Stop the Canadian Seal Hunt

Well it’s that time of year again. Just when I thought the Canadian government were going to abandon the seal hunt I receive an e-mail asking me to sign a petition to get the Canadian government to ban their annual seal slaughter. It is tragic and so sad of course for the poor animals who will be shot, have their skulls bashed in or even skinned alive. It is pathetic that the Canadian government continue with this senseless slaughter as there is no market for the pelts as the US, the European Union, Taiwan, Mexico and Russia have now all banned seal-fur imports.

Please take action by writing to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and demand that he bring the massacre to an immediate end.

There is a template, please edit and personalise if you can, but if for some reason you are not able to do so than do send it as it is. Please be polite. I know how much you may want to tell him in no uncertain terms what you think about this shocking cruelty, but abusive letters are unlikely to be read.

Only your name and e-mail is required to send your request to the Canadian Prime Minister

For more information and to write and e-mail your letter please click the following link:

http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=19652&ea.tracking.id=W2J4C

Consider:

Thousands of baby seals need us – they have no way of defending themselves. It’s up to us, right now, to do all we can

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The Badger Cull and Democracy

“The culling of badgers is absolutely obscene”
TV wildlife presenter and Viva! patron Wendy Turner-Webster

“Just for the sake of making more money out of what some of us eat (not me) … these people wanted to exterminate a whole population of innocent wild animals who have as much right to live in this land as we humans do.”
Brian May

If you read no further please at least take the actions included on the following websites to stop the cull

http://www.shootinginthedark.org/

Here you can take action by signing a form letter to Owen Paterson Secretary of State for Defra, for more affect you may personalise and edit. Please be polite, although I can well understand the urge to tell him what you think in no uncertain terms, aggressive and abuseive comments are rarely read let alone considered.

http://www.teambadger.org.uk/

Here there is a petition to sign

More actions at the end of this entry

On Thursday October 25th 2012 the government were defected by a majority vote of 119 to ban the badger cull:

MPs voted the following motion

“That this House notes the e-petition on the planned badger cull, which has gathered more than 150,000 signatures; and calls on the Government to stop the cull and implement the more sustainable and humane solution of both a vaccination programme for badgers and cattle, along with improved testing and biosecurity.”

That’s right an overwhelming vote of 147 votes to 28, against the cull.

View the debate and read a transcript: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/backbench-business-committee/news/debate-on-badger-cull/ :

Very disturbing the MP who advocated the eradication of badgers.

However it was just wonderful that the vote was so huge from all parties in favour of banning this cruel cull, a vile abuse of another species.

However in defiance of the will of the majority at the end of the debate DEFRA minister David Heath reiterated the government’s stance and confirmed that it intends for the culls to proceed in summer 2013.

Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh tries to ask minister David Heath if “ministers will respect the democratic will of this parliament?” He is not obliged to answer.

The speaker, John Bercow, tells MPs that the vote by MPs to abandon the badger cull is not binding on the government. Only legislation is binding he says.

Extract from Guardian commentary
MPs inflict badger cull defeat on government – as it happened:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/oct/25/badgers-wildlife

Surely if the government was defeated and by a huge majority the cull should be stopped. Isn’t that what democracy is about. What is the point of a debate if the government than goes on to ignore the results?

If the government go ahead with the cull this summer in total disregard for the democratic process it will be a sad day not only for the unfortunate badgers but for democracy. It is a tragedy when power supersedes the will of the people and the tiny minority do whatsoever they please, when might triumphs over right.

Isaac Bashevis Singer once wrote:

As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behaviour toward creatures, all men were Nazis. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist theories, the principle that might is right.”
Extract from Enemies, a Love Story

Unless we take action the government will do as it pleases, at least the small minority of the government whom it appears have all the power and override not only the will of the people but the will of parliament, ignoring even their own back benchers. One has to ask what is the point of parliament if the tiny minority do as they please regardless of such an overwhelming majority. I admit to not understanding the intricacies of our political system but common sense tells us that if the government are defeated in a debate upon a matter which the majority of citizens support it is not democratic to than ignore that outcome.

Badger culling is an ethical Issue

The German philosopher Schopenhauer once wrote

The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.”

Regardless of the science the mass killing of our wildlife is an ethical issue.

