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ABORTION AND DISABLED CHILDREN: A TALE OF TWO CARE QUALITY COMMISSION REPORTS

Serious failings in the support of disabled children are glossed over, while an unpublished report on abortion is leapt on… It feels like cheap point-scoring to say that abortion opponents are more concerned with saving foetuses than protecting actual, living children, but the contrasting reactions to two pieces of research by the Care Quality Commission this week suggest exactly that. On Thursday, the CQC (the independent regulator of health and social care services in England) published a report that showed serious failings in the support of disabled children: unacceptably long waits for wheelchairs, a lack of cohesion between different services,...

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DO WOMEN REALLY PAY MORE FOR SERVICES THAN MEN?

When I go to the hairdresser’s, I rarely walk away with change from £100; when my boyfriend goes, he is done and dusted for £30. I had never wondered about this disparity before but US Marie Claire has turned it into a campaign with a piece claiming that women in the US pay more than men for a huge range of goods and servicesincluding home mortgages, health insurance, and cars and car repairs… “not to mention everyday items like deodorant and disposable razors”. So is it true in the UK too? First, I contacted hair salons: it might be fair...

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RACISM INCIDENTS AT LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB

The recent incidents of racism associated with Liverpool Football Club has been heavily debated nationwide. Here we present the views of two fans – our editor, Garth Dallas and Vinny Tomlinson, former Chair Merseyside Black Police Association. Garth Dallas (Editor, Diverse Magazine): “As a huge LFC fan I deliberately reserved judgement on the Suárez case until I felt I had enough information to make an ‘informed statement’. I can now say that I categorically support the verdict and the punishment!! Suárez has not been found guilty of being a racist, because that was not the charge. Rather he was convicted...

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STEPHEN LAWRENCE CASE – TIMELINE

The murder of Stephen Lawrence in south-east London 18 years ago has been the subject of multiple court cases and inquiries. See the timeline below…. 22 April 1993 Stephen Lawrence is stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack by a gang of white youths as he waits at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London, with his friend Duwayne Brooks. 26 April 1993 Four prime suspects are put under surveillance. 4 May 1993 The Lawrence family complains that police are not doing enough to catch Stephen’s killers. 7 May 1993 The homes of brothers Neil and Jamie Acourt and David...

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NHS ACCUSED OVER DEATHS OF DISABLED PATIENTS

Mencap inquiry finds institutional discrimination against people with learning disabilities led to at least 74 deaths. The NHS is accused of causing the unnecessary suffering or deaths of at least 74 patients with a learning disability because of poor care that reveals enduring “institutional discrimination” among doctors and nurses. The 74 vulnerable patients’ deaths over the past decade were either caused or complicated by mistakes in hospitals and decisions by staff who failed to treat them properly and displayed ignorance or indifference to their plight, according to the charity Mencap and families of some of those who died. Inquiries by...

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THE WOMEN WHO RIOTED

The dominant images of the August riots were of angry men, but the interviews by “Reading the Riots” (a partnership which include the Guardian newspaper and the London School of Economics) suggest females were a significant presence… On the third night of riots, two 20-year-old women made their way from Brixton to Peckham, egged on by friends and pings on their BlackBerrys. Once there, they saw an abandoned police car. Within minutes a petrol bomb was sailing through its window. “One of my friends … just said: ‘Let’s fuck it up,’ because there was no one there, there was nothing...

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NO DAVID STARKEY: BRITAIN IS NOT A WHITE MONOCULTURE

David Starkey can argue until he’s blue in the face that English society is still dominated by a “white monoculture”, but in many of the country’s larger cities, the reverse is literally true – as shown by the changing makeup of their schools. Our analysis of Department of Education data that across the entire Greater London secondary school population, white pupils are now in the minority, with more than half of all London’s secondary schoolchildren coming from ethnic minority or mixed ethnic backgrounds. In some local authorities, mostly in inner London, this has been the case for more than a...

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COMMONS DIVERSITY MEASURES URGED

Parliamentary candidates should have a legal right to time off work to campaign, and parties should offer bursaries to would-be MPs from poorer backgrounds, a think tank says. The Institute for Government said Westminster was “overwhelmingly white, male and middle-class”. Just one fifth of MPs are women, and 27 out of 650 are from ethnic minorities. The cost and time involved could deter “candidates from non-traditional backgrounds”, the organisation said. The report acknowledged parties’ past diversity efforts, including all-women shortlists by Labour and the Conservatives’ “A-list” of approved candidates. But the Institute for Government argued that improved selection methods were...

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LIVERPOOL RECOGNISES LGBT COMMUNITY WITH STREET SIGNS

NEW street signs are up in Liverpool’s Stanley Street Quarter to show that it is the city’s officially recognised gay village. It is the UK’s first city to recognise its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) scene in this way. Signs, which incorporate a rainbow arch to recognise the LGBT community, are up on Stanley Street, Cumberland Street, Temple Lane, Eberle Street and Temple Street. The rainbow motif is a symbol of LGBT pride and LGBT social movements that has been in use since the 1970s. The colours reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and the rainbow is often...

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RELIGION-FRIENDLY WORLD DEMOCRACY

Religious, secular and political people need to start talking to each other, to build peaceful coexistence and protect minorities There will be no peace in our world without an understanding of the place of religion within it. The past decade has seen many convenient myths, which disguised the importance of religion, stripped away. Many thought as society progressed, religion would decline. It hasn’t happened. Then there are those that insisted that as the Arab revolution knocked over long-established regimes and created movements for democracy, so those societies’ religiosity would take second place to the new politics. It hasn’t happened. Religion...