Cameron: A Sociopath?

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Graphic Flickr User Byzantine_K
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Is Cameron a sociopath?

What kind of person deliberately makes life more difficult for people who already struggle with disability and chronic illnesses by forcing them to seek work they are too ill to do, work that does not in any case exist or sanction their meagre benefits. What kind of person allows children to live in poverty and sick and disabled people to die for want of food which has happened here in the UK as a result of vicious welfare reforms. What kind of mentality allows others to continually live in a state of anxious dread and insecurity which is now a way of life not only for the sick, disabled and the unemployed but for most people here in the UK except the very rich? In fact what kind of person allows people to die or suffer these and other dire consequences or deliberately causes any preventable detriment?  What goes on in the mind of a person who considers that the rich should thrive at the expense of those less fortunate and endeavours to assist them in the abhorrent pursuit of wealth?

Such a person has to suffer from some kind of psychopathic condition, a sociopath perhaps. Another explanation is that he or she is evil. Ask yourself: what other reasons could there be? What other reason is there to explain the cold callous behaviour of a government whose leader condones profiteering at the expense of other people, other animals and the environment, puts the interests of the rich over those of the poor, who is hell-bent on the destruction and pollution of the environment as a result of fracking which most people are against? What kind of person allows the deliberate profiteering and manipulative practices of the energy companies for example, whose greed driven price hikes cause the premature deaths of thousands of people not to mention the misery of being cold and perhaps ill as a result.

What reason other than insanity or evil is causing the government to demonize the disabled and long-term sick, blaming them for the failing economy much like the Nazi party did in pre-war Germany when government propaganda singled out the disabled as the reason for their dire financial problems. We cannot describe such people in any other term than evil or sociopathic, what other reasons can there be for their extreme behaviour.

In the main Tory policy is responsible for the misery and suffering here in the UK and elsewhere. The people who are mostly responsible for the present evil here in the UK are most notably David Cameron, Ian Duncan Smith, George Osborne and… no doubt many others. Any MP who votes for any of the detrimental policies in recent years is complicit even if they themselves are not the instigators of these damaging policies.

Are such politicians sociopathic or evil

Jim Kouri, vice president of the National Assn. of Chiefs of Police, has collected a series of personality traits common to a couple of professions. These traits are superficial charm, an exaggerated sense of self-worth, glibness, lying, lack of remorse and manipulation of others.

According to Kouri such traits are common to psychopathic serial killers and American politicians. Obviously any politician.

“Kouri notes that these criminals are psychologically capable of committing their dirty deeds free of any concern for social, moral or legal consequences and with absolutely no remorse.
“This allows them to do what they want, whenever they want,” he wrote. “Ironically, these same traits exist in men and women who are drawn to high-profile and powerful positions in society including political officeholders.”

Read more in the article:
In the article Oh-oh! Politicians share personality traits with serial killers: Study:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/06/politicians-and-serial-killers.html

Profile of the Sociopath

“This website summarizes some of the common features of descriptions of the behavior of sociopaths.

  • Glibness and Superficial Charm
  • Manipulative and Conning
    They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.
  • Grandiose Sense of Self
    Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”
  • Pathological Lying
    Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.
  • Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
    A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.
  • Shallow Emotions
    When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.”

Read the complete list:
http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html
Most of the above list of traits readily fits Cameron’s persona. Note the inclusion of “aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals”

Cameron so enjoys cruelty to animals he continues to push for the repeal of the fox hunting ban (hunting with Dogs) despite the fact that most people do not want a return to this barbaric pass time – I am not going to call it sport. Brian May says that Cameron has “no compassion for animals whatsoever.”
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/brian-blasts-david-cameron-over-5698905

Note the following quote:

The behavior of men to the lower animals, and their behavior to each other, bear a constant relationship
Herbert Spencer

More on political sociopaths:
http://capitalism-creates-poverty.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/tories-and-sociopaths.html

Don’t get sociopathy confused with mental illness, there is no comparison.Sociopaths are not mentally ill, they do not suffer the torment of mental illness. Though it is listed in the DSM – more recently as “antisocial personality disorder”-  it is not in the same category as more common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Sociopathy is in my opinion not a mental health problem. Mental health problems cause severe disruption of one’s life, these conditions are a serious detriment and most people would rather not suffer in this way and wish to be rid of such afflictions. Sociopaths on the other hand do not see themselves as ill or wish to be anything other than who they are.

It is important to note that mental health sufferers are facing a nightmare of existence as a result not only of the devastating effect of their conditions but as a result of welfare reforms which are targeting them in recent months with the consequence of deteriorating mental health and many suicides.

Here is how government polices are destroying the lives of those with mental health problems

Cuts to services

Cuts to UK mental health services are destroying young lives and families

£80m has been cut from the NHS mental health budget for children and adolescents in the past four years, including £35m in the last year alone
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/27/uk-child-mental-health-services-destroying-lives-families

Benefit Sanctions:

How benefit sanctions punish people with mental health problems the hardest

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ampp3d/how-benefit-sanctions-punish-people-5005786

New data: More than 100 people per day with mental health problems are having their benefits sanctioned

http://www.methodist.org.uk/news-and-events/news-releases/new-data-more-than-100-people-per-day-with-mental-health-problems-are-having-their-benefits-sanctioned

I hope to write more detailed information concerning the government’s deliberate targeting of people with mental health problems in another entry.

The shocking fact is despite all the government rhetoric that work is good for mental health generally speaking the opposite is true. The sad thing is that a person with a mental health condition cannot get a job or cope with holding a job for very long yet sociopaths rule the world, destroying our lives, the lives of other creatures and the planet itself.

Of course the mentally ill are not alone in their suffering as a result of Tory policies, people with all kinds of disabilities and illnesses, the unemployed and the low paid now live difficult lives as a result of the detriment of conservative ideology that favour’s the rich over the poor.

In my opinion the answer to the question posed in the above graphic is a resounding yes!!!!!!

Whether or not Cameron or his cohorts fit the diagnostic criteria of a Sociopath according to the DSM I couldn’t confirm. Nevertheless there is no doubt that he and his accomplices are evil and if we stand by and do not speak out we are in some small way complicit.

If we do not oppose this vile government all the progress of the last 60 years will be destroyed as the Tory’s dismantle our welfare system.

Consider the following which is very very loosely based on a poem below by Pastor Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller who was an anti-Nazi and Lutheran pastor. You can read the original further down

“First they took away incapacity benefit, replaced it with a new benefit Employment and support allowance which was lower paid and made disabled people work, but I was healthy and able to find well paid work, so I did not speak out.

Than they paid the unemployed a pittance, not enough to support their families and forced them to work the hours of a fully paid employee for their job seekers allowance with the threat that if they did not do so their meagre benefit would be reduced or taken a way, but I was healthy, well educated and able to find well paid work so I did not speak out.

Next they proposed to take away the attendance allowance, but I had no dependents in need of attendance so I did not speak out

Than they came for DLA a benefit that once transformed the lives of the disabled and chronically sick allowing them to participate more fully in society and give them a greater independence. But I was well and able to get about so I did not speak out

They reduced and privatised the free health service until it finally dwindled to nothing but I was well, I had a well paid job and good insurance so I did not speak out.

