Archive for January, 2015

WHY councils are dreading the 2015/16 bedroom tax decisions.

Posted: January 21, 2015 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

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Vox Political: Michelle Thomasson on Peacefully Tackling Extremism

Posted: January 21, 2015 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

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Vox Political has a guest piece by Michelle Thomasson, discussing approaches to Islamic radicalisation, Islamaphobia and the Fascist extreme Right. Entitled You can peacefully combat extremism – Michelle Thomasson it describes a conference called by the Labour MP Rushanara Ali. It begins

Last week at the House of Commons in London there was a discussion on ‘Youth, Alienation and Radicalisation’ – terms that can equally encompass young Muslims as well as white working class people.

Rushanara Ali MP had agreed to sponsor the meeting and she was joined by Fiyaz Mughal OBE, director of Faith Matters, an interfaith and anti-extremist organisation and Professor Matthew Feldman, an expert on fascist ideology and the contemporary far-right in Europe and the USA.

There were comments from the discussion that can prompt us all to do our part to peacefully combat extremism and as one of the attendees I was keenly listening for anything…

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Pride's Purge

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In a surprise move, columnists Jeremy Clarkson and Katie Hopkins have been dropped by the Sun after the newspaper’s owner Rupert Murdoch decided the publication will no longer feature tits on its pages.

Big tits such as Clarkson and Hopkins have been a feature of the Sun for decades but in recent years they have been been criticised for being offensive and outdated.

The Sun had already stopped featuring large cocks such as Toby Young at weekends, and sometimes did the same during the week.

The move comes just weeks after controversial remarks by breastfeeding mothers that some people may feel “uncomfortable” and “embarrassed” seeing political leaders such as Nigel Farage openly being a tit in public.

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The Coalition Government Colouring and Activity Book is now available for download as a PDF and in print:

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Shock! Horror! Northern Mosque Gives Money to Somerset Church

Posted: January 21, 2015 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

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And now a bit of good news. Last Sunday’s Songs of Praise contained a little bit on Muchelney, one of the villages in Somerset. It’s on the Somerset levels, and so suffered from the flooding last year. Much of that part of the county is reclaimed land, and until it was drained from the Middle Ages onwards, the area around Glastonbury was marshland. Several of the villages in the area, like Muchelney, have place names ending in ‘ey’. This is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word ieg, meaning an island. Muchelney and other villages like it got their names from the fact that they were originally islands of firm land amongst the bogs and marshes.

Muchelney is one of the most historic villages in Somerset. It has the remains of an abbey, and the church itself contains a beautiful painted ceiling from the 17th century. It shows angels in the…

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From 2012: Private Eye on the Work Programme’s Future Failure

Posted: January 21, 2015 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

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In their issue for the 10th -23rd February 2012, Private Eye discussed a government report predicting that the work programme would fail, and put forward ways in which it could be bailed out. The article ran:

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The National Audit Office (NAO) report on the coalition’s £5bn Work Programme (under which private contractors are paid to get people off benefits and into work) predicts that the scheme will fail. But it also suggests how the firms who run it might be bailed out.

The programme, the brainchild of work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith, is meant to avoid the “limited success” and “disappointing … performance” of past initiative thanks to payment-by-results. Contractors fund the scheme up front (hence the dominance of well-capitalised private firms in the programme) and are only pa9id when their clients find and keep a job.

The NAO thinks there is a significant…

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This article was also in Private Eye for the 10th – 23rd February 2012.

Benefits Bonanza

Even before the government has got its controversial welfare reforms through parliament, it’s signing fat cheques to its friends in the private sector to implement them.

Accenture has already secured a seven-year contract worth up to roughly £500m to manage provision of the IT systems for the new universal credit benefits scheme, which is supposed to simplify the benefits process. The outsourcing giant will bring in subcontractors to build the “customer-facing component” of the scheme, which presumably means online applications. And the principal subcontractor is … none other than Atos, the old favourite of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Eye.

IBM has already been given a £525m contract to provide various DWP system, including customer information and “a fraud referral and intervention service”, and a further £100m contract has gone…

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#Shapeyourfuture – Labour’s plan for the next generation

Posted: January 21, 2015 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized