Archive for June, 2014


NAMED: The 177 MPs who voted YES to the Bedroom Tax after claiming up to £25K EACH in accommodation expenses. | JACK MONROE:.

Having re-blogged earlier about the way in which benefit claimants are treated, I thought it was a good idea to show you how very well paid people are treating the public purse.

This informative piece by Jack Monroe, names the MP’s who voted for the Bedroom Tax whilst claiming vast sums of money for their own accommodation. The hypocrisy of these men and women and of the system which allows this, seems to know no bounds!

BBC responds to complaints about anti-austerity demo – with a form letter.

50,000 people in the middle of London, telling their Government to stop attacking its people with austerity DIDN’T merit coverage by the BBC. I, like many others asked why and this was their response:

Dear Mr Connolly

Thanks for contacting us about coverage of the People’s Assembly anti-austerity demonstration on 21 June.

We understand you feel there was insufficient coverage of this demonstration by BBC News.

We have received a wide range of feedback about our coverage of this story. In order to use our TV licence fee resources efficiently, this general response aims to answer the key concerns raised, but we apologise in advance if it doesn’t address your specific points in the manner you would prefer.

Your concerns were raised with senior editorial staff at BBC News who responded as follows:

“We covered this demonstration on the BBC News Channel with five reports throughout Saturday evening, on the BBC News website on Sunday, as well as on social media. We choose which stories we cover based on how newsworthy they are and what else is happening and we didn’t provide extensive coverage because of a number of bigger national and international news stories that day, including the escalating crisis in Iraq, British citizens fighting in Syria and the death of Gerry Conlon.

We frequently report on the UK economy and what it means for the British public. We also reflect the concerns of people such as those demonstrating, and others who hold opposing views, across our daily news output on TV, radio as well as online, and we also explore them in more depth including in our political programming and current affairs investigations, debates on ‘Question Time’ and during interviews and analysis on programmes such as ‘PM’ and ‘Newsnight’. Inevitably, there may be disagreements over the level of prominence we give to stories, but we believe our coverage of this subject has been fair and impartial.”

We hope this goes some way to explaining our position, and thanks again for taking the time to contact us.

Kind Regards

BBC Complaints
www.bbc.co.uk/complaints

NB This is sent from an outgoing account only which is not monitored. You cannot reply to this email address but if necessary please contact us via our webform quoting any case number we provided.

Oh well that’s OK then!

 

Benefit Claimant Bashing- The New Bloodsport.

Having just had the flat screen TV, laptop and iPhone debate with some knuckle dragging Daily Mail types myself, I felt this was an appropriate comment to re-blog today.

It seems as though being vilified is not enough punishment for those claiming Jobseekers Allowance while looking for work, but we must be seen to be poor and deserving enough to justify that support. God forbid we have a TV, or a mobile phone, or access to any form of technology. The thought that those items may have been in our possession prior to job loss isn’t considered, and for some people, it is of no consequence. I have even seen suggestions that benefit claimants sell such items of value, and live off the money instead of being supported by the state.

This blood lust for the unemployed or any kind of benefit claimant may be running rampant, but I don’t hold those individuals solely responsible for their stupidity and their hatred. The fuel for their fire is gleefully provided by pillars of virtue like the Daily Mail. Their journalists delight in presenting the worst possible examples of humanity, holding them up as representatives of all unemployed and the cause of the country’s blighted economy. When Channel 5 present sensationalist programmes like Benefits Street or On Benefits and Proud, the sheep take to social media in mass hysteria demanding something be done . That ‘something’ is often a call for violence,l but unless you ar a TV personality or famous for something,  the authorities aren’t particularly interested.

Still, it keeps the proletariat occupied and divided while the real criminals in Westminster dismantle the state, give private contracts to their greedy friends, fiddle their expenses and hand out peerages to their best party donors.

BBC and press ignore massive demonstration against austerity in London | Pride’s Purge.

Given the curiously large amount of time given over to the banal on programmes like BBC Breakfast, it seems strange that 50,000 people gathering not far from its doors was deemed not newsworthy.  Surely someone looked out of their window at BBC HQ and thought “Well that’s odd!”?

