Archive for January, 2013

Posted: January 31, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Think Left

The UK is not broke and doesn’t need to borrow to reverse the cuts. The video clip explains this simple truth about the US economy, but it is also true for the UK and all other countries that issue their own currency. The Eurozone is different because each EZ country uses a foreign currency, the euro… and (whatever David Cameron says) Ed Balls and Gordon Brown prevented Tony Blair from signing the UK up to that particular disaster.

George Osborne’s economic policies and cuts are ideological choices which hit the most vulnerable for the advantage of the super-rich and the multi-national corporations which will/are benefiting from the privatisation of our public services. The cuts are not fair:

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A fair society: How the cuts target disabled people.

And the cuts are not necessary:

MMT Movie: Economics for Dummiez

Created by @HaikuCharlatan Published on Jan 15, 2013
MMT (Modern Monetary Theory) Basic…

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Posted: January 31, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Diary of an SAH Stroke Survivor


It is very rare that society believes the state should intervene against someone’s will to restrict their rights to liberty and choice for the good of their health. We don’t go to such extremes to stop people smoking or binge-drinking or participating in dangerous sports. But if someone has a serious mental health problem or lacks mental capacity to make decisions for themselves, we accept that the state should step in.

In the case of a serious mental health problem, the law is designed to balance the rights of the individual with the need to protect them from harming themselves or others. Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, ‘patients’, families and politicians all agree on one thing – being detained under a section of the Mental Health Act is a last resort and it’s a power that should be used carefully.

Ask anyone who’s ever been ‘sectioned’ and you’ll understand why. It’s…

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Posted: January 31, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Posted: January 31, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Pride's Purge

(satire – sort of)

Coalition government ministers have agreed to back down on plans to introduce a bedroom tax in cases where a household can prove a spare room is necessary for essential needs such as making billions from flogging over-priced coffee to people on the high street or selling millions of books and electronic goods on-line.

The news of the exemption comes after the government’s reform of the tax system was widely branded unfair when it was revealed it would hit the most vulnerable households – such as international high street coffee chains and multibillion online retail companies – the hardest.

A spokesperson for the government explained the reasons for the change of heart:

We recognise that it would be wrong to penalise cases of real hardship where spare rooms are being used for essential things such as making billions from selling people rubbish coffee.

That’s why we’ve decided to…

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10:22pm Wednesday 30th January 2013 in Winchester Photograph of the Author By Andrew Napier

New solutions to homelessness, meeting in Winchester hears New solutions to homelessness, meeting in Winchester hears

HOMELESSNESS is getting worse but hope could lie in the power of love, social media and good food, a meeting heard tonight.

The event, organised by the Winchester Churches Nightshelter, heard the recession continues to drive up numbers of people without a permanent roof over their heads.

But it also heard Peter Cockersell, director of health and recovery at St Mungo’s homeless charity in London, say that a lack of love was a major barrier for the homeless. “Everyone needs to be the sparkle in someone else’s eye,” he said.

He said he thought there was a shift in thinking in the search for answers.

Mr Cockersell, also a Winchester resident, said psychotherapy, to deal with the “compound trauma” that most homeless people have experienced, was showing signs of success.

“But people are a bit afraid of using the word ‘love’. There is increasing recognition that people who become chronically homeless are coming from a different background to someone who has had a economic life event. There is more we can do to help people recover,” he said.

The internet could also be a way of helping to end the sense of isolation for many homeless people.

The meeting also heard that research by Ali McKay, the Nightshelter’s food coordinator, showed the importance of nutritious food in maintaining people’s health.

Food could help engender a sense of community, help with skills building such as cooking and budgeting.

Held to mark Homelessness Week, almost 100 people attended at the Winchester Discovery Centre.

Michele Price, Nightshelter manager, said a new advocacy service was successful, with volunteers accompanying shelter guests on visits to GPs or the Job Centre.

The recent cold weather had seen campbeds erected in the normally 17-bed shelter to allow more people to stay.

