Elderly dry up and blow away while fat-cats are anchored by the public purse

The blight in government apparently knows no limits.

MPs are sucking the public purse dry with their £2million a month expenses bonanza because they seem incapable of making a move without a payment of some kind from the tax-payer to compensate them (over and above their salary of course) where even a KitKat is too much for them to pay for.

All the while, residents in over 1,800 care homes for the elderly and disabled around the country are being left in conditions which Neil Duncan-Jordan from The National Pensioners Convention says “a dog would not be left in”.

Is it so much to ask that our elderly and disabled get the same treatment that the MPs expect for themselves?  Be treated with some dignity and concern?  But no, they are a burden on society, they are parasites in the eyes of the government and must be brushed aside while the more important matters such as where the next summit meeting on poverty and hunger will be held or if in Europe, the time of the next spa treatment.

Apparently it is and while MPs line their pockets, clean their moats, have mock Tutor frontages on their houses – all essential to their job of course – at the tax-payers expense, elderly people are wasting away for the lack of a drink of water or being poisoned by incorrectly administered medication.

This country is a haven for criminals and the majority of them can be found under one roof in Westminster.  This is a sick country and it’s at the point where the only way to save the patient is amputation.


DWP, Grayling and Duncan-Smith – not fit for purpose

It is reported in The Telegraph that Chris Grayling, minister for employment, suggests that up to 800,000 people will be assessed as ‘fit for work’.  What this is saying is that ATOS, the French IT company who recently won an extension to their contract with the DWP and were awarded another £300million over the next three years have been given a target of ousting ‘a significant number’ of people off Incapacity Benefit.

Mr Grayling’s ill-informed suggestions aside, perhaps as Employment Minister he’d like to direct the nation to his set of policies on job creation because there seems to be a distinct lack of them in the marketplace.

Many people have been channelled onto Incapacity Benefits by the government (it doesn’t matter which colour) as a means of massaging the unemployment figures into a downward trend to support other policies at the time.

We now have a government that is trying to blame those on IB for being there and suggesting that they are at fault when they were put there by the DWP of the time.

Yes, it’s right that everyone should have access to a job; to feel the pride of supporting ones family, of having a purpose in life but to suggest that the pool of available jobs around the country can be filled by those coming off Incapacity Benefit is simply spin of the most inane order.

Yes, Mr Average in Brixton would love to get the salary that goes with the job in Brighton but he doesn’t necessarily have the skills and won’t be selected for interview because he’s outside the area and even though Duncan-Smith feels that they can ride the bus to the next town it is entirely possible that the umpteen hundred other applicants will be closer.

ATOS is being paid £300million to purge the benefits system of people who have been marginalised and socially stigmatised for many years, some to the point where they know no other life other than being on benefits – it’s not right but it’s not necessarily their fault.

Whether Mr Grayling wants to admit it or not when he says “The goal of a reassessment is to provide specialist support to those   who have the potential to return to work. There is no financial target.   There is no goal to achieve.” he is quite simply lying through his back teeth.  There are hidden agendas; there are financial targets and motivations for ATOS and there is a goal of ousting as many people from the benefit as possible – regardless of ability.

There should be job opportunities for anyone who is fit for work or even those who want to overcome their disabilities and find a job anyway but there simply are no jobs of sufficient scope and magnitude to satisfy the need; not everyone has an aptitude for clerical, office or IT work; not everyone has an aptitude to work outside or to work with their hands but there are no opportunities for anyone to find out what their aptitudes are and this is the fundamental problem.

While small business owners are being red-taped into oblivion the government is content to see up to 73% of the working population in certain areas working for or on behalf of local or central government.  There is no need for creativity in government, only the ability to push paper and abdicate responsibility, clock up as much TOIL as possible, go home early, avoid controversy, retire on a pension paid by others and die.

When the DWP use terrorist laws to close down companies that create jobs for disabled people that in turn serve the community while themselves running monstrosities such as Remploy which lose £2.2million a week and put disabled people out of work while paying their executives £million’s in bonuses despite ‘requests’ from Duncan-Smith to reduce those bonuses, we are left wondering what exactly is the purpose of the DWP, Iain Duncan-Smith and Chris Grayling?

