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Teenager DIES from new coronavirus-linked disease. Does Johnson still want schools reopened?

A class at school: suppose all the schools in England reopened at the start of June. How many pupils from a class like this would have Covid-19 – and/or the new ‘Kawasaki disease’-type infection – within a week?

A boy aged 14 has died of a new “hyper-inflammatory” disease after he tested positive for coronavirus.

The youngster had no underlying health conditions but tested positive for coronavirus. Note that nobody knew the pandemic had affected him until he was brought in to be treated for the new infection.

He died in Evelina London Children’s Hospital, where more than 40 children have been treated for the disease, which resembles “Kawasaki disease”.

It is believed that 120 youngsters are being treated for the new disease across the UK.

According to the Health Service Journal, an urgent alert was issued to doctors after a rise in cases over the last month:

The alert to GPs, marked “significant alert” states: “Please refer children presenting with these symptoms as a matter of urgency.”

Both messages said: “The cases have in common overlapping features of toxic shock syndrome and atypical Kawasaki Disease with blood parameters consistent with severe COVID-19 in children.

“Abdominal pain and gastrointestinal symptoms have been a common feature as has cardiac inflammation.”

Visible symptoms include high temperatures, swelling, red eyes and a red rash.

Any parent or guardian observing these symptoms in children should seek hospital treatment for them immediately.

This new development may put a block on Boris Johnson’s plan to reopen schools from the beginning of June.

Teachers across the country have already announced that they will not support such an early lifting of lockdown restrictions for children, and fear of a deadly disease connected with Covid-19 is likely only to strengthen their resolve.

At the time of writing, the government has yet to comment on the new contagion.

Source: Boy, 14, with no underlying conditions dies from new disease linked to coronavirus – Mirror Online

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Teenage group set homeless man on fire – for fun

The scene of the crime.

This is the flipside of the story published on This Site last weekend, in which a woman set herself alight in a local government housing office.

That story was horrifying enough, as it was about a person who deliberately set herself alight, for reasons that may never be clarified, considering the lack of interest shown by the news media.

This one is equally horrifying, if not more so. It indicates that irresponsible kids have been emboldened to believe they can burn property belonging to someone else, and even flirt with murder, with impunity.

It is possible to suggest that government policy is responsible for the shameful behaviour of this gang of parasites; not only have the Tories encouraged an atmosphere in which the homeless are considered to be less-than-human – while implementing cuts that mean rough sleeping has increased by 169 per cent, but they have also reduced police numbers beyond the point at which preventative law enforcement is feasible.

So we end up with a situation in which many people reading the following story will say to themselves, “Who cares if the police couldn’t do anything? It was only some homeless bum.”

Riiiight. But success at eluding capture means these people will become bolder. What will you do when they walk into your home and start making a mess of it – and you?

A group of teenagers are being sought after by police after a homeless man was set on fire in Northampton.

The 49-year-old rough sleeper, believed to have early onset dementia, was bedded down in a bus shelter when they struck.

Bianca Todd, his niece-in-law, was reportedly driving past the shelter when she noticed a number of people standing near him. She got out of the car and saw flames rising from the bottom of his sleeping bag.

Ms Todd said that another rough sleeper told her the teenagers were responsible, although this has not been confirmed by police.

“I went to go and put it out but he was fast asleep, he didn’t realise he was on fire,” she told the Northampton Chronicle. “If his friend hadn’t have spotted him, he would be dead.”

Source: Homeless man with dementia set on fire ‘by group of teenagers’ in Northampton | The Independent

People are realising the DWP rulebook permits potential harm to claimants – or even death

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It’s heartening to see that the facts about the DWP’s rules on finding people fit for work are starting to filter out to the general public – who are, in turn, starting to feel outraged.

After the death of David Brown, The Writer even penned a short verse for a song I’m writing (I’m in a band and we’re very political. I know). It goes like this:

Another soul on benefits has died and passed away
But did he fall or was he pushed? The government won’t say
Their rulebook authorised them to procure his suicide
It’s against the law
But they don’t care
And that’s why people die.

Mock it if you like. But I hope the rhyming structure may help people remember what has happened and think about holding the Conservatives to account.

DWP admit in 2016 they still find people fit to work even when holding evidence such a decision may kill the claimant, FoIA request reveals.

Source: DWP finds people fit to work despite having proof the decision may kill them « Stop MP lies & corruption

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Was David Brown a victim of DWP policy for claimants at risk of suicide: to PUSH THEM TOWARDS IT?

Tributes have been paid to devoted Middlesbrough fan David Brown, pictured (left) with his brother Adam (right).

In the light of David Brown’s death, it seems appropriate to highlight the Department for Work and Pensions’ current policy on claimants who are at risk of self harm or suicide.

That policy is to push them towards suicide by finding them fit for work when they obviously are not.

Claims that people in work have better health than people who aren’t, and are at lower risk of suicide, are nonsense when dealing with a person who is off work for reasons that include suicidal ideation. Any fool can see that.

The guidance on page 252 of the DWP handbook clearly suggests that anybody likely to commit suicide if they are found fit for work should be found fit for work.

This is procuring the suicide of another, contrary to section 2(1) of the Suicide Act 1961. This used to state: “A person who aids, abets, counsels or procures the suicide of another, or attempt by another to commit suicide shall be liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years.”

