Monthly Archives: July 2014

A damning indictment of the DPP and its failure to prosecute Cyril Smith

The authorities have a lot to answer for – yes they have and we probably don’t know half of it yet!
All credit to the diligence of the Exaro team.

Westminster Confidential

My  Exaro colleagues Nick Fielding and Tim Wood deserve a big commendation for doggedly pursuing the Crown prosecution Service to force them to release a damning report revealing how the authorities missed their opportunity to prosecute  paedophile MP Cyril Smith while he was alive.

After using the Freedom of Information Act the CPS has finally  a year later released a police report showing the Rochdale authorities knew what Sir Cyril was up to – but  the Director of Public Prosecutions declined to prosecute,.

The police superintendent in charge of the investigation in 1970 wrote;

“It seems impossible to excuse his conduct. Over a considerable period of time, whilst sheltering beneath a veneer of respectability, he has used his unique position to indulge in a sordid series of indecent episodes with young boys towards whom he had a special responsibility.”

No action was taken, and the paedophile MP was free to continue…

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New Ed Sec voted to end help for poor kids to get to college and buy books

Nice lady.

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the Tories!)

Way back in 2011 – before she thought she would ever be Education Secretary – Michael Gove’s replacement Nicky Morgan voted to end ‘Education Maintenance Allowance‘.

This was money granted to help the poorest kids pay for their transport to college or buy books.

It also helped kids from rural areas who had to travel a long distance to get to college:

 Opposition Day — Education Maintenance Allowance

Obviously, the new Education Secretary’s own parents were rich enough to buy her a private education.

Which is probably why she also voted to triple university fees too:


It seems some people may be celebrating Michael Gove’s demotion from Education Secretary a little bit too early.


Related articles by Tom Pride:

The 5 Old Etonians in Cameron’s inner circle all untouched by reshuffle



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Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe. Learn more – Robin Hopkins

I agree with smiling carcass – why should google, a search engine, be in the business of censoring the internet? A very slippery slope.

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GoogleThis is the message that now regularly greets those using Google to search for information on named individuals. It relates, of course, to the CJEU’s troublesome Google Spain judgment of 13 May 2014.

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Evictions in rental sector at highest level since records began

This is an area where the government should be making a difference but the landlords are their buddies….
Give this highest priority when talking to politicians about upcoming elections. We need decent social housing with real jobs with real wages.

Benefit tales

The number of people forcibly evicted from their homes in England and Wales after court action, has reached the highest level since records began in 2000.

The Ministry of Justice attributed this to low interest rates and a “proactive approach from lenders in managing consumers in financial difficulty”. The first part of the re-possession process, landlord possession claims, reached 170,451 last year – its highest level since 2004. Meanwhile, the number of homes repossessed by mortgage lenders at the end of last year was the lowest in a decade.

53-year-old Andrew from Dover, who withheld his last name, was evicted in November last year. He told the BBC that he was…

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A distillation of thoughts on Tory policies aimed at the vulnerable

Now why would cameron want to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights? See below and Kitty’s excellent, thoughtful article.
Article 2 of the Convention on Human Rights uses the following definitions of genocide, amongst others:

Killing members of the group
Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group.
Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part
Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group
Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group
The right to life contained in Article 2:

Prohibits the State from intentionally killing;
and requires an effective and proper investigation into all deaths caused by the State.
There you have it.

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14533697838_dffcc736f2_o (1)Government policies are expressed political intentions, regarding how our society is organised and governed. They have calculated socio-economic aims and consequences. None of the policies that this government have formulated regarding the “support and care” of the most vulnerable citizens could be seen as anything other than expressions of intended harm.

Unintended consequences may arise from implementing policies, however, governments usually evaluate the merit, worth and consequences of policies, using criteria governed by a set of standards for evaluating, after implementation, and before implementation by carrying out a cumulative impact assessment. There has been neither a review nor a cumulative assessment of the welfare “reforms” carried out by the government to date. (The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) submitted a report with several recommendations for a cumulative impact assessment of welfare reform, which were recently rejected by Lord Freud, in a letter, on behalf of the government). 

Equality impact…

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Give the public a say before selling off the NHS, demands Burnham

Cameron does not have the right to sell off the NHS. If he does then we say we did not agree and as the people declare the contracts null and void.