Finally they phased out the retirement pension beginning with the warm front payment. Now I was old and sick and I could no longer be employed in my well paid job, recessions and continuing ill health had robbed me of my wealth. I died alone, destitute, impoverished and in pain, as by now there was no one left to speak out or support me in my time of need.”
Anonymous 2011

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

Martin Niemoller

Source:
http://hmd.org.uk/resources/poetry/first-they-came-pastor-martin-niemoller#sthash.Eqm5XJNX.dpuf

Related Links

David Cameron is a sociopath who picks on the vulnerable – Gaza a step too far:
http://4bitnews.com/uk/david-cameron-a-sociopath-who-picks-on-the-vulnerable/

What if David Cameron is an evil genius?
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/01/david-cameron-moriarty-downing-street-radical-thatcher

Mocking the poor
https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/man-douses-himself-in-petrol-inside-ashton-under-lyne-jobcentre/

https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/

http://www.thenational.scot/comment/letters-to-the-national-august-27-beware-ids-the-empathic-assassin.6832

Petitions to Stop the Reinstatement of Fox hunting

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We must expect an attempt very soon by the Tory government to repeal the fox-hunting bill, as it seems these over privileges psychopaths are desperate to resume their sadistic pastime despite the majority of the public being against its reinstatement. The Repeal of the Hunting Act also means a return of hare coursing & hunting hares with dogs. There should be no place in a modern society for setting dogs onto helpless animals for pleasure.

To make matters worse it has been reported that the Scottish National Party SNP may abstain from voting as this is not a Scottish issue the ban already being in place there.

If you read nothing else please be sure to sign the following Petitions:

Keep the Ban on Fox Hunting
https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-mp-keep-the-ban-on-fox-hunting-2?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=curated_trending

David Cameron: For Foxes’ Sake: Don’t Repeal The Fox Hunting Act!
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Environment_Secretary_Elizabeth_Truss_For_Foxes_Sake_Dont_Let_The_Tradition_Of_The_Boxing_Day_Hunt_Return/?pv=7&rc=tagging&fb_action_ids=10152759326331561&fb_action_types=og.shares

Both petitions may be signed by anyone worldwide.

Also a petition by 38degrees. I am not sure if this petition can be signed by anyone worldwide as some 38 degree petitions are only open to UK residents. However it is worth just filling in the details and see what happens.

DO NOT REPEAL THE FOX HUNTING BAN
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/do-not-repeal-the-fox-hunting-ban?bucket=tw

Scroll down for more actions you can take to prevent the reinstatement of fox hunting such as writing to MPs including SNP’s and first minister Nicola Sturgeon. Please ask that SNP MPs  take part in the vote and vote against the repeal of the fox hunting act.

Please write or email your MP today and ask him or her to support the ban – contact details further down.

With the shocking news the conservatives reelection – shocking at least to those who care about things other than the acquisition of wealth at the expense of other people, other animals and the environment – there is now a real threat that our countryside will be the playground once again for the sociopathic few in our society who enjoy chasing a defenseless animal with a pack of dogs and watch the poor creature being torn apart.

Cameron’s reelection promise to reinstate fox hunting is imminent and may take place in a few months time. We must take action to stop this barbarity not worthy of any modern-day society, not worthy of the UK which supposedly is a nation of animal lovers. Shocking that a few in our country, but not the majority, voted to have both foxes and Badgers killed – fox hunting and hare coursing  are of course not the only attack on your wildlife on the Tory agenda but the massacre of badgers ( Cull/killing) will now continue as promised prior to the election.

Yes that’s right if you voted Tory you will be responsible for the return of the atrocity of fox hunting and the continuation of the badger cull, not forgetting of course the impending £12 billion welfare cuts to vulnerable people, the privatisation of the NHS and the scrapping of the human rights act. More about these in another blog entry.

You can read about these issues here:

Fox hunting back on the agenda says Jeremy Hunt as Tories plan ‘radical blitz’ after election bloodbath

“A free vote on the hunting ban, scrapping the Human Rights Act and finally working out £12bn of welfare cuts are all in the Conservatives’ plans:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/fox-hunting-back-agenda-says-5665629#rlabs=1  – note the poll which shows that 80 percent of people want fox hunting to remain banned. This not only shows you what a cruel and sadistic individual Cameron is but also how he does not respect democracy or the will of the people but pushes on with what appears to be a fixation of his, this fact is apparent if you read the following article written by Cameron back in 2002 which shows what an unbalanced and despicable person he really is. Read the disturbing remarks made by then MP, now unfortunately Prime Minister, David Cameron in the Guardian Newspaper.

“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.””

Read the entire tirade:
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2002/mar/22/davidcameron.politicalcolumnists – Yes I have mentioned this article on many occasions as it offers great insight into the kind of person Cameron is.

Fox hunting, hare coursing and hunting hares with dogs is cruel; it is barbaric and has no place in any modern society. Frankly any hunting is abhorrent and should be banned, but for now we have to fight for the progress we have made and not allow the Torys to reinstate this cruel “sport”.  Fox hunting should be banned permanently and consigned to history where it belongs. The majority of the British public do not want the ban lifted, it is undemocratic for the government to consider its reinstatement.

Please take the following actions.

In the run up to the commons vote to lift the ban on fox hunting I will post as many petitions, notifications of demonstrations and other actions as I come across them. In the meantime please sign the following petitions one of which has been a round awhile but is still relevant of course.  As you will see after signing the avaaz petition  people continue to sign every minute. The Change org petition needs even more signatures than it has at present.

Please sign and share all petitions widely.

Please Sign the following petitions if you have not already signed them and send letters and e-mails to your MP and David Cameron. Also consider writing to Nicola Sturgeon and other SNP MPs asking that they vote on the bill and vote not to repeal the fox hunting act.

David Cameron: For Foxes’ Sake: Don’t Repeal The Fox Hunting Act!
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Environment_Secretary_Elizabeth_Truss_For_Foxes_Sake_Dont_Let_The_Tradition_Of_The_Boxing_Day_Hunt_Return/?pv=7&rc=tagging&fb_action_ids=10152759326331561&fb_action_types=og.shares

Keep the Ban on Fox Hunting
https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-mp-keep-the-ban-on-fox-hunting-2?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=curated_trending

Also a petition by 38degrees. I am not sure if this petition can be signed by anyone worldwide as some 38 degree petitions are only open to UK residents. However it is worth just filling in the details and see what happens.

DO NOT REPEAL THE FOX HUNTING BAN
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/do-not-repeal-the-fox-hunting-ban?bucket=tw

You can write to your MP and tell him or her why you oppose lifting the ban on fox hunting.
http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/contacting-your-mp/

If you don’t live in the UK can still raise your objections by writing to David Cameron – contact details further down

Letters or e-mail but please try and send send a letter if possible though e-mail if this is easier. Letters can get noticed more but this depends on your MP as does any response you may get. Also tweet them and leave a message on their Facebook page if they have one.

It is Important to note that the bill will put the question to MPs in a free vote, which means they could vote with their consciences and not along party lines. So do not be put off if your MP is a Tory, not all Tories support support this bill, in fact some are opposed:
Conservatives against fox hunting
http://www.conservativesagainstfoxhunting.com/

https://www.facebook.com/bluefoxCAFH

Don’t forget to also write to Cameron and let him know politely but in no uncertain terms what you think of his plans to bring back fox hunting.

Here are Cameron’s contact details

David Cameron

Parliamentary

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 3475
Fax: 020 7219 0918

Constituency

West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, Waterloo House, 58-60 High Street, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 6HJ
Tel: 01993 702302

Departmental

10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA
Tel: 020 7270 3000

David Cameron’s websites, Twitter details may also be found by clicking the link below

http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mr-david-cameron/1467

Contact the Scottish National Party

Please write to Nicola Sturgeon and other SNP MPs asking that they vote on the bill and vote not to repeal the fox hunting act.  According to the following more recent news on the issue there is a possibility that the SNPs may vote:
Having previously suggested SNP MPs wouldn’t vote, the party’s leader at Westminster, Angus Robertson, told Sky News they’d need to see the legislation before making a decision and on Saturday night Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “We certainly don’t agree with repealing the ban.”
http://news.sky.com/story/1485688/hunting-vote-could-be-just-months-away  – so its well worth writing to Nicola Sturgeon and SNP MPs to encourage them to vote.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon.

All the first ministers contact details can be found by clicking the link below including postal and e-mail addresses, an online form, telephone numbers and  links to her Twitter and Facebook pages. There are many ways you can contact the first minister. Please take as much action as you can.

https://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msps/currentmsps/28558.aspx

SNP MPs:

Contact details of SNP MPs
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msps/current-msps.aspx

Visit the League Against Cruel Sports to check out for their latest campaigns against fox hunting and other cruelty to animals in the guise of “sport”
http://www.league.org.uk/?gclid=CLi-op67u8UCFTCWtAodZDkA9g

http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/hunting

Related Links

“Supporters of hunting with dogs are confident of overturning the ban imposed 10 years ago, claiming that a majority of MPs in the new House of Commons will vote to lift it.

David Cameron is under mounting pressure from Conservative MPs to honour swiftly the party’s election manifesto pledge to hold a free Commons vote on the ban.  The pro-hunting lobby, which has analysed the views of the MPs elected this month, believes it has achieved the “magic number” of 286 votes it needs to win. The figure is less than half of the 650-member House because the Scottish National Party has said its 56 MPs will not take part.”

The Countryside Alliance calculates that only about 12 of the 330 Conservative MPs will vote to keep the ban imposed by the Blair Government. However, the rival League Against Cruel Sports is also lobbying MPs and is confident that more than 12 Tories will vote to maintain the ban. It believes it can win the critical vote, which could be very close. It accused  the Countryside Alliance of trying to bounce Tory MPs into believing a decision to repeal the Hunting Act 2004 is inevitable, when it is not.

Read More:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/hunting-ban-set-to-be-repealed-within-12-months-with-early-commons-vote-expected-10254419.html  –  I don’t give a damn about what the majority of MPs want, it’s not about them is it, it’s about democracy, they know perfectly well that the majority of us oppose the repeal of the ban. They are supposed to represent us not their own self serving agendas. Really it is just so sickening that in a modern society there are people think it is perfectly okay to murder members of other species just for fun! It is cruel, unethical and barbaric and it has to stop.

Petition to Help Save Loch Ness Red Squirrels

Please sign the following petition to tell the Scottish Government to stop the Scottish Forestry Commission from destroying squirrel habitat!

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Demand that Loch Ness red squirrels are saved from destruction.

“Red squirrels are endangered in the United Kingdom and are a protected animal. Their forest habitat must be protected or they will not survive.

The Scottish Forestry Commission have brought forward their plans for more clear felling in Invermoriston by 20 years, and we are asking that they leave a forest corridor for the red squirrels so that they don’t die.

The Scottish Forestry Commission are responsible for planting maintaining and harvesting trees. The trees are mainly used for paper making and fuel products. They have already felled three large areas around the village and have not yet replanted any trees. They propose to continue the clear felling which will leave the populations of red squirrels and pine martins no suitable habitat here. They claim to be partners in protecting and reintroducing the red squirrel — so they should not be able to destroy squirrels’ habitat without making some provision for them.”

Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/652/569/454/demand-that-loch-ness-red-squirrels-are-saved-from-destruction/

Squirrels are not the only creatures under threat as a result of the Forestry Commission’s dubious plans.

The destruction of forests displaces others animals, destroys their habitats, their right to live in this world free from interference by man.

Look at what has happened to a forest in Co Durham near to the approach of the Yorkshire Dales

What become of the Stang Forest :

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Privatisation

The Stang Forest was privatised back in 2011 before the coalition abandoned their plans to privatize our forests as a result of public pressure.

“AS protests over the privatisation of the region’s woodland grows, The Northern Echo can reveal that one 526- hectare forest has been sold to a consultancy company.

The Forestry Commission confirmed last night that The Stang, an evergreen forest, was sold in January for £3.25m.”

“The Stang is one of many post-war conifer plantations in the region, but about nine years ago the Forestry Commission launched a 50-year project to encourage a wider variety of trees to grow in the forest.

It was hoped that more hardwood and deciduous trees would attract a wider variety of flora and fauna.”

Read More:
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/8833856.Consultancy_company_buys_our_woodland/  – at the rate logging is progressing it is unlikely there will be any Forest left in fifty years time or even the next decade!

The new owners promised it would remain accessible.

All well and good if there is any forest left after it has been decimated by logging in the past four years without seemingly much effort to replace the cut down trees.

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http://www.ldwa.org.uk/Cleveland/W/1902/a-barningham-trail.html  As the comment so clearly points out:
“We had good views all day especially from Hope Scar looking towards Teesdale, which had probably not been seen for more than 50 years as this section of Stang Forest had recently been cut down, opening up a panoramic views. “

Maybe an impressive view but what about the thousands of wild creatures displaced including deer and the pleasure of walking in this forest for locals and visitors alike. Indeed vast swaths of this forest have been hacked down and logging continues on a scale more massive than that which previously occurred. In other regions of Co Durham other small forests have been cut down with no regard for the wildlife that inhabits them.

Be on the alert for any  UK government plans to sell off our forests. A different issue you may think but reading the article below and looking at the photographs above it isn’t is it. With privatisation comes even more devastation to our forests and death for our wildlife. Until privatisation relatively few trees had been cut down in the Stang Forest now whole sections lay bear.

Despite the shelving of plans as a result of public pressure to privatise our forests the threat remains, more so after the Tory majority. Prior to the election the Lib/Dems had plans to put forests into trust to avoid privatisation.

Lib Dems suggest putting forests in trusts to avoid privatisation, so it is likely that privatisation of our forests is on the agenda.
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jul/30/lib-dems-forests-trusts-avoid-privatisation-trees

Even with those forests left under the care of the Forestry Commission there remains a threat of private involvement to the detriment of wildlife and local people such was the case of Fineshade Woods in Northamptonshire.

“Forest Holidays, a joint venture with the Forestry Commission, wants to build the holiday cabins at Fineshade Woods, near Corby.

Campaigners say if the multi-million pound venture goes ahead it will threaten wildlife habits and spoil the beauty of the woodland.”

Read More:
Fineshade Woods cabins ‘will be a money-spinner’

http://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/top-stories/fineshade-woods-cabins-will-be-a-money-spinner-1-6062432  – note in this article the usual promise of jobs and a boost to the ecconomy in order to justify building at Fineshade woods.

A Close Shave for Fineshade

“Last week I attended the meeting of East Northamptonshire Council at which the councillors considered a planning application from Forest Holidays – a commercial off-shoot of the Forestry Commission – to build 70 holiday chalets in Fineshade Woods.  The outcome was a good one, but the process was concerning. ”

Read More:
https://www.buglife.org.uk/blog/matt-shardlow-ceo/a-close-shave-for-fineshade

While it appears that the threat has passed for Fineshade woods we must remain vigilant to prevent the privatisation of our forests.

The forests are saved, but campaigners must remain vigilant

“The campaign to protect the forests must continue. If we drop our guard, there is little doubt that the government will have another go.  Dave Bangs who co-ordinates Keep Our Forests Public wrote recently in the Morning Star, ‘State ownership’s major advantage is that it subtracts a resource, at least partially, from the irrationality and greed of the market.’ The answer for our public forests is the same as the answer for our economy – we need more democratic public ownership and economy-wide planning, enough to break the dominance of the market and not some porridge of private businesses and “social enterprises” struggling for their market share.'”
Read More:
http://www.redpepper.org.uk/the-forests-are-saved-but-campaigners-must-remain-vigilant/ – notice at the end of the article the following link:
38 degrees forest campaign http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/tag/save-our-forests/ Apparently there was a second attempt last year to privatize our forests from which once again the coalition backed down.  I doubt they have given up yet and now with more power than before it is even more likely they will try again.

Please sign the petition to save red squirrels if you have not already done so:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/652/569/454/demand-that-loch-ness-red-squirrels-are-saved-from-destruction/

 

Join Protests, Sign Petitions, Write Letters

We need to fan every flame of resistance—from strikes to housing campaigns, to the People’s Assembly demonstration on 20 June, to the battles against racism, to the mobilisations over climate change. We need to challenge the Labour and trade union leaders who have led us to this disaster.”
Charlie Kimber The socialist Worker

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More ideas to fan the flames – continue reading for details of protests and petitions for you to sign.

