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Emma Best: Conservatives should make early intervention a key plank of our programme

Emma works in children’s services, is a councillor in Waltham Forest and is fourth on the Londonwide list for the GLA election in May 2020.

I was overjoyed in the early hours of December 13th as Iain Duncan Smith, our local MP in Chingford and Woodford Green, was returned (there’s a rather unflattering BBC clip of me from the time which attests to this).

Of course, as a councillor in the constituency, a Brexiteer, and someone who experienced first-hand the vile hard-left campaign Labour ran here, there were many reasons to celebrate.

The most pertinent for me was seeing Duncan Smith returned to the Commons, and through him a strong voice for early intervention. In fact, it is his work for the Centre for Social Justice (which he co-founded in 2004) and belief in early intervention measures that I would often focus on when talking to undecided voters – which resonated far more than discussing the intricacies of Brexit.

That night (or morning), with our job done locally, we began to focus on the excitement of the emerging national picture. Activists, councillors and our newly re-elected MP bundled into cars from the count to a hastily prepared celebration party (no one was counting any chickens) where, in a crowded living room in Woodford, cheers went up at almost every result announced. With every victory it felt increasingly as though we were entering the dawn of a new political era. It also was clear people across the UK were crying out for a change in direction.

I recall thinking: “It’s time for us to do something special beyond Brexit”. Personally, I’ll be hoping that’s IDS, and other MPs sympathetic to the cause, making the case for a trauma-aware early intervention agenda that transforms the way in which we approach individuals presenting with social, legal, physical, and mental health issues.

Our friends on the left have often failed when it comes to early intervention measures, becoming too distracted by creating fancy job titles and what is easy but not effective. I fear this has led to early intervention being characterised by poor practice and dismissed as a New Labour fad where excess money was spent ‘rewarding’ bad behaviour.

In the much-needed move to streamline public services over the past decade it seems to me, in some circumstances, this view has seen the baby thrown out with the bathwater. We cannot forget that the principle of early intervention not only presents the best outcome for children and families – it is also markedly better for the public purse.

So now, with a thumping majority, we must pick up the gauntlet and get it right. The whole parliamentary party must listen to evidence linking the impact of early life trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to brain development. It must recognise early life trauma causes toxic stress that when experienced through developmental years literally alters the way in which brains are wired.

This leads to a massive rise in the likelihood of experiencing mental and physical health issues and a far greater susceptibility to substance misuse and violent behaviours. Like any underlying health issue, when we fail to inoculate children against the effects of trauma we set them up for future pain. We must inoculate against trauma as we do physical illness. The antidote is a society that understands its effects, and support from families or trusted adults.

It seems obvious we aren’t effectively intervening and inoculating at present. Speak to teachers, doctors, support workers, housing officers, and key workers across the public and charitable sector. They could often tell you in primary school the children that they expect to see in gangs, with issues with violence, addiction struggles, and with health issues later in life.

But too often, while children are identified at this stage, their behaviour is easier to manage and we neglect to address the issues which sees behaviour become progressively more serious throughout adolescence and adult life.

That’s why the rising rate of permanent exclusions from state schools is so worrying. Each one represents a missed opportunity and personal tragedy for the young person involved; with a reduction in life chances and increased risk of involvement in crime.

Through my work in children services and as a councillor I’m always struck by how many young people and families are let down through missed opportunities to tackle the root cause of their presenting problem – invariably leading to expensive and reactive solutions focused on symptoms not cause. Our collective approach in public services is too often akin to giving a plaster to someone with a gaping wound, and then wondering why they keep needing more plasters.

Many of the answers on how to implement early intervention effectively already exist. Hopefully the Government will put at the heart of its agenda David Burrowes’s work on the Family Hubs Network and Manifesto to Strengthen Families as well as the NSPCC’s Sharing the Science and Look, Say, Sing, Play programmes (which educate professionals, parents, and carers on the science behind brain development).

My personal wish list includes seeing expectant mothers complete ACE questionnaires to break the cycle of early-life trauma and schools adopting trauma-aware strategies to better identify and support children before the penalty for problem behaviour increases.

A new era beckons, the strings on the public purse are loosening, and it’s time to show what a compassionate, one-nation Conservative government can achieve through an early intervention revolution.

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Robert Halfon: For years, I’ve urged that the Conservatives become a Workers Party. Now it is one.

Robert Halfon is MP for Harlow.

It feels like I’ve woken up from a dream. Not a White Christmas, but a sea of blue-collar, spanning the length and breadth of the country, on the electoral map. For many years as MP, I’ve been campaigning for us to be the “Workers’ Party” – the representatives of blue-collar men and women up and down the country. In Essex, we use the term, “white-van conservatism”.

