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Brexiters: take this Brexit Party MEP’s word for it and vote AGAINST Boris Johnson and his Tory Brexit deal

Brexit: When describing his deal, Boris Johnson couldn’t help but wear this smile, known as ‘duper’s delight’ – it means he didn’t mean a word of what he was saying. Now a Brexit Party MEP has said the UK would be better-off remaining in the EU than going through with it.

Boris Johnson’s Tory Brexit deal is so bad, at least one member of the party named after Brexit would rather remain in the EU than go through with it.

That tells me everything I need to know about it – but I’m a Remainer.

It does seem to me that those of you who are dead set on quitting the European Union might want to take note of these comments, though:

A Brexit Party MEP has said that the UK is better staying in the European Union, rather than leaving under Boris Johnson’s deal.

Appearing on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Saturday show, Ben Habib, the Brexit Party MEP for London came out with a quite frankly startling attack on the prime minister.

“What we need to do is to get the prime minister to pivot away from the withdrawal agreement which I think is subjugation of the UK.

“I see the withdrawal agreement as much worse than remain, quite frankly.”

Did a Brexit Party member just say the remaining in the EU was better than leaving?

“I do think it’s better. It’s much better because if you think about it under Boris Johnson’s deal we’re going to leave Northern Ireland bereft.”

Source: Brexit news: Brexit Party MEP says that remaining in EU would be better than leaving under Boris Johnson’s deal | indy100

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Once we were a ‘nation of shopkeepers’. Now Gove wants us to be a ‘nation of bin-divers’

“Go bin-diving for Britain!” says Michael Gove. “It’s your patriotic duty!”
After you, Pob.

We owe a debt of thanks to nincompoops like Michael Gove; they make the Conservative government’s attitude to the rest of us crystal clear.

His high-handed view is that those who don’t own as much as his ilk should root around in other people’s dustbins because, in his opinion, that’s all we’re good for.

He’ll probably try to make it sound patriotic, like Theresa May did in her conference speech. “Bin-diving for Britain!” or some such stupidity.

It is an insult to everybody the Tories have impoverished with their silly state-shrinking austerity policies that stole all our cash and tripled the income of super-rich idiots like Michael Gove.

Homeowners should be allowed to scavenge for old televisions, furniture and appliances at dumps so they can reuse them, Michael Gove has suggested.

The Environment secretary told a meeting that he wanted to change rules at council recycling centres so people can recover valuables.

Currently, many local authorities ban people from taking away anything their tips,however Mr Gove said he wanted the rules to be relaxed.

Source: Michael Gove: Let homeowners take home reusable rubbish found at council dumps

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Tory TV plant pushes ugly lie to hide the uglier truth about DWP deaths

The blurry man on the left is Chris Stevens, a Tory councillor who pretended to be a member of the public to deny the devastation that Conservative policies have done to the sick and disabled people of the UK. The woman on the left will soon be an EX-prime minister.

Some people – and I use that word mockingly – in the Conservative Party simply don’t know when to shut up.

Two cabinet ministers have lost their jobs within a week (Michael Fallon and Priti Patel), and been replaced by shambling inadequates. A third – Boris Johnson – is set to follow at any time, due to his own arrogance.

The minority Tory government is under attack for its failure to address appalling levels of tax avoidance by the very rich, for its failure to make any progress in Brexit negotiations, and for its indifference to shocking levels of sexual harassment among its own MPs.

This is the moment a ‘plant’ in the audience of the BBC’s flagship political debate show Question Time decided to revive the debate over the thousands upon thousands of sick and disabled people who have died because of Conservative policies to restrict state benefits.

In response to accurate claims by Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortti, the audience member stated that they were “inflammatory rubbish”:

His name is Chris Stevens and he is a Conservative councillor from Horley, in Surrey. He used to be a member of UKIP, which is probably the reason he was so keen to support Brexit in his comments, and he provided absolutely no evidence to support his defence of the Tories’ genocide – yes, I put it as strongly as that – against the sick and disabled. Tom Clark, the Another Angry Voice blogger, has put this infographic together about him:

The response on the social media has been overwhelmingly opposed to Cllr Stevens and his ignorant assertions. News stories detailing the deaths of the sick and disabled, dating back several years, have been brought back to light.

