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

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…

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

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 You may also have missed the announcement that the Conservative government has withdrawn its funding for the UK’s only centre dedicated…

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

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…

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

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.…

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

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…

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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…

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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…

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Is this why the Tories are ditching PFI? Brand-new £24m health centre will 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…

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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.…

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G4S suspends detention centre employees – but why does this firm still get government contracts?

The only question here is why G4S was given a contract to run an immigration centre in the first place. Shall we consider some of the firms other recent disasters? The biggie that everyone remembers was the Olympic security debacle in 2012. There was the fraud investigation over tagging contracts. G4S has been fined more than 100 times since 2010 for breaching contracts for prisons it runs. Labour dropped G4S from providing security at its annual conference over human rights concerns. G4S was stripped of its contract to run a…

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