state’s role has become a dead end job.

      Lord Freud

      January 29, 2020 at 3:48 pm

  9. Looking at Thérèse’s picture it makes me wonder is there anything missing from the zoo.


    January 29, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    • Plum Duff, served with a side-order of lardy-cake.

      Haute Cuisine

      January 29, 2020 at 2:53 pm

  10. You know, there’s a lot to be said for a good-looking porker.


    January 29, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    • Knowing his tastes I would hazard that David Cameron would certainly agree with you.


      January 29, 2020 at 5:50 pm

      • Kate it has nothing to do with pride. I’m currently classed as unfit to work but because of draconian sickness absence policy I’m going in. I’m doing a job that is literally ripping my body apart and when I finally do keel over he welfare state won’t help me. There’s no choice but to work and go without or be unemployed and starve


        January 30, 2020 at 5:42 am

      • At the beginning of the film’ Sorry We Missed You’ the boss interviewing Ricky asks: “Have you ever been on the dole?” “No, I’ve got me pride. I would rather starve.” Sadly, there are plenty of Rickys out there.


        January 30, 2020 at 10:00 am

      • There are people like that, until they have to pay gas and electricity bills with no savings left.

        Andrew Coates

        January 30, 2020 at 12:20 pm

      • Kat’s a proud lass though. She does things proper.


        January 30, 2020 at 4:25 pm

  11. Which of the animals in the photo are pigs and which Conservative MPs?


    January 29, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    • @Todger: I would have thought my dear chap that was entirely obvious. Look at the noble bearing of the pigs. The intelligent expression, the dignity of carriage. Tails carefully tucked. Ears just so. And then look at the other two… I shall say no more.

      Old Major

      January 29, 2020 at 3:24 pm

      • It’s true, and only a wrecker like Snowball would suggest otherwise, as Comrade Squealer told us,

        Andrew Coates

        January 29, 2020 at 4:17 pm

  12. The very existence of foodbanks in our Society is an utter disgrace. They are the symptom of a failed State.


    January 29, 2020 at 3:45 pm

  13. Andrew Coates

    January 29, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    • You can actually starve to death now in Britain, in the 21st century ! While the government stands by and does nothing. A situation they have caused, by deliberately destroying the welfare safety-net that existed previously. And by imposing their strict ideology of conditional benefits.

      Jeff Smith

      January 29, 2020 at 4:44 pm

      • Life means nothing in the UK anymore,they simply don’t care,a GP cannot be relied on for support, medical records are full of incorrect statments that will be taken later as fact and people are told there’s nothing wrong,employers’ don’t see that way and people end up losing their job’s and the person is left to pick up the pieces once more.

        it says after two safguarding visits the benefits were stopped,that say’s it all.

        Lord Freud

        January 29, 2020 at 9:02 pm

      • Lord Freud

        January 29, 2020 at 9:10 pm

  14. A total lack of any real concern about why there is a need for foodbanks in the first place !
    It’s a brutal business, right-wing Tory politics.

    Garry T.

    January 29, 2020 at 4:25 pm

  15. The tea leaves suggest that Therese Coffey’s reign at the DWP may be ending in the very near future.

    Mystic Meghan

    January 29, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    • All the Sages and Necromancers of Suffolk agree.

      Andrew Coates

      January 29, 2020 at 5:42 pm

      • We thank the Ipsissimus of Ipswich for his guidance in esoteric matters throughout this past year.
        It is truly said that the hidden master is the greater.


        January 29, 2020 at 6:44 pm

      • Members of the Invisible College salute you.

        Chris Rosenkreuz

        January 30, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    • It’s always the same in that job, end up on breakfast TV defending the indefensible,next the negative headlines’ then next the courts’.Nothing will change.

      Lord Freud

      January 29, 2020 at 8:48 pm

  16. What lovely piglets. Is David Cameron their father?

    Sam Cam

    January 29, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    • Sam, I thought we agreed not to mention that pig business again. I didn’t do anything, whatever those other idiots said. It was just a pig’s head that happened to be in the room. Nothing more than that.

      David C.

      January 30, 2020 at 12:14 pm

  17. What a fat grot boffey is, and is that a syrup on its bonce.


    January 29, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    • Ya it’s a fooking wig.


      January 29, 2020 at 9:29 pm

  18. What do you get if you cross a pig with a Tory ? A Tory Boar.


    January 29, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    • @Larry: Or a Boaring Tory.


      January 31, 2020 at 4:41 pm

  19. ‘Never wrestle with a pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.’ – George Bernard Shaw

    British Saddleback

    January 29, 2020 at 10:50 pm

  20. How will Jo Swinson spend her mornings now that Boris has axed that Victoria Derbyshire tripe?

    Philip & Holly

    January 30, 2020 at 2:33 am

  21. Wow! Although the Tories obviously couldn’t care less about the poor and disadvantaged, saying that food banks are the “perfect” solution to growing food poverty in the United Kingdom really crosses a line. I don’t think that even Esther McVey would have been daft enough to say something that crass in public let alone in a parliament surveiled by cameras 24/7. It really makes you wonder what kind of a creature Therese Coffey really is. How weird is it that confirmed church attending so-called Christians, like Therese Coffey and Iain Duncan Smith, always seem to be the most cruel, least caring and most willing to mete out suffering and misery to those least able to defend themselves? We need far more humanists and atheists to become MPs.


