I read wih dismay and frustration at the Charity Sector's response to the government's proposal that monies given to Charities by government organisations for services should not be used for lobbying. The Charity sector claim this is a vow of silence as they represent 'the vulnerable' against the Big Bad Government. But lets just clarify … Continue reading Surely we all want Best Value for public monies?
I am not Scottish and I clearly do not live in Scotland, although my parents did live there for a while. I also have no interest in the politics of the potential independence of Scotland although I am interested in the practical implications of building a whole new country as I have always been interested … Continue reading Build a new independent Scotland?
I believe to actually change Government, you can not sit on the sides moaning and throwing stones, but rather you need to get involved with government and work with them, whoever they are. My aim is to make life a better place for all disabled people by working with those with power, which political party … Continue reading Getting involved with government
I fear one of the problems with any government, national or local, is they are not very good is being transparent or consistent in their priorities and how they are implemented. We can not often come onboard with what the government is doing because we do not know what they are trying to do as … Continue reading Transparent priorities
If we had a Labour Government implementing the necessary welfare reforms instead of the Coalition government, would people be reacting with so much hostility? Well, I have come to the conclusion that probably not and that a lot of the so-called anti-cuts protests or in fact anti-tory protests by trade unionists, socialists and those institutionalised … Continue reading If this was a Labour government
I believe one people with this government as well as governments in general is that they have not set clear big picture goals in which to pin all its policies on. It talks about cutting costs but it is a goal which is not being implemented as strongly as people may realise which so much … Continue reading Setting big picture goals
I believe in order to successfully turn the bigger government policies into detailed effective practice, it is important to involve the citizens the policy will affect in all stages of its development and implementation. This is about going far beyond what is often meaningless consultations and actually involve citizens as partners in the policy, taking … Continue reading Citizen Involvement is key
Its could be argued that a lot of people find it easy to complain, but if you really want to make a change than you need to provide constructive criticism. I regard complaining as simply saying what is wrong with something in your opinion, so what you do not like. But what does this actually … Continue reading Complaints or Constructive Criticism
This was the remark made by a fellow ILF users and so-called activists when I challenged her to why she supported the high court case, as a waste of money, and I think it is a remark which really sums up the arrogance that now exists within the so-called movement. We have a generation of … Continue reading Well, the taxpayers pays for everything, don’t they?!
I live in a three bedroom place, one bedroom is for myself, one is for my live-in volunteer and the third 'bedroom' is my office, where I am typing this article. This means as someone on housing benefit with one "spare" bedroom I am going to be affected by the bedroom tax and there is … Continue reading The bedroom tax