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#HAWMC Day 2 – A NOT SO INSPIRING QUOTE

2 Apr

There is one quote that quite frankly gets on my Nelly … “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”

Why is this even suggested? Who made this stuff up? Come on, seriously, I live in a country where it takes a month to even get a slot with your local GP let a lone a CAMHS Paediatrician (Child Adolescent Mental Health Service) who is there to assist me with any issues or difficulties relating to Little Man, his Aspergers Syndrome, Anxiety and a whole other host of issues! “So… Frankly, who needs some piece of fruit?”

Yes, maybe I shouldn’t take such old wife tales so personally, actually I don’t! I’m pretty much able to disguise between what needs to be taken with a pinch of salt and what needs to be absorbed as reality, though this isn’t the case for everyone… this isn’t the case for Little man.

This is a child who mostly sees the world in black & white, without the support given from certain therapies he may just spend his days indulging in an apple a day only to get that sudden bump to earth when he actually requires a doctor to come his way and will they?

The likelihood of actually chocking on one of these healthy daily snacks seems more likely and yes the doctor would still be “Away” just when you ironically need him!

Of course my point isn’t related to apples, well not as such, its about services, much needed services that parents like me and thousands of others physically need to fight for! We deal with the hidden disability, the stigma nestled between child mental health and that of neurological disorders… yet here we are still finding our child stuck on a waiting list, one that’s so long it’s not surprising that when you receive the much awaited letter, your child’s out collecting his P45 and your at Bingo.

So, as I sit and watch the UK slowly slip down the pan, as the coalition destroy just about anything in its path I wonder how we move on from here? I basically want to know why a man who promised a better deal to those with disabilities, their families and registered carers, is now doing what can only be described as his “Best” to kick us to the curb first, in his mission to take over the country acquiring himself one or two well deserved nick names a long the way? Is there a game plan, this is politics after all! Surly he doesn’t think that making yourself into this hugely hated figure within society will get you any brownie points in the long run? Is it plain to see that he didn’t receive my vote?

See, now I’m running of course….

The reason behind such a sudden “Pop” directed at the UK Government is for the same reason most find themselves ticked off! As a member of this society, I sure am sick of hearing promises that quickly find themselves forgotten and buried within some dusty old file in the house of commons! As a mother of a child with Aspergers and Special Educational Needs, who fought for a statement of sen only to fight for that same statement to be amended! A parent who has endured the battle for her child’s right to an educational placement that can meet his needs, I was bitterly disappointed at the proposed “Green Paper” and worse the lack of progress since (well, public progress)! Yes, the LEA and Health Authority will now work together, families will be able to access the services “they can’t access now” till their child becomes 21! Lets not also forget that both LEA support services and those provided by the National Health Service will become readily available, what with the change in the assessment process! Remember this is for the benefit of those with disabilities and their families, nothing to do with government cuts and quick fixes at the expense of the most vulnerable! It will all be perfect wont it! Everything will be so much more efficient & faster this way, you may even get a little respite if your lucky … Blah… Blah… Blah… YES, We’re all still waiting?

So, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Um, NO! Broken promises, shabby money saving cuts, and politics, that my friends is what keeps that doctor away!

This post was written as part of the #HAWMC, 30 prompts, 30 days, 30 post (this was day 2)

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As Britain has its education system affected by government cuts, Cameron invest £650m in Pakistani schools

6 Apr
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Its my 29th Birthday today and instead of starting my day on a high, I instead woke up to an unwanted kick in the guts from the one and only David Cameron.

IS CAMERON DELIBERATELY TRYING TO TURN THE BRITISH PUBLIC AGAINST HIM?

Well, that is what supporters he has left! I for one would absolutely love to give him a piece of my mind (amongst other things)

So, what’s the man who runs the country (very badly) gone and done now? Well, brace yourselves folks as this is a tad disturbing! Mr Cameron has only gone and promised Pakistan a nice big fat check of…. WAIT FOR IT£650 Million to invest in….. WAIT FOR IT.….. Pakistani schools!

And why is he doing this? To make amends for the diplomatic rift caused by no other than that of himself. Last year Mr Cameron accused the country of, ‘Looking both ways on terrorism’ and this is the PMs way of an apology. “CAMERON, GET THEM A BUNCH OF FLOWERS MATE” I’m personally fuming with this man! Our education system is facing huge cuts, my son doesn’t have a school place and only yesterday I heard that primary school’s are so full that the possibility of primary school units being attached to secondary school’s looks more likely by the minute.

The A boy with Asperger’s support page I created on Facebook is fit to burst when it comes to parents with children on the spectrum that are not getting their special education needs met both in and out of school. What does it all boil down to? Money!!! We are totally sick of having to go to tribunal to fight for hours to be placed in part 3 of our children’s statements, “That’s those who are lucky enough to have a statement.” Many parents are still right at the starting pointing, battling for the statutory assessment their children require the LEA to perform, a process that takes forever.

We are short on school’s and there were many that were promised re-builds that have now been told to dream on! Special school’s are far and few between and if your lucky enough to get your child into your preferred special school or any school for that matter, they still may not receive the full support they need due to the schools being so overcrowded that the staff are teaching in makeshift classrooms, e.g… shipping carts, school hallways, cleaning cupboard, etc.

I’m sorry forks if you think I’m out of line here, but I’m only speaking up for what I believe to be an injustice to our country. I am all for giving to other needy countries the world pulling together and all that, however I have a child who has been dragged through the mill as a result of a system that is meant to provide him with an adequate education (Yep, the Ed Act 96 states that the child must be provided with an adequate education not the best, which makes it harder for a parent to battle against LAs when not naming the parents preferred school in a child’s statement) It’s shameful that the UK government even fail to ensure that an education of even this level is provide.

