STV: Better Late than Never

STV News ran with a headline story tonight on the poverty that will result from the latest changes to social security (welfare the shameless call it). Better late than never I suppose given that many bloggers have been banging on about this for ages, as far back as March this year 309 years I provided pretty much the same figures.

Scottish Labour’s deputy leader Alex Rowley said of the figures “I am calling on Ruth Davidson and her Scottish Tory Party to do the right thing and support the calls by most of civic Scotland to bring to an end to these unfair, unjust and unworkable reforms of welfare and instead invest in Scotland’s greatest asset, our people. Wow, he attacked the right people for once, I’m amazed, but no he concluded with a wee SNP Bad “but it is also time for the SNP Government in Edinburgh to drop the excuses and use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to help tackle child poverty head on.” Couldn’t help himself, yoondom mode sets in.

But let’s be clear on who is responsible for this continuing sorry state of affairs:

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Here’s a wee taste:

Tim Farron Leader Liberal Democrats

Generally voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the “bedroom tax”).
Generally voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices.
Voted a mixture of for and against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability.
Consistently voted for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support.
Voted a mixture of for and against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits.
Almost always voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed.

Theresa May Leader Conservative Party

Generally voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the “bedroom tax”).
Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices.
Generally voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability.
Generally voted for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support.
Generally voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits.
Generally voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed.

One party leader showed some decency,unlike the 184 MPs in his party who actually voted for including Burnham, Kendall, and Cooper who shamefully abstained.

Ed Miliband former Leader of the Labour Party

Almost always voted against reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the “bedroom tax”).
Consistently voted for raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices.
Almost always voted for paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability.
Has never voted on making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support.
Almost always voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits.
Consistently voted for spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed.

So when yoondom and SNP bad mode kicks in tonight at this story, lets remember that the Conservatives aided by the Liberal Democrats, helped by many in the Labour Party, caused this and continue to cause this sad, shameful and sorry state of affairs, not the SNP.

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2 comments

  1. Helena Brown

    Thanks for that Bruce, I needed that . The world is going crazy, Scotland could be a little bit of sanity if only stupid people here would stop reading crap in the media

    • Anonymous

      Helena

      The world has gone mad today. People are kicking the establishment with a kind of logical madness. Basically when the choice is right v right people are basically saying f u we will give you far right. We have nothing to lose now anyway so we will bring it all down. Poverty has shown a lot of people have nothing left so where do they go, the unionists. It’s now or never for Scotland.

      Thanks for commenting.

      Bruce

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