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Thérèse Coffey: Age and Obesity Behind Covid Deaths.

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Grande Dame Coffey Pulls a Pint Load on Covid Deaths.

Most people would think that the Work and Pension Secretary would be concerned about er…Work and Pensions.

There’s plenty for her to talk about, rising visible and hidden unemployment, the coming cut to Universal Credit, homelessness, people queuing at food banks.

She, or a minion,  could take a strictly necessary trip from her nearby stronghold in Suffolk Coastal and look at the Sunday food distribution in Rope Walk, Ipswich, and see people begging in front of Sainsbury’s in Upper Brook Street. Both places are very close to the Catholic Church, St Pancras.

Well she is now trying to divert attention from herself…


In normal times I bump into the geezer who wrote this by these very places.


The Grande Dame has time to throw a wobbly on GMB.

WATCH: Therese Coffey ‘walks out’ of Piers Morgan interview on GMB

Paul Geater.

Suffolk Coastal MP and cabinet minister Therese Coffey cut off TV interviewer Piers Morgan as a discussion on ITV’s Good Morning Britain became heated when she was questioned about the number of deaths and those in hospital with Covid.

After Dr Coffey, who is Work and Pensions Secretary,  said the age of those who had caught the disease and the obesity in the population needed to be recognised, Mr Morgan said: “So are you saying the reason for us having the worst death rate in the world is the public: that they’re too old and too fat?”

Dr Coffey said that was a very insulting thing to say and that there were a variety of factors.

After they then talked across each other, Dr Coffey said: “Unfortunately I have to go to other interviews,” and Mr Morgan reminded her that government ministers had boycotted his programme for many months last year.

As he said: “You’re not going to explain why you think I was insulting . . .” Dr Coffey turned off her Zoom feed, saying: “You’ve already had 20 minutes of my time, I appreciate it’s 20 minutes of your time. Thank You, bye bye.”

We have put in a request to Dr Coffey’s office for her to call us about the interview.


Here is a reaction, as they pour in:




Written by Andrew Coates

January 25, 2021 at 12:14 pm

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  1. Just 1,868 young people have started job placements in £2bn DWP Kickstart scheme

    The DWP boasted the Kickstart scheme had created 120,000 job placements so far – but only 1,868 of those have actually been taken up



    January 25, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    • Who wants an unpaid job placement? May as well do some volunteering for a charity instead.


      January 25, 2021 at 3:42 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .


    January 25, 2021 at 12:36 pm

  3. Doctor Coffey probably thought that Piers Morgan was teasing her about her own maturity and rotund appearance, shall we say, taking what Morgan was saying much more personally than it deserved.


    January 25, 2021 at 12:42 pm

  4. More Cat & Dog Spreading Covid Nonsense!


    January 25, 2021 at 1:34 pm

  5. I prefer to call her what she is, a fat b*****d.


    January 25, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    • Have you seen the size of its trotters, looks like it’s got elephantiasis!


      January 25, 2021 at 4:12 pm

  6. Low life expectancy is linked to poverty. Tory policies create and exacerbate poverty. Coffey’s position is indefensible.


    January 25, 2021 at 2:19 pm

  7. Therese Coffey is thick as shit with the Cabinet Office flies.

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    January 25, 2021 at 3:31 pm

  8. Therese Coffey Human Rights Abuser.

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    January 25, 2021 at 3:31 pm

  9. Therese Coffey = Not Fir For Purpose.

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    January 25, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    • Therese Coffey = Not fit For Purpose = DWP State Sponsored Murder.

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      January 25, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    • Absolute rubbish. That’s ridiculous.


      January 25, 2021 at 4:42 pm

      • Jawohl Untersturmführer Trev.


        January 25, 2021 at 5:47 pm

      • It’s obviously just a conspiracy theory based on nothing more than the fact that Klaus Schwab is German.


        January 25, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    • Hilarious. So Schwab’s father was a German industrialist who they couldn’t be bothered to research properly, and the Schwab family MAY have known a commercial banker back in the days of the third reich – but they don’t know of this is true.

      Is this supposed to be convincing? No wonder people laugh at you conspiracy loons if this mindless dreck is the best you can come up with.


      January 25, 2021 at 6:00 pm

      • Conspiracy loons? Keep your fucking insults to yourself brainwashed bob.


        January 25, 2021 at 6:27 pm

      • Brainwashed Bob prefers Jackanory courtesy of the BBC(Bullshit,Bollox and Clag)!


