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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Rolling with the punches ...a wheelchair bound blogger reflects...

The Iain Duncan Smith Legacy.....

A wheelchair bound blogger provides a valuable resource for those (and their families) sucked into the disability benefits merry-go-round...

Rolling with the Punches
Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice saying 'I will try again tomorrow'  

I was a university mathematics researcher until increasing disability and illness forced me to give up my career. After seeing the erosion of the support which had enabled me to go to uni, do a PhD and hold down a good job, I turned to disability activism for a while and wrote the Spartacus Report.

I continue to blog when I can and rant about dodgy lies and stats and disablism. When not being terribly serious I like games, sci-fi, fish, small furry critters and kids.

Iain Duncan Smith Legacy.....

On November 7th 2016 the UN found the UK guilty of grave and systemic violations of disabled people's rights.
This was a direct result of the cumulative impact of the policies listed below.

The following is a list of policies and damning court decisions and findings undertaken under the watch of Iain Duncan Smith (emphasis on those affecting disabled people):

  • April 2011: LHA (Local Housing Allowance) is reduced to 30th percentile of local housing market instead of 50th with immediate effect.  Affects 775,000 households.
  • April 2011: Uprating of benefits is changed from RPI to CPI (a cut expected to save £6 billion).
  • January 2012: LHA single room rate is extended to under 35s instead of under 25s. Disproportionately affects disabled people who cannot flat share due to disability but do not meet the stringent criteria for exemption (mid rate care DLA).
  • April 2012: Contribution based ESA WRAG is time limited to 1 year (out of work benefit for those too sick/disabled to work), affecting 700,000 disabled people.
  • April 2012: The "Youth Provision" is abolished. This allowed young disabled people to access contributory benefits. It results in loss of income for 80% of those benefitting from it and total loss of income for 12.5% of those.
  • May 2012: LHA regulations are found to discriminate against disabled people for failing to allow an extra bedroom for overnight carers or children who cannot share due to disability.
  • December 2012: New Sanctions rules are introduced, allowing sanctions to start sooner and for longer.
  • 2012-2013: Remploy factories are closed down. Iain Duncan Smith famously says workers sit around making cups of coffee. 3 years on less than half have found employment.
  • January 2013: ESA regulations are amended, making it harder to qualify. Assessors may make a decision based on therapy or aids a claimant *could* have whether or not they do or whether it is in fact available, possible or (in the case of treatment) they have given consent. Physical impairments may no longer award points in the mental health and cognitive section and vice versa. Eg a physical injury causing cognitive impairment would have all such symptoms ignored.
  • April 2013: Legal aid is abolished for welfare cases.
  • April 2013: DLA is begun to be replaced with PIP to make 20% savings (benefit to cover extra costs of disability). 500,000 disabled people are expected to lose their benefit. By 2016 14,000 disabled people have had their motability car repossessed. This is just the start as most people have not yet been assessed due to errors and delays.



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Chris Carter pull plugs on Tulip Radio and parts company with Peterborough based Hereward Media

Mic unplugged.......

Hereward Media (HM), the Peterborough based outfit has pulled out of a plan to 'rescue' the Community radio station Tulip Radio, according to Radio Today.

HM cites ‘irreconcilable differences’ between them and the former station management, and a ‘catalogue of unhelpful behaviour’.

A message appeared on the Tulip Radio Facebook page saying the station has now closed. It states “God Bless everyone who have been so helpful, kind and supportive to Tulip Radio, we will always be grateful to you all. Thank you, we all enjoyed it whilst it lasted and thank you for supporting our great volunteers who gave up their time willingly to present the programmes and give as much knowledge to you about what was going on in our community as we could. Many thanks x.”

In response to the respected industry source 'RadioToday' when asked for a comment: Tulip Radio’s Chris Carter said: “In Mid December Tulip Radio entered into an agreement with Hereward Media to undertake solution of technical issues and engage more presenters to enable us to continue our Community Radio service and to maintain our Key Commitments to Ofcom, the government regulator.

“It was agreed that Hereward Media would provide these services entirely free of charge. It became increasingly clear that over the last two weeks that our established aims and objectives didn’t coincide with those of Hereward Media.

“A meeting which was arranged, to which they were invited to discuss matters, but they declined to attend when our accountant found he was too busy to be there.

Eventually on Friday, we advised Hereward Media that the best interests of Tulip Radio Limited were not being served by continuing our association with them and that the arrangement was terminated forthwith.

