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THE BREXIT SELLOUT & OTHER LIES – what’s the Purpose of it all?

The Slog.

methoughtfulWhy DO our governments seem hellbent on ignoring our concerns? Today The Slog looks at the alleged influence of Common Purpose, and asks whether there is a place in any free democracy for a secretive organisation with a doctrinaire cultural agenda.

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George Osborne helped truss up and impoverish upwards of two million female State pensioners to save a piffling amount of money that he must have known was a molehill trying to smother Mount Everest. Gordon Brown sold gold at rock bottom when any sector analyst or dealer could’ve told him it was at an historic low, and likely only to rise. Nick Clegg continues to meet and conspire with old cronies in Brussels, yet he cannot possibly be unaware of the anti-democratic, fraudulent, fiscally bullying, vengeful and illegal practices the European Commission gets up to in Greece, Spain, Italy and Hungary.

In the same vein exactly, we find…

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Tories propose charging £20 for GP visits, ‘board and lodging’ fees for hospital stays

Pride's Purge

While everyone is being distracted by the continuing resignations from Theresa May’s disintegrating government, the Tories are openly talking among themselves (again) about charging for NHS services.

An article on the influential Conservative Home website today proposes charging NHS users for GP visits and hospital stays:

The Tories are probably hoping nobody will notice or remember they were discussing these proposals when the next election comes.

We will have to remind them …

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Cash for Care: nudging doctors to ration healthcare provision

If only the general public knew what is really going on…

Politics and Insights

Image result for NHS rationing treatmentToday, while everyone is being distracted by the continuing resignations from Theresa May’s disintegrating government, the Conservatives are openly talking among themselves (again) about charging for NHS services. So much for the government’s continued reassurances and promises about UK healthcare continuing to remain ‘free at the point of access.’  

The NHS has never been safe in  Conservatives hands.

Last week I wrote an article about the stealthy creep of rationing of treatments in the NHS, and how gatekeeping has become a watchword within our public services over the past seven years. It’s being driven by the government’s deep affection for neoliberal dogma, the drive for never-ending ‘efficiency savings’ and the Conservatives’ lean, mean austerity machine. Perish the thought that the public may actually need to use the public services that they have funded through their contributions to the Treasury, in good faith. 

One important point I didn’t raise in…

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Vulnerable man constantly sanctioned, when will this Universal Credit hell end?

The poor side of life

Hello readers, and an extra hello to all the new subscribers to my blog. I welcome you with open arms and I hope that you enjoy reading my blog. Enjoy is perhaps the wrong word to use because it can be very upsetting reading. But it’s essential reading, so many people don’t realise how awful the DWP and Universal Credit system is.

My apologies for last week, I wasn’t well but I’m on the mend now, thankfully. This week has been a very busy one and a big thank you to everyone that took the tome to watch my interview on Channel 4 news and my interview on Talk Radio also. I don’t do it for personal fame, far from it, I mean who wants to look at my ugly mug on the TV. I do it to raise awareness, and to hopefully one day get justice for each and…

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COST OF DEMOLISHING CENTRAL HILL ESTATE AND REBUILDING IT IS DOUBLE WHAT IT WOULD COST TO REFURBISH – AND BUILD 242 ‘INFILL’ HOMES AT THE SAME TIME Architects group’s shock report

NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE

Refurbishing Central Hill estate, Crystal Palace and building 242 infill homes there will cost £77.5 million say Architects for Social Housing.

But demolishing the whole estate will cost Lambeth council an estimated £157 million – and that’s before a single new home is built.

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The figures were unveiled at ASH’s launch of their new book-length report about Central Hill held on Cotton Gardens estate next to Knights Walk – another of the six estates across the borough which Lambeth have targeted for demolition.

ASH’s Simon Elmer told an audience of journalists, architects and others on Thursday evening Central Hill estate currently has 476 homes. “We can add 242.

“By selling or preferably renting on the private market we can regenerate the funds to refurbish the existing homes that have been neglected for many years.”
 
And he emphasised: “The real housing need is for sub-market rent. “That’s where the real…

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The government’s eugenic policy is forcing some women to abort wanted pregnancies

Politics and Insights

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The prejudice and stereotypes that fuelled eugenic thinking during the last century. In the UK, the Conservatives’ policies reflect this regressive and authoritarian approach to a class-based ‘population control’. 

In 2015 I wrote an article that expressed my grave concerns about the Conservatives’ welfare cuts. I discussed the Conservatives’ announced plans to cut welfare payments for larger families, in what amounts to a two-child policy. Welfare rules with such a clearly defined eugenic basis, purposefully aimed at reducing the family size of some social groups – in this case the poorest citizens – rarely come without serious repercussions.

Iain Duncan Smith said in 2014 that limiting child benefit to the first two children in a family is “well worth considering” and “could save a significant amount of money.” The idea was being examined by the Conservatives, despite previously being vetoed by Downing Street because of fears…

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Amnesty International express grave concerns about UK government’s outsourced ‘back to work therapy’

Politics and Insights

Related imageTHE BRIGHTON AND HOVE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GROUP NEWSLETTER.

January / February 2018. Page 4:

Mental Health and “Return to Work”

It’s not just the introduction of Universal Credit which is affecting the Human Rights of too many citizens of the UK. As part of the drive to force physically disabled people into work under the “Work and Health Programme” often via cursory “interviews” those facing mental health issues are being targeted as well.

Image result for equality is the best therapyThis is based on an article by Kitty S Jones. 

In 2016 she wrote: “Last April, more than 400 psychologists, counsellors and academics signed an open letter condemning the profoundly disturbing psychological implications of the government’s austerity and welfare reform measures. The group of professionals said that over the past five years the types of issues causing clients distress had shifted dramatically and now include increasing inequality, outright poverty and that people needing support because of structural problems, such as benefits…

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