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With every extra Patron it increases our chances of becoming a real credible news source able to give some decent representation to ‘the left’ in the media . It allows us to reduce our dependency on social media and to grow our own platform away from the increasingly stagnant and unreasonable algorithms Facebook impose on us. Furthermore it insulates us from any shenanigans due to the currently dysfunctional fact-checking protocols we have all been running into, where un-elected fact checkers are empowered to deem news as ‘fake’ and take your page down for the smallest of infractions. By signing us as a Patron and pledging a couple of quid a month to us you’d be helping us in so many ways. We understand times are hard at the moment and there isn’t a lot of spare cash to throw about, but if you consider yourself unrepresented in the media and have enjoyed our irreverent take on politics over the past 7 years then please consider supporting us. Sad as it is to admit, we don’t stand much of a chance against the tax fiddling billionaire media barons without money. We want to expand and strengthen our hand for the next election. Furthermore and I make no attempts to hide the fact, I am currently self employed on Universal Credit and the proverbial Sword of Damocles has been hanging over my head for some time now. Anything you can do to help will mean plucking me from the jaws of Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare nightmare and allow me to pay myself to pump out endless posts about how vile Universal Credit (and multitude of other Tories policies) are. Also it could mean a nice shiny website to build our movement from, also potentially we could start paying for articles by journalists, expanding our online presence and ultimately become a bigger pain in the bum for the corrupt British blob. Setting up the Patreon over the past week inevitably sparked far fetched thoughts of poetic justice, where the reason I had to set one up is because of Universal Credit and by becoming a patron you would be enabling me to go-professional and try to build an online anti-Tory media death star from my bedroom… I digress…

In all seriousness running Wear Red and helping to run a network of other partner pages has indeed become a full time job which we are receiving no money for. As much as I would love to continue things as they are, I’ve been reduced to throwing myself to the mercy of you guys in the hope enough of you will help save the day.

Finally, I know… You’re being asked to basically pay toward something you’ve been getting for free, so I understand it’s a big ask. Realistically I need 400-500 Patrons to be able to go full-time. The page has about 87,000+ followers. If just 0.5-1% of you came on-board it’d make it all possible. All patrons beyond that would go toward growing the network, more editors, better stories, a better planned and coordinated approach to counteracting smears in the MSM, and expanding our influence against the Tories and complicit media service to which we perceive to be a grave threat to national security and our future well-beings. So I’m confident in the knowledge you know this isn’t a get rich quick scheme or attempt to con you, it’s the real deal for me and has been for a long time now. We’d be privileged and honoured to take up the mantle and take the fight to them, if only you’ll help us do it. X

Solidarity to you all!

WR

Over 300 NHS Nurses take their own lives in just 7 years under Tory austerity

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Harrowing figures show that record numbers of NHS nurses have been taking their own lives under increased pressure and difficult working conditions, and according to the victim’s families amidst a ‘bullying and toxic culture’ within the NHS, leaving many unwilling to discuss their inner most problems to help with their own mental health.

The worst year on record within this 7 year period saw over 1 nurse a week committing suicide showing that people in this profession are at a higher risk of suicide than other sectors. These tragic events occurred shortly after the Conservative’s came to power in 2010 and introduced a whopping £20bn of cuts to NHS funding which subsequently dominoed into a series of the worst NHS winter crises on record, last year seeing 80,000 patients waiting over four hours at A & E for a bed to be found, with 600 patients having to wait over 12 hours.

The mother of Lucy de Oliveira, who’s daughter killed herself while working other jobs to support her nursing income has stated “They’re working all hours God sends doing a really important job. Most of them would be better off working in McDonald’s. That can’t be right.”

A well funded NHS is critical to the well-being of British citizens. Currently there is a staffing shortage of around 40,000 nurses after record numbers of professionals are walking away from NHS nursing or looking abroad or to private health companies to continue their careers.

We feel the government hasn’t done enough to help the NHS function over the past decade, many arguing the Conservative’s mishandling of health care is actually intentional to help usher in an insurance based private health care model. In 2015 Jeremy Hunt provoked a historic vote amongst junior doctors which saw 98% of the 37,000 doctors unanimously vote for strike action.  If you remember this was amid a winter crisis which saw elderly and sick patients forced to wait on trolleys in hospital corridors for treatment as the health service bowed under the strain of poor government funding.

Our hearts go out to the families of health workers who have ended their own lives, we understand how much pressure they are put under in their pursuit to care for people. The government should be doing everything in their power to protect these professionals, not purposefully under-funding their sector to make way for private American health firms and vulture capitalists like Richard Branson to swoop in and start making vast profits from our health care.

The casualties of this horrendous strategy are both health workers and patients alike, the cost of which is simply immeasurable.

WR

Tory Minister Mark Field assaults female climate change protester at Bankers’ Banquet

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Video has emerged of a Tory Minister, Mark Field for Cities of London and Westminster attacking a female climate change protestor at a banker’s banquet he was attending.

The lady seems to walk in a straight line behind him posing no obvious threat but is then pushed and pinned to the pillar behind her by Mr Field who then grabs her neck. The video then shows many members in the room giving him slow and steady round of applause as she’s marched out of there with his hand on her neck.

Is this really the kind of conduct a serving Minister should have? Is it the kind of conduct an MP or anyone who holds a job within office should have? Most importantly, is it the kind of conduct a man should show toward a woman?  We would readily answer no on all three counts.

This misogynistic bully-boy behaviour is completely unacceptable. He clearly wasn’t defending himself from her but instead resorted to an aggressive and heavy-handed course of action right from the outset. His threatening and intimidating posture can clearly be seen as she recoils away from him in a bid to get his hand off her neck.

We ask you, if you were stood in this room and saw it happening would you allow it to go unchallenged? Would you sit by and clap as an assault takes place? Speaking personally I find the concept of people abusing each other abhorrent, the fact it’s a man assaulting a woman only makes it worse. He and the other people clapping should all be utterly ashamed of themselves for not showing even the slightest bit of concern for the lady in question.

We hope this video is handed to the police and charges raised against him for assault, he should also be sacked from his position in parliament immediately for setting an appalling example of how men should behave towards women.

We sincerely hope you share this post if you agree with it, there’s nothing more we’d like to see than his career in tatters and a criminal charge brought against him.

https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/tory-minister-grabs-woman-protesting-climate-change-by-the-throat-at-bankers-banquet/21/06/?fbclid=IwAR2NfpLpEs9z8NPgeBh7qRoJXJHI8r3oUzCr1w_Per8HfXArWa9AjToGSpM#.XQwcClQuI-U.facebook

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Get the popcorn in folks – It’s Brexit crunch week.

 

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Well here we are finally.

After nearly thirty months of strife, division and humiliation on the international stage the whole Brexit debacle is finally about to burst like an overripe pustule.

This episode, let’s not forget, has left the UK looking like a laughing stock; has revealed the very worst of our nation’s character traits and has created the biggest division in our society since the Civil War 400 + years ago – a division which may take decades to repair.

We could write a 10,000 word essay on why we got here, but we suspect most people who visit this page are very familiar with the Tories internal divisions on Europe, the 40 year liefest about the EU in the tabloid media and the desire of the hard free marketeers to turn the UK into a tax  haven sweatshop free from irritating ‘red tape’ like human rights and worker/environmental protections.

However the one thing that was absolutely crystal clear to us and many millions like us right from the start, (and reinforced massively since the vote) was that the vision peddled by those with a political or financial interest in Brexit was an utter fantasy. Even worse we could see that many many decent people were conned into voting against their own interests out of ignorance of what the consequences of leaving would really be – The mantra of ‘project fear’ is perhaps the most insidious trick played by the shadowy billionaires and foreign powers who secretly pushed and funded Brexit for their own interests, because it allows people to close their minds to the vast amount of academic research that show the Brexit will be a disaster for the country – As clever as it is deceitful, because no-one likes to deal with cognitive dissonance nor admit they were taken for mugs.

However the trouble with the good ship fantasy is that it always ends up holed and sinking on the rocks of reality – just as Brexit now is.

And this was so predictable. You can read back through the last couple of years of our posts on the matter and see we always said this point would come – the point where Brexit collapses in on itself under the weight of it’s own impossibilities and absurdities.

And this week will see that.

May’s rubbish plan looks almost certain to be voted down and when that happens keep a close eye on the Tories – expect a bloodbath. Indeed even Tom Netwon-Dunn , the Sun’s political editor was tweeting yesterday that senior Tories were saying this could see the Tories ended as an effective political party. The ERG loons won’t accept anything other than ‘no deal’ and the Remainer wing have stated they won’t accept a no deal under any circumstances. With such uncompromising positions it’s hard to see how they can remain in the same party together let alone the same government.

In addition it also looks highly likely that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is going to rule that the UK can unilaterally withdraw Article 50, after a top official informed us this week that that was where the judgement was heading (blowing away the Leaver argument that even if we changed our minds we couldn’t stop the process)

And the cherry on the shitpile is that the Supreme Court is about to rule whether the referendum result should be declared ‘null and void’ – Last week academics were giving evidence in this hearing saying research showed that he illegal spending by the Leave Campaigns in the the last few days DID swing the result for Leave so it will be fascinating to watch this one…if the court does rule that the result is ‘null and void’ then that’s it for Brexit. There is no ‘will of the people’ or result to be respected. It’s over.

Either way it’s hard to see both the current government and possibly Brexit surviving the next couple of weeks and we would say that another Referendum is an almost racing certainty now as it’s clear there is no majority in parliament for any form of Leaving so MPs will have absolutely no other option but to put it back to us.

IN the meantime, we suggest stocking up on popcorn – it’s not every lifetime that sees such monumental hubris punctured and a nearly 200 year old political party gutted by own stupidity, but given the lies, a complete lack of concern about the lives it will ruin and the eye watering incompetence on display it’s hard not to feel happy about this.

Brexit has been a national tragedy and as such it’s about time we all went ‘bollocks’ to it.

WR

 

Tory MP Johnny Mercer calls opposition MP ‘a pathetic wannabee’ for defending NHS privatisation. Did he forget about the key NHS meeting he missed to star on celebrity TV show ‘Hunted’?

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Just when you thought the limelight chasing Tory MP Johnny Mercer couldn’t get any more hypocritical, we now see him resorting to base slurs against his neighbouring Labour MP Luke Pollard for defending the privatisation of the yet another part of the NHS in the local area – (all the elective orthopaedic services carried out at Derriford hospital in Plymouth to private health provider Care UK).

Did it escape his mind that only a couple of months before he was caught neglecting his  duties as a member of the government’s Health and Social Care Committee conveniently missing the chance to cross examine the new health secretary Matt Hancock for the first time about Tory health policy? Why? Because he was too busy starring on Channel 4’s charity game show ‘Celebrity Hunted’.

Mr Mercer’s attention seeking of the media and political stardom have taken priority over his parliamentary duties, yet he still has the audacity to call another MP ‘a pathetic wannabee’ for voicing perfectly legitimate concerns on behalf of his constituents for yet another chunk of the NHS being transferred into the hands of vulture capitalists. Seems a bit rich considering he had the opportunity to attend a crucial meeting about the state of the NHS but chose instead to be on celebrity TV. If that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about how much he really cares about our National Health Service then we don’t know what does.