“Accordingly broadcasting ceased and we shall be informing Ofcom that we intend to hand in our Community Radio licence, ending 7 years of full time Community service following several month long trial broadcasts commencing in 2001, naturally we are all extremely sorry that this has ended.

“Once again we would like to thank from the bottom of our hearts all our presenters, sponsors, advertisers and friends who have faithfully supported us over the last 16 years.”

Alex Geairns, director of Peterborough based Hereward Media commented: “We believe there has been a steady backtracking by Tulip Radio as to what had been agreed. In a crunch meeting last Friday, it was made clear to us that since we entered into the partnership, Tulip Radio has received numerous other offers of technical and presentational help. As a charitable organisation, we have invested a significant amount of resources to make a success of this project, and are now forced to retreat to protect our charity." E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Public Health England said people in UK not getting recommended 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day from sunlight in winter.

More than three million people across the UK could stave off infections such as colds or flu every year if everyone took Vitamin D supplements, experts have said.

A new study has found that taking the supplements protects against acute respiratory infections.

Vitamin D supplements has been a hot topic in medical circles in recent years with some experts arguing that their usefulness remains uncertain.

But health officials say that vitamin D is vital for bone and muscle health.

Last year, Public Health England said that people were generally not getting the recommended 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day from sunlight in winter.

The latest new study, published in The BMJ, suggests that taking vitamin D - also known as the sunshine vitamin - may have benefits beyond bone and muscle health and protects against acute respiratory infections.

Results of the study fit with the observation that colds and flu are most common during winter and spring, when levels of vitamin D are at their lowest.

Respiratory tract infections are any infection of the sinuses, throat, airways or lungs and can last up to 30 days.


It was all so different then. BBC master control room in 1953 during the Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II

Cyber Crime is a major problem in this region, but something that everyone with access to a computer can easily help frustrate. Here is some basic advice just released by the Cambridge Community Safety Partnership to get you on the road to a secure computing environment:

1) Install security software - and keep it up to date, and any associated subscription valid

2) Always use strong passwords, different passwords for each function, mix letters and numbers or string 3 words together.
3) Ensure your computer operating system updates are enabled, and able to download them.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary Cyber Crime Prevention Advice

Action Fraud – National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting

Telephone: 0300 123 2040

Get Safe Online – Advice and guidance

The National Trading Standards eCrime Team (NTSeCT)

 E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Head stamping thug gets 7 years and faces deportation

A man who stamped on the heads of his victims has been jailed.
Sergejs Zorins, 36, of Daphne Court, Wisbech, was jailed for seven years at Inner London Crown Court yesterday (February 13) after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm and actual bodily harm.
Zorins had previously denied the attacks, which took place on August 14 last year in Daphne Court, but changed his plea part way through his trial.

The court heard how Zorins had been drinking at the property with another man in his 30s when he smashed a glass in his face, stamped on his head and used the broken glass to cut his throat.
A woman in her 20s who was also at the property attempted to remove Zorins from the male but was punched in the face by Zorins who went on to stamp on her head repeatedly, leaving a footprint on her forehead.

Neighbours alerted police after hearing screams and shouting and the male victim was taken to hospital for life saving surgery. He was also treated for a broken jaw, nose and multiple bruises. The female victim suffered serious facial injuries.

Detective Constable Rich Ellison said: "This proved to be a difficult investigation with none of the involved parties speaking English and fear amongst the victims about engaging with officers.
"Sergejs has shown himself to be a violent man who was prepared to hurt anyone who stood in his way. Had the neighbours not called the emergency services when they did, the outcome could have proved fatal for the male victim."

Sergejs was sentenced to six years and two months for the grievous bodily harm and 10 months for the actual bodily harm to be served consecutively. He faces deportation on release. E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Man brandishing a machette and brutally assaulting householder jailed for 12 years and faces immediate deportation on release

Jailed 12 years and faces deportation :Gracjan Parniewicz,,37.

Gracjan Parniewicz, 37, who took part in a sustained and brutal assault at a Peterborough home has been jailed for 12 years and faces deportation, once his jail term is completed.

Gracjan Parniewicz, 37, and two accomplices forced their way into the property in Star Road on the afternoon of December 4, 2015.

The 29-year-old victim locked himself in his bedroom while his two housemates were forced to lie on the kitchen floor by one of Parniewicz's accomplices who brandished a machete. 

Parniewicz and the other man went upstairs and kicked the victim's bedroom door off the hinges.

The accomplice then stabbed him repeatedly to the head with a knife, while Parniewicz punched him several times in the face with a knuckle duster.

They dragged him downstairs, through the kitchen and into a bathroom, where they continued the assault.

They threatened to kill the victim unless he handed over phones and money before leaving with just a mobile phone.

Emergency services were called and the victim underwent surgery for serious injuries to his hand. He also received treatment for serious head injuries and has still not fully recovered.

On Monday February 13 2017, Parniewicz stood trial at Cambridge Crown Court and was found guilty of aggravated burglary and section 18 grievous bodily harm.

He was sentenced at the same court yesterday to 10 years for the aggravated burglary and 12 years for the assault, to run concurrently. He will also be deported once his sentence is complete.

The other men involved in the assault have never been identified.
DC Pete Wise, who investigated, said: "This was a sustained, 15-minute attack, which is reflected in the sentence handed down by the judge.

"The victim's injuries were horrendous and will have lasting effects. The brutality of the assault could have easily resulted in more serious injuries."

Parniewicz was arrested for this crime after committing other offences including two assaults, two criminal damage and possession of a knife.

He appeared at King's Lynn Crown Court last year, was found guilty and sentenced to 28 months in prison, which will also run concurrently with this week's sentences. E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581


Peterborough man jailed for 5 years pleads guilty to sexual offences against 2 teenage girls

Jailed; John Christopher Fraser

John Christopher Fraser, 47, from Peterborough has been jailed for five years at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday, February 10, after pleading guilty to sexual offences against two teenage girls.

John Christopher Fraser, 47, of Standish Court, Peterborough, pleaded guilty to seven charges against his victims. The abuse took place in Peterborough during  the early 2000s.

Fraser pleaded guilty to:

- Two counts of gross indecency with a girl under 16 years of age

- Two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

- Causing a child to watch or look at an image of sexual activity

- Two counts of taking an indecent photograph of a child.

The offences came to light when one of the young victims found the courage to come forward to report them to the police in November 2015. Fraser encouraged his victim to take off her clothes before photographing her.

Detective Constable Nat Hebdon said: "It took a great deal of bravery for the victim to come forward and for the second victim to speak out about the abuse. The sentence given by the court reflects the seriousness of the crimes committed by Fraser.

"We take all reports of sexual abuse incredibly seriously and I would urge anyone who has experienced such abuse to come forward so we can help them to get justice." E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581


The Peterborough City Council vision for La La Land right up to 2050....

When dinosaurs ruled the City Council

The Peterborough Tribune must admit that when Conservative Cllr Irene Walsh starts banging on about 'Environment Capital'- originally a PR campaign thought up by BT many, many, moons ago - the vision starts to go, and we have to check if there are any trees left in Bridge Street, and if they have replaced the newly planted dead ones along Bourges Boulevard (answer NO). Perhaps a Bottle Bank or two might be a good idea, as we keep running into the good lady in the Sainsbury wine and beer aisles? Or how about the £40,000 PCC plastic Christmas Tree which then requires an annual £10k crane and people hire to assemble and take down the eyesore?

Whilst doing the tree counting, we missed this outrageously daft publicity puff not so widely distributed by the good lady, to justify her clutch of portfolios and no doubt will form the central plank of her future election literature, which we sincerely hope will be fully audited and financially inclusive this time around.

The  closing date for the consultation has now mercifully closed so anything we say on here will not influence the outcome, one jot. Ideally the whole ridiculous money burning black hole should be immediately dumped, and the costs avoided used to reduce the PCC debt mountain.  Let's face it the PCC even sacked the dustmen AMEC to save just £100k.   

But this vision of pre-BREXIT Utopia or 'La La Land' set out below is allegedly what Cllr Irene Walsh is promoting, what is clear that these so called action plans will never ever see the light of day. The PCC cannot even keep on top of fly-tipping or dog mess! It just needs Cllr Walsh to be brave enough to see though the sham, and close it all down, saving the City a fortune, giving them additional council time to debate more pressing matters for the current term, but there again she'd lose out on a handy revenue stream, to pad out the white handbag, but possibly gain a few brownie points :

Peterborough People are being urged to have their say on two action plans that set out Peterborough's vision to live within the resources of one planet by 2050.

The first plan sets out environmental and sustainability targets for the city as a whole and the second plan focuses on activities that can be specifically be undertaken by Peterborough City Council.

The action plans are based on the internationally recognised concept of living within the resources of one planet; setting out a vision of a sustainable world where people lead happy and healthy lives within their fair share of the Earth's resources.

The plans are broken down into ten areas, each containing a vision to be achieved by 2050. Environmental targets include cutting carbon emissions, energy and water use, improving sustainable transport and increasing recycling.

Other targets include creating a high skilled/low poverty economy and improving the health and well-being of residents.

The council, which has a leading role in the project, is urging residents and businesses to look at the plans and share their views as part of a consultation.

Councillor Irene Walsh, cabinet member for communities and environment capital, said: "As well as being action plans to foster healthier and happier lives, they support economic prosperity and security for residents, helping to generate stronger, cohesive and supportive communities. Achieving this helps to improve the local environment and contributes to minimising and mitigating against the effects of climate change.

"We have already seen some fantastic achievements against the targets set in the original plan, so we want to push ourselves even further now.

"We need the support of the people of Peterborough if we are to achieve our ambition and this is another important step along that path."

Environmental targets for 2016 were initially set in 2014. These have now been revised following progress made to date with new targets put in place for 2020 ..... E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581


Monday, February 13, 2017

St Michaels Gate Peterboroughs own Magic Roundabout - but without the laughs

Now that everyone seems to be jumping on the St Michael Gates case, in a nutshell for new readers (or those like Cllr Turnip living on Mars for the last few years - he still blocks us on social media, but then after all this time he only has a few followers !) some North London property 'suits' and an associated but secretive property company are at the centre of #StMichaelsgate The 'Suits' property company 'magically' block purchased a small ageing development in Peterborough, and almost immediately served notice on the current rent paying families thus making some of them homeless, many just before Christmas (NICE!); the properties after a swift tart up,  then offered to any Local Authority to house their homeless,. i.e. Peterborough could be a homeless warehouse for other local authorities throughout the UK! So rather than have say homeless from Scarborough or Bradford piling in, Cllr Seaton (Conservative) (if ever a man needs media training; did you see him on BBC Look East?) can claim, at a stroke, to be reducing the substantial numbers of Peterborough homeless (ie another lot of truly desperate people) coaxing them out of Bed and Breakfast and the Travelodge and into St Michaels Gate, so that the former tenants at St Michaels Gate now homeless can move into bed and breakfast and the Travelodge, vacated by the previous homeless and now residing/ being bumped from St Michaels Gate .... are you still with us???

Think, the Magic Roundabout ... but not so amusing and the hapless homeless will never get off it...

Cllr Seaton says this clever wheeze represents a reduction of £2million for the housing budget (we say in his dreams), but as the PCC now seems to be looking at the some allegedly sub-standard properties elsewhere already owned and managed by these 'Suits' from North London, any paper savings by the PCC may be soon lost in terms of legal hassle and costs - but then our Gillian has a battalion of paralegals in her ever expanding corporate department - we are as always, ever hopeful and to assist, below are some interesting legal comments on social housing leases and service charges just posted on the internet. The PCC and Cllr Seaton might like to follow them up, it could even save the council a few bob or two.  

Service charges, contracts, social housing and subsidies

Author: Giles Peaker
An interesting question. To what extent, if at all, can leaseholders’ service charges be set at a level to ‘subsidise’ a shortfall as against actual maintenance costs in service charges recoverable from social tenants in flats provided under a section 106 agreement.
The difficulties in this case were compounded by lease provisions which, for the non-social flats, apparently entitled the landlord to recover up to 3000% of any amounts actually expended (a reference to 10% of costs to all buildings, not to a specific block) – but nobody had sought rectification of this obvious error.
A development of 130 units had 39 as social housing, managed by an housing association, pursuant to a section 106 agreement with the council.
The service charges on the social housing units were capped at £522 per annum initially, rising with RPI.
The section 106 agreement made no provision as to who was to cover any shortfall between that amount and apportioned costs actually incurred in the management of the building and grounds.
The freeholder apportioned costs after deduction of the social housing units payment amongst the rest of the leaseholders, to secure 100% recovery.
To reads the full story follows this link:

 E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Friday, February 10, 2017

Defendants will soon plead guilty, be convicted and pay penalty entirely online for certain offences, says the Ministry of Justice

Defendants will soon be able to plead guilty, be convicted and pay a penalty immediately and entirely online for certain offences, the Ministry of Justice announced yesterday as digital justice moved a step closer to reality writes Neil Rose, of litigationfutures website.

It is to test the system with the three summary, non-imprisonable offences: railway fare evasion, tram fare evasion, and possession of unlicensed rod and line, before moving to certain road offences if successful.....

The MoJ gave the go-ahead following a consultation held on limited aspects of the Transforming justice vision statement published last September, which showed support for the move.