Like this one from 2012: Benefits appeal woman Cecilia Burns from Strabane has died

Or this, from 2014: Man too ill to attend fit-for-work interview but terrified of losing benefits dies after Atos test

Or these two from September this year: Soldier traumatised by war in Afghanistan died surrounded by benefit sanction letters from DWP and Dad-of-four’s heartbreak as wife’s benefit is finally granted – three months after her death from cancer

The Department for Work and Pensions considers these stories to be anecdotal, and therefore uninformative about the overall situation. But the DWP – the only organisation in a position to track that overall situation – deliberately refuses to do so.

It does not check the health of people who have been denied benefits after a very short period of time and, when deaths are recorded, the reasons are explained away as being “complicated”. The reasons aren’t complicated:

How can the government claim to be doing its best for the sick and disabled people when it is putting those with long-term degenerative conditions – who are never going to improve – through pointless reassessment procedures?

The claim that their benefit award would then be tailored to fit their needs is a lie; many people don’t even get enough to survive.

That is the “conscious cruelty” of the Conservative government’s policy – the claim to be doing good when in fact doing harm, and the huge effort to hide the evidence.

After Cllr Stevens’s outburst on Question Time, This Writer received multiple requests for my own perspective on these issues. I can do no better than to refer you to my previous articles.

For example: The fact that reassessments do more harm than good was demonstrated when it was revealed that Fewer claimants died after DWP suspended repeat assessments

That information was only published as a result of a Freedom of Information request by Yr Obdt Srvt – the same request that showed 2,400 people had died in a two-week period after the DWP decided to deprive them of their Employment and Support Allowance. The DWP had tried to avoid publishing the information and had to be forced to do so by the Information Commissioner.

Here’s the relevant article: Known number of deaths while claiming incapacity benefits nears 100,000

Bear in mind that at the time the information was released – August 2015 – the number of deaths per week was not 90, as has been suggested after last Thursday’s Question Time.

It was closer to 600 per week.

The DWP has been found to be directly responsible for several deaths, but no prosecutions for corporate manslaughter have taken place. Why is that? Read some of the evidence here: Deaths caused by the DWP: Will this be the fourth CONFIRMED case?

Consider this: Benefit sanctions against people with mental health problems up by 600 per cent

And do you remember how the creator of “Nudge” theory won a Nobel prize a few weeks ago? What do you think of the way the Conservatives have perverted his work? The government is planning social experiments to ‘nudge’ sick and disabled people into work

How about the massive increase in mental illness caused by the Work Capability Assessment, that caused 590 suicides – that were, of course, denied by the government?

Maybe this is the most damning – work capability assessors asking suicidal claimants why they haven’t taken their own lives: The work capability assessment and suicide – a.k.a. ‘chequebook euthanasia’

Perhaps I should post links to all the other articles I’ve written on this subject over the last nearly six years? There have been hundreds.

And that’s the point.

The evidence demonstrating Tory cruelty isn’t “inflammatory rubbish” – it is thoroughly documented.


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Tory TV plant peddles ugly lie to hide the uglier truth about DWP deaths

The blurry man on the left is Chris Stevens, a Tory councillor who pretended to be a member of the public to deny the devastation that Conservative policies have done to the sick and disabled people of the UK. The woman on the left will soon be an EX-prime minister.

Some people – and I use that word mockingly – in the Conservative Party simply don’t know when to shut up.

Two cabinet ministers have lost their jobs within a week (Michael Fallon and Priti Patel), and been replaced by shambling inadequates. A third – Boris Johnson – is set to follow at any time, due to his own arrogance.

The minority Tory government is under attack for its failure to address appalling levels of tax avoidance by the very rich, for its failure to make any progress in Brexit negotiations, and for its indifference to shocking levels of sexual harassment among its own MPs.

This is the moment a ‘plant’ in the audience of the BBC’s flagship political debate show Question Time decided to revive the debate over the thousands upon thousands of sick and disabled people who have died because of Conservative policies to restrict state benefits.

