Who is more worried about Greece defaulting on its debts – Tsipras or the creditors?

If the Greek government is holding further talks with its creditors, it is because the IMF and the Eurozone are afraid – not Alexis Tsipras. The IMF, the European Central Bank and the European Union have a lot riding on their attempt to get Greece to give in and submit meekly to further austerity measures that are designed to keep that country in a debt-servicing economy rather than help get it back in the black. The idea – as This Blog has reported before – was to create a debt…

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The poor pay more tax than the rich – and Tories want to cut the highest rate

The UK’s poorest families give more money to the government in tax than any other income group – and almost half of Tory MPs want to increase the inequality by cutting the top rate of tax yet again. According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the poorest fifth of households paid 37.8 per cent of their income in taxes last year, while the richest fifth paid 34.8 per cent. That’s not the whole story, of course – if you’re poor and you pay nearly two-fifths of your income in…

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CNN thinks ISIS flag is made of sex aids

@TheLastLeg #IsItOK that CNN seems to think the organisation you like to call ‘Cystisis’ has a flag made up of butt plugs and dildos? (I think it is. The best way to kill evil is to starve it, and the best way to starve it is to make it look silly.) Follow me on Twitter: @MidWalesMike Join the Vox Political Facebook page. If you have enjoyed this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try…

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Conduct complaint over Iain Duncan Smith’s lie to Parliament

Parliament is to investigate a complaint against Iain Duncan Smith, after he was recorded presenting inaccurate information to fellow MPs in the House of Commons. Vox Political reader Helen Groves stated in her complaint that she found it “deeply troubling” to hear that a government minister responsible for the welfare of millions of vulnerable people “continually misrepresents” information to other MPs. She was referring to the Gentleman Ranker’s reply to Debbie Abrahams’ question on June 22. Ms Abrahams had asked: “Why does he refuse to publish the details of the…

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Crowd-funding bid to tackle government over pensions

A group of women has launched a crowd-funding bid to pay for legal action against the government, claiming that its changes to the State Pension are unfairly prejudiced against women born in the 1950s. The group, calling themselves Women Against State Pension Inequality, say they were not appropriately – or personally – notified when the Conservative Government of 1995 introduced plans to increase the women’s State Pension age from 60 to 65, and that they were hit again when the Coalition Government brought in a further change to the pensionable age,…

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If banks want regulation costs cut, they should be more trustworthy

Banks and other financial organisations want the Conservative government to slash the cost of complying with new regulations, according to the Confederation of British Industry. Doesn’t your heart just bleed for them? Thse are the organisations that sucked the UK into the global financial crisis and allowed the Conservatives to form a government after the 2010 election (they didn’t win it) with a false claim that Labour overspent. Now they want the regulations that prevent them from causing another crisis to be eased. Considering the banks’ record, it would be madness…

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Lord Janner to face justice after DPP ruling overturned | UK news | The Guardian

So there it is – there will be a ‘trial of facts’ on the Janner sex abuse allegations. This Blog believes pressure should be put on the CPS for further ‘trials of facts’, to establish the guilt/innocence of others who have been accused but have not faced trial. Pressure grows on director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders to resign as it emerges trial of facts will take place after sex abuse allegations Source: Lord Janner to face justice after DPP ruling overturned | UK news | The Guardian Follow me…

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Tories want you to believe people choose to be poor and disabled

Perceptive piece by Siobhan Fenton in The Independent: It’s now been revealed that £12bn worth of welfare cuts will be included in next month’s budget, with even more rolled out in the autumn spending review. Such cuts are based on nothing more than the Tory myth that poverty is a choice which people can be scared or starved out of. Osborne’s logic appears to be that if the Tories make life for poor people insufferable, they will simply choose to be well-off. As such, poverty is a lifestyle choice or…

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Newcastle City Council ‘forced’ to plunder welfare funds – BBC News

We all knew this would happen – central government cuts funding to councils, then devolves funding for welfare grants and crisis loans to the same authorities. What did ministers think was going to happen? They know local authorities don’t have an unlimited pot of cash – in fact, they should know exactly how much money is available to each council. Now Newcastle City Council says government budget cuts are forcing it to use welfare funding on other services. Exactly according to the Conservative Government’s plan. Read on: Newcastle City Council…

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