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

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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

Qatar insists rainbow colours are allowed at World Cup after ‘localised incidents’ | The Independent


Exclusive: Fifa has assured national federations that fans displaying the rainbow colours associated with support for the LGBTQ+ community will no longer be stopped by security staff at World Cup venues

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FIFA have shown that they have no respect for football as football should be non-political but in awarding the World to Qatar they made it so.

The right to view and attend the World Cup is everyone’s right and to give the World Cup to a country where it was obvious the this freedom would not be there was completely wrong.

Source: Qatar insists rainbow colours are allowed at World Cup after ‘localised incidents’ | The Independent

World Cup: Outrage amid claims Qatar to ban kosher food and Jewish public prayer – The Jewish Chronicle


Why is anyone surprised for Qatar no promises can be expected to be kept, there fooled FIFA to allocate the games to them and now the true Qatar is surfacing, perhaps not the population, but certainly the views of the ruling family.

Go there at your own risk, but as countries go they are not alone, when any events are planned on any country many factors should be taken into consideration, their, laws, Human Rights record, their tolerance or intolerance and many others, not just their ability to fund the event or perhaps funding the allocating organisation.

The allocation should be open to inspection.

 

Source: World Cup: Outrage amid claims Qatar to ban kosher food and Jewish public prayer – The Jewish Chronicle

Jeremy Hunt: New Chancellor Warns Of “Difficult Decisions” To Come


New Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has warned of “difficult decisions” to come and said “mistakes” had been made after a turbulent few weeks in the markets. Liz Truss’ new Chancellor took the job after Kwasi Kwarteng was sacked on Friday amid continuing fall out from the mini-Budget

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Yes,  I agree many difficult decisions to come and now is certainly not the time for tax reductions for the persons earning above £150,000.

The gap between the the poor and the rich should be being reduced, when it is really being increased.

So, for a temporary messures a further tax rate should be introduced for those earning above, say £500,000 of around 47% or even more.

The National Living Wage (NLW) is assumed to be the amount needed for persons to live, reasonably, on, so it makes no sense to tax anyone earning below the National Living Wage, therefore the amount for tax to start should be above the NLW and then, always, increased in-line with inflation.

Welfare benefits should also be increased to the NLW and then again always increased in-line with inflation.

Corporation tax should be retained at 20% and it be ensured that every trading organisation is taxed at that amount and the loopholes available to multi-national organisations be fully closed.

Now, austerity, we have already had at least 12 years and now is not a time for more as there should be no more savings to be made, that is, if there was ever before. As in many instances to achieve the levels required essential services had to be cut, when no essential services should ever be cut. So, therefore, no cuts to Health, Social Care, Education and maybe more.

So, we come to Defense, how can cuts be made there, especially with the increased spending required to fund arms for Ukraine, which again is essential, so that Putin, in his quest for power, to not be allowed to retain any part of Ukraine and also give back all the areas he has already took by force. If not, he won’t stop at Ukraine, but take all areas formally under the USSR and maybe many more. He should have been stopped in his quest for Crimea and all others before, but that was down to inaction from Western Governments falling for Putin’s bluster.

 

 

 

Source: Jeremy Hunt: New Chancellor Warns Of “Difficult Decisions” To Come

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

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

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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

How flying could be improved for passengers who use wheelchairs – The Washington Post


The Transportation Department has announced several measures, but advocates say progress is too slow.

 

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This is disgraceful and very discrimitary for a wheelchair is an intergrel part of a person, as it is realy the equivalent of the legs of a non-wheelcair user and no one would expect a person to become adrift of their legs.

But profit is deemed more important than the human rights of persons who use wheelchairs.

In planes there should be either specific places where people in wheelchairs could continue to sit in their wheelchairs as there are in all other forms of transport, or seats should be able to be removed in order that a wheelchair could be placed instead. Much of this would require isles on planes to be much wider, thereby reducing the seating capacity, hence a loss of revenue and profits.

Also the rights to damages and compensation should be more available and should be paid in days of a claim being made, if not immediately.

