Vox Political: Parents Forced to Starve as DWP Stops Child Cancer Victim’s Benefits

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Mike over at Vox Political has a particularly harrowing tale of the sheer callousness and vindictiveness of IDS from the Cambridge News. The DWP have stopped the disability payments made for a seven year old boy, Tommi Miller battling cancer, as he is getting better. His parents, Ruth and Kevin, are facing eviction because of the lack of money coming in, and have been forced to cut back on food and heating. This is despite the fact that the poor lad is still receiving radiation treatment and having weekly reviews. He has also relapsed.

Mike’s story is Boy battling cancer has benefits stopped. It’s at http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2015/01/30/boy-battling-cancer-has-benefits-stopped/.

There really is no depths to which the Tories and the DWP will not stoop.

What makes this particularly sickening is that IDS’ own wife was in the news a week or so ago. She had also suffered from cancer and fortunately made…

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Vox Political on Private Healthcare Overcharging the NHS

Thank you Scotland for transparent freedom of information.

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Rapacious Quack

18th Century Satirical Print: The Rapacious Quack. It depicts a poor family at the mercy of a doctor, who has taken away a flitch of bacon in lieu of unpaid fees. Its caption reads
‘The Rapacious Quack quite vext to find,
His patient poor, and so forsaken
A thought soon sprung up in his mind
To take away a piece of bacon.’
Which just about describes the grasping attitude of the private healthcare firms mentioned in the report.

Earlier this evening I blogged a piece on Mike’s story over at Vox Political on Ed Miliband’s promise to rebuild and strengthen the NHS. The piece is Will voters support Labour’s vision for the NHS? and it’s at http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2015/01/27/will-voters-support-labours-vision-for-the-nhs/. It offers hope for an NHS decimated by the Tories, but also by Blair and Brown.

Mike also wonders in the piece whether Alan Milburn, Blair’s former health secretary, is really a…

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Tony Abbott is a man under a political sentence of death. The only issue is if and when the axe will fall.

Good on the future of Australia.

Well, This Is What I Think

abbottBefore he was even elected, we opined, publicly, that Tony Abbott would never make it to the next election. Or that if he did, he would never win it.

We tried, somewhat unsuccessfully, to popularise the hashtag #onetermtony to encapsulate our point of view. Clearly we haven’t cracked working Twitter yet.

Our reasons were very straightforward. In our consideration, Abbott exhibited (and continues to display) the wrong skill set to be Prime Minister.

His “crash through or crash” style and belligerent University-debating-society arrogance is all wrong for leading a party, let alone a country. He was pitchforked into the job by Nick Minchin and others (by just one vote, remember) because of their visceral distaste for the much more electorally acceptable small-L liberalism of Malcom Turnbull. We said at the time, and we say it again: this was a gigantic strategic failure born of naked personal ambition, hubris and sheer political bastadry. And now…

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Fighting back at home and at work: late January round-up

Cautiously pessimistic

Just a short post this time, I mainly wanted to share two stories.

First, from Nottingham, is the news that the second attempt at evicting the Crawfords has once again been blocked by a huge crowd of hundreds of people turning out to resist the bailiffs. It’s also interesting to note that the resistance seems to have been entirely organised outside of the existing left – as far as I can tell, as an outside observer, there seems to be a lot of Anonymous-type stuff and some “common law/Freeman of the land”-style rhetoric, but no union or political party branding.

The other news I’ve been most impressed by this week is an ongoing dispute in Sheffield over the sacking of a trans worker for using the “wrong” toilets. After Sheffield Industrial Workers of the World picketed Aviva, the story was picked up in the local press, and has…

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Fighting back at home and at work: late January round-up

Cautiously pessimistic

Just a short post this time, I mainly wanted to share two stories.

First, from Nottingham, is the news that the second attempt at evicting the Crawfords has once again been blocked by a huge crowd of hundreds of people turning out to resist the bailiffs. It’s also interesting to note that the resistance seems to have been entirely organised outside of the existing left – as far as I can tell, as an outside observer, there seems to be a lot of Anonymous-type stuff and some “common law/Freeman of the land”-style rhetoric, but no union or political party branding.

The other news I’ve been most impressed by this week is an ongoing dispute in Sheffield over the sacking of a trans worker for using the “wrong” toilets. After Sheffield Industrial Workers of the World picketed Aviva, the story was picked up in the local press, and has…

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Tory Cuts KILL – perhaps it’s because they’re Psychologically disturbed?

We are in trouble….

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Yesterdays news was full of the latest findings from Institute for Fiscal Studies demonstrating  the ConDems Changes to the Tax and Benefits system has cost households £1,127 a year on average, and even the Mail concedes this means “poor families have lost the most as a percentage of their income“; and yet despite this, the Government still maintained “UK income inequality is now lower than when this Government came into office“.

I doubt anyone will be remotely surprised at the Coalition disputing the data, this is another example of how this unelected Government has persistently and systematically Lied to the people.

There been countless claims on social and even occasionally in main stream media about the number of people dying as a result of Welfare Reform, and those of us involved in any of the campaigns to raise awareness, need no persuading this is an absolute truth. The situation where respected organisations produce…

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Kale, Barley and Cumin Soup, 37p

COOKING ON A BOOTSTRAP

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Barley is one of the cheapest grains currently available in shops and supermarkets, and my mum made pearl barley soup for us when I was a child, loaded with tiny chopped spring vegetables, carrots, spring greens and nutty pearl barley. I’ve taken her Northern Irish heritage and added some of my favourite spices for a warming, wholesome soup. Soaking your barley overnight isn’t essential, but it softens it a little, which shortens the cooking time needed. If you forget to soak it, or decide to cook this off the cuff, just add half an hour to the cooking time from when you add the barley.

Ingredients (Serves 4 generously and costs 37p per person, see below for how I worked that out!)

200g pearl barley, rinsed and soaked for an hour, 22p
3 small onions, red or white (300g), 19p
6 fat cloves of garlic, 11p
2 tbsp oil for…

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