Pub chain owner denies using taxpayer money to subsidise wages in public row with DWP over Universal Credit

Capitalism at its worst.

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UPDATE: Both tweets deleted. Looks like this is something the DWP and some employers would rather taxpayers didn’t know about.

Probably not the best PR for a wealthy businessman to be seen publicly boasting about how he is happily using taxpayers’ money to subsidise his staff wages.

So it’s a bit strange to see this tweet from the DWP quoting the MD and owner of pub chain Whiting and Hammond bragging about how so very little he pays his staff that his workers have to rely on Universal Credit to get by:

Unfortunately for the DWP,  Whiting and Hammond are now publicly denying everything that was said in the quote.

So much so, in fact, that they have asked the DWP to take down the tweet:

Blimey. Perhaps Theresa May and the DWP are so desperate to find any support at all for their utterly disastrous and so very cruel

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More fake news from mainstream journalists trying to influence Brexit

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Interesting to see the Daily Mail’s Brussels correspondent David Churchill continuing the long tradition of Fleet Street journalists prepared to completely lie to further the political ends of their proprietors.

But David has really been pushing the boat out.

This week, David produced an article about children supposedly being banned from writing to Santa by EU regulations.

The only thing wrong with it? Well, just about everything:

Well done David!

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Here’s an article debunking David’s story: 

EU data protection rules do not ban Christmas wish lists – in Bavaria or elsewhere

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Exclusive: Amber Rudd faces new challenge over maladministration of the raising of pension age from 50s Women

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amber rudd Amber Rudd- the new work and pensions secretary and MP for Hastings

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Two supporters of the BackTo60 campaign have got professional legal support to challenge the government for maladministration over the failure to notify them over the raising of the pension age.

The fresh challenge is in addition to the hearing next Friday at the High court to decide whether BackTo60 can challenge the government through a judicial review.

Pensions Litigation lawyer Mr Ivan Walker (Principal of Walkers Solicitors based in Kent) has agreed to advise Fran Martin and Ros Pain-Tolin  who, are two of the lead cases of 1950s Women. They have got to the final stage of presenting their case to the Parliamentary Ombudsman.

Mr Walker recently represented the members of the Lloyds Bank pension schemes in a landmark High Court claim regarding sex discrimination in the system for contracting out of the State Earnings-related…

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Tories reveal plans to sell-off NHS hospitals to US firms after Brexit

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Leading Brexiter Tories have revealed their plans to allow private US firms to take over NHS hospitals. They are also planning for the UK to adopt lower US environmental and food safety regulations and allow imports of things that are presently banned for health reasons such as chlorinated chicken into the country.

The radical plans were revealed in recommendations by a think tank called ‘The Initiative for Free Trade’.

The IFT was launched in September 2017 by a small but influential group of right-wing Conservative figures.

Who might those figures be?

None other than Tory party leadership contender Boris Johnson, Tory International Trade Secretary Liam Fox who both launched the think tank along with IFT president, Tory MEP Daniel Hannan.

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May’s Brexit disaster unreported by UK press: Britain BLOCKED from $1.7 Trillion in WTO projects

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Theresa May’s kowtowing to the hard Brexiters in her party may have just cost the UK $1.7 Trillion of access to international projects after Brexit.

The U.S., New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Ukraine, Israel and Moldova have all blocked Britain’s post-Brexit entry into the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement, a market worth $1.7 Trillion.

And while the first six big players on that list may eventually (after perhaps years of hard negotiations) give in with separate trade deals, with the last one – the small country of Moldova – it’s unlikely.

Because it’s personal.

This is because Theresa May – in an effort to look tough on immigration – made the inexplicable and utterly disastrous decision last year to deny visas to a Moldovan government delegation who wanted to visit the UK on a trade mission.

Corina Cojocaru – a government adviser to the Moldova government – and her…

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Danger on the Line: Damning safety findings that put passengers and train drivers at risk

David Hencke

stream_img People had to step over this live rail to get off the train. It didn’t even have a protected board at the time Pic credit: Aviva Trains

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A  damning report was published this month by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch into an incident nearly a year ago which led to 450 passengers being urged to leave a stranded train and walk along the tracks within inches of a live high voltage electric rail.

The report is not only critical of this incident but raises the question whether there are systemic failures in our semi privatised railways which need urgently addressing. It reveals a string of other incidents that have happened in the last five years.including two cases where express train drivers had to lie under their trains to avoid being mowed down by trains coming in the opposite direction.

These include;

A Virgin Express train driver…

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Write to Jennie Formby – template

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by Martin Odoni

Further to the article earlier this week, detailing the horrible assault in Wakefield on Labour Party member and activist, Jade Unal: I and other Labour members have put our heads together and agreed we should pressurise the party over its, at best, disinterested response to Jade’s request for help. The local constituency party in Wakefield have tried to pretend nothing happened, while the police investigation has been utterly futile. We want to try and convince the General Secretary of the Labour Party, Jennie Formby, to put pressure on the CLP to provide support for Jade, who has been badly traumatised by the assault.

The following text is another ‘template’ for people to use for typing up e-mails to send to Formby. If you wish to help get support for Jade, please consider using the template as a starting point for contacting Formby

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Dear Ms Formby,

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