December 5th, 2013

Universal Cre-doubt

The warning signs were there when IDS said on 14 October: “Universal credit will roll out very well and it will be on time and within budget”. Or four days later, when he said : “Universal credit will roll out and deliver exactly as we said it would”. Well today the inevitable has happened, IDS says the roll out “may take a little longer” and the project might still be 700,000 shy of the target by 2017. If only there were some other major political event on today to deflect attention away. Still, at least Osborne will be chipper…


84 Comments

  1. 1
    ████ says:

    Computer say noooooooooooooo.

  2. 2
    Westminster Intern says:

    It wont be his problem by then anyway..

    What a fiasco. He’s been so brazen about it all up until now that he deserves to be fired.

  3. 3
    Axe The Telly Tax &Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    They must have used the same IT firm that did the NHS computer system,the BBC and the NatWest.

  4. 4
    IT services supplier says:

    Give computer more moneyyyyyyy.

  5. 5
    P l e b says:

    Sack him and surcharge him for the wasted money.

  6. 6
    Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:

    Yes, that’s what socialists do.

  7. 7
    Klingon Ambassasor says:

    So when are we Klingons going to get our universal credits?

  8. 8
    Axe The Telly Tax &Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    So the order of events is now set:

    1. Roma invasion next year

    2. UKIP win the Euro Elections

    3. Labour win the General Election

    4. IMF impose the most savage cuts in history

    5. Labour annihilated in the following General Election and out of power for a generation

  9. 9
    Gordon Brown's many PFI disasters says:

    Good idea.

  10. 10
    Labour says:

    Iain Duncan Smith has today admitted what everyone has known for months – that universal credit is massively behind schedule. But just a couple of weeks ago he was telling parliament the government would ‘roll out universal credit on the plan and programme already set out’.

    It’s clear that David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith have completely failed to get to grips with their flagship welfare reform and millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money have been written off as a result. Families facing a cost-of-living crisis deserve better than this

  11. 11
    We should learn from History says:

    I think we should have realised that although IDS’s heat is in the right place, his brain is not. We were forewarned when he made a mong of the Conservative leader’s job. Same goes for Hague, his reality has never fulfilled the promise.

    Time to promote Gove methinks

  12. 12
    democracy in evolution says:

    why would anyone wear a watch ?

  13. 13
    The Public Service Rule of Thumb says:

    Any politician or civil servant who uses the phrase ‘roll out’ about any topic is a dickhead who is about to fail at something at vast public expense.

  14. 14
    Tristram Hunt(Prime Minister Designate) says:

    Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith tells the BBC that the Universal Credit programme may not be complete by 2017 as planned.

    Vote Conservative…….You’re having a laugh !

  15. 15
    Buck Rogers in the 25th Century says:

    6. Great Britain governed directly from Berlin.

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    “may take a little longer”

    He and the rest of the misruling class have a little longer until they are arrested and shot for treason. In front of their families, obviously.

  17. 17
    dai broke says:

    sunken-stiff should have subbed the job to whoever designed and installed the bookies’ fixed odds betting terminals that are milking so successfully the lower income groups

  18. 18
    The NSA says:

    Watches, especially analogue ones, have fewer tracking devices installed in them than mobile phones.

  19. 19
    Ed Ballsup says:

    And, furthermore, the economy is flat lining. Time for Pan B.

  20. 20
    Toxic Labour for spongers, parasites, immigrants and criminals says:

    Whatever happens we’ll still be subsidising spongers and parasites with our extortionate tax rates. It’s time to cut the cap to £12K a year and place all non disabled or pensioner claimants in sheds or caravans. We can’t afford the charity welfare state as it is.

  21. 21
    George Osbrown says:

    We will make lots of money by selling off Government owned assets, such as …

    The student debtor book.

    Our Share in Eurostar

    London, Birmingham and Manchester

    The British Public

    However I will be also announcing major infrastructure projects today including the construction of British embassies in all the major cities in the UK.

