IF YOU ARE DISABLED, IT’S YOUR FAULT

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For some time it has been the government’s policy that it is good for people with disabilities to have a job, earn money, take themselves out of poverty and dependency. (Not that having a job in the UK does any of these things, but we are talking about the UK government here, so don’t expect any kind of sense or decency.)

There was nothing stopping people, they reckoned, getting out there and getting on with it. And so they redesigned the medical examinations system for Disability Benefits.

Instead of looking at a person’s illness or disability, considering how they would manage a job and whether they would be likely to be offered a job, or whether their disability would be considered too much of a liability to a potential employer, they looked at whether or not a person was capable of doing anything at all, whether or not anyone would be likely to employ them to do it.

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Mr Freud, one of their august noblemen, suggested that they could pay people with disabilities less money because they would produce less.

If they could walk a few steps, sit up, move even a little, that was it. Off disability benefits and onto the lower paid job seeking benefits. The real, indeed the only, aim was to save money.

We’ve all seen the ridiculous examples of people whose disabilities make it hard enough just to get through the day without having a job to do, being taken off their benefits and told to look for work. And it is interesting that over 50% of those who appeal against that withdrawal, have the decision overturned by the legal system (which, unlike Jobcentre and the private companies it employs to carry out these tests, does not have targets to fulfil).

So, until recently the government was blaming disabled people for scrounging from the system and being a burden to the country.

Now, apparently, thanks to the drive to get people with disabilities into work, more people with disabilities are working. So is the government happy?

Nope.

Britain has a productivity problem. Brits simply produce less per man hour than workers in other large economies. I’d say there were a large number of reasons for this.

British infrastructure is poor; connectivity is abysmal; management is crap; employee incentives, at the bottom end of the market, are dismal. I’ll stop there because I’m running out of negative adjectives, but you get the drift.

Dead end jobs with no security, short-term and zero-hours contracts, bad management, wages which leave people having to collect social security top-ups, firms struggling to get things moved or to do business on a slow (and sometimes non-existent internet or mobile phone cover) are all either disincentives to hard work or blocks to achievement.

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Many people hate their jobs and hate their employers, are bored and dissatisfied. They know they may not be there this time next month. Why would they work hard?

But dear old Philip Hammond (we call him Smiler Hammond at Munguin Towers for his cheery smile and jolly ways) has decided that these things aren’t the real reason for the fact that we get precious little done here.

No no no. Having blamed people with disabilities for not working and causing problems for the economy, he’s now going to blame them for working, and causing problems for the economy.

Yep, that’s right. Britain’s productivity crisis is about the fact that more people with disabilities are working, but presumably not at the pace that able-bodied people would work… QED. Seems if you have a disability, it’s going to be your fault, one way or another.

Come on people, let’s get the hell out of this sickening country while we can.

TORY AND LABOUR MPs CRY TOGETHER AT THE PLIGHT OF POOR HUNGRY KIDS

I WONDER HOW THE DWP SECRETARY CAN STAND TO LIVE WITH HIMSELF

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OH DEAR, OH DEAR, OH DEAR…

SHOULD THIS BE A RESIGNATION MATTER?

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I mean, just how much more of a joke can this government become before something happens?

Today Davis admits lying (which explains all the prevarication when he was told by the queen to produce copies of the analyses for the Commons). How can we believe anything he says now? Did he tell the Prime Minister he was lying about these analyses or absence thereof? If not how can he stay on as SoS for Brexit? If he did, how can she stay on as PM

Yesterday Theresa May made a fool of herself in Brussels by appearing to come to an agreement with Jean-Claude Junker over the Irish border situation, only to be stopped in her tracks by a phone call from an incandescent DUP leader, presumably warning her that she would bring the government down if it went ahead. Why wasn’t Foster, as a de facto coalition partner, kept informed of the steps her partner was taking, at least over a matter of significance to the Irish parties? What was May thinking keeping it secret? And how can we tolerate an effectively unelected person (Foster) undermining the government, in the middle of an international negotiation?

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Added to all this Brexit clutterwhatsit, we shouldn’t forget that there is an ongoing investigation into the personal habits of the First Secretary of the Presidium (and others in the party) and the use of workplace computers for personal pleasure of erotic nature. (Sacking offences in many organisations.)

