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

HS2 could be axed for Leeds and Sheffield in bid to save £10billion | The Star


Today the Financial Times reported that the high-speed rail network, planned to connect London to Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds with a superfast train line, could be slashed in scope.

 

It would mean the trains would no longer serve north of the Midlands, while the trains themselves would be reduced in speed by 40mph in an effort to bring the project’s spiraling costs under control.

 

Source: HS2 could be axed for Leeds and Sheffield in bid to save £10billion | The Star

 

Transport in the north is pitiful – money is on a one-way path to London | Lynsey Hanley | Opinion | The Guardian


To live outside London and not drive a car is an exercise in resilience and stoicism. In the north-west of England, where I live, public transport exists mainly to drive people bonkers. If you’ve lived in London or the south-east, as I did for many years, the effects of extreme regional inequality are plain to see as soon as you step on to a bus or train.

Distances that took half an hour to cover in London can take three times as long and cost twice as much. I’m lucky: I can afford £2.40 for a single bus fare (as opposed to £1.50 in London). Yet everyday journeys on public transport are blighted by car-oriented planning, deregulation and a lack of investment, none of which apply in the capital. If that doesn’t illustrate how underinvestment reduces productivity and destroys quality of life, I don’t know what can.

To drive from the centre of Liverpool to the centre of Manchester using the M62 at 8am, you would need to allow two hours to travel 35 miles, such is the level of traffic congestion. If you go by train, it’s about 45 minutes – with one significant caveat: the trains have to be running, which can’t be guaranteed, with 30-year-old Thameslink castoffs and third-hand diesel engines forming the bulk of Northern Rail’s rolling stock. Last May’s timetabling fiasco, in which Northern Rail cancelled hundreds of daily services for weeks due to a lack of trains and staff, proved the extent to which the railway can’t be relied upon. Commuters would rather set out early and brave the jams than not arrive at work at all.

By contrast, if I want to travel to Skelmersdale, a mere 20 miles from my home, it’s a 25-minute drive or an eye-watering hour and 55 minutes by public transport.

 

Source: Transport in the north is pitiful – money is on a one-way path to London | Lynsey Hanley | Opinion | The Guardian

Quakers and Airbnb Boycott Israeli Occupation of Palestine


There are many areas and events that are not acceptable, the Israeli attitude to Palestinians, but also the Palestinians attitude to Israelis.

Both are wrong in some respects and right in others.

Whether it was right to create Israel is up for discussion, but to reverse this act is not right, but neither is it right for Israel to continue to fight Palestinians and for Palestinians to fight Israelis. Both have to come to accept what has been created and learn to live together for the common good for all.

The fanatics on both sides have to stop their aggressive actions, for it is the innocents on both sides that are suffering in the current climate and innocents should never be made to suffer on the whims of others.

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I found this video from RT which was posted yesterday, Wednesday 21st November 2018 on YouTube. It reports that the Quakers have banned investing in companies which profit through Israel’s occupation of Palestine. The Quakers stated that

Our long history of working for a just peace in Palestine and Israel has opened our eyes to the many injustices and violations of international law arising from the military occupation of Palestine by the Israeli government.

With the occupation now in its 51st year, and with no end in sight, we believe we have a moral duty to state publicly that we will not invest in any company profiting from the occupation.

This is, apparently, the first time a British church had made such a move, and the Quakers have been criticized by Jewish groups, which claim that it is a reference to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement. the Board of…

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Sanctioned for not being able to sign on on bank holiday Monday. Tears, frustration and rain.


The poor side of life

Today’s demo started rather hurriedly and to be honest I didn’t know if I was coming or going. This feeling was amplified because it was cold, rainy and my daughter was a bit fed up. understandable of course. But she soon settled down into our usual routine and all was well.

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We are seeing a lot of new faces due to Stalybridge Jobcentre shutting. They don’t know us and what we are doing, and we don’t know them or their situations either. So we have to start from scratch, which at times isn’t easy.  But it’s a whole lot harder for them.

