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Huge rise in claims for “unfit for purpose” Universal Credit.

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Universal Credit: Thérèse Coffey confident in system during ...

Thérèse Coffey: Defends Universal Credit by Crook and by Hook.

“Heaps of entangled weeds that slowly float….”

Ancient prophecy foretelling Universal Credit.

Peter Grimes. George Crabbe – national poet of Suffolk Coastal, Therese Coffey’s constituency.

Yesterday, if you watched the BBC, television heard the radio, or glanced at other media outlets,  you could hardly avoid the Work and Pensions Secretary.

Therese Coffey talked about the glories of Universal Credit and how well the benefit system is dealing with the avalanche of new claims.

And a lot more.

She made this gaff,

Thérèse Coffey has suggested “wrong” scientific advice could have led to blunders in the Government’s response to the pandemic.

The Suffolk Coastal MP did not get an easy ride from Piers Morgan on GMB on the assertions about her mates’ response to the pandemic.

The  TV presenter, ungentlemanly, said she had come our with a “pack of lies”.



Her ‘it’s everybody’s fault but ours” burbling was quickly repudiated by the government.

No 10 distances itself from Therese Coffey after she suggested any Govt mistakes down to ‘wrong’ scientific advice

But what of the Suffolk Coastal MP’s tangled weed, Universal Credit?

This is what this Blog is concerned about – after all!

The New Statesman publishes an excellent article on the sea wrack dragging many people down below water.

Coronavirus is introducing the pitfalls of Universal Credit to many new claimants


Universal Credit is a reformed benefits system introduced under the coalition government, designed to mimic salaried employment via monthly payments into one household bank account, with the stated aim to “make work pay”.

This design jars with a period of rising unemployment, when it is even harder to transition back into work after a brief stint on benefits during a blip in your working life. The jobs and hours just aren’t there. In the last two weeks of March, the total number of weekly hours worked saw the largest drop in a decade, and a quarter fewer hours were worked in the last week of that month than in any other weeks in the same quarter.

Plus, the new welfare system is already beset with problems. A five-week wait for the first payment is built into the system – a design that has caused rising foodbank use, and now leaves people for over a month

There’s another point.

Coffey talked, on one of her many, many, respectful interviews, of an extra £20 for Universal Credit claimants.

This is what she was referring to:

The Government has introduced another increase in response to the coronavirus outbreak, which has forced more people to apply for Universal Credit. From April, for 12 months, the Universal Credit standard allowance is increasing by £20 a week.

The ‘I’.


Some Benefit Claimants (UC) get the extra money; others don’t.

Legacy Benefits (such as JSA) remain at this kind of rate: JSA, single person basic rate:  £74.35 a week

UC single person basic rate:  £ 409.89 a month.

Do the maths…

We assume that JSA and other non-UC claimants don’t need the money and are happy as they are…

Or not, as a top IUA contributor , Sire Sedley, says:

Hath not a Legacy JSA Claimant hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Universal Credit claimant is ? If you prick us, do we not bleed ? If you tickle us, do we not laugh ?

Therefore Mistress Coffey I prithee, renounce this cruel delay and make haste to right the great wrong that hath been performed unto the legacy claimants. Revoke this intemperate withdrawal of twenty English pounds and give it in all justice to claimants, each alike unto another.

These demands should be pushed and pushed!

Written by Andrew Coates

May 20, 2020 at 5:40 am

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  1. Therese Coffey worst fears are the RSPCA she is still training her dogs with electric shock collars. She tries & get away from the problem by having wonderful chitty chats on her Twitter mornings.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 20, 2020 at 7:11 am

  2. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.


    May 20, 2020 at 8:24 am

  3. There is no excuse really for not uprating the legacy benefits in line with Universal Credit. It’s just a deliberate piece of petty spite by the DWP. And one they are going to find increasingly difficult to justify.

    Alan Turner

    May 20, 2020 at 9:35 am

    • @Alan Turner : It would help also if the media did something to highlight this problem. But there has been very little said about it.


      May 20, 2020 at 11:56 am

    • Amos Brearley

      Billy Boyne

      May 21, 2020 at 10:03 pm

  4. I’m 64 & on JSA, i’m above the max age to claim UC + i’m chasing the ever increasing age to claim Pension Credits. I’m being abandoned by this government. Not uprating the legacy benefit for JSA claimants in line with Universal Credit is blatant ageism!!


    May 20, 2020 at 10:04 am

    • All the 60 plus claimants should be taken off unemployment benefits right now.


      May 20, 2020 at 11:58 am

    • Less than two years to go, Tom, and you’ll get your pension… if you’ve paid or been credited with enough National Insurance contributions. Hang on, buddy, because once you turn 66 things should improve for you.


      May 20, 2020 at 3:22 pm

  5. The Low Pay Commission estimates that there were 2 million workers paid at or below the minimum wage in April 2019, around 7% of all UK workers. This compares to 1.5 million jobs paid at or below the NMW in 2015, before the introduction of the National Living Wage.

    Jobs paid around the minimum wage are concentrated within a small number of low-paying occupations. The Low Pay Commission estimates that nearly half (48%) of all jobs paying at or below the minimum wage are in retail, hospitality and cleaning & maintenance occupations.


    I have to wonder of this reported 4,2 million, how many are claiming the unemployment element of it.
    I also wonder what is the previous hourly rate of those claiming the unemployment element broken down into groups.

    If the pandemic has taught us anything, its taught us that mostly all are not prepared financially for it, that the nat min work force will all but most certainly be the least less able to.
    I think gone are the days of just paying bills and funding our later years. That planning for indefinite rainy days is now more important than ever.
    But how is this possible when wages are low and or prices rise while the majority of everyone is strapped to credit and debt intravenously entered into finance by governments and businesses alike.


    May 20, 2020 at 10:27 am

  6. Those damn haunting sayings

    “This is about ‘safe’ being an acceptable level of risk,” the BMA’s Dr Peter English wrote in the Daily Telegraph. (reasonably practicable)

    A Serco spokesman told the Today Programme: “An email was sent to new recruits who had given us their permission to use their personal email addresses.

    “In error, email addresses were visible to other recipients. We have apologised and reviewed our processes to make sure that this does not happen again.”

    These words from whom declare they work in the best interests. I ask you, does it sound like yours the public or theirs.


    May 20, 2020 at 10:37 am

  7. I’m enjoying the extra £80.00 a month on Universal Credit. It makes all the difference. If the government tries to take it away next year I predict that there will be hell up because people will get used to having their payments set at that level and will really feel it if their income is suddenly cut by that much in one go. A for now, well, the extra £20.00 per week will pay for my electric, television license, phone and more! Lovey jubbly while it lasts. Happy days!