At the end of the day the whole system of live stock farming needs to be eradicated. Sadly in these days of rampant greed and exploitation of both human and non humans little is ever said about the basic ethics of an issue such as this. We have to ask ourselves do we have the right to systematically slaughter another species simply because they are considered an hindrance. Is it right that we massacre mercilessly a whole society of sentient creatures in order to exploit other self aware animals namely cattle for our own needs or rather our greed. Need does not enter the equation for the reality of the matter is we exploit cattle and other animals for a food we do not need and is not natural and which results in the deaths of other human beings as land is given over to grow feed for farm animals rather than directly feed humans.

Even if your view of animal rights is not as “radical” as mine and I doubt that all 160,000 people who signed the petition are vegetarian or vegan we all know that this cull is an atrocity against another species and must be stopped. The vast majority of British people value our wildlife and consider the culling of badgers as a disgusting form of barbarism.

Ghandi once said:
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.”

“I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.”

Mohandas Gandhi is revered  world wide for his advocacy of nonviolence and justice. Gandhi’s philosophy and compassion extended to all people and actively included animals.

What does this say about the morality of our nation or rather the morality of our government as the majority of the people of this nation is clear on this issue and want the cull banned.

We have to keep up the pressure we have only a short time to stop this atrocity.

We must not become complacent, we must continue the campaign to get this stopped.

HSI/UK and their partners in Team Badger, will be working hard during that time to ensure that the planned culls are abandoned once and for all. Keep an eye on developments

http://www.hsi.org/world/united_kingdom/news/news/2012/10/cull_vote_102912.html?utm_source=em_newsuk103112&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=badgers12

More information and actions to take

Brian May video

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/video/2013/feb/27/badger-culls-tragedy-brian-may-video

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9634158/Owen-Paterson-walks-out-of-badger-cull-debate-muttering-I-cant-stand-any-more-of-this.html

http://www.league.org.uk/content/643/Badger-Cull

“…the fate of badgers and foxes are intertwined. The perpetrators of fox and badger persecution are the same and their modus operandi clear. The motivation is the same too, straight forward pleasure from cruelly taking life.”

Read More:

http://www.league.org.uk/blogpost/777/Badgers-and-foxes—their-destinies-intertwined

Lord Krebs, who is one of the government’s most respected scientific advisers, said that the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which is administering the scheme, has no way of knowing how many badgers there are in the area, so will not know when they’ve killed 70% of the badgers in the area.

“I would go down the vaccination and biosecurity route rather than this crazy scheme that may deliver very small advantage, may deliver none. And it’s very hard to see how Defra are going to collect the crucial data to assess whether it’s worth going ahead with free shooting at all,”

Read more

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19623931

In the above article David Heath Defra Minister says:

“Our priority has always been to ensure that any culling of badgers is carried out in a safe, humane and effective way”

I would like to ask Mr Health what is humane about death? Every creature has a right to his or her life. What right have the government or anyone else to deny these animals their right to live? Certainly no ethical right that’s for sure, but the government are not really concerned with the ethics of this or any other matter are they.

Why not write to David Heath and state your objections to the cull.

Minister of State for Agriculture and Food

Westminster

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Tel: 020 7219 6245

Fax: 020 7219 5939

david.heath.mp@parliament.uk

Constituency

17 Bath Street, Frome, BA11 1DN

Tel: 01373 473618

Fax: 01373 455152

davidheath@davidheath.co.uk

As one commentator said in the above Guardian Article:

No need to eat cows. No need to eat dairy products. No need to slaughter badgers.”

Yes it is as simple as that

Introductory Quotations from

Celebrity quotes

http://www.viva.org.uk/campaigns/badgers/celeb-quotes.php

Stop the Bedroom Tax: More Action you can take

Want to defeat the Bedroom tax? Here’s how

Yet another entry concerning the welfare reforms here in the UK. I regret that so far my blog, which is intended to focus on worldwide issues, has mostly concentrated on the struggle we are having here in the UK to preserve our welfare and health care systems which were once the envy of the world. Here is a little background information for anyone not familiar with the situation here in the UK. The right wing Tory government along with their supposedly middle of the road coalition partners the Liberal Democrats have waged war on the poor, sick and disabled, the low paid and the unemployed. This the government for the rich led by the rich are slowly eroding our welfare system, our universal free care health system the NHS and the social progress of common morality and decency, the mark of any socially progressive civilisation. Unless people make a stand the progress of the last sixty years will be gone and we will return to a time which most of us had thought had been forever consigned to history.

