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Why are people with disabilities being refused access to Covid-19 test centres?

Cartoonist Andrzej Krauze’s view of government sickness and disability assessments, from years ago. Now it seems we can apply it to Covid-19 test centres, which are inaccessible to many people with disabilities.

Remember when This Site was publishing articles showing how people with disabilities were being refused benefits because their assessments were in inaccessible places so if they made it to the test, they were seen not to have disabilities, and if they didn’t, then their application was binned because they couldn’t be bothered to attend?

Well, now it seems the government is using the same wheeze at Covid-19 test centres:

Back in the day, Tony Blair (I think) passed a law called the Disability Discrimination Act, in which it became illegal for buildings that were supposed to be publicly-accessible not to have facilities for people with disabilities.

What happened to that? Is it still on the statute book? If so, why the hell isn’t it being enforced?

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Is this the real reason people haven’t been able to get Covid-19 tests?

Rampant: the Covid-19 virus is once again on the loose across the UK because the Tories haven’t just lost control; they’ve deliberately thrown it away.

You must have seen stories lately, saying people wanting Covid-19 tests for themsselves or (more likely) their children have been redirected hundreds of miles because centres have run out.

Well, it seems there may be a reason for that, which is nothing to do with a lack of testing kits.

My suspicions were aroused when I saw this story…

A vulnerable Chesterfield mum has been left ‘stressed and anxious’ after being unable to book a Covid-19 test for her poorly daughter.

Louise Hull-Bailey’s nine-year-old daughter Aimee, a pupil at Brimington Junior School, has been ill for two days and is suffering with a cough and high temperature.

Louise, 37, says no home tests are available and she has been told she cannot book a walk-in slot either.

… within minutes of this story:

There is fury in the Rhondda after it emerged that the testing centre set up in Porth to speed up access to testing in an area on the brink of a local lockdown was only able to offer 60 tests a day.

Council leader Andrew Morgan said he had been told that the UK Government had made a unilateral decision to limit the number of tests because of the shortage across the UK.

He said that the centre itself had the capacity to offer 400 to 500 tests a day but the centre does not process the tests and the UK is facing a shortage of lab capacity to process the results.

You might say what prevails in the Rhondda may not in Chesterfield, but there’s no evidence to suggest it doesn’t. In fact, it seems more likely that this is the situation across the UK:

Centres with the capacity to carry out more tests are being held back by the government.

Lack of capacity?

Tory ministers have been crowing that the UK has more capacity than other countries.

But they are ordering testing centres to turn people away.

But there is a lack of capacity going on.

It’s a lack of mental capacity by government ministers who simply cannot organise a simple testing routine.

Source: Chesterfield mum ‘stranded’ as she can’t get Covid test for sick daughter | Derbyshire Times

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Tory cut killing UK’s only centre to stop Female Genital Mutilation is in line with Priti Patel’s behaviour

Irony: the posters behind Priti Patel in this image extol the virtues of ‘UK aid’ – but her idea of helping foreigners is sending them away to suffer genital torture, and her party’s is to cut funding to organisations working to stop it happening here.

Remember when This Site told you Priti Patel wanted to deport a girl so that she could be subjected to the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation (FGM)?

Maybe you thought I must be wrong. Maybe you thought that a UK government would never allow a human being to be put in danger of suffering torture to their private parts. I mean, we’re a civilised country, right?

Think again.

You may also have missed the announcement that the Conservative government has withdrawn its funding for the UK’s only centre dedicated to ensuring that FGM doesn’t happen in this country.

Oh yes – it does happen here.

The Tories are just making sure that there’s no support for any group dedicated to stopping it.

“Ending FGM will not happen if the centre closes down just five years after being set up by the government,” protested Leethen Bartholomew, who leads the National FGM Centre.

“We will not be there to protect the girls who need us. We know that FGM is still being practised in communities across England.

“There are still girls who are being cut and so will face a lifetime of physical and emotional pain. It is a hidden form of child abuse.”

Tories seem to love causing physical and emotional pain. Priti Patel more than most.

And now maybe you think that comment is uncalled-for. If you do, think again – and start judging these Tories by their actions.

Source: UK’s only centre for eradicating FGM faces closure after funding pulled by government | The Independent

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People with disabilities: do YOU want IAIN DUNCAN SMITH influencing how government treats you?

Iain Duncan Smith: apparently he isn’t demonstrating what he’d like to do to the throats of disabled people, although that isn’t clear from his record.

Iain Duncan Smith – his very name still triggers hate and fear in people with long-term illnesses and disabilities, in roughly equal measure.

It is now nearly five years since This Writer demonstrated that his Department for Work and Pensions had been responsible for more than 100,000 excess deaths of people claiming sickness and disability benefits.