Where are the job making plans Mr Grayling?  Where is the support for the small business to provide jobs at a local level for individuals?  Where are the opportunities for manual workers, training for apprentices, development of skills being lost through a lack of training; who will build tomorrows world – robots?

The DWP can run their own witch-hunt, Mr Grayling should be concerning himself (as minister for employment) with where the jobs come from – how people will be able to take control of their own lives, that is his role and he doesn’t seem to be doing it very well.


Civil servant credit card spending is out of control at £25million

The DWP likes to think of itself as above the law and their civil servants are amongst the most inefficient and deficient of all public sector workers.

In 2008 such spending was around £6.6million, in 2009 it had risen to £7.95million and in 2010-2011 it has increased to a staggering £25,934,398.37 of which £4,405,639.20 was spent by the DWP on things like:

  • Shopping – £241,488.62
  • Restaurants – £11,053.29
  • Stationery – £623,071.26
  • Hospitality – £81,108.89
  • Maintenance – £86,453.94
  • Equipment – £824,403.24
  • Consultants – £164,228.53

Remember this is CREDIT CARD spending over and above the departmental £billions and any contracts they might have in place; it’s certainly unusual to spend so much money on maintenance and consultants on such an ad-hoc basis and if you look a little more closely you’ll see items such as £561.25 for fast food; £10,542.55 at ‘gift, card and novelty shops’; £1,045.74 at ‘home supply warehouse stores’; £524.40 at ‘record shops and a whopping £68,162.00 at catalogue and retail shops (Argos); £544.85 for ‘family clothing’ with a further £77,732.74 for books, newspapers and periodicals.

Government jobs are so stressful it seems that officials across 18 of its departments have treated themselves to relaxing breaks in the country at luxurious and opulent resorts and have taken Apple iPads and snowmobiles along with them – all purchased from your hard earned money.

Of the £3million spent on travel, half of that was on luxury five-star hotels in Mexico, Indonesia and Dubai; £60,000 at private member clubs in Soho and more than £2million on away days, theme parks and residential training at luxury retreats in Britain.  Shopping at Harrods, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer accounts for around £500,000; £4million on ‘office supplies’ and another £3.6million on ‘stationary’ – you can bet your DLA that these figures include more desirable items such as iPads and such.

There are 140,000 tax-payer credit cards in circulation and they are being used to spend £1billion of our money every year – it’s not right; children are going hungry and family homes are under threat while these thieves spend hand-over-fist the money that it supposed to support the country.


Andrea Hill cleared of bullying and intimidation – yeah, right!

A council committee that met in secret has apparently cleared Andrea Hill of being a bully and of intimidating those who she managed – yeah, right!  When 104 members of staff leave the council and gagging orders costing the rate-payer at least £1million have been placed on them to prevent them from voicing their complaints, it’s clear that not all is it seems in Suffolk County Council.

Senior council workers don’t leave their jobs on a whim nor do they hang themselves in the woods without some cause and no matter what, the secret committee that will look to cover it’s own back throughout this fiasco.

They are looking into her expenses after a whistle-blower made some complaints – good to see someone has some moral fibre.  This is blatant corruption at in its ugliest form – the rot can be smelt across the entire council and those responsible should be running to dark corners to hide just as Ms Hill has.

Adding insult to injury – civil servants’ £1,300 bar bill bonanza bordering on brothel

Civil servants at the Department for Communities and Local Government – headed by the so-called ‘formidable’ Eric Pickles have apparently spent a whopping £1,301.50 at The Brickhouse, a burlesque bar in east London.

Using the now legendary tax-payer funded credit cards, these thieves think it’s entirely appropriate to be entertained at this risqué bar drinking cocktails and stuffing their faces while relaxing on ‘VIP beds’ and watching scantily clad dancers strutting their stuff.

What this sort of spending shows is that Pickles himself is a laughing stock as councils refuse toe the line while his own staff fraudulently run up bills behind his back that have to be met by the tax-payer.  It’s not only the duplicity of all this free spending that is going on, it’s the abject disdain these civil servants (an oxymoron if ever there was one) have for the tax-payers.

