Ticked boxes and triangulation that will take Ed to Number 10

Originally posted on A Thousand Cuts:
Party membership these days is a judgement by the heart, not the head. Like an unrequited love, the belief is a drug on which the believer becomes hooked. We saw this again during the Labour conference last week. Ed Miliband’s list of policy announcements have been hailed as everything…

Yet more DWP illegality

The SKWAWKBOX A couple of weeks ago, I drew attention to how DWP minister Mark Hoban was unable, even in a formal response to an MP, to get his facts straight on the law regarding what the DWP’s Jobcentre Plus (JCP) is legally allowed to force – or ‘mandate’ – jobseekers to do. Hoban thought…

Wheels of the political machinery exposed…

Damian McBride, Brownian spin doctor has revealed himself in the Daily Mail and confirmed what those of us who have watched twitter already knew. Labour have a really horrible toxic culture, and their problem is not ideas, it’s that they behave like a cross between gangsters, and an horrible nasty factional posh boys club. Anyway…

Grauniad gossip..

I like gossip. You hear some funny things, when you are not in that lefty media bubble. Now it’s no secret to those of us with an interest in that sort of thing, how difficult it is to get La Grauniad to run stories on benefits, housing and adult care policy, that amount to more…

Legal Aid

This is not a post about the proceedings it relates to, or about my life, but as a blog which discusses social policy through the prism of experience, I felt it was important to mark the implications of being one of the last women in the UK to receive legal aid in a matter relating…

CLARKSON TO FIGHT MILIBAND SEAT AT GENERAL ELECTION

Originally posted on Ian Bone:
Jeremy Clarkson is preparing to stand in Doncaster North against Miliband. At a time when party politics and dull leaders is turning people off its likely we’ll see a load of celebrity independents. Russell Brand anyone?