Only one problem with the government’s list of top ten benefits fraudsters – it doesn’t exist

OH, I REALLY LOVE MYTHBUSTING!…

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the Daily Mail!)

The Mail and the Express yesterday had articles about an official list of the top ten benefits fraudsters in the country which they say was published by the government.

Just one little problem with it.

The list doesn’t seem to exist.

There doesn’t seem to be any official list of top ten benefits fraudsters published by the government.

There are no links in either the Mail or the Express articles to any government website where the official list is published. No list on the DWP website and no mention of it on the official DWP press office Twitter feed either.

The Mail specifically wrote that Iain Duncan Smith had decided to publish the list – but there is no mention of it on his website or anywhere else.

In fact the only sources for any official list are – the Mail and…

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Iain Duncan Smith’s historic links to the far-right – Tom Pride

Always be careful WHO you’re voting for:

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                                                   By RL
From Pride’s Purge 
(not satire – it’s Iain Duncan Smith!)
No one should be surprised by the extremities of Duncan Smith’s attacks on the welfare state.
After all, Duncan Smith has a history of links to far-right politics – including racist and fascist organisations.
  • In 1995,  Duncan Smith was one of a few Tory MPs who met with senior figures of the racist and anti-semitic French National Front in Westminster. Le Pen’s deputy, Bruno Gollnisch MEP, later said Duncan Smith and other Tory MPs they met were “sympathetic” to their views:
I came to meet members of the Conservative Party sympathetic to our views… I met Duncan Smith and others in their offices and later we got together for less formal talks in a bar somewhere in…

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Clause 99, Catch 22 and Penning is telling lies.

Sorry to say that even I was unaware of these changes, and I count myself well-informed.

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The Government are claiming victory because of a fall in the number of benefit tribunal hearings. Today, the Express boasts:
A HUGE drop in the number of people appealing against benefit decisions at tribunal hearings was yesterday hailed as a victory for the Government’s reforms.”
Actually, it’s a victory for the Government’s tyranny.
There were 32,546 tribunal cases between January and March this year, compared to 155,000 in the same period of 2013.
“Official figures” reveal an 89 per cent fall in people contesting the decisions to cut, deny or restrict Employment Support Allowance (ESA), long-term sickness and disability benefits.
Tribunals contesting Jobseeker’s Allowance decisions also fell 70 per cent this year.
Disability minister Mike Penning said: “Fewer appeals going to tribunal is welcome. Getting more decisions right first time avoids the need for protracted tribunal appeals.”
Under the Department for Work and Pensions reforms officials look…

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Pride

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A friend shared this photo on Facebook recently from a Christian page. It happens to be one of those things that sounds great but turns out to be a bit disingenuous once you analyse it. Why? One very simple word that appears, which shouldn’t: PROUD. I’ve said this before; Surely ‘Christian pride’ is an oxymoron!? see- https://thealternativeulsterman.com/2013/07/23/a-quick-thought/

This is just one of the by-products of the prevalent ‘prosperity’ preaching we hear so often now. The idea that you, as ‘a child of God’, have all this privilege and right and entitlement, then you are entitled to ‘be proud’. We could just as easily re-word that to ‘feel smug’ or even ‘claim self-righteousness’. Couldn’t we?

The main problem here is that, as can be seen from the above, it can fit nice and easily into positive messages that make us feel good; the rest of the ‘quote’, after ‘be proud’ is quite acceptable. Of course I should rise above the ordinary and never be satisfied with doing less than my best, etc. but should I be proud?

Pride is a sin, it is condemned throughout scripture:

To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behaviour and perverse speech. (Prov. 8:13)

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. (Prov. 11:2)

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. (Prov. 16:18)

It is something which can be taken in what you do, your actions (Gal. 6:4), a ministry you have (Rom. 11:13), in others who serve you (2Cor. 5:12) or in those who are the fruits of your service (2Cor. 7:4; 8:24). However, taking pride in yourself flies in the face of all the warnings and commands to humble yourself (2Chron. 7:14; Psalm 18:27; 147:6; Isa. 2:6-22; 13:11; Zeph. 2:3; Eph. 4:2; James 4:10; 1Pet. 5:6).

Being proud and arrogant may invoke God to humble you as Jesus pointed out on at least two occasions:

For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (Luke 14:11; 18:14)

You may ask; is this an important point? If we are to highlight the message of the gospel of God’s grace, surely we recognise that to receive such grace, we must humble ourselves: Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble. (Prov. 3:34 NKJV) This verse is important enough to be quoted by both James and Peter in their epistles. Why would I risk turning my back on the very humility that ushered me to that beautiful place of the bestowment of his grace?

There are many things that we can discount as ‘false gospels’ but the worst are the ones that sound good!