Archive for September 2014
Jayne Linney has to say and ask yourself who the real enemies are.
The worker who relies on benefits to live because their wages are so low; the ill or infirm who cannot work- or the offshore account tax dodgers; the commodities and futures investors who hold goods until the price rockets.
Or maybe the politicians who steal taxpayers money through fake expenses claims.
Here we go – the lead up to the last Tory Conference in this round of Government and the ‘big guns’ are blazing across the Tory press, making their pre-election ‘promises’/threats. Cameron in the Times states, he will cut a further 3,000 from the benefit cap reducing this to £23,000 & stopping all out of work benefits for anyone under 21, Grayling in the Telegraph is vowing to strip away the remainder of our Rights, with the shredding of the Human Rights Act; and then we come to IDS, who according to his latest delusions he is responsible for breaking up TV programmes!
IDS, relegated to the tabloids says his” DRASTIC curbs on welfare benefits are starting to break up Britain’s “Shameless” housing estates”; he justifies this by stating ” the proportion of people in social housing who do not work had fallen from just under 50 per cent in 2010 to 41 per…
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Well, I’ve had the email warning me that Labour intends to tax the homes of the rich- who the Tories seem to think is you and I.
So what do I think?
Well, Ed, don’t do away with the Bedroom Tax. Keep it, but change the rules; it only applies to private homes and only applies to those with more than two- maybe three spare rooms.
And an additional tax on spare homes too!
That will exempt the poor in social housing. It will exempt most ordinary homeowners. It will hit the rich with multiple homes and multiple spare rooms!
And let’s change the name; stop calling it the Spare Room Subsidy; stop calling it the Bedroom Tax; call it the Outrageously Under-Occupied Tax.
£8 an hour by 2020? From a man earning-
Annual: GBP 132,387.00
Monthly: GBP 11,032.00
Weekly: GBP 2,647.00
Daily: GBP 529.00
Plus a second home- free- plus expenses.
That’s eff-all now!
I hear lots of oration about a living wage, particularly from Mili-whatsit. Well, Mili-thingy, make the minimum wage a bloody living wage, you twat! If the minimum wage is below a living wage, what’s the effing point?
If the minimum wage is £1 an hour or £8 an hour, below the living wage benefits will be needed to top it up, so it matters little to us.
My argument, Mili-who(?) is this: stop paying the employers and make the employers pay!
You can legislate against the right of lawful bodies (unions, for example) to take effective action; you can legislate against the right of an individual to protest; you can legislate that the sky is orange and the moon is made of cheese. But that does not make it so, nor does it make it right.
At some point, there will be a reprisal against repressive legislation; at some point, the people will say ‘this is enough’. Perhaps the Deregulation Bill (HL Bill 33) will be that point, this legislation that will remove all rights to be treated fairly by an employer or a business because if your actions- or lack of action, such as withdrawing your labour- affect THEIR profits, be you an individual or an organisation you can be required to answer to a court of law.
That is the threshold upon which we currently stand. Big business not merely influencing government, but running it and your human rights ridden over roughshod in the name of their profits.
(not satire – it’s David Cameron!)
David Cameron is facing a rebellion from within his own party if Scotland votes YES to independence on Thursday.
But Cameron is also facing open rebellion from within his own party if Scots vote NO too.
Backbench Tory MPs are livid after Cameron – panicking as polls started to show there was a good chance YES could win – agreed with other UK party leaders to offer more powers to Scotland if Scots vote NO to independence.
Tory rebels usually prefer to stay anonymous until forced to show their hand against their leader.
Not this time. This is an open rebellion against Cameron:
Only a leader as incompetent as Cameron could find himself facing rebellion in the event of both a YES and a NO vote on Thursday.
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