“This is the reason why I implore everyone who watches/reads this media onslaught doesn’t merely ‘switch off’ afterwards …but instead asks the question ‘who made the rich zoo-keepers of the poor?’Jayne Linney considers the real agenda behind the recent trend of TV programmes about ‘poverty street’.
Why every young person should have a coach
“Not costly interventions, complex training programmes or mufti-faceted projects, just …a single person for those who need them most …now is that too much to ask for?” Matt Lent argues that every young person should have at least one reliable, caring, skilled adult in their lives.Originally posted on The Youth Sector Blog
Panorama on the rise of food banks
“It was a very, very good documentary, and did show the immense hardship experience by people due to the Government’s welfare reforms. For that reason, I expect that it has already attracted the ire of the Tory faithful…” Beastrabban reviews the recent Panorama programme on food banks.Originally posted on Beastrabban's Weblog
If the Coalition is serious about open policy, should they let this stand?
“When things like this happen, very senior civil servants and ministers should step in and take the media fire. That goes with being on a six-figure salary.” Puffles argues that the Government needs to defend civil servants who share their views on blogs – or risk killing the ‘green shoots’ of open policy.Originally posted on A Dragon's Best Friend
On trying to do therapy when your patient has no food or money
“The Bedroom Tax, the cuts in Housing Benefit, …all of these are making life Hell for vulnerable people. Half a million going to food banks! In Britain! It’s a a national disgrace.” Masuma Rahim explains what it’s like trying to help people when the state doesn’t care.Originally posted on Masuma Rahim
Silence is golden – Why officers will refrain from speaking out
“Blogs and tweets by serving officers that clearly tell it how it is rather than what the powers that be would have us believe, are already reducing in number as officers feel the …net closing in…” Chris Hobbs reflects on how the police deal with officers who speak out, however responsibly they do it.Originally posted on Guerilla Policy
Conservatives go green after all?
“…we have a long way to go before we see my idea of a realistic Green Conservative movement. …I hope no one is fooled by it.” Clive Lord questions some Conservatives’ apparent renewed interest in green issues.Originally posted on Clive Lord