Kate Green: We want it, the public wants it, so now is the time to be bold on welfare | LabourList

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Research shows failure of #ESA The Centre for Welfare Reform

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‘Rigorous impartiality’ – how #MayDUP deal breaks #GoodFridayAgreement

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So, the Tories have – finally – reached an agreement with the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party). It’s a deal that costs us – British taxpayers – a billion pounds.

The biggest involuntary party-political donation in history.

It’s also a deal that breaks the 20-year-old Good Friday Agreement, threatening the increasingly fragile Northern Irish peace process, because of the centrality to that agreement of ‘rigorous impartiality’ on the part of the British government.

The so-called Good Friday Agreement (officially titled The Belfast Agreement) includes a firm and unequivocal commitment from all participants, including the British government:

gfa impartial.pngrigorous impartiality‘, ‘just and equal treatment of theidentity and ethos‘ of both nationalist and loyalist communities.

Not only does the mere fact of the existence of an agreement between the Tory government and the DUP breach the agreement (a legal challenge is already in preparation) –…

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Value of individual – depends what you can give #Tories

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A short rant on equality, you make your own mind up.

After yesterdays announcement of the Tories £1.5+ BILLION gift to DUP for Votes, today we learn disabled patients requiring a wheelchair are essentially reliant upon begging. It transpires disabled people unable to afford and needing, an alternative to the NHS 44lb wheelchair, is being forced to raise their own funds to purchase suitable equipment.

The  wheelchairs available from the NHS is not only unwieldy but “manoeuvring the devices risks causing damage” , however the price of a suitable chair can cost Thousands.  Given that disabled people have already been  hardest hit by the plethora of Cuts,  in particular by vast array of issues experienced during those transferring from DLA to PIP  it seems fair to assume many of the 13 million people in UK can not afford the potential £10,000.

It appears that if you’re a DUP MP…

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May finds magic money tree to stay in power after campaigning against Labour’s money tree | The London Economic

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PIP Mobility- New Ambiguous Questions From Assessors

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Cartoon: Cameron, Clegg and the Tories as David Lynch’s ‘Eraserhead’

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There isn’t much to say about this cartoon, except that it was based on the film poster for David Lynch’s disturbing flick, Eraserhead. This is about a man with one of the weirdest hairstyles in cinema attempting to look after a weird, mutant baby, whose head resembles an eraser, hence the film’s title. It’s set in a crumbling, dystopian world, whose audio backdrop is in industrial noise. It’s been described as a horror movie, although it’s not quite that, as well as surreal, which it certainly is.

I thought it was a suitable metaphor for the Tory-Lib Dem coalition, as they’ve certainly done their best to make Britain as decadent and dystopian as possible. This is a Britain in which austerity killed 30,000 people in 2015 alone, according to researchers at Oxford University. Over a hundred thousand people are now forced to use food banks to stop themselves from…

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So Iain Duncan Smith, what about the death of Michael O’Sullivan? | John Pring | Opinion | The Guardian

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The IDS Files: Iain Duncan Smith vs Reality #IDSFiles #IDSMustGo – DPAC

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The History Channel Is Finally Telling the Stunning Secret Story of the War on Drugs

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Jon Schwarz reports for The Intercept:

WD_Ross_Rick_26-1497644731Chuck Grassley, a Republican senator from Iowa, is known on Twitter for expressing his yearning for the History Channel to finally show some history.

The good news for Grassley, and for everyone else, is that starting Sunday night and running through Wednesday the History Channel is showing a new four-part series called “America’s War on Drugs.” Not only is it an important contribution to recent American history, it’s also the first time U.S. television has ever told the core truth about one of the most important issues of the past 50 years.

That core truth is: The war on drugs has always been a pointless sham. For decades the federal government has engaged in a shifting series of alliances of convenience with some of the world’s largest drug cartels. So while the U.S. incarceration rate has quintupled since President Richard Nixon first declared the war on drugs…

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