I like to think that I’m one of those people who always wants to help, where I can, a person with a disability and here’s a case where we can all try to help. Below is a link to a 38 Degrees petition:-
Please click on the link and add your name if at all possible.
Surely there’s no logical reason why an Assistance Dog should be refused entry to a music festival but it’s seemingly the case here. If we all get behind this petition maybe we can persuade the organisers of Fusion Festival to back off and indeed embrace attendees, like Charlie Barker, who need assistance dogs to help them get through their daily lives.
Please help if you can.
Sadly it seems so, whilst the building and ever deepening crisis in our social care system gets worse every day. The Guardian has an opinion piece on its web site by Polly Toynbee on this matter, please have a read of it via the link below:-
To true Brexiters such as the majority of the Tory Party and the Labour Leadership it’s probably the case that they put leaving the EU before just about everything; it’s their cult-like religious goal and nothing can be allowed to get in the way. Of course in reality, not something Brexiter MP’s are often well acquainted with I guess, the big issues that Parliament need to concentrate on are still there festering away. And probably social care is at the top of the list of ignored crisis issues along with the related problems of our struggling NHS.
Yes I know, I’m a Remainer so I really don’t in any way understand why adult social care and the NHS crisis is less important than leaving the EU but I guess this is very clear to Brexiters?…
My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting
The following is from a Merseytravel staff briefing:-
‘Following on from the official station opening last month, a special event took place at Maghull North on Wednesday which saw local schoolchildren burying a 50-year time capsule. With support from Merseytravel, Sefton Council and Merseyrail, the pupils from St Thomas C of E Primary School in Lydiate have been busy planning the capsule over the last couple of months – items added included LFC/EFC match programmes, an unused mobile phone, popular books and a film which they created.
As well as the capsule being buried, a series of storyboards were unveiled on both platforms reflecting the fascinating history of Moss Side Hospital, which was located on the land on which the station now resides, and how it became a leading institution at the forefront of research into mental health and PTSD during and after the First World War.’
Indeed, Moss Side Hospital was world famous and that was why local campaigners requested that the new station be called ‘Maghull Moss Side’ but their request fell on deaf ears in the railway industry. Maghull is world famous for 3 things – being the home of toy maker Frank Hornby, being the town that established one of the first ever epileptic colonies and being the place where ‘shell shock’ was first researched and treated at Moss Side Hospital. It’s great that the latter is being recognised but would it have hurt to have listened to the campaigners who wanted the station named Maghull Moss Side? An opportunity lost in my view.
The BBC has two articles on its web site – see links above
And above is a link to a BBC page all about William Beveridge the Liberal MP who wrote the report which the 1945 incoming Labour Government implemented.
Apart from a few nutters on the fringes of British politics (although I’m beginning to wonder if political nutters are now becoming mainstream!) we are all supporters of the NHS. But what on earth would William Beveridge make of the mess that our present-day politicians are making of it via under-funding and putting it at huge risk via Brexit. That the leader of the Labour Party is a part of that huge risk because of his support for Brexit would surely make that reforming Labour Government of 1945 turn in its collective grave!
With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting
Norman Lamb MP
The Independent has the article on its web site – see link above
What a truly shocking series of events
With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting
Above is a link to a most wonderful tune by jazz guitarist Norman Brown.
Hey things are more than a bit grim at present. The NHS is falling apart at the seams, the police are so under funded they struggle to protect us from crime, our schools are at breaking point with budget cuts, Northern would rather run buses than trains, Government is all at sea and their Official Opposition doesn’t seem to know how to oppose them. Trump keeps going bonkers, global warming is going to create a living hell for future generations and Brexit is going to see job losses, an economic downturn (yes we can keep going down!), less environmental protections…………. But you get my drift, as a progressive times have never been so tough – Thatcherism and Reaganomics were grim but we are are potentially on the road to far far worse.
So what do you do in the face of all this misery? You realise that there will be better days ahead as the electorate are sure to slam the brakes on whose they put in power and U-turn the political juggernaut away from the march towards fascism back to a progressive way forward. Well we’ve got to hope so because staying on the course the UK is presently on means a very poor outcome for us all but for the poor it does not bear thinking about!
But until May is put out of her misery and until Corbyn learns to oppose try listening to this tune by Norman Brown entitled Better Days Ahead, it will lift your weary soul…..