An Open Letter to the Prime Minister Theresa May

Dear Prime Minister May,

I write this open letter in good faith and hope it reaches you

I have made it an open letter for the benefit of my followers on social media and the wider public in the hope they can relate and understand how wide spread your Hostile Environment is, I say this because whilst I was shocked at how the Wind-rush Generations have been treated and of which I have every sympathy for them I can absolutely relate to it and totally understand how they feel and what must be going through their minds.

You see their plight could be seen as a mere pin prick in the grand scheme of hostility in general but none the less getting the condemnation it deserves but we must too now take a look at the much bigger picture as this hostile environment is not a reserve for just the wind-rush generation who are in every sense British but extends much further in society.

You see your hostile environment has and I feel deliberately by way of policy and legislation spread itself across more than the Home Office alone, it is rife within the Department of Works and Pensions too and the effects are a far greater number of citizens some of which may also be British citizens of the commonwealth.

It is a department defunct and unfit for purpose including the contractors it hires to carry out the inhuman work they have been tasked with, the WCA is an affront to decency in which you carry on wasting millions, the appeals process and universal credit are both prime examples added too with the removal of legal aid justice.

But it gets worse as this which you and the DWP constantly deny has caused countless deaths and suicides of people who have been pushed too far and can take no more, today I heard of another such case you can read it and reflect here

When will this wanton abuse end as this young lady is not the first and no doubt will not be the end.

The sick and disabled who want nothing more than to live without fear and retribution deserve better a lot better and your answer is to refute and totally discount the many reports already published from many charities, DPO’s and the UNCRPD who called it “Grave and Systemic Violations of the UNCRPD Charter” .

Your feeble remit is that it saves money but nothing is further from the truth as it actually costs more to implement and saves nothing, indeed it is just a political choice even a senior tribunal judge says the monetary waste to the ministry of justice is aberrant in cost and wasted court time due to the number of appeals they are getting which the DWP should have foresight in that they have no hope of winning.

This is mostly caused by contractors ATOS, MAXIMUS and CAPITA who constantly lie on assessments due to giving foresight to their income rather than getting assessments correct first time.

I could go on for an age about how disabled citizens yes they are citizens are constantly violated and end up living in poverty due to the barrage of cuts they face it is equally shameful and deserves the same condemnation it is not the nation we wish to live in whether that be trying to access transport, finding toilets that cater for our needs finding parking spaces that are not abused by the able citizen the list is almost endless but it is that hostile environment we are attached to every day.

Their needs to be real radical change in all areas with disabled citizens involved really listening to their concerns because until you do that hostile environment will not end.

A BIT ABOUT ME

I will now write a bit about my situation as I am sure it will further the hostile environment I talk about here.

I am a 54 year old male living in a Tory council area and thus do not get the support needed from my MP as true to form he follows party line and will not deviate from that.

I had a hemorrhagic stroke in 1991 at the young tender age of 27 it was nearly the end of my life due to a massive brain bleed of my middle cerebral artery that needed surgery and induced coma none the less after two years of rehabilitation I made good recovery but still had right sided physical and executive dysfunction of the brain so was disabled

However I returned to work in 1993 out of boredom which I rightly thought was the best course even if now looking back was maybe a bit too soon as I am sure you are aware recovery is a long and hard situation

I stayed in work until 2007 until the global crash took its toll redundancy was my remit and knew finding more work for me was going to be that much harder given my health but it never stopped me trying as that is where I wanted to be and thus not the scrounging rhetoric your Govt put out in the countless press and media reports.

Do you remember David Cameron saying just before he rose to office “No one should claim a benefit unless they had a real need? guess what I had that need since 1991 but never claimed a penny until 2007 so I had already saved Govt a fortune in the DLA I was entitled too no one told me then I could claim it and besides I never had the time too anyway as by the time I got home from work I was tired and fatigued so slept to ready myself for the next day but imagine what I thought when I heard him say that it brought a few tears.

Although I claim DLA now my claim is still not right but refuse to push it in case I lose the little I get and thus chosen to wait until I convert to PIP given that I have already lost ESA due to the draconian 365 day rule that should not apply to long term disability.

I am forced to live in poverty on just the middle rate of DLA through no fault of my own but chose to keep the Department of Works and Pensions at very long arms length due to the hostility they breed.

