Tag Archives: current-events

Social Security spending | Notes from the north

“Much has been said in the past about the UK as a tax haven. Certainly, from reports in the past, billions are lost due to “sweetheart deals” between big businesses and the tax authorities in cases where big business won’t pay what they are supposed to pay. This report, from April 2013 highlighted the case of just 4 such deals, which were worth £4.5 billion in total. If the agreements reached managed to get in £4.5 billion to the treasury, then that means several billion more is lost. But how much of the…”

Source: Social Security spending | Notes from the north

The Desperate Fight Within Disabled Campaigning | jaynelinney

*headdesk* I have to keep reminding myself that people are often really f*cking stupid. I really don’t understand the mentality that leads people to attack others because of a percieved “difference”.

I think that some people have a great deal of difficulty in understanding that we are not a single homogenous mass. That we are individuals with our own quirks and foibles. Trying to force people into “the right way of doing things” or making fun/abusing people because they have different opinions is something we should have grown out of by the time we leave school.

Manners. Civility. Politeness. They cost nothing. They are so easy to use and they do so much more than people realise. And they are NOT a sign of weakness or passivity. It is possible to use all three and still be assertive and forthright. It is possible to disagree vehemently with someone and still remain polite. You can use all the names you like in your head but what comes out of your mouth – or fingers – demonstrates your level of control & ability to work – or not – with others.

As a group we are so much stronger. All of our experiences, all of our abilities, all of our passion, mingled, honed, controlled and aimed should be like switching on the Death Star. But we can’t do anything if we can’t control ourselves first.

“…in this very short period of time several of those willing to do the backroom work have been bullied and verbally assaulted by the same people who purport to believe in campaigning and challenging for our rights. So much so, that a number of the individuals willing to use their spare energy have said they can no longer continue; I simply do not understand this!”

The Desperate Fight Within Disabled Campaigning | jaynelinney.

Labour didn’t lose the election in 2015…. | Paul Bernal’s Blog

Paul pretty much nails it. Cowardly in politics, cowardly in opposition, fear of the media all leads people to one of two conclusions. First, that the Tories are right about the Labour Party and second that the Labour Party generally agree with everything the Tories are doing. That there is no difference between the two parties, and hasn’t been since Tory Blair took leadership, seems quite obvious to many of us who would really like our real Labour Party back.

I am tempted to join the Labour Party simply so that I can have a say in the leadership elections, not that I expect to make a difference (much like in the General Election, I pretty much expect the Right to win). The words “Turn left. No, your other left!” just popped into my head for some reason!

Labour didn’t lose the election in 2015…. | Paul Bernal’s Blog.

March For The Homeless A Huge Success: This Is Exactly What The Capital Needs | the void

The march stopped briefly at David Cameron’s backdoor, the often forgotten other end of Downing Street next to St James Park, before making its way to Buckingham Palace where police were forced to hurriedly make a line in front of the gates to prevent the Palace being stormed. Sort of. Then it was onto the Pall Mall squat which had been occupied in protest at London’s housing crisis and was conveniently evicted on the morning of the march. A line of bailiffs were guarding the building and as the crowd approached one of them unexpectedly lashed out at a protester punching him in the face before being restrained by his colleagues and bundled inside. This took place in full view of several police officers who chose to do precisely fuck all about an unprovoked and vicious assault. Is it any wonder people call them the filth?

via March For The Homeless A Huge Success: This Is Exactly What The Capital Needs | the void.

NHA co-leader standing against Cameron prevented from challenging PM over NHS at local hustings – NHA Party

‘Dr Clive Peedell says it’s the only local hustings to exclude him. Even though the organiser has admitted it was an oversight, he has refused to allow Dr Peedell to attend and refused to discuss the matter further, bluntly telling the cancer specialist in an email: “The matter is closed”.’

Another Witney Independent candidate was also refused entry despite having a ticket.

via NHA co-leader standing against Cameron prevented from challenging PM over NHS at local hustings – NHA Party.

 

Why did Cameron cross the road?

He was afraid of the chicken.

(joke seen on Twitter last week)

IDS knowingly lies over HB as his own figures reveal bedroom tax et al COST £440m more per year | SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites)

Those pants he claimed on expenses must be a pile of ashes by now.

IDS knowingly lies over HB as his own figures reveal bedroom tax et al COST £440m more per year | SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites).

Conservative negative campaign strategy: “share the lies and win a prize” | Politics and Insights – kittysjones

“There are no positive messages on offer from the Conservatives to potential voters of an aspirational nature on their site, instead, all we see are desperate “warnings” about a Labour government, which border on hysteria, and some have veered from labels such as “Trotskyism” to scenes from 28 Days Later.”

via Conservative negative campaign strategy: “share the lies and win a prize” | Politics and Insights – kittysjones.

Behind The Benefit Bashing Headlines Lies A Nasty Ideology That Is Not Confined To The Daily Mail | the void

“There was a time when policies to send sick or disabled claimants on workfare, or sanction the benefits of lone parents, would have been met with horror by the electorate. There have always been grumblings about the social security system, as with any other institution, but unemployment was once seen as a personal tragedy caused by wider economic failings, not a personal failing caused by laziness or the wrong attitude.”

via Behind The Benefit Bashing Headlines Lies A Nasty Ideology That Is Not Confined To The Daily Mail | the void.

Follow the Money: Tory Ideology is all about handouts to the wealthy that are funded by the poor | Politics and Insights – kittysjones

Originally published May 2013, this is still a very relevent.

“By portraying housing benefit as a payment for “the shirkers”, not “the strivers”, Cameron and Osborne aim to convince the public that their draconian, unprecedented welfare “reforms” are justified. 60 percent of people visiting food banks last year were in work. But unemployment benefits are just 13 percent of the national average earnings. What Cameron’s Government have done is created extreme hardship for many of those in work, and further severe hardship for those who are unemployed.”

via Follow the Money: Tory Ideology is all about handouts to the wealthy that are funded by the poor | Politics and Insights – kittysjones.

The EU needs to crack down on the real scroungers – tax avoiders | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Tax avoidance is robbery, regardless of what any silver-tongued outrider of the corporate world tells you. Companies depend on the labour of their wealth-creating workers: a workforce expensively trained up by a state education system, kept healthy by state healthcare, and whose low pay is subsidised by the state.

The private sector depends on a bailed-out financial system, state-funded infrastructure, state support for research and development, and a law and order system to protect them and their property.

via The EU needs to crack down on the real scroungers – tax avoiders | Comment is free | theguardian.com.