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Disabled experts have suggested a raft of ways in which the government could help to fulfil its commitment to halving the disability employment gap. The ideas came during a public evidence session held at Somerset House in central London, part of an inquiry by the all-party parliamentary disability group into how to increase the number of disabled people in paid work. The session was organised by Disability Rights UK, which runs the parliamentary group’s secretariat, alongside students from King’s College London, who are working on the inquiry. Henrietta Spalding, head of advocacy for the disfigurement charity Changing Faces, told the inquiry session that she believed there should be mandatory training for managers on disability and health conditions. She said that people’s attitudes and biases needed to be “re-ordered, re-aligned” so that disabled people can “present the skills, strengths and experiences that they have”. She described the discrimination experienced by a skilled and

Source: Experts call for focus on Access to Work, adjustments, attitudes… and funding | DisabledGo News and Blog

A case of not knowing how to deal with it and hoping it will go away.

Abuse not dealt with just multiplies and is down to poor or no management skills.

The ramblings of a former DWP Civil Servant ...


Jeremy Corbyn “has insisted he does not condone or authorise the abuse of any politicians.

But in an interview last month, he said: “I know that I have received more abuse than I ever used to. But then maybe I’m better known these days. But I receive more abuse than anybody else. The best way of dealing with abuse is: ignore it.” ”

Source: Lilian Greenwood: I was told to ‘f*** off’ by Labour members for backing Owen Smith

In 1970s blokey parlance, Corbyn thinks the best way for dealing with abuse is to grow a pair.

Meanwhile, in 2016, responsible employers do not tell their staff, male or female, that the best way to deal with abuse, physical or verbal, is to ignore it.  Instead they urge their staff to report instances of such abuse to their manager so the appropriate action may be taken.

If Corbyn wants to…

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Labour-Leadership-Contest-Comes-To-ScotlandMr Corbyn earns five times the UK average salary

Jeremy Corbyn says he doesn’t consider himself ‘wealthy’, despite earning £137,000 a year.

He earns £74,000 a year as an MP, and is entitled to an uplift of £63,098 as leader of the opposition.

The combined total is five times the average UK salary, which was £27,500 last year.

(Editor’s comment:

Despite the Labour Party membership being around 75% middle class, nearly every Corbyn supporter I come across is working class and just getting by.

Is this because, like Jeremy Corbyn, they measure their income against that of a  Sir Richard Branson or a Sir Philip Green rather than that of someone on the National Living Wage?

Someone on the current National Living Wage rate of £7.20 per hour, working 40 hours per week for 52 weeks would earn a gross salary of £14,976.

As an aside, John McDonnell received…

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“I shared a stage with Jeremy, it’s easy to understand why he thinks we can win.

In September, I was asked to speak at the People’s post rally taking place in Manchester in early October – I accepted, because, despite not voting for him, I was still feeling optimistic about Jeremy’s leadership, and though I’m terrified of public speaking, the opportunity to speak about the causes I was passionate about and share a stage with the leader of the party I was a member of was too good to turn down. Having only become involved in politics that April – I’d never attended a rally, to be honest, I don’t think I even knew they happened. I wrote my speech about anti-austerity, the cruelty of the Tory government, and the need for Labour to tackle this, as I still thought Jeremy was doing a good job of doing. I’d never…

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Source: French resorts defiant as top court suspends burkini ban | The Times of Israel

As Mr. Trump assumed an increasing role in his father’s business, the company’s practice of turning away potential black tenants was painstakingly documented.

Source: ‘No Vacancies’ for Blacks: How Donald Trump Got His Start, and Was First Accused of Bias – The New York Times

I welcome your words and feeling and in an ideal world what you wish for would eventually be possible. But we all have fears and beliefs with regards to our lives and there will always be some people worse or better off than ourselves. What we need to do is to understand the reasons why and not listen to violent and unreasoned rhetoric from those who should know better, for they are harnessing the fears and beliefs of others for their own ends and not for the persons who they are trying to influence.

Unfortunately this is how the human race is, it will never be perfect, for no matter what occurs there will always be persons better and worse of than ourselves, what we need to do is learn to live with it and we all need to do what we can to better ourselves without reducing the lives of others.

It will not be easy, but for the benefit of all human kind and the existance of all life in the world we do need to make progress.

The Neighborhood

It’s hard to say what I want my legacy to be when I’m long gone. – the late would have been great Aallyah

from MELLOW episode 7 of Keith Broke A Leg, this is Into the Wild 

Why a Civil War, The Voting Rights Act and the Presidential Defeat
of a Carnival Barker Did Not End America’s Race Dance

written & edited by Kendall F. Person

Until this morn, I could never imagine the perils of a raided history having a chance at redemption. The attempted distortion of the present and past as we are playing witness too on an international political stage leaves most in a state of utter disbelieve. How the United States of America – one of the most powerful empires in world history  –  could find itself balancing such a disgraceful  fall from grace in only 240 years? How could 150 years after the fall…

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I agree with every translation there will be some differences in the text, especially when these are not from the original. The more translations there are from translations the differences could be more extensive. The only way to monitor if there are differnces in each translation is to compare with the original, so if this is not available, no one can be sure how accurate any translation is. Then, when viewing the original if this was possible, how accurate would that be, for to be accurate each should have been written by the person on whose knowledge it is based, for scribes may not always write what is verbaly expressed, even if this is done at the time the events occurred. If the scribing was done some many years later, then who can tell what the original meanings were meant to be. Then in some instances were the happenings from reality or assumed reality.

However, this should not bring any religion into disrepute, for all religions are beliefs and if these beliefs help and give comfort to the individuals who believe then the religion should not be disputed. This should not minimise the credence of any religion and detract from their beliefs, nor should it detract from believers of different religions or those who for other reasons do not fully believe in the total religion of others. For beliefs should be for each individual and not for others to belittle or force others to act against their beliefs, except where this goes against the law and customs of the country in which they reside.

We should all be tolerent of each other and learn to live side by side, for then and only then will there be peace within the world.

(not so) completely. miserable.

Our modern Bible, good book as it may be, was written thousands of years ago, copied millions of times, translated into thousands of languages, and therefore can in no way accurately represent the Bible that was originally written.

That’s the conclusion of Bart Ehrman’s best selling Book Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why. Dr. Ehrman is considered by many to be one of the most erudite New Testament scholars in the U.S; he’s overqualified to speak on the topic of “New Testament Textual Criticism,” the discipline of attempting to ascertain the original contents of the New Testament.  I think it’s a must-read, with one qualification.

Dr. Ehrman rightly points out that there are over 5,000 complete copies, fragments, and other parts/pieces/manuscripts of the New Testament, ranging in date from early 100 AD forward (preserved in more manuscripts than any other ancient work). Some…

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Well they have to find the money from some where to pay for all the free benefits they provide, University fees, prescriptions etc, surely not all of it comes from UK Government funding.

You have to pay the piper.


EXCLUSIVE: NICOLA Sturgeon has been accused of being “anti British Armed Forces” after failing to stop Scottish soldiers receiving hefty tax bills which don’t apply to troops living south of the border.

Troops in Scotland face paying up to four times as much council tax as those living in England and Wales because of discrepancies in how council tax is calculated.

Some are even being sent letters from sheriff officers threatening to freeze bank accounts and send out bailiffs if the money isn’t paid, according to ex-Royal Marine John McGlinchey.

Serving and retired servicemen and women in most parts of the UK are eligible for a 50 per cent discount on the council tax for their family home when they are stationed abroad or in barracks elsewhere in the country.

But instead of a reduction, military personnel in Scotland are being forced to pay up to DOUBLE the council tax…

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