Universal Jobmatch: Jobseeker Directions being issued.

In its most recent update on the DWP’s heavily criticised Universal Jobmatch service, the Public and Commercial Services Union revealed that, under current regulations, Jobcentre Plus cannot force job seekers to sign up to this service by issuing a Jobseeker Direction: Jobseeker Directions and Mandatory Use of UJ […]

WWE lays the Smackdown on Glenn Beck

I know that American professional wrestling, or sports entertainment as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) prefer to call these days, is not everyone’s cup of tea but bear with me on this post,  the video that you’ll see at the end is well worth watching. There is a bit […]

Satire. b. 2nd Millennium BC, d. 20 February 2013

An anonymous Twitter account called @toryeducation is regularly used to attack critical stories about both Gove and his department. It is often abreast of imminent Tory policies, suggesting it is coming from close to the centre of government. However, it is also used to rubbish journalists and Labour […]

Nadine Dorries: The Dog ate my Travel Expenses

Nadine Dorries has responded to Friday’s news that IPSA is to investigate her expenses with a fairly lengthy – and rambling – post at her own not-really-a-blog and true to her usual form her comments merely serve to demonstrate that she and the real world are, at best, […]

Nadine Dorries, IPSA and the ‘£900 per night’ London Flat

By now you should have seen the news that Nadine Dorries, the MP for Mid-Bedfordshire, is under investigation by IPSA, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, over expenses claims “that should not have been allowed“. Exactly what these expenses claims are has yet to be made clear. IPSA has […]

Eastleigh Tory Candidate more extreme than Dorries?

There is a suggestion doing the rounds that Maria Hutchings, the Tory candidate in the Eastleigh by-election, holds even more extreme views on abortion than Nadine Dorries: The Conservatives’ candidate in the Eastleigh by-election has even more extreme views on abortion than Nadine Dorries, it has emerged. Maria […]

Thoughts on the This Morning Abortion Debate

It feels a little odd to be writing about a segment on ITV’s This Morning – not a programme I’d usually look in on – but as the segment pitted Kate Smurthwaite against Nadine Dorries in a ‘debate’ on the upper limit for elective abortion I felt that, […]

Push-polling and same-sex marriage

Desperation has clearly set in at the offices of the Amalgamated Union of Bigots, Godbotherers and Allied Dinosaurs, AKA the Coalition for Marriage, which has commissioned no less than seven separate opinion polls for publication this week in the hope of wrapping the issue of same-sex marriage in […]

CRB Checks and Human Rights

A few days ago, the Court of Appeal finally handed down a ruling which confirms what many of us knew even before the current system of Criminal Records Bureau checks was introduced, that the system as created by New Labour was excessive, disproportionate and flagrantly in breach of […]

Teenage Pregnancy, STI Infections and Emergency Contraception

It’s been about six weeks since I last slapped Dr Peter Saunders around – metaphorically speaking, of course – but as he’s decided to give me an early Christmas present with a typically misconceived article on teenage pregnancy, STIs and emergency contraception who am I to decline an […]