Strong and Stable ….

As Oscar Wilde might have said: to lose one cabinet minister in 6 months can be considered unfortunate [i.e. James Brokenshire] but to lose FIVE is evidence of the misanthropic menagerie that is the Tory Cabinet.

Michael Fallon: former defence secretary – sex-pest.
Priti Patel: former international development secretary – Israeli double agent.
Damian Green: former first secretary of state – pornographer.                                             Amber Rudd: former Home Secretary – mendacious racist.

Boris Johnson – philanderer – is still there and says Rudd ‘cares deeply about the people she serves.’ So that will be the alumni of Cheltenham Ladies’ College, J.P. Morgan & Co. and tax dodging companies based in the Bahamas etc.

 

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Theresa May is Culpable

As Home Secretary Theresa May announced a policy to create “a really hostile environment for illegal migrants” across government departments. So when Amber Rudd – as Home Secretary – sends her a letter that states:

“Illegal and would-be illegal migrants and the public more widely, need to know that our immigration system has ‘teeth’, and that if people do not comply on their own we will enforce their return, including through arresting and detaining them. That is why I will be refocusing immigration enforcement’s work to concentrate on enforced removals. In particular I will be reallocating £10m (including from low-level crime and intelligence) with the aim of increasing the number of enforced removals by more than 10% over the next few years: something I believe is ambitious, but deliverable.”

May must have supported the change. All subsequent apologies and explanations for the racist targeting of former child migrants from the West Indies are therefore odious cant and rank hypocrisy.

 

The Misanthropy of Esther McVey

16.4.18 Scottish Parliament on restricting child benefit to two children:
“What we’re doing is providing extra help where people have got more children that they couldn’t have planned.” [i.e. women who have been raped] “This could give them an opportunity to talk about, maybe, something that has happened that they never had before so it is potentially double support … them getting the money they need and maybe an outlet which they might possibly need.”
2013 House of Commons debate:
“In the UK it is right that more people are… going to food banks because as times are tough, we are all having to pay back this £1.5 trillion debt personally which spiralled under Labour, we are all trying to live within our means, change the gear and make sure that we pay back all our debt which happened under them.”
2013 Work and Pensions Committee on the withdrawal of unemployment benefits:
“What does a teacher do in a school? A teacher would tell you off or give you lines or whatever it is, detentions, but at the same times they are wanting your best interests at heart. They are teaching you, they are educating you but at the same time they will also have the ability to sanction you.”
April 2013, on the introduction of Personal Independence Payment (PIP):
“Disability Living Allowance is an outdated benefit introduced over twenty years ago and needs reform to better reflect today’s understanding of disability. At the moment the vast majority of claimants get the benefit for life without any systematic reassessments and around 50 per cent of decisions are made on the basis of the claim form alone – without any additional corroborating medical evidence.  The PIP will include a new face-to-face assessment and regular reviews – something missing in the current system. This will ensure the billions we spend give more targeted support to those who need it most.”
Parliamentary voting record:
• Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices
• Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability
• Consistently voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits
• Consistently voted against using public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed

Appearance vs. Reality

Theresa May – alumnus of St Hugh’s College, Oxford and former employee of the Bank of England – once claimed that her government looks “more like the country it serves.”
Let’s take a look.
Philip Hammond (Chancellor) alumnus of University College, business interests in property, manufacturing, healthcare, and oil and gas and consult for the World Bank.
Amber Rudd (Home Secretary) daughter of a stockbroker, attended Cheltenham Ladies’ College and Edinburgh University. Worked for J.P. Morgan & Co. and as a director of two asset allocation companies based in The Bahamas.
Boris Johnson (Foreign Secretary) alumnus of Eton, Balliol College Oxford, held various journalistic positions.
David Davis (Brexit Secretary) alumnus of the University of Warwick and Harvard, worked for as a senior executive for Tate & Lyle.
Gavin Williamson (Defence Secretary) alumnus of University of Bradford, worked in the pottery industry and in architectural design firm.
Chris Grayling (Transport Secretary) alumnus of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, worked in journalism, ran several television production companies and as a management consultant.
Liam Fox (International Trade Secretary) alumnus of the University of Glasgow Medical School, worked as GP, Civilian Army Medical Officer and for St John Ambulance.
Michael Gove (Environment Secretary) alumnus of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford held various journalistic positions.
Karen Bradley (Northern Ireland Secretary) alumnus of Imperial College London, worked as a tax manager for Deloitte & Touche and KPMG.
David Gauke (Justice Secretary) alumnus of St Edmund Hall, Oxford worked as a researcher for Conservative MP and as a solicitor a corporate law firm.
Jeremy Hunt (Health and Social Care Secretary) son of an Admiral and a Commander in the Royal Navy, alumnus of Charterhouse School and Magdalen College, Oxford.
Greg Clark (Business and Energy Secretary) alumnus of Magdalene College, Cambridge,  worked as a business consultant, special advisor to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and BBC Controller, Commercial Policy
Sajid Javid (Housing and Communities Secretary) alumnus of the University of Exeter, worked for Chase Manhattan Bank and Deutsche Bank.
Matt Hancock (Culture, Media and Sports Secretary) alumnus of Exeter College and Christ’s College, Cambridge, worked as an economist at the Bank of England and as an economic adviser to the Conservative Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Penny Mordaunt (International Development Secretary) alumnus of the University of Reading, worked as director of communications for Kensington and Chelsea Council, Director of Diabetes UK and Head of Foreign Press for George W. Bush.
Baroness Evans (Leader of the House of Lords) alumnus of New Hall, Cambridge, worked for Policy Exchange, the New Schools Network, the British Chambers of Commerce, and the Conservative Research Department.
David Mundell (Scotland Secretary) alumnus of the University of Edinburgh, worked as a solicitor and for BT
Esther McVey (Work and Pensions Secretary) alumnus of Queen Mary, London, worked as a director in the family business and later as a journalist.
Damian Hinds (Education Secretary) alumnus of Trinity College, Oxford, worked in brewing and hotel management.
Alun Cairns (Welsh Secretary) alumnus of the University of Wales worked for Lloyds Banking Group.
David Lidington (Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster) alumnus of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, worked BP and Rio Tinto.
Brandon Lewis (Conservative Party chairman) alumnus of the University of Buckingham, worked for a provider of private primary schools and as a barrister.
Liz Truss (Chief Secretary to the Treasury) alumnus of Merton College, Oxford, worked for Shell, Cable & Wireless and is a qualified management accountant.
Julian Smith (Chief whip) an exception that proves the rule?
Jeremy Wright (Attorney General) alumnus of University of Exeter, worked as a barrister.
Caroline Nokes (Immigration minister) daughter of former Conservative MEP, for whom she worked as a policy adviser.
 Claire Perry (Energy minister) alumnus of Brasenose College, Oxford and worked for Bank of America, McKinsey & Company and Credit Suisse.
 Andrea Leadsom (Leader of the Commons) alumnus of the university of Warwick. worked for Barclays Investment Bank., director of De Putron Fund Management and at Invesco Perpetual.
Based on a quick count: 13 out of 29 people, went to Cambridge or Oxford, 9 have connections to the financial industry which caused the crash of 2008, four worked in journalism and four in the legal profession.
Not representative of the place where I live

History repeating …

Tory minister Dominic Raab seeks to fill the shoes of UKIP by blaming immigration for failures of housing policy.

So what’s new? Robert Tressell made this observation over 100 years ago:

‘Easton was still reading the Obscurer; he was not about to understand exactly what the compiler of the figures was driving at – probably the latter never intended that anyone should understand – but he was conscious of a growing feeling of indignation and hatred against foreigners of every description, who were ruining this country, and he began to think that it was about time we did something to protect ourselves. Still, it was a very difficult question: to tell the truth, he himself could not make head or tail of it.

‘Why, even ‘ere in Mugsborough,’ chimed in Sawkins – who though still lying on the dresser had been awakened by the shouting–‘We’re overrun with ’em! Nearly all the waiters and the cook at the Grand Hotel where we was working last month is foreigners.’

The papers they read were filled with vague and alarming accounts of the quantities of foreign merchandise imported into this country, the enormous number of aliens constantly arriving, and their destitute conditions, how they lived, the crimes they committed, and the injury they did to British trade. These were the seeds which, cunningly sown in their minds, caused to grow up within them a bitter undiscriminating hatred of foreigners. … The country was in a hell of a state, poverty, hunger and misery in a hundred forms had already invaded thousands of homes and stood upon the thresholds of thousands more. How came these things to be? It was the bloody foreigner! Therefore, down with the foreigners and all their works. Out with them …
It was all as clear as daylight. The foreigner was the enemy, and the cause of poverty and bad trade.

First as Tragedy ….

19th Century Geo-politics are being played out again in Europe:

The “Dogs of War” are loose and the rugged Russian Bear,
All bent on blood and robbery has crawled out of his lair…
It seems a thrashing now and then, will never help to tame…
That brute, and so he’s out upon the “same old game”…
The Lion did his best… to find him some excuse…
To crawl back to his den again. All efforts were no use…
He hunger’d for his victim. He’s pleased when blood is shed…
But let us hope his crimes may all recoil on his own head..

Chorus:
We don’t want to fight but by jingo if we do…
We’ve got the ships, we’ve got the men, and got the money too!
We’ve fought the Bear before… and while we’re Britons true,
The Russians shall not have Syria …