    Alvin Michael Cody Quentin Phelan Cadell

    May 20, 2020 at 11:38 am

    • Dont worry, struggling businesses will take that £80 off you real soon in price rises. Soon enough it will be as though you never received it and your shopping items will fall back to the same number as when benefits were £73.10.

      The thing to remember is what is expected off you for that on an hourly rate. CC states an expectation of 35 hours a week meaning benefits only pays around 30% of the national minimum wage.


      May 20, 2020 at 4:39 pm

      • Covid-19 has lowered RPI to less that 2%, Doug, and inflation looks set to stay very low for a long while. Although leaving the EU will push it up of course. And people on UC will remain £20.00 per week better off then those on JSA for at least a year and so although a devaluing pound will make everybody poorer, people on JSA will be getting poorer more quickly than those on UC for a bit less than a year.

        Alvin Michael Cody Quentin Phelan Cadell

        May 22, 2020 at 5:39 am

      • Prices and quantity size started changing the moment lockdown occurred. Also legacy benefits being less for no rational reason outlined todate is already being challenged so its only a matter of time for either it to go up or yours go down.
        Judging by how they intend to lower the furlough scheme, and stick a date to finishing paying for businesses NI & pension contributions. So far the bet would be on the latter happening as if they can do that to businesses who they care for more infinitely than the public, they will have no sleepless nights in the other direction.
        Personally i reckon the logical approach would be to freeze UC for the next 5 years while incrementally raising legacy benefits until such time as the crossover is complete. I say this as if there is one constant with this government, its to ensure no comfortable rides when the term unemployed and fit for work apply.


        May 22, 2020 at 11:50 am

      • Doug, mate, legacy benefits will have gone extinct before five years are up, completely replaced well before then by Universal Credit so no point in freezing UC to allow JSA to catch up.

        Alvin Michael Cody Quentin Phelan Cadell

        May 22, 2020 at 12:34 pm

  8. By my troth , what cockerel crowing is this ?
    A pretty parcel of rogues indeed, these JSA legacy claimants.
    That would lie abed betimes and sport themselves with divers pleasures.
    Wouldst thou have me walk the streets of London town, and cast gold coin about on every side ?
    Nay sirs, you shall have none but a poor indulgence, save you transfer to Universal Credit and that full swiftly. Away with this impertinent petition lest you test the limits of our indulgence.
    Rouse not the tempest if thou wouldst not feel its blast.

    Mistress Coffey

    May 20, 2020 at 11:41 am

    • @Mistress Coffey – Tis truly said Mistress Coffey, for hath not the Department for Work and Pensions been as a very father to these same vagabonds that do so now make much of their complaynte ? Succouring each according to their neede ?
      Forsooth I feel the colde stinge of their ingratitude even now. Yet still they are not contente. Confound their upstart insolence . I shall lie naked in the very street with a fooles cap upon my head and turn somersaultes for the common people to gawp upon, before I give a single penny more to these legacy claimants.

      Master Couling

      May 20, 2020 at 12:43 pm

  9. Re: The New Statesman link above from Anoosh Chakelian

    Universal Credit is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do (a) drive claimants off benefits, and (b) discouraging people from ever claiming benefits.

    jj joop

    May 20, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    • Agree JJ Joop when my old landlord sold up I was forced off housing benefit all I can afford without UC is a room in a shared house I’m 56 and haven’t shared a house since my 20s so yes I feel driven off benefits I’m too scared to claim UC


      May 20, 2020 at 12:38 pm

      • @katrehman. It’s a sad reality of Universal Credit that so many people are in this position. They would rather not claim than risk the stress and harassment.


        May 20, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    • @jj joop. Yes that is exactly right. Universal Credit is just doing what it was designed for. Getting people off benefits and into part-time and zero-hours jobs. The future world of work.

      Jeff Smith

      May 20, 2020 at 4:21 pm

  10. You could see that the there will be a second wave of Universal Credit claims in August 2020. When the ‘Furlow’ scheme is scaled back, and the paper is removed from the crack that it is covering. You might think that re-nationalization of some industry’s might help creating some jobs to soften the blow.


    May 20, 2020 at 12:27 pm

  11. They are saying in the media that a lot of those furloughed won’t return to their jobs, which means that they will end up on Universal Credit unless they can quickly find new jobs, and a huge number of those forced to apply for Universal Credit because of loss of work due to Covid-19 also face long-term unemployment due to the recession/slump that we are now beginning to enter. So how the heck will Jobcentres be able to police Universal Credit and cope with have every claimant having to visit the Jobcentre for an interview, in person, every fortnight, with so many new and old claimants and so few Work Coaches to greet them?

    Lechyd Da

    May 20, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    • They might have to drop the whole thing about visiting the Jobcentre, and deal with everything online.


      May 20, 2020 at 4:18 pm

      • Artificial intelligence will take on the role of policing jobsearch online and it won’t miss a trick… expect more sanctions!


        May 20, 2020 at 5:21 pm

      • it will if i dont do it online in the first place 😉

        and you better check that journal at lest once a week because if they change the cc and you dont accept it in 7 days end of claim.

        if the internet gets cut off and no way to get online to manage the account also end of claim.

        buy law you are not required to have the internet or even a Mobil phone to make a claim for benefits yet this is built in to uc from the very start on purpose.

        like personnel data it must be given of free will like accepting cookies on a web site what uc has done is because you! made the claim online with you personal details means you have accepted the terms and conditions of a digital relationship with the dwp.

        and you cant ask for a mandatory reconsideration if a uc claim is closed i dont think so a easy way to get ppl sanctioned and be able to get away with it with no come back.


        May 20, 2020 at 6:58 pm

      • Theres more on claim closing here.but it desn’t exist in law.The concept of ‘closing’ a claim does not exist in law.


        But its given priority here in the first sentence.


        Vulnerable or special types of customers,many of us longest term disabled unemployed will fall into one of these.


        Given theres is a vast number of new claims for Universal Credit it will come under even more scrutiny and publicity.


        May 20, 2020 at 10:27 pm

      • @superted

        What happens if you make a claim for UC by phone and the call centre agent refuses to process your claim if you don’t provide them with an email address? I know you don’t have to provide them with an email address, but what if?


        May 21, 2020 at 10:43 am

      • just say you have no access to a computer or have no email in the first place but from the guidance for phone application those details will be taken at the first interview at the jcp with id ect.

        and it also says that they will keep asking you for a email address as they can not set up the online uc account with out one.


        May 21, 2020 at 12:08 pm

      • @superted

        Thank you. What do I say to the cockroaches when they insist I provide them with an email address? I’ve seen yourself and others on this blog refer to foi replies. Is there any particular foi you know of I could refer to? As I may have to make a claim for UC soon. I am currently furloughed but I think by Xmas my firm will fold. I’m in the service industry.