It is extraordinary to think that this dream has been realised by the election of MPs from all over the country, from Bishop Auckland, to my own constituency of Harlow.

Of course, the narrative from the Corbynites is that their catastrophic performance is because of Brexit. But, if you look at long-term trends, Labour have been losing the vote of working people for a number of years. The Labour movement is seen as an enemy of aspiration. In my own constituency, the Labour vote has not veered from 30 to 38 percent since 2010. Having said that, the results this time around were remarkable.

We have a real chance to fundamentally change our Party for the better. As the Prime Minister said, many people have lent us their vote, and they won’t be so generous next time if we get it wrong.

The Conservative Party must take this opportunity to become the true Workers’ Party.

That means, first, being incredibly careful with our narrative and language, and ensuring that we’re seen as the party of the ladder of opportunity and the safety net.

We should be modest, humble and kind in all our dealings with the public. Real thought and care about our language must be taken at all times, but particularly when we face the media, to ensure that Tories don’t come over as heartless or lacking emotional intelligence. Too often, we’ve allowed ourselves to be seen as out of touch and not on the side of people who are struggling. Each of us has a role to play, individually, to change this perception.

Second, let us show that we Conservatives have a real passion for our public services and are just as proud of increased funding for the NHS – as we are of the necessary tax breaks for small businesses – which we know increases investment and employment opportunities.

Third, we have to be relentless about cutting the cost of living. Lowering taxes is a moral good. We must convey that it is not all about helping rich people in the city or tycoons. This means, as the Manifesto pledged, focusing on cutting taxes for the lower paid by continuing to reduce income tax and making increases to the National Living wage a priority.

But we shouldn’t just cut taxes for lower earners, we need to ensure they know about it. On wage slips, for example, the Treasury should set out exactly how much the Government is saving taxpayers. The wage slip should read: “Your tax bill would normally be £X, but the Conservative Government has discounted it to £Y, saving you £Z.”

A simple, practical mechanism to ensure that workers on lower incomes know that it is Conservatives that are cutting their tax bill.

So, too, should the fuel duty freeze continue – again, as mentioned by the Prime Minister in the campaign. More action needs to be taken to improve Universal Credit so that its purpose of eliminating the poverty trap finally becomes a reality.

Fourth, many working people in communities that have now voted Conservative are passionate about apprenticeship opportunities for their children. Our vocational and technical education reforms should be at the forefront of policy for our Education Secretary. Every single young person should have the offer of a high-quality apprenticeship – right through from Level 2, up to degree-level.  Conservatives should aim for 50 per cent of students to take up degree apprenticeships.

Conservatives must come good on school funding and continue to provide as much parental choice of schools as possible and do everything to improve standards of reading and numeracy. Skills, Standards, Social Justice and Support for the profession should be the four s’s mantra of our education policy.

Fifth, it is high time we deal with the lack of housing in this country. We have to be bold and build hundreds of thousands more houses, recognising that 90 percent of land is not yet built on. It cannot just be about schemes like Right to Buy and Help to Buy, great though they are, but also about real affordable housing that people can rent.

Sixth and finally, whatever happens, as well as being the Workers’ Party, Tories must be a movement for social justice, too. Millions of our countrymen and women struggle everyday, whether it is a parent waiting for 39 weeks for their child to be diagnosed with a mental health issue, or people living in ghetto-type social housing, or individuals being sucked into a spiral of dependency on addictive drugs. We should do more to combat abusive relationships and domestic violence, too.

Conservatives must be the Party for these people as much as those who are already climbing the ladder of opportunity. Our job is to bring people to the ladder, to help them climb up and be ready with a safety net should they fall. The Party that enables and strengthens social capital, as much as economic capital.

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Meghan Gallacher: All-women shortlists. Whatever happened to the Best Person for the Job?

Meghan Gallacher is the Conservative Group Leader on North Lanarkshire Council.

When I joined the Conservative Party in 2013, I had no idea what an “all women shortlist” was. My Association at that time was chaired by a woman, and we have selected a female Regional MSP since 2003. I always assumed that all political parties and their local Associations chose the right person for the job, regardless of their gender. But I guess that was a naïve perspective – from someone who had just entered the world of politics.

It was only when I stood as the candidate for Motherwell and Wishaw in the 2015 general election that I soon learned that other political parties, such as Labour and the SNP, force equality on their memberships, in favour of the unfair “all women shortlist policy”.

