I have watched with dismay the fight for Gender Recognition and the proposed GRA, which has been very divisive and nothing short of vicious by some on both sides of the debate. Unscrupulous press articles which lack content by some are scandalous and harmful to both sides . It seems common sense has left the building altogether. I am not going into too much depth in this blog or it would resemble something fitting a masters degree thesis but I will be  attempting to engage in rational debate and provide a balanced argument for both sides , but if you want drama look no further than social media. It has also split the communities affected, the Unions and Political Parties

One thing this debate is about is ‘Human Rights’ to live in peace and have respect for each others differences. Secondly this debate is deeply entrenched with patriarchy as well as misogyny and religious fervour governing  the  social control of the masses to conformity of ideology,and plenty of hormones.

The GRA as it is Since the passing of the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) in 2004, the UK has had a mechanism by which a person can acquire a legally recognized gender different from their sex. Under that law, a person with a gender recognition certificate (GRC) becomes legally the other sex for most purposes, though there are exemptions set out within the GRA itself. For example, the inheritance of aristocratic titles is exempt, as are what are termed “gender-affected” sports. This was passed under Blair’s Labour government after a decade long campaign by Press for Change, and a number of important legal cases about privacy and the right to family life going to the European Court of Human Rights.

To be able to get a Gender Recognition Certificate currently, one has to be over 18, diagnosed with gender dysphoria, have lived in one’s acquired gender for at least two years, and intend to do so permanently.

In 2010, the UK’s legislation on sex, race, and disability discrimination was brought together under the Equality Act, together with six other protected characteristics, one of which is “gender reassignment.” This is a broader category than people with GRCs, and protects from discrimination anyone proposing to undergo gender reassignment, as well as those in the process of doing so and who have done so.  At the same time, the Equality Act has exemptions that permit single-sex services, occupations, communal accommodation, and sporting activities where these are a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.

 

The Change The proposals put forward by Justine Greening MP who was, until recently, the Minister for Women and Equalities, would allow applicants who wished to achieve legal recognition of a gender status on their birth-certificate that accorded with their gender identity, to do so by a simple process. They would be able to self-declare without the need for a ‘diagnosis’ of gender dysphoria. The Exceptions above in the Equality Act 2010 would also be removed to allow those who transition into spaces that they identify with.One way to simplify things for trans men and women would be to allow individuals to self-declare the gender in which they choose to live, without the need for medical evidence or proof.

 

 

Over the decades the rights of women have been in the spotlight, highlighting the positive rights that have been hard fought and won by many who suffered greatly to ensure they had a voice, from the right to vote to equality in many areas of life which is still ongoing, equally that also included gay women who fought for the right to be accepted into the women’s movement  because they are biologically females. Society has moved on to a more liberal footing encouraging acceptance & tolerance in many areas of life, then along comes other differences over the decades including transgender,non binary,and self ID etc. This should be a watershed moment but instead it has turned into a campaign of hate and oppression and neither side is blameless. For decades the warring factions have just got on with it and been accepting and supportive of transgender rights until now, where the threat to women’s rights was met with some anger by the feminist movement and seen as a perceived threat to their hard fought protections, who rightly or wrongly, fear a watering down of  those protections.

 

So how can this be resolved to the satisfaction of both sides? Certainly not the way the debate is being framed.

Many feminists see this as mansplaining steeped in patriarchy and misogyny & sexism to invade women only spaces and to eradicate the rights of women per se as they claim that if GRA goes through in its present format it means anyone can call themselves a woman,so therefore their bio-sexual orientation is erased and to a degree I can see that argument particularly for women and children who have suffered domestic violence situations this is only space they feel safe in.  Growing up under male oppression in a society where men had privilege over women  is what some call a ‘lived experience’ from menstruation to childbirth and violence towards them by male counterparts always seen by society as weaker sex to submit to their male counterparts wishes,or the portrayed temptress leading men astray because they are too weak to control their desires. This is one thing that trans women cannot  say is their  lived experience when a considerable part of their lives they grew up with male privilege,however they can identify with the  ‘violence’ they suffer generally by males who feel their masculinity is threatened, the same applies with gay women, as often but not exclusively  the aggressor is male. Women and children are often victims of government policy to keep them in their place, like the hideous rape clause recently introduced.

Violence is ‘violence and abuse of power’ by another, this goes on in relationships regardless of gender and in same sex relationships too, and no one should be subjected to this kind of aggression and those who commit such acts should be called out and prosecuted accordingly.

 

The trans women feel that this harms them considerably and imagine feeling trapped in the wrong body and unable to express their natural feelings it most certainly is going to damage you mentally and emotionally in the same way an abused child is affected for life by their experiences and no human being should suffer ,because it is seen by society as outside the majority lived experiences. According to the recent ITV programme Transformation Street which was portrayed positively, As of April last year, there were 280 patients in the UK on the list for gender reassignment surgery and another 169 consulting on the process, according to the Imperial College Health Care Trust. Figures published in July showed that the number of children being referred to gender identity clinics has quadrupled in the past five years.  Since 2010  650,000 people have come forward to ID as Transgender with 86% not having fully transitioned.Prices at this clinic start at £5,000 for procedures such as Adam’s Apple reduction, chin shaping, brow contouring or a nose job, rising to £35,000 for full gender confirmation surgery, which is a four- to five-hour operation and only lower surgery is on NHS.Historically, female to male transitions have been less common but now they are on the rise — and patients are getting younger. The minimum legal age for gender reassignment surgery is 18 so many young people that have attempted suicide, or have been estranged from their family because of gender identity .