        January 25, 2021 at 6:53 pm

      • Cloverleaf – I notice you offer nothing to defend your claims Cretinous Cloverleaf. Too lazy to even read a book by Dr Evil himself, Klaus Schwab in order to confirm your unsubstantiated drivel. Your deluded, batshit crazy theories are hilarious. Keep posting them. We all need a good laugh in these dark times.


        January 25, 2021 at 7:23 pm

      • Tigerlily – Says the person who relies of deranged wingnuts like David Icke and Piers Corbyn for their scientific information, Thick Tigerlily.


        January 25, 2021 at 7:34 pm

  10. Why is Marcus Rashford doing Therese Coffey’s job as well as other MP Ministers !!! Is it because they are very lazy & unhealthy that they choose to hide behind Marcus Rashford for doing some good.

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    January 25, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    • @Trev, now that really is conspiracy theory, dead funny ha ha ha 😉.


      January 25, 2021 at 7:22 pm

  11. DPOs ‘shocked and dismayed’ over survey, as government faces threat of legal action
    By John Pring on 21st January 2021 DNS

    Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) across the country say they are “shocked and dismayed” by the government’s failure to engage with them, as ministers prepare to publish their long-awaited disability strategy.

    The concerns came after the minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson, announced a new National Disability Survey, and said the results would feed into the strategy, which will be published this spring.

    But Tomlinson (pictured) gave disabled people and their organisations just four weeks (by 13 February) to respond – in the middle of a pandemic crisis – if they want their answers to influence the strategy, even though the survey remains open until 23 April.

    DPOs say that Tomlinson’s Disability Unit failed to provide any advance written information about the strategy, or its plans for engagement, to members of its new Disabled People’s Organisations Forum (DPO Forum), despite promising to do so.

    The government could now face legal action over concerns that it has breached its duties under the Equality Act.

    The government has not had a working disability strategy since apparently abandoning Fulfilling Potential, which was first launched in December 2011 but has not been updated or subject to progress reports since November 2015.

    Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, a member of the DPO Forum, wrote this week to the Disability Unit to say that she was “shocked and dismayed” about the latest failings.

    She said the forum had received no warning of the 13 February cut-off point, and were provided with no written information about the strategy or how the government planned to engage with disabled people and DPOs on its development “despite assurances from the Disability Unit that they would do so”.

    Lazard said the repeated failure to improve engagement with the DPO Forum represented “a huge lost opportunity for DPOs to feed into the strategy”.

    And she said the decision to cancel the last two meetings of the forum – for December and January – at short notice was “inexplicable” so close to the February deadline.

    She added: “The above can only be described as a failure to carry out the most basic engagement with disabled people and our organisations in what will be the first disability strategy since 2011.”

    She highlighted how three-fifths of COVID-related deaths were of disabled people, and that disabled people were now experiencing “deeper structural inequality that is eroding our quality of life and putting back our rights and inclusion”.

    Lazard called for the Disability Unit to extend the strategy’s development period to allow for “specific DPO engagement”.

    Michele Scattergood, chief executive of the Manchester-based DPO Breakthrough UK, another leading member of the DPO Forum through its membership of the Greater Manchester Disabled People’s Panel and the government’s North West Regional Stakeholder Network, said her organisation “whole-heartedly” supported Lazard’s comments.

    She backed the call for the strategy’s development period to be extended and for the Disability Unit to draw up a plan for “specific DPO engagement to take place in this extended development phase”.

    Linda Burnip, a founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said she was “appalled” by Tomlinson’s actions and said the survey contained many “very divisive” questions and restricted those taking part to naming only three things that would improve their lives and “only 100 words to outline the many, many vital factors that the survey omits”.

    She added: “If you want your views to count in any meaningful way you have less than four weeks to reply.

    “We are currently seeking legal advice as we believe this all contravenes the public sector equality duty.”

    Joe Whittaker, a trustee of The Alliance for Inclusive Education, said: “ALLFIE fully supports the very clear and detailed criticism made by Inclusion London to the government’s Disability Unit.”

    He said it was “increasingly apparent” at the DPO Forum that the Disability Unit does “not know how to meaningfully involve and engage with DPOs”.

    He said there appeared to be a “reluctance to take seriously the basic protocols of coproduction and consultation with organisations where there exists years of accumulated knowledge and experience of key issues related to the continued systematic discrimination against disabled people.

    “The failure of the Disability Unit to involve and engage, in any meaningful way, with DPOs is clearly a direct reflection of this government’s fundamental denial of the legitimate concerns raised by disabled people across the UK.”