There is something we can all do to stop the Tory onslaught. Not everyone can attend protests or Marches but most of us can sign petitions, write letters and e-mail, tweet and share all such actions.

Take action about anything related to the government’s assault on our welfare system, the NHS, the environment such as fracking, the abolition of the human rights bill, increased austerity, the reinstatement of fox hunting and Badger culling to name just a few of the grave social injustices that the majority of us did not vote for.

“When the richest 20% of people vote to attack the poorest 20% – a crude but not unfair summary of what just happened in the election – then any talk of democratic mandates or majorities is redundant.  What we are left with instead is human decency – do we want to live in a society wherediabetics die because they cannot afford the electricity to chill their medicine?  Or where children are socially cleansed away from their schools, friends and families because neither benefits or wages are enough to pay soaring rents?”

Please continue reading the above article and take particular note of the following:

“There are upcoming protests in Glasgow, Peterborough, Manchester, Sheffield,Cardiff, Winchester, Newcastle, Leeds and many more to come – please feel free to leave details of upcoming events, protests or actions in the comments.

Class War and the National Coalition Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) have both called a protest in Central London on the day of the state opening of Parliament, May 27th – keep it free.

UK Uncut have called a day of action on Saturday May 30th, which coincides with a protest against scrapping the Human Right’s Act.

A massive demonstration wil be taking place in the City of London on the 20th June.

Please help spread the word about all events and let’s make them huge.”

Read More:
https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/the-worst-of-margaret-thatcher-meets-the-worst-of-tony-blair-we-need-to-fight-these-bastards-like-never-before/

Please try to support the events above.

Here is a taste of things to come:

David Cameron’s new disabilities minister voted against protecting disabled children’s benefits

“David Cameron’s new disabilities minister voted against protecting benefits for disabled children and cancer patients, according to parliamentary records.

Justin Tomlinson, appointed in the new government’s reshuffle, will assist Iain Duncan Smith in implementing Conservative reforms to the benefits system and making £12bn as-yet unspecified cuts.”

Please continue reading and be sure to watch the video:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-camerons-new-disabilities-minister-voted-against-protecting-disabled-childrens-benefits-10246049.html

Please no violence – Gandhi’s peaceful way of civil disobedience is more effective, It has been used in many nonviolent resistance movements in India (Gandhi’s campaigns for independence from the British Empire)  Violence soon looses public support and is never the solution.

It is unfortunate that someone felt it okay to write slogans on the war memorial during last week’s protest, though it has to be said that there is no proof that the graffiti on the war memorial was written by one of the protesters.

More about the protests and petitions to sign

If you cannot manage a march or other demo you can still make your voice heard by signing a petition

In the coming weeks I will post as many petitions, notifications of demonstrations and other actions as I come across them.

In the meantime please sign the following petitions however unlikely you think they are to succeed, our signatures represent public opinion about which we should not leave them in any doubt.

Unite and cooperate to create an anti-Tory majority in 2020

“In a fair world we would have proportional representation so that the Greens and Liberal Democrats received a fair number of MPs relative to votes received.

In a fair world we would have campaign finance laws that meant a few millionaire donors with vested interests weren’t able to stuff Tory treasure chests with 3 times the amount Labour raised.”

Read More and please sign the petition:
https://www.change.org/p/the-labour-party-the-green-party-the-liberal-democrats-plaid-cymru-the-scottish-national-party-unite-and-cooperate-to-create-an-anti-tory-majority-in-2020

End Austerity in Northern England:

“We, the people of northern England will not sit back in silence while you impose draconian austerity measures on us and crush our NHS. While we accept that your government is legitimate, the north of England voted resoundingly against you. We rejected austerity, and you have swept into office only through a campaign of fear and the support of middle England.” 

“We call upon our fellow countrymen both north and south of the border who are seeking an end to austerity to help us make our voice heard and will work with anyone interested in a progressive and fair society.  We deserve to be treat with dignity and respect”
https://www.change.org/p/end-austerity-in-northern-england – you do not have to live in the north of England to sign the petition, anyone may sign

A Vote of No Confidence in the Conservative Party Running the UK:

“This is important to protect the lives of our societies most vulnerable like the elderly, disabled, homeless, hard working families not earning enough, people on zero hours contracts, students, people having benefits stopped, people victimised by Tory cuts, people having to use food banks, whilst those with more than enough get tax cuts and get let off with tax evasion.”
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/a-vote-of-no-confidence-in-the-conservative-party-running-the-uk

Call for an inquiry into the psychological Impact of Austerity:

“Commit to a parliamentary inquiry assessing the Psychological Impact of Austerity.

Why is this important?

The evidence is clear, austerity policies are having damaging psychological costs, both increasing mental distress in the present, and storing problems for the future. As a group of psychologists, therapists, service users and allies we feel it is our public and professional duty to bring these issues to light.”

Read more and please sign the petition:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/psychological-costs-of-austerity-inquiry

Protests

Please check the following link from time to time for details of protests in your locality

List of demonstrations, actions and meetings currently being organised:
http://anticuts.com/2015/05/12/fight-the-tory-government-actions-across-the-country/

Fight Austerity, Fight the Tories – March on the State Opening of Parliament

“On Wednesday 27th May it will be the state opening of Parliament, where the Tories will officially form a Government.

They will do so with just 37% of the vote, and with the consent of 24% of eligible voters in the UK.

The new Government is going to try to: smash the welfare state by £12bn, privatise the NHS, raise tuition fees, decimate local services, make strike action illegal, scapegoat migrants, worsen the housing crisis and to crush all dissent that stands in their way.

There is now only one thing stopping this from becoming a reality: us. Over the coming weeks and months, we are going to have to show the Tories that we will not let them do this, and we will have to inspire broader layers of the population into resisting austerity. That new wave of resistance starts now.

We are putting this call out for a mobilisation to coincide with the opening of Parliament; we don’t yet have any particular plans beyond it happening. NCAFC does not claim to represent the anti-austerity movement as a whole, and we are putting this call out in the hope that other groups, collectives and organisations will come on board.

Please email againstfeesandcuts@gmail.com to add your group.

Read More:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1600237216914656/

http://anticuts.com/

UK Uncut has also called a day of action, for Saturday 30th May:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1584349118501734/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1600237216914656/1600495150222196/

Not in London Check out the following also included in the above Facebook link
http://anticuts.com/2015/05/12/fight-the-tory-government-actions-across-the-country/

For the Sake of Sick and Disabled People Don’t Vote Tory

 

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Keep Calm Conservatives – War on the Poor II

“A parody “Keep Calm and Carry On” themed non-election poster for this parody of a political party and its pathetic and depraved pretense at government.

The country – the sick, the disabled, the unemployed, and for that matter most of the workforce that remains employed (with no thanks to the Tories) have no future if the Conservatives continue in government. Hopefully we will be rid of them by May 2015, but the damage already caused since 2010 is already considerable.”

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What will life be like for sick and disabled people if the Tories win the election?

What cuts to benefits do the Tories propose?

The Tories want to cut benefits by 12 billion.

“We are the party of the working people offering you security at every stage of your life,”
David Cameron

“Every stage of your life” that is unless you become sick, disabled or unemployed.

Cameron made this claim in his election manifesto speech in which he proclaims his aim is to guarantee a “good life” for British workers and their families.

The fact that a 12 billion cut in benefits was included in their election manifesto as an intended vote catcher is truly sickening. I hope that those who would vote for the Tories on the basis of this would think the same way if one day they are sick, disabled or unemployed and need support for the basics of life.No one knows if any of these circumstances may befall them, the fact that people are willing to aid and abet the Tories to strip benefits from vulnerable people who depend on them through no fault of their own and to ultimately destroy our welfare system by voting for them on the basis of this vile committment is disturbing indeed.