The deaths had happened after he became Secretary of State and changed the way benefit entitlements were assessed, making it much more difficult for people who deserved them to make a claim.

And he perverted the appeal system into a labyrinthine, Kafka-esque nightmare designed to drive people to despair or starvation before ever seeing a penny.

Now, the right-wing think tank that this vile creature founded – and still chairs – is trying to interfere in the lives of vulnerable people once again.

The shockingly-misnamed Centre for Social Justice has launched what it calls a “Disability Commission” which it hopes will influence the Johnson government’s strategy for dealing with disabled people.

According to Disability News Service:

The commission appears set to focus on the role of business, employment and the free market, with CSJ calling on the government to use the disability strategy to “prove that only a market economy delivers sustainable social justice in a way that enables everyone to realise their potential”.

So it seems the plan is to throw people with disabilities into a free-market nightmare in which any skills they have will be ruthlessly exploited to make cash for the already extremely wealthy, while paying them as little as possible.

(Remember when Lord Freud suggested paying them as little as £2 per hour because they were “not worth the minimum wage”? That is what Tories think of the talents of people with disabilities.)

There appear to be a few names on this “commission” who have spoken out against Tory “reforms” in the past, but these seem to be token placements, intended to lend credibility to the project.

This can only be bad news for people on Personal Independence Payment, Universal Credit and/or Employment and Support Allowance.

Source: Thinktank responsible for universal credit launches ‘Disability Commission’ – Disability News Service

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Court rules that current NI abortion law breaches human rights in blow to anti-abortionists targeting Stella Creasy

Stella Creasy: the pregnant MP was targeted by anti-abortion campaigners after she sponsored an amendment decriminalising it.

This is important: the High Court in Northern Ireland has ruled that current laws that criminalise abortion are in breach of the UK’s human rights commitments.

It comes after an amendment sponsored by Labour MP Stella Creasy was passed by MPs, decriminalising abortion if there is no deal to re-establish the devolved government in Northern Ireland by October 21.

Ms Creasy, who is pregnant herself, has since been targeted by an anti-abortion organisation calling itself the Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) with a series of posters in her Walthamstow constituency.

She raised the fact with a point of order in the Commons yesterday, prompted Speaker John Bercow to describe the campaign as “vile, unconscionable and despicable”.

The case was taken in Belfast by Sarah Ewart, who challenged the law after she was denied a termination.

The judge said she ruled in Mrs Ewart’s favour as it was not right to ask another woman to relive the trauma that she had already experienced.

A formal declaration of incompatibility would not be made at this stage, the judge said.

Mrs Justice Keegan made that decision in light of impending legislation, already passed at Westminster.

Source: Abortion: NI law ‘breaches human rights’ – BBC News

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WATCH: ‘Vile, unconscionable and despicable’ – MPs respond to targeting of Stella Creasy by anti-abortionists

Abuse:’ This poster was put up in Stella Creasy’s Walthamstow constituency in what is seen as an attempt to intimidate her.

An anti-abortion group that targeted pregnant Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy has been labelled “vile, unconscionable and despicable” by Commons speaker John Bercow as MPs vowed to help her take action.

Ms Creasy raised the issue after an organisation called the Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) put a poster of her alongside a picture of what it claimed was “a 24-week-old aborted baby girl”, with the claim “Your MP is working hard … to make this a human right” and the address of a website established against the MP.

The abuse targeted at Ms Creasy follows the approval from MPs of her amendment to extend abortion rights to Northern Ireland – the only part of the UK where it is illegal. The vote passed by 332 to 99.

She has reported the matter to the Metropolitan Police – only to be rebuffed by officers who say this is a “free speech” issue.

A clearly-emotional Ms Creasy raised the issue with a point of order in the House of Commons, after Prime Minister’s Questions today (October 2).

I managed to capture most of the exchange with Speaker John Bercow on video (I happened to have a camera handy and grabbed it up as soon as I realised what was happening). Apologies for the shaky picture and possible poor sound quality – the camera was hand-held. You may hear voices over the top – they belong to This Writer and Mrs Mike:

The point of order prompted the appropriate Tory government minister to promise action.

Abortion is a sensitive and complicated issue, and I don’t propose to go over all the arguments here.

But I do believe that there are many possible reasons for a woman (or a couple) to consider abortion and if that option is available to them, it is not for anybody else to tell them what to do. It is a matter for their conscience and it should be a human right.

The action of the so-called charity (as you will have heard, it has been refused charity status in the UK) – against a woman who is herself pregnant – is as Mr Bercow described it: vile, unconscionable and despicable. I’m sure many readers could add a few choice words themselves.

It is the sort of behaviour that could affect the health of an unborn baby, contrary to that organisation’s stated aims. Do these people even care about that double-standard?

It has no place in UK society.