    January 30, 2020 at 11:04 am

    • Very true Ro. Religion has always provided a safe haven for extremists, and a so-called ‘moral’ justification for their actions.

      John Reid

      January 30, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      • You are right,this thing about single men The Centre of Social Justice the Eu courts removed could open floodgates of totalitarianism opportunities,theres been many red flags over this governments means to an end and when the EU is gone who is going to be the next bad apple? The promised land fails to materialise.Worrying times ahead means poor consumer confidence spiraling into the service sector and recession and much worse possibilities.

        Lord Freud

        January 30, 2020 at 10:23 pm

  22. You don’t really think that the DWP are going to make a serious inquiry into their own failures do you ?
    Pull the other one Therese.

    Cynical Sam

    January 30, 2020 at 12:12 pm

  23. ” Soon my agents in London will have completed the installation of the secret password-collecting program.
    Golden Dragon. And we will know every secret that the British possess. My victory will be complete.
    And then the world shall hear from me again ! ”

    Fu Manchu

    January 30, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    • @fu manchu, Not while there exists a single patriotic Englishman, ready to dare all for Queen and Empire. You evil fiend !

      Nayland Smith

      January 31, 2020 at 11:24 am

      • You called?

        Andrew Coates

        January 31, 2020 at 4:07 pm


    Everyone on Universal Credit will be issued with an Electric Shock Collar to make such everyone follows the rules. Therese Coffeey will be promoting the new policy after it worked so well training her dogs.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    January 30, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    • I hear there’s a special offer to celebrate Brexit day, for these British made collars.

      Andrew Coates

      January 30, 2020 at 4:30 pm

      • Not sure what that dog is looking so pleased about, probably hasn’t been shocked yet.

        Burt Hamley

        January 31, 2020 at 11:29 am

      • Instead of a first class header we’re a second behind mainland Europe divided,we’ve lost freedoms’ to settle,equality and a right to free movement,Brussels became the dirt word instead of the Conservatives economic failures’.Everyone is a loser because of this Farage joke and the right wing of the Conservative party,after the transition period any barriers’ will increase cost’s and confusion.What is the longterm plan?.A new dawn?,we’re goining to wake up to the same economic mess we’re still out of work,more words’ with no impact only a headline grab.Life’s not a popularity game,the country isn’t confident in itself but the Conservatives bullying is at the forfront of problems’ that continue to mount.

        Lord Freud

        January 31, 2020 at 1:28 pm

  25. MP slams ‘ridiculous’ clawback of £50 million from Universal Credit payments in single month.

    Money taken from benefit payments to recover loans used to cover five week waiting period

    Chris Stephens MP slams deductions of Universal Credit payments
    £94 million taken from Universal Credit recipients for a range of loans, overpayments, errors, arrears and fines
    £50 million deducted for loans issued to cover basic living conditions during five week waiting period before first Universal Credit payment
    SNP MP Chris Stephens has slammed as “ridiculous” the clawback of £50 million from Universal Credit (UC) payments, after he revealed recipients are being penalised for the five week wait for their first payment.

    Critics of UC have long warned that the wait will make recipients vulnerable to extreme poverty, and require many to accumulate debt simply to get by. The figures show that debt is indeed being amassed, which is then being lost to recipients in the form of withheld funds.

    The information was revealed in the response to a Written Question submitted by the MP into the practices of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).


    Andrew Coates

    January 30, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    • They created this mess.its a bad system people are being told its 35 hours a week jobsearch in the Jobcentre all done on line of course.They dont explain peoples rights’.A new one is creating an atmosphere.

      Lord Freud

      January 30, 2020 at 10:28 pm

      • @Lord Freud – My Lord, you seem to forget your own part in the disaster of Universal Credit.

        Wat Tyler

        January 31, 2020 at 11:20 am

  26. Why is Liz Truss in so many photos with Therese Coffey? Is Truss her only friend?

    Radcliffe Hall

    January 30, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    • It’s the Suffolk / Norfolk Massive.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      January 30, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    • They look like a couple. Liz is a lipstick lezzer and cigar smoking Therese a bull dyke.


      January 30, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    • @radcliffe hall – That isn’t a real Liz Truss. If you look carefully you can see it is one of those life size wax models. The pig is real though.

      Frank L.

      January 31, 2020 at 4:57 pm

  27. There is no government concern about the foodbank crisis at all really. It has all become a normal part of things. When just a few years ago, a situation where 1.5 Million people were being fed from foodbanks, would have been unthinkable in Britain. It’s amazing how much has changed, and so fast. And there is still no real public outcry about any of this.

    Alan Turner

    January 31, 2020 at 4:49 pm

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