‘Corbyn’s 2017 Christmas card’ design triggers May coughing fit

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The design of Jeremy Corbyn’s 2017 Christmas card is circulating on social media. Theresa May’s handwritten card from the Labour leader – inside another signed copy of Labour’s General Election manifesto – appeared on her desk this morning with no intervention from security:

xmas cardThe musical card is said to have opened out into a P45, triggering a rousing rendition of ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’ (Stormzy version) that was not de-activated by closing it. Rumours that the card was accompanied by a gift-wrapped SKWAWKBOX t-shirt could not be substantiated.

The SKWAWKBOX contacted Theresa May for comment but the PM declined to comment except to ask for a cough sweet.

(Since some people will complain if we don’t make it explicit – this is SATIRE!. We have been unable to identify the original source of the image but bloody well done whoever you are.)

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Please let the Conservatives know that the Grenfell tragedy must not be trivialised and ignored

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Please let the Conservatives know that the Grenfell tragedy must not be trivialised and ignored

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Yesterday I had the following email from Jeremy Corbyn:

Sue, we’ve just found out that the Tories in Kensington have been asking residents how important the Grenfell tragedy is on a scale of 0-10.

It is insulting and insensitive.

Preventing another fire like Grenfell couldn’t be more important. And Theresa May has the power to do it — she could use next Wednesday’s budget to set aside money to fit social housing with sprinklers that would save lives. Let’s make sure she hears our message.

Please sign this and tell the Tories why Grenfell must not be ignored.

Sign this and help us make sure that residents of high rise social housing can sleep safely with the knowledge that they are being listened to.

Jeremy Corbyn
Leader of the Labour Party


It’s like they need instructions for being human.” Kay Bailey

I agree, the Conservatives’…

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McDonnell: Labour’s 5 demands for the Budget

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McDonnell: Labour’s 5 demands for the Budget

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John McDonnell has laid out five Labour demands for the imminent Budget by the most chaotic and incompetent government in living memory.

This budget needs to be an emergency budget for our public services that are in crisis, not a budget desperately designed to save the jobs of a weak Prime Minister and her embattled Chancellor. John McDonnell

On Thursday, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor will give a keynote speech at Church House in London, where he will set out the five main demands that Labour wants to see in next week’s Autumn Budget.

McDonnell will argue that the country needs an ‘emergency Budget’ to save public services that are in crisis, not a budget desperately designed to save the jobs of a weak Prime Minister and her embattled Chancellor.

He will call for a Budget that deals with the growing emergency…

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The connection between Universal Credit, ordeals and experiments in electrocuting laboratory rats

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The connection between Universal Credit, ordeals and experiments in electrocuting laboratory rats

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Image result for skinner lab ratI’m currently writing an article about the intimacy between neoliberalism and behavioural economics, following Richard Thaler’s recent Nobel award. While I was researching, I came across an Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) document about Nudge from 2012Tax and benefit policy: insights from behavioural economics, which suggested the introduction of “ordeals” into the social security system. The authors claim it would “deter fraud”. Although the IFS didn’t quite commit to calling for the idea to be implemented formally via policy, they did present the idea as an incontrovertible fact. Yet it is a controversial opinion, which is not supported by empirical evidence.

Introducing ordeals to social security also deters our most vulnerable citizens from claiming the support they need in order to live. Because of this, it wouldn’t be possible to determine the number of people who were intending to make a fraudulent claim. Prior to the welfare “reforms”…

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