Just for once, we can share some excellent news that neither Cameron nor IDS will welcome.
Plus a huge t£2,500hank you to everyone who responded to our request to support Full Fact’s bid to fact check the election.
With your help Full Fact have now got the £25,000 they need to launch their six week election fact checking project – but it’s not over yet.
Over 120 donations flooded in to the Crowdfunder page during the 24 hours after the appeal in our last newsletter, totalling around £2,500.
The donations included £100 from Cathie Wood, whose brother Mark Wood tragically starved to death after being found fit for work. Cathie left a comment saying:
“You are doing vital work – good luck with it. This donation is in memory of my brother Mark Wood who died due to current govt. policies and lies.”
But Full Fact have until Friday afternoon to carry on. Additional donations will help them extend their fact checking to more newspaper articles, TV programmes and election broadcasts.
Cameron’s ‘obese claimants’ propaganda was just a foretaste of the misleading smears that will be unleashed in the last weeks of the election. Every extra pound Full Fact get will help them challenge such attacks.
So, if you possibly can, please donate a few pounds or publicise the project on Twitter, Facebook , forums and elsewhere.
It truly will make a difference.
Source – Benefits & Work, 25 Feb 2015
A 15th century law court
One of the commenter’s to Mike’s blog, Vox Political, R. Jim Edge, reported an appalling miscarriage of British justice. The comment is on Mike’s post, reblogged from Pride’s Purge, about the death of a mentally ill man, Mark Wood, from starvation. Wood had been sanctioned by Atos, and this exacerbated his mental illness. He developed an eating disorder, and refused money his family gave to spend on food. He died weighing just over 5 stone, with a body mass index of 11.5. The full details are on Pride’s Purge and the Void. R. Jim Edge commented
Its going to get worse, just this week in Chester a woman who stole some groceries from TESCO because she had had her benefits stopped was (and this is the good bit) fined £30 and ordered to pay £80 compensation to tesco.
This is actually a…
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