After reading this link tonight I have to say I despair of all partys :-(
Labour are set to support the DWP re-writing history to avoid paying back money ruled legally due to claimants who have had benefits sanctioned.
They all seem to only care about themselves :-(
I best get some sleep as I'm going to a protest later today against the Bedroom Tax.
Diane. Have formed opinion over years that the only way to get things changed is to go on protest marches.
Governments only seem to understand problems when people write out banners and march on Westminster or Cardiff Bay and disturn their tranquil and unconnected lives.
The more I hear about bedroom tax, the more farcical it is. Wish you lots of success today :-) :-)
Well bang my head on the wall & shoot me in the leg John you actully said something kind & nice. Well done you that did'nt hurt too much did it? :-D
Off soon to make Coffee & make a note of this in my book. pmsl
Re my last post it's not just this government all 3 leading parties are as bad as each other. I believe this country will continue going in the direction it is for a long time yet. Until people join together & say no more enough is enough.
TheBlackKnight. I am quite caring and thoughtful sometimes, you know :-D
I did suggest on another thread that English politics (rather than Scottish or Welsh politics which are now largely devolved) will have to regroup soon. LibDems are dead in water, Tories seem well out of touch and very unpopular and Labour just have totally ineffectual leadership and nobody else looks like a leader either in that party. Just a load of champagne chinless socialists.
I can see two new parties emerging. England (at least the populous south) has always been fairly right wing and you can see from Eastleigh how 3 right wing parties (Cons, LibDems and UKIP) battled it out closely. And there is a Labour heartland in the Midlands and North. I can see a regrouping around the Respect and UKIP parties next time. If I was still living in England, I would probably think seriously about voting for Respect. Not because of personalities (I dislike George Galloway) but because policies are fresher and sounder than other parties. :-D
Solid policies that would give children a fairer stake now and fairer stake in future. Not rocket science, Mr Cameron and Mr Milliband. :-(
In this day and age it is definitely wrong that any child, is or could end up, living in poverty. After all we live in a country which is supposed to be, not only one of the most civilised in the world, it is also has one of the largest economies. It may be in a financial crisis but is still one of the largest wealth creators in the world.
Our children are the future, whatever we have done with our lives is in many ways history, the past is the past and we cannot change that, but we can change the future.
The future will depend on our children, and it is the adults of today who can help guide and develop our children to become individuals who can make decisions which will not only benefit their own lives but the lives of others. When our current political leaders leave office and our current business executives retire, it will be today's children who will take their place.
Not only are they our future, they are also very much our present, they are here amongst us now, and it is us who hold their future in our hands. They need to be free to develop their character and they need our help and love to do that, they also need our guidance to ensure that they can grow up in an ever changing world in which they can develop to their full potential.
Guidance is crucial as we cannot dictate to them what or what they should not do with their life, that at the end of the day will down to the choices they make. We can help them in making their choices by being there for them, by caring and loving them, and by encouraging them by giving them advice and guidance.
Too often in this world we judge young people without knowing the full facts which may have contributed to them going of the rails. For several years I worked with young people who had gone of the rails. It was surprising how their view of life changed when they had someone who would listen to them and give them guidance, advice, and be there for them when the going got tough. Many of the young people I dealt with went on to better things by being helped to get into college, university, or worthwhile jobs.
Well said, OFG :-D
A family unit and loving parents are more important than anything. And extended family of grandparents and aunts and uncles who take a keen interest and support the young person in difficult times.
But we can all influence the lives of the young in our own way. With me, it was being a young Army Cadet, in a church youth group. With others, it was Scouts, Guides, Urdd (in Wales).
And we can help by training them, as you say. I ran a programme with Tesco in 1980's for young people (who were generally signed on with Job Centre before they began programme) to go through a 12 month programme of job skills and life training. And many of them finished up in good jobs and became the bedrock of Tesco's management success in 1990's.
I would prefer to live in a loving and capable family earning £18k a year (ie in dire poverty according to both measures by DWP and TUC) than an undisciplined and unloving family earning £60k a year. Latter are the children in poverty, imho.
Why thank you John :-) on this subject we can agree ( bedroom tax ) the protest went well and as far as I am aware the other 56 or more did too.
Some of the public's personal situation's were heart wrenching and gave good reason why this Tax must be abolished.
Lol BlackKnight, how's your head and leg :-)
OFG I totally agree with you, todays children are our future and must be given every opportunity we can give them, not just the one's who's family's can afford it but all children must be given the chance to the best education available and a better future.