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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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

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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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All sizes of this photo are available for download under a Creative Commons license. Also check out Byzantine_k’s photostream for more political artwork. http://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/

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.”

Included here with permission:

Byzantine_k
http://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/8544828411/in/photostream

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.”

Scrap the Bedroom Tax

Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.

Helen keller

It seems that these days it is one outrage after another as this unelected government continues its so-called austerity measures and deliberate destruction of our welfare system. Among the ever increasing tallies of social injustices perpetrated against the poor, the disabled, the unemployed and the low paid is the bedroom tax.

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What is the bedroom tax

Housing Benefit ‘bedroom tax’ for social housing tenants will be introduced in April this year. What will happen is that under the new rules Housing Benefit will be reduced for working age people who have an extra bedroom. This will affect council housing and housing association tenets (social housing) with a spare bedroom who will lose 14 per cent of their housing benefit, or 25 per cent if they have two spare rooms. The Bedroom Tax penalises the disabled, single parents, families of those recently deceased, foster parents and the parents of children in the army or at university.

What makes this an even greater injustice is the shortage of one bedroom council homes.

Please Read Daily Mirror Article:
The great bedroom tax farce: Just 50 one-bed homes available for 7,000 hit in one city

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bedroom-tax-farce-just-50-1745529

Take action:

Up and down the country in forty locations peaceful demonstrations are planned for March the 16th at 1 PM

For list of venues and other information:

http://www.greenbenchesuk.com/

Lets have a good turn out, show the bloody Tories we will take no more

Spread the word via the usual social media.  

Here are some ideas for Placards and  banners  from Eoin Clark

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source:

www.facebook.com/photo

Here is another idea for a placard from the Newcastle group

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Source:

https://www.facebook.com/events/ 

Even if this does not affect you please support this protest. Solidarity is the key to defeating this evil government, we must support one another against the onslaught of these vicious welfare reforms whether we are fit and able or sick and disabled, employed or unemployed, well paid or low paid, retired or working age, have our own home or live in social housing. The government has detrimentally affected the wellbeing of the vast majority of people in this country except for the rich, it is time to say enough is enough and band together in unity. My family and I are not affected by this particular vicious and unjust reform but despite ill-health I, along with my husband and son, will do my damnest to join the protest.

The Tories have persistently adopted the age-old tactic of divide and conquer in order to cause disunity and resentment, such as the employed, particularly the low paid, against benefit claimants whom the government have ladled as “scroungers” living off tax payers money. The reality is we are, “all in it together” as the injustice of low pay is as great an injustice as the vicious unfair welfare reforms. It is in the interests of the Tory’s for us to oppose each other with talk of “strivers versus skivers”, the truth of the matter is the Tories are robbing the poor to make the rich more rich.

Keep in mind that in April while thousands feel the pinch of the bedroom tax the Tories will give 13,000 people earning over £1 million an average tax cut of £100,000.

Also interestingly Britain has 284,317 millionaires who are collectively worth £1.28 trillion, not including their main residences.

www.fmwf.com/media-type/news/2010/10/rich-list-britain-uk

Note the date on this article 2010

Wow!!!! that could pay for the so-called National debt, so why have the rest of us got to face these unfair austerity measures including these draconian welfare reforms such as the bedroom tax?

If you read the above article please note the following justification for this huge disparity in the distribution of wealth:

‘Some may argue a large number of millionaires reflect a clear disparity in a society. However, many of Britain’s modern-day wealthy are self-made and have become so through creating and running successful businesses, which bodes well for the economic health of the nation.’

Craig Phillips, principal of CoreData Research UK

Until we can get past this type of thinking there will never be a fair world were every man woman and child has enough to eat, adequate housing, warmth, clothing and quality of life. Whether self-made, lottery winners, or inheritance recipients no one has the right to such wealth while others struggle to get by or worse live in poverty. And don’t forget many successful businesses have become successful as a result of the exploitation of other people, such as the low paid both here in the UK and abroad; many business people have made their money by sending manufacturing to such places as China and elsewhere where wages are low which not only exploits already impoverished people but also results in unemployment in the UK.

Also see:

“Sunday Times Rich List: Wealth of the richest grows to record levels

“The combined wealth of the 1,000 richest men and women in Britain has risen to record levels in the past year, despite the country’s continuing economic slump”

www.telegraph.co.uk/finance

In simple terms this is not fair – the bedroom tax is a grave social injustice.

Why do the Tories need more bedrooms than you?

Why is it that some people consider one rule for you and I and another for themselves?

While an estimated 95,000 poor people will sink further into poverty as a consequence of the bedroom tax Lord Freud Welfare Minister and instigator of the bedroom tax lives in an eight bedroom mansion in Kent when he is not in London, when he is he lives in his £1.9 million home. Outrageous don’t you think that while this man has two homes and ten spare bedrooms he see fit to plunge other already deprived people into further detriment and misery because they have one or two spare bedrooms. Time for a mansion tax – odd how there was such an outcry when this form of taxation was proposed last year. In fact it is time for a more fair distribution of wealth. Is it right that while thousands are homeless this man has two houses with spacious accommodation far in access of his needs while depriving other of one lousy spare room. For Goodness sake are people expected to live like rabbis in a hutch! Incidentally I disapprove of keeping animals such as rabbits confined to a tiny hutch let alone expecting people to spend their lives in cramped accommodation, particularly a
house-bound disabled person who needs extra living space. Frankly everyone should be entitled to at least one spare room, a place for privacy and leisure pursuits.

More information read:

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

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

The injustice of this criminal tax is further accentuated when there are 710,000 empty homes in the UK.

Read More:

www.emptyhomes.com

And

“Homelessness jumps by 14% in a year

Almost 50,000 households across England accepted as homeless as repossession rates and unemployment rise”

“The shadow housing minister, Jack Dromey, said the rise was “inevitable”.

“The remorseless rise in homelessness shows how out of touch this government is with the human impact of its economic and housing policies. It is an absolute tragedy that in 2012 so many families do not have a home they can call their own.”

Read More:

www.guardian.co.uk/society

Information of interest gleaned from various sources involved in the protest.

According to the following message posted on the Durham bedroom tax Facebook page, people who struggle to pay their rent as a result of the bedroom tax may be eligible for discretionary housing payment:

“Those affected by the bedroom tax have probably received letters saying how much you have to pay from April 1st, but how many of you received a letter from the local council telling you to apply for DHP (discretionary housing payment) you can apply for this and get the amount paid for you. It was in the Times yesterday, first I had heard of it.”

https://www.facebook.com/events/472468769485261/

Here is information from Shelter concerning Discretionary housing payments (DHP):

 http://m.england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice

If you have a small bedroom box room you may not have to pay Bedroom tax:

“OK PEEPS LISTEN UP ( BEDROOM TAX ) IF YOUR SMALL BEDROOM IS 70SQ FT OR UNDER IT IS CLASSED AS A BOXROOM THERE FOR CAN NOT BE CHARGED BEDROOM TAX , THIS IS LISTED UNDER THE HOUSING ACT 1985 SECTION 326 , PLEASE USE THIS DO NOT TAKE ANY EXCUSES FROM THE COUNCIL AS THE HOUSING ACT 1985 CAN NOT BE CHANGED BY LAW .

PLEASE MEASURE YOUR ROOM AND PUT YA FOOT DOWN AS THEY HAVEN’T A LEG TO STAND ON , I PUT THIS TO THEM TODAY AND I AM RIGHT , ( 63sq ft is 9ft x 7ft )” ……………….

Message on Birmingham’s protest facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/212109875580341/