So just in case you haven’t been fortunate enough to escape to a distant land or planet or you haven’t been sticking your fingers in your ears with a blindfold on & have being going ” La la la, I can’t here you” you will be aware that the Conservative party conference finished this week.
There have been announcements & leaked documents & to say
their ‘policies’ have been hastenly rushed seems like the understatement
of the century. It’s like they were doing their homework last minute on
the bus whilst gigging with their friends, planning to pick on the
vulnerable kid at break, whilst making sure they snatch any treats from
any of the other kids.
So out of the array of topics that came out just before the conference & during.
1.The Mirror - Working for benefits
The conservatives seemed to have discarded the persona a little while
ago that we are all in this together, leaning more towards the
principle that there are whole groups that are just undeserving.
This seems to extend especially to those claiming jobseekers
allowance, that they are content to ‘languish’ on benefits & that no
one wants to get a job.
So they have proposed that to get JSA claimants off benefits &
into a job & to stop the ‘Something for nothing culture’, claimants
will undertake 30hrs a week on a community work scheme on top of
searching for a job.
But the real reason for this is to appease the proportion of society
that has the belief that it is one big party living on benefits &
that the majority have no interest in looking for a job, whereas in fact
its the exact opposite.
I can see this hindering people with disabilities who claim
jobseekers. Will there be flexibility in the scheme? & how are
people going to be available for job interviews as most would be
scheduled for between 9-5.
On this blog Where’s the benefit
they have highlighted many people that were claiming other benefits,
have been pushed on to JSA despite being in no fit state to work may now
be forced to undergo unsuitable treatment or risk losing their
And just in case you want to complain, there are plans to attempt to
withdraw from the Europen Convention on Human Rights, with proposals of
new anti-union laws.
2. The Telegraph - Human whatsits?
In the Telegraph, it further explains the Government’s reasons from
withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights. I can
understand how the Government & the public don’t want dangerous
criminals in the country & they want them removed but my concern
would be whilst they’re there, will they withdraw other rights for joe
public? As with the possible new anti-union laws.
3. The guardian - Plant what?
So just before the conference Mr Osbourne stated that “He doesn’t
want to be at the forefront of tackling climate change”. This seems to
be because Osbourne believes that other countries should also contribute
their own share towards alleviating the impact of climate change. I
agree but instead of continuing to do the responsible thing, it seems to
be more along the lines of “Well they’re not picking up their rubbish,
so why should we?”
This isn’t even approaching the real issue, that the living wage is
too low & the profit made on energy too high. Personally I would
find it more logical to negotiate fairer energy prices but I have the
sneaking suspicion that this wouldn’t be as ‘profitable’ for certain
members of society.
But on an important point we need to do what we can to be more
responsible with the energy we use & the way we provide it. The
Earth does go through natural cycles of climate change, it has done
through out its history but we are accelerating this one significantly
& we must modify our behavior to be able to leave the planet to
further generations for them to appreciate it & not to have a
harsher existence brought on through our actions.
4. The Daily Mail - there are no words
So I read this……
There has been a green paper leaked that has set out a “Thermal
Reduction Initiative” which would be a 9% duty set on champagne sold in
public places. According to the paper, chilled champagne adds on average
an additional 0.5% to a bar’s carbon footprint. (& no I did not
check this one!! but their stats have been awful so don’t take it on
This IS apparently being pushed as an environmental initiative even
though it won’t include Prosecco or Cava even though these also are best
My brain further couldn’t believe what it was reading when apparently
the Lib Dems had taken the energy to lobby to exempt Pomagne &
Now whilst making sure to wear my most serious face, this isn’t an
environmental measure as it would include every chilled wine & such,
this is just for publicity because of what happened with the pastry
tax. I would love to know why the Lib Dems put in all that effort to get
Pomagne & Babycham exempt, I would assume that its either because
it aided the Lib Dems cause in some way or someone has a real liken for
When reading these types of stories, you cant help but think that if
they put this much effort into this, why aren’t significant policy
changes that affect vulnerable people being thoroughly tested to ensure
the smallest amount of people fall through the cracks, unfortunately it
probably just comes down to profit.
5. The Guardian - Why aren’t YOU celebrating suffering?
This I find disgusting. Leaked documents seem to show that IDS was
trying to find a way of making it even more difficult for sick &
disabled people to claim benefits. He was also trying to see if he could
put in place additional secondary legislation without the need to go
through Parliament to give Jobcentres more powers to sanction people.
The article also goes on to explain how the DWP has had its ‘celebration’ week of new tougher sanctions indefinitely suspended.
I find this both alarming & disturbing that they were going to
‘celebrate’ cutting peoples money. I also find it disturbing that he was
trying to circumvent Parliament.
It seems that as long as the people that could carry some of the
burden don’t, the vulnerable will continue to carry much more of a
So many different benefits & services have been affected. With it
being falsely implied that something is the majority, like most
claimants are content languishing on benefits & that they get payed
exorbitant amounts of money, whereas instead its a very small minority.
I just wish more than anything else that people wouldn’t read or
watch something & take it on face value. The spread of inaccurate
figures & facts just breeds ignorance.
I have seen & heard so many discussions & comments that
include “I know someone who knows someone thats a cheat” or ” There’s
someone in my street that’s perfectly capable of working” & this
frustrates the disabled community immensely.
Because more often than not they don’t, often it is a
misunderstanding or lack of understanding of the individuals disability
or entitlement. You don’t know what goes on when they step through their
door, taking painkillers, resting, vomiting & such.
It also doesn’t help with the propaganda fed by certain areas of
society making people believe that benefits are too high, whereas in
fact wages are too low.
Just remember, to get the complete picture you must read as much as
you can from as many sources as you can. Once you block your mind to the
possibility that you are wrong, you will never learn anything new.
And to finish this post (thank god conferences aren’t every week,
this took many breaks & many days) the Conservatives have been doing
a #sharethefacts about how their existing policies have been &
their new polices will help people but through out the conference, the
only #sharethefact tag i could find appropriate to sum up the conference