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Promise to help people self-isolate fizzles out. Will they spread Covid instead?

Pennies instead of pounds: that’s what the Tories put into their fund to help people self-isolate. Now it is running out and applicants may find themselves forced back to work, simply to make ends meet – and that might spread Covid-19 in turn.

Only a few hundred people told to self-isolate have received the £500 help pledged by Boris Johnson, sparking fears that anyone missing out will continue to go to work and spread Covid-19.

This Writer doesn’t have much to say about this because it is only a fear at the moment. But let’s all keep an eye on this story, shall we?

It could be the next Tory Covid-19 scandal.

Tough eligibility rules and depleting funds have hit take-up, research by The Independent shows, despite millions being told to stay at home as the second wave of the pandemic struck.

Some local councils revealed they had been forced to turn away many more people, warning a £15m government “discretionary” fund is exhausted – or is about to be.

In Liverpool, a staggering 76 per cent of applications were rejected, because only workers on benefits can claim for the statutory scheme, leaving others on just £95.85-a-week sick pay, if they are eligible for that.

Only 3 of the 22 cities surveyed have helped more than 1,000 people each, while six have made under 200 payments.

Source: Only a few hundred people told to self-isolate receive £500 help pledged by Boris Johnson in most cities | The Independent

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Starmer self-isolates again – but he’ll still be working (on persecuting Labour members)

Not-so-splendid isolation: Keir Starmer. He probably prefers self-isolation. He seems to think the Labour Party should consist of nobody else but him.

Keir Starmer has gone back into self-isolation after a member of his staff tested positive for Covid-19.

He won’t be out until December 16 – just in time for Chrimbo holibobs – but he has vowed that he will be working hard, at home.

In practise, this is bad news for Labour Party members as it means he will have more time to persecute them, as he will be able to use the time he would otherwise spend commuting to work.

Sir Keir’s spokesman said during this latest period of self-isolation, the Labour leader will continue to work from home.

For a snapshot of the public reaction to the Labour despot’s revelation, just turn to Twitter:

And on the subject of member persecution, consider this tweet examining the suspension of the highly-respected Jewish mathematician and philosopher Moshe Machover:

How about the secretary of South Thanet Labour?

Yes indeed. And being self-isolated will give Starmer more time to to become even more vicious.

Source: Sir Keir Starmer self isolates after staff member tests positive for virus – BBC News

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Businesswoman rationed daughter’s food after falling through cracks in government help

Closed: while lockdowns bit into small traders’ funds, government help has been restricted only to those that meet arbitrary criteria – meaning many are going hungry, along with their children.

This is the reality of Covid-19 for millions of self-employed people across the UK.

The government trumpeted huge amounts of funding for scheme to keep businesses open – but failed to mention the small print that means some businesses don’t qualify.

It’s as though the pandemic was being used for political reasons – to clamp down on small enterprises and their owners. Isn’t it?

Jo Hill, of Cardiff, was denied any support because her business had only two years of profit on its books.

She had to rely on food banks and borrowed money to survive.

The money I have earned I have had to use for food for myself and my daughter. She’s growing like a bean pole, I couldn’t afford to buy her shoes over lockdown. At times we were so skint food was rationed, I’ve had to be really careful.

When the Chancellor announced [support for self-employed businesses] I breathed a massive sigh of relief. I was applying and it would say I’m not entitled, I was quite bewildered. The money should have gone to everybody.

“I’m too scared to spend any money at all since I don’t know what will happen in the future and how long that money will last. There have been times I couldn’t afford a food shop, I don’t know if my budget is going to last two weeks, three weeks.

The Welsh government has announced business support worth £1.7 billion to firms across the country.

And a fat lot of good it will do to single traders like Ms Hill if they don’t qualify because of arcane eligibility standards.

