Daily Archives: April 30, 2018

Labour pledges cap on overdraft fees and interest payments

Here’s a bold new policy from John McDonnell. What do we think of it?

Note that the Tories say they have done enough. Do you think they’re telling the truth, considering the number of people who are in debt?

Labour says it would cap the total amount anyone could pay in bank overdraft fees or interest repayments.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said he wanted to end the “national scandal” of low paid families trapped in debt.

Labour said the policy could help 2.7 million people who are stuck with permanent overdrafts, saving them the equivalent of £86 each per year.

The Treasury said it had already tightened the rules to protect debtors and cracked down on payday loans.

Source: Labour pledges cap on overdraft fees and interest payments | BBC News


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He’s been Home Secretary less than a day and already Sajid Javid is messing it up

According to Larry the Cat’s Twitter account, “The cabinet stand like this because a body language expert thought it would be a laugh to see if they would.” And on his first day as Home Secretary, Sajid Javid was stupid enough to do it.

Result:

The Tory Powerstance Workout Video – Featuring Sajid Javid [Image: The Agitator].

And:

“Ladies and gentlemen,” wrote Gary Barker, “I give you your new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid and your surviving (just) Prime Minister Theresa May.”

Worse than that, he used his first appearance in the Commons, in his new role, to promise to “do right by the Windrush Generation” – and then lied to everyone.

Responding to a question from Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, on whether he would restore the protections that were taken from the Windrush migrants in the 2014 Immigration Act, he said: “No such protections have been removed. People who arrived pre-1973 – they have the absolute right to be here and that has not changed.”

Ms Abbott begs to differ. Refused the opportunity to respond in the House, she took to Twitter with this:

The Guardian report shows that a clause giving longstanding Commonwealth residents protection from enforced removal was taken off the statute book by the 2014 Act. The Home Office claims it was redundant – but who’d believe it?

Mr Javid also said that he disliked the term “hostile environment” as a description of Home Office policy relating to immigrants and would not be using the term – which shouldn’t be too hard, as the Home Office ditched it a while ago.

Instead, he said he preferred to talk about having a “compliant environment”.

Interesting word choice.

“Compliant” means “disposed to agree with others or obey rules, especially to an excessive degree; acquiescent; meeting or in accordance with rules or standards” [Boldings mine].

So Mr Javid wants to create an environment in which everybody slavishly obeys the rules he makes up – no matter what they may be.

Vile.

And what of the rules that are already in place – the really ugly, racist rules that mean thousands of people, including British citizens who have been unjustly accused of being illegal immigrants?

They remain in place. After a crippling scandal for the Tories, more innocents are being deported this week.

So the “hostile environment” is still in place, no matter what Mr Javid says.

That’s a series of lies racked up in his first Commons appearance.

Home Office employees are probably saying to each other: “Meet the new boss… Same as the old boss.”

Maybe, but as the title of the old Who song, from which that lyric is taken, states:

We won’t get fooled again.


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Oops! Tory election broadcast shows LABOUR street while boasting about Tory councils | Pride’s Purge

This is awkward for the Tories:

In the latest Tory election broadcast, Theresa May boasts about how Tory councils are “delivering the best local services whilst keeping your council tax low …”

To illustrate this point, we are shown views of a new development in London, called Trafalgar Place.

The only problem is that Trafalgar Place is smack in the middle of Southwark – a council run and held by Labour for decades.

Source: Oops! Tory election broadcast shows LABOUR street while boasting about Tory councils | Pride’s Purge


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Both Labour and the Tories have offended ethnic minorities. What will this mean for the local elections?

Labour will beat the Conservatives in the local elections on Thursday, retaining most of their seats and taking even more.

Sure, the party offended black and ethnic minority citizens when an all-white panel, on the demands of a white MP, found a black anti-racist campaigner guilty of racism and expelled him.

But the Conservatives have presided over a policy of persecution against black and ethnic minority citizens that has lasted eight years and deported possibly thousands of legitimate British citizens.

Weigh them up and you can see who has done the most harm.

If BAME voters turn on the Tories in large numbers, it will send a deafeningly loud message to the government.

And, providing she is still prime minister by Friday morning, that message can say only one thing to Theresa May:

RESIGN.


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Humiliation for Tories over insensitive tweets supporting Amber Rudd

[Image from Twitter.]

It’s nice to see Jeremy Hunt sticking to his principles – even though they are all wrong.

