Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The Tories are trying to kill us all

Grenfell Tower was bad enough. But there's all this:
Almost 600 “additional” suicides could be related to the Government’s Work Capability Assessments, according to a study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
30,000 premature deaths linked to fuel poverty and lack of social care.
A study published in the British Medical Journal found that for each additional 10,000 people re-assessed, there were an extra 6 suicides, 2,700 additional reports of mental health problems and an additional 7020 antidepressant items prescribed.
Statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) revealed that during the period December 2011 and February 2014 2,380 people died after their claim for employment and support allowance (ESA) ended because a work capability assessment (WCA) found they were found fit for work.
The NHS lost 7301 acute hospital beds since 2010. The Red Cross called it a humanitarian crisis. 20 A&E departments are set to close over the next 2 years, though the state of the government may put a stop to that.
Altogether 15,000 NHS beds have been lost in the last 6 years.
Mental health care cuts in England 'to total £4.5m'
Since I wrote this is it has come to light that 120,000 needless deaths have been caused by NHS cuts and austerity,
I wrote last year that people were dying at the rate of 80 per month over and above the normal death rates we expect to see in the UK, and that based on current estimates, by Jan 2018 or 2019 *at the very latest*, Tory policies would have killed more UK citizens than died in the UK during the WHOLE of WW2 as a result of the blitz and other Nazi action.
67,200 civilians died in the UK during WW2 but today's numbers make my original estimate look wildly optimistic.

The Tories have now killed nearly DOUBLE the number of UK citizens than the Nazis killed in the UK during the whole of WW2.

Just let that sink in for a minute.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Journalists and Pundits and #GrenfellTower

Peston: "One reason why the Grenfell tragedy has shaken so many of us is because it exposes so much of what's wrong with the way this place has been run for years.....  It shames us all." (Peston's Post here)

Sorry, Robert, I like you better than most of them but it didn't need this to expose what's wrong with the way the country has been run for so many years. 

This was NOT necessary. It was NOT needed. Not by us, not by anyone with eyes in their head. 

The fact that it took this horrible, awful, dreadful event to shake you lot out of your self satisfied little huddle is not just shaming, it's a national disgrace. You lot are there to do the research, find the facts and speak truth to power, and instead you lap up the power and speak truth to no-one. Ashamed? You should take a year off and have a long hard look at yourselves - in private. 

Tens of thousands - hundreds of thousands of us - have been banging on about this for YEARS. 

All you journalists and commentators and pundits in your cozy little bubble - media complicit with politicians churning out the government approved version of reality, cheerfully and smugly legitimising and enabling it all. You are every bit as responsible as the politicians for this disaster. 

The supreme irony is that you dismissed us out of hand as being "in a bubble shouting into a social media echo chamber" when it was you lot all along. When our "bubble" turns out to have encompassed hundreds of thousands on behalf of - as the election has shown - millions, it's not called a bubble, it's called "the country". You few thousand in the Westminster/media compact were the ones in a bubble, and it has well and truly burst. 

And now you've got the brass balls to attempt to reclaim the narrative and mainsplain it all back to us. Bollocks, mate. Bollocks. 

We don't need your opinion, your analysis, your contrived "disaster voice" for the camera or your crocodile tears for a human tragedy that you and your chums are responsible for.