Imagine being a journalist or news correspondent, tasked with searching out stories for your editor on a daily basis. I imagine there will be slow news days where not a lot happens, and I can’t think of anything particularly pressing in any news bulletin I saw yesterday. Wouldn’t a massive, orchestrated crowd gathered in protest  at their country’s Government, be a bit of a gift for you?

People need to wake up and realise that examples of others protesting is not what your leaders want you to see, because that just might make you start thinking. It may just be the beginning of your enlightenment and that is something they really cannot afford.

What did make the news yesterday was that the Queen bought Prince William a new helicopter, costing a whopping £8m. NOW do you understand why austerity is not news they want you to see?

BBC News – Michael Fabricant apologises for Yasmin Alibhai-Brown ‘joke’.

Conservative MP’s are often accused of being out of touch with the people, yet rather than trying to disprove the sentiment they seem to view it as a challenge to be even more removed.

Mike Fabricant, who already has something of a Middle Earth aura about him, has this week shown himself to be something of a troll by saying he’d probably punch a female journalist in the throat. Now I don’t believe he would actually do it, but it’s hardly a subject that anyone in his position should be ‘joking’ about. I use the term joking advisedly because although I don’t believe he would do it, I think he probably longs for the days when giving the little woman a slap was just ‘normal’.

It seems to me that he is of a time when women were supposed to know their place, which was probably in the kitchen or the nursery with the children. There are plenty like Mike in the Conservative Party who despite their leadership’s attempts to move into the 21st century, will always drag them back to darker days. Indeed, when David Cameron championed the rights of gay people to get married, many of his back benchers were horrified at the prospect and fought him. Again, this tells us that while a few try to garner the populist votes, the majority either keep quiet or display breathtakingly backwards thinking.

Of course, Mike did tweet a general apology…of sorts:

If anyone believes I would seriously threaten someone with violence, I of course withdraw and apologise.”

So he’s only really apologising if you or I are the sort of people who believe he would punch a woman, rather than being sorry for what he said. The implication being that you or I, simply overreacted to his comments. 

Addressing Yasmin Alibhai-Brown directly, he then tweeted:

Sorry @y_alibhai if you actually thought I would punch you. I actually don’t do that sort of thing. But you are utterly infuriating! xx

Once again, he wasn’t apologising for what he said as such. He apologised if Yasmin actually thought he would punch her, which means she would have to feel personally threatened by him in order for the apology to be meaningful. As for the kisses at the end of it, well that was just plain sarcasm!

In the style of any true politician, Mike has not only offended women by joking about violence towards them, but he makes an apology which ridicules Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and anyone who accepts it. That to my mind, is no apology at all.

Ruth Davidson backs currency union | Scottish National Party.

So Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative and Union Party says she would back a currency union if Scotland votes for Independence. Granted, she says she would support it AFTER a yes vote, but that still goes against her Westminster bosses and directly opposes what George Osborne has said. Do we take this as unofficial confirmation that Westminster would capitulate to the currency union and if so, has Ruth just undermined everything Cameron and co have been saying? Has she in effect, called her party’s own bluff?

It would certainly confirm YES supporters’ suspicions all along, that the question of sharing a currency has merely been an attempt to kill the independence argument. It is still one of the biggest topics of debate between both sides of the support, with the NO supporters wringing their hands in desperation as they ponder how we’ll get along without the pound. I and many others simply don’t believe the threat was in any way credible, as not sharing the currency would do massive damage to trade between Scotland and the UK. Business leaders would simply not stand for a government who threatened their survival, just as we’re trying to claw our way out of recession. And of course there’s the question of exactly how Westminster would deny us the pound. Are they planning to send the troops in to confiscate our wallets and purses?

I am concerned however, that the realisation of threats from Westminster being only bluff and bluster will come too late and that fear will lead us to vote NO. Bravery, and the willingness to make a leap of faith have long since deserted many Scots.

Open Letter to the so-called Cybernats | 10.01 Campaign10.01 Campaign.

I wanted to share this letter from Jim Sillars on the subject of cyber abuse, specifically in relation to the Campbell Gunn events I posted about earlier. It’s an intelligently written piece, and speaks of  the depths to which the UK will go to in making sure that independence support dies – not necessarily of natural causes either.

