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HIA compensation dead in a ditch

HIA abuse compensation dead in a ditch Boris Johnson made a commitment in the Queen's Speech to introduce legislation to provide compensation for Northern Ireland's Historical Institutional Abuse victims. Now Jacob Rees-Mogg says there may not be time before Parliament is dissolved on Monday. Kincora victims were recently told they would have to wait 66 years before secret government files on the hidden story behind their abuse is revealed. Do the math. None of them will be alive then. Nor, by the time the government, both at Westminster and our ghostly entity at Stormont, get their acts together, will the victims of abuse. Unlike Boris, who promised us he would be dead in a ditch today at H

Smack and Snowflakes #2

Ultra violet lit public toilets, designed to prevent drug users clearly seeing the veins in their arms to inject into, don't work. Last Friday I went to a blinding and dazzling public 'comfort station' to find it locked. I left. I was worried that someone might need help so I returned. As I knocked on the door, the latch turned. It was a large toilet, adapted specifically for disabled use. A woman came out. I apologised, saying I was worried that someone was unwell since they had been locked for some time. And that I'd thought maybe someone had been using it for drugs, even though the lights were designed to prevent it. She laughed. She used the toilets all the time on her way from a train s

Peace should never be taken for granted

No Deal Doesn’t Mean a Clean Break Last Saturday, Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), brought a stark message about Brexit to the crowded Factory Room in Belfast’s Metropolitan Arts Centre – the MAC. ‘No deal doesn’t mean a clean break. It’s not as if it’s going to be a short, sharp shock. The fall-out will poison our political life for years to come. We’ve seen what the neofascists are capable of – in Britain, the memory of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox is still raw. ’ She went on to pay tribute to the late Lyra McKee, VIEWdigital subscriber and friend. ‘We know from the murder of our NUJ sister Lyra McKee; peace should never be taken for granted. We’

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