Great Tastes of America: The New York Stack

Nathan Lee Davies

DISCLAIMER: The following blog is written totally independently from McDonald’s Corporation. Great Tastes of America is a registered trademark and I am not associated with the product line in any way. I am not seeking to promote or disparage the American fast food giant in any way, shape or form. All opinions expressed below are personal to me and my Socialist background. I should add that anything written on these blogs should be taken with a pinch of salt – sachets available from McDonald’s counters.    

In the first of a new series, I will be eating and reviewing the Great Tastes of America range of burgers from popular fast food chain, McDonald’s.

I am unhappy about this for a number of reasons – from calories to Capitalism – but it is a good writing mechanism for me to hang my anger at modern society upon. I will be…

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Cut Sexual Health Services Over Our Dead Bodies!

ACT UP London

Screenshot 2019-04-09 at 18.53.19On March 28th, ACT UP London hosted a film screening followed by a panel discussion at The Cinema Museum in Kennington – ‘Cut Sexual Health Services Over Our Dead Bodies’. We were inspired by Kings Fund analysis exploring the effect public health grants being cut has on sexual health services. The aim of the evening was to mobilise a growing coalition of healthcare professionals and activists.

2019 sees the 40th anniversary of the Radical Faeries, so we screened ‘Hope Along the Wind’. ‘Hope Along the Wind’ documents the life of Harry Hay, who founded the Mattachine Society in the 1950s and was a founding member of the Radical Faeries in the 1970s. Both groups pioneered radical and modern sexual freedom.

The film follows Harry Hay, founder of the Mattachine Society and later the Radical Faeries. A radical gay activist, Hay provided a space in which…

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The Bedroom Tax that Never Went Away.

Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Image result for bedroom taxIt’s still there, and worse, under Universal Credit.

Amongst all the other things about Universal Credit, wait for payments, sanctions, benefit freeze, on-line forms and the hated ‘journal’, life under the rules of Coachy, and all the rest, most people, well this Blog for one, had forgotten about the Bedroom Tax.

Not, apparently the dogged Newshounds of the regional press.

Today: Birmingham Live.

Universal Credit claimants face bedroom tax of up to 25 per cent – here’s what you need do

These are the Universal Credit housing rules – as Government tries to make system fairer for tenants.

People receiving Universal Credit are being hit by cuts in their benefit because of the so-called bedroom tax.

Those in council or housing association properties are finding their Universal Credit reduced if they have more rooms than they need – even if there is a lodger living in one of them.

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Never before in UK history has so much been owed to so many by so few

Fear and Loathing in Great Britain

It is worth bearing in mind that a government is not the country, it is not the people, it is not society and, most especially, it is not community or the daily reality of people’s lives.

Good governance is like grease on a bearing, never to be confused with the bearing itself, which actually does the work.

Remember how Margaret Thatcher broke the unions, shut the mines and devastated the communities of those who mined the black gold? What an astonishing achievement, given that no government ever extracted a single lump of coal from the earth to warm the hearth and heart of another human being.

There is no greater tyrant than a government that gets above itself, that believes in the myth of its own privilege and which ceases to serve, to become the master.

When the people become the slaves of government, the game is over and the…

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Misleading DWP letter to GPs is depriving disabled people of lifeline support

Politics and Insights

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Last month I reported about the issues raised by the Department for Work and Pensions’ ESA65B GP’s letter template, which was only recently placed on the government site, following a series of Parliamentary Written Questions.

Campaigners and MPs have called for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) standard letter to GPs to be scrapped after it emerged that ill and disabled appealing against unfair work capability assessment (WCA) decisions were left in near destitution after their GPs refused to provide further ‘fit notes’, because they were advised they did not need to by DWP officials.

It emerged that ministers ordered changes to the standard-issue letter to remove references that made it clear to GPs they may have to issue a medical statement if their patient wished to appeal against a WCA decision. The DWP claims this was not intended to dissuade GPs from issuing fit…

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There is only one reason Tory policies kill the sick and disabled (and they do): THEY LIKE IT

Fear and Loathing in Great Britain

Imagine there’s a pit full of bodies beneath the falling wheelchair-user, totallyingat least120,000 people [Image: Black Triangle Campaign].

Here’s a great Twitter thread from Rachael Swindon, listing only some of the vile treatment endured by sick and disabled people at the will of the Conservative government led by Theresa May (and formerly David Cameron).

It isn’t entirely accurate, of course. Nobody in their right mind thinks MS or Parkinson’s Disease is curable; it’s just something that they said, to justify victimising the poor sufferers of those illnesses. What were these benefit claimants going to do? Take them to court?Impossible.They would have needed Legal Aid to do soand legal aid for this purpose has been banned by the Conservatives.

It’s the policy of the Nazi, but with an extra layer of pretence; the Nazis pretended that disabled people were “useless eaters” who were to expensive –…

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Court victory for disabled EU benefit claimants at appeal

Politics and Insights

lady.justice.smallTwo disabled people who moved to the UK from other EU countries have won an important Appeal Court case which entitles them to disability-related benefits in the UK from shortly after they arrived rather than having to wait two years.

The case, brought by Child Poverty Action Group and Harrow Law Centre, will ensure that disabled EU citizens and their carers who have a “genuine and sufficient” connection to the UK will receive social security support at an earlier point if they relocate to the UK.

The ruling overturns an Upper Tribunal finding that had denied both households benefits. And it confirms that the “genuine and sufficient” link which must be demonstrated by claimants in these circumstances is to the UK as a whole, rather than to its social security system.

One of the claimants, Ms Mohamed, is a Somalian-born woman who after 14 years’ residence in Germany as…

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