Tuesday, 21 February 2017

AS A DISABLED PERSON FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS Ken's words really resonate

Thursday, 9 February 2017

climate change deniers REALLY?

Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere (methane, carbon dioxide, etc.) let visible light pass through, but absorb infrared light
This causes the earth to heat up.
The warmer atmosphere emits more infrared light, which tends to be re-absorbed
Since the industrial age began around 1750, atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased by 40% and methane has increased by 150%.
Such increases cause extra infrared light absorption, further heating Earth above its typical temperature range (even as energy from the sun stays basically the same).
Energy that gets to Earth has an even harder time leaving it causing Earth’s average temperature to increase–– producing global climate change.
Emissions are measurable. Temperature changes are measurable. The effects are measurable.
They lead to the same conclusion. 97% of scientists agree. The standouts have ties to fossil fuel industries. TRUMP WILL 100%

Wednesday, 8 February 2017


A Tory MP was too late deleting this online post, revealing a secret at the heart of his party [IMAGE]

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Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski was too late deleting a post on Twitter, revealing a secret at the heart of his party.

The secret

The Conservatives are prudent with national finance, while Labour spends way too much… Right? Well that’s what Kawczynski himself seemed to believe when he tweeted this graph showing the national debt since 1995:
The graph shows a sharp increase in national debt after the taxpayer shouldered the financial crash for bankers in 2008. Then, the Conservatives came to power and David Cameron assured us:
So though this government has had to make some difficult decisions, we are making progress. We’re paying down Britain’s debts.
But since the Conservatives took power in 2010, there has been a steady increase in government borrowing, as the graph shows. Under six years of George Osborne, the UK national debt increased by over £555bn.

The secret goes back through history

The idea that the Conservatives are good with the economy and that Labour spends too much is often taken as a given. It is repeated by politicians and amplified by the mainstream media. Kawczynski’s belief was so strong that he posted a graph of the national debt assuming it would tell such a story. Realising the reality is actually the opposite of the rhetoric, the MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham swiftly deleted the tweet.
But the graph doesn’t tell the whole story. Osborne actually proportionately increased debt by more in five years than every Labour government in history combined.


Well, the evidence shows that Labour not only borrows less, but also repays more debt. Economist Richard Murphy showed this through data on borrowing per year from 1946/47 to 2016.
This chart shows each party’s record on borrowing since WWII:
As the chart shows, the Conservatives have borrowed nearly twice as much as Labour. The party’s record on repayments doesn’t look too good either:
The chart shows Labour has repaid over five times as much as the Conservatives since 1946-47.

The lesson

The underlying lesson here is that cutting public spending, like Osborne did severely, can actually pile on more debt. Calculated public investment facilitates economic activity and brings greater returns in the long term.
It’s no wonder Kawczynski deleted that tweet. It exposed the con at the heart of the Conservative Party.
Get involved!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017


