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Thérèse ‘Karaoke’ Coffey Hits the Headlines.

Thérèse Coffey Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions Celebrating a Few Hours After Universal Credit Cut.

In an unusual move the East Anglian Daily Times (a fine local paper but one which will rarely criticise Suffolk MPs) carries this story about the MP for Suffolk Coastal. This Blog could add that while Coffey is known for a love of a good lunch, fine eating and dining, as well as cigars, her dancing and singing act has yet to be seen – correct me if I am wrong – in Suffolk pubs and restaurants.

Therese Coffey criticised for karaoke video after benefits cut

A Suffolk MP has been criticised for singing a karaoke version of (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life as a controversial cut to Universal Credit came into place.

Therese Coffey, the Suffolk Coastal MP and work and pensions secretary, performed a rendition of the power ballad with fellow Tory minister and Colchester MP Will Quince at the Conservative party conference in Manchester.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey has been criticised for singing (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life as she cuts universal credit payments. Ms Coffey belted out a rendition of the power ballad with fellow Tory minister Will Quince at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester in the early hours of Wednesday. Labour called the timing of her karaoke performance of (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, as she removes the £20 uplift to universal credit for millions of people, “an insult and a disgrace

Today the paper has this story, one that our contributors know all too well.

I’m being made to feel like I shouldn’t have had a child’: Suffolk residents share impact of Universal Credit cut.

Written by Andrew Coates

October 7, 2021 at 9:33 am

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  1. Andrew Coates

    October 7, 2021 at 10:48 am

  2. Thing is you can’t shame a Tory MP, they have no shame, no remorse, no empathy, nothing. Thick-skinned isn’t the word for it. Sociopathic is.


    October 7, 2021 at 10:51 am

  3. It’s amazing that the Tories can keep getting away with it really. Look at the mess things are in, and all jumbo can do is dance around singing. Why don’t they just visit every working-class person in the country, and slap them in the face ? Because that’s what they’re doing.

    Jeff Smith

    October 7, 2021 at 11:21 am

  4. Lazy. Soon to be sacked as useless.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 7, 2021 at 11:56 am

  5. Gary Neville destroys Edwina Currie and Tory policy on Good Morning Britain

    “”The first thing that a Conservative person does is look after themselves. The second thing she said was go and get a job. ‘Get back to work you lazy sods. Get off your backsides. Get off your backsides and stop watching Good Morning Britain and go and get a job’. That is basically what she said.

    “It is the way this sort of language appears from Conservative ministers for so long. Immigrants are all taking our jobs, homeless people are all beggars on the streets.
    They have basically alienated people. I trust the population of this country. I work on the theory that people aren’t sitting at home lazy. They really want a good job, they really want the pay, they really want their mental health to be sorted, and they are not sitting there thinking they are going to take the Chancellor’s money and live off their money for the next 10 to 15 years.

    “To me the language is always divisive and dangerous. It is not helpful. We are one team in this country, we are one group of people. To remove Universal
    Credit at this time is brutal”



    October 7, 2021 at 12:13 pm

  6. Thérèse Coffey does all her work in the pub. How is the RSPCA Thérèse Coffey still using electric shock collars to train your dogs !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 7, 2021 at 12:23 pm

  7. I remember Edwina Currie appearing on Hells Kitchen. She was the laziest of the celebrities and refused to quicken up when she repeatedly slowed the kitchen down.

    If people behaved like her they wouldn’t be employed for long.


    October 7, 2021 at 2:36 pm

  8. Sadly it doesn’t always end when the fat lady sings.


    October 7, 2021 at 5:53 pm

  9. Friendly Fires: Indie band condemn Boris Johnson for using their track

    Indie band Friendly Fires have criticised Prime Minister Boris Johnson after he walked out to one of their tracks ahead of his keynote speech at the Conservative Party conference.

    Mr Johnson made his way to the stage in Manchester on Wednesday backed by the sound of their song Blue Cassette.

    The band tweeted afterwards to say they had not given their permission.

    The Conservative Party has not yet commented on the band’s statement.

    Posting on their Instagram story and Twitter account, the band said: “We do not endorse the Conservative party’s use of our track Blue Cassette.

    “Our permission was not sought, and we have asked our management to make sure it isn’t used again.”

    What are the rules on politicians’ music choices?

    In the UK, the situation is clearer. PPL – the body that licences the use of recorded music – requires political events like party conferences to “obtain permission from the relevant rights holder” before using a song.

    In the case of Friendly Fires, it would seem the Conservatives failed to make that arrangement.

    With the majority of musicians leaning towards the left and liberal side of politics, the Labour Party has an easier time attracting musicians to their cause.

    Read More BBC 7th Oct 2021

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 7, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    • “””The Conservative Party has not yet commented on the band’s statement.”””

      They are consulting with their lawyers.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 7, 2021 at 6:21 pm

      • The Time Of My Life With A Lawyer Song.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 7, 2021 at 6:22 pm

  10. The only thing that happen at the Tory Party Conference was Iain Duncan Smith was hit over the head with a traffic cone, he said it was a very hard traffic cone. Now Iain is campaigning to have softer traffic cones

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 7, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    • Would they look better if the traffic cone stayed on your head Iain !!! Traffic Dunce.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 7, 2021 at 6:28 pm

  11. superted

    October 7, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    • I thought it was dementia at first !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 7, 2021 at 6:40 pm

      • Stick with eggs.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 7, 2021 at 6:43 pm

      • Currie was forced to resign as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health in December 1988, after she issued a warning about salmonella in British eggs. The statement that “most of the egg production in this country, sadly, is now affected with salmonella”[11] sparked outrage among farmers and egg producers, and caused egg sales in the country to decline rapidly, by 60 percent. The controversy gained her the nickname “Eggwina”.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 7, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    • Wow, the rhetoric coming from Edwina is shocking.

