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This great video illustrates the gulf between Theresa May’s first speech as PM and her record since

This should be self-explanatory.

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This image shows how blatantly supermarkets are using public money to subsidise workers’ pay


This was posted on Twitter by Michael Fitzgibbons (@Fitzy_Red).

As he pointed out: “When working people qualify for state benefits. I really means only one thing – you and me are subsidising the wage bill of the employers.”


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Theresa May missed her chance to unite the country over Brexit | New Statesman

Missed it? She tried – energetically – to make the divisions worse!

Theresa May is the leader of a divided party and a divided country. In her speech on Brexit… [she conceded] that she has failed to unite them. “We must bring our country back together,” May [said], “taking into account the views of everyone who cares about this issue, from both sides of the debate”.

After a divisive referendum (52-48), it is natural and wise to forge unity. But in her 20 months as prime minister, May has repeatedly failed to do so.

Trapped between her party’s demands and those of Parliament, May is now left to helplessly plead for unity having only practiced division.

Source: Theresa May missed her chance to unite the country over Brexit


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Irish EU commissioner urged Theresa May to adopt customs union to end Brexit impasse – fat lot of good THAT did!

Theresa May: She’s not taking advice from Johnny Foreigner.

Phil Hogan had no chance. Theresa May isn’t listening to anything apart from the twittering in her head.

In her speech today (March 2), she made it clear that the UK will re-impose a hard border with the Republic of Ireland and damn the consequences.

If the Troubles start up again, she doesn’t care.

If trade suffers, she couldn’t give a damn.

She takes her orders from a different authority – although I still doubt it’s God.

Ireland’s EU commissioner has said that Theresa May needs to drop her Brexit red line on the customs union to break the impasse on the Irish border question. Phil Hogan said there was deep frustration in Brussels that with just seven months to the deal deadline, the conversations were still “London-London and not London-Brussels”.

He said May had painted herself into a corner by starting her negotiations with so many red lines, and that if the UK did not want to crash out of Europe, it needed to review them. He suggested that May’s opposition to a “backstop” option where Northern Ireland would be in regulatory alignment with the EU contradicted the UK’s position in previous talks.

Source: Ireland’s EU commissioner urges Theresa May to adopt customs union to end Brexit impasse | Politics | The Guardian


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Another death: Homeless man found dead in tent as snow covers UK

He was found as layers of ice and snow covered parts of the UK this week.

Tories don’t care. They’re probably not even keeping count.

I reckon Alice Kirby has it right:

https://twitter.com/Alice__Kirby/status/969288688386572289

A homeless man has been found dead near a church as temperatures plummet.

The body was discovered inside a tent near St Swithun’s Church in Retford, Lincolnshire, on Tuesday morning.

The deceased, known locally as Ben, is believed to have been sleeping rough for a while in the area.

He was found as layers of ice and snow covered parts of the UK this week.

Source: Homeless man found dead in tent as snow covers UK


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MPs’ basic pay to rise to £77,379 from next month

Theresa May is laughing at us all.

How nice to see that some people have been doing very well in the midst of austerity – the people who imposed it on the rest of us.

An £11,000 pay rise in three years. Most of us can only dream of that.

Boris Johnson would call it chickenfeed, of course.

MPs – especially Tory MPs – live in a different world. They really do.

MPs are getting a 1.8% boost in their salaries from next month. This will take their basic salary to £77,379, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) has confirmed.

This follows a 1.4% rise in their basic salary in 2017 and 1.3% rise in 2016. In 2015, they enjoyed a big boost in pay from £67,000 to £74,000.

This means their pay will have risen by nearly £11,000 in just three years.

Source: MPs’ pay to rise to £77,379 from next month


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Self-employed are “incentivised” by Universal Credit cut, are they? Typical Tories – all stick, no carrot

Alok Sharma was asked about the cut, which was revealed in the OBR’s most recent annual report, in a written parliamentary question by Labour.

I’m interested to know how Alok Sharma imagines self-employed people like myself are to “grow their earnings and become more productive and self-sufficient” in the current economic climate?

