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Know your enemy: Andrew Griffiths.

Andrew Griffiths M.P.

The futility of parliamentary democracy as a remedy for even the most blatant injustice was demonstrated once again last Friday, when your elected representatives were prevented from voting on an issue that had cross-party support .

Instead of employing enough Workers and paying them for their time, shite companies such as cut-price crap merchants B&M have been covering staff shortages by dishonestly offering unpaid trial shifts to vulnerable people, such as those with learning disabilities. The jobs don’t actually exist and when the rush is over these folk are simply discarded without a penny to show for their efforts.

A private member’s bill to ban this practice was talked out of time by this wanker, the government’s business minister Andrew Griffiths M.P. Even the sainted Jeremy can do nothing to prevent the use of the filibuster technique, regularly used by bent politicians to stave off any threat to their corporate sponsors.

B&M recently conned a 25 year-old man with Asperger’s into working three days for nothing, then ditched him an hour before his shift was due to start.

How long does it take to assess a person’s suitability to work in a shop? Cafes are asking for a 40 hour week for free before they will take you on and frequently slip in a busy unpaid shift even after they’ve decided to hire you.

According to 38 degrees:

  • Over 144,000 of us signed the petition to stop businesses forcing people to work for free
  • Almost 30,000 of us emailed our MP to explain why unpaid trial shifts were unfair
  • Over 2,000 of us tweeted our MP the day before the vote

And it did fuck all. We need to shut these bastards down by direct action, politicians aren’t going to do it for us.

– Jo Gonmush

From our archives:

You can still be evicted for reporting a leaking roof – and politicians are still taking the piss.

Red And Black Telly: “NEW YEARS HONOURS LIST” – AN ANARCHIST RESPONSE.

New Year honours scrapes bottom of barrel.

‘Chopper’ Chope

If you’ve got a knighthood you’re probably a cunt anyway, but Ringo Starr might be embarrassed to know he’s about to keep company with this despicable piece of shit. I was well up for doing a hatchet job on ‘Chopper’ Chope, but his Wikipedia entry is indictment enough, Chope has whiled away his career as a paid advocate for every conceivable form of venality and exploitation.

I’d tell her maj to shove it if I were you.

From our archives:
You can still be evicted for reporting a leaking roof – and politicians are still taking the piss.

– Jo Gonmush

Christopher Chope

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You can still be evicted for reporting a leaking roof – and politicians are still taking the piss.

Tory MP Chope

Taking the piss, Davies L and Chope R

With another meaningless election looming, if anyone needs reminding what a pile of horseshit representative democracy is, consider the parliamentary proceedings of the 28th November when the Tenancies (Reform) Bill was subject to a filibuster* by Christopher Chope and Philip Davies to prevent it being voted on. Like a grotesque parody of BBC Radio’s ‘Just a minute’ game these two arseholes talked rubbish for hours deliberately running the bill out of time.

The Private members bill by Sarah Teather, the member for Brent, was intentionally narrow in scope, limited to preventing retaliatory evictions – Teather cited a tenant who was thrown out of her flat for reporting a collapsed ceiling and leaking drains.

Private members are M.P.s who are not ministers, and P.M.B.s are just about the only mechanism by which someone as far down the Westminster pecking order as the member for Brent could do anything their constituents might actually want. But not being on the government’s legislative agenda, these bills have no time allocated to them. 7 Fridays per year are dedicated to P.M.B.s chosen from a list by ballot, and the debate must be concluded by 2.30pm to reach a vote.

See how far removed the people are from the levers of power in a parliamentary system. Sarah Teather is a member of one of the governing parties, and had the tacit support of the minister for a proposal no one in their right mind could object to, yet the faceless bent landlords’ lobby can rent a couple of unscrupulous stooges to sink the whole thing. During her presentation Ms Teather gushed over how privileged she felt to have had her bill come up in the ballot at all. So even if an ‘honourable member’ appears on the face of it to mean well, they are on a hiding to nothing when the needs of real people conflict with the vested interests that run the show.

All 60 (out of 650) MPs present apart from Chope and Davies spoke in favour, expressing their disapproval of the filibuster by voting to close the debate and vote on the bill, however, with fewer than 100 members in the house this decision was not binding. The pair continued to shamelessly thumb their noses at their colleagues and constituents, the vast majority of whom will never own their homes outright, much less have a spare one to generate unearned income.

If you’re actually considering voting in the next election, it’s worth taking a look at the Hansard entry to see what these wankers get up to on our time, those of them that can be arsed to turn up that is. You need to skip to the second page to appreciate the level of childish waffle Chope and Davies resorted to, knowing full well that fewer than one in ten of your elected representatives could give a toss about your struggle to keep a habitable roof over your head.

Jim Fitzpatrick (for Poplar and Limehouse) had this to say:

“I do not think it is fair to blame the hon. Gentleman who, with the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies) and others, has been blocking one of my Bills for the past five Fridays. I respect their ability to do that.”

– Really?

I was well up for doing a hatchet job on ‘Chopper’ Chope, but his Wikipedia entry is indictment enough, a thoroughly nasty piece of work.

Davies is a racist, misogynistic homophobe, paid advocate for the gambling and tobacco industries that proposed a reduction in the minimum wage for disabled people. His candidacy has the support of UKIP and his father Peter stood for the far-right English Democrats.

Soon these smug pricks are going to ask your consent to tell you what to do for the next five years. It beats me how anyone who considers themselves ‘left’ or ‘green’ or has any morals whatsoever could sit around playing these stupid games with them.

We believe in Direct Action, and it works, if you’ve been following this blog you’ll see we’ve notched up a few successes in recent weeks through people getting off their arses and onto the streets. But if your idea of D.A. involves a telephone or a keyboard, feel free to tell these despicable enemies of the people what you think of them; look we’ve done most of the work for you:

Chope: 18a Bargates, Christchurch, BH23 1QL

Tel: 01202 474949 Fax: 01202 475548

office@christchurchconservatives.com

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Tel: 020 7219 5808 Fax: 020 7219 6938 chopec@parliament.uk

Davies: 76 Otley Road, Shipley, BD18 3SA

Tel: 01274 592248 philipdavies@shipleyconservatives.fsnet.co.uk

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Tel: 020 7219 8264 Fax: 020 7219 8389 daviesp@parliament.uk @philipdaviesmp

*“a form of obstruction in a legislature or other decision-making body. The English term “filibuster” is derived from the Spanish filibustero, itself deriving originally from the Dutch vrijbuiter, “privateer, pirate, robber” (also the root of English “freebooter)”.

– Wikipedia

 

Vice article has some case studies

Are they “all the same?.”

Yes they fucking are!

Articles by Phil Dickens: Electoralism or class struggle?