Op-ed: OK let's cut to the chase.
Thursday the Hull Daily Mail went with "'They've messed it up' - anger after Hull rail electrification is cancelled" as the Tory government pulled the plug.
Yes government Northern Powerhouse spin is just that - spin. The truth is more like the Northern Poorhouse some have used as a satirical poke at the Tories.
But Friday news that Buckingham Palace is about to get a tax-payer funded refurbishment even made right-wing celebrities like Piers Morgan respond angrily.
Morgan tweeted "On Children In Need day, the Royals get handed £369m of taxpayer money to refurbish Buckingham Palace. Is this a ****ing joke?"
Yes it is. It is a sick joke.
Unelected Prime Minister Theresa May appears to be going for broke committing to all that SHE holds dear while she is in office.
She is tying the hands of future governments and doing so with intent.
She met with Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and others in Berlin this week. Yes world leaders once again fail to live up to their words about the necessary changes needed to address climate change.
It seems only we the people will take up the slack.
World leaders, their entourages and mainstream media representatives have huge carbon bootprints and make a mockery of us all.
But Ms May committing to a 10-year refurbishment of Buckingham Palace at a cost of £369m could be the straw that broke the camel's back.
The work will begin in April; April Fool's day would be appropriate.
The Queen will stay in residence apparently, phased works with workers pussyfooting round the family maybe, but hey she and the rest of the gang have enough other residences to use if they fancy a change.
The work will be undertaken room by room surely extending the time frame for the work and upping the costs?
Some of the work such as improving heating, pipework and electricity will reportedly be the first for 60 years.
Presumably the Royals thought it was best to wait until the country was truly cash strapped, people were experiencing financial pain, the country faced an uncertian future and there was an unelected Prime Minister before any work commenced?
Homeowners know that home repairs need to be nipped in the bud. Procrastination costs much more money in the long run.
Still unlike we the people of the UK the wealthy Royal Family do not have to foot the bill - we do!
Friday is Children in Need. A host of celebrities will take over BBC TV airtime in order to raise money to help children in need at home and abroad.
Next week Chancellor Philip Hammond will unveil his first budget. Watch out for the fine detail and more financial pain hidden or masked by smoke and mirrors.
As for the Queen and her handout from her people let me know what you think in the comments below.
We the people have not been consulted on this huge spend. We did not elect the current government.
Parliament will now vote on the proposals.
The number of homeless people in the UK continues to rise and affordable homes are few and far between. Add to that the devastating Bedroom Tax which reduces the Housing Benefit of claimants who dare to have at least one spare bedroom and if you are not angry WHY?
We are expected to fund the refurb of a Royal Palace indirectly or directly?
Come on Mrs May you have to be taking the proverbial.
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The decision to undertake the building works was made after an independent report found that without urgent work there is a "serious risk of fire and water damage".
That means the Treasury will have less money to play around with.
It also means the refurnishment is likely to be ready for the next in line to the throne when he or she takes over.
With many people wanting a referendum on the future of the British Monarchy post Queen Elizabeth II there could be many reasons for this huge spend.
Op-Ed: As some workers of the world unite this May Day Tory Britain sinks further back into Dickensian times.
If you are unlucky enough to become unemployed in the UK you face a tough time.
You may have paid National Insurance contributions and tax for years but that will not count for diddly squat.
April 22 The Courier reported on a man simply referred to as 'Paul' who is enduring a three-year benefit sanction courtesy of the DWP and the new government rules and regulations.
The conclusion is they would like him to starve to death and disappear from their statistics.
If not how is he supposed to survive for three years?
Paul has already endured benefit sanctions for 16 months and has survived on food supplies from foodbanks.
Little wonder that Dodgy Dave the PM of the UK is so keen on Foodbanks.
Why Paul is in this tricky position is not clear though the Courier reports "Paul was dealt the three-year sanction after failing to adhere to the benefit requirements put in place after welfare reforms. He became unstuck after losing his job at the Hilton hotel when it was demolished to make way for the V&A. Paul was sanctioned in the first instance after his job centre advisor felt he had not completed his log book correctly."
Newly jobless individuals face a tough task meeting the strict rules to be awarded benefits that they in most cases have paid for and some.
When we all started paying into the system we did so under the illusion that there was a social security safety net in place in the UK.
In many cases that safety net has been removed.
Paid for Social Security has been rebranded Welfare to make it sound like a handout.
Even paid for pensions are classed as a hand out by many.
And all of this has been done by overpaid Tory MPs, including those accused of benefit fraud, links to off shore tax havens, and oodles of cash from secondary roles.
These same privileged MPs voted to cut a £30 a week support payment for some people with disabilities and to prevent child refugees stuck in a vulnerable situation in camps across Europe access to the UK.
If it was true Dickensian times I would call them a cads and scoundrels as it is not I have other choice words on hand.
Aggressive? Punching staff in the face is aggressive complaining about a time delay is surely a right?
He may have become angry or even sworn that I do not know but how would you have reacted confronted with the DWP song and dance show?
Paul was referred to a foodbank and admits to feeling embarrassed - “I was scared of people talking about me, if they had seen me at the foodbank. “But once I got there, and I got to meet the staff, I realised that people using the service had come from the same sort of background – if not worse.
“The Trussell Trust is a great place for people to come if they need help.”
Paul thought he would only be out of work briefly but as often happens he has found it difficult to find work.
Did the DWP Dundee that applied the benefit sanction also refer Paul to the Foodbank I wonder?
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