ASDA Attempting To Discriminate

People are being turned away from Asda because they’re not wearing a face mask, yet don’t have to wear one because they have a disability.

No police were involved, although normally that’s not the case and people are being escorted out of the store and if they don’t give their name and address the police are arresting people.

The remarkable thing is that if people were permitted to get on with their shopping, it would take less time than it would do to deal with all the bull Asda staff are creating.

People don’t go out looking for this nonsense, they’re literally going about their business and daily life, but this is how serious it’s becoming because now it’s encroaching on everyone’s daily lives and daily existence.

Now you can’t go about your business and most people don’t go shopping that often, maybe once a week or once a month, but I must say, please don’t take everything that I say as gospel, and if you have anything to add, your experiences in these stores, or anything comparable, please feel free to reply to this post, so that everyone knows what’s going on.

Many people have been going into supermarkets and are being turned away because they’re not wearing a face mask because of a disability, or are being asked to present evidence that they’re disabled.

However, on the Government website, it explicitly states that if you have an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering, you don’t routinely need to show any written evidence of this, and you don’t need to show an exemption card.

This means that you don’t need to seek advice or request a letter from a medical professional about your reason for not wearing a face covering.

It then goes on to say that some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they don’t have to wear a face covering. This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a homemade sign.

Carrying an exemption card or badge is a personal choice and isn’t required by law, and it explicitly states it on the Government website, yet people are being asked to show evidence, when they don’t actually have to, and that folks is disability discrimination, which is against the law.

The superstore will tell you that their store is not a public space. But a public space refers to an area or place that’s open and accessible to all people, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age or socio-economic level, even if the store is privately owned, they’ve made it a public space by telling the public what hours they will be open from and what time they close.

Places such as squares, parks and connecting spaces, such as streets are also public spaces, even if they’re owned by a private company.

They’ve now put shop marshals in superstores to deal with non-compliance of masks.

These people are not the police and they can’t enforce anything, they can’t touch you, that then becomes assault, and that is an arrestable crime, and I can see over a period of time that these stores will be sued by numerous people.

I’m not implying that everyone shouldn’t wear a mask, if you’re not disabled in any way and can wear a mask, then, of course, you should wear one. Not just for the benefit of others, but also the benefit of yourself.

These people in the stores are just shop marshals asked to do a pretty demeaning job of being demeaning against disabled people and clearly, they have no respect for themselves, let alone disabled people.

This is not 1939, but it is becoming Nazi Britain – next Boris Johnson will be donning a moustache and everyone will be yelling heil Hitler.

Danger To Life – Flood Warning As Storm Christoph Threatens Parts Of England

The Met Office has announced an amber alert for heavy rain and flooding in parts of the north and east of England that could pose a danger to life.

It came as the weather agency officially named Storm Christoph and warned of heavy rain and flooding expected on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Torrential downpours, as well as melting snow across the hills, is expected to lead to flooding, causing damage to some structures and disruption to travel, forecasters said.

There’s also a good possibility that some communities may be cut off by flooded roads, and power cuts will occur.

The harsh weather warning started on Tuesday and will last for three days until Thursday. It previously only included central northern England, including an area around Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield, but has been extended southeastwards.

Up to 120mm of rain may fall in parts of the southern Pennines and the northern Peak District, and between 40 and 70mm of rain expected extensively across the entire region covered by the amber alert.

Vast swathes of the Midlands, northern England, southern Scotland and Northern Ireland are covered by a yellow rain warning, which will possibly lead to disruption throughout Tuesday and Wednesday.

Chief meteorologist Neil Armstrong said that heavy rain will affect the entirety of England by Wednesday with yellow warnings for rain in force, and by Thursday, 100 to 150mm of rain could fall over high grounds in Wales and northern England.

As well as rainfall, accelerated snow-melt will add to these accumulations, totalling five to 10mm in the worst-hit regions.

These amounts of rainfall along with snow-melt will present a real threat of flooding.

People should stay up to date by checking the forecast and flood alerts from the Environmental Agency and Natural Resources Wales.

The Environment Agency has 11 critical flood alerts in place, as well as 67 flood warnings advising people to be prepared and Met Office spokesperson Nicola Maxey, said that conditions will be somewhat unsettled until Friday, but that there will be calmer conditions heading into the weekend with Friday expected to be a fine cold day.