Labour introduced these shortlists in 1997, and the Scottish National Party voted for them overwhelmingly at their Party conference in 2015. But what problems does this bring? Is forced equality the best way of securing a 50:50 gendered Parliament?

The simple answer in no. The Conservative Party has had two female Prime Ministers – selected naturally – whereas Labour is yet to elect its first female Party Leader. It would appear that Labour is content with implementing superficial women to men ratios, with their male MP’s dominating their front benches, whilst talented women sit quietly at the back.

I don’t think anyone would disagree that Westminster is still male-dominated, but all-women candidate shortlists are not the answer. It would be wrong to see a woman gifted a ‘safe’ seat in a winnable constituency just because there is a lack of female MPs.

I would also argue that it would be a disservice to the current women in Parliament, who have worked hard to secure their candidacy. Standing to be a Member of Parliament is something that should be taken seriously, and the selection process should be natural and fair throughout all party constitutions. After all, women shortlists discriminate against our male counterparts and all political parties should be aiming to achieve a 50:50 Parliament naturally, instead of creating a false playing field.

Labour has faced criticism over its handling of all-women shortlists in recent years. This was due to it including transgender women to stand in seats in which there were all-women shortlists. Labour women – who were upset by this decision – wrote a letter declaring that the policy ‘reeks of male authority and male supremacy’.  This raises more questions: Where does equal representation end? Are all women shortlists the beginning of several different shortlists to ensure optimum equality within Westminster?

But this isn’t the end of the problems Labour face by introducing all women shortlists. They have become increasingly desperate due to the current state of their party, and senior figures are openly discussing Jeremy Corbyn’s successor.

This is hardly surprising, since no Labour Leader has survived two consecutive election defeats and, judging by recent polls, Corbyn will need a miracle to enter the doors of Number Ten. But instead of talking about credible candidates of differing genders, race and religion, the Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, has called for the next Leader to be female. He has said that “if Jeremy is hit by the No 57 bus, or whatever it is, there’s the next generation coming through. And the reality is the next Leader should be a woman. It’s high time to have a woman”.

Whatever happened to the best person for the job? Labour is engrossed by quotas and has been enveloped by the far-left doctrine of forcing equality instead of nurturing it.

I must question the political parties which need all women shortlists: is it because they don’t think their women members are as good as their male colleagues, so they need to gerrymander the selection process? It is bizarre that Parties such as Labour and the SNP feel the need to point local Associations in the right direction of selecting women candidates, as if they cannot be trusted to do so on their own.

As a Conservative woman, I am relieved that our Party has chosen not to endorse this unfair and discriminatory policy. We have adopted the right approach by encouraging more women to become involved within the Party and to put their name forward as a potential candidate

For example, we have groups such as Women2Win and Conservative Women to ensure women are supported and succeed within the Party. The purpose of these groups is to train and help women overcome the challenges that may prevent them from standing, such as childcare, culture and confidence. At the same time, the Conservative Party does not discriminate against hard -working, talented men, who deserve to be selected by their Local Association to represent our Party. If we continue this pattern, I am sure that we will achieve a natural balance.

It should always be the right person for the job. Achieving equality within Parliament is important – but all-women shortlists are not the answer.

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Thanks Outrage Brigades: “Joker” Achieved Top-Grossing R-Rated Movie of All Time

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I think there’s something about the social justice warrior internet outrage brigades that just causes people to want to see what it is that has the hard-left so upset.

Hilariously, it used to have the opposite effect. Long ago, upsetting the SJWs would result in apology tours from artists and creators. Theaters may have even refused to show the movie. Nowadays, learning that you’ve disturbed the online wasp nest is the same as hitting triple sevens on the slot machine.

The latest outing from Todd Phillips and Joaquin Pheonix, the disturbing and dark movie “Joker,” has now achieved the throne for top-grossing R-rated movie of all time, and it was the number one target of pseudo-moral busybodies, SJWs, and leftist critics the world over.

The Hollywood Reporter has the details:

The Warner Bros. film has become the top-grossing R-rated film of all time, not adjusted for inflation, with a global box office haul of $788.1 million. It is expected to cross $800 million Friday or Saturday.

In other words, it’s well deserved.

Let me be clear. The movie is excellent. As I wrote in my review, this is a masterpiece of a movie that I think will be studied in film schools for years. How Phillips managed to pull off the kind of storytelling he did with the dark, gritty, depressing, and oppressing elements he used and keep it this watchable is something that amazed me.

(READ: Review: “Joker” Is A Superb Movie That I Never Want To See Again)

The film deserves this honor, and if the outrage from the left helped generate these sales totals, then all the better.

