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Emily Thornberry MP – Human rights conventions: when some are more equal than others?

When a legal challenge to one of the coalition Government’s flagship welfare reforms – an overall cap of £26,000 per year on the amount any family could receive in benefits – was reviewed by the Supreme Court earlier this year, the resulting judgment left many observers scratching their heads. Had the Court declared the cap […]

Robinson: “Nobody goes on forever and I had a timely warning on that in terms of having a heart attack”

Good scoop by Liam Clarke in the Belfast Telegraph with his interview with First Minister, Peter Robinson. The interview covered areas of welfare reform, Stormont collapsing but the most interesting bit was in Robinson’s future. Asking him about the issue he said; Nobody goes on forever and I had a timely warning on that in more...

Under the current institutions, political conflict is here to stay

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Craig Harrison writes for us on the current political instutions and the inability of policy-makers to find solutions to key problems The continuing impasse over welfare reform perhaps provides the most recent example of what ethnic politics can descend to, but it is by no means the first demonstration of this, and will certainly not more...

Deep Thoughts, By And Curated By Maureen Dowd

It is not surprising that Maureen Dowd has many nutty things to say about the Donald, for whose presence in the race she must be immensely grateful. (You wouldn’t want her to have to write about welfare reform!) For this special occasion, she has decided to outsource some of her gibberish, with hilarious results: And […]

James Earl Hardy's B-Boy Blues at 20

1994. I remember it well. Bill Clinton was waging war on poor women who were mothers in his efforts at welfare reform. Our celebrity obsessions included OJ Simpson and Tonya Harding. We watched Forrest Gump and listened to Whitney Houston declare again and again, "I will always love you." Gay men continued dying from AIDS. Show More Summary

Seven Years Of Noel Pearson Trials Have Led Aurukun To The Bottom Of the National Heap

In this special New Matilda feature, Amy McQuire demolishes the reforms - and the propaganda - that is the Cape York Welfare Reform Trials.

Understanding Labour's Abstentions

I'm going to have a stab at understanding the gyrations of leadership candidates in recent days around the Welfare Reform Bill and how only 48 Labour MPs voted against it. But because this is the internet a qualifier is necessary. Labour MPs last night should not have sat on their hands, they should have voted against. Show More Summary

The welfare crisis deepens. The DUP are making common cause with Sinn Fein over George Osborne’s cuts

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The Guardian’s Politics Live feature reports an analysis of the impact of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill on the working poor.  Read across locally, it has the effect of adding the DUP’s opposition to the UK’s government’s budget strategy  to Sinn Fein’s, albeit on more limited grounds. The analysis was made by the highly reputable, unbiased more...

The Welfare Bill has passed — and revealed a split in Labour

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill has, as expected, passed its second reading in the House of Commons, with 48 Labour MPs defying their party whip and voting against, while… Continue reading The post The Welfare Bill has passed — and revealed a split in Labour appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The benefit cut that isn’t quite as it seems

MPs are voting on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill this afternoon, with the big story being about Labour turmoil over the second reading. Harriet Harman’s amendment looks rather forlorn… Continue reading The post The benefit cut that isn’t quite as it seems appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

“Sinn Féin were not in court today. Councillor Kelly was, and he was acquitted of all charges.”

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Entirely unrelated to Sinn Féin’s opposition to welfare reform… Last week a Deputy District Magistrate in Londonderry acquitted Sinn Féin Councillor Colin Kelly on charges of fraudulently claiming over £19,000 in Housing Benefit and Job Seekers Allowance between November 2010 and March 2014 – when he was a member of Derry City Council.  He is currently a councillor on more...

Labour MPs push for an amendment to the welfare bill

The Labour welfare rebellion advances further, with Helen Goodman tabling a ‘reasoned amendment’ to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill. She says she has the support of 40 Labour MPs… Continue reading The post Labour MPs push for an amendment to the welfare bill appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

PMQs Sketch: Cameron’s lurches to the left

‘Put that on your leaflets,’ snarled Cameron at PMQs. Inwardly he was gloating. Labour voted against Tory welfare reforms last night so the PM was able to boast that Labour… Continue reading The post PMQs Sketch: Cameron’s lurches to the left appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

What should be done about welfare? Don’t ask the Shadow Cabinet

The Shadow Cabinet has split all ways on what to do about welfare. Andy Burnham says he wants a reasoned amendment to the second reading of the welfare reform and… Continue reading The post What should be done about welfare? Don’t ask the Shadow Cabinet appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Andy Burnham may end up supporting Harman’s line on welfare bill anyway

Andy Burnham has been vociferous in his opposition to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, and made his views clear at a stormy meeting of the Shadow Cabinet this morning.… Continue reading The post Andy Burnham may end up supporting Harman’s line on welfare bill anyway appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Labour tries to calm row on welfare reform

Labour is trying to clarify its position on welfare reform ahead of tonight’s PLP meeting. Sources say that the party will abstain on the ‘broad brush’ of the Welfare Reform… Continue reading The post Labour tries to calm row on welfare reform appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Why does George Osborne hate women and Northerners?

George Osborne is actually boasting about how it will be women and Northerners who lose their jobs as a result of his national living wage: The chancellor, George Osborne, will respond to claims his budget welfare reforms hit the poor hardest by saying women and those based outside London and the south-east will be the […]

Welfare Reform Campaigns, Single-Issue Campaigns, and Animal Exploitation: Perfect Together

Welfare reform campaigns and single-issue campaigns (SICs) necessarily promote animal exploitation. In order to see this clearly and easily, consider that the entire point of these campaigns is to build coalitions that involve animal exploiters. Show More Summary

Where do the welfare changes in the Budget leave the UK’s proposals to reform EU free movement rules?

The changes to the minimum wage and welfare benefits set out in Chancellor George Osborne’s Summer Budget could have a knock-on effect on the UK's desire to reform EU rules around migrants' access to benefits. Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki assesses the various implications. Show More Summary

De-Industrialisation, ‘New Speenhamland’ and Neo-Liberalism: Government Subsidies to Low Wage Employers

Efforts to reform social welfare programs in England operated on the assumption that lack of consistent work (as in periods of unemployment) and overly large families were the big drivers of poverty. But the majority of poor now areShow More Summary

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