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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:21 pm    Post subject: RIP Charilie Reply with quote

The Pope and even Donald Trump took a more postive attitude to Charlie Gard than doctors and judges in this country. I really am at a loss as to why his parents were not alllowed to take him abroad for treatment even after they had raised the necessary money or even to take him home to die. What is happening to this country?

If a sick or disabled child has parents who want them to have every chance, they are just about pathologised. It's so affecting to see the message, 'Mummy and Daddy love you so much. We are so sorry we coouldn't save you.' Save him form what? From his own ill health or the Nazism lite that our government and health service is now dishing out?

Because Charlie's condition was so rare, it would have been difficult or impossible for anyone to provide a confident prognosis. But in another country and another milieu, he might have been seen as a priority. Cwsg yn dawel Charlie.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:28 pm    Post subject: arthritis Reply with quote

The South Wales Echo had a story about Valerie Whitty,a woman who was crippled by agonising arthritis. She existed on disability benefits for some years. But just as this government wants disabled people to do, she got off her arse and bravely took on low paid jobs, cleaning and working in bars.

So she has had to pay back everything she earned and has been given a suspended prison sentence. The Echo paints her as one of these evil cripples we need to be defeneded from.

Meanwhile 'Karen Goode', 'Alex Henty' and their colleagues are killing innocent people with their immoral lies, and are being rewarded with bonuses. Something is rotten in the state of Britain.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:36 pm    Post subject: sugar Reply with quote

Sir Alan Sugar gave a frank interview to 'Sunday Morning Live' this morning. He says that politicians should be criminally liable for telling lies. He wasn't thinking of the faudulelnt attacks on cripples as such, but the lies about how Brexit would be a wonderful thing.

Somebody pointed out that everyone lies all the time. It is part of the human condition.

Of course we do, but what is bad is lying as Karen Goode does, to harm and destroy innocent peopee, bearing false witness agaisnt your neighbour. Some people in the sudio would like to see Boris Johnson and Michael Gove on prison.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that lying is cultural i.e. those who lie like each other's company and so tend to form Democratic Parties because lying is inevitably part of sectarianism.

What I find annoying is that many people are far more hostile to people who tell the truth or attempt to do so : truth telling is usually integral and necessary to some people's psyches and sense of identity - and antagonises some others ?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:03 am    Post subject: cassandra Reply with quote

Yes, but I have a more nuanced approach to the subject than formerly. I think you probably have a temeperament that makes it just about impossible for you to lie. Of course, that's a great thing. We always know where we are with you. I appreciate it because I have traditionally suffered from what Dafydd called 'pathological honesty' as well.

I don't think I'm quite as far gone. I do lie sometimes but it doesn't come naturally. My friend Liz Jones was much the same. It's true that transparent honesty won't make a person popular. Most people don't understand it.

What I found most frustrating was that the more unsparingly truthful I was, the more people were convinced I was lying. I felt like saying, ''Call me Cassandra, for I am destined always to tell the truth and never to be believed!''

I think one problem is that people assume you have an ulterior motive when you don't. I was ashamed as a child and young adult because although I didn't tell malicious or substantive lies, I did indulge in the sort of romancing that children do. I thought that was wrong as well, but I couldn't stop myself.

But I do think now that compulsive truth telling is not entirely a good thing. It's caused sometimes by a strange medley of integrity, wanting not to offend, wantng to offend while feeling good abuut it, and a stubborn perversity.

In your case, I think, people can't cope with it, because it is so unlike what they are, themselves. It doesn't compute. We all know the havoc caused by malicious lies, whispering campaigns and the like, but I think my problem was that as a child, I was literal minded, like an autistic person.

