Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The MI5 connection

John Pilger [Counterpunch]

"The unsayable in Britain’s general election campaign is this. The causes of the Manchester atrocity, in which 22 mostly young people were murdered by a jihadist, are being suppressed to protect the secrets of British foreign policy."

"Critical questions such as why the security service MI5 maintained terrorist `assets` in Manchester and why the government did not warn the public of the threat in their midst remain unanswered, deflected by the promise of an internal `review`."

"The alleged suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was part of an extremist group, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, that thrived in Manchester and was cultivated and used by MI5 for more than 20 years."

"The LIFG is proscribed by Britain as a terrorist organisation which seeks a `hardline Islamic state` in Libya and `is part of the wider global Islamist extremist movement, as inspired by al-Qaida`."

"The `smoking gun` is that when Theresa May was Home Secretary, LIFG jihadists were allowed to travel unhindered across Europe and encouraged to engage in `battle`: first to remove Mu’ammar Gadaffi in Libya, then to join al-Qaida affiliated groups in Syria."

"Last year, the FBI reportedly placed Abedi on a `terrorist watch list` and warned MI5 that his group was looking for a `political target` in Britain. Why wasn’t he apprehended and the network around him prevented from planning and executing the atrocity on 22 May?"

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Facial recognition to be used to monitor students

The British Values agenda

"The book, Talking About Terrorism, published weeks before the Manchester Arena atrocity, describes the indiscriminate mass murder of innocent members of the public as a `type of war`."

"It tells primary age children that terrorists kill people because they believe they are being treated `unfairly and not shown respect`."

"It gives examples of `terrorists` whose ideas then turn out to be right: `The Suffragettes used violence and were called terrorists...` it stated..."

"In an activity recommended for pupils aged seven to 11, teachers are urged to `invite children to write a letter to a terrorist. If they could ask a terrorist six questions, what would they be?`"

"The book, published by Brilliant Publications and containing a foreword by Peter Wanless, the chief executive of the NSPCC, has been slammed by critics who say it is potentially dangerous."

"Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said the letter task would confuse and potentially upset pupils."

"He said: `This is a crackpot idea based on the misguided notion that primary school children must engage with, and show `respect` for religious fanatics who are seeking to kill them. It is part of the `British Values` agenda that is being forced on schools by Ofsted and the educational establishment`."

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Armed police to be the norm ?

"Scarborough Beach ... the normalising of heavily armed Police who will SHOOT ANYONE ... if the instruction to do so comes through their ear-piece!"  
Ian R Crane
On the Sunday Wire radio show Patrick Henningsen talked with Mike Robinson about the reactions of the state to the Manchester bombing. Campaigning for the upcoming general election was suspended. Following that there was the deployment of armed British troops. It was agreed that that had never happened before on mainland British soil in peace time.

Henningsen remarked on the timing of the terrorist event and reminded listeners of the London underground bombing. Tony Blair was up in Gleneagles in Scotland at the time with George W. Bush for the G8 summit. The timing of the Manchester bombing is highly significant too in relation to global events.

There has been the OECD anti terrorism conference; and the opening of the new NATO headquarters attended by heads of state and government in Brussels; immediately followed by the G7 summit.

In response to the Manchester bombing: "They`ve said they`re deploying armed military personnel, looking after infrastructure projects, nuclear structures, Buckingham palace, and so on. They have denied that the army are on the streets. Look at the original photographs in the media showing parades of military personnel marching along the streets. However the other interesting aspect is that the military personnel will be acting under civilian police control. It is unprecedented."

"A worrying aspect of this," thinks Mike Robinson "is that it all fits with European policy because in November 2015 at the European Defence Agency conference Frederica Mogherini, who is effectively the EU foreign minister, in her keynote speech at the European Defence Agency conference said that first of all Europe needs to develop its own defence capability, its own military capability. But she was also absolutely presenting the idea of merging civilian and military structures. And this seems to be the first indication that Britain is heading down that road."

