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McDonnell listening to conference and the membership, pledging to scrap PFI and buying existing contracts out is toppling a testament to the neoliberal capitalist system.

Source: John McDonnell’s monumental promise to scrap PFI shows Labour will OBLITERATE failed Neo-liberalism | Evolve Politics

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Considering that the BBC – a publicly funded organisation uses terror laws to hunt down licence fee dodgers it is not surprising the democracy is being

Source: Another Threat to British Democracy Emerges – TruePublica


On Thursday 7 September, staff reportedly stopped a disabled man with a prosthetic leg getting on a Virgin train, because they didn’t believe he was disabled.

Wait, what…?

Andy Grant is an Afghanistan war veteran who had his leg amputated in 2010, after a blast in the war injured him. But that didn’t seem to matter to Virgin Trains staff and the police.

Grant had just lost his wallet near Euston Station in London, so had lost his bank cards and his disability travel pass. But he did have an E-ticket, and tried to board a Virgin train with this. Grant explained in a Facebook post:

When i activated the ticket to board the train they [Virgin staff] asked to see my railcard. I realised it must be in the cafe so I ran back to the cafe to look for it. It wasn’t there

I ran back and explained that I had lost my wallet. The Virgin staff said ‘tough, You need to go [and buy] another ticket’.

I explained that would be impossible as I don’t have my wallet now.

He was told what?

The member of Virgin staff allegedly then asked Grant:

how do we know you are disabled and have a railcard?

Source: A man with a prosthetic leg was stopped from boarding a Virgin train because staff didn’t believe he was disabled [VIDEO] | The Canary


A Court of Appeal judge has thrown out a case against Oxfordshire County Council, the borough in which David Cameron’s former constituency sits. And in doing so, he has effectively given local authorities a free pass to override both national law and the recommendations of the UN.

Unbelievable cuts

As The Canary previously reported, on Thursday 17 August the Court of Appeal was hearing the case of Luke Davey. In November 2016, a judge had granted the 40-year-old from Oxfordshire a judicial review against the council. This followed its 42% cut to the amount he received to pay for his care and support. Davey has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, is registered blind, and requires assistance with all of his intimate personal care needs.

Davey’s case was a legal first, because his lawyers used the Care Act 2014 to argue that the council had broken the law.

The establishment sticking together?

But on Friday 1 September, a judge agreed with Tory-led Oxfordshire County Council, ruling it hadn’t broken the law. BBC News reported that, in his written judgement, Lord Justice Bean said:

It is understandable that the claimant, Mr Davey, and other members of his family objected to the updated needs assessment, which has resulted in a substantial reduction in the level of the claimant’s personal budget. I have great respect for the manner in which the claimant, his family and his team of carers cope with his difficult situation. But that is not the same thing as holding that the council’s actions have been unlawful.

An opportunity missed

Source: David Cameron’s former Tory council has just been given a free pass to ignore the law, and the UN | The Canary


Some possible precipitating factors are already in place. How the West reacts to them will determine the world’s future.

Source: BBC – Future – How Western civilisation could collapse


Attacking judges puts democracy in danger.

Source: Can the courts protect democracy? Yes, but they need these three supports. – The Washington Post


Democracy demands we accept the result — and get to the bottom of Russian meddling.

Source: Trump is a legitimate president. But we need to know how he won. – The Washington Post


Hillsborough, the Southern rail crisis and corrupt councils – all were investigated by local reporters. But legislation drafted after Leveson could silence us

Source: Local papers are vital to our democracy. Now section 40 threatens their future | Sam Meadows | Opinion | The Guardian


Certainly needs progressing, especially taking into account the Power that Trump, within 10 days will gain.

We should all be extremely worried at what might occur.

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A few days ago I put up a piece from Sam Seder’s Minority Report about a letter by three American professors of psychiatry to the Surgeon General expressing concern about Donald Trump’s health. The writers believed that Trump showed signs of severe personality defects that could exclude him from being medically fit to fulfil his post as the next American president. They therefore requested that the Surgeon General should order a psychological examination of The Donald to assess his mental fitness.

I received this comment from Twoifbycharm, who said:

This is dead on. I have done some writing on this topic, and several doctors have weighed in favorably on it. Trump exhibits the characteristics of a narcissistic sociopath. Please take a look at my report and decide for yourself. This is a dangerous situation. https://twoifbycharmwordpress.wordpress.com/ B. Ashley.

Twoifbycharm says in the introduction to his site

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Representative democracy in the United States seems further hollowed out with every election cycle.

Source: The American political system is broken – The Washington Post

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