Perhaps Johnny should take a look at himself and the image he portrays on behalf of his own constituents. It wasn’t so long ago he pledged to stand up for disabled people and war veterans before voting to cut their social security by £30 per week. He also claimed some veterans were wrongly diagnosing themselves with PTSD after being swept up in a “culture of victim-hood”. (and all this from an ex-military Captain who should well understand the stresses military personnel undergo during and after service).

We would suggest that if a politician resorts to insulting their opposition with ad-hominem attacks rather than addressing the point they’re making they’ve already lost the argument. The only ‘pathetic wannabee’ here is Johnny Mercer for shamelessly pursuing his own personal career over doing the job the public pay him for.

WR

Britain’s public finances are now in a worse state than many developing nations (and a lot of it is to do with the privatisation of public assets)

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Read it and weep folks

A new IMF report compared the balance sheets of the world’s nations and found that Britain has one of the worst.

Britain has tumbled down the rankings significantly since the Global Financial Crash of 2008.

Whilst part of the reason the UK measures up so badly these days is thanks to the bank bailouts, and pension liabilities, the IMF identified the privatization of vast swathes of our public assets since the 1980’s as a significant contributing factor to the current atrocious state of our nation’s balance sheet.

The report didn’t mince it’s words, stating that the promises made to us when the Tories justified the sell off off assets (owned not by them, but by all of us remember) were ‘illusory’ – In other words they were big fat lies.

Funnily enough the left has been arguing for years that the privatision of public assets and services is no less than state sanctioned robbery and would be a disaster for the country.

Looks like we were right (again!)

WR

https://www.ft.com/content/3ee09db6-cbb8-11e8-b276-b9069bde0956

Conservative Education Minister Nick Gibbs fails to include private tuition fees in his spending claims.

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Oops… Conservative Minister of State for the Department for Education, Nick Gibbs has tried to defend Conservative cuts to education spending whereby a protest of a thousand head teachers took to the streets to complain about schools being pushed to the point of collapse due to austerity. He claims the UK is “third highest spender on education in the world”, however since saying this it has come to light he includes privately paid tuition fees in that figure.

You may or may not know that Nick Gibbs voted in 2010 to treble university tuition fees to £9,000 a year.

Given this disingenuous use of statistics we can almost see how he could benefit from having students pay astronomical sums of money for their education – if he was including the over-inflated price of their fees in his own spending claims. Let’s remember he’s doing this to paint the picture the Conservative’s are spending enough on education. Paul Whiteman, leader of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: “We have consistently argued that funding for schools is down by 8% in real terms. The National Audit Office agrees, the Institute of Fiscal Studies agrees, parents can see it is true, as can the electorate.”

We don’t imagine being told the UK is third biggest education spender in the world has helped one bit toward assuaging the concerns of teachers and educational bodies across the country when they already know schools are being underfunded, in some cases to the point of collapse (whereby a private firm has the opportunity to swoop in and set up a for-profit academy in it’s place). Seems coincidental that Nick Gibbs has consistently voted (11 times out of 11 so far) in favour of more academies, also he has consistently voted for ending financial support for some 16-19 year olds in training and further education.

Remind again us why we should believe this man has our public funded schools’ interests at heart whatsoever? Why don’t the Tories actually take the word of a 1000 head teachers who are seeing the first hand impact of cuts in their schools? Why not admit they are under-funding education on purpose (just like the police force, NHS and other public sector jobs) to justify privatising them as they start to fall apart? Because we all know that’s what this is really about. Not learning, not teaching… but greed.

While our public services crumble the Tories magic up £120m out of thin air for Brexit Festival

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There’s no money in the pot for nurses, teachers, firefighters or care workers… but apparently we can afford to pay £120 million for a Brexit Festival?

