The Tories’ back-of-a-fag-packet proposals to force addicts in receipt of benefits to accept treatment are unfunded — despite potentially costing millions to implement, Scrapbook can reveal. According to the DWP’s own figures, nearly 90,000 people receive disability benefits where their drug or alcohol problem is their “primary disabling condition”. The department admits this is likely to be an underestimate. But when asked by Scrapbook […]
The Green’s 2010 manifesto: “Gradually increase alcohol and tobacco taxes by about 50% to match anticipated increases in expenditures on the NHS, raising £1.4bn in 2010 rising to £5.6bn by 2013. An Early Day Motion signed this month by their only MP: “That this House welcomes the ending of the beer duty escalator and the […]
Is the pressure of simultaneously standing for president and hating gays getting to Rick Santorum? The former senator and was pictured on the campaign trail drinking stout at 11:30am Wisconsin time yesterday. While sampling the local tipple is de rigeur for political campaigns, one wonders whether before-noon drinking is on message for a social conservative?
A number of people will be coming forward to deny one of the claims that helped secure George Galloway his by-election victory, Scrapbook understands. In a letter distributed by activists outside mosques in Bradford quotes red-cheeked George Galloway as claiming to be a lifetime teetotaller: “I, George Galloway, do not drink alcohol and never have.” Strangely, this doesn’t […]
The Scrapbook team loves a good pub. Indeed we can regularly be seen setting the world to rights over a pint or ten of heavy. Therefore the demise of the British pub is a matter of some concern to us here at Scrapbook, and it would seem we’re not the only ones. Politicians have been […]