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Councils are going bankrupt after the Tory government cut their funding

Council tax bill: but the levy on residents of council areas won’t save some authorities, because it is a massive cut in CENTRAL government grant that is bankrupting them.

There’s not a lot to add to this because the fault is self-evidently with the Conservative government in Westminster.

Oh – this is different from the situation in Birmingham that was brought about by a coalition Conservative/Liberal Democrat administration imposing a sexist bonus scheme, for which the now-Labour-run council is going bankrupt while trying to pay compensation.

The fault still lies with the Tories, either way.


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Here’s the reason the Tory fuss over fake Rishi Sunak ‘pint’ pic is hilarious

Not quite right: this image has been photoshopped to make it seem the pint of ‘Black Dub’ was badly-poured by Tory leader Rishi Sunak. The giveaway should have been the look in the eyes of the woman behind him, which is comedy – as is the response of the Conservative Party that once re-modelled its entire press office to convey lies about a previous party leader.

When Labour MP Karl Turner tweeted (can we still use that word, now that platform has been reduced to a letter ‘X’?) an image of Rishi Sunak, apparently having poured a pint of real ale very badly, handing it across a bar – to apparent shock from a woman behind him – who could have predicted the squeal of outrage from Conservative Central HQ?

It seems the image is a fake and the Tories were scandalised that somebody had used it to lie about their leader.

Who knew that the only people now permitted to lie about their leader are the Tories themselves?

What?

That’s not how it is?

But, but, but… the Tories do lie about their leaders – all the time! If you don’t recall, perhaps these words will jog your memory: “Factcheck UK.”

I wrote about this at the time – which was during the 2019 general election campaign.

During a televised leader debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn on ITV, CCHQ’s press office spontaneously re-branded itself as “Factcheck UK” in order to whitewash anything Johnson said, in the hope that the voting public would be gullible enough to believe it.

Very few people were – as I reported:

The Conservative Party seems to be getting desperate.

Its press office resorted to the dirty trick of pretending to be a ‘fact check’ organisation during the ITV leaders’ debate – presumably so it could tweet a (false) claim that Boris Johnson won the confrontation.

Well, that didn’t work!

Not only did people take extreme offence at the pretense…

… but they also decided to have their own laugh at the Tories’ expense.

Take a look at some of these examples:

 

Way to go, Tories. Not only did your man mess up his big TV appearance…

But you’ve also ensured that nobody will believe another word to come out of your publicity machine.

And now they’ve just reminded us that they lie, constantly and compulsively.

That’s probably not a good idea when they’re trying to win the public debate over global warming.


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You have less money to spend because of inflation and interest rate rises. Why are markets shocked?

The Bank of England: why is it raising interest rates to fight inflation that won’t exist by the time the changes begin to take effect?

Interesting thread from Richard Murphy, explaining why you have less disposable cash – and questioning why the markets are so shocked about it:

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Tory Britain: we can’t afford to eat every day and we’re setting fire to our homes, trying to keep warm

Secret smile: Boris Johnson probably thinks it is very funny that his policies have made more than two million people unable to afford to eat every day, and that some people have set fire to their homes while trying to heat them by burning timber indoors.

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Because more than 12 years of Conservative government has laid the once-great United Kingdom lower than it has been in decades – possibly more than a century.

More than two million people – one in every seven adults – can no longer afford to eat food every day:

More than 2 million adults in the UK have gone without food for a whole day over the past month because they cannot afford to eat

The latest survey of the nation’s food intake shows a 57% jump in the proportion of households cutting back on food or skipping meals over the first three months of this year, with one in seven adults (7.3 million) estimated to be food-insecure, up from 4.7 million in January.

And fire brigades are now overworked dealing with blazes in houses where people started burning timber in open fires because they could not afford the cost of central heating any more:

A man in south-west London set fire to his property by burning timber in his living room to keep warm.

