Originally posted on John D Turner:
Many of the barriers to work identified within Beyond the Barriers are faced by other disadvantaged groups to some extent. Lone parents are not unused to being vilified in the media, but they are nothing like the people that some claim them to be.
Less than 2 per cent of single parents are teenagers; the median age of single parents is 38.1 and around 8 per cent of single parents (186,000) are fathers.
The employment rate for single parents varies depending on the age of their youngest child. Once their children are 12 or over, the single parents’ employment rate is similar to, or higher than, the employment rate for mothers in couples (71 per cent of single parents whose child is 11 to 15 are in work).
Incidentally, where single parents are not working, this is often because there are health issues that make work difficult; 33 per cent of…
View original 40 more words
Originally posted on Vox Political:
How bizarre. Apparently the right-wing social media want us to believe that, even though Conservative Party membership is believed to have dropped below 100,000, the number of young people joining up or supporting that party is reaching its highest in a decade.
Never mind. If, like Alice, you try to believe six impossible things before breakfast, you still have five more slots available to you.
The new information comes from a website called Vice.com, in an article entitled ‘Rise of the Tory Youth: Meeting Britain’s Young Conservatives’.
View original 523 more words
I do; I really wanna be a nice guy. But when Councillor James suddenly comes out of the woodwork, spouting misinformation (http://www.tamworthherald.co.uk/Labour-hit-private-tenants/story-20903103-detail/story.html) I have to become the bad guy.
Councillor James is either stupid or believes, as many in party do, the electorate are stupid.
You, Councillor James only appear when elections are due. You, Councillor James are less than the muck I wipe from my shoe.
He knows, or should know that the LHA introduced by the Labour government in no way resembles the tax on the poor introduced by his near-fascist party.
While I have no political aspirations , I’ll be happy to argue this in any public forum Councillor James wishes to choose.
Osborne promising full employment? Oh, fuck off! The Tories need a pool of unemployed to keep people scared of losing their jobs to somebody who’ll take less, thus keeping down wages and riding roughshod over worker’s rights.
Hitler promised Germany the same; how did he go about it? He put those he didn’t like (anybody who wasn’t a Nazi) into work camps or death camps.
How did he pay for it? Through war and invasion.
Originally posted on the void:
The answer is George Osborne, his parents, and everyone he knows. The same could be said about David Cameron, Nick Clegg, David Miliband and even Nigel Farage. And that is the reason why high earners with whopping savings are now presented as the norm in the UK – and the only people that matter to all of the main political parties.
The reality is that the average weekly wage is just over £500 a week, which doesn’t leave much room for an ISA if that’s all a family has to live on. Around 5 million people are paid below the living wage, and another five million or so live from hand to mouth on meagre benefits. Nearly six and a half million households…
View original 504 more words
Originally posted on Ian Bone:
There is a huge gap to the left of Labour – there for the taking. The last week has seen members of Left Unity coming forward as CW candidates and a positive endorsement from Johnny Void in one of the most read political blogs in the country. Small things in themselves but in politics momentum is everything. We have it.