Category: ReBlogged

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.



Can an Independent Scotland stand on its own two feet?.

An excellent piece by John Jappy, who confirms that contrary to popular misconception and media distortion, Scotland is more than capable of standing alone after independence.

I’ll let the article speak for itself.

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

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.

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…

Erik Sandberg posted in referendum on May 13, 2014 at 13:30:25 in the KILTR Referendum group on KILTR.

So, who wants to be the one to point out their little error then? Really lads, was this banner comprising only four words too difficult to get right?

I know that laughing at something like this can appear petty, but it really does sum up the NO campaign for me. People milling around without much purpose, a misleading headline and the inability to get even the simplest thing correct

The street sign just adds the perfect finishing touch – One Way – Yes indeed, backwards!


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

the void

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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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.


Labour haven’t just lost their way, they have chosen this path of being ‘Tory Light’ to pick up disgruntled Conservative voters. They’re leaning to the right like the Tower of Pisa!



It almost seems another age, but it was only last weekend when they came to Perth. This was where our comrades in the Labour Party got back in touch with their ‘core’ Labour values, where the word ‘Socialism’ was banded about as if it had just been discovered and Blair had never existed.  The SNP were the party of ‘big business’ of ‘Osborne max’. Only these great tribunes of the people could rescue Scotland from the Tories that were everywhere in our midst – except in ‘Better Together’, obviously – where they actually work with them! So what did these ‘weekend socialists’ do when they returned to the day job at Westminster? Well, they voted with the Tories to put a cap on the amount of money the Government  can spend on the welfare budget. A callous, reprehensible and regressive measure that will once again disadvantage the poorest  in our communities…

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