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 […]

Told you so: Labour right tried to sabotage GE2017 – it’s their fault we’re suffering Tory govt

In the wake of Labour’s not-really-a-shock surge in last year’s 2017 general election, the SKWAWKBOX revealed that staff at Labour’s ‘Southside’ HQ were so confident in their predictions of electoral disaster that they had deactivated the entry passes of Corbyn’s team – who, on arriving at the building as the Tories reeled at the emerging […]

Important: Keep our St Helier Hospital/NHS70 march this Saturday

The ‘Keep our St Helier Hospital’ (KOSHH) campaign has been fighting hard to prevent the planned closure and/or downgrading of one or both of Sutton’s hospitals. In recent months the hospital trust in the area has had to send home sick children to make space for treating adults and has seen queues for an ambulance of […]

Video: Dowden testimony shows Johnson’s fire cuts worsened Grenfell. Johnson: ‘Get Stuffed’

London Fire Brigade’s ‘Incident Commander’ Michael Dowden has received huge support on social media after receiving a brutal grilling during the Grenfell inquiry yesterday, in what many feared might turn into an attempt to pin the blame for the terrible death-toll on Dowden and the LFB. The #IAmMichaelDowden hashtag, reflecting the truth that anyone faced […]

The perfect chant to kick off Saturday’s #NHS70 march

As most SKWAWKBOX readers will be aware, cynical centrists chanted during last Saturday’s “People’s Vote” march “Where’s Jeremy Corbyn”. Corbyn was in Jordan, visiting refugee camps for World Refugee Day – and would not have gone near the march in any case, since he is the only party leader trying to find the best solution […]

Vid: Green lets slip what May won’t admit – Tories to raise ALL taxes to pay for their NHS incompetence

Disgraced ex-Cabinet minister Damian Green appeared on the BBC’s Question Time last night and gave away more than he was probably meant to. Theresa May – and her chancellor Philip Hammond – has mentioned tax rises as part of her claimed additional investment in the NHS – which the Tories have spent the last eight years […]

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 […]

Tories to RETRY bill to make you pay for your NHS Fri 15 June

The Deputy Speaker as NHS ‘co-payment’ legislation was rescheduled As the SKWAWKBOX covered on Friday, Tory MPs made an attempt to pass a bill yesterday to allow NHS patients to be charged for their treatment – a move described by senior medics as “a nail in the coffin” of the NHS and ‘catastrophic‘ for patients. […]