My point is, ” PAKISTAN SPEND ONLY 1.55 PER CENT OF ITS NATIONAL INCOME ON SCHOOLS BUT IS PLACING BILLION-POUND ORDERS FOR SIX CHINESE SUBMARINES AND 36 FIGHTER AIRCRAFT” As reported by the daily mail this morning.

The Daily Mail also reports that, “BRITAIN IS ALSO TO GIVE HIGHLY SENSITIVE MILITARY TECHNOLOGY TO COMBAT ROADSIDE BOMBS TO THE PAKISTANI SECURITY SERVICES, WHICH ARE WIDELY BLAMED FOR FUNDING AND ARMING THE TALIBAN.”

“Oh my God” If this is correct then I can’t see how this man is still allowed to run our country! Not only is he providing £650 million pounds to invest in Pakistani schools when our own schools are struggling to provide a good enough education it’s been made even worse since the new government come into power and decided to implement cuts to a service that is already failing due to funding, but they are also risking the lives of our own troops in Afghanistan when going as far as offering to spend further millions on a centre of excellence for for the countries soldiers and spies in an area of militancy. What worries me is that Cameron was unable to answer the question of whether he was able to guarantee that the Pakistani intelligence service (ISI) will not hand such technology to the Taliban!

HOLLY BLOODY COW! This guy is playing with the life’s of our brave troops and our children’s future. I’ve always hated politics, I try avoiding it completely but sadly as you grow up and have children you realise things that you can’t ignore and it’s all based upon money and status, which really makes me sick!

Cameron defends his actions by claiming it’s in our best interest to invest and help Pakistan, if they are a success we’ll have a good friend to trade and invest with! He then went on to state that if Pakistan fail we will face problems of migration of extremism, So, its therefore in Britain’s interest that they succeed!

Here’s my thoughts on such a statement,

Oi Cloth ears, I don’t want a bloody friend (I HAVE ENOUGH OF THOSE ALREADY THANK YOU!), What I want is for you to do what is right by my child and billions more like him here in the UK. I want you to stick outrageous amounts of cash into our education system, build more schools, put a stop to this silly delegated funding that is happening. I like many parents don’t want to go to the SEN tribunal to fight for my child’s right to be awarded a place in a school that can meet his needs when there is no others that can (BELIEF ME I’VE LOOKED) I want hours clearly stated in part 3 of Little mans statement (That’s my son by the way!) I want an individualised speech and language programme with a specific amount of hours dedicated to such a programme and specified in again part 3 of his statement. This is just some of what my child needs! You are handing out ridiculous sums of money to a country who doesn’t even need it! (SUBMARINES AND AIRCRAFT’S DON’T COME CHEAP) Don’t get me wrong, in no way do I blame the Pakistani people for this, It’s not their fault that those above them choose to spend just 1.55 per cent of its budget on education, However it’s not our fault either! Furthermore Sir Cameron… I want British troops who risk their lives for our country to receive a water tight guarantee that they will not be at risk anymore then they already are! By this I am not accusing the ISI of any wrong doing that’s not my job, I’m merely stating that if you cannot guarantee that the ISI will not share your gift with the Taliban then you are a bad man to take such a gamble. These man have family who do not wish to greet them home in a box! If you wish to apologise for remarks that you made which offended the Muslim nation… then do it the normal way with a shake of the hand and a gift of a smaller nature. That way you can come home and start making something of our schools (OR LACK OF THEM) If you do fancy being charitable then how about helping out Japan? Given that this is a place where schools are being re-built from scratch due to the recent disaster!”

LASTLY, I HAVE ONE QUESTION TO ASK OF MR DAVID CAMERON, “ARE THE GOVRENMENT TELLING BIG FAT PORKIES, IS THIS COUNTRY REALLY IN DEBT AS A RESULT OF THE LABOUR PARTY?” Please feel free to comment as to let myself and my readers know your answer.

Well, that feel’s a little better having got that of my chest! For all of you that work, when you get your next pay packet and feel a little sick at the large amount of money missing due to the amount of tax taken from you by the government then remember what the government is using it for. I’m not going to sit here and moan on and on about tax payers money as I pay so little right now, given that I’m a full-time carer for my children, one of which has Aspergers possible ADHD and special educational needs and currently has no school place. But before anyone decides to get on their high horse, I should mention that all my spare time is used to help the wider community as I’m a volunteer. Basically yes I do work! I just don’t get paid for it. My work is done around the children and little mans schooling, which means that not only I am getting the experience of doing what I love but the comfort of knowing I’m helping others. At the end of the day this huge sum of money Cameron plans to put into Pakistani’s schools is british tax payers money, yet many of these taxpayers are in the same boat as me when it comes to their child’s floundering education. Even more families are being forced out the workplace or can’t get a foot in it due to the latest cuts which has hit many of the services offered by the DWP, childcare being one of them.

To end a very long rant before I go off to enjoy what is left of my birthday, I want to share with you the “WHAT £650M COULD BUY” list produced by the Daily Mail in today’s paper.

  • 60 years of free school meals for every primary & secondary pupil in England
  • 21 new state-of-the art academy schools
  • 1 years salary for 250,000 newly qualified teachers
  • 24,074 full university student fees at the new rate of £27,000 for three years
  • 30 grammar schools could be completely rebuilt 4,333 under privileged pupils could be sent to Eton College for full secondary school

There are things I would personally remove from the list to replace with other things that in my opinion are much more needed, for eg… new special, primary and secondary schools, home to school transport and specialised services, professionals and teachers but sadly I don’t have the statistics 🙂 However the list sums it up, Cameron is taking the biscuit! BIG TIME!!!

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