“Those politicians and senior police officers wishing to stigmatise serving officers who have signed the letter should remember one indisputable fact; they have signed because they care.” Chris Hobbs comments on the factors that have led police officers to sign an unprecedented protest letter.
A better future for disabled people?
“This is about ambition for people, not simply ‘looking after’ them. …Making this the true test of policy is exactly what’s required to jolt us out of the downward spiral of welfare toughness that has blocked out the light for far too long.” Neil Crowther reviews Labour’s ‘mini-manifesto’ on disability.Originally posted on Making rights make sense
The Conservative Manifesto – a bleak and dispiriting vision for the future of education
“All we have is a narrow focus on targets and testing and a fixation on a particular kind of school organisation. If this ever comes true, schools will be even more dedicated to the factory approach to education as everyone’s future depends on hitting an ever narrower range of targets.” John E Bolt thinks the Conservative’s plans for education must try harder.Originally posted on Education for Everyone
Five things the Conservatives don’t know about their own welfare reforms (but really should)
“Even though the Tories admit they don’t know what the overall impact is, they are still willing to go on cutting. There are plans for an extra £12 billion to be axed from the welfare budget if they get re-elected.” Natalie Leal points out what the Government doesn’t seem to (want to) know about its own reforms.Originally posted on Natalie Leal
When Prime Ministers make promises
“[H]arassing people who want to come live and work and study in this country is a pointless, vicious waste of time and effort.” Jane Carnall takes apart the ‘debate’ on immigration and points to the futility of bigotry.Originally posted on Edinburgh Eye
Anyone else bored of NHS pledge tennis?
“[T]he political manifesto has been killed. And this is due to an illness that is sweeping across Westminster…” Carl Walker diagnoses the current epidemic of health spending pledges among the political parties – and the privatisation and cuts agenda they are meant to distract the public from.Originally posted on The NHS truth serum
“We say enough is enough – stop now and include sick and disabled people to find a alternative way forward. By this we don’t mean charities, we mean people who have been through this and understand it.” Rosemary at Carer Watch’s Blog calls for a halt to the current ‘welfare reforms’ affecting so many sick and disabled people.Originally posted on Carer Watch's Blog