You’ll recall that the worry was that the story of Arther Fleck, a mentally disturbed man with a deep-seated wish for violence and a penchant for delusion, would cause incels to take up arms themselves and begin killing people left and right. They believed that in an era where we have Trump as the leader of the free world, this kind of movie would inspire violence.

They even began posting police and security guards outside theaters to make sure nothing bad happened.

They attacked it from every angle to the point where Phillips vocally spoke out against the PC police that were attacking his film relentlessly.

(READ: “Joker” Director Todd Phillips Smacks Social Justice Warriors And Their PC Culture)

And nothing bad did happen. Despite all the media pearl-clutching and doomsaying, no blood was ever spilled over the movie. The media didn’t get what it had been prophesying.

I’d even venture to say it didn’t get what it was hoping for. Nothing would have pleased the media more than spilled blood to report about, and the chance to say that it’s been right about this all along. Look at how they react whenever there is a shooting. The amount of finger-wagging and preaching they do before the bodies have even cooled shows just how eager they are.

Thankfully, the wishful thinking of the media never occurred.  “Joker” went on to great success and zero bloodshed.

This film is worth celebrating, not condemning. It deserves the success it’s achieved.

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Embrace Our Beliefs or Be Canceled

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This is a rather mindboggling story:  A mid-Missouri church has taken issue with a local LGBT group for promoting homosexuality and transgenderism and has demanded local businesses cut ties with these sinners immediately. Though the group, which meets weekly at the Main Street Coffeehouse, has been involved in community outreach, volunteering at the nearby food pantry and homeless shelter, and providing transportation for elderly neighborhood residents to doctors’ appointments, the church, through its leadership team, has called and written multiple letters — both to the businesses in question and the local paper — and launched a petition calling for them to sever ties with the group or “pay the eternal consequences.”

Wait. I got that backwards.

According to the Daily Signal, The Crossing, a church in Columbia, Missouri, finds itself in the cross-hairs of activists from the LGBT community due to a recent sermon delivered by its Pastor, Keith Simon, addressing sexuality and transgenderism.

But despite Simon’s efforts to discuss the topic from a loving, biblically informed perspective, local LGBT activists immediately cried foul, launching a petition and demanding local businesses cut ties with the church.

Last Thursday, Sager Braudis Gallery, a local art gallery, was the first to cave to activist pressure. Although the church had financially sponsored the gallery for five years, the gallery said it was severing ties to show “solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community” and to register its protest “against institutions who perpetuate and use their powerful platforms for content of this nature.”

That’s right. There’s a change.org petition exhorting others not to participate in/accept donations from a church because it follows biblical teaching.  From the petition itself:

Hate has no home in Columbia, MO. We reject all who preach or practice hate by taking an active role in rebuking it.

The Crossing Church contributes millions of dollars to businesses and organizations. When they give money to and sponsor local businesses and organizations, they receive promotion in exchange. This promotion implies that the businesses support, or at least approve of, The Crossing’s policies and beliefs.

By continuing a partnership with The Crossing, even after it published an incredibly transphobic sermon, T/F and Ragtag continue to lend legitimacy to this organization and its message. Furthermore, by releasing a statement touting the partnership as “creating a dialog,” it also tells people that this message of hate is one worth hearing. It’s not. It’s hate speech, and it’s harmful.

….

This is a call for them to stay true to their values and mission statement by taking the following actions:

1. End their partnership with The Crossing church

2. Release a public statement condemning The Crossing’s intolerance of LGBTQ+  and Non-Binary people, and reaffirming their own support and dedication for inclusion and protections of all people. 

Until they do these things, they will be boycotted.

As the Signal’s post notes,

Just last month, the church garnered national attention when it helped members of its community pay off unpaid medical bills. Through partnership with RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit organization that helps people pay off outstanding medical debt, church members donated more than $430,000, which was used to pay off more than $43 million of medical debt by negotiating with debt collectors.

At the time, Pastor Keith Simon explained the motivation behind his congregation’s generosity: “We do this because we feel like God has been incredibly gracious to us. He’s paid our debts. We think those who follow Jesus should be radically generous with their time, their talent, their treasure.”

But whatever you do, do not partner with that church in any way. Condemn it!

Okay, time for some frank talk from me: I’m a Christian. A Bible-believing Christian. I’m also a sinner. Because…duh – human. I am, of course, familiar with biblical teaching on this — and many other — thorny subjects, though this one seems to be one of the thorniest.  It’s an issue I genuinely wrestle with and I know I’m not alone in that. And I totally understand why members of the LGBT community would take issue with the stance and not want to belong to or associate with the church. I also understand that this isn’t about government suppression or a First Amendment question. I believe in free markets and adore capitalism; I fully support the notion of voting with your pocketbook.

