It’s finally arrived, today is the UK’s last as a member of the European Union. At midnight tonight in most of Europe, which is 11pm in the UK, Brexit comes into effect. Of course, tomorrow both parties enter the 11-month transition period, meaning the full divorce won´t be effective until next year. It has taken … Continue reading No more delays, time to forget Leave and Remain – Brexit is here
Social care plans ‘ignore working-age disabled people’
Campaigners are denouncing the Conservatives for ignoring the social care needs of working-age disabled people. The issue does not get a mention in the party's manifesto for next week's UK general election. Conservative leader and prime minister Theresa May got in hot water last week for making a U-turn, which she called a 'clarification'. It … Continue reading Social care plans ‘ignore working-age disabled people’
Election 2017: Labour to reform welfare benefits and end freeze
Close share panel All three main UK political parties have put stated their plans for state welfare benefits, should they win the general election. Of course, realistically only the existing government Conservatives or the major opposition Labour party, can win. The Liberal Democrats have no chance. I have ignored the UK Independence Party (UKIP) as polls … Continue reading Election 2017: Labour to reform welfare benefits and end freeze
Election: Which Party will be Best for People with Disabilities?
I have an interest in elections and politics that started more than 50 years ago. And, yes, I have delivered leaflets and even canvassed for candidates. Today, though, I decide election by election how to vote and support the party that has policies with which I agree. And that’s why on June 8, I shall … Continue reading Election: Which Party will be Best for People with Disabilities?
Disabilities among party’s top priorities
Never missing a chance to secure more votes, the Republican Party is clearly seeking the support of people with disabilities by including a raft of pro-disability policies among its top priorities. Theoretically, that should be good for everyone with a disability, such as anyone like me who has multiple sclerosis, but what politicians promise before … Continue reading Disabilities among party’s top priorities
Trump ‘scary’, Hillary ‘a liar’ – pick your US President
Front runners: Republican Trump and Democrat Clinton. Presidential hopefuls in the race to become the Republican party’s candidate in the USA presidential election may have been reduced to three but it is quite possible than none of those three may be the eventual nominee as chosen by the party’s convention. And, if that seems to make … Continue reading Trump ‘scary’, Hillary ‘a liar’ – pick your US President
Everyone’s vote should matter – but does it?
Uncertainty is hanging over the heads of people in so many different countries this year as questions relating to their futures are being decided at the ballot box. Well, they should be. In the USA, the various Democratic and Republican candidates are fighting through the primary and caucus system to win enough support to win … Continue reading Everyone’s vote should matter – but does it?
A reason to celebrate
Today, December 8, Spain has a national public holiday on the day of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This is a religious celebration observed by many Christians, mainly Catholics, around the world. Some churches organise processions through the streets but, on checking the internet, I was unable to find any details of one in … Continue reading A reason to celebrate
Day off work celebrates the return of democracy
Today is Constitution Day in Spain and, as that is a national public holiday, nearly everyone can have a day off work and relax….. err…. hold on just a minute, today is Sunday and as such most people don’t work. Oh, never mind, have Monday as the public holiday instead. And that means, as Tuesday … Continue reading Day off work celebrates the return of democracy