Universal Credit forces people to use foodbanks

Universal Credit was is Iain Duncan Smith’s project to do away with many ‘legacy’ benefits for them to be replaced with one benefit. Affecting low-paid workers as well an non-workers, UC is a terrible mess and not fit for purpose.

It is disappointing that Citizens’ Advice Bureaux have accepted £51M (39?) from the government to advise UC claimants.

Foodbank use to soar after next stage of universal credit, Trussell Trust warns

GOVERNMENT plans to move more people onto universal credit (UC) could lead to a huge increase in those turning to foodbanks to survive, the Trussell Trust warned yesterday.

The charity, which runs more than 400 foodbanks across Britain, said that demand in areas where UC has been in place for at least 12 months has increased by 52 per cent, compared with 13 per cent in areas where the new benefit has been in place for three months or less.

Benefit problems are the main reason for referrals to receive emergency food supplies, the trust said, adding that people moving onto UC account for a rising proportion of foodbank referrals.

Waits for the first payment and the shift to the new system have been blamed for causing hardship.

 

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Theresa May lies, John McDonnell says Labour to dump Universal Credit

Theresa May lies claiming that austerity is over at her Rich Scum party speech.

 

Labour will scrap universal credit, John McDonnell declares

“I think we are moving to a position now where it is just not sustainable. It will have to go.”

Mr McDonnell accused Prime Minister Theresa May and the Tories on Saturday of lying in their claim to the public that austerity has ended.

The shadow chancellor, who spoke at an anti-austerity rally in Pudsey, Leeds, told the Morning Star: “We will be holding the government to account. This is the third time in two years the government has announced the end to austerity.

“The Institute for Fiscal Studies has said that 75 per cent of welfare cuts are still to come, so if they are serious about ending austerity, in his coming budget Philip Hammond should get up and announce the end of cuts to welfare.

“He clearly will not — and we will be exposing what is effectively a lie.

“Three times they have announced the end, yet there are still cuts coming to welfare benefits, school budgets and local authority budgets in particular.”

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Let’s Dance and Enjoy and Celebrate Human Rights

Human Rights are great and deserve celebrating and dancing. Human rights are about treating people with respect and decency. Let’s celebrate them and dance.

 

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Draft

The trouble is that I take it for granted. It’s clear to me, I understand it, the way it works.

There is a small minority in charge – a priveliged elite – who keep it that way. Ignorance is ever so wonderful for them.

later: they do all sorts of manipulation to maintain their control

Ian Bone knows

I am proud to say that I have been on protests with Ian Bone. It’s very unlikely that he will recognise or know who I am. As a Socialist, I have respect for him.

(Just(…) like myself, he is a political activist). Respect.

15/9/18 Ian Bone was in the news recently for shouting at Jacob Rees-Mogg’s children. Watching the video of the incident, it is clear that Rees-Mogg, an adult responsible for his children was unconcerned and made no effort to get them away. It’s also clear that Bone is addressing the children to make his points. Privileged upper-class twats should be aware that they are hated (the adults I mean).

 

 

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Comment on Labour party anti-semitism allegations

I am not and have never been a Labour party member.
Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party are repeatedly accused of anti-Semitism. Many people recognise that these accusations are directed at Corbyn and the Labour party because Corbyn has traditionally shown sympathy to the Palestinian cause. These accusers will not be satisfied until Corbyn is deposed as leader.
The Labour party cannot accept anti-Semitism being conflated with anti-Zionism. Zionism and the Zionist project is a political ideology and movement. To conflate anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism would mean that discussions of Zionism and Israel would be censored.
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NHS privatisation and Virgin

NHS sign

NHS privatisation soars as private companies win 70% of clinical contracts in England

30 December 2017

NHS spending on care provided by private companies has jumped by £700m to £3.1bn with non-NHS firms winning almost 70 per cent of tendered contracts in England last year.

Private care providers were awarded 267 out of a total of 386 contracts made available in 2016-17, including the seven highest value opportunities, worth £2.4bn.

Richard Branson’s Virgin Care scooped a record £1bn worth of contracts last year, meaning the company now has over 400 separate NHS contracts, making it the dominant private provider in the NHS market.

The extent of Virgin Care’s portfolio has angered campaigners, as the company pays no tax in the UK, and its parent company is registered in the British Virgin Islands – a tax haven.

Virgin Care also sued six NHS commissioning care groups (CCGs) last year after it failed to win an £82m care contract, losing out to an NHS provider and two social enterprises.

Parasitic capitalism is killing the NHS

Private companies are sucking the lifeblood out of the health service, writes Kane Shaw.

 

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Warning to landlord reads "Intruders may get killed"

My landlord is a total asshole. I’ve changed the lock to keep him out but I had to leave builders here Thursday. My ‘personal’ disappeared last night and I have suspected him of coming in at 3 or 4am previously. I am not going to restrain myself if I find anyone uninvited in my bedroom at that time.

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Craig Murray is the authoritative source on UK complicity in rendition and torture

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/

Theresa May specifically and deliberately ruled out the Committee from questioning any official who might be placed at risk of criminal proceedings – see para 11 of the report. The determination of the government to protect those who were complicit in torture tells us much more about their future intentions than any fake apology.

It is worth reflecting that the Tory government has acted time and time again to protect New Labour’s Tony Blair, David Miliband, Jack Straw and Gordon Brown from any punishment for their complicity in torture, and indeed to limit the information on it available to the public. The truth is that the Tories and New Labour (which includes the vast majority of current Labour MPs) are all a part of the same elite interest group, and when under pressure they stick together as a class against the people.

Despite being hamstrung by government, the Committee managed through exhaustive research of classified documents to pull together evidence of British involvement in extraordinary rendition and mistreatment of detainees on a massive scale. The Committee found 596 individual documented incidents of the security services obtaining “intelligence” from detainee interrogations involving torture or severe mistreatment, ranging from 2 incidents of direct involvement, “13 to 15” of actually being in the room, through those where the US or other authorities admitted to the torture, to those where the detainee told the officer they had been tortured. They found three instances where the UK had paid for rendition flights.

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Intending to start properly blogging again

But, come on can’t you do it?

 

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Edit: There was a thing, no?

A thing about … political assassinations, the assassination of a totally innocent bystander …

Is that acceptable to you?

Are you willing to let that pass?

The trouble for me of course is that he was killed instead of killing me. Is it acceptable to murder a totally unaware, unsuspecting bystander (like e.g. you, your partner, your mum or dad, your kids, depending on their name)

Jean Charles de-Menezes

He was selected to be assassinated because of his name.

So they kill a particular person to send that particular message. You can’t avoid that because it’s the message.

Surname is DeMenezes.

 

It was an evil era. Politicians of that era behaved with a contempt for the law and should be held to account.

 

You have to show that you’re different.

Go deep.

1 shot in the shoulder,

3 missed,

7 in the head

 

later: It was a foreign gang

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X

 

XXX

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Reflections on road rage

I was involved in a road rage incident a few days ago. I can’t be fair, neutral or unbiased about this topic since I am usually a vulnerable road user riding a motorcycle or a bicycle far more often. I’ve also got experience of driving cars, vans and minibuses.

I’ve been riding a bicycle regularly for fifteen years or so. It keeps me fit and sexy and staves off arthritis and sciatica. I like a mountain bike without any suspension, frame size 53cm and slick tyres at about 80psi is ideal ;) Cromoly Treks from the 90s are nice. About being sexy, you’re welcome to approach me with do-you-fancy-trying suggestions and I’m not too fussy. I am keen on natural hair but whatever.

