Imperfect steps towards a perfect world

By Chris Morris, a former Labour speechwriter. A great summary of why it’s worth bothering to do political things in an imperfect world whose reaction won’t always be good. Because you create a ripple.

chrismorris.com/articles/2014/02/imperfect-steps-towards-perfect-world/

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David Cunningham: Gordon Brown’s Constituency – NHS Fife Break Health and Safety Legislation To Maximise Systematic Abuse

Site: Passed on at his invitation.

Senior NHS Management in Gordon Brown’s Constituency of Fife have for the last 3 1/2 years maximised the systematic abuse on a severely Autistic boy by playing politics with his health while breaking Health & Safety Legislation.

Nearly 3 1/2 years ago a severely disabled, vulnerable Autistic boy was identified by his Psychiatrist Dr Rosemary Logan as in desperate need of support for his “health and Well Being”. The Clinical Advisory Panel (CAP) in Fife approved the health package as being desperate and indeed not to deliver it was agreed by all in CAP as breeching Health and Safety Legislation.

But what followed next highlighted just how bad things are in Gordon Brown’s Constituency.

Dr Francis Elliot stated that while the service was going to have a significant impact on quote “the Autistic boy’s health and well being” it was not within NHS Fife’s competency remit to deliver the service because it was not what she called (Dr Elliot is now Director of health services Fife) “Direct Health Services”. So she with the full support of Mr Brechin Senior Finance Manager and Professor James McGoldrick Chairman NHS Fife refused to release the funding to the service providers used by the parents. Instead CAP said it would only be paid when Fife Council delivered it. The reality was that Fife Council did not have the competence or the service to deliver so the the parents and family were forced to pay for the Service. The parents had no choice to pay for the service because for them not to would in the words of CAP and the Psychiatrist severely damage the child’s health.

Please pass this round.

GORDON BROWN’S CONSTITUENCY OF NHS FIFE ARE PLAYING POLITICS WITH DISABLED , VULNERABLE PEOPLE WITH AUTISM WHILE FORCING FAMILIES AND FRIENDS TO BUY IN HEALTH SERVICES BECAUSE OF THE CHANCELLOR’S AND JACK MCCONNELL’S POLICIES THAT ALMOST GUARANTEE THE SYSTEMATIC ABUSE OF PEOPLE WITH AUTISM. WHILE NHS FIFE HAVE STARTED TO PAY SOME OF THE FUNDING IN THE LAST 2 OR 3 MONTHS THEY STILL REFUSE TO PAY IT TO THE PARENTS WHO ARE STILL EMPLOYING AND PAYING FOR THE SERVICE. THEY ARE ALSO REFUSING TO PAY THE PARENTS FOR THE 3 PLUS YEARS THAT THE PARENTS WERE LEFT TO PAY FOR THE SERVICE, EVIL OR WHAT!

WHEN WILL GORDON BROWN’S LABOUR PARTY START DELIVERING THE BILLION’S OF POUNDS REQUIRED. FOR TOO LONG THIS UNCARING IMMORAL PARTY HAS DELIBERATELY TARGETED AND SYSTEMATICALLY ABUSED PEOPLE WITH AUTISM.

THE ABUSE HAS GOT TO STOP.

FROM AN ARTICLE IN THE LOCAL PAPERS GORDON BROWN’S LAST VISIT TO AN AUTISTIC CENTRE IN HIS CONSTITUENCY RESULTED IN HIM SAYING THAT “THE USE OF REDUNDANT NCB COAL BUILDINGS WERE AN EXCELLENT USE IN A SOCIALLY DEPRIVED AREA”. HE TOTALLY MISSED THE POINT THAT THE REASON THE DISABLED AND VULNERABLE ARE FORCED TO USE OLD RUN DOWN BUILDINGS WAS BECAUSE THE LABOUR PARTY HAD SLASHED YEAR ON YEAR THE AVERAGE ANNUAL SPEND ON A PERSON WITH AUTISM.

Dave Cunningham who’s severely Autistic son has and still is being Systematically abused by Gordon Brown’s Labour Party.
25 Apr 2007

David Cunningham on “systematic abuse of the disabled”

Site: Passed on at his invitation.

Firstly a big Welcome to those ‘Decision Makers’ who have joined my 1700 distribution list. As a reminder the primary aim is to highlight the Labour Party’s systematic abuse of the disabled, particularly people with autism. Gordon Brown is my MP but with Ming Campbell also being in Fife you will get first hand how their constituency of Fife is equal to if not worse than any other area of the country in perfecting the systematic abuse Of the disabled, particularly people with autism.

