When I was about 10..

..my mum took out a loan with a loan shark. I remember this because after the initial loan, when the interest rates shot up, we used to hide when the tally man came to the door.  I didn’t understand why we used to hide, and my mum explained how much she had to pay back…

Originally posted on the void:
The Government’s brutal decision to throw disabled Remploy workers on the scrapheap is the latest attack on disabled people by the most hostile Government in living memory.  Maria Killer Miller, the Minister for Disability, yesterday confirmed the closure of 27 Remploy factories, meaning the loss of 1,700 jobs. Shamefully several…

I wrote this…

Idiots guide to cutting public services. I wrote it before the election when I had ascertained what the priorities would be post election. At the time I believed this was as a response to a banking crisis, but I have been fortunate. I had the privilege of time to try and fight it and in…

Care Assessments to be outsourced

Social Care. Kicked to death, and all parties explicitly planned to do so. Now Care Assessments are to be outsourced. I suppose Pickles never needed to get rid of statutory responsibilities. Still, who cares till someone dies. Then the left will take delight in handwringing while demanding more of the same as a solution because…

Dear Scott Trust

The Guardian is not a profit making newspaper, and your trust allows them to exist so power can be used for Labour. As noone is buying the newspaper, and votes dont count cos the media said so, what the Guardian does at present is shaping a political debate which hides all our current problem with…

When I started blogging about Labour…

It was because they were my party. When I came across our ‘build your brand on the poor’ Labour left and progressives, as they commandeered any hope of fighting austerity, it was in the hope they would change. Then it was horror at their moral bankruptcy and the effect. I sometimes play join dots, kind…

The first article you should read today.

Implosion in the Tory Party, which is interesting enough. Unofficial whips, and outright scoffing at the PM, quite interesting. But really I just thought you’d like something uplifting to read over your cornflakes. Good news for a change…..

I sat this year and tried to work out…

..how much I had paid in Union Dues over the years. PCS got my dues from the day I started earning seven and a half grand a year, right through to years with Unison, where they were the only defence in a system called cover your arse for a reason. I even stumped up for…

Lords Reform

The question of Lords reform is not what it is being painted. I have very clear feelings about the undemocratic tendencies of our Lordly chamber, but here is the nub. I don’t want an elected 2nd chamber while elected means bought, and I don’t trust any of the three parties committed to privatising everything on…