The polls that mark the end of 3 decades of Thatcherism and New Labour

Pride's Purge

(not satire)

I’m old enough to remember British Rail when it was a nationalised service.

It wasn’t perfect by any means but I remember the one thing passengers complained about the most.

The sandwiches.

Not the price of tickets, the safety record, the overcrowding or the waste of taxpayers’ money.

It was the poor quality of the sandwiches.

Admittedly the sandwiches sold on BR trains were pretty awful it’s true, but then ready-made sandwiches were pretty woeful in the 1970s wherever you bought them.

So why are politicians so surprised by the fact that time and time again polls show the public want railways to be renationalised – by as many as 75% in some cases.

But it’s not just the railways the public would prefer to be state-run.

In a recent poll, a massive 69% of people said energy firms should be renationalised (this part of the…

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Kill The Poor

“Welcome ladies and gentlemen, to the official DWP 1st annual “piss on the poor” party and karaoke night. Tonight our first song is dedicated to a very special person, Mr Ian Duncan Smith.

Please stand up Mr Smith.

Can we shine a spotlight on him …….. no no it’s not that man, the one behind him with the bald head that looks like a SS concentration camp guard, yes that’s the one.  A round of applause for the man who is single-handedly responsible for the funding of tonight’s party.  All paid for from savings made due to the massive increase in sanctions handed out to the peasants by this man. Thank you Mr Smith. Sieg Hail Sieg Hail!!

And so on with the festivities.  In honour of your achievements we would like to dedicate this song to you Ian, I know it is one of his favourites…..”

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Religious Nutjob Of The Week : Presuppositional Apologetics

Presuppositional Apologetics

Get this, a fundamentalist christian viewpoint that states there should be no objective or neutral starting place for any theory or idea. According to these people, all forms of evidence gathering that is not based on the “truth” of the bible is inherently false.  So that includes logic, the scientific method, reason or personal experience, all of it worthless in the eyes of the christian apologetic. 

This takes willful ignorance to a whole new level of stupid. The complete stubborn refusal to even consider any other viewpoint, fact or opinion if it comes from someone who does not share your religious insanity.  Must make for interesting discussions, or lack there-of. 

I mean can you imagine one of these guys arguing over simple mathematics…..

Normal guy :  “If we know the two shorter lengths in a right-angled triangle, we can use Pythagoras’ Theorem to find the hypotenuse.”

Crazed zealot :  ” No no that is incorrect. Pythagoras was not a christian therefore his findings must be false”

Normal guy : ” huh you what?  Just try it yourself dude, take the square of the two ….”

Crazed zealot : ” NAAAHHNAHHHH NOT LISTENING!! ….BLASPHEMY , FALSE IDOL ….. DEVILS”

Normal guy : ” oooo kay, tell you what, here is some pretty coloured crayons. Why don’t you go sit in the corner and draw holy sheep or burning bushes or whatever nonsense it is you actually believe and let the rest of us get on with life”

Crazed zealot : Yay! Jesus!!!!

Think this is just some obscure philosophical viewpoint that no-one but a few fusty professors have ever even heard of?  Think again. Sadly this idea is being pushed as a genuine argument by present day fundies. Fed up with losing arguments based on “crazy” things like evidence and reason, they are now just refusing to even enter into a debate by using this excuse.  Personally if it gets rid of these crazies from clogging up almost every intelligent discussion online, with their inane make-believe and constant fuckin scripture quotes, then I’m all for it 🙂

 

Disabled Protesters Blockade The BBC

the void

Disabled protesters from DPAC, Black Triangle, Mental  Health Resistance Network and others blockaded a BBC building today in protest at the corporation’s shameful parroting of DWP lies.

Ever since this Government weren’t elected ministers like Iain Duncan Smith and Lord Fraud have misused statistics and even lied outright to smear disabled benefit claimants as scroungers or frauds.  These lies have been repeated without criticism by the toadying BBC who have become little more than a spineless mouthpiece for DWP spin.

This has all taken place against a savage backdrop of cuts to benefits, housing and local services which are forcing thousands of disabled people into brutal poverty, homelessness and tragically even suicide.  This side of the story has rarely been shown on the BBC.

Today disabled people fought back, blockading the entrance to their building in Portland Place.  Watch the video above.

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Universal Credit ‘claimant commitment’: no choice, no law, no money – no appeal

The SKWAWKBOX

IMPORTANT: this article is now here as a place-holder, pending clarification from the DWP – as even veteran DWP employees can’t agree whether the WRAG sanction information is accurate. See here for more information.

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In just a few short weeks, the new Universal Credit benefit system starts to roll out, albeit more slowly than originally planned (but already in operation in pilot areas). This new benefits system rolls a wide variety of benefits into a single process, including unemployment benefit – and crucially, it extends ‘conditionality’ even to people who are already working, so that penalties can be applied to people for not having enough hours, or if they are not considered to be trying hard enough to get more hours.

The government’s ‘policy aims’ for this new system state that:

Universal Credit is designed to ensure that for people who can, work is still the best route out…

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“Shout louder”? Labour, your voice should be audible from Space!

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Your voice is a squeak.

Do you seriously think it’s acceptable for people to wait for you to get back into power, make some policies and battle it out at leisure in Parliament? What do you think will happen over two more years of division and degradation under this Coalition to vulnerable people whose advocacy you’re neglecting? What do you suppose happens to Society and Community while you faff – suspended animation?

You may not want to show your hand too soon with specific policies. I understand that argument but that is no excuse for your dire lack of gumption when it comes to challenging the Coalition on theirs, whether through the Houses of Parliament, the Press or Television. We knew they were ideologically callous nonsense; we knew how divisive they would become; and we knew from the last Tory Administration that they would also be false economies. So…

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Only one problem with the government’s list of top ten benefits fraudsters – it doesn’t exist

A new low even for the Daily MAil?

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the Daily Mail!)

The Mail and the Express yesterday had articles about an official list of the top ten benefits fraudsters in the country which they say was published by the government.

Just one little problem with it.

The list doesn’t seem to exist.

There doesn’t seem to be any official list of top ten benefits fraudsters published by the government.

There are no links in either the Mail or the Express articles to any government website where the official list is published. No list on the DWP website and no mention of it on the official DWP press office Twitter feed either.

The Mail specifically wrote that Iain Duncan Smith had decided to publish the list – but there is no mention of it on his website or anywhere else.

In fact the only sources for any official list are – the Mail and…

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You Cannot Run a Public Service Like a Business, and Here’s Why…

Scriptonite Daily

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One of the greatest myths of our time is that public services can be made more efficient if we run them as businesses.  The commercialisation of our public services has been a manifest failure, and the response offered by the mainstream parties is that we simply haven’t commercialised them enough. What they fail to understand is that a public service and a business are inherently different beasts and asking one to behave as the other is like asking a fish to ride a bicycle.

What is a Public Service?PS2

The primary aim of a public service is to provide a service to the public.  This service exists to avoid negative social impacts and protect crucial social utilities from the instabilities of capitalism.

Within living memory it was considered basic common sense that essentials like food, water, energy, access to health services, housing, sanitation and sewage, social care and core…

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