Tory policy on ‘zero hours’: Beggars can’t be choosers

Isn’t it nice to see some clear blue water emerge between the main political parties on an important issue? Less than two weeks after Ed Miliband announced that he would tackle the “epidemic” of zero-hours contracts if Labour wins the next general election, the Conservatives have confirmed that Universal Credit – if they can ever get it working – will force jobseekers into those very contracts. Labour said workers on zero-hours contracts should not be obliged to be available outside contracted hours; be free to work for other employers; have…

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Why is turncoat Lord Warner still allowed to say he’s a LABOUR peer?

Calls for Maria Miller to resign have dominated the news this week, but there is one other person who should be ejected, if only from the political party they claim to represent. That person is the closet Conservative, Lord Warner. He is a man who has united with the right-wing thinktank, Reform, to demand that members of the public should pay £10 a month for NHS services, calling it a “suggested” “membership fee”. It should come as no surprise that this odious old git has his claws very firmly into…

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Osborne promising full employment – is this an April Fool?

The answer has to be in the affirmative. Conservatives can’t promise full employment because it simply isn’t part of their philosophy. As this blog has stated many times, Tories need a discontented underclass fermenting away beneath the lowest-paid members of the working class, in order to create the level of fear necessary to keep wages down. The argument is that a person will not ask for a pay rise if they know their boss will turn around and say, “There are hundreds out there who will work for less than…

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Budget fever grows but is Gideon up to the task?

Part-time Chancellor Gideon George Osborne will be having another go at delivering a budget next week; while we can all hope he does better than the last four wrecks, experience – and a voodoo poll on the ConservativeHome website – suggests the opposite. The poll asks readers to prioritise possible policies on a scale of one to 10, where one is “low” and 10 is “high”. The policies themselves? “Cut spending further, so that the deficit can be reduced faster”. Clearly this is nonsense. Osborne’s massive spending cuts have, so…

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‘Scrap maternity pay’ – how Tories see the future of ‘welfare’ reform

Yesterday (February 11) we had a chance to see what the Tories – or at least some of them – want to do to state benefits. Charlie Elphicke, Tory MP for Dover, launched a debate in the Westminster Hall in which he called for the axing of maternity pay – and other in-work benefits – to make way for a new insurance system into which employers and the self-employed would pay, and from which the costs of maternity leave and other benefits would be met. He suggested that participating employers would…

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Hypocritical Tories plan attack on pensioners while protecting themselves

It seems the Conservatives cannot wait to betray their most loyal voting group. If you are a pensioner – beware! As trailed on Vox Political last November, the Department for Work and Pensions appears to be planning to delete the cold weather payment from its chequebook, along with free bus passes and free TV licences. We already know that the age at which the state pension will be paid is rising, meaning people will have to continue working for longer before they qualify for the £144/week payment (with a minimum National Insurance…

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The Coalition is creating serious problems and distracting you with phantoms

According to the beauty industry, women must now start deodorising under their breasts. I kid you not – it was in The Guardian. Columnist Jill Filipovic hit the nail on the head when she wrote: “I can already hear your objections: ‘But the area under my boobs doesn’t stink!’ or ‘What kind of marketing genius not only came up with the term “swoob,” but actually thought half the world’s population might be dumb enough to buy into it?’ or simply, ‘This is a dumb product aimed at inventing an insecurity…

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Osborne wants a ‘year of hard truths’. Here’s one: He’s HIDING the truth

It must be panto season because the Conservative Party’s very own Ugly Sisters have just wheeled themselves out to deliver another helping of hilarious family fun: Even more cuts are needed, worth billions of pounds, and there are still huge underlying problems with the economy, said Sister George, even though he knows that cuts are not the answer. The small upturn he managed to engineer last year came from a natural upswing in the economy and the artificial housing boom that he created by Keynesian means and was nothing to…

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More mistakes in the script? Correcting Cameron’s New Year speech

David Cameron’s New Year message – what a disgrace! Standing uncomfortably in an empty factory (one presumes the workers were all on part-time contracts to save bosses money in holiday pay and national insurance), the comedy Prime Minister looked nervous as he reeled off a list of statements the Conservative Party wants the proles to believe, going into 2014. What a shame his words were so easy to debunk. If you can bear to hear it, play the video (above). I did, and wrote the following response in real time…

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The State of Osborne: a visitor’s guide

If anybody else had prattled on for 50 minutes while hardly uttering a single sensible word, they would have been consigned to a mental hospital forthwith. But this is Coalition Britain, and the speaker was George Osborne, the man who likes to tell us all that he is in charge of the nation’s finances. Thanks to his government’s Department for Work and Pensions, nobody is allowed to have mental illnesses anymore; after this speech, it seems likely we all have an idea about the reason for that. A 50-minute speech…

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