Trussell Trust: govt failing to ‘manage’ migration to Universal Credit in any sense

Esther McVey On Monday, DWP Secretary Esther McVey created outrage with a ‘full Trump‘ series of claims about the supposed endorsement by charities of the government’s changes to the Universal Credit system that has blighted the lives of millions and is set to create even further hardship as its roll-out continues. All the charities involved […]

McVey didn’t misrepresent only Mind on Monday. She went full Trump with her charity quotes

McVey: going full Trump (image by @UKDemockery) On Monday, Esther McVey reeled off a list of charities and their comments, which she treated as praise for the DWP’s plans for Universal Credit (UC): Her comments were a litany of misrepresentation – and triggered a scramble by charities to distance themselves from her and her claims […]

Labour’s 10 Universal Credit demands ahead of Hammond’s #Budget2018

Grey, grim Philip Hammond A statement by the Labour Party has outlined ten ’emergency demands’ the party is making of the Tories on Universal Credit (UC) ahead of Chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget speech this afternoon. This list of demands does not yet reflect Labour’s official policy position on UC but is soon likely to – at […]

Video: Cable’s non-denial of new party plans – and “I want my party at the centre of it”

The SKWAWKBOX has published information over a number of weeks showing that the long-predicted but little-anticipated formation of a new party out of disgruntled and defunct centrists was imminent. Allies of a number of right-wing Labour MPs around the country have been resigning lately in what may be a move to pave the way for […]

Latest polling shows Corbyn still playing Brexit hand just right

Corbyn: playing a tough hand intelligently as latest polls show A small flood of polls released over the past few days show Labour opening a significant lead over the Tories as the Conservatives’ vote share crashes: The polling suggests the Tories are leaking support back to UKIP as a result of Theresa May’s disastrous week […]

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 […]

“Not time to talk elections” – hear Kinnock ready to ‘unite’ with May ‘in national interest’

Stephen Kinnock as last year’s general election exit poll was announced. On Tuesday morning, the SKWAWKBOX highlighted the right-wing ‘centrist’ Labour MPs – all of whom happen to have a record of trying to remove party leader Jeremy Corbyn – who are expressing a willingness to prop up Theresa May’s collapsing government. ‘In the national […]

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. […]

Three pics that capture what’s wrong with #PeoplesVote/#FBPE/centrism

Comment Saturday saw a march in London by the – largely centrist – ‘FBPE’ (follow-back pro-EU) crowd and the – almost entirely centrist – organisations that have sprung up like mushrooms to ‘fight brexit’. Three images from that moderately-attended event succinctly capture what’s wrong with the FBPE ‘cult’, as many term it. Unpleasant bedfellows Archbishop […]

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 […]