What a clever wee soul.
What a clever wee soul.
Faisal Islam has just pointed out some subtle rewording of Government papers on Brexit. The word “unlikely” in relation to a “no deal” has been quietly removed. Note the before and after examples below regarding medicines. Apparently, all departments have done the same thing.
Although Mrs May says that her deal is the only deal, that she will not allow a second referendum and that she will not contemplate crashing out with no deal (although at one time “no deal was better than a bad deal”)…
And although traditionally, Cabinet responsibility demands loyalty, I see that this morning Rudd was proposing that if there should be no agreement on Mrs May’s deal (pretty much a certainty), a second referendum might have to be called.
And at the same time, Leadsom, the fox hunter, has been suggesting that a “managed” no deal (what’s that?) would be possible.
So, that’ll be May being strong, stable and clear… huh?
Tris remains indisposed (it’s coming out of his wages) and today’s article appears thanks to Munguin himself!
Rudd is rolling out her defective benefits system in Edinburgh just before Christmas.
She must know that it will leave families penniless at perhaps the cruellest time of the year. When people will have no money to put on their electricity and gas meters, no money for kids’ treats and no money for food.
Fortunately, though, as we noted above, Richard Leonard is on the case.
This is absolutely shameful.
So, presumably, tomorrow he will be writing a letter, along with Nicola Sturgeon, to Treeeza, demanding that Universal Credit (and hopefully all other benefits) be devolved to Edinburgh where they will be overseen by ministers who are actual human beings.
I can’t tell you how angry I am about this.
Until they iron out the faults in Universal Credit it shouldn’t be rolled out anywhere at any time. But, although, as you know, I hold no brief for Christmas and all its tra la las, you’d have to be some kind of fool to believe that it was appropriate to roll this shambles out in December when you know that the folk concerned will get no money for FIVE weeks.
What kind of person would sign off on that?
Oh yeah, her, silly question.
Not that this one would have been any more human.
We probably suggested this last year, but we make no apologies for doing it again this year. Munguin and I (and Munguin’s gran and I) won’t be buying big presents for each other. Instead there will be a small token gift. We’re all lucky enough to have all we need. Whatever else we would have spent on gifts will be used to help food banks.
Staples, some treats and maybe some little presents for children who otherwise would have nothing.
Nothing for kids, at Christmas?
Jings, that’s such an un-Christian thing for a deeply religious Prime Minister and monarch to preside over.
As for the Daily Record, can I just respectfully remind them of this:
So, don’t you look so smug! We didn’t think you were promising us THIS fiasco.
Amber Rudd, yeah, remember her, the one who lied her backside off about Windrush, and yet 6 months later is back in Cabinet, seemed to think that the raconteur was being unnecessarily political in the language of his report.
The thing is, in one of the world’s rich countries, why is it, if not by political choice, that 20% of the population lives in real poverty?
Why are kids growing up in abject poverty, going to school too hungry to concentrate? Why are teachers having to bring in food?
Why cannot we set the minimum wage at a wage that people could afford to live on?
Why do people in a country that proudly punches above its weight in any and every conflict that America orders it into, have to beg for food in food banks?
Why are our retirement pensions in the region of £7,500 while German ones are at £26,000?
Surely if we can’t match the German rate (who could) we could at least manage to equal the French?
These are political decisions. We clearly value older people far less than our French and German neighbours.
These, apparently, are the great British values of which the Brit politicians never tire of quoting, without actually telling us what they are.
We must cut taxes for the super wealthy and devil take the hindmost? Pull yourself up by the bootstraps, even if you can’t afford any boots.
Do you seriously wonder that so many Scots want to get the hell out of this awful country?
We hear a lot about Great British Values (GBV)
Just for a laugh… but also seriously, what do you think these GBV are?
Thanks to Niko for this. It leaves me speechless and.át the same time, utterly seething with anger, frustration and horror.
When is Amber Rudd going to go?
Every time she appears before the Commons to answer questions on the fiasco that is the immigration/deportation policy, she has changed mind about the story and her part in it.
And each time it has changed because she has been caught out misleading, misspeaking, dissembling or whatever is the current euphemism for lying her backside off on the previous occasion.
Tory Fibs (on Twitter) summed it up thus:
• There were no targets
• Oops, there were targets but I wasn’t aware
• Oops, my civil service didn’t inform me
• Oops, there was a memo but I didn’t read it
• Oops, I wrote a letter mentioning the target
• Oops, it wasn’t a target. It was an ambition
This is incredible. This is the Home Secretary, one of the most senior cabinet ministers, talking to the House of Commons.
Today we’ve all seen a leaked copy of a memo which she sent to May showing how she was taking the enforced deportations forward by increasing the target (y’know, the ones she didn’t know about because there were any, but there were and she did).
The article is worth a read, and I won’t rehearse all it says here. But it shows her up for what she is.
She is clearly either incredibly stupid and forgetful, or she is a compulsive liar.
Either of these things makes her unsuitable to be Home Secretary.
So she must just GO NOW.
And in many cases, offering military expertise, which I suppose is why there won’t be retaliation against Saudi Arabia for bombing the wedding party. Ooops, My Bad!