        May 21, 2020 at 3:51 pm

      • https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/providing_an_email_address_and_p

        Dear Mr Wells,

        Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 10 September 2017. You asked:

        Are their any circumstances under which claimants can be compelled, legally or otherwise, to
        provide a phone number or email address to the DWP?

        DWP Response
        The Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Jobseeker’s Allowance and
        Employment and Support Allowance (Claims and Payments) Regulations 2013 (S.I. 2013/380)
        sets out the requirements for a claim for Universal Credit (UC).

        There is no recorded information on this issue because it is not a legal requirement of claiming
        UC that a claimant provides a mobile phone number or an e-mail address. UC can be paid to a
        claimant without either of these recorded.


        May 21, 2020 at 4:07 pm

      • @superted

        Thank you again. You are a star!!!


        May 22, 2020 at 6:17 am

  12. Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid aren’t on BBC Breakfast, they’re on Good Morning Britain on ITV!

    Snake Eyes

    May 20, 2020 at 3:19 pm

  13. the glories of Universal Credit.

    Where’s the glory of having to claim benefits,if thats all the govenment can boast then god help us all.We’re facing the greatest crisis in Europe not just because of Coronavirus/deaths but unemployment prospects,future relations with the EU,business confidence,poverty levels in the UK,recessions,health crisies and the real possibility of reshaping how we live our lives in the future how we work shop is uncertain too.

    Their were text book announcements early in this crisis from people who gave the impression that they could not step up to the podium let alone the plate,the situation spiraled out of control from the early stages from people making the wrong decisions’ at crucial times’,it was there by delaying.it’s not just cost lives its cost jobs and thrown the country into turmoil now with finger pointing and recrimination the population left wondering what next?.While others have taken some positive steps this hasn’t been the case in the UK because simply we are not in a position to follow.It takes and needs sound robust leadership making the right critical decisions at the right moment and that just didn’t happen.History isn’t going to judge kindly.

    Iain Duncan Smith calls for an end to two-metre social distancing rule to ‘get economy moving’


    Any job offers from abroad will be kindly welcomed here.


    May 20, 2020 at 5:06 pm

  14. Updated guidance from the US CDC, “The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says the coronavirus “does not spread easily” through touching surfaces or objects”.

    Open up the Jobcentres, the signing on pens are ready and waiting.

    Billy Boyne

    May 21, 2020 at 2:32 am

    • I think the unions might have something to say about that.

      jj joop

      May 21, 2020 at 10:38 am

    • What this doesn’t say is that the virus won’t live long on surfaces that are regularly and appropriately cleaned with hot water and disinfectant! We at skl are madly running round disinfecting things sometimes several times a day this is before even the germ factories (kids) are back! To re open the job centres would surely not be possible… no soft furnishings so if there are any in there they’d have to b replaced with plastic chairs and these chairs disinfected after each client leaves then roach would have to disinfect desk between clients unless screens up!
      The union would have a lot to say! I’m a union officer and I’m kept in the loop regarding schools…..


      May 21, 2020 at 1:30 pm

      • It is said that cockroaches would be the only survivors after a nuclear war. One thing for sure is that the ones who inhabit my local jokecentre are shitbags. Even before this coronavirus pandemic ( © BBC News) my roach had half a dozen bottles of hand sanitiser on her desk. One the last appointment the shitbag wouldn’t even touch my workplan booklet, had to fill in the next appointment myself using the contaminated pen. Worse though was the look of evil on her face when I picked up the contaminated pen, you could tell she was thinking “I hope you get the virus and it kills you you good-for-nothing”.


        May 21, 2020 at 1:50 pm

      • With any luck coronavirus will eradicate the infestation of cockroaches from jobcentres once and for all. Cockroaches – be gone!


        May 21, 2020 at 1:54 pm

      • Kat… Covid19 has never been isolated, purified and proven to cause a contagious illness, in fact no virus has ever been proven to cause contagious disease…viruses(exosomes) are produced by our cells to flush out toxins caused by poisons in our food and water, pharma medicines, pollution, chemtrails, the list goes on… That’s why you feel poorly while this process is going on, another massive cause of illness is vaccines and radiation!


        May 21, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      • This is a random article written before ‘coronavirus’. A couple of points from the article.

        “Recent advances in the field have shown that a number of animal viruses can exploit the exosomal pathway by incorporating specific cellular or viral factors within exosomes, in order to modulate the cellular microenvironment and influence downstream processes such as host immunity and virus spread.”


        “The fact that the exosomal pathway has some similarities with certain phases of viral life cycle has led to the observations that a number of viruses can indeed hijack the exosome pathway during their replication and pathogenesis.”

        This doesn’t read that viruses and exosomes are the same thing.


        Dr Chapman

        May 21, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      • They removed all the chairs in the local GP surgery because of cross infection,they did some time ago remove all the toy’s for the same reason.Now entering the surgery theres plastic sheeting with hazard tape over a steel shutter between the pharmacy and the main surgery and entry can only be made by prior notice.Their certainly not taking any risks.

        The school subject if a gathering outside of a school gate with that many peope the police would disperse it,some of use can recall tragic events at school often to someone when we were young more then later in life,it became imprinted in memory and the effects are different.Children should be protected as they rely on adults to make the correct decisions for them and later in life they will recall this crisis to their own children.If theres a risk no one wants that remembered for the wrong reason.


        May 21, 2020 at 6:32 pm

  15. In the race to immunity Sweden leads the pack.



    May 21, 2020 at 5:43 am

    • Tigerlily ok so I’m puzzled as to why all these people are displaying same symptoms and dying all over the world different races ages sexes? Is it all 5G and chemtrails in food and water? Something is happening I agree but what? I take your point about the medical profession drugs and big pharmaceutical but no virus??


      May 21, 2020 at 3:39 pm

      • because every one that now dies that has tested positive for cov19 has been put on the death cert.

        the test they are using is not even testing for a virus because you cant make a test unless you can isolate it and prove what it is in the first place.

        even the guy that made the test they are using atm told them it was no good for testing for viruses and has a 85% fail rate thus every one has it.

        in normal times 10.000 ppl die in care homes every month and on avg and in total 39200 ppl in the uk die every month.

        now there is some sort of virus going round like any year and those with other medical problems will get hit first why so many are old ppl have died.

        a real deadly virus would cause way more damage and no matter what age you are make model ect millions would die because you can not control a virus and this 2m crap is just nonsense like wearing face masks a total waste of time.

        and dont forget this was all based on a computer model that was wrong in the first place.


        got some good interviews on that site that cant get banned buy you tube but make up your own minds and do some research.

        they can keep there antivirus and any other man made crap they want to try pump in to me 😉


        May 21, 2020 at 4:01 pm

      • @katrehman – I don’t believe you can be so misguided as to take any notice of @tigerlily ? No-one else does. Covid -19 is a very real fact in and of itself, As the many deaths have shown.