Un til then persons in wheelchairs are not being granted the same rights as other passengers which should be illegal.

The airlines are effectively guilty of a lack of Duty of Care.

Source: How flying could be improved for passengers who use wheelchairs – The Washington Post

Cost of living crisis: the UK needs to raise taxes not cut them – here’s why


Why tax cuts are unlikely to help Britain address its current crises.

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Tax cuts or increases, that is the question and not one to really answer, for when looked it is a generalisation and not one directed at certain communities.

In the UK there is much more of the population which is regarded as poor and on low incomes than there are the, so called, rich.

So a tax cut means more in the ability to spend for the poor, i.e. those poor who pay taxes as opposed to the poor whose income is below the taxation starting point.

While tax increases make the poor so much worse off, than the rich, especially if the tax brackets are not increasing in line with inflation, which they have not been, in fact for a few years they have been frozen, which effectively bring more people into taxation.

Ideally, taxes for the rich should increase, while for the poor they should reduced. Also, inline with all this welfare benefits should aways be increased yearly and, at least, inline with inflation.

It is so wrong that the poor get poorer, while the rich get richer, it should be that all get richer, with the poor increasing quicker than the rich, there in doing so the gap between the poor and rich be reducing, whereas, it currently is increasing.

Salaries for so many in the UK are far too low, especially in care and this needs to change so much so that even low salaries are more than sufficient to live on, thereby reducing the need to claim some benefits to reduce the gap to enable reasonable living.

 

Source: Cost of living crisis: the UK needs to raise taxes not cut them – here’s why

Students with Disabilities Often Overlooked in Gifted Programming – The 74


Gifted programming, already uneven across the country and prone to racial discrimination, has yet another blind spot: twice exceptional students.  These advanced learners, who may also receive special education services, can languish academically, their skills overlooked. The same holds true for low-income children, students of color and those learning to speak English.  Experts say most […]

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This is so true and not only in America, for it is, more than likely, the World all over.

This is due, as is everything, administered in a system and these systems are too rigid and maybe created by persons with no ‘expert by experience; knowledge, plus in many instances lack of sufficient finance.

Nobody, no matter who they are should have to ‘fit a system’ as systems should be created to ‘fit each individual’. However, it is believed it is easier to do the former, no matter how wrong it is, there being no equality and demeaning to those where are forced into the system.

Person-centred should be the prime factor, but it is institutional centred which is commonplace. This needs to change and to be changed by listening to ‘experts by experience’ and not just one expert but a cross-section of ‘experts by experience, then it would be a system for the people, by the people and not, as at present, a system by administrators and bureaucrats and also, be fully, adequately financed, while being extremely flexible to accommodate every person how they wish to be accommodated.

Then and only then will there be true equality for all.

Source: Students with Disabilities Often Overlooked in Gifted Programming – The 74

Council adopted ‘restrictive and wrong interpretation’ of Care Act in cutting brothers’ care, finds court – Community Care


A council wrongly stopped funding family holidays for two disabled brothers by adopting a “restrictive and wrong” intepretation of the Care Act 2014. That was the verdict of the Court of Appeal in a judgment last week, in which it rejected an appeal brought by Suffolk County Council against a High Court ruling last year that […]

 

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Local Authorities (LAs) are so poorly funded after 10 years of austerity cuts and then substantial COVID costs that many do all they can to cut costs to spread the meagre funding for social care as far as they can.

This requires that many needs are left unfunded and in doing so risk legal action, but it is far from easy to undertake legal actions against LAs, due to the Government changing Legal Aid eligibility, so many persons with unmet needs fail because of LAs underfunding and them trying to spread costs further and then the person with unmet needs not being able to bring legal remedies due to the limited eligibility criteria.

This and previous Governments doing all it can to ensure vulnerable people will have many unmet needs outstanding.

But do they care, well not for the vulnerable people.

 

Source: Council adopted ‘restrictive and wrong interpretation’ of Care Act in cutting brothers’ care, finds court – Community Care