Lyn Brown

Member of Parliament for West Ham

Bad Governance - May 2012

Not long ago, I marvelled at the Government’s self-inflicted wounds:  their self-induced petrol crisis, the “Cam Dine with Me” scandal, the awful anti-charity budget cutting taxes for the rich and paying for it with a granny tax.


Things have not got better.  This country has just slumped into another recession and this one was custom-built in Downing Street.  The consequences will impact on ordinary people, who will lose their jobs, their businesses and will fear for the roofs over their heads.

And what is this Government doing?

Even Conservative-supporting newspapers call the Prime Minister a “dilettante”, pointing out he appears to have a very superficial interest in important issues, lacking real knowledge.  How terrifying is it that such a man should lead our country in times like these?

Now, his chaotic incompetent Government is mired in yet more sleaze.

Jeremy Hunt, the man supposed to referee the takeover of BskyB by the Murdochs, stands accused of being their cheerleader and advisor.

After only two years, this Government is unravelling.

The Government may be dilettantes, but families living in the real world will have to deal with the consequences of their policies.

Due to housing benefit cuts, Kensington and Chelsea’s and Westminster’s Tory Councils are moving their tenants to Newham, offering landlords an “incentive” of up to £2,000 to house their benefit claimants.  That puts more pressure on Newham’s housing, schools and social services.

Current housing benefit cuts will affect over 5,000 families in Newham, forcing them to move, possibly out of London altogether, because they can’t cover rents.

Families face a cruel dilemma:  try to live on even less to afford the rent, or wrench themselves from their communities, friends and their children’s schools.

Newham is bearing the brunt of Cameron’s arrogant, out-of-touch posh-boy politics, to quote a Tory MP.

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