But this goes a step further — a step too far, in my view. These activists are demanding that others not partner with the church (or, presumably, any biblically-based church) for any event/in any way. The price for disregarding? A boycott of your business/event. Don’t you dare associate with them or we will make you pay! And why? Because the church espouses traditional Christian, Bible-based beliefs.

At the close of his sermon, Simon explained that the issue of transgenderism boils down to a question of authority. Who has authority when it comes to our bodies and how we use them? Is it contemporary culture or Jesus? Ultimately, Simon explained, “Jesus is Lord over us, culture, and our bodies.” He finished by exhorting his congregation to show love and compassion to those struggling with gender dysphoria. “Speak the truth in love,” he exhorted.

The church could not have been clearer that the Bible affirms that all people are made in God’s image. Speaking of people who identify with different sexual lifestyles, it stated: “[w]e affirm their full personhood, dignity, and worth. We believe that our government bears a responsibility to protect their lives, dignity, welfare, and all other rights afforded to every other person in this country.”

Per the activists, that is hateful. And it must be condemned. Canceled.

What’s the end game here?


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The Criminal Charges Against the Men Who Shouted the “N-Word” Won’t Hold Up, but Charges Aren’t the Real Aim

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According to the Washington Post, two white men will be criminally charged with a hate crime after they were filmed shouting the “n-word” with increasing volume while someone filmed them from a window above.

The three people walking through a dimly lit parking lot near a University of Connecticut student apartment complex probably didn’t know they were being watched. But as the trio crossed in front of an open window repeatedly saying the n-word louder and louder, a person inside wasn’t just observing — they were recording.

Now, university officials say an investigation into the 11-second video, which started to widely circulate on social media earlier this month, has prompted campus police to arrest and charge two students Monday night with violating a Connecticut hate crime statute.

Jarred Karal and Ryan Mucaj, both 21 and described by police as white, were charged with ridicule on account of creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality or race. The misdemeanor charge is punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail, a fine of up to $50, or both, according to state law.

There’s a snowball’s chance that these charges are likely to stick as the First Amendment won’t allow someone shouting words to be punished, even if it’s the “n-word.” If that was the case, then the entire rap community, Hollywood writers and actors, and half the stand-up comedians in America better get ready for some jail time.

The thing is, the criminal charges aren’t the point. That any case against them for a hate crime for saying the “n-word” was a lost cause from the word “racist.”

As the analytical Twitter account known as “PoliticalMath” points out, this real punishment desired won’t come officially from government, but unofficially in the public square, which can be far more harsh and longer-lasting.

“The point of criminally charging these students for saying the n-word is not to actually have the gov’t punish them,” said PoliticalMath. “The real punishment is extra-judicial, to make sure a Google search of their names punishes them for many years to come.”

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Social justice can act like an infection that takes over public discourse by creating sacred cows. While in other countries this may even begin to affect the way laws affect the populace, in a place like America, where freedoms that protected are clearly outlined, social justice advocates can have a much harder time punishing those by legal means.

Legal punishments are a very quick way to get everyone to fall in and obey you. However, in the absence of using the court systems to force your will on the populace, you have to get the populace to be your judge, jury, and executioner for you. The mob works just as good as the law if you can make it do what you want.

Here we see this in effect with these two men. While shouting the “n-word” is definitely something detestable, it’s not something someone should have their life destroyed over, especially if it’s not spoken in hate and is likely the result of youthful foolishness.

But self-appointed social justice police are very zealous about what people can and can’t do, and these two men crossed an unforgivable line. According to standard procedure, not only must they be punished, but they must also be made an example of. They want anyone who looks at these men to be reminded of what happens to people when they step out of line.

Be it the law or the mob, they’re going to teach you to obey. If they can’t legally silence you, then they’ll try to pressure you into silencing yourself.

This is not me saying that people should go around shouting the “n-word.” I am saying, however, that we’ve seen punishments being handed down for everything from “learn to code” to “men are not women,” and those attempting to silence you should get no capitulation, no matter what punishments they mete out.

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Robert Halfon: How Labour flicked two fingers at 17.4 million

Robert Halfon is MP for Harlow, a former Conservative Party Deputy Chairman, Chair of the Education Select Committee and President of Conservative Workers and Trade Unionists.