But we may face more incompetence as towns and villages are flooded and people are displaced because no action has been taken, which appears to occur every year.

What happened to preventative measures, flood defences and more investment? Or was that another fake promise?

We’ve not learned much and it seems to be regressing. I suppose it’s easier for them to bury their heads in the sand, but then I guess you get what you vote for.

And anyone whining about this doesn’t live in a high-risk region which compromises life. This isn’t a flashy headline, it’s a weather alert that’s been announced by the meteorological society and if people believe that it’s ridiculous to call it high risk, then the weather alert isn’t for you, but for those who do live in a high-risk zone and it’s a warning to commence preparing food and water supplies along with flood protection.

Also, these people have to be prepared to have to vacate their homes and belongings to save lives and to check on elderly relatives who need help.

Man Discovered Living In Chicago Airport For Three Months

Aditya Singh purportedly stayed in a secure area of O’Hare International Airport after becoming too frightened to return home to California.

The 36-year-old man, Californian Aditya Singh, was detained and charged with criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport, a felony, and theft, a misdemeanour, a news outlet reported.

Prosecutors said that, according to police, the man arrived on a flight from Los Angeles to O’Hare International Airport on 19 October. Almost three months later, Aditya Singh was approached by two United Airline employees who asked to see identification.

Aditya Singh supposedly showed them an airport ID badge that had been reported missing by its owner, an airport operations manager, on 26 October.

Assistant state attorney Kathleen Hagerty told Cook County judge Susana Ortiz that other passengers had been giving food to Aditya Singh, who doesn’t have a criminal history, and Kathleen Hagerty said Aditya Singh had found the badge in the airport and was terrified to go home due to COVID.

Susana Ortiz reportedly told the court: “You’re telling me that an unauthorised, non-employee individual was allegedly living within a secure part of the O’Hare airport terminal from 10 October 2020, to 16 January 2021, and was not detected? I want to understand you correctly.”

After finding Aditya Singh, the United Airlines employees called 911, where police took him into custody.

Aditya Singh has a master’s degree in hospitality, is unemployed and lives with roomies in Orange, Los Angeles, according to assistant public defender Courtney Smallwood.

Ortiz said that the court found the facts and circumstances pretty shocking for the alleged period that occurred and that being in a secured part of the airport under a fake ID badge, based upon the needs for airports to be secure so that people can feel safe to travel, she found those alleged actions to make him a threat to the community.

Aditya Singh’s bail was set at $1,000 and should he be able to post bail, he’s banned from entering the airport.

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) said in a statement that the CDA has no higher priority than the safety and protection of their airports, which was maintained by a coordinated and multilayered law enforcement network.

And they said that while the incident remained under investigation, they’ve been able to determine that this gentleman didn’t pose a security risk to the airport or the travelling public and that they would work with their law enforcement partners on a meticulous investigation of the matter.

This of course could only happen in the USA. However, this guy isn’t dangerous, he might need some medical help, as most of us do at this time, but he should hardly be classified as a threat – perhaps he’s saner than most Americans when it comes to COVID.

This is sad when someone is so terrified to go home because of the virus. However, it also shows how resilient and capable of surviving he was in a challenging situation.

This man doesn’t need help, he needs a medal and they arrest and charge him. He wasn’t the danger, it was the airport that was the danger because they were so incompetent because they didn’t pick up on the fact that he was living there, and it took them almost three months to realise this!

Sadly, everyone seems to be treated as a criminal in the first instance over there in the US, but then it was said that the man was frightened of getting coronavirus, yet he chose to live in one of the most COVID risky environments.

Family Shopping Trips To Supermarkets Could Be Banned Under New Rules

Families may be banned from doing their food shopping together, as part of new plans to curb the spread of COVID 19.

Under tougher plans reportedly being considered by ministers, supermarkets could be encouraged to implement a shop alone strategy amid concerns that trips to the local store are being seen as a family outing.

Supermarket bosses may be required to install more hand sanitising stations, rather than just at the entrance, along with more transparent social distancing signs to stop trolley jams in the aisles.

Current Government guidelines state that people may leave home to shop for necessities, for you or a vulnerable person but it doesn’t define a limit on the number of people you can shop with.

A senior Whitehall source told a news outlet that they were looking at ways to make supermarkets as safe as possible for both customers and the people who serve there.

