May refuses to confirm she’ll fit #sprinklers to tower blocks #Grenfell

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Chris Williamson, newly-returned MP for Derby North, asked Theresa May a straight question in the House of Commons today. That he didn’t receive a straight answer will surprise no one who’s paid any attention to May’s vacuity.

But this question was about tower blocks. And fires in tower blocks. And sprinklers. And firefighters. Nine days after the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Here’s the video of the question – and the ‘answer’ – so you can watch as May dances around it and tries to avoid committing to anything while trying to sound like she actually meant what she had said earlier about being ready to make sure there’s never another ‘Grenfell Tower’:

May spent the Grenfell Tower debate trying to shift blame onto anyone else – in fact, her eagerness to avoid taking responsibility for anything was probably the nearest she has come to transparency in her political career.

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May refuses to confirm she’ll fit #sprinklers to tower blocks #Grenfell

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Chris Williamson, newly-returned MP for Derby North, asked Theresa May a straight question in the House of Commons today. That he didn’t receive a straight answer will surprise no one who’s paid any attention to May’s vacuity.

But this question was about tower blocks. And fires in tower blocks. And sprinklers. And firefighters. Nine days after the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Here’s the video of the question – and the ‘answer’ – so you can watch as May dances around it and tries to avoid committing to anything while trying to sound like she actually meant what she had said earlier about being ready to make sure there’s never another ‘Grenfell Tower’:

May spent the Grenfell Tower debate trying to shift blame onto anyone else – in fact, her eagerness to avoid taking responsibility for anything was probably the nearest she has come to transparency in her political career.

But the…

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Judicial review rules benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents

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The  Conservatives have been dealt a blow by a high court judgement today, which ruled that the government’s highly controversial benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with young children. The imposing of a benefit cap on tens of thousands of lone parents with children under the age of two is not only unlawful, it has has resulted in “real damage” to the families affected, the high court has ruled.

The judicial review challenge brought by four lone parent families, concerned the reduced benefit cap introduced by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. The revised benefit cap drastically reduced housing benefits, leaving lone parent families across the country unable to afford basic life necessities to care for their children.

Mr Justice Collins has ruled that the application of the revised benefit cap to lone parents with children under two amounts to unlawful discrimination and that “real damage” is being caused to the claimants…

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Generous welfare benefits make people more likely to want to work, not less

Generous welfare benefit levels make people who are not in employment more likely to want to work rather than less, new research suggests.

Source: Generous welfare benefits make people more likely to want to work, not less

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Channel4 ‘breaks’ #ToryDataBreach – but Canary showed Tories doing it 2 YRS ago

Why people soon forget all the hurt that this Tory Government have done since 2010, when in bed with the Lib-Dems and then the past few years.. More lies more deception.

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Superb work by Channel 4 News in tonight’s broadcast showing that the Tories employed a company called Blue Telecoms to conduct paid canvassing thinly (and often very thinly) disguised as market research.

blue telThe owner of Blue Telecoms

Paid canvassing to persuade someone to vote for a particular party is a major breach of electoral law.

Not only that, but the Tories targeted households that included many that had opted out of receiving calls via the TPS (Telephone Preference Service). Genuine market research calls are exempt from the TPS block, but working for the Tories to steer people to vote Conservative is not genuine market research.

Contacting TPS-registered people when you’re not a genuine market research company – or paying others to do so – is also a serious breach of the law, in this case the Data Protection Act.

Finally, Blue Telecoms lied about its identity to call recipients – another…

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#RMT: new #strikes, evidence of #DOO ‘collusion’ among ‘independent’ bodies

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The RMT rail union has announced three days of further strike action in its safety battle with rail operators over their push toward ‘driver-only operation’ (DOO) – as evidence emerges of ‘collusion’ among supposedly-independent rail bodies.

merseyrail sketch.pngThe strikes, which will affect Merseyrail, Southern and Arriva Rail North services, will take place as follows:

Southern: 10 July
Arriva: 8-10 July
Merseyrail: 8 July, 10 July, 23 July

The dispute is over the demonstrable impact of switching further services to DOO on the safety and security of passengers, particularly the elderly, infirm, women travelling alone and families with children.

At the same time, evidence has emerged of email exchanges among ‘independent’ rail bodies including the Rail Safety and Standards Board on the topic of how to achieve the extension of DOO, including a statement that it is government policy to extend DOO across the entire rail network – making a complete mockery…

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Video: expert breaks down as he tells of warning of ‘totally avoidable’ #Grenfell fire

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Any doubt that the terrible – and still grossly understated – death toll in the Grenfell Tower fire was avoidable has been swept away by a bleak and deeply moving video interview by fire protection exp Arnold Tarling.

Mr Tarling breaks down in tears as he explains to an interviewer the warnings that he gave three years ago of major loss of life that would be caused if the type of panels used on Grenfell Tower were not outlawed – and of his reaction when he received a call in the early hours of 14 June to notify him of the blaze:

Another video shows just how flammable the HDPE (high density polyethylene) panels that Mr Tarling refers to are and how reckless the decision to encase a building containing hundreds of people in them. In just over 2 minutes a small fire turns into an uncontrollable blaze:

Mr Tarling is…

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