Honestly, the sheer SCALE of economic ignorance on display here by Sinn Fein is breath-taking.
“The senior Sinn Fein MLA responsible for the party’s welfare reform policy has been exposed for wildly exaggerating the cost of changes to the benefits system.
On Monday morning Alex Maskey faced a rigorous examination by BBC Radio Ulster’s Stephen Nolan as it emerged that the chairman of Stormont’s Social Development Committee has been claiming that the cost of the changes is more than double the official estimates. Mr Maskey refused to withdraw his claim that the Welfare Reform Bill being vetoed by Sinn Fein would cost £450 million per year.
Last week, Mr Maskey had told the Nolan Show that he had been told by the Department of Social Development (DSD) “the welfare reform bill if implemented would take £450 million off the benefit bill”. A year ago, he told the same programme: “The British government’s own figures tell us that if the welfare reform bill went through as they tabled it in Westminster … this will cost the local economy here £450 million per year, others argue that it is a much higher figure.” Last week another Sinn Fein MLA, Phil Flanagan, claimed on the same programme that the benefit changes would remove £750 million from the Province’s budget.
Actually, the estimated savings over the first three years if the Welfare Reform Bill is passed are between £66 million a year (DSD’s estimate) and £83 million a year (the Treasury’s estimate). Mr Maskey, who at various points throughout the interview appeared to lose his temper, told Mr Nolan at the outset “I do not like your tone” and added: “Rather than thinking that you’ll grill me – for you won’t…”
I listened to the whole debacle and in essence, Sinn Fein have overestimated the COST of Welfare Reforms by around £1 BILLION over three years. Got that? These halfwits claim they are seeking to “protect the most vulnerable” by “opposing Tory Cuts” but behind the wacky talking points lies ….well, just plain LIES. Maskey and co continue to pretend that welfare reforms costs will be £450m PER YEAR!!! Hahaha – caught out, exposed, lying liars and they spin they sell.
Maskey should perhaps have never gotten out od that
Anyone care to contradict me on this?
As many as 30 British-born jihadists are now believed to have died fighting for Islamic State and other terror groups in war torn Syria, analysts estimate. The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), which monitors the activities of British extremists on social media, says that it is aware of at least 24 deaths. However, senior researcher Shiraz Maher said that due to difficulties obtaining information, the real number is “almost certainly higher”. The Telegraph reports that among those who have died is Ifthekar Jaman, who was 23 at the time of his death and had described his experience in Syria as “five-star jihad”. His parents were arrested on Tuesday as part of coordinated raids by anti-terror police in London and Hampshire, and later bailed. Others who have died include Abdullah Deghayes, whose father described him as a martyr and said that his two other sons were also out in Syria fighting jihad.
Well, looks like Mr Deghayes is going to be a three times winner. Just how many “martyrs” can one family get? The more Islamist extremists that are killed abroad the better and we should be ensuring that NONE are EVER allowed back into the UK. They are enemies of the State and there can be no place for them IN the State.
Public sector sick days 10.1 days per year.
Private sector sick days 4.4 days per year.
Do you see the problem?
In the past day, the UK saw unemployment FALL by the fastest amount in years! Coming on the news the previous day that UK inflation has ALSO fallen, and the not so private mutterings about the cosmic incompetence of Ed Miliband, it was inevitable that we would see some sort of distraction introduced to bury good news and so it proved. In summary here is the spin from Labour!
“Your Minister for Welfare Reform has said that he believes some disabled people are “not worth the full wage”. Despite outrage on all benches, including from senior Conservatives, and from charity leaders, you have failed to act. Lord Freud’s remarks were completely unacceptable, and it is also unacceptable that someone with these views remains in charge of such an important post in your government.”
Well then, I have a few problems with this fake outrage. Permit me to share.
Here’s the first. The Mental Health charity MENCAP also has called for paying some disabled people less than the minimum wage.
Should they also resign, Labour?
And then there is this….
Whoops! Should Labour resign, Labour?
All this artificial outrage cynically designed by Labour’s spin doctors to distract attention away from Miliband’s WOEFUL performance is summaries in this cartoon.
I have said it before, and I have repeated my premise again; that Politicians simply do not listen to a reasoned argument, but grab the headline statement, and shovel it out in order to make mischief.
Lord Freud maybe spoke clumsily, but he spoke the truth; people who struggle and suffer under disabilities, of whatever kind, just want to work. I would reckon that all the Disability Legislation, designed in a very patronizing manner by able-bodied people who have probably never come within sixteen yards of a wheelchair, have not advanced those unfortunate people one iota.
Remploy was a chance at pride; a possibility of near-normality for those judged less than normal, and this bunch of Coalition Politicians closed Remploy down because it cost a chunk of money to subsidise those people’s work.
There is a saying, I believe from Oscar Wilde, which goes, “They know the price of everything, and the value of nothing!” The two toffs at the top of the Coalition pile, Cameron and the heir to the Osborne Baronetcy, with their traditions of pure, unleavened greed, and knowledge that they are better than anyone else, are just as bad as the rapacious barons of the Labour movement; complacent in the knowledge that nothing will happen to remove their own family fortunes, by making damn sure that everyone else, inclusive of the disabled, loses theirs.
Ms Riley also told how she also spent £140 on a dog whisperer to see if he could stop Pups wrecking her home. But he told her the dog was beyond help.
She added: ‘Nothing works. He could not recommend any techniques. Hopefully age will slow her down.
‘I just have to keep shouting at her and hope one day she will listen. It is hard work. I am housebound with her.
‘I have come this far with her. I hand reared her with a bottle. I don’t want to give up on her now.
‘I’m still hoping things will change. Until then I just have to hide my laptop and phone and hope she grows out of it.’
Smoking could be banned in Trafalgar and Parliament squares and London parks if a report by the city’s Health Commission is implemented. Other suggestions include Oyster card discounts for commuters who walk part of the way to work. Smokers’ group Forest said the call for a smoking ban was “outrageous”. Boris Johnson it could be considered if “it would actually save lives”. The government said it had no plans to ban smoking in public places.
They will keep at this until they get their way. I believe smoking is banned in Central Park, New York and also 9 metres from public buildings in Toronto. It is classic Nanny Statism.
Thought this was interesting. It’s a follow up to the story I published yesterday concerning the treatment of Mairia Cahill by the IRA.
Two of those Ms Cahill identified in the programme as having led the IRA internal inquiry into the allegations are well-known figures.
Padraic Wilson was once the leader of the IRA in the Maze Prison, and is now considered a …cough…supporter of the peace process. Seamus Finucane is a brother of the solicitor Pat Finucane, who was shot dead by loyalists.
Pat Finucane, lest we forget, was a totally innocent man who was not connected in any way to the IRA. Unlike his Provo brother Seamus. Oh, and unlike his Provo brother John. Oh, and unlike his Provo brother Dermot. Yup, an innocent man who scurrilous people have alleged was a senior IRA man. Shameful, right?