Stand up now for Brexit and Britain | Frederick Forsyth | Columnists | Comment |

Two years ago we voted in a referendum on a very clear and single issue. Did we wish to continue as a subordinate member of the European Union (eight per cent of the vote in its council) or did we wish to leave it and re-establish a risky sovereignty?

The presumption by the high and the mighty was that our decision was a foregone conclusion. We were offered the referendum only as a sop, to get the issue out of the way for ever or at least a generation. That was the establishment presumption. Well, they were wrong. The high and the mighty, the bureaucrats and the tycoons, the fat cats and the wallet-stuffers, made the miscalculation of their lives.

We chose sovereignty over subordination, risk over obedient security. And for two years our clear voting majority has been comprehensively betrayed. More, it has been presumed that we will not really care, or at least not enough to fight. Those who sneer at us, whether Tory or Labour voters, from their plush offices, comfortable on our taxes, snooty in their grand titles, have presumed that our votes can be ignored and our wishes reversed with impunity.

We thought we were the Brits, the people who do not take kindly to threat, who have real objection to being lied to and cheated. We thought we were the descendants of the people who fought the Battle of Britain, who went up the beaches of Normandy and freed an entire continent from the foulest creed ever devised, who dropped on to the roofs of Arnhem. We thought we were those people or at least their children and grandchildren.


Source: Stand up now for Brexit and Britain | Frederick Forsyth | Columnists | Comment |


Disabled comedian left trapped on board train after it leaves

This is a travesty and completely against what should be in the Equality Act 2010. How can one human being be treated like this and by a, so called, nationised industry.

Those who want whole scale re-nationalisation hold LNER as an example, but an example of what, it appears total inequality.

It would appear that reasonable adjustments need to be made, like providing all disabiled people who travel on public transport some form of immediate communication to stop this occurring again.

Why can not these incidents be treated as a’Hate Crime’.

‘spokesman for LNER told the BBC: “We are very sorry for the unacceptable experience Ms Davis had whilst travelling with us.

“We are fully investigating the incident to understand what went wrong and to ensure that lessons are learnt for the future.”  But will they, how many times over many years have these words ‘lessons are learnt ‘ been mentioned, but are they, well, if they are you can count them on ‘one’ finger.

Govt Newspeak

Tanyalee Davis taken 50 miles out of way, days after she was ‘harassed’ over using a disabled space on another train

Tanyalee Davis with hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langford on ITV’s This Morning show after the first incident.

A comedian who felt “harassed and humiliated” for using a disabled space on a train for her mobility scooter, prompting an apology from the operating company, has had yet another bad experience on the railways.

Tanyalee Davis was en route to York for a show and, although she had already spoken to staff to ensure she would be helped off the London North Eastern Railway (LNER) train, no one came to assist – meaning she had to stay on board until Darlington, 50 miles away.

Canadian-born Davis, 47, who has a form of dwarfism, was ordered to vacate the disabled space on a GWR train earlier this week.

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A DWP minister just dropped some shocking figures then ran off for the weekend | The Canary

A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) minister chose to release some staggering figures during the afternoon of Friday 20 July; essentially dropping them and running off for the weekend.

The DWP: sneaking things out on a Friday

Minister of state at the DWP Sarah Newton was responding to a written question. It came from Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people Marsha de Cordova. On 9 July, Cordova asked:

how many people with epilepsy who were in receipt of Disability Living Allowance [DLA] did not receive an award as a result of a reassessment for personal independence payments [PIP]…

Newton’s response on Friday 20 July was shocking. She said:

Since the introduction of… (PIP) a total of 6,330 decisions on claims with an epilepsy condition listed as the main health condition have been made as part of migration from… (DLA) to PIP. Of these, 3,380 did not receive any benefit award at the initial assessment and 1,120 of these people subsequently appealed their decision. Of those who appealed their decision 870 cases were settled in favour of the claimant.


This means the DWP denied PIP to over 53% of people living with epilepsy who previously had DLA. Moreover, of the 33% of people who appealed after the DWP denied them PIP, a massive 77% of people ended up being given the benefit.

Glossing over

In a seeming attempt to gloss over these figures, Newton claimed:

Under PIP, 29 per cent of working age claimants with epilepsy recorded as their primary disabling condition receive the highest level of support compared to 6 per cent under Disability Living Allowance when PIP was introduced.


Source: A DWP minister just dropped some shocking figures then ran off for the weekend | The Canary

Do 93% of British Jews Really Support and Identify with Israel

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One of the charges the witch-hunters in the Labour party have levelled against Mike is that by criticising Israel, he fails to understand how important this is to British Jewish identity. British Jews, according to them, overwhelmingly support Israel, and consider the existence of the colonialist, racist apartheid state an important part of their identity. Supposedly, according to statistics, 93 per cent of British Jews state that they support Israel and consider it important to their identity. Mike, by criticising Israel, is according to those levelling the charges of anti-Semitism, denying British Jews a vital part of their identity and national aspirations.

In fact a significant number of Jews around the world have not supported Israel, and continue to organised and protest against its campaign of brutality and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians. Many Orthodox Jews object to Zionism and the state of Israel, because they believe that Israel can…

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Our white nationalist extremists are no different to Muslim fanatics – let’s treat them the same – The i – Weekend Reads #52

The Mother of Parliaments has turned volatile, unruly, disoriented, unintelligible. British politics has fallen to its nadir. The Prime Minister cannot follow through her promises or policies. Assailed by Jacob Rees-Mogg and co., she seems to have lost her own plot. Senior Tory Justine Greening has suggested a second, informed referendum. Citizens are discombobulated; many are full of ire. It is the curse of Brexit.

Now more bad stuff is thrown into the simmering cauldron. After the referendum and then the election, Ukip, which David Cameron once described as a party of “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists”, fell heavily and passed out. This week, it seems to be reviving and is up five percentage points in opinion polls, partly because many Brits do not like Theresa May’s proposals for a softish exit from the EU.

Source: Our white nationalist extremists are no different to Muslim fanatics – let’s treat them the same – The i – Weekend Reads #52

Health and Social Care Secretary announces half a billion rollout to improve patient care | Care Industry News

In his first major speech since taking post last week, the Health and Social Care Secretary this morning announced a half a billion pound package to rollout innovative tech aimed at improving care for patients and supporting staff.

Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, said: “Because we are one NHS, our health system is uniquely placed to become the most advanced health system in the world – one where technology addresses the user need – making care better for patients, but just as importantly making life easier for staff.

“For too long, decisions on health and care have seemed to involve a trade-off – improving patient outcomes at the expense of placing ever more pressure on staff, while reducing the demands on staff has been seen to have an impact on patient care.

“Technology and data innovation offers an opportunity to move past this binary approach.”

As part of the plan the Government will invest £412 million into new technology at hospitals which will improve efficiency, enhance patient safety and help more patients access health services at home.

The Health and Social Care Secretary also set out plans to support the NHS workforce. He said:

“The nation’s health is determined by the health of the health and care workforce.

“So it is heart-breaking to see how undervalued you often feel.


Source: Health and Social Care Secretary announces half a billion rollout to improve patient care | Care Industry News

MPs raise concerns with McVey over ‘stress and poverty’ caused by WRAG cuts | DisabledGo News and Blog

Cross-party MPs have raised a series of concerns with work and pensions secretary Esther McVey about the government’s treatment of disabled people on out-of-work benefits.

Members of the Commons work and pensions select committee were questioning McVey more than a year after her government introduced cuts of nearly £30 a week to payments to new claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA) placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG).

Ministers were ridiculed when they first announced the cuts and argued they would “incentivise” those in the WRAG to find work.

Claimants placed in the WRAG have all been found able to carry out some work-related activity but have been found not fit for work.

The minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt [now the international development secretary], later promised to find a way to cut the living costs of people in the WRAG and “mitigate the £30”.

But by the time the cuts were introduced, in April 2017, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) appeared to suggest that Mordaunt’s only success on living costs had been to ensure that new WRAG claimants would be told by their jobcentre work coaches how to secure the cheapest BT telephone tariff.

Yesterday (Wednesday), SNP’s Chris Stephens asked McVey what work had been done to look at the additional costs faced by WRAG claimants.

But she did not appear to have an answer and claimed instead that the cuts had been aimed at sick and disabled people who could “definitely do some work” and had allowed her department to invest more funds into supporting them into jobs.


Source: MPs raise concerns with McVey over ‘stress and poverty’ caused by WRAG cuts | DisabledGo News and Blog

Why has Trump decided to bully Montenegro? – The Washington Post

President Trump is showing us his cards, at each turn revealing the pieces of a plan that would amount to a once unthinkable victory for Russia, greatly increasing instability in Europe and the rest of the world.

Among the many alarming statements Trump has made in recent days was his comment to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson about the Balkan nation Montenegro, NATO’s newest member. Carlson asked the president why, if Montenegro is attacked, his son should go to war to defend it. Under NATO’s Article 5, an attack on one member is an attack on all. The allies have invoked it only once, in defense of the United States after 9/11.

Trump’s response to Carlson was a stunner. “I’ve asked the same question,” he said, adding an offensive quip about how the minuscule Montenegro has “very aggressive people,” which he somehow linked with the idea that it could start World War III.


Source: Why has Trump decided to bully Montenegro? – The Washington Post

Trump criticizes Federal Reserve for rate hikes, breaking with tradition

President Donald Trump attacked the Federal Reserve on Thursday, saying he disagreed with the course taken by the central bank and its chairman, Jerome Powell, whom Trump nominated to the position last year.

“I don’t necessarily agree with it,” Trump told CNBC about the Fed’s two rate hikes so far this year. “I’m not thrilled, because every time we go up, they want to raise rates again. But at the same time I’m letting them do what they feel is best.”

Markets whiplashed on Trump’s comments, with the Dow Jones dropping more than 100 points and the dollar taking a brief stumble.

The White House released a statement shortly after the president’s statement was released.


Source: Trump criticizes Federal Reserve for rate hikes, breaking with tradition

What’s in the mind of a megalomaniac? — The Secular Jurist

Whatever it is with Trump, then we all need to know and know soon, before any further damage is done in world relations.

Does Trump even know what day it is and where he is.


By Robert A. Vella Donald Trump has been in the White House for a year and a half, yet the turmoil surrounding his presidency began from his first day in office and has grown into a perpetual firestorm that has singed every continent on the face of our planet. That’s quite a feat for one […]

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