Labour botched Brexit

As I was scootering out of the House of Commons (literally) on Saturday, and came across the huge crowd of remainer/second-referendumers, the first dulcet tones I heard came from, none other than, “Rochester woman”, Emily Thornberry. To rapturous roars from the rowdy bunch, she exclaimed, “Britain is a Remainer country!”, and expressed her strong support and that of the Labour Party for a second referendum.

I thought to myself at the time, how incredible that, not only has Labour defied the wishes of the 17.4 million people who voted to leave the European Union in 2016, but so too have they come out against their own 2017 manifesto commitment to respect the referendum result.

Labour’s decision to support a second referendum – and by intent, remain – is extraordinary for another reason; whilst it may please some metropolitans, electorally, it makes no sense.

On Sunday, when Keir Starmer got up on the Marr programme to confirm Labour will have a second referendum, his party, essentially, flashed two fingers up at working class constituencies like my own – Harlow.

But the decision begs the question of whether Labour will even win the arch-remainer votes they are so intent on attaining. Although they might gain Islington, it’s very likely the die-hard-remainer vote will go to the Liberal Democrats.

If I learned anything from Saturday’s anti-Brexit march, the first was better-acquainting myself with the back roads of Westminster, thus avoiding the “remoaner” shrieking. Second, it is clear that the so-called “liberal voter” – the young professional, disenchanted with the Conservative pro-Brexit position and ardently adamant on remaining – is going to vote for the Liberal Democrats, who have made it their signature policy. These same people have very little faith in a Corbyn-led government.

But in attempting to appeal to these voters, the Labour Party will be sure to lose the votes of working people. Their decision smacks of contempt for millions who voted to leave, and the arrogance of an elite who think they know better. No doubt, Labour will suffer hugely for this at the polls.

In turn, the Conservatives have an opportunity to win millions of these working people’s votes. However, not only must Boris deliver Brexit, the Conservatives must convince the public that we care deeply about public services, particularly the NHS and education.

That is why the Boris strategy is the right one. Taking visible steps to be the party that champions our NHS, with new hospital projects, and invests in our schools and colleges, with increased teacher salaries and more funding per pupil.

The public who voted to leave because they felt left behind, must be sure that if they vote Conservative, they will not be left behind again.

It’s time to end the social injustices facing parents of children with special educational needs

I wrote recently for Conservative Home about the brilliant work that the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, is doing, particularly on apprenticeships, skills and technical education. He should be congratulated and supported on this.

However, there are some areas of our education system where deep social injustices remain.

One such disaster zone is in the way that children with special educational needs and their parents are continuously let down.

Thousands of parents face a titanic and shameful struggle to get the right care for their child. They have to wade through a treacle of bureaucracy, in a system which breeds conflict. Families must navigate a postcode lottery of provision. At times, support for their child is at the peril of local authorities acting unlawfully, rationing support and imposing barriers to getting help, meaning their needs are neither identified, nor met.

There is a horrific lack of accountability and significant buck passing from local authorities to schools, and back again. Unclear responsibilities for resourcing also stretches to the Government departments, meaning that the health aspect of a child’s Education Health and Care Plan often falls short, or is non-existent.

All this increased bureaucracy is directing support away from the classroom; despite the good intentions of Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014, there simply aren’t enough specialists (SENCOs) in schools or educational psychologists (EPs).

This is just wrong, wrong, wrong. I suspect that most MPs are very aware of what is going on because of the enormous swathe of parents of children with SEND who come to see them at surgery appointments – a last-ditch effort to get the right treatment and resources for their child.

Today, our Committee has published a comprehensive report highlighting these problems that parents and teachers of children with SEND face. In what was one of the biggest ever inquiries, with over 17 hours of evidence-gathering sessions and more than 700 submissions, the Committee has painstakingly gone through each of these issues (and many others) in turn, and come up with suggested solutions.

First, every parent/carer should have an allocated person with a neutral role to help them navigate this bureaucratic nightmare. All schools should be guaranteed access to SENCO professionals and there must be a rocket-boost in the number of educational psychologists.

Second, there must be a more rigorous inspection framework to improve accountability. Local authorities and health providers should have clear consequences for failure and greater powers are needed for the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman to investigate inside the school gates, when something does go wrong.

Third, my Committee is calling for a reporting line for parents and schools to appeal directly to the Department for Education where local authorities appear not to be complying with the law.

Moreover, even if a child gets the right provisions up until they turn 16, there are real resource questions as to what happens after that, and whether or not there are special incentives and support for businesses who can offer these young people apprenticeships and other employment opportunities.

Young people are eager to grab opportunities with both hands but are, currently, being let down by a lack of support and opportunities.

As Conservatives, we have to acknowledge and address these deep areas of social injustice. Parents need hope from us that we are looking after their children with special educational needs, that their titanic struggles are over, and that they will get the best quality provision for their child.

These children should have as much chance of climbing the educational ladder of opportunity as anyone else – too many are being denied that chance.

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Why Is Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Picking On Pete Buttigieg?

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STOP PICKING ON ME A.O.C.

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Let’s just get something straight here right off the bat.

This article about a spat between two progressives is not going to SINK to the level of how progressive democrats act in regards to how they treat conservatives. We are not going to assume here for ONE MOMENT that just because of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez picking on Pete Buttigieg with tweets, that she hates white men, white men who are straight or gay. Even white men who put ketchup on their hot dogs or don’t like 250 dollar haircuts.

We are not going there.

Pete Buttigieg on Fox News Sunday responded to criticism from A.O.C. about fundraising and what would be needed to be done for the Democratic nominee to take on and win against Donald Trump.

He actually sounds like he is taking this really seriously here.

From Fox News

The far-left congresswoman accused Buttigieg of protecting a system of “big money politics” instead of trying to make it a thing of the past, touting the merits of “small-dollar grassroots campaigns,” which she said were more successful than his. Buttigieg said he’s quite familiar with grassroots campaigning, but said it will take more than that for Democrats to succeed in 2020.

“Well, first of all, you don’t go from mayor of South Bend to a competitive presidential candidate without knowing a thing or two about grassroots campaigning,” Buttigieg told “Fox News Sunday” in response to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, posted last week. “My campaign is fueled by the contributions of almost 600,000 individual donors and most of those are small contributions.”

Ocasio-Cortez posted her remark while retweeting a quote from Buttigieg that criticized Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to stay away from large donations. Buttigieg had said, “We’re not going to beat Trump with pocket change.” Ocasio-Cortez described that comment as insulting to small donors, but Buttigieg explained his stance on Sunday.

He is taking this seriously!!!!

A.O.C. at the end of the day is a political cheap shot artist with feelings. That works great for twitter and her lil district in New York and of course the Instagram people eat that up but Pete has it nailed down here.

The way the system is set up now you need to bring in corporate cash by the bundles. This silly notion that Warren and Bernie are running on is great for small rallies and a fabulous talking point but not for a serious run for the Presidency.

That A.O.C. even took issue with the “pocket change” comment shows that she is way in overhead here. This is another reason why Nancy Pelosi will probably soon send her to the gulag while the adults in the Democratic caucus try to figure out the impeachment mess they have gotten themselves into.

The radical feelings over facts crowd of the Democratic party’s base right now are much more aligned with the Bernie factions than the more moderate faction like the Mayor. Buttigieg, it sounds like is much more in tune with how to win an election nationally with his statements here which is A.O.C. and the other kids lashed out.

Not because he is gay or white but because he is right.

At least on this issue.

Someone give Alexandria a gift certificate for another 250 dollar hair cut. Hopefully, that will keep her from taking shots for a while at Mayor Pete.

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Leftist Group is DEMANDING That Democrats Name Who They Would Appoint To Supreme Court

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The Left wants a list of who POTUS candidates would put in this building. 

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, even if it involves progressives copying Donald Trump.

Ripping a page right out of Donald Trump’s election playbook from 2016, the group Demand Justice has called for all the Democrats running for President declare publicly who that would nominate out of the handy dandy list they provided.

How convenient and very copy cat-ish of Trump 3 years ago.

According to The Washington Post

Democratic presidential contenders are coming under increased pressure from their base to take a page from Donald Trump’s 2016 playbook and release a shortlist of potential Supreme Court nominees — one part of a larger strategy from party activists to make the courts a central issue in the 2020 race.

Demand Justice, a group founded to counteract the conservative wing’s decades-long advantage over liberals in judicial fights, will release a list of 32 suggested Supreme Court nominees for any future Democratic president as they ramp up their push for the 2020 contenders to do the same.

The slate of potential high court picks includes current and former members of Congress, top litigators battling the Trump administration’s initiatives in court, professors at the nation’s top law schools and public defenders. Eight are sitting judges. They have established track records in liberal causes that Demand Justice hopes will energize the liberal base.

Seems like the progressives have FINALLY learned the lesson of paying some attention to the third branch of the government.

Now you can go ahead and take a look at that list and if you are like me, be absolutely puzzled by who all those people are. Lucky for us commoners, Carrie Severino from the Judicial Crisis Network just yesterday wrote a piece over at National Review called Demand Justice’s SCOTUS List Is Too Extreme Even for Obama that helps give us an idea of the backgrounds of these folks.