The source said that it was clear that some customers see the visit as a bit of an excursion. The entire family goes together and they end up chatting to friends who they bump into while there, and that often, there’s no reason why one family member can’t do that shopping.

The minister added that people should only visit supermarkets to purchase essential things and they shouldn’t be going in groups, as frequently lengthy shopping queues appear outside megastores.

All supermarkets could also be forced to ban shoppers who don’t wear a face mask and don’t have a medical exemption.

Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Waitrose, Aldi and M&S have already made face masks mandatory in their shops and warned security will be on hand to implement the rule.

Meanwhile, in Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford declared new measures for supermarkets due to significant evidence that coronavirus is spreading among customers and workers.

Other ministers are said to be pushing back on more stringent rules in English supermarkets as workers are already tasked with enforcing the rules, with some complaining they’ve experienced abuse from customers refusing to obey them.

One worker from a superstore in Leeds said that most come shopping with two or three members of the family, many without masks and that they’ve even had some customers go into the store recently to say they don’t want shopping and have just come out for a chat.

He added that as a staff member it was disturbing to see people thinking they’re above the rules and be so blatantly blase about it, but when you see an elderly person on their own with a mask on saying they’re frightened to be there, that was what bothered him.

Understandably, single parents have to go out with their children, but it’s not understandable why the whole family has to go shopping. You don’t need two adults and multiple children to go shopping and groups who have clearly and vocally agreed to meet up in the supermarket hugging.

The problem is, now we live in a world of paranoia and everything is mega unhealthy.

And if a single parent is out with their children because there’s no one to watch over them, this can’t be avoided.

My current experience is that I’ve never seen the supermarket so quiet, nor much evidence of family members all shopping together. One suggestion is that perhaps more checkouts could be open so allowing people to get through faster because the only crowd or queue I’ve encountered is the checkout, that’s where people congregate.

Ice Cream Tests Positive For Covid-19 In China

Ice cream has been found to have been contaminated with COVID 19 in China as health authorities race to track anyone who came into contact with the batches.

Tests discovered three samples of locally produced ice cream were found to be contaminated in the Tianjin municipality, in the northeast of the country.

Some 4,836 boxes have been identified as contaminated by the Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company, of which 2,089 have now been sealed in storage.

A further 1,812 was sent to other regions and 935 entered the local market but only 65 were sold, according to China Daily.

All three samples sent to testers tested positive for the virus that has claimed the lives of over 2 million people worldwide.

Epidemiological examinations conducted so far indicate the company produced the batch of ice cream using raw materials, including milk powder shipped from New Zealand and whey powder imported from Ukraine.

Dr Stephen Griffin, a virologist based at the University of Leeds, said the ice cream’s positive test likely originated from human contact and was a one-off, and he told Sky News that the odds are that this was the result of an issue with the production plant and probably down to hygiene at the facility.

And that the ice cream is made with fat and is stored at cold temperatures that would make it easy for the virus to have survived, but he added that we probably don’t need to panic that every bit of ice cream is suddenly going to be infected with the coronavirus.

But who thought of testing ice cream in the first place? Now that’s the million-dollar question. Perhaps they either had contact with someone who tested positive working there and then decided to test the ice cream.

This wins the award for the most drastic attempt to fear monger that I’ve seen so far, even though the media bar was pretty high already, but then the whole world is one big coronavirus, and this is just the tip of the iceberg, and if it can be spread through food, then lockdowns are a joke.

Prince William Worried That Harry Is Trying To Take Control Of Diana Legacy

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry used a cute photo of the Duke with his mum, Princess Diana, when he was a wee boy to launch their new website Archewell, but royal experts think this may have created concerns behind the scenes.

Prince William will be concerned that his brother, Prince Harry, is using photos of their mother Princess Diana to promote his new business ventures, a royal expert has claimed.

As they launched Archewell, the foundation which will be home to their post royal projects, including multi-million dollar deals with Netflix and Spotify, Meghan Markle and Harry used a photo of his dead mother.

The delightful snap, which shows a young Harry sitting on his mother’s shoulders, was the backdrop for their New Year message alongside a photograph of Meghan’s mother, Doria.

Motherhood was also the theme of their message, which began: “I am my mother’s son. And I am our son’s mother. Together we bring you Archewell.”

Asked how William would feel about Harry using this image, royal expert and author Katie Nicholl told True Royalty TV’s Royal Beat that she believed William would be concerned, and Harry attempting to take ownership of the Diana Legacy would be a problem.

