Coronavirus: half a year before normality resumes – because of Tory stupidity

They’ll never admit it but if it does take half a year or more before people in the UK are allowed to resume their normal lives, it’s because of the stupidity of our Conservative government. And if the lockdown lasts as long – or almost – that will be because of Tory stupidity too. Boris Johnson’s letter saying the situation will worsen before it gets better is nothing more than we should all expect. England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jenny Harries, said the number of deaths is likely to worsen…

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VIDEO – Johnson’s greatest flops: it’s been a bad week to be a Tory

The first full week of the general election campaign could not have gone worse for Boris Johnson. It was like a re-run of the Conservative government’s greatest flops since it came into office in 2010, starting with Boris Johnson’s disgusting failure to respond to the flooding crisis in the north, and ending with the Bolton blaze, accelerated by cladding – two years after dozens were killed in Grenfell Tower. The opinion polls might have said the opposite, but he started out in a terrible situation – caused by his own…

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Why are people attacking the UK’s ambassador to the US over leaked memos?

The Western Hemisphere seems to be losing the plot over Kim Darroch, the UK’s ambassador to the United States. It seems he described US president Donald Trump as “incompetent” and “insecure”, and his administration as “inept” and “uniquely dysfunctional” in diplomatic memoranda that were not meant to become public knowledge. Mr Trump has made a fuss, saying Sir Kim should be removed from office because “he is not well thought-of in the US. We will no longer deal with him”. He has been supported by his good buddy Nigel Farage,…

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Tory NHS pledge is ‘fantasy funding’

The Conservative Party must be getting very desperate indeed. Faced with the failure of the plan to belittle Ed Miliband, the Tories are making a belated attempt to take some of Labour’s policy ground with a promise to provide £8 billion extra, every year, for the NHS. From where? The Conservatives have already told us they will be squeezing the economy by (at least) £30 billion over the next five years – if they remain in office. The National Health Service is ring-fenced from those cuts, we are told, but…

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‘Failing Grayling’ could cost the Tories hundreds of thousands of votes – Left Foot Forward

According to Left Foot Forward: 82 per cent of people in the legal sector say they would be less likely to vote Conservative in the general election if justice secretary Chris Grayling is not removed from his post. The poll was conducted by new social networking site www.mootis.co.uk which focuses on the legal services sector. Many of the 350,000 people working in this sector are traditional Tory voters. Grayling was defeated at least seven times in the courtroom last year, over policies aimed at reducing compensation for asbestos victims, cutting legal aid and banning…

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Voters of Newark, what were you thinking?

One has to ask what is wrong with the people of a Parliamentary constituency when, after four years of a desperately inept and corrupt Conservative-led government, they decide to elect another Tory as their representative in a by-election. Which of the government’s policies clinched it for you, Newark? Was it the brutality inflicted on people who are out of work – particularly those with long-term illnesses and disabilities? Does the fact that people are being driven to suicide at an almost-hourly rate turn you on? Was it the determination to push…

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The PIP assessment hoax shows we could believe any claim about our corrupt government

It seems some of your favourite bloggers – including Yr Obdt Srvt – have been hoodwinked by a hoax claim that assessment criteria for the new Personal Independence Payment have been made much more severe than has been the case until now. If you were distressed by this article, please be reassured that – from what has been said over the last few hours – it is not accurate. Vox Political only published the claims because they came here via a colleague of good character who in turn received it…

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David Dennis – Disregarded? Not anymore!

David Dennis, the author of Disregarded: The True Story of the Failure of the UK’s Work Programme, seems to have a hit on his hands. The book has attracted considerable interest, following my article earlier this month. It is therefore with pleasure that I am publishing the following interview with him, conducted by writer Alex Laybourne. After reading the new bestseller “Disregarded: The True Story of the Failure of the UK’s Work Programme”, I knew I had to interview expose genius David Dennis. Not only did the book hit a…

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Disregarded: New book exposes Work Programme’s failures – from the inside

The Coalition’s Work Programme is a sham system designed to funnel money from the government to so-called ‘providers’ – private companies whose idea of training forces participants to prove they have the simplest literacy and numeracy skills before placing them in six-week limited positions for companies keen to exploit free workers. That’s the grim message in Disregarded: The True Story of the Failure of the UK’s Work Programme, by David Dennis. He’s a man who knows his subject – the book is the result of his own time as a participant.…

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