"And this event in Manchester is the excuse which is driving that and to date I have not heard a single Brexit campaigner or a single UKIP person asking questions about this. Because it is an EU policy and lots of people should be asking questions about why military personnel would be operating under civilian policing command and control." 

"The Column has argued that Brexit is not real, that Britain is going to remain within EU institutions and we`re going to remain within the body of EU law and that is further indication that this is exactly what is going to happen as we Europenese our structures."

"There has been a polarisation in public opinion... Some are calling for more of this... from various NGOs and the police themselves."

"Take a selfie with your armed police officer. Get it on to Facebook ... "

Patrick Henningsen. "So the police are actively soliciting the people to tag their friends in the photos with armed police ... Clearly this is the police doing an active public relations campaign to try to get the youth clamouring, I guess, for more armed police."

Mike Robinson. "That`s correct."

UK Column News 26 May 2017


Thursday, 25 May 2017

The disturbing mindset

"If anything sums up the mindset of people at the moment," Mike Robinson speculates on UK Column News, "This is a primary school maths paper." [He assures viewers the answers have been blotted out so as not to identify the pupil]

It is headed Defuse the Bomb. Solving Equations....

It then goes on to set the maths problem:
The Mathematician, a notorious terrorist has planted a bomb. You must defuse that bomb using the mathematical clues he`s left.
The bomb is represented by a rectangle with wires going out of it.
Solve the equations, then cut the coloured wires in the order that the answers appear, using the table ...
"What is it we are doing to our children here ?" asks Mike Robinson.


It is a good question. I have no idea why anyone would want to use a terrorist`s bomb as a practical example for a mathematics problem.

Since the Manchester incident the fact that any educationalist would want to do that for primary schoolchildren looks even uglier.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Today`s UK Column 23.5.17

Manchester incident

Sun sinks to new low

How did May know it was a terrorist ?

Sinead O`Connor threatens Tusla

"Sinead O`Connor has threatened to commit suicide if she doesn't get her younger children back."

"The singer said child and family agency Tusla they will have a celebrity `death on their hands` if they continue to keep them from her."

"The mum of four took to Facebook on Friday night threatening she would attempt to take her life if the State body does not allow her access."

"The Nothing Compares 2 U star, 50, had been based in Chicago for most of last year following a reported suicide bid in Ireland days before Christmas 2015."

"Sinead sparked more concern earlier last year when she went missing for 24 hours on a bike ride around Chicago city but was later found safe and well. She now lives in New York."

"The grandmother has three sons and one daughter. Jake Reynolds, 30, is her eldest, followed by 21-year-old Roisin Waters plus two others who are minors."

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Ex mayor of Islington has connections with Fallen Angels

"An ex-mayor of Islington and top councillor at the time when children were being raped in kids` homes has sensationally admitted her links to a pro-paedophile group that supported child sex in early 1980."
"The council said it was `shocked and concerned` by the Gazette`s information and has promised an inquiry led by a top lawyer."
"When approached, the former social services committee chair at first said she had `no memory of the period`."
"But then later came clean about her pro-paedophile past after being shown evidence - saying she was `a complete bloody idiot` who had been manipulated by those around her."
"However, just before the Gazette went to press, she changed her story again to say the allegations were `untrue and unfounded`.
"Survivors of the abuse say someone who had apparently held such repellent views should never have been given political responsibility for young people."
"Today, after a major investigation, the Gazette can reveal that documents show."
  • "Former councillor Sandy Marks, who chaired the social services committee during the children`s homes scandal of the 1990s, attended a conference with a radical pro-paedophile activist group called Fallen Angels in 1980."
  • "The Fallen Angels campaigned to abolish age of consent laws and condemned child protection as `a racket`."

