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War

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I looked around and thought ‘what?’

These humans, they’re a strange old lot

They kill each other, oft for fun

They’ll use a knife, they’ll use a gun

They claim the thing that they abhor

Is taking arms and making war

And yet they do so on a whim

For land, for oil

For being ‘him’!

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31/10/2014 at 10:52 AM

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Austerity

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“We have to have austerity!”

Why say that; ‘cause we’re To-ry!

It’s not that we are short of cash

But poor folk we do love to bash

Why pay tax to fund the life

Of poor men and their dreadful wife.

And though my offshore pelf is safe

And hidden from the stray and waif

The little that I do imburse

Is squandered on the public purse

To keep the idle, ill and old

Living on my precious gold

So ‘austerity’s’ the battle cry

And fool the plebs with hope and lies

With promises of jam tomorrow

(How much would you like to borrow?)

Kerr-Ching!

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31/10/2014 at 10:50 AM

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Shove your housing ‘subsidy’ where the sun doesn’t shine!!!???

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Smiling Carcass:

I have always maintained that Housing Associations are private landlords, not because some regulator calls them that, but if the owners of the housing are private individuals or committees, unelected and ultimately unaccountable to their tenants then it is private rental housing.

I also dislike the term ‘social housing’; I earn over £400 a week and am happy to be in a council house, always have been and will be.

We should remember Nye Bevan’s vision of good quality council housing for everybody, irrespective of income or position.

Originally posted on SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites):

Housing associations correct name according to the housing regulator is PRIVATE Registered Providers. They are private companies not public sector companies as a matter of fact and many don’t see that given their charitable origins and status. Yet that is what they are.

All social landlords (HAs 60% and 40% council landlords) get derided with the tag that they are subsidised, which they are and yet they are not.  Social landlords receive grant of £1.125 billion per year as the latest settlement was £4.5 billion over 4 years as seen below.

capital funding

So yes social landlords collectively receive capital grant or capital subsidy – they are ‘subsidised’ but this is acutely misleading as it is never considered what they provide in return.  Or put another way WHY has successive governments ‘subsidised’ them as it is not for any altruistic purpose.

Firstly social housing is the ONLY place where the SODS can live…

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30/10/2014 at 10:47 AM

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Bedroom Tax for the rich? I don’t think so!

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There is much talk in the press about the Mansion Tax.

I personally don’t expect this tax to amount to much.

There are expected to be exemptions, all of which I envisage being exploited by the wealthy.

For example, one exemption is expected to be for those paying the basic rate of tax, the idea being, I assume that you may have been able to afford to buy a multi-million pound house but have found yourself on ‘hard times’ and should not be expected to pay.

Any decent tax lawyer will sort out that little problem for you. And since many of these homes are investments, the wealthy will buy several ‘cheaper’ properties instead.

Better to return to a rates system, calculated on the value of your home and just like victims of the bedroom tax, pay or get the flick out!

Sorry, Ed; sounds good on paper and grabs the headlines but I fear it is another neo-liberalist/capitalist ploy to placate the masses, while the wealthy will be little affected.

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24/10/2014 at 1:54 PM

Get a job or get evicted! The Tory benefit cap message and the end of social housing!

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Smiling Carcass:

A thought; many are successfully appealing Bedroom Tax decisions. It has been mooted that the Bedroom Tax is, or will soon be defunct.

Is this the Tories new plan to ensure we can’t afford decent housing?

Originally posted on SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites):

Social landlords are stupid enough to let the Tories kill off social housing as they simply don’t get what the welfare reform policies are all about.  None more so than the Overall Benefit Cap which social landlords stupidly believe is only a problem for the private landlord and in high rent areas.  Here is why social landlords are that stupid and why their apathy and lack of thought and lack of challenge will see the social housing model as we know it now disappear.  Time social landlords got angry and time they got off their backsides to challenge the highly dangerous and ill-conceived welfare reform policies rather than say there is nothing we can do!  Read on.

The Tories are set to announce that the overall benefit cap will reduce from £26,000 per year to £23,000 and thus ensure the end of social housing as we know it.  It is about time…

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21/10/2014 at 9:00 AM

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See just how batty the debate over immigration in the UK has become:

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Smiling Carcass:

Reminds me of the old joke; “No-one goes there any more. It gets too crowded”

Originally posted on Pride's Purge:

(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

On Question Time last week, Giles Fraser told a funny story which nicely illustrates how batty the whole discussion over immigration has become in the UK.

He said he’d got into a conversation with a taxi driver who told him he was so fed up with the number of foreigners coming to live and work in the UK he was going to move to Spain.

Well just in case anyone thought this kind of absurd opinion was a one-off – have a look at this recent survey by respected polling company ComRes.

When asked if all citizens of other European Union countries should have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom, just 36%of British people agreed.

But when asked whether British people should be free to live and work anywhere in the EU, 52%of British people agreed.

illogical immigration

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21/10/2014 at 8:42 AM

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UKIP’s new friends in Europe: “disabled shouldn’t be seen on television”

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Originally posted on Pride's Purge:

(not satire – it’s the UKIP!)

Here are a few quotes from the Polish KNP party – UKIP’s new friends in Europe:

“Democracy is the stupidest form of government ever conceived.”

“Women are dumber than men and should not be allowed to vote”

“Evolution has ensured that women are not too intelligent”

“The general public should not see the disabled on television” (during the 2012 Summer Paralympics)

“The European Commission building should be turned into a brothel.”

“Gays are a gang of louts imported from abroad.”

And here you can see the leader of the KNP Party – Janusz Korwin-Mikke – clearly using the word ‘n*ggers‘ in the European parliament:

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Well done Nigel. You’ve just confirmed once and for all every accusation there has ever been of racism, sexism and homophobia against UKIP.

But of course, Farage will get into bed with anyone if £1 million of European Parliament gravy train…

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21/10/2014 at 8:05 AM

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