On this basis

For claimants, especially those who are sick and disabled, the result of the next election could well have a dramatic effect on the quality of their lives for decades to come.
Read More:
http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/3046-big-cuts-to-disability-benefits-if-conservatives-win-warns-ifs

Sick and disabled claimants to lose up to £80 per week under leaked Tory plans

“The BBC News investigation uncovered several benefits under consideration for change, including:

  • Carer’s Allowance – this could be restricted to those eligible for Universal Credit. Leaked documents suggest about 40% of claimants would lose out. DWP predicted saving – £1bn
  • The contributory element of Employment and Support Allowance and Job Seekers Allowance – currently claimants who have paid enough National Insurance contributions can get the benefits with little means testing; DWP analysis suggests 30% of claimants, over 300,000 families, would lose about £80 per week. DWP predicted saving – £1.3bn in 2018/19
  • Disability benefits – Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments and Attendance Allowance (for over 65s who have personal care needs) would no longer be paid tax free. Possible saving – £1.5bn per annum(based on IFS Green Budget calculation )
  • Industrial Injuries Compensation Scheme – could be replaced by companies providing industrial injury insurance policy for employees. Any that did not would become members of a default national industrial injuries scheme, similar to the programme for asbestos sufferers. DWP predicted saving – £1bn
  • Council Tax Support – to be incorporated into Universal Credit. Possible saving – not known
  • Child Benefit – Limiting the benefit to the first two children. Possible saving IFS estimates £1bn saving per annum in the long run but little initially
  • Regional Benefit Caps – The £23,000 limit would vary in different parts of the country, with for instance Londoners receiving the top amount due to the higher cost of living. Possible saving – not known and dependent on where levels were set”

Read More:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32084722

Previous benefit cuts and reforms

The following website gives details of the Significant changes that are being made to the benefits and tax credits system over the next few years. It also provides an archive of changes that have already happened:
http://www.turn2us.org.uk/information__resources/benefits/benefits_changes/benefit_changes_timetable.aspx

Here is an example of how welfare reforms have affected people with multiple needs.

This is an extract from the Voices From the Front Line project’s Interim report , highlighting the damage welfare reforms have caused to people with multiple needs and how the introduction of benefit sanctions has been the most negative aspect of welfare reforms for this group.

People with multiple needs experience several problems at the one time which may include the following: mental illnesses, homelessness,  drug and alcohol misuse, offending and family breakdown.

“We found that recent welfare reforms are having an overwhelmingly negative effect on people with multiple needs. They have led to financial and personal strain, and in some cases placed people at risk.There are particular concerns over the use of sanctions, and cuts to legal aid.

“We found that recent welfare reforms are having an overwhelmingly negative effect on people with multiple needs. They have led to financial and personal strain, and in some cases placed people at risk.There are particular concerns over the use of sanctions, and cuts to legal aid.

Welfare changes are having a severe effect on people’s mental health and well-being

  • 88% of services reported welfare changes had a negative effect on their clients’ overall wellbeing,and 86% on their mental health
  • Several services perceived an increased risk of suicide amongst their service users as a result.

Services report that the changes are not helping people with multiple needs to progress toward employment, and are placing them under financial and personal strain

  • Only two percent of services believed that welfare reforms have had a positive impact on people’s ability to engage with the job market, with 55% reporting a negative impact
  • 88% of services reported a negative impact on people’s finances, 82% on access to appropriate housing, and 73% on access to appropriate food and nutrition.

In some cases, welfare reforms are prompting re-offending and placing vulnerable women at risk

  • Many services described a pattern in which people with a history of offending behaviour would reoffend when placed under stress through changes to their benefits
  • Several services described vulnerable women turning to subsistence theft, sex work or being forced to depend on violent partners after losing their benefits

Benefit sanctions are significantly disadvantaging people with multiple needs

  • 79% of services reported that sanctions are affecting over half of their service users, and sanctions were viewed as having the most negative impact of all the welfare changes

Legal aid cuts are affecting a significant number of people with multiple needs

  • 64% of services said that cuts to legal advice are affecting over half their service users

Access the full report:
http://meam.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/EvidenceFromTheFrontline.pdf

About Voices from the front line:
http://www.drugscope.org.uk/partnersandprojects/Voices+from+the+Frontline
http://meam.org.uk/about-this-project/

Five more years of Tory cuts will turn back the clock to a time many considered long consigned to history, another five years may well see the end to the welfare system.

Say no to the destruction of our welfare system, stem the tide of vicious welfare reforms by not voting Tory.

Related Links

Reports on the impacts of public spending cuts across the whole of the UK:
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/research/centres/chrp/projects/spendingcuts/resources/database/reportsgroups/#

http://wheresthebenefit.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/tory-cuts-as-bad-as-we-feared.html

 

Where do Your Political Candidates Stand on Animal Welfare

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If you do not have time to read the following introduction please scroll down to send a message concerning animal welfare to all candidates in your constituency. Also “Tweet for animals” on April 2nd.

“An English gentleman would not himself give a moment’s unnecessary pain to any living creature, and would instinctively exert himself to put an end to any suffering before his eyes: yet it is a fact that every game preserver in this country sanctions a system which consigns thousands of animals to acute agony, probably of eight or ten hours duration, before it is ended by death. I allude to the setting of steel traps for catching vermin.”

“Bull-baiting and cock-fighting have rightly been put down by law; I hope it may never be said that the members of the British Parliament will not make laws to protect animals if such laws should in any way interfere with their own sports.

Some who reflect upon this subject for the first time will wonder how such cruelty can have been permitted to continue in these days of civilisation; and no doubt if men of education saw with their own eyes what takes place under their sanction, the system would have been put an end to long ago.”
Charles Darwin referring to steel traps

Indeed the cruelty meted out to animals in the name of “sport” should have long been consigned to history.

Of particular note in the above quote :I hope it may never be said that the members of the British Parliament will not make laws to protect animals if such laws should in any way interfere with their own sports.

Unfortunately some members of the British government avoid making laws to protect animals or attempt to revoke laws which have been painstakingly passed if it interferes with their sport, Cameron’s continued attempts to reinstate hunting with dogs, fox hunting, is a case in point.

Please take the following actions

Send a message to all candidates in your constituency

Find out where your political candidates stand on animal welfare by sending them a message to question them directly on and ask them to support the five 5 key requests included in the League Against Cruel Sports’ 2015 Election Manifesto.

We are asking every parliamentary candidate to support our five election pledges.

1. To defend and strengthen the Hunting Act

 2. To ban the use of snares

 3. To conduct an independent inquiry into the commercial shooting industry

 4. To take tough action to deal with illegal dog fighting

 5. To strengthen protection for racing greyhounds”

Read more detail and take action by sending a form letter to your candidates:
http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/election-manifesto/take-action-for-animals-general-election-2015

Please send the message included in the above link, it is easier than it sounds as it does not require editing. The message will be sent to each candidate in your constituency.

More Action you can take

Tweet For Animals

“On Thursday 2nd April leaders from the 7 main political parties in the UK will  be taking part in a live televised debate and we want you to tweet them and tell them that animals matter at the general election.”

Click the link below to access links to each of the party leaders’ Twitter accounts. Click on the “Tweet” button and be a voice for animals.”

http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/election-manifesto/tweet-for-animals

Hunting, shooting, deer stalking, hare coursing, snaring, dog racing and other so called”sports” should be banned outright, such should have no place in any civilised society. While dog fighting is of course banned there should be more done to enforce such a ban. Rather like fox hunting, bans of this kind are ignored which makes them meaningless.

 

 

 

Stop the Privatisation of the NHS – Please Sign Urgent Petition

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Planet of the One Percenters

The Tories opposed the creation of the NHS back in 1947 and have been looking for ways to destroy the service ever since.

Now, as the Party of the 1%, they seem set to do just that unless they are stopped.

