Tag Archives: UK politics

It’s the end of the world as we know it… and we eat BRAINZ!

A worried member of the public has forced Leicester City Council to admit it is unprepared for a zombie invasion. The authority received a Freedom of Information request which said provisions to deal with an attack, often seen in horror films, were poor. The “concerned citizen” said the possibility of such an event was one […]

Eau Dear

The Deputy Prime Minister has commissioned a complete rethink of Lib Dem strategy amid rumblings about his stewardship at the highest level. Insiders say senior party figures including Chris Huhne, a former leadership contender, have been jockeying for position behind the scenes. Rumours about Mr Clegg’s leadership have emerged after mounting discontent among party members […]

Creative Destruction

The government will provide more money to help unemployed people who want to set up their own companies, David Cameron has announced. The prime minister said New Enterprise Allowance projects, offering start-up loans and weekly allowances, could create 40,000 businesses by 2013. He predicted the next few years could be “some of the most dynamic […]

PIPsqueak

All 3 million disabled people, including pensioners and children, who receive allowances will be forced to undergo periodic medical tests to justify the payments under proposals outlined today. Ministers propose to end the automatic right to Disability Living Allowance, worth up to £70 a week for care and up to £50 a week for travel […]

The Daily Mail says ‘No’

The welfare system is also there to help people of a working age when they lose their job, have a disability, start a family and need help with low pay. But the truth – as everyone knows – is that the welfare system is failing many millions of our fellow citizens. People find themselves trapped […]

Gay Days of Summer

In an extraordinarily frank statement, the Foreign Secretary yesterday denied that he had ever had a relationship with a man after his special advisor Christopher Myers resigned because of the damage caused by “untrue and malicious” allegations circulating on the internet. He also revealed that he and his wife Ffion have suffered the trauma of […]

Computer says “no”

Work and pensions minister Chris Grayling is conducting an urgent review into a new medical test for incapacity benefit after fresh figures showed only 6% of those tested were deemed to be totally incapable of working. The figures, covering all new claims from October 2008 to the end of November 2009, show 39% are being […]

Dave New World

David Cameron has launched his “big society” drive to empower communities, describing it as his “great passion”. In a speech in Liverpool, the prime minister said groups should be able to run post offices, libraries, transport services and shape housing projects. Also announcing plans to use dormant bank accounts to fund projects, Mr Cameron said […]

Mandatory Lourdes trip for DLA claimants

Chancellor George Osborne has outlined plans to cut incapacity benefit, insisting those capable of working should work, citing the example of coma patients who could easily take up gainful employment as draft excluders. His comments come as the government seeks to make further inroads into the £155bn budget deficit, with those on incapacity benefits seen […]

It’s still the stupid economy…

The new independent fiscal watchdog has downgraded the economic growth projections for the UK economy. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicts the economy will expand 2.6% in 2011, down from the 3% to 3.5% estimate given in Labour’s last Budget. The lower figure will likely increase the impetus of the coalition government to cut […]