Archive for April 2014
(not satire – it’s G4S!)
G4S are back!
The disgraced firm – which failed to provide enough security guards for London’s 2012 Olympics and is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office for irregularities connected with other government contracts – has been given massive new contracts by the coalition government to implement new programmes for the long-term unemployed:
These contracts come after G4S also memorably mistakenly tagged a prisoner’s false leg so he was able to leave it at home and break a court-imposed curfew:
And G4S were also responsible for this, erm, interesting scandal:
Just what is it about G4S that makes the government so keen to hand over millions of our tax money despite their proven and consistent incompetence at just about everything they try to do?
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When- and if- we replace this bunch of unelected shite-holes with another bunch of unelected shite-holes, will we realise that we are not really a democracy, if such a thing actually exists, but a plutocracy?
We are, and ever have been such; plutocracy, feudocracy (did I just make that word up?) or whichever you wish to call it, we are and ever have been ruled by the wealthy.
We need people elected from the streets, never wealthy enough to not give a damn and always in fear of the electorate; people who will do our bidding, in our name; people who can gain little from selling our heritage, our homes and our rights to the highest bidder- because they will be us; our friends and family, neighbours and workmates. Directly responsible and answerable to US!
This is my call for revolution- peaceful if possible, violent if necessary. But we need change, change from the Thatcherite ‘it’s all mine’ mentality, to the rather more caring society I grew up with.
I alone cannot make this change; neither can you. But together, we are a force to be reckoned with.
Sometimes, you fight and you lose.
Every time you don’t fight, you lose.
I rest my case.
Here I sit, at 21:35 having just had an hour or two in town, few beers, felt the effects and came home for a bath and quiet night in front of the telly.
But, my heads buzzing, and will not allow me the relaxation I consciously desire; I have to try, ineffective as I may be, to change minds, to help folk reconsider and to try, futile as my efforts may be to make at least one person…
This is how my post started. This is how it ends-
WORKERS, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT YOUR CHAINS.
¡VIVA LA REVOLUÇION!
What Labour Said Then, What Labour Say Now And Why They Can’t Be Trusted On The Work Capability Assessment
I wouldn’t trust Labour as far as I could throw ’em.
Labour will: “increase support for claimants to return to work, replacing the old one-size-fits-all model, which writes people off as completely incapable of work, with a tailored, active system that addresses each individual’s capacity”
A new deal for welfare: Empowering people to work (PDF) – The Green Paper which proposed the Work Capability Assessment in 2006
What they say now (2014)
“We want the assessment to be part of the process of ensuring disabled people who can work get the support they need to do so, not to threaten or punish them. The test should be a gateway to identifying and assembling that support.”
How Labour would reform the Work Capability Assessment – Labour Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions Rachel Reeves and Shadow Minister for Disabled People Kate Green
“We will work with health professionals, personal advisers and disability groups (including the…
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Many of the barriers to work identified within Beyond the Barriers are faced by other disadvantaged groups to some extent. Lone parents are not unused to being vilified in the media, but they are nothing like the people that some claim them to be.
Less than 2 per cent of single parents are teenagers; the median age of single parents is 38.1 and around 8 per cent of single parents (186,000) are fathers.
The employment rate for single parents varies depending on the age of their youngest child. Once their children are 12 or over, the single parents’ employment rate is similar to, or higher than, the employment rate for mothers in couples (71 per cent of single parents whose child is 11 to 15 are in work).
Incidentally, where single parents are not working, this is often because there are health issues that make work difficult; 33 per cent of…
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