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That awkward moment when Boris Johnson campaigned for Turkey to join the EU

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Boris the flip flopper

In the past, Boris Johnson was one of the few people in the country to enthusiastically argue for Turkey to become a member of the EU.

Boris’s own words from a 2007 extract in the Telegraph:

“What would be better for the long-term health of the planet – a Turkey increasingly apathetic about Europe … or one firmly entrenched in the European Union? I know what I want. So why does everyone hesitate? Should they be barred, by their alien “culture”, from living here? We would be crazy to reject Turkey.”

Can’t see that going down too well with Boris’s new colleagues Farage and co.

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Children’s social work vacancies soared 27n past year, government reports

Department for Education suggests ‘unexpected’ rise in vacancies could be due to data issues

Source: Children’s social work vacancies soared 27n past year, government reports

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Mental illness is a result of misery, yet still we stigmatise it – Richard Bentall

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/26/mental-illness-misery-childhood-traumas

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Council replaces children’s social workers with support staff

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2016/02/25/council-replaces-childrens-social-workers-support-staff/

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TELL JEREMY CORBYN WHAT THANET NEEDS

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jeremy corbyn cuHELP CREATE AN ALTERNATIVE ECONOMIC PLAN FOR THANET

Do you have an idea which you think may help restore Thanet’s economic fortunes?

Now’s your chance to put it to Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party.

Jeremy’s support group Momentum Thanet is putting together an alternative local plan for the Isle and is inviting anyone who has ideas to contribute to get in touch.

The emphasis will be on initiatives that create new jobs in Thanet, but they will have to be based on sound practical experience, be environmentally sustainable and provide employment at a rate above the living wage.

Momentum organiser Jackie Walker says that the idea was triggered by the visit of Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell to Thanet in January when he spoke in the Kings Theatre in Ramsgate.

Jackie said: “John mentioned the idea of local people in poorer areas like Thanet being encouraged to put forward their own economic…

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G4S are employing Cognitive Behavioural Therapists to deliver “get to work therapy”

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Last April, more than 400 psychologists, counsellors and academics signed an open letter condemning the profoundly disturbing psychological implications of the government’s austerity and welfare reform measures. The group of professionals said that over the past five years the types of issues causing clients distress had shifted dramatically and now include increasing inequality, outright poverty and benefits claimants being subjected  a “new, intimidatory kind of disciplinary regime”.

The signatories of the letter, published in The Guardian, express concern over chancellor George Osborne’s plans, laid out in the latest budget, to embed psychological therapy in a coercive back-to-work agenda. Osborne said the government will aim to give online CBT to 40,000 recipients of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, people on the Fit for Work programme, as well as putting therapists in more than 350 job centres.

The letter stated that the government’s proposed policy of linking social security…

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Day 659 – Childhood schizophrenia

A schizophrenic's journey from consciousness to awareness. In Oneness & Equality!

First I give you this disclaimer. I am not a doctor. If you are experiencing or dealing with schizophrenia, please talk to a doctor, as it is a serious illness.

I wanted to write a blog, but I don’t know exactly what to write about. I would like to share my experience of growing up and growing into my schizophrenia.

I can recommend this video of childhood schizophrenia

I was born summer of 1978, I grew up living with both my parents, my 3 years older sister and later my two younger sisters, in rural Norway. We had a dog and we have 2 sheep’s, and sometimes we had cats. We had animals like a hobby. My parents where both loving caring ordinary people with work in public sector. On surface my life was ok. But within, my mind was eating me up. I was more and more suffering from…

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Therapeutic approach delivered by social workers reduces trauma, study finds

Authors say widening the social work role to include delivering creative therapies could be cost-effective

Source: Therapeutic approach delivered by social workers reduces trauma, study finds

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The affective reactivity of psychotic speech: The role of internal source monitoring in explaining increased thought disorder under emotional challenge – Schizophrenia Research

Source: The affective reactivity of psychotic speech: The role of internal source monitoring in explaining increased thought disorder under emotional challenge – Schizophrenia Research

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All in the brain?

All in the brain?

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