As SKWAWKBOX predicted, DUP set to bring down May for own ‘backstop’ purposes

Last week the SKWAWKBOX predicted that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), whose unwholesome ‘confidence and supply arrangement’ deal has been shoring up the Tory government since last year, was planning to sabotage any hope clung to by Theresa May of a deal based on a ‘backstop‘ plan for the issue of the Northern Irish border […]

Phillips’, Hodges’ zero self-awareness with May ‘knife’ condemnation

Comment Commentators have been getting worked up about the unpleasant language allegedly used by Tory MPs to described the likely fate of failing and flailing PM Theresa May. Mps have reportedly talked about ‘heating a knife’ in readiness for bringing an end to her tenure and have said that she should ‘bring her own noose’ […]

Company behind People’s Vote used controversial Blue Telecoms in referendum campaign

Open Britain, the company behind the People’s Vote campaign, was originally The In Campaign/Stronger In Blue Telecoms was the company exposed in a Channel 4 undercover operation that led to a warning to the Tories from the Information Commissioner and a lengthy police investigation TIC/Stronger In also contracted Blue Telecoms for apparently identical services, according to Blue […]

DUP moves goalposts to scupper Brexit deal – and the Good Friday Agreement

Comment The latest announcement by the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) suggests that the Northern Irish party and its ten MPs are looking for any excuse to defeat Theresa May’s attempts to find a Brexit deal. EuroNews NBC’s political editor responded to comments by DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds by pointing out that the DUP is […]

Breaking: new delay to Universal Credit roll-out as DWP incompetence gives some vulnerable reprieve

Comment The despair of an impoverished UC claimant The BBC has just announced that the government’s planned full roll-out of the hated Universal Credit system to all claimants has been delayed – again – by a further nine months. Vulnerable people in this country cannot hope for compassion or sense preventing this government pushing ahead […]

Video: Failing Grayling gets a ‘warm’ Scouse welcome in Liverpool

Grayling squirming his way through Liverpool Lime Street station Useless Transport Secretary Chris Grayling – who has presided over scandals, squirmed over Russian donations to his party and is very familiar with what it’s like to be ‘owned‘ by his opposite number Andy McDonald – must have had a similar sinking feeling when he arrived […]

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 […]

EU: Corbyn’s Brexit plan was right all along

Comment In February this year, Jeremy Corbyn gave a major speech on Labour’s Brexit stance in which he announced that Labour, in government, would look to agree ‘a customs union’ with the EU. Corbyn was derided by both centrists and right-wingers, who fell over themselves to rubbish the idea. The BBC even arranged a company […]

Video: McDonnell – ‘iniquitous’ Universal Credit is beyond fixing. ‘It’s got to go’

John McDonnell Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell delivered a damning verdict on Universal Credit (UC) during an interview with Sky News this morning – and signalled a significant and, for many, long-awaited shift in Labour Party policy. As the SKWAWKBOX covered yesterday, DWP Secretary Esther McVey has told ministers that millions of families with children […]

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 […]