HomeBlogOWEN JONES: Workfare ~ Why did so many Labour MPs accept this brutal, unforgivable attack on vulnerable people?
  • Leon Carter March 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Is his tie trying to tell us something, tory blue with a smidgen of labour?

  • Steve March 22, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    We can make a start by expelling Progress.

  • Annos March 22, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    “Neutralization is defined as a technique, which allows the person to rationalize or justify a criminal act. There are five techniques of neutralization; denial of responsibility, denial of injury, denial of the victim, condemnation of the condemners, and the appeal to higher loyalties.”


  • jim March 22, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    It is worth noting that since there are more seats on the Coalition side (306 Tory plus 57 Lib Dem) then they would have won this vote anyway if they all voted yes since Labour only have 258 seats. Since Labour knew this, the only impact they could have would be to agree for other things to be added into the bill and this is what’s happened. Even so though as a whole – justice has gone out the window and the Government is above the law.


  • jed goodright March 23, 2013 at 3:56 am

    it is worth noting that the labour party introduced the curse of ESA and the abomination of ATOS into our midst. The current labour party is as fascist as the coalition. The three main parties are ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE. Why reherse arguements that are well known about the illegitimacy of current legislation. This is not about point scoring – PEOPLE ARE DYING

  • Linda March 23, 2013 at 8:38 am

    What was a recipe for success in 1997, will not work in 2015. Times have changed. We need radical solutions for the problems we face. People are getting poorer, and people are suffering. If this is the best that the Labour party can come up with, agreeing with workfare, then this is not good enough. We need a real alternative to austerity. We need politicians with vision and solutions. Not more of the same.

  • GEOFF REYNOLDS March 23, 2013 at 10:09 am

    The decline in living standards in the uk, the introduction to poverty and the statistics to more than prove, suicide rates are spiralling, are the brainchild of one twisted individual, BILL GUNNYEON.

    GUNNYEON is the faceless one who hides behind his position of Chief Medical Officer of the DWP.

    Bolstered by donations from the Insurance Industry, (of which Gunnyeon and his chums are honoured speakers), our government have set out on a path of Welfare Reforms that deny the very poorest in society, especially the disabled.

    Each piece of legislation bears the hallmarks of this modern day “Angel of Death”.
    Every item of denial of benefit carries his endorsement. To him you are just superfluous to a life in this day and age, hence the corrupted, twisted policies that he underwrites……

    History has told us that behind every fanatical leader, there is always a minion lapping at their heels to gain some kind of recognition. They are usually hated by most because they recognise the level of toadying as dangerous.

    Obviously, the aforementioned is more than dangerous. His elevation to the dizzy heights of his title has underpinned his craving to take away life…..

    His dark thoughts from childhood now manifest themselves in legislation, in effect removal by statute.

    What i cannot understand is why he pursued his career on the grounds of helping disabled, yet abuses his position by demonising them…………..

    Maybe he has a psychological problem that has not been detected. I wonder if ATOS software that he helped to build, could identify his problem? I seriously doubt it because its not fit for purpose!

    One things for certain, whatever cuts to whatever benefit, he is the key…….

  • Humanity2012 March 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Every Day Passes the Country gets More like a Nazi State under these Con Dem Idiots

    Why are People so Spineless Selfish and Cowardly ?

    It is the MPS who are the Real Scroungers

  • Humanity2012 March 23, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Bloody Wake Up Britain and Stop the Sleepwalk

  • Dreamer March 23, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Good article, but why has Owen Jones not bothered to get his facts right. The DWP do not sanction people forced to work for free, they sanction people who refuse to work for free, and Cait Reiilly was NOT santcioned, and did NOT refufse to work for free. She did her two weeks at Poundland, then later questioned the legality of the scheme.

  • Serenity March 23, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Despite these initial efforts to limit the brutality of the Nazi regime, Gürtner also played a role in legitimizing it. In the weeks following the Night of the Long Knives, a purge of SA officers and conservative critics of the regime that resulted in perhaps hundreds of executions, he demonstrated his loyalty to the Nazi regime by writing a law that added a legal veneer to the purge. Signed into law by both Hitler and Minister of the Interior Wilhelm Frick, the “Law Regarding Measures of State Self-Defense” retrospectively legalized the murders committed during the purge. Gürtner even quashed some initial efforts by local prosecutors to take legal action against those who carried out the murders


  • Annos March 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    “Tanks and soldiers in Saltmarket area of Glasgow
    Feb 1919″


  • Humanity2012 March 23, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Informative Indeed it would of Better had the Soldiers in Glasgow had Gone Over to
    Revolution in 1919 and Swept Aside Capitalist Oppression

    Those like Gurtner who Helped Adolf Hitler come to Power are Villains just
    like those who Helped the ” Conservatives ” come to Power in May 2010

  • Bill Grau March 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    On Justice and social justice:

    How about a Labour leader who forces his MPs to abstain against a bill that makes it OK to change the Law retroactively to deny redress for victims who did not break any Law at the time…

    one cannot make this up coming from Labour and a Labour Leader…

    if you have any sense of Justice and decency…

    sign this petition that is meant to convince the Lords to kick into the bin this shameful piece of retrospective legislation (as the implications for allowing such a precedent to take place are very onerous in a democracy and for the respect of the Law)…

    no matter what they say about the excuse of saving money by denying it to wronged claimants… this excuse is a
    shameful red herring…

    The petition:


  • Bill Grau March 25, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Lord David Freud for me is the face of Evil for the Tory Party and the Coalition…

    he is also the grey eminence behind all this… the undermining of Social Security, the fooling around with the Law, the bullying tactics, obfuscation, JC+ league table, everything, inclusive to his past insubordination and contempt for his ex-boss Gordon Brown…

    James Purnell and now Iain Duncan Smith are just his puppets, and he is the puppeteer…

    Tony Blair (Tory light) appointed Lord Freud, and beforehand Peter Lilly (Tory) contracted Unum Provident… Gordon Brown tried to moderate this, and Lord Freud jumped ship to the Tories, the rest is what we have now…

    Check him out on the Angry Voice Blogspot: Lord Freud: Risks, Corpses and Slums

  • jim March 26, 2013 at 1:26 am

    If anyone wants to write to their local MP who voted yes or abstained for the Jobseekers Allowance Stealing Bill [back on 19th March] then they are making tailored letters over at this site.


  • Angered John March 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Al this makes me feel so ill I am going to try and sleep and pretend its not happening. My thanks to al those who have the have the abiltity to fight back. Good night and God bless.

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