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torynhsposter Scheming, lice-ridden vermin: All the airbrushing in the world could not erase the brutal, calculating dishonesty of the Conservative 2010 election poster.

This guy has been impressive from the get-go: Today (Tuesday) Andy Burnham will call on the Coalition to put its plans for further NHS privatisation on hold until there is clear evidence that the public wants the health service to be sold off.

The speech in Manchester is being timed to take place before the Conservative-led government signs a series of new NHS contracts that will – underhandedly – tie the hands of a future government.

Sly little devils, aren’t they?

The British public has never given its consent for far-reaching and forced privatisation of services – and that’s what Mr Burnham will be saying.

He will point out that the forced privatisation of the NHS is entering new territory and becoming harder to reverse: Contracts are being…

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The government refuse to carry out a cumulative impact assessment of welfare “reforms”. Again.

We need to keep up the pressure. Disgraceful but the opposition need to be really pressing on this – yet to be seen.

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The Government has consistently stated its belief that “modelling difficulties”
prevented the production of a cumulative impact assessment of welfare reform
which is sufficiently robust to be published. In particular, the outcome of medical
assessments – used in migrating claimants to reformed disability-related
benefits – cannot be inferred from the survey data upon which the
Government’s modelling is based.

The Government has implemented a programme of welfare reforms that have impacted on households in a variety of ways. Some households have been hit with cuts from more than one change in welfare law. The government have not carried out an assessment of how many people are affected by multiple cuts.

The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) said they have it difficult to assess the cumulative impact of the reforms, but have recognised a number of the concerns raised by the currently available evidence.

They note that there are methodological challenges that…

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The British economy’s long bath

Hmmnn… the figures the government are using are really on the rise in part-time jobs and self-employment. And how many of those are paying less than a living wage and are on zero hours contracts??
Far too early to break open the bubbly – Frances is correct!

Flip Chart Fairy Tales

This was a watershed month for the UK’s slow recovery, with a number of things finally getting back to where they were before the recession. In July, GDP, the employment rate and the number of full-time jobs edged above 2008 levels. The FT did a celebratory piece this weekend with some great charts from Chris Giles.

When you look at the per capita figures, though, things don’t look quite so good. The population has risen since 2008, so, once you divide it up, 2008’s GDP doesn’t go as far.

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The employment figures tall a similar story. The rate might be back where it was before the recession but the net increase in jobs has been almost entirely due to part-time and self employment.

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As Michael remarked:

Put plainly, what it shows is that the recovery of the employment rate to previous levels has been driven entirely by growth in numbers of people who…

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Mutuality of obligation… the irreducible minimum.

This is very interesting. Just shows what can be achieved with a little spare time and patience.
Gradually the more people who overturn this the sooner this nonsense will end.
Well done!

The lovely wibbly wobbly old lady

For some time now, I have been concerned that the workfare programme is illegal, particularly around the contract issue.

So with a bit of time on my hands today, I decided to look at this in some more detail. I should point out that I am by no means a legal expert, although I do have an interest in the law and deal with statutory legislation in my job.

A contract can be written, verbal or implied and the structure of a contract (as a minimum) must take the following form;

1) Consideration

2) Offer 

3) acceptance

4) Mutual assent

5) capable parties

In Chadwick v Pioneer Private telephone Co Ltd [1941] 1 All ER 522 523D the judge said,

“a contract of service implies an obligation to serve and it comprises some degree of control by the master” 

There can be no doubt that the work provider is the “master”…

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Jobs for the boys – and a possible conflict of interest – in new government contract

Unfortunately not good news. One to watch!

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[Image: Ktemoc Konsiders -] [Image: Ktemoc Konsiders – The Coalition government has named the company that is to carry out its new programme to discourage people from claiming incapacity benefits – and, like all Coalition decisions, it is a disaster.

The contract for the new Health and Work Service in England and Wales will be delivered by Health Management Ltd – a MAXIMUS company.

This is triply bad for the United Kingdom.

Firstly, MAXIMUS is an American company so yet again, British taxpayers’ money will be winging its way abroad to boost a foreign economy, to the detriment of our own.

Next, MAXIMUS is already a Work Programme provider company in the UK. The Work Programme attempts to shoehorn jobseekers – including people on incapacity benefits – into any employment that is available, with the companies involved paid according to the results they achieve (on the face of it. In fact, it has…

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