Poverty

I’m thinking of last winter, a snow-blurred  landscape and my agonisingly permanently cold blue feet, painful hands, the shaming underweight lecture from my  consultant: “eat much more and you must keep warm with raynauds” she said. I told her I couldn’t do both, and she looked at me uncomprehendingly, though she usually understood me.

via Poverty.

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DWP tries again to stop release of Universal Credit reports

“The reports could show, without ambiguity, that the DWP misled Parliament in 2012 and 2013 by saying the UC programme was progressing successfully when officials knew this was not the case.”

via DWP tries again to stop release of Universal Credit reports.

An email to authoritarian Tory MPs Charlie Elphicke, Priti Patel and Conor Burns

The Tories use the old tactic of “If You Have No Defence, Attack” against Oxfam.

Kittyjones shares her email to Tory MPs castigating them for their behaviour.

via An email to authoritarian Tory MPs Charlie Elphicke, Priti Patel and Conor Burns.

The depth of corruption in the Conservative Party’s new, privatised health system

Mike Sivier writes : –

According to the Daily Mirror, Circle Health has been given £1.36 billion of health work after investors gave £1.5 million to the Tories; and Care UK – who bankrolled former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley with £21,000 during the seven years he was secretly working on the Health and Social Care Act while Tory leaders were denying any plans for the top-down reorganisation it would authorise – has won £102.6 million in contracts and its chairman John Nash has been made a lord, in return for a £247,250 donation to the Tories.

Read more here:

via The depth of corruption in the Conservative Party's new, privatised health system.

The Truth and Statistics Campaign – Petition 2

Jayne says :-

Last year over 100,006 people said Hold Iain Duncan Smith to account for his misuse of Statistics, both The Work & Pensions Select 3rd Report Monitoring the Perfomance of DWP 2012/13 and the Public Administration Committee 1st Report Agreed.

We demand The House accepts these Recommendation and Ensures Minsters and others present statistics in a way that is fair, accurate and “unspun”.

Read more:

via The Truth and Statistics Campaign – Petition 2.

The French view of Welfare Reform

French readers of Le Monde get to read an interview with three disabled people regarding the Work Capability Assessments by Atos and the fear it engenders in those who are at risk of being forced to attend them. I think the translation of the article into English has been done with one of the online text translation tools but, as Jayne says in her intro, it is still readable and understandable even if a little difficult to parse because of grammar and pronoun irregularities.

via The French view of Welfare Reform.

Labour’s buried treasure

What does Labour think is the point of this? They commission a report but when it is released they ignore it and treat it as an unsolicited submission?

When FREE assistance is offered to translate the report into Easy Read formats for people with disabilities, they refused.

Labour, WTF are you playing at?

via Labour’s buried treasure.

Techniques of neutralisation: Cameron says keep calm and carry on climbing Allport’s ladder

As ever, an excellent piece of writing. If you’re not reading her blog, why not?

via Techniques of neutralisation: Cameron says keep calm and carry on climbing Allport's ladder.

In case you think the media aren’t trying to pull the wool over your eyes

It is heartbreaking that both countries I call home are going the same way. That Australia is, yet again, blindly following the UK and USA into disaster. The traditional media has failed us. The Opposition have failed us (in both countries). All we can rely on is ourselves.

The only solution is to abandon mainstream media completely, including the news channels, and put our OWN information out there. Everyone who attends a protest, everyone who makes a noise, everyone who signs a petition, everyone who does anything to try to make a change… post to twitter, facebook, livejournal, wordpress, blogger, even google+, everywhere you can. Share your thoughts, pictures, ideas with as many as possible and ask them to share as well. If you have the slightest desire to make a change and have the ability, stand as an independent candidate wherever possible. When I was fit, I did it. If the fibro would let up, I would seriously consider doing it again.

And always remember that we are “policed by our own consent” – the police rely on the majority of people “doing as they are told” because if we didn’t they could not deal with it. The police know this. It is why they try tougher and tougher tactics to try and shut down protests. They are terrified of being overwhelmed. They can only do what WE let them get away with. One, two, even three police attacking a single protester while 30 other people look on and take video/pictures with their phones… really? The balance of numbers doesn’t occur to people?

via In case you think the media aren't trying to pull the wool over your eyes.