The No Pink Glasses Lounge...from the bottom up / instead of top down...
The No Pink Glasses Lounge...from the bottom up / instead of top down...
It's all about news of the ignored...it's all about forgetting the ignorant...it's all about news from the bottom up of instead the top down...it's good to know...it broadens our horizons and shall give us new perspectives on privilege on themes which are usually well hidden under the thick carpets...by the united few to ignore the polarized majority...
Cheers & Safe Travels.
Ken Loach accuses Tories of 'conscious cruelty' and putting corporations before poor in Question Time tirade
Ken Loach has launched a tirade against the Government over what he claimed was its willingness to support big businesses rather than the poor.
In a stinging attack during the BBC's Question Time, the veteran filmmaker accused the Conservatives of "conscious cruelty" because it left thousands with no other choice but to use food banks, saying "hunger is used as a weapon" against the least wealthy.
He was greeted with multiple rounds of applause from the audience as he asserted the Government had probably given Nissan a subsidy to persuade it to remain in the UK. He went on to list areas of public spending that had seen their budgets shrink under Conservative leadership.
An Oxford University study published earlier in October found that the Government's benefits sanctions policy was directly linked to the growing number of people who are reliant on food donations.
The filmmaker said: "There's a conscious cruelty in the way the system is being imposed. Because the state knows what it is doing. The Tory government knows exactly what it's doing."
He added: "How can we live in a society in which hunger is used as a weapon?"
Boy who died in hospital was left so dehydrated his parents found him sucking wet wipes
A boy who died in hospital was left so dehydrated by nurses after undergoing a major operation that his parents found him sucking on wet wipes, a damning report has found.
Sean Turner had life-saving heart surgery at Bristol Children’s Hospital, but passed away six weeks later after suffering a catastrophic brain haemorrhage.
The inquiry found NHS staff guilty of 22 failures in the aftercare of the four-year-old, who was “not given the best possible chance of survival,” reports the Bristol Post.
Of course Toby Young understands what life is like on benefits – he knows what ‘rings true’
There’s a trick we play on ourselves in which we pretend that people who are struggling are fine really, so we shouldn’t feel too bad. Experts at this game will pass a beggar and say “I wouldn’t worry, he’s got a castle round the corner. I think he’s the Viscount of Northumberland.” If they pass one with no legs they’ll say: “He’s got loads of legs at home. He’s half crab. Don’t fall for that old trick.”
It’s exciting when someone takes this art to a new level, and the columnist/bloke-who-pops-up-on-telly Toby Young has put in a magnificent effort in the Daily Mail with a review of the Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake.
He goes on to complain the film is “unremittingly depressing”, which is a shame because job centres are usually known for pastel shades and sing-alongs, where claimants gather round the piano for a medley of Madness’s greatest hits, and anyone who’s a bit puffed out after “Baggy Trousers” is given a mobility scooter.
Even so, reviewer Mark Kermode said the film has as many laughs in the opening scene as some comedies do throughout – but he’s the country’s foremost film reviewer, so don’t take any notice of him. I’ve never reviewed a film and not seen it yet, so I’m more qualified to say how miserable it is.
Young complains: “Would a middle-aged man who’s just had a massive heart attack really be declared ‘fit for work’?” He could, if he wanted to spoil his credentials as not being an expert, look up cases such as that of Paul Turner, who was found fit for work after a massive heart attack and died a month later. But although that’s a true story, it must be made up if it doesn’t ring true.
In fact, there are 2,400 cases of people who have died in the year after being declared fit for work, which shows how fair these tests are, because there are plenty of jobs for corpses. They can act as speed bumps in built-up areas or serve as maypoles in village fairs, but instead they choose to rot away at the taxpayer’s expense.
Landlords forcing families into homelessness says councillor
Landlords are increasing rents, and forcing families into homelessness, Cllr Mary Farrell told last week's Gorey District meeting.
She was responding to a comment by Cllr Pip Breen who had pointed out that Carnew has a much higher rent supplement than Gorey, which he felt made 'no logical sense.'
More than half of rented homes fail to meet standards
More than half of private rented homes are failing to meet basic standards because of fire safety and ventilation issues.
A report from the local government watchdog says the current system of inspecting homes is not fit for purpose, and is "not having a sufficient impact" in bringing unscrupulous landlords to task.
45 people, 1 shower, up to 10 in a room...the harsh reality of life in a Dublin flat
Up to 45 people living in a five-bedroom property in Temple Bar, Dublin city, are paying €200 per month cash to live there.
The building was previously used by a law firm and was advertised on the property market as an "office investment opportunity" with a purchase price of €475,000 last year.
There are eight to 10 people in some rooms, with one wardrobe between three or four people. Others live out of their suitcases. One bedroom is located in the basement area beside a number of filing cabinets. Tenants share one shower room, three toilets, a kitchen and a sitting room.
The property, viewed by the Irish Independent, has been rented out since the beginning of the year - and has had a steady turnover of renters, mainly students and migrant workers, it is understood.
The owner of the building has insisted he did not know 45 people were living there.
"I rented the building completely unfurnished and I rented it to one individual who was occupying it with his friends," he told the Irish Independent.
"I plan to look into it. I will deal with it as quickly and efficiently as I possibly can. Until now I have not been aware of there being any issue."
