14 quotes that prove the nasty party is still just as nasty as ever

14 nasty ones from the Nasty party

Pride's Purge

(It’s not satire – it’s the nasty party)

We’ve all heard nasty quotes from Tories such as “Hang Mandela“, The homeless are what you step over when you come out of the opera” etc etc which prove just how nasty the nasty party really can be. But those quotes are all pre-Cameron – who likes to claim his party has changed.

Well, here are a selection of quotes from Tories from the Cameron era which prove the nasty party is alive and kicking and just as nasty as ever:

1) Hugh Jackson– Tory councillor in North Tyneside  – suggested euthanasia was a good way to reduce the costs of looking after disabled children.

2) Steve Hilton – senior adviser to David Cameron and Tory strategy director – said the government should boost economic growth by abolishing all working mothers’ maternity leave and rights.

3) Iain Duncan Smith – Tory Work…

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Political parties – there are very BIG differences in their policies.

Tories are so very different from Labour

Politics and Insights


What LABOUR Achieved whilst in Government:

1. Longest period of sustained low inflation since the 60s.
2. Low mortgage rates.
3. Introduced the National Minimum Wage and raised it to £5.52 per hour.
4. Over 14,000 more police in England and Wales.
5. Cut overall crime by 32 per cent.
6. Record levels of literacy and numeracy in schools.
7. Young people achieving some of the best ever results at 14, 16, and 18.
8. Funding for every pupil in England has doubled.
9. Employment is at its highest level ever.
10. 3,700 rebuilt and significantly refurbished schools; including new and improved classrooms, laboratories and kitchens.
11. 85,000 more nurses.
12. 32,000 more doctors.
13. Brought back matrons to hospital wards.
14. Devolved power to the Scottish Parliament.
15. Devolved power to the Welsh Assembly.
16. Dads now get paternity leave of 2 weeks for the first time.
17. NHS Direct…

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The moment Ed Miliband said he’ll bring socialism back to Downing Street

Labour Party Policies are a step towards Socialism

Politics and Insights


One of the most frequent and misinformed comments I see about the Labour Party is “Oh, but they aren’t socialist enough.”  My standard response is to post Labour’s policy proposals, because the people who raise this complaint most often can’t name even one of the policies. Then I try and engage in a discussion about what the policies are about – the implications and social consequences of them, and what they reflect about the Labour Party.

I often waste my time, because the people usually making this claim are defensive None of The Above protagonists, or Green and Scottish National Party  supporters, who have no intention of genuinely discussing anything critically, they offer dogmatic, propaganda-styled soundbites instead, designed to mislead. Yet they ought to be our natural allies, and invest some time in attacking the Conservatives regarding their austerity cuts and idiosyncratic brand of anti-democracy instead of telling lies…

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If you are a UKIP supporter, please eat in the corner..



Can’t resist tipping my hat – and propagating the story in the process – to the group ‘Women against UKIP‘, who created this fantastic poster, and to the CakeaDoodleDo cafe in Exeter, who put it up in their premises:

It put a smile on my face when, at least politically, there hasn’t been much to smile about. The story was picked up by the local paper, the Exeter Express and Echo and by Radio 4’s ‘The News Quiz’. You may already have seen it, but it’s worth another look.

Appallingly but unsurprisingly, this outstanding piece of humourous invention has led to threats of violence from UKIP supporters.

In a week when UKIP leader Nigel Farage, the right-wing, rich, privately-educated city banker who ludicrously styles himself as the man of the common people, saw his popularity ratings fall by a massive 14 points after saying that nursing mothers should…

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Yet more evidence of DWP benefit sanction targets

DWP targets


In spite of long-standing evidence to the contrary, including officials calling benefit sanctions ‘an achievement’ and revelations by the Guardian, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has continued to deny that it sets targets for its Jobcentre Plus (JCP) employees to impose sanctions (immediate cessation) on benefit claimants.

