The Slow Death of a British Institution.

I’ve just been reading one of my favourite Blogs Katyboo1’s Weblog and, once again, I’ve had to agree with her thoughts about Murdoch, the BBC, and the Bake-Off Brand.

Murdoch, as Kate says, owns the company, that owns the company, that owns the rights to the programme, and he has made sure that he’s priced it out of the BBC’s pocket. He seems to be trying his best to take over anything that the BBC has made popular, which is downright disgusting!

Like Kate, I’m not much of a TV watcher, and most of that is down to the fact that, apart from my constant illness, one by one, my favourite programmes are disappearing from the BBC and, occasionally, reappearing on other channels – channels that I refuse to watch because of adverts every 5 minutes!

I really think the License fee, charged by the BBC, is well worth the cost, purely for that fact alone, let alone for the years of constant, amazing, programmes I’ve been privileged to watch – programmes that could, and did, reach every level of society, and affected me in one way or another throughout my life.

I loved it that I could watch Shakespeare one day, then a game show the next, and I’m really beginning to mourn the many wonderful programmes that have been taken from us, purely because of cost-cutting!

And, yes, I do think the BBC have become too right-wing politically; and it infuriates me that I see mass protests all over the UK being shown on the internet, with barely a word spoken about them on the BBC news – but I put the blame for that squarely on the shoulders of those in the government who are in charge of licensing TV studios, and those politicians who have been paid off by people like Murdoch, to make sure that we are fed only what they want us to see!

Without the BBC, I will watch no TV at all, and it’s disappearance will truly be the slippery slope to total rubbish being shown 24/7 on our TV screens  – with absolutely no reprieve – and that would be a chronic shame for a company that brought so much excitement, drama, education, and sheer fun and laughter to my home as I grew up.


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Between December 2011 & February 2014, at least 2,380 sick and disabled people have died after losing their entitlement to sickness benefit, and being declared Fit for Work . . .

I’ve just read an email from the Britain Isn’t Eating Blog, and followed a link from there, to an article by the World Socialist Web Site, which tells us about the true figures of those who have died because of New Labour, the Tories, and the Liberal Democrat’s governmental Reforms.

It truly sickens me that they can see these sort of figures, which amount to roughly 90 people every month dying uneccessarily, and yet they still push forward for even more detrimental cuts!

It also sickens me that they refer to the money paid out to those unfortunate enough to be so ill/disabled as ‘Welfare‘ and  ‘Benefits‘, giving the British public the idea that this is a ‘something-for-nothing’ payment when, in fact, it should be referred to as Social Security, due to the fact that most of those claiming it have worked, or have family who do so, and have paid into the system –  a country-wide system that was set up to help those who got into difficulties either through ill health, accident, or disability!

Until the people of this country wake up, and tell the government ‘Enough!’, there will be even more deaths over the next few months, or even years – and shame on those who don’t question what is being done in their own names as, what the government seem to forever forget the minute they come into power, is that they are public servants, there to serve the British Public, not to lord it over us all, gathering as much wealth and power to themselves as they can, and leaving ever more families being driven into destitution and homelessness by their policies!

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AAV: 10 Economic fairy stories that people need to stop believing in . . .

I’ve just been reading Another Angry Voice’s post today, and it has so many points to consider when listening to all the Tory b******t about our economy!
I had to agree with every point made, so why don’t you follow the link below, and read it for yourselves – and do let me know what you think?🙂

10 Economic Fairy Tales . . .




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And the DWP seem to be up to their hidden tricks again . . .

I was just reading today’s post by The Poor Side of Life, and wasn’t really surprised when she spoke of a tender being put out by the DWP, here: Provision of Research Facilities for the DWP, where they have recruited an agency for research facilities, to help them take part in what could only be described as interrogation tactics.

As she points out, they are already interfering in more and more intolerable ways for those who are unfortunate enough to be ill or disabled – but now it seems like they’ll be trialing even more awful ways to make people feel as though they are worthless.

