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Labour: “We are screwing generations to come”

June 30th, 2006 No comments

New Labour’s mantra needs careful interpretation. “We are taking difficult decisions for the long term” – on the face of it this sounds fine. But, difficult, in New Labour speak means “we do not understand the issues” and long-term means “we won’t live to see the effects”.

So Mr Blair and New Labour are making decisions they don’t understand the implications of and with which they will not have to live. They are screwing generations to come because they are making the wrong decisions. This is only to be expected from a man and government that backed Bush’s illegal war in Iraq, lied about the logic and then tried very hard to hide the truth.

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Can’t Say, Won’t Say – A Poem From The Hollow

June 27th, 2006 No comments

I can’t say and I won’t say is all he says today,
Another day I may come, if you ask me out to play.
But for the being time, or the time being for, I
Can only do what I do and that is not any more.
It is what I do now and will do till the day I die,
For when I stop the doing there’ll not be another try.

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Pants

June 24th, 2006 No comments

Pants. The world is pants. Some days you just feel pissed. I like being silly on those days. Rarely does it take long to cheer up and stop being a bore. Today was a great day from the start to the finish. I couldn’t resist the headline :)

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Joy

June 24th, 2006 No comments

I didn’t know, when I offered my friend a home, what would come of it. Her need drove that situation forward. On her journey to self discovery and ownership, I have offered strength, courage, wisdom and friendship in addition to a safe place to be that was the original deal.

I did not expect or want or need much in return. I asked only simple things: don’t lie, steal or cheat; Use your time wisely. Those things were asked more for her sake than for mine. I have been surprised daily for the last months by the success of this recipe.

Now I get my payback, unexpected and unsought as it is. I feel very proud of my friend and the vast distance she has travelled in such a short time. Her infectious energy is rubbing off on me. People are telling me I seem happier. It is true. She has reinvigorated my sense of progress and hunger for healing. I had become more than a little stuck. She has injected 100% proof joy into my life.

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LSE: Depression Makes The Economy Suffer

June 19th, 2006 No comments

The London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance has published a paper suggesting depression causes massive economic damage and that therapy available for all would pay for itself. Richard Layard writes “There is a mass of suffering which is untreated and imposes severe burdens on the economy”.

It imposes even more severe burdens on the sufferers and it is a great shame that economic argument and not human need is the driver of this thinking. I am sure Mr Layard is driven by human need and suffering and the opportunity to end this. It reveals very deep wounds to our humanity and society that he needs to dress this in economic argument to be heard.

Read The Depression Report.

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