Trump ready to make McConnell’s life miserable | TheHill


Well he has made life miserable for everyone else over his 4 years of being President, so 1 more will not make much different.

What needs to be done is make life miserable for Trump and his family, assuming Republican Senators put everyone first rather than trying to save themselves.

 

Source: Trump ready to make McConnell’s life miserable | TheHill

Opinion | Adam Kinzinger: My fellow Republicans, convicting Trump is necessary to save America – The Washington Post


Nothing truer has ever been said, but it appears that Republican Senators care more about saving themselves than saving America.

Yes, they feel if they vote to impeach Trump and find him guilty, they themselves could inflame Republican voters.

If they are so, anti-America and pro-themselves, then they should not be in the Senate, for they are there for the wrong reasons.

For America should come First.

 

Source: Opinion | Adam Kinzinger: My fellow Republicans, convicting Trump is necessary to save America – The Washington Post

George Osborne’s legacy is all around us: his cuts left Britain helpless to resist Covid | Conservatives | The Guardian


This is so true, but to date nothing has been done to reverse cuts, even a proportion of them.

It was wrong then and therefore is still wrong now and even today all Local Authorities (LAs) are having to find savings, for costs and demand for services are forever increasing, while the Government Grant is not in any realistic proportion. In reality there were no savings to be made and this has been proven by COVID in so many ways.

Virtually all LA services are suffering and Social Care was and is decimated. As Polly states the poor, sick and disabled, those who could least afford any cuts to services, were the ones to suffer most, leading in some instances to their deaths, especially when the changes to welfare benefits are taken into account. For to claim welfare benefits the eligibility was tightened and claimants were sanctioned for the least failure to abide by the ongoing stringent conditions related to payments and eligibility to benefits. The loss of a miniscule amount of benefit had enormous consequences for persons on benefits, who were most likely living on a day to day basis from one benefit payment to another. For some, even the benefits they received were insufficient to manage.

But LAs are not the only authorities suffering for Health Authorities are suffering too, for while they have been receiving some increased funding the increases are in no way sufficient to maintain services at a level required. In fact the funding for the UK needs to be seriously looked at and it has to be sufficient for the 21st century and buffers need to be maintained to cater for the unexpected, for COVID will not be the last.

Also, with the state of pay scales in the UK, this left many who are in employment unable to manage. Many jobs have been lost over the last few years and even though other jobs have been created these will, more than likely, be at the lowest rate of pay (National Living Wage or even the Minimum Living Wage for persons under 25 years) and maybe part-time rather than full-time. Whereas the starting point for pay should be the Real Living Wage.

LAs do obtain funding in otherways, one being Business Rates, but these are also decreasing due to the effects of lockdowns and COVID restrictions limiting businesses opening.

The UK has never been good at pay rates for those on the lower levels of pay and George Osborne and his cronies did their utmost to ensure these pay levels were kept low, especially when costs were increasing.

One does not need to be a genius to see that this is wrong and not sustainable for a healthy and prosperous UK and which is equal to all.

 

Source: George Osborne’s legacy is all around us: his cuts left Britain helpless to resist Covid | Conservatives | The Guardian

Cerrie Burnell: ‘Disabled People Have Been Shut Away During The Pandemic’


Starting from around the Victorian era Society’s attitudes towards persons with disabilities changed for before then, it was general that they would live with their families in their local communities. This is referenced in the book ‘Those they called IDIOTS by Simon Jarrett’, http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events/remote_event_view?id=18449, which traces the disabled mind from 1700 to the present day.

As you know we are in the COVID-19 pandemic and even though there are now vaccines which will help to combat the effects of COVID-19, it is currently unsure if the vaccines will stop you contracting COVID-19 and even then passing it on, for it is still early days and this still needs to be researched.

So, this pandemic will be with us for some considerable time, but hopefully to a lessor effect, that is unless a mutant strain or strains render the vaccines less effective. It will be possible to tweak the vaccines to overcome the mutant strains, but this will take some time.

It maybe that the vaccines are here to stay and to fully combat the mutant strains the vaccines will need to be taken on a regular basis, such as is the case for the flu vaccine.