Guardian Update:

Schools are supporting increasing numbers of transgender students, using a variety of guidance from the teaching unions and charities such as Mermaids (which has a grant of £35,000 from the Department for Education to deliver training to 35 schools).

This rise is reflected in referrals to the children’s Gender Identity Development Service (Gids), run by the Tavistock and Portman NHS trust, which increased by 1,978% – from 97 in 2009 to 2,016 in 2016-17. Of those children, 70% are biologically female.

Bernadette Wren, a clinical psychologist at Gids, says many young people seen by the service have been bullied or self-harm, and a number are on the autistic spectrum.

They feel they have a right to be included in society and treated like any other person and live the life they chose in the gender they feel comfortable.

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) asserts that medical evidence should not be necessary for trans people to gain legal gender recognition. WPATH says “no particular medical, surgical, or mental health treatment or diagnosis is an adequate marker for anyone’s gender identity, so these should not be requirements for legal gender change.”Indeed, 17 countries, including the UK, have already adopted the approach that medical treatment is not a prerequisite.

 

The amount of reading I have done to understand the issues from both sides has been phenomenal and lengthy. There is an awful amount of misinformation in both camps about the real issues and heavily influenced by the USA and the intersectionality argument which originated  regarding a court case about women of colour ,facing racism and sexism being used by some as the way forward,which to my mind only clouds the issue further.I get the argument for it but the origin has seemingly been hijacked to justify a course of action.

Intersectionality is a term that was coined by American professor Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. The concept already existed but she put a name to it. The textbook definition states: The view that women experience oppression in varying configurations and in varying degrees of intensity.15 Jan 2014

1.Political intersectionality is a form of structural intersectionality that addresses sexism, racism, class exploitation or homophobia in policy-making processes and policies. It indicates how inequalities and their intersections are relevant to political strategies.

2.Structural intersectionality refers to how a person’s legal status or social needs are marginalized (Shields, 2008). Representational intersectionality refers to the cultural construction of the identity, including the production and the contemporary critiques of the identity (Crenshaw, 1991).4 Feb 2016

 

Journalist Eleanor Robertson wrote in the Guardian 2017

Intersectionality is the buzzword to end all buzzwords, the term that launched a thousand hot-takes, a discursive sinkhole where political disputes go to die. Depending on who you ask, it’s the most important theoretical innovation in feminist history; the cancer that’s killing the left; a critical tool in on-the-ground organising; or a totally meaningless liberal shibboleth. I am not overly invested in trying to claw back some kind of clarity on what intersectionality “means”. Like much of the work done by feminists and queer theorists around the same time, there is a certain ambiguity to intersectionality, if only because many of the people interpreting it come from this poststructuralist milieu.

The abuse some face, is both verbal,and physical threats of violence and name calling seems to be most prominent which I will not be repeating or including in this blog because as a decent human being I find them all equally offensive . I have seen some extremely aggressive behaviour by some which I have found unacceptably distasteful and bigoted.  The statistics are flimsy and poorly researched material and quoted regularly. It would do everyone a favour if there was independently fully funded long term study with a long term view of providing accurate research/stats for both sides . According to the Trans Murder Monitoring Project  8 people have been murdered between 2008-2014 in the UK, Home Office Hate Crime figures of transgender   have steadily risen to the current figure of 1,248 between 2011/2012-2016/2017.

The barrage of articles recently from both camps from various journalists and academics leave many affected by the debate more confused than when they started out, as rational debate is silenced and those who shout the loudest seem to get the most coverage. If we are to change with the times then it is a debate that is needed and both sides should be invited  to put their arguments in report form on the table so that they can be independently scrutinised by those tasked to make a decision. Its is reported that the Tory government put this on the agenda when the opposition stated if they didn’t, they would, when in power. A consultation is due to be announced in the Autumn but many have concerns that like many consultations the decision is merely a formality as the decisions have already been made.

I have linked many articles and orgs from both sides below……………You Decide but lets have a real discussion without the abuse

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/535764/Government_Response_to_the_Women_and_Equalities_Committee_Report_on_Transgender_Equality.pdf

 

https://sexandgenderintro.com/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/30/intersectional-feminism-jargon

https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/transformation-street-itv-transgender-documentary-a3737876.html

https://womansplaceuk.org/

https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/why-do-we-need-new-women%E2%80%99s-movement#.WqQC7UubaG8.facebook

https://medium.com/@julian.vigo/the-invisible-woman-gender-identity-in-the-age-of-neoliberalism-33f9e1203b0a

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32979297

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/mar/31/man-explains-what-means-be-woman

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/04/private-gentlemans-club-allows-first-woman-member-150-year-history/

http://averypublicsociologist.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/theorising-feminist-transphobia.html

https://medium.com/@GappyTales/a-crisis-of-misogny-a-plea-to-the-labour-party-4ce9d39e11c4

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/03/transgender-activists-and-the-real-war-on-women/

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/gender-recognition-act_uk_5a9417f5e4b0ee6416a5400f

https://thedebrief.co.uk/news/politics/gender-recognition-act-law-change-sex-trans-transexual/

https://www.transgendertrend.com/professor-robert-winston-joins-transgender-debate-share-concerns-young-children/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5041267/Backlash-Lord-Winston-gender-operations-warning.html