Only desperation drives social workers to confide in reporters. Their obligation in dealing with children is to retreat into secrecy to protect the child`s future. In Islington the social workers are desperate.
At their request we have examined the state of affairs within the remit of Islington social services department. We have studied hundreds of pages of confidential documents and taped many hours of interviews with staff, parents, children and police during the past 12 weeks.
What has emerged is a scandalous dereliction of duty by the council, institutionalised neglect that has exposed the most vulnerable children in its care to paedophiles, pimps, prostitutes and pornographers.
At first, as we investigated their concerns, we could scarcely believe what we were told.
How could suspected pimps have sex with children in council homes?
How could children in care be seduced into drugs, homosexuality and prostitution?
Above all, how could this have continued to happen after it had been brought to the attention of senior officials at the council?
There is a national crisis in residential care where disadvantaged or disturbed children are placed when their parents and guardians can no longer cope. Islington cannot be blamed for this, nor for the geography of its inner-city poverty flanked by the red light districts of King`s Cross and Soho.
Islington`s residential staff are nationally typical. They are mostly untrained, poorly paid and often alone on duty with needy and difficult children. Many are dedicated, selfless and untiring; others, sadly, are not.
What is inexcusable is the council`s refusal to listen and act when experienced staff and scared... children have tried to articulate their agony.
Equally inexcusable is a slavish adherence to a confused ideology. This allows the borough to actively advertise for homosexual and lesbian staff in its homes and then, when this liberal policy is abused by paedophiles sheltering behind the `gay rights` banner, to reject its critics as `homophobic`.
[The Evening Standard, October 6, 1992]

Children being abused while in the care of the state still goes on at the present time and is UK-wide. There isn`t a political leader who is not aware of it.

A century of progress ?

"Let’s imagine a modern version of Rip Van Winkle: a man who dozed off in the year 1917, slept for a century, and woke to a drastically different world one of transcontinental flights, pocket-sized supercomputers, political representation of women and minorities, and millions rising out of poverty worldwide. Our Rip Van Winkle would be shocked, fascinated, and overwhelmed."

"Luckily for Rip, if he needed to relax, there’s one place he could go to immediately feel at home: school. The average schoolroom of 2017 would feel shockingly similar to the schoolroom of 1917: a welcome relief for any confused time traveler. But as Rip started learning more about the modern world, the schoolroom wouldn’t relax him for very long."

"Why, he might ask, hadn’t a century of progress changed how children are educated?"

This is the argument that is used to push for self-directed learning, that is, tying every child to a digital device. It is important to see through the argument and to know that there are good reasons why some things do not change.

Head of charity placed on sex offenders register

"The head of a charity has been placed on the sex offenders register after claiming that images of child abuse found on his computer had been put there by hackers."

"William Wood, 61, told a court that his laptop had been targeted by criminals who downloaded the indecent images of children as young as four to the device before deleting them."

"The retired IT expert said that he had no knowledge of the images, some at the most serious end of the scale, when police raided his home in December 2015."

"Wood, who ran an African child education charity, the Dignity Project, said his Twitter and bank accounts had previously been targeted by criminals."

"However, a jury unanimously found him guilty of two charges of possessing and downloading indecent iages of childrenn after a two-day trial at Edinburgh sheriff court..."

"Mrs Wood said she and her husband had set up the Dignity Project charity in 1996 and the couple had spent ten years in Africa teaching and helping under privileged children."

Friday, 19 May 2017

BBC documentary `My child, ECT and me`

"Electroconvulsive therapy - in which a small electric current is passed through the brain causing a seizure - is now used much less often than it was in the middle of the last century. But controversially it is now being used in the US and some other countries as a treatment for children who exhibit severe, self-injuring behaviour."

"Seventeen-year-old Jonah Lutz is severely autistic. He's also prone to outbursts of violent behaviour, in which he sometimes hits himself repeatedly."

"His mother, Amy, is convinced that if it wasn't for electroconvulsive therapy - ECT - he would now have to be permanently institutionalised for his own safety, and the safety of those around him."


"Because the long-term effects of ECT on children exhibiting self-injuring behaviour are unknown, in some countries - and in a handful of US states - the treatment is not allowed. The UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence doesn't recommend ECT for use on under 18s."