What this letter also underlines is that the Better Together supporters get away with murder on a daily basis, because the mainstream media will not cover threats and abuse targeted at First Minister Salmond, or Deputy First Minister Sturgeon. They do not cover the kind of bile doled out to the Weirs from Ayrshire, who have donated some of their lottery winnings to the independence campaign.

With only 6 points between YES and NO in the most recent polls, I can only imagine how better we would be doing if the way in which #indyref news was covered was not biased in favour of Westminster.

A post I made on Facebook yesterday (WARNING – it’s a little sweary):

Sick of all the shit being thrown around in this damn #indyref debate! Truly makes we want to shut down my social media until 2015! The worst thing about it all, without shadow of a doubt, is how bigotry seems to drive a lot of what I’m seeing. Sadly, the worst I have seen has come from Rangers fans, or rather, Orangemen who happen to support Rangers. I keep hearing about Cybernats and how nasty they are, and although I’ve seen some stupid comments, they have nothing on the kind of vitriol spouted by people with NO SURRENDER and the red hand of Ulster plastered all over their Twitter/Facebook accounts.

Jesus Christ people, when the hell are we going to grow out of this shite? Football teams and religion are just a poor excuse for both sides to be shitty to each other, pure and simple. Id this what we are going to leave for the next generation and the one after that? Are we still going to define ourselves by things that happened in centuries past, or by the slightly different way in which we worship a deity who might not even exist? After reading all the spiteful rubbish I’ve seen tonight, I am not proud in any way, shape or form to be Scottish. We’re a national and international embarrassment thanks to people who hate for no reason other than their daddy did before them.

And before anyone questions MY religion or motives, don’t let my surname fool you – I don’t believe in anything. There’s no Heaven, no Hell, no God, no Devil, no nothing except the big black and slowly becoming food for the worms. Any affiliation, club, cult or religion that causes a human being to hate another can’t possibly have a God at its helm.

So yesterday a particularly nasty day on social media over #indyref . Labour accused First Minister Special Advisor Campbell Gunn, of orchestrating a hate campaign against Better Together supporter Clare Lally. How Labour can hold one man responsible, when they have no proof is to quote Johann Lamont, “Astonishing!”  He certainly did make a mistake in speaking to the press and telling them she was related to Pat Lally, because that is simply not true.

He should have kept his mouth shut, BUT he didn’t attack her on Facebook, Twitter or any other media platform. Some people did and like any social media bully, they are pond life with nothing better to do than abuse those who are different in some way. However, this is not simply one incident, it is one incident in thousands that occur daily across the whole range of social media and a broad range of subjects. For the Better Together campaign to latch onto just one, brand it as anti-feminism and erroneously link it to the First Minister’s office, is a desperate attempt to smear that which they can’t debate.

It’s also worth pointing out that countless supporters of the YES campaign, myself included, have also had abuse thrown at us by supporters of Project Fear. I was accused of being a Nazi sympathiser by one BT supporter, a man who was a prominent figure in politics at one point and who now seems to spend much of his time trolling debate pages on Facebook. When the Better Together campaigners and their cohorts can say their support is perfectly behaved, then they can come and lecture us on social media protocol!

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More nonsense from the wonderful world of job hunting! Another in my occasional series of crap job adverts, which are hiding the truth about your prospective employers.

1.) Company confidential: Alarm bells ringing already. Chances are you’ve heard of them (probably from BBC’s Watchdog!) and they don’t want to scare you off.

2.) New start/fresh challenge: Some old bollocks you’d never sanely considered doing!

3.) Need to fill 6 positions IMMEDIATELY: 6 people never showed up for work this morning!

4.) ‘Outbound’ – ‘call centre’ – ‘market our products’: DANGER, DANGER – COLD CALLING ALERT, COLD CALLING ALERT!

5.) Good friendly personality: You must be able to take all manner of abuse from people who didn’t ask you to call them!

6.) Telephone manager to arrange interview: We’re NOT giving you our address…probably because we don’t have a premises!

7.) Self employed position: We take a cut of what you earn, making money off your sweat as you work 60 hours a week to pay your gas bill!

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Oh and just to make super sure you can’t reach us when you don’t get paid – we only use non geographic numbers!