I would love to go back to work but unfortunately it is not geared for someone like me and you even got rid of remploy a service set and geared for someone like me, none of your Govts policy and legislation measures in this area has ever made any sense and has been like trying to keep a sinking ship from sinking.

I hope you can take a long hard rethink of the damage, hostility and loss of life you are causing and change it for the better

Yours Sincerely

Leon Carter

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Striking Resemblance with Windrush

I have built this thread with Thread reader so it was easier to bring to this forum

Whilst I do  not wish to take away the absolute shambles caused to the windrush generation which has rightly been condemned by MPs and ciizens alike I had to make this observation.

Hostile

The reason so was because when I read the thread it had a striking resemblance to that suffered by disabled people they have faced the same hostile environment whether that be with the DWP its contractors or indeed some citizens who lack the understanding.

They have been under pressure for evidence paperwork when many just like the windrush generation find it hard to produce due to time passed, legislation that is their to work against them, DWP Employees who lie through their teeth contractors who care more about getting the money rolling in than they do about the disabled citizens they are there to assess via a draconian test.

Appeals that are often won and were millions are wasted on fruitless appeals that should never have gone to appeal as this senior tribunal judge makes clear.

This Govt never either took heed from the reports from the UN CRPD and in which they said “Grave and Systemic Violations” they were not wrong because as reported tonight life has been lost from the Windrush Generation so too has many disabled lives been needlessly lost.

It is my belief that this Hostile Environment affects us all in some form or another and is honed in just about every Government Department indeed it is the bywords of Tory Government whether you are Disabled, Immigrant, Refugee, Homeless, a child in education without a free school meal, Unemployed through no fault of your own, a family facing the barrage of cuts, wanting access to justice via legal aid, foodbank user, struggling under poverty etc you will face this Tory Hostile Environment as it is written to be so in every piece of Tory legislation.

I’ve said it countless times before and ill say it again the civil service from all departments including the DWP who dish out the same “Hostile Environment” should not become the Tories lackeys and should now start showing some humanity and go on strike in support of the citizens they are their to help and as a mark that the WILL NOT accept this hostile environment any more.

As a final passing thought how can our Prime Minister have the audacity to call herself Christian.

 

 

 

Underpayment of NLW appearing to be a contentious issue for some employers.

Whilst I do not support those employers who wilfully avoid paying the National Living Wage (NLW) of which their are many I do have issue with naming and shaming when it raises contentious issues as I have found out today in the local press.

Today’s newly released report from the low pay commission names and shames 180 employers and in the main SME’s for breaching the NLW, fine many will say having read the report but it seems all is not so clear cut.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nearly-200-employers-named-and-shamed-for-underpaying-thousands-of-minimum-wage-workers

I have read of one employer perceived in doing exactly that in the report but then I went to the local paper to see all was not as it appeared, indeed this employer was paying the NLW but was also making deductions for loans that this company had been making to its employees to help them out and thus took there pay below the NLW.

This was a new start SME with little to no support from the Govt or able to afford an accountant.

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/business/havant-salon-owner-disgusted-after-government-claims-it-failed-to-pay-staff-minimum-wage-1-8409282

Maybe this employer should have paid the NLW so as not to be caught out by the Govt and then with the employees consent had the loans paid back via direct debit but then hindsight is a wonderful thing.

But lets also remember whilst the Govt carry out this name shaming project they are no saints themselves as they carry out their austerity agenda and take on employees via internships for no or little pay.

 

 

 

One UK International Shipping Companies View on Corbyn’s Brexit Speech – ParcelHero

ParcelHero supports calls for customs union

Signing up to a permanent customs union means no new tariffs on UK- EU goods and ends the threat of new red tape and border delays, says international parcel shipping expert ParcelHero.

The Labour Party’s decision to back Britain remaining in a customs union with the European Union (EU) after Brexit has received a broad welcome from the international parcel price comparison site ParcelHero.

In a speech today at Coventry University Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said: ‘We have long argued that a customs union is a viable option for the final deal. So Labour would seek to negotiate a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union to ensure that there are no tariffs with Europe and to help avoid any need for a hard border in Northern Ireland.’

ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, says: ‘Without getting into party politics, as an international company that ships thousands of parcels a month to the European Union, we strongly support Britain remaining in a customs union with the EU.’

