What will you say when they ask what you did in the class war?

I seem to have hit a nerve when I said the Tories are waging a class war on anyone who isn’t filthy rich. In fact, two Vox Political articles touched on this class war – the first implied it, the second made it explicit. Today I opened Twitter to discover those words all over the place: The A levels are the ruling class brazenly saying – “we’ll fix society now like we always have” Only thing, this time you can see the workings Mind you, anyone who dares to REALLY challenge…

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UN poverty expert condemns UK coronavirus response as ‘utterly hypocritical’

How else would you describe the way the UK’s Tory government threw away austerity the instant the well-being of the rich was threatened? Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur on extreme poverty, made a good point when he pointed out that the harm caused by austerity policies of the last 10 years cannot be undone – but the policy itself was reversed the instant it seemed likely to harm the rich. He told The Guardian: “My thoughts of course hark back to the sense of how utterly hypocritical it is now to…

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Coronavirus lies: the government’s plan is falling apart – and Johnson only has himself to blame

So much for the big lockdown. It transpires that, when Boris Johnson told us all to stay in our homes, huge numbers of us were being told by our employers that they couldn’t. Construction companies are telling their workers to work because they have contracts to honour and Johnson hasn’t said a single word that would release them of their obligations. A commenter to This Site told me about an electrical goods manufacturer – making non-essential products – that has told employees they must continue working. That means many will…

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‘Welfare Persecution’ secretary reduced to sneaking into her own home town

Therese Coffee really is a piece of… work, isn’t she? On March 6, she made a visit to Liverpool, dropping in on the Job Centres at Bootle and Toxteth (recently the subject of a BBC documentary). It’s her home town; she went to school there – but she had to sneak in like a burglar because her views make her hated. She claims to be a Liverpool FC supporter but considers Margaret Thatcher – who blamed Liverpool fans for the Hillsborough disaster – to be a personal hero. She voted…

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Untrustworthy: DWP backtracks over savings created by cut to long-term sickness benefit

Why is the DWP trying to hide the figures on the cut it inflicted on Employment and Support Allowance claimants, years ago? The government department has backtracked over an answer to a written Parliamentary question by the minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson. SNP MP Marion Fallon asked: “What savings have accrued to the public purse under the £30 reduction for claimants of… [ESA WRAG] in each month since that reduction was implemented?” She was referring to the highly-controversal cut, announced in 2015 and implemented from April 2017, that took…

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Tories to cut £70 a week from 11,000 state pensions

Statistics show older people constitute the majority of Conservative voters – I bet they never knew the Tories would stab them in the back so soon! It’s even worse because the allowance for adult dependents is being phased out in any case – the Tories are simply cutting it earlier than it would have ended. It turns out 11,000 pensioners are still receiving the allowance. From April, those people will lose £3,500 per year. The DWP is claiming that current recipients of the allowance will be able to claim a…

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If Tory policies are so great, why are so many more of us forced to visit food banks?

Boris Johnson tells us the UK’s economy is fundamentally sound, and only “small improvements” are needed, such as “addressing transport bottlenecks, improving rural bus services and broadband connections”. None of that is true, though. If it were, the Trussell Trust would not be telling us – on the same day – that more people are being forced to resort to food banks than ever before. The charity has said problems with the benefit system run by the Tory-controlled Department for Work and Pensions have created a 23 per cent increase…

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Fiction battles reality as Tory NHS cuts leave elderly woman with dementia on A&E trolley for hours

The fiction: 🏥 We’re investing in our NHS and making sure this funding gets to your local hospital and GPs. 👇https://t.co/BiKbu9lLiq#GetBrexitDone #VoteConservative #BackBoris pic.twitter.com/PlmiH3D9mG — Conservatives (@Conservatives) November 7, 2019 The reality: A dementia-sufferer taken by ambulance to A&E at an over-stretched hospital endured six hours on a trolley as Tory austerity continues to wreck the NHS. Photos show 88-year-old Jill Woolley – who worked for the health service as a doctor’s secretary – with other frail and elderly patients waiting side-by-side on trolleys crammed into the department. Shadow Health…

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Tory wage and benefit cuts mean millions are struggling to pay essential bills

Nearly 2.2 million people in the UK are struggling to pay council tax, rent and utility bills because they aren’t paid enough, according to research by two universities. The reason is Conservative restrictions on pay rises since 2010. So much for the “trickle-down” economics of neoliberalism, beloved by Boris Johnson and his cronies. The research by the University of Birmingham and the University of Lincoln shows that nearly 1.6 million people have fallen behind with council tax payments. Nearly a million people are behind with their rent and more than a…

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London NHS patients to have essential care rationed under new Tory plan to save cash

More than two million Londoners are set to have their NHS services rationed in a scheme to save cash that may do little for their health. The Tories are using North West London as a testing ground for the scheme that will deprive patients of essential NHS services in order to save £60 million. That’s right – unlike previous schemes that targeted elective treatments, this round of cuts will take away services that patients need. I recall reporting on the rationing of hip operations in 2017. At the time I…

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