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Faux-rage v REAL Rage: Farage falls foul of Rage Against The Machine over podcast [STRONG LANGUAGE]

This is perfect.

Nigel Farage has started a podcast. He called it Farage Against The Machine.

Here’s the response from the Rage Against The Machine Twitter feed.

It’s not actually run by band members; fans maintain it. That said, I think we can take the sentiments expressed as genuine.

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Labour lead over Tories surges to seven per cent because people fear Tory cuts will spark recession | Mirror Online

Jeremy Corbyn: Thumbs-up.

Imagine what Labour’s lead would be without people on the inside trying to cause trouble.

The fake anti-Semitism allegations against some prominent members are an obvious indication of troublemaking, to me – but that’s because I have been a victim of them.

If this, and other issues were resolved – and the public had access to news media that were fair and accurate – who knows what Labour’s lead could become?

Labour has surged to a 7% poll lead amid fears that ­ongoing brutal cuts by the Tories will spark a recession.

Survation, which accurately predicted last year’s election result, puts Jeremy Corbyn on 44%, with Theresa May’s Conservative Party trailing on 37% and the Lib Dems notching just 9%.

Half of those polled said they expect the UK to slide into a recession within the next two years and 62% said they want this week’s Spring Budget Statement to announce a real-terms increase in spending on public services.

Some 48% who voted Tory at the last general election think cuts have gone too far.

Source: Labour’s lead over Conservatives surges to 7% in polls over fears brutal Tory cuts will spark recession – Mirror Online


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Man dies ‘due to overcrowding’ at A&E department

Northampton General Hospital: “Unprecedented demand.”

The blame lies with Jeremy Hunt, Theresa May, Andrew Lansley and David Cameron. Always remember that.

An elderly man died due to “dangerous overcrowding” at an accident and emergency department, an NHS trust’s medical director has said.

The 85-year-old suffered cardiac arrest while waiting to be treated for stomach pains at Northampton General Hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

In an email leaked to Health Service Journal (HSJ), the trust’s medical director Matthew Metcalfe said the patient died “due entirely to the dangerous overcrowding of the department”.

Source: Man dies ‘due to overcrowding’ at A&E department


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Workload pledge to stop teachers quitting – but will pupils’ education suffer?

This is quite a clever tactic, for the stupid Tories.

They have forced a huge bureaucratic workload on teachers, to stop pupils of ordinary people receiving a decent education.

As a result, teachers are quitting.

So now, Education Secretary Damian Hinds is offering to cut the workload on the teachers who are left – and pupils still won’t get a decent education.

He won’t increase funding, so schools won’t be able to employ any more teachers.

Whichever way you look at it, education in the UK will suffer.

And that includes education at so-called public schools like Eton.

Education there has been suffering for decades – just look at David Cameron, Boris Johnson and the other imbeciles in the Tory Cabinet (now or previously) who attended that institution.

The education secretary has promised to cut teachers’ workload in an attempt to resolve a recruitment crisis in England’s schools.

Damian Hinds told a head teachers’ conference in Birmingham that there will be no more new changes to primary tests, GCSEs or A-levels.

But he faced challenges from delegates over school funding shortages.

Source: Workload pledge to stop teachers quitting


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Food and drink prices set to soar in post-Brexit ghetto Britain

This is the hard truth that shows the harshness of the Tories’ NHS pay offer, and the lie it represents.

If the UK plunges out of the EU with no free trade agreement, then prices of food and drink are likely to rise by one-sixth.

That is a huge mark-up, and one that makes the Tories’ below-inflation pay increase for NHS staff even more of a mockery than it already is.

If the UK leaves the European Union in the way Theresa May seems determined to take it, then the majority of the population will be forced into food poverty – at a time when wages will have been deliberately (and wrongly) depressed for more than eight years.

The rich will do quite all right, thank you very much.

But the UK will become no better than a corrupt Third World dictatorship.

Food and drink prices are set to soar under even the best potential Brexit outcome, a secret study reveals.

The Brexit Committee has released the EU Exit Analysis – Cross Whitehall Briefing six weeks after parts were leaked.

It predicts non-tariff barriers would raise prices 8% to 17%, depending on whether we fell under European Economic Area rules, a free trade pact or World Trade Organisation terms.

Source: Food and drink prices set to soar after Brexit – what your shop could cost under three different plans – Mirror Online


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Anti-immigrant fail: People fail to name any kind of foreign worker they’d bar from the UK

Following on from yesterday’s video in which Ash Sarkar of Evolve Politics interviewed a man who seemed to think people were immigrating into the UK to take our jobs and lie around on benefits doing nothing, here’s another.