That is now the almost surreal situation we find ourselves in since the Tories have taken a big sharp neo-liberal axe to our public services under the guise of austerity, because ‘there’s no money left’ to pay for these things, and ‘we have to make tough decisions on behalf of the country’… (etc etc)…

When are they going to change the record and stop treating the general public like idiots? We’re all quite familiar with Theresa May’s refuting the existence of “the magic money tree” whilst explaining to nurses why they couldn’t have a pay rise. Shortly after this and following her disastrous election result Theresa simply shook the magic money tree and down fluttered £1bn to help bribe DUP MPs to help prop up her failing government. Something which sparked widespread outrage for flying in the face of the apparent need for austerity. (it was also around this time that Theresa May lied to the Queen about being able to form a government before she knew she could).

How the Conservatives can expect for the public to buy into this fresh barrage of hypocrisy should speak volumes about the level of contempt they have for the electorate. How come hospital wards and A&Es are closing, schools are facing the worst funding crisis in a decade but out of thin-air the PM conjours up £120m to help celebrate Brexit? Surely she can see the hypocrisy of doing this given the perpetual austerity we’re all experiencing (which the British Medical Journal has linked up to 120,000 deaths to over just a 3 year period (2011-2014)).

Whether you voted to leave or remain, does this seem like a good way to spend our taxes to you? Would you prefer to have a festival or would you rather see our hospitals, schools and other services taken care of first? We’d prefer the latter.

WR

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-wants-120million-festival-brexit-13335310

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/oct/01/twitter-reacts-to-mays-brexit-festival-pla

How do the Tories win elections despite their shambolic track record?

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Having been literally asked this question by a friend, it prompted us to try and supply some sort of answer to the age old question… why is the default vote setting for many people Conservative despite their terrible track record and ongoing omni-shambles in government?

Well, of course there’s more to it than the information contained in the image above, but in essence we believe this is the baseline answer. The mainstream media must make the voting public more scared of a potential Labour government – more than how angry they’ve become at the Conservative’s policies & austerity agenda. This is the fundamental driver behind how the establishment aim to control the ballots, not by winning over voters with an inspiring progressive plan for the future, but rather to control public perception by convincing the public that no matter how bad things are under the Tories, they will always be worse under Labour.

The current Labour manifesto has inspired millions of people to engage in politics for the first time, in the creeping shadow of Tory austerity there has been enough of an obvious threat for your average Joe on the street to perk their ears up and take an interest in the system that is ultimately failing them. The real question is, which message is the strongest, which appeals to everyone’s ‘inner voter’ on the day? We honestly believe for the first time in a decade that the MSM’s grip on the narrative is actually starting to slip. The weight of injustice and blatant corruption on so many tiers of the layer cake have left the public desperate for an alternative to the status-quo. The establishment know they cannot win the popular vote, so you can bet for sure the battle will be fought on the grounds of (Scare) > must be greater than > (Public anger).

(Not an ideal scenario from a voters perspective we think you’ll agree! Will I be made angry or scared today? I can’t wait to find out!)

WR

Government business Remploy sold for £2m, makes new American owner’s £7.1m in the past year

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Remploy was set up during WW2 to help provide work for sick miners and injured servicemen and women. Today it is paid tens of millions of pounds a year of tax payer’s money to help disabled people. The £2 million fire sale of the government run company was overseen by none other than Conservative Minister Esther McVey for what is now being claimed as a pittance of it’s real worth. We now hear that Remploy has earned it’s new American owners the princely sum of £7.1 million in the past year, who must be laughing all the way to the bank given the hugely undervalued price tag they paid for the business.

We often hear Tory buzz words and phrases like ‘Taking back control of our Country’. Well, excuse us for saying it – but this hardly seems like ‘taking back control’ of anything… but rather ‘selling off control for peanuts’.

A big round of applause for Esther McVey.

 

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81,000 people die within 3 years linked to Conservative austerity, cuts and sanctions

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According to the government’s own documents an unbelievable 81,140 people have died whilst being affected by cuts and sanctions. Of that number 50,580 were claiming ESA  – Employment support allowance (the benefit introduced several years ago to replace incapacity benefit) and the rest are made up of a variety of other benefits they were claiming before cuts and sanctions contributed to their deaths.

