Confirmed: it’s #Leonard v #Sarwar for Scottish Labour


leonard sarwarConflicting rumours have been circulating today about the Scottish Labour leadership. The BBC and others have been reporting that Richard Leonard and Anas Sarwar ’emerged as favourites’, but neither man has formally confirmed that they would stand.

There have also been rumours that no one would stand against Sarwar, giving the ‘centrist’ a walk-over in a win that would set Labour back enormously in Scotland.

A very highly-placed Labour source has told the SKWAWKBOX that there will definitely be no walk-over – and that Scottish Labour’s economy spokesman Richard Leonard will stand.

As no other candidates appear to be interested, it’s therefore set to be a straight fight between a centrist with a voting record that will incense left-wingers – and MSP Leonard, who defied and incensed ex-leader Kezia Dugdale last year by making a statement in support of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party.

Formal announcements are expected…

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£10 an Hour NLW is it Affordable to Businesses

I see this subject doing the rounds again in mainstream media and have had a few on social media challenging whether it is affordable, workable and deliverable, In my mind it is so more on that below.

The first impression I have often got is that business owners see the switch from a single digit National Living Wage i.e £7.50 to a double digit one i.e £10.00 and automatically come to the opinion it is unaffordable and the scaremongering ensues with the comments as to why it is unaffordable.

So lets take a look at that figure of £10 and break it down, if you should be lucky enough doing 39 hours a week over 52 weeks it works out at a yearly sum of £20,280 some may work it out differently but here we will keep it simple but regardless that is the yearly sum give or take a few quid.

That £20,280 a year Gross now does not look so great now given the cost of living and amounts to £1,690 monthly gross, take off income tax and NI and its £1,422.51







If you have other deductions besides Tax and NI you can calculate it here:

I am sure most will agree that when you take into account living costs and housing £1,422.51 is no great sum given the cost of mortgages let alone anything else and with energy companies and other corporates wanting ever more from us this £10 an hour NLW is much needed and shows just how £7.50 is unaffordable to the workforce and why poverty is becoming rampant, it is my opinion which I hope others share that if you are working at least 39 hours a week you bloody well deserve to be looked after and paid enough to meet expenses.

£10 an Hour is not unafforable to employers and if they cannot afford it they need to seriously look at there business models as its not working and remember that £10 an hour helps them as it will generate spending which in-turn creates demand and an increase in profit and employment levels this is basic ecomonics, it also creates happy and healthy employees which reduces demand on public services.

Finally it is my opinion that a £10 an hour NLW cannot wait until 2020 and needs to happen now and certainly at the begining of a new government for the reasons above.



#McDonaldsStrike: “They’re not lovin’ it, but we’re human beings”


As the Huffington Post and other outlets have publicised, staff at two McDonalds stores – in Crayford in East London and in Cambridge – have voted by over 95% in favour of strike action in their fight for fair treatment by the fast-food giant:

hodson hp.jpgThe strike action is scheduled for 4 September with a rally outside McDonald’s HQ in East Finchley on 2 September. Full details of both are below.

The case of the McDonald’s workers should be an eye-opener for many. Fast-food workers get a rough deal in more ways than one – low wages, insecure hours and a lack of sympathy engendered by the popular impression of them as low-skilled people doing the only job they can get: who hasn’t heard of teachers telling their pupils ‘If you don’t work hard, you’ll end up flipping burgers in McDonalds’?

But the reality is a long way from the cliché…

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Conservative MP peeved off because he got a parking fine.

Yes you read that headline right and yes I nearly chocked on my coffee!

Funny how they only take notice when it affects them but the point is, this arbitrary practise has been going on now for years but only now does he feel it worthy of doing something about it.

This MP is one Will Quince he got a fine or how he puts it an invoice for overstaying for 10 minutes in a car park on private land and got caught by the ANPR camera’s


Now I am all for something to be done about this, even if it does come a few years late but he also needs to see the bigger picture, for instance the picture where our NHS employees lost a case for the same thing parking on private land and ended up with a bill of £13m between them and I for one would rather see our public employees doing  a vital job being protected by these parking sharks.

This was widely reported in the press a couple of months ago, but I did not see any MP speaking out against it or taking any action, why is that Will Quince? do you think it is a bigger problem than your solitary £54 fine?

Finally I hope as will many who read my blog will feel that your £54 fine will be a lesson learnt and more importantly force you into action and table an EDM the moment parliament reconvenes in September as I strongly think our Doctors, Nurses and all the other NHS employees feel more grieved than you and deserve justice too and should indeed have a free pass to park whilst doing important work and not have to worry if they have overstayed.

The balls in your court.





When will it end?

Many Citizens go on about immigrants coming here taking the nations wealth and saying our own must come first but here is the thing, those same people could not give a shit about our own either as many long term ill and disabled many with some of the most deliberating conditions have been fighting a silent battle for the past 7 years with help from only the minority which is not enough.

There is now an abundance of evidence and reports across social media that makes it clear that what the Govt is doing is grossly wrong and a stain on the populace and is about to get a lot worse.

What does it take for the populace to unite? and fight this grave injustice on those who have done nothing wrong, but are made to live in poverty for the crime of becoming ill and/or disabled?

Does the populace of the United Kingdom really not care because I find that hard to believe ?



Disabled claimants told: 2 yrs to get job or be sanctioned for a year


dwpp2The government is pressing ahead with the roll-out of its Universal Credit (UC) replacement to the benefits system in spite of huge delays and problems – and continuing problems so ingrained that foodbank use has increased sharply in every area where is has been implemented.

UC contains a draconian set of provisions, including a ‘Claimant Commitment’ (CC) – a set of imposed requirements to which the claimant has no right of appeal whatever. As the government’s guidance on CCs states:

There is no right of appeal if a claimant refuses to accept their Claimant Commitment and the requirements that have been set out in it.

A JCP adviser – who might be incompetent, inexperienced, bitter, have a personality clash with the claimant or just simply be having a bad day – is the final arbiter of whether a CC is reasonable and achievable, and even a patently bad decision…

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Video: don’t watch if you’re afraid of having your life changed (so pls do watch/share)


A friend of mine pointed me to a video and said it had reduced him to tears. I watched it and it reduced me to tears.

If you’re afraid of being reduced to tears, don’t watch this.

If you’re afraid of being confronted with painful truth, don’t watch it.

If you’re afraid of having your life changed and being motivated to do, live, think differently, definitely don’t watch it.

But if you want to see what’s really going on, what really needs changing – why millions of people are suddenly inspired with dangerous hope of change by the rise of Jeremy Corbyn and Labour because things need changing – then you must watch it.

In this short video, journalist Jack Monroe tells her own story of live under austerity – a story that formed a key part of the research for the harrowing film I, Daniel Blake.

It’s vital…

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