    Enjoy your retirement.

  22. 22
    Ed Balls,Chancellor Of The Exchequer says:

    Osborne’s not offering jam tomorrow. He’s offering margarine tomorrow to con you that today’s jam is sweeter.

  23. 23
    The Bulgarian Ambassador says:

    Get in the queue

  24. 24
    Cleggs Mum says:

    Oh dear is that our Nickie upsetting people again? Whose money has he run out of this time?

  25. 25
    dai broke says:

    has he ever had a proper job?

  26. 26
    Ric Holden,CCHQ says:

    Typical Tories sneak out a statement on the Universal Credit debacle on the day of the autumn statement in the hope it wouldn’t be noticed.

  27. 27
    Faceless civil servant (IQ: 60) says:

    Moving forward, we will engage with stakeholders to have a conversation about the challenges ahead.

  28. 28
    A good day to bury bad news says:

    No. Typical of ALL politicians

  29. 29
    Herman Achille Van Rompuy says:

    That’s number 0 actually

  30. 30
    Ed Ballsup says:

    The economy has flat-lined. We must copy Hollande’s model. And we must copy it now.

  31. 31
    Vince Cable says:

    I estimate that each British subject can sell for £1.28

  32. 32
    dai broke says:

    we’ve already had 3 4 & 5 of the above – 1 & 2 look like light entertainment

  33. 33
    Popeye says:

    Why not blame the civil service?
    A political master ordains some measure but has to rely on the civil service to deliver same ordination. We all know they have their own agenda don’t we?

  34. 34
    Ed Milibiscuit says:

    He wants to feed the children of millionaires at taxpayers’ expense.

  35. 35
    Disgusted of Tonbridge WElls says:

    I don’t suppose for one minute that the whole thing is being deliberately scuppered by a lot of Lefty unionistas in the Civil Service is it? After all their jobs must be peotecrted!!!!!!

  36. 36
    Mr Logic says:

    Yes, typical of all politicians

  37. 37
    Like Lambs to the slaughter says:

    It’s more like the way the contract was writ. They really should outsource the handling of these contracts to people who know how to play in the big world.

    I mean really, would you allow cosseted public sector workers to handle multi billion contracts with the sharpest operators?

  38. 38
    The electric must be be being generated like fucking billy-o says:

    How are the Scottish wind turbines performing today?

  39. 39
    LibLabCon = utter total failure says:

    Vote UKIP.

  40. 40
    The electric must be being generated says:

    How are the Sottish wind turbines performing today?

  41. 41
    Catswhiskers says:

    I don’t suppose it’s being scuppered by a lot of Lefty Unionistas in the Civil Service is it? After all their jobs must be protected!!!

  42. 42
    The civil service should not even be involved other than overseeing says:

    It was the Civil service who fucked up. Be in No doubt of that.

    But the minister responsible should have realised that his department was way out of its depth and called in the lifeguards before they went under for the third time.

  43. 43
    Not all Britons are equal says:

    That’s an average figure that’s obviously skewed somewhat by the inclusion of Scotland and Norfolk. Ditch them and the average is probably about £20.

  44. 44
    Diane Abbötapotumus says:

    More food for me then :)

  45. 45
    Role Ex says:

    To see what time it is?

  46. 46
    Rom the Roma(n) says:

    Behind Bulgar boy (nice wallet)

  47. 47
    Westminster Intern says:

    60 – That’s a higher IQ than many an elected official

  48. 48
    1 legged chicken says:

    To get to the other side?

  49. 49
    The BBC ain't looking says:

    Meanwhile the BBC is fully taken up celebrating that the EU is going to spend billions plucking up illegal immigrants, rebranding them as asylum migrants and distributing them throughout Europe on full board and lodgings.

  50. 50
    Sarah (Sh*t in my mouth) Palin says:

    Send for the ‘Obamacare Team’

  51. 51
    some nameless inspection quango says:

    Didn’t know our asylums held that many people – need more staff

  52. 52
    John Bellingham says:

    Don’t forget the bit about Scotland becoming Independent in 2016 and calling the receivers in by 2018.