Back to road rage. I’ve had someone overtake me while I was riding a motorbike in the fast, overtaking lane of the motorway. The car touched me as he passed because there was no room of course. I can’t remember the exact details because it was so long ago but I was travelling at about 80mph. That episode didn’t actually result in a road-rage incident. I followed him for miles. He was manic and going to play golf.

I’ve been involved in a few road rage incidents. Typically a car driver has shown a total disregard for my safety as in the previous example. I get angry that the other driver is so dangerous – to me and not themselves of course – while I am concerned with driving safely being a vulnerable road user. I’ve had vans trying to deliberately hit me on a bicycle. I’ve had cars driving at me because the driver is on the phone or texting. I’ve narrowly missed potentially very serious accidents because the driver is on the phone.

In the most recent incident, I was riding defensively wide in the road stopping him from overtaking where it was dangerous. He overtook me fantastically dangerously to sit behind the bicycle in front. Then he made a rude gesture at me and I followed him. I got off worse. He climbed out of his window and got tangled in my bike. I had to protect myself using my bicycle while he came at me on three seperate occasions hitting my bleeding hand with my d-lock. He was less than half my age and fit.

My undertanding is that the police rarely prosecute in road-rage incidents. What this means is that violent people learn that they can be very violent with impunity in the driving realm. Driving is the one area of contemporary society that is not policed. Drunk drivers literally get away with it for decades, people drive terribly dangerously because they will not be prosecuted, using a mobile phone, texting … Why do some young people drive so badly?

may be extended

5/6/18 10.15am I should have referred to prosecuted instead of ‘policed’ above? Police do attent such incidents but they’re excused as being ‘road rage’.

I find car drivers huge urge to pass cyclists as soon as they possibly can very strange. Danger is the only thing that is acheived by driving dangerously in urban areas and cyclists catch up at the next junction. The way to travel quicker is to select a better route.

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I suggest that we get with the for the many not the few

I think that it’s already happened actually.

This is like a memo to everyone

For the many not the few

 

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Related to earlier posts …

Ok, accepted that I should get back to politics, etc and I apologise that I’m wingeing about my own concerns.

I’m glad that these old school GPs are dying off and retiring because they’re cnutx.

I went to see a GP for a serious issue. I was highly motivated to have somone attend to me and that’s when they take advantage. Cnuts.

So, taking advantage of my need for medical help I get hypnotised without consent but there’s more. That cnut is of course having no concerns for my right to a personal life.

So this cnut hypnotises me and then videos me about efents that happened 25 or 30 years earlier. Then she claims that I’m dangerous on the basis of that bullshit. She’s trying to get me sectioned. She’s making fantastically serous accusations against me that I am not supposed to even or ever be aware of.

An uncensored copy of my medical records would be gratefully received. Forename and surname is ok, rest is wrong. Courier is recommended. Thanks.

28/05/18 This is why I’ve suffered abuse from that doctor. It was 36 days after I published that post which is highly critical of my GPs. “I would say that GPs at my practice have ignorantly gambled with my life.” [Actually that’s a little later addendum]

Later: The truth hurts.

Later: I was hypnotized by Dr. Bitchly becuse she needed me to say that I still had C.Diff and she could then put it in my record. Some of these cnuts adore and worship anti-biotics. It explains why she was so hostile and abusive. She’s also described me fantastically seriously in my medical notes – as a danger to a vulnerable group (children or women) so that it can be shared more widely. [NB I’ve not seen this in my notes. It’s the conclusion to be drawn from people wanting to have nothing to do with me. You need to be a danger for it to be shared like that …]. What a sad bitch.

Doctor’s look for evidence that confirms her diagnosis rather than disprove it …

Later: Has she done it to others? Driven people to suicide, had people sectioned and given the chemical kosh?

I do hope the Care Quality Commission reads this

2/6/18 My doctors’ practice has lied to Information Commissioner’s Office, claiming not to have withheld documents. Looks like I’m dealing with a fabulist.