Back to the farce of the so called £25 million for carers. The facts are:

1. Education. The Labour Party gave teachers £2 billion in Scotland and not one penny was to improve services to normal children far less the disabled and people with autism. In addition Gordon Brown and Ming Campbell’s Education Authority like the rest of the country get rewarded whether they deliver one second of education or not. Take my severely autistic son the Labour Party and Executive has allowed Fife education to effectively steal over £200k of my son’s education funding for doing nothing. This is because like the £25 million proposed for carers there are no measures or requirements to prove that the money gets to the child. Indeed it is estimated that in Scotland alone that at least £75 million pounds per annum that was supposedly identified for disabled/special needs children is routinely stolen by the councils because there is no requirement for any of the country’s councils to prove that they spent the money on the disabled/people with autism. SO THERE ARE LITTLE GUARANTEES THAT ANY OF THE £25 MILLION WILL GO ON CARERS.

2. Social Services. An Independent Review identified that over 90% of disabled/people with autism had NOT got an approved Social Services assessment report. Similar situation for carers assessment. Again Gordon Brown and Ming Campbell’s Constituency seems to have perfected the act of avoiding this. Indeed for several years Fife Social Services has totally refused to agree to issue an accurate report. The Informed Parents of Scotland and others believe that the reason for this is simple. Like education there is no requirement for councils in the country to prove where that they are spending the funding on disabled/people with autism. But by not issuing assessment details or reports then even if the incompetent Labour Party or Executive asked then this makes it easier for Gordon Brown and Ming Campbell’s constituency to effectively steal the social services money as well.

3. NHS. NHS is the same. The incompetent Labour Party gave doctors hundreds of millions of pounds for effectively reducing the standard of care to patients. But specifically take Professor James McGoldrick (Chairman NHS Fife) and Dr Francis Elliot (Director of Health Services NHS Fife) they deliberately blocked payment for my severely autistic son’s health care for over 3 years by trying to tie it into a so called Integrated package with the immoral and incompetent Fife education and Fife social services. Yet for the 3 years having starved my son of his healthcare and knowing full well that I and relatives had to borrow they finally caved in to the fact that they were breaking Health and Safety Legislation but refused to reimburse us for the previous 3 years.

Conclusion

The services for disabled and people with autism were described by the Children’’s Commissioner as a national disgrace. UNICEF has also highlighted that Scotland and the UK as a whole is one of the worse places to bring up children. BUT THE BIGGEST LIE THAT THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER CAN DUMP ON THE DISABLED/PEOPLE WITH AUTISM IS THE FARCE OF CREATING ‘SMOKE AND MIRRORS’ THAT THE MONEY GETS TO THE DISABLED/PEOPLE WITH AUTISM AND THEIR FAMILY CARERS. SO NOT ONLY ARE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF POUNDS BEING EFFECTIVELY STOLEN BY THE COUNCILS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY BUT IT IS A NATIONAL DISGRACE THAT THE EVIL IMMORAL LABOUR PARTY IN SCOTLAND SHUT DOWN THE CROSS PARTY GROUP FOR AUTISM, WIPED THE WEBSITE BUT WORSE SLASHED THE AVERAGE ANNUAL SPEND FOR A PERSON WITH AUTISM.

FOR THE SAKE OF OUR CHILDREN’S HEALTH, WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT DON’T EVER VOTE FOR THE IMMORAL INCOMPETENT LABOUR PARTY AT THE NEXT ELECTIONS.

FINALLY CAN ENGLAND NOT TAKE SCOTLAND’S INCOMPETENT EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SERVICES MINISTER HUGH HENRY WHO PRIDES HIMSELF IN NOT LISTENING TO THE INFORMED PARENTS OF SCOTLAND? NO DOUBT HE’LL DO HIS USUAL STICK HIS FINGERS IN HIS EAR, SING LA LA LA, DELETE THIS EMAIL AND WITH A SMILE ON HIS WARPED FACE GET ON WITH IMPLEMENTING A SYSTEM THAT CONTINUES THE SYSTEMATIC ABUSE OF PEOPLE WITH AUTISM.

PLEASE PASS THIS EMAIL ON.