  53. 53
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    IDS, the prize twat. And just think, once the Tories chose him as their leader. At leadet Labour didn’t choose that other prize twat Brown.

  54. 54
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    The sound of a barrel being slowly scraped.

  55. 55
    John Bellingham says:

    While Labour promise Scone with honey, they deliver bread and dripping.

  56. 56
    Ian Duncan Smith says:

    …A little warning to “Hard Working People”,that if you work hard,do your utmost,stretch every sinew,work all the hours,even extra jobs in order to provide for your life,and,then as a result become mentally or physically wounded,you can expect a life of persecution,pain and poverty.
    ……The cruellest thing of all is the callous,sarcastic,provocative,humiliating,confrontational ATOS regime,which treats people in a way I would never have expected from a tory led,so called,civilised society!….Just be careful out there!

  57. 57
    Maximus says:

    and stop staring at his goat

  58. 58
    Fuckwit Working Tory Voter says:

    mmmmmmmm – where do I put my X

  59. 59
    Arse from Elbow says:

    A few days ago Cameron assured the country that this policy will deter Romanian and Bulgarian benefit scroungers from coming here in January 2014. They must be laughing their socks off reading about this except , of course, they can’t read English and will not need to in order to receive UK taxpayers money.

  60. 60
    Time for Duncan Smith to resign says:

    Sack him

  61. 61
    HEARDITALLSEENITALLBEFORE says:

    So now it is the responsibility of the taxpayer to feed children is it?
    What a great incentive for the ‘sigool muvah’ industry to churn out more ‘benefit brats ‘ not only do you get free flats free money ,but you will now have even more money to spend on Bacardi Breezers and fags without even having to go to the trouble of putting chips into a microwave each afternoon.

  62. 62
    This Till is Closing So Please Fuck Off says:

    I think you’ll find this is still the thinking in Wankhall

  63. 63
    This Till is Closing So Please Fuck Off says:

    You know how to solve it but none of you have got the stomach for it. Your elite knows the truth only last week you had Fat Boy Boris telling you what a great thing it will be in 2050 or so when the country has a population of over 80million! FFS we’ve seen the Balkans invasion and now they are all dropping kids as quick as possible to get the bennies. Once the Turks, Albanians, Serbs etc.. get here it’s over. Britain (if it can even be called that) will be version of Russia, super wealthy elite even more remote from the bulk of the population and then an ocean of poverty, crime and corruption. What is left of the middle class will ship out or just be swept away in sea of shite.
    LibLabCon all know this and working for it (the only thing apart from troughing that they do seem to do)

  64. 64
    Who Want's Some! says:

    We must all work for this. It really is the only way to stop the destruction of the country. Last week you had Boris basically excepting unlimited population growth most of it from either direct immigration of the first off spring of the current waves. There was no indication of him wanting to control it. Indeed he seemed to equate a large population with intrinsic wealth. He needs to pop over the Pakistan and a few African countries I could show him. Having a large population of poorly educated people with no real job prospects other than no-skill jobs is not the engine of prosperity. If we had manufacturing base like Germany then you might just get away with it. But we don’t and won’t be getting one soon. If anything such a mix of low wage, low skill and no national social cohesion is recipe for extremism and Boris knows it. The finance sector may well produce large profits but they won’t be able to be taxed in any significant way nor will these businesses employ large numbers of people on anything other than the minimum wage.
    The EU will continue to prevent what needs to be done and we need to get out of it. A short term Labour ClusterFuck is worth the price.

  65. 65
    broderick crawford says:

    HE S A LEFT FOOTER YOU KNOW IS DRUNKEN SPLIFF

    WONDER IF HE LL SOON BE OFF TO THE CHILTERN HUNDREDS
    OR PERHAPS WITH HIS MILITARY BACKGROUND HE MAY BE MADE CAPTAIN OF THE SWISS GUARD ON PAPAL SECURITY DUTIES .