The BBC’s Nick Robinson went out to the people and carried out a very simple vox pop. He asked passers-by: “Should immigration be controlled?” If they said it should, he then asked “Who should we allow into the country?”

The result was, to say the least, informative:


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Tories have made a million fewer pensioners eligible for cold weather payments than when they took office

How many deaths will be recorded as a result of the cold weather in the winter of 2017-18?

How many of them will be of women aged over 60 and men over 65?

This is the Tory attack on the old.

Pensions cost the Department for Work and Pensions more than all its other expenditure combined. Tories hate paying them to people who have actually worked for a living and paid their taxes and National Insurance.

So they are raising the age at which people can claim their pension, and changing the conditions under which it is drawn.

It’s a short-sighted policy, because pensioners are now the Conservative Party’s main constituency.

It may be some small consolation to the families of those whose lives are endangered – or lost – because of these selfish politicians, if they are ousted from power for many years as a result.

Almost a million fewer pensioners are eligible for emergency cold weather payments than when the Tories took power, figures show.

Around 1.7million people on Pension Credit could qualify for Cold Weather Payments to help with fuel bills in winter 2017/18.

That was down from 2.6million in 2010/11, according to data requested by Labour from the independent House of Commons Library.

The number of people on Pension Credit who can qualify has steadily fallen.

Labour blamed the fall in Pension Credit claimants on a rise in the state pension age for women, Budget measures since 2011 and changes under the new-style state pension.

Source: A million fewer pensioners are eligible for cold weather payments than when Tories took power – Mirror Online


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Right speech, wrong speaker: List of women killed by men in last year read by MP who offered to stab her own leader

Jess Phillips: Hypocrite?

It is appropriate for Parliament to be told the names of women who were killed due to violence caused by men in the last year, on International Women’s Day.

It is not appropriate for Jess Phillips to do the telling.

Here’s another woman, to explain:

See? The fact that Ms Phillips was the speaker detracted from the message.

It is no good deploring violence by members of one sex against another if you have actually threatened it yourself.

An MP left the Commons in silence today as she read out the names of 104 women “killed by male violence” in the last year.

Jess Phillips solemnly honoured the sisters, daughters and mothers killed by men since last year’s International Women’s Day – a tradition she began in 2016.

Poignantly, three more names had to be added to the list at the last moment due to killings that happened over the weekend.

As MPs listened a number shut their eyes as if in prayer. It took more than four minutes to read the list.

Source: MP’s powerful speech listing 104 women ‘killed by male violence’ leaves House of Commons in silence – Mirror Online


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Victories in PIP appeals reach their highest rate ever – but only a tiny number of claimants appeal. Here’s why

It’s great that the percentage rate of successful appeals against refusal of Personal Independence Payment is at its highest ever.

But that number hides the fact that only eight per cent of those who have been refused the benefit appeal.

This is because the Conservative government does not want to pay the benefit to anybody at all. Even payments to those who most clearly qualify are only granted because the recipients are likely to die in the near future.

So they learned from their experience with appeals against bad ESA decisions, and introduced a delaying tactic called Mandatory Reconsideration.

Those who are refused the benefit must go through the MR process before they may appeal to a tribunal – and they are paid nothing during the time they spend waiting for MR.

Simply put, the Tories starve them out.

That is the reason, as the DWP spokesperson states at the end of the Mirror article quoted below, only “eight per cent have been appealed and four per cent have been overturned”.

In addition, there is no support available for claimants who want to appeal.

Here‘s SPeye Joe:

“WHY do only 8 in every 100 cases appeal? Because there is scant support for them to appeal with (a) no legal aid to pay for this; (b) because an appeal is a lengthy time-consuming process and linked with that (c) appeals are NOT routinely undertaken by welfare rights agencies such as the CAB.”

So when you read the following, remember it’s only part of the story – a story the DWP and the Conservative government don’t want you to understand.

The victory rate for people appealing for disability benefit has reached its highest ever.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments have been branded a “total failure” as 69% of people appealing them at a tribunal now win their case.

That is the highest percentage success rate ever recorded since the benefit launched in 2013.

Today’s figures show that between October and December 2017, 20,144 benefit tribunals were completed – and 13,881 ended in victory for the claimant.

Separately 69% of appeals for sickness benefit Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) also ended in victory in the three-month period, just short of a record.

Campaigners argue assessments for the new benefit are unfit for purpose.

Of 947,000 people moving from DLA to PIP, almost half (46%) had their payments downgraded or stopped.

Source: Victories for people appealing for disability benefit reach their highest rate ever – Mirror Online


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