The man was trying to avoid putting on the central heating in his home, fire investigators said.

Fuel poverty campaigners said the incident – one of at least 100 involving open fires, log burners and heaters in the capital in the last few months – laid bare “the harsh and dangerous reality of the cost-of-living crisis”.

Some might say that they don’t care; these incidents involve other people. It’s very easy to throw shade on others by saying they are unable to keep their finances in order.

But the Tory cost-of-living crisis affects us all.

Food costs more because of Brexit-related supply issues; housing costs more because the banks have increased interest rates, meaning mortgages and rents are going up; heating costs more because of the shortage of gas created last winter and accelerated by the Russia-Ukraine war; we are paying more tax to the Tory government than any UK population in more than 40 years.

Only people who are extremely rich can afford to blame others for being unable to stay warm or feed themselves in these circumstances. If you’re on a normal wage, you’ll feel the pinch soon enough.

And it’s all due to Conservative economic incompetence – sold to you with a lie that they knew what they were doing.

Or was it a lie? How much worse would you find it if this enforced starvation and these house fires were intended to happen by Boris Johnson and his party?

Source: More than 2m adults in UK cannot afford to eat every day, survey finds | Food poverty | The Guardian

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Tories pretend their press office is a ‘fact check’ organisation. Public ridicule is hilarious

The Conservative Party seems to be getting desperate.

Its press office resorted to the dirty trick of pretending to be a ‘fact check’ organisation during the ITV leaders’ debate – presumably so it could tweet a (false) claim that Boris Johnson won the confrontation.

Well, that didn’t work!

Not only did people take extreme offence at the pretense…

… but they also decided to have their own laugh at the Tories’ expense.

Take a look at some of these examples:

https://twitter.com/HKesvani/status/1196893828529164289

Way to go, Tories. Not only did your man mess up his big TV appearance…

But you’ve also ensured that nobody will believe another word to come out of your publicity machine.

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Dear Paul Nuttall of UKIP: I saw this and thought of you

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall, rallying the troops [Image: Ray Tang/Rex/Shutterstock].

Here’s a little piece of advice posted on Facebook by a friend of mine. I shan’t provide the link because I know some of the right-wingers here might get a little angry about it. Here’s what he had to say:

“How does one deal with being buttonholed by a far right party’s canvasser (or indeed any crushing bore) in the street? Wind them up…

“Feign surprise; then delight. Usher them in to a shop doorway, and start whispering conspiratorially. Say, “It is so hard to find Aryan recruits. THEY control the media. It is time we did something about THEM. My unit will be mobilising tonight and have drawn up lists of all of THEM in the area. You must join the Order, swear the blood vow and help us purify the Motherland tonight?”

“Shake a lot and keep looking up and down the street. If they start to protest silence them with a theatrical gesture and say something like “we have no time for race traitors or cowards!” and mimic slitting your throat. If they agreed do a passionate Hitlergruß and yell SIEG HEIL! loudly enough to get the whole street’s attention. Then walk off whistling cheerfully and go shopping.”

For some reason I immediately thought of Paul Nuttall and his attempt to win Stoke-on-Trent Central for UKIP.

May I encourage anybody approached by Kippers on the street or the doorstep to consider the above course of action?

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Are the people of Stoke Central ever likely to want THIS as their MP?

Paul Nuttall is parachuting into Stoke-on-Trent Central and intends to conquer the constituency for UKIP [Image: PA].

Despite This Site’s warnings of dire humiliation if he follows this course, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has ignored my good advice and barged the 10 other possible candidates from his party out of the way to stand in the Stoke Central by-election.

Apparently the 10(!) other possible UKIP candidates stood aside to make way for their leader, who is from Bootle, and is therefore being ‘parachuted’ into the constituency.

The people of Stoke-on-Trent Central have prior experience of ‘parachuted-in’ candidates – Tristram Hunt, whose resignation forced this poll, is from Cambridge. His selection was extremely unpopular with Labour Party members in the constituency, leading to him getting the lowest turnout and majority of any MP in the current Parliament.

