Swiss to vote on UBI on June 5. Several countries around the world are talking about the idea of introducing Universal Basic Income (UBI), not to be confused with Universal Credit which is being introduced in the UK to replace several means-tested welfare benefits. Universal Basic Income is where the government pays everybody a set … Continue reading Flat rate universal basic income plan for everyone whether in work, unemployed or with disabilities
Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb addresses the House of Commons. Prime Minister David Cameron is watching on. Stephen Crabb, who was appointed as the UK’s new Work and Pensions Secretary after the resignation of Ian Duncan Smith, is to make a House of Commons speech next Tuesday, April 12. He is expected to set … Continue reading Crabb set to unveil new plans for disability benefits
Just got to love this, while enjoying Spanish sunshine with Easter temperatures in the high 70sF, thinking of family and friends back in the UK: No summer in the UK? Again? Come and get your fill of sunshine in sunny Andalucía.
Uncertainty is hanging over the heads of people in so many different countries this year as questions relating to their futures are being decided at the ballot box. Well, they should be. In the USA, the various Democratic and Republican candidates are fighting through the primary and caucus system to win enough support to win … Continue reading Everyone’s vote should matter – but does it?
Gwen Higgs, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and David Cameron Gwen’s story, warts and all HSCT, stem cell therapy, and its use to treat multiple sclerosis patients has been on television, in publications and even this blog during the second half of January. In just a couple of days, or so, I shall be bringing you … Continue reading HSCT, sunshine, MS and other musings
Mammoth black-and-white Killer Whales, the mammals made popular by films such as Free Willy, face the terrible danger of extinction in the seas around Europe. The cause of the problem is of human origin – poisonous chemicals. Like other animals at the top of the food chain, the Killer Whale is particularly at risk of … Continue reading Act now to save Orcas from extinction by chemicals
From left: Spanish party leaders seek coalitions, UK's Queen Elizabeth II will be 90 in April, Hillary Clinton set to win Democratic nomination but President? January - now. Spain’s national politicians are trying to put together a coalition to form a government after last month’s general election created a hung parliament for the first time … Continue reading Looking at the 12 months ahead of us
Contrasting Decembers: Floodwater in North Wales; Oranges growing in the sun in southern Spain. I feel really sorry for friends, family and others we left behind when Lisa and I moved to Spain. No, I am not being smug about the weather here; I feel genuine sorrow for the atrocious weather they seem to be … Continue reading Grateful to have left stormy weather behind
Dateline: 24th October 2015. It’s a cold, wet and quite miserable Saturday in what passes for autumn in North Wales; actually, not only here but across the UK generally the weather outlook is no better, In fact, yesterday a storm warning was in place for this weekend and into next week and, although nothing at all … Continue reading Two days to go until we head for better weather
For the disabled, particularly anyone in a wheelchair, gaining access to buildings and all their facilities can still be more than a little difficult in the UK. The situation in other countries may be similar but, from what I have seen, Britain seems to be lagging behind other westernised countries. True, we have the Equality … Continue reading Access for people with disabilities. What is ‘reasonable’?