        Alan Turner

        May 21, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    • Sweden has ten times the death rate of any of its Nordic neighbours.


      May 22, 2020 at 4:11 pm

      • Britain (lockdown) – deaths per 1 million 536

        Sweden (no lockdown) – deaths per 1 million 389

        Billy Boyne

        May 22, 2020 at 9:50 pm

      • Am I the only one who thinks Therese looks better when she doesn’t smile?

        Hancock's half hour

        May 22, 2020 at 11:05 pm

  16. A vast tsunami of unemployment is heading for the DWP in Caxton House.


    May 21, 2020 at 8:48 am

    • Superted, very well put, thanks… And you Alan Turner can mind your own bloody business, telling folks what they should and shouldn’t believe, whenever I see your name i can’t help but think of that boring fat dope who used to be in emmerdale.


      May 21, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      • @Tigerlily – You’ll be glad to know I keep myself reasonably fit, it makes sense. Which is more than can be said for your 5G conspiracy theories and anti-vaccination nonsense.

        Alan Turner

        May 21, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      • @Tigerlily, Alan Turner was the greatest landlord The Woolpack ever had. Show some respect.

        Seth Armstrong

        May 21, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    • No Alan I’m not so misguided I’m just curious about these virus deniers and conspiracists!! One of my housemates says there’s no virus and it’s all a conspiracy and another friend who never read a book in his life or took politics seriously is sending me conspiracy theory articles every day! Maybe it’s bcoz ppl have more time on their hands in lockdown?
      I do think sometimes big pharma runs away with itself and doesn’t always act with people’s best interests at heart, I’ve ranted enough about the cervical screening program running roughshod over women’s rights for years but I firmly believe there’s a virus and several colleagues really think they had it! Tigerlily all I’ll say is the area I live and work in is covid hotspot in our town… or chemtrail hotspot or something


      May 21, 2020 at 6:55 pm

      • https://www.boots.com/health/cold-and-flu/the-flu-vaccination

        What is the flu vaccination?
        There are four types of influenza viruses, each with different strains.

        Each year, a strain of flu virus changes slightly and goes on to cause what health organisations call an epidemic, a term to describe lots of people catching the same thing at the same time. Usually in winter, the annual flu epidemic, often called ‘cold and flu season’ affects a large number of people at a time.

        Every year, scientists develop a flu vaccination, often called the flu jab, to combat the strains they think are most likely to cause an epidemic. You may still get influenza after taking the flu jab if you happen to get infected with a strain that isn’t covered by the vaccination, but it can reduce the severity and length of your illness.

        so every year they mix up there new magic cure based off what they think might work sounds like snake oil to me.

        corona viruses have been around since 1930s when it was first detected if they cant make a cure in the last 90 years what hope is there this can now be done in a matter of months it does not add up.

        if you happen to get infected with a strain that isn’t covered by the vaccination, but it can reduce the severity and length of your illness.

        so why is there no list of what is covered strain wise, or imo they dont have a clue same as every new virus we get every year that is also not covered so just a waste of money.


        May 21, 2020 at 9:03 pm

  17. well they have taken out payment for my latest budgeting loan so only had 1 payment stopped


    May 21, 2020 at 11:19 am

  18. I was wondering has anyone said anything positive about the Universal Credit scheme? I don’t remember the introduction to JSA from ‘Income support’ being plagued by so many problems.

    Also has Mr IDS said anything about the UC scheme?🤪


    May 21, 2020 at 11:57 am

    • The great success of UC is that it is designed to fail which is it’s success.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      May 21, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    • I’ve got something positive to say about UC – I absolutely love it, can’t wait to go back to jokecentre it is my most favourite place in the whole world 😀


      May 21, 2020 at 2:46 pm

  19. Andrew Coates

    May 21, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    • @Andrew Coates – This whole issue of uprating the legacy benefits needs to be pushed hard by Labour. Most of the legacy claimants are sick and disabled people claiming ESA. The legacy JSA claimants are in the minority in this group. It is not acceptable for the plight of these claimants to be simply ignored. And the DWP allowed to get away with nonsense about computer systems or ‘having no plans’ to uprate legacy benefits. They need to get some plans and uprate these benefits. The current situation allows a deliberate discrimination against disabled claimants. Which itself is morally wrong. The spineless mainstream media would do well to speak up on behalf of these people. Instead of toadying to the government and Boris Johnson. This is more important than whether or not he had any lessons in American Pole Dancing.

      Jeff Smith

      May 21, 2020 at 4:26 pm

      • @Jeff Smith: I wouldn’t mind an Inside Leg Hang myself, or a quick Speed Bump.


        May 21, 2020 at 4:45 pm

      • Jeff, it is apparent that you are on ESA or someone/a partner is. If the DWP said that they would uprate ESA and leave JSA claimants to rot, you would have got what you wanted and be off like a shot. That is why you bring in the minority/insignificant argument. After all, JSA lives don’t matter. But to those on JSA they certainly won’t feel like a minority/insignificant. As always, it everyone out for themselves. If benefit claimant stuck together and showed some solidarity the DWP wouldn’t be able to get away with what they do. But benefit claimants don’t. Same, old, same old, same *shakes head*. But hey, Jeff, you are only human after all.

        JSA Lives Matter

        May 21, 2020 at 5:59 pm

      • Like when politicians make out that the number of false accusations is low, and innocent people executed as a result is too insignificant to matter when they propose some draconian law. It is too bad if you are one of those wrongly executed on false allegations.

        Death Row

        May 21, 2020 at 6:06 pm

      • @ Jeff Smith : Very true Jeff. I’m not sure I understand the response by @JSA Lives Matter. All you say is the truth. It’s bad enough for the legacy JSA claimants to be ignored. And you take that as a fact. They are not the DWP’s favourite claimants. But it’s particularly bad for disabled ESA claimants to be ignored. There can be no justification for this at all.

        Tom Sutton

        May 21, 2020 at 8:35 pm

      • ESA claimants are NOT disabled – they are being supported back into work. If they were disabled they would be on DISABILITY benefits. STOP playing the disability card! You are as transparent as a whore’s knickers, Jeff! Benefit claimants not giving a shit about other benefits claimants is not a good look. And you wonder why no one gives a shit about benefit claimants? The DWP doesn’t give a shit about benefit claimants. Jeez, even benefit claimants don’t give a shit about other benefits claimants. First they came for… but I couldn’t give a shit because I wasn’t….

        Martin Niemöller

        May 21, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      • Disabled people are not on ESA. So what is the WCA about then !!!! HQ calling earth.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        May 23, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    • We’ve been let down and left behind in this crisis.People with other health problems need to source temporary measures because they cannot see a health care professional,this has lead to shortages of some items leading to huge price increases online for out of stock items in shops.


