Javid visits poverty-hit North-East – and talks to Bentley-owners

Home Secretary Sajid Javid – who still has not properly apologised for libelling Jeremy Corbyn last week, in spite of beating a hasty retreat when Corbyn’s lawyers got in touch – has been in the North-East today. Javid and the rest of Theresa May’s Cabinet had been in Gateshead for a Cabinet meeting – and […]

Video: a tale of two Toms – Watson’s five-day about-face on May’s Brexit deal

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson They say a week is a long time in politics. It seems five days is a very long time in the life of politician Tom Watson. Just last Tuesday, Watson – along with a number of other Labour ‘moderates’ – enraged many Labour supporters by telling the BBC that he […]

Video: Byrne’s constituent can’t afford socks for her kids. McVey mocks as Tories jeer

Callous: DWP Secretary Esther McVey DWP Secretary Esther McVey appeared before MPs again yesterday – fresh from lying last week about her ‘apology’ for lying to them – to answer questions about her department’s disastrous Universal Credit system. Her original lie last week had been to claim that the National Audit Office said the roll-out […]

Raab new Brexit Secretary. Twitter: ‘One t**t out, one t**t in’

David Davis’ resignation last night as Brexit Secretary seems to have presented Theresa May with a quandary – how to find someone just as hapless to take his place. Readers could be excused for thinking that finding an incompetent replacement for a Tory minister would be as easy as finding turds in a septic tank, […]

Enfield Southgate CLP overwhelmingly passes damning motion against council leader Caliskan

Nesil Caliskan Enfield Southgate CLP (constituency Labour party) has been at the heart of a series of recent explosive developments in the north London borough of Enfield, where the local campaign forum (LCF) secretary oversaw a highly ‘irregular’ process for selecting council candidates – who promptly elected her as the new council leader. The now-leader, […]

Cruelty to rape victims and their children – Tories force almost 200 women claimants to ‘prove’ rape

Shocking figures released by HMRC (HM Revenue & Customs) today have revealed that 190 women were forced to fill in forms under the Tory government’s ‘rape clause’ legislation to ‘prove’ they became pregnant through rape. Government rules now only pay child benefit for a woman’s first two children – unless she can prove that a […]

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 pt 2: understanding Labour heartlands, winning back UKIP vote

In a follow-up to his first hard-hitting guest post, South Yorkshire teacher, Labour voter and trade union activist Andy Searson moves from analysis of the working-class Brexit vote and why New Labour lost the working class to what Labour as a radical movement needs to do to reconnect with those communities and win back votes […]

Cynical FBPE campaign disgraces itself with response to Corbyn’s Guatemala volcano tweet

On Tuesday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn put out a tweet expressing empathy with the people affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala and the emergency services trying to help them: It was a statesmanlike comment but also a genuinely humane one. Sadly, the same cannot be said for some of the responses […]

Tory ‘Top of the Pops’ reveals sick heart of the Conservatives

Comment A poll by the ConHome website has ranked Tory Cabinet members by popularity – or by ‘net satisfaction rating’, to be more precise – among party members. The results will boggle the mind of the rest of us: The idea that Michael Gove is the most highly regarded or ‘satisfying’ member of the Cabinet is simply astonishing […]