The welfare reforms imposed upon the most vulnerable in our society instigated by Cameron and his lackeys are killing people

There are two actions below you can take to stop one of these vicious and unfair welfare reforms, namely, the Bedroom Tax.

More bedroom tax protests planned

 Saturday March 30th.

The bedroom tax effects anyone living in social housing but will be of particular detriment to the disabled, including those with mental health conditions, single parents, families of those recently deceased and anyone on low pay or unemployed.

Please consider attending a peaceful demonstration near you on Saturday March 30th This time there are 50 venues up and down the country.

For more information and location of venues:

http://www.greenbenchesuk.com/2013/03/excellent-interactive-map-of-saturdays.html

Again solidarity is the key so please please please even if you are not personally affected by this shocking reform  support the protest. My husband son and I attended our local protest on Saturday even though this particular reform does not effect us. Unless you are rich most people have had their lives marred in one way or another by Tory austerity measures . Enough is enough, time to stand together and support one another.

Here is another way those of us who are required to pay bedroom tax can make a stand and consign this particularly spiteful vicious cruel inhumane reform to the garbage bin of unfair welfare polices that is literally killing UK citizens.

We could stop the Bedroom Tax if we Chose to. Here’s how

For an excellent blueprint for destroying the Bedroom Tax please click the following link from the Blog, Diary of a benefit Scrounger and take action.

This post looks at WHY and HOW every bedroom tax affected household should challenge their local council’s bedroom tax decision

All that is required is about ten minutes of your time to read the instructions and the writing of two letters to the council. Also included in the information below is a template letter.

http://diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/we-could-stop-bedroom-tax-if-we-chose.html

This is a very effective method of destroying the bedroom tax so please read carefully and take action.

DWP estimate 200,000 people will lose their homes from this policy. 440,000 of those affected have disabilities. We cannot allow this to happen.

As the author of the information contained in the above link says:

“Time is of the essence given how imminently the bedroom tax will be imposed“.

Please share share share with everyone by social networking and by simple word of mouth.

Can We Really Judge a Man’s Heart by his Treatment of Animals

If you read nothing else please click the following link and complete the form to indicate your support of the League Against Cruel Sports’ campaign to keep hunting banned:

https://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=122&ea.campaign.id=17197

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”

Immanuel Kant, Lectures on Ethics

Consider the above words in reference to the person whose rampant tirade appears below

“I have spent all week in a state of complete fury.

Like a man possessed with an advanced case of Tourette syndrome, I have been shouting at traffic and assailing my fellow men (and women).

What has brought on this demented state? The hunting debate

It is difficult to explain why this one issue makes me so furious.

Sitting in parliament involves hours of listening to opinions with which you profoundly disagree. I am usually able to do this without shouting, but as soon as I hear Labour members calling for hunting to be banned, I completely lose it.

When John McFall (Dumbarton) gets to his feet I shout “go back to Scotland, you’ve already banned it.”

Interrupting Gerald Kaufman during one of his lengthy and over-precise questions to the minister, I heard myself baying “shut up, you pompous prat.”

During the hunting debate I sat patiently for five hours without catching the Speaker’s eye. My carefully prepared speech was steadily crumpled and shredded in frustration.”

These remarks were made by then MP, now unfortunately Prime Minister, David Cameron in the Guardian Newspaper.

What does David Cameron’s treatment of animals and his remarks above say about his heart? What do these comments say about his state of mind?

“But if we stop loving animals, aren’t we bound to stop loving humans too?”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Cancer Ward

Yes indeed we are. I firmly believe that if we cannot love or feel compassion for an animal we are less likely to feel compassion for a human being, or put in reverse we cannot experience the full meaning of what it is to be compassionate if we harm another animal without remorse or even worse for pleasure.

