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Post by String Emil.

Steven Messham is not just a child abuse victim. He’s a hero.

There is a war going on.
It’s a war played out in the media, on our televisions and on the internet - a war between information and disinformation, between truth and lies, between powerful establishment ‘fixers’ and ordinary citizens – but the casualties are real.
People have been hurt, people have even died, but some – bruised, tortured, battered to an unbelievable degree – have amazingly managed to survive.
Child abuse victim, Steven Messham is one of those who is still standing.
Because, as part of this war, last week, the Mail on Sunday did a hatchet job on Steven in an attempt to discredit him as a witness.
The article was almost entirely made up of spin, half-truths and downright lies. It was also written by a well-known establishment ‘fixer’ – David Rose – who was so confident that his attempt to discredit Steven would succeed he didn’t even bother to write under a pseudonym – despite the fact he must have known some of us would recognise his name.
See this previous article for more information about Rose:
The Mail is powerful. The members of the establishment who are paying people like David Rose to ‘fix’ things for them are also powerful.
In fact, for centuries these people have been so powerful they have always managed to cover-up their own wrongdoings, because the means of information and disinformation has always been in their hands – the television, the newspapers, the politicians, the courts. So they always won.
Until now.
The power of the internet has changed everything and for once there is a real opportunity that truth can overcome the spin, the lies and the cover-ups, because for once – maybe for the first time ever – ordinary people now have the tools to fight back.
That’s why we have to show the ‘fixers’ they no longer have a free hand to spread disinformation at will. We have to show them that the world has changed by making sure the truth about Steven Messham is known.
Here it is.
There is absolutely no doubt that Steven Messham was abused and raped as a child. Two of the leaders of the children’s home he was in were convicted and jailed for abusing the children under their care there.
The convicted abusers also happened to be fellow golf club members and friends of a cousin of Lord McAlpine - Jimmie McAlpine –  who lived nearby and is most likely one of the ‘rich’ men Steven remembers abusing him.
Not surprisingly, Steven’s abuser didn’t introduce himself formally and give him his exact name while he was raping him.
But Steven’s suffering unfortunately didn’t even stop when he left the care home. He was also later wrongly accused of fraud – another obvious attempt by the establishment to shut him up – but he was completely cleared of all charges. Indeed, if Steven had enough money of his own – I’m sure he would now be suing the Mail on Sunday and David Rose for libel for suggesting otherwise.
The truth is that Steven Messham is a remarkable man – a survivor who has taken on the might of the establishment and is still standing.
I take my hat off to him. He’s a stronger man than I am – and a better man than all those seeking to blacken his name in order to preserve their comfortable status quo.
So if you have a blog, write about it – reblog this article if you don’t want to write it yourself – and if you’re on Twitter or Facebook or Google+ or whatever – share share share.
This time, let’s make sure we don’t allow the lies and the spin and the disinformation to win.
For more information on the disinformation campaign being waged to discredit child abuse investigations, see these excellent blogs:

The Austere Land

The Austere Land

The domestic exile of John Maynard Keynes.

Robert Skidelsky

June 22, 2012

AS AUSTERITY POLICIES took hold in most of Europe, a Hayekian “money-glut” analysis of the origins of the slump replaced the Keynesian “savings-glut” one. According to Friedrich Hayek, slumps result from overly loose monetary policy. Excessive money-creation by the central bank makes it possible for banks to lend more than the public wants to save.

Continue Reading in the USA's, "New Republic", after having been mislead here by Google.

A4e Data Disclosure Disaster

400MB of internal A4e documents have been leaked in the last 24 hrs.
You'll never find a pair of handcuffs big enough for my ego, mate
The troubled welfare-to-unpaid-slave-labour company A4e, run by Emma Harrington from her stately home, is already under investigation for totally taking the piss by screwing the taxpayer out of £100's of millions of pounds for attempting to find work for the terminally ill, chronically disabled and the sort of misanthropic anti-socials you wouldn't trust to not to eat your chihuahua. 

The information included a considerable amount of personal data, details of all of the companies working with and for A4e and the statistical information that the Government has previously refused to release.

Not surprising when it shows that only 8% of their unemployed clients actually got a job - real, or workfare. That is 10% less than people left to their own devices...

A complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office has been made and is awaiting the assignment of a Case Officer.

The breech occurred when the scruffy radicals from the Ipswich Unemployed Action group discovered using a highly sophisticated forensic investigation tool known as "Google", that some muppet from A4e had uploaded nearly 1/2 GB of highly sensitive information to their server, without even the benefit of password protection.


edited 4 March: substantive changes: i. factual inaccuracies ii foul language iii bad grammar iv author drunk.

Time to Rise up and Defend

“At a time when the NHS has never been more popular and when there is increasing evidence of its cost-effectiveness, we are sleep-walking into its destruction”

Aneurin Beven on the day the NHS was created
A very good essay [pdf download] by by Professor John R Ashton, CBE on the plans to effectively create a two-tier health system in the UK through the Government's Health and Social Care Bill

The dismantling of the National Health Service (NHS) and of the welfare state proceeds apace. The historic settlement of 1948, born of the recession of the 1920s and 1930s and the carnage of World War 2, is being picked apart systematically by the UK’s Coalition Government...

The professor was for 13 years a Regional Director of Public Health and Regional Medical Officer, and clearly knows about a lot more than ingrown toenails

For the past 60 years the UK has had the Institutional 
Redistributive Model, which sees social welfare as a major 
integrated institution, providing universal services outside 
the market on the principle of need. As I write, we are being 
dragged into some hybrid of the Industrial Achievement 
Performance Model, which holds that social needs should 
be met on the basis of merit, work performance, and 

No, this is not a good time to mention nor quote German social policy from the 1930's, but good taste and the New Republic are not on speaking terms at the moment:

Healthy working class families with numerous children today earn only enough for the necessities of life, which means that it is irresponsible that the state must provide the money for some genetically ill families who may have several family members in institutions costing thousands of marks annually.

Dr. Gerhard Wagner, 1936

Fortunately our Dr Ashton knows his history and goes on to say

vilification of poorer people

This assault on universalism has been eloquently described by Martin McKee and David Stuckler, who identify a key milestone as being the vilification of poorer people and the creation of a mindset among those in middling positions that those beneath them are scroungers and undeserving. The Poor Law concept of the deserving and undeserving poor is alive and well, and living in 10 Downing Street...

it is time to rise up and defend 

As we stand on the verge of possibly irreversible damage to one of the hallmarks of what it is to live in a civilised country, it is time to rise up and defend an institution that was built by our parents and our grandparents and which we owe to our children and our grandchildren to maintain and to pass on to them and to their guardianship.

However, our learned and humane professor has come to the attention of his bosses at NHS Cumbria and has been called-in a quiet chat,

John Ashton, one of Cumbria's top doctors, demands a government apology after being summoned to explain himself to local NHS chiefs for criticising planned health reforms

A spokesperson for the NHS region said in a Machiavellian rumble,

health service clinicians were always free to express their opinions as individuals, but the health service must remain non political - and the meeting was to ensure that Professor Ashton was 'mindful' of the differences.

Germany Calling - Aktion Arbeitsscheu Reich

This video, with a typically ernest German protest song attached, is about their government's attempt to control the country's spiralling cost of social and unemployment benefits.

It is also noticeable for its use of Nazi imagery. This is not something young Germans do lightly - after all, displaying and publicising Nazi materials without a sound reason is a criminal offence.

In Great Britain with have the ESA and the loathsome ATOS Healthcare, in Germany they have Hartz IV (pronounced Hearts Fear). Failure to comply with the directions from the Jobcentres, often arbitrary and unfair, leads to predictable sanctions.

