TimRegency

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    It’s progress. The war on drugs clearly doesn’t work. Criminalising people and prison and unemployment and policing cost a fortune.

    Just legalise and properly produce all drugs and let people make their own minds up about what they want to put into their own bodies.

    in reply to: Worst performing A & E #160942

    TimRegency
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    Setting a minimum income level at £30k will stop a lot of EU health workers from working for the NHS (and so worsen the staff shortage problem,) while doing little to dent the tiny ‘problem’ of health tourism.

    in reply to: Homeless gehto cleared #159234

    TimRegency
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    ‘Been cleared of homeless.’ Are you talking about people?

    in reply to: Universal Credit Furthers Pressure on Local Budget #158894

    TimRegency
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    Not really.

    The main issue is the fact that there’s a five week delay before you get your first payment. Not to mention that all those austerity cuts (and the cap) are built into the new system. In other words, UC is a Trojan horse for Osborne’s cuts.

    So people who are poor to begin with, with little or no savings, have nothing to pay for food, heating and rent for that period. So they have to borrow from people who are happy to take advantage with high interest rates. This all explains the sharp rise in the number of Foodbank users reported in the local press, it ties in with the introduction of UC.

    As Wrexham.com pointed out, experts warned us for years that UC would lead to serious debt and homelessness problems and now it has come to pass. This was very foreseeable.

    It’s also worth mentioning that many of the people affected are severely disabled and/or vulnerable in other ways eg victims of abuse. Like I said before, it’s a horror story beginning.

    in reply to: Universal Credit Furthers Pressure on Local Budget #158725

    TimRegency
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    It’ll affect people in work. UC also replaces working tax credits.

    Are some arguing that people should be made homeless because of some perceived advantage over another group of people who are also being treated harshly? It’s landlords who get most of the money that’s affected by the benefit cap. I can only guess the Tory ‘divide and rule’ ruse still works a treat.

    in reply to: Universal Credit Furthers Pressure on Local Budget #158720

    TimRegency
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    It’ll affect many people who are working too. Plenty of people are already in in-work poverty and have to rely on foodbanks. They’ll lose up to £200 a month, maybe more.

    What I see ahead, and I’ve seen some examples already, is a sharp increase in homelessness, begging, anti-social behaviour and prison dependency. ‘No social security? I’ll send myself to prison, at least I’ll get food and shelter there.’ Not only will this make existing problems much worse, it’ll cost considerably more than any ‘savings.’

    And that’s before we talk about how disabled people will be affected. It’s a horror story beginning.

    in reply to: Worst performing A & E #158660

    TimRegency
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    We don’t know, as we don’t have the facts, but triage must have decided that it was concerning enough that it needed to be checked out.

    Let’s hope it wasn’t diabetic foot disease with aggressive infection, for example – waiting until the next day could result in amputation or even death.

    in reply to: Aaron Banks running rings around Ian Lucas #158394

    TimRegency
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    I don’t think the two are comparable, but even if they were, it’s a tu quoque argument.

    in reply to: Aaron Banks running rings around Ian Lucas #158375

    TimRegency
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    By checking the wording.

    By the way, I’ve thought of another reason this referendum can be dismissed. During the campaign, Government ministers were making false promises about the benefits of leaving – eg £350 million a week for the NHS and a claim that there would be no downsides to Brexit, only upsides.

    By going back on these promises, they have caused the bargain or ‘contract’ to break down, so it can now be rescinded.

    in reply to: Aaron Banks running rings around Ian Lucas #158353

    TimRegency
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    There’s no good legal reason to go ahead with Brexit.

    The referendum was advisory, not legally binding. For something so weighty, it should have had a qualified majority requirement.

    The Electoral Commission found that vote Leave broke the rules. That’s a legal finding, not an opinion and it has been backed up in the High Court. If I cheated in my local golf Medal competition, I wouldn’t be allowed to take the trophy home. That’s before we go into Cambridge Analytica and the tailored and targeted advertisement rule breaches.

    May should annul the referendum result and revoke notification of Article 50. But of course, she won’t do that, as it’s far too sensible a plan for a Tory.

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