From the article…

Demand Justice’s list has 32 names on it. Only four of those are Obama-nominated judges. Shockingly, only eight have any judicial experience at all! While President Trump’s list of Supreme Court nominees currently includes 24 individuals, of whom 23 are experienced federal or state judges, the extremists at Demand Justice have clearly taken a different tack. Their list — which they are lobbying Democratic candidates to adopt — is wholly consumed by far-left activism and identity politics.

They see the courts as their ticket to implementing their radical policy agenda, which includes gutting the First and Second Amendments, establishing a right to illegal immigration and abortion on demand straight through birth, and destroying our economy by imposing burdensome regulations on everyone from Main Street to Wall Street.

When I first read this I thought, well maybe the Obama nominated judges that were confirmed don’t have enough seasoning yet. Then further on reading, I find out that 24 of them don’t have ANY JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE at all.

Did no one pay attention during the Harriet Miers fiasco under Bush 43?

So the left has put together a list of people that they want on the court that the vast majority have ZERO experience on the bench. They are straight-up activists. I actually admire Demand Justice brazen truthfulness here in trying to push this on the Dems.

Severino commented on twitter about how the candidates when finally asked ran from the subject and tried to change the subject like it was the plague.

What this tells me is that the left is organizing to do the same thing conservatives have done but the candidates are not focused on this at the stage of the game they are currently in. This might change after a nominee is picked but for now, it looks like they are more interested in impeachment than who they would put onto the court.

That works for me.

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A University of Illinois Professor Posts an ‘Anti-Racist’ Biologist Job Opening That Will Blow Your Mind. Or Save the World

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If two trains leave Tulsa at 3 p.m., 1 traveling at 75 mph and the other 85, and if the first goes east and the other west, how long will it take for them to be 487 miles apart?

The answer: White cisgender b*st*rds have systematically subjugated all others through social constructs and capitalistic manifestations of the inherent patriarchal evil.

Perhaps you haven’t learned the new math, but there’s a lot of it goin’ ’round.

Just see: “Seattle Public Education Posts Its White-Privilege ‘Math Ethnic Studies Framework,’ And It Just May Blow Your Mind

But for those of you who understand that objectivity is outdated and not subscribing to microagressions is a microagression and commiting a microagression is a macroagression, do we have a job for you.

Dr. Kate Clancy is offering the opportunity of a lifetime to one lucky “anti-racist, intersectional feminist biologist” jonesing for a PhD.

If you’ve always wanted to study how…

Well, I’ll just let her tell it:

“Are you an anti-racist, intersectional feminist biologist looking for an awesome lab in which to get your PhD? Want to study how environmental stressors (including those from structural racism/sexism) influence women’s & gender diverse people’s reproductive function?”

She’s nothing if not specific. Because, what if you were a racist intersectional feminist biologist? Wrong fit.

But if you’ve got the goods, she’s sittin’ on go to “advocate for you”:

According to her Twitter profile, Kate’s an associate professor at the University of Illinois. Her interests: “Harassment, discrimination, stress, and menstrual cycles.”

Apparently, she also hosts the Period Podcast, “a podcast about ladypart science.”

And if you’re worried about sexual violence in the world, Kate’s fixing it:

As for the job opening, she’s got some interest:

“Can I get a second PhD? Because I think I would love that environment!”

“I mean… it’s too late for me. But are you looking for postdocs?”

“Is the fall start strict? I have a current masters student who would be really interested in this, but doesn’t finish until end of 2020!”

“If this had been two years ago I would have been there in a second! Doing my PhD already but if/when you’re looking for a post doc in a few years, you’ll hear from me so quick”

Some naysayers got serious:

“Dr. Clancy, you should come see the institutional racism and slaughter of whites in South Africa. Some liberals calls it payback. Was never this bad under Apartheid though. Read the book “Kill the Boer” by Ernst Roets.”

“Makes me highly suspicious of your work. The study of biology should have no political leaning, and to recruit on ideological bent is a huge red flag. I knew this crap was in the humanities, but it seems it’s metastasising…”

“If you had any sense whatsoever you would completely and utterly ashamed of yourself for spreading this ideological excrement. It is truly a a clear indication of a deep disorder of the mind.”

And there was this head-scratcher:

But then there were these:

And this:

I’m posting this one mostly for the screen name:

And just in case you’re interested in the opening but intimidated by Kate’s academic disposition, she’s a chick who can get casual with the best of ’em:

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Apply as soon as you can, and the best of luck to all of you.

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