The mainstreams media latest attack on John Mcdonnell is an attempt to mock and undermine the suffering of millions will who suffer at the hands of Tory Economic policy
University of Liverpool research – published today inThe Lancet Public Health – shows that children who move into poverty are more likely to suffer from social, emotional and behavioural problems than children who remain out of poverty.
The UK Government has recently questioned whether the relative measure of income poverty used in this research (a household income that is less than 60% of the national average) is a good indicator of children’s life chances.
The Government has claimed that it is better to increase the number of parents who are employed, than use the social security system to prevent children moving into poverty.
Exploring the impact
This research challenges this view finding that moving into poverty adversely affected children’s and mothers’ mental health even if there was no change in the mother’s employment status.
Researchers from the University’sDepartment of Public Health and Policy explored the impact that…
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from Kitty S Jones
UNICEF’s reports have consistently put the UK at the bottom of the child well-being league table. See also: UNICEF criticises UK’s failure to tackle child inequality as gap grows.
Source: The Equality Trust
The still face paradigm and inequality
Before Christmas I read an excellent and insightful article by Michael Bader called The Decline of Empathy and the Appeal of Right-Wing Politics, which was about Edward Tronick’s Still Face experiment in part. Tronick is an American developmental psychologist at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His studies illuminate the importance of trusting relationships and consistent human responses in children’s development and learning.
Tronick’s experimental design was very simple: mothers were asked to play as they usually would with their six-month-old infants. The mothers were then instructed to suddenly blank their face: to make their facial expression flat and neutral – completely “still” – and to do so for…
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I know how this feels
Deep inside the bowels of Musgrave police station , in Belfast , is the case progression team, or words to that effect. One of their jobs is to field calls from people offended by words on the internet. The CPT then swings into action and calls the ‘offender’ as many as three times in twelve hours.
How long did you have to wait for police when your house was burgled?
All of this happens on the watch of George Hamilton, the not insubstantial chief who has suggested that some of his officers dry their eyes.
It happens when he says that he has no money for what he calls ‘legacy issues’. What he means by that is several thousand cases remain unsolved and he proposes to do nothing about them. The widows, orphans and survivors of those cases hurt every day.
Meantime Constable Amy Leslie and her band of merry…
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There are many people who cannot give praise, encouragement or a kind word. It’s almost as if they are regarded as sparse commodities that might run out.
The point is that they are a give, a gift, from one person to another (or many others), they are the expression of an innate regard for the well being of another, but not in a way that’s self denial because giving the gifts of kindness, care and consideration to another puts us firmly in the frame. We have to be there to give the gift. We are the well spring from which it is drawn up and given, we are only selfless in that moment in that our ego is necessarily muted. If it isn’t the whole thing reeks of self interest and is received as fake.
Do goodery is not the same thing as kindness and it is well said that…
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The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has announced its 2016 word of the year – “Post-truth”: “Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief,” apparently first used in a 1992 essay by the late Serbian-American playwright Steve Tesich in The Nation.
Speaking to the Guardian the OED said, “Given that usage of the term hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, I wouldn’t be surprised if post-truth becomes one of the defining words of our time.”
I think activists, investigative journalists and all of us who are very much in the business of challenging the mainstream dialogue and propaganda need to be very wary of its re-emergence at this time and take steps to repudiate it.
To put it bluntly, it is a propagandists’ wet dream and in an era of Tory Britain, Trump, global neoliberalism…
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Some years ago I likened anarchy to a forest glade, each form of life flourishing in its own sovereign way as it is able, calling no ‘other’ master. Of course nature has no use for democracy and yet in the glade is democracy in its purest form. It is exercised subject only to the laws of nature which gave rise to it and sustain and support it and without which the glade would not exist. Plants and animals use the natural resources present in the system for their survival, even predators, and all without deception or guile nor wilful exploitation. Nature never lies and is always true to itself.
The common misconception of anarchy is that it is lawless and chaotic and the dominance of that misconception is no accident, it’s roots lie in the propaganda of those who exercise control over human lives and who will protect that dominance…
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