Pulling at the unravelling threads…

On Monday 9 January 2012, I blogged this: http://department-for-making-hope-possible.posterous.com/careful-what-you-wis… about the sense I have that this Govt is starting to unravel.

One of the immediate and obvious examples of this was the 11 January defeats in the Lords on the Welfare Bill. (The Govt’s shameless disregard for the electorate was demonstrated by the actions of Lord Freud after those defeats, but hey, that’s another story.)

Anyway, I thought I’d start a recurring blog thread here of the signs of unravelment. If you spot some effective direct action, a U-Turn, a retraction, a retreat, or better yet, evidence they (the Government or their henchmen) are crawling back to the hole they came from, send me a link and I’ll add it here, to keep our hopes up. 😊

Anyhow, here’s another super example to help you keep your chin up in these difficult times….

If you look down you’ll see the 17 Feb beginnings of the unravelling of Workfare. Today, 23 Feb the process of unravelling goes a bit further. There were inklings a couple of days ago when The Guardian ran this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/feb/21/emma-harrison-a4e-nice-work?IN… about Emma Harrison, the Government’s so-called ‘families champion’ (which was, in itself a follow up of an earlier Daily Mail piece), calling into question the alleged exploitative methods of her firm, A4e.

Now – quite rightly – she is stepping aside.

23 February: A4e head Emma Harrison steps down: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/feb/23/a4e-emma-harrison-steps-down-f… I would like to see more and more scrutiny directed towards these firms who are taking our (taxpayers’) money, and…Erm…failing to find any jobs for people. Because the jobs aren’t there. Although they might be, if we had a stimulus programme, instead of a “make our mates rich” programme.

Oh I do love this latest example. Consumer agitation does work. If we say what’s unacceptable to us, businesses don’t want the bad press. They’re cynical, exploitative and out for what they can get, but if they have to demonstrate a little common decency to secure our business, they’ll stretch to that. Ha!

17 Feb: Tesco asks Government to change flagship jobless scheme: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/feb/18/tesco-jobless-scheme-work-expe…

3 February: NUS save ‘Care to Learn’: http://www.jobsgopublic.com/jobs/service-manager-integrated-early-interventio…

29 January: Andrew Lansley forced into major climbdown over health reforms: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/jan/28/andrew-lansley-nhs-health-refo…

This is, in my view, genuinely a sign that the Govt is unravelling on the issue of NHS, but it’s wise to be cautious. It is by no means a ‘victory’. Important provisions in the bill (those most closely related to paving the way for privatisation) are untouched so far. This should remain a focus for campaigning. It is also very revealing as to the Government’s main motivations. Lansley should be called out on this point.

25 January: Why Iain Duncan Smith is heading for a date with disaster: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9038568/Why-Iain-Duncan-Smith-is-hea…

25 January: Huge Defeat for Govt on Welfare Reform Bill amendment: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/jan/25/welfare-bill-defeated-lords?ne…

23 January: Government Defeat in the House of Lords on Welfare Reform Bill: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/parliament/house-of-lords/def…

17 January: Gove halts the forced academy conversion and orders an inspection: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/jan/17/michael-gove-inspection-schoo…

14 January: Nick Clegg unites with Lords in battle to alter benefit cuts: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jan/14/nick-clegg-lords-benefit-cuts?C…

14 January:PIP Breast Implants: Women March on Private Clinics http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16561913

13 January: Middle class parents could keep their child benefit after all: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/middleclass-parents-could-keep-…

11 January: Govt suffers defeats in Lords over Welfare cuts: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-16515414

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