Dave Cunningham Parent whose severely autistic son like thousands of others is being systematically abused by Labour. No education for over 3 Years. No social services for longer and basic healthcare. The legacy of the incompetent, uncaring and immoral Labour Party
22 Feb 2007

more David Cunningham anger with the Labour Party

(his politics are personal, of course)

This e-mail has been sent to over 600 of those influential people who in Scotland who claim an interest in Autism

Question

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1. Why is it when every Labour MSP knows that report after report has demonstrated that things are worse for Scotland’s People With Autism that they have starved Scotland’s Disabled People With Autism of funding while Westminster MP’s are now going to significantly and quite rightly increase funding in England (reference the attached web link to the BBC article

news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/5352262.stm

BBC Headline
More funding could be found for teaching autistic youngsters in England, a minister has said.

Quote
“The pledge for action came after the children’s commissioner for England described existing provisions as “shocking and appalling”.
Unquote

PLEASE PASS THIS E-MAIL ON TO WORLD. SCOTLAND’S EVIL, UNCARING, INCOMPETENT REGIME CALLED THE LABOUR PARTY HAS DEVELOPED A MISSION AND STRATEGY TO MAKE SCOTLAND A SECOND CLASS COUNTRY BY SYSTEMATICALLY DESTROYING SCOTLAND’S DISABLED PEOPLE WITH AUTISM.

EVERY DAY (YES DAILY) NEARLY £400 MILLION POUND OF OIL, GAS AND GOLD REVENUES GO DOWN TO ENGLAND FROM SCOTLAND WHILE SCOTLAND IS TREATED LIKE SCUM.

YES SCOTLAND GIVES ENGLAND NEARLY £142 BILLION POUNDS PER ANNUM FROM OIL, GAS AND GOLD FROM ONSHORE AND OFFSHORE.

IT IS NO WONDER THAT THE BULK OF SCOTTISH PEOPLE HATE LABOUR MSP’S WITH EVERY FIBRE IN THEIR BODY AND WHY THEY ARE TELLING ALL SCOTTISH LABOUR MSP’S TO FCUK OFF OUT OF SCOTLAND AND GO AND LIVE IN ENGLAND. THE SCOTTISH PEOPLE DON’T WANT YOU AND TRUTH BE KNOWN IF YOUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS KNEW WHAT YOUR WERE DOING THEY WOULD DISOWN YOU TO.

Dave Cunningham Fife parent of a severely disabled Autistic Boy who’s Labour Stronghold of Fife have chosen to be one of the best examples of Labour’s lack of caring and delivery by refusing to deliver any Education for 3 years and who have stated in writing for 6 years that it is the lack of funding that stop’s them delivering David’s Social Services needs.

David Cunningham
18 Sep 2006

Labour Party has ensured that disabled people are being starved of their right to their Health

David Cunningham, a parent in Scotland with a long-running problem case, has contributed to Spectrum Fairness before. He now wishes this further strong message about his anger with the Labour Party’s management of classical autism services, to be circulated worldwide, as he explains. – site.


The sleaze ridden, uncaring Labour Party are systematically ensuring that disabled children, specifically people with autism, are starved of their health.

This is frighteningly demonstrated within the Labour stronghold of Fife where NHS Fife under the management of Professor McGoldrick and Dr Francis Elliot Medical Director (supported by Mr Brechin and George Cunningham) have for years now played games and politics rather than deliver health services to a severely autistic boy.

The latest rhubarb came from Dr Elliot Medical Director NHS Fife in a letter dated 24th July 2006. In the letter she makes a desperate attempt to prop up Labour’s Policies by misrepresenting the facts and doctoring the truth to suit her demonstrably unethical position. I understand from my communications with hundreds of parents and relatives throughout Scotland that the following examples of NHS Officials playing “Labour’s Game” are becoming the “norm”. Please pass on this e-mail and all of the 25 facts (another 23 to come) to all interested parties around the world. We have to let the world know just how bad things have degenerated in Scotland under Labour.

Dr Elliot as chair of the Clinical Advisory Panel (CAP) did (she is trying to deny it through an incompetent technicality that is described below) block the release of funds for a severely Autistic boy. She will claim what she did was in accordance with the new Labour legislation. That is she will not issue the funding for the little boy’s health care until the parents start taking the garbage offered by the ‘yet to be proven competent’ Fife Education. This child had a major medical breakdown in the first place due to Fife’’s handling of his Education.