 Credit card debts hit a record high in the run-up to Christmas. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA
A credit boom that is close to levels not seen since the 2008 financial crash should set alarm bells ringing in Theresa May’s government, debt charities have warned.
The latest figures from the Bank of England show unsecured consumer credit, which includes credit cards, car loans and second mortgages, grew by 10.8% in the year to November to £192.2bn, picking up pace on the previous month to grow at its fastest rate in more than 11 years.
In September 2008, the month that Lehman Brothers collapsed and the banking crash triggered a worldwide recession, the level of UK consumer credit debt hit a peak of £208bn.
Credit card debts, which accounted for £66.7bn of the total, hit a record high last month as Britons used the plastic to fund shopping as never before in the run-up to Christmas.
The debt charity StepChange said the rise in debt levels would leave thousands of families vulnerable to higher levels of inflation and changes in income from wage cuts, divorce or redundancy.
Its head of policy, Peter Tutton, said: “Levels of outstanding borrowing are approaching the 2008 peak, and the growth rate of net lending is at its highest since 2005. Alarm bells should be ringing.
“Previous experience shows how such increases in the levels of borrowing can leave households over-indebted and vulnerable to sudden changes in circumstances and drops in income that can pitch them into hardship.
“Lenders, regulators and the government need to ensure that the mistakes made in the lead-up to the financial crisis are not repeated and that there are better policies in place to protect those who fall into financial difficulty.”
Research conducted for National Debtline by YouGov found that one in three British adults bought Christmas food or presents on credit this year.
Joanna Elson, chief executive of the Money Advice Trust, the charity that runs National Debtline, said there had been a spike in calls to its helpline.
“Consumer credit continues to soar, and this is something we should all be concerned about amidst the current uncertainty over the UK economy,” she said.
“Most people are currently able to handle this extra borrowing, but if the economy does indeed suffer in the years ahead, these extra debts could become even more difficult to repay.”
Economists polled by Reuters expect economic growth to more than halve this year to a rate of 1.1%, as inflation rises to close to 3% from zero at the beginning of 2016 due to the effect of sterling’s sharp fall since June’s Brexit vote.
Recent surveys of consumer confidence have shown a sharp dip after a recovery from the panic that dented sentiment after the Brexit vote.
The charity’s warning follows more than a year of intense competition among credit card companies for new customers, who are commonly offered 0% interest rates for several years.
Households have £66.7bn of credit card debt outstanding, up £600m on the previous month, while the total level of outstanding consumer credit reached £192.2bn, up £1.9bn on October.
Last month the Bank said some households were highly indebted and might struggle as unemployment rose, and separate data showed British households saved the lowest portion of their incomes since 2008 during the three months after the EU referendum.
But the Bank’s figures showed homeowners remained upbeat, with the number of mortgages for house purchase approved by lenders rising to an eight-month high of 67,505, from a slightly downwardly revised 67,371 in October.
The Bank forecast in November that mortgage approvals would slow to a monthly average of 65,000 over the next six months, and major lenders expect weaker house price growth.
Net mortgage lending, which lags behind approvals, rose £3.157bn in November, the Bank said, less than a forecast of £3.5bn in a poll of City economists.

Friday, 9 December 2016


International development aid is a lifeline to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. We should be proud that the UK is committed to spending money on helping those that need it the most.

A Greenpeace investigation has revealed how British government diplomacy and foreign aid have been used to pave the way for UK oil companies to explore for oil in Lake Malawi, where the UN warns that a spill could wreck the fragile ecosystem. [1]

Aid has the power to transform people’s lives and lift them out of poverty, but drilling in places like Lake Malawi could put the same people’s livelihoods at risk.

Aid should never be used as a bargaining tool for business, at the expense of people and the environment, but that’s exactly what’s happened. Tell Priti Patel the International Development 

Minister that aid is for people and not for oil.
Drilling for oil around Lake Malawi will threaten a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Africa's most iconic lakes as well as driving more climate change in a country that's already bearing the brunt of it. The lake supports the livelihoods of more than 1.5 million people living on its shores - it’s also home to Nile crocodiles, hippos, monkeys, and African fish eagles.

Friday, 2 September 2016


Relationship psychologist Oliver James is a regular panellist on the popular daytime TV show ‘The Wright Stuff’. On the show, which draws around 223,000 viewers each episode, James joins a panel to discuss various topics – from relationship issues to family problems. However, in a recent episode, James went beyond his remit – criticising the establishment and calling out the “right wing Blatcherites” in the Labour Party. Live on air!
During the paper reviews section of the episode, the panellists review a series of stories on Jeremy Corbyn, including the prediction that he will win the Labour leadership campaign with an even bigger mandate. In a discussion on Corbyn’s leadership and the future of Labour, James states:

The only way out is the one that, thank goodness will now be taken, which is to get rid of the right wing Blatcherites who make up three quarters of the Parliamentary Labour Party. A bunch of, you know, people like Caroline Flint. Second rate, low grade politicians. The sort of detritus. The rubbish that’s been cleared out and left at the end of new Labour.
His comment clearly shocks host, Matthew Wright, who struggles to counterbalance James’ statement.
In a response to Wright on the uncertain future of Corbyn’s Labour, James goes on to say:

What’s going to happen is there is going to be a financial crash. People will not believe the economy is safe with the Tories. Corbyn will say we need Scandinavia not America. People will say you’re damn right.