“There is a major incongruity in all of this, we “working classes” so despised by the ruling elite, are the very people who carry out the tasks and provide the labour essential to maintaining the lifestyles and status of those who denounce us through their media.” Jayne Linney sets out her own vision of the ‘Big Society’.
Benefit cuts for people with depression who refuse treatment are barbaric and misunderstand the problem
“This is a policy that is not only wrong-headed, it risks doing further harm to people who are already vulnerable.” Incurable hippie argues that proposals to cut benefits of people with depression who refuse treatment is misguided and barbaric.Originally posted on Where's the Benefit?
A whole load of cuts
“And so, in a moment of randomness, I decided to start saving any stories that related to cuts to local authority budgets. I only did it for a couple of months (October to December) but the below stories are from the key budget period…” We Love Local Government reminds us of the reality of the “savings” that are taking place across local government.Originally posted on We Love Local Government
10 MoJ things you may not know
“Just Solutions international (JSi), is the commercial brand for the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) promoting products and services to international justice markets. In August 2014, JSi submitted a £5.9m proposal to the… Saudi Arabian Prison Service.” Jim Brown picks out the highlights from the Ministry of Justice’s report to Parliament.Originally posted on On Probation Blog
School admissions should be part of Labour’s campaign for a fairer society
“No doubt there will be a row. Expect the Mail to weigh in on the side of so-called good schools as they struggle to retain their privileged position. Expect those who benefit – like Blair, Clegg, Gove and probably Cameron – to join in.” John E Bolt explains why changing school admissions will be critical to a fairer society.Originally posted on Education for Everyone
The Greens may be surging, but the next bit could be tricky for them
“The Green Party judging by recent headlines now has more members than UKIP, and at the time of writing is not far off the Liberal Democrats, all three hovering just over 40,000 members across the UK.” Antony Carpen reflects on the challenges of the Green’s rapid expansion in a short space of time.Originally posted on A dragon's best friend
Televised debates for the 2015 general election
“The truth of the peculiar political reality which may follow this general election is more likely to rest in the hands of Nigel Farage (UKIP), Alex Salmond (SNP), Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru), Natalie Bennett (the Greens)…” Adam Tugwell argues that we should hear from all of the political parties.Originally posted on Adam Tugwell