Source: Mum-of-two forced to ration 12-year-old daughter’s food after support cut off – Mirror Online

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Plaudits for Naga Munchetty after she demolishes Zahawi over help for the self-employed

A few facts about Nadhim Zahawi, the current UK business minister: these are from 2016 so it’s a few years since he voted to cut disability benefits but that cut is still in force. I wonder how warm his stables are today?

Naga Munchetty is carving herself a niche as the hard woman of BBC Breakfast.

This morning she made mincemeat out of Tory business minister and twit Nadhim Zahawi over the government’s lack of interest in supporting people who are self-employed:

The performance raised a huge amount of support for Ms Munchetty on the social media:

At this rate, the Tories won’t be able to use the BBC as a mouthpiece for their daft policies any more. Then where will they go?

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Is Starmer self-isolating because one of his children has Covid symptoms? Oh, the irony!

Keir Starmer: he’s self-isolating – to avoid taking part in a Brexit debate that will reveal his attitude as utter hypocrisy?

Labour leader Keir Starmer has announced that he is self-isolating because a member of his household has developed symptoms in line with those of Covid-19.

He’s being very coy about the identity of the person with the symptoms – because it is potentially highly embarrassing for him.

Is he referring to one of his children? They are, I’m told, 10 and eight years old and will have returned to school at the beginning of the month – as Starmer himself demanded.

He pushed for the Johnson government to reopen schools, no matter what the risk to pupils and parents. It would be hugely ironic if he is now a victim of his own policy.

The person displaying symptoms has had a test and Sir Keir is now awaiting the results “in line with NHS guidelines”, they added.

Of course, it is possible that the symptoms are merely those of the normal viruses that run rampant in schools at this time of year:

In that case, many thousands of children and parents will have their lives disrupted for no very good reason, protecting themselves against a threat that may not even be attacking them!

His self-isolation means Starmer will not be speaking in the Commons debate on Johnson’s plan to betray international law in the Internal Market Bill.

He had previously stated that he is less concerned about Brexit than Covid-19.

This is, of course, a complete about-turn from the policy he forced Labour to put forward at last year’s general election, when he demanded that the party offer a second referendum that (it turned out) wasn’t wanted.

He has switched from Brexit scepticism to “Get Brexit done”. Hypocrisy:

So it is probably just as well that he’ll have to self-isolate for two weeks.

Better still: why doesn’t he just go away and never come back?

Source: Coronavirus: Sir Keir Starmer self-isolating after household ‘symptoms’ – BBC News

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MP who wanted full attendance in Parliament during Covid-19… is self-isolating

Poetic justice: Jacob Rees-Mogg wanted all MPs to attend Parliament at the height of the Covid-19 lockdown. Now he has been forced to self-isolate, in case he has contracted the disease himself.

Jacob Rees-Mogg – who, as Leader of the House of Commons, demanded that all MPs should attend – no matter how cramped they would be – at the height of the Covid-19 lockdown – is self-isolating.

One of his children has shown symptoms of the virus and has been tested, it seems. He is self-isolating along with the rest of his family, until they hear the result.

So he could be away from his job for a few days. How ironic.

One might be surprised that he is adhering to the rules this time, considering his recent behaviour. He broke Parliamentary regulations to play a snatch of Rule Britannia in the Commons chamber in an ignorant show of jingoism in response to the controversy over whether the imperialistic racket should be sung at the end of the Proms this year.

At business questions, where he normally briefs MPs on the following week’s Commons agenda, the SNP’s Commons leader, Tommy Sheppard, said he would miss being “patronised in the flesh” by Rees-Mogg:

“Can I also wish the Leader of the House and his family well. I can hardly hide my disappointment at his absence.

“After five long months of my own absence from this chamber, and sometimes problematic communication through the virtual proceedings, I have been looking forward to being patronised in the flesh rather than over the internet.”

That tells us everything we need to know about Rees-Mogg’s reputation among other MPs – and their likely reaction if he catches the disease.

They won’t miss him – and will probably call it poetic justice.

Source: Coronavirus: Rees-Mogg self-isolating after child tested – BBC News

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How’s the social distancing, self-isolation drive working? These pictures should provide a hint

It isn’t going very well, is it?

