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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

GcMAF Awareness Day




For background information see UK Column article:

GcMAF and the Persecution of David Noakes, Lyn Thyer and Immuno Biotech:

https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/gcmaf-and-persecution-david-noakes-lyn-thyer-immuno-biotech

Teaching reading: should it be science based or by `professional judgement`?

The `reading wars` are not over:
 

Phonics consultant Debbie Hepplewhite objects:

"If teachers are left to make 'professional decisions', the danger is that they are not studied well enough in the field of reading and spelling - choices must be fully informed and we know that teachers are not necessarily knowledgeable enough with regard to research findings, or perhaps experienced enough in synthetic phonics teaching, to be in a position to make informed choices."

"In any event, it should not be down to the chance of who the teacher is, and the teacher's views and knowledge-base, when children go to school - we DO have research findings and leading-edge practice to inform us - but not everyone wants to 'hear' or has had the training and experience to be fully knowledgeable."

"The fact that the teaching profession even abandoned teaching the alphabetic code of the English language demonstrates that what teachers teach in the field of reading instruction is beyond individuals' 'professional choices'."

"I suggest that it would be remiss of governments in countries where there is illiteracy and weak literacy not to investigate the research and not to inform and influence the teaching profession."

"This field is just far too serious."
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Debbie Hepplewhite


Some teachers have come to understand their lack of training in phonics:

"`I trained as a teacher around 18 years ago and remember coming out of my training and going into school, and teachers saying, ‘we don’t really know how children learn to read.’ I didn’t think much of it at the time and after teaching a whole class for two years I became a support for learning teacher."

"Two years ago I went on a course called Phonics Forever. It covered the science behind reading and explained things about the English language and the alphabetic code that I just didn’t know. I remember getting a bit tearful because I could think of so many people that I could have helped better if I’d actually known the science behind teaching children to read. It was like an epiphany, a revelation`...."

"Since this one-day training session, support for learning teacher Alison Taylor has done a huge amount of reading on the subject, exploring research from different experts around the world."

"Alison says: `It became apparent to me that much of our poor literacy is due to teachers not having been educated properly themselves about the English language`."

"She now feels passionately that systematic synthetics phonics can make a huge difference in Scotland..."

"Professor Rastle explains that this is a global war, occurring in all English-speaking countries, and only in England has the war been `won by science`."

"England has put in place a national policy where primary schools are required to teach reading via systematic phonics."

"A simple phonics screen check was recently implemented to test the effectiveness of this practice."

"When introduced in 2012, teachers in England were saying they were using phonics; however, in that year only 58 per cent of children met an acceptable standard in their phonics knowledge. Over each successive year that figure has increased dramatically, and it’s now over 80 per cent."

https://www.gtcs.org.uk/News/teaching-scotland/76-the-science-of-reading.aspx

 

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

The fight to keep Tafida alive

 
A mother fights against medical doctors who want to end her daughter`s life:

Published on 1 Aug 2019

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... "Who decides when a child's life support is turned off? Their parents or doctors? When five-year-old Tafida Raqeeb developed severe brain damage in February, her mother Shelina Begum was warned she had a 1% chance of survival. Tafida remains at the Royal London Hospital, as her parents face a battle to keep her alive and seek treatment abroad whilst doctors want to withdraw care."


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Sabine McNeill loses her appeal


Sabine McNeill in former times pleads on behalf of the 1000 children a month forced into the care system in the UK. She appears at the European parliament.

Life deteriorated for Sabine McNeill after she began campaigning on behalf of the two Hampstead Heath children taken into care that she believed had been subjected to satanic ritual abuse. Her campaign was based on the testimonies of the mother who raised the alarm and the children themselves.

In a report following a family court hearing, Mrs Justice Pauffley concluded that: `There was no satanic or other cult at which babies were murdered and children were sexually abused.`

It should be noted that family court decisions are made on the `balance of probabilities` rather than evidence provided `beyond reasonable doubt.` Given the lack of supporting evidence to substantiate the judge`s bold claims, it is difficult now to determine the truth of these matters.

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"Sabine`s appeal was heard this morning by Lord Justice Leggatt, assisted by Mr Justice William Davis and HH Judge Michael C Chambers AC in court 8 which had the benefit of audio-visual equipment enabling Sabine to appear on a screen from HMP Bronzefield."

"The hearing lasted under half an hour. Defence Counsel, Tom Stevens, put down three grounds for appeal. (1) the defendant`s age and infirmity (2) her lack of previous convictions (3) her remorse for upsetting people."

"After a conference between themselves lasting less than 5 minutes the judges returned to dismiss these grounds and the appeal as totally `without merit`."

"`There has recently been an appellant in the courts aged over 100 and Sabine is only 74. Sabine is not `terminally ill` and the prison will surely adequately manage her infirmities. Sabine was already the subject of a criminal trial in 2016 and even though... a restraining order had been imposed... she had then almost immediately breached [that] and had been required to return to court, despite which, having been given `another chance` she had offended again. And, as for remorse, despite several times being advised by the police of the damage and harm she was causing to innocent families and children she had shown no remorse whatsoever. She had just `ploughed on and on`, said LJL Leggatt."

"In fact the case was the `most serious` case of stalking and harassment he and his colleagues had ever come across and Mrs Justice Cahill had been if anything `lenient` in only giving her 9 years."

