The Political Policies of Poverty

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The Political Policies of Poverty By Jayne Linney Also published here  A post on Think Left (I) highlights the problems faced by ‘hidden children , those young people who go under the radar because no one knows why they’re missing from school! For me this raise questions … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

‘Positive thinking’ is a convenient tool for controlling the minds of the masses.

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Barbara Ehrenreich’s book ‘Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World’ was inspired by her anger at being told that she needed to have ‘positive thinking’ to rid herself of her tumour. As an immunologist, she knew … Continue reading

Welfare Reform and ME/CFS

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(The word ‘parasitic’ is frequently used to describe all sorts of people and behaviour from benefit claimants to tax havens.  So it seemed appropriate to ask an expert. The interview began by asking a retired parasitologist for a definition of a parasite.  … Continue reading