Selfish MP calls for Wales to be abolished so he can visit the beach – and Tories can take control

What a selfish, entitled Tory git. And the people of Shrewsbury have elected him as their MP continually over the last 15 years, with an increasing majority every time. What possessed them? Daniel Kawczynski, Tory MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, has called for the Welsh Parliament to be abolished so he can visit the beach. Wales has coronavirus-related restrictions that are different from those in England. In Wales, people are not allowed to travel away from their local area and most cannot, therefore, visit the beach; nor can English people travel…

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Labour announces it will abolish DWP and re-establish DSS – in Iain Duncan Smith’s constituency

I used to work at the Department for Social Security, many years ago, and I have friends from those days who are what you may consider experts on developments in the benefit system since then. They say the problems with the Department for Work and Pensions, which replaced it, was that it took too much of its ethos from the Employment Service and those parts of the Department of Education and Employment that were also merged into the new department. Apparently these organisations did not understand that some people simply…

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#AbolishTheMonarchy – backlash against Queen for meekly rubber-stamping Johnson’s Parliamentary shutdown

The Queen is back-pedalling hard over her agreement to prorogue Parliament for Boris Johnson. According to the BBC’s royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell, she has never refused to accept the advice of her ministers and always acted on precedent. So when Jacob Rees-Mogg, for Dictator Johnson, demanded that she prorogue Parliament during a Privy Council meeting yesterday, he said she would have felt “boxed in”. He added: “She and her advisors, I have little doubt, will be frankly resentful of the way this has been done and will be concerned at the…

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Iain Duncan Smith’s latest foolishness: He no longer uses poverty to measure poverty

We all knew this was coming because we have a Conservative Government whose policies have been intended to increase poverty since 2010 – while apparently working to eliminate child poverty by 2020. It simply couldn’t be done, and now the Gentleman Ranker, Iain Duncan Smith, has admitted it. This is not a failure by the Conservative Government – it is a mark of its success in increasing poverty while fooling people into believing that they are better-off being ruled by a gang of greedy, selfish, chinless toffs. RTU’s (Returned To…

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The SNP’s great education betrayal

That’s right – betrayal. For all its bluster about free University tuition, the SNP government at Holyrood seems more interested in providing cheap education for the already-well-off than helping the disadvantaged achieve their potential. Holyrood abolished tuition fees for Scottish universities – but who did that help? According to research by Edinburgh University in 2013, it helped those who were already wealthy. The report on widening access to higher education was submitted to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) after Ferdinand von Prondzynski, the university principal hand-picked by SNP ministers to…

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Benefit assessments now proved to make sick people worse

We now have a system of benefit assessment that has been independently shown to make the sick and disabled worse – both physically and mentally – while denying them the income they need to survive – and for which they have paid taxes and National Insurance all their working lives. Only yesterday (March 19) we heard about a man (who did not want to be named) being forced to sell his home after suffering a stroke that left him with memory loss and unable to walk or speak properly. This…

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Pensioners: Are you aware of the Tories’ plan to cut pension credit?

Senior Citizens claiming Pension Credit will soon be subject to the same draconian system of monitoring and case reviews as the disabled and jobseekers, when the ‘assessed income period’ system is abolished in April 2016. The Conservative-led Coalition Government included this nasty little time-bomb in its Pension Act of last year; at the moment AIPs are granted for people aged 65-plus and last for five years, during which recipients do not have to tell the Department for Work and Pensions of any changes to their income or capital but, from April…

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71 reasons to end Tory and Lib Dem government

It seems some people still don’t understand the threat posed to them by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats who are currently running the UK into the ground. Yesterday (Saturday) a commenter suggested that it might be a good idea to put up with another four years of the current catastrophe, in the hope that voters will be so sick of the situation by the end of it that they’ll support a properly Socialist government. That is an attitude born from naivete and a failure to understand the changes wrought by…

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Are Labour’s work capability assessment changes really ‘crucial’?

According to Benefits and Work, the Labour Party has been emailing people with proposals for three “crucial changes” it is proposing for the way the work capability assessment works for disability/incapacity benefit claimants. The three problems are: That the WCA is ‘not integrated with employment support’ and so is not helping claimants back into work; That the WCA ‘lacks credibility with disabled people, causing anxiety and stress’; and That the system is ‘riven with poor decision making’, leading to a ‘staggering 45 per cent of appeals against the test’ being…

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