No government department seems to be exempt from this thinking and no council around the country is immune to the lure of these publicly funded cards because they are not being held to account for their behaviour.  While government departments like the DWP are demonising disabled and vulnerable people and while elderly people are being abused and punched to the ground these vampires are sucking the life-blood from the tax-payer.

We’re all expected to put up with austerity; to cut back and make do – just so the bankers can continue to rake in their bonuses; we’re all expected to sit back as councils cut services while at the same time steal money from the rate-payer to illegally fund pensions for council workers; council chiefs are paid far too much for far too little return while funding extravagant training programs which take them abroad (we wonder where Andrea Hill is hiding).

What has happened to the back-bone of Britain?  Where is the gumption that helped us stand up against Hitler, communism and fascism?  Where is the spirit of the nation?  Gone, diluted beyond recognition, stamped down by political correctness gone mad; eradicated by the spectre of being called a racist; demoralised by thousands of unnecessary laws that means you can’t take a step in any direction without first considering all the factors of health and safety, legislation, by-laws, red tape and procedures.

The spirit of Britain is dying if we sit back and let these corrupt politicians, fraud ridden government and council departments and greedy bankers get away with their machinations and no challenge is offered.


Gravy ‘plane’ for Baroness Ashton – our representative in europe.

Spending by EU executives has come under investigation. It was revealed that our very own chinless wonder Ashton, no longer content with a gravy train demanded her own private gravy plane soon after she took up her role – talk about airs and graces.

While pensioners in Britain hunker down in one room afraid to turn on the heating because they fear the bills, commissioners in Europe are travelling in limousines, travelling to exotic locations like Ghana, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea and staying in luxury five star resorts, splashing out on Tiffany jewellery, fork out nearly £300,000 for lavish cocktail parties including an event in Amsterdam described as “a night filled with wonder like no other”.

Thousands have been spent to hire top orchestras to play at these exclusive events with Tiffany luxury items such as cuff-links, fountain pens and other jewellery being presented to guest speakers.

MPs apparently reacted furiously – possibly because they seem to be out-done by their European counterparts in the spending stakes but at a time when the European Union is demanding a budget increase that would cost the British people £2.65billion a year in “stealth taxes” we are left wondering what is going on in the heads of these people.

The global economy is on the verge of collapse, all European people are at war with their governments over proposed cuts in spending to essential services that will leave vulnerable people and low income families on the bread-line while these European representatives of ours dine out in style on money taken from our pockets.


MPs spend £3.2million in allowances (in two months) including nearly a £1million on credit cards

While services are being cut to the bone, elderly people are being dumped on the street or left in hospital corridors to die and education is being devalued and debased, the theft of public money continues unabated – it’s been revealed that MPs have spent nearly £1million on public-funded credit cards is the first two months of them being issued.

How the hell can they spend £3.2million in just two months?  What have they been buying with our money?  How can more than half of MPs make 10,000 credit card transactions in that two months?

The so-called independent watchdog, IPSA, was bullied into allowing MPs to have access to these cards along side their existing expense allowances.  IPSA was threatened with being disbanded if they didn’t toe the line unless they relaxed their regime to allow public purse funded credit cards originally used for travel to be extended to other types of expenses.

IPSA is refusing to make receipts for the 10,000 transactions available to the public – so much for Cameron’s transparency pledge.  Perhaps it’s because IPSA themselves have been caught making fraudulent claims on these credit cards themselves and are afraid of opening a can of worms?

A quarter of a million expenses claims have been submitted for January and February with only £4,633 being rejected.  The likes of Michael Gove (Education) wanted to claim £7.50 for telephone calls but it was refused – presumably the rest of the bill was approved.

So all our MPs are submitting around 193 claims each per month – this is over and above the allowances and other concessions their job seems to attract.  That’s going to work out at around £19,200,000 for the year (and you know it’s going to get worse).

If you thought the expenses scandal was over, think again because MPs are continuing to spend our money like it’s water and with councils, IPSA – and let’s not get started on Europe – on the gravy train, has anything really changed?