But that also Harry doing mental health, Harry doing conversation, these were the issues that William and Kate want to do and that’s where she predicted the tensions would be.

However, Katie Nicholl explained that Harry had always been pretty clear about wanting to continue Diana’s legacy and doesn’t think that the lack of reference to Prince Charles was any indication of any tension.

And she said that the brother’s relationship was much better than it was this time last year when Meghan Markle and Harry dropped their bombshell quitting statement, because this time last year, Prince William and Prince Harry weren’t even speaking to one another.

She said that things are better now, even though there are still things to overcome but she believes that they all realise that you have to move on in life, and the plan is that the four of them will be together for the unveiling of Diana’s statue.

Perhaps Harry is more like his mother and he realises that he doesn’t have to agree that everything he’s told to do he has to do. After all, he is entitled to have a mind of his own, and perhaps the Queen needs to get with the times as well because things are not the same as when she was younger, although we know that’s never going to happen while the Queen is alive.

And it’s understandable that Prince William would like to see his mother rest in peace and not constantly brought up, and it’s about time the poor gal was allowed some respect, even if she is dead.

Prince William shouldn’t be concerning himself with Harry because William has got everything he needs and he should be getting on with becoming king, while Harry and Meghan do what they have to do to protect their family.

And many people are saying that Harry is a spoilt brat and envious of his brother William and his wife Kate. But spoilt brats don’t ordinarily choose to fight for their country on the frontline – twice.

Prince Harry left the Army in 2015 after serving the military for ten years, although the Royal Family were hugely concerned about his safety when he first announced his wish to serve on the front line, but he was not easily discouraged and he was determined to fulfil his life long dream and become a soldier.

He spent years training with the military but just before he was deployed in 2007, his family pulled him back due to concerns that he would be targeted by the Taliban.

His grandfather, Prince Philip, reportedly had no compassion for Harry and even wanted him to go into the Navy, which was the traditional royal route because he thought it would be safer.

Still, Harry managed to convince his family and finally fought on the front line, but when he was only 23, he had a brush with death, and now Harry is sticking up his middle finger at the establishment – nothing more, nothing less, and he should be allowed to use any photo he wants of him and his mother.

BENEFITS BOOST

Rishi Sunak is considering giving six million people a one-off £500 benefit payment as part of plans to fight off a rebellion over Universal Credit.

The lump-sum would be an alternative to continuing increased payments for Universal Credit claimants, which have provisionally been raised by £20 a week.

The enhanced payments were introduced for 12 months to support struggling families during the coronavirus pandemic and are scheduled to end in April 2021.

It applies to all new and existing Universal Credit claimants and amounts to an additional £1,040 over the year, but amid requests from Labour to extend the uplift, the Chancellor met Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey to discuss alternatives to the £20 weekly increase.

It comes as the furlough scheme is due to expire in March, which experts fear could see a notable increase in unemployment.

However, it’s unclear how quickly the £500 payment could be dished out, or if it would be open to all Universal Credit claimants.

Resolution Foundation think tank chief executive Torsten Bell said that there are two challenges with this sort of approach, and he said that it doesn’t deal with the long term challenge, that their basic rates of benefits don’t afford enough protection when people have a hard time because they’re too low.

He said the second challenge, which relates specifically to protecting families, is that if they do it in a lump sum for people who are currently on Universal Credit, many people who become unemployed later in the year will not benefit, and it wouldn’t target those who need it.

He continued that the minimum the Government should do is extend the uplift for another year but the truth is that we need a permanently higher basic level of protection.

Rishi Sunak said he will hold off on announcing the decision on whether to increase the benefits uplift until the Budget on March 3.

It’s estimated about 50 Tory MPs representing seats in the North and Midlands have called on the Chancellor to extend the Universal Credit increase and business rate rebates for the duration of the third national lockdown.

Earlier this week, Boris Johnson stoked speculation that the Government will end the £20 uplift, telling MPs that the focus will be on generating jobs over welfare.

The Prime Minister told the Liason committee that what they want to see is jobs and that they want to see people in employment and to see the economy bouncing back and he said that most people in the country would rather concentrate on jobs and growth in wages than centring on welfare but that they had to keep all those things under review.

Everyone should be getting more help at this time, not just the workers.