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lord-winston-warning-on-sex-change-surgery-sparks-abuse-v0c6q95pb

https://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k1312

http://rosieswayne.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/unqualified-lesbian-swerves-abruptly_23.html

https://www.stonewall.org.uk/lgbt-britain-trans-report

https://www.equality-network.org/your-rights/gender-recognition/

https://www.gires.org.uk/

http://www.petertatchellfoundation.org/gender-recognition-act-time-for-reform/

http://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/

http://uktrans.info/

http://www.edf.org.uk/government-equalities-office-announcement-gender-recognition-act-consultation/

https://www.socfem.net/faq#q1

http://www.counterfire.org/articles/opinion/19538-as-a-trans-woman-this-is-the-unity-i-want-to-see

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/the-current-debate-about-whether-trans-women-are-women_uk_5a71b6a9e4b00248476f1506?utm_content=buffera7be3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

https://www.sparkle.org.uk/single-post/2016/11/25/Parliament-Debates-Transgender-Equality

https://medium.com/@tom_farr/the-left-are-abandoning-women-and-in-doing-so-abandoning-everything-they-stand-for-51fd63457d8c

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/02/the-violent-misogyny-of-the-gender-debate/

http://www.feministcurrent.com/2018/01/04/thanks-trans-activism-2017-saw-return-old-school-sexist-dismissals-women-womens-rights/

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/03/fear-and-loathing-grips-the-gender-debate/

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/mar/17/elena-ferrante-even-after-century-of-feminism-cant-be-ourselves?CMP=share_btn_fb

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/women-have-every-right-discuss-changes-law-could-affect-them

https://gendercriticalgreens.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/a-feminist-view-of-gender-identity-politics/

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/may/15/transgender-row-teachers-afraid-challenge-breast-binding#comments

https://notthenewsinbriefs.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/turning-the-tide/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

 

 

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Well I have written about Welfare Cards and possible Bitcoin options that have been floated by various ministers, truth is some cards like the Azure card have existed for some time usually given to immigrants seeking asylum, and social care can be paid via a card too to enable carers to be paid. Many who are unable to get themselves a bank account signed up to either by the  governments Simple Payment Scheme and many opted for the Post Office card. Well now the government no longer have investments in Royal Mail which was sold off on the cheap, it latest trick is to make sure the demise of post office accounts and the simple payment scheme will bite the dust to be replaced by another government scheme to track claimants spending.  I-Movo are behind the latest changes and letters are being sent to claimants as we speak.

 

 

DWP letter about Simple Payment service

Simple Payment service – replacement service
The Simple Payment service is to be replaced by HM Government Payment Service.
DWP benefit / pension recipients who are unable to open a bank, building society, Post Office or credit union account may currently be receiving payment by the Simple Payment service. This service is coming to an end in March 2018 and customers are being moved to HM Government Payment Service.
DWP is writing to all Simple Payment customers who are actively using their account to tell them that they will be moving to the new service by 20 March 2018. Most customers will continue to receive payment by the same method (SMS text or card). Customers will be issued with a new card where appropriate. Payment will continue to be through PayPoint outlets in the same way as the Simple Payments service.New customers who are unable to open and / or manage a bank or other account will be paid by the HM Government Payment Service from 1 February 2018. They will be given the option to be paid by text, pdf email containing a voucher or card.
There are a few changes from the current service:
 Benefits or pensions issued under the new service will need to be withdrawn within 30 days of receipt or the customer will need to contact DWP to have the payment voucher reissued.
 Overall payments will remain the same but will be paid in sums up to £100. For recipients this will mean that if their benefit or pension is over £100 they will receive multiple vouchers requiring separate transactions to collect the money. For example, for those receiving payment by card, to collect a payment of £165 the payment card will need to be used twice, firstly to collect £100 and then again to collect the remaining £65. For those receiving payment via text or email with pdf vouchers they will receive two codes one for £100 and the other for £65. As long as funds at the PayPoint outlet are sufficient this can be done in the same visit.
 Customers can use any of the 29,000 PayPoint outlets to encash payment subject to funds being available at the outlet.
DWP has also been writing to customers who have Simple Payment accounts which have not been used recently, telling them the account will be closed and requesting that they withdraw any balance. If there are any outstanding balances when the account is closed these will be held centrally and the customer will need to contact DWP to arrange payment to an alternative account

The letter can be downloaded here

https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/11333/P15

HM Government Payment Service uses a system called i-movo. You’ll be able to collect your benefit from a PayPoint outlet in local shops and newsagents. You can search for your nearest store on the PayPoint website.

The DWP will send you vouchers by text message, email or post. You’ll need your voucher, a memorable date and proof of ID in order to collect your cash. The DWP does not need your agreement in order to pay you in this way, so if you cannot or do not wish to be paid into an account, the Government Payment Service will be the only other option. Find out more about HM Government Payment Service on the GOV.UK website.

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/benefits-introduction/payment-of-benefits-and-tax-credits/

http://i-movo.com/

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We published the letter  from Independant Researcher Mo Stewart to the then SOS David Gawke on our blog ,  who highlights the excuses the DWP come up with to excuse the ideological bullshit of welfare reform even though many other academic researchers in the UK have torn it to shreds time and again and the harm they are causing to those who have the misfortune of being disabled or chronically ill. Since then this independant researcher has continued to point out their shortcomings and exposed the UK Government repeatedly while they deny rightful entitlement to those who need state support and deny that their policies are causing harm to UK citizens with sometimes fatal consequences. This is the latest series of correspondence published for all to see.

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have all heard the horrible accounts of claimants suffering at the hands of the DWP, the endless distress it causes many cannot be minimised or the deaths that have occurred primarily amongst those with Mental Health Conditions. When I had the offer of a claimant to give me access to a assessment that was recorded I jumped at it. I made a promise not to disclose their ID or personal information under DPA. Many will know the dread filled moments of the’ brown envelope syndrome of the dreaded ‘WCA’ assessment coming through the letterbox.

However the questions I felt would be worth documenting  for the many who face this barbaric process and I’m glad I did as for once, this would give an insight into the type of things a claimant was asked, rather than hearsay on social media.The claimant was assessed by a Nurse who gave her name without being asked for it, that was my first shock,normally they are a bit shy to divulge such information and often object the client was shown empathy, care and consideration . I am know this claimant felt traumatised, but that wasn’t down to the assessor.

The following is a transcript of those questions which many will be familiar with.

Q1. Conditions you are suffering from and medications in detail.

Q2. .When did you start having anxiety and what caused it

Q3. When are you seeing GP again and why were you taken off medication

Q4. How does this affect you daily

Q5. Questions of Sensativity : Drinking, Street drugs, Suicidal Ideation, Thoughts of self harm now. Client is in severe distress at this point and crying uncontrollably at this point

Q6. Mood Changes, Verbal , Aggressive behaviour , Social Interactions

Q7. Asks questions about home and relationships with others

Q8. When client last worked or studying

Q9. How does client spend day

Q10. Asks about poor sleep patterns of clients anxiety

Q11. Asks about whether client forgets to eat due to depression, bathing, and dressing, medications

Q12.Shopping who does shopping, does client go out alone, does client use self service till or cash desk, client discusses anxiety re shopping. (Trusts issues.)

Q13. Asks client about social media – client discussed disassociation, lack of self worth, fear of rejection

Q14. How Does client see things improving in future.  Client in obvious distress and crying and unable to cope to answer coherently. 

Q15. Managing day to day Important finances and daily life in general

End of assessment

In all fairness the assessor tried to reassure the claimant throughout the process and acknowledged the client’s distress, and suggested that client should seek further help from GP to tackle the obvious presenting issues faced by the client. I was pleasantly surprised that for once, the claimant was not put under any unreasonable duress by the assessor, however it was clear the claimant was not in a good space and this blogger thanks them for sharing this experience to show and highlight there are some good ones operating and for a change show a positive process.This claimant was clearly lucky the assessor showed some consideration and compassion,however the outcome of this is still to be decided by the Decision Maker at DWP who makes the award of which conditionality group this claimant will find themselves in in 6 wks time, which they were told was time frame for the outcome. We hope that this claimant is successful.

 

 


 

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Image Courtesy of Bristol Post

 

There has been widespread condemnation around the minor scuffle at Bristol University from all sides of the debate.

Many just do not see this PR stunt for what it is ,which was to catapult Mr Rees Mogg as a safe pair of hands to take over from Theresa May as future PM. This would not of even normally made the press or attracted any attention at all, if he was not being put forward as Theresa Mays replacement.

Often MP’s and Ministers are subjected to heated  opposition arguments, but only since the 2010 coalition government have the people of the UK got so angry they have taken to the streets,courts and taken action to challenge directly policies which are harming the population,leaving many without hope of a decent future afforded to their parents and grandparents under the welfare state. The eradication of their rights, lack of opportunity,and being engaged in the political process much more actively since the Corbyn Revolution that nobody thought would happen as socialism was thought to be something from the past sent shock-waves across Britain. This has pitted the have’s and have not’s against each other as the inequality divide widened more than anytime in recent political history since 70’s or longer.

Its nasty politics at it’s worst with comments and personal attacks that have lead to the demise of any respectable debate both in parliament and on the street as the government ride roughshod and laugh in the faces of reason,justice,removing common decency  of opposing sides yet ironically call for people in today’s society to ‘take responsibility’ while avoiding doing so themselves.

They are brazen in their disdain for working people of this country while lacking the understanding of their plight, or their lives generally,the disconnect is so obviously blatant and in your face.

So lets break this story down into bite size chunks  to point out the bloody obvious;

This event was set up by the President of UWE Conservative Society Callum Tucker to engage young people to vote Conservative or change the minds of those who are uncertain of where they are on political spectrum. he put a statement out directly afterwards regarding this shameful display of poor judgement and behaviour of all those involved in this scuffle.

A statement from the university said the protesters were not UWE Bristol students and had broken into the event organised by the Politics and International Relations Society.The statement said: “We are absolutely appalled by the conduct of a small number of attendees at a Student’s Union Politics & International Relations Society talk this evening.

It is our understanding at this stage that a small group of protesters broke into the lecture theatre where the event was due to take place via the back doors.

The police were called and our security attended. We understand that these protesters were not UWE Bristol students and did not have tickets for the event.

The police are now working to identify the individuals. Once the situation was calmed, Mr Rees-Mogg went ahead with his speech and was escorted back to his car after the event finished.

Both security and the police stayed for the event to ensure everyone was safe.

We support the democratic right of free speech and peaceful protest. However, we strongly condemn the actions of protesters who disrupted normal debate and behaved in this way.

There is no place for such action on a university campus or in a civilised society.

We are delighted that Mr Rees-Mogg was able to speak and debate with our legitimate student body in a respectful manner.

 

Image courtesy of Bath Chronicle

This image shows clearly the young woman in the middle of this fracas was not punched but non the less was affected by the man in white shirt using his arm to push them back while being grabbed from behind by others close by to prevent further disruption,while a protester since named as Josh Connor lashing out with clenched fist in the kerfuffle. Hasten to add as Rees Mogg engaged with the shouting balaclava brigade of Antifa they slipped quietly out the auditorium ,which was when Mr Connor became vocally confrontational with Rees Mogg joining in the melee of disrupting the debate.

Bristol Antifascists stated:

As anti fascists, feminists and people who partake in the class struggle we felt that it was appropriate of us to disrupt his speech. We barged in started chanting, and within a matter of minutes a member of the audience became aggressive towards us… more people joined in, trying to kick us out pushing and shouting at us…

 

 

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Chris Dixon, 23, who was in the audience, told The Independent: “As soon as they came in, Jacob Rees-Mogg walked straight up the stairs, walked straight up to them to have a conversation with them and try to diffuse the tension. They were just screaming in his face.

“Then a bunch of guys jumped up straight away to back Jacob Rees-Mogg so he wasn’t there alone. I thought he was going to get punched in the face or something, the way they were at him. They obviously hadn’t come to talk.”

The rival groups began pushing and shoving each other as the MP appealed for calm, said witnesses.

Chloe Kaye, 19, said: “The audience were getting very angry. Jacob Rees-Mogg was very calm, quite surprisingly, trying to stop all of this and talk to them. People in the crowd were pushing each other. Everyone was getting involved. Everyone was out of their seats.

“People were really angry that there were people interrupting free speech.

“It took about 10 minutes for security to come and stop all this and take [the protesters] away.”

 

 

Further Article from Indy with rationale ; http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/letters/letter-to-editor-jacob-rees-mogg-bristol-university-campus-activists-a8192791.html

 

Viewpoint 2 from Breitbart Raheem Kassem who is no lover of Labour and a right wing journo, but look for chap in a white hoody who walks up and intervenes and you will notice it is in fact his hand that hits the female protester, not the one the media is saying did so or the one in the picture below the You Tube link.
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Then I come to other images  floating around which if you watch the above very closely will identify the real culprit of a woman being ‘not punched’ but ‘assaulted’ in process of the scuffle of what can only be described as a major coup for Rees Mogg and his supporters in this PR stunt as a way of presenting him as a safe capable pair of hands and someone to vote for when a challenge to Mrs May comes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile  while doing this blog it seems that this blogger is being monitored given 6 times I have tried to load up a picture to highlight the truth  and in recent days this bloggers Facebook has also gone into meltdown preventing them from posting so even though the snoopers bill is illegal they are doing it for sure to those who are vocal to show their displeasure and what is going on in this country and stifling any opposition to prevent the public from waking up. Not normally paranoid  but this does smack of censure. I have campaigned for 8 long years and never had any issues, could it be that this is linked to my recent Submission to the Secretary of State Ester McVey  regarding the governments Universal Credit Policy who is promising a response via my MP who happens to be the one who told WASPI’s to get an apprenticeships?

 

As I’m being prevented loading images I will copy and paste an unsolicited email I got last night from the Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis MP

Last night, Momentum-supporting thugs broke into a university event and tried to silence Conservatives. Wearing balaclavas, they tried through violence and intimidation to stop the ideas that they disagreed with from being heard. Help us back free speech by signing our petition today.

Momentum, the left-wing campaign group, was set up after Mr Corbyn’s initial victory as Labour leader to keep the spirit and politics of his campaign alive.

Young people have a right to hear all sides of the political debate. So we’ll protect free speech by stepping up our speaker programme – making sure Conservative voices are heard in universities across the country.

Together, we can send a message to Labour and Momentum. Sign our petition today and back free speech.

Those who try to shut down speakers are afraid of letting students make up their own minds.

So if you think Momentum shouldn’t get away with threats and intimidation, then sign our petition today.

With best wishes,

The Rt. Hon. Brandon Lewis MP
Chairman of the Conservative Party

 

 

Then low and behold out pops this little gem this morning ; https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-proposes-new-law-would-11964577

 

Now I don’t condone violence on any level  as if your argument is sound you can win the debate generally,however when debate is being silenced by any means so the only message the public hears is from those in power you should be questioning the motives behind it. We all know who the bullies were here!

 

Updated; The following is copy & pasted from Bristol Antifacists Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bristolantifascists/

 

UWE a university that takes pride in it’s inclusivity of LGBT stance decided to allow a speech from Jacob Rees Mogg to take place a person known for his homophobic and anti abortion beliefs are well known and documented. Furthermore not only has he downvoted bills that would help poor people and is in favour of privatizing the welfare state he has been also documented to hang out at parties set up by the traditional Britain group, a Islamophobic,anti immigrant group.

Following all of these as anti fascists, feminists and people who partake in the class struggle we felt that it was appropriate of us to disrupt his speech. We barged in started chanting, and within a matter of minutes a member of the audience became aggressive towards us and then hit a audience member in the face! more people joined in, trying to kick us out pushing and shouting at us…

We felt that we had disrupted the meeting enough turned around and left as the fascists tried to gather their pieces. Our disruption was a complete success but we still feel appalled on how a university which recently launched an anti Islamophobic campaign and is voted one of the friendly LGBT universities allowed such a figure to spout out his vitriol We are the raindrops of a storm that is brewing. NO PASARAN

 

 

 

 

 


 

Image Courtesy of Design Week

 

This week the media and government have pushed  it’s mass NLP programme (Behavioural Insights Team) a step further into the spotlight denigrating the working class for their lifestyle choices while hiding their own. This week alone we seen stories in media which hints to the general public by subtle means that basically the working class are their own worst enemies and to blame for the difficulties they face, which may apply to some but most certainly not all. The mantra about poor lifestyle choice is a perceived thing which has always dogged the Tories and working class alike .Tories have always had a long held belief most of us were wasters and of little value other than to serve our masters by working our asses off to provide them with wealth and profits they deserve due to privilege and their own sense of entitlement . I mean we all like a occasional pint, the odd takeout now and again after a hard working week, and partying to let off some steam, or booking the family holiday (if you can afford one under Austerity Britain)  once a year to help us recharge our batteries and enjoy some family time together. Universal Credit will highlight this more than ever because until now it only affected the poor who relied on state assistance, well this is going to be a total game changer as they consume workers ,yes those hard working people.

Well now you all have to get back in your place and doff your caps to your masters who are tightening their grips on the working classes while choking them off of any fair or equal quality life. Make no mistake it is a Class War.

Isn’t it time that if we are going to look at peoples lifestyles we should also look at all the UK citizens lifestyle choices not just working class people.Many middle class people and those at the top, consume many a rich dining experience, drink excessive amounts of alcohol,take up risky sports, and behave badly, and are likely to suffer from high end drug addiction than the working class person due to cost ,the big difference is they do it behind closed doors where they are not open to scrutiny of prying eyes and have the morals of an alley cat like any other. The working classes also need to take a long hard look in mirror too as sometimes ,we do not help ourselves by providing them with plenty of incidents  which they jump on to exploit us,when the reality is most of us don’t live like they think we do.

Just look at the bills for parliament on the cost of alcohol alone and its eye watering amount of  taxpayers cash I wonder if all those Daily Mail and Sun readers are as angry by that ,cos for years those ruling over us have abused the taxpayer wallet for decades, and they should take a long hard look in the mirror, as we can all fall from grace,and our lives have never been so fragile as they are now with the looming Brexit and 8yrs of Austerity, life can change overnight.

I used to work in hospitality and I can tell you many a good tale about the so called posh classes and celebrity icons. Truth is they are no different to the rest of us.

It is that sense of entitlement which makes them distance themselves from the working class, and fail to understand them and the hard lives many generations have lived. It is totally different lifestyle and Professor Greens White Working Class programme illustrates that they do lack opportunities afforded to those who are born in a different class because the system is designed that way to keep you in your place. There are many amazing working class people who has come from poverty ridden Britain over the centuries who aspired to want more and achieved it, but the doors and obstacles placed in the way for the majority is because the system is designed to make them fail. It divides us into sub groups too, Male ,Female, Worker,Disabled,Claimant,LGBTQ,Race or Religion and further.

This is how the state social controls its population and dictates how we should live according to their ideology, which still smacks of Colonial Britain remnants of superiority over others. It also sets them off against each by blaming one group or another for the countries present situation, and while we fight over the scraps on table it leaves the door open for any vacuum to be filled by the far right and further stir up hatred. This is what happened in 1930 Germany and that’s why the people followed Hitler. I certainly hope we never see a repeat of those terrible times on the scale it was carried out, but we cannot deny similarities with our present day situation in how it came to be, when we don’t value human life equally. The class war on those deemed irresponsible, is done  by controlling their lifestyles,while ignoring their own because they are entitled,  are valued more due to class,work,position in life is something that really needs to be addressed. The working class let them off every single time, well not this blogger I will call it out for what it is.

I think that working class people should start calling these hypocrites out on their lifestyles leading to a burden on our public services or ,their drunken bawdy behaviour, or their bad behaviour generally, their abuse of power and position, and corruption which is why many of them hate social media, because in the modern age of technology it is harder for them to hide even when they try to hide links to their human failures.

 

Just a few links below to the controlling ways apart from welfare reforms which has caused detrimental harm to many.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/drug-and-alcohol-addiction-and-obesity-effects-on-employment-outcomes

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42773557?SThisFB

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5300205/Obese-children-losing-two-decades-healthy-life.html

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/22/nearly-one-third-of-alcohol-sold-in-england-drunk-by-4-of-population?CMP=share_btn_fb

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/conservative-mps-hit-out-at-lazy-1266918

 

SO here are a few indiscretions by those who rule over us…. minus the big house

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/parliament-fight-commons-bar-man-arrested-police-gbh-glassed-sports-and-social-a8095511.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/01/sexual-misconduct-claims-pm-seeks-meeting-with-party-leaders

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/09/parliament-palace-booze-sex-modern-westminster-mps-sober

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/15/keeping-it-in-family-second-nature-to-mps

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/22/john-whittingdale-under-parliamentary-investigation-over-mtv-awards-trip-amsterdam

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/10572487/MPs-should-measure-themselves-to-check-if-they-are-obese-a-Lord-and-leading-surgeon-has-said.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tory-mp-royston-smith-is-least-active-among-parliaments-new-members-a6886761.html

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/22/inactivity-lords-problem-elections-reform-second-chamber

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/sep/27/david-cameron-denies-lord-ashcroft-allegations-call-me-dave-dead-pig

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/top-mps-would-so-drunk-5166334

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/disabled-children-should-be-put-down-cornwall-councillor-collin-brewer-to-be-investigated-by-police-8616097.html


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Mo Stewart – Independant Researcher WCA……..After her letter to Mansel Alyward one of the architects of the WCA and  her extensive research and publication of her book Cash Not Care , Mo Stewart has sent a explosive letter to the current Secretary Of State David Gauke. I have been granted permission to use it for my blog. One thing that springs to my mind is I would love to be a fly on the wall when he reads this to see his face. For too long now this government as blagged it way to convince the public it is justified to cut benefits to disabled people. This researcher keeps holding them to account.

