A word of caution about Esther McVey’s ‘u-turn’ on housing benefit for young people

Smoke and mirrors is the name of the ir game…

Politics and Insights

youth obligationThanks to Joe Halewood for the screenshot

A little background on the “Youth Obligation”.

Thenational livingwage(which is actually an inadequate rise in the minimum wage) was one of the centrepieces of the Osborne budget back in 2015 – which does not apply to those people under 25. Osborne exhorted young people to “earn or learn” in a budget speech that also cut their entitlement to receiving benefits and student grants, prompting serious complaints that young people had been unfairly targeted.  

The policy to end automatic entitlement for the housing element of Universal Credit was announced by David Cameron and Osborne in 2014 and was introduced last April. Housing and homeless organisations warned last year that it will cause grave hardship and force cash-strapped councils to meet higher costs for emergency accommodation. The plans of a review, and potential for a government u-turn on the housing element payment for young…

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The facts don’t lie, and nor do I – An open letter to Jeremy Hunt MP

What I find incredible is that a “senior” politician, a Minister of the Crown, no less. can spout such blatant lies on TV, potentially before the entire world, entirely without censure, it seems.

The article to which I refer has abundant footnotes in proof of the author’s statements.

Source: The facts don’t lie, and nor do I – An open letter to Jeremy Hunt MP

We need to talk about Diane Abbott. Now. (EXPLICIT CONTENT)

Read this, and consider how you would feel if this kind of abuse were to be hurled at you, or one of your loved ones.

It seems that even the “respectable” press has joined the red-tops in the gutter.

Cooking on a Bootstrap

This is not a recipe. I wrote this as a series of tweets today and readers asked for it as a blog post, so here it is. Our politics may differ, so feel free to skip straight back to the recipes if that’s what you’re here for.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT DIANE ABBOTT.

Right one of us political writer people needs to do this and it looks like it’s me. Grab a seat. I wanna talk about Diane.
Diane was first elected as an MP in 1987, the year before I was born. She has been dedicated to serving the British public for longer than I have even been alive. Hold that thought. Understand it.
Diane was the first black woman to have a seat in the House of Commons. She MADE HISTORY. Her father was welder, her mother a nurse. How many working class kids do we have…

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One law for the few…

I Find it interesting that  “Liar, Liar” gets no radio airtime (unless you know differently), certainly on any of Aunty’s channels, due to their “impartiality rules”.

That’s a bit odd, I thought, given the bias, both blatant and subliminal, that has been apparent in almost all of their recent  broadcasts with any political content.

Closer ties

According to a story in the Daily Mirror that I saw today, our Prime Minister “Mrs May will fly into Jordan on Monday afternoon to agree a new anti-ISIS battle partnership with one of Britain’s closest Gulf allies.”

I’m surprised, given the appalling human rights record of that increasingly dictatorial regime,  that any civilised society wants anything at all to do with them. She’ll certainly not be speaking for me…

Housing benefit for younger people.

There is currently a petition doing the rounds here, calling for the reversal of restrictions on the housing element of Universal Credit for 18-21 year old people. One assumes that the cosy assumption that underlies this measure is that all under-21’s live with their parents, and that both parents and child(ren) are happy, and safe, in that environment.

Sadly, that is not always the case. What about care-leavers who have to leave their children’s home, or potentially their foster parents, should  they be unable or unwilling to continue to support their foster kids after the allowances cease. What about abused  adults or children. What about behaviour or restrictions that one or the other finds intolerable? What then?

It seems to me  (being charitable) that we will soon see a prime example of the Law of Unintended Consequences in action. On the other hand, my not so charitable self thinks that this is a deliberate and cynical attack on our youth. In either case, I urge my readers (are there any?) to sign the petition here.

Why do demonstrators do it…

…when the persons against whom they are demonstrating are not present, and don’t give tuppence anyway. It has always seemed to me to be very odd that, when mass demonstrations aimed at Government mismanagement , incompetence or folly take place, they often happen on a Saturday.

It seems to me that its fairly pointless. You only have to look at the result of all that marching against Bliar’s foreign misadventures to know that they take not a blind bit of notice. Yes, it spawned a few reams of print, but the bombs still fell, and bullets flew. And how many died?

Why not bring the place to a standstill on a weekday and demand that they come out of their cosy (and costly to us) Parliamentary club and explain themselves? That would be much more productive, would show them that we mean business and that they are there to represent the entire electorate and not just the ones with the deepest pockets.