Web voices reply to Cameron’s Speech

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(These excellent comments were collected from different sources and I have deliberately made them anonymous)

Cameron’s problem is that he has revealed himself for what he really is, and this tallys not at all with the person he had previously projected himself as being.

He represents government by the toffs, for the toffs. Moreover, he represents a class which views all others with brutal callousness.

I have never heard such a litany of bare faced lies.

He claimed to be the “party of the want to be better off” and yet in the last two years he has left the great majority far worse off, with falling real incomes and increased unemployment.

He claimed “the damage was worse than we thought and it’s taking longer than we hoped.” And yet the Tory-Libdem Party inherited a recovering economy and turned it into a double dip recession. It is clearly the Coalition which has caused the greater part of the damage.

He blamed the recession on the slowing of the EU economy, and yet when the Tory-Libdem created-recession began, exports to the EU were increasing.

He said “The country is on the rise and we are selling to the world again”.  Has he forgotten the ONS figures from two weeks ago which showed the largest current account deficit on record.

He said Britain’s planning laws would have to be scrapped so more housing could be built. But there is no shortage of house building projects with planning permission. Constructions firms are not building simply because there is not sufficient demand (on account of this government having sucked it out of the economy). So smashing up our ancient woodlands might make right wing Tories cheer but it will not address housing problems.

He said: “If we are going to be a winner in this global race we’ve got to beat off this suffocating bureaucracy once and for all”. The government are dismantling basic and hard won employment rights on the pretext that it will promote economic growth. But the research evidence shows that European countries with higher levels of employment protection have more sustained economic growth than those with lower levels.

He claimed that the “Conservative party, … are the real champions of fighting poverty in Britain today.” But all the indicators show that poverty (including child poverty) has rocketed since the Coalition came to power.

He promised that “those with the broadest shoulders would bear the greatest burden”. But IFS research shows that it is the poorest who will bear the heaviest burden.

To me it has never been more urgent for all concerned folk to join together….

This is the classic Friedmanite ‘shock doctrine’ which should fool nobody.

I remember his ‘it was worse than we thought ‘ on day one of taking power. Andrew Neil pulled him up on it as the figure was actually BETTER than had been touted during the election.

Isn’t this the same man who said that he would cut the deficit, not the NHS?

Why should I believe anything that this incompetent PR man ever says again?

In my opinion, the more cuts we get, the more people will question more closely the official line and unravel the bullshit. The more people lose facilities and the more jobs are lost, the more closely people will question why. They aren’t that stupid.

“The character thing”????? “Integrity”??????
Are you … mad?
 The … hypocrite … stood there invoking the name of his late son while cutting child disabled benefits and rights…

He brought up the memory of his disabled father in a low and vile comparison to how he now expects terminally ill cancer patients to work at menial jobs or have all benefits removed when his… father was rich through inherited wealth and was busily setting up and selling tax avoidance schemes to enrich young David.

Newspapers needs to get real, tell the truth about the nastiest government we have had since 1939.

How is Cameron able to get away with blatant lies about people on benefits totally unchallenged by anyone in the media?

An unsubstantial leader who knows his limits and resorted only to the devices that entice the convinced and leave the rest of us wondering how he and his party could pull the deceit off for so long.

“Popular arguments about the welfare budget will become less popular when the radical overhaul leads to cases of injustice and administrative cock-ups that wreck people’s lives”

That Cameron and the party of the comfortable think that anyone who is not working (or rich!) should be living on the brink, perpetually frightened and – one presumes – pathetically grateful for every drop of charity that food banks and soup kitchens can provide.

Labour’s welcome helping hand for the Hidden Children

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Andy Burnham’s comments on closer links between the Health Service and Education showed a welcome insight.  He pledges to overturn the privatisation of the Health Service and to give back control to local authorities.

“Local councils would take the lead in purchasing care and the NHS would be expanded so that hospitals offer social and mental health care under a Labour government, a dramatic rolling back of the coalition’s health reforms, Andy Burnham has said.”

From The Guardian (1)

“He also made it clear that local authorities would take the lead in commissioning that care, replacing the system of clinical commissioning groups where GPs are put in charge of buying treatments for patients. “It will take time, it won’t happen overnight, but I believe organisations will grow into that,” he said.

The changes represent an effective re-nationalisation of the NHS that would give hospitals and councillors a much bigger say in how the health service would run.”

Many people are unaware of the thousands of children missing from school.  Even teachers may not have an understanding of the reasons for absence. Today’s young children are pressurized by a curriculum driven by politicians, teachers striving to ensure their schools meets the targets of league tables.

The anxiety caused by extreme pressures such as this, or by the stresses of adolescence, by bullying rife in large, noisy schools  where lip service is given to  resolving bullying and teachers trained in policy, yet in practice it is very difficult to resolve, and so that the bullied child remains too frightened to attend school. Other children miss out on education because they are caring for an adult at home.

Speaking at a party conference fringe event, Andy Burnham argued that health and wellbeing boards could be the “best hope” for young people, who are losing out on early intervention to safeguard their mental health because of public services reforms.

Health and wellbeing boards are the best hope. I can’t think of any other forum that has the health responsibility but also that link in terms of the council’s other responsibilities,” he said.

He added that Labour-led councils were being encouraged to combine commissioning decisions over health and education wherever possible, to encourage early support for young people in schools and other children’s services settings.

“We’re getting them together in the same room to start talking about health and public health and starting to say, why don’t we all have a consistency in what we do? This needs to be on the education side as well,” he said.

From CYPNow: (2)

Some children are just too ill to attend school, many suffering chronic illnesses or fatigue. Forward thinking LEAs have provided specialist tutors and Tuition Centres to provide education for sick children. Sadly, the Coalition’s Education Policy is the break up of the Local Education networks. Centralised services have been cut. Academy Schools and Free Schools have no obligation to provide education for children suffering from EBSR (Emotionally Based School Refusal) (3) , or children with ME or chronic fatigue syndrome, or severely ill children (4).

Hidden children will just drop out of the statistics, to be forgotten about, the children no-one sees.  Anxiety which is not addressed may continue into adulthood.A lonely childhood can lead to depression, and life-long isolation. This demonstrates yet more ill-thought out policies from a government with no idea of the reality for anxious or ill children. Their privileged and distorted experience does not lend itself to providing solutions for health and education for the majority of people in this country. Lacking an education,  what prospects for employment and an independent life can these children hope for?

It is time we had some politicians in power who showed some empathy.  It would seem that Andy Burnham for one is showing he is in touch. How welcome that is!

1) Guradian : Andy Burnham: Pledges Reversal of NHS break up. (1)

2) CYP Now (Children and Young People Now) Andy Burnham calls on local areas to prioritise mental health in schools

3) Think Left: EBSR: Emotionally Based School Refusal

4) Think Left: Somebody help ME! (Children with ME/ Chronic Fatigue)

Other relevant posts:

Think Left: Consortia , not Academies

Think Left: Cinderella Services: Children Deserve Better.

Think Left: Integration or Inclusion