In response to accurate claims by Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortti, the audience member stated that they were “inflammatory rubbish”:

His name is Chris Stevens and he is a Conservative councillor from Horley, in Surrey. He used to be a member of UKIP, which is probably the reason he was so keen to support Brexit in his comments, and he provided absolutely no evidence to support his defence of the Tories’ genocide – yes, I put it as strongly as that – against the sick and disabled. Tom Clark, the Another Angry Voice blogger, has put this infographic together about him:

The response on the social media has been overwhelmingly opposed to Cllr Stevens and his ignorant assertions. News stories detailing the deaths of the sick and disabled, dating back several years, have been brought back to light.

Like this one from 2012: Benefits appeal woman Cecilia Burns from Strabane has died

Or this, from 2014: Man too ill to attend fit-for-work interview but terrified of losing benefits dies after Atos test

Or these two from September this year: Soldier traumatised by war in Afghanistan died surrounded by benefit sanction letters from DWP and Dad-of-four’s heartbreak as wife’s benefit is finally granted – three months after her death from cancer

The Department for Work and Pensions considers these stories to be anecdotal, and therefore uninformative about the overall situation. But the DWP – the only organisation in a position to track that overall situation – deliberately refuses to do so.

It does not check the health of people who have been denied benefits after a very short period of time and, when deaths are recorded, the reasons are explained away as being “complicated”. The reasons aren’t complicated:

How can the government claim to be doing its best for the sick and disabled people when it is putting those with long-term degenerative conditions – who are never going to improve – through pointless reassessment procedures?

The claim that their benefit award would then be tailored to fit their needs is a lie; many people don’t even get enough to survive.

That is the “conscious cruelty” of the Conservative government’s policy – the claim to be doing good when in fact doing harm, and the huge effort to hide the evidence.

After Cllr Stevens’s outburst on Question Time, This Writer received multiple requests for my own perspective on these issues. I can do no better than to refer you to my previous articles.

For example: The fact that reassessments do more harm than good was demonstrated when it was revealed that Fewer claimants died after DWP suspended repeat assessments

That information was only published as a result of a Freedom of Information request by Yr Obdt Srvt – the same request that showed 2,400 people had died in a two-week period after the DWP decided to deprive them of their Employment and Support Allowance. The DWP had tried to avoid publishing the information and had to be forced to do so by the Information Commissioner.

Here’s the relevant article: Known number of deaths while claiming incapacity benefits nears 100,000

Bear in mind that at the time the information was released – August 2015 – the number of deaths per week was not 90, as has been suggested after last Thursday’s Question Time.

It was closer to 600 per week.

The DWP has been found to be directly responsible for several deaths, but no prosecutions for corporate manslaughter have taken place. Why is that? Read some of the evidence here: Deaths caused by the DWP: Will this be the fourth CONFIRMED case?

Consider this: Benefit sanctions against people with mental health problems up by 600 per cent

And do you remember how the creator of “Nudge” theory won a Nobel prize a few weeks ago? What do you think of the way the Conservatives have perverted his work? The government is planning social experiments to ‘nudge’ sick and disabled people into work

How about the massive increase in mental illness caused by the Work Capability Assessment, that caused 590 suicides – that were, of course, denied by the government?

Maybe this is the most damning – work capability assessors asking suicidal claimants why they haven’t taken their own lives: The work capability assessment and suicide – a.k.a. ‘chequebook euthanasia’

Perhaps I should post links to all the other articles I’ve written on this subject over the last nearly six years? There have been hundreds.

And that’s the point.

The evidence demonstrating Tory cruelty isn’t “inflammatory rubbish” – it is thoroughly documented.


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Starving British children are looking for food in rubbish bins

Who said it could never happen here? Children are starving on the streets of Britain as the Tory-led Coalition's hate policies bite ever-more-deeply into the poor [Image: Stoke Sentinel].

Who said it could never happen here? Children are starving on the streets of Britain as the Tory-led Coalition’s hate policies bite ever-more-deeply into the poor [Image: Stoke Sentinel].

British children are sifting through bins left outside houses in search of scraps of food because they are starving, it has been revealed.

But Tories and their supporters in rich London won’t have to look at them – because they are in Labour-held Stoke-on-Trent.

The Stoke Sentinel reported that “Youngsters have been searching through bins in the Hollings Street and Brocksford Street area of Fenton before eating any leftovers.”

It said, “Dozens of hungry families are referred to Fenton’s food bank for help every week.”

What’s really sad about this story is that some of the people interviewed seemed to think the problem was with the mess left behind by these children – youngsters who are, remember, so hungry that they are rooting through rubbish for stale leftovers.

