Anonymous asked: so which party do you support?

The party whose platform I most support is the Green Party of England and Wales, but it’s basically 0% likely that they will win the next general election. Seeing how Labour, who will probably form the next government, are committed to a continuation of Tory austerity policies, my primary hope is that there will be mass dissident protest movements incited by this democratic vacuum.

@4 weeks ago
#politics #uk politics #inbox 

"It must be better to be in employment and to work than be on benefits, if you can. And what we saw - and chris is right we did see less people claiming employment benefit - but we saw a huge increase in people on DLA and other sickness benefits, so lets see if we can work together to actually get more people in to work"

- Mike Penning MP, 17/02/14 Live on Channel 4.

MJ: They literally can’t even get their facts right. DLA is not and has never been a “sickness” benefit. It is to help towards added costs occurring from a disability or chronic illness. Here, he strongly implies that DLA is an out-of-work benefit but employment status is irrelevant to DLA/PIP assessments. (via everydayableism)

They’re in control of social security payments to thousands of people which they don’t even understand the purpose of.

(via fluxsymmetry)

@2 months ago with 22 notes
#welfare #disability #uk politics #dwp 

Britain's highest paid bankers in line for a £100m income tax cut after top rate drops to 45p 

relivingthe80s:

Britain™’s highest paid bankers are on course to receive an income tax cut of almost £100m this year following George Osborne’s decision to reduce the top rate from 50p to 45p.

The calculations are based on the latest figures from the European Banking Authority (EBA), which relate to 2012. Taking account of more recent data, Labour has assumed that bankers’ incomes will be maintained at the same level this year. The top rate was cut for earnings over £150,000 in April this year.

The EBA figures showed that total remuneration for the highest earning bankers in Britain was £2,377m, an average of just under £1.6m each. They also showed that the amount paid in bonuses to UK bankers was almost four times more than that paid in fixed pay.

Cathy Jamieson, a Labour Treasury spokeswoman, said: “While ordinary families are facing a cost-of-living crisis, Britain’s highest paid bankers have received a multi-million pound tax cut.

So let’s be clear, city bankers’ pay has gone up by some 15% in 2012 and 29% in 2013. This round of banker bonuses are expected to rise by 44%. George Osborne’s solution is to reduce their tax burden by 5%, this being transferred to the entire population through the 2.5% increase in VAT, don’t forget. And to spend £16,000 of taxpayers’ money on external legal fees to challenge European Union plans to cap bankers’ bonuses at the same level as their fixed salary, or twice as much with explicit shareholder approval (same article).

All in this together? Osborne and his cronies are just laughing in your face.

Austerity…

(via infernalseason)

@3 months ago with 5 notes
#uk politics 

Food bank Britain: Thousands need charity handouts because of welfare system failings | UK | News | Daily Express 

class-struggle-anarchism:

emiello:

class-struggle-anarchism:

• A blind woman whose benefits were removed because she did not apply for a cleaning job.

• A father with terminal cancer punished after he missed signing on because of a hospital appointment.

• A woman refused benefits because she forgot to “sign on” on the day of her younger brother’s funeral.

• A 33-year-old man with severe dyslexia who had his benefits removed because he could not fill in his claim form correctly.

• A mother of three denied benefits because her husband mistakenly filled in a claim form with the wrong date of birth for one of their children.

• A man whose benefits were removed after he missed two job centre appointments because of the death of his mother following a stroke.

My mother was refused benefits because she refused to sit down with a stranger to fill in the forms. She had severe depression and anxiety. My father offered to fill the forms in in the next room and ask my mother anything he didn’t know, but the benefits person refused.

Working in a benefits office in Britain these days is like doing the literal devils work. I don’t know how they find these people who are so happy to cause so much grief and harm in their own communities. Absolute bastards.

I’m surprised to see an article like this in the Express, seeing as they’re the tabloid that usually publishes the most vitriolic “benefit scroungers” propaganda. The situation is bad enough for them to object to.

(via myheadisweak)

@4 months ago with 176 notes
#welfare #social security #uk politics 

(Source: twitter.com)

@5 months ago with 7 notes
#austerity #uk politics #economics 

bestnatesmithever:

You’re a tax payer, Harry.

Bear in mind that the social safety net in the UK is being rapidly dismantled by David Cameron’s government.

