First up, high-profile UKIP activist Alexandra Swann, whose speech to their 2012 Spring conference was introduced by Nigel Farage. Supplementing her own crap with re-tweets calling Mandela a “terrorist”, Scrapbook supposes she would be happier in the 1980s Federation of Conservative Students wearing a “Hang Nelson Mandela” T-shirt:
This is how she reacted to Barack Obama’s tribute:
Meanwhile Rod Liddle looks to kills two birds with one stone:
“But for Christ’s sake BBC, give it a bloody break for five minutes, will you? It’s as if the poor bugger now has to bear your entire self-flagellating white post-colonial bien pensant guilt; look! Famous nice black man dies! Let’s re-run the entire history of South Africa. That’s better than watching the country we’re in being flattened by a storm.”
Doubtless we’ll have cause to update this post again tomorrow.
Nelson Mandela’s words on the 90th birthday of his ANC colleague Walter Sisulu:
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
Yesterday Scrapbook published figures which show that government funding for the Quilliam Foundation — the anti-extremism body linked to former EDL leader Tommy Robinson — has now fallen off a cliff. But they nevertheless received some £186,000 from the Home Office after April 2010.
So why did Quilliam chairman Maajid Nawaz claim on Twitter last month that their government funding “ceased back in 2010″ — while complaining that similar organisations still received support?
Something to bear in mind next time they put in a bid.
While Treasury ministers have seemed loathe to disclose details in parliament, Scrapbook can reveal that George Osborne finally visited a food bank on 25 October — just eight months after David Cameron and ten months after he was invited to do so by the chief executive of the UK’s largest food bank network.
During his visit to Bethel Food Bank, which helps to distribute up to one tonne of food aid each month, Osborne actually spoke to a user of the service — in marked contrast with David Cameron, who refused to meet any struggling families. If this was an attempt to the neutralise the issue he has failed, however, with a petition on UK hunger from ‘poverty cooking’ write Jack Monroe poised to cross the threshold for online petitions to be debated in parliament.
Trussell Trust boss Chris Mould told Scrapbook:
“We are pleased that George Osborne dropped in to his local foodbank. We encourage all our foodbanks to engage their constituency MPs because foodbanks are a vital part of civil society. It is very important that MPs understand how foodbanks work, and that they meet the people foodbanks help.”
It only took him 308 days.
Anti-extremism group The Quilliam Foundation has denied suggestions it was threatened with closure before making the high stakes gamble of jumping into bed with convicted thug and fraudster Tommy Robinson. Speaking to Scrapbook, a spokesman for the organisation also refuted claims its financial circumstances had forced it to explore the possibility of a merger with other organisations.
While the issue of Quilliam’s “challenging financial situation” was raised as a possible motive for engaging with Robinson — and expanding their anti-extremism franchise to the far-right — figures from the Home Office released this week expose the precipitous collapse in public funding for the group:
Indeed, the Foundation told Scrapbook that they now receive no public money, despite a statement on its website that it “is funded by both private and public funds”.
The confusion about money is at least consistent. They told the Guardian that their annual report — containing key financial info — had “gone missing”.
Having dropped the tedious “Mrs Bone” shtick, Tory MP Peter Bone is looking to redeem himself with this preamble to a question at PMQs, where Nick Clegg is deputising:
“Mr Speaker, hasn’t the acting prime minister been outstanding today? I think if you were listening at the dispatch box you would have thought it was the honourable member for Witney [David Cameron] at the despatch box.”
“I think he is turning into a Tory.”
Shouldn’t that be “turning back into a Tory”? He was a member at university.
A Tory-run council is withholding help from victims of the Bedroom Tax — to punish them for the ‘luxury’ of smoking. The decision means that a disabled child who has medical equipment stored in a ‘spare room’ could be forced to move home simply because one of their parents smokes.
Callous North Lincolnshire Council can afford to provide to assistance to people in exceptional circumstances – having spent just 10% of its £238,000 budget for helping people — but chooses not to with a deliberate policy that bans anyone who smokes from receiving so-called Discretionary Housing Payments.
Councillor Robert Waltham explained why council staff were asking tenants who apply for help whether they smoked:
“We all make life choices, whether we go to work, or we can or can’t go to work … ”What we ask them to do is to reprioritise their spending.”
Meanwhile his colleague Councillor Liz Redfern claimed that exempting any smokers from the tax would be mean funding their “life choice”:
“many North Lincolnshire residents who work full time don’t have these luxuries and quite rightly they believe it is wrong to expect taxpayers to fund these life choices.”
What’s more, both of these councillors sit on the board for housing association North Lincolnshire Homes.
Good to see they have such utter contempt for vulnerable tenants.
The members of Thameside Council aren’t “snoring boring” – a message from the local authority’s official Twitter account could suggest they’re much worse than that:
We’ve checked and there is definitely no “Cllr B. Ends”. Could the message be an erroneous DM?
UPDATE: But there is a “Councillor Bell”. They are live tweeting a councillor meeting.