See summary of case:
https://sabinemcneill.pressbooks.com/chapter/regarding-my-own-case/

See criticism of Researching Reform for allowing Sabine McNeill and John Hemming to have a platform.

https://researchingreform.net/2019/08/05/barristers-child-protection-project-takes-an-unprofessional-nosedive/

Also Chris Spivy and his comments about the extraordinary length of the nine year sentence.


http://chrisspivey.org/sabine-mcneill-the-hampstead-hoax/

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Fabricated illness on the increase


"Calls for a cross party inquiry into claims that a growing number of families are being accused of inventing or causing their children’s illness. It’s called Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) and used to be known as Munchausen’s Syndrome By Proxy. It’s a rare form of abuse where parents exaggerate their child’s medical condition or even cause it."

"Campaigners and charities say many families have been wrongly accused and want the inquiry to look at what they describe as a `wave of false allegations` and the current guidelines around FII.
 5 Live Investigates first looked at this in March when we spoke to mums and dads threatened with having their children taken off them after being accused of FII. Following the programme, we have been contacted by other families who say this has happened to them. We’ve also been told about many other cases. One involves a mother accused of poisoning her two year old daughter and ordered to live apart from her for almost a year until the case was dismissed."

Listen to the podcast below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00050jw

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

The proposed smacking ban in Wales

"WRITING last month about the Welsh Government’s draft plans to outlaw smacking, I highlighted official police estimates that they expected more than 250 parents a year to face investigation or be charged, a total of 1,370 in the first five years."

"Now a letter from the Children’s Minister Julie Morgan, sneaked out just days before the summer holidays, has dramatically increased this number.''

"The letter to Lynne Neagle, Chair of the Children, Young People & Education Committee, predicts that 548 people a year will be investigated for smacking and sent to a Government re-education or ‘diversion’ scheme following the removal of the ‘reasonable chastisement’ defence a total of 2,740 in the first five years."

https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/anti-smacking-zealots-widen-their-net/?fbclid=IwAR00V2ft0adaHFa52XLWhGPKVL3JkVRDrEpA3tF52T3rxsaoq_nLzRLEG7I

The smacking ban in Scotland:

Children`s cereals


Anti-terrorism legislation to be used against anti-vaxxers

[Telegraph]
 

"Britain must tackle killer health threats from abroad in the same way it handles terrorism, because deadly infections know no borders, the government’s chief medical officer has said."

"In her final report before stepping down to become the first female Master of Trinity College Cambridge, Dame Sally Davies said the UK must adopt a similar approach to global health as [it] does with its counter-terrorism (CONTEST) strategy."

"The strategy brings together intelligence organisations from across the world to ‘prevent, pursue, protect and prepare’ for a terrorist attack and ensures countries act swiftly together in the event of an atrocity."

"Dame Sally said Britain must adopt a similar approach to stop pandemics..."

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/21/killer-global-health-threats-should-treated-like-terrorism-says/

[UK Column News 24 July 2019]

"More good news because Dame Sally Davies has released her final ever annual report of the Chief Medical Officer because, of course, she`s leaving that role in the not-too-distant future. And in her final report she has outlined, apparently, the UK`s leading role in global health and highlights the need to share international knowledge and experience. So this is good stuff."

"It`s clear, apparently, by `focusing purely on domestic health we risk failing to control the shifting tide of global threats, diseases and their determinants`..."

"Computer software used to prevent people joining ISIS and the KKK could be aimed at anti-vaxxers to stop them spreading dangerous myths online."

"Fantastic article. Well worth reading. It`s the subtlety of the whole thing. So it says here: `Anti-terror computer software could be used to target people spreading lies about vaccines. The program, which finds at-risk people through their online searches and facebook posts, is being adapted to help to stop the spread of anti-vaccination myths. It works by finding those who are reading or watching dangerous content and instead shows them adverts to get help or sending them direct messages. People reading anti-vaxx conspiracy theories could instead see pop-ups with reliable information about immunisation or offered counselling`."

"It finds at-risk people. So we`ve got an algorithm that`s going to troll through what you`re doing and looking at, and decide if you`re at-risk. That`s a huge threat to civil liberties in my opinion. And then it`s going to decide - Is it AI deciding this or a person? I suspect it might be AI - whether we`re watching dangerous content and if it decides that we`re watching dangerous content about vaccinations then it`s going to - what was that expression? - Offer counselling."

Mike Robinson. "Yes. So just so that everybody understands what that means: it is that every communication between your web browser and the web server that you`re going to look at is going to be assessed, analysed; it`s going to be, in fact, changed in transit. So what we`re effectively seeing here is the government operating a man-in-the-middle attack ... between you and the third party that you`re looking at, with a view to changing your mind. About what? - about the stuff you`re reading? This is worse than China."

Brian Gerrish. "Worse than China because, of course, it`s all done by deceit whereas at least we know there`s a communist government in China."

"But thanks to the Daily Mail for putting up this graphic because it says `A report by... the Wellcome Trust estimated the percentage of people worldwide who believe vaccines are safe. `People living in Europe have the lowest level of faith in immunisations whilst those in the east of Africa and South Asia are most likely to believe they work`."

"Now that`s quite an interesting spread of opinion there; but they go on to say that common anti-vaxx theories include that `the jabs don`t work, or give people the disease they`re supposed to protect against, that the drugs contain dangerous heavy metals or even that one of them is linked to autism. All are regularly debunked and vaccines have been proven to be safe over decades and saved millions of lives`."

"Nothing to back this claim up, of course. `Tackling the spread of these myths which is sped up by social media is becoming an increasing priority of the government in the UK`."

"So there you are. If you start to question and research the dangers of vaccines you`re going to be picked up by ... anti-terrorism legislation. But they`re going to offer you counselling at some stage. So presumably you`re going to end up in the psychiatric gulag, trying some of these injections, if you dare question it."

