This is a post from the blog of ‘jujufilms’ which highlights instances of abuse of children in some boarding schools in Nigeria. But these instances of abuse are not just to Nigeria, but I believe worldwide, if they are not known about, then are they waiting to be unearthed.

In the UK we have had many instances of abuse against children which has been allowed to occur for more years than it should.  But why do the supposed responsible authorities allow the actions of harm to persons at risk of harm. In the UK we have legislation which is supposed to protect those that may be at harm, but if the responsible authorities ignore the legislation, then what else can be done?

One of our latest instances is the ‘Saville abuse scandal‘ where the police, the judiciary, BBC, prison authority, Health Authorities, children homes and may be others, have all, over a span of at least 50 years, allowed instances of harm to occur to persons at risk of harm. While some of the persons who committed these instances have now been brought before the UK courts and been sentenced, we are still waiting to hear why these acts and persons were allowed the time and opportunity. Why have the authorities and the supposed persons in authority also not be brought before the courts, is there still a conspiracy of silence?

This follows one of my previous posts ‘Abuse, what is and to whom‘.

Can anyone answer the question ‘Why is abuse allowed to continue?’

In some countries it may be down to culture, but it may also be due to lacking responsibility, afraid to make public, not noticing, not understanding abuse or other reasons. Then you have the fear of what may happen to you if you make your concerns known to others. But if people are not prepared to be responsible, then abuse and the abusers will go unchallenged and more persons will be subjected to acts of harm.

Originally posted on Juju Films:

British colonialists introduced western style education and boarding schools to Nigeria same as Christianity. During the early period of colonialism there were only a handful of schools in the country, many students had to travel far from home to attend the best schools. Indigenes living in close proximity to these schools but could not afford to attend were subsidized.

Privileged Nigerians who themselves had previously studied in England and could afford the tuition and boarding sent their children overseas for school. In the last two decades the number of private boarding schools in the country has increased considerably, partly due to a failed public school system and an emerging middle class.

Two decades ago there where no boarding schools in my community but today we have two within two miles of my childhood home and the situation is the same for many towns and cities across the country.

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This is another moving and inspirational story from ‘Madamsabi’s Blog’, would it not be great if there was a Mr Miller in all of us.

Originally posted on Madamsabi's Blog:

I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily apprising a basket of freshly picked green peas.


I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes.

Pondering the peas, I couldn’t help overhearing the conversation between Mr Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me.

‘Hello Barry, how are you today?
‘H’lo, Mr Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus ‘admirin’ them peas. They sure look good.

‘They are good, Barry. How’s your Ma?
‘Fine. Gittin’ stronger alla’ time.’

‘Good. Anything I can help you with?
‘No, Sir. Jus ‘admirin’ them peas.

‘Would you like to take some home?’ asked Mr Miller
‘No, Sir. Got nuthin’ to pay for ‘em with.’

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The benefit system when did people stop believing in it

It is stated in this article from The Independent ‘Tony Blair’s famous pronouncement in 1999 that welfare should be “a hand-up, not a hand-out” in reference to Labour’s New Deal policies coincided with a fundamental change in public attitudes towards benefits claimants, according to a paper by academics at the University of Bristol.’

Benefit claimants good or bad, deserved or not deserved, many feel this is an easy question to answer, but is it? Should not the circumstances of each individual be taken into account. If they are able to work should they be working or at least looking for work? But there are those, who for no fault of their own will never have the ability to work. These are adults who have complex needs, in other words have a number of disabilities, may be physical or learning or more likely both. For most this will have been so from birth, they did not ask to be born with these disabilities and neither did their parents.  They too deserve a life, but without benefits they will not be able to live a reasonable life.

Not so many years ago these persons with complex needs would not have been expected to live beyond childhood or at the most to early adulthood. But as with the general population they are living longer, but not as long as the general population. The University of Bristol conducted an inquiry known as CIPOLD or Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities. Why an inquiry, the result of the inquiry and recommendations by following these links they will give some insight into what is hoped for the future. In the links there is some terminology, such as Health and Wellbeing Boards, *MCA, *Dols, LD, CQC, **Healthwatch,

But due to the continuing general public view of people on benefits, anyone claiming is thought of as a scrounger, for there will be some, but I feel that for a majority on benefits this is not so, but is perpetuated by the media and current and previous UK Governments. This is especially so for persons with complex needs, for they have so many barriers to contend with, please do not let the receiving of the various *disability benefits be one.

* Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0.

**© Healthwatch 2014

Things That Are Disposable

From the site of ‘Diary of a Benefit Scrounger‘ I give my thanks for some very reasoned and pertinent points and as is said in the penultimate paragraph ‘Perhaps we should have a public debate and allow everyone to have a say?’.

The NHS is a vast organisation, which is doing much more than was ever envisaged. At its inception in 1948 who would have forecast the numbers of patients now being treated,  with the increase in the longevity of life (in 1948 to now circ 2012) and the advances in medical science. Anyone of which would cause problems for such a service. In 1948 men were only expected to live to 60 and women to 63, while in 2012 this had increased to 79.2 years for men and 83.3 years for women.

So there is waste, but the answer is can the waste be avoided, well maybe some can, but then again, maybe some can not. We as non-medical personal can only think how the waste can be avoided, but do we consider the dreaded Health and Safety, the relation to legal considerations both to the NHS and its staff and a manner of many other regulations.

Regarding mention of ‘CJD‘, but what about HIV and AIDS, the various forms of Hepatitis and other infections, then there is the current trend to claim compensation for anything against the norm.

With the mentioning of sterilisation of instruments, but can this be guaranteed to be 100% effective and is the cost factor that much different to the bulk buying power of the NHS, especially that in many cases the practice of instrument cleansing is now outsourced. So this brings in the time factor for the return of the cleansed instruments.

Stafford Hospital

Stafford Hospital

But some of the waste can be stopped and for this the NHS has to be transparent, honest, open and be accountable. Some or all of this is not part of the organisation, if it was would the issues over the last years have ever occurred, The Stafford Hospital scandal being only one.

One answer is the constant monitoring by outside organisations, such as Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Healthwatch.

But should we all be monitoring the NHS in that we report any aspects that we come across whether they be good or bad. Give praise were it is due, but if we see practices that we do not care for then report them to PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service).  With Healthwatch they cover, not only the NHS, but also Social Care administered by your local Authority. There will be a local Healthwatch near you, just use the link Local Healthwatch.

8 tips for wheelchair users on trains by Alan Benson

Disabled traveller and access problems

Disabled travellers facing access problems on tube. Nearly 80% of tube stations are still not accessible,

Some useful tips, but should you have to make this effort, surely a transport system should be there for everybody, so why should some persons have to put more into, to receive the same.

Wheelchair access, but in a train carriage for goods

Wheelchair access, but in a train carriage for goods

Should not the onus be on the operator of the transport facility and all their staff should have the knowledge and ability to see all passengers are catered for to an equal standard.

But is it down to money for sufficient resources, attitudes of some employees and an over encompassing mission statement from the employing transport operators.

Some persons say you should advise the operator before embarking on a journey, but why should you, this is a restriction on the use of any transport. Surely in this day and age a person in a wheelchair should be able to access all transport as do others. Yes, ramps will be required or some other form of access, but they should be readily available  and booking ahead should not be a requirement. This restricts for ‘on the spur of the moment’ decisions.

Here to the right is the Tube, but no access as there is no ramp. While to the left there is a ramp, but would you wish to travel in a carriage for goods. Transport facilities for persons using wheelchairs have improved as many trains now have access to ramps, more and more buses now are low-floor vehicles for ease access.

ruth about UK public transport. Disabled access on UK public transport. Lift off ... Laura is helped up on to a Tube train by Sun man Graham. Lee Thompson

Truth about UK public transport. Disabled access on UK public transport. Lift off … Laura is helped up on to a Tube train by Sun man Graham. Lee Thompson

However, as can be seen above there appears to be a ramp, but is the ramp suitable, without assistance access would be impossible.

But there has been legislation, creating Government Policy ‘Making transport more accessible for all‘* which for buses and coaches is stated as

‘The Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations 2000 (PSVAR) cover all new buses and coaches brought into service since 31 December 2000, which carry more than 22 passengers and are used to provide a local or scheduled service:

Access has been considerably improved on most forms of transport over the years, while this may have been due to the legislation introduced under ‘Part 3 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA), there have also been inovations made to the various forms of transport. Modern buses are now  low-floor vehicles.

While access has been improved, capacity has not. Yes, we now have low-floor buses, but how many persons with wheelchairs can they take, mostly only one. The space which has been allocated normally has folding seats and there are notices to advise other passengers to vacate these seats if someone in a wheelchair requires that space. But that space is also available for persons with a pushchair or pram. Also if more than one person in a wheelchair wishes to travel at the sametime, there is no room for the other wheelchairs, even if the bus has other vacant seating for non-wheelchair passengers. Is this not discriminatory?


* Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v2.0.

A Father, A Daughter And A Dog.

Such a beautiful and thought provoking story from ‘Madamsabi’s Blog‘, I just had to share this for others to read.

Originally posted on autismfatherblog:

It’s been a while since I have blogged. Just returned from a 2 week stint in Accra, Ghana. I am functional subject matter expert for a Core Banking system called Finacle. Ghana would be our 6th country that we implement the new system.

Although traveling for business has its perks ( travel allowances, clocking up flyer miles) there are just as many draw backs. I find that extended traveling really beats up my body. Traveling across time zones confuses your body clock, disturbing your sleep patterns. However the biggest draw back is spending time away from my family. It’s also especially hard on my wife, when I am away. Looking after 2 Autistic boys by yourself can be challenging. And as Murphy’s law states “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong” And it usually does when I travel.

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Typing to Communicate & Busy Work

This is a posting from the blog of Emma’s Hope Book and clearly states the problems that can occur for some persons during their lifetime, especially those persons with Autism. While the post reflects on what could have occurred on a certain day in school, similar could be said about many aspects of life. Some people judge by their own outlook of life, either through ignorance of any other lives or by design.

children in school

children in school

School is like this for many as the system is designed for all to be equal, in that each person should progress as one and in line with the perceived standard. But we are all individuals and no one person can progress as others, but in many respects the system makes no allowance for this. Then, when one is shown not to follow the standard path, others can see this as a reason to make fun of the situation.  When the reason for not being able follow the standard path is down to a persons own abilities, it can have ever lasting  consequences for the person involved.

More thought needs to be given by those applying the system to how the tasks being given out can be achieved by all the participants and not just how the systems perceives that they will.

Save your internet, there are those who wish to affect your use.


Cable companies are famous for high prices and poor service. Several rank as the most hated companies in America. Now, they’re attacking the Internet–their one competitor and our only refuge–with plans to charge websites arbitrary fees and slow (to a crawl) any sites that won’t pay up. If they win, the Internet dies. (From ‘Join the Battle for the Net’)

EU Directive – Ban on high-energy vacuum cleaners

An EU directive, however, these high-powered devices are using a fair amount of electricity, but are only doing so for a small amount of time. This is opposed to other devices that do not use so much electricity, but are doing so for a considerable longer period of time.

But is this argument on power usage correct for the best use of vacuum cleaners. Dyson would appear not to agree, but still feels the UK should come out of the EU on this EU legislation.

James Dyson suggests leaving EU over vacuum cleaners From the article ‘Dyson wanted the vacuum cleaners to be tested with dust in them. He also wanted the energy consumption, waste, landfill and cost of vacuum cleaner bags and filters to be included in the energy rating.’ In fact, he also said ‘The company’s latest machine – a robotic vacuum cleaner which navigates using a 360-degree vision system and can be programmed using an iPhone or Android smartphone – uses just 200 watts’. So you would think he would be in favour of this EU legislation, if only to make a case for his latest machine. Also he stated  “When the ErP (Energy related Products) legislation was first mooted, we were campaigning for lower limits – in fact we wanted a 700 watt limit,”.

But Dyson also states ‘If German companies go on dominating European legislation, that’s a very good reason not to be in Europe. If they’re not going to listen to us, we shouldn’t be in there.’

Is this a valid reason to leave the EU?


The EU go on to say they are from next spring looking at other high-powered devices, would this include cars. The high-end range of cars have very large engines and burn exceedingly large amounts of fuel, but will the EU look there. Perhaps we should all be limited to 1000cc engines, I bet the car industry would have something to say.

Is this yet again the very massive ‘nanny state’ of the EU?

So is the EU green policy good or bad?


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