Besides the unacceptable remarks regarding Tourett’s syndrome, which seems to be a popular but offensive comparison Cameron has made before and continues to make, his sickening enthusiasm for hunting a defenceless animal after pursuing him with a pack of hounds is nothing short of disturbing, not only because of the barbaric cruelty involved but because of his zealous even obsessive determination to pursue the matter of preventing a ban on hunting with hounds. Also the devious manipulative tactical ideas which he has to stop the ban are also disquieting, particularly in light of his dogged determination and manipulations to push through draconian welfare reforms by any means possible. Reforms that have left many sick and disabled people in poverty, forced many into homelessness and compelled others to an American like workfare scheme of forced slave labour as unemployed young people and the sick and disabled, including the terminally ill, are coerced into a work experience programme for no pay. His obsessive drive to implement these reforms has indeed many similarities to his determination to stop the hunting with hounds ban.

You really have to read the entire tirade from the person who now governs the UK

They think it’s all over

Tory MP David Cameron sees red during this week’s hunting debate and looks forward to a fierce battle against the introduction of a ban.

David Cameron guardian.co.uk, Friday 22 March 2002

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2002/mar/22/davidcameron.politicalcolumnists

Besides the unease that his rhetoric above has in light of the vicious and callous welfare reforms and controversial privatisation of the National Health Service, the whole thing is a sickening insight into the mind of a person who gets pleasure from hurting an animal. His enthusiasm for doing so is scary and boarders on psychotic. Many dangerous Sociopaths have an history of animal cruelty. No – I am not suggesting that Cameron is a dangerous sociopath of the ‘serial killer’ variety, this is a popular misconception as the vast majority of sociopaths are not.

“Many Psychopaths “make their living” by using charm, deceit, and manipulation to gain the confidence of their victims. Many of them can be found in white collar professions where they are aided in their evil by the fact that most people expect certain classes of people to be trustworthy because of their social or professional credentials. Lawyers, doctors, teachers, politicians, psychiatrists and psychologists, generally do not have to earn our trust because they have it by virtue of their positions. But the fact is: psychopaths are found in such lofty spheres also!”

“A psychopath who grows up in a stable family and has access to positive social and educational resources might become a white-collar criminal, or perhaps a somewhat shady entrepreneur, politician, lawyer, judge, or other professional. Another individual with the same traits, and a deprived background might become a common con-artist, a drifter, mercenary, or violent criminal.”

The Psychopath – The Mask of Sanity:

http://www.cassiopaea.com/cassiopaea/psychopath.htm

Social factors including parenting determines if a sociopath becomes the stereotypical serial killer or other criminal, or a politician, a lawyer, a doctor, even a psychiatrist. However upbringing and social considerations determine only the expression the condition will take and will have no effect on the person’s lack of empathy or conscience.

Maybe not the Hollywood serial killer of popular culture or the despotic genocidal ethnic cleanser, however, many of his policies since election have resulted in widespread suffering amongst the sick and disabled community due to callous and vicious welfare reforms. His shocking manipulative tactics in gaining the confidence of disabled and sick people prior to the election by using his disabled son is reflected in the following statements that Cameron made before the election, which in light of recent events seem now so utterly shocking in their insincerity. Such manipulative tactics are indicative of sociopathy

Referring to his disabled son he said:

“I help care for a severely disabled child – my son. It’s what I do at the start of each day. It’s sharpened my focus on the world of care assessments, eligibility criteria, disability living allowance, respite breaks,”

Later, in another interview, yet again he explains how his own personal experiences had shaped his views:

“The very painful thing about disability – whether your own or your loved one’s – is the feeling that the situation is out of your control. When the system that surrounds you is very top-down, bureaucratic, inhuman, that can only increase your feelings of helplessness … but I do believe there are moments of despair, helplessness and frustration that could be directly alleviated by the work of government.”

If you are not familiar with what is happening here in the UK with regards to the welfare reforms and the disastrous effect this is having on people who are too ill to work, please visit the websites listed at the end of this entry.

Our humanity isn’t measured by how we treat other people…Our humanity is measured by how we treat animals.

