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Patience is a virtue (definitely) part 2

A guest post by Samuel Miller As noted by the ever excellent Scot Goes POP and Wings Over Scotland, the latest Scottish Social Attitudes Survey has recently been released and the figures make for e…

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Patience is a virtue (definitely) part 2

Wee Ginger Dug

A guest post bySamuel Miller

As noted by the ever excellent Scot Goes POP and Wings Over Scotland, the latest Scottish Social Attitudes Survey has recently been released and the figures make for encouraging viewing for those of an independent mind. Fact it was such a bombshell one particular mainstream title was prepared to suffer the pain of near terminal whiplash in an attempt to spin some bad news for the independence camp. The result of their spin? Not so much egg on face, as an entire omelette.

The upshot of the survey was a 6% movement toward voting for an independent Scotland, which is pretty damn impressive considering the source. For a more informed dissection just click on the links above (they do numbers n’ such so well).

A couple of months back I posed a question and chewed over the possible outcomes – ‘If, as many…

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I’ll Just Leave These Here

I could write a comment to accompany the photos below, but it would probably be very sweary, and I don’t think it is ultimately necessary…

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I’ll Just Leave These Here

I could write a comment to accompany the photos below, but it would probably be very sweary, and I don’t think it is ultimately necessary…

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Spinning an exit

Wee Ginger Dug

a guest post bySamuel Miller

Well that was quite a weekend. It had all the elements of the classic theatre. There was high drama, big headlines, betrayal, infighting, division, angst and spookily it had bugger all to do with Labour. There may also have been tears, but that would be hard to verify without satellite evidence. Aye, the story of the weekend, stealing the Labour conference’s thunder, was the resignation of one Iain Duncan Smith, now EX senior cabinet member and EX heid bummer of the DWP.

Link to the full resignation letter here: Letter

Did he jump? Was he pushed? Is it conscience, or was there a hint of internal strife over the upcoming EU referendum? The broadcast and print media are in hog heaven and have gone into IDS overdrive over the past couple of days. Now conjecture is peachy, but what is  absolutely certain is that…

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Does The End of Social Security Lie Behind Osborne’s Savings Hand Out?

At first glance George Osborne’s Lifetime ISAs look like just another give away to the better off.  At the lower end of the scale they represent a generous subsidy for those who can afford to…

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Does The End of Social Security Lie Behind Osborne’s Savings Hand Out?

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gideon-osborne Osborne wants the tax payer to help his kids buy a house, but there is much more to it than even that.

At first glance George Osborne’s Lifetime ISAs look like just another give away to the better off.  At the lower end of the scale they represent a generous subsidy for those who can afford to put money aside to buy a home – savings of up to £4000 a year will be topped up by a 25% hand out from the state.  For rich kids it’s a bit of free money, a tax payer funded discount for their first luxury apartment.  Osborne can afford this generosity for his own class after all.  Subsidies for the poorest tenants, forced to pay eye-watering rents that can only be met by housing benefits, have been slashed and slashed again over the last five years.

But there are real warning signs that…

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Don’t look over here…

Wee Ginger Dug

A guest post by Samuel Miller

Right then. George Osborne’s recent history in the No.2 chair.

Since November last we’ve gone from this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34922394

to this:  http://www.thenational.scot/politics/george-osborne-warns-of-more-austerity-as-18bn-hole-looms.15008

and now as of yesterday, this: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/osborne-budget-stinkers_uk_56e96801e4b03fb88ede7e6b?utm_hp_ref=uk

Just so we are crystal clear, Osborne and ‘his’ OBR missed their target (yet again) and have come back to the ‘bank of the helpless’ to tap those least able for the funds to put a sticking plaster on the UK economy. In fact, and I’m happy to be corrected, but I don’t think Osborne has met a single forecast target since rolling into office in 2010.

This is the real upshot of six years of Conservative government and austerity economics. Catastrophic record of deficit and debt reduction targets missed and not one OBR forecast met, but six years of an ideology where the welfare state (what’s left of it) gets disassembled before the public’s eyes…

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The shocking scale of Osborne’s fat-cat Academy School CEOs’ pay exposed

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How much do bosses at YOUR children’s school earn? An investigation by Schools Week and Watchsted reveals huge pay deals for George Osborne’s Academy School fat-cats – paid for out of taxpayers’ (YOUR) money.

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The investigation reveals the salary of the highest paid academy chain leader has soared to £370,000 – more than two-and-a-half times that of the Prime Minister.

Paid for out of your taxes.

And today, George Osborne has announced ALL schools in England are to be handed over to private Academy School chains.

More details here:

Academy CEO Pay: How much do the biggest trusts pay?

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On the fast track out of the Union

It’s the budget day tomorrow. George Osborne has been spending the last week like Scrooge, working out new ways in which he can extract a few more pennies out of Bob Cratchet in order to bene…

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