You can watch the Our World documentary "My Child, ECT and Me" at 21:30 on Sunday on the BBC News Channel, on BBC World at these times and on the BBC iPlayer

Theresa May plans regulations for internet

[Andre Griffin]

"Theresa May is planning to introduce huge regulations on the way the internet works, allowing the government to decide what is said online."

"Particular focus has been drawn to the end of the manifesto, which makes clear that the Tories want to introduce huge changes to the way the internet works."

"`Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,` it states. `We disagree`."

"Senior Tories confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the phrasing indicates that the government intends to introduce huge restrictions on what people can post, share and publish online."

"The plans will allow Britain to become `the global leader in the regulation of the use of personal data and the internet`, the manifesto claims."

"It comes just soon after the Investigatory Powers Act came into law. That legislation allowed the govrnment to force internet companies to keep records on their cusomters` browsing histories, as well as giving ministers the power to break apps like WhatsApp so that messages can be read."

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

UK ranked among 10 worst performers for children`s rights

"The UK has been accused of employing "inadequate" provision for children`s rights protection after it fell dramatically in global rankings for child rights within a year, from 11th to 156th."

"Serious concerns have been raised about structural discrimination in the UK, including Muslim children facing increased discrimination following recent anti-terrorism measures, and a rise in discrimination against gypsy and refugee children in recent years."

"The UK now ranks among the bottom 10 global performers in the arena of improving rights of the child, after it achieved the lowest-possible score across all six available indicators in the domain of Child Rights Environment (CRE), according to the KidsRights Index 2017."

The Water Is Wide (2006)

Friday, 12 May 2017

Breaking down society

Domestic Violence

"This is a very troubling situation" says David Scott on UK Column News [12 May 2017] "and it`s come from some poorly thought out legislative proposals. The sort of things they`re talking are putting some sort of listening or tracking device in a toy to monitor a child who is away from one parent ... presumably to gain evidence on the other parent`s inappropriate behaviour... "

"They`re also talking about criminalising controlling behaviour and this has no definition. So it falls down to almost any sort of behaviour which could be painted as unwanted by one party. It is to be criminalised and it comes from an extension of domestic violence legislation to cover non-violent conduct. So if ... one partner is dominating another psychologically that is to be handled by domestic violence legislation and the people who ... put this idea forward are now saying well this latest proposal which comes from a fathers` organisation - Families Need Fathers I think it`s called - this is going too far. This is taking the concept of coercive behaviour as domestic violence and applying it where it shouldn`t be.  But of course the difficulty here is there are no definitions for any of these things. It is all extremely subjective and it criminalises normal behaviour and introduces the state - which is failing to prevent fraud, murder, child rape and indeed covering up all of the above - into families so that they can police families as well.

Mike Robinson: "And take more children perhaps?"

"That`s likely to be one of the end points, yes... As the state`s grip on family life gets ever more firm and the parents disappear more into the background then it`s going to be more and more children will be taken by the state ..."


Mike. Robinson:  "And smacking`s to become a form of domestic violence? "

"Well according to the Green Party in Scotland it should be. So this is also criminalising normal parenting... and putting the state here crucially between the child and its parent. So you`re a child. You`re told off and you don`t like the way it went down. So you phone the police ... because a child is not going to realise the horrible implications that has for the child itself and for the whole wider family ..."

"So is this because the Named Person scheme has more or less failed. Is it an attempt by the Scottish government to find other ways to sidle their way into family life?"

"I don`t know if this is exactly cause and effect because of the resistance to the Named Person but it`s certainly coming from the same stable of ideas where the family is seen as dangerous and toxic and the state is seen as all good, all knowing and the saviour of the innocent."

The gender unicorn

"OK, then tell us about gender then."