Chuck Palahniuk

Why is Cameron’s enthusiasm for fox hunting so disturbing, how does this make him a sadist or a sociopath? After all until recently this was a respectable “sport”

Think about it, what is the difference between hunting a fox with a pack of hounds and hunting your neighbour’s cat in a similar manner. Too shocking to even contemplate. If this happened to some ones cat or dog there would be a public outrage, the RSPCA would prosecute and the perpetrator would be labelled a sadistic monster, a sociopath and be publically vilified, heavily fined, even spend some time in jail, he would not be elected to parliament and most certainly would not be elected as Prime Minister. His sick and sadistic behaviour would automatically exempt him from such a position. Yet because Cameron’s enthusiasm for fox hunting is not seen in quite the same way, at least not according to the law, no such vilification is forthcoming at least not officially nor by the general population who either do not know of his fondness for the so called sport or have forgotten. Yet are not the two scenarios the same, a fox or a cat what is the difference the hunting of any animal for pleasure is sadistic, disturbing.

Though of course concerning fox hunting this time he did not get his own way and fox hunting has rightly been outlawed. Though as soon as Cameron was elected he did try to reinstate hunting with hounds and continues with this pursuit, however this practice continues to be banned – at least for now.

“This tendency [to cruelty] should be watched in them [children], and if they incline to any such cruelty, they should be taught the contrary usage. For the custom of tormenting and killing other animals will, by degrees, harden their hearts even towards men… And they, who delight in the suffering and destruction of inferior creatures, will not be apt to be very compassionate or benign to those of their own kind.”

John Locke

The point is if you can kill an animal not only without any qualms but with pleasure and relish you are one step closer to killing another person and you are further removed from the ability to empathise and to feel compassion

A little satirical humour shows the connection:

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“Despite dozens of suicides, hundreds of hospitalisations and surging unrest – according to Iain Duncan Smith – the Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions – the disabled are “not suffering”, from the Tory governments reforms which he is overseeing with a passion approaching (actually passing) sadism. Clearly he is either a sociopath and a liar, or completely out of touch with what is going on. There are no other explanations.”

Poster and commentary below by Bizantine_K

Flicker user. Click link for larger sizes

http://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/6745321315/in/photostream

I vehemently oppose both the evils of hunting and the equal evils of most of Cameron’s and the Tory government’s policies, most particularly the barbaric welfare reforms and the privatisation of the NHS and in general his support of the tiny minority in our society who exploit the earth, animals and other humans – the rich.

Is Cameron a sociopath? Who knows. He destroys people’s lives without remorse, with a relentless determination and with manipulation. One thing for sure he has an obsessive and sadistic pleasure for hunting defenceless and harmless animals, this in itself speaks volumes.

“In examining, either historically or philosophically, the subject of humanity and cruelty, it is impossible to separate the question of humanity and cruelty to man from that of humanity and cruelty to the lower animals. Between cruelty to man and cruelty to beasts there is doubtless a wide difference, but it is purely a difference of degree. Humanity in either case, cruelty in either case, is essentially the same feeling, arising from the same tendencies in the mind. “

Edward A. Freeman, The Mortality of Field Sports

More Anti hunting views

Gerry Steinberg MP (Labour) points out that the cruelty extends to the hounds.

“It sickens me to say that puppies that do not show aptitude for hunting, or whose colouring or body shape does not meet the requirements, are usually shot by the kennelman. Foxhounds fortunate enough to make the grade as puppies are trained to chase and kill foxes during the cub-hunting season. It is a particularly unpleasant aspect of hunting that involves the chasing and killing of fox cubs for the purpose of teaching young hounds to kill.

There is no gentle retirement home for these poor animals. When hounds reach the age of six or seven, about half their normal life expectancy, most are simply shot by the very people whom they have served loyally since their birth. That makes a mockery of the hunts� claim that in the event of a ban on hunting with dogs they will have no alternative to shooting them: they shoot them anyway. It is estimated that between 3,000 and 5,000 hounds are killed in that way by hunts each year.”

Lord Harrison

“Killing for pleasure is wrong and should be banned. Fox hunting, stag hunting and hare coursing are moral issues. It is time that we stood up for morality. The commandment Thou shall not kill may be hedged with exceptions. Thou shall not kill for pleasure is not; it is a commandment for the 21st century and it is time that we respected it unambiguously, without prevarication and without procrastination.

The middle way is still driving on the wrong side of the road; it still permits the killing of the fox for pleasure. One cannot kill half a fox. Like Monty Python’s parrot, a fox torn apart by hounds remains dead, deceased and off its perch for ever. Before the fox has been dispatched – sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly – it will have suffered the agonies of the pursuit by animals four times its size and four times its strength. The middle way is a compromise that still seriously compromises the welfare of the fox.”