Tory policies punish the self-employed. The government works hard to ensure that all the money goes to the current vested interests. They don’t like entrepreneurs.

They put obstacles in the way of the self-employed.

This cut is a visible example of that.

A Tory minister was branded “insensitive” … after boasting a £3,000 benefits cut can lead to a ”good outcome”.

Alok Sharma was accused of “patronising” hundreds of thousands of people losing out from new benefit Universal Credit.

Mr Sharma claimed it would “incentivise” the self-employed “to grow their earnings and become more productive and self-sufficient.”

Source: Tory minister branded “insensitive” after boasting a £3,000 benefits cut can lead to a ”good outcome” – Mirror Online


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Mystery over shock fall in disability benefits paid to older people

What has happened to these Attendance Allowance recipients?

I think the government needs to come clean – don’t you?

“Astonishing” figures released by the government show that the number of older disabled people receiving benefits to help with their daily living costs has plummeted since 2011.

The figures show that the number of recipients of attendance allowance (AA) has fallen from 1.6 million in August 2011 to 1.435 million in August 2017, a fall of about 165,000 (just over 10 per cent) in six years, at a time when the UK’s population of older people has been increasing.

The figures, released by Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, to Labour MP Chris Ruane, have caused alarm among campaigners because the growing population of older people would suggest the number of AA claimants should also be increasing rather than falling.

Source: Mystery over shock fall in disability benefits paid to older people


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Does Jacob Rees-Mogg think he has made an adequate apology for Corbyn lie?

I wonder if Jacob Rees-Mogg thinks his retraction tweet is enough of an apology?

He might be asking why everyone is making such a fuss.

Mr Rees-Mogg, as everybody must know by now, doubled down on Ben Bradley’s libel of Jeremy Corbyn last month by issuing another false statement on Channel 4 News – claiming that the Labour leader voted against the Good Friday Agreement.

There was a huge adverse reaction, forcing this response from Mr Rees-Mogg:

https://twitter.com/Jacob_Rees_Mogg/status/969142151815880704

I have a feeling he thinks that is enough. His “mea culpa” is an admission of fault, as was “I was wrong”.

It seems to me that he simply doesn’t understand that an act of contrition is required.

Once again, for Tories, it seems “sorry” is the hardest word.

Leading Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has refused to apologise to Jeremy Corbyn after falsely accusing the Labour leader of voting against the Good Friday Agreement.

Rees-Mogg made the false claim that Corbyn had voted against the treaty which secured peace in Ireland to millions of TV viewers on … Channel 4 News.

Source: Jacob Rees-Mogg refuses to apologise to Jeremy Corbyn after falsely claiming he voted against Good Friday Agreement | Evolve Politics


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Davis’ failure is now apparently his greatest weapon – but only in the huge empty spaces of his mind

European Commission negotiator Michel Barnier sits with Davis in No.10 last month.

Ian Dunt hits the nail on the head very early on in this article.

Pretty much everything ‘Dicky’ David Davis has done as Brexit Secretary may be likened to the things people do when they’re drunk on the weekend.

He doesn’t know what he’s doing at any time, and the claim described in this article shows him up as nothing more than a vacant-minded opportunist, grasping at straws.

That is no way to run a major negotiation with enormous consequences for the UK and the world.

There’ve been a lot of inane responses to the publication of the draft withdrawal agreement.

The dimwittedness of the commentary is quite extraordinary. Very few observers – including the prime minister – seem to even be aware that these were the terms the UK agreed to just three months ago. Complaining about it now is like being outraged by the things you did when you were drunk on the weekend. Just because you didn’t know what you were doing at the time doesn’t mean you didn’t do it.

But arguably the most foolish response came from the Brexit secretary himself, who has, according to the Times and the Sun, written to Tory MPs telling them not to worry about all this Ireland stuff. It’s OK. He’s got this. He has leverage.

It turns out it’s the divorce payment.

Davis wants to use his own failure as negotiating leverage. It would be funny if it wasn’t so maddening.

Source: Davis’ failure is now apparently his greatest weapon


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