The pandemic is, as stated in the article, having a dramatic effect on the learning disability community as they are more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 and more likely to suffer more serious consequences than some persons without disabilities, causing an increased death rates for persons with disabilities. This is in addition to the already poor death rates for persons with learning disabilities as highlighted in the LeDeR programme conducted by the University of Bristol, http://www.bristol.ac.uk/sps/leder/about/.

There are many aspects on how the lives of persons with Learning Disabilities are being effected in addition to those mentioned in this article, which will include Welfare benefits and the crisis in Social Care.

In both these instances the Current and previous Government’s attitudes to persons with disabilities and the state of Government funding needs to be taken into account.

For the latter there is the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care, in which your support would be appreciated.

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“As a disabled person you have to be so political every day,” says Cerrie Burnell, “just in how you go about your life; being joyful has to be a choice because you are told at the beginning that you’re not really welcome here or there is something wrong with you.”

Burnell, a former presenter on the children’s channel CBeebies was born without the lower part of her right arm. The subject of prejudice by some parents when she got the CBeebies job, Burnell – also an actor and writer – explores the origins of negative attitudes towards disability in a BBC Two documentary on Tuesday, Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain.

Part of a BBC season marking the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), the programme asks why disabled people have been ostracised from society, charts the battle for rights and concludes that, despite the freedoms…

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Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain Review – Have Attitudes Changed?


Attitudes have always been changing, and will always do so.

For in the 18th century persons with learning disabilities (LD) or now known as intellectual disabilities, but with different labelling, were more inclined to be looked after by their families and were a part of the community.

But on approaching the 19th century this form of accepting changed and persons with LD were more than likely to be placed in institutions where they were out of sight of Society and, of course, their families.

But in the mid-Twentieth century there institutions were, quite rightly, starting to be closed and persons with LD were again within the community and to a large extent their families under the heading of Community Care. But there was one major drawback, as Community Care was never, anywhere near sufficiently funded by Governments, which is still the case for Social Care today.

In 1948 the NHS was created and welfare benefits from 1906 -1914. However, the current and last few Conservative Governments have eroded some of the financial state of these benefits with a view to enhance employment.

But these Governments failed to see, either by design or ignorance that not all on benefits can gain employment and for some of those that do, their financial gain in doing so was minimal, as they were on the statutory minimum wage which in many instances was just above subsistence level and this is the case, even today.

For many employment opportunities on a salary above subsistence to be replaced by opportunities on only the minimum wage. this is in no way inclusion and this is for the general workforce.

But within this there are many persons with disabilities, who need, due to their disabilities more income to cover the additional costs relating to their disabilities.

Yes.as said before, there are welfare benefits, but these are again insufficient and Tory governments have put in place barriers which make it much more difficult to obtain these benefits.

This coupled with the state of Social Care in the twenty-first century are making lives even more difficult for persons with disabilities.

Much needs to be done by this Government to engage change, but have they the will to do this? I fear not.

For this and many other reasons I ask you to support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

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Children’s TV presenters are often at the forefront of social change. Perhaps this is because – as one of the people interviewed in Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain (BBC Two) remarked – “children are much better at inclusion” than their angry-letter-writing, Ofcom-complaint-making parents.

Ben Cajee, of the current CBeebies cohort, won praise for his age-appropriate discussion of racism in October, but in 2009 it was his predecessor Cerrie Burnell who inadvertently became an activist. Burnell was born with a right arm that ends just below the elbow. She hadn’t set out to champion the rights of disabled people – all she wanted was to introduce another episode of Balamory – but when parents complained that her appearance was “scaring children”, she did just that.

Where do such prejudices against disabled people come from? This documentary saw Burnell explore that question, finding the beginnings of an answer in…

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Trump’s call with Georgia’s Raffensperger could be illegal, but it would be hard to prosecute, experts say


I would say this situation is worthy of investigation as are many other aspects of Trump’s Presidency and irrespective of the the outcomes should render him incapable of standing for any election ever again.

He has by his many actions shown his incapacity to Govern and many of his actions should now be deemed void because of his incapacities.

 

 

Source: Trump’s call with Georgia’s Raffensperger could be illegal, but it would be hard to prosecute, experts say

The Stand: Anger Over Actor Cast In Deaf Role For Stephen King TV Series


I support the Members of Hollywood’s deaf community in their cause, however, it will be difficult to achieve, unless this support is universal.