"This is a gender unicorn. I was quite surprised by this. This is coming from a gender fluid, transgender activist group in America who are now operating in the field of educational resources. That is what the `er` in the title stands for and the gender unicorn is a concept - and there is a colouring book - and a lesson being given to schoolchildren and they`re asked to plot their own gender identity in these various ways ... So you can be a certain gender: male, female, other. I`m not quite sure what `other` is ... and then how that expresses itself. The gender expression is largely how you dress - so we`re one step away from the fashion police here - who you`re physically attracted to and who you`re emotionally attracted to ... I think that`s what you used to call friendship ... and what this will of course do is promote confusion..."

"David, is sex assigned at birth?"

"Apparently so. .. It`s not real, right. The fallacy, the nonsense they`re trying to get across is that your gender is a social construct. It`s fluid. It`s whatever you want it to be. There`s no underlying scientific basis to say whether you`re male or female which is of course garbage and this is being taught to our children. It`s worrying. It`s completely nonsensical. It`s going to be exploited for a whole lot of ill I suspect because on one level it`s confusion and on another level it could easily be termed child abuse because what are you doing here? Who`s grooming people? Who`s introducing ideas into children that will blight their lives? There is a requirement for people to be a bit more responsible I would have thought."

Brian Gerrish: "David, I`ll just come in on this one. I`ll just say.... my personal opinion, I`ve pushed most strongly, that these agendas are certainly not nonsense. The agenda is calculated, it`s constructed in order to do a job which is to attack the minds of young children. It`s certainly there to help break down traditional heterosexual families. This is very very sinister applied behavioural psychology in order to destroy. This is not there to help create happy, loving family environments and people who are comfortable with their gender ... This is a calculated political agenda that has been created. The resources have been created through organisations like this particular one and of course if you go into it a little bit further somebody is funding this stuff. So ... yes many of us regard it as nonsense but the reality is this is a calculated political agenda designed to break down society as we know it. It`s very dangerous."

"Would you like to hear ... TSER`s mission?"

"Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organisation dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. In addition to our focus on creating a more trans-friendly education system, our mission is to educate the public and teach trans activists how to be effective organisers. We believe that justice for trans and gender non-conforming youth is contingent on an intersectional framework of activism. Ending oppression is a long-term process that can only be achieved through collaborative action."

"Is this Soros funded?" asks Brian Gerrish. "I mean that language to me is Open Society. This is change agent material."

"It is, it`s change agent and it`s also saying there is no end . It`s a long term process. So it never ends... There`s never any end to human differences. When there`s differences there`s some form of oppression going on, and we must get in there and we must fight that oppression and break down society until the oppression goes but the oppression never goes. So it`s a never ending attack on society. It`s extremely nihilistic when you get right down to it."

Curriculum for Excellence


"The school attainment levels in numeracy and literacy are plummeting and Scotland is plummeting down the educational scale at the international level."

Mike Robinson: "That`s a pretty impressive thing to have happened because of course Scotland and Northern Ireland had traditionally  better education systems than the rest of the UK."

"This was true. It is no longer true. The degree of decline, the steepness of the decline is really quite striking. So you`re not talking about a generational change. You`re not talking about having a completely new group of teachers coming through and being educated in a different way... it`s much more rapid than that. So you`re talking about things which have changed in the organisation of the existing resources. So this is .... Curriculum for Excellence. You can always tell a government programme and what it`s actually going to do by simply reversing the words ... and Girfec, Getting it Right for Every Child. When the Minister responsible, John Swinney, was standing in the Scottish parliament this week trying to explain why the levels of illiteracy in Scotland had doubled he was saying that we are going to remove bureaucracy. This is the bureaucracy the government applied and forced into the school. We`re going to remove it and concentrate on reading, on literacy, on numeracy and on health and wellbeing. So those are the three things. ... Do you notice anything strange about that list?"

"Well literacy and numeracy, we all got when we were at school... Health and wellbeing is up there with the other two in that the number of objectives that schools have to satisfy in health and wellbeing is more ... numerous than the numeracy requirements...  Now health and wellbeing sounds quite benign but it`s not because health and wellbeing is GIRFEC, which is happiness, which is how you think and how you behave. It`s reframing how you act. It`s essentially doing the parents` jobs for them, or seeking to. It`s changing how people think. You then get into sex ed, death ed and all of these things and that reframes how people approach these parts of life. It`s to change society. So the three things we`re trying to do is numeracy, literacy and change society. And because one of those things is actually harmful and taking up a lot of time - even if not harmful - the other two are, not surprisingly, suffering."

