Archive | August, 2014

Return of the BritNats

31 Aug
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NHS should be run like Tesco: Tory MP who defected to UKIP

28 Aug

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UKIP!)

The former Tory MP for Clacton Douglas Carswell – who has just defected to UKIP  – is a bit obsessed with supermarkets.

He once wrote a whole blogpost extolling the inspirational examples of German cut-price supermarkets Lidl and Aldi:

What Lidl and Aldi tell us about the benefits of a free market‘.

Carswell also thinks the NHS should be run more like Tesco. Here’s what he said about GP surgeries:

Tesco isn’t only open round the clock, they’ll deliver stuff to your door at a time that suits you. So how come ….. you can’t get to see a GP on a Saturday?

And he seems to think hospitals should be more like 24-hour supermarkets:

Compare the experience of many of my constituents as patients ….. with their experience as customers – 24-hour supermarkets, instant access, personalised service.

But it’s not only the NHS. Carswell’s…

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Eat Your Cereal

28 Aug

UK becomes the first country to face a UN inquiry into disability rights violations

27 Aug

Politics and Insights

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We ought to be very concerned about the government’s declaration that they intend to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights, (ECHR)  and to repeal our own Human Rights Act, (HRA). One has to wonder what Cameron’s discomfort with the HRA is. The Act, after all, goes towards protecting the vulnerable from neglect of duty and abuse of power. The rights protected by the HRA are drawn from the 1950 European convention on human rights, which was a way of ensuring that we never again witness the full horrors of the second world war, and overwhelmingly, one of the greatest stains on the conscience of humanity – the Holocaust.

Human Rights establish a simple set of minimum standards of decency for humankind to hold onto for the future. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms was drafted as a lasting legacy of the struggle against fascism and…

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It’s absolute poverty, not “market competition” that has led to a drop in food sales.

26 Aug

Politics and Insights

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Public spending in food stores fell for the first time on record in July this year, putting the UK recovery in doubt after a very worrying, unprecedented record fall in food sales, with many consumers evidently yet to feel the benefit of the so-called recovery.

The price of food was 0.2% higher than a year ago. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) started collecting the data in 1989.The volume of food sales was also down last month, by 1.5% on an annualised basis.

There was also a marked fall in petrol consumption, and the only prominent area of growth was in spending that entailed use of mail order catalogues, and at market stalls, as people use credit to buy essential items and shop around for cheap alternatives and bargains.

Food manufacturing is the UK’s single largest manufacturing sector. The food and drink supply chain is a major part of the…

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High Court throws out Duncan Smith’s “flawed and tawdry” retrospective workfare law

22 Aug

Vox Political

Criminal: Iain Duncan Smith has made the UK government into a criminal regime, illegally victimising its most vulnerable citizens. Criminal: Iain Duncan Smith has made the UK government into a criminal regime, illegally victimising its most vulnerable citizens.

Iain Duncan Smith took an metaphorical slap in the face from the High Court today when Mrs Justice Lang said his retroactive law to refuse docked payments to jobseekers was not legal.

The Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013 was rushed onto the statute books after the DWP discovered the rules under which it had docked Jobseekers’ Allowance from 228,000 people, who had refused to take part in Workfare schemes, were illegal.

The ruling does not mean that everyone who was penalised for refusing to take part, or for leaving the scheme once they had started it and realised what it was, may claim back the JSA that had been withdrawn from them.

But anyone who appealed against a benefit sanction on the basis of the previous decision will be entitled…

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Nick (@mylegalforum) Takes on IDS ………

20 Aug

Diary of an SAH Stroke Survivor

I am sure my readers will agree, for too long Iain Duncan Smith has been allowed off the hook in all manner of Press and Media we the people, we the social security claimants now have a chance to try and address that and try and bring some balance with the truth being told.

How do we do that? by putting IDS up against a very worthy contender some one who knows the truth someone who has worked tirelessly to bust the lies and deceit that this man spill almost daily and that man is Nick Dilworth who runs the excellent blog My Legal Forum and is Co-Founder of #newapproach who bring you the below message:

Nick is our USP. He’s the only campaigner who has first had experience on the front line dealing, on a daily basis, with the horror of the failed #WCA trying to pick up the…

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