I didn't realise that adults would tell kids it was a disgrace to lie, so that the children would be easier to control and police. And it never occured to me, that these virtuous adults lied all the time themselves.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Marianne,

after this nine month long nightmare which started when they sent me the forms two days before Christmas when I had no access to any advice - followed by pleading for a delay because of the mad letter from my psychiatrist - followed by pleading for a week's delay for the interview due to having to deal with my dead mother's affairs etc - followed by the strange interview in which the designated officer just got up and walked out because she could not take in what I was babbling about with my diagrams and my waving my arms about ... I have a letter four months later declaring that I have been awarded PIP ... I am feeling simultaneously extremely grateful but also very upset because I know that yourself and especially Mike ought to be in receipt of it : Mike is pleading with them for another venue besides the one in Swansea ( why is somebody from Cardiff being interviewed in Swansea ? ) because he relies on the car to go anywhere because he can not walk a hundred yards - probably not fifty - and there is nowhere to park there, not to mention that he can not use a staircase and is frightened of lifts ...

... The whole system is mad really : if they interviewed people in their homes they would be able to readily assess what people's needs are - to take in at a glance whether a person is lying about their mental or physical condition if they are found living in squalor and unable to get to a supermarket to buy proper food etc If they assessed people on their actual financial needs instead of cattlegoresing us and doling out standard amounts then they could dispense the cash that much more effectively : it is a bloody disgrace that when honest people in genuine need are not fitted into their tick-box exercise they are refused even those small amounts of money which might make an important difference e.g. £10 can resolve the heating v eating ( v cheating ) dillemma ... On the paranoid assumption that every claimant is a potential liar - when all of the evidence points to at least nine out of ten claimants being hopelessly honest - they pour all of this money and time into making it difficult for the vast majority of honest claimants to get what they need yet they do not spend 10% of their budget on checking out those who have successfully claimed - of which I estimate 10% are doubtful claimants ... Just in business terms to spend £1000 catching a benefit cheat within a year might save £10,000 - and in political terms not treating honest claimants as liars would repair the breach of trust which has opened up between The People in Poverty and the political establishment at every level within The United Kingdom.

I hope that your appeal is successful : if not - demand a new leg on the NHS.

Regards,

David B Lawrence
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:19 pm    Post subject: not such a surprise Reply with quote

I'm not that surprised you've been awarded PIP. I thought you might well be, but didn't say so in case it was raising false hopes.

The way you bewildered the putrid interviewer made me think they might throw money at you as the easiest way of getting rid of someone who didn't compute in their rigid system.

After all, they have to give it to some people. You should be giving lessons in how to get PIP.

There's no need to feel guilty because other deserving people have been denied it. That's Capita's fault, not yours.

Of course it's a bit difficult to rejoice whole heartedly for you from my point of view, and that is also Capita's fault!

It's making its victims bitter and ungenerous, destroying thier personalities with their bodies. 'Do it to Julia!', as a great work of literature said.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:23 pm    Post subject: new leg Reply with quote

I would demand a new leg on the NHS if it were possible. During the heyday of the Body Shop I used to think, ''Oh if it were only really a body shop!''

I would have a whole new body, twenty years younger or maybe thirty now. I'd also want to be able to sing. It's so unfair that I can't. My sons sing beautifully.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went along to help Mike break up a cupboard & take the pieces to the dump and in a way it was comic - a loon and a goon : he is fairly bulky and punched out the hardboard back and twisted the sides out with strong hands but could not bend down to lift the base and was shocked to find this skinny runt with inky fingers hoisting it onto my head to get it out to the car - he can not bend down and even walking to the car leaves him in difficulty ...

... What we discussed on the way is how two workaholics like us can end up in long term unemployment and how we can not find our way out of it : nobody is going to employ us in an open market situation because to suffer even slight prejudice is to be already on the slippery slope where however many jobs you apply for your are never at the top of the list to be interviewed. The amounts of money spent by the government on paying people to be chronically unemployed would be better spent on creating jobs for those of us suffering from this prejudice i.e. subsidising the employment of the unemployable would bring us back into society and benefit the economy instead of just being a drain on the taxes paid by those normally employed. Then companies like Capita could be assessing us for suitable employments instead of deciding who should be made to live in poverty until they become ill enough to claim P.I.P.

