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Now the Tories are blaming the results of their nightmare mini-budget on the social media

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So there you have it: it’s all the fault of the social media.

I’m glad we’ve cleared that up.

Of course, he doesn’t mean mass-market sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok or whatever, so they won’t be getting taxed properly, even now – he means sites like Vox Political, with our tiny (in comparison) audiences.

I never knew we were so influential.

Or do you think – is there a teeny, tiny, ever-so-slight, possibility that he might be mistaken?

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Kwarteng’s mini-budget: ‘economic and political madness’

The value of the pound crashed as Kwasi Kwarteng delivered his mini-budget speech on September 23.

That’s a staggering indictment against the Chancellor, his prime minister Liz Truss, and their government.

Any money saved by the measures in the budget is wiped out by the extra costs the crash will incur.

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Tory MP Jamie Wallis comes out as first trans MP after blackmail and rape ordeal

Trauma: Jamie Wallis.

Welsh Tory MP Jamie Wallis has become the UK’s first member of parliament to come out publicly as transgender, releasing a statement in which they discussed the traumas of being blackmailed – and raped.

In a statement released yesterday (March 30), they said:

“I’m trans. Or to be more accurate, I want to be. I’ve been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and I’ve felt this way since I was a very young child. I had no intention of ever sharing this with you. I always imagined I would leave politics well before I ever said this out loud.

“There was a close call in April 2020 when someone blackmailed me, outed me to my father and sent photographs to other family members. He wanted £50,000 to keep quiet.

“The police were so supportive, so understanding and on this occasion the system worked. He pled guilty and was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison.

“A few months back, in September, I ‘hooked up’ with someone who I met online and when I chose to say ‘no’ on the basis that he wouldn’t wear a condom he chose to rape me. I have not been myself since this incident and I don’t think I will ever recover. It is not something you ever forget, and it is not something you ever move on from.

“Since then things have really taken a tumble. I am not ok.

“When I crashed my car on November 28 I fled the scene. I did so because I was terrified. I have PTSD and I honestly have no idea what I was doing except I was overcome by an overwhelming sense of fear. I am sorry that it appears I ‘ran away’ but this isn’t how it happened in the moment.”

He concluded: “I have never lived my truth and I’m not sure how. Perhaps it starts with telling everyone.”

Perhaps it does.

Anyone will be aware that as far as This Writer is concerned, politically, modern Conservatives are lower than vermin.

But everybody should be allowed to live their life in the manner that best suits them, as long as it does not harm anybody else.

The ordeals that Jamie Wallis described in their statement should not happen to anybody. They have had justice over the blackmail and I hope they can get some form of justice for the rape in the future (alleged rape, I should say – until it is proved).

The mental distress these – and the burden of hiding their nature – caused Wallis won’t justify them running away from the scene of a car crash, although it may mitigate it slightly.

Let’s hope this will translate into increased sympathy for constituents in difficult and traumatic situations in future. If that happens, Wallis will gain a huge amount of stature above the vast majority of his colleagues.

Source: Tory MP Jamie Wallis comes out as first trans MP – Left Foot Forward: Leading the UK’s progressive debate

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#CarCrash: culture secretary’s TV interview is comedy of awkwardness

Who’s the most confused? Charlie Stayt, who can’t get a straight answer, or Nadine Dorries – in her natural state?

Nadine Dorries epitomises the Tory dilemma: Boris Johnson proved himself incapable of leading, but all his lieutenants are daft. Who could possibly replace him?

The Culture Secretary, who’s determined to destroy the BBC, was interviewed on that broadcaster’s Breakfast show today (February 5), when presenter Charlie Stayt found her inability to answer basic questions about her boss confusing:

What an awkward interview.

It really does offer validity to a comment on Twitter: “Perhaps No 10 and Parliament does need drug testing after all.”

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Tories are incompetent on coronavirus testing – but at least they’re not telling us to inject disinfectant

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What a gang of incompetents the Tories are! They launched a website for employers to book key workers in for testing – but failed to make it strong enough to support the huge demand.

It has crashed.

According to the BBC:

The website opened on Friday but appeared to close by mid-morning with some users met by an “applications closed” message.

Up to 10 million key workers and their households are eligible to book a test.

That’s if they can get access to the government’s website, of course.

Matt Hancock – what an absolute imbecile.

Still, it could be worse. US president Donald Trump has been encouraging American citizens to inject disinfectant into their bodies because he says it will cure the coronavirus.

Sure it will… by killing the patient. Read:

During a White House press briefing on Thursday, April 23, Trump proceeded to claim sunlight and humidity could destroy the virus.