Friday, February 03, 2017

BBC NEWS: Disability benefits cuts should be delayed, MPs say.

Disability benefits cuts should be delayed, MPs say.   [BBC News]

Person in wheelchairImage copyright SPL

Cuts in disability benefits should be delayed until the government clarifies how it will support those in need of extra money, a group of MPs has said.

The Work and Pensions Select Committee found there was little evidence that lower payments would motivate disabled people to find work.

The allowance is set to be reduced from £102 to £73 per week from April.

Ministers have argued that savings would be invested in a new support package for the most vulnerable.

The committee said evidence supporting the idea that introducing a lower rate of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) would enhance incentives to work was "ambiguous at best".

It welcomed a decision to make some severely disabled claimants exempt from repeated reassessment for ESA but said it had deep concerns about assessments proposed in the recent work and health green paper.

The committee said ministers should consider using incentives such as reductions in National Insurance contributions to encourage employers to employ people with disabilities.

'Even more difficult'

Committee chairman Frank Field said: "We expect the government to respond to this report before the proposed new lower rate of ESA is due in April.

"If they intend to proceed with these cuts, we expect an explanation of how this will not be detrimental to its target of halving the disability employment gap, by making finding and keeping a job even more difficult for disabled people than it already is."

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: "The number of disabled people in work has increased by almost 600,000 in the last three years, but we're determined to go even further.

"Our Work and Health Green Paper marks the next stage of our action to confront the attitudes, prejudices and misunderstandings that have become ingrained within the minds of employers and across wider society.

"Our welfare reforms are increasing the support and incentives for people to move into work, while keeping an important safety net in place for those who need it.

"In addition to ESA, we also offer support through Personal Independence Payments, to help with the extra costs associated with being disabled."

 E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Now the binmen get the elbow from Peterborough ....

We are finding it increasingly difficult to understand the current actions of Peterborough City Council, and the logic behind some of its recent actions. We refer of course to the decision to abruptly end the contract with Amey.

The people who collect our bins and a whole host of other activities designed to stop the city looking like a perpetual tip. Admittedly its not been a roaring success.... 

Simply there is a parting of the ways, but the portfolio is strangely held by Cllr Elsey (cabinet member for .street scene (ie 'bread & circuses')  communications and a ragbag of other portfolios, at £7grand a pop ...well you try and work it out) Is Cllr Elsey the right person to handle this?  This is his view on the Peterborough Incinerator (energy from waste) interviewed by BBC Cambridgeshires' Paul this link.

Is he, in effect, throwing the baby out with the bathwater? Its claimed that its being done on cost-saving grounds, but the numbers are small; especially if you read the local newspaper you see they are now hiring a new batch of highly paid council pen-pushers to monitor the new arrangement as they seek to bring it all in house. So a bit of empire building, much higher salary and pension bill BUT its not just the extra staff. Cllr Elsey might not be aware that the new Fletton Quays council offices will not have sufficient permanent desk space for council officers.

The daft idea promoted by the PCCs then Information technology department (some have since left) was to 'hot desk' (its akin to musical chairs, only half the chairs are removed before the game even starts!) most of the permanent staff, and let them work off computer tablets via free Wi-Fi  (we presume from nearby coffee shops and benches in Bridge Street) and mobile phones.

As the second half of the PCC budget goes out for consultation, we would simply ask councillors to think again, you do not have the in-house expertise or resources to make a rapid transition to in-house working. This will be even more complicated as the new joint authority arrangements kick in and a vast chunk of new money devolved from central government destined for Peterborough somehow gets diverted to projects around Cambridge.

The lure is a promise of a Peterborough University, at best it will only be a campus. Make no mistake Cambridge is unlikely to stand by and let Peterborough have its way.  And if you don't believe Cambridge will cream off the devolved funding just count the number of tower cranes current on major building sites in that City  ( its around 27) and the number working in Peterborough ( its around 3).
As they say YOU do the math... E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 > PETERBOROUGH TRIB NEWSREEL .


This is a repost from Julian Brays Aviation security blog, as the Executive Order by President Trump may impact on holidaymakers  from this ethnically diverse region, it may be a good idea to show a copy of it to all those who intend travelling to the USA for business or pleasure, also to your Travel Agent. The original link to the CNN website is given above.

Saturday, 28 January 2017


England :World War II London Air Raid Shelter

Julian Bray Aviation Security Analyst writes: Its' been difficult tracking down a full transcript of the Executive Order issued on Friday by United States President Donald Trump effectively banned nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for at least the next 90 days by Executive Order.  So our thanks to CNN who carry the full version on their website. 