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With no regard for democracy, knowing that the majority of us are opposed to the privatisation of the NHS, Cameron and the coalition government are hell bent on systematically allowing private corporations motivated by profit over patient care to take over NHS hospitals and other services. I firmly believe that in time if allowed to continue this will eventually lead to an American style system of health care.

Take Action

Please take the following actions to stop the privatisation of our NHS by signing the following petitions.

Urgent please sign!

38degress petition 

STOP THE NHS SELL-OFF OF £1.2 BILLION CANCER CARE IN STAFFORDSHIRE

Cancer patients in Staffordshire should know that the people caring for them are in the business of saving lives, not making money. There’s no justification for privatisation on this scale, ordinary people in Staffordshire haven’t been properly asked what they think, and if this deal goes through, we’ll be stuck with it for 10 years – and it could open the door for sweeping privatisation of our NHS across the country

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-nhs-sell-off-of-1-2-billion-cancer-and-end-of-life-care-in-staffordshire

Read More:
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/16/privatisating-nhs-staffordshire-cancer-care-harm-patients-campaigners-say

Sumofus petition

The first private corporation to take over an NHS hospital is pulling out. The reason? It’s no longer making a profit.

This is a glimpse into the future of a fully privatised NHS — one we can’t afford to meet. Tell the government to stop privatisation and defend the NHS!

Read more and please sign the petition, its time Cameron was left in no doubt as to the extent of public feeling on the matter.
http://action.sumofus.org/a/circle-nhs/?akid=9144.1820923.-0MyR7&rd=1&sub=fwd&t=1

Here is lots more action from 38 degress you can take to save our NHS.

SAVE OUR NHS ACTION CENTRE
http://www.38degrees.org.uk/pages/save_our_nhs_action_centre

The best way we can stop this happening is not to vote Tory in the forth coming elections.

The Iron Lady’s Prayer: A Parady

 

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“Parody! Barely.

The Conservative’s* prayer to their goddess of greed, Margaret Thatcher. Her state funeral last year was bordering on outright worship of Thatcher and her ideological legacy of self-centred greed which with all the other branches of libertarianism/capitalism, is creating global harm on a colossal scale: fueling poverty, oppression and environmental devastation.

It’s bad enough when anyone participate’s, but even as an ex-christian, I find the sight of hypocrite’s who pretend to be religious, happily pushing the cult of greed over need; sickening. People who have no problem with the gaping wealth inequality, the poverty, the foodbanks, the homelessness.”

“*Not just the Tories, but UKIP, the US GOP, Conservatives in Canada and Australia…. and all the other    greedy, selfish, sociopaths everywhere.”

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I cannot and never will understand the cult of greed at the expense of other people, other animals, the earth itself, our very existence and the existence of future generations. The insatiable greed of the few is like an illness, a compulsion when enough is never enough. Like a gambling or other addition it leaves nothing but misery in its wake.  Sadly it is mostly those of this ilk who rule the world and our lives, yet few challenge this status quo. Here in the UK benefits are being stripped from disabled people, people who are too sick to work who can in many cases barely cope with day-to-day living yet are considered fit to work and for non compliance are left destitute with no income, not even the means to obtain food, shelter or warmth, all of which are basic human rights that we all should demand. While food banks open at an alarming hitherto unparalleled rate and people die in their own homes from cold here in the sixth richest country in the world, the rich get richer.

While a child dies of hunger every three seconds in so-called developing countries, while people die of preventable disease and the want of clean water and medical care, have no shelter, no education, no hope and no future, the decadent 1 percent continue living their extravagant life styles accruing more and more wealth at a phenomenal rate.

Here in the UK thanks to the sociopathic polices of Thatcher and her even more warped successor Cameron and his cohorts the gap between the have and the have nots is growing ever wider, more so here than anywhere else in Europe.

How the super rich got richer: 10 shocking facts about inequality

The gap between the super rich and the rest of us is spiralling out of control, with Britain’s 1% grabbing more than their counterparts anywhere else in Europe.

“The coalition government has already reduced the top rate of tax to 45%. Now it plans tougher benefit cuts for the poor. Under current financial plans, it will reward the top 1% even more in future, by cutting income taxes further. The rest of the top 20% can expect slight increases in their net income in the years up to 2016, while everyone else is impoverished.”

“We are facing a fork in the road between having a majority global middle class, or most of us becoming a global service class employed to satisfy the needs of a tiny minority of super-rich individuals.

In spring this year, Oxfam revealed that some 85 of the world’s richest people now had as much wealth as the poorest half of all humanity. A few weeks later, Forbes magazine updated that estimate to just 67 people. Then, within days, they corrected that estimate on their website to 66 people, so fast was the wealth of the multi-billionaires rising in the world during early 2014.”

Interesting to note the following:
London’s wealthy elite also includes the largest concentration of Russian millionaires found outside of Moscow – at least 2,000, many of whom are also “Ultras”. It is impossible to accurately assess their wealth because so much of it is hidden. But the donations from many of them to the Conservative party suggest that they have a direct interest in maintaining the low tax – especially wealth tax – policies of that party. It is not just property that the Russians are buying.
Extracts from How the Super Rich got Richer: 10 shocking facts about inequality
Read the full article:
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/sep/15/how-super-rich-got-richer-10-shocking-facts-inequality

Are the super rich getting even richer?

The world’s richest 1 per cent will own more than the other 99 per cent by next year, a charity warns.

“Do we really want to live in a world where the 1 per cent own more than the rest of us combined? The scale of global inequality is quite simply staggering and despite the issues shooting up the global agenda, the gap between the richest and the rest is widening fast.

“In the past 12 months we have seen world leaders from President Obama to Christine Lagarde talk more about tackling extreme inequality but we are still waiting for many of them to walk the walk. It is time our leaders took on the powerful vested interests that stand in the way of a fairer and more prosperous world.

“Business as usual for the elite isn’t a cost free option – failure to tackle inequality will set the fight against poverty back decades. The poor are hurt twice by rising inequality – they get a smaller share of the economic pie and because extreme inequality hurts growth, there is less pie to be shared around.”

Oxfam International executive director Winnie Byanyim quoted in the Channel4 article:
Are the super rich getting even richer?
Read More:
http://www.channel4.com/news/inequality-world-richest-wealth-oxfam-poor-uk-rich

Take Action

Watch the Video and join the Oxfam Campaign Even it Up:
http://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/even-it-up

Inequality is out of control: Time to Even It Up!

Around the world, the gap between the rich and poor is spiralling out of control. Extreme inequality is not accidental or inevitable – it’s the result of deliberate policy choices by people in power. Together we must #EvenItUp and stop #inequality from undermining our fight against #poverty. Join our campaign now to close the gap between the rich and the rest: http://www.oxfam.org/en/even-it-up

Wealth: Having it all and wanting more –  A report by Oxfam

Global wealth is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a small wealthy elite. These wealthy individuals have generated and sustained their vast riches through their interests and activities in a few important economic sectors, including finance and insurance, and pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Companies from these sectors spend millions of dollars every year on lobbying to create a policy environment that protects and enhances their interests further. The most prolific lobbying activities in the US are on budget and tax issues; public resources that should be directed to benefit the whole population, rather than reflect the interests of powerful lobbyists.

This briefing explains Oxfam’s methodology and data sources and updates key inequality statistics, such as Oxfam’s frequently cited fact in 2014: ‘85 billionaires have the same wealth as the bottom half of the world’s population’

Download the full report:
http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/wealth-having-it-all-and-wanting-more-338125

Surely enough is enough, when are we going to take a stand against the greed of the few at the expense of the many. Time for a fair society, one that allows people to have fulfilling lives including of course the very basics which so many people lack such a shelter, food, clean water, warmth, education and health care, without exploitation of other human beings, other animals or the planet.

While the Oxfam initiative is a good start the ultimate fair world consists in removing ownership of the world’s resources from individuals who for all intents and purposes control these often essentials for the life, health and wellbeing of the vast majority of the world’s inhabitants.