Mike Robinson nods

"Brilliant system isn`t it?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWJ_NgHy7E0

Friday, 26 July 2019

Positive news about Melanie

Update from Brian Gerrish who has recently visited Melanie Shaw in Rampton Hospital:


"Melanie looks well and I understand she now looks considerably better than when she first arrived at Rampton from prison, where she endured some 19 months in solitary confinement and was very badly treated in a number of ways. "

"I was very encouraged by the positive and caring attitude of the Rampton staff who attended my visit, and I would like to say that I am sure they have Melanie's best interests at heart, and are doing their best for her. Melanie is taking medication, but was upbeat, chatty and clearly knew what her situation was, and what she wanted to achieve to improve her situation."

"Her position is very delicate at the moment as Rampton is a high security hospital and progress towards a more relaxed environment, and ultimately release, will be involved and will take time. Appropriate matters in a medical and legal sense are also proceeding, but I am not at liberty to mention details."

"Having said that, Melanie's conditions in Rampton are steadily improving and she is now able to participate in more social activities that are available, including time working in the garden growing area outside. This is a hugely positive change for her after her protracted time in prison."


Read more: https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/important-update-melanie-shaw-beechwood-abuse-survivor?fbclid=IwAR1PMDBHcUmzkzjNn8f2kHCm1ufnEJRIZdIgvWpHV-E2IkDYVwD9vLh5qKQuk

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Permanent exclusion for pupil who disagrees with school policy on gender


"A teenager who went viral after arguing with his teacher that there are only two genders will not be allowed to return to the school where he filmed the confrontation."

"The unnamed 17-year-old secretly filmed the moment he was reprimanded by a teacher at Mearns Academy in Aberdeenshire, who said his view on gender was not in line with school policy..."

"The boy has claimed staff told him not to return to the school in the wake of the incident...."

"In the interview, the boy said the issue first came up in class when they had been asked to sign up for a website and the teacher pointed out there were only two gender options...."

"During a meeting with Murray and his mum he said the school `emphasised that I wasn`t getting into trouble for what I said but for recording a teacher`, which is fair enough because it`s a known rule not to record your teacher...."

"He said they later extended the suspension by another two weeks and told him he could return after the summer break..."

"`We got called back in for another meeting and they said after having lots of talks with people higher up they said it`s not ok for me to finish my education at that school effectively and they told me there`s no chance I can return,` he said."

"An Aberdeenshire council spokesperson said Murray was not permanently excluded from the school, but that he had reached the end of his time in compulsory education."

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/teenager-who-went-viral-after-arguing-with-his-teacher-that-there-are-only-two-genders-told-its-not-a4180816.html

Vulnerable are locked away for years



"They're supposed to be a place of comfort and security - where vulnerable people can stay for a short time, to keep them and others safe."

"But today, a week-long protest has begun into NHS Assessment and Treatment Units, or ATUs, over serious concerns about patient care."

"Campaigners say children with learning disabilities and autism are being locked away for years, far away from their families, in distressing conditions."

Police snatch 3 children



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"When Natalya and her family arrived in Norway in September 2018 they were overwhelmed by the beauty of the country. They had moved there from America because Natalya’s husband started a new job in Oslo. But their lives drastically changed a few months later when Norway’s dysfunctional Child protection service along with the police entered their house on a Monday night in May 2019 and seized their children."

"Like in so many other cases there was no forewarning, no court proceeding, no thorough investigation or assistance given to the family prior to the taking of the children. This Episode was recorded about a month after the Children were seized. [See link below] "

https://stepup4childrensrights.com/three-american-children-taken/?fbclid=IwAR1Dju1OwqdJhOGxKgvLXdZ8YKxnWnPPqoSvc5bcTvMZgLFz0djRQaG09gk

Mother accused of inducing illness

"Drayak's world was `turned inside out` when she was suspected of causing her daughter's illness. Two-year-old Beatrix had a complex medical history and had been placed on anti-epilepsy medicine but she was struggling to feed and kept vomiting. Her mother claims to have been treated `like a monster`over concerns she was `inducing` Beatrix's illness."

"Her daughter was taken into foster care and the family was not reunited until a year later when the case was dropped. Taliah, 36, was wrongly suspected of Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) in relation to her daughter, a condition also known as Munchausen's syndrome by proxy. FII is a rare form of child abuse which occurs when a parent or carer, usually the child's biological mother, exaggerates or deliberately causes symptoms of illness in the child..."

"During the investigation, Taliah, who is a mother of seven, was allowed to continue caring for her other children but Beatrix was removed from the family home. The toddler spent three months in foster care before an arrangement was made for Beatrix to be cared for by her father Taurean at a separate address, with Taliah getting limited supervised access..."

"It was consultant paediatrician Dr Marianne Cochrane, at the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital, whose concerns led to a child protection investigation and Taliah being interviewed by the police. Her other children, her friends and playgroup workers were also interviewed as part of the investigation. `None of that seemed to resolve anything,` Taliah says."

"She says the more she asked for help the more she was treated with suspicion."

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48770748#



Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Beechwood in the news


Melanie Shaw Awareness Day, Manchester 2019

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Meanwhile:

"A woman in her 40s has been awarded more than £20,000 in criminal damages over the sexual abuse she suffered at Beechwood children’s home over 30 years ago."

"The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was a resident at the home in Mapperley in the 1980s."

"The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, which is a Government agency, has awarded the former resident £22,000 damages."

"This is despite the fact that the people she said had abused her did not face any charges against her..."

