‘David Cameron is facing diplomatic isolation and his first backbench rebellion over plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and exempt the Government from implementing unfavourable European Court of Human Rights rulings.
Mr Cameron has made the abolition of Labour’s 1998 legislation a key part of his 100-day policy offensive and the measure is expected to be included in the Queen’s Speech later this month.
But the Prime Minister is already facing a revolt from a growing number of his backbenchers over the proposals with a former aide to the new Justice Secretary Michael Gove warning that they have less than a 5 per cent chance of being implemented.’
by Mike Sivier
Iain Duncan Smith took an metaphorical slap in the face from the High Court today when Mrs Justice Lang said his retroactive law to refuse docked payments to jobseekers was not legal. The Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013 was rushed onto the statute books after the DWP discovered the rules under which it […]
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Reposted from the Mirror Terrible story: Graham with wife Yvonne A widow was horrified when a letter arrived for her late husband saying he had won his appeal against his sickness benefits being axed. Graham Shawcross, 63, had potentially fatal Addison’s disease, but was ruled fit to work last November and had his…
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? Brilliant image by Dave Kendall. Particularly powerful and valuable because there’s such a wide range of ways of suppressing the truth: Reputation management agencies. Super-injunctions. D notices. Damage limitation exercises by mainstream media. Complete suppression of the truth by MSM. Only reveal the truth when they’re dead. Decoys and…
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Street Democracy writes:
The misery in the voices of the unemployed as they stand or sit waiting for their privacy to be violated by some charged up, power hungry work programme consultant is painful to hear.
They are not socially elevating the unemployed into positions of respect and large salary positions to the deserving innately decent sensitive poor, but more like a carnival of mental torture instead.
It is a form of mind rape as the barrage of intimate questions come hollowing at you, by a commanding dialogue of speak of loose your vital money, is outrageous and is blackmail.
They are doing nothing but transmitting disease gutter policies that amplify misery, magnify a corrupt government to crush the poor but mostly to control the poor.
These work programmes have been designed by ‘think tanks’ disconnected socially and have infiltrated aggressive austerity programmes that look good on paper.
In reality these are detention centre’s intricately imposing, and are needlessly sterile instruments of control.
In reality these consultants are localising bullying, standardising blackmail and controlling the vulnerable poor as if they are commodities to be controlled.
What they are not doing is socially elevating the poor, aiding the desperately ill in positions of employment far removed from slave labouring and minimum wage to give them career fulfilment to suit their individual needs.
They are not elevating the working poor out of the cycle of deprivation.
The poor are not receiving large quantities of respect and are not treated as innately decent people.
The poor, the unemployed are instead, regularly hounded, are harassed and pushed forward towards sordid work positions available.
This class warfare guarantee’s hard gruel labour, or dead end work placements, guaranteed to make your feet and hands sore while being paid pea nuts.
Your pushed forward to work in a type of hell, a work position that is in a social black hole of no empathy, no decent pay, no respect and no prospects.
Work placements guaranteed to destroy what little health you had left and you have no choice but to go along or face hunger and serious money deprivation with benefit sanctions.
This sounds like a ‘Gulag Society’ to me.
A Punishing State treating the unemployed as one social annoyance a plague or parasite and is beyond wrong in every way.
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Around 350 charity organisations have signed up to boycott the community work placement part of the government’s workfare programme, including 13 councils, two housing organisations and a selection of homelessness charities.
The Keep Volunteering Voluntary campaign has said that 345 organisations have agreed to boycott the programme, including Habinteg Housing Association, Your Homes Newcastle Youth Voice, Shelter, Shelter Cymru and Swansea Young Single Homeless Project.
Union Unite has also signed up and, through its Unite Against Workfare campaign, has already secured agreements from several councils that they will not take workfare placements. These councils have said they will also encourage contractors to do the same.
The 13 councils that have signed up at present are: Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Burnley, Edinburgh, Ipswich, Islington, Lambeth, Norwich, South Tyneside, St Helens, Sunderland, Thurrock and Wakefield.
The scheme is part of the government’s help to work programme under which participants must either sign on at a Jobcentre every day, take up a training course or carry out a six-month, 30-hour-a-week placement.
The KVV said opposition to the scheme appears to be related to the community work placement element being delayed. the help to work scheme was launched on 28 April, and these placements should have already begun, according to the campaign.
A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions said: ‘Referrals to the placements have begun and the placements will begin shortly. There has been no delay. Charities are under no obligation to be in the scheme, but those who are recognise the benefits of it.’
PCS Conference: Jobcentre Staff Demand End Of ‘Despicable’ Benefits Sanctions From Iain Duncan Smith-The Morning Star
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Street Democracy writes:
This is very late.
This toxic form of social policy has shunted the poor out of the political apparatus, silencing their voices, ignoring the pleas of desperate families so poor, they’re missing meals.
It was astounding to even consider how staff at the Job Centre actually found this punishing regime enjoyable at first by embracing this hostile format from 9-5 pm.
No remorse, inflicting spiteful hostility,by a form of wilful arrogance of Job Centre staff suffering from DWP endemic brainwashing of be brutal to these no good parasites.
‘Take that, you lazy scrounger!’ Eagerly watching with cold eyes at how they have just amplified misery, legitimising the crushing of those financially destitute, and localising oppression at the same time.
However, the political awakening is growing faster and people, even Job Centre staff are witnessing a poison of toxic hate being directed to the unemployed.
The astute minds busily working this aggressive benefit agenda should have thrown this into the gutter, the moment it landed on their Job Centre door way.
And get rid of G4S!, while you’re at complaining to the suited psychopath Iain Duncan Smith.
Our power grid is deeply corrupt, dysfunctional and filled with ‘out of touch’ Eton gutter and this should be addressed also.
This powerless suit has destroyed the poor further and created social turmoil that is often unrepairable.
The Tories toxic pollution towards the poor has marginalised ‘us’ further into the social black hole, a form of exclusion from mainstream society while we are a washed with corporate crime and politicians milking hundreds of thousands from the expenses quota.
The financial destitution of innately decent folk have found themselves into serious financial trouble of money lending companies who have a perpetual debt and threat on their doorstep.
Society for the unemployed has turned into one giant detention centre, where prisoners or the unemployed are treated as criminals, treated as toxic for society, but heads are slowly beginning to turn to look into the eyes of the ‘far right’.
A language of force, the hijacking of society by ruling elites standardising oppression, blaming with silly names of slander to the poor when in fact, their friends in high places are not paying millions in taxes.
Their corporate pals are also not paying millions in taxes, but let us not focus upon them.
Let us instead blame the unemployed for not wanting to work, long hours of hard gruelling labour that makes their limbs sore, for no pay or little pay in stead.
Let us hope now, minds are awakening to the corporate take over our government, and the corrupt political apparatus controlled by elites has conquered our society and not for the better for us, but only for those few, mainly politicians and corporate bosses.
Enough of this rubbish and well done to the Job Centre for finally waking up!
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Labour exchange employees say they are ‘depressed’ by making people destitute on the orders of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith
FRONTLINE Jobcentre staff renewed their campaign yesterday to scrap Tory benefit sanctions they are forced to hand down to Britain’s worst off.
Civil servants protested at PCS conference about the impact of the government’s welfare policies they witness everyday at work.
Unemployment benefit of just £71 per week can be stopped for two weeks under sanctions introduced by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.
Jobcentre worker Martin Humphrey told delegates about the “depressing” task of telling people their benefits have been stopped.
He said: “We have to say to people that they have to live on nothing for two weeks.
“To make people destitute for two weeks is despicable.”
Jobcentre staff exposed once again how they are given sanction targets to hit — a claim Mr Duncan Smith continues to deny.
Britain’s pensioners are also given just £110 a week while disabled people face cruel tests by private comapanies, PCS vice president John McInally pointed out.
He said the result has been soaring demand at food banks, a rise in homelessness and hate attacks on disabled people.
And he said: “As a union, we have a duty to stand up for our members and our services.
“It’s disgraceful that our members’ job to help people is being turned on its head in order to attack the most poor and vulnerable.”
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Update about ‘Balcombe Drilling: Cease the oil exploration activities of Cuadrilla in Balcombe.’ on Change.org
The Fracks in local democracy.
(Concerning the WSCC planning meeting to decide on Cuadrilla’s planning application)
Despite a petition of nearly five and a half thousand signatures, despite over 850 objections – West Sussex County Council chose to ignore the material objection that Cuadrilla has no social licence to be in Balcombe. Well informed and well researched speeches were delivered by residents, which only served to highlight the obvious lack of reading and thought that the voting councillors (with the exception of one – thank you Sue Mullins) had put into this planning meeting. It is a sad day for democracy when the committee, like every other body involved in this process from the EA to the DECC, dismisses some of the most serious concerns as ‘not in their remit’. Then whose responsibility are these concerns? It shows a ridiculous lack of foresight, when an exploration company is allowed to have its process considered piecemeal in separate planning applications, without considering the end-game of oil production close to residents. Thus, each new application is in part validated by the fact that the previous one was approved. Very clever Lord Browne!
Back to our WSCC committee of elected representatives – evidence of health risks from flaring? Not their concern. Cuadrilla’s own researchers admit fluid can migrate up to 2000ft along fault plains and intend to put fluid down an uncased lateral borehole in a highly faulted area, within 1600ft of the aquifer- apparently nobody’s concern. Cuadrilla failed to include certain gases in their models of flaring emissions; have lost air samples and failed to consider the contour of the land so that the flare will actually pump chemicals out at more or less the level of our village (Lower Stumble is lower than Balcombe remember) -apparently nobody’s concern. Then of course there are the regulatory bodies that are supposed to protect us, but instead make assumptions that Cuadrilla has effectively self-regulated, which we know from past history that they have not. The HSE for example, have admitted they made no onsite checks of the well, yet this is part of their own best practice to ensure well failure does not occur. The WSCC and EA have then based their own permits on the idea that the well is, in fact, sound. This cannot be guaranteed, and as we have seen in Singleton, well failure does happen. Again – apparently nobody’s concern. Climate change? Clearly nobody’s concern, and certainly not the government’s, who admit climate change is occurring in one breath whilst redirecting subsidies away from renewables and into onshore oil and gas with the other. At what cost do we want our energy? We can only hope now, that an educated public will use their votes wisely.
By a concerned Balcombe resident.
As a result of the decision taken in this meeting Frack Free Balcombe Resident’s association has now written to WSCC to inform them that they are prepared to take the case to a Judicial Review on the basis that the decisions of the committee were unlawful. They were not made with due diligence and attention to a number of very important issues. Among these being the issue of flaring, lack of well checks and WSCC ignoring public opinion.
More information available on:
Please make your vote count on Thursday this week at the European elections. As yet the Greens are the only party to have a fully anti-fracking stance, but please visit this website for information on how all MEPs have voted. These elections use proportional representation so your vote really does count.
Please continue to spread the word about this petition, we hope, if the judicial review is successful, that it will be of use again. Also West Sussex County Council get emailed every time someone signs up.
Please continue to lobby, all those on the planning committee below took the decision to allow this planning permission to go ahead. If you are a WSCC resident or particularly in one of their wards, then they made a decision on your behalf. Following this are other people you may wish to lobby…not least the final lists of government decision-makers.
Councillors on the planning committee that made the decision to allow Cuadrilla’s application:
Andrew Barratt-Miles. Burgess Hill town: Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org
Heidi Brunsdon. Imberdown: Heidi.email@example.com (Chair)
Trixie Hall. Durrington and Salvington:Trixie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Kitchen. Warnham and Rusper: email@example.com
Duncan Crow. Tilgate & Furnace Green: Duncan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Gordon McAra. Midhurst: Gordon.email@example.com
Janet Mockridge. Southwick: Janet.firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Oakley. Chichester East: Simon.email@example.com
Lionel Parsons. Sompting & North Lancing: Lionel.firstname.lastname@example.org
John Rodgers. Cissbury: John.email@example.com absent at meeting, Mr Hunt acted as substitute
Robin Rodgers. Northbrook: Robin.firstname.lastname@example.org
Sujan Wickremaratchi. Haywards Heath Town: Sujan.email@example.com
Recommendation to allow the work to go ahead made by:
Please note Sue Mullins (Gossops Green and Ifield East: firstname.lastname@example.org) was also on this committee and voted against.
Bill Acraman County Councillor for Worth Forest inc Balcombe, Mr Acraman was at this meeting and allowed to speak, although not to take part in decisions: email@example.com,
Copy and paste into your browser to see the Webcast of the meeting.
Others at WSCC:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Head of WSCC
email@example.com, lead on Waste and Minerals
Helen.Card@westsussex.gov.uk, WSCC community liaison
Mid sussex District Councillors:
Leader: Gary Wall firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Snowling (Health and Community) email@example.com
Pru Moore (Leisure and Sustainability)firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Marsh (Planning and regeneration) email@example.com
Other people worth lobbying…
firstname.lastname@example.org, conservative MP Sussex South Coast email@example.com or: firstname.lastname@example.org MP Balcombe, Horsham, Billingshurst.
email@example.com, Green MEP SouthEast.
firstname.lastname@example.org, asks parliament questions for Maude
email@example.com, Secretary of State for communities and local government.
Health and Safety Executive:
Department of Energy and Climate Change:
firstname.lastname@example.org (Senior Geoscientist UK Onshore)
email@example.com, Ed Davy at (DECC)
firstname.lastname@example.org, Energy minister
Baroness Verma: email@example.com
Owen Paterson: Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,
Labour, Shadow DECC:
Chris Ruane: firstname.lastname@example.org
Baroness Worthington: email@example.com
Annelise Dodds is asking for comments on Labour MEP’s website :
Please note this list is not exhaustive, but it’s a great start, every email counts! Thank you once again for your kind support.
