British Politicians Blame One Another for Unexpected Flooding – NYTimes.com

Originally posted on Dr Alf's Blog:
This is an excellent MUST READ article from the NYT on the UK’s flooding disaster. Check it out! via British Politicians Blame One Another for Unexpected Flooding – NYTimes.com. Once again the political classes are throwing mud at each other, and bureaucrats on gold-plated pensions are taking the…

Private company given contract to harass the long-term sick

Originally posted on Mike Sivier's blog:
The pretext: These are the figures showing the estimated amount of long-term illness in the UK per year. Remember that these figures have halved in the last decade. The Department for Work and Pensions is setting up a new “service” offering “advice” to people who are off work…

Defining features of Fascism and Authoritarianism

Originally posted on Politics and Insights:
Max Weber’s principle of Verstehen is a fundamentally critical approach in all social sciences, including politics, and we can see the consequences of its absence in the cold, pseudo-positivist approach of the Coalition in the UK. Their policies clearly demonstrate that they lack the capacity to understand, or meaningfully “walk a…

Murdoch and Media Power: Déjà Vu All Over Again? – Steven Barnett

Inforrm's Blog This week saw the announcement of half-year results from BSkyB. There was a slight dent in its relentless profitability following recent competition from BT for Premier League rights, but very little deviation from the last full-year results: annual revenues of £7.2 billion with an annual operating profit of £1.3 billion. One and aContinue reading “Murdoch and Media Power: Déjà Vu All Over Again? – Steven Barnett”

No protection from Bedroom Tax for the vulnerable as it would cause ‘political embarrassment’

Originally posted on Mike Sivier's blog:
Vulnerable children and adults with disabilities or high support needs may be forced to pay the Bedroom Tax, despite protestations to the contrary by Lord Freud, after it was revealed that creating more protections would cause ‘political embarrassment’. Current rules mean some supported housing is protected from the…

Should Cameron Get their Order of Stalin?

Originally posted on Beastrabban\'s Weblog:
Russian Medal celebrating Stalin’s 130th anniversary If I was an Englishman, I would be a Conservative! – Soviet premier Nikita Khruschev, angry at being given a rough reception by the Labour party over the Soviet imprisonment of Socialist dissidents. I found this Russian joke in Alex de Jonge’s biography…

Why should we endure this disrespect from a public servant?

Originally posted on Mike Sivier's blog:
Awkward indeed: Iain Duncan Smith spent today’s meeting with the man he tried to blame for the Universal Credit fiasco – DWP permanent secretary Robert Devereux – sitting next to him. When Debbie Abrahams laid into Mr… Smith with the words quoted in the article, Mr Devereux was…

Request for information about your experiences of ESA and the WCA for Commons Select Committee Inquiry

Originally posted on Politics and Insights:
Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments Inquiry status: Inquiry announced on 6 February, deadline for receipt of evidence is Friday 21 March. The deadline for submitting evidence is Friday, March 21, 2014 Background Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) was introduced in October 2008 for claimants making a new claim for…