      May 21, 2020 at 4:56 pm

      • @jeff smith, It is very wrong that sick and disabled claimants on legacy ESA are being discriminated against by witholding the legacy benefit uprate. Compared with what is already being spent on the furlough scheme, and Universal Credit, the extra cost is nothing much. And as for the legacy JSA claimants, they also have been also very badly treated by the government in this. It’s just not fair, the £20 increase should be paid to all claimants.

        Pete Renwell

        May 22, 2020 at 11:36 am

  20. Coronavirus: Benefit claims fraud could be £1.5bn



    May 21, 2020 at 2:19 pm

  21. Fooking hell!<:o)


    May 21, 2020 at 2:49 pm

  22. The solution to this 5G nonsense is for us to ditch our ‘smartphones’. ‘Candy bar’ phones like the Alcatels and Nokias you can get for a couple of quid operate on 2G (2G is the first digital mobile phone system). Why does David Icke never propose this solution? Or does he want us all watching his videos on 5G ‘smartphones’? Another thing he never mentioned is that routers operate on ‘microwave frequencies’ – 2.4-2.5 Ghz. Some also operate on 5Ghz as well.


    May 21, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    • Reading this I am already reaching for my roll of aluminium foil.

      Andrew Coates

      May 21, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    • Thing is 5G isn’t going to be only for phones, it’s going to be used for all sorts of other things too, e.g., it will allow surgeons to perform surgery, remotely, without being physically present, control self-driving and robotic vehicles of all kinds including cars, lorries and pilotless aircraft like drones etc., enhance virtual reality and augmented reality to new unheard of level and provide haptic feedback for users allowing them to not only see and hear but feel things too. It also makes surveillance of millions of activities, e.g., where every car has been, is now, and is heading, and pretty much what people are up to throughout their lives, from the cradle to the grave, very easily indeed which isn’t so good but which people wonld mind if they can get things like Netflix cheaper, instantly and with much better quality.

      Isus Jesus McJesus

      May 21, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    • The frequencies don’t matter because 5G is low powered, which is why the country is going to bristle with masts. The 5G signal is too weak to travel far and has to leapfrog from one mast to another over relatively short distances which means that the masts have to be very much closer together than 2G/3G/4G.


      May 21, 2020 at 4:48 pm

  23. The staff at my local Jobcentre are working seven days a week, in order to keep up with the number of new claims for Universal Credit. Never seen anything like this happen before.

    Tall, Dark and Gruesome

    May 21, 2020 at 4:29 pm

  24. NHS fees to be scrapped for overseas health staff and care workers



    May 21, 2020 at 4:35 pm

  25. In all honesty, who would want to be a Work Coach at the moment ?


    May 21, 2020 at 4:57 pm

  26. For best results using tinfoil hats, shape the tinfoil around a bowl. You need to make the hat as round as possible to deflect the 5G rays. No sharp angles where the rays can get trapped. And in areas of high 5G, or when you are outside, consider making a waistcoat from tinfoil. Cut two pieces of foil, You can then sellotape the two halves together.

    Algernon Thornley- Moffat

    May 21, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    • I shall have my valet prepare one this evening, so that I am protected during my morning constitutional on the way to the Drones Club.

      Andrew Coates

      May 21, 2020 at 5:12 pm

      • Fool.


        May 21, 2020 at 9:07 pm

      • Your wish is my command.

        Boris's hairdresser

        May 22, 2020 at 11:24 pm

  27. A CORONAVIRUS expert fears a mystery new outbreak hitting China is a mutant strain of the deadly bug that leaves sufferers sick for even longer.

    Worryingly, the strain is behaving differently in patients in northeast China where five million people across two cities are virtually sealed off following spiralling new infections.



    May 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm

  28. ‘Matt Hancock hints coronavirus immunisations could be made compulsory if UK finds a vaccine.’ Daily Mail
    Obviously, it’s not going to work properly unless everyone is vaccinated. The anti-vax brigade will have to think of someone other than themselves.

    George Mortimer

    May 21, 2020 at 8:48 pm

  29. Matt Hancock has shares in Porton Biopharma so he will be making a pretty penny on the mandatory vaccinations that are in the pipeline – trust a rotten tory to want to profit from other peoples misery.



    May 21, 2020 at 9:17 pm




    May 21, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    • Dr Foster went to Gloucester
      In a shower of rain
      He vaccinated @superted
      And never went there again

      Ben Bartley

      May 22, 2020 at 11:28 am

  31. Copernicus’s theory that the earth revolved around the sun was arrant heterodoxy at a time when the earth was thought to be the center of the universe.

    Always question the official script (including C$vid 19).

    Billy Boyne

    May 21, 2020 at 9:58 pm

  32. Andrew Coates

    May 22, 2020 at 6:19 am

    • @andrew coates – This is the best chance society has ever had to end the scandal of rough-sleeping. It will be a disgrace if the government goes back on its responsibilities to these people, and dumps them back onto the street.

      Alan Turner

      May 22, 2020 at 11:40 am

    • Your the first person Andrew ive heard bring this back into the light since the leak broke in the media.
      I think that and the cruel comments left by many in the mainstream media comments sections regarding anything homeless sets the trend of how anyone with the power to change things is going to respond.


      May 22, 2020 at 12:07 pm

  33. Our Ref: FOI2020/21602

    Date: 19 May 2020

    Dear Jeff Smith,

    Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 1 May 2020. You asked for:

    It has been suggested by the DWP, that claimants in receipt of the‘old-style’ legacy benefit
    Jobseeker’s Allowance, are able to apply for an additional Universal Credit top-up payment, due to
    the Coronavirus crisis. The same payment of course, that has already been made to Universal
    Credit claimants, of some £20 extra per week.

    However, there remains a degree of ambiguity as to the exact status of a JSA claimant, in this
    situation. As it has not been previously possible, to make a simultaneous claim for Jobseeker’s
    Allowance and Universal Credit at the same time.

    I therefore request full details of the information, guidance and operational policy regarding a
    legacy JSA claimant who has applied for this additional Universal Credit payment. In particular, I
    would like to know if such a claimant would still continue to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance with their
    original Claimant Commitment, and under the terms of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Act ? Or would
    they be treated as having transferred de facto to Universal Credit, on application for the top-up
    payment, and therefore be subject to the new conditions and terms of that benefit ?

    DWP Response
    It may be helpful if I explain the role of the Freedom of Information Act. The Act provides a legal
    right of access to recorded information held by a public authority like DWP, subject to certain
    exemptions that may apply. The Act does not oblige a public authority to create new information to
    answer questions; nor does it require a public authority to give advice, opinion or explanation,
    generate answers to questions, or create or obtain information we do not hold.

