FullFact confirms ‘Rachael Swindon’ viral anti-Tory meme’s accuracy

A tweet by the well-known left-wing activist known as @rachael_swindon attacking the government’s twisted spending priorities went viral enough for the independent fact-checking organisation FullFact to check its claims. It passed with flying colours: Even the categories judged as ‘almost’ correct were, in fact, almost on the (literal) money, with one of them in fact slightly under-estimating […]

Labour’s response to May’s ‘end’ to austerity: a brutal con

Labour Party chair Ian Lavery MP Labour has responded to Theresa May’s conference claim that she is going to bring an end to austerity, with a withering retort from straight-talking MP and party chair Ian Lavery. Lavery pointed out the huge cuts to some of the UK’s poorest families signalled this week by DWP Secretary […]

Govt was warned body-parts firm’s bid was unrealistically low

A huge scandal has broken today with the revelation by the Health Service Journal that a private firm with a public contract for disposing of clinical waste has been unable to execute its contract in a ‘timely’ fashion, leading to a ‘pile up‘ of hundreds of tonnes of human body parts and other waste. This is […]

Today May promised to end austerity. Just like she promised SIXTEEN months ago

In her closing speech to the Tories’ conference today – that it wasn’t as bad as last year’s car-crash seems to be the most that can be claimed for it – Theresa May promised an end to austerity. Again. Amid the ‘jingo bingo’, the attempts to sound like Thatcher and the shamelessness, Mrs May made […]

Mersey Fire Authority accused of ‘revenge for climbdown’ – moves to disband crews

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and activists on Merseyside have been celebrating victory in their campaign to prevent the acceleration of a plan to make drastic cuts to fire cover on Merseyside that firefighters said would cost lives of the public and those protecting them. The local authority had planned to bring forward the programme […]

Video: Mother of two chronically-ill sons accuses CCG of offloading 128hrs care onto ambulance service

Hounslow woman Sarah Spoor has released a series of videos outlining the huge struggle she faces after her local CCG (clinical commissioning group) slashed the care package for her two sons, who suffer from a complex mix of serious and chronic health conditions, from 168 hours a week to just forty. That struggle has left […]

Barnet tragedy unravels. String of suicide attempts in council offices, failed security, alarms not working

Emergency vehicles at Barnet House last Wednesday Last Wednesday in the North London borough of Barnet, a woman apparently driven to desperation by her situation set herself alight in the housing office of Tory-run Barnet council. She was last reported in critical but stable condition in hospital and an update on her condition is awaited […]

Watch this powerful video: suicidal mother explains cuts will end chronically ill sons’ education

Hounslow woman Sarah Spoor put out a powerful and moving video last week in which, without speaking, she explained how government and local authority cuts had left her feeling suicidal as a carer for her two chronically-ill sons. Ms Spoor featured on the SKWAWKBOX last year, when the government’s reckless haste to move people onto […]

All Liverpool CLP Chairs, Secs, sign letter calling on fire authority to abandon accelerated cuts

Merseyside firefighters are in dispute with the area’s fire authority over its plans for a major downgrade of fire cover on top of cuts already made in the first eight years of Tory government. Earlier this month, residents of sixty square miles of the Wirral peninsula were left with no cover during the night as all […]

Video: yesterday SKWAWKBOX warned ‘govt of nat unity’ would be next coup. Watch this

Yesterday, the SKWAWKBOX warned readers that a ‘centrist u-turn’ was about to start – with Labour MPs, shamefully, ready to prop up Theresa May rather than see the Tories fall and make way for a Corbyn-led Labour government. Shortly afterwards, Theresa May went to the House of Commons to pitch her ‘Chequers deal’ to MPs. […]