Says David ‘Membership of a customs union means we will continue to share external tariffs with all EU member countries post Brexit – meaning no new tariffs and taxes between the UK and EU, and no border delays and complicated Customs Invoices just to send parcels and goods to France or Germany.’

Says David: ‘Britain currently shares a common set of tariffs with EU on imports from outside the EU, for instance there is a 10% tariff on cars and a 2.7% duty on golf clubs from outside the Union. Continued membership of a customs union with the EU will end the threat of new tariffs and taxes being imposed on UK exports to Europe and visa-versa. This means British goods won’t suddenly become far more expensive and uncompetitive in Europe, and EU-manufactured products won’t suddenly go up in price for British consumers.’

David says signing up for a permanent customs union is very different and less contentious than continued membership of the Single Market. ‘A customs union is not at all the same as the Single Market, which used to be known as the Common Market. While a customs union is about what happens at the borders of the EU, the single market is about free movement of goods and services within the European Union. The Single Market applies not only to goods, but also services, investments and people.’

Explains David ‘It is the Single Market which requires the free movement of people within the European Union, to allow for the exchange of services such as plumbing. That is likely to be far more of an issue with Brexit voters than border tariffs.’

Concludes David: ‘We hope that all sides come to realise that remaining within a customs union with the EU doesn’t go against the spirit of the nation’s vote in favour of Brexit and won’t impact on discussions around immigration or remaining under EU legal jurisdiction.’

You can see ParcelHero’s free webinar on how to minimise the impact of Brexit at https://www.parcelhero.com/…/e…/will-business-survive-brexit
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After the past week of innuendo and untruths by MSM they now need to take a look at themselves.

After the past week of smears aimed at Jeremy Corbyn in the right wing press which has by now been thoroughly debunked and caused Corbyn to instruct a solicitor and release a stern statement to mainstream press and media it is now time that the mainstream press and media take a look at themselves.

I say this because they are not only fueling right wing fanatics but also harming themselves, their print reader base is already falling and that can only continue when public are feed the same old baloney.

They are losing touch with public thinking the very public that is their very survival and indeed the MSM needs to come together in a meeting and rethink their strategy as their interests are best served with working with Corbyn and not alienating him.

The majority of the public are crying out for real change and the kind of policies that Corbyn offers and a reset of Government and if the press and media carry on as they are they will be left out in the cold.

The Tories are falling to pieces with no policies and the ones they do have they are rolling back on to try and appease the electorate which simply will not work because after over 2 years of Corbyn being leader the public have seen they can have better far better than the hogwash May is offering.

So press and media you have a choice you can either accept the changes that are coming and get onboard to help form the next Govt and it’s policies or you can take the wrath and hits to your income

With the birth of social media the MSM no longer have carte blanche over the articles they print and are often through citizens research often debunked within a matter of hours which in turn breeds negativity in MSM and thus the falling print count and thus I have to ask what has happened to journalistic research which used to be fairly good but now stands at a zero point score as we have seen this week in all it’s nasty glory.

The choice is yours.

Corbyn the Spy! – Translated article from the CZECH iROZHLAS.

Corbyn could not cooperate with the StB even if he wanted to. The boss of our residence was a British agent, says the scientist

A new witness of former StB officer Ján Sarkocy, who claims that the laborer’s boss conscientiously worked and took the money, joined the State Security in the case of the collaboration between Labor chief Jeremy Corbyn and State Security. But this is rejected by the Director of the Security Services Archive Světlana Ptáčníková. According to her, he would have a totally different bundle. The former member of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, Radek Schovánek, also rejects Sarkocy’s words for the iROZHLAS.cz server.

“If he was a Corbyn agent, he should have a bundle led in another category. These are volumes of order four, that is, their numbers start at four, “Ptáčníková said.

She explained that the agent’s management had its exact rules, and when someone got it, it was transferred to a different type of volume. The former assailant’s allegations are in direct contradiction with archival materials.

The archive director said on Thursday that Corbyn probably did not know who he was meeting with. According to her statements, “it does not seem to me that she knew she was dealing with a witness”.

According to the UK issue of The Sun, the StB of the British Politics describes as a man with a negative “relationship with the United States and the current policy of the conservative government” that Thatcher had at that time, and his attitude to the Eastern Bloc was referred to as “positive” also about his alleged support of the “Soviet peace initiative”.