    If you ask a question, rather than requesting recorded information, we will provide you with the
    recorded information that best answers the question. Once we have provided the recorded
    information, we have met our obligations under the Act; interpreting the information provided is up
    to you.
    Your request asks questions which you want us to respond to. This would need new information to
    be created.

    We do not hold any recorded information to answer your request. However, you may find the
    following explanation useful. We have provided this outside our obligations under the Freedom of
    Information Act.

    It is not possible to have entitlement to both the original (old style) version of Jobseeker’s
    Allowance (JSA) – which includes an income-based strand – and Universal Credit (UC): they are
    incompatible benefits. In contrast, UC can be claimed and paid alongside new style JSA, which is
    wholly and exclusively based on the claimant’s National Insurance contributions.

    Since a claimant in receipt of old style income-based JSA cannot claim or receive an additional top-
    up from UC, it follows that there is no information or guidance available regarding any such JSA
    claimants who apply for any such additional UC payments.
    With very few exceptions, there is no legal bar on a claimant in receipt of old style JSA (or any of
    the other “legacy benefits” which UC is replacing) voluntarily making a claim to UC if they wish.
    DWP cannot advise whether a claimant would be better off on UC or remaining on legacy benefits.

    DWP has been working closely with HMRC to encourage people to check their eligibility before
    making a claim and to ensure that claimants understand that their legacy benefits will end once
    they have claimed UC and that they cannot return to legacy benefits.

    Jeff Smith

    May 22, 2020 at 12:56 pm

  34. Apologies for the ‘spread out’ quality of the above post. The DWP response to my FOI 2020/21602. But as you can see, it is not possible to claim the Universal Credit top-up and remain on legacy benefits at the same time. So if you want to go for the extra £20, it means switching over to Universal Credit.

    Jeff Smith

    May 22, 2020 at 1:06 pm

  35. Well done Jeff.


    May 22, 2020 at 1:15 pm

  36. ken

    May 22, 2020 at 1:37 pm

  37. Private renters on ‘cliff edge’ of eviction, Citizens Advice in Ipswich warns.

    The chief executive of an Ipswich charity has raised concerns that private renters are facing the “looming threat of eviction” and is urging the government to stand by its promise to protect them, and prevent large scale debt and homelessness.

    The government announced at the beginning of lockdown that “no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home”, with a temporary pause on repossession action.

    However, those measures are due to end on June 25.

    Citizens Advice Ipswich has helped more than 200 people with housing issues and rent arrears since the beginning of lockdown and Ms Willshere is concerned about the imminent future.

    “There’s just one month to go before the protections that were put in place to protect renters from eviction during the coronavirus outbreak run out,” she said.


    Andrew Coates

    May 22, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    • The government have extended the furlough scheme until October, They should also now extend these protections to tenants against evictions.

      Tom Sutton

      May 22, 2020 at 3:59 pm

  38. Don’t forget, the current suspension of jobsearch requirements for JSA / UC ends on 30th June.
    In 40 days time. If this is not renewed, a jobsearch could again be required from the 1st July.


    May 22, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    • i have not stopped job searching i still get the same amount of jobs sent to me every day like nothing has changed.

      most of them are customer service and sales assistants, go work that one out lol.


      May 22, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      • Same here. There are still firms advertising but at the same time they are shut up and not trading. How does that work!

        jj joop

        May 22, 2020 at 6:04 pm

      • a jobsearch could again be required from the 1st July.i have not stopped job searching

        Same here,there are customer service jobs,more are starting to appear but many of these require various licences checks/certificates in place.


        May 22, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    • @Malcolm

      I hear that.

      Click to access adm4-20.pdf

      UC AND JSA: WORK-RELATED REQUIREMENTS 11. As a result of the Coronavirus disease outbreak for a period of 3 months from 30.3.20, where a person has an award of JSA or UC 1. the Secretary of State must not impose a work search requirement 2. where a person already has an existing work search requirement it will cease to have effect from 30.3.20 3. the requirement to be able and willing to take up work or attend an interview is lifted1. 1 SS (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Regs, reg 6(1)

      jj joop

      May 22, 2020 at 6:08 pm

  39. Andrew Coates

    May 23, 2020 at 8:46 am

    • Universal Credit has always been a mean-minded system for disciplining and controlling the unemployed.
      Put together in the worst days of the austerity attacks on welfare and claimants. But they never thought that so many people would be claiming it, and now the true cruelty and inequality stands revealed. Working people who never thought they would go anywhere near the welfare system, have had to claim.
      And discovered for themselves how harsh and unpleasant it is. At the moment, they are not being asked to do any jobsearch. Expect more problems when they are being held strictly to the conditions of their Universal Credit Claimant Commitments.

      Jeff Smith

      May 23, 2020 at 2:32 pm

  40. Isn’t it stupid verging on cruel to make older people, e.g., those over 60, say, who are much more vulnerable and at particular risk of dying if infected by Covid-19, to keep looking for work when the coronavirus contagion is still active and dangerous?

    Norrin Radd

    May 23, 2020 at 8:53 am

  41. “Tesco scraps cash payments for its ‘scan as you shop’ service, and shoppers are fucking fuming

    “Well I’ll be stopping using Tesco’s weekly then”

    Tesco has announced that it will no longer be accepting cash payments on its scan as you shop system, and people aren’t happy.

    The system, which is exclusive to Clubcard members, allows people to pack as they go, straight from the shelves to their bag, and is said to make the whole shopping experience a lot easier.

    However, some shoppers now claim that by going cashless the scan as you shop system will make things more difficult, and some have even threatened to boycott the supermarket as a result.”

    Keep seeing more and more of this “store/debit cards only” on the self-scan checkouts. Tesco, you can shove your ‘cashless society’ your arse.


    Fu Ming

    May 23, 2020 at 9:40 am

    • Their Tesco Metro shops in central London already made it hard to pay by cash, on occasion impossible.

      Andrew Coates

      May 23, 2020 at 10:08 am

  42. superted

    May 23, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    • Basically people like Rees-Mogg, Peter Thiel and Dominic Frisby, and Peter Whitson want to hold on to all of their wealth. They do not want a welfare state. But they recognise that those who have not will use violence to get at their assets and take what they want or need so they realise that the poor must be taxed in some form to pay for police and army, government in whatever form, and whatever else it takes to protect them and their assets. That is what these fuckers are all about.