For a total boycott of the mini-series The Stand and others is required, this would mean that no one watches the The Strand. In addition the support of the able-bodied actors is required, whereby actors, such as, Henry Zaga should have refused to play the deaf character Nick Andros, as did The Good Place star Jameela Jamil, as stated in the post.

To assume networks, such as, CBS, will never achieve the required result. But to hit, such as CBS directly will for they will not be able to process if abled-bodied actors refuse to play these part and, if they do decide to play them, then the public should refuse to watch the series or films for if viewing figures are low or non-existent then it will not be financially viable to make them.

All of this will be difficult to achieve for acting parts are difficult to find, so will actors feel they need to put themselves first and as to the viewing public, will they agree to boycott the films, etc, or will they even know there is a problem.

The former has been found in many instances, where a few employers will ignore legislation, if there is any and the legal system will be the arbiters, assuming it even gets that far.

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Members of Hollywood’s deaf community are boycotting CBS’s new mini-series The Stand, based on Stephen King’s novel, after a hearing actor was selected to play a deaf character.

More than 70 people signed a letter saying it was “not acceptable” that the CBS All Access series cast Henry Zaga as deaf character Nick Andros.

“We will not endorse, watch or support your mini-series… We will share our displeasure,” they said.

The BBC has asked CBS for comment.

The show is about a flu epidemic that wipes out 99% of the population, with the remaining few immune to the disease.

In June, CBS signed a commitment to audition actors with disabilities, according to Deadline, which said it was the first entertainment company to sign the Ruderman Family Foundation’s pledge for this cause.

But the protest letter said “not one deaf professional actor was called in to audition for the role”…

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Trump vetoes massive defense bill despite overwhelming GOP support – CNNPolitics


This is Trump for he will do anything to get his  way, so he vetoes a Bill passed by both the House and Senate with very large majorities, a Bill that  includes pay raises for America’s soldiers, modernisations for equipment and provisions to require more scrutiny before troops are withdrawn from Germany or Afghanistan. He does not care, for he is no friend of America and Americans.

The sooner he is out of Office the better and then he and his family can be arrested for all the crimes they have committed.

It is said he will give himself and his family pardons, but surely pardons can’t be granted before charges are brought, for his pardons make a mockery of American justice.

I welcome the 20 January 2021, when Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of America and even more so the 21 January 2021 when Trump and his family can be arrested.

 

 

 

This is TrumpSource: Trump vetoes massive defense bill despite overwhelming GOP support – CNNPolitics

Anger at proposals to scale back HS2 connection | TheBusinessDesk.com


In my 70 years of being in Yorkshire, especially Sheffield, rail development has always left us behind, but I believed that this would not be so with HS2. However, it seems that past experience is coming true again.

London appears to get anything it wishes for, but not the East of the Pennines.

No mention was made of Manchester so I assume that HS2 will be being extended up the West of the Pennines, so a double blow for the East.

So, much for the ‘Northern Powerhouse’, broken promises again, but not for London.

 

Source: Anger at proposals to scale back HS2 connection | TheBusinessDesk.com

Brexit could cause break-up of UK, says ex-Chancellor George Osborne | Daily Mail Online


So, George Osbourne, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, is saying Brexit could be the cause of the break up of the UK, well, if it is then so be it.

But, it is not Brexit, but the actions of previous Governments, with Brexit being the easiest reason to put forward, for previous Governments, be they Labour or Conservative, could not be the cause, could they!

George was never in favour of Brexit, but, then, I was never in favour of George.

Brexit will, eventually, be good for England and any other country within the UK who stays with England.

As to Brexit, I did vote to leave and my conviction to do so, is only strengthened more each day, when I see how the EU is prolonging the discussions on the terms of a Trade Deal between the UK and the EU, for they only wish to punish the UK for daring to leave the EU and to show others who are not happy being in the EU, how they would be treated, if they wished to leave,

What I would say, is if I had known in 1975 what I know now I would have voted to leave then, instead, I mistakenly voted to stay in 1975, my worst vote ever.

Goodbye EU, but hello Europe, for we wish to trade with Europe not the EU.

 

Source: Brexit could cause break-up of UK, says ex-Chancellor George Osborne | Daily Mail Online