The further point is that if the government decided to aim for full employment then many people who resort to drugs or crimes as a consequence of the distress and poverty caused by unemployment would not do so : creating jobs as a social good is surely in The Public Interest - so we must presume that maintaining millions in unemployment is benefiting many private interests which are profiteering upon the misery of tens of millions of poorer people.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:38 pm    Post subject: UN Reply with quote

The UN has again publsihed a report on the UK's stripping its disabled citizens - but I don't think we are citizens anymore - of the most basic human rights. Not only are adults stripped of the right to live independently in the community, or to live at all, but disabled children are ghettoised and segregated in schools.

I have mixed feelings here. In mainstream schools, disabled pupils are the ones who suffer most from bullying, followed by ethnic minority children.

But if you do not meet disabled children when you are growing up, you are less likely to notice that they are people like yourself. Apparently, children are not prejudiced against disabled people when they start school. It is something they learn.

Under this accursed government, that is just what they will learn. In 1999, Dorothy Rowe said that in Iraq, disabled people were oppressed, and this was justifed on the grounds that they were under a divine curse.

She noted that when she had worked in the NHS in the UK in the 70s, no such narrative was required to justify the abuse of disabled people. There was an implicit assumption that they weren't quite human.

She quoted an Iraqi disability rights advocate who was frustrated at not being taken seriously. He said, ''How can I persuade people that we are citizens?''

Fifteen years later, Islamic State had a policy of exterminating disabled children, and some British people were expressing admiration for this policy on the net.

Dafydd has mentioned an MP who is keen on bringing Atos/Capita to justice, and has requested stories from victims. He can't remember the person's name, but it was mentioned in 'Private Eye'. I haven't been able to find it on the web.

Dafydd, can you add a post telling me who it is?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:27 pm    Post subject: grant Reply with quote

73 year old Valerie Grant stepped in front of a train after her severely autistic son aged 37 was stripped of all his disability benefits and lost his work placement. The coroner said he did not know to whom he should complain. She had been betrayed by so many public bodies, and one agency blamed another.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The systems in place seem to me to be bizarre in that individuals seem to do best who have some kind of an adviser or advocate but then sit in a sort of no-mam's land as these advocates and benefit officers go to war over them.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:40 am    Post subject: rep Reply with quote

It's much worse now, Dai.A person at the Citizens' Advice Bureau wrote to the tribunal 'service' to say that I couldn't make the appeal this Friday because my representative would not be available, and I might not be able to get to Newport by 9.30 in the morning So he requested a postponement.

He was as shocked as I was when the requet was refused on the grounds that I was not entitled to a representative. It would not be in the interests of justice for me to have one!

The rationalisation was that I was the only person who really could explain the facts. In the same paragraph, they said that my presence was not requried and if I couldn't make it by 9.30, the tribunal would take place without me.

This mantra about how you are the only one who really knows about your condition is richly comic. So why do they get these creatures at Crapita to give fake other assessments on the grounds that cripples lie and exaggerate?

The guy at CAB asked them to pay for a taxi from the station in a phone converstaion. The woman said, ''Why can't she walk?'' When it was explained that I was a cripple , she said they might consider it if I had a letter from the doctor to back it up. So much for my being the only one who can explan my condition!

But the doctor will charge me for the letter as she did for the last one they ignored, so I might as well pay for the taxi instead. It would be cheaper.

Of course I am not the best person to present the case to the court. I will be too nervous and overwrought. What can be the real reason that we are no longer allowed representatives?

It is because if you have a representative, the success rate is 90%. Cripples are very satsified with their legal representatives. That's why they have just been abolished.

What undermines the mantra that only you understand and can explain what is wrong with you, is that soon cripples will not be allowed to attend their own tribunals at all!

The DWP has an ambitious target to reject 80% of appeals. The presentation of the truth will get in the way of that. What's the point of attending anyway as everything is stacked against you?

What a disgrace it is to say that it is not in the interests of justice for me to be represented! If Magna Carta was in force today, it would be held that everyone is entited to a champion. Magna Carta also says that 'to no one shall we deny, to no one shall we delay justice and right.' But Magna Carta died in vain.

The UN has again comdemned the UK for persecuting cripples and drving them to suicide. I definitely have suicidal ideation.

