McVey screw-up costs thousands of DWP staff meagre pay-rise, with insult on top of injury

Incompetent DWP Secretary Esther McVey A screw-up – at best – by Work & Pensions (DWP) Secretary Esther McVey means that tens of thousands of DWP employees will be deprived of their paltry 1% annual pay-rise for an indefinite period. Last Thursday, 7 June, DWP staff received a message via their internal intranet system informing […]

Guest post: “loyalty of working class people runs deep but betray it at your peril”

In this guest post, South Yorkshire teacher, trade unionist and staunch Labour voter Andy Searson takes EU-fixated Labour back-benchers to task. EU-fixated MPs: losing the loyalty of the working class Having just sat through another interview listening to a member of Parliament calling for a second EU referendum, I’m compelled to write this, if only […]

Owen Smith’s Twitter ‘meltdown’ triggers formal complaint to party

As the SKWAWKBOX covered last weekend, Labour MP and former leadership challenger Owen Smith triggered much amusement on social media when he jumped to the completely erroneous assumption that Twitter account @James4Labour was John McDonnell aide James Mills and attempted to embarrass ‘Mills’ by commenting on his Twitter output. Smith only embarrassed himself – and […]

Govt will NOT ban flammable cladding after Grenfell

In a move that ought to be astonishing, even unbelievable – but is anything but – the government will not ban the use of flammable cladding or untested cladding systems as a result of the terrible loss of life caused, and the suffering inflicted on the survivors by, the Grenfell Tower blaze. The ‘Hackitt Review’, […]

Tory councillor removed after ‘lefty pleb’ and ‘Munsters’ comments

The Tories disgraced themselves in the recent local election campaign, with at least eighteen councillors or candidates suspended because of vile racist, misogynist or homophobic comments – and then the party’s own decision, based on a discredited claim, to reinstate a racist-‘joke‘ councillor in order to seize control of a council. It seems the nasty party […]

Video: Tory minister: small towns are so important we forgot they’re not having elections

As local election results start to come in, spokespeople from political parties are all over the media to interpret the results. But occasionally, one lets something slip that reveals more than they intended. So it was tonight with Tory front-bencher Liz Truss. Ms Truss was trying to persuade Sky News’ Faisal Islam that the Tories […]

Video: S*n pol editor calls Rudd ‘scalp’ for ‘witchhunt, no sorry, really important story’

S*n political editor Tom Newton Dunn made an interesting and possibly Freudian slip today on the BBC’s Daily Politics programme when, while describing Theresa May’s ‘insulation’ from the Windrush scandal, he described public outrage over the forced deportation, denial of medical treatment and barring from employment of UK citizens as a ‘witch-hunt‘. Newton Dunn quickly corrected […]

“Sweating like a Jew in an attic” – Tory candidate locks Twitter account after tweets emerge

George Stoakley is, according to Tory campaign literature, one of the party’s candidates for South Cambridgeshire District Council. Here he is – ironically pictured far right – alongside local Tory MP Lucy Frazer: A number of disturbing tweets, allegedly from Mr Stoakley’s account, have surfaced that have led to allegations of antisemitism and homophobia – […]

Video: May has a ‘Windrush problem’ – she knew they were citizens and did it anyway

Theresa May attempted to extricate herself – and her partner in crime Amber Rudd – from the scandal of the racist abuse of the Windrush generation by repeating a probably focus-grouped mantra ad nauseam: They are British. They are part of us. Perhaps she was hoping we wouldn’t notice. But as Channel 4 News’ Krishnan Guru-Murthy pointed […]

Tories fail for year to answer for £100k raid on bereaved families. Then cancel their one appearance

Imagine being a parent of young children, then finding out not only that you are terminally ill – but that a law change introduced by the Tories a year ago is going to take £100,000 of vital support from your bereaved family. Last March, the Tories forced through the “Bereavement Support Payment Regulations 2017“, which […]