While still on camera, the president pondered the idea of ‘hitting’ the body with a ‘tremendous ultraviolet or just very powerful light’, turning to aides to express his thoughts. He also spoke about injecting disinfect inside a person’s body as a way of ‘cleaning’ their lungs.

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Do not, under any circumstances, try to follow his advice. Only ignorant, stupid Americans should be in danger after hearing this.

(Unfortunately, there seem to be many such people – otherwise how did Trump get into the White House in the first place?)

Source: Coronavirus: Test website closes after ‘significant demand’ – BBC News

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While others suffer, this friend of Boris Johnson has made a fortune from the coronavirus

Crispin Odey: This supporter of Boris Johnson bet that coronavirus would crash the stock markets – he is profiting from your misery.

Hedge fund tycoon Crispin Odey has made £115 million from betting on a stock market crash due to the coronavirus.

He told the Mail on Sunday he predicted a crash, and has spent the last three weeks cashing in on it.

What a charmer.

He’s the Brexit supporter who reportedly wagered £300 million on a post-Brexit crash.

Some have said that he lost out because the markets hardly blinked when the UK Brexited at the end of January.

But the real hit is yet to come and we won’t know whether he was right until the transition period closes at the end of 2020.

How do you feel about the fact that this tycoon is picking up a pretty penny because of others’ misfortune?

Source: Hedge fund tycoon Crispin Odey makes £115million from this month’s coronavirus stock market crash – Internewscast

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Did BoJob friend who bet on firms crashing after Brexit know about ‘Operation Kingfisher’?

Crispin Odey: This man supports the Conservatives in the belief that they’ll crash the economy. He bet on 16 companies crashing after the Tories compiled a list of firms likely to do so. And the Tories are still saying they’re the party of financial responsibility!

Days after we discovered that Crispin Odey, the pro-Brexit, pro-Boris Johnson, Tory donor, had wagered £300 million on 16 UK firms’ share prices plummeting after Brexit, we learn that the Tory government has compiled a list of firms that are expected to collapse.

Am I the only one who sees a possibility for corruption in a person who gave a large amount of money to support Mr Johnson’s leadership campaign betting a large amount of money on several firms heading for the wall after Mr Johnson compiled a list of such businesses?

The Tories have admitted compiling a list of businesses they expect to collapse because of a no-deal Brexit. Comments by front-bencher Michael Gove in Belfast indicated that the Tories’ planned ‘Operation Kingfisher’ said that it was intended to support ‘fundamentally viable businesses’.

Source: Video: ‘Operation Kingfisher’, govt’s secret list of firms to go bust in no-deal Brexit – but cash to help already spent | The SKWAWKBOX

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Tory donor who supported Johnson bets AGAINST UK firms post-Brexit

Crispin Odey: This man supports the Conservatives in the belief that they’ll crash the economy. And they’re still saying they’re the party of financial responsibility.

What a charmer this Crispin Odey is!

After backing Boris Johnson to win the Conservative Party leadership contest, he has gone on to bet against at least 16 UK companies. He reckons their share prices will plummet post-Brexit.

We may safely (I think) conclude that he is making this prediction on the back of Mr Johnson’s win.

So he thought BoJob would be bad for the UK – and backed him to win in order to make money betting on British businesses crashing as a result.

And the Conservative Party is still taking money from such a person.

How utterly cynical.

Crispin Odey, the pro-Brexit Conservative donor, reportedly waged a £300m bet against some of Britain’s biggest businesses on the implication their share prices will crash after Brexit.

The multimillionaire hedge fund tycoon’s company, Odey Asset Management, is understood to have taken out £299m in “short” positions on at least 16 firms including Royal Mail and Intu, the shopping centre owner.

Shorting involves borrowing currency or shares and selling immediately in the hope of buying them back later for less and pocketing the difference.

Source: Tory donor bets £300 million on losses for UK firms after no-deal Brexit – inews.co.uk

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Sajid Javid helped cause the UK’s financial crisis. Why did BoJob make him CHANCELLOR?

I’ve had great fun using this picture of The Collector from Doctor Who in place of Sajid Javid. It turns out that the fictional character is a more honest villain than the new Chancellor.

I seem to be publishing a series on the uselessness of Boris Johnson’s new Conservative cabinet – so let’s discuss Sajid Javid.

The genius Yorkshireman who runs Another Angry Voice showed us that we all have reason to be angry about his appointment as Chancellor of the Exchequer, only a decade after he helped cause the financial crisis that unleashed a decade of pointless Tory austerity on us all.

Before we go on, let us all remember that there was absolutely no need at all for the Tory cuts to public services that we have endured. They have not cut the national debt. And the cuts to the deficit are in spite of the reductions in taxation of the rich that the Tories have insisted on making.