Labour has yet to choose a candidate. If the party decides on somebody from the constituency, who supports Jeremy Corbyn and accepts the decision of the EU referendum (Stoke Central supported Brexit), then Mr Nuttall is cruising towards his fifth consecutive defeat in a Parliamentary election.

Even more potentially humiliating is the possibility that he has overruled better candidates – who might win – in order to fail in his ambition yet again.

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall will stand in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election on 23 February, the party has said.

Mr Nuttall was confirmed as the UKIP candidate after the 10 other people on the shortlist withdrew to make way for their leader.

Mr Nuttall is striving to become UKIP’s second MP, joining Douglas Carswell who became its first MP in 2014.

It will be Mr Nuttall’s fifth attempt to win a seat in Parliament.

Source: UKIP leader Paul Nuttall to stand in Stoke Central by-election – BBC News

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UKIP leader Paul Nuttall urged to humiliate himself by losing in Stoke by-election

Paul Nuttall, leader of UKIP. He’ll be humiliated – on the advice of his party – if he tries to become MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central [Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire].


Remember when UKIP were going to capitalise on Labour woes by standing for Oldham West and Royton, after the death of the great Michael Meacher?

What happened there? Oh yes – UKIP lost.

Tristram Hunt was the least popular MP in Parliament, according to the local vote. Only 49 per cent of constituents bothered to turn up and only 19 per cent of his electorate voted him in.

But the constituency of Stoke-on-Trent Central is strongly Labour and has been ever since it was formed. Labour supporters were lukewarm on Mr Hunt because he was a Blairite, parachuted in by the party’s right-wingers who had dominance at the time.

Times have changed.

And just because the constituency recorded a large vote in support of Brexit, that doesn’t mean the Party of Brexit – UKIP – has any chance there. Labour’s position on Brexit is that it supports the will of the people.

Paul Nuttall will be humiliated if he stands as a candidate in this by-election.

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall is coming under increasing pressure from senior party colleagues to capitalise on Labour woes and stand in the Stoke by-election.

The MEP, who took charge of Ukip in November, has yet to confirm whether he will contest the by-election caused by Labour MP Tristram Hunt’s resignation from Parliament.

However, senior Ukip figures are adamant Nuttall should stand in the seat where the party came second by 5,179 votes in 2015, despite only running a skeleton ground campaign.

Source: Senior Ukip Figures Are Telling Paul Nuttall He Must Stand In Stoke By-Election

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Has the wrong Hunt resigned? Tristram Hunt quits as Labour MP

Tristram Hunt has resigned as an MP [Image: Skwawkbox].

Did Tristram Hunt see #HuntMustGo on Twitter and draw the wrong conclusion?

Seriously, there are questions to be asked about the second high-profile right-wing Labour resignation in a month.

Is Mr Hunt jumping before he is pushed, as his Stoke Central Constituency Labour Party membership is opposed to him?

Is he trying to embarrass Jeremy Corbyn by offering his constituency to UKIP in the by-election that must now be called?

Is he trying to split Labour’s resources, making it harder for the party to retain the Copeland seat that Jamie Reed quit last month?

Or is this simply an admission that right-wing ‘Red Tory’ Labour has accepted its time is up and the party is returning to what it should be?

Mr Hunt received only 39.3 per cent of the vote in Stoke Central at last year’s general election – and the constituency had the lowest turnout of any in the United Kingdom, meaning only 19 per cent of constituents voted for him:

He was Britain’s least popular MP, and was even hugely unpopular with his constituency party, having been ‘parachuted’ in for the 2010 election after failing to win nominations in Liverpool and London previously. The chair of the constituency party actually stood as an independent candidate in protest against his selection.