“Gross economic inequality is as vile as racism, misogyny and hatred of the disabled; as damaging in effect; and as dependent on a small group of supporters who believe that just a few should have more and more and more, because they’re worth it.”

Danny Dorling

 

Join the Day Of Action Against Maximus, March 2nd

Attacking people with disabilities is the lowest display of power I can think of
Morgan Freeman.

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Please make a note in your diaries to join The Day Of Action Against Maximus

Maximus is the new Work Capability Assessment (WCA) contractor taking the place of ATOS  to conduct the deeply unfair WCA for sick and disabled people.

These crude and callous assessments have been used to strip benefits from hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled people after a quick computer based test ruled them ‘fit for work’.  A growing number of suicides have been directly linked to this stressful regime, whilst charities, medical staff and claimants themselves have warned of the desperate consequences for those left with no money at all by the system.

In a huge embarrassment for the DWP, the previous contractor Atos were chased out of the Work Capability Assessments after a sustained and militant campaign carried out by disabled people, benefit claimants and supporters.  In a panicky effort to save these vicious assessments Iain Duncan Smith hired US private healthcare company Maximus to take over from Atos this coming April.

This is not the only lucrative contract the Tories have awarded this company.  Maximus are also involved in helping to privatise the NHS, running the Fit for Work occupational health service designed to bully and harass people on sick leave into going back to work.  Maximus also run the notorious Work Programme in some parts of the UK, meaning that disabled people found fit for work by Maximus may then find themselves sent on workfare by Maximus.  There is no greater enemy to the lives of sick and disabled people in the UK today than this multi-national poverty profiteer who even are prepared to run welfare-to-work style schemes for the brutal Saudi Arabian government.

Read More including details of the day of action:
http://dpac.uk.net/2015/01/disabled-claimants-welcome-to-maximus-march-2nd-everywhere/

Details of local Events

Planning for the Day of Action to Welcome Maximarse to their new role as assessors for the cruel and hateful WCA is taking shape, and we now have local actions planned forBalham, Brighton, Cardiff, Croydon, Glasgow, Ipswich, Lincoln,  Manchester,  Reading, Sheffield, and of course Maximus HQ in central London.

Read More:
http://dpac.uk.net/2015/01/maximus-day-of-action-2nd-of-march-list-of-events-around-the-uk-scrapwca/

Keep an eye on the above page – “we will keep it updated with locations all over the UK where actions are planned, and details of new actions are coming in to DPAC central thick and fast so keep an eye out for updates.”  Includes  details of how to set up an event in your locality it there is not one where you live. Also online action planned. So do check this page out every so often.

Twitter hash tag ‪#‎ScrapWCA‬

Download the above leaflet and others:
https://twitter.com/hashtag/scrapwca

DPAC on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/dis_ppl_protest/status/555868168481038337

More information about the detrimental effects of the WCA and also the misery and suffering as a result of sanctions for non compliance, which many mean being sanctioned and loosing at least one month’s benefit for, in some cases, being as little as one minute late for an interview with your Jobcentre adviser!

Don’t consider for one minute that Maximus may not be like ATOS , it is a foregone conclusion that they are indeed as bad if not worse than ATOS.  The following helps to confirm this:
The senior civil servant previously responsible for government policy on the notorious “fitness for work” test could start offering advice on the same issue to his new private sector bosses within weeks.
http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2015/01/former-wca-boss-free-advise-maximus-fitness-work-test-within-weeks/

The is no doubt concerning the misery and suffering inflicted upon vulnerable people as a result of the WCA, thousands have died as a consequence, many as a result of suicide.

The WCA is not suitable for its purpose and needs to be scrapped

List off those who have died as result of government reforms including the WCA

Terry McGarvey, 48. Dangerously ill from polycytheamia, Terry asked for an ambulance to be called during his Work Capability Assessment. He knew that he wasn’t well enough to attend his WCA but feared that his benefits would be stopped if he did not. He died the following day.

Elaine Lowe, 53. Suffering from COPD and fearful of losing her benefits. In desperation, Elaine chose to commit suicide.

Mark Wood, 44. Found fit for work by Atos, against his Doctors advice and assertions that he had complex mental health problems. Starved to death after benefits stopped, weighing only 5st 8lb when he died.

Read More Stories

UK Welfare Reform Deaths ~ Updated List ~ October 21st 2014:
http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2014/10/21/uk-welfare-reform-deaths-updated-list-october-21st-2014/

Here is another tragedy, another suicide of a man with mental illness:

Sanction and suicide:
https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/sanction-and-suicide/

Obtained under the freedom of information act it has been revealed that the DWP has investigated 60 deaths linked to cuts in benefits and the refusal of ESA as a result of the WCA declaring them fit for work

It has emerged that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has carried out 60 reviews into deaths linked to benefit cuts in the past three years. Shocking cases reveal a spike in suicides and health deterioration resulting from cuts.

In some cases, deaths appear to be caused by a refusal of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Other deaths of predominantly disabled claimants resulted from claimants being found “fit to work” by a Work Capability Assessment (WCA).
http://rt.com/uk/206247-benefit-cuts-related-deaths/

This is just the tip of the iceberg as untold thousands more have suffered serious detriment to their lives because of these vile reforms. There are no doubt many many more cases that go unreported.

It is sickening that the lives of chronically ill and disabled people should be made even more wretched by this morally bankrupt government’s vicious and grossly unjust welfare reforms and that few people speak out. Certainly not the media who have done much to support the government in what I believe is the slow and systematic dismantling of our welfare system. Where is Labour in all this? With the exception of the bedroom tax mainly silent. Though there is evidence that Labour will continue with this deeply unfair assessment:
https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/taking-the-wca-back-to-the-bad-old-days-why-sick-and-disabled-claimants-should-fear-a-labour-government/

Even if you manage to fulfill the criteria to claim ESA that is not the end of the matter, you can be stripped of your benefit as a result of unfair sanctions particularly if you are mentally ill. It has been shown that people with mental health conditions are sanctioned disproportionately.

According to welfare weekly 100 mentally ill people are sanctioned everyday:

100 Sickness Benefit Claimants With Mental Health Problems Sanctioned Every Day

Benefits claimant judged as unfit to work due to mental health problems are more likely to have their benefits stopped by sanctions than those suffering from other conditions,

Homeless charity Crisis warned in 2014 of a “shocking increase” in the number of ESA sanctions. In the first three months of 2014 alone, 15,995 disabled people had their benefits docked, compared with 3,574 during the same period the previous year.

Whilst it isn’t possible to say how many of these ESA claimants also suffered from mental health problems, disability is often accompanied by mental health issues – such as anxiety and depression.

According to the DWP data, the most common reason for being sanctioned is that a person has been late or not turned up for a Work Programme appointment

http://www.welfareweekly.com/100-sickness-benefit-claimants-mental-health-problems-sanctioned-every-day/

Read Mikes Story:

Mike found himself in court for stealing just £ 7.45 worth of food:

Mike had lost his job a few months earlier and had been stuck on a bus unexpectedly delayed by road works.

He was ten minutes late for his appointment at the Jobcentre and as a punishment he was sanctioned for four weeks – that means he lost all his income for a month.

Three weeks into the sanction he had nothing, he was ill, he missed the local foodbank’s weekly opening day and eventually he stole some food because he hadn’t eaten in four days.

Read more:
http://www.itv.com/news/2015-01-20/the-most-vulnerable-claimants-are-being-punished-for-minor-mistakes-over-benefits/

If you think that such an extreme sanction is a mistake then think again.

In the same article:

Harsh punishment for minor mistakes

When people hear stories like Mike’s they are tempted to believe that this must be a mistake and that it’s not how the system is intended to function.

However, looking closely we see that punishing minor mistakes extremely harshly is core to the sanctions system.