What is not generally realised is that President Trumps Executive Order also extends to those within the specified categories already holding a 'Green Card'

Unintentionally it might also directly impact on groups of UK holidaymakers heading for Florida and the holiday parks such as Universal and Disney, and possibly those transiting to Miami to pick up a cruise ship. It will also on first reading appear to extend to transit cruise ship passengers seeking to step ashore onto American soil. Simply if any member of your party is denied entry, it might equally impact on your whole group.  Ideally show this to your travel agent BEFORE booking, and be certain to use a credit card, not cash or cheque. 

The order specifically bars all people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Those countries were named in a 2016 law concerning immigration visas as "countries of concern."

The executive order also bans entry of those fleeing from war-torn Syria indefinitely.
President Trump also has stopped the admission of all refugees to the United States for four months.

The order also calls for a review into suspending the Visa Interview Waiver Program, which allows travelers from 38 countries -- including close allies -- to renew travel authorizations without an in-person interview.
Here ( courtesy of CNN ) is the order in its entirety:
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Purpose. The visa-issuance process plays a crucial role in detecting individuals with terrorist ties and stopping them from entering the United States. Perhaps in no instance was that more apparent than the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when State Department policy prevented consular officers from properly scrutinizing the visa applications of several of the 19 foreign nationals who went on to murder nearly 3,000 Americans. And while the visa-issuance process was reviewed and amended after the September 11 attacks to better detect would-be terrorists from receiving visas, these measures did not stop attacks by foreign nationals who were admitted to the United States.
Numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001, including foreign nationals who entered the United States after receiving visitor, student, or employment visas, or who entered through the United States refugee resettlement program. Deteriorating conditions in certain countries due to war, strife, disaster, and civil unrest increase the likelihood that terrorists will use any means possible to enter the United States. The United States must be vigilant during the visa-issuance process to ensure that those approved for admission do not intend to harm Americans and that they have no ties to terrorism.

In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles. The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law. In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including "honor" killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.

Sec. 2. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to protect its citizens from foreign nationals who intend to commit terrorist attacks in the United States; and to prevent the admission of foreign nationals who intend to exploit United States immigration laws for malevolent purposes.

Sec. 3. Suspension of Issuance of Visas and Other Immigration Benefits to Nationals of Countries of Particular Concern. (a) The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, shall immediately conduct a review to determine the information needed from any country to adjudicate any visa, admission, or other benefit under the INA (adjudications) in order to determine that the individual seeking the benefit is who the individual claims to be and is not a security or public-safety threat.
(b) The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, shall submit to the President a report on the results of the review described in subsection (a) of this section, including the Secretary of Homeland Security's determination of the information needed for adjudications and a list of countries that do not provide adequate information, within 30 days of the date of this order. The Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide a copy of the report to the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence.
(c) To temporarily reduce investigative burdens on relevant agencies during the review period described in subsection (a) of this section, to ensure the proper review and maximum utilization of available resources for the screening of foreign nationals, and to ensure that adequate standards are established to prevent infiltration by foreign terrorists or criminals, pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), I hereby proclaim that the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens from countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12), would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of such persons for 90 days from the date of this order (excluding those foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas).
(d) Immediately upon receipt of the report described in subsection (b) of this section regarding the information needed for adjudications, the Secretary of State shall request all foreign governments that do not supply such information to start providing such information regarding their nationals within 60 days of notification.
(e) After the 60-day period described in subsection (d) of this section expires, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall submit to the President a list of countries recommended for inclusion on a Presidential proclamation that would prohibit the entry of foreign nationals (excluding those foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas) from countries that do not provide the information requested pursuant to subsection (d) of this section until compliance occurs.
(f) At any point after submitting the list described in subsection (e) of this section, the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security may submit to the President the names of any additional countries recommended for similar treatment.
(g) Notwithstanding a suspension pursuant to subsection (c) of this section or pursuant to a Presidential proclamation described in subsection (e) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may, on a case-by-case basis, and when in the national interest, issue visas or other immigration benefits to nationals of countries for which visas and benefits are otherwise blocked.
(h) The Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall submit to the President a joint report on the progress in implementing this order within 30 days of the date of this order, a second report within 60 days of the date of this order, a third report within 90 days of the date of this order, and a fourth report within 120 days of the date of this order.