(Source: crisitunity, via other-stuff)

@6 months ago with 22984 notes
#welfare #j.k. rowling #politics #uk politics 

Ed Miliband letter to Lord Rothermere

labourpress:

Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, has written to Lord Rothermere, the proprietor of the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday newspapers:

Dear Lord Rothermere,

Yesterday I spoke at a memorial event held at Guy’s Hospital in London for my uncle, Professor Harry Keen, a distinguished doctor who died earlier this year. It was an event in a room on the 29th floor of Guy’s Hospital which was attended only by family members, close friends and colleagues.

I was told by one of my relatives late yesterday evening that a reporter from the Mail on Sunday had found her way into the event uninvited. I also discovered that, once there, she approached members of my family seeking comments on the controversy over the Daily Mail’s description of my late father as someone who “hated Britain”.

My wider family, who are not in public life, feel understandably appalled and shocked that this can have happened.

The Editor of the Mail on Sunday has since confirmed to my office that a journalist from his newspaper did indeed attend the memorial uninvited with the intention of seeking information for publication this weekend.

Sending a reporter to my late uncle’s memorial crosses a line of common decency. I believe it a symptom of the culture and practices of both the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday.

There are many decent people working at those newspapers and I know that many of them will be disgusted by this latest episode. But they will also recognise that what has happened to my family has happened to many others.

I believe no purpose would be served by me complaining to the Press Complaints Commission because it is widely discredited.

Instead, I am writing to you as the owners of the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday because I believe it is long overdue that you reflect on the culture of your newspapers. You should conduct your own swift investigation into who was responsible at a senior level for this latest episode and also who is responsible for the culture and practices of these newspapers which jar so badly with the values of your readers.

There are bigger issues for the people of Britain in the midst of the worst cost of living crisis for a century than intrusion into the life of my family. But the reaction of many people to the Daily Mail’s attacks on my father this week demonstrates that the way your newspapers have behaved does not reflect the real character of our country.

It is now your responsibility to respond.


Ed Miliband

The Daily Mail: gutter press scumbags.

(Source: labourpress)

@6 months ago with 662 notes
#daily mail #ed miliband #uk politics 
erichaacht:

‘George Osborne’
//////////

erichaacht:

‘George Osborne’

//////////

(via f3t0r-d35tr0y)

@9 months ago with 2332 notes
#art #george osborne #uk politics #tories 

"Abandoning a domesticated animal or withdrawing its supply of food can end in criminal convictions here in the UK, yet the duty of care and animal cruelty legislation does not, it seems, apply to human beings."

@1 month ago
#politics #austerity #uk politics 

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is reported to the UN for austerity policies violating international human rights law.

The Daily Mirror, January 17 2014:

Liverpool Council is reporting David Cameron to the United Nations, claiming that his government could be breaking international rules on keeping people out of poverty.

Authority bosses believe the coalition – through its controversial policies such as the hated bedroom tax and welfare reform – could be in breach of the UN economic and social rights convention that sets out minimum standards for access to food, clothing and housing.

Labour members from all parts of the city have spoken of the evidence they have gathered of people who were being forced into degrading poverty because they were being denied access to benefits they desperately needed.

Many are ending up having to resort to what they said was effectively “begging” for food at food banks, the Liverpool Echo reports.

At a meeting this week, councillors heard stories of people stripped of their dole money for up to 16 weeks because they had been late for interviews or had failed to meet the criteria of the government’s Welfare to Work programme.

And they heard claims that in some job centres in the city, suspensions of benefits and other sanctions had risen by up to 500% since 2012.

But the government has hailed the removal of benefits from people who “aren’t pulling their weight” as evidence that the “something for nothing” culture was being tackled.

@3 months ago with 19 notes
#politics #uk politics #david cameron #austerity #economics #poverty 

5 GRAPHS THAT SHOW HOW WE’RE HELPING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

emperorvonbears:

sharethefacts

<insert a load of spin and bollocks from the conservative party in handy graphic form here, about hardworking families through misleading information>


Let’s translate this whole #sharethefacts campaign, shall we? I’m pretty sure this is rather more accurate, so here goes:

"Really we’re just out-of-touch, neo-liberal liars and con artists who hate human rights, disabled people, and the poors. We like to buddy up to the corporations who donate to our party and then end up selling off national assets to.