    WONDER IF HE LL FECK THAT UP AS WELL ?

  66. 66
    Psyche the Dog says:

    IDS wasn’t much good as Tory leader, certainly did not impress the electorate, Pleb is seems that everything was not thought through, “Sack him and surcharge him for the wasted money” I agree there.

  67. 67
    Pick litter for bennies says:

    By the time the BBC propaganda machine has finished the eastern hordes will be a huge benefit to the country,be law abiding and pay more in tax than they get.Roll on May for the EU elections-go UKIP.

  68. 68
    Pick litter for bennies says:

    Could be plain old incompetence.Remember how well Labours ID scheme and NHS computer re organisation went.

  69. 69
    Jagd1 says:

    IDS is one of the biggest most expensive disasters in the 21st Century history of British Government. He is a metaphor for this whole shambles of a corrupt, fraudulent Tory/LibDem Government. By now any Minister with an ounce of integrity would have shuffled off the scene. But as with this Government there is none whatsoever. He is a “darling” of the loony right which shows clearly through him just how loony it really is and how spendthrift and economically ignorant. It also shows how caught in its thrall Cameron is. He was a failure as a leader and was part responsible for the last Tory exit. He will be so again. He is a fantasist, ministerial coward and a stranger to the truth, repeatedly hiding behind his staff and Esther. He is a one man Kamakazi squad taking the whole party with him to well earned electoral oblivion.

  70. 70
    Jagd1 says:

    Why not just concentrate on placing them in camps where you can regulate the gas for them.

  71. 71
    Jagd1 says:

    So that would be anyone that is of foreign extraction and from a foreign firm then.

  72. 72
    Jagd1 says:

    Milking everyone as the gambling sickness inhabits everything including and specifically our banking and financial sectors where the rot came from in the first place. The lower orders are you so arrogantly put it are merely falling the example set by their supposed masters who have bigger begging bowls than they.

  73. 73
    Jagd1 says:

    Yes there is a terrorist Civil Servant behind every lamppost in Whitehall. Whatever you are on I’d pop round to your dealer for more of it.

  74. 74
    Jagd1 says:

    The Germans have been running the show since the 1980’s and Thatcher knew it, that’s why she went shagging Ronnie, exchanging the German Jackboot for the McDonalds fat burger and quite a lot of fraud. Now of course with the US going Spanish and bankrupt we see Thatchers mettle and judgement, should have stayed a chemist then.

  75. 75
    Jagd1 says:

    Followed by a 2nd Tory administration in 2020 in a flurry of Red Cross food parcels, from Germany.

  76. 76
    Jagd1 says:

    Short term indeed, that has been the story of Britain since the yanks told us to fuck off at Suez. It does not matter who takes over now, it’s the End of the Empire Show folks.

  77. 77
    Jagd1 says:

    The credit Ponzi scheme and Gidiots plans etc should implode nicely in time for the next election. The rapid withdrawal of the Help Into Getting Into Massive Debt By Buying A House Scheme & it’s replacement with No Loans From The Banks To Business Its All Just More QE Under A Different Name Scheme shows just how Zombie the Banks have become (see RBS and no money on the overnight markets old bloody hell press the red tit quick).

  78. 78
    Jagd1 says:

    What to bogs monitor? Weird little scrote.

  79. 79
    Jagd1 says:

    Yah meine Kamaraden!

  80. 80
    Jagd1 says:

    On your forehead where you tattooed “ANCHOVY” because you could not spell “ANARCHY”.

  81. 81
    Jagd1 says:

    Yes and they have a special little future for your dole and pension planned.

  82. 82
    Jagd1 says:

    Apparently they only react to the passage of air not produce it as Westminster does.

  83. 83
    Jagd1 says:

    Why how long have you been sitting in your own urine?

  84. 84
    Jagd1 says:

    I agree Go UKIP – don’t come back.


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