We can all blame the Tory government for creating a climate of fear – fear for our lives, fear that vital supplies will be cut, fear that society may break down.

Boris Johnson’s decisions have all be reactions to overwhelming necessities. For example, it seems he only ordered the closure of leisure facilities after Emmanuel Macron threatened to isolate the UK from France. This would have had serious repercussions for the UK economy.

The French have described Johnson’s policies as “benign neglect”, condemning them as reckless. It is believed that if they had carried out their threat, all EU nations would have followed suit, closing their borders with the UK as well.

Johnson’s intention in announcing a tighter clampdown on social contact was to bring the UK into line with the EU nations; in France, people need documentation to leave their homes.

Let’s see how well that’s working, shall we?

I think we can expect sanctions from other countries very soon. Blame Boris Johnson.

No wonder This Writer’s own response to that failure’s latest tweet has gained so much support:

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Outrageous: Facebook CENSORS crusading Vox Political post – then claims concern for my well-being

Something needs to be done about Facebook’s political collusion with right-wing governments like that of the Conservative Party in the UK.

You’ll be aware that, a few days ago, I published the article Desperate woman self-immolates in a Tory-run council office. Where is the outrage? If you weren’t aware of it, I’d be very surprised; it has been read nearly 70,000 times.

I publicised it on Facebook, to several pages and groups.

Today, I received the following from Facebook:

“Facebook Help Team
“Someone asked us to review one of your posts because they thought you might be going through something difficult. Call a trained volunteer at Samaritans. It’s completely confidential and free. Call them on 116 123.
“Learn more about what you can do if you’re having thoughts about self-harm or suicide.”

That’s right – someone told Facebook they thought my post, about a woman pushed so far by government victimisation that she set fire to herself, meant I might be planning something similar, and Facebook never bothered to check. That is insulting.

Then I received this:

“The post below was removed because we’re concerned it that might encourage or promote self-harm or suicidal behavior.
“We hope you’ll understand why we removed it. This policy and the other Facebook Community Standards were created to help keep Facebook a positive and safe place for everyone.

“Mike Sivier
“A woman set fire to herself in a Tory council office, apparently in protest at her treatment by the government. The incident has been hidden from us. Why?”

There was no opportunity to complain – only a box for me to click, saying “OK”.

It isn’t “OK”!

And here’s a further insult. Once I clicked that box (there was no alternative available), I got this:

“Mike, can we help?
“If you’re going through a difficult time and want support, we’d like to help.

“Talk to a Friend
“Message or call someone you trust.

“Contact a Helpline
“They can listen and help you work through this.

“Get Tips and Support
“See suggestions of ways to support yourself.”

This is beyond the pale.

I have written to Facebook, pointing out that nothing in my article or the links to it suggest any consideration of or endorsement of self-harm in any way whatsoever, and that I was pointing out an outrage caused by government injustice.

I went on to state that it is my opinion that the person who reported my post to Facebook did so for political motives, because they support the Conservative government’s campaign of hate against the vulnerable that may have led to the woman mentioned in the article taking the action she did.

I indicated that this means Facebook, by taking down my post, was also endorsing the government’s campaign of victimisation against the vulnerable – and that Facebook was supporting the policies that led to this woman’s self-immolation.

Hiding that fact behind a veil of fake concern for my own well-being won’t impress anybody.

I am, of course, re-posting the link, and I would appreciate it if everybody reading this did the same. Here’s the relevant wording:

A woman set fire to herself in a Tory council office, apparently in protest at her treatment by the government. The incident has been hidden from us. Why?

Desperate woman self-immolates in a Tory-run council office. Where is the outrage? https://wp.me/p4Sru1-b9o

This kind of politically-motivated censorship – with an intention to cause harm – must not be tolerated.

