Posts Tagged ‘ welfare ’

Why Do Progressives Hate Real Progress..?

May 12, 2015 6 Comments
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When construction on New York City’s famous High Line began in 2006, the project to turn a remnant of the industrial age into a post-industrial garden and tourist attraction appeared innovative, but potentially very risky. Indeed so. And now it’s a fantastic success and everyone is happ… Oh. I forgot. Of course, they aren’t: In fact, having finally opened in 2009, the High Line is now suffering from its own…

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Reality On The Campaign Trail…

March 28, 2015 6 Comments
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Emma Burnell (a campaigns and public policy professional representing Labour’s Socialist Societies, no less) gets a dose of reality: A few weeks ago, while canvassing in a marginal constituency, I knocked on the door of a man who had previously voted Labour but was now leaning towards Ukip. His opening salvo to me was: “What about homeless shelters?” Great, I thought, this is something I understand and really care about.…

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Far Too Expensive, Doesn’t Even Work, And Causes Additional New Problems?

March 4, 2015 10 Comments
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Must be a LibDem policy! Even within the Liberal Democrats, not everyone is convinced. The MP for North Devon, Nick Harvey, certainly doesn’t think it’s the right way to spend £1bn and believes his party leader has wasted such a large sum by failing to target the children most in need. Free school meals, Harvey maintains, have always traditionally been a social policy, with elements of health benefits attached. “The…

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Mary Dejevski Doesn’t Understand Market Forces…

November 22, 2014 4 Comments
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She opines on the sandwich controversy: … the Greencore Group, which is setting up the new sandwich-making factory in Northampton to serve Tesco, M&S and Sainbury’s, appears to have done everything by the book. It hung a large sign on the site of its new development inviting applications, and recruited 50 workers from a job fair in Corby, 20 miles away, where a sandwich factory had recently closed. It also…

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If A Tapeworm Could Speak…

September 2, 2014 5 Comments
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…we now know how it would sound: The new school term will mark the start of the Government initiative offering free lunches to to reception, Year 1 and 2 pupils to ensure pupils get a nutritious meal. The schools are expected to offer a hot meals option or cold lunches until their kitchens are able to cope with the demands of extra school meals every day. Yes, it’s the Clegg…

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I Think We Can Safely Ignore This Scaremongering…

January 15, 2014 15 Comments
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Britain is witnessing the emergence of “benefit blackspots” as welfare claimants are forced to move out of the towns of their choice after being evicted from rented housing by private landlords. Says who? Why, none other than homeless ‘charity’, Shelter. Housing charity Shelter has warned that entire UK communities could become claimant-free zones, after the Guardian revealed on Saturday that one of Britain’s best-known landlords has sent out eviction notices…

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Like there’s no tomorrow

January 1, 2014 21 Comments
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Like there’s no tomorrow

I work for the underclass. I also work for a bunch of other people who are in the financial mire – temporarily or permanently – and from which I suspect no amount of health insurance and voluntary pension saving could ever have diverted them; pace my purist libertarian former comrades. Basically, a major part of my job is to help the unemployed or over-parented to understand and sometimes to do…

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E Jane Dickson Doesn’t Understand TANSTAAFL

December 14, 2013 14 Comments
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Universal free school meals are an excellent idea; pilot schemes in the UK and tested policies in other countries have shown that the provision of a hot lunch for all significantly improves the educational chances of poorer children. That’s nice, but they ain’t free. The problem, however, with Clegg’s meal deal is … That they ain’t free..? … that it is not in fact universal; it is offered only to…

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Y’know What, Yonas, I Don’t Recall You Asking Permission To Stick Your Hands In My Pockets Either…

November 12, 2013 4 Comments
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The ‘Indy’ goes to bat for the usual subject of progressive sympathy, failed asylum seekers: “I was shocked,” Yonas says, sitting in a London café with The Independent. “They took my pictures off Facebook and they didn’t ask for permission.” Yes, it’s terrible when people sponge off others without asking permission, isn’t it..? The pictures that newspapers found on his account illustrated the story they wanted to tell –of a…

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Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Social Workers?

January 13, 2013 14 Comments
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Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Social Workers?

Screaming headline in the ‘Indy': Oh noes! Disaster! Oh, the terrible Tory cuts! Anthony Douglas, chief executive of Cafcass, which safeguards the welfare of children involved in family court proceedings, said he expected to see a leap in child neglect cases as thousands of struggling families were pushed over the financial edge in the coming months. Really, Anthony? You really think so? Because I’m sceptical, to say the least: Riley…

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Tanya Gold Shows Us The Socialist Mindset..

January 9, 2013 5 Comments
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Unwittingly, I’m sure, as her column deals with the Westminster proposals to ensure fat people on council tax and housing benefit go to the gym on their doctor’s advice, on pains of having their welfare payments docked: There are two questions inside this ghastly story, and the first is the central question posed by this Tory-led coalition: who is entitled to the state’s largesse? What is it for? To Tanya,…

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Why Don’t You Just Tell Them Not To Follow Your Example?

January 7, 2013 6 Comments
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More sob-stories from the ‘Guardian’ against the ConDem’s planned benefit cuts: I don’t want my children to be sad about their lifestyle. We live in a society where peer pressure is one of the things that affects them, and I hate seeing them miss out on things because I can’t provide for them. When we walk to school and it’s raining and they ask why everyone else has a car…

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Words Of Wisdom From ‘CiF’: “Eeeeew! Work! Yuk!”

September 5, 2012 6 Comments
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So says Ellie Mae O’Hagan, who according to her bio ‘currently works with Unite the Union on its community membership project, which aims to unionise the unemployed’. Oh and she’s also ‘an active member of UK Uncut’. I guess we can see why she has such a downer on the concept of paid employment? A few weeks ago, some friends and I were swapping tales about the worst jobs we’d…

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Philanthropy Is Divisive, Government Is The Answer!

May 5, 2012 7 Comments
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John Low argues against the Polly Toynbee attack on tax relief for charity donation: Culture and the arts enrich our lives and society, but the government is not able to cover the full cost alone. I’d argue that culture and the arts aren’t suitable things for the state to ever involve themselves in, frankly. And if millionaires want to subsidise it, fine! It is, after all, their money… Whatever the…

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Question: What Is ‘Starvation’?

April 14, 2012 10 Comments
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Question: What Is ‘Starvation’?

If you answered ‘This’, congrats! If, on the other hand, you read this headline in the ‘Evening Standard’, you could be forgiven for wondering if it was still the 1st April: Because it now seems that the new definition of ‘starvation’ is this: At least, according to Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder and chief executive (and inveterate self-publicist) of charity Kids Company: “The number of children coming to us with hunger problems…

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