ESA Cuts ‘Considered’: Two Vox Political Readers, And A Same Difference Reader, React


What quality of life does ANYONE have on £30 per week? And when you’re disabled or poorly, your cost of living rises. What total toss pots to even consider such a thing!

Same Difference

This graphic is shared with many thanks to Mike Sivier.

A reader of Same Difference wrote to me on Facebook yesterday saying:

“IF THIS GOVERNMENT CUT THE SUPPORT ELEMENT TO MY EMPLOYMENT AND SUPPORT ALLOWANCE. I AM PUBLICALLY MAKING THIS COUNTRY AND ITS PEOPLE AWARE THAT ANY SUICIDAL ACTIONS THAT I WILL TAKE IN PROTEST ARE WHOLLY AS A RESULT OF THIS GOVERNMENTS OR SUBSEQUENT GOVERNMENTS ACTIONS IN MAKING MY LIFE SO INTOLERABLE AND ISOLATING AND UNBEARABLY MISERABLE THAT IT IS NOT WORTH LIVING.”

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Schedule for Thursday, 23rd of October


Keep up the good work! I watched Caroline Lucas’s brilliant speech in full yesterday, and Jenny Jones – can’t believe they were both almost arrested! And Caroline just for wanted to share an omelette! The World has gone crazy!
I live the fact that you’ve all been peaceful – shows you don’t need violence to get your point across….shame the Police have been so heavy handed.

Shame on Cameron for closing down Parliment Square and other places nearby where you Guys can PEACEFULLY protest!

Well done! Keep your spirits up! Namaste xxx 💞

OCCUPY DEMOCRACY

Justice, Equality and the Media – why the poor are criminalised and the rich get away with it.

9:30am Camp assembly/Whole site work

1pm Lunch

2pm Workshop Hannah Dee (Defend the Right to Protest)

3pm “We Need to talk about Editorial Power – alternative ways forward for the media” by Dan Hind (author of Return of the Public)

4pm Workshop “How the legal system was captured and how we can reclaim democracy through the law” by Melanie Strickland (Occupy Law) and Nina Owen (Earth Lawyer)

5pm A Briefing on the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act (which came into force on Monday) by Matthew Varnham (Occupy London legal advisor)

Ken Loach (director, Spirit of 45) is likely to be coming down to meet people between 3-5pm and may say a few words at some point.

6pm: Speakers including performance artist Mark McGowan (aka The Artist Taxi Driver) and human rights…

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An Open Letter


We need to allow children to evolve at their own pace.
As a parent of 4 children – 3 of which were boys, I can say from experience that girls tend to learn quicker than boys. My friends would agree. Why hurry what will evolve anyway?
One of my children had moderate learning difficulties, associated with being on the autistic spectrum, whilst he didn’t feel to much pressure during Primary years ( he was within Mainstream, but in a Specialist Support Class – once he got to High School, he was out of his depth. High School didn’t ‘click’ for him until far too late. If Teachers, Support Staff, and indeed the Schools themselves, had less pressure, and if Examinations could reflect pupils abilities – NOT disabilities, then I believe more would be achieved, and ultimately, pupils wouldn’t feel such failures if they don’t meet such standard near little government boxes!!

Freeing the Angel

As parents and educators we find ourselves increasingly concerned at the pressure that is being placed on our children and young people. We worry about the long term impact that this pressure may have on our children’s emotional health, particularly on the most vulnerable in our society. We are concerned to hear of children crying on their way to school, upset that they will not be able to keep up; of parents worried that their four year olds are ‘falling behind’ or of six year olds scared that they ‘might not get a good job’. And we wonder what has happened to that short period in our lives known as ‘childhood’.

The pressure that is put on schools to achieve results, particularly in the tests that now form such a regular feature of a child’s life, has inevitably led to increased pressure on the children themselves. This is not to…

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