Here are some facts about what the Conservatives are doing for you, #hardworkingpeople ! Don’t forget to #sharethefacts

  • Removing the safety net of social security for thousands of people by sanctioning them over things which are not their fault.

  • Making it more difficult to appeal the already enormously problematic decisions Atos are making in Employment and Support Allowance claims.
  • Cutting NHS funding in real terms in order to starve it, claim it to be a failure, and proclaim it must have ‘market competition’ introduced to ‘save’ it.

  • Outsourcing the services to healthcare companies with questionable ethics, who just happen to have a financial link to the Conservative Party.
  • Forcing sick and disabled people from their homes by making it impossible for them to make up short falls in their rent caused by the spare room subsidy (aka ‘bedroom tax’) for rooms which are actually required.
  • Increasing the deficit in 3 years more than Labour managed to do in 13.

  • Going to Europe to fight to protect bankers bonuses, reducing the top rate of tax, allowing loopholes in the law that can be exploited to avoid paying tax.

  • Racist immigration campaigns.

  • Created a housing bubble.

  • Outright lied in the 2010 General Election in order to gain voted. Has since gone back on every promise made, erased evidence of promises from the internet.”

(via fluxsymmetry)

@4 months ago with 21 notes
#tories #uk politics 
This tweet of mine went viral. People are apparently keen to speak out against The Daily Mail&#8217;s propaganda and lies.

This tweet of mine went viral. People are apparently keen to speak out against The Daily Mail’s propaganda and lies.

(Source: twitter.com)

@5 months ago with 21 notes
#daily mail #propaganda #journalism #media #gordon brown #politics #uk politics 
class-struggle-anarchism:

THEY DESTROY LIVES

Tory scum.

class-struggle-anarchism:

THEY DESTROY LIVES

Tory scum.

@6 months ago with 27 notes
#tories #uk politics 

radicalgraffiti:

wonkycactus:

tangerinewerewolves:

This is an accurate representative of most political meet and greets.

Tbh Miliband is first against the wall and all.

I can see no flaw in this plan

Bless that lady.

(Source: timrous-beastie)

@6 months ago with 1180 notes
#ed miliband #tories #uk politics 
thatwellspokentoken:

soupsoup:

Comedian Eddie Izzard, who has long been a supporter of the UK’s Labour Party, says he will run in the 2020 race for Mayor of London.

Yeah, please.

I really hope he wins and proudly cross-dresses as mayor.

thatwellspokentoken:

soupsoup:

Comedian Eddie Izzard, who has long been a supporter of the UK’s Labour Party, says he will run in the 2020 race for Mayor of London.

Yeah, please.

I really hope he wins and proudly cross-dresses as mayor.

@6 months ago with 2776 notes
#eddie izzard #politics #uk politics 

Anonymous asked: so which party do you support?

The party whose platform I most support is the Green Party of England and Wales, but it’s basically 0% likely that they will win the next general election. Seeing how Labour, who will probably form the next government, are committed to a continuation of Tory austerity policies, my primary hope is that there will be mass dissident protest movements incited by this democratic vacuum.

4 weeks ago
#politics #uk politics #inbox 
"Abandoning a domesticated animal or withdrawing its supply of food can end in criminal convictions here in the UK, yet the duty of care and animal cruelty legislation does not, it seems, apply to human beings."
1 month ago
#politics #austerity #uk politics 
"It must be better to be in employment and to work than be on benefits, if you can. And what we saw - and chris is right we did see less people claiming employment benefit - but we saw a huge increase in people on DLA and other sickness benefits, so lets see if we can work together to actually get more people in to work"

- Mike Penning MP, 17/02/14 Live on Channel 4.

MJ: They literally can’t even get their facts right. DLA is not and has never been a “sickness” benefit. It is to help towards added costs occurring from a disability or chronic illness. Here, he strongly implies that DLA is an out-of-work benefit but employment status is irrelevant to DLA/PIP assessments. (via everydayableism)

They’re in control of social security payments to thousands of people which they don’t even understand the purpose of.

(via fluxsymmetry)

2 months ago
#welfare #disability #uk politics #dwp 
UK Prime Minister David Cameron is reported to the UN for austerity policies violating international human rights law.

