Liam Duncan Smith….or is it Iain Byrne?
On Wednesday, Iain Duncan Smith brought in a bill designed to deny illegally sanctioned jobseekers redress, by retrospectively changing the law. Picking on people who are barely able to afford to eat is bad enough, but legislating to declare your illegal actions legal after all sets a dangerous precedent.
The Labour Party should have opposed the bill on both counts but instead, at the behest of Liam Byrne, all but around 40 Labour MPs abstained.
Whenever Liberal Democrat MPs allow Tories to win votes in the House of Commons by abstaining, Labour MPs are quick to point out that they are, effectively, voting with their coalition partners.
I agree, but the same applies when the boot is on the other foot.
The Labour MP who purports to represent me wasn’t one of those who voted against IDS’s bill, so I will now have a difficult decision at the next General Election, unless the Labour Party return to their roots, and start to actually defend the poorest and most vulnerable people in society.
The longer that Liam Byrne stays on the front bench, the more difficult it will be to persuade voters that they are any different from the Tories.
When Walter Mitty wannabee Grant Shapps announced on Twitter that the Tories wanted the public’s views on benefits, two thoughts crossed my mind.
Firstly, “isn’t it a bit late, as they’d made their minds up already to punish the poor, in order to reward their rich friends and themselves?“, and secondly, “would they allow dissenting opinion to be expressed?”
As cynical as I am, even I was unprepared for the sheer dishonesty of the questions asked.
Never mind that being unemployed and having to rely on benefits is not the bed of roses that the Tories like to pretend. They have deliberately ignored the fact that 60% of benefit claimants are IN WORK!
Assuming that this survey isn’t just a sick joke, and it’s supposed to be serious, then it’s obvious why David Cameron came out so strongly against Nick Clegg’s proposal for a Royal Commission to look at how we deal with drug abuse. The must simply want to keep drugs expensive so the keep the really good shit for themselves.
Will working families lose out under 1% benefit uprating? Of course they will. (lartsocial.org)
A Perverse Joke By The Tories (sampb.co.uk)
Time To Troll the Tories Again (johnnyvoid.wordpress.com)
Poor vs poorer (latentexistence.me.uk)
Strivers vs Shirkers? Ten Things They Don’t Tell You About the Welfare Budget (huffingtonpost.co.uk)
Michael Gove with backer Edmund Lazarus
It seems not a day goes by without the government being involved in some sort of sleaze, usually the “news” that they are being funded by vested interests.
So it is today. The Independent today has another example. Michael Gove has strong links with Edmund Lazarus, one of the founding partners of a City private equity company, Bregal Capital, which set up private schools company Cognita (itself currently embroiled in a pension fraud and commercial espionage scandal) in 2004. Several donations were made while Gove was Education Spokesman while the Tories were in opposition.
Gove returned the money Lazarus gave him, and there is no suggestion that either either of them have done anything illegal, but once again the government gives every appearance of acting on behalf of their chums.