Finally a very apt comment from St. Francis of Assisi the revered Medieval Christian saint known for his compassion toward animals:

“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”

Most certainly Cameron has excluded the most disadvantaged in society from the shelter of compassion; the sick and disabled including children, the unemployed and the low paid. His poisonous ideology will rob us of our NHS if we do not act now

Links

Anti Hunting :

League Against Cruel Sport

http://www.league.org.uk/

Welfare Reforms:

Black Triangle Campaign

http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/

Disabled People Against the Cuts

http://www.dpac.uk.net/

The broken of Britain thebrokenofbritain.

http://thebrokenofbritain.blogspot.co.uk/

An updated version of an entry published in my website http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/

More on the bedroom Tax: Out of Touch Freud

Please show your opposition to the bedroom tax by attending one of the 57 protests up and down the country:

http://www.greenbenchesuk.com/

Freud has angered many people including myself over numerous issues concerning welfare reform including the bedroom tax. Perhaps you remember when he responded to a call from a separated parent about this unjust reform.

In response to a call on the BBC Radio 5 Live caller programme he told separated father of three that he did not deserve a spare bedroom as his children only stay with him at the weekends and holidays and on such occasions they should sleep on a sofa bed.

Read the full story here:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bedroom-tax-lord-freud-tells-1534632

I am  safe in saying that Freud has a spare bedroom, more than one in fact:

“Loads of room to talk! Bedroom tax Tory Lord Freud lives in eight-bedroom country mansion”. Includes photo of Freud’s Kent mansion “

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bedroom-tax-tory-lord-freud-1545677

I would like to ask him why he thinks that he has the right to a spare room and others do not?

He told another caller on the same radio show to take in a lodger. Well Freud why don’t you take in a lodger? It would be good to give a home to someone in need, someone made destitute by your vicious welfare reforms.

Perhaps he thinks he has worked for the right to have at least twelve spare rooms, if this is the case and his wealth is not inherited than so have most people and those who have not it is most likely no fault of their own either as a result of disability, chronic sickness or unemployment. Maybe they have earned poor wages and never been able to afford a home of their own. Most people work for low pay, barely managing to pay their bills. My husband worked for twenty-five years, sixty hours a week before being made redundant. Yet despite the long hours we had little money for luxuries; it was and still is a struggle just to pay the bills. We have only had central heating in the last decade, now we can barely afford to use it. Unlike Freud, Cameron and the rich they support we cannot have our heating on all night and during the day we have to keep the temperature low. The sudden and bitterly cold snap this January is a nightmare for many people and I wonder how many will lose their lives too afraid to turn on the heating because of the extortionate cost of energy. By the time we have paid our bills we have little left for clothing, replacement of crockery, bedding etc and the means of maintaining our home,  let alone luxuries. A holiday? Extremely unlikely. I dread to think what will happen if some major repair is needed. And I mean vital repair, for our home is in need of repair, for instance damp proofing. Every room in our house is riddled with damp I mean serious black unhealthy mold.

Why do some people think they have the right to possess more than other people, the right to far more than one or two  spare rooms, a spare house even. The right to get up in the morning to a warm home while others die of cold. The right to luxuries, holidays and so on. The right to accrue wealth they do not need usually at the expense of other people or for work they have not done, either as an inheritance or the interest accrued on the huge amounts of money they have acquired usually by exploiting others. 

Cameron and his cronies such as Freud have not been affected by the severe and frankly insane austerity measures that have blighted the lives of so many people, people who are already struggling to pay greedy corporations for warmth, food and housing –  the bare essentials of life

I ask you Freud why should you not make some sacrifice for the sake of the so-called financial crisis? Why do you feel you should be exempt?

Why does Cameron and the other blood sucking parasites who live off the labour of other people not think they should make a sacrifice, like the president of Uruguay who has taken a huge 80 percent cut in wages or the French president and his ministers who have taken a thirty percent wage cut.

Jose Mujica: The world’s ‘poorest’ president

This austere lifestyle – and the fact that Mujica donates about 90% of his monthly salary, equivalent to $12,000 (£7,500), to charity – has led him to be labelled the poorest president in the world.