When asked how much he earns from renting the property, he responded: "Not as much as you think, but that is a matter between me and the guy I'm renting it to."
He insisted he is tax compliant and that the building is compliant with fire safety rules, adding: "That is all I have to say on the matter."
"It is extremely worrying if the report that up to 42 people are living in a five-bedroom house is correct," a spokesperson for the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) said.
"Having checked the Register we can confirm that this tenancy is registered, as a terraced five-bedroom property. Given the serious health and safety issues raised, the property concerned could not possibly comply with the Housing Regulations 2009.
Two of the tenants contacted, who are currently living there, claimed they signed no contract when they moved in.
They also said they pay their money to one man, who appears to act as the rent collector. This individual has not responded to any calls or messages.
A Brazilian man who recently lived there told the Irish Independent he had to pay a €300 security deposit.
When moving out, he was informed his deposit would not be returned unless he found someone to take his place.
"I was desperate for somewhere to live.
"At the time, I was paying €350 rent in cash and I didn't sign any contract."
If there are 45 people paying €200 a month, that would amount to €9,000 a month or €108,000 per year.
"Overcrowding is something that is becoming much more common and people are accepting dreadfully substandard properties as they are desperate," chairperson of housing charity Threshold, Aideen Hayden, said.
"Legislation needs to be sharpened up."
The wealthy landlord gets away with it because of weak laws which work against the poorest and reward the wealthiest. 🙁
Hospital patients call fire services due to fears of overcrowding in A&E
Patients in University Hospital Limerick called the Fire Services last weekend when they became concerned that overcrowding in the A&E posed a serious danger to patients’ lives.
The fire officer was called by distressed relatives of a patient waiting on a trolley last Sunday night, October 23, and expressed concerns that the resuscitation area, where patients are treated for cardiac arrest, was blocked by trolleys.
Theresa May lied and lied again to become PM
You can trace the origins of today’s yobfest to 2013, when the right manufactured a pseudo scandal about “health tourists” exploiting the dear old NHS. Pressed by the BBC to say how much money thieving foreigners were stealing from the health service, May could not give an honest reply, for the Royal College of GPs had already explained that the supposed “problem barely existed”.
May did not care. The perception that there was a scandal mattered more to her than the reality that there was none. The electorate had the “feeling that people who are here illegally were accessing services”, she said, so she must maintain the pretence.
Now she is a prime minister of pretences, running a government where feelings matter more than fact. She pretends that we should leave the EU, even though she knows we should remain a member of the single market. She offers us the illusion that we are taking back control, even as we lose our freedom to act. She cuts deals in secret, in the hope that the public will never realise that her land of make-believe is an expensive place to live.
Calais 'Jungle' like 'Lord of the Flies', with more than a thousand children in container compound, volunteers claim
The Calais 'Jungle' has become like 'Lord of the Flies', with 1,500 children left unsupervised, sleeping in bare containers and free to roam the adjacent camp site, close to heavy machinery being used to dismantle and remove the wreckage, volunteers have told The Independent.
Taps supplying drinking water to the children's compound have been turned off, and food for the young refugees, who are mostly boys aged between 10 and 17, is not being supplied by the authorities, aid organisations claim.
Nobody is allegedly allowed inside the containers except for a handful of security guards, raising serious concerns about the safety of the 'Jungle’s' most vulnerable occupants.
No U-turn on benefit cuts that will take £1,000 a year off three million families, says Government
Benefit cuts that will swipe more than £1,000 a year from millions of Britain’s poorest families will go ahead, a Cabinet minister said.
The Government will not “reverse” any welfare decisions taken before Theresa May reached No.10, Damian Green, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said.
Backbench Tory MPs – including Iain Duncan Smith - have demanded for a rethink on £3.4 billion of cuts to universal credit (UC), imposed by George Osborne.
Critics say the huge loss – more than £1,000-a-year by 2022 – make a mockery of the Prime Minister’s pledge to help families she describes as “just managing”.
Una Mullally: Turns out ‘sharing economy’ not that generous
Uber and Airbnb live in the type of economy where wealth never trickles down
As feared, as expected...🙁
More than 300,000 children dragged into benefit cuts, research reveals
Some families will lose more than £100 a week from the lower cap, says the Chartered Institute of Housing – plunging them into poverty and homelessness.
Lots of tricks instead of some sweets...🙁
Refugee crisis: European leaders blamed for record high deaths in the Mediterranean
Britain and other European nations are making the http://www.independent.co.uk/topic/Refugee-crisis%E2%80%9 D'">refugee crisis worse by forcing people fleeing conflict and persecution to undertake covert and treacherous journeys, a report has found.
The damning report by the Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis (Medmig) project, seen exclusively by The Independent ahead of its release, concluded that the refusal to open up legal routes for those seeking safety in Europe has increased demand for people smuggling on ever more dangerous routes.
Operations to combat the thriving trade has driven the use of smaller and less seaworthy boats to cross the Mediterranean, contributing to the deaths of almost 4,000 migrants so far in 2016 – now the deadliest year ever for refugees.
High level of vitamin-D deficiency in Dublin 8 and Lucan
“Other studies have shown an association between social deprivation and lower vitamin D, possibly due to diet as vitamin D-rich foods such as oily fish or fortified foods tend to be more expensive,” he said.