4/6/18 My doctor’s practice appears to treat any letter from me as a complaint. Write to a doctor, it’s a complaint. Ask for copies of documents, it’s a compaint. They’re then able to keep issues out of my medical records and – presumably – refuse to deal with me as vexatious because of the number of complaints. They also refuse to let you see complaints files – contrary to ICO guidance – but tell ICO that they’ve provided everything you’ve asked for.

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Better do some coming soon, eh?

Ken Livingstone, persecuted for the purpose of historical revisionism. Dat history ist verboten.

Anti-Muslim hatred is mainstream.

There are also some other themes. There is disabled people being treated as accused terrorists. The way it works is that there is secret evidence that is never disclosed to the accused terrorist/benefits claimant.

It is the same procedure – secret evidence not to be disclosed to the defendent but can be disclosed to the representative. It’s totally opposed to justice in both cases of course. How the fork can you defend yourself against allegations that you’re never even aware of?

In a democratic society people are entitled to a fair hearing.

Doctors, abuse of consent in the NHS. Absence of objection regarded as consent and the cnuts simply lying – making commitments to get consent which they simply do not honour.

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Memo to the Home Secretary

As UK Home Secretary, I expect you to promote human rights as your first priority.

That entails the state not interfering in people’s personal lives btw.

Carry on Coco ;)

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Mayday, Beatiful moon

;)

 

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“This is the United Kingdom for God’s sake, not some third world banana republic where the organs of state are in hock to some sort of kleptocracy”

https://www.buzzfeed.com/heidiblake/uk-refused-to-raid-lycamobile-citing-its-tory-donations

The British government refused to assist a French investigation into suspected money laundering and tax fraud by the UK telecoms giant Lycamobile – citing the fact that the company is the “biggest corporate donor to the Conservative party” and gives money to a trust founded by Prince Charles.

French prosecutors launched a major probe into the firm and arrested 19 people accused of using its accounts to launder money from organised criminal networks two years ago, after BuzzFeed News revealed its suspicious financial activities in the UK. But the Conservatives continued taking Lycamobile’s money – and it can now be revealed that the British authorities stonewalled a formal request from French prosecutors to carry out raids in London as part of the ongoing investigation.

Confidential correspondence between British government officials and their French counterparts, shown to BuzzFeed News by a source in the UK, reveals that the French wanted British authorities to raid Lycamobile’s London headquarters last year and seize evidence as part of their investigation into money laundering and tax fraud by the company.

In an official response dated 30 March 2017, a government official noted that Lycamobile is “a large multinational company” with “vast assets at their disposal” and would be “extremely unlikely to agree to having their premises searched”.

The letter, from the team at HMRC that handles law enforcement requests from foreign governments, continued: “It is of note that they are the biggest corporate donor to the Conservative party led by Prime Minister Theresa May and donated 1.25m Euros to the Prince Charles Trust in 2012.” The email referred to Lycamobile’s donations to the British Asian Trust, which was founded by the Prince of Wales to tackle poverty in South Asia, not to his youth foundation The Prince’s Trust which has never received any money from Lycamobile.

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Serious joking

I’m playing with combining diametrically-opposed concepts like Boris Johnson and truth or Theresa May and reality.

Let’s give it a try …

Two people were poisoned with military-grade nerve agent … and they survived!

Get it?

 

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Theresa May and Boris Johnson exposed as having arses on fire

Liar, liar, your arse is on fire

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/18/vladimir-putin-nonsense-to-think-russia-would-poison-spy-in-uk

18 March 2018

“As for the tragedy that you mentioned, I found out about it from the media. The first thing that entered my head was that if it had been a military-grade nerve agent, the people would have died on the spot,” said Putin

Theresa May and Boris Johnson are exposed as having volcanic arses.

2.15am Theresa May at the City of London Lord Mayor’s banquet declared the agenda of hostility towards Russia with accusations of engaging in cyber espionage, interfering in elections and targeted assasinatons.

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