    Mark Harrison, from the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, also endorsed Inclusion London’s concerns, and the call for more time to respond to the survey.

    He said the government “continues to treat DPOs with contempt”, with the notice cancelling the December meeting of the DPO Forum sent out on the international day of disabled people.

    He added: “The Disability Unit has now launched a consultation for their National Disability Strategy without any reference to the DPO Forum – so much for ‘nothing about us without us’.”

    The Disability Unit refused to tell Disability News Service (DNS) if it would extend the development period, why there was no warning given to the DPO Forum about the 13 February cut-off point, and why there was no written information shared in advance with the forum.

    But a spokesperson for the Disability Unit said the survey was “only one element of our engagement”.

    She said: “Over the last year we have also undertaken workshops, cross-cutting groups, lived experience research with disabled people, discussions with the Disability Charities Consortium, the Disabled People’s Organisations Forum, Regional Stakeholder Networks and others, to widen the range and number of views we receive and ensure the lived experience of disabled people is central to the strategy.

    “The many contributions made by these individuals and organisations are feeding not only into the development of the strategy but also its delivery post publication.”

    But much of this engagement has already been heavily criticised, with DNS reporting earlier this month how Tomlinson took part in just a handful of meetings with “external” organisations during each of the first four months of the pandemic.

    And in October, DNS reported how five of the nine regional stakeholder networks created by ministers to “amplify” the voices of disabled people had not held a single meeting, nearly two years after the government announced they were being set up.

    The government spokesperson said the DPO Forum’s meetings had been “paused” while it looked at improvements to the way it works to ensure “the best use of our partners’ skills and experience”, following “comments and suggestions a number of members have made at meetings”.

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    January 25, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    • The government could now face legal action over concerns that it has breached its duties under the Equality Act.

      NO DPO’s or Disabled people in the disability Unit White & Green Paper Justin Tomlinson has been vetted.

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      January 25, 2021 at 4:54 pm

      • Where does that leave Therese Coffey in court.

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        January 25, 2021 at 4:56 pm

  12. Andrew Coates

    January 25, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    • Fears as DWP chief urges disabled people to switch to Universal Credit from Wednesday

      Tory DWP chief Therese Coffey refused calls to extend a £20-a-week boost to people on ‘legacy benefits’ – and said they should ‘consider’ moving to Universal Credit instead. But charities are not so sure



      January 25, 2021 at 6:57 pm

      • The Severe Disability Premium does not exist in Universal Credit. At the moment, people who are entitled to Severe Disability Premium cannot claim Universal Credit. If you are entitled to a Severe Disability Premium, you can still make new claims for the benefits Universal Credit replaces.


        so you loose £66.95 a week to get £20 on uc


        January 25, 2021 at 7:03 pm

  13. Tory DWP chief says food banks are ‘perfect way’ to help the poor

    The Tory Minister made the controversial comment replying to a question from Labour MP Zarah Sultana
    Work and Pensions Secretary.

    The Work and Pensions Secretary replied: “The Honourable Lady is right to praise volunteers at her local food bank who support vulnerable people in their area.

    “I visited a similar food bank in my own constituency that has been working together with food redistribution schemes.

    Marrying the two is a perfect way to try to address the challenges that people face at difficult times in their lives.

    “The Hon. Lady will be aware of the work that we have been trying to do with the Trussell Trust, and I am pleased to say that we will also be having a roundtable of independent food banks to understand how we can help them and their customers to move forwards.”


    Andrew Coates

    January 25, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    • So she’s happy to leave the problems like the 5 week wait for UC on to foodbanks. where the public provide the food out of thier own pockets.


      January 25, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    • The perfect way, of course it would be for Gov,


      January 25, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    • Speaking as someone who is a foodbank volunteer I find Therese Coffey’s comment deeply insulting. We at the foodbanks are doing a job that shouldn’t exist or need to done. Foodbanks exist as a symptom of a failed State. We do what we do to help people who the State have abandoned, not to help the Tory government or the DWP, we exist because of their failure to help those in need who have been let down by a broken and dysfunctional Social Security system. Fuck you Therese Coffey.


      January 25, 2021 at 8:04 pm

  14. superted

    January 26, 2021 at 12:21 am

    • the cps wont even take it to court as not in the public interest and a fine of 200 quid for a multi millionaire is just pointless and a pr stunt for plod pmsl.


      January 26, 2021 at 12:29 am

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