 By Vladimir Hernandeznews/magazine-20243493

“France’s new Socialist government agreed a 30% salary cut for the president and for members of the cabinet at its first meeting on Thursday. “It’s setting an example,” Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said in a televised interview Wednesday.”
http://www.france24.com/en/20120517-new-french-cabinet-take-30-pay-salary-cut-ayrault-hollande-socialists-government-example

How dare you ask the exploited of this country, the low paid, the sick and disabled to bear the brunt of the so-called financial crisis, which they were not responsible for?

How dare you expect others to live in deprivation, to sacrifice the small luxuries in life which really aren’t luxuries are they? I mean a spare room for god’s sake. Penalizing people by reducing their housing benefit because of one spare room which in most cases is nothing more than a spare cupboard. I bet these politicians have wardrobes bigger than most people’s spare rooms. Do you bloody well mind if we have an extra room to sleep a visitor or family member or a place to practice a hobby or just simply a bit of space to live.

The Hypocrisy of the Bedroom Tax

Please attend the nationwide demo against the bedroom tax.

For more information and to find a venue near you:

http://www.greenbenchesuk.com/

This is a peaceful rally to protest against this outrageously unfair welfare reform which will leave many people already struggling with the devastating affects of the Con/Dems vicious reforms even more impoverished. 

The excellent political artwork below and commentary by flick user Byzantine_k clearly conveys the hypocrisy of Freud’s ill-conceived Bedroom tax.

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To view all sizes: Byzantine_k’s photostream
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Bedroom Tax: The Hypocrite

“David Freud, millionaire and former banker, began his current role under Labour, but ‘jumped ship’ to the Conservatives on the eve of their taking control of the government in 2010, and so it seems, to pursue a more vigorous and hostile attack on welfare and the claimants of such.

Freud’s so called bedroom tax is a cut being applied to the housing benefit of anyone in social housing perceived to have spare bedrooms -irrespective of whether these bedrooms are actually spare or not. The more supposedly spare bedrooms, the more money is taken. 100,000s of households stand to lose at least £650 per year, which on top of the existing cuts and rises to the cost of living; will be nothing short of a disaster. People will be reduced to poverty, and some to homelessness as a direct result of this ruthless and disgusting cut.

Under the bedroom tax rules; children of either gender must share a room if both are under 10. Children under 16 if both are of the same gender are expected to share a room. Considerations of privacy and personal space mean nothing to this government – at least when it concerns the poor. Even parents of disabled children are being told that their child is not allowed their own room under these rules! No consideration for the needs of those with physical disabilities, who may have to have specialised equipment, none for such as autistic children who again may need specially adapted rooms. And no consideration for the siblings expected to share a room with them. Rooms adapted to suit other needs, such as containing medical equipment that there is no space for in the primary bedroom? No, sorry, according to Freud it’s a ‘spare room’. A therapeutic space for your disabled child? No again. If you have a foster child, his or her room is now regarded as ‘spare’, as are the rooms of offspring away at University, or serving in the armed forces. Indeed, the country that you are allegedly fighting for, is no longer prepared to cover the costs of your bedroom in your family home. As for university students, the rising costs of higher education are drifting above the grasp of poorer families anyway.

You must take the cut or downsize insists the government. But many can do or afford neither. Besides this, there is a vast shortfall of available accommodation to downsize to. There is simply nowhere for most to go even if they were willing and able to, none of which seems to have occurred to, or to bother those behind this miserable scheme.

And the sheer rank hypocrisy of David Freud and the numerous other wealthy members of this government, people who claim thousands of pounds in expenses every year whilst receiving substantial salaries, other income and owning 2 or more properties. Freud owns an historic eight bedroom mansion in Kent (and that’s not considering the numerous other ‘spare rooms’ that such houses contain) and which comes with outlying cottages, and a four bedroom town house in London. That’s twelve bedrooms between two people. The poor things must be so cramped! And that’s just what we know of.

Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, and Freud’s boss, deserves singling out for his hypocrisy as well. A millionaire too, his own country ‘retreat’ is a£2 Million Tudor manor house with landscaped gardens, a tennis court and swimming pool – none of which he even has to pay for, coming via the family of his even wealthier wife.

The audacity and carelessness of these people is staggering though not ultimately surprising. This vicious bedroom tax, and all of the other outrageous attacks on welfare by this government and it’s establishment partners must be resisted at any cost, or we will be left with appalling misery for millions; an impoverished nation with an evermore vast divide between the rich few and the poor majority, being taken back to an age long and thankfully past.”

