Private Schools and Private Health

I was lucky.  My parents could not afford to send any of us to private schools, so we went to the local Welsh speaking junior school and comprehensive.  It was lucky for me, as I had a very good education, was able to stay in my local community and at home with my mum, dad, nain, siblings, cats and dogs.  I learned to play the piano, dabbled with the violin and oboe and competed in Eisteddfods, was in school plays and felt I went off to Cardiff University with a well rounded education and experience.

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Striking in the Public Sector

On Thursday, July 10th, members of the public sector trade unions, are planning a one day strike.  As a social worker, I belong to the biggest of these unions, Unison.  Trade unions are the biggest democratic movement in this country, representing 6.5 million workers – more than nine times the combined membership of the main political parties.

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Secret Courts, Secret Justice

This week, there will be a decision made on whether a Court in Britain should sit in secret for the first time in modern British legal history.  The case concerns two people – AB and CD – who have been accused of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorism acts and possession of documents or records containing information of the kind likely to be used by a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.  The trial is due to start on June 16th.  The evidence on which the Crown relies to argue for a secret trial cannot be presented in an open Court.  Nothing can be made public – the Crown argues that if the trial is held in public, the prosecution may be faced with a position with not proceeding with the case.  This is part of the The Justice and Security Act, introduced in 2013.

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A Few Thoughts on Mansion Tax

According to Oxfam, 85 global billionaires have more money than half the world’s population.  The “bedroom tax” is causing untold misery and  homeless families struggle  in bed and breakfast accommodation.  House prices are soaring.  Housing benefit claimants in under-occupied properties are being financially penalised, whilst the mere suggestion that rich people in their under-occupied homes are taxed is greeted by powerful people with shock and derision

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