Sec. 4. Implementing Uniform Screening Standards for All Immigration Programs. (a) The Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation shall implement a program, as part of the adjudication process for immigration benefits, to identify individuals seeking to enter the United States on a fraudulent basis with the intent to cause harm, or who are at risk of causing harm subsequent to their admission. This program will include the development of a uniform screening standard and procedure, such as in-person interviews; a database of identity documents proffered by applicants to ensure that duplicate documents are not used by multiple applicants; amended application forms that include questions aimed at identifying fraudulent answers and malicious intent; a mechanism to ensure that the applicant is who the applicant claims to be; a process to evaluate the applicant's likelihood of becoming a positively contributing member of society and the applicant's ability to make contributions to the national interest; and a mechanism to assess whether or not the applicant has the intent to commit criminal or terrorist acts after entering the United States.
(b) The Secretary of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Secretary of State, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, shall submit to the President an initial report on the progress of this directive within 60 days of the date of this order, a second report within 100 days of the date of this order, and a third report within 200 days of the date of this order.

Sec. 5. Realignment of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for Fiscal Year 2017. (a) The Secretary of State shall suspend the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days. During the 120-day period, the Secretary of State, in conjunction with the Secretary of Homeland Security and in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence, shall review the USRAP application and adjudication process to determine what additional procedures should be taken to ensure that those approved for refugee admission do not pose a threat to the security and welfare of the United States, and shall implement such additional procedures. Refugee applicants who are already in the USRAP process may be admitted upon the initiation and completion of these revised procedures. Upon the date that is 120 days after the date of this order, the Secretary of State shall resume USRAP admissions only for nationals of countries for which the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Director of National Intelligence have jointly determined that such additional procedures are adequate to ensure the security and welfare of the United States.
(b) Upon the resumption of USRAP admissions, the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, is further directed to make changes, to the extent permitted by law, to prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual's country of nationality. Where necessary and appropriate, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall recommend legislation to the President that would assist with such prioritization.
(c) Pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States and thus suspend any such entry until such time as I have determined that sufficient changes have been made to the USRAP to ensure that admission of Syrian refugees is consistent with the national interest.
(d) Pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), I hereby proclaim that the entry of more than 50,000 refugees in fiscal year 2017 would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and thus suspend any such entry until such time as I determine that additional admissions would be in the national interest.
(e) Notwithstanding the temporary suspension imposed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may jointly determine to admit individuals to the United States as refugees on a case-by-case basis, in their discretion, but only so long as they determine that the admission of such individuals as refugees is in the national interest -- including when the person is a religious minority in his country of nationality facing religious persecution, when admitting the person would enable the United States to conform its conduct to a preexisting international agreement, or when the person is already in transit and denying admission would cause undue hardship -- and it would not pose a risk to the security or welfare of the United States.
(f) The Secretary of State shall submit to the President an initial report on the progress of the directive in subsection (b) of this section regarding prioritization of claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution within 100 days of the date of this order and shall submit a second report within 200 days of the date of this order.
(g) It is the policy of the executive branch that, to the extent permitted by law and as practicable, State and local jurisdictions be granted a role in the process of determining the placement or settlement in their jurisdictions of aliens eligible to be admitted to the United States as refugees. To that end, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall examine existing law to determine the extent to which, consistent with applicable law, State and local jurisdictions may have greater involvement in the process of determining the placement or resettlement of refugees in their jurisdictions, and shall devise a proposal to lawfully promote such involvement.

Sec. 6. Rescission of Exercise of Authority Relating to the Terrorism Grounds of Inadmissibility. The Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall, in consultation with the Attorney General, consider rescinding the exercises of authority in section 212 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182, relating to the terrorism grounds of inadmissibility, as well as any related implementing memoranda.

Sec. 7. Expedited Completion of the Biometric Entry-Exit Tracking System. (a) The Secretary of Homeland Security shall expedite the completion and implementation of a biometric entry-exit tracking system for all travelers to the United States, as recommended by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.
(b) The Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit to the President periodic reports on the progress of the directive contained in subsection (a) of this section. The initial report shall be submitted within 100 days of the date of this order, a second report shall be submitted within 200 days of the date of this order, and a third report shall be submitted within 365 days of the date of this order. Further, the Secretary shall submit a report every 180 days thereafter until the system is fully deployed and operational.

