The idiocy of Robert Jenrick – he’s a bigger danger to the public than the young people he’s attacking

Robert Jenrick, who is still the Conservative housing secretary despite a strong of corrupt misuses of the role, appeared on the TV news programmes today (September 8) to patronise the public about Covid-19 safety. Reading from a script set out by Matt Hancock yesterday, he tried to claim that young people need to stick to the Tory governments rules for not spreading the virus. There is still no evidence to show that people aged 20-29 are spreading it in the same way their counterparts in Europe were found to be.…

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Hancock’s blame game: young people are causing the rise in Covid-19, not him. Oh really?

Did you believe our lying Sickness Secretary when he tried to blame young people breaking the rules for the spike in Covid-19 cases? Only last week, Matt Hancock was caught lying about the suicide rate in the UK. Now, as the number of Covid-19 infections reaches a level it hasn’t approached since the middle of lockdown in May, it seems he’s trying to justify refusing to lock down again by blaming it on people aged 20-29 who are breaking the rules: Speaking to Radio 1 Newsbeat, the health secretary pointed…

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A teenager DIED on the Channel and racists are revelling in it. Is this how we want the world to see us?

Yes, people in other countries see us as xenophobes and racists. A Sudanese 16-year-old was apparently trying to cross from France in an inflatable dinghy when he accidentally punctured it with a shovel he was using as an oar. His body was found on the shore at Calais. Home Secretary Priti Patel said the death of the young migrant was a “brutal reminder” that people smugglers exploit the vulnerable. But there is no evidence that people smugglers were involved. The Home Office has refused to comment on the death. Oh, and…

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Sunak’s online sales tax really is just another way to attack people with disabilities

Rishi Sunak isn’t making any sense at all. He says his plan for an online sales tax is intended to push people back onto the High Street, to physically go out and buy products in order to save businesses that are in danger after the lockdown forced us to stay indoors. We’ve been buying products online while Covid-19 remains a threat. And we’ll go back to the High Street, but only once we are convinced the danger is over. So if High Street shops are in danger, it’ll be because we can’t…

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Take part in the online day of action against Universal Credit sanctions

Today – July 1 – conditionality and sanctions return to the UK’s benefit system. This means the two million people who signed up for Universal Credit because of the Covid-19 crisis will now be expected to show they are looking for work, and will be sanctioned if they fail to do so. For the first time, they will experience what – for example – people with disabilities have suffered under the Conservatives for the last 10 years. Some people are about to be rudely awakened from their previous complacency, I…

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Review of harmful impact of Covid-19 crisis on BAME people delayed twice – because it shows RACISM?

When the Tories delay a review of the impact of Covid-19 on black and minority ethnic communities because of “worries” around “current global events”, you know the result can’t be good. Considering “current global events” include escalating riots in the United States over the way the authorities treat black people, you can expect it to be scandalous. Demonstrations against the attitudes that caused George Floyd’s death have taken place in the UK and it seems logical that the Tory government – already well-known for its racist policies and racist prime minister…

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Coronavirus: Three million people go hungry because the Tories won’t introduce Universal Basic Income

  The Financial Times almost got it right. The bit that says More than 3m people in Britain are going hungry I think we can all agree with. But because of the coronavirus crisis isn’t quite right. The research the FT quotes says that many families have been pushed into poverty because the lockdown means they have suffered “stark drops in income” – but isn’t this because the Tories have tried to cover the loss of employment income with a patchwork of policies that don’t cover everybody and are spectacularly complicated to administrate, rather…

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Coronavirus blame game: when Hancock isn’t blaming NHS staff, he’s telling the public we’re taking face masks away from them!

No sooner had I finished publishing my article showing how Matt Hancock has blamed NHS workers for under-using PPE than this came down the wire: The Government has urged members of the public to refrain from wearing clinical face masks so supplies are available for NHS and care workers who need them most. While it is true that face masks protect other people from diseases the wearer may have, rather than vice versa, those who wear them are entirely within their rights to do so. They may have perfectly good,…

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Coronavirus: thousands of people have been omitted from government ‘high risk’ list

Is this the reason people with severe health issues are missing out on shopping deliveries from supermarkets and other priority services in the coronavirus crisis? Read for yourself: Thousands of people have been missed off the government’s high risk list for Covid-19 despite meeting the criteria. Among them have been transplant patients, people with asthma and some with rare lung diseases. Many are worried it will affect their ability to access food and medical supplies as they shield from the virus, unable to leave their homes for at least 12…

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More working people than ever are struggling to survive

Terrifying new information from the Trade Union Congress has shown that millions of working people are struggling to survive due to poverty. The TUC poll suggests 20 per cent of working people – one-fifth of the more-than-30-million-strong working population – skip meals because they can’t afford the food. One in five workers go without heating during cold weather. One in 10 fall into rent or mortgage arrears because they can’t pay on time. And one in five have pawned or sold belongings because they needed the money. Asked how they would…

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