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Manufacturing consensus: the end of history and the partisan man

Politics and Insights

The Tories arenot “paying down the debt”as claimed. They are “raising more money for the rich”

Austerity is not being imposed by the Coalition to achieve an economic result. Austerity IS the economic result. In the wake of the global banking crisis, the Tories, aided and abetted by the Liberal Democrats , have opportunistically delivered ideologically driven cuts and mass privatisation. We also know that the government’s own Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) laid bare an important truth – that any semblance of economic recovery is despite the Coalition and not because of them. Yet the Tories have continued to claim that austerity is “working”. The Chairman of the OBR, Robert Chote said:

“Looking over the forecast as a whole – net trade makes very little contribution and government spending cuts will act as a drag.”

The OBR state that any slight economic recovery is in no way because of…

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Judge refuses DWP leave to appeal ruling on Universal Credit reports


By Tony Collins

An information tribunal judge has unexpectedly refused consent for the Department of Work and Pensions to appeal his ruling that four reports on the Universal Credit programme be published.

The ruling undermines the DWP’s claim that there would be “chilling effect” if the reports were published.

The judge’s decision, which is dated 25 April 2014, means the DWP will have to publish the reports under the FOI Act  – or it has 28 days to appeal the judge’s refusal to grant consent for an appeal.  The DWP is certain to appeal again. It has shown that money is no object when it comes to funding appeals to keep the four reports secret.

In 2012 John Slater, who has 25 years experience working in IT and programme and project management, had requested the UC Issues Register, Milestone Schedule and Risk Register. Also in 2012 I requested a UC project assessment review by the…

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It’s time the Daily Mail apologised for supporting Hitler and its anti-semitic past

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the Daily Mail!)

The Daily Mail has called on Harriet Harman to apologise for her past associations with the National Council for Civil Liberties.

Well, the Daily Mail should know all about links with dodgy people and unsavoury organisations.

Here’s Lord Rothermere – the original owner of the Daily Mail and great-grandfather of the present owner – with a good friend of his:



And here are extracts from an exchange of letters between the Mail’s owner and Hitler:

Adolf Hitler letter to Lord Rothermere (7th December, 1933)
I should like to express the appreciation of countless Germans, who regard me as their spokesman, for the wise and beneficial public support which you have given to a policy that we all hope will contribute to the enduring pacification of Europe. Just as we are fanatically determined to defend ourselves against attack, so do we reject the idea…

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The All New Famous 5

The Famous Five are David, Giddy, Terry, Little Michael Gove Aged 6 and new arrival, Willy (Foxy’s replacement).  Their corpulent pet dog called Mr Pickles always enjoys taking part in the Five’s adventures as does David’s magical toy Clegg, and other enchanted toys they kidnapped from Toyland.   The children’s overall aim is to seize control of the supply of tasty treats in the area but their sworn enemies are the poor (but very tough) children in the valley led by the Secret Seven.  In the last episode the five succeeded in trapping the Secret Seven in their hide-out.  With the Seven out of the way temporarily, the Five are planning to steal tasty treats from all the shops in the valley.

The Famous Five are inside the largest shop they have ever seen.  There are aisles upon aisles of food, and Mr Pickles is helping himself to as much…

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