The Daily Mirror, January 17 2014:

Liverpool Council is reporting David Cameron to the United Nations, claiming that his government could be breaking international rules on keeping people out of poverty.

Authority bosses believe the coalition – through its controversial policies such as the hated bedroom tax and welfare reform – could be in breach of the UN economic and social rights convention that sets out minimum standards for access to food, clothing and housing.

Labour members from all parts of the city have spoken of the evidence they have gathered of people who were being forced into degrading poverty because they were being denied access to benefits they desperately needed.

Many are ending up having to resort to what they said was effectively “begging” for food at food banks, the Liverpool Echo reports.

At a meeting this week, councillors heard stories of people stripped of their dole money for up to 16 weeks because they had been late for interviews or had failed to meet the criteria of the government’s Welfare to Work programme.

And they heard claims that in some job centres in the city, suspensions of benefits and other sanctions had risen by up to 500% since 2012.

But the government has hailed the removal of benefits from people who “aren’t pulling their weight” as evidence that the “something for nothing” culture was being tackled.

3 months ago
#politics #uk politics #david cameron #austerity #economics #poverty 
Britain's highest paid bankers in line for a £100m income tax cut after top rate drops to 45p→

relivingthe80s:

Britain™’s highest paid bankers are on course to receive an income tax cut of almost £100m this year following George Osborne’s decision to reduce the top rate from 50p to 45p.

The calculations are based on the latest figures from the European Banking Authority (EBA), which relate to 2012. Taking account of more recent data, Labour has assumed that bankers’ incomes will be maintained at the same level this year. The top rate was cut for earnings over £150,000 in April this year.

The EBA figures showed that total remuneration for the highest earning bankers in Britain was £2,377m, an average of just under £1.6m each. They also showed that the amount paid in bonuses to UK bankers was almost four times more than that paid in fixed pay.

Cathy Jamieson, a Labour Treasury spokeswoman, said: “While ordinary families are facing a cost-of-living crisis, Britain’s highest paid bankers have received a multi-million pound tax cut.

So let’s be clear, city bankers’ pay has gone up by some 15% in 2012 and 29% in 2013. This round of banker bonuses are expected to rise by 44%. George Osborne’s solution is to reduce their tax burden by 5%, this being transferred to the entire population through the 2.5% increase in VAT, don’t forget. And to spend £16,000 of taxpayers’ money on external legal fees to challenge European Union plans to cap bankers’ bonuses at the same level as their fixed salary, or twice as much with explicit shareholder approval (same article).

All in this together? Osborne and his cronies are just laughing in your face.

Austerity…

(via infernalseason)

3 months ago
#uk politics 
5 GRAPHS THAT SHOW HOW WE’RE HELPING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

emperorvonbears:

sharethefacts

<insert a load of spin and bollocks from the conservative party in handy graphic form here, about hardworking families through misleading information>


Let’s translate this whole #sharethefacts campaign, shall we? I’m pretty sure this is rather more accurate, so here goes:

"Really we’re just out-of-touch, neo-liberal liars and con artists who hate human rights, disabled people, and the poors. We like to buddy up to the corporations who donate to our party and then end up selling off national assets to.


Here are some facts about what the Conservatives are doing for you, #hardworkingpeople ! Don’t forget to #sharethefacts

  • Removing the safety net of social security for thousands of people by sanctioning them over things which are not their fault.

  • Making it more difficult to appeal the already enormously problematic decisions Atos are making in Employment and Support Allowance claims.
  • Cutting NHS funding in real terms in order to starve it, claim it to be a failure, and proclaim it must have ‘market competition’ introduced to ‘save’ it.

  • Outsourcing the services to healthcare companies with questionable ethics, who just happen to have a financial link to the Conservative Party.
  • Forcing sick and disabled people from their homes by making it impossible for them to make up short falls in their rent caused by the spare room subsidy (aka ‘bedroom tax’) for rooms which are actually required.
  • Increasing the deficit in 3 years more than Labour managed to do in 13.

  • Going to Europe to fight to protect bankers bonuses, reducing the top rate of tax, allowing loopholes in the law that can be exploited to avoid paying tax.

  • Racist immigration campaigns.

  • Created a housing bubble.

  • Outright lied in the 2010 General Election in order to gain voted. Has since gone back on every promise made, erased evidence of promises from the internet.”