      May 23, 2020 at 5:57 pm

  43. ffs ted Lord William Rees-Mogg (Jacob’s father) co-authored a book entilted ‘The Sovereign Individual – the End of the Welfare State’ (incidentally Peter Thiel one of the founders of Paypal’s favourite book). Written in the 1990s it predicts a ‘cryptocurency’. Rees-Mogg positively salivates over this prospect. Fuckers like this Rees-Mogg and Dominic Frisby want to shift the tax burden from progressive taxes (the more you earn the more you are taxed) such as income tax to regressive taxes such as VAT which hammers poor people. Or put simply place the tax burden solely on the poor. Rich people don’t spend all their money on Rolls Royces like Frisby would tell you but the poor are forced to spend all their incomes whilst the rich hold onto most of the income. Frisby and his ilk also argues for ‘small government’. What he means by that is government just big enough to protect his interests like providing police but not big enough to encompass a welfare state. But the poor would be paying for the rich’s police etc. If Frisby and co had their way you wouldn’t have any dole money, ted. Can you not see through this tripe? You are like a turkey voting for Christmas.


    May 23, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    • @Janine – Superted doesn’t want to face the fact that he has just two choices when they come to vaccinate him. In the arm or in the backside.


      May 23, 2020 at 2:21 pm

      • not going to happen mandatory my ass will have to kill me first and ill fight to the death 😉


        May 23, 2020 at 2:29 pm

  44. We could be like Hong Kong and tax through a Land Tax. Never going to happen in the UK though. Rich landowners wouldn’t like it.

    Hong kong Fuey

    May 23, 2020 at 1:01 pm

  45. By 2025, the cybereconomy will have many millions of participants. Some of them will be as rich as Bill Gates, worth over $10 billion each. The cyberpoor may be those with an income of less than $200,000 a
    year. There will be no cyberwelfare. No cybertaxes and no cybergovernment.


    May 23, 2020 at 1:18 pm

  46. Transactions on the Internet or the World Wide Web can be encrypted and will soon be almost impossible for tax collectors to capture. Tax-free money already compounds far faster offshore than onshore funds still subject to the high tax burden imposed by the twentieth-century nation-state.


    May 23, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    • @zizi : I see what you mean, but surely the government will stop this before things get out of their control ?


      May 23, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    • Bitcoin is the way forward. Which country will be the first to use it as their national currency?

      Max Keiser

      May 23, 2020 at 5:12 pm

      • They would have to be smoking whatever that is you are smoking, Max. Otherwise, they would be handing over sovereign wealth and real assets such as businesses and property for some made up pre-mined ‘currency’. That is like swapping your Rolex watch for some Red Indian’s ‘magic beans’. 99% of Bitcoin is owned by half a dozen ‘whales’ of Chinese and Russian extraction. It is strange how that Kremlin-based, Putin-controlled Russian propaganda channel that you appear on RT, formerly Russia Today is always bigging up Bitcoin. Proven useless as a currency, then marketed as ‘digital gold’ and now reinvented as a ‘store of wealth’. 99% of those involved in Bitcoin are crooks, the other 1% are mugs. By the way, how is Maxcoin and Staceycoin doing?

        Stacey Herbert (your wife)

        May 23, 2020 at 5:42 pm

      • How about Freedonia ?

        Billy Boyne

        May 23, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    • Somalia has no government, no laws and no taxes. If Bitcoin can work in Somalia it can work here.


      May 23, 2020 at 5:47 pm

  47. Cyberspace is the ultimate offshore jurisdiction. An economy with no taxes. Bermuda in the sky with
    diamonds.When this greatest tax haven of them all is fully open for business, all funds will
    essentially be offshore funds at the discretion of their owner. This will have cascading
    consequences. The state has grown used to treating its taxpayers as a farmer treats his
    cows, keeping them in a field to be milked. Soon, the cows will have wings.


    May 23, 2020 at 1:26 pm

  48. Like an angry farmer, the state will no doubt take desperate measures at first to
    tether and hobble its escaping herd. It will employ covert and even violent means to
    restrict access to liberating technologies. Such expedients will work only temporarily, if
    at all. The twentieth-century nation-state, with all its pretensions, will starve to death as
    its tax revenues decline.
    When the state finds itself unable to meet its committed expenditure by raising tax
    revenues, it will resort to other, more desperate measures. Among them is printing
    money. Governments have grown used to enjoying a monopoly over currency that they
    could depreciate at will. This arbitrary inflation has been a prominent feature of the
    monetary policy of all twentieth-century states. Even the best national currency of the
    postwar period, the German mark, lost 71 percent of its value from January 1, 1949,
    through the end of June 1995. In the same period, the U.S. dollar lost 84 percent of its
    value.6 This inflation had the same effect as a tax on all who hold the currency. As we
    explore later, inflation as revenue option will be largely foreclosed by the emergence of
    cybermoney. New technologies will allow the holders of wealth to bypass the national
    monopolies that have issued and regulated money in the modern period. The state will
    continue to control the industrial-era printing presses, but their importance for controlling
    the world’s wealth will be transcended by mathematical algorithms that have no physical
    existence. In the new millennium, cybermoney controlled by private markets will
    supersede fiat money issued by governments. Only the poor will be victims of inflation.


    May 23, 2020 at 1:29 pm

  49. Lacking their accustomed scope to tax and inflate, governments, even in
    traditionally civil countries, will turn nasty. As income tax becomes uncollectable, older
    and more arbitrary methods of exaction will resurface. The ultimate form of withholding
    tax–de facto or even overt hostage-taking will be introduced by governments desperate to
    prevent wealth from escaping beyond their reach. Unlucky individuals will find
    themselves singled out and held to ransom in an almost medieval fashion. Businesses
    that offer services that facilitate the realization of autonomy by individuals will be subject
    to infiltration, sabotage, and disruption. Arbitrary forfeiture of property, already
    commonplace in the United States, where it occurs five thousand times a week, will
    become even more pervasive. Governments will violate human rights, censor the free
    flow of information, sabotage useful technologies, and worse. For the same reasons that
    the late, departed Soviet Union tried in vain to suppress access to personal computers and
    Xerox machines, western governments will seek to suppress the cybereconomy by
    totalitarian means.


    May 23, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    • @zizi: This is total cobblers really isn’t it ?

      Jack Reid

      May 23, 2020 at 7:39 pm

  50. We put violence at the center of our theory of megapolitics for good reason. The
    control of violence is the most important dilemma every society faces. As we wrote in
    The Great Reckoning:
    The reason that people resort to violence is that it often pays. In some
    ways, the simplest thing a man can do if he wants money is to take it. That
    is no less true for an army of men seizing an oil field than it is for a single
    thug taking a wallet. Power, as William Playfair wrote, “has always sought
    the readiest road to wealth, by attacking those who were in possession of it.”
    The challenge to prosperity is precisely that predatory violence does pay
    well in some circumstances. War does change things. It changes the rules.
    It changes the distribution of assets and income. It even determines who
    lives and who dies. It is precisely the fact that violence does pay that makes
    it hard to control.


    May 23, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    • I loves a bit of cut ‘n’ thrust, me, but adores a lot of cut ‘n’ paste more.