Some people are going crazy at home with no money and no work, with some having to go to food banks, but then you have people working on the frontline doing a hell of a lot, getting precious little money, and some people are left with nothing.

Some people are hard workers but the pandemic has almost destroyed them and some would never have imagined that they would end up on benefits, but this is the situation they’ve been put in.

So, people should not be judged, particularly those who’ve fallen on bad times through no fault of their own and are now on benefits, because some have children to support and are now in debt and on the verge of losing their family homes and businesses.

Bruce Springsteen And John Legend To Perform On A TV Special To Celebrate The Inauguration Of President-Elect Joe Biden

Bruce Springsteen and John Legend are the latest headliners set to perform on a TV special, Celebrating America, to celebrate the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20.

The New York Times reports that the Dancing In The Dark singer, 71, and All Of Me hitmaker, 42, will join Foo Fighters during the prime time special.

Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria and Little Fires Everywhere star Kerry Washington will also be included in the 90-minute show hosted by Tom Hanks.

Other stars included in the line up are Demi Lovato, Jon Bon Jovi and Justin Timberlake.

Elsewhere, Fall Out Boy is stated to play on We The People, a pre-inauguration performance as his parents met working for the future president.

After Joe Biden beat Donald Trump in November, Wentz posted a throwback shot of himself as a child being held by Joe Biden next to his mother, Dale Lewis Wentz.

He said that his parents met when working for Joe Biden in the Senate in the 70s and that to him, he was the beacon of understanding, empathy and kindness.

It comes after it was announced that Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will perform at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20.

Variety reports The Bad Romance hitmaker, 34, will perform the national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, for the swearing-in ceremony of Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, which will be held on the West Front of the US Capitol building.

On The Floor singer Jennifer Lopez, 51, is also on board to perform before the TV special airs which also features Demi Lovato and Justin Timberlake.

Oscar-winner Lady Gaga is a long time supporter of Joe Biden and has been vocal throughout this election season, joining the future president on the campaign trail.

She also filmed a controversial campaign video for Joe Biden back in November which showed her waving a can of beer and rocking a camouflage get up as she preached to the election’s vital swing states.

Also joining Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez at the ceremony will be firefighter Andrea Hall who will lead in the Pledge of Allegiance and first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman who will read a poem.

The invocation will be delivered by Father Leo O’Donovan and the benediction by Reverend Dr Silvester Beaman, both of whom are longtime friends of the Biden family.

But it seems that this is all turning into a concert more an inauguration and I’m assuming all these stars will play for free and if not, then all the money will be fed back to the people of the redistribution of wealth programme, and if this carries on the way that it seems to be there will be more performers than supporters.

And the question here is, what difference, in reality, do the American people think Joe Biden will make to the country? As Hollywood cheers and the working class cry because these stars wouldn’t spit on the little people if they were on fire.

But people will watch it on TV, some because of the importance of what is a truly historical event, others because of the music, although I honestly don’t see any relevance of these performances and it just seems to lack gravity, but then I guess after the four years that the American people have had with Donald Trump, they need some song to soothe their hearts.

However, when all said and done, this is just going to be another freak show, no matter how many celebrities perform there, and every man and his dog will want to be there.

Donald Trump Intends To Live At Mar-a-Lago And Employ Current Aides After Presidency

Donald Trump reportedly plans to move to his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida on the morning of Joe Biden’s inauguration, where he’s expected to employ a few of his loyal White House aides who would either work for him or his son in law, Jared Kushner.

A report published by Bloomberg, quoting sources familiar to the president, says that Donald Trump plans to live in his Florida retreat after his presidency where Jared Kushner will spend a substantial part of his time working with him.

However, some of his prospective neighbours are attempting to prevent him from taking up permanent residency.

The state department confirmed that president-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Dr Jill Biden, have accepted the offer to stay at the Blair House on the eve of his inauguration.

The historic house is the official residence for guests of the president and it’s located near the White House.

However, with Donald Trump’s unwillingness to abide by the custom of attending the new president’s inauguration, it was uncertain whether he would meet Joe Biden or not, as there hadn’t been any official confirmation on where the president would move to after his term expires.

The president is preparing to fly to Mar-a-Lago on the morning of the inauguration but has kept the information hidden from his staff, according to Bloomberg which quoted two sources who have asked not to be named.

