Tuesday, 22 January 2019

You Need A Dictionary, Love...

A woman with severe disabilities is being told she no longer meets the criteria to keep her electric wheelchair.
Hove resident Belinda Formosa received the shock news in a letter from the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust which said that, following a review of her medical history, she is no longer eligible for the vehicle.
It's a miracle! Or, more likely, her previous assessments erred on the generous side.
The letter said that “in our consultant’s opinion based on the medical evidence they have available, it should be possible for you to both walk and self-propel a manual chair”.
But despite news that anyone else would be thrilled to hear (Good news, you're not as disabled as you thought!), Belinda is not happy:
But Belinda said that because of several medical conditions, including spinal stenosis, cirrhosis of the liver, a pancreatic divisum, Dupuytren’s disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), she would be unable to do so.
She said: “I don’t like using the word disabled, I prefer to use the word adaptable instead.”
You don't seem to be adapting very well, though, do you?

Yeah, Sure, You Keep On Doing This....

Sgt Scott Fitzmaurice said: “We will not tolerate anybody - regardless of whether they are subject of a court order - dealing drugs in our area.
“Operation Raptor will continue to target all those individuals, including members of the C17 gang, intent on committing drug or gang related crime in our county.”
And the 'justice system' will keep on doing what they do best:
He admitted the charges at Basildon Crown Court on Monday January 7 where he was given a six-month jail term suspended for 12-months and was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.
What a total waste of time....

Monday, 21 January 2019

Expecting Networks To Give Up Ratings Is Like Expecting Alcoholics To Give Up Booze...

Emily Bell thinks that the US TV networks should have refused to air a speech by The Donald:
The inability of 11 separate network heads to say “no” to Trump caused frustration on a number of levels. It was yet another sign, said some commentators, of the networks not “getting it”, following the normal rules of engagement with a presidency that is abnormal to the point of dysfunction.
Because having a President that screwed the help in the Oval Office wasn't at all 'dysfunctional'..?
Allowing a president noted for his untruthfulness access to their networks arguably put protocol above national interest, or perhaps, more honestly, prioritised ratings over principle.
Funny. I've visited the States, and every TV I saw there had an 'off' switch.

It was ten years ago, though. Perhaps things have changed?
The speech and an accompanying rebuttal by Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer were seen by more than 43 million viewers. Trump remains strong box office.
Hard to see why the networks aren't listening to the likes of you, isn't it?

I Guess Now We Find Out If He's Any Good....

Burrell, of Eastcote Grove, Southend had been working as a private sector housing manager for Southend Council.
He diverted taxpayers’ money to developers but insisted his only motivation was to try and get people off the housing waiting list.
On Friday Basildon Crown Court heard he had a breakdown after becoming overwhelmed by Southend’s housing crisis and decided to cut corners.
Another sterling effort by the council to safeguard public money!

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Make Up Your Minds Pt 4927814

'The Guardian': Moving people out of their home areas is wicked!
...when she received a letter from Newham council in 2010 advising that the whole estate was going to be decanted for “refurbishment”, it came as a surprise.
Her fears were quelled when the council confirmed that once the refurbishment was over, residents who wanted to return would be more than welcome to do so (subject to availability). But seven years on, Joyce has not returned...

Also 'The Guardian': Moving people back to their home areas is wicked!
"Councils have given thousands of rough sleepers and homeless people one-way train, bus and flight tickets to leave areas and sometimes even to leave the country in the last four years, a Guardian investigation can reveal.
The tickets were bought through “reconnection policies” that aim to encourage rough sleepers to voluntarily return to areas where they have family and support networks. It has been described as “street cleansing” and an abdication of responsibility by some campaigners and MPs."
Is it me, or...?

Remind Me Again, What Was The Point Of Amending The DDA?

Police have been informed. However, such incidents are usually left to dog wardens.
That's because the lazy bastards need to be held accountable for doing their job. Essex Police have form, yes, but they are far from the only police farce failing in this regard.

Despite the fact they whine about not having the necessary laws to excuse their lack of action, when they are given them (despite not actually needing them), they fail to act again.
"I'd seen three teenage girls with a massive pitbull in St Michael's Road that day," he said.
"It was tall and white and had pointed ears, as if they'd been trimmed.
"I'd actually said, 'There's no way they should be out with that, they can't control it.' You could see it pulling on the lead.
"When my daughter went out with Teddy, the girls were with the dog some way ahead. When it spotted Teddy it just went for him and they couldn't control it."
You'd think the police would look to their own welfare in such issues, wouldn't you?
"My daughter has put out some information on social media, and we've had a big response from that," Mr Woodcock said.
"Lots of people say the owner has a couple of pitbulls and is often seen outside the little shop near here. "
At the moment though, it seems like there's nothing we can do about these dogs."
It's not for you to 'do anything'. We pay people to do that for us. Yet we seemingly have no recourse when they fail to do it.

Friday, 18 January 2019

They Keep Inventing New 'Mental Health Conditions', Damn It!

Kate Bisset, mitigating, said Chambers was sorry for what had happened and had kept her dog muzzled and on a lead since the incident.
Miss Bisset said Chambers had been diagnosed with a mental health condition which led to her being abusive when confronted by others after the incident.
I guess 'Being a typical benefit-scrounging aggressive chav dog owner' is listed in Campbell's Psychiatric Dictionary, now?
Judge Tom Bayliss, QC, said: "You knew the dog in the past had behaved aggressively towards other dogs and you allowed it to just get out of control and attack this woman."
Leading to the pensioner requiring a skin graft. So she'll get the book thrown at her?
Chambers was given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to take part in a 20-day rehabilitation programme.
She was also ordered to comply with an order requiring her to keep Bella muzzled and on a lead when out in public, or face having the animal put down.
An order requiring the destruction of the wrong aggressive bitch, then?