So their entire policy for the last nine years has had no point – other than the persecution of people with less money than the so-called One Per Cent.

Now read this:

Before his move into politics Javid was a banker at Deutsche Bank, where he sold complex financial derivatives called Collateralised Debt Obligations (CDOs).

CDOs were economic alchemy schemes designed to turn toxic bad debts into fake gold-plated investments.

The whole thing defied economic logic… they were junk investments that were bound to implode sooner or later.

If we’re charitable to Javid, then we could argue that he was a clueless dupe, naively selling a load of toxic junk in good faith simply because he was too stupid to investigate the products he was actually selling, and so poorly connected within the CDO industry that he was unaware of the open secret amongst his peers that the products he was selling as safe investments were actually bound-to-fail financial Weapons of Mass Destruction.

The other explanation is, of course, much worse. If Javid was smart enough to realise that the CDOs he was selling were bound-to-fail junk, and he was in on the open secret within the trade that they were certain to implode one day, yet he carried on selling them as safe investments to oblivious customers like other banks, pension funds, local and national governments, and insurance funds as low-risk investment opportunities, then he’s a cynical and duplicitous fraudster.

It’s an excellent argument that Mr Javid is unfit to be Chancellor of the Exchequer. Indeed, it seems shadow chancellor John McDonnell has used it as the basis of his own argument that his appointment is inappropriate … but that is not the subject of the article you are reading now.

So, given that Mr Javid helped cause the crash, why did Boris Johnson make him Chancellor?

In the light of Mr Javid’s record, and of the Tories’ financial policies since May 2010, it seems clear that Mr Johnson sees him as the perfect man to keep those policies going.

Source: Sajid Javid is totally unfit to be Chancellor of the Exchequer

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Staggering incompetence of the court service shows not everything is better online

Has anyone else had to contend with the monument to incompetence that is HM Courts and Tribunal Service’s online claim system?

I was advised to use this at the beginning of the year to address the Labour Party’s own lamentable mistreatment of me, that led to my expulsion from that organisation in November 2018. As the party had not followed its own procedures properly, I could sue for breach of contract and have the decision reversed.

I duly filed a claim on March 15 this year – and the instant I did so, the site went down.

I immediately emailed HMCTS to check that my claim had been received and all was well, and received a standard response saying I would receive a response within 10 days.

Then I had to deal with the false libel claim against me by two TV personalities. This vexatious nonsense took up a considerable amount of what little spare time I had, and I was unable to follow up on my query after the requisite 10 days passed. I did, however, notice that HMCTS had taken its fee from my bank account.

But I had heard nothing more of the matter by mid-April, and when the website finally came back up I found that my claim still presented itself as a draft – and this raised my suspicions again. In a spare moment I emailed HMCTS with all the information I had, asking what was happening with my claim.

Another long silence.

Then on June 5 I received a response! Nearly three months after I made my claim, HMCTS finally deigned to respond – with a request for information I did not have. Apparently non of the reference numbers I had provided made sense to the organisation – even though I was quoting its own numbers to it. I had to write back, explaining:

Your website crashed after I submitted it and is now claiming that it is merely a draft claim. But you took my money so clearly something else happened. Should I re-submit my claim (in the knowledge that your website is prone to crashing and may do so again)? If so, I will not want to pay another £25. Will you refund the amount paid on March 15? And how do you propose to compensate me for the delay? This matter has been left hanging for three months, because your site crashed and you could not respond until now.”

The follow-up response was a little quicker than the initial one – but I still didn’t receive it until today:

“Please click on the draft claim and submit again without entering any payment details. Only a single (original) payment should be taken and the claim will progress through. Should a second payment be taken, this is unlikely, this will be refunded into your account within a few days.

“Please note that claims remain in draft for a total of 90 days, after this they time they automatically expire.”

June 17 is 94 days from the date I submitted my claim.

I have written another email: “You have contacted me after the 90-day period my claim was permitted to remain in draft form expired. It no longer exists on the website.

“This will make it extremely difficult for me to submit it according to the terms you have described. Impossible, in fact.

“May I ask what is the point of offering me a solution that cannot be honoured?

“As I am sure you are aware, the process of drafting a claim on your site is long and detailed, and I am appalled at the thought that I will have to go through it all again… I also think I am well within my rights to say that my treatment by your service has been entirely unsatisfactory.

“I await a new proposal to resolve this matter.”

A website that crashes; contradictory reference numbers; an offer of resolution sent after it became unworkable – these are demonstrations of incompetence.

I am fast losing my faith in the ability of our law guardians to uphold their obligations.

To put it another way:

I’m fuming.

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Health Warning: Government! is now available
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The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
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