Brexit :: Taking back control?

So we have voted for Brexit – and one set of politcal elite are claiming the UK can now #TakeBackControl from another political elite.

So who are this new political elite? Nigel Farage (Dulwich and the City), Boris Johnson (Eton and Balliol), Michael Gove (Oxford and The Times), Ian Duncan Smith (Sandhurst and the Scots Guards), John Whittingdale (Winchester and Polticial Secretary to Margaret Thatcher), Chris Grayling (Cambridge and the BBC) etc etc…[HT to @RevRichardColes]. And there are others at the centre of the Vote Leave Brexit clan.

The vote allows Iain Duncan to #TakeBackControl – remember he’s the one that decimated the safety net of #SocialSecurity by attacking the poor, the vulnerable, the caring, the infirm, the long-term sick and the terminally ill by introducing #BedroomTax, #PIP, cuts to disability payments, freezes to Local Housing Allowances and much much more.

The vote allows Chris Grayling to #TakeBackControl – remember he’s the one responsible for the cuts to #LegalAid and the huge increase in charges for Employment Tribunals which means it’s harder for workers to defend their rights against unscrupulous employers. Oh, and he’s the one that wanted the UK to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights [the ECHR hasnothing to do with the EU] and scrap the Human Rights Act [passed in UK Parliament in 1998 to incorporates the rights set out in the ECHR into domestic British law].


The vote allows Michael Gove to #TakeBackControl – remember was Education Secretary he used to look after schools and education. He introduced the controversial #FreeSchool policy – whereby schools could be delivered free of Govt control, and allowing schools to be founded in areas where there was no demand for school places. So rather than the EU and free movement of workers being responsible for overcrowding in schools, it’s Gove’s policies of removing education from local government oversight. Oh and he’s now Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice and he plans to continue the work of Grayling.

The vote allows John Whittingdale to #TakeBackControl – he’s the Secretary of State for Culture , Media and Sport who to change the way the BBC is governed and privatise Channel 4. He wants to oversee the abolition of Public Sector Broadcasting in the UK – currently the envy of the world.

The vote allows Liam Fox to #TakeBackControl – the former Shadow Health Secretary who called for the end to ring-fencing of the NHS budget. And as Defence Secretary in David Cameron’s first Cabinet cut our armed forces.

The vote allows Andrea Leadsom to #TakeBackControl – she’s the one that questioned who may have had doubts about climate change before she was made Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change in May 2015. In the past she has written to the Prime Minister calling for cuts to wind farm subsidies, and she criticised the pre-coalition Labour government for signing up to an EU target that called for 15 per cent of the UK’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2015. She is *persuaded* that hydraulic fracturing [fracking] is safe?

The vote allows Priti Patel to #TakeBackControl – as Minister of State for Employment she told the Institute of Directors in May 2016 that that leaving the EU would be an opportunity to cut EU social and employment protections. In particular, she gave the specific example of exempting self-employed truck drivers from Working Time Directive rights, which means they would be free to drive until they fell asleep at the wheel – not only bad for their health and safety, but for everyone else on the road.

The vote allows Theresa Villiers to #TakeBackControl – she’s the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who refused to answer questions in the House of Commons about the impact of a #Brexit vote as opposition members stressed the importance of the EU to the Northern Ireland economy. We already know that border controls would be introduced between North and South, and today there have been renewed calls for a united Ireland.

The vote allows Boris Johnson to #TakeBackControl – you know him, the intelligent *buffoon* who will only do what’s best for BoJo.

The vote allows Nigel Farage to #TakeBackControl – he’s the one who earlier today claimed victory ‘without a single shot being fired”. Really, Nigel!

Rant over

Stop the FOBTs | Number 10 blocks much-needed review on FOBTs


29 November 2015

Number 10 blocks much-needed review on FOBTs

News emerged this month that David Cameron had blocked a review of addictive fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

The story broke in the Times (£) – and made reference to fellow Tory Boris Johnson and his public concerns around the £100 a spin machines. It revealed that the The Department for Culture, Media and Sport had proposed a review of the machines, which made £1.6bn for thebookies in the year to September 2014, a £45m rise on the previous 12 months.

However, the proposal was blocked by the Cabinet Office, in a move that Tory MPs say was sanctioned by Number 10.

Charles Walker, vice-chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench MPs, said the decision flew in the face of mounting concerns among fellow Conservatives. “There are a growing number of colleagues on our benches who are concerned about FOBTs,” Walker said.

“I would have very much welcomed a review. I don’t like the idea of them, I don’t like the way they operate and I don’t like the way that the betting industry tries to defend them.

“We all know what they are — they are a way of extracting vast sums of money from people who can mostly ill- afford to lose it.”

The story also made headlines in Totally Gaming, BBC Kent and the Christian Institute.