Hello Again :)

Arthur Price BLOG June 6, 2024

So, I’m back, having another go at holding Mel Stride to account for his – and his Government’s – assault on the UK public over the last 14 years.

Mel’s done quite well for himself in the last few years hasn’t he – first being promoted to Financial Secretary to the Treasury (where he was accused of breaking the ministerial code in relation to comments about the Loan Charge), after which he was appointed to Leader of the House of Commons (a position he held for just two months), he was campaign chief for Rishi Sunak’s leadership bid, and then landed a proper influential job as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions where – in the opinion of myself and many others – he has wreaked absolute havoc on some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

I mean, to be fair, all credit to the bloke for actually taking on the job of facing the public over the next few weeks, I’m looking forward to seeing him defend his record with a straight face.  Nine years ago he did everything in his power to shut me up, including having me banned from filming my own speeches at the hustings events, such is his contempt for ordinary people and the truth. He need not worry himself about that this time round, because Sunak called this election at a time when I’m working abroad (more on this later) so most of my campaigning has to be done online, and it’s unlikely I’ll get the chance to debate with him face to face.  

The last time I saw Mel Stride was at the count in Okehampton on the night of the 2015 election.  After he was declared winner with a thumping majority, he turned to me and raised his fist and said ‘Power to the people Arthur’.  Well, he may retain his seat again, but people power will definitely see him lose his job as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Which should provide at least some comfort to anyone who works. Or has a pension.

Every cloud.