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Britain’s politicians are still the best in the world – at humiliating themselves in dance

Tories call this dancing. Thank goodness Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showed her how it’s done.

Ill-advised Americans tried to humiliate youngest-ever Congresswoman – and, apparently, “Commie know-it-all” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by tweeting a 30-second clip of her doing a famous dance from the movie The Breakfast Club.

There was only one problem: Her dancing was really good and her popularity skyrocketed. See for yourself.

The newly sworn-in Congresswoman responded to the attempt to stir up controversy in the obvious – and perfect – way, by recording herself dancing into her new office:

Compare this with UK prime minister Theresa May’s disastrous attempts to be “with it”, like this one:

After the British public unanimously expressed shock, horror and revulsion at the sight of the prime minister making an exhibition of herself in this way, she also doubled-down with a new dance at the Conservative Party conference last year:

Public revulsion this time was augmented by a profusion of spoof videos, as recounted in a previous Vox Political article, here.

It all goes to show that there is still one quality, at least, with which British politicians top the world.

It’s just not a quality worth having.

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Juncker mocks May’s conference speech ‘dance’. This bodes ill for Brexit [VIDEO]

Jean-Claude Juncker seems to have taken great pleasure in Theresa May’s little routine. It seems likely the EU will lead her on a merry dance as well.

Perhaps it would have been better if Theresa May had actually shot herself in the foot, rather than doing it metaphorically with that silly attempt-at-a-dance she did before her speech to the Tory conference last week.

I’m sure you don’t need reminding but I’m going to do it anyway – using a Tweet that proposed an appropriate change of lyric. Here she is:

https://twitter.com/JamesMelville/status/1047527227909447681

Now here’s Jean-Claude Juncker:

Mr Juncker is President of the European Commission and, although he has denied mocking Mrs May, we can certainly infer that he has an opinion about her as a result of that little giggle.

I think the Brexit negotiations are about to go off the tracks, yet again.

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Theresa May’s ‘Dancing Queen’ routine plumbs new depths of Tory self-parody

Tories call this dancing: But what they’ve done to the UK isn’t material for a song-and-dance routine.

I know I said Theresa May was politically a dead woman walking, but I had no idea she was going to give us all an impression of one.

I refer, of course, to this travesty:

Mrs May’s awkward, self-conscious shamble on-stage confirmed that she’ll never be a dancer. We already know, thankfully, she’ll never be Queen either.

And she won’t be following Ann Widdicombe onto Strictly Come Dancing, I think.

I wonder if anybody mentioned this to Abba?

Ah, right.

Of course the best way to evaluate a performance is to examine the reactions to it – and in that sense, everyone has been having a field day.

Are you ready for some fun?

Some gave the song some new lyrics, like this:

https://twitter.com/JamesMelville/status/1047527227909447681

And some just changed the music. Check this out:

https://twitter.com/dancingtheresaM/status/1047497279622582272

And this:

And this:

https://twitter.com/ElectionMapsUK/status/1047559874920505345

And this:

https://twitter.com/dancingtheresaM/status/1047547668476649472

And even this:

https://twitter.com/dancingtheresaM/status/1047579545598087168

(There really are a lot of these from the Theresa May Dancing to Stuff Twitter feed.)

Some considered the quality of the dancing:

Some asked why she was dancing:

https://twitter.com/Wirral_In_It/status/1047599098805805057

Some may have been… distracted:

Still, it wasn’t all adverse criticism:

Mind you, she did get a bit of stick for it…

Finally, some chose to make a hugely valid point about it:

https://twitter.com/earthygirl01/status/1047447721983057920

Every word of that is true. The lives of the young – their quality, everything that makes a life worth living – are in danger every moment the Conservatives are in power because the Conservatives want to take everything that makes life worth living away from working people.

And yes, that will probably extend to the right to reproduce, at some point in the future. Which is odd, because if there’s one thing Mrs May’s performance showed, it’s that it is the Tories who really shouldn’t be allowed to do it.

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End of Paralympics signals benefit loss for athletes

Some of us saw this coming, weeks in advance. We knew that, once the chance for profile-boosting photo opportunities were over – whether or not they backfired, Mr Osborne – the disability pogrom would be extended to paralympians.

And that’s what is happening, according to today’s Sunday Mirror.

Team GB footballer Keryn Seal is blind and relies on his £70 per week Disability Living Allowance to get to training. He fears for what will happen to himself and hundreds of thousands of other disabled people when DLA is replaced by the more restrictive Personal Independence Payment as part of a plan to cut £2.2 billion from benefit costs.

“I can’t understand why the Government would dream of taking this money away from us. It shows a complete lack of empathy,” he told the Mirror.

Disillusioned, disenchanted and disappointed are all words I would use to describe how I feel about the Government.”

Double-amputee Derek Derenalagi, who came 11th in the discus, said the changes would have a “devastating” effect: “Not every Paralympian is sponsored and we would hugely struggle without it. We do not get paid like footballers and it really helps us.”

And wheelchair dancer Laura Jones, a star of the Paralympics opening ceremony, said she was worried her £50-a-week payment is under threat.

She told the Mirror: “If people miss out on leisure activities and sports, they end up stuck at home and that will obviously be worse for their health.”

Another thing that looks as though it will be worse for people’s health is the Universal Credit, which the government is touting as “the most radical redesign of the benefits system this country has ever seen”, adding that it will ensure that it pays people to work rather than claim benefits.

What did I say yesterday about this lie? Oh yes: Forcing people off of a benefit system that doesn’t pay their costs and into a job that doesn’t pay their costs is no solution at all and any Tory who spouts this nonsense in the media is to be mocked and targeted for unseating at the next election (in my opinion).”

Honestly… Do they think we’re not paying attention?

It seems there are problems with a plan to pay the new credit only once a month, meaning it will make a mess of people’s budgeting plans and they may be unable to make ends meet.

Also, the plan to make it payable to only one member of a household is likely to cause friction and upset the family dynamic – possibly destabilising family groups and leading to splits.

Bear in mind also that this is another continuation of the attack against disabled people, as the new credit will replace, among other things, Employment and Support Allowance. I wonder if Atos will be interviewing all its disabled ‘clients’ yet again, to find out if their missing limbs have grown back yet?