Follow the link, and read what she says, and let’s see what you think about this:

The DWP takes a rather sinister stance on Disabled and Non-disabled Clients . . .



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Are we all asking ourselves the right questions? . . . . . .

I was catching up on my Blog reading this evening (I get emails from the Blogs I follow, whenever they post anything), and I read yesterday’s post by Kitty S. Jones, in her Politics and Insights Blog.

She was asking the questions to all of her readers, that I’ve been asking myself for the past few weeks and, what she says, is so very relevant to us all, if we don’t want to lose sight of the bigger picture, politics-wise!

At the moment, the Media are going crazy over the Labour Leadership challenge, which would be okay, if they had also become angered, and then let the world know this, at the way the Right-wing Labour PLP had disenfranchised thousands of new Labour Party members (myself included), after promising them on joining, that they would be able to vote in the leadership challenge!

They then went on to charge £25 each for those who still wanted to vote – throught the registered supporters ticket – and then, after the money was paid, managed to get a court ruling that the new members, and the supporters who had paid for the privilege to vote, could not now vote either – a fraudulent, and totally undemocratic, use of members fees!

Despite the anger I, and so many others feel, though, it behoves us all to start thinking more about what’s being done on the quiet, where the Conservatives are concerned!

These are the ones we should be fighting, not each other and, if you don’t believe me, maybe you should follow the link below, and read what Kitty says, and what will happen if we continue to ignore the important stuff. I know that, after reading her post, I’m more concerned than ever over the way Labour’s split is leaving the Conservatives the freedom to take away both our civil liberties, and our Human Rights!


Dead Cat Conditioning, Attention Deficit, andThe Social Order

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New targets for DWP compliance interviews.

. . .and yet another low blow from the DWP, aimed at the most vulnerable in society!😦

The poor side of life

Sometimes I’m taken by surprise. Mostly I’m not. But this is a new tactic. A new target driven tactic employed by the DWP.

For anyone claiming JSA, ESA Income Support or universal credit you might be familiar with a local service compliance interview. They send these letters out usually on a random basis or sometimes on the say so of a suspected fraud taking place. Now these interviews are compulsory and if you don’t attend then your money will get stopped.

Whilst attending one of these interviews you are normally treated like a criminal, guilty before being proven innocent, most likely innocent of any wrongdoing as you have been randomly picked in the first place. You are taken to a room which looks just like a police interview room. They record everything like the police do, only in this case you are most likely innocent. You are asked to bring…

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What is poverty? And does it define us?

I had to reblog this, as it speaks to me with avoice from my childhood, where destitution could be one payslip away.
I remember, as a child, knowing that there was nothing to spare, where clothes from charities, and jumble sales, were the norm for us all. Where Mum scrimped and saved for necessities, and forget about luxuries – and where she often went without food for herself, to make sure that we children had at least one hot meal a day, even if it meant she didn’t eat it herself – and this was a household where my Dad worked all the hours he could to make ends meet!

This post, along with so many others I’ve been reading recently, are an inditement against the recent changes made both by New Labour, and the Conservatives, in the way in which they treat those people reduced to a state of poverty, through their deliberate, neoliberal, policies😦

The poor side of life

This is a question that I get asked often. People ask me if I can define it. In reality its very difficult to define. There are three definitions of poverty in common usage, those being absolute poverty, relative poverty and social exclusion.

Absolute poverty defined as having the lack of sufficient resources with which to meet basic needs. Relative poverty defines income or resources in relation to the average income. But how does poverty define us?

According to the Joseph Rowntree foundation there are more than a million people living in poverty in the UK. I’m sure that figure is lower than the actual figure due to the level of people finding themselves without work etc rising everyday. They say that 184,5000 households have experienced a level of poverty that has left them with no choice but to resort to charities for essential things and shelter. The Joseph Rowntree foundation…

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