One said: “It’s horrible to see… Some days on the school run we have had to actually cross over the road because there’s so much rubbish on the pavement because of this. Luckily I keep my bins to one side so we haven’t been too badly affected.”

Clearly she is full of the milk of human kindness. According to the newspaper, that person was just 26 years old. Perhaps she should consider growing up.

Police in the area said the matter had been reported to them. What did people think they were going to do – arrest starving children?

Fortunately, Sgt Jason Allport demonstrated that police have the right attitude: “The issue isn’t theft; it’s children going around not having enough clothing and food.

“That issue is really something for social services to look at.”

In fact, it is something for every single citizen of the United Kingdom to look at.

This is the sixth-richest economy in the entire world. It is a land of plenty. Yet people here are happy to allow their neighbours to starve – probably to the point of death.

Their only concern is that they shouldn’t have to see it.

If I was living in Stoke, I would be ashamed to share the streets with people who think like that.

If I had voted for the political parties that have inflicted this misery on our nation, I would be ashamed of what I had done.

But you can be sure that David Cameron isn’t ashamed.

He doesn’t see the suffering, and neither does George Osborne, the Chancellor who inaccurately claimed in his budget speech in March that “income inequality is at its lowest level for 28 years”.

In fact – as is patently obvious to anyone who sees those children scavenging on the streets of Fenton – income inequality is rocketing.

But then, what else can we expect from a man who cannot answer a simple maths question?

Any of those starving children could be a better chancellor than him.

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Stop collecting death stats if you like, DWP – it’s what you’ve got already that we want to see!

Public interest, not party interest: Thanks to Jim Moore for this cartoon. I've been waiting for a good moment to release it.

Public interest, not party interest: Thanks to Jim Moore for this cartoon. I’ve been waiting for a good moment to release it. Notice Iain Duncan Smith’s face looks like it’s behind bars – which is where many people believe he ought to be!

“The DWP has quietly decided to ditch statistics it used to collect on the number of deaths of recipients of incapacity benefits (now ESA) and its predecessors Incapacity Benefit (IB) and Severe Disablement Allowance (SDA),” according to Liberal Conspiracy.

The story, by Sunny Hundal, claims: “It is thought the numbers of deaths has sharply increased since the Coalition government’s severe cuts to social security benefits.

“But to ensure that deaths aren’t cited as evidence of failure of the changes, the DWP won’t be collecting and updating its statistics.”

No supporting information is provided and nobody from the Department for Work and Pensions is quoted. Does this change the chances of success for my Freedom of Information request, in which I asked for statistics in ESA/IB claimants who have died?

No. Not at all.

I requested statistics for 2012, which we all know already that the DWP has collected. They are there; they should be available.

The fact that they aren’t open for inspection is already incriminating, if you ask me!

My FoI request will be granted in the near future – even if the DWP finds another reason for refusal, the Information Commissioner’s office will overrule it. I’ve been through the rules. In this instance, it is Iain Duncan Smith who doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

If the DWP then claims that it has destroyed the figures – as seems to be claimed by the Liberal Conspiracy story – then we’ll be looking at a criminal investigation, I think.

There can only be one reason for hiding the figures – they must have risen and have not dropped. For the DWP to actually delete them, rather than allow them to be released, they must have risen sharply.

This would not only indicate the failure of Iain Duncan Smith’s policy – after everything he and his ministers have said, time and time again, about the fairness of the assessment regime, and how it is carried out in a humane way, this would prove that it is neither fair nor humane – and that, given the opportunity to stop the deaths from accelerating, these Conservative politicians allowed them to continue.

If a person knows that their actions are causing people to die, and does nothing about it, then an observer may rightly conclude that this person wants those deaths to take place. There’s a word for people who cause others to die – with the intention of causing them to die.

That word is “murderer”.

Or in this case, mass murderer”.

The net is closing, Iain Duncan Smith.

Nobody will think it is a coincidence, if the DWP really has binned its statistics on claimant deaths at a time when public interest is focused on the issue.

And to any DWP interlopers, reading this site because it is on a ‘watch list’: This is a very dangerous time to be working for that organisation. People who help others to commit murder are accessories to the crime and may also be convicted for the offence.

Tick tock, Tory boys…