Shortly after Amber Rudd resigned as Home Secretary, Mr Hunt tweeted this:

What a vile threat!

And what a lie. “Spoke her mind publicly and privately irrespective of the politics”? She slavishly followed Theresa May’s racist immigration policy and diverted funds from the police so protection of the law took second place to persecution of the populace.

He got short shrift on the social media:

He wasn’t the only one, though.

Michael Gove got on the bandwagon without realising where it was going, producing this monstrosity:

“Humane”? Tell that to the Windrush Generation who she persecuted brutally.

“Always thinking of the impact of policy on the vulnerable”? Tell that to the Windrush Generation who she persecuted brutally.

And of course a repeat of the vile threat that Ms Rudd may return – one presumes that will happen when the Tories think we’ve forgotten what a filthy liar she is.

It might have been kinder to forgive Ms Rudd’s brother Roland for his loyal tweet:

But he wasn’t:

https://twitter.com/MattTurner4L/status/990867158962966528

This should be the last word on the matter:


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Pressure builds on Theresa May to resign in run-up to Tory local election disaster


Theresa May and her party were the butts of ridicule as the last days of campaigning for this year’s local elections got under way.

Disgraced serial liar Amber Rudd has come under the spotlight after she resigned as Home Secretary late yesterday evening:

But commentators were clear that she is not the only one who should take the blame:

While we may hope this is true because it will mean the end of Mrs May, we should fear what it implies for the people of the UK.

Ms Rudd was the fifth cabinet minister to resign within six months, and commentators were quick to point out the meaning of it:

And there are questions about the behaviour of other Conservative ministers:

If he knew Ms Rudd was lying, then Mr Gove needs to quit his job too.

But the main focus has to be Theresa May.

She received a letter from Amber Rudd in January 2017, promising a 10 per cent increase in enforced removals.

When the Windrush scandal broke, Mrs May must have known that her government had imposed a racist system that inflicted inhumane treatment on British citizens, denied them medical treatment, imprisoned & deported them – and she said nothing.

As I have stated before, this means that when Ms Rudd lied to us all that there were no removal targets, Theresa May knew she was lying.

When Ms Rudd lied to us all that she had not been aware there were removal targets, Theresa May knew she was lying.

When both Ms Rudd and Mrs May said they were ending the forced deportation of the so-called Windrush Generation of immigrants from the Commonwealth who came to the UK and became citizens of this country from 1948 onwards, Theresa May knew they were lying.

Theresa May devised the racist policy that allows these deportations to take place.

Theresa May is responsible for the “hostile environment”.

Theresa May pushed it through Parliament.

Theresa May set the original deportation targets.

Theresa May allowed the policy to continue, despite hearing advice that it would harm UK citizens.

And Theresa May signed off the destruction of the Windrush landing papers that made it impossible for the Windrush Generation immigrants to prove they had a right to live in the UK.

Now it is time for Theresa May to tell the truth – that she is ultimately responsible for harming thousands upon thousands of UK citizens with a racist policy of persecution. And then she must resign.


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From bad to rotten: Sajid Javid appointed as new Home Secretary

Grin and bear it: Being Home Secretary is like taking a poisoned chalice but Sajid Javid has accepted the job.

The man responsible for cocking up the Tory government’s response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy has been appointed as the new Home Secretary by flailing prime minister Theresa May.

Perhaps she hopes Sajid Javid will be as bad at restoring their rights to the Windrush Generation as he has been at restoring homes to the survivors of Grenfell.

How long did Theresa May say it would be before the Tories re-housed them? Three weeks?

And how long have most of them been in temporary accommodation? Nearly a year.

Pathetic.

And what about his time as Business Secretary, when he ignored the advice of senior civil servant Edward Bell in order to keep granting export licences for weapons being sent to Saudi Arabia, despite allegations of war crimes in Yemen?

But when Tata announced it was selling its UK steelworks, Mr Javid was off on a jolly to Australia. And he spurned a crisis conference with Welsh Labour MPs to attend a business event organised by a right-wing American think tank instead.

We may conclude that this is a man who is happy to deal out destruction to foreigners while delivering destitution to people here in the UK.

There’s more:

And this is Theresa May’s choice to replace disgraced serial liar Amber Rudd.

Her record of appallingly bad decision-making continues unabated.

Was she looking for another human shield, rather than someone able to do the job?


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