Sec. 8. Visa Interview Security. (a) The Secretary of State shall immediately suspend the Visa Interview Waiver Program and ensure compliance with section 222 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1222, which requires that all individuals seeking a nonimmigrant visa undergo an in-person interview, subject to specific statutory exceptions.
(b) To the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary of State shall immediately expand the Consular Fellows Program, including by substantially increasing the number of Fellows, lengthening or making permanent the period of service, and making language training at the Foreign Service Institute available to Fellows for assignment to posts outside of their area of core linguistic ability, to ensure that non-immigrant visa-interview wait times are not unduly affected.

Sec. 9. Visa Validity Reciprocity. The Secretary of State shall review all nonimmigrant visa reciprocity agreements to ensure that they are, with respect to each visa classification, truly reciprocal insofar as practicable with respect to validity period and fees, as required by sections 221(c) and 281 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1201(c) and 1351, and other treatment. If a country does not treat United States nationals seeking nonimmigrant visas in a reciprocal manner, the Secretary of State shall adjust the visa validity period, fee schedule, or other treatment to match the treatment of United States nationals by the foreign country, to the extent practicable.#

Sec. 10. Transparency and Data Collection. (a) To be more transparent with the American people, and to more effectively implement policies and practices that serve the national interest, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, shall, consistent with applicable law and national security, collect and make publicly available within 180 days, and every 180 days thereafter:
(i) information regarding the number of foreign nationals in the United States who have been charged with terrorism-related offenses while in the United States; convicted of terrorism-related offenses while in the United States; or removed from the United States based on terrorism-related activity, affiliation, or material support to a terrorism-related organization, or any other national security reasons since the date of this order or the last reporting period, whichever is later;
(ii) information regarding the number of foreign nationals in the United States who have been radicalized after entry into the United States and engaged in terrorism-related acts, or who have provided material support to terrorism-related organizations in countries that pose a threat to the United States, since the date of this order or the last reporting period, whichever is later; and
(iii) information regarding the number and types of acts of gender-based violence against women, including honor killings, in the United States by foreign nationals, since the date of this order or the last reporting period, whichever is later; and
(iv) any other information relevant to public safety and security as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Attorney General, including information on the immigration status of foreign nationals charged with major offenses.
(b) The Secretary of State shall, within one year of the date of this order, provide a report on the estimated long-term costs of the USRAP at the Federal, State, and local levels.

Sec. 11. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

THE WHITE HOUSE, January 27, 2017

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THE HIGH COURT has ruled....People have a right to lampoon and criticise politicians and public officials under the Human Rights Act, the High Court has ruled.

We have the full High Court judgment, saved as a page on here. l

ampoon (lampoon) Pronunciation: /lamˈpuːn/ verb [with object] publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm: the actor was lampooned by the press noun a speech or text lampooning someone or something: the magazine fired at God, Royalty, and politicians, using cartoons and lampoons.

Derivatives: lampooner noun lampoonery noun lampoonist noun Origin: mid 17th century: from French lampon, said to be from lampons 'let us drink' (used as a refrain), from lamper 'gulp down', nasalized form of laper 'to lap (liquid).


NUJ Code of Conduct

The NUJ's Code of Conduct has set out the main principles of British and Irish journalism since 1936.

The code is part of the rules and all journalists joining the union must sign that they will strive to adhere to the it.

Members of the National Union of Journalists are expected to abide by the following professional principles:

A journalist:

1 At all times upholds and defends the principle of media freedom, the right of freedom of expression and the right of the public to be informed

2 Strives to ensure that information disseminated is honestly conveyed, accurate and fair

3 Does her/his utmost to correct harmful inaccuracies

4 Differentiates between fact and opinion

5 Obtains material by honest, straightforward and open means, with the exception of investigations that are both overwhelmingly in the public interest and which involve evidence that cannot be obtained by straightforward means

6 Does nothing to intrude into anybody's private life, grief or distress unless justified by overriding consideration of the public interest

7 Protects the identity of sources who supply information in confidence and material gathered in the course of her/his work

8 Resists threats or any other inducements to influence, distort or suppress information and takes no unfair personal advantage of information gained in the course of her/his duties before the information is public knowledge

9 Produces no material likely to lead to hatred or discrimination on the grounds of a person's age, gender, race, colour, creed, legal status, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation

10 Does not by way of statement, voice or appearance endorse by advertisement any commercial product or service save for the promotion of her/his own work or of the medium by which she/he is employed

11 A journalist shall normally seek the consent of an appropriate adult when interviewing or photographing a child for a story about her/his welfare

12 Avoids plagiarism The NUJ believes a journalist has the right to refuse an assignment or be identified as the author of editorial that would break the letter or spirit of the code.

The NUJ will fully support any journalist disciplined for asserting her/his right to act according to the code

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