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ESA SOS Please Act Now

 “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

It is true that change can be brought about by the actions of a small group of people. So today if you live here in the UK or are a citizen of the UK I am going to ask you to help with a campaign which will involve as great a number of concerned citizens as possible. The action concerns yet another welfare reform, Employment and Support allowance (ESA), that replaced Incapacity benefit, and the unfair work Capability Assessment (WCA).

If you wish to go directly to take action please scroll down to the heading:
Enough is enough we must act now!

Otherwise please continue reading for some background information

The Tories have always  been opposed to decent levels of pay for working people, state education, universal healthcare and benefits, including pensions. However this present government including their partners in crime the LibDems have excelled in this perverted right wing mentality. In the last two years they have done their utmost to set the clock back decades. I believe in time they will destroy our welfare system entirely along with the NHS and free medical care. They have used the excuse of global recession to justify this vicious attack on everything that once marked us as a civilised nation. The warped mentality behind such endeavours is beyond the comprehension of most people with any kind of basic ethical code of common decency.

If you are uncertain about what is happening to people here in the UK who through no fault of their own are unfortunate enough to be disabled or suffer with long term illness please carefully read the following:

This is what ESA/WCA means for sick and disabled people

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/18118

As a result of benefit reforms thousands of seriously ill people have been found fit to work and have had their benefits cut off. In one sad case in East Grinstead Sussex a terminally ill man who needed treatment for kidney failure 5 days a week starved to death after having his benefits stopped after being told he was fit to work.

“The man aged 63 was found dead after ATOS submitted their report to the DWP stating that the 63 year old was fit and able to carry out manual work in which ATOS made recommendations that his benefits should be stopped in November 2012.”

Read more of this shocking tragedy, one of many examples of the devastating effects of the government’s draconian welfare reforms.

East Grinstead Man 63 Dies of Kidney Failure and Starvation after being cut off benefits and declared “Fit For Work”

http://www.afteratos.com/?p=3033

Enough is enough we must act now!

Solidarity is the key to thwarting the coalition’s onslaught of so called austerity measures not only on benefit precipitants but on the vast majority of citizens except the rich.

Please start by reading the information below from the Blog The Diary of a Benefit Scrounger and by clicking the links that follow. Please take part in this action even if you are not sick, disabled or a carer.

“In a few weeks, I’m going to arrange for some very significant stories to break in the very mainstream press about ESA.

I’ve been collecting them for about 6 months and if there’s any justice left at all, they will kill ESA once and for all.

They will totally change your perception of ESA and WCAs

We need a Spartacus 2 and as you all know, I’ve been sick as a dog.

Today is stage one. If you’re in, please leave your Name and user name on twitter or Facebook (Feel free to only provide the latter if you like to keep your anonymity a little) and Constituency

You don’t have to be claiming ESA or even sick or disabled or a carer. This is a mutual shame, a shared disgrace. We must ALL show politicians of all parties, the public are NOT OK with this. 

There will be a task most days, so please keep watching my blog. 

Today, I would like something very specific. What is the worst thing, for you about ESA/WCAs? I need you to simply leave a one line answer if possible, ie “1 Year Time Limit – It totally undermines any contributory principle”


The most popular of these “subjects” will make up every short section of the new report.”

Read more and take the suggested action by clicking the following link:

http://diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/esa-sos-starting-gun.html

(Note Please post all comments to the above blog)

Don’t miss subsequent actions which may be found on the same blog by clicking the links below:

http://diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/esaendgame-beyond-day-1.html

http://diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/you-in-for-todays-little-task-esaendgame.html

http://diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/todays-esaendgame-request-important.html

For more information concerning forth coming actions please continue to visit Dairy of a Benefit Scrounger

“ESA is the most terrible failure of any developed nation for a very long time. The reasons are numerous and utterly undeniable. The government has failed to implement Harrington with any commitment and is actively increasing the rate at which vulnerable people face a failing and unfair test. We have engaged with a democratic process that has failed us at every stage. We have no choice left but to stop this ourselves. Over 100,000 people now face some kind of ESA assessment every MONTH. We can’t afford to wait.”