Bumbling Burnham Crashes and Burns on Benefits and Petrol

Lots of gold from the GMB Labour leadership hustings today.

Firstly, Andy Burnham was booed as he floundered around refusing to back the benefit cap.

The crowd wanted a no, but he knew the country would give a resounding yes.

And the banter did not stop there. He later got the price of litre of petrol wrong, declaring it was 160p:

It’s 116p.

Delicious…

 

mdi-timer 9th June 2015 @ 5:00 pm 9th Jun 2015 @ 5:00 pm mdi-comment Comments
Labour: “The Party That Help People on Benefits”

Meet Alyessa. Vox-popped in Birmingham by the BBC this morning, she revealed why she’s voting Labour:

“Because Labour are the party that help people on benefits.”

Despite some vague tough talk from Rachel Reeves, Labour opposed every single one of IDS’s reforms and their client supporters are grateful. It’s the dirty little secret that the Labour Party refuse to accept: Benefit reform is hugely popular.

Polling by Ipsos Mori found that:

  • 84% either agree or tend to agree with stricter work-capability tests.
  • 78% agree with the idea that benefits should be docked if people turn down work
  • 62% support benefits being capped “if people choose to have more children”.
  • 57% back capping housing benefits
  • There is also more support than opposition for the Spare Room Subsidy reform.

Being the ‘party that help people on benefits’ may soothe your base, but the public don’t like it…

mdi-timer 30th March 2015 @ 11:00 am 30th Mar 2015 @ 11:00 am mdi-comment Comments
Labour Supporters Despair at “Nasty” Rachel Reeves

Following her comments denigrating the unemployed, Labour’s grassroots have turned on Rachel Reeves:

https://twitter.com/AndyGilder/status/577871251219177473

Disgruntled Labour members can join the Green Party here

mdi-timer 17th March 2015 @ 5:23 pm 17th Mar 2015 @ 5:23 pm mdi-comment Comments
Shameless Reeves: Labour Does Not Represent Jobseekers

What will Labour’s grassroots make of Rachel Reeves distancing her party from people receiving unemployment benefits? The Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary is talking tough in the Guardian today, in very un-Guardian-y language:

“We are not the party of people on benefits. We don’t want to be seen, and we’re not, the party to represent those who are out of work. Labour are a party of working people, formed for and by working people.”

Are Labour trying to get more of their supporters to follow in Jack Monroe’s footsteps? Slagging off their core vote is a bold move…

mdi-timer 17th March 2015 @ 3:50 pm 17th Mar 2015 @ 3:50 pm mdi-comment Comments
White Dee: I’m Voting Labour

Phoning in to LBC, Benefits Street star White Dee tells Iain Dale she is voting Labour on 7 May:

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The celebrity endorsement Ed wanted…

mdi-timer 27th January 2015 @ 6:49 pm 27th Jan 2015 @ 6:49 pm mdi-comment Comments
Red UKIP Call For Higher Unemployment Benefits

The Reds are winning the power struggle at the top of UKIP if today’s reports that the party is set to unveil a raft of new left-wing policies are correct. Interestingly UKIP’s policy chief Tim Aker, who Guido always remembered as a sound as a pound right-winger, today condemns the bedroom ‘tax’ and calls for higher unemployment benefits. He tells May 2015:

“we’re firmly against the bedroom tax, but we do think you need a cap on benefits. We also support a higher Jobseeker’s Allowance, so we have a mix of left and right debates”

A UKIP source clarifies the party only proposes higher JSA “for people who have consistently paid in”, arguing “the money belongs to the people, and is therefore being returned to them rather than being kept by the state”. But where else can you find the exact same policy? Labour have pledged to pay more dole if you have worked for five or more years…

mdi-timer 2nd January 2015 @ 1:20 pm 2nd Jan 2015 @ 1:20 pm mdi-comment Comments
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