(via fluxsymmetry)

4 months ago
#tories #uk politics 
Food bank Britain: Thousands need charity handouts because of welfare system failings | UK | News | Daily Express→

class-struggle-anarchism:

emiello:

class-struggle-anarchism:

• A blind woman whose benefits were removed because she did not apply for a cleaning job.

• A father with terminal cancer punished after he missed signing on because of a hospital appointment.

• A woman refused benefits because she forgot to “sign on” on the day of her younger brother’s funeral.

• A 33-year-old man with severe dyslexia who had his benefits removed because he could not fill in his claim form correctly.

• A mother of three denied benefits because her husband mistakenly filled in a claim form with the wrong date of birth for one of their children.

• A man whose benefits were removed after he missed two job centre appointments because of the death of his mother following a stroke.

My mother was refused benefits because she refused to sit down with a stranger to fill in the forms. She had severe depression and anxiety. My father offered to fill the forms in in the next room and ask my mother anything he didn’t know, but the benefits person refused.

Working in a benefits office in Britain these days is like doing the literal devils work. I don’t know how they find these people who are so happy to cause so much grief and harm in their own communities. Absolute bastards.

I’m surprised to see an article like this in the Express, seeing as they’re the tabloid that usually publishes the most vitriolic “benefit scroungers” propaganda. The situation is bad enough for them to object to.

(via myheadisweak)

4 months ago
#welfare #social security #uk politics 
This tweet of mine went viral. People are apparently keen to speak out against The Daily Mail&#8217;s propaganda and lies.
5 months ago
#daily mail #propaganda #journalism #media #gordon brown #politics #uk politics 
5 months ago
#austerity #uk politics #economics 
class-struggle-anarchism:

THEY DESTROY LIVES

Tory scum.
6 months ago
#tories #uk politics 
6 months ago
#welfare #j.k. rowling #politics #uk politics 
6 months ago
#ed miliband #tories #uk politics 
Ed Miliband letter to Lord Rothermere

labourpress:

Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, has written to Lord Rothermere, the proprietor of the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday newspapers:

Dear Lord Rothermere,

Yesterday I spoke at a memorial event held at Guy’s Hospital in London for my uncle, Professor Harry Keen, a distinguished doctor who died earlier this year. It was an event in a room on the 29th floor of Guy’s Hospital which was attended only by family members, close friends and colleagues.

I was told by one of my relatives late yesterday evening that a reporter from the Mail on Sunday had found her way into the event uninvited. I also discovered that, once there, she approached members of my family seeking comments on the controversy over the Daily Mail’s description of my late father as someone who “hated Britain”.

My wider family, who are not in public life, feel understandably appalled and shocked that this can have happened.

The Editor of the Mail on Sunday has since confirmed to my office that a journalist from his newspaper did indeed attend the memorial uninvited with the intention of seeking information for publication this weekend.

Sending a reporter to my late uncle’s memorial crosses a line of common decency. I believe it a symptom of the culture and practices of both the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday.

There are many decent people working at those newspapers and I know that many of them will be disgusted by this latest episode. But they will also recognise that what has happened to my family has happened to many others.

I believe no purpose would be served by me complaining to the Press Complaints Commission because it is widely discredited.

Instead, I am writing to you as the owners of the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday because I believe it is long overdue that you reflect on the culture of your newspapers. You should conduct your own swift investigation into who was responsible at a senior level for this latest episode and also who is responsible for the culture and practices of these newspapers which jar so badly with the values of your readers.

There are bigger issues for the people of Britain in the midst of the worst cost of living crisis for a century than intrusion into the life of my family. But the reaction of many people to the Daily Mail’s attacks on my father this week demonstrates that the way your newspapers have behaved does not reflect the real character of our country.

It is now your responsibility to respond.


Ed Miliband

The Daily Mail: gutter press scumbags.

(Source: labourpress)

6 months ago
#daily mail #ed miliband #uk politics 
thatwellspokentoken:

soupsoup:

Comedian Eddie Izzard, who has long been a supporter of the UK’s Labour Party, says he will run in the 2020 race for Mayor of London.

Yeah, please.

I really hope he wins and proudly cross-dresses as mayor.
6 months ago
#eddie izzard #politics #uk politics 
erichaacht:

‘George Osborne’
//////////
9 months ago
#art #george osborne #uk politics #tories