After months of not bothering to answer a letter from Deputy First Minister, the nobleman in the DWP, Baron Fraud, has passed down instructions to the junior minister in the Scottish Office to reply to the Scottish government. Well, it wouldn't do for a Baron to be writing to Scotland's deputy first minister, what with her not having any kind of aristocratic title.
In a letter to Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland Office Junior Minister, David Mundell said that the UK Government would finally listen to the Scottish Government’s call to transfer the reserved powers needed to lift the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments.
So finally, after ignoring Scotland for months, Westminster has confirmed that they will stop obstructing the Scottish Government’s will to provide help to 72,000 households affected by Bedroom Tax. Hopefully they will transfer the powers needed to lift the cap are transferred to the Scottish Parliament as a matter of urgency.
Credit goes, too, to Iain Gray who worked alongside Nicola Sturgeon to get this concession from the evil London government. The coalition must realise that it is made up of one junior Scottish opposition party and one minuscule Scottish opposition party. The Government and the main opposition party working together with support from the Greens and the independents must have been hard to ignore in referendum year… although the ignorant aristocrat did his best to do it for a long time.
His Lordship the Noble Baron Freud of Eastry in the County of Essex used to work in the City and was ennobled by the Queen in 2009. What he knows about people at the bottom end of the scale, their problems with poverty and unemployment could be written in a very large type font on the back of a small stamp. Indeed he admitted this much on being appointed to look into welfare by Blair, and yet came up with a report 3 weeks later!!
The sad thing is that he doesn't know much about banking either, or so it would seem.
For Wikipedia tells us that 'One reviewer of Freud's book on his City career wrote that he “will be remembered in the City as one of the key players in several of the most embarrassing and badly managed deals in investment banking history” '.
And now he also will be remembered for Cameron's version of the Poll Tax, equally embarrassing and badly managed!
Altogether a bit of a dick, would you not say?