COVID-19 vaccine: EU Commission insists AstraZeneca commitment ‘binding’ as supply row escalates | Euronews


The EU is a joke when they talk of transparency, for you only have to look at their budgets to prove that. Have they ever had a completed budget audit approved.

As usual the EU is trying to show they are big hitters and throwing around their assumed power. They have been behind in this vaccine all along and still have to approve it.

I feel it is a bit of jealously in that the UK got ahead of them, so I am glad we left the EU and other countries need to seriously look into the EU and ensure they put themselves forward instead of the EU.

 

Source: COVID-19 vaccine: EU Commission insists AstraZeneca commitment ‘binding’ as supply row escalates | Euronews

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.

Same Difference

“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

Same Difference

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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Private company ‘removes free access’ to hospital bedside TVs as pandemic surges – SKWAWKBOX


All this equipment was installed some years ago on a National direction and hospitals had no choice but to accept it.

The concept was a great idea, but the relating costs to the patients who wishes to use it were exceedingly costly.

Now most patients will have a mobile phone so, should not need this equipment to obtain and make calls, but reception for phone signals in hospitals is spasmodic, meaning at times calls can’t be made or received. However, the hospital staff are very accommodating and will generally allow patients to use the ward phone on occasions, but with COVID-19 staff may be, now too busy to provide this.

So, the free use was very welcome, but for Hospedia to withdraw this facility, while they are entitled to do so, is not very customer friendly. Or was this Hospedia intention to allow usage and give patients a flavour, with the hope that these patients would then pay when the facility was withdrawn, especially without notice.

If this was so, then Hospedia are only interested in making a profit and have no concerns or thoughts for the patients.

I believe that the original contracts, which each hospital had to enter, are now due for renewal and hospitals have a choice whether to renew or not. If it was my choice then I would not renew the contract. During 2020 I was in hospital on 3 occasions and could not obtain a phone signal, but I could use the hospital free WiFi which I did as I took my laptop and others could use their mobiles or tablets through the free WiFi.

The Hospedia technology has now been superseded by personal media and therefore the need, if there ever was one, is now not required.

Going to hospital as an inpatient should not be a cause to obtain debt, which paying to use Hospedia technology could cause.

 
Private company ‘removes free access’ to hospital bedside TVs as pandemic surges – SKWAWKBOX

Jacob Rees Mogg says Unicef should be ‘ashamed’ for feeding Britain’s hungry kids – Mirror Online


Jacob Rees Mogg is an utter disgrace, for instead to degrading the actions of Unicef, he and the rest of this Tory Government should be doing more to ensure the children of Southwark, South London and all other children in other areas of the UK are not going hungry.

He will not understand what hunger is, not with all his wealth, for he would not be able to stand going hungry for a day, let alone weeks, months, years.

 

 

Source: Jacob Rees Mogg says Unicef should be ‘ashamed’ for feeding Britain’s hungry kids – Mirror Online

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

95% of decisions in favour of parents, but nobody wins at the SEND Tribunal – Special Needs Jungle


Unfortunately Local Authorities (LAs) are not only not working with the ‘best interests’ of children under ‘SEND’ or ‘SENDIST’, as they also are not in many assessments of Need for both children and adults.

Are they doing this deliberately, I feel they are, but not because they are mean and wish to do do, although some may, no it is because LAs have been left desperately short of funding, due to 10 years of austerity cuts and the the additional costs of COVID-19.

In fact, social care has never been sufficiently funded and this is purely down to successive Government in depriving LAs of sufficient funding, not only for social care, but many other essential services.

Also when Governments put additional responsibilities on LAs, the Government fail to provide the additional funding to allow the LAs to successfully manage these additional responsibilities.

To a large extent this is also the care with health care (NHS), but no where to the same degree.

Is it that these Governments do not understand LAs and especially Social Care, well to some extent this can be so, but they also see LAs as a means to save on funding, as they do not fully understand the needs.

This has been recently be shown in the Governments handling of PPE during this COVID-19 pandemic. for they could not see the need to have a large stock of PPE, but would assume that they just need supplies to cover the usual demand, and felt if that demand increase it would be easy to obtain additional supplies, which COVID-19 has proved is a false premise.

But like LAs in their dealings with SEND and SENDIST, they never learn and only look to make saving, when, effectively saving are not there to be made, it is pure incompetence.

So when, it is clear needs are not being covered or they spend money they can ill afford to in defence of indefensible legal cases, this leads LAs to be even more short of funding, rather than cut their losses and pay or provide what they should have done initially.

This, in turn, creates an impossible situation for the persons in need and their families, who are already in very stressful situations and they should not be subjected to immense further stress from LAs and technically Governments.

The leaders of LAs in challenging the Tribunal’s to be changed is far from the answer, but LAs see this has the easiest option.

For the LAs are completely ‘at fault’ and so are the Government, but to challenge the Government for more substantial is much more difficult.

In addition the need to have Social Care, which is effectively as important as health care and could be more so, is far from recognised by Government and unfortunately a sizeable portion of the UK population. For, if you are not in need of Social care, many will not see its importance, that is, until they require it for themselves or for a loved family member.

Most people use health care. but not the same proportion use social care, so social care is not recognise as a very essential service, when it really is.

This Government needs to do, urgently, to reverse the non-actions of itself and many previous Governments and immediately provide all the funding for LAs to provide all that is required within Social Care, which will include SEND and SENDIST.

For this reason and many more, I created the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care.

Please show your support for children and adults in need of social care, by signing the petition and then sharing.

 

Source: 95% of decisions in favour of parents, but nobody wins at the SEND Tribunal – Special Needs Jungle

Macron on EU-UK fishing feud: ‘I’m not giving my piece of cake away’ | Euronews


In the article the following is mentioned ‘  “The European Commission suggested yesterday that European fishermen could continue to fish in British waters after a no-deal. Do you, Mr President, want to have your cake and eat it?,” Daily Mail journalist James Franey asked.

So, in the referred UK Territorial waters the issue of fish would be under the jurisdiction of the UK, not France or the EU, so Macron’s comment about ‘cake’ does not hold water. It is up to the UK to state if they wish to amend the jurisdiction, so it is UK cake not French cake. Therefore it is not Macron’s cake to give or retain.
Now what about the money we are expected to give to the EU, surely if you give an agreed notice of termination, and we have given more than 4 years, no money should be given to the EU, especially with a ‘No Deal’ situation.
I appreciate that we left on 31 December 2019, but the giving of termination money should be dependent on receiving a Trade Deal, so if it is ‘No Deal’ then any giving of money should be terminated.

 

Source: Macron on EU-UK fishing feud: ‘I’m not giving my piece of cake away’ | Euronews

The curse of ‘white oil’: electric vehicles’ dirty secret | News | The Guardian


Electric vehicles are being put forward as the green future, but what is green for one could well be black for others.

With electric vehicles the dark emissions will be reduced, but to obtain essential element, such as, Lithium the green image will be distorted due to the mining practices for the lithium.

So are electric vehicles as green as they are painted, may be not, but for many the creation of mobility aids is an essential part of life, due to their disabilities and vehicles of some nature will be required.

Many other vehicles will be also be required by those to whom travel is an essential part of their job requirements and how they manage their lives.

To have your own vehicle is part of a persons independence and forms of group travel would reduce this independence considerably.

So, while electric vehicles would appear to be the answer for a more green future, more green types of fuel will be required,

Source: The curse of ‘white oil’: electric vehicles’ dirty secret | News | The Guardian