I started a conversation with a man who had been previously attending Stalybridge Jobcentre for his appointments. The first thing that he said to me was that he couldn’t believe how rude the front desk staff are at  Ashton Jobcentre, and how rude some of the advisors are also…

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Brits on form at the National Para-Swimming Championships | DisabledGo News and Blog


This weekend, two World, three European and five British records were broken in the first national para-swimming competition since the Rio Games. With 16 swimming Rio Paralympics medallists taking part, it was a full house for the National Para-Swimming Championships in Manchester. Over 250 Para-Swimmers competed at the Manchester Aquatics Centre on 10 and 11 December. Amongst the talented line-up was double Paralympic silver and bronze medallist (200m freestyle, 200 individual medley and 100m backstroke), Jessica-Jane Applegate. The UEA Norwich swimmer, 20, broke two World and two European in the S14 100m butterfly and S14 400m freestyle. She clocked 1:06.86 in the butterfly, breaking her own World mark set in last year’s event- also a British record. Soon after, she smashed the 400m freestyle World record in 4:31:05, knocking over seven seconds off the old time. Her S14 rival, Bethany Firth, was in great form too after the Rio Paralympics where she took three golds and a silver.

Source: Brits on form at the National Para-Swimming Championships | DisabledGo News and Blog

How Tony Blair’s family have built a buy-to-let property empire in Manchester – Mirror Online


It’s no secret the Blairs’ wealth has mushroomed since leaving No10. Here’s a snapshot of Cherie and Euan’s interests in one city

Source: How Tony Blair’s family have built a buy-to-let property empire in Manchester – Mirror Online

Coronation Street star Cherylee Houston is launching a theatre project for disabled youngsters – Manchester Evening News


Cherylee who plays Izzy Armstrong on Corrie wants to ensure that drama is available to all young people in Manchester

Source: Coronation Street star Cherylee Houston is launching a theatre project for disabled youngsters – Manchester Evening News

David Cameron dismisses UN inquiry into DWP’s treatment of disabled people


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A United Nations investigation into the treatment of disabled people by the British Government may not be all it has been “cracked up to be”, David Cameron has said.

The Prime Minister said he was proud of his Government’s record on people with disabilities and said he would cooperate with any probe, but downplayed its significance.

“Of course I will look at any United Nations investigation but sometimes when you look at these investigations they are not necessarily all they are originally cracked up to be,” he said.

“There are many disabled people our world who don’t have any of the rights or any of the support we have here in Britain and I think we should be proud of what we do as we cooperate with this report.”

A leading disability rights charity said in August that it had been contacted by the UN Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities to help with the probe.

The charity, Inclusion Scotland, reports that it was asked to assist with the investigation, said to focus on changes to the social security system to help disabled people

Such investigations are conducted “confidentially” by the UN and the body will not confirm or deny whether the UK is currently being put under scrutiny.

The Department for Work and Pensions has previously declined to comment on the possibility of an investigation.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn asked Mr Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday to publish the details of the Government’s response to such an inquiry.

“This is deeply embarrassing to all of us in this house and indeed to the country as a whole,” he argued.

The Government’s approach to people with disabiliites had been controversial and been met with hostility from some campaign groups.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith used his Conservative party conference speech in Manchester to tell disabled people that they should work their way out of poverty.

“We don’t think of people not in work as victims to be sustained on government handouts. No, we want to help them live lives independent of the state,” he told the annual Conservative party conference in Manchester.

“We won’t lift you out of poverty by simply transferring taxpayers’ money to you. With our help, you’ll work your way out of poverty.”

The Work and Pensions Secretary has been lambasted for closing Remploy factories, the scrapping of the Independent Living Fund, cuts to payments for a disability Access To Work scheme and cuts to Employment and Support Allowance.

Fitness to work tests have also been the subject of disquiet, with critics labelling them unfair, arbitrary, and bureaucratic.

The Government’s so-called “bedroom tax” also primarily hits disabled people, with around two thirds of those affected by the under-occupancy penalty being disabled.

The DWP’s sanctions regime has also been criticised over death statistics released by the Department after a long-running tug-of war over freedom of information law.

Read the full article online: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-dismisses-un-investigation-into-dwps-treatment-of-disabled-people-a6702531.html

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