Instead of Workfare, they have the Ein Euro Job, otherwise know as an “additional expenses” job. The “Ein Euro” referes to these additional expenses.

If anyone refuses to work for nothing, sanctions are enforced.

 Another fine German protest song about Hartz IV

Of course for the Bundesagentur für Arbeit** (BA) this is to be welcomed.

They are run with strict financial penalties and bonuses for staff, who either act like human beings and eventually get sacked, or otherwise pick-up large bonuses for de-benfitting the HatzIV recipients.

“Jobcentermitarbeiter gratulieren sich
zu verhängten Hartz IV-Sanktionen”***
“defend yourselves before it is too late”
In the first quarter of 2010, about 180,000 penalties and reductions of the Hartz IV payments were imposed...

1 About half of all sanctions prove at least partly illegal. 2 Ultimately, the sanctions as marshalling yards...

They immediately save money [the standard month rate of unemployment benefit is € 374], and then it hoped that the punished do not go on to defend themselves.

Fortunately, the court and appeals are provided later, in addition, the BA can with the sanctioned beautify their unemployment statistics to zero...

* State Work-Shy Action - Resist the Beginning
** State Office for Work (Department of Employment)
*** Job Center staff to like to congratulate Hartz IV sanctions imposed

Even the Dying Will Work

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Terminally ill cancer patients face
being forced to do unpaid work
Britain's Prime Minister David Cunteron.
Latest government plans to reduce the financial burden of the sick and disabled of Britain have been tonight revealed.

a mistake to have got caught-out

The news comes after Tesco's was forced to clarify its position on advertising unpaid, night-shift, shelf-stacking jobs, with the company explaining that given the public furore, it was obviously a mistake to have got caught-out.
Shareholders are said to be “ecstatic”
Britain's biggest supermarket company, that last year made a profit of more than £3 billions, said however, that it will continue to use the benefit claimants on account of them being cheap and desperate not to lose their benefits for fear of having their children taken into care.

This is a supportive measure

In response to the howls of outrage from disability and mental health charities, a government spokesman said “This is a supportive measure”.

The proposals come in the government's Welfare Reform Bill that it making its torturous way through parliament.

Further information from the original article here.

“No attempt at ethical or social seduction can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.”

ATOS Killer Fish Strikes Again

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ATOS doctor dealing with a patient
ATOS Healthcare the UK subsidiary of the cheese-eating surrender monkey Atos Origin have pulled out of a contract to provide family doctor services to an inner-city area of London.
Managers at the healthcare practice in east London were said to have grown tired of the endless telephone calls from sick people demanding help.

 impressed by the company's employee relations

Patients were often just told to “fuck off” and “go and get a fuckin' job you cancer-faking layabout”, but clinical lead of practice, Fahim Chowdhury, said he was impressed by the employee relations and the administrative and managerial support ATOS offered.

ATOS Suicide Attempt

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ATOS Healthcare - Truly Scum of the Earth

Dear sirs/ladies,

I visited a client yesterday on a psychiatric ward.

She had been contacted by ATOS regarding a medical. Her response to this was to slice her own throat open in front of her family.

I work closely with some of the most extreme clients with severe psychiatric issues.

Is this a normal and acceptable

We would like to know, that when ATOS were informed 10 days ago by a forensic psychologist and CPN is why did ATOS firstly agree and cancel appointment, then couple days later send her another appointment, where on this occasion she suceeded in severly put her health at risk and ended up back into hospital, which she had only just been released from 24 hours prior.
Hyperbole, no more.
Is this a normal and acceptable standard and practice please, as currently I have several clients being put through this intrusive process without any investigation into clients wellbeing before insisting on attendances.

Under the EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES and Reg 29 ESA regulation 2009 it states catergorically: that anyone with heightened anxiety, fear and depression etc, must not be approached or informed of benefits being, stopped, reduced, suspended, if this would cause and exaserbation of client's psychiatric condition.

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