Although it will no doubt continue to be denied, the issue is put beyond even the slightest doubt by an excellent find by the ‘Same Difference’ blog.

Same Difference uncovered a circular to JCP staff which:

  • includes the imposition of sanctions in ‘key performance areas’ that are measured
  • refers specifically to targets for benefit sanctions and ‘stricter benefit regimes’

Here is the document:

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Internal DWP communications show that sanctions are not just a target but a ‘key performance area’. For Iain Smith etc to claim that their department is not setting JCP workers targets on the number of people from whom they summarily…

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“As I Please” Column for Tribune, 12th December 2014

rowson reasons again

Martin Rowson

Here’s a little Christmas present for you, a bit old, and not particularly practical, but it might be the closest you’ll get to any comfort and joy from our political masters this festive season.
It concerns a lunch I had, nearly two years ago, with David Davis, the former contender of the leadership of the Conservative Party.

Now, I’m not about to lurch rightwards, but I’ll confess that though I think most of his opinions stink, I like Davis (though naturally many Tories hate him). He’s very sound on civil liberties, gives a highly plausible impression of being something like a human being and has lived a full and rounded life: born to a single mother on a council estate, partially raised by his Commie grandad and worked for years in sugar. Plus he always greets me with apparent pleasure. Which are all good reasons for me to have invited…

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Nigel Farage – A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing


Jennys Musings

Last night on BBC Question Time, Nigel Farage finally got what many would say was long overdue – taken down by former comedian turned activist, Russell Brand.

There sat Farage on the far right of the panel, adopting his ‘man of the people’ look, trying desperately to fend off the verbal punches being rained upon him by Brand.   It was a fight he was never going to win.   The audience cheered and applauded as Farage squirmed under Brand’s onslaught.   There was nothing Farage could do to save himself, even with the help of the two audience members who bravely stuck their neck out to defend him.

Why did Brand succeed where others had failed? It’s simple. He did not have the constraints or blinkers of the media.   He spoke from the heart, told it like it was and that is why Farage could not defend himself.   Indeed in his column…

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If It Isn’t Osborne, It’s Oborne; No, The UK Will Not Go Bankrupt. EVER

UK will not go bankrupt

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(Well, Not Unless It Chooses To.)

by Martin Odoni

One recurring myth about the National Debt, a myth that simply refuses to release its expiring gasp, has been given plenty of fresh oxygen once again this week, in the aftermath of the Autumn Statement by George Gideon Osborne – our economic mastermind par excellence*. One example of this is from the Chancellor’s near-namesake at the Daily Telegraph, Peter Oborne, who wrote an article criticising Osborne for having a far less impressive hand on the public finances than the man himself seems to imagine.

On the one hand, it is quite refreshing that the Telegraph, of all newspapers, is willing to take a Conservative Party Chancellor down a peg or seven. In recent times certainly, when he has not been looking suspiciously trippy, Osborne has looked much too pleased with himself for ‘achieving’ a year of modest growth in GDP, which happened

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After forced-psychometric-test debacle, now Jobcentres offer online CBT

this govt will NEVER LEARN


Last year, the SKWAWKBOX triggered a severely-embarrassing chain of events for the government by revealing that the DWP’s Jobcentre Plus (JCP) centres, under instruction from David Cameron’s ‘Nudge Unit’ (read: psychological-manipulation), were forcing unemployed people, under threat of immediate loss of benefits, to take un-validated and dangerous ‘psychometric tests’ without ‘informed consent’ and, quite possibly, illegally in more ways than one. We also revealed a nudge-unit ‘front’ masquerading as a bona fide psychological institution.

It turned out that these tests were so poorly and cynically constructed that they gave the same ‘results’ to those completing them regardless of the answers entered – or even if the test was completed without entering any answers at all. The test had been taken – without permission – from a US psychologist linked to torture techniques such as waterboarding. (The author then objected to the unethical use of the test by the UK…

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