      Colonel Blimp

      May 23, 2020 at 5:11 pm

  51. Grant Shitty Shapps said ………..

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 23, 2020 at 7:23 pm

  52. So we’re not getting the £20 extra then…?

    Dave Blunt

    May 23, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    • nope they expect us all to just drop down dead of starvation or freeze to death on the streets.

      dwp deaths rates mean nothing millions could die yet that would be fine and nothing to worry about 😉


      May 23, 2020 at 7:47 pm

  53. Matt Hancock’s Hanky said ………………

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 23, 2020 at 7:49 pm

  54. Boris Johnson’s cocaine said ………..

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 23, 2020 at 7:50 pm

  55. Dominic Cummings is back in Downing Street and ignoring social distancing rules

    Downing Street officials were questioned by journalists wondering why Cummings appeared to be back and ignoring the government’s own advice over COVID-19.

    It follows a photographer capturing Cummings not maintaining a two-metre distance from fellow aide Cleo Watson.

    Cummings was last seen almost two weeks doing a “runner” from Downing Street after Johnson tested positive for the illness. A day later it was reported he was showing COVID-19 symptoms.

    Over the weekend a Tory MP blamed the “macho” attitude at the heart of government for key officials becoming ill with coronavirus.



    I know some mght say what has to do with employment but it does highlight the need for good politial judgment and was picked up much earlier by other foreign media but overlooked here,sound political judgment doing so needs to be applied getting those recently unemployed and equally the long term disabled back to work and out of this situation we all face and who is going to pay for all this economic damage and roadmap out?


    May 23, 2020 at 9:01 pm

  56. The Lockdown Stalinists are responsible for all the economic damage this is causing.


    Billy Boyne

    May 23, 2020 at 9:36 pm

  57. Dominic Cummings is getting like Jeffrey Archer – You can write your memoirs in prison Dom.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 23, 2020 at 9:50 pm

  58. Half a million £50 bike vouchers: UK Government gives further details on coronavirus cycling investment
    Cycling is being encouraged as public transport capacity will be limited post-coronavirus due to social distancing measures

    Up to half a million £50 vouchers will be provided from June to help people get their bicycles repaired in a move the Government hopes will also improve the public’s fitness and reduce air pollution.


    Instead of getting half a million Jobs we’re getting half a million vouchers instead,it,ll take more the 90 minutes to cycle to a fruit picking job in kent.

    Norman Tebbit does not like being told to get on his bike

    The then Tory cabinet minister was speaking in the aftermath of the riots in Brixton, responding to a suggestion that rioting was the natural reaction to unemployment:

    “I grew up in the ’30s with an unemployed father. He didn’t riot. He got on his bike and looked for work, and he kept looking till he found it,” said Tebbitt.

    His remarks were greeted with applause by the Tory faithful, but Tebbit was later mocked for apparently having told unemployed people to simply “get on your bike”

    Lord Tebbit probably should have anticipated a bit of Noble banter when he rose to complain about cycle lanes on Victoria Embankment.

    “It sometimes takes over an hour to drive from Parliament Square to the Tower of London,” Tebbit observed.

    “That is being caused by the barricades which have been put up in order to assist cyclists who also get in the way on the main road carriageways.”



    May 23, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    • a half bike service is £45+vat it does not include any parts that need replacing as that would be extra and tbh taking a old rusty bike thats been in the shed for 5 years plus is not worth fixing esp cheap bikes.

      and if you got some fox forks well its not going to happen and thats just one part 😉


      May 23, 2020 at 10:19 pm

      • not really, ted. me local bike shop will fix a puncture for £50 and that includes all parts. maybe, all that is wrong with grant’s bike is a flat tire. and what about these free electric bikes me mate told me the guvmint are giving away?


        May 23, 2020 at 10:52 pm

      • not really, ted. me local bike shop will fix a puncture for £50 and that includes all parts. maybe, all that is wrong with grant’s bike is a flat tire… and what about these free electric bikes me mate told me the guvmint are giving away?


        May 23, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    • Most of the cash will go into the pocket of SUSTRANS (Sustainable Urban Transport) like it always does. You might have seen them out and about doing a ‘survey’. The have a huge office complex down here in Bristol, that ’employs’ about 10,000 ‘staff’. The car par is chock-full of Range Rovers and similarly environmentally-polluting metal boxes. None of them have ever walked or cycled anywhere in their entire lives. If there is anything left over it will be given to the councils to paint some one-inch green lines along the road that cross ever pothole and manhole cover from here to Timbuktu, and mysteriously end in the middle of busy roundabouts. You won’t see any actual improvements like surfacing towpaths etc. (never any money for anything like that).


      May 24, 2020 at 10:47 am

    • Is it me or are we modelling China with every passing day ?


      May 25, 2020 at 10:55 am

      • Look to China to see our future. We are all destined to become ‘model citizens’ in line with the UN definition.

        Chairman Mao

        May 25, 2020 at 11:01 am

  59. £50 to fix a flat tyre is a rip off are you that stupid you cant patch a inner tube or buy a slime tube for ten quid.

    half a bike service means you take the hole bike half apart check all the moving parts lube it all and put it back together.

    that will take 45mins if nothing is wrong and a full service double that as every part of the bike will be taken apart and checked as well.


    May 23, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    • Most bike shops (at least down here) have a £50 minimum labour charge + parts.

      Muddy Fox

      May 24, 2020 at 10:51 am

  60. all that is wrong with grant’s bike is a flat tyre

    The way he handled that briefing with genevieve it was certainly more then that.

    Wakefield would later give an account of her husband’s Covid-19 experience in an article for the Spectator. “Dom couldn’t get out of bed. Day in, day out for 10 days he lay doggo with a high fever and spasms.” Cummings wrote of his illness too saying: “At the end of March and for the first two weeks of April I was ill, so we were both shut in together.”


    And now there’s.

    Boris Johnson backs Dominic Cummings and reportedly said ‘it’s not like visiting a lover’

    Boris Johnson reportedly favourably compared Dominic Cummings’ lockdown breach with that of Professor Neil Ferguson, saying his 264-mile trip to Durham despite lockdown was not the same as “visiting a lover”


    That’s clearly unaceptable behaviour and treating the lockdown the people who lost there lives and those who have lost their jobs those involved in health care as one of just those things it clearly isn’t.He clearly cannot tell right from wrong.

    The R is now for resignation and more then 1 looks to be justified.

    Grant Flapps

    May 24, 2020 at 1:44 am

  61. The B is for Brexit. 👍

    Billy Boyne

    May 24, 2020 at 4:21 am

  62. I have not stopped job searching as well. I don’t trust some of the staff at the job centre I go to,

    I wonder how many job centre staff will try it on with the customers, if you have lost your job due to the covid19.


    May 24, 2020 at 9:06 am

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