Politics

  • Judicial review rules benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents June 22, 2017 The  Conservatives have been dealt a blow by a high court judgement today, which ruled that the government’s highly controversial benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with young children. The imposing of a benefit cap on tens of thousands of lone parents with children under the age of two is not only unlawful, it has has resulted in “real damage” to the families affected, the high court has ruled. The judicial review challenge brought by four lone parent families, concerned the reduced benefit cap introduced by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. The revised benefit cap drastically reduced housing benefits, leaving lone parent families across the country unable to afford basic life necessities to care for their children. Mr Justice Collins has ruled that ... Read More
  • Theresa May has turned around in a panic to leave No.10 door ajar on sectarianism June 22, 2017 So, it has been two weeks since the General Election. We are still no further forward in the Tories and the DUP making any formal deal. This doesn’t surprise many of us because both parties are selfish, opportunists, who care not for the people but for how they can gain out of this. With Brexit talks currently underway, the Prime Minister may fail to realise that she may not be the Prime Minister who will finish these talks. Theresa May is falling apart, this is transparent now. On the news, she refused to meet with the Grenfell survivors, she’s being rightly criticised for her extreme austerity regime which contributed to a cheaper more flammable cladding being used on the Tower block ... Read More
  • Unemployment is not entertainment June 21, 2017 Recently we got another message from a television company. We are always wary about television. Generally, when media people contact us it’s to ask us to source people for them who are facing a particular problem situation. This isn’t easy as even when we know people who fit the bill, they probably won’t want to talk on camera. And we have learnt through experience that after we have worked hard to find someone and they have given their, often very personal, story, the chances are it won’t be used. Now we need to be convinced that media people are committed to a serious bit of reporting; otherwise we tell them to go to a jobcentre themselves and talk to the ... Read More
  • Theresa May faces legal challenge regarding DUP ‘arrangement’ June 20, 2017 Talks between the DUP and the Government “haven’t proceeded in a way that DUP would have expected”, sources have told Sky News. Apparently, Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is urging the Government to give “greater focus” to the negotiations and that the “party can’t be taken for granted”. It has been widely expected that the DUP will want more money for Northern Ireland as part of the deal. A day before setting out her legislative measures in the Queen’s Speech, Theresa May has yet to secure a deal with the DUP to allow her Government programme to survive a Commons vote. The talks have been ongoing since the Conservatives failed to win an outright parliamentary majority in a disastrous General Election on ... Read More
  • The Poisened Chalice…. June 20, 2017 It seems there are two jobs that earn the title of Poisened Chalice, the PMs and the Leader of the LibDems! No wonder Joe Swinson backed out, anyone taking it on might not have a very long Political future ahead of them if rumours are right.  Would they do another deal with the Tories? Who knows in this fast moving drama? It seems however the Tories are good at picking up Poisened Chalices, they frequently flout or stretch the rules to there very limits. An excellent example of this is how in Scotland during this last Election they flew in ‘Paper Candidates’ which just shows how feeble our Electoral Laws are. Ochil and South Perthshire has a new MP…..he lives in Swindon!  All ... Read More
  • British Politics and the Hate Machine June 20, 2017 Terrorism is not the problem in the United Kingdom. The real problem is that terrorism has been manufactured by the state and used as a weapon to divide us, all to advance the ambitions and aspirations of the ruling class. Last night in Finsbury Park, a busy inner-city stretch of north London, another vehicle was used as a weapon of terror; careering off the road into innocent pedestrians with the deliberate intention of maiming and killing in the cause of hatred. What sets this incident apart from what the British press usually highlight is that the perpetrator, 47 year old Cardiff man Darren Osborne, was a white Islamophobic extremist, radicalised – if The Telegraph is to be trusted – as a ... Read More
  • Tories at it again / 2 Articles from Tom Pride June 19, 2017 Tory housing spokesman in London proposed abolishing Health and Safety Executive in 2014 Harry Phibbs is a journalist who writes for the the influential Tory grassroots website Conservative Home, as well as for the Daily Mail. In 2014, Phibbs wrote a bizarre article in which he proposed abolishing the Health and Safety Executive: But Phibbs also happens to be a councillor in Hammersmith and Fulham, right next to the area where the Grenfell Tower tragedy took place. And remarkably, Phibbs is Tory housing spokesman for the London borough: This may give us some insight into the mindset of his fellow Tory councillors in the neighboring borough of Kensington, who allowed one of their tower blocks with hundreds of families living in it to be clad in flammable ... Read More
  • Grenfell, inequality and the Conservatives’ bonfire of red tape June 19, 2017 The Grenfell Tower fire reflects a colossal betrayal of working class people’s trust by the state. The Conservatives have emphasised “economic growth” at the expense of citizen’s welfare in their policies since taking office in 2010. This is a government that has rewarded the propertied class and punished the renting class (by inflicting policies such as the bedroom tax, and the welfare cap, for example). It’s a government that values and supports profiteering landlords, who have lobbied against essential safeguarding regulation, and one that has also imposed massive local authority budget cuts. It’s estimated that there are more than 700 tower blocks in London. These range from the brand new luxury apartments to the post-war council-owned buildings which were seen as ... Read More
  • What Lessons Should Scotland Learn? June 19, 2017 Grenfell tower has laid bare the complete and utter contempt the Westminster government has for London’s ordinary working people, the marginalised, and the vulnerable. If we think they care about Scotland we are delusional. Grenfell tower is an inferno that, in the past days, has ripped right through the heart of every part of the United Kingdom. Later today the London Metropolitan Police will release adjusted figures relating to the number of people still missing, and – considering figures on the ground in the north Kensington estate have been ranging from anywhere between 150 to 538 – we must all be prepared to be horrified at the number. We can be under no illusions; in this case the word “missing” is ... Read More
  • Counting the Dead June 19, 2017 What would be the harm in the government and the media rephrasing their refrain from “thirty confirmed dead” to “more than a hundred feared dead?” It’s in the numbers. The bigger the number the faster the government falls. All day I have spent watching the social media updates of volunteers and volunteer organisations at the scene of the Grenfell tower disaster, and everywhere the same question is being asked: How many have really died? People are angry and frustrated, no less that this catastrophe happened in the first place, with the media repeating the same inanity; “thirty confirmed dead.” Somewhere in the region of 70 to 150 people are still unaccounted for – missing. No one on the streets of north ... Read More