Meanwhile the nightshelter now has a twitter account: @winshelter.

Posted: January 31, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Vox Political

Why are the ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms – the companies at the heart of every major scheme for tax avoidance – being allowed to make the law on – guess what – tax avoidance?

Could it be because our comedy Prime Minister, David Cameron, and his part-time Chancellor, Gideon George Osborne, are both either tax avoiders themselves, or have strong connections with tax avoidance? I think it could.

Cameron’s family made their fortune by establishing a tax dodging empire after Margaret Thatcher abolished capital controls in 1979.

And there was a major campaign by 38 Degrees to get Gideon to pay his taxes after Channel 4 revealed he was paying accountants to help him dodge £1.6 million in tax payments every year.

The firms implicated – PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC, Ernst & Young, KPMG and Deloitte – received a damning verdict from Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee today. An internal HMRC study estimated that these…

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Dear Michael Meacher MP,

Here is an Incident I experienced in my local shop at 16:52hrs 30/01.2013. Winchester, Hants.


On this beautiful sunshine day, brisk cold winters day, winds which slice through your bone and nerves. We needed to get to the local shop which is a 5 minutes walk for an able-bodied person. The electric meter was in the red with 15p left to push it over into the emergency. So, I took the trolley and meter key for a slow sciatic waddle, but first I had to conquer the communal stairs of many. Step by step holding onto the rail to steady myself as pain allowed. We live in a first floor flat, which is a nightmare for both of us, my fiancé and I.

With all the windows shut and the temperature in the flat and the two of us shivering trying to keep warm with the heating on. Was only 19C  brrrr, thats cold. After making my way down the stairs holding the rail to steady myself and trying to maneuver through the heavy front. I had to walk the long way today because the steps at the cut-way was too daunting, plus some pathetic moron dumped a load of black oil at the bottom of the steps, which is lethal. Once more the council and housing association are not interested.

20 minutes later and having to stop every 20m due to the knives which where sticking in my lower back and sciatic nerve dancing down my thigh the brisk wind against my every step I got to the local shop and it was full of children, the little monkey’s running around and being a general nuisance. I picked up the basket and tried to move up the short narrow aisle and the little boy stopping me from passing and trying to push through which almost caused me to loose my balance and twisted my back. I managed to get round to get the essentials we needed for tea. The basket was extremely heavy which I had great difficulty shuffling across the floor not one person in that shop offered to help. When I got to the counter, there was a Nursing Sister in front of me with a herd of kids who kindly moved so I could get through and when I got to the counter I tried to lift the basket to the counter which was at least 3 1/2  – 4 ft high. When I went to lift the basket I could feel my back go and when I asked for help no one would help, the new counter assistant could not understand much English and had as much customer care as a neanderthal. I managed to lift the basket up past the sweets and crisps at two levels and the heave up to the counter where the till was. Be the my sciatic nerve had bounced down my leg and was in excruciating pain. Everyone in the shop looked at me as if I was a LEPER I felt sick with pain and was holding back the tears and my blood was boiling up too. To top it all when I eventually got back home 30minutes later having to pigeon step home with a stop every two minutes to take hold off the pain. I got to the front door of our block of flat and my neighbour was just coming through the door, he asked if I was okay and I was in too much pain and near collapse he could see. He actually stopped and watched me having the heave the heavy trolley step by step and did not even bother to ask if I needed help, nor he offer to take my trolley up to the top of the stairs. When I got to my corridor my fiancé heard me in the corridor and I collapsed in his arms o n tears, sat me down and unloaded the trolley and  took my boots off and was fuming when I told him this story of events. I am beside myself that all these years I have given to help others within the NHS and not one person would bat an eyelid and they look at you when they see you are Disabled you can feel there glare and there thoughts burn into you when you walk past.

A divided Britain where the Sick and Disabled are considered Lepers which should be starved and herded into one place where as far as they are concerned they can be left to die and rot.





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Yours Faithfully

Elizabeth Feeney, Miss