Sarkocy

Former agent StB Sarkocy claims that Corbyn collaborated consciously with the Czechoslovak State Security (StB) in the 1980s and received money for it. He told reporters on Friday. At the same time, he confirmed earlier information that he had repeatedly met with Corby during his diplomatic post in London.

“He was (Corbyn) recruited. He also received money for the money, “Sarkocy said, even if he did not give the money himself. He added that Corby had” won “StB now a prominent member of the Labor Party, and that Corby’s recruitment was” under the protection of Russia. ”

“All of the information we received not only from him, but also from one supporting resource to make it verifiable, was rated in Moscow as” the leader. ” What we could not do was to do the Russians, “said Sarkocy, a 44-year-old living near Bratislava, for example. Corbyn, for example, attended twice a year a reception at the Czechoslovak embassy.

The content of the information Sarkocy did not specify. He only exaggerated that he knew what Britain’s then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher would have for breakfast, for lunch and dinner, and what clothes he would wear.

He added that perhaps Corby’s collaboration with the StB was not just money and that he had met him more than three times, as was the case in the past.

He also pointed out that the StB was interested in Corbyn, also considering his contacts with the family of the South African apartheid warrior and later President Nelson Mandela.

Asked if Corbyn knew he was talking not only with a diplomat but also with a StB member, Sarkocy replied that at that time there was no doubt that Czechoslovak diplomats were working for the StB.

Bad bondage

The claim is a ridiculous slander and is totally untrue. This was stated by a spokesman for the British opposition leader. Sarkozy’s description of the events is not credible and has more holes in the story than “a bad film about James Bond.”

“Jeremy was not an agent, intimate contact, an informant, or an associate of the Czechoslovak intelligence service. These statements are a ridiculous slander and absolutely untrue, “said the spokesman for the UK’s most powerful opposition party, referring to the statement by the head of the Czech Security Services Archive Svetlana Ptáčníková.

“How the former Czechoslovak agent Jan Sarkocy describes his encounter with Jeremy was untrue 30 years ago, it’s untrue now and it’s absolutely untrustworthy,” said Corbyn’s spokeswoman. “His account of events has more holes in the story than a bad movie about James Bond, “he added.

Schovánek

“From my experience, and from the knowledge of State Security documents, that testimony is not true. I would like to know what evidence Mr Sarkocy has put forward for his statement, “Radek Schovánek told iROZHLAS.cz.

“There are no such documents in the Security Archives. Moreover, it is not so long ago that the Constitutional Court in Slovakia decided that testimonies of State Security officials are untrue. In fact, Mr. Sarkocy was not confined, so he can not talk about what he was doing there. If he did, he broke the oath, “adds Schovánek, saying that Sarkocy was not an agent but a cadre.

Corbyn said Corbyn could not cooperate with StB in the late 1980s in London even if he wanted to. “At that time, he was a representative of the resident Vlastimil Ludvík, with the name Pantůček, and he was a top agent of British intelligence, who informed the British party about everything Czechoslovak residences did. Undoubtedly, I have contacts with Mr. Jeremy Corbyn, “he said.

“So if Mr. Jeremy Corbyn even took some money by chance, like no evidence in the archive, it was undoubtedly under the control of British Intelligence. And, for example, in the 1960s, in the case of John Stonehouse or William Owen and others, when British Intelligence learned that they had cooperated, they had disappeared from political life. If the British side knew that Mr Corbyn had worked with the StB in the 1980s, he would no doubt have disappeared from politics in the 1990s and never appeared, “he said at the end.

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Why ‘Hard Brexit’ threatens war

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by Martin Odoni

The European Union has every right to run out of patience with the United Kingdom over its meaningless negotiating position on ‘Brexit’, including the decidedly indecisive stance on the fate of Northern Ireland. Sure enough, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, is drafting a formal ultimatum for the British Government to make a decision on what Northern Ireland’s relationship with the Republic of Ireland will be after Brexit. The lack of clarity or conviction from the British so far in negotiations has probably been the biggest sticking-point in the whole process, and is doubtless maddening to many in Brussels.

However, I am going to offer a rare moment of sympathy – or at least understanding – to our embattled Prime Minister, Theresa May, and her Brexit Secretary David Davis. In truth, the Conservative Party as a whole has brought the logjam on itself, but however one might…

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