By Dude Swheatie of Kwug
Additional info to aid you in deciding which party/ies to support:
Other Political Parties and how to identify who is standing in your parliamentary consitutency:
- YourNextMP — UK 2015 General Election candidates, should help you identify who is standing in your parliamentary consituency and how to connect with them(3)
- Left Unity — a political party(4)
- Trade Union & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) — a political party(5)
Disabled people's interests and General Elections:A pre-2010 Government installed an investment banker as welfare reform guru despite his being apparently about the fact that testing for out of waged work disabilitiy benefit Incapacity Benefit was not handled by the claimant's own general practitioner but a company contracted by the DWP. (6) (7) That welfare reform guru David Freud became the coalition government's Welfare Reform Minister in 2010 as Lord Freud.(8)
And in line with a since-discredited USA-based health insurance company called Unum having been undemocratically installed as an adviser to UK governments on welfare reform since 1994 and not sacked since 2000 when declared purveyor of 'disability denial factories', the 'welfare reform debate' has largely centred around smear stories against benefit claimants. (9) (10)
That is all despite the UK Government of 2007 having signed up to the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People.
- Disabled People Against Cuts — DPAC General Election 2015 Manifesto: United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) must be fully implemented, promoted and enforced (11)
- Did more people with learning disabilities vote in General Election 2010?
- Why social care for people with learning difficulties must become a General Election issue
- How a jobseeker with learning disabilities is treated in 2015
Guidance and relevant information on wider public servic issues that may not feature in BBC coverage of the General Election
- Delivery of Council and Central Government Services would be potentially privatised with the implementation of 'government by corporate lawyers' under the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership' (TTIP). Find out more.
- Full Fact — Full Fact is the UK's independent fact-checking organisation
- Poverty and how 'political' a charity is allowed or not allowed to be
- "neoliberalism is characterized by investigative reporter Naomi Klein as a
"holy trinity" -- privatization, deregulation and cuts to social
spending -- in which governments dismantle trade barriers, abandon
public ownership, reduce taxes, eliminate the minimum wage, cut health
and welfare spending, and privatize education. She calls the means of
achieving this goal "disaster capitalism" and describes how it has
resulted in a worldwide redistribution of income and wealth to the
already rich at the expense of economic solvency for the middle and
- How the economy of the UK has become increasingly dominated by the neoliberal drive to privatise the welfare state, particularly since the 2010 General Election and the introduction of 'fracking licensing' etc that undermines national inegrity.
- The Psychologists Againsts Austerity briefing The Psychological Impact of Austerity.
- How will the various political parties standing in this General Election tackle neoliberalism, or whether they would embrace it even more?
- Quaker Vote 2015 UK General Election: Gudiance, Resources & Information. (Includes reference to the 'austerity' guzzling cost of replacing the Trident nuclear missile system that the three main political parties at least seem to be in consensus of pursuing.)
- Short money (UK Parliament): Short Money is the common name given to the annual payment to Opposition parties in the United Kingdom House of Commons to help them with their costs. It is named after Edward Short (later Lord Glenamara), the then-Leader of the House of Commons who first proposed the payments. Cranborne Money is its counterpart in the House of Lords.EVEN WITHOUT PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION IN UK ELECTIONS, Short Money tries to ensure that "there is no such thing as a wasted vote."
- Taxpayers Against Poverty
- There is a Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem consensus that Universal Credit has been too expensive to abandon.
- 'Work for your benefits' has become a mantra of mainstreamism in the UK since the term 'workfare' was first coined.
- What does Boycott Workfare say and do about it?
- What will the political parties seek to do about it?
Election campaigning methods
"Each mind has its own method." — RW Emerson
Notes(1) Register to vote by 20 April at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
As of 3 April 2015, there is now another, perhaps less longwinded survey site at http://www.votematch.org/
See also http://kilburnunemployed.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/steep-rise-in-esa-sanctions-swheatie.html