The world must hear this. This sleaze ridden, immoral Labour party has effectively given all Health Authorities the mandate to starve any disabled person of their health care under Labou’rs requirement for ‘Integrated Assessments’ and delivery. In that Health, Social Services and Education must be delivered ‘as one’. This means that in Fife £17,000 per annum that was allocated for my son’s healthcare has for 3 years been frozen while the parents, through no fault of their own, watch the ‘yet to be proven competent ‘ Fife Education’ play their part in the Labour sham by refusing to provide details of a competent education service for my son. In addition Fife Social Services are also in on Labours immoral attempts to destroy the lives of disabled autistic children and there families. In that Senior Social Services Management in full collusion with Senior NHS Fife and Fife education management deliberately and without consultation with parents removed a small but critical number of hours of service. They all knew that this would cause maximum negative impact to my son and his family. But significantly how do I know that Professor McGoldrick, Dr Elliot, Mr Brechin and George Cunningham know all this? Well the basis for NHS Fife CAP’s approval of the £17,000 per annum was to support the small number of hours from Social Services.

But in an evil and immoral twist in the letter dated 24 July 2006 from NHS Fife, Dr Elliot and Professor McGoldrick state and I quote….’At that time and on regular occasions since then you (she’s talking about me) have declined to accept this integrated package of care’…unquote. This is where Elliot and McGoldrick are liars. In a desperate attempt to prop up Labour’s Policies they know that Fife Education have never offered any package of care. They also know that at the same time and to back Fife Education Fife Social Services timely removed (as detailed above) their Service. Indeed to complete the ‘Triad of Destruction’ and in full alignment with Labour’s Grand Design NHS Fife simultaneously froze the £17,000 per annum to maximise the negative impact to our son and his family. PLEASE PASS THIS TRUE SEQUENCE OF FACTS AROUND THE WORLD AS IT DEMONSTRATES THAT LABOUR’S POLICIES ARE DESIGNED NOT TO DELIVER SERVICES BUT DESTROY THE HEALTH OF SEVERELY DISABLED AUTISTIC CHILDREN AND THERE FAMILIES.

A SEPARATE BUT KEY QUESTION IS WHY ARE THE LABOUR PARTY DOING THIS? IT IS TIME THE OPPOSITON MSP’S STARTED TO ASK THIS QUESTION.

I present more evidence not that anymore is required. The recent Labour publication admitted that under their management there has been a 1000% increase in people with autism in Scotland over the last 10 years. This means that 1 in 25 grandparents have no choice but to accept the Labour Party’s gift that they will have a grandchild that will develop autism. Yet for the same period Labour has refused to listen to the explosion of parents and grandparents who have been telling them what has been happening.

SO IT IS NOW HISTORICAL FACT THAT HAD LABOUR LISTENED AND ACTED THEN THOUSAND’S (CERTAINLY HUNDREDS) OF SCOTLAND’S CHILDREN WOULD NOT NOW BE AUTISTIC.

There are several more facts that I can present which overwhelmingly support the statement that the ‘Labour Party has ensured that disabled people are being starved of their right to their Health’. But I will close with one final fact. The Labour Party in a desperate attempt to prevent many facts from getting out has shut down the Cross Party Group for Autism. But worse in shutting it down they doctored the minutes of some meetings in a deliberate and systematic attempt by Elaine Smith, Labour Chair, to cover up the issues those Parents, Grandparents and other relatives and friends of People with Autism were raising. In an unprecedented move Labour also shut down the Cross Party Group for Autism Website and removed all minutes – COVER UP OR WHAT?

I have another 23 or 25 facts to go. I re-emphasise that when finished it will show that the Labour Party backed up by an incompetent Executive have colluded and worked to cause maximum damage to People With Autism. But even worse, this has been done within a restructured justice system. Specifically the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB ) has been structured and with no standards for Autism in existence then this makes it virtually impossible to get justice i.e. the rates paid by SLAB means that most of Scotland’s legal firms cannot afford to take on complex cases like those described above because the SLAB rates and procedures means that legal firms are forced to take a loss for every hour worked (Reference is made to statements made by the Law Society, Law Firms and media reports). Also when the parents point to a best practice standard the Labour Party, Executive and Council shrug their shoulders and say “we dictate what standard of crap you’re going to get in your services” thereby ensuring that no laws are ever broken. Unless of course someone dies. Many believe that it is no coincidence that cases of suicide amongst people with autism and their families have significantly increased under Labour.

SCOTLAND WHERE THE LABOUR PARTY ARE SYSTEMATICALLY DESTROYING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH AUTISM AND THEIR FAMILIES. IT IS TIME THAT THE WORLD KNOWS THAT WITHIN SCOTLAND THAT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE (INCLUDING THEIR FAMILIES) NOW BEING EFFECTED ARE FAR MