Charlene White and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here’s other Black female contestants never stood a chance | The Independent

This series of ‘I’m a Celebrity’ has seen its only two Black female contestants booted from the show first – keeping alive an odd tradition that’s affected everyone from Alison Hammond to Adele Roberts. Nicole Vassell asks how long the show can choose to ignore it


I must say I am no fan of ‘I’m a Celebrity and this, apparent racist connection only makes me more so and it’s applied connotations to ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ again not a favourate programme of mine, as I an no fan of any reality programme, so the apparent coming back of ‘Big Brother’ is filling me with dread.

But, apparent racism in the reality voting is even more of a dread.

The UK is and always will be a multicultural country and in my opinion far better for it. But, racism in any form needs countered for it is an unhealthy experience, especially for persons who are non-white.

Without a strong multiculturalism the UK will fail to exist and many professions are totally reliant on non-white inclusion. The NHS for one the care profession for another and many more.

But there are many professions where racism appears to be rife and not only racism, but, also accounts of gender discrimination. One only has to look at the Police and especially the MET Police and now apparently the Fire Brigade, or is it only the London Fire Brigade, we will have to wait and see.

We import a lot from America, but their concentration on racism is one that we should not.

Unfortunately, racism will never go away, as there will always be, I hope a very small number of racists and not only in the white communities for all communities have some degree of racism in them, but the attitudes of the white population go a long way to breed racism in other cultures.

We all should be viewed and treated as equals, with race, gender, disability, sexuality and others not being countered in the way we react to each other for there are good and not so good in all areas of life and we should all embrace each other.

It makes life for everyone so much easier, especially in these dark days of ecconomic disparity for we all need each other.

Lets make the UK a great place to be for everyone and use that as an example to other countries where their way of life may not be as good.

Source: Charlene White and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here’s other Black female contestants never stood a chance | The Independent

My Life

My life as now considerably changed. My wife died just 2 years and one week ago on 26 September 2020 and now has our beloved daughter on 4 October 2022. It is believed that she had a Grand Mal seizure from which she never recovered, although her carers, Paramedics and A&E did all they could. She stopped breathing from 3pm on Tuesday and did not recommence. CPR compressions were commence immediately as was requesting emergency assistance, which arrived within 15 mins by 2 ambulances with 4 paramedics in attendance. Perhaps not within the official target times, but in these days of much crisis, very much quicker than I had expected. However, a Post mortem will be required, thereby delaying further arrangements until done and hopefully an Inquest will not be required. We do complain about our NHS, but we would be so much worse without it and they do so well with the limited resources that have had over many years. Yes, many improvements have been sustained, but much more could be achieved with sufficient funding. Health are still having to find areas to cut back on, supposed making savings in areas. but, in reality there are no savings to be made and cuts in many essential services are being done to achieve these so called savings. Adding to this is the very severe crisis in socal care, both in local authorities and all areas of the social care sector, here, again cuts are having to be made, when in reality the opposite needs to occur. Currently, only critical care is main being considered, when to be really effective all need to be, moderate and below, for by not doing so needs do become critical in a very short time. If, needs have been dealt with well before, then the move to critical could well have been diminished or not even occur. By not funding this places excessive burdens on health and much so on NHS resources, thus adding the health care crisis. This is in addition to the very severe staffing shortage in both health and social care. Not only sufficient numbers joining the respective areas, but many leaving due to very low morale and better prospects out of these areas. Are you aware that home care staff with perhaps minimal training perhaps days, but in some instances only hours, while medial health staff undergo months and even years of training and still not allowed to do some tasks which home care staff have to do as there is no others to do so and the Government and many of the general public have the audacity to says that social care cares are unskilled for to do as it needs and should be they have to be extremely skilled, while only receiving a pittance in return. Many in poor working conditions, no or very insufficient travel allowance for mileage or even travel time, no real sick pay and some not even some holiday pay. Bank holidays having no meaning as there is virtually no enhance [ay for working Bank Holidays for they are counted as just another working day. Outside of the care profession this would not be countenanced. Added to this is the UK Immigration policy in which the needs of care staff are not a consideration, but needs to be as the profession needs non-UK care workers to supplement the lack of uptake from UK residents. This is down to the abysmal pay scales, working conditions and much more, so it is not non-UK workers bringing down levels, but it is manufactured lack of concern and at times deliberate not wishing to by this current Government and all previous Governments, in fact, in reality back to 1948 or maybe well before. I mention 1948 as this was when the NHS was originally created and at that time a formal creation of social care should also have arisen, in that the NHS and social care should have been recognised together. Why in social care are some health conditions classed as health and others social care, so that health conditions re still free at point of delivery, while those that are social care are not and have to be paid for, in some respects by each individual in receipt of social care, although at a reduced rate while in life. But in death repayment of the costs is required up to a set cap. No matter what is put out by the Government, it is still required for any property to be sold on death to ensure repayments are made up to the cap. but not so in health. This is pure and simple discrimination for persons on Social care, which should be illegal. It is said the UK can’t afford it, but it does if pet projects are required. Not saying we shouldn’t as we should, but with the Ukraine/Russian war, no one says we can’t afford to fund this weaponry for Ukraine as it is said Ukraine needs it, which it certainly does, but so do persons in UK social care. So, the death of my daughter is a two-fold benefit to the Government, as it has created a reduction in the welfare bill as her ESA and PIP will now stop and her extensive and costly care package is no longer. Perhaps this Government should congratulate her for her death causing all these reductions in costs.

Tell the UK government they’re failing us

This Government needs to loook after all of the UK and not just the 1-5% of the UK. In the, so called, ‘Mini Budget’ of Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng MP, this top echelon of the UK was well catered for and even though the removal of the 45% Tax Rate has been over-turned, the budget is still much more for them than the rest of the UK. They will not be any worse off by the high inflation that has been caused, but the rest of the UK will be.

An area of the UK which will be most worse off are those on welfare benefits, many of whom have no opportunities to help themselves to be better off and benefits are the only means that can help to achieve this to a small extent.

To not increase benefits in line with inflation, will cause them even greater hardships than they already have, so it is essential that the all the benefits are are increased, at least, in line with inflation, so please support this petition for you will never know when you yourselves may have to rely on benefits.

Your signature is most certainly required, so please do sign.



Source: Tell the UK government they’re failing us

Family Of Man Who Waves At M6 Traffic Keen To Meet Toy Giver

It is good to see that there are still great people out there. For listening to the news, it is mostly depressing, so when good is there it is so uplifting in many ways.

Same Difference

A family said they would love to thank a lorry driver in person after he left a gift for a disabled man who likes to wave at traffic.

The toy postal lorry was left by a Royal Mail worker for Alex Chesters who he regularly saw waving at him from a bridge over the M6 near Stafford.

Mr Chesters’ father, Darren, said they have thanked the driver online but they would like to meet him.

“I don’t think he realises what a difference he’s made to Alex’s life,” he said.

View original post

The Family Of Six In A One-Bedroom Flat Due To Inaccessible Social Housing

The housing market in the UK is far from good and even more so in respect of Social housing for many reasons

1. social housing stock has, over many hyears been reduced through the ‘right to buy’ scheme where social housing tennents were given the right to buy on a much lower price than the current market value dependent on how long the family have resided in the property, but Local Authorities, (LAs) were not allowed to use the resulting income from the sale of the property to buld replacement stocks

2. UK social housing stock is generally old, so not as acceptable to conditions of today, especially with regards to accessiblity and other aspects in regards to disabilities, but also many others such as use of energy and suitability of current climates

3. lack of available funding at LAs due to, at least 10 years of austerity cuts to Government grants to LAs, plus increased costs related to COVID, in a very changing market. This is not only reflecting on social housing, but many other LA resourses such as, education, social care and many others

4. too long timescales toprovide required adjustments and alterations and adaptations

5. state of repair of much social housing as repairs have not been done, effectively, sufficiently and within required timescales, leading t many social housing properties to be in a poor state causing many areas relating to causes of very poor health of tennents residing in them

When a family needs improved and more suitable accomodation is it required immediately and not in a year or years time as to do so puts more stress, and inconvenience on alrady very stressful and inconvenienced families so adding much more to problems within their lives.

This was not satisfactory years ago and even more so now, but this Government and may previous Governments have and are being shown to behave like the ‘3 wise monkeys‘, see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’.

This is a major crisis, in addition to all the other major crisises within the UK and should never have been allowed to occur, but mismanagement or, in reality, no management by UK Governments for more years than there should have been, out of sight, out of mind, except for those of the population who are directly concerned, but Governments who are not and never will be concerned.

Same Difference

A family of six have been living in a one-bedroom flat because the social housing they were assigned was inaccessible to their disabled child.

Seven-year-old Joel Verala uses a wheelchair and is fed by a tube due to quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

The house has three bedrooms but the family have been told the adaptations he needs could take a year.

Croydon Council said it had always informed the family the work would take “some months to complete”.

Joel’s mum, Souskay Verala, describes her son as a “happy boy” on the BBC Access All podcast.

“He likes stories read to him, he loves his siblings playing around him, as well as walks outside,” she says.

The family – Souskay, her husband and three children – were excited to be offered the three-bedroom council property in March having lived in a small flat for the previous six years.

But, though the…

View original post 888 more words

DWP Refusing To Follow Recommendations During Cost Of Living Crisis – The poor side of life

Under the cover of Queen Elizabeths death the DWP (Department of work and Pensions) have been busy inflicting cruelty upon claimants. They never miss a chance to show their hatred of social securit…


The DWP should be there to assist claimants, but, in fact, there whole agenda is to do the opposite, more than likely under the orders of this Government. This requires action in every way on every occasion to force the DWP to comply, as they will only do so after a formal legal decision from the Courts and even then they will fight all the way and when eventually ordered to do so, will do it as slowly as possible.

It appears to be run by robots who have been programmed to work in the most unempathetic and demoralising way possible.

This is showing they have no respect for human rights, safeguarding, just to punish claimants for being there.


Source: DWP Refusing To Follow Recommendations During Cost Of Living Crisis – The poor side of life

Fury at ‘do not resuscitate’ notices given to Covid patients with learning disabilities | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Vulnerable people have encountered ‘shocking discrimination’ during pandemic, says Mencap charity


This is greatly worrying, especially as the NHS has been told not to ‘blasnket’ using ‘do not resusitate; without the knowdge of the person or their family. This is very blatent discrimination against persons with disabilities, which to all purpose is illegal, but has anyone been arrested, let alone sentenced. This is extremely wrong and is in no way respecting choice.

Where is the equality, as no one should be more equal tham others. A life is a life an d disabilities should not be a poart of the process, for surely, this is a human right as well as being illegal.


Source: Fury at ‘do not resuscitate’ notices given to Covid patients with learning disabilities | Coronavirus | The Guardian

‘They just want parents to go away’: complaints soar as special needs schooling crisis spirals | Special educational needs | The Guardian

Chronic underfunding of the Send system in England blamed for failure to offer children adequate support


Yes, there is chronic underfunding for special needs in the Uk, but that is one of many for another is Social care and while the immediate funding rests with the respective Local Authorities, (LAs), who themsleves are short of finance also. So, who is directly to blame, well this is the Government, this current oned and many, if not all previous Governments, for LAs receive a bulk of their fun ding in grants from the Government but from 2020 the Governments subjected LAs to drastic cuts through the austerity programme, none of which has been repaid back to LAs.

So, lets put the blame where it really is and that is on the Government, who are not respecting human rights and totally lacking in ‘Duty of Care’.

Source: ‘They just want parents to go away’: complaints soar as special needs schooling crisis spirals | Special educational needs | The Guardian

‘My Daughter In Wheelchair Was Abandoned By School Taxis’

This all shows how pathetic the system is, with no one accepting accountability and leaving a very vulnerable person in, possible, great danger. All parties need to sort this out so it never happens again, ‘heads need to roll’.

Same Difference

    A mother has told the BBC her daughter has been left “abandoned” outside her high school in South Lanarkshire because of transport failures.

    The 11-year-old uses a wheelchair and is entitled to a taxi pick-up after each school day.

    But her mother Lisa Harland said she has only been picked up twice this term and staff have not waited with her.

    South Lanarkshire Council said pupils could wait inside the school if transport was unavailable.

    However, Ms Harland said she had to leave work to pick up her daughter and found the school office shutters down.

    Because the family live in Glasgow, the girl’s transport is organised by Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), and provided by Glasgow Taxis.

    Ms Harland said she had called the taxi company and SPT but had been unable to find out who is in charge.

    She said: “It doesn’t matter who…

    View original post 680 more words

    Scotland’s New Disability Benefits System Comes Into Force

    One can only hope that this Scottish system will be better than the one for the whole of the UK, but, only time will tell.

    The currently system is so clumbersome and the assessments appear to be ‘not fit for purpose’.

    Where there is a willingness on Governments there are always opportunities for improvements, but with the UK Government this willingness appears to be not available. They appear to be more inclined to abuse disabled people rather than help them.

    Same Difference

    The Scottish government has begun taking over adult disability benefits from the UK government.

    Until now, personal independence payments (PIP) or disability living allowance (DLA) have been provided by the UK government.

    They are being replaced in Scotland by the new adult disability payment.

    The process of automatically transferring recipients over is now under way, and the Scottish system is open to new applicants.

    Scottish ministers have said that the process of applying for the new benefit will be “more compassionate”.

    The changes have been welcomed by disability groups, although opposition politicians described them as “a missed opportunity”.

    About 300,000 people in Scotland receive PIPs, while about 39,000 people are in receipt of DLA.

    PIPs help people aged 16 to 64 cope with the extra costs they face due to ill health or disability, and are gradually replacing the DLA.

    People already receiving either of those benefits will be automatically…

    View original post 574 more words