"Although the location of Beechwood is within the city boundaries, it was being run by the county council during the time the woman was there."

"The council has already paid out over £2.5m to more than 125 people in civil compensation to people who were in children's homes and foster care."

"Of the civil claims made to both the city and county councils, more than 140 relate to Beechwood."

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/former-beechwood-resident-receives-22000-2980031?fbclid=IwAR3eV84pscVvVlVwwRPrMF5Uza5VGlmZDq_h3DqxudvKRXD8c1u-n01c3sA

Inclusive education ?


"A pupil claims he was thrown out of class after a teacher reprimanded him for claiming there were only 'two genders'."

"The 17-year-old secretly filmed his teacher on a smartphone telling him off and then posted the clip online. It was shared internationally, sparking a debate about free speech and transgender rights with one YouTube video shared more than 9,000 times."

"A leading teaching union defended the 56-year-old teacher and suggested the child had been 'looking for trouble'. Last night Aberdeenshire Council said the video did not show the full context of the incident, and insisted the school's aim was to 'support a fairer, inclusive environment for all'. The three-minute video shows the teacher explaining to the child why he was asked to leave the class at an Aberdeenshire secondary school, after the teenager had claimed there were only two genders."

"The teacher tells the pupil: 'You're entitled to your opinion', to which the teenager responds: 'If I am, then why did you kick me out of class? It's not very inclusive.' Then the teacher replies: 'No, I'm sorry, what you were saying is not very inclusive. This is an inclusive school.' "

"This teacher allegedly kicked a pupil out of class for saying that there are only two genders at a school in Aberdeenshire.  The teacher then says there is more than one gender 'by law', and that by claiming there are only two genders, the pupil had not been 'inclusive'. The member of staff continues:  'You were clearly given an opportunity not to pursue it. You chose to do so`."

"At this point, the pupil tells him: 'I think it's silly to have anything other than two genders, sir.' The teacher then urges him: 'Could you please keep that opinion to your own house?  Not in this school.' The child asks the teacher why staff are allowed to air an opinion, while a pupil is apparently barred from doing so. "

"Then the teacher states: 'I am not putting my opinion out. I am stating what is national school authority policy.' The child tells him this is 'not scientific whatsoever', while the teacher tells him 'not every policy is scientific'. The teenager said he did not have to be kicked out of class, which had wasted 30 minutes of his time, and the teacher tells him to 'make an official complaint'. The pupil tells him: 'I was simply saying there are two genders male and female. Anything else is a personal identification`."

"The heated exchange was captured by the pupil after the 17-year-old claims he was kicked out of class at the Aberdeenshire school The teacher tells the child he had made a point which was 'contrary to policy', and claims the pupil was 'making bad choices'. At this point, the teenager voices his anger that the teacher had wasted his time, to which the teacher responds: 'I am not allowed to tell you how much of my time you have wasted`."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0r0gRnwNwI&feature=youtu.be

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Mental health connections

[UK Column 7th June 2019 ]

"This is a website which has this amazing story:  `UK University to monitor social media accounts to identify suicidal students` and it`s by a gentleman called David McCourt."

"`Northumbria University in the North East of England is set to take the radical step of using data collected from students` social media accounts in a bid to reduce climbing student suicide rates. The higher educational institution, located in Newcastle upon Tyne, will create an Early Alert Tool to offer aid to undergrads in crisis`."

"So this was a bit more of it. So the university is working in partnership with nine other organisations on the project and they`ve been awarded funding by the Office for Students (OfS). A total of £14.5 million has been put aside by OfS, £6 million of which will go to the social media scanning project, and another £8.5 million going to nine other collaborative projects."

"Now I find this quite extraordinary," says Brian Gerrish, "That these sums of money are being put into watching students` social media. "

"This is another paragraph: `Few details were given about what information exactly would be mined from students` social media accounts. The project will raise concerns about the invasion of privacy, but these issues could be eased somewhat by an opt-in policy that requires students to consent to being part of the program`."

"Now we spoke to the Office for Students and said: `Well, are students going to be able to opt in or opt out? And they said to us that: `Well they don`t know at the moment because the project hasn`t really been formulated`. So we`ve given money for a project which the donor of that public money doesn`t even know what these key details are about."

Mike Robinson comments: "So they`re going to hoover up all this data. Now twitter, facebook and so on, they provide apps to do that. So take part in those platforms, anybody can hoover up your data. But the question here for me is: is this going to end at identifying people that are at risk of suicide or perhaps will they be looking at other forms of thought crime?"

Brian Gerrish: "Well is this just going to be one arm of the Prevent strategy and project Channel, so that if you dare express anything the state believes is right wing extremist you`re going to be reported through to the Prevent system?"

"Let`s have a look at what the Chief Executive said. This is Nicola Dandridge and she said: `Whenever I talk to students, improving mental health support is consistently raised as a priority. Taking preventative action to promote good mental health is critical, as is taking a whole institution approach and involving students in developing solutions..."

"So apparently, we`re at the stage where students are not thinking about their education and how good that education is, they`re preoccupied with their mental health. If that`s true, we`re in a pretty serious position. I`m not sure what the truth is, but we`ll just follow this through a bit."

 
"Here`s the Office for Students. They`re independent, Mike, as always. They were appointed by central government, and they`re connected through to central government, but they are independent." 

"And we`ve got some interesting people here. Here`s Sir Michael Barber, the chair, and he started out as chief adviser to the Secretary of State for Education in 1997 and he was part of the Prime Minister`s Delivery Unit. So very much an establishment man but everything is independent of government here. And he did a little bit of work with consultancy McKinsey who, of course, has done a lot of work in most governments."

"We`ve got Gurpreet Dehal. He`s a trustee of the multi-school academy trust E-ACT. He also holds non-executive positions with the Ministry of Defence and Equity UK..."

"And we`ve got Martin Coleman, deputy chairman of the board and chairs the Provider Risk Committee. And I found this interesting... he`s a trustee of an organisation called Police Now. I had no idea what that was. So we followed through. Here it is."

"`Join us, change the story, and `Police Now is on a mission to `transform communities, reduce crime and increase the public`s confidence in policing by recruiting and developing outstanding and diverse individuals to be leaders in society and on the policing frontlines`. So you`re not a policeman any more. You`re going to be changing the whole of society."

Mike Robinson: "So this is Common Purpose for police."

"It`s Common Purpose for police; I would say so. And we`ve got some interesting people here. So we`ve got a David Spencer,  co-founder and chief executive officer. He was an officer in the Met Police. So I suppose that makes sense. But he`s done a lot of political degrees... If you have a look at the bottom."

`Dave has a Business degree from the University of Sheffield, a Masters degree in US Politics from the University of London, and is currently studying his research Masters in Politics from the University of London`. 

"We`ve got another police constable there, Tor Garnett... So Sir Ian Powell we`ve got, left Pricewaterhouse Coopers on 13th of June 2016 on completion of his second and final four year term as chairman and senior partner.  Pricewaterhouse, of course, very interesting company with lots of very big government contracts, but he then joined the board of Capita PLC on 1st September as chairman designate. So he`s chairman of Police Now and a member of the committee for the National Gallery."

"So interesting connections. And the other gentleman there, James Darley - well he`s been working in graduate recruitment and he`s got a background in credit Swiss bank. And it`s just interesting to say how does this relationship work? [It`s] where we`re really coming to. And I can`t explain it."

"No," says Mike Robinson.

"We could go on a little bit more. We`ll just do these. Director general for tax and welfare at HM Treasury, James Bowler. So he, according to this report, is the Director General for tax and welfare at HM Treasury."

Mike Robinson: "But he`s helping Police Now transform secure society."

"Yes."

"Good stuff."

"Yeah."

Mike Robinson: "I mean what can we say about this?"

"Not a lot."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6mt5H3aChk

Friday, 14 June 2019

Edinburgh taxi outing


ACE awareness


John Swinney MSP referring to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) at the ACE aware nation conference and his ambition that Scotland will be the first ACE-aware nation in the world========================
 
The Scottish Review:

"Nobody would dispute that childhood, adversity and development are important when it comes to adult 'mental health' and physical health, especially in people who present with issues in adulthood, but the evidence on ACEs does not support a 'risk preventative' psycho-social public health policy that targets everybody, especially children who are 'well'... "

"... Children as young as a five are asked to reflect upon relationships, emotions and their families. Psychological projection tools are used which encourage such reflection and yield much information (i.e., qualitative data) on children's families, lifestyles, struggles, problems and difficulties. "

"Anecdotal reports are suggesting that younger children are becoming confused and distressed with this aspect of the school curriculum (an ACE in itself?). And these 'lessons' are conducted without informed consent or consultation with parents..."


"The Scottish Government have been here before; their failed Named Person Scheme proposal was deemed by the courts to be unnecessarily intrusive, destructive of family life and highly totalitarian. With ACEs, who some critics believe is the Named Person Plan B, we are again getting into totalitarian lands."

"These curricular developments are wholly inappropriate; the school is not a place where you meddle with the 'mental health' of a child, or extract information from them on issues pertaining to 'mental health' and well-being."

http://www.scottishreview.net/BruceScott475a.html

Friday, 7 June 2019

No lessons for climate change activist

"Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg will take a year out of school and travel to the US to continue her campaign to promote environmental protection."

"The teen kicked off the hugely popular ‘school strike’ movement last year for kids to push their elders into taking a serious stand to tackle the devastating effects of climate change and safeguard their future..."

"As part of her commitment to the cause of reducing carbon emissions, Thunberg does not travel by plane. Accepting an invite to the UN’s special climate change meeting in New York in September means a lengthy transatlantic voyage ahead, so she’s decided to take a sabbatical year to make the journey."

"Thunberg also plans to attend the UN Cop25 climate change summit in Santiago, Chile in December."


https://www.rt.com/news/460808-greta-thunberg-climate-change-travel/
 
 A comment under the RT article:


But the percentage of various greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is not the only fact that has been misunderstood by Greta.

Here is UK Column`s Mike Robinson, along with Patrick Henningsen from 21st Century Wire, who recount Greta`s good news towards the end of the programme:

"I just wanted to end on a positive note," says Robinson, "Because really `good news,` Patrick: Greta Thunberg, the teen climate change campaigner ... is taking a year off from school so she can go to the United States and, in fact, America in general to promote her policies to deal with climate change."

Patrick Henningsen: "Sacrificing her own education for the sake of the climate ..." 


"So you`ll be glad to know, of course, she runs this campaign about Flight Shame.  So, apparently, she is not going to fly to the Americas and the United States. She`s going to take a boat which is really a bit unfortunate because this organisation ... reported to the Guardian in 2016 that if you`re on a plane, aircraft use 0.257 kg of CO2 per passenger mile. But unfortunately ships use 0.43 kg of CO2 per passenger mile. So this is a little unfortunate for poor dear old Greta. She clearly hasn`t considered this..." 

Patrick Heningsen: "Well maybe it`s better, Mike, that young Greta takes the plane instead of the ship. And if she does that then she won`t need to take the year off school because she`ll be spending less time travelling by boat..."  
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJLflt6FuhA

Operation Grange continues and many ask: why ?

"The Home Office has agreed to keep funding the hunt for missing Madeleine McCann for another year."

"An application had been made by the Metropolitan Police Service for a further £300,000 to keep the investigation going until the end of March 2020."


"Today the Home Office confirmed the investigation would get `similar` funding to last financial year, when it got £300,000."

"The British police investigation, called Operation Grange, has cost £11.75 million since it began in 2013."

Read more https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/madeleine-mccann-missing-home-office-2945711


Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Outside Rampton secure hospital

[Published on 16 May 2019]

"Melanie Shaw is currently incarcerated at Rampton Secure Hospital, and there are many questions as to who wants her there and how this goal was achieved. Laura Thomas asks questions about this disturbing case."

"Many thanks to local Retford resident Sid Pepper for the filming. Sid is always happy to assist with local causes."

"This is Laura Thomas's 4th video for Melanie Shaw."

Rampton Secure Hospital -
https://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare...


Toxic environments

"Four teachers at a Scottish school built on a toxic landfill site have developed the same rare form of cancer."

"All the staff members were diagnosed with bladder cancer."

"Three of them worked in the same corridor at Buchanan High School in Coatbridge, where pupils and staff were told not to drink the tap water after it turned blue."

"Meanwhile, a mother is demanding to know whether her autistic son’s sudden blindness is linked to contamination at the site of the Lanarkshire school after he was found to have high levels of arsenic..."

"North Lanarkshire Council said: `The safety of pupils and staff is the council’s primary concern. While it is regrettable that any pupil or member of staff suffers from a serious illness, there is no credible evidence to suggest that any such illness has been caused by environmental factors associated with the school site or copper previously being present in the drinking water supply`."

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/teachers-at-school-built-on-toxic-site-have-the-same-rare-cancer-1-4934923?fbclid=IwAR3FdX5W_Edl40E8U6LeuUnUznypIUU0Bti0uYpXaA7U3J1-lUr3tONnsb4

Cell phone masts - another cancer scare


Thursday, 23 May 2019

Psychological torture in specialist hospital

"The abuse and mistreatment of vulnerable adults at a specialist hospital has been uncovered by the BBC's Panorama programme."

"Undercover BBC filming shows staff intimidating, mocking and restraining patients with learning disabilities and autism at Whorlton Hall, County Durham."

"Experts said the culture was deviant at the privately-run NHS-funded unit with evidence of `psychological torture`."

"A police investigation has been launched and 16 staff suspended."

"The 17-bed hospital is one of scores of such units in England that provide care for just below 2,300 adults with learning disabilities and autism."

"Many are detained under the Mental Health Act."

"Glynis Murphy, professor of clinical psychology and disability at Kent University's Tizard Centre, said much of what Panorama had found was the `absolute antithesis` of good care."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48367071?fbclid=IwAR2c6uhHcdENpqxGEkjB9YBYi9xMVgNJDc-EngcKdGGozesKZz2NdEMl84U

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Prosecution failures in Scotland

[UK Column News 10 May 2019]

"This is the Times here: `..Child abuse inquiry to look at Crown Office `failings`. Is it really going to do that?" asks Mike Robinson, "Or ... is that just another throw away headline?"

"That`s an excellent question," is David Scott`s response.  "... Now there have certainly been Crown Office failings... `The Crown Office is organised crime` is a phrase that keeps coming up. The Crown Office... are the only means of any prosecution in Scotland. All prosecutions go through the Crown Office; therefore anything that`s not prosecuted, [that is] held up, [is the responsibility of] the Crown Office; it`s a completely obscure organisation."

"We don`t have any access. It`s all confidential. We don`t know what`s happening in there and of the cases that the police investigate, that are considered to have a good prospect of successful conviction, forty percent of those are decided by the Crown Office to not be cases they want to take forward, and never see the light of day in a court room. Forty percent is in this discard pile. So there are many things about the Crown Office that are very worrying."

"Now there are also many things about the official inquiry that are very worrying."

From the article: 

"The official inquiry into historical child abuse in Scotland is expected to investigate alleged failures by prosecutors to protect vulnerable children in care."

"The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service admitted that it was likely to be the focus of future investigation by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry."

"Officials conceded that the body may have been `deficient` in the past. `It is anticipated that future stages of the inquiry will require the institutions charged with the investigation and prosecution of crime to face up, candidly and critically, to the practices and policies of years gone by` a spokesman said."  

Remarking on the statement, `The officials conceded that the body may have been deficient in the past,` David Scott added: "Notice it is always in the past," and further on in response to `It... will require the institution charged with the investigation and prosecution of crime to face up candidly and critically to the practices and policies of years gone by, he commented: "Again always painted as `it`s perfect now, but it wasn`t then`. And there`s no explanation as to how this miraculous change ever happened."
 
The article goes on:

"It comes after John Halley, a lawyer appointed to the inquiry, suggested that vulnerable young people in care were being let down raising his concerns about child trafficking through prostitution of children in care in a report sent to Lady Smith, the inquiry`s chairwoman. Mr Halley cited several cases that never came to court despite evidence of trafficking and sexual abuse of children in care,` the Sunday Times reported. `Some victims were linked to senior figures within the legal establishment... And Mr Halley said `I will not be complicit nor tolerate cover-up and failure to report or investigate systemic failures."

In addition, David Scott informs listeners and viewers that Mr Halley put the following statement on twitter: 


"I have been absent from work since 28 October 2016. On 10 October 2016, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. On 31 October 2016, I underwent a right hemicolectomy in surgery lasting some 4 hours at Borders General Hospital, Scotland. Between 6 December 2016 and June 2017, I underwent 8 cycles of chemotherapy. I have been unable to return to work since then."

"Prior to and after my diagnosis of cancer, I have held appointment as Lead Junior Counsel to the SCAI [Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry]. On 1 April 2019, I submitted a detailed `Note` running to in excess of 17,500 words, on Child Trafficking Through Prostitution of Children in Care in Scotland to Lady Smith, Chair of the SCAI. By letter dated 15 April 2019, Julie-Anne Jamieson, SCAI Secretary, informed me that Lady Smith has decided that the Note is comprised of material that I ought not to have been working on. I refute that entirely. I was instructed and I did investigate and report. The Note sets out a summary of my remit, important facts, allegations, inferences and sources for investigation by the SCAI. It is clear to me that Lady Smith has decided that the SCAI will not investigate the material detailed in the Note."

"Since 1 September 2016, I have had to suffer disability discrimination, harassment and victimisation by Lady Smith. I will deal with that in an application to the Employment Tribunal when I am well enough. However, I will not be complicit in, nor tolerate cover-up and failure to report or to investigate systemic failures, including prosecution policy failures, which appear to have perpetrated injustice on vulnerable young people in care in Scotland. I will not permit the serious allegations, detailed in my Note, of past child exploitation, and failures to report suspicions of child exploitation, by lawyers, judges, public figures and others, to be ignored."

"I have today reported by Note to Mr Graham Fraser, Procurator Fiscal for Scottish Borders Area. I understand that the Procurator Fiscal will report the Note and its content directly to the Lord Advocate if, having considered its content, he is satisfied of the duty to do so. I have felt compelled to immediately report the Note to the Procurator Fiscal in the public interest. However this is spun the facts remain."

"In order to ensure necessary safeguarding of our children going forward, Scotland and our survivors of child abuse require the truth."

Returning to David Scott, he remarks: "So Lady Smith has been asked to investigate the Procurator Fiscal Service because the Procurator Fiscal Service has let down the survivors of child sexual abuse."

"Meanwhile the Procurator Fiscal Service has been asked to investigate a case where Lady Smith has let down the survivors of child sexual abuse. And out of this we hope for truth and justice."

"It does not look good."
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-9NPzoKYuA

 
For more cover-ups, see UK Column`s article HERE which refers to the tape which Lady Smith refused to release to now deceased child abuse campaigner Robert Green.

Cancer

"In Great Britain, children’s cancer incidence has increased by more than 40% since the late 1960s."

"The reasons for this are poorly understood, though improvements in diagnosis and registration are likely to have played a part."

Managed Service Network for Children and Young People with Cancer

See `The Business of Cancer`

`Ignorant codswallop` from Belgium

"Doctors in Belgium have called for parents who raise their children as vegans to face prosecution after a number of deaths in schools, nurseries and hospitals."

"It is estimated that 3 percent of Belgian children are forced to follow the strict diet, which rules out any animal products, including dairy and eggs."

"The Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium published a legal opinion on Thursday, which could influence future court judgments and is the first time a health authority has taken a position on veganism in the country..."

"Professor Casimir warned that such a strict regime would now legally qualify as `non-assistance to a person in danger`, a crime which carries a sentence of up to two years and fines in Belgium."

"A person cannot be convicted of the 1961 offence if he is unaware the person is in danger but the legal opinion now made it common knowledge that a vegan diet can kill, he told Le Soir..."

"Dawn Carr, of PETA, said, `What a load of ignorant codswallop! NHS nutritionists confirm that while a meat- and dairy-based diet is what strikes people down in adulthood as it can lead to hardened arteries that cause stroke, brain aneurysms, and heart attacks a well-planned vegan diet is perfect for babies and children."

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/video/

Plant Pure Nation - spreading the word about the health benefits of a plant based diet:

Sunday, 28 April 2019

A peculiar death cult

In Glasgow:

"Environmental campaigners have staged a `die-in` protest under the skeleton of a dinosaur in a Glasgow museum."

"Extinction Rebellion Scotland said about 300 people took part in the protest at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum."


[If it wasn`t for the extinction of the dinosaurs, human beings would never have evolved. So what`s the symbolism here?]

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-48078039


 
In London:
 
"It`s a bit odd isn`t it, that the protesters have chosen Easter holiday week  - because they`re urging the government to take action and meet with them - but the government are on an Easter break ?"  [Sam]

The Thunberg family

"Teenage activist Greta Thunberg's mother has hit back at suggestions that she is secretly masterminding her schoolgirl phenomenon daughter's global climate change campaign..."

"Malena, 48, is a classically trained opera singer who has performed in theatres across the world including Berlin, Vienna and Amsterdam, as well as her native Stockholm."

"She broke into pop music in 2009 when she represented Sweden in the Eurovision song contest in Moscow, with her song, La Voix [the voice]..."

"She married Swedish actor Svante Thunberg in 2004, shortly after the birth of their first child Greta."

"The family live in a sprawling apartment in a sought-after part of central Stockholm. The flat has views over one of the many rivers that pass through Sweden’s capital and is within walking distance of the country’s parliament..."

"Malena was forced to defend herself as speculation swirled in Sweden that Greta's campaign was stage-managed with a PR guru to promote a book that she has written about Greta's battle with Asperger's Syndrome."

