TV on Tuesday: Celebs in the Workhouse


As the Beast points out in this Excellent post, several bloggers (including myself) have considered how the continuing decimation of Social Security via the Infamous Welfare Reform Act will possibly result in Workhouses returning the Britain. Now we have another 5 years of #Tory rule – can anyone disagree?

Originally posted on Beastrabban\'s Weblog:

The past five Tuesday evenings, the Beeb has been showing the series 24 Hours in the Past. This is pretty much a reality TV show with an historical slant. Instead of being thrown into a jungle and then made to survive, or compete against each other to produce the finest cakes or dishes, each week the programme’s cast of celebrities are required to go back to a certain period in history and do some of the nastiest, dirtiest or most unpleasant work from the period. It’s like Tony Robinson’s 2004 Channel 4, The Worst Jobs in History, but with a crew of six as the unfortunate Baldricks forced to labour and grub for their living like the inhabitants of Victorian slums. Or the rookeries of 18th century London. Or whatever.

This week, however, they reach the very nadir of poverty and desperation: the workhouse. The blurb for the…

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A New Parlour Game: Obsolete Words to Describe Iain Duncan Smith and the Government


How about using #’Wancel’ or #‘Gentleman Ranker’ as new names for #IDS? WHY – find out here MUST READ & SHARE

Originally posted on Beastrabban\'s Weblog:

Earlier today I posted up an article about an obsolete term I’d found in the Dictionary of Historical Slang, which I thought pretty accurately described the current head of the Department for Work and Pensions. This was ‘Gentleman Ranker’, which referred to ‘a broken gentleman, serving in the ranks of the army’. In other words, this was a middle or upper class man, who had lost his money. Unable to buy a commission, he was forced to serve in the ranks as an ordinary squaddie.

This indeed suits Iain Duncan Smith, as unfortunately, although he has retained his wealth and landed property, he is rumoured to have been Returned To Unit after failing to pass the officers’ exams at Sandhurst.

Since I posted it, I got this comment from Maxwell 1957. He says that there’s another obsolete term, ‘Wancel’, which also aptly describes IDS. This is 18th century slang…

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The Peoples Government ( a sort of “fantasy football” of politics)


Had to Share this – just because xxx

Originally posted on glynismillward189:

What would your alternative government look like?
For a bit of fun, I decided to put together my ideal cabinet and call it the peoples government, along with my reasons for choosing those individuals.
Cabinet of the Peoples Government
Portfolio Minister
Cabinet ministers
Prime Minister
First Lord of the Treasury
Minister for the Civil Service
The Rt Hon.Glenda JacksonMP
Chancellor of the Exchequer
First Secretary of State
The Rt Hon. Mike Sivier MP
Secretary of State for the Home Department The Rt Hon. Jayne Linney  MP
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs The Rt Hon. Tom Pride MP
Secretary of State for Defence The Rt Hon. Johnny Void MP
Secretary of State for Justice
Lord Chancellor
The Rt. Hon. Nick Dilnot MP
Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury) Jonathan Bartley MP
Secretary of State for Education The Rt Hon. Tristan Hunt MP

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What NOW? #TogetherWeCan

There’s seemingly no end of blogs about WHY the Tories ended up back in Government; there also many many posts on social media discussing how disabled people are going to survive when the next round of Welfare Cuts come in; here’s my view…

At the time of writing we don’t yet know Who will be the Work & Pensions Minister, we do now that #McVey, in maybe the only good news of the election, being deselected won’t be there, and Mark Harper has gone as the Minister for disabled people but as for the others, we’ll have to wait?  What I believe is no matter WHO fills their seats (and that of #IDS of course) things will not get any better.

I was SICK of the whole Carbuncle of Welfare Reform before May 7 – now we await with trepidation the announcements of the next round of proposed £12Million of Cuts; we’ve already read of the possible taxation of disabled benefits and making it harder for sick people to claim state aid by introducing “stricter” fit-for-work tests and/or tighter limits on eligibility, what’s next remains as yet unknown.

What I am convinced of is it is time now for ALL of us affected by the discriminatory actions of the Tories, to come together and Fight Back in Unity; we must ensure that whatever campaigns, petitions, demos etc work collectively to complement each other in the Battle for Survival under a Tory Government.

I believe it is time to TALK, for disabled organisations, social media groups, local projects etc, to communicate and work collaboratively; I’m not suggesting we all have to use the same approaches or methods but…we DO have to ensure we support the campaigns of others. Imagine if every Demo was coordinated across the UK – just as we did with ATOS? We KNOW this works and this is why I’m pleading with ALL groups leaders to do this; think -TOGETHER  a petition with ELEVEN MILLION signatures could Not be Ignored?

Then consider what would happen if WE worked with all other discriminated Groups – We’d be Unstoppable

What do you think??        #TogetherWeCan

What are YOU looking at?


Read a REAL LIFE account of how the UK public treats #Disabled people today – Upsetting and Shameful….BUT READ to the End

Originally posted on Christopher John Ball:

boots_2015_MINI_3“Asylums with doors open wide,
Where people had paid to see inside,
For entertainment they watch his body twist,
Behind his eyes he says, ‘I still exist.’” – Atrocity Exhibition – Joy Division

It is sad to say that many of us who have a disability or impairment will be able to recall experiences of having been bullied, picked on, singled out and abused, both verbally and physically, as we go about our lives. Would it be fair to say that we often take this abuse as being a ‘normal’ part of our daily routine, experiences that we have perhaps come to expect and, in the eyes of many as I will explain, something we should ‘put up’ with?

The ‘incident’ that inspired this article occurred on Saturday 14th March 2015. My partner and I were waiting to catch a train to Euston from Watford High Street Overground Station…

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WARNING: Campaigners get ready for round two:


Is LEICESTER Ready for the #FightForOurLives? I Hope so pls SHARE if you can say YES

Originally posted on Leicester Solidarity:

Well we have only twenty days left of this disgraceful, uncaring, inept and murderous Coalition Government and the same goes for our Elected Mayor and councillors.

Now is the time for you to decide which party really deserves your vote if any. All you need to remember is that if you are not sure who to vote for then PLEASE don’t just vote willie nilly and waste your vote on someone your not sure about. If this is the case then it would appropriate for you to spoil the voting sheet, this way you are still making your choice to be registered at the count. This you should do for both the General Election and also the City Wards and the Elected Mayor vote.

I at this point have not decided who is really worthy of my vote, so come the day it looks like a spoiled voting sheet from…

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The election helpline


This is one of the posts I read and think “I WISH I’d written this” Fed Up with Election Drivel READ THIS and then Share


Originally posted on glynismillward189:

just a little bit of fun …

It’s the early hours of the morning. In number 10 Downing Street, just call me Dave picks up the ‘phone. His hand shakes as he nervously dials the number …

A calming female voice says, “Good morning. Thank you for calling the election helpline. Please note that all calls are recorded for security and training purposes. Calls from a BT landline cost 10 pence a minute (plus VAT) calls from mobile networks may be higher”.

Music plays … Always look on the bright side of life by Monty Python

The female voice speaks again. “Thank you for holding, your call is important to us”

More music…

Then another female voice speaks. This one is NOT calming. This one sounds like … Margaret Hodge.

“If you are the candidate for a marginal seat, press 1″

“If you are the present incumbent of Number…

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