      The biggest takeaway from her comments is its country before its citizens as she walked right into saying people should take any job no matter the wage. When your told 40% on UC are working, how on earth is a person from the other 60% going to be any better off than the former who in all likelihood were working well before covid came along yet still couldn’t better themselves and escape reliance on welfare and foodbanks.

      Everybody knows on low wages talking to your boss wont get you a pay rise and that when people leave for another job, is not that they get a better hourly rate, its that at least the working conditions are less demanding, less micro managed and if they are lucky will provide the opportunity of overtime maybe.

      Now maybe a lot of people dont know this but getting a qualification wont walk you into a higher paid job if you have no actual in the field away from work experience in order to qualify for an NVQ experience. If its an apprenticeship your first year if your over the age of 25, everyone gets paid a mere £4.30 an hour for the first year. What DWP offer in level 3 qualifications simply aren’t worth applying for meaning a person would have to take out an advanced learners loan if they wanted something that would actually make a difference what with the tories back in 2011 removing college concessions that use to provide exactly that.
      The less you know and can demonstrate in real experience, the lower the wage you will receive for at least the first 2 years.

      Leveling up does precisely NOTHING for the immediate need of our lowest earners working or not. The rhetoric is kicking the can down the road which would however embraced lead these millions into bigger debt at a faster rate meaning any gain at the end of journey is swallowed up for further years to come,

      Its clear without doubt they want the most people no matter how low the wage in work for this governments pure gain as it will not in any shape or form make said persons any less reliant on welfare and foodbanks.

      I think this government fear inflation is becoming all too real and we all know how that sets a cascade of issues.


      October 8, 2021 at 8:59 am

  12. so there are 1 million jobs out there, ok.


    so what about the other 3.5 million ppl then mr work coach what are they meant to do as wont be any jobs available for those ppl.


    October 7, 2021 at 6:54 pm

  13. Trouble is what is anybody going to do about any of this ? I don’t see any big demos about the £20 Cut, or any of the rest of it.

    George M

    October 7, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    • We need to get organized George, stand outside the Jobcentres with placards, half with “Down With This Sort of Thing” , and the other half with “Careful Now”. That ought to do the trick. Either that or riot. I don’t know how many of you contacted your MP about the issue, I did, complained that legacy claimants hadn’t got the increase, my (Labour) MP agreed and wrote to the Ministers saying it unjust. But what else can you do?


      October 7, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    • Starmer’s going to retaliate Saturday Karaoke night down the Old Pig and Whistle with a heart-felt rendition of ‘Do They Owe Us A Living’ by Crass. That’ll show ’em.


      October 8, 2021 at 5:37 am

  14. Andrew Coates

    October 7, 2021 at 8:49 pm

  15. Leveling up the class system
    Leveling up the playing field
    Leveling up the bricklayers
    Leveling up the silver foil
    Leveling up the level crossing
    Leveling up the business tax
    Leveling up again
    Leveling up on the level
    Leveling up with the devil
    Leveling up with a medal
    Leveling up more treble
    Leveling up who’s the political rebel
    Leveling up his name was Neville
    Leveling up for a medical
    Leveling up up & away

    Now it’s time for leveling down !!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 8, 2021 at 9:34 am

  16. A government spokesperson said: “Our Plan for Jobs will deliver more high wage, high skilled jobs across every part of the UK and ultimately support people back into work as well as helping those already employed to progress and earn more.



    Notice how when the word ultimately pops in its first about people getting into non descriptive work and then followed by progression and increase earnings for the i quote “already in work”.

    Does anyone know how a government who isn’t a business actually creates jobs that weren’t there a minute ago. Did this government tell you what these skilled jobs would be, where so you can insure you take up the right level 3 qualifications and get into bed with the right businesses and when ?.


    October 8, 2021 at 10:57 am

    • To be honest I don’t think there is a plan for anything, Doug. When I listened to Johnson’s speech earlier in the week I heard a lot of jokes but not one policy. Apparently the government seems to believe that if you starve British industry of immigrant labour – lorry drivers, construction workers, agricultural workers, care workers, butchers etc., – employers will immediately begin to train up British people to fill the gaps oblivious to the fact that it takes many months even years to bring people up to a level of skill adequate enough for people to fill such jobs. Plus although there are a lot of low to moderately paid vacancies at present many are zero-hour contract or part-time and/or clustered in places with larger populations, i.e., cities and large towns, because a lot of them relate to hospitality and similar which will not be suitable for large numbers of people judged to be too old/young, immobile/inflexible, under/over qualified, too this or that to do such work and so continue to be excluded from decently paid work indefinitely. Vacancies are also not distributed equally across the country and so if you live in a rural or less urban area unless you move to where the works is you might as well be living in Australia as far as securing employment in the UK is concerned. The rosy picture Johnson paints of the United Kingdom is a fantasy belied by reality.


      October 8, 2021 at 11:25 am

  17. There is a cult in Caxton House,
    It’s called the DWP,
    And it sets out to make life difficult,
    For claimants like you and me.

    Its a cult where work is worshipped,
    As the only end of man,
    And something so truly wonderful,
    You must do it whenever you can.

    The High Priestess of Caxton House,
    Can be seen in her tribal dance,
    For the claimants are now down £20,
    And now they have no chance.

    She knows that this means misery,
    Poverty and strife,
    But still she dances,
    Still she sings,
    For she’s having the time of her life.

    Random Poet

    October 8, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    • We hope to see these excellent poems published in a print volume…

      Andrew Coates

      October 8, 2021 at 5:22 pm

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