Update: Melanie Shaw

Melanie has been transferred to New Hall prison where she is being treated much better than at Foston Hall. She is able to take part in activities and mix with other prisoners. Melanie believes she will be released in July and thanks everyone who has continued to support her.

Brian and Janice Docherty

David Scott informs viewers and listeners that the situation for the Dochertys has improved and they are in contact with support and practical help. Having to go short of food and sleeping rough sometimes  had major health impacts but they are now recovering. "We hope this is the start of the turn around."

Mike Robinson. "So last week on Friday you mentioned that you had met Brian and Janice and we knew that they were not missing. But all of a sudden on Wednesday I think it was a whole flurry of articles appeared in the Londonderry Donegal area on various local news websites They all had the same headline. They all had the same text. And it said: Appeal issued over missing couple Brian and Janice Docherty. The PSNI in Derry are appealing for anyone who has seen or knows the whereabouts of Brian and Janice Docherty. They`ve been residing in the city. Brian and Janice Docherty were reported as missing to police last Thursday May 4. A PSNI spokesperson said: Police have received ... information that they may be in the republic of Ireland close to Letterkenny. If you have any information that may help locate Brian and Janice Docherty missing since Thursday 4th May please contact PSNI on 101 or Gardai ... and the number is given. Now this is very interesting for a number of reasons, David. First of all because we knew that they weren`t missing and second of all because every single one of these news outlets had used a copyrighted image which you took of Brian and Janice the first time you met them and this was used without permission."

"And so I approached each of these outlets and asked what they thought they were doing breaking copyright law in this way? And they all came back saying `Oh my goodness. We put this up in good faith. It was sent to us as a press release by Police Service Northern Ireland. And so I have been in contact with Police Service Northern Ireland and I`m waiting for a proper response from them at the moment to explain why they have used an image which they had no right to use in this appeal that they`ve issued. And of course they may just try to justify this by saying well it`s a missing persons issue so we chose an image, the best image we could find, which would help people locate Brian and Janice. But the fact is David that we had announced our knowledge of where they were - at least our knowledge that they were safe and well - five days prior to this press release going out. So to my mind this ... can be nothing other than intent by PSNI to intimidate Brian and Janice, to let them know that PSNI is watching them and I can`t see any other explanation."

David Scott. "There`s no good explanation for it. Let`s remember that Brian and Janice Docherty have broken no law ever. They`re not wanted for anything. ... And yet, and this is not the first time this has happened., they have consistently said they`re under surveillance. Whenever they get to a position where the authorities do not know their whereabouts they`re reported missing. Reported missing by whom I wonder? Not by their friends and relatives. They haven`t been in contact with friends and relatives. So who`s reporting them missing constantly, and why ? What`s the agenda here? Because if you go on holiday to Ireland you wouldn`t expect within five days the Gardai to track you down saying you`ve been reported missing. That wouldn`t be your normal expectation....but that is what happened when they first went to Ireland."

Brian Gerrish: "David I think I can assist a bit here because I`d like to take our audience today back to 1997-98."

He talks about the Bonnie Lewis case (not her real name) which involved Neath Port Talbot social services who falsely reported Bonnie missing in order to snatch her away from the US hospital where she had been successfully diagnosed for her medical condition which up to that point had been mismanaged in the UK.

David Scott. "And mental health services are so often the way these tracks are covered... As people fight what they clearly see as being things which are wrong and fight for truth and fight for justice they find ever more branches of the state reigned against them and they find their situation gets steadily worse rather than the justice they seek provided."

