This one’s for all of you who want some real news alongside your daily revelations about “BBC presenter” – or who simply didn’t care about that ‘dead cat’ story.
Martin Lewis corrects the record after Oliver Dowden falsely claimed he supported the Tories
Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis does not take kindly to suggestions that he supports any political party over the others.
So it was only to be expected that, after Oliver Dowden claimed he supported the government on a point in the government’s Mortgage Charter, he would be… miffed.
Here’s what he had to say:
This was said about me by the Deputy PM in #PMQs today, "We are giving help to people to extend their terms, to go interest only and to reduce their monthly payments. Now that action is supported by Martin Lewis, a real MoneySavingExpert, unlike the big spenders on those…
— Martin Lewis (@MartinSLewis) July 12, 2023
For those of you who can’t (or can’t be bothered to) click on “Show more”, he continued: ‘…benches.”
‘I am party independent. I’ve had constructive conversations with both the Chancellor and the Shadow Chancellor about mortgage support.
‘I do not appreciate being used in party-political spats. It is correct that I support those specific measures in the mortgage charter, mainly as they were my suggestions (so in a way ‘they’re’ supporting what ‘I’ said) and both major parties proposed similar – but that should not be taken as a read-across to favouring any party, even just within the mortgage agenda.’
This Writer wondered, after PMQs, how many falsehoods Dowden would be caught out on in deputy Prime Minister’s Questions this week. I named two at the time.
This is another. How many more were there?
Join the demonstration to save ticket offices
This is happening today (Thursday, July 12, 2023). Information courtesy of the Peace and Justice Project founded by Jeremy Corbyn:
The government’s plans to close 1,000 ticket offices in England – this latest attack on railway workers – puts thousands of jobs at risk and, if these proposed changes go ahead, there will be serious implications on millions of elderly, disabled and vulnerable commuters who rely on the personal touch of a ticket office to arrange and support their travel.
We must resist these closures.
Tomorrow, the RMT is hosting a national day of action, leafleting and speaking to commuters outside train stations up and down the country. And in London there will be a demo outside Kings Cross with speakers including Jeremy Corbyn. Together, we must demand that ticket offices remain open – click here to find your nearest action.
The opposition to these ticket office closures has been immense, with commuters writing in to local papers, posting on social media and making it known that they oppose these closures. here, select your local train station and make your views known.The government have also opened a consultation on these closures which closes in just two weeks. If you haven’t already, please fill in the consultation – click
Write to your MP
You can also write to your MP and ask them to raise this issue in Parliament and support the campaign to save our ticket offices. You can use this letter-writing tool, created by our comrades at the RMT, which only takes a few minutes to fill out. As the consultation period is brief, it is absolutely vital that we ensure this issue is at the very top of the parliamentary agenda in the weeks to come. Click on the link and demand your MP stands up for railway workers and the millions of commuters who rely on them to support their journeys.
Sign the petition to make sure the Tories stick to the law – and don’t send any refugees to Rwanda
In Britain, we’ve been taught kindness. But right now, the government’s Rwanda plan is treating innocent people like criminals.
The government’s plan has been ruled unlawful. But we must stand together to make sure no flight to Rwanda ever takes off. Will you add your name?
— Care4Calais (@Care4Calais) July 11, 2023
Are we seriously being asked to believe nobody in Boris Johnson’s office or the government knows how to switch on a phone?
Look at this, which I believe is from the Covid Inquiry. Simon Case is the Cabinet Secretary and head of the civil service:
"How confident are you that you'll be able to provide all the information requested by the inquiry?"
Simon Case, "All of the material was handed over on Monday."
"Any news of what's happened to Boris Johnson's original mobile phone?"
Simon Case, "I thought it was handed over." pic.twitter.com/ypwaTLotSt
— Farrukh (@implausibleblog) July 12, 2023
“I thought it was handed over” is legal-speak to avoid actually saying anything.
In fact, we all know the phone wasn’t handed over. Apparently Boris Johnson has a ‘team’, alongside people from – oh dear – the Cabinet Office, trying to switch on ‘Phone 1’, but none of them know how to do it.
They say they fear security breaches, because the phone’s number was public knowledge for 15 years before Johnson twigged that this might be a bad idea and switched it off in April 2021 (if you believe in that sort of thing).
In fact, if anyone interested in breaching the UK’s security wanted to hack that phone, they would have done it long before Johnson got near the “off” switch. Also, any compromising information in it should have been changed long ago. There really is no reason not to simply switch it back on.
Alternatively, since WhatsApp messages aren’t actually stored on the phone anyway, why don’t they all just access the cloud storage that actually does hold that information, as people (including This Writer) have been telling them to do for many months?
While the government was defending itself for painting over mural at one child refugee centre, it was painting over other murals at other centres
This is cruelty for its own sake:
When fascists turn up for pre-planned media stunts to harass asylum seekers the police are thin on the ground because 'resourcing'. But when Just Stop Oil protest climate devastation the police are immediately present in droves. https://t.co/EBLADXJkKJ
— Jo Maugham (@JolyonMaugham) July 12, 2023
Lords defeat Tory government again over Illegal Migration Bill
Lords defeat govt for the second time on the Illegal Migration Bill.
217 to 151 votes. Big defeat.
Govt must honour its international treaties – ECHR, Refugee Conventions, Rights of the Child, Human Trafficking, Reduction of Statelessness.
Do we have rule of law, or not?
— Prem Sikka (@premnsikka) July 12, 2023
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