Add to that that several Tory MPs have, in a misguided attempt to save their friend, Mr Green, admitted (seemingly unaware of the security implications) that they allow their staff to know and use their personal logins. (Also a serious offence for which, in some organisations, you can be sacked.)

And all the time Tempus Fugit and that clock on the wall is getting closer to the point at which the wee bell will right and negotiations must stop so that individual governments and parliaments all over Europe can scrutinise the work of the Commission, and say Yae or Nae.

Isn’t it time that we got rid of the whole rotten bunch of incompetents? After all, what’s another two months taken out of negotiations now? We’re never going to get there on time anyway.

But then, what would replace them? Has anyone any idea what Labour’s position on Brexit would be? It changes by the day depending on who you ask.

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Not that that’s exclusive to the Labour Party!!!

A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma…

How do you solve a problem like Brexit?

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This is the rough version of what’s happening today… (according to Laura Kuenssberg)

UK Govt – it will all be fine;

Dublin – we can’t budge;

DUP – we won’t budge;

EU – the show is now in London;

Brexiteers – if EU doesn’t bury this bit, for now, May has to walk.

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Meanwhile, the real prime minister has refused to meet with May today.

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Interesting times.

HAS ANYONE AT THE BBC READ THE LIST OF RESERVED MATTERS?

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In short, there is nothing that the Scottish government can do to stop this loss-making semi-nationalised company closing a large part of its network of branches in Scotland, even though it promised that it would never leave a town without a bank.

RBS was 73% owned by the British government at the end of 2015 (the latest figures I could find). If the British government wishes to do something about the closures, it is the major shareholder. Despite the fact that he will have to sell the shares at a massive loss, Philip Hammond is intending to do just that.

Getting rid of the 62 branches in Scotland along with 197 branches of NatWest in England will make it a leaner operation and more attractive to buyers. So, maybe this has been done in collusion with Hammond, given he represents the largest shareholder.

To the best of my knowledge, the Scottish government has no shares in the company.

It’s a great pity that the Unite Union and the BBC couldn’t work that out for themselves.

SO MUCH FOR THE PAP WE GOT ON HER RETURN FROM BUCKINGHAM PALACE

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Oh and…

 

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So, no one has told Mrs May, or she’s lying because she knows the longer the notice, the better the public will able to organise a protest of proportions suitable to the man’s status.

 

SOPPY SUNDAY

 

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Up early and off to the gym this morning. Show yourself around while I do some bar work.
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Lordy, this is BOOOOORING
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Crianlarich Station… when?
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Cycan Armstrongii.
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I let him drive for a bit and here we are, lost in this forest!
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Hello, what you up to?
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Dublin.
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Peter’s Austin Seven. We’re getting a collection here.
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Robbie just popped in to make sure that I’ve laid in enough meal worms to last him the winter…
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Friends (from Frank).
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Blaze of rhododendron flowers. 

 


 

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Lochee High Street with virtually no clues as to the date.
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Munguin’s limo coming up his drive.
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Dunno why I’m called a Grouse. I’m a really cheery burd!
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Hello Little Panda!
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Hold on, give me a minute, I’ll get the hang of one leg at each corner. See if I don’t!
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Vancouver.
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What you mean, you thought that pigs were dirty?
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Lillies of the lake…
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OK… go for it…
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My big brother’s gonna play with me and this ball…
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OK. That’s me done and showered. Just towelling myself off here. See you next week. I’ll get the coffee on; you bring the French Fancies.

 

NO Mr THOMSON…

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…When you arrange a photocall at a food bank, or a collection point for a food bank, you don’t stand there grinning like an idiot Chesire cat. You have the grace to look angry and ashamed that in, what purports to be the 6th largest economy on Earth, there are well over a million people who rely on food banks because they can’t afford food for themselves or their kids.

Delighted to support the today at the store in Torry . You can support the UK’s biggest food drive by any canned or long life foods at your local store. I was pleased to make my donation

 

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See…you can do angry if you try!

 

And you hang your head in shame that you are part of what has caused that horror to be a fact of life for so many of our people, including people in work and old folk … while others live in the lap of luxury.

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This is what makes me utterly ashamed to be British. It’s what makes me bilious when I see one of your union flags and all it stands for. It is what has, on occasions abroad, made me pretend not to be British.

Good that you got in a wee advertisement for Tesco though. When you lose your seat, maybe they’ll find you a job.

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