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Ukip reports Have I Got News For You to police over Nigel Farage comments

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Dear Katie Hopkins Stop making life harder for disabed people – Lucy Hawking

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Coming to My Daughter’s Rescue

Coming to My Daughter’s Rescue.

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Purple Rain blog: UKIP Candidate Labels Gurkhas As ‘Parasites’

Purple Rain blog: UKIP Candidate Labels Gurkhas As 'Parasites'.

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UK becomes the first country to face a UN inquiry into disability rights violations

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We ought to be very concerned about the government’s declaration that they intend to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights, (ECHR)  and to repeal our own Human Rights Act, (HRA). One has to wonder what Cameron’s discomfort with the HRA is. The Act, after all, goes towards protecting the vulnerable from neglect of duty and abuse of power. The rights protected by the HRA are drawn from the 1950 European convention on human rights, which was a way of ensuring that we never again witness the full horrors of the second world war, and overwhelmingly, one of the greatest stains on the conscience of humanity – the Holocaust.

Human Rights establish a simple set of minimum standards of decency for humankind to hold onto for the future. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms was drafted as a lasting legacy of the struggle against fascism and…

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David Cameron forgot the date of the election, what else has he forgotten?

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George Osborne announces new funding for coastal communities in Ramsgate | Thanet Gazette

George Osborne announces new funding for coastal communities in Ramsgate | Thanet Gazette.

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The Subtle Impact of Drinking Too Much

My journey, from wine lover to sober and happy...

blackand whiteI was never a bottle-of-vodka-at-7am type of boozer. I loved alcohol and, as I transformed from a child to a teenager, I never imagined I wouldn’t become a drinker. And I got started early, aged just thirteen. But I (almost) always managed to restrict my consumption to within the realms of social drinking, regular UK-style binge drinking – ‘fun’ drinking. Of course, there were always the exceptions, and, particularly during the last five years of my boozing life, I occasionally veered into the dark world of lone, secret drinking, and seeking a certain level of self-medication via the wine I was buying increasingly more of.

But the metaphorical wheels never fell off spectacularly. I didn’t lose my job, or invite the attention of the social services due to alcohol-related child neglect. I didn’t even look especially booze ravaged, other than on the odd mornings after very heavy, late night drinking…

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“IF PEOPLE KNEW WHAT SCHIZOPHRENIA WAS THEY WOULDN’T BE SCARED OF IT”

"IF PEOPLE KNEW WHAT SCHIZOPHRENIA WAS THEY WOULDN'T BE SCARED OF IT".

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#IDS – “I’ll be better off dead” says blind #disabled claimant

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