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Self-Harm: Response and Reaction

Self-Harm: Response and Reaction

Self-harm is clinically referred to as Non-Suicidal Self-Injury.  It is described as an act which causes direct harm to the body but one where the focus is harm itself and not some other goal. Research into self-harm over the last... More…
Sweden is no libertarian paradise for dealing with COVID

Sweden is no libertarian paradise for dealing with COVID

Libertarian and conservative commentators extol Sweden as an alternative model for dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic that steers away from the lockdowns with which we are familiar in the United Kingdom and the United States.  Elon Musk and Toby Young,... More…
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What we have seen Pod Dinning “You have the right to paid overtime! Union members will not work for free.” Swedish University teachers and researchers campaign. The great hope for the weekend! From https://www.flyingleaps.co.uk/ Seen at a bus stop in... More…
Deaf in the time of Covid

Deaf in the time of Covid

Deaf people are not, by nature of their hearing impairment, at any increased risk from Covid-19 than the general population.  However, the strategy developed and implemented by the government to control the spread of the virus disproportionately disadvantages D/deaf people.... More…
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What we have seen Lay Virology – washing the shopping bags Advice to library visitors (Sweden) 28 Weeks Later; still advertising March events in October Some type of grim metaphor of our times. Party shop has gone out of business... More…
Education, Education, Education

Education, Education, Education

It will have come as little surprise to many that the current Government is nasty. Indeed even columnists for the Times newspaper openly state that  – ‘Tories are expected to be bastards — this is priced in’.  Some who voted... More…
Intersectional Discrimination: COVID-19, Racism and Speciesism

Intersectional Discrimination: COVID-19, Racism and Speciesism

It is a common fact that the world has changed dramatically over the last few months due to the spread of COVID-19. On a global scale, people’s lives have been transformed, and economic systems have been under immense strain. With... More…
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What we Have Seen Oxfordshire CC shut this road off for several nights and spent a shed load of money, making road “bike-friendly” in response to COVID. Result: a road marking system that is confusing for drivers and cyclists and... More…
Support workers as invisible healthcare providers

Support workers as invisible healthcare providers

Book Review: Support Workers and the Health Professions an International Perspective, the invisible providers of healthcare A support worker is: ‘a worker who provides face-to-face care or support of a personal or confidential nature to patients and/or service users in... More…
COVID Misinformation

COVID Misinformation

Tech companies are removing ‘harmful’ coronavirus content – but who decides what that means? The “infodemic” of misinformation about coronavirus has made it difficult to distinguish accurate information from false and misleading advice. The major technology companies have responded to... More…
Undermining public law is no way to protect public health

Undermining public law is no way to protect public health

Safeguards on everything from procurement to notifiable diseases, health inspections to freedom of information, are being suspended at a time when accountability is more important than ever. The long dark shadow cast by Coronavirus has provided cover for the demise... More…
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what we have seen In other countries, it’s the govt that supplies free compulsory face masks. Not in good old Blighty, £5 to ensure compliance Rules for keeping the pub open during pandemic times. COVID crazy golf. “Oh, I do... More…