Tim Farron and unaccompanied Syrian children

Mike Robinson asks viewers to share his video which can be found on his Facebook page where he talks about Tim Farron who has made bringing unaccompanied Syrian children into the UK an election issue. Yet according to Mike Robinson in over a year he has never answered his questions about how he intends to ensure the safety of the children brought into the UK. It is important to recall that thousands of children living in the UK go missing from the care system every year. This is a matter that all MPs have known about since 2012 and all need to be pressed for answers. What are they going to do to help protect children in the care system?"
Dr Saleyha Ahsan, Dundee University

"The Dundee years and their lasting impact on a life that took the road less travelled - Dr Saleyha Ahsan."
"Saleyha is a medicine graduate of the University of Dundee, class of 2006. Before her time here, she was the first British Muslim woman to graduate from the royal military academy Sandhurst as an army officer and went on to serve in the royal army medical corps with an operational tour of Bosnia. While studying medicine, after leaving the army she was awarded an award for her care of the elderly attachment and developed her career as a filmmaker."
"As well as her work as an A&E doctor, Saleyha has had an impactful career as a television presenter, journalist, filmmaker, screenplay writer and has made documentaries focusing on the devastating impact on access to healthcare during war and has spent extended periods of time embedded with frontline medics."
For those in the area who are interested, Dr Saleyha Ahsan will be giving a talk on Saturday 13 May 2017 at Dundee University. Please ask her about the part she played in the BBC Panorama documentary `Saving Syria`s Children.`

See Saleyha Ahsan`s contradictory accounts of the alleged chemical incident in Robert Stuart`s blog below: 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Ex PM says NHS isn`t safe

72 dead after attending Treloar school

"Treloar was at the cutting edge of care for children with haemophilia. A unique National Health Service centre was opened on the campus, ensuring that pupils received the latest medical treatments, while their studies continued with minimal disruption."

"But now it has emerged that of the 89 boys with haemophilia who attended this pioneering school in the decade after 1975, only 17 are still alive."

"The other 72 have died, many of them barely reaching adulthood victims of one of the most devastating episodes in NHS history."

"This astonishing revelation provoked new calls ... for an official inquiry into a scandal that shames Britain’s medical and political establishment: the deaths of more than 2,000 haemophiliacs from tainted blood products designed to improve their lives."

"‘The number of deaths at this one school alone should have warranted a public inquiry, let alone the thousands of others who have died,’ says Joseph Peaty, a former pupil at Treloar and a leading member of the Tainted Blood campaign."

Princess Diana at the school 1989
Read more:

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust to be prosecuted

"An NHS trust is to be prosecuted over the drowning of an 18-year-old patient at one of its facilities, the BBC has learned."

"Connor Sparrowhawk suffered an epileptic fit while in a bath at Slade House in Oxford in July 2013."

"Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust eventually admitted responsibility and offered his family compensation."

"The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the BBC it will now prosecute the trust."


"Following the announcement, Mr Sparrowhawk's mother Sara Ryan said: `I still feel really sad about it`."

"`I just feel we've been put through the mill. We have been treated appallingly and a young man should be doing whatever he would be doing right now`."

"`He should never have died`..."


"The HSE said it was prosecuting the trust `under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 following its investigation into the death of a patient under its care`."

"A jury-led inquest in October 2015 found that `failings` by trust staff contributed to Connor's death."

"The trust's boss Katrina Percy resigned in October amid public pressure."

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Life not worth living

Or a slippery slope ?

"There’s an understanding that, when you work in mental health, a lot of your resources will be focused on trying, to the best of your ability, to prevent your patients harming themselves."

"It was therefore with some surprise that I read about a 20 year-old-woman in the Netherlands who had chosen to be euthanized. Having been sexually abused from the age of 5, she was considered to have an ‘untreatable’ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, reportedly co-occurring with anorexia, depression and hallucinations."

"It has since emerged that, while only two mental health patients were euthanized in the Netherlands in 2010, this rose to 56 in 2015. A recent review showed that the overwhelming majority of those with mental health problems who chose to be euthanized were women with long-term conditions, often with some kind of trauma."

"The right to end your life is a complex topic and perhaps one which it is very difficult to have a settled opinion about."