His constituency mostly voted for Brexit, but Mr Hunt has loudly claimed that Mr Corbyn was a closet Brexiteer, so that will most likely backfire in his face. All his CLP has to do is nominate a left-wing Eurosceptic and watch the votes roll in:

https://twitter.com/marthasydenham/status/819867048503287808

All of the above makes it hard to believe anybody can seriously think the resignation will make Labour vulnerable to UKIP – but some do:

https://twitter.com/EdwardTHardy/status/819847442984210432

His resignation letter to CLP members states that he is not trying to cause an upset: “I am sorry to put you, the party and the people of Stoke-on-Trent through a by-election. I have no desire to rock the boat now and anyone who interprets my decision to leave in that way is just plain wrong.”

Do we believe him?

Mr Hunt’s more notable actions include crossing a picket line to deliver a speech (what a way for a member of the Party of the Workers to stand up for the workers).

https://twitter.com/MissEllieMae/status/819844759019810817

Mr Hunt says he is leaving politics to take a directorship at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. As an MP, he called for the reintroduction of entrance fees for museums and art galleries, so his future direction seems clear:

If Mr Hunt was hoping for a strong response to his resignation, he’ll be disappointed. Sure, right-wing Labour colleagues were happy to provide endorsements, and Jeremy Corbyn tweeted a few kind-but-lukewarm words:

But this is indicative of the public attitude:

And this:

https://twitter.com/MissEllieMae/status/819848657461772289

And it can only be noted with sadness that the arrival of Pizza Express has been suggested as his greatest achievement:

If Mr Hunt’s resignation is an attempt to make Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership seem weak by surrendering Stoke Central to another party, then this would simply demonstrate how corrosive right-wing Labour has become to the party as a whole. The best choice for the constituency will be a left-wing candidate from within the local Labour Party, who understands the people of the area and what they need.

Getting back to this article’s headline, though: Isn’t it time you went as well, Jeremy?

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It isn’t that John McDonnell WON’T intervene if Hilary Benn is deselected as an MP – he CAN’T

John McDonnell and Hilary Benn together at an event supporting the remain campaign in June [Image: Dylan Martinez/Reuters].

John McDonnell and Hilary Benn together at an event supporting the remain campaign in June [Image: Dylan Martinez/Reuters].

It’s bizarre to have to point this out – especially in response to reports by newspaper journalists who should know this – but John McDonnell has NOT refused to intervene over Hilary Benn’s future as a Labour MP.

The Shadow Chancellor simply has no power to do so. As he made perfectly clear in his Radio 5 Live interview, Parliamentary candidates are chosen by Constituency Labour Parties.

So Rajeev Syal’s article in The Grauniad, for example, is misleading. I’d like to say I hope this is not deliberate, but it still reflects on the professionalism of the author.

It doesn’t matter whether close allies of Jeremy Corbyn remain angry with Mr Benn after he sided with the Conservative Government over air strikes and Syria, or any involvement of his in the attempted ‘Chicken Coup’ over the summer.

If it is true that supporters of Mr Corbyn have been elected as officers in Mr Benn’s constituency party, Leeds Central, then they can propose any action they see fit – within party rules.

That includes deselection of the incumbent MP, so he may not stand as a candidate in a future election (it would not affect his position as an MP in the current Parliament).

And it is important to clarify that, if anyone has “taken over” positions in Leeds Central CLP, they would have done so by democratic means.

I question why Rajeev Syal mentions that Patrick Hall, a vice-chair of Leeds Central CLP who has spoken against Mr Benn, is a national executive member of the Labour Representation Committee, described as “a radical grouping” chaired by McDonnell.

What’s the implication?

Mr McDonnell will not influence any decision on Mr Benn’s future in any way. If Leeds Central CLP deselects Mr Benn, it will be because Leeds Central Labour members wish it.

That’s democracy.

Source: John McDonnell won’t intervene if Hilary Benn faces deselection fight | Politics | The Guardian

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