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Fascist dictator chic: it’s the new Tory fashion craze!

Why did Liz Truss wear the same dress for her Tory conference speech as fictional fascist dictator Vivienne Rook (played by Emma Thompson in Russell T Davies’ drama Years and Years) when she announced the introduction of concentration camps to the UK?

Was it because their policies are so similar? After all, it is current Tory policy to send refugees arriving in the UK to an internment camp in Rwanda.

Was Truss trolling us with a blatant visual clue about the direction she intends to take?

Certainly Years and Years creator Russell T Davies thought something was going on…

“This is getting weird,” he wrote on Instagram of Truss’s decision to wear the ‘Forever’ dress.

Is it, though?

I mean, Chloe Smith, the new Work and Pensions Secretary, quite clearly models herself on the dictator Servalan (as played by the late, great Jacqueline Pearce) from classic BBC science fantasy Blakes 7:

Servalan.

Chloe Smith.

They could have been separated at birth.

What This Writer wants to know is: who else among the current Tory cabinet is modelling themselves as well-known fascists?

Is Jacob Rees-Mogg about to go the whole hog and grow a little square moustache under his nose?

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Tories will punish up to 120,000 working people by cutting their benefits

People who work 15 hours a week – or less – will lose benefits in the latest Tory attack on the poor.

It’s not being reported on the BBC today (September 23), but Kwasi Kwarteng was set to announce that from January next year, 120,000 benefit claimants could see their payments reduced if they fail to work up to 15 hours a week, meet regularly with their work coach and take active steps to increase their earnings.

So people who are already struggling to make ends meet amid the Tory-created cost-of-living crisis are to be punished while – for example – bankers are to enjoy huge increases in income with the removal of the cap on their bonuses.

There is no good reason for either measure but the Tory excuse for hammering the working poor is that there are 1.2 million job vacancies after Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Presumably the people being targeted are being expected to take 10 jobs each.

There’s an elephant in the room here, though: how much do these 1.2 million jobs pay? What holidays are offered? What about sick pay? In short: will people actually be better-off for taking them?

New Work and Pensions Secretary Chloe Smith says they will: “We are committed to helping people on lower incomes to boost their pay – because we know work is one of the best ways to support your family and help grow our economy.

“Whether it’s increasing their hours in their current role, entering a new sector or switching careers, we want people of all ages and all stages to be able to progress into fulfilling careers.”

But is it just propaganda?

Maximilien Robespierre thinks it is:

“Give them a job – any job – to meet a target… and sell it as work to help people out of a disaster – that being the cost-of-living crisis.

“Notice [Chloe Smith] did not say anything here about better benefits. Many people can’t work, or find jobs that either suit their skills or are in their vicinity.

This is about punishing people at the bottom and reducing numbers on benefits, which we have seen comes at a huge human cost.

Sisters strike gold with TikTok #video mocking #Tory #DowningStreetParty

This is how Boris Johnson’s career ends – in mocking laughter.

That’s what sisters Tabby and Chloe -who perform as Sugar Coated Sisters – are discovering after they made a TikTok video mocking Johnson and his Christmas party-going pals.

It’s a rewritten version of S Club Party by S Club 7 – and at the time of writing it has racked up 289,000 likes and a massive 2.2 million views.

Let’s give it a few more:

@sugarcoatedsisters

Reply to @pennie.willow Part 2 POV: Pre-Drinks with Bojo #ukpolitics #borisjohnson #politicalcomedy #sclub #ukhumour #party #christmas #sclub7

♬ original sound – Tabby and Chloe

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