Now it states: “A person (“D”) commits an offence if— (a) D does an act capable of encouraging or assisting the suicide or attempted suicide of another person, and (b) D’s act was intended to encourage or assist suicide or an attempt at suicide.

The DWP handbook clearly suggests that people who are likely to commit suicide if found fit for work should be found fit for work, so I think the intention is clear.

The attempt to excuse the DWP from any guilt by suggesting it might be healthy is, clearly, specious – apparently plausible but actually wrong.

Turning to the death of Mr Brown: Hindsight shows us he was considering suicide, from the way he discussed it with his family.

But the DWP has done what it always does – denied even the possibility that the actions of its advisors could have anything to do with the death.

The only way around this – as This Writer has explained several times – is for the claimant to make documentary evidence of his or her suicidal thinking. Best of all would be to let the DWP know, along with friends and relatives.

Did Mr Brown do this?

Is that why his Job Centre advisor threatened him with the loss of his benefits?

It seems clear his family should demand a full investigation of the DWP’s treatment of this young man.

The Black Triangle Campaign has expressed its indignation at the new guidelines for assessors of benefit claimants who are at risk of self harm or suicide.

Concerned that the new guidelines could result in assessors forcing vulnerable people into work, the group has called on the Scottish Government to prevent their roll out in Scotland.

Additionally it has also referred the UK Government to a United Nations (UN) committee which carries out investigations into “grave and systematic violations” of the fundamental human rights of the disabled.

The new guidance suggests assessors may consider denying benefits to applicants at risk of suicide or self-harm as a way of benefiting them over the long term.

This is in contrast to the previous guidelines, where it was stated that someone who is at suicide risk should be placed in the designated Support Group.

On page 252 of the new department of work and pensions (DWP) handbook it states: “If you conclude that finding a claimant fit for work would trigger risk of suicide or self-harm then you need to consider whether there are factors that would mitigate the risk if the claimant were found fit for work.

“Have you considered the benefits of employment weighed against any potential risks? Remember that there is good evidence that people in work have better health outcomes and are at lower risk of suicide.”

Source: Outrage from campaigners at benefit denials for suicide risk claimants | CommonSpace

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Teen committed suicide after being ‘belittled’ by Job Centre staff

Tributes have been paid to devoted Middlesbrough fan David Brown, pictured (left) with his brother Adam (right).

Tributes have been paid to devoted Middlesbrough fan David Brown, pictured (left) with his brother Adam (right).

This is going to seem harsh, but somebody has to ask the obvious question:

Who will receive the bonus payment for clearing David Brown off the benefit books?

Will it be the staff member who he claimed “belittled” him, shortly before he took his own life?

If so, there is no justice.

Instead of taking a bonus, she should be facing a judge on a charge of corporate manslaughter.

A football fan who desperately wanted a job took his own life after being ‘belittled’ by Job Centre staff, his inquest heard.

David Brown, 18, seeking a welder’s apprenticeship, was under ‘immense pressure’ from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), the coroner was told.

The Middlesbrough supporter, from Eston, North Yorkshire, was allegedly told he would have his benefits stopped unless he did more to find employment, reports Gazette Live.

Shortly before he killed himself, David told his mother: “The way the Jobcentre treat people, it is no surprise people commit suicide.”

Source: Teenager desperately seeking work took his own life after being ‘belittled’ by Jobcentre staff

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An import we DON’T need: homeless ‘selfies’

Homeless selfie: How long will it be before the man we can 'RTU' (Returned To Unit) appears in a REAL 'homeless selfie'?

Homeless selfie: How long will it be before the man we can ‘RTU’ (Returned To Unit) appears in a REAL version of this mock-up?

There is a new fashion craze sweeping America’s rich, bored and – let’s face it – stupid kids, and it’s one that is sure to hit these shores at any time.

It involves – as the Addicting Info website puts it – “finding a homeless person and snapping an oh so outrageous selfie to post on Tumblr or Instagram.  Then other youngsters come along to laugh and heap scorn on the mostly sleeping, ragged, destitute stranger”.

Oh how clever. How witty. How socially conscious.

The trouble is, as the site rightly pegs it, “the kids are reflecting the value our society places on homeless people.  All it takes is a person to become dirty, smelly, and unkempt – and they become detritus, vermin – of no more note or merit than a rat or a pigeon”.

Isn’t that exactly what is being done to the poor, the unemployed and the homeless, here in Blighty?

Iain Duncan Smith has four children, some of whom are already in their mid-teens. How long will it be before one of them appears in an image that could only be described as “unforgiveable”?

In fact, considering his astonishing lapses of judgement over the past four-plus years, how long before their father appears in one?

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Cameron accidentally says Tories RESENT children from the poorest homes – Pride’s Purge

Some might say Tom Pride’s brief take on David Cameron’s speech scores over Vox Political’s, in that it has both brevity and humour. He writes:

Presumably David Cameron didn’t mean to say this in his speech today:

This party is the trade union for children from the poorest estates and the most chaotic homes; this party is the union for the young woman who wants an apprenticeship; teenagers who want to make something of their lives – this is who we resent.

Still, I’m sure Freudian analysis would make much of his slip of the tongue.

Alternatively, it illustrates very clearly the distinction between breeding and class.

Tom’s ‘nutshell’ summation of the speech is also well worth remembering – so why not cut it out and paste it wherever you think it’ll be useful? Here it is:

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