[Paul Randle Jolliffe]

"Why I no longer work on family law cases."

"Parents all experience the same and fight the same way with minor variations and lose."

"Fighting individual cases does not change things. And never will."

"The problems are systemic not individual."

"The only way is systematic issues and patterns research so as to provide the common evidence. I and a couple of others have proven it works."

"But only the surface was scratched there is much to do."

"If I think of the amount of money that is wasted losing and how some of that could have been used to really do something."

"No one wants to support that work only fighting individual cases, petitions and protests which get nowhere."

"Of course I understand why people do but that does not change that it is pointless and useless."

"I have seen 1,000s lose and only 2 people do what was needed. But without support its impossible to do it well or even continue."

"So 1,000s will continue to lose and find no solution."

"More meat for slaughter. I cannot even bear to watch any more."

"From being connected to about 50 family law groups I have now left every one."

Christmas message stops adoption

"A poignant note from heartbroken young mother Carla Andrews was tucked into the family’s photo album as she faced last Christmas Day without her seven-month-old daughter Effie."

"It said simply: ‘It’s December 24, 10.15pm. I’m ready for bed, but as I write this I am dreading Christmas tomorrow because our baby girl won’t be here. I am missing you Effie . . . we all are. Me and Daddy promise to have you home soon. We love you, always have, always will. XXXXX’"

"This message, discovered by a judge by chance when the album was handed in as evidence during an historic family court case, helped stopped Effie being taken away and adopted. For the judge said it provided proof of the devotion of Carla and her partner Craig to Effie even though the pair were facing accusations of violently shaking their daughter and nearly killing her."

"The reprieve was not only a huge relief for Effie’s parents, but the judge’s view that they were innocent is expected to influence many cases that involve parents who are wrongly blamed for causing their babies’ injuries."

Adopted daughter turns 18

"Diane, a cleaner from Newbold, was forced to hand over her daughter Sarah to Derbyshire County Council social workers and she was later adopted - against Diane’s will.Now she is appealing to trace Sarah who turned 18 in February."

"Diane said: `I felt like I was being bullied. I had no choice. A day after my daughter’s first birthday they came to remove her from my care. They wanted her to go into foster care. I said ‘over my dead body’ but they said if I didn’t co-operate, they would call the police`."

"Diane, 37, had six months to prove she was a good mum but the surveillance put her under pressure. She added: `When you have someone watching you constantly you feel like you’re doing something wrong when you’re not. They were like vultures over my shoulder. It was difficult to show them I could be a good mum when I was having the supervised contact`."

"Diane claims that years later after submitting a Freedom of Information request, council case files showed the intention had always been to put Sarah up for adoption."

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Standardised testing criticised by international adviser

"Standardised testing is due to be rolled out across Scotland this August in reading, writing and maths in P1, P4, P7 and S3, with the Scottish Government insisting the move will not lead to ‘high stakes’ tests and league tables."

"But speaking to a conference of teachers in Rotterdam this morning, Professor Andy Hargreaves of the Lynch School of Education in Boston, who is one of the Scottish Government’s international education advisers, called standardised testing an `attack on decisional capital`.

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Catholic priest acquitted

"A Catholic Priest has been acquitted by the church after admitting to raping almost 30 young girls aged between 5 and 10-years-old. The priest, Jose Garcia Ataulfo, was cleared of any wrong-doing and won't face any criminal charges, despite the fact that he knew he was infected with HIV when he sexually abused all the children he admitted to raping. The mother of one of the priest's victims wrote a letter to The Pope asking to meet with him in Rome to discuss the case, but was shunned by the Vatican who declared that `the matter is closed`."

"Ataulfo admitted to sexually assaulting well over two dozen children, many of whom were indigenous young girls from Oaxaca, a state in southern Mexico known for its large indigenous population. Due to the significant influence that the Catholic Church wields in Mexico, the priest won't face any criminal charges, particularly for his crimes in areas populated by indigenous ethnic groups."

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