The government’s report states that no correlation can be drawn using this data, however, it wasn’t so long ago that the British Medical Journal concluded that deaths in England fell by an average of 0.77% a year from 2001 to 2010 but then rose by an average of 0.87% a year from 2011 to 2014.. accounting for approximately 120,000 extra deaths over that period.  Whether this figure is to be believed is another question, however, when the government’s own analysis highlights over 81,000 benefit claimants dying over the same period we’d be inclined to draw a line between the two reported rises in mortality rates over that period. Assuming it’s the smaller of the two figures (based on the government data rather than the BMJ) it’s still a wildly unexplained spike in deaths of claimants who were affected by cuts and sanctions brought about by austerity. Just think about that for a moment, a possible 80 thousand deaths attributed to Conservative policy. Where is a billboard sized headline about the potential impact of this on the BBC or other mainstream media outlets? Why are our leaders and politicians not bringing this catastrophe to the forefront of the debate? Now consider the other aspects of Tory austerity which have resulted in deaths. For example cuts to the fire service resulting in increased fire related deaths? Grenfell Tower? Or how about cuts to the NHS which has left some patients literally dying on trolleys in hospital corridors throughout what was described by many as the worst winter crisis in the history of the NHS? These are just a couple of examples where Tory policy has fostered a truly lethal environment for some. We imagine you can think of other instances if you put your mind to it.

And the fundamental driver behind all of this carnage? Fake austerity. The notion  somehow embedded in the minds of millions that there just isn’t enough money in the pot to take care of these issues. We all know this to be an absolute lie. Remember Theresa May conjuring up £1 billion for the DUP out of thin air? Or George Osborne letting Google off paying £2 billion in taxes? Or the top earner tax cut that since 2010 has cost the British economy £11 billion? There are countless examples where the magic money tree comes up with the goods when the Tories want it to. But when it comes to looking after sick and disabled people apparently we’re skint. The whole thing stinks.

WR

https://endpropaganda.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/81000-people-died-in-just-three-years-because-of-benefit-cuts-and-sanctions/

DWP officials pocket £44m in ‘performance’ bonuses whilst spending £35m fighting disabled benefit claimants in court.

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A fine example of how the Conservative’s prioritise their spending of public money. The Department for Work and Pensions have paid DWP officials £44 million in ‘performance’ related pay bonuses, this comes in the wake of the disastrous roll-out of their flagship welfare policy Universal Credit which over the past year has left thousands of vulnerable people with up to a desperate 6 week waiting period for payments to start coming through. The project has wasted hundreds of millions of pounds on ongoing IT problems, the architect of Universal Credit (Iain Duncan Smith) tried to hide the ongoing failures throughout it’s development. 8 years on and £2bn already spent, there are still only a small fraction of claimants who have been successfully moved onto UC. (In June 2018 this figure stood at a mere 10% of all claimaints). Despite this 240 senior DWP officials were paid a total £760,000 in bonuses and 88,300 junior staff were each paid an extra £1,750.
Furthermore the DWP have spent £35 million defending legal cases against disabled people being denied PIP (Personal Independence Payments) despite official figures that show 68% of all legal challenges by claimants are upheld by the courts anyway. Hence it doesn’t save the tax payer money for the DWP to fight these cases, it actually costs the tax payer more for the DWP to basically make these claimants lives a misery under the guise of austerity. The whole thing is a pointless and expensive exercise in persecuting the sick, something which the Conservatives are well known for.

Does this seem like a good use of your taxes to you? Are you happy to see it spent on rewarding failures like Universal Credit & for punishing disabled people? If so then you should vote Tory.

https://welfareweekly.com/dwp-officials-pocket-44-million-in-performance-bonuses-despite-universal-credit-debacle/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/15/universal-credit-colossal-catastrophe-national-audit-office