Redacted Letter to SoS David Gauke by Gail Ward on Scribd

https://www.scribd.com/embeds/368603275/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&access_key=key-OfbQJpuEQVhzoVpl48LA&show_recommendations=true

 


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Independent Lead Researcher Mo Stewart and Author of Cash not Care has been a thorn in the side of those who came up with the biopychosocial model of disability for many years and has been relentless in her determination to bring to the attention the harm being caused to disabled people by the WCA assessment process which has instilled fear and dread amongst the disabled community. I am publishing her letter to this man  in May 2017 as those in the community and beyond need to read her work and her book, about the demolition of the welfare state. This hasn’t been accidental process but one that has been designed , and even when respective governments have been told this is a flawed process governments continued to use it with deadly effectiveness.

Redacted Letter to Mansel Aylward Public Health Wales by Gail Ward on Scribd

https://www.scribd.com/embeds/368592854/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&access_key=key-Y0JF0JK0uyx1xVvAjeuk&show_recommendations=true


David Gawke Interview on Andrew Marr show is a bit disturbing in parts, the reason is this he actually admits Rough sleeping has gone up by 134%

 

David Gauke: Rough sleeping has gone up. I can’t give you a
number for what it will be tonight. It has gone up. As a
government, we are committed to bringing that down. We want
to halve it by 2022, we want to eliminate it by 2027.

Andrew Marr: Okay. It’s gone up by 134% on your watch.

He further  nails his own government

David Gauke: Well, no, and that’s why we need to bring it down.
So for example, we’ve got a Homelessness Reduction Act which
we have passed. Actually it was a Private Member’s Bill with the
government’s backing. Which is about trying to deal with this
upstream. It’s why we will be spending a billion pounds between
now and 2020 on this –

Andrew Marr: This is a problem that’s been created on your
watch, because the last Labour government almost eliminated
rough sleeping, and it’s gone shooting up on your watch. Four
thousand people tonight will be rough sleeping in this country.
That is only part of course of the homelessness issue. Again, as
compared with 2010, what about the number of children in
temporary accommodation because their families are homeless?

David Gauke: Well, yes, I accept that that also has gone up. But if
we’re looking at what we’re doing –

Andrew Marr: It’s gone up 70% under the Conservatives.

Then he tries to deny and find further wriggle room as he just figured this interview is not going well so far when it comes to Governments statistics because the excuses don’t stack up

David Gauke: And what we’re doing to address this, as I said, we
are spending a billion pounds over the next three years on this.
We are also, you know, we’ve got plans to, as I say, eliminate
homelessness by 2027. When it comes to children, we’ve actually
seen a fall of the number of children who are in absolute poverty
since 2010, a fall of 200,000. When it comes to temporary
accommodation, actually we made some changes in the budget
last month in terms of how temporary accommodation works,
which I think again is a sensible change. I accept there is much
that we still need to do. But, you know, the fact is that we are
seeing fewer children in workless households, we’re seeing fewer
children in absolute poverty than we were in 2010.

Andrew Marr: I’ll come onto that. But do you accept the Public
Accounts Committee, a very senior committee of MPs say that
part of the reason for increasing homelessness, part of the reason
for rough sleeping is connected to the sanctions regime that
you’re in charge of as universal credit rolls out?

 

He then goes further while hanging on by his fingertips to any credibility left

David Gauke: When it comes to the sanctions regime, actually
we’ve seen fewer sanctions over 2017 than we did in 2016 and
2015, so the number of sanctions is coming down.

Andrew Marr: I’ve got it, let me just read you this, this is the
Public Accounts Committee in February. ‘Sanctions have increased
in severity in recent years and can have serious consequences,
such as debt, rent arrears and homelessness.’ Are they wrong?

David Gauke: It is the case that in the last couple of years the
number of sanctions has fallen. We must also remember that we
have a welfare system that is based on conditionality, and rightly
so. We pay money to people but there are certain conditions that
are in place. We do expect people to comply with those
conditions. In some cases where those conditions are not met, it
is appropriate to have a sanction. If you don’t have sanctions
essentially you don’t have conditionality and you don’t change
behaviour.

 

Marr then grills him regarding Mental Health being made considerably worse as well as homelessness and some of his answers are a bit strange given the fact by now Gawke is drowning in his governments deliberate attempts to avoid giving a straight answer which the conservatives have down to a fine art form where the objectivity is deny, deny, bypass and repeat our mantra.

 David Gauke: It does place more conditions on people. And one of
the reasons why I think we’ve got higher levels of employment,
because we place conditions on people, that changes behaviour
and that helps people get into work. Now, that’s not to say that
there aren’t hard cases, cases where we get it wrong, and we
want to work very hard to eliminate that. But I would defend the
principle of saying, ‘look, if we’re going to give money to people to
actually lift people out of poverty on a sustainable basis, it’s not
just about giving the money it’s also about saying what can we do
and what can you do to get you into work?

Andrew Marr: I’m absolutely sure that you don’t get up in the
morning and think how can I make people have mental
breakdowns or become homeless and all the rest of it, but part of
the problem perhaps is that your department doesn’t really know
very much about the effect of the sanctions that you’re in charge
of on actual people. Both the National Audit Office and the Public
Accounts Committee have criticised your department for not
knowing enough about the effect of sanctions in the real world.
And your department has now accepted that.

