Zoe Williams writes in the Guardian: “The people of Taunton Deane, according to their MP, Rebecca Pow, have never had it better, thanks to Conservative policies. A combination of the higher minimum wage, the higher personal threshold for paying income tax and the frozen fuel duty meant people had ‘thousands more in their pockets’.
“Good intentions would manifest in curiosity about the lived experience of one’s policies, which would in turn entail figuring out what those policies amounted to in the aggregate. Failure to ask such questions is not born out of ignorance: it is critical to the Conservative narrative to deny, forcefully and sometimes gleefully, that anyone in the country is struggling.
From Another Angry Voice: “Every single time you hear someone from the political right trying to make out that Jeremy Corbyn is some kind of hard-left economic extremist (as if the Tories are economic moderates in comparison), you’ve got to remember that they’re trying to convince you that black is white.
“In reality Labour’s core economic policies under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership (public ownership of the rail industry, water companies, mail service, health service, police services & national grid + a National Investment Bank) are quite normal centre-left policies that are commonplace across the developed world.
“Not only are these policies commonplace across the developed world, they’re all incredibly popular with the public. Renationalisation of our core infrastructure and services has overwhelming public support.
“There is a constant right-wing political narrative that Jeremy Corbyn is a terrifying hard-left economic extremist which rarely ever gets challenged by the mainstream media. But the really crazy thing is that while mainstream media hacks continually allow right-wingers to smear Jeremy Corbyn and Labour as economic extremists when they’re not, they’re simultaneously letting the Tories get away with implementing one crackpot economic policy from the hard-right fringe after another.”
[Read full article on Another Angry Voice…]
From Gloucestershire Live: Protesters were out in force in Gloucester city centre on Saturday as part of a ‘national day of action’ in opposition to Universal Credit, the controversial new benefits system that will be rolled-out across Gloucestershire in February.
The protest was organised by the local Unite branch, part of Britain’s biggest union, and saw campaigners deliver soapbox speeches outside the Guildhall on Eastgate Street.
Sue Powell, a Unite Community Activist said ‘the effect of Universal Credit will be felt for years to come’.
She said: “Universal Credit is a failed system. Seven million households will be affected by the introduction of Universal Credit, including over one million low paid or part-time workers, as well as the growing number of self-employed.
From The Guardian: A House of Commons inquiry into disability benefits has heard from more than 3,000 people in despair at the system, including dozens who say they have been driven to suicidal thoughts by the process.
The evidence includes testimony from many saying their mental health had deteriorated as a result of trying to claim the employment support allowance (ESA) for daily living costs and/or the personal independence payment (PIP) to cover the extra costs caused by long-term disability.
It comes after longstanding concerns among mental health groups, medical professionals, user groups and MPs about the operation of both benefits, which see claimant assessments run by outsourced providers and final decisions made by officials at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The submissions included more than 100 people reporting that they or someone they care for feels their suicidal feelings have worsened or been triggered by the process. Read more
Neville Southall kept goal for Wales 92 times between 1982 and 1998, and a club record 750 times for Everton. World Soccer magazine named him one of the 100 greatest players of the 20th Century. Since his retirement he has worked extensively with disadvantaged children, and set up his own educational consultancy.
From Channel 4 News: “How many thousands have died? How many more need to die, before people wake up and realise? I feel intimidated, I feel victimised, I feel worthless. And I have no future, I can’t see a future for a lot of people” says one protester.
All of the food piled up in the protest next to Downing Street was on its way to food banks.
From RT: Jeremy Corbyn poured his scorn on the May government over announcements that the Tories claim will pull Britons out of poverty and put the young on the property ladder.
Corbyn slammed the government, and mocked them for the policies that he agreed with, stating they had been “lifted” from his own manifesto. “It’s falling pay, slow growth and rising poverty,” he said.
“This is what the chancellor has the cheek to call a strong economy. The poorest tenth of households will lose 10 percent of income by 2022, while the richest will lose just 1 percent. So much for tackling burning injustice. This is a government tossing fuel on the fire,” added the Labour leader.
“8.3 million people are over indebted. If he wants to help people out of debt, back Labour policy for a real living wage of £10 per hour by 2020.” Read more
Vince Cable, leader of the Lib Dems, writes in The Times: “The Budget contained news that badly damaged the Conservatives’ reputation for economic competence. For a start, it was confirmed that we have slipped from the fifth to the sixth biggest economy in the world, behind France, and worse could follow.”
