Universal Credit journey so far….

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It has been one week since I was told I would have to go through Universal Credit (UC) to claim Statutory Sick Pay for my fractured ankle. This is due to being a ‘low earner’ from my part-time job I have whilst funding my post-graduate studies. I have never had any dealings with the welfare system but with my interest in politics, particularly working practices, I decided to blog my experience to expose the unfair and inhumane process of UC.

I was completely unaware of what I was walking into with this process. I would also reinforce the rhetoric heard in the left-leaning media about the lengthy and potentially problematic online application. The first surprise is that UC is not an individual claim; it is based on household income. This in itself has Tory ideology written all over it. Even if you live with a partner or family this system…

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Tory Whip Confesses To Helping MPs Out Of “Scandals Involving Small Boys.”

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A documentary made in 1995 about the role of Whips in Westminster, features an interview with a former Tory whip admitting that MPs would come to him for help covering up scandals, including what appear to be incidents of sexual abuse involving young boys.

Tim Fortescue can be seen in the clip talking about the kinds of personal problems politicians might have, and how whips were on hand to offer damage control for scandals that, as Fortescue puts it, “a member seemed likely to be mixed up in.” Whips would be only too happy to oblige, as the favour would ultimately lead to unconditional loyalty and obedience from the troubled MP:

“And we would do everything we can because we would store up brownie points… and if I mean, that sounds a pretty, pretty nasty reason, but it’s one of the reasons because if we could get a…

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Fox hunting thugs beat up protesters. Police do nothing.

Pride's Purge

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Time to totally ban this barbaric activity once and for all.

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Britvic informs 242 Norwich workers of redundancy – over Xmas lunch

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lewis britvic 1.pngDrinks company Britvic has announced that it will be pulling out of Norwich, with the loss of 242 jobs.

Norwich South Labour MP Clive Lewis issued a statement on the company’s decision via Facebook:

I am so, so sorry for all the Britvic employees and families who’ve just got the news that Britvic have decided to leave our city.

It’s a real kick in the teeth to the city of Norwich. The workers there will have felt that Britvic went into this process knowing full well which way it was going with this.

It’s a real body blow for staff who have worked so hard and they have every right to feel hard done by.

It’s an awful time of year for this to happen and they have to go back to their families knowing the company is leaving.

There are of course knock-on effects for Colman’s too, which remain…

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Why did Davis leave Brexit negotiations to meet Dacre – and why so early?

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As the Political Scrapbook (PS) site revealed this afternoon, when Brexit Secretary David Davis arrived on 17 July of this year to begin the first round of discussions with EU negotiators he stayed for only an hour before leaving again – to return to London for not one but two meetings with Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre.

According to the department’s paperwork, Davis met Dacre on the afternoon of the 17th and again for dinner the following evening.

The question of the purpose of those meetings is naturally of huge public interest – but so is the question of what he did with the rest of his time.

According to PS, Davis left the meeting by 9am Brussels time on the 17th – which was 8am in London – after meeting EU representatives for only an hour, appeared briefly in a press conference and travelled back to London by Eurostar.

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Video: Corbaristas – Corbyn learns coffee skills to highlight #homelessness

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Labour leader – and double peace-award winner – Jeremy Corbyn put in a shift today as a trainee barista to highlight the issues of homelessness and a charity that helps them creatively.

Corbyn was at Borough Market in London to visit the Change Please coffee cart, which trains homeless people to become baristas, pays them the London Living Wage and helps them with housing and mental health.

Showing some decent if not stellar pouring skills the Labour leader took the opportunity to highlight the contribution that homeless people can make, meeting a homeless man who won the Queen’s Medal for Bravery for saving a drowning person from the Thames and highlighting how even in adversity we can help each other:

For more information on Change Please, visit the charity’s website – and share this video to highlight the plight of the UK’s huge and increasing number of people, including 128,000…

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BBC still silent on Corbyn’s peace award – or awards

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On Friday, Jeremy Corbyn received a landmark award from the International Peace Bureau, the Campaign for World Democracy and the city of Geneva. It was Corbyn’s second major international award for peace (he received a Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award in 2013). He received it jointly with world-renowned philosopher, author and political activist Noam Chomsky.

The BBC, in common with almost all the ‘MSM’, did not mention it.

At all.

The SKWAWKBOX’s was the first to publicise the news – and our article on the award went viral, such was the obvious public interest and the public’s appetite for the information.

However, the UK’s state broadcaster remains resolutely silent on the issue. In most cases of items that the BBC opts not to cover on its news channel, the corporation opts for a small mention on its news website. But apparently not in this case.

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