Read More https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6962683/Mother-climate-activist-Greta-Thunberg-DENIES-masterminding-daughters-rise-fame.html

Piers Corbyn, someone you don`t see on the BBC, gives his alternative views about the cause of climate change.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

The Glastonbury experiment

"A 'weapons grade' phone technology that has sparked health concerns - and been linked with a spate of suicides at Bristol University - will be tested at Glastonbury Festival..."

"A 5G mobile network is to be trialled during Glasto as part of EE's ongoing trials of the technology. 5G is the next generation of mobile network and is expected to begin publicly rolling out later this year, offering internet speeds up to double that of current generation 4G. EE has said it will install five temporary masts across the Worthy Farm site, which will enable festival-goers to connect to 2G, 3G, 4G and - for the first time 5G - networks. The trial will be the first time the technology has been installed at a festival."

"While many scientists believe 5G is perfectly safe, some - including a public health professor at the University of California - have described 5g as `a massive experiment on the health of all species`."

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/glastonbury-festival-test-mobile-phone-2790807

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"A Silicon-valley engineer turned technology health advocate, Jeromy Johnson discusses our attachment to technology and the health hazards such an addiction may hold. "


Despite the health warnings, along comes an even more powerful wifi technology, as this commenter on the above video has said.


Statistics show increase in missing children from care

It looks like Ann Coffey MP wants the opportunity to produce yet another report despite the situation deteriorating year on year.

"MPs are to launch an inquiry into the record number of children missing from care in England."

"Ann Coffey, who heads the all-parliamentary group for runaway and missing children and adults, is to invite those working in this area to give their views about the risks faced by children who go missing after being sent miles away from their homes for care."

"Coffey also wants to explore how many of these children are then lured into drug gangs as part of the so-called county lines phenomenon."

"Data obtained through a parliamentary question by the MP shows an increase of 1,000 children going missing from care homes since 2015, after being moved to new areas often miles from their homes, known as an `out of area placement`."

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/mar/26/record-number-of-children-missing-from-care-in-uk

When will it dawn on her that she has all the information she needs and that it is action that is required to prevent further abuse? For example, around care homes, paedophile groups often ensnare vulnerable children with drugs but the police, social workers and others turn a blind eye. Breaking the bond between children and their families increases their vulnerability.

Given Ann Coffey`s background she must be aware of these links, surely.

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"Elected in 1992, Ann Coffey is the Member of Parliament for Stockport. Before she was elected she worked with children and families as a senior social worker."

"She is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults which produced a report in 2012 into children missing from care and the link betwen missing and child sexual exploitation. The APPG produced a further report in 2016 into Safeguarding of Absent Children."

https://dvparty.uk/connect/ann-coffey/

More research required for vulnerable children

[From Ann Memmott`s blog]

"Currently, there is no evidence based practice for the treatment of trauma [for autistic individuals]".

"Those are words from a recent paper looking at ideas for how to help autistic children who have experienced traumatic events. The paper, by Slack and Lucyshyn (2018), can be found at
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10803-018-3854-9 "

"I must admit that when I read this, I didn't know quite what to say."

"We know that autistic children experience high levels of bullying. We know that they are seen as a target by predators. We know that many show distress behaviour, and many express a wish to end their own lives."

"We know there is likely to be an autistic child in every classroom, from the most recent research into numbers of autistic individuals."

"But no-one knows how to help an autistic child who shows signs of trauma (for example Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder..."


Read More https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/complex-ptsd/#.XLlvvOhKjIU

Professor Tony Attwood explains some of the characteristics of those on the autism spectrum.


[Note: the term `aspergers` has fallen into disrepute although many believe it still has its uses.]

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Melanie Shaw confined without limit

 
"Melanie Shaw, the woman who was one of the first people to report historic sex abuse at Beechwood children`s home, has been given a hospital order and will stay in Rampton to be treated."

"The 48-year-old was sentenced today, Tuesday April 2, after setting fire to the bedding in her prison cell because she felt her human rights were being abused."

"At Leeds Crown Court she was given a section 37 hospital order, which means that she will be sent to hospital for treatment, rather than to prison."

"But she was also given a section 41 restriction order, which can be added to a hospital order if the court feels the person is a risk to the public - and which has no fixed time limit..."

"Making the hospital order - which needs evidence from two doctors - Judge Penelope Belcher said that 40 pages of reports had been provided by the doctors, providing details of Shaw`s medical history, background, previous convictions and attitude."

"She said: `Both doctors are of the view this lady will respond to treatment, and there is a bed available`."

"`Both doctors are also of the view a section 41 restriction order is necessary. The order should be known as a restriction order..."

"Under the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended by the Mental Health Act 2007, a section 37 hospital order can be granted for up to six months at a time, can then be renewed for a further six months, and then for one year at a time."

"However, if a section 41 restriction order is imposed, for the 'protection of the public from serious harm', this changes the time limit of the hospital order, and has no fixed time limit."

"It means that the person can only be discharged with permission from the Secretary of State for Justice."


https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/melanie-shaw-given-hospital-order-2711679?fbclid=IwAR3rROcpe8jKaSV6s640IANpvNEYuPWqHt0eecQMQYL6TbCQwi0gm2rB5NE

"It has also been claimed on social media that Melanie is currently not allowed to receive visitors at Rampton, with it being `in the patient's best interests not to have contact with anyone`."

"Nottinghamshire Live has been unable to confirm this, as both the Ministry of Justice and Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, which runs Rampton Hospital, say they do not comment on individual cases."

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/what-happens-melanie-shaw-now-2723840?fbclid=IwAR3lWT2TM5jkVqNbplmco15dAAZ_xFn5m39cW_VuFyXYCZjYO8DR4exjT5o