British election update


This video from London, England says about itself:

7 March 2017

Tory Cuts Kill‘ the tag used by DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts) campaigners, fellow campaigners and supporters on this pre-budget protest. Bringing attention to the continuing plight of disabled people, and the very reasonable fears they have of further cuts to benefits and support services due to another austerity budget.

While the Chancellor Philip Hammond, along with Theresa May refuse to publish their tax returns, they head a government that has and continues to strip public services and support for disabled people to the bone. Causing extreme hardship and being responsible for the deaths for thousands of disabled people, many with mental health issues.

The government is currently retrospectively changing benefit legislation in order to cut 160,000 people off PIP (Personal Independence Payments), the government are also currently outlining proposals to force all Disabled People into work related activities, even those that have been assessed as unfit for work, which would bring them into conflict with the sanctions regime. Motability assessment changes have meant many losing their vital access to transport. Others have lost services in their homes and many have also lost their ILF (Independent Living Fund), which has been scrapped. All of these allowed Disabled People some amount of Independence.

A UN (United Nations) inquiry has found that welfare reforms have led to “grave and systematic violations” of Disabled People’s rights by the British government. Disabled People have born the brunt of austerity with savage welfare cuts throughout the Tories ideologically driven austerity regime, while the rich are favoured with tax cuts and corporations can avoid and pay no tax. It has become clear to many that austerity is simply a tool by a corrupt political system to dismantle the welfare state and empty the public purse into private pockets.

Britain: DISABLED activists protested in Westminster yesterday as part of their campaign to oust the “nasty” Tory government from office in the forthcoming general election. Campaign group Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) is urging people across Britain to register and vote to ensure that the Conservative government, which was shamed last year by the UN for its “grave and systematic violation of the rights of disabled people,” is booted out on June 8: here.

By Conrad Landin in Britain:

Watson at Usdaw conference: ‘Do not listen to Blair, fight for Labour

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Watson takes a swing at ex-PM and bumbling Boris

BRITISH voters should ignore Tony Blair and mobilise for a Labour vote in every constituency, Tom Watson said yesterday.

Labour deputy leader Watson is right-wing himself, though not as far right as Blair.

Speaking at retail union Usdaw’s annual delegate meeting yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn’s deputy was grilled over the former Labour PM’s recent comments that anti-Brexit voters should consider voting Tory or Lib Dem.

In a question-and-answer session, a furious delegate asked: “Can you please explain to me why Tony Blair is still in the Labour Party?” She received a wild round of applause for the question.

Mr Watson said he “didn’t know” about Mr Blair’s widely publicised comments, but said: “Don’t listen to him if he did say that.”

He urged delegates to vote Labour regardless of which constituency they lived in, saying this was the only way to defeat Prime Minister Theresa May’s government.

Speaking last month, Mr Blair said voters should support candidates who would “keep an open mind” on whether to support the final Brexit deal.

Asked if this approach could mean supporting the Liberal Democrats, he said: “What I’m advocating may mean that.

“It may mean voting Labour. It may mean, by the way, that they vote Tory, for candidates who are prepared to give this commitment.”

Mr Watson used his speech to praise the record of the previous Labour government and individual MPs.

“We’ve heard a lot of talk about the qualities you need in a prime minister,” he said. “Theresa May doesn’t think that the ability to answer questions is one of them.

“But sometimes the most important question isn’t what makes the best PM. It’s who makes the best MP.”

He also took a swing at Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who last week made headlines when he branded Mr Corbyn a “mutton-headed old mugwump.”

The Labour deputy leader cackled: “In the interests of balance, let me just say this: Boris Johnson is a caggyhanded, cheese-headed fopdoodle with a talent for slummocking about, who would do less damage to Britain’s reputation in the world if Theresa May sacked him as Foreign Secretary and replaced him with a souvenir paperweight.

“When we require diplomacy, Boris sows discord. At a time when we need a serious-minded national representative to deal skilfully with some of the most complex problems our country faces, Boris falls back on bluster and bombast.”