End mass jabs and live with Covid, says ex-head of vaccine taskforce | Coronavirus | The Guardian


Dr Clive Dix says we should treat the virus like flu

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To some extent I do agree with Dr Clive Dix, but to do this all factors need to be equal to those of flu.

With flu other countries are not barring people from going there or requiring flu vaccinations to be taken.

As to the administering of COVID and flu vaccinations all are not equal, as with COVID there is only the injection process while with flu there are both injections and nasal sprays. While for the flu the nasal sprays are usually only given to children as they do not have the injections offered to them. But, there is an exception for some adults and these are for adults with learning disabilities and/or Autism who are averse to needles. For these persons the children’s nasal sprays are available and while not as fully effected as the injections they do offer some protection, which is better than none. However, currently for COVID-19 there are no nasal sprays, although I believe some are in the process of being research as are tablets and patches.

There are some nasal sprays which are said to be effective to COVID, but on investigation there generally offer no more protection than for the common cold, which is a very, very mild form of COVID, no way as virulent as the COVID-19 and the various variants.

To help some persons with learning disabilities who are needle averse there is some needle aversion therapies, but these are generally only to combat the actual needle injection and not any other reactions. For with some people the needle aversion is from past experiences where they did have needle injections for say, operations and the resultant outcomes of the operations are what is really the cause of the needle aversion. So, it is very unlikely that the needle aversion therapies will be effective in these instances, so until nasal sprays, tablets or patches will be available, these persons with needle aversions will remain unvaccinated.

So, currently all is not equal and will never be until the researches are complete and nasal sprays, tablets and patches are made available.

In fact if they were available they would be easier to administer than injections, as they would not normally require a suitably qualified person to do the administering which needle injections require. This would be of great advantage in many developing counties for not only would they be easier to administer, could well be self-administering, thereby no need to purchase to vaccine, but there would be no additional costs for a qualified person for the administering and more than likely no temperature storing requirements or not as extensive.

So to make all equal, patches, tablets and nasal sprays have to be universally available for everyone and this should be well before mass jabbing is stopped.

Source: End mass jabs and live with Covid, says ex-head of vaccine taskforce | Coronavirus | The Guardian

London Bus Driver Refused To Take My Disabled Daughter


Persons with disabilities and their families have already so much to contend with, that discrimination by bus drivers is adding to their problems.

Not only should the transport authority, TfL in this instance be fined, but also actions should be taken against the respected bus drivers, then and only then will they take their responsibilities on-board.

Training is one aspect, but if the drivers think they will get away with it then some will, it should also go on their employment record.

There is already insufficient space on many forms of transport, as some only have one wheelchair space, when there should be at least 2 or more.

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A woman says she was left feeling “ridiculed and belittled” by a bus driver who refused to let her young disabled daughter board.

Mother-of-five Tameika Pieternella often travels by bus in Abbey Wood, south-east London, with two-year-old D’Naiyah, who has brain damage.

She says the driver would not get out a ramp for her daughter’s buggy-style wheelchair, while another simply drove off, leaving them at the bus stop.

Transport for London has apologised.

Louise Cheeseman, TfL’s director of bus operations, said: “We are very sorry that Ms Pieternella and her daughter have experienced this.

“We would like to reassure her that making travel easier for Londoners with reduced mobility is one of our top priorities. We have one of the most accessible bus networks in the world and all bus routes are served by low-floor vehicles with an access ramp and dedicated space for wheelchair users.

“Bus drivers have received…

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Wheelchair User ‘Pushed From Brighton’s Legends Club Dancefloor’


This is not a ‘one-off’ as many venues are inaccessible and of those that are not all areas will be. You maybe able to get in the building, but not access the dance floor, or even toilets. Then if toilets are accessible will they be disability aware, with required adaptations.

I fear they will not be many nightclubs that conduct a full disability assessment and this should be a requirement. Then the results of the assessment should then be published in all media regarding the nightclubs.

We have had numerous Disability Acts, being Disability Discrimination Act 1995, then as amended in 2005 and the Equality Act 2010 .But none of them went far enough and gave too much time in which to comply. But many didn’t well not fully as there were too many areas, which could be avoided for many reasons. One of which was cost, and many others.

This is not how persons with disabilities should be treated, for all they are asking for is for them to lead a reasonable life with the same rights as others.
But to do so there needs to be adaptations and it is these that not all businesses and organisations adhere to. They may go part of the way, but not fully, but if they are not fully complying then they are not complying at all.

There should be no half measures.

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A wheelchair user has expressed anger after claiming his chair was pushed off a dancefloor by nightclub staff.

Tyler Paul, 29, was on a basement dancefloor at Legends in Brighton when he said he was asked to leave.

A video on social media appears to show a bouncer grabbing his wheelchair to escort him off the dancefloor.

Legends apologised, but said the video only showed a “snapshot”. It also said its basement was not wheelchair-accessible due to fire regulations.

Mr Paul, from Worthing, has cerebral palsy. He uses a wheelchair, but can walk with support.

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He visited the nightclub on Saturday, and walked downstairs to the basement dancefloor with the help of friends during the evening.

He said he was initially asked to sign a document saying he was happy to be downstairs.

But ten minutes later, Mr Paul said another bouncer asked him to leave.

He said when…

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Tory MP who said Marcus Rashford should stick to the day job… has second job


In a private message to colleagues following England’s defeat in the Euro 2020 final, Ms Elphicke said: ‘Would it be ungenerous to say Rashford should have spent more time perfecting his game and less time playing politics’

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Well someone has to play politics, which is more than can be said for some MPs, especially this particular MP, Natalie Elphicke, the Conservative MP for Dover. She also has a second job, surprised she has the time to do this as well as her work as a MP.

Marcus is doing his best to right wrongs which this Government is causing, which should be what MPs should be doing but not, is it because of their second jobs or do they not care, or should I say both.

Marcus not only cares but is doing good work to try to effect change to make peoples lives better in the UK and not worse, which is what this Government is doing and being allowed to do by their MPs and to some extent by the Opposition MPs.

Marcus should be applauded and not castigated, he is supporting people with their Human Rights, not taking them away which this Government is doing by their actions and sometimes by their inactions.

Source: Tory MP who said Marcus Rashford should stick to the day job… has second job

Claimant Died Underweight, ‘Unkempt And Dirty’ After ESA And PIP Wrongly Stopped


Again more DWP failings, when will this end, where is the accountability, when will heads roll, perhaps never for to do this there has to be accountability which there appears to be not.

It appears that the DWP is there to hinder rather than help and are not concerned about themselves than the claimants they are there to help.

Do they really care or are claimants seen has a hindrance to be discounted at every occasion.

The current Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey MP was appointed on 8 September 2019 and has been ineffective since her appointment, she needs to go and someone who is capable appointed, if there is in fact, anyone who is. The situations at the DWP could not be worse if there was no Minister.

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With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

A disabled claimant died underweight, ‘unkempt and dirty’ after the DWP wrongly stopped both his ESA and PIP. The DWP left the destitute claimant to be supported by their elderly, disabled parent who themselves needed daily carers and meals delivered. £14,000 in backdated PIP was eventually paid to the claimant’s next-of-kin, the Independent Case Examiner (ICE) has reported.

According to ICE, the claimant had severe depression and physical health problems and was classed as vulnerable by the DWP.

For a long time, their elderly parent was their appointee for benefits purposes. But the parent became too ill to continue and informed the DWP.

At this point the DWP should have found another appointee for the claimant themselves, as their guidance requires, but they did not do so.

Over the following months the claimant’s ESA and PIP were repeatedly stopped due to failure to…

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Judge Issues Protest Warning As Paralympian Jailed For Plane Stunt


Yes, there is a right to protest and a right to freedom of Speech, but the protest and actions of James Brown far exceeded these rights and seriously affected rights of others, who all could bring civil actions against , as well as time.James Brown as they have all experienced a monetary loss, as well as time.

Protestors need to be accountable as should those who they protest against, but innocent bystanders should not have to suffer.

What this has to do with being a Paralympian is anyone’s guess.

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A British Paralympic gold medallist has been jailed for a year for glueing himself to the roof of a passenger jet in an Extinction Rebellion protest – the first custodial sentence for any action linked to the group.

XR said it was “shocked and devastated” by the sentence handed to James Brown, 56, at Southwark crown court in London on Friday afternoon, by a judge who warned that protesters who disrupt people’s lives “will face serious consequences”.

Judge Gregory Perrins said Brown, from Exeter, who has been registered blind since birth, “cynically used” his disability and put his own life at risk when he staged his protest at London City airport on 10 October 2019, at at the height of XR’s second extended campaign of protests in London.

James Brown denied one count of causing a public nuisance, claiming he had ‘to do something spectacular’ to draw attention to the…

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Almost one fifth of non-profit workers earn below the real living wage 


The National Living Wage is a disgrace as it is insufficient to live on.

Yes, the Government says there are various credits to claim, but the claiming process is very arduous and very time consuming and the barriers you have to overcome are very off-putting.

With some benefits it is as though you are deemed as claiming a benefit to which you are not entitled and in many instances the assessment process, especially face to face is very demeaning and in some instances insulting.

The Queen used to pay some of her staff below the Real Living Wage and was, I believe reported as saying ‘they can claim benefits’

How some are now paid.

Many Charities have restricted income which is not guaranteed and as they rely on donations and grants which have to be bid for, these grants are time limited may be for one year or could be up to 3 years, so Charities are continually having to submit bids for grants which may or may not be granted. The grants always come with attached conditions and to even bid you have to fit the expressed criteria, which can be very detailed.

With grants the organisations providing grants also only have a limited amount of money available to provide so all eligible bids will not be granted if the total amount of bids exceeds the amount available for when this as been reach there is no more available.

Source: Almost one fifth of non-profit workers earn below the real living wage 

Social Care will it survive, now that is the question?


Social care has been in decline for far too many years, due to successive governments lack of actions to do something to ensure that it will survive. Now we have a Prime Minister who has done something, but it is way too little and way, way too late. It would have been too late, if the necessary money was made available yesterday, but to say it will now not be available for 3 more years, is adding insult to injury. People ease in need of Social Care so deserve so much better, for their pain and suffering will continue and not just continue, but will get much worse and they could not well survive, especially 3 more years, but is that the outcome this Government is working to.

Many years of very serious underfunding has and is taking its toil, as it was in serious decline in 2010 when the Conservative Government decided to introduce austerity cuts and these went on for at least 10 years and then came COVID. The austerity cuts came to ensure Local Authorities (LAs) made savings in their budgets, when any fool could see there were no savings to be made, except Government fools. So to work to the reduced budgets services had to be cut, even essential services. and this eventually included Social Care, as many LAs tried to shield Social Services from cuts, but eventually they had to come and it was the persons in need of Social Care who were made to suffer and they still do, well those still alive do.

I applaud those who have decided to become employed in Social Care, however not all who came in were there for the benefit for whom they are caring for and some of the Care Provider when also in there to make profits from the services.

Those providers should not have been there but many still are and they are destroying the reputations of the Care Providers who do care, just as the care workers who don’t care are destroying the reputations of the care workers who do care and it is the persons in need of care who were left to suffer.

It is said that during the COVID Pandemic people were Clapping for carers, but were they for were they only clapping for certain carers, namely Nurses. Now, while those nurses did deserve the clapping they were not alone for there were many others in health who were as deserved as where the care workers in the care profession. Certainly those in Care and Nursing homes did, but they were not alone, for it is not just the elderly in care/nursing homes who are in receipt of care, as we are left to believe from those who should know better . such as , the Prime Minister and his fellow Ministers, all the MPs and those in the media. Can we blame many of the population for believing that Social care is just for the elderly, well I believe we can for children and any adults can, through no fault of their own find themselves in need of accessing Social acre, either on a temporary basis or on a more permanent basis. For the elderly will only be for some for a short period, when you look at the length of the ‘Cycle of Life’ as some are in need as soon as they are born and then until their dying day, but why are these persons not seen for they are there in full sight, well it is because the people are not seeing them, many because they do not want to, others because they can’t understand the whys and wherefores and some who couldn’t careless, for all they care about is themselves.

Then we have the unpaid carers who currently save the UK well over £132 Billion every year by them caring for their relatives, until they can care no more, by reason of their own death or they become ill and need support themselves.

There are many reasons why people do not enter the care profession, which include

  1. the derisory salary for the work undertaken, which is more likely to be around the National Living Wage of £8.91 per hour, rather than the Real Living Wage of £9.50 per hour. When this is compared that persons could earn well over £13 per hour working at Amazon, surely someone looking after your relatives lives should at least be earning £14 per hour
  2. insufficient persons in the UK who are willing to work in the Care Profession for any reason, when there are many outside the UK will but are unable to do so because of the UK’s Immigration policy. in the 1950s when there was a lack of works due to WWII the government of the day went to various countries to encourage workers to come to the UK, many from the Caribbean, while today there are many still in Europe and certainly in many of the African countries and others, if only they were given the opportunities.
  3. but there are also lack of travel expenses, suitable sick pay, unsocial hours payments and other terms and conditions

But firstly we need a Government who understands care and will do what is required, not the Paltry offer from Boris Johnson, who after COVID is insulting all care workers.

I am not saying the NHS is not deserving the money it has been offered, but both need to be the money required, for not to do so will see the complete demise of Social Care and this will then truly bring the eventual demise of the NHS, just because Boris and his Ministers in Crime are not prepared to take the required actions needed urgently.

So the actions need to be taken now for 3 years is much too long to wait.

Tokyo 2020: Anger After Paralympian Is Stripped Of Gold Medal For Being Late


The IPC have no respect for persons with intellectual disabilities and those who made to disqualification decision should have no association ever again with any disability events.

If a disqualification was going to be made it had to be before the event commenced not after the result of the event was announced.

Would the Ukrainian representatives have raised an objection had Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli not won, I think not so it appears it is just because of his success at the event, this is not what the Olympics should be about, but unfortunately in this modern world it appears that it is.

The disqualification is a stain on the Olympics and all those who were party to the disqualification decision.

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The International Paralympics Committee (IPC) has defended a decision to strip a Malaysian athlete of his gold medal.

Shot putter Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli won gold in the F20 class, but was later disqualified for arriving three minutes late for the event.

Mr Zolkefli was allowed to compete because at the time he had a “logical” reason for being late, the IPC said.

However, a referee later found there was no “justifiable reason” for him to be late.

The decision to strip Mr Zolkefli of his medal has been met with much anger on social media, especially from Malaysians.

“Absolutely disgraceful! You should not have allowed the athletes to compete if they were late. Don’t steal this hard-earned, world record-breaking medal from Ziyad,” said Malaysian MP Fahmi Fadzil.

Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Minister Ahmad Faizul Azumu said the country’s National Sports Council had been ordered to investigate. He added that he…

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