David Gauke: Well, we’re always looking to know more, to learn
more, to have an understanding of everything that we do. But I
come back to this point about having a benefits system that is
designed to get people into work. And on the subject of mental
health – and this is a sensitive point and I’m not going to pretend
for one moment that we have always got this right in every
individual case, but we do know that getting people into work,
giving people the benefit of working, the structure that that

provides, the self-esteem that that provides, work can really help
mental health as well. And we shouldn’t pretend otherwise.

Andrew Marr: But this is an argument where the professionals are
on the other side. The British Psychological Society and all the
other psychological bodies in the country wrote to the press
recently and they said they call on you to: ‘immediately suspend
the benefits sanction system. We see evidence which links
sanctions to destitution, disempowerment and increased rates of
mental health problems. Vulnerable people with multiple and
complex needs are being disproportionately affected.’

David Gauke: Now, I think the task for us is to ensure that we
have an increasingly personalised welfare state, a system that
properly understands the circumstances that individuals are in,
and that is a challenge for us and I fully accept that. But the idea
of walking away from conditionality within the benefits system,
which is what those who advocate getting rid of sanctions are
essentially advocating, I think would not only be unfair to the tax
payer but actually unfair to a lot of claimants, because it is that
conditionality that helps change behaviour and helps get people
into work.

Andrew Marr: Part of the problem that you have inherited is that
so much of the cuts that were made to work allowances have now
been baked into the new universal credit system, and therefore
you are cutting the overall amount of money for people on
welfare at the moment by about three billion pounds. And
everybody seems to agree with that figure. Now, right at the
beginning when universal credit was first announced in 2010, the
government said, your department said, that it would lift 350,000
children out of poverty. Can we talk about child poverty? And then
a couple of years later the figure dropped to 150,000. What is it
now?

David Gauke: Well, I think it’s difficult to make an assessment at
the moment. But I come back to this point, and the new universal
credit is really important here. What universal credit will do is help
get more people into work.

Andrew Marr: You made the assessment in 2010 and in 2014, and
you’re not revealing a number now because the truth is that the
way you’re implementing the system is you’re actually going to
put more people, children, into poverty, not fewer. Not raise them
up.

David Gauke: I come back to what I was saying earlier. If you
look at what our record is – if you look at our record – if you look
at our record, we have lifted more children up out of absolute
poverty. And the fact remains that universal credit is going to be,
and is already a very effective means by which we can get more
people into work and more people who are in work progressing in
work. And that is the best way of lifting people out of poverty.

Gawke then proclaims his government  have created more jobs  and that is why income inequality has fallen….which planet is this guy on  or whats he been smoking? Then finally they get around to discussing the new pension scheme announced by government

 Andrew Marr: People can make their judgements about that, but
let me ask you about your big announcement today, which is
auto-enrolment in pensions. Another 900,000 youngish people are
being automatically enrolled into the pension scheme. Why?

David Gauke: Well, we believe that what we’ve seen over the last
few years, since auto-enrolment came into place in 2012, is much
greater saving for pensions. After decades of declines in
workplace pension saving we are now seeing increases. We want
to extend that benefit to people under the age of 22. At the
moment the starting point was 22, we’re now lowering that to 18.
That’s the announcement that we are making today. That, I think,
will get more people into the habit of saving. It will mean that
younger people will be saving for those extra years, so that
obviously is significant when it comes to their retirement. And so
extending the benefit of auto-enrolment, which I think everybody
agrees has been a huge success, is a really important next step.
Over the next couple of years we’re going to see increases in the
contribution rates, and that –

Andrew Marr: And that could people off of course.

David Gauke: It might do. And the challenge here is to get the balance right.

We believe that the next years, the increase in the contribution rates for employers and employees strikes that
balance. The evidence so far is that the opt-out rates on autoenrolment
have been lower than people expected, and in
particular lower for younger people. So people in their twenties
have been saving more than I think anyone particularly expected.
Now, that’s encouraging. And this is building on that success.

To watch this interview see below

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05rc2gh/player


 

The Government mantra of ‘work always pays’ or ‘work as a healthy outcome’ are two this Governments favourite phrases yet with the roll out of Universal Credit and the Health and Work Programme Combo many in work are now set in the governments sights. If you are on low income or zero hours contracts or just need a helping hand  form top up benefits cos you doing exactly what the government wants to get a job then here is your kick in teeth.  The sheer audacity of the ramped up roll out  will affect everyone. Many of the public believe that this benefit only affects those out of work,guess what it doesn’t. You can now be made to go back to work earlier than you ‘actually need’ all because of cuts to benefit top up or you simply cannot manage on what you have coming into the household to cover the basics of survival.

 

 

 

They even have other materials to hand to make sure they all dance to the governments tune

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So considerate are they they actually tell employers what to tweet

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Not content with that they also plan to make you pay for insurance  for those on contributory benefits, just when you breathed that sigh of relief that you were not included for working your ass off all hours godsend just for doing the right thing

 

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So once you  you have watched this video explaining how to get employers to exploit you, you will be happy bunnies NOT!   It is time to say enough is enough the working classes have always been taken for granted but without us they wont make profit and you will be free of your chains. Yes I would like a general strike to be called from powers that be ,but I know that wont happen because people are so bloody grateful to have a job to feed their families.but while we accept the crumbs of the table, eventually even those will stop coming.

https://youtu.be/OBFZgtt5ePg

 

“Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number-
Shake your chains to earth like
dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you
Ye are many-they are few.”

 

 

 

 

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