Category: ConDems behaving badly!

The Internet, The Tory And The Black, Black Oil | A Greater Stage.

I’m not saying there’s a massive, untapped oil field off Scotland’s west coast.

I’m not saying David Cameron flew up here to see for himself.

I’m not saying he has conspired with oil companies to hide this information from the Scottish public until after September 18th.

I’m not saying that Westminster will resort to the most desperate acts to prevent us leaving the UK.



JobCentre Advisor ‘Disciplined For Not Sanctioning Enough’ | Same Difference.

Ian Duncan Smith and the DWP have said time and time again that there are no targets for their Jobcentre Plus staff to reach, regarding the sanctioning of welfare claimants. Despite copies of letters to the contrary supposedly released by whistle-blowers, they have been adamant that no such criteria exists.

Yet here we have another DWP employee, an advisor with Jobcentre Plus, who is claiming to have been disciplined for not sanctioning enough claimants. Thus, it would appear that there is a covert set of targets for them to reach. In what could be described anecdotal evidence to back up this claim, is the rapid rise of claimants sanctioned. As reported in The Guardian on May 14th this year, the amount of claimants punished in such a manner rose to 227,629 in the last three months of 2013, an increase of 69,600 on the equivalent quarter in 2012. 

This begs the question, if there are targets to hit and staff are in danger of not reaching it, would they falsify a sanction in order to protect their own job? If so, that means there could be literally thousands of people unable to pay rent, afford food or heat their homes because of an outright lie. Someone is being forced to either punish another human being undeservedly, just so that they can keep their job and continue to do the same. That should not just scare unemployed people the most, but it should scare anyone who thinks that our government is prepared to help them should they lose their jobs.

Bankers who gambled with out money and politicians who didn’t legislate to prevent it may have brought the economy to its knees, but it’s the country’s poorest who are now ultimately paying for the rich peoples’ mistakes.

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 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.

Government welfare minister receives £10,000 from aggressive loans company | Left Foot Forward.

I question the wisdom of DWP Minister Esther McVey accepting a cash donation from Henry Angest, the Chairman and CEO of Arbuthnot Banking Group. His company owns ‘Everyday Loans’  who provide unsecured loans to people on benefits at up to 80%  APR.

So-called ‘Pay day loans’ companies are generally seen to be adding to debt and poverty amongst the poor and those claiming benefits, so it makes my ‘Spidey Senses’ tingle  when  £10k of a £17.5k loan goes to a DWP Minister. Why would someone responsible for cutting benefits to the most needy in society, think it is acceptable to take money from someone whose company does nothing short of exploit those same people?

I do accept that the gentleman’s personal politics and his money are his own business, but I would also argue that there is a conflict of interest that the government must consider before accepting such a gift. Bearing in mind that  such business operates within guidelines set by the FSA, which operates under UK legislation, this could be seen as an incentive for those who set legislation to look favourably upon a particular company or business sector.

I’m not accusing anyone of anything (at the moment), but I think either the donor or the recipient, should gift that money to a charity which helps people either deal with or avoid debt.

Just a thought…

I wonder if the DWP is bullying Shiplee back to work, or happily handing over cash for him to stay at home?

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atos_dr_nick The man in charge of bungling the introduction of Universal Credit is currently only working a day a week after being on the sick since last Christmas.

Howard Shiplee is the builder that Iain Duncan Smith brought in to rescue his doomed project to reform benefits last year.  He is the sixth boss Universal Credit has had in the last two years and after just a few months in the job went on long-term sick leave.  According to Computer Weekly, who uncovered the story, he was suffering from bronchitis which has now developed into something more serious.  The publication claims the DWP are looking for someone to replace him behind his back.

Of course Shiplee, like everyone else, has the right to take time off if he is unwell.  But 20,000 people with respiratory conditions have been found fit for work since the Atos assessments began.  Under Universal Credit some…

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David Cameron: Taxes will rise unless we can raid bank accounts – Telegraph.

Yes Dave, because the HMRC always gets its sums right doesn’t it? Nobody has ever had to receive a tax rebate because they were taxed too much, have they?

Cameron isn’t an idiot, not by any means. This is simply another way in which our freedom as individuals, mine and yours, is being eroded by a government that may be without a mandate but not without an agenda.

How much in terms of time and cost will be spent on pursuing someone who might allegedly owe taxes? What burden of proof will first be required to permit such a raid on an individual’s bank account? If a precedent is set where a government can remove money from our bank accounts, then what guarantees do we have that such powers will not be abused?

There are two questions this raises in my mind:

1.) Why do we not see similar actions being taken against businesses who have evaded or avoided tax?

2.) If a self-employed person has avoided tax, presumably they have done so by taking cash jobs and not recording the transaction in their accounts. That being the case, how would HMRC know and who would be stupid enough to evade tax and then deposit it into their bank account?

It’s yet another crowd pleasing initiative created placate the ‘hard working tax payer’, who is being fed threats of mass immigration, migrants stealing British jobs, unemployed people leading lives of luxury at their expense, etc…

Keep voting for these cretins and you’re going to lose the very freedoms they purport to defend!

Play This Everywhere.

I can’t remember being as moved by a man’s words in my entire life. I am absolutely not ashamed to say that I was in tears by the end of this video.


Unwell person incited to commit suicide – on David Cameron’s Facebook page.

The main issue here of course is the continued war against the sick, disabled and unemployed by the Coalition government. The situation the person found themselves in is, as many of us believe, merely the tip of the austerity iceberg.

Leaving this aside for the moment, there are two further issues that this incident throws a spotlight on. The first, is with the DWP employee who allegedly after hearing the distraught person’s threat of suicide, informed them that it was “their choice” to do so. I understand that suicide is a difficult subject to discuss, but surely we cannot be so devoid of compassion that we would simply dismiss someone so readily? Given the kind of situations DWP employees are likely to face, such as very distraught people, wouldn’t some training be in order to help them deal with sensitive situations better?

The second issue is the Facebook page belonging to David Cameron. Social Media in general I think is a god thing, promoting communication and disseminating information quickly being just two positives. However, it is also a place where bullying and threatening behaviour can go unchecked and sadly, can often be encouraged or at least, left unchallenged. If the PM has a Facebook page, then he should employ an agency or at least an individual, to monitor the pages for unsuitable comments. Having seen David Cameron’s page on many occasions, it would appear that either nobody does this, or that they are unable to adequately deal with the influx of comments.

Any social media professional will tell you that the only thing worse that not having a social media presence, is having which has no interactivity with users and posts without adding any value to its content. It could also be argued that in not moderating comments, the page is passively encouraging people to post comments which are inflammatory, abusive, threatening or just lain bonkers. I am admin for a Facebook site and I can tell you that I would never permit an abusive comment to remain on the page. If the poster did not resolve it themselves, I would do it for them and they would subsequently be banned from the page.

If these types of comments wouldn’t be tolerated on a Facebook page promoting a business, then what message does the Prime Minister’s page convey by doing nothing about it?

Tory and Lib Dem MPs exempt themselves from changes to state pension age.


Bless ’em, those lovely MP’s deserve to retire because they work so hard for us…


Don’t they?