Please read the full article if you haven’t done so already:
http://www.itv.com/news/2015-01-20/the-most-vulnerable-claimants-are-being-punished-for-minor-mistakes-over-benefits/

It is likely that mentally ill people are more often sanctioned as they as a result of their illness are less likely to fight back, raise  an objection or cope with finding help and advice. Mentally health conditions are far more incapacitating  than many people realise, take the most common condition of depression, a disorder that can render a person unable to get out of bed feed or care for themselves let alone challenge such unfair decisions. Another common mental health problem is anxiety which may be so severe that the suffer may be prevented from leaving the house let alone arrive on time or at all for an appointment, such as an agoraphobic for example.

Here is an example of what happens to mentally ill people

“It’s hard enough dealing with a mental health issue – but it’s made much worse if you’re not able to work.

David (not his real name) suffers from schizophrenia and receives two types of income support to help him live while he deals with his illness. He was sanctioned twice in 2013 for not attending work focussed interviews and appointments due to his deteriorating health.

He was even sanctioned while he was very ill in hospital, and forced to rely on his family for food.

Caught in a bureaucratic nightmare without any guidance, David was too ill to speak to advisors.”

Read More:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ampp3d/how-benefit-sanctions-punish-people-5005786

Though the issue of sanctions may seen like a separate matter,  this particular grave injustice stems from the accumulating impact of Tory welfare reforms which are effecting the most vulnerable and which need to be scrapped. Getting the WCA scrapped would be a good start.

Labour have already stated that they’re going to be tougher on benefit recipients than the Tories so it is unlikely that there will be any changes from them.

The Tories will not scrap the WCA  because it’s doing exactly what it was designed to do and that is to deprive people of their sickness benefits and eventually to do away with the welfare system.

I very much doubt that unless we robustly demand change that change to this inhumane system will ever come about.

Anyone who can attend or support the day of action please do so, you do not have to be sick or disabled, a carer or in any way personally affected. We are all in it together, a now infamous term used by a truly deplorable human being (Cameron) that in this instance is nonetheless true. Think about it all those of you who imagine that by denying sick and disabled people a decent standard of living you will somehow be better off –  pay less taxes or social security.  On the contrary you will be disappointed. If this is what you expect you are delusional, naive at best, stupid at worst. Consider one day it could be you or a loved one. With the exception of those born with disabilities I very much doubt that those who are sick or disabled today ever thought that this would happen to them. Old or young one never knows if or when one may be rendered disabled or chronically sick. Do you really want to destroy  the only means of living provided by the welfare system for the thousands of us who are unfortunate to be sick or disabled. What kind of person condones such an inhumane notion, what kind of person promotes such a state of affairs where disabled people will be left to fend for themselves relying on handouts from relatives or charities.  What kind of person stands by and allows this to happen?

It is sickening that in a modern society that a tiny minority have the power to being about such appalling devastation, misery and suffering into the lives of the most vulnerable in our community.  Even more shocking is the number of people who have swallowed hook line and sinker the Nazi Style Tory propaganda labeling benefits claimants as scroungers.  As a consequence few stand up in defence of this grave social injustice which has come to the attention of the UN, though it has to be said the UN appear to be doing very little about it other than to cite it for the human rights violation that it is.

Other Related Information

A very interesting document. Please read… And please share…..

“Today I received a very interesting document. It consists of the governments latest plans regarding sanctions. It makes very interesting reading. That is if you don’t get too angry and stop reading. For this reason I have taken out the “worst” bits. I shall put a little explanation alongside each one. Sources of this document etc shall remain nameless but you need to read this and share it.

LIE!!….Sanctions make people too scared to live, too scared to do anything but what the Job Centre tell them to do. SANCTIONS KILL.”
Read More:
https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/a-very-interesting-document-please-read-and-please-share/

Britain’s benefits sanctions: ‘My brother’s gone. We can’t bring him back, but we can’t let this go on’
Read More:
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/17/benefits-sanctions-gill-thompson-cathie-wood-vulnerable-claimants

Maximus: The Company That Dare Not Show Its Face #ScrapWCA:
Read More:
https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/the-company-that-dare-not-show-its-face-how-maximus-plan-to-hide-their-involvement-in-the-work-capability-assessment/

Also from the Void  –  (A Good source of information concerning benefit reforms and other related issues)

Benefit Sanctions Will Cause A Deterioration In Health And That’s OK Says DWP Rule Book
https://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/benefit-sanctions-will-cause-a-deterioration-in-health-and-thats-ok-says-dwp-rule-book/

Cuts to employment and support allowance ‘considered’:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29821696

 

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Back The Bill to Save Our NHS

What should be the glory of the profession is that a doctor should be able to meet his patients with no financial anxiety.
Aneurin Bevan

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The NHS – Now You See it – Soon You Won’t

“Despite Promising no cuts to the NHS before 2010 – a promise which Cameron and the Conservative Party had no intention whatsoever of keeping to; the service is being both heavily cut and privatised by stealth.”

Source of graphic and to read more:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/8998178793/

The National health Service here in the UK is the envy of the world, it provides treatment for all regardless of ability to pay. Our health and well being depend on the NHS continuing as a universally free health care system where the best treatment is available regardless of your financial status and where people come before profit.

Please Take the Following Actions

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Please help a campaign on behalf of the TUC to save our NHS which is facing threats more serious than at any time in its history.

There is a deadline of November 21st so please do not delay

“Please email your MP, asking them to show their support for a free, universal and accountable NHS run for people not profit. Ask them to turn up and vote FOR the Bill at its reading on Friday 21 November, 2014.

The NHS market free-for-all is beginning to take off, as a result of the Government’s Health and Social Care Act.

Since April 2013 over £7bn worth of NHS contracts have been advertised by Clinical Commissioning Groups. Of those awarded to date, 56% have gone to non-NHS providers. Outsourcing and privatisation is becoming deeply embedded in the NHS.

The National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill is a Private Members Bill promoted by Clive Efford MP. Its Second Reading in the House of Commons is on 21 November.

Clive’s Bill seeks to change the most harmful aspects of the Health and Social Care Act, putting patient care before private profit once again, and re-establishing the guarantee of comprehensive healthcare, free at the point of need. It could put the brakes on the market takeover of our NHS.

We need as many MPs as possible to turn out and back the Bill at its next reading if it is to stand a chance of moving on to the next Parliamentary stages.”

Take action now: Ask your own MP to Back The Bill   – After adding your post code and clicking participate you will be taken to a form and a sample letter. You are advised to use your own words: “We’ve provided a sample letter, but please delete it and write in your own words if you can – even if it’s short – It will have far more impact that way”.

If you cannot do this for some reason please send as it is but try to at least rearrange or change a few of the words to avoid possible deletion from spam filters.

You may wish to write to your MP using your own e-mail or write a postal letter, you can use the sample letter as a template. Letters are more likely to receive a response but do what is best for you, but please take action:

MPs contact details
http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/contacting-your-mp/

Please post to arrive before 21st November

If you’d like to read more about Clive’s Bill and what it is attempting to do, you can find a briefing and more campaign suggestions at the TUC’s All Together For The NHS campaign pages – here you will find more information and other actions you can take such as sign the following petition:

Back the Bill petition
http://www.unionstogether.org.uk/page/s/nhs – This is a simple petition and requires only a few details, you do not have to have a Twitter account or a mobile phone number though there is a space on the petition sign in for both.

Related Links and other actions

Please sign the following petition from 38 degrees:

“The government has pushed through changes to our health service which could mean big changes to the NHS as we know it. But 38 Degrees members aren’t giving up! Read the latest news here”

Read More and sign the petition you do not have to be a 38 degrees member:
http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/Protect_our_NHS_Petition#petition

Keep Our NHS Public:
http://www.keepournhspublic.com/joinus.php

Unite the Union Save Our NHS
http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/healthsector/healthsectorcampaigns/unite4ournhs/

http://www.unison.org.uk/at-work/health-care/key-issues/fighting-cuts-and-privatisation-in-the-nhs/home/