Our charities exist to campaign for measures that improve the quality of life – not to victimise people who have done nothing wrong (the fake charity Campaign Against Antisemitism should also take note of this).

The advertising company that hosted the offending posters has agreed to take them down.

Let us hope that the organisation behind it faces legal action (this behaviour is a criminal offence under the Public Order Act) and is chased out of the UK for good.

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Rachel Riley spoke out in support of an anti-trolling charity – and the response was damning

A few hours ago (as I write this) I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my CrowdJustice site, which raises cash to fight the libel case against me launched by Rachel Riley, was gaining funds – at speed.

I had done nothing to prompt this sudden influx of funds, so I wondered why it had happened – aloud, online.

Here’s the reason:

High profile celebrities – including ex-England striker Gary Linekar and Countdown presenter Rachel Riley – have pledged not to publicise the social media abuse they receive from vile online trolls.

Instead, the group of television stars, politicians and campaigners will be muting, blocking and reporting “abhorrent” and derogatory comments – with the worst handed to the police – in a bid to starve so-called trolls of the wider audience they reportedly crave.

The likes of Lineker and Riley have signed-up to instead reporting the worst cases of online abuse and vile messages to the police, while sending lesser examples to social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook to put pressure on them to act.

New charity, the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), the group behind the Don’t Feed the Trolls report, is advocating an even simpler solution for those being badgered online.

It recommends muting notifications and taking a break from social media in the first instance, before escalating anything thought to be unlawful.

Muting, blocking, and avoiding are parts of advice I have been giving whenever I’ve spotted trolls on my own timeline – who are often supporters of Ms Riley.

I’d say it was cheeky of her to be lining up with this new charity to advocate my tactics, when she is also taking me to court over a trolling incident that she instigated.

But I don’t have to.

While viewers of the mainstream media may be convinced by what I’m told has been a deluge of TV reports and appearances all day, social media users are much more aware of Ms Riley’s own online behaviour, and wasted no time in reminding her of it:

“Riley conveniently fails to mention all the anti-Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Labour abuse that she puts out on an industrial scale on Twitter and elsewhere,” tweeted ‘Is it just me?’

Anita K added: “Is that the same Rachel Riley who online bullied a 16 year old girl with mental health problems, and goes around smearing and doxxing others?”

https://twitter.com/CathyKirby65/status/1173709873219084289

And Eddy39 stated: “Rachel Riley compared the Durham miners gala with a KKK rally and now she’s out front and centre complaining about trolls. Oh the irony.”

This was a response to Ms Riley’s appearance on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme:

(I wonder how many hundreds of abusers have blighted my own Twitter timeline, thanks to Ms Riley’s unwanted attention?)

Grace4JC stated: “RR is the biggest troll around. The sheer arrogance and nerve of a Gnasher operative accusing others of being trolls is unbelievable. She ruins people’s lives.”

The term “Gnasher operative” refers to the infamous “GnasherJew” troll network, with whom Ms Riley proudly associates.

As PeoplePowerGal adds: “The hypocrisy is almost painful! There must be loads of evidence out there of her abusing others & she’s known to work in tandem with renowned Gnasher troll who are horrifically abusive & racist. Someone should write a big evidenced exposè on her involvement with them!”

And this is why people were contributing to my CrowdJustice site – in disgust at what they considered to be Ms Riley’s astonishing hypocrisy.

If you are unaware – or need reminding – of the behaviour Ms Riley encourages, here’s an example from today (although I have no idea if “Corbyn Out – he’s a chlorinated racist chicken” is a member of the GnasherJew troll collective):

Hopefully, somebody has thought to notify CCDHate (as it models itself on Twitter) that its poster-girl is exactly the kind of troll it is trying to silence.

Otherwise, it seems people may start to associate it with the phonetic pronunciation of its chosen title: “See seedy hate”.

For Ms Riley, the tactic has backfired badly.

While it might have seemed a clever idea to hide the true nature of her own social media activities by backing an anti-troll campaign, all she has done is remind people of why they dislike her so much – and, of course, boost the funds available to me to oppose her.

To Ms Riley herself, if she’s reading: thanks for the extra cash – and I’ll see you in court.

Source: Gary Lineker and Rachel Riley in new social media pledge to silence trolls – ITV News

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Planned pension-age rise means most will die before ever seeing it

Iain Duncan Smith is a genuinely evil little man, isn’t he?

He spent years orchestrating the deniable deaths of uncounted (literally – the Department for Work and Pensions deliberately did not check on what happened to these people) sick and disabled people by changing the benefit assessment system to make it easier to cancel their payments.

Now the Centre for Social Justice think tank, of which he is chairman, is recommending that the age at which we may qualify for the state pension should be raised to 75 by the year 2035.

