The government is far too comfortable with killing poor people

Fear and loathing in Great Britain


A letter a day to number 10. No 1,543

Sunday 04 September 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

Just as Jeremy Hunt is stealing the life blood out of our NHS, so too is the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) draining the life and spirit out of the people. None of this is necessary, these are policy decisions driven by ideological choices as was the imposition of austerity.

The DWP’s idea of incentivising people into work is through punitive impoverishment. In late 2015 a coroner sent a regulation 28 report, or a Preventing Future Deaths report, to the DWP when a man committed suicide having been found fit for work following an ESA fitness-for-work test by Atos. In her verdict senior coroner for inner north London, Mary Hassell, said “The anxiety and depression were long term problems, but the intense anxiety that triggered his suicide was caused by his recent assessment…

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The rich? They really are different. . .

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“The rich are different from you and me,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald in “The Rich Boy,” [Thanks, Postman]  and now science is proving he was right.

Keri Chiodo of the Association for Psychological Science explains:

Upper-class people have more educational opportunities, greater financial security, and better job prospects than people from lower social classes, but that doesn’t mean they’re more skilled at everything. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds surprisingly, that lower-class people are better at reading the emotions of others.

The researchers were inspired by observing that, for lower-class people, success depends more on how much they can rely on other individuals. For example, if you can’t afford to buy support services, such as daycare service for your children, you have to rely on your neighbors or relatives to watch the kids while you attend classes or run…

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Have you been in a Jobcentre lately? : James Harle, IPR Blog.


📥  employment, future, political parties, Welfare

Dr Rita Griffiths is Research Programme Lead for the IPR.

“Anyone who thinks Jobcentres are like [those in The Full Monty] … would be pleasantly surprised by visiting [one today],” quipped Damian Green, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in his address to the Conservative Party Conference last week; “no screens, no queues … no sense of sullen despair.” He is right in his observation that Jobcentre Plus offices today look very different from how they did in the 1980s and 1990s, when The Full Monty – along with films like Billy Elliot and Brassed Off – depicted the humiliation and shame wrought on working class men forced to sign-on after being made redundant from jobs in mining, steel and other heavy industries.


It is true that the metal security…

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The sick truth about our meat revealed: Pork pumped full of antibiotics. Chickens with E.coli and supermarket meat with MRSA : Daily Mail.


  • Animals kept in close quarters become vectors for disease and bacteria 
  • Farmers use antibiotics to treat the livestock intended for consumption 
  • But bacteria in our supermarket meat has become resistant to the drugs

Three dead pigs lie piled on top of one another, dumped in a corner of a hangar-like building at a farm in the north-east of England. From the snout of one, a stream of blood snakes across the concrete floor and into an adjoining pen.

There, young, live animals are held in groups of five as they are fattened for slaughter, never once setting foot outdoors. Their tails have been trimmed to prevent them biting each other’s off, as can happen in such cramped conditions.

Some pigs bear scars from previous attacks, while several others have ugly, open wounds on their flanks. Opened bottles of antibiotics and hypodermic syringes lay strewn around.

Pumping livestock, kept in close-quarters, with antibiotics has resulted in resistant strains of superbugs in our everyday meat (file photo)

Pumping livestock, kept in close-quarters, with antibiotics has resulted in resistant…

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The ‘spycop’, the blacklisters and the insider evidence: is this the ‘smoking gun’?



Gordon Mills, a former Chief Inspector with the now defunct National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (NETCU), is suing the GMB trade union. He claims [pdf] that the GMB made libellous comments regarding a meeting he attended in 2008 with The Consulting Association (TCA). TCA, run by Ian Kerr (who died in December 2012), specialised in blacklisting – whereby people were denied work because of their politics or union activism. 3,213 people were placed on the TCA list, which was used by at least 44 construction companies including Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke and Sir Robert McAlpine. Once on the blacklist, workers were either unable to find employment or were quickly dismissed once employed. Many have long suspected that the police, particularly undercover police officers, shared information with blacklisting organisations. Now, ‘insider’ evidence has come to light that only raises more questions about the level and purpose of police liaison…

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They Are Coming For The Internet – New Porn and Copyright Laws Could Criminalise Millions

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facepalmIf you ever needed confirmation that the UK is not run by a shadowy cabal of sinister plotters but a bunch of chinless fucking idiots then the upcoming Digital Economy Bill is a good place to start.

As well as massively increasing personal information sharing amongst government departments, the proposed new laws will seek to ensure that all pornographic content available on the internet in the UK carries an age verification system.   The bill will also introduce new copyright legislation which could mean that simply sharing or retweeting an internet meme, such as the one that accompanies this post, could mean prosecution with a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment.  Really.

According to the government age-verification is necessary to protect children from the danger of online porn.  And wouldn’t it be nice if it were that easy.  The reality is that this bill will do nothing to stop teenagers…

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120,000 celebrate Women’s Meetup.. Police attack final Rosario Demo: videos

The Free

 encuentro-mujeres-rosario-2016About 120,000 women have taken to the streets to celebrate the end of the three day 31 st National Meeting of Women in Rosario (Argentina). After holding fruitful workshops, they held a march to demand the recognition of the rights and freedoms of women.

The massive march took place after two days of meetings on a date that has become one of the most important for women in Latin America.enm2

The peaceful women’s march was suppressed by troops and police forces, who fired  rubber bullets and gas at the demonstrators for several hours, causing at least 17 injuries.

The workshops which had the greatest participation and had to be replicated were the strategies for abortion, relationships, violence, maltreatment and abuse, femicide, trafficking and sexual exploitation, trade unions, indigenous peoples, unemployment, contraception and abortion and feminization of poverty.

The Women’s meetup culminated Monday in the city of Rosario, with a…

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CNN: It Is Illegal For Voters To Possess Wikileaks Material


2000px-flag_of_minnesota-svg_-10-e1476639955707There was an interesting segment on CNN last week where CNN anchor Chris Cuomo reminds viewers for it is illegal for them to “possess” Wikileaks material and that, as a result, they will have to rely on the media to tell them what is in these documents. The legal assertion is dubious, but the political implications are even more concerning. Polls show that many voters view the media as biased and this is a particularly strong view among supporters of Donald Trump who view CNN and other networks openly supporting Clinton or attacking Trump. More importantly, the mainstream media has reported relatively little from the Wikileaks material and has not delved deeply into their implications, including embarrassing emails showing reporters coordinating with the Clinton campaign and supposedly “neutral” media figures like Donna Brazile, formerly with CNN, allegedly slipping advance question material to Hillary Clinton. The credibility of the media…

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Programmed to kill: The growing epidemic of cops shooting dogs

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Are police shootings of dogs really any different than police shootings of unarmed citizens?

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