Britain is no longer a civilized country, based on how it is treating its most vulnerable inhabitaints - not that cripples absolutely need to be vulnerable.

A website put this case eloquently. Somebody on the message board wondered why the writer was so interested in cripples. It was not very interesting that they were being pogromised. Another contributor replied, 'Unless you're disabled. You should try it some time.'


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:14 am    Post subject: eynon Reply with quote

Dai Eynon of Abergavenny has shot up into the stratosphere in my opinion. He's put up so many posts about social justice and the persecution of disabled people on his Facebook page. And it's not even as if he is disabled, although some of his friends are.


I've not much enjoyed reading some of the posts though. Apparently, before his sudden strategic attack of conscience, Iain Duncan Smith had a great revelation that people with degenerative diseases could get better and should be forced to work.

I particularly remember that Parkinson's Disease was mentioned as something form which you could recover, and for which the best cure would be a stint of had work. That's not what it was like when my adoptive mother had Parkinson's Disease, but things must have changed.

I was surprised to har that you can get better from degenerative and indeed terminal ilnesses, but who am I to judge? I am only a humble cripple. The powerful can define reality however they want.

You can produce all the evidence in the world, and they have the power to dismiss it.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:27 am    Post subject: the mask of anarchy Reply with quote

I met murder on the way
He had a mask like Mrs May
Very smooth he looked, yet grim
Seven bloodhounds followed him.

They looked fat and well they might
Be in admirable plight
For one by one and two by two
He threw them human hearts to chew
Which from his wide cloak he drew.

Percy Bysshe Shelley with some alterations


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Marianne,

I am shocked to hear about this : this tribunal is tomorrow and you have no advocate ? I can hardly be your advocate but I can not think of anything to practically do for you. About all that I can think of is praying for you & hoping that God has not already taken a bribe from the supporters of The United Kingdom who apparently claim him as their own. I wonder how Jesus would fare in front of this tribunal - flogged, wounded, crippled, dead - but willing to accept their opinion that he had risen from the grave and therefore is clearly fit for work ... presumably they would fine him for working whilst trying to claim benefits to live on : curing the lame clearly would count as working but perhaps they would have him arredted for not being qualified to do so ?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:20 am    Post subject: fri Reply with quote

It's Friday actually - Friday 15 September. Dafydd was thinking of going along as a Mackenzie's friend and recording the proceedings on his phone. Of course, all phones are supposed to be swtiched off in the court. I don't now if they'd pick up on it.

Since then I discussed it with a friend in Abergavenny. He offered to drive me down, and also sit in the court if I wished. He said he could be a witness if they gave me a hard time.

I then wondered out loud if Dafydd should come too. Two witnesses are better than one. But it looks as if you are only allowed one person.

In any case, to whom will we complain? They have all the power.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:15 am    Post subject: when Reply with quote

When Christ was hanged in Cardiff Jail
''Good riddance'' said the Western Mail.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are those a couple of lines from Harri Webb ?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harri_Webb

What it does not say there is that - as I understand it - he was involved in a pageant of radical history of some sort for which he created - as a theatrical prop - a black flag with a white eagle painted on it : he later gave this to The Free Wales Army who were parading around in a kind of Situationalist manner pretending to be - rather than actually being - a militia and presumably the flag was created to depict The Black Legion. When The FWA started to be more earnest about duping The BBC into taking them seriously they tried to reproduce Webb's intricate flag as a badge and it was just too complicated but somebody then simplified it to the geometrical glyph which their imitators still use today. I presume that Harri Webb was the source of the story often quoted about Eryr Wen that some prophecy proclaims that The White Eagle is an omen or something that symbolises resistance to invasion.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Légion_Noire

... The legion's equipment came from British army materiel, arms and uniforms captured at the unsuccessful Franco-British landings at Quiberon in 1795. The red British uniforms were dyed, with various degrees of success, to a brown/black colour from which the unit got its nickname. The unit's correct designation was: La Seconde Légion des Francs ...


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:04 pm    Post subject: har Reply with quote

I believe it is Harri Webb.
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