Bloomberg wrote that people who are likely to work for him after he leaves the White House are Nick Luna, the director of Oval Office Operations and Donald Trump’s body man, Molly Michael, a deputy assistant to Donald Trump, and Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Nick Luna’s wife, Cassidy Luna, a deputy assistant to the president, may work for Kushner.

However, Donald Trump, who officially declared Florida as his residence in 2019, may encounter opposition from neighbours who have already stated they don’t want him there.

According to an earlier report by the Washington Post, some of Donald Trump’s neighbours presented a demand letter to the town authorities of Palm Beach, addressed to the US Secret Service, which said that the president lost his legal right to permanently live at Mar-a-Lago due to an agreement he signed in 1993 when he turned his private home to a private club.

And people will now be questioning if Donald Trump will leave the country to evade prosecution as there are numerous indictments under seal awaiting Donald Trump becoming a private citizen.

Perhaps political asylum, mind you, he’d have to find a country that would let him in first because the backlash on them would be horrific – I suppose the antarctic might consider him on the belief that white is right.

But of course, he’s lit a match, tossed it on a pile of explosive debris he’s been spewing for the last 4 years, with more intensity since he lost the election – now he’s fleeing town, how very presidential of him.

I thought he was leaving the country, never to be seen again – that would be a dream come true, but then perhaps he’s realised that no other country would have him because he’s shunned throughout the world, and with all his criminality he probably wouldn’t even get a residency visa.

And Vladimir Putin got all he wanted from Donald Trump, he’s far more supremely intelligent than Donald Trump and he probably wouldn’t be able to put up with Donald Trump’s moronic brain for long.

UK Abuse Victims Are Given ‘Ani’ Code Word

People in danger of domestic abuse during the coronavirus lockdown will be able to ask for help discreetly by giving a code word to pharmacists, under a UK wide scheme launched by ministers.

If someone asks for “Ani” at one of the participating pharmacies, they will be allowed to go to a private space to talk, to see if they require help from police or other services such as domestic abuse helplines. The name is an acronym for “action needed immediately”.

Abuse charities have expressed significant concern about the impact of domestic abuse during the lockdown when women, children and others are denied regular contact with others.

Pharmacies have been appointed as the outlet for the plan because they have personnel qualified to assist people and are also classified as essential retail, meaning they remain open.

The scheme will be available immediately, initially in 2,300 Boots stores and 255 independent pharmacies, and other pharmacies are being invited to sign up to the programme.

Throughout the earlier lockdown in England in November, the charity Refuge, which runs the National Domestic Abuse helpline, said it was extremely concerned by the continuing upward trend in demand for its services.

After the first lockdown, the Counting Dead Women project informed MPs that between 23 March and 12 April at least 16 domestic abuse killings had taken place, far higher than the average for the time of year.

The pharmacy-based initiative was first suggested during a hidden harms web summit hosted by Boris Johnson in June, which explored some of the repercussions of lockdown.

In a Commons statement, Victoria Atkins, the safeguarding minister, said the scheme would offer a necessary lifeline to all victims, ensuring they get help safely and discreetly.

But Jess Phillips, a shadow home office minister who speaks on domestic violence and safeguarding, called for more backing for support services.

She said that domestic abuse and community support services are currently preparing for redundancies in March, which was truly staggering in the middle of a global pandemic and a national lockdown.

She continued that the sector, the Labour party, the domestic abuse and the victim’s commissioner have all called repeatedly for sustainable funding for at least the next year and that the workers being made redundant are the very people the minister needs for ‘Ask for Ani’ to have any prospect of success.

But why just pharmacists? Why not the police as well? They should be helping with domestic abuse as well.

It’s not just women that are victims of abuse or violence, and this information must be available to everyone who needs it.

However, those women of abusive partners or children of abusive parents, those partners or abusers now won’t let their victims out of their sight because they know that when they go to the pharmacy to get a bottle of cough medicine or a packet of paracetomol, they might be going there for a cry for help.

And I’m not here to stick it to anyone but if the victim can see this, so can the abuser, so it wasn’t as discreet as it was designed to be, and it appears that someone didn’t think this through very well.

Any woman or child should be able to go somewhere where they can say in private that they need help without the aid of code word.

How about working on ways to further upskill professionals to recognise the signs of Domestic Violence. How about better support for women, men and children who are being abused?

Because it seems at the moment the only thing they’ve been able to publicly distribute is the code word, not the actual support needed.

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