Rent Arrears Swell with Universal Credit.

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Image result for universal credit rent arrearsUniversal Credit: More and More Demands…

One of the ideas behind government welfare ‘reforms’ is to make people more “responsible”.

We now have to pay a percentage of our Council Tax, because that makes us “responsible”, or to put it more simply, it is thought to make us consider how Councils allocate money. In this case a right-wing idea, that poor people voting over public spending is a bad idea because we will use our power to tax our betters, is behind this. As ‘taxpayers’ ourselves we will think twice about forking out for the elderly, and public services more widely and, they hope, vote Tory to keep Council Budgets in order. Bad councils, that is Labour ones, will suffer electoral reverses if they do not follow the penny pinching and contracting out ways of the Conservative crooks who still run many councils.

The fact that this scheme costs money…

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American Comedian Jimmy Dore on the Jeremy Corbyn Commercial that Made Right-Wingers Cry

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Remember the advert for Jeremy Corbyn that went around a week or so ago, which showed a group of very middle class people sneering at Corbyn and his supporters, while showing up how each and everyone was a hypocrite? Here the American comedian, Jimmy Dore, comments on the advert and why it’s so good.

The various characters featured sitting round a dinner type, guzzling wine and moaning about how modern kids want something for nothing, are all portrayed as having done exactly the same themselves. Such as a man moaning about how students don’t want to pay for their university tuition, when he himself never paid for his. The Tories and their supporters went berserk, claiming it was just bourgeois stereotypes, and that ‘Lenin would have been so proud’.

As Dore points out, these aren’t stereotypes. Mike also made the point in a blog post he put up about it…

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Child-abuse revelations: Establishment backlash begins

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shadyThe SKWAWKBOX published earlier this week two articles relating to the terrible scandal of child abuse in the UK and the sham of the government’s inquiry.

The first related that a serving Chief Constable of a UK police force had been accused of – and interviewed under caution about – involvement in sexual abuse of children, yet was still in post, in spite of numerous missed deadlines promised by the authorities for a decision on prosecution.

The second showed the extent of the control exercised by the Home Office over the responses that panel members were allowed to give to a formal parliamentary committee, raising serious doubts about any semblance of independence, transparency and openness. More than one mainstream media outlet is now preparing its own articles.

Predictably, it didn’t take long for the Establishment to start pushing back in an ugly fashion.

Anonymous troll accounts – in fact, worse…

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Donald Trump’s defense of racists, reactions to it, Bannon out

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This video from the USA says about itself:

Evocative Magazine Covers Call Out Donald Trump On Charlottesville | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

17 August 2017

Using both Nazi & white supremacist imagery, The New Yorker, The Economist, and TIME are using their latest covers to call out Pres. Trump on Charlottesville. Rick Stengel & Gillian Tett react.

Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled chief strategist who helped President Trump win the 2016 election but clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers, is leaving his post, a White House spokeswoman announced Friday: here.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Trump deepens appeal to fascist right

18 August 2017

In a series of tweets Thursday morning, US President Donald Trump intensified his appeal to racist and fascist forces, bemoaning the loss of “beautiful statues and monuments” of Confederate generals like Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

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Ban Trump from Twitter, Anne Frank Center says

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Theresa May won’t cancel Trump’s state visit because she needs to suck up to him | Vox Political

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2017/08/18/theresa-may-wont-cancel-trumps-state-visit-because-she-needs-to-suck-up-to-him/

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Jeremy Corbyn won votes because he spoke to real people; Theresa May didn’t | Vox Political

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2017/08/18/jeremy-corbyn-won-votes-because-he-spoke-to-real-people-theresa-may-didnt/

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If anybody tells you the Tories are in touch with the people, show them this | Vox Political

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2017/08/18/if-anybody-tells-you-the-tories-are-in-touch-with-the-people-show-them-this/

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British government Grenfell Tower disaster cover-up?

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This video from England says about itself:

17 June 2017

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in London to demand justice for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Report by Sarah Duffy.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Corbyn: PM is focusing on avoiding criticism in Grenfell inquiry

Friday 18th August 2017

JEREMY CORBYN has written to Prime Minister Theresa May demanding further action on the Grenfell inquiry.

In the letter released yesterday following the publication of the probe’s terms of reference, the Labour leader raises concerns about the “decision to exclude the broader social and political issues raised by the fire.”

Mr Corbyn says there is a fear that the government’s “priority is to avoid criticism” for policy failures “rather than secure justice for Grenfell survivors.”

In order to learn the lessons of the Grenfell fire, Mr Corbyn calls on…

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Drug-testing welfare recipients won’t stop #addiction, psychiatrists warn

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