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There Are More Things That Unite People on Social Security Than Divide Them

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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…

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15/04/2014 at 8:41 AM

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Are these gibbering buffoons really the Conservative Party’s hope for the future?

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Originally posted on Vox Political:

The caption on this picture reads: "Nick Robinson, former Young Conservatives chairman and current BBC political editor, taking a selfie with some young Tories (Photo courtesy of theblueguerilla.co.uk). Perhaps you'd like to dream up your own caption for this image of wild-eyed, slack-jawed decadence (he's the political editor at the BBC and people still think it's left-wing; the mind boggles).

The caption on this picture reads: “Nick Robinson, former Young Conservatives chairman and current BBC political editor, taking a selfie with some young Tories (Photo courtesy of theblueguerilla.co.uk).” Perhaps you’d like to dream up your own caption for this image of wild-eyed, slack-jawed decadence (he’s the political editor at the BBC and people still think it’s left-wing; the mind boggles).

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’.

And meet…

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15/04/2014 at 8:39 AM

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I Wanna be a Nice Guy

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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.

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13/04/2014 at 11:26 PM

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Full Emloyment- promised by the Tories! Oh, dear!

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osborne nazi

 

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.

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01/04/2014 at 9:03 AM

George Osborne’s Budget Was Class War, Let’s Give The Bastard What He Wants

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Originally posted on the void:

class-war-stencil.gif Who the fuck has got fifteen grand a year to spare that they can stash in an ISA to take advantage of George Osborne’s so-called saver’s revolution?

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…

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25/03/2014 at 9:28 AM

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LABOUR TIMIDITY GIVES A BOLD CLASS WAR SOME REAL OPPORTUNITIES

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Originally posted on Ian Bone:

Miliband’s timidity is alarming some Labour right wingers leave alone the few lefties still in the party. Lead down to 1% in the polls. The endlessly repeated mantra ‘ hard working families’, the likes of Rachel Reeve committing Labour to tory spending plans and welfare cuts, the waffling refusal to answer simple questions by party spokespeople.

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.

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25/03/2014 at 9:27 AM

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R.I.P. Tony Benn

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Tony Benn

The world is a poorer place for the loss of Tony Benn.

One rarely hears a man speak so convincingly, so honestly; much less a politician.

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14/03/2014 at 9:06 AM

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