(Its previous big success – ha ha – was Universal Credit, which it dreamed up on the back of a fag packet in 2009 and which David Cameron adopted as Coalition government policy a year later.)

Apparently all the state-shrinking cuts inflicted by the Tories, along with the tax cuts they have given themselves and their super-rich friends, mean that the Treasury can no longer afford the ballooning cost of supporting an ever-increasing elderly population while the birth rate continues to decline.

Importing workers from other countries would have helped, but Brexit and the xenophobia the Tories have nurtured alongside it have put an end to that.

The aim, of course, is to avoid paying the state pension at all – to make ordinary people work until they die.

This is one of the reasons the Tories have been working to ensure that life expectancy – the age at which we may expect to die – falls.

They have succeeded in this aim, as David Hencke noted in an article last year:

“Britain is literally dying. Ever since the Tory and Liberal Democrat coalition came to power a 50 year improvement in the death rate year on year went into reverse.”

He wrote that the lowest life expectancy in April 2018 was in Glasgow, Blackpool, Dundee, West Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire, where men could expect to live until the age of 75.4 at the most.

Under Iain Duncan Smith’s plan, that means most men living in these places would never draw the state pension, despite having paid into it for the whole of their working lives.

As comedian George Carlin told Americans, the same now applies in the UK: “They’re coming for your social security money, they’re coming for your retirement money. They want it back.”

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Is this why the Tories are ditching PFI? Brand-new £24m health centre will NEVER be used by NHS patients

White elephant: Altrincham health and wellbeing centre will now never be used by NHS patients.

Tory Chancellor Philip Hammond gave in to demands from the Labour Party and agreed to stop signing Private Finance Initiative (PFI) deals in his Budget yesterday (October 29). Perhaps this is the reason:

Altrincham Health and Wellbeing Centre was meant to be the major new health hub for south Trafford – but it is to be converted into offices without a single patient ever crossing its threshold.

The building was constructed by local developer Citybranch for investment company Canada Life after a £35m deal.

Now NHS Property Services is leasing the building for an initial annual rent including utility bills for £2.4m, for 30 years, and it seems this cost was to be passed on to organisations renting space in the building.

But they can’t afford it.

St John’s Medical Centre said the move would cost its practice £70,000 a year, while Pennine Community Services said it was looking at £500,000 in extra overheads and Greater Manchester mental health trust £375,000.

At the heart of the matter is the Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – the organisation set up by Andrew Lansley’s Health and Social Care Act 2012 to oversee funding for NHS services in the area.

The building was that organisation’s baby – but it reneged on a promise to service providers about cost neutrality and they said the resulting rent would be too high.

Now the CCG wants to convert the building into commercial office space – costing another £7 million.

This means a piece of the National Health Service will be privatised without ever having been used by the public.

How will the CCG pay for NHS services in the meantime? And who will profit in the end?

This entire affair seems extremely questionable.

The people of Trafford need to know why their health service money was squandered on a £24 million white elephant that will never serve their community.

What has happened to their money?

Who has profited from it?

Who will profit from the plan to convert the building into office space?

And what will happen to the plan to modernise their health service?

Source: The brand new £24m health centre that will NEVER be used by NHS patients – and will cost another £7m to turn into offices – Manchester Evening News

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BBC displays Islamophobia in report of attack on Muslims

Police presence: A police car outside the Islamic centre.Isn’t it incredibly hypocritical that an incident in which a Muslim crashes a car into pedestrians outside Parliament is an act of Islamic terrorism, but the same organisation can’t bring itself to label one in which a driver crashes a car into pedestrians outside a Muslim centre – shouting Islamophobic slogans – as an act of anti-Islamic terrorism.

What gives, BBC?

You reported that the police were treating it as a hate crime. Explain why you didn’t report it as a terrorist attack. I really want to know, and I don’t think I’m the only one.

Remember, terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims” – and I think the fact the perpetrator(s) shouted Islamophobic slogans shows a political aim.

Here‘s the story:

Three men were hurt when a car struck several people outside a north London Islamic centre.

Witnesses described hearing the driver “shouting anti-Islamic taunts” at the Muslim prayer centre in Cricklewood.

The Met Police said it was being dealt with as an Islamophobic hate crime but is not thought to be terrorist-related.

The driver of the car failed to stop and two men were taken to hospital following the incident at about 00:35 BST.

It happened at the Al-majlis Al-Hussaini centre at the junction of Oxgate Lane and Edgware Road.

One witness said the driver “was trying to kill people”.

And here are the responses:

And here’s the context:

This is the nub of the matter.

The Conservative government is a racist, Islamophobic organisation, therefore it does not acknowledge attacks on Muslims as racist or Islamophobic, let alone terrorist.

Does anybody, in all seriousness, need me to provide examples of Tory racism when Boris Johnson and Theresa May are still in public life?

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