Category Archives: IDS Iain Duncan Smith

Hungry Britain

A little dated but there’s no reason to suspect any improvement. No tax avoidance here.

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New Statesman: When David Cameron became Tory leader, he wanted to end child poverty. Now he just wants to stop measuring it

New Statesman: When David Cameron became Tory leader, he wanted to end child poverty. Now he just wants to stop measuring it Now you see it…  Now you don’t.  The government’s rustled up a party trick for the kids this … Continue reading

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Shall we start a new series ~ A DECADE AGO TODAY?

W(h)ell it’s coming up for it, no? A decade ago today … I’ts coming up for G8 at Gleneagles, 7/7 and you can’t go down here, we haven’t let those undesirable lefties die yet, terrorism BS, the murder of Jean … Continue reading

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Some thinks …

Thinks to be ammended, changed Thing(k)s have moved on now since I was politically active. I think (consider) that it was well out of order that I was (am) considered a suspected terrrist through legitimate political activism. edit: the point … Continue reading

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Some light Christmas reading

A few politics articles for light Christmas reading … Why are taxpayers spending £60m on a bridge for Joanna Lumley? The bridge has been sold as a new public right of way by Johnson. In reality it is anything but. … Continue reading

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Conservative and Lib-Dem-Conservative attacks on disabled people

We’re NOT all in this together: the story of the closure of the Independent Living Fund from Moore Lavan Films on Vimeo.

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Appeal against the bedroom tax!

There’s a judgement that says a bedroom is a room furnished as a bedroom or used to sleep in. All bedroom tax decisions can be appealed. Time is running out to appeal. The Bedroom Tax is Dead here’s why | … Continue reading

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UK politics news

Recent UK politics news articles Cabinet secrets reveal Thatcher’s “war of attrition” against Scargill Thatcher’s secret intervention in policing of miners’ pickets Thatcher cover-up: MacGregor’s secret hit list for pit closures Bring It On | George Monbiot Labour Must Repeal … Continue reading

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Commentary and analysis of recent political events

That Conservative, illiberal Nick Clegg is keen to do the Tories’ work Clegg leaves the door open to further welfare cuts George Osborne has made it clear that he plans to introduce “billions” more in welfare cuts if the Tories … Continue reading

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Commentary and analysis of recent political events

There’s a special edition of BBC Question Time tonight from Johannesburg, South Africa. I hope that somebody will discuss the real legacy of Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress: that South Africa is still an Apartheid state. The clearest … Continue reading

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Politics news allsorts

Commentary and analysis of recent UK politics events Edward Snowden voted Guardian person of the year 2013 for his whistleblowing on worldwide surveillance activities. Online gamers are targeted by NSA and GCHQ … Online gaming is big business, attracting tens … Continue reading

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Politics news allsorts

Huge tech firms have formed the Reform Government Surveillance group to demand changes to excessive surveillance by world governments. The group has published an open letter to President Obama and Congress: Dear Mr. President and Members of Congress, We understand … Continue reading

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Politics news allsorts

Links today – reach your own conclusions. I spared you from a photo of Alastair Campbell. Secret memo shows key role for Blairites in Labour’s election team (Alan Milburn started the privatization of the NHS under Blair) conflicts with David and … Continue reading

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Cabinet minister ‘misled’ Parliament over welfare reform

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/10465480/Cabinet-minister-misled-Parliament-over-welfare-reform.html Andrew Lansley, a Tory Cabinet minister, is facing claims that he misled Parliament after doubts were cast on his denial that ministers attempted to influence a report by MPs into the Universal Credit fiasco … Andrew Lansley, the Leader … Continue reading

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Iain Duncan Smith and the Tories F*Up again: Training people to use universal credit ‘could cost hundreds of millions’

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/21/universal-credit-benefit-training-cost-millions Research shows many benefit claimants will need extensive help to get online, open bank accounts and manage budgets Equipping benefit claimants with the digital and financial skills to use the government’s new universal credit welfare system is likely to … Continue reading

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Labour: We’ll scrap benefits for under 25s [unless they agree to be subjected to forced labour or some useless training course]

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/10461175/Labour-Well-scrap-benefits-for-under-25s.html Only those in “purposeful” training or carrying out an “intensive” job search would be eligible for the allowance, under proposals being considered by the party People under the age of 25 would be barred from claiming unemployment benefits under … Continue reading

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Archbishop attacks UK food poverty

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/19/food-poverty-archbishop-york-john-sentamu John Sentamu calls for ‘more equitable, more caring world’ and questions effects of government’s welfare reforms The archbishop of York has attacked the “new and terrible” blight of food poverty and increasing malnutrition in Britain, questioned the effects of … Continue reading

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Bedroom tax affected more than 522,000 people, first figures show

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/13/bedroom-tax-figures-august The government has released the first statistics showing the impact of the controversial subsidy withdrawal in August More than 522,000 housing benefit claimants were subject to the bedroom tax in August and had their housing benefit reduced by an … Continue reading

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Bad management and cruelty: Iain Duncan Smith and the failures of the Work Programme

http://www.newstatesman.com/uk-politics/2013/11/bad-management-and-cruelty-failures-work-programme A toxic mixture of policy by soundbite, twisted statistics and a spurious belief in the efficacy of the private sector has created a programme that is going to fail a whole generation. by Alan White         … Continue reading

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Bedroom tax debate

The Labour party has called an opposition day debate on the subject of the bedroom tax. The bedroom tax has proved hugely disruptive to poor families and the disabled. The debate may be ongoing now or I may have missed … Continue reading

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