Johnson’s hypocrisy: before attacking Starmer over IRA sympathy, he gave a GENUINE IRA sympathiser a peerage

Two-faced Boris Johnson accused Keir Starmer of supporting an IRA sympathiser – but it turns out he himself is more guilty of that. Johnson’s ill-advised outburst during Prime Minister’s Questions on September 3 was nothing more than a “dead cat” to distract attention from his inability to explain the algorithm that downgraded millions of ‘A’ level students just because they didn’t go to private schools. But it seems he spoke without considering his own actions. Thanks are due to Evolve Politics for researching the background of one Claire Fox, most recently…

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Tories have wasted £120m in two years trying to tell people they’re not disabled

What a waste of time and money. Over the last two years, Conservative governments have spent more than £120 million in taxpayers’ money fighting disability benefit claims – despite losing three-quarters of tribunal appeals. That means automatic wastage of £90 million – but it is likely that the quarter of claimants who lost their appeals also had valid grounds to claim Personal Independence Payment and/or Employment and Support Allowance but were outflanked by a prejudiced system. The increase in expenditure is far greater than the 13 per cent increase in…

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DWP rejection of benefit increase call proves conclusively: we’re NOT ‘all in it together’

The Department for Work and Pensions has rejected a call by its own advisors to increase benefits and help two million people get through the Covid-19 crisis. The Tory government promised to increase the amounts of Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits payable to claimants, way back in March. But people on the so-called “legacy” benefits like Employment and Support Allowance have been denied the same courtesy. Ministers said this is because it would take too much time to implement. What – a few keystrokes on a computer takes too…

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DWP crashes to another court defeat over sickness benefits

The High Court has just ruled that a rule allowing the Department for Work and Pensions to force some benefit claimants to wait – unpaid – for a mandatory reconsideration before they can appeal against refusal is unlawful. The system previously demanded that, if a claim for income-related Employment and Support Allowance was refused, claimants would have to wait for a “mandatory reconsideration” of their case to take place before they could appeal. This could take weeks, and has often taken months, in which the claimant – who is claiming…

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Did Tory-run DWP change rules on cancelling benefits to avoid humiliation in court?

The Department for Work and Pensions has quietly changed its rules on stopping benefits of vulnerable claimants – after relatives of a man who died of starvation won the right to have a judicial review. Relatives of Errol Graham were granted permission for a judicial review of DWP policies after the department failed to review and revise them itself, following his death. The DWP ignored its own safeguarding advice to deprive Errol Graham of his benefits, This Site reported previously. Left with no income, Mr Graham starved to death. He…

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Court showdown for DWP over Errol Graham – who starved to death after his benefits were axed

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will have to answer questions in court about the legality of its safeguarding policies after a family challenged it over the death of a vulnerable man. The DWP ignored its own safeguarding advice to deprive Errol Graham of his benefits, This Site reported previously. Left with no income, Mr Graham starved to death. He had been receiving incapacity benefit, and then ESA, for many years as a result of enduring mental distress that had led to him being sectioned. The DWP stopped Mr…

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Defence secretary phoned Saudi Arabia to apologise for human rights sanctions – claim

Typical two-faced Tories – they say one thing to us and a completely different thing to their warmongering buddies abroad. In this case, it seems UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace phoned up a Saudi defence minister to renew the UK’s support for the regime there and its work – which we must take as including its genocidal war against Yemen. This happened just one day after the UK announced sanctions on individuals from Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. Here’s The Independent: The UK government privately showered Saudi Arabia’s government with praise a day…

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Starmer’s bid to engage Armed Forces is a pale shadow of Corbyn’s

Isn’t it strange how Keir Starmer is attacking the legacy of Jeremy Corbyn in public while failing to offer anything better than watered-down versions of the former Labour leader’s policies? Today is Armed Forces Day, so Starmer has rolled out a weak-ass offer to the UK’s serving men and women, under the banner of the existing “Friends of the Forces”. It comes with absolutely no offers at all – just an undertaking to “listen” to the views of forces personnel. Shadow defence secretary John Healey said he wanted to hear…

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How many of the Bournemouth beach idiots are already giving Covid-19 to their family and friends?

Half a million halfwits sitting on a beach. Half a million halfwits sitting on a beach, And if one of those halfwits should have Covid-19, There’ll be half a million halfwits sitting in hospital. It doesn’t rhyme but it gets the point across, I hope. The worst part of it is that everybody who went to Bournemouth beach on the hottest day of the year had every right to be there because Boris Johnson has been permitting visits to English beaches since the end of May. The English have been told…

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As Johnson announces premature relaxation of lockdown, his lapdog Keir Starmer applauds

Political opposition to our Conservative dictatorship is dead – at least, as far as the Labour Party under Keir Starmer is concerned. Let’s be clear. This graphic explains the current position: Scientists have made it clear that reducing social distancing now and reopening public-facing businesses would be premature: NEW: Independent SAGE has evaluated the scientific evidence on social distancing & concludes it is not safe to reduce it from 2m to 1m indoors as government proposes pic.twitter.com/GHgJ6SXW7C — Independent SAGE (@IndependentSage) June 21, 2020 But Keir Starmer, tail-wagging Tory puppy…

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