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The blackout: People have been setting themselves on fire, in protest against the Tory government, for YEARS

The emergency services, newspapers and the government seem to have been colluding with each other to hide the deaths – by self-immolation – of benefit claimants who have been persecuted as a matter of government policy – to prevent the kind of social change triggered when Thích Quảng Đức set himself on fire in Saigon in June, 1963?

Why have the news media been playing down these incidents, that – if they happened abroad – would have sparked huge and justified civil unrest?

Where is their sense of responsibility – not only to the dead but to the living victims of Conservative government persecution?

And would any of them care to explain the disparity between the way foreign events have been reported and those here in the UK – is it really all down to the lack of a photograph of somebody in flames?

Yesterday (August 19) we learned that a woman aged in her 50s apparently tried to take her own life by setting herself alight in a housing office run by Conservative-controlled Barnet Council.

The last report we have is that this woman – who has not been named by the authorities – remains in critical condition.

Today we discover that this lady was lucky in comparison with retired builder Peter Sherwood, who set himself alight on the pavement of London Road North, Lowestoft, at around 5pm on September 4, 2015.

That’s right – nearly three years ago a man burned himself to death on a busy shopping street in a British town during rush hour, and nobody thought it was worth mentioning.

The only information we have is from an inquest report in the Lowestoft Journal, published on April 28, 2017 – more than a year and a half after the incident took place.

Curious, that.

Inquests don’t usually take so long. Why was this one dragged out?

The Lowestoft Journal report states that Mr Sherwood had been visited at home by his local community mental health team, who heard him express plans to end his own life and made an urgent appointment for him to see a psychiatrist the following week.

The fact that they did not take him to get help immediately is where the report seems to be suggesting any fault for the death lies. What about the reason he felt that way?

Here they are:

In a statement read during the hearing, Mr Sherwood’s niece Sarah Wilby said… Mr Sherwood was on Disability Living Allowance but he had received a letter informing him he needed to reapply for Personal Independence Payment, which she believed contributed to his heightened anger at that time.

Now consider this:

Coroner Peter Dean read statements from witnesses, who described seeing Mr Sherwood spraying something on the pavement starting with the letter ‘h’ with an aerosol can.

Mr Sherwood then set himself on fire. Members of the public tried to douse the flames by throwing their jackets onto Mr Sherwood, and using a fire extinguisher from a nearby shop.

Police at the scene reported Mr Sherwood had muttered the word “humanity” to them a couple of times after the incident.

So he was pleading for humanity from the authorities, or complaining about the lack of humanity being shown to him. Would it be unreasonable to suggest such a thing?

… Especially in light of the fact that we have evidence showing that huge numbers of disability benefit claimants have complained about the Conservative government’s inhuman treatment of them.

Mr Sherwood, of High Street, Lowestoft, had a long history of recurrent depressive disorder and psychosis and had attempted suicide several times in the past.

This is all-too-familiar.

We are left with evidence that people across the UK have been self-immolating over a period of years, because of the Tory government’s lack of “humanity” towards them – and that those with the ability to bring this horror to the attention of the public have been deliberately covering it up.

… To prevent the kind of social change we saw in South Vietnam, Tunisia and other Arab states, prompted by the same trigger?

If so, it would be grotesquely irresponsible of all those involved – they would be colluding with the Conservative government to allow its persecution of the extremely vulnerable to continue.

Well?

Do any of those involved have anything to say in their defence?

Source: Man who set himself on fire in Lowestoft struggled to cope with benefits change

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Desperate woman self-immolates in a Tory-run council office. Where is the outrage?

Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight in Tunisia in December 2010, sparking a series of revolutions in Arab countries. British people were outraged by the event at the time. But what happened when a British woman set herself alight in a British government office? Nothing.

When Mohamed Bouazizi set fire to himself in Tunisia in December 2010, he became the catalyst of the Arab Spring – a series of revolutions against oppressive regimes in the Arab world.

The street vendor was driven to self-immolation by the confiscation of his wares and the harassment and humiliation inflicted on him by a municipal official and her aides.

