A list of official rebukes for Tory lies

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Here is catalogue of officially recognised Tory lies used to justify their unjustifiable policies, which have have resulted in official reprimands:

David Cameron rebuked by statistics watchdog over national debt claims– PM said the government was ‘paying down Britain’s debts’ in a political broadcast, even though debt is actually rising.

“Now that his false claims have been exposed, it’s time the prime minister stopped deliberately misleading people about his economic record.”- Rachel Reeves.

Finally Exposed! The Deficit Myth! So, David Cameron When Are You Going to Apologise? David Cameron rebuked over austerity claims – David Cameron has been corrected by the Treasury’s own forecaster over claims that cuts in public spending are not reducing economic growth. The Office for Budget Responsibility told the Prime Minister that it does believe that cutting public spending will reduce economic growth in the short term.

Robert Chote, the head of the OBR, contradicted a claim Mr…

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To the woman who tutted at me using the disabled toilets…


So Bad Ass

Dear lady who loudly tutted at me using the disabled loos,

I know you saw me running in, with my able bodied legs and all. You saw me opening the door with my two working arms. You saw me without a wheelchair. Without any visible sign of disability.

You tutted loudly as I rattled the handle with my hands that work perfectly and my able voice call to my kids that I’d be out in just a minute.

My lack of wheelchair may have suggested to you that I was some lazy cow who didn’t care. Some inconsiderate bitch who was using something I wasn’t entitled too. (I actually carry a card to explain that I’m entitled to and have a disability key if you’d have cared to ask). You may have seen my face blushing as I caught your eye and assumed I was showing guilt at blagging the…

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Britain must break with austerity, the EU and NATO

End of Austerity


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by John Foster

The current negotiations between the European Union and Greece are a stark reminder of the EU’s anti-democratic character.

The economically most powerful states in the EU are determined to assert the neoliberal predominance of Europe’s biggest monopolies and banks over the democratic will of the Greek people. It was this dominance that caused the economic crisis in the first place. It is now intensifying it.

This is the danger of Syriza’s commitment to the eurozone and its offer to run a 1.5 per cent budget surplus.

This would enable EU leaders to make limited concessions in order to secure a settlement which continues to erode the rights not just of the people of Greece but of working people across Europe.

The drive to reduce standards, enforce labour market “flexicurity” and eliminate “barriers to competition” will intensify.

On this front there is no difference between the predominance given…

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Dr Sarah Woollaston Calls Obesity Sickness Benefit Loss Idea ‘Illegal’

Illegal like many tory acts

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Senior Tory MP Sarah Wollaston has demanded that a Conservative proposal to cut benefits for obese people, drug addicts and alcoholics is dropped immediately.

The chair of the Health Committee has written to David Cameron to warn that he is effectively asking doctors and nurses to break the law.

She said the law on consent was clear: that all patients have the right to refuse treatment. By threatening to take away people’s basic income, the government would be forcing people to get help.

“A doctor would not only find themselves in breach of the law, they’d find themselves at risk of being struck off,” Wollaston told BuzzFeed News. “So in fact, his proposal is utterly unworkable in terms of the existing law.”

The prime minister has declared that people who cannot work because they are too fat – or addicted to drugs or alcohol – could have their benefits cut…

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Article for Tribune, 21st February 2015

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When I failed my 11 Plus forty-five years ago, I seem to remember that one of the tests of our childish intelligence involved identifying missing words in sentences by their initial letters. For example: “An A——– designs B——– for C—–”. Which any child of 11 should be able to tell you will read “An Architect designs Buildings for Clients”. A clue as to why I was bound to fail the exam is that I’d still instinctively render that “An Arsehole designs Bollocks for C…” Well, let’s be polite and complete the last word as “Capitalists.”

The truth of my version was brought home to me once more a couple of weeks ago when I gave a talk at the University of East London. This involved me catching the Docklands Light Railway from its most southerly terminus in Lewisham and travelling through the Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf to the…

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Vox Political: Tories Break Promise over Fracking near Drinking Water

Fracking disgrace

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Mike over at Vox Political also posted this piece, reporting Cameron’s broken promise about not allowing fracking near sources of drinking water. The article cites a piece by Friends of the Earth, who have received a leaked letter revealing that, despite having made pledges to safeguard water supplies, Cameron fully intends to ignore his promise and go ahead regardless. The article begins

“We know you don’t want fracking, but we’re not listening. And we know we pledged to stop fracking near drinking water, but we didn’t mean it.” Those are the messages from this Government, according to Friends of the Earth.

The article states: “A few weeks ago we learned – in a leaked letter – that the Government will help fracking companies no matter what. And it appears to be good to its word.

“Last week it ignored increasing public pressure to ban fracking in England. But it did…

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Man burned alive in Britain – but does anybody care?

Care, anyone?

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(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

A man was burned alive in Britain – and nobody seems to care.

Malcolm Burge, 66, found himself more than £800 in debt as a result of a government decision to cut his housing benefit by 50%.

The council dealing with his case was also unable to correspond properly with Mr Burge because of a massive backlog they were experiencing – again due to government cuts to local government funding.

And so – on the same day he received a letter telling him he had to repay the money – Mr Burge drove to Cheddar Gorge and burned himself alive in his car.

Just the latest victim of Iain Duncan Smith’s war on the poor:


Iain Duncan Smith’s portrait made from photos of people who died for being poor (click on image to enlarge)

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Some of his victims:

Malcolm Burge:


Edward Jacques:edward jacques

Graham Shawcross:graham shawcross

David Coupe:David-Coupe


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Ken Loach: The need for a Left alternative

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Ken Loach 8We interviewed acclaimed filmmaker Ken Loach (Kes, The Wind That Shakes the Barley) in the small attic office of his production company Sixteen Films. We discussed Left Unity, the new political party of the left that he supports.

The interests and struggles of the working classes has been a theme throughout all of Loach’s films. He spoke eloquently about the current political system driving inequality, increasing poverty and mentioned that it is, “exploiting the working classes by turning labour off and on like a tap”. Left Unity was formed as an attempt to address these inequalities and create a fairer society providing security in terms of housing, jobs and pensions.

The Labour Party was originally formed by Trade Unions to protect the interests of the workers. Loach’s documentary The Spirit of ’45 subtly illustrates how far the Labour Party’s ideology has shifted to the right since 1945. Loach…

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Legislative amendments from the Labour Party effectively constrain Tory plans to fast-track the fracking industry.

Fracked off

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In Government, the Labour Party led the way on an international level as the first nation to put climate change at the heart of the G8 and to call a Uinited Nations Security Council meeting on climate change.

On 16 October 2008, Ed Miliband, then the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, announced that the world’s first Climate Change Act would mandate an 80% cut overall in six greenhouse gases by 2050. The Act makes it the duty of the Secretary of State to ensure that the net UK carbon account for all six Kyotogreenhouse gases for the year 2050 is at least 80% lower than the 1990 baseline, toward avoiding dangerous climate change.

The Act aimed at ensuring the United Kingdom became a low-carbon economy and gave ministers powers to introduce the measures necessary to achieve a range of greenhouse gas reduction targets. An independent

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