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3 REASONS WHY I WILL BE OUTSIDE CRAWLEY TOWN HALL AT MIDDAY TODAY –WITH A PLACARD “PARTY-POLITICAL COUNCILLORS VOTED FOR CUTS & CLOSURES. VOTE ACCORDINGLY. VOTE THURSDAY” Pictures displayed by Street Democracy.
1. Party-politics has no place in local politics. The people in the community come first, not the political party.
2. Party-politics caused these insane ‘Cuts & Closures’ because councillors put their political party first – not the people in the
local community which they are supposed to represent.
3. Party-politics created the ‘Whipped Vote’ at County Hall last February on Valentine’s Day, which has caused the problems we are now seeing in our local communities*. All 44 party-political councillors voted for these insane ‘Cuts & Closures’. Not one disagreed with this moral insanity. Not even one abstained. Why? Because they put their party first, not the people they represent.
This political decision requires a moral and political response. That means we must vote on Thursday. We must vote for our children’s sake –and for our future.
If we care enough, we will vote on Thursday.
*Cuts to the Crawley Lifeline Service – a critical service for the
elderly & vulnerable.
*Closures to Crawley’s Children & Family Centre Sessions – a lifeline
support to many Mums with their babies.
Richard W. Symonds
Independent Candidate for Ifield
There will be a “Cuts & Closures” follow-up protest today (Mon) from Midday to 1pm, outside Crawley Town Hall.
Follow-up to Dec 16 2013 protest : “‘ Suffering and more deaths’ to follow cuts”
A small placard will read : “Councillors Voted For ‘Cuts & Closures’ On Valentine’s Day. Vote Accordingly On Thursday”
Richard W. Symonds
We the ‘people’ demand a Public Inquiry into Benefit Sanctions, Targets & Workfare – Iain Duncan Smith to be expelled from the House of Commons
Street Democracy writes:
There is a boundless appetite for a tight grip upon citizens expressing views that clash with governmental decisions.
A large growing paranoia by corporations and their fear of public dissent is increasing at an alarming rate and as our corporate world takes president our police force are ordered to protect it.
The corporate world is morally fragmented and in decay, yet rules over lands, laws and politicians.
The placing of police officers in a predicament, in a situation between a rock and a hard place.
Between corporate operations and what is being labelled socially inappropriate behaviour by citizens, protesting against these corporate operations.
Our MP’s are not independent but rather corporate puppets, highly connected to their corporate vested interests that commit crime hidden, by laws that are protected by the law makers, themselves.
The routes and trenches of democracy are all but dug up and are a joke to protest and demand answers to.
Truth and legitimate reasons behind corporations ceaseless expansions is expressed by economic growth which now means more destruction of our planet, to fill the swollen pockets of the few.
All that’s left for citizens is to publicly air the legitimate rage that innately decent people have every right to hold.
It of course clashes with rules and laws of disturbing the peace.
Clever sophisticated methods that are enshrined into law are anti-human by design giving protection to corporations who regurgitate this when a crowd gathers around its base.
Some form of public and social order act is enforced to keep the public safe is used against protesters.
It makes it impossible to protest without disturbing this law, and committing this crime is now a piece of cake, especially in groups of 3 or more.
The criminalisation of the citizens is now not even privy to protesters, yet, to be one is to have a criminal intent and if you don’t move on you can be arrested, because the police can say so.
We are witnessing deformed values being protected by ruling elites so criminal but who sit above the law.
We witness anti-human gutter politics of repression reminiscent of a despotic regime by powerful faceless, nameless wealthy elites and their anonymity within the corporation they hide within.
Fracking is the extinction button along with all other corporate destruction killing our eco-system and poisoning our bio-diversity and the natural world for profit and gain.
The control grid is expanding at the great cost of humanity and fracking is just but one part of this, all be it one colossal size violent method while muzzling the public expression being desperately aired.
We need to reconfigure, adjust and dismantle existing strong hold, the power grid and toxic mind set of ruling elites that dictate laws to suit them and divide us.
It means upsetting the power balance of now and protesting is one way of publicly displaying this form of non aggressive form of non compliance and a rejection of passive citizen acceptance of fracking.
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‘Most of the people arrested during a summer of demonstrations against fracking in the village of Balcombe have been acquitted, leading to accusations that police tactics in a £4m operation criminalised peaceful protest.
The last of the criminal trials resulting from 126 arrests made by Sussex police during days of action outside the Cuadrilla site last summer finished this month. Of 114 charges, relating to 90 individuals, only 29 resulted in convictions, according to freedom of information responses from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the police.
Sussex police are accused of using mass arrests, draconian bail conditions and section 14 notices under the Public Order Act 1986 to criminalise peaceful protest at the site in Balcombe, where the energy firm Cuadrilla conducted exploratory drilling.’