The event was well-reported, supported by photographs of the event, and sparked such outrage among Tunisians that protests began within hours, building in frequency and intensity over the weeks that followed and becoming widespread after Mr Bouazizi’s death on January 4, 2011 – to the point at which President Ben Ali fled the country, ending 23 years of his rule.

Last Wednesday – four days ago – a woman set fire to herself in a housing office run by Conservative-held Barnet Council. It went unreported by the press and there have been no protests. Why?

On June 11, 1963, a Buddhist monk named Thích Quảng Đức burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection, in protest at South Vietnam’s persecution of Buddhists.

Again, there was photographic evidence.

Thích Quảng Đức set himself on fire in Saigon in June, 1963. His protest was against the persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnamese president Ngô Đình Diệm, who was deposed by that country’s army and assassinated that November.

US President John F Kennedy, who had been a supporter of Ngô Đình Diệm, saw the photograph when he was passed the morning newspapers while on the phone to his brother Robert. He reportedly interrupted their conversation about segregation in Alabama by exclaiming “Jesus Christ!” And he later remarked that “no news picture in history has generated so much emotion around the world as that one”.

There is no photograph of the woman who self-immolated in Barnet Council’s housing office. If there had been, would the newspapers have reported it? Or would they have hushed it up?

Fortunately, we have the following report from Skwawkbox, otherwise we would know nothing about it:

The parent of an eyewitness described the incident:
“My daughter took her mother to an appointment at Barnet Council ( Tory) housing office yesterday afternoon. They were being interviewed in a side room when they heard a commotion. Someone came and told them to leave the building.

“When they left the room they saw flames on front of them in the waiting room. A woman had set fire to herself. Everybody was just turfed out after witnessing this terrible ordeal. She said that those outside were in severe shock but left to their own devices.

“There hasn’t been a word about this in the news or local news. This is Tory Britain . How often is this happening and going unreported? My daughter was still very upset and had to spend the night with her mum.”

Visit Skwawkbox to see video of emergency vehicles outside Barnet House.

When the site’s writer, Steve Walker, contacted police for information, he was told there had been no inquiries about the incident from anybody in the local press.

Eventually, he received the following information: “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service to Barnet House, High Road N20 at around 15:44hrs on Wednesday, 15 August after reports of a female suffering from burns injuries.

“Officers attended with LAS and the London Fire Brigade.

“A female, aged in her 50s, was taken to a London hospital before being transferred to a specialist burns unit in Essex.

“She remains in a critical but stable condition.”

When people set fire to themselves in other countries, the incidents were well-documented by the press, and the governments against which they were protesting fell soon afterwards.

But here in the UK – an allegedly-civilised country – a woman pushed into desperation by government persecution (why else would she do it in a Tory housing office?) can set herself on fire and suffer injuries that put her health in critical condition…

… and nobody bats an eyelid.

Is it really because we haven’t seen a photograph of her burning body?

Are we all really so shallow – so insensitive – that we need to see the horror before we can react to it?

Fortunately, now that Skwawkbox has published its report, word is getting out and people are starting to respond – and they are angry at the lack of response from the press.

https://twitter.com/mcnally_bucky/status/1031199186644082688

It is possible that the local – and national – news media did not know about the incident because it had not been reported to them by any member of the public. But the emergency services have a duty to report major incidents and it is alarming that they did not.

People in positions of power must now account for themselves.

And we need to know, not only who the casualty is, but why she did what she did. Does she have relatives? Friends? What do they have to say about this?

If anybody in Barnet, who has information, is reading this, get in touch.

ADDITIONAL: It turns out the story was reported, by the Times series of newspapers in the area. The manner of the report is – well, see for yourself.

Nye Bevan News also has a piece, but it’s the comments by the relative of an eyewitness, as quoted above, along with a plea for the facts to be brought to public attention.

At the time of writing, I published this article about an hour ago and it has been read nearly more than 6,000 times. We’re getting there.

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