[Read column on The Times website…] (paywall, but free registration allows access to two free articles per month)
From RT: Jeremy Corbyn passionately calls out callous indifference by a Tory MP towards £6 billion of social care cuts in the middle of the House of Commons budget debate.
Jeremy Corbyn loses it with Tory whip
Jeremy Corbyn loses it with Conservatives whip Andrew Griffiths MP over social care in his response to Philip Hammond's #Budget2017.MORE: https://on.rt.com/8sup
Posted by RT UK on Wednesday, November 22, 2017
From The Poke: Jeremy Hunt’s tweet about “moving to the next stage” for the NHS was retweeted 22 times. A doctor telling Hunt exactly what she thought of his tweet has been retweeted over 6,000 times.
[Read full article on The Poke…]
Zoe Williams writes in the Guardian: “There was a splenetic exchange on BBC Question Time last week, between an audience member and my colleague, Aditya Chakrabortty, who had pointed out that disabled people had died as a result of cuts to social security. You’re like ‘Donald Trump’, said a guy in the audience: the parallel was, Aditya had made a statement that was stirring, powerful, emotive and trenchant – so I guess, if we leave aside the fact that it was also true, it was pretty Trumpian.
“Just as it’s verboten to call someone a liar in parliament, so there is a curious and ancient disapproval around pointing out that a state has been the direct cause of any deaths, whether of its own citizens or abroad. It is taken as hysterical overstatement (something that should only be levelled at an authoritarian regime, which takes its people out and shoots them) and pitiful naivety (a wilful misunderstanding of the business of government, to trace its policies crudely back to the lives of those who are affected by them). Read more
Jeremy Corbyn writes in the Observer: “Theresa May should never have appointed someone as Britain’s top diplomat who had accused Barack Obama of being anti-British because he’s ‘part-Kenyan’, and notoriously wrote about ‘flag-waving piccaninnies’.
“Now, after 16 months of the foreign secretary damaging Britain’s standing in the world, she should sack him.
“With shocking callousness, Boris Johnson caused outrage last month by declaring that the Libyan city of Sirte could become ‘the next Dubai’ once they ‘clear the dead bodies away’. Read more
Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty tells the truth on BBC Question Time about #ToryEconomics and the #ToryWarOnDisabledPeople.
A Tory councillor in the audience then throws a hissy fit simply because the #VotingToryKillsDisabledPeople truth is too uncomfortable for him.
Finally! Aditya Chakrabortty speaking a truth about disabled people dying because of Govt policies that Tory voters do not want to hear #bbcqt
Posted by Imajsaclaimant on Thursday, November 9, 2017
Samuel K uses his video camera and Facebook to ask “Why are so many people in the UK struggling to get by?” Topics he covers include rough sleeping, food banks, childhood poverty, spiralling house prices, the public sector pay cap, and #AllInItTogether.
The 3½ minute video has been viewed over 360,000 times.
From The Independent: Legal action is being taken against Jeremy Hunt and the Department of Health over their proposals to restructure the NHS into a public/private enterprise, which critics say is based upon the US private health insurance-based system.
[Read full article on Independent website…]
From The Guardian: Daniel O’Connor, 64, from Glasgow, has led a tough life. He has severe depression and adjustment disorder, and has twice attempted to end his life. O’Connor had been receiving DLA for nearly 22 years when, this year, his application for a PIP was rejected. Since then, he has experienced financial hardship and says his condition has worsened. O’Connor says he felt as if he wasn’t being listened to at his PIP assessment and recalls telling the assessor that on some days he struggles to get out of bed because his depression is so debilitating. However, his assessor dismissed his story, citing the fact that he could drive as evidence of his ability to carry out everyday tasks. “We got to discussing a previous suicide attempt I had [made],” he says.
David Badillo, the first firefighter on the scene of the Grenfell Tower fire, was invited to 10 Downing Street along with 35 of his fire brigade colleagues. This is his public response.
#RealVoicesVsTheTories #PublicDuty #PublicSectorPayCap #ToryAusterity #ToryHealthAndSafety #GrenfellTower #Justice4Grenfell
Posted by Stop the Tories Channel on Tuesday, October 24, 2017
SNP MP’s Mhairi Black’s fierce speech in the House of Commons on Universal Credit has gone viral on social media, with over 9 million views on Facebook alone.
“Plunging people into debt does not incentivise work. Forcing people into hunger does not incentivise work. Causing anxiety and distress, and even evicting some families from their homes, does not incentivise work.”
SNP MP #MhairiBlack gives a fierce speech in the House of Commons on #UniversalCredit:"Plunging people into debt does…
Posted by Stop the Tories Channel on Wednesday, October 18, 2017