Tag Archives: Iain Dale

Dawn Butler was telling her truth – seafront scuffler Iain Dale had no reason to attack her for it

Dawn Butler: here’s an MP who actually cares about her constituents’ lives.

Labour’s Dawn Butler is the kind of MP we should be supporting, not shooting down.

She represents a constituency that is suffering a higher coronavirus-related fatality rate than most and she doesn’t want anything to happen that will worsen the situation.

So she was, obviously, dismayed by Boris Johnson’s speech on Sunday (May 10), calling on everybody who cannot work from home to get back into the workplace.

She voiced her opinion on Jeremy Vine’s TV show: “He is sending people out to catch the virus.” I agree with that.

She wasn’t saying he intended it; for all we know, Johnson really is so mind-pummellingly stupid that he thinks it’s possible to avoid catching Covid-19, even under the conditions he has allowed. She was just voicing her opinion of what his speech means (and mine).

Unfortunately, shows like Vine’s tend to be populated by (in This Writer’s opinion) fatuous rentamouths and on this particular occasion, Iain Dale was present.

Here’s the dialogue:

Dale, a Tory political commentator, blogger and failed Parliamentary candidate, has only one claim to fame: that he received a police caution for a scuffle on the Brighton seafront in 2013:

A Manchester pensioner named Stuart Holmes had been displaying a banner protesting against nuclear power behind an author Dale published during a breakfast TV interview, so Dale tried to remove him physically – and ended up having to accept a police caution.

Fortunately Ms Butler was well up for putting him down: “Yes, [the prime minister] is sending people out to catch the virus when he’s telling people to go back to work without the proper infrastructure in place.

“I am the MP for Brent and I have a higher death rate than a lot of other MPs,” she said, “so excuse me if I am going to be passionate about this because I want my constituents to survive this pandemic.”

Well said.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
(
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.

1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the left margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.

2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical

3) Like the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VoxPolitical/

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at http://voxpoliticalonline.com

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.


The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:

SWAHTprint SWAHTeBook

Listen to this, then try to say the government isn’t victimising the disabled

Disability rights campaigners protest outside the Houses of Parliament, in Westminster, London, after they had disrupted a session of Prime Minister's Questions.

Disability rights campaigners protest outside the Houses of Parliament, in Westminster, London, after they had disrupted a session of Prime Minister’s Questions.

In the same week David Cameron tried to put us off signing the petition on ESA deaths by saying mortality statistics would be published – but failed to mention that the numbers would be fudged into an ‘Age-Standardised Mortality Rate’ ratio, rather than be a straight statement of the number of deaths…

In the same week that the Gentleman Ranker, Iain Duncan Smith, tried to tell MPs that his Department for Work and Pensions doesn’t collect those figures…

In the same week that the Labour Party told us the DWP’s flagship Universal Credit will take nearly 500 years to roll out across the UK at the current rate, while the cost has increased to £15.8 billion…

… a disabled pensioner named Susie called an LBC radio phone-in and spoke emotionally to Iain Dale about her worries over the forthcoming budget and its implication for another benefit, Disability Living Allowance. Here’s what she had to say:

It is abundantly clear that this poor lady is being driven out of her mind with anxiety about her future – a future which the Conservative Government is deliberately keeping uncertain by refusing to give any hints about its plans for sickness and disability benefits.

The DWP has stated – repeatedly – that it is “irresponsible” to connect the deaths of people claiming sickness and disability benefits with the stress that its ministers have gleefully encouraged, by making changes to the benefits assessment regime that mean no claimant can feel secure about their immediate future – let alone their long-term hopes.

Susie’s call shows that all this bluster is bunkum.

Whatever happens in the July budget, DLA claimants are being migrated onto PIP, a benefit with much harsher – some would say unreasonable – conditions. For a start, it employs the same brutal ‘work capability assessment’ medical test (in fact a tick-box computer questionnaire designed to put people off-benefit if at all possible) as Employment and Support Allowance.

Not only that, but the claim process – originally estimated by the government to take around 2.5 weeks per claimant – has left thousands waiting more than a year for a decision.

The best way to end this deliberate infliction of suffering on those who are already suffering enough is to join together and present a united front.

Protests against DLA/PIP aren’t currently gaining national media attention – but the petition for the government to tell us how many people have died while claiming Employment and Support Allowance has.

Cameron’s false claim that the government will publish those figures has slowed the number of people signing it – exactly as he hoped it would.

So let’s all get behind it. Tell everyone you know that they have been misled by this stranger to the truth – and let’s get more signatures on the petition!

It can be found here, on the Change.org website. If you haven’t signed already, please do so.

Follow me on Twitter: @MidWalesMike

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

If you have enjoyed this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
(
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:

SWAHTprint SWAHTeBook