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Pride's Purge

The Daily Mail is valiantly trying to spin Theresa May’s disastrous half u-turn on Tory manifesto plans to take homes off pensioners suffering from dementia.

But uncharacteristically, the Mail has had to close comments on its latest pro-Tory article, after it was inundated with furious criticism from their own irate elderly readers:

Fortunately for us, the ever excellent @DMReporter on Twitter has managed to screenshot a few of the highest-rated comments before they were closed down:

I smell something …

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The SKWAWKBOX

tories robbing widowsThe Tories plan to rob surviving spouses and their families (image by @ukdemockery

In spite of the uproar – and the migration of elderly voters to Labour – caused by the Tories’ plans to make older people pay even for care at home out of the value of their house, the Tories have attempted to make the plan out to be ‘fair’ and have focused on the ‘cap’ on care costs – and the claim that people won’t be forced to sell their homes to pay for care.

But this is deeply misleading. It’s not really a ‘cap’, as the contribution to costs has no upper limit, so someone with a house in an expensive area will easily pay hundreds of thousands of pounds before reaching the last £100,000 of the value of their estate. Just a single day per week of home-based care costs – at the moment –…

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The SKWAWKBOX

According to The Fawcett Society,as many as eight millionwomen are not certain whether they’ll vote in the upcoming General Election. EIGHT million.

fawcett.pngLet’s put that into context – in 2015 the total number of people who voted in the General Election was thirty million. Another two million Labour votes would easily have resulted in a Labour government and avoided the damage and anguish of the last two years.

Ladies, Theresa May has foolishly gifted you an early chance to kick her out. If she gets back in, she wants to take food out of the mouths of our children, hammer our elderly relatives and – as she has refused to deny – put up VAT, hitting the poorest hardest.

Again.

The power on 8 June is in your hands. If you all vote the way polls tell us you want to, Jeremy Corbyn will be Prime…

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Pride's Purge

A former active member of the IRA is now an active member of the Tory Party despite admitting she once celebrated the deaths of British soldiers and even civilians killed in terrorist acts:

Maria Gatland – once known as Maria McGuire – is now a Conservative Party councillor in Croydon after being reelected in 2014.

Ms Gatland was briefly suspended by the Tories in 2008 once her past was revealed but after an “internal investigation” she was then openly readmitted into the party.

Unsurprisingly, there is no mention of the fact she was an active IRA member on the Croydon Conservatives webpage:

I need hardly point out how this fact highlights the extreme hypocrisy on show by both the Tory Party and the UK press during this election.

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The SKWAWKBOX

tory frankenstein.pngTory manifesto on social care – a Frankenstein’s monster of bolted-together bad policies

As Jeremy Corbyn’s informal social media feed revealed today, Britain’s biggest pensioners’ organisation, the NPC (National Pensioners Convention) has called the Tory manifesto (or ‘my manifesto’, as Theresa May kept calling it) a “Frankenstein’s monster” of bolted-together bad policies that will damage pensioners and place an unfair burden on their families:

The NPC’s General Secretary was damning in her assessment:

The Conservative’s manifesto pledge on social care offers the worst of all possible worlds for millions of older people and their families.

You can read her full press statement here.

However, the SKWAWKBOX wanted to dig into the details of the matter for its readers and spoke at…

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No Time to Think

Pounds

FOUR filthy-rich tax exiles and hedge fund managers are part of a shadowy cabal of multi-millionaire donors to the Conservative Party.

Their millions are the life blood behind the Tories and directs their fiscal policy to protect the super-rich at the expense of the rest of us.

And their millions are behind Mrs May’s snap General Election campaign.

In the 10 years to November 2016, the Tory Party received a staggering £247,426,722 in personal donations from some of the richest people in the world.

Top of these was a single donation of £2,990,582 in November 2001 from tax exile Lord Irvine Laidlaw.

Hedge fund manager Sir Michael Hintze was a short way behind with a donation of £1,503,500 in March 2014 and fellow hedge fund manager Sir Stanley Fink gave £1,080,500 in February 2009.

But they were all outdone by another tax exile David Rowland whose four single donations in…

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Recent reports by The Trussell Trust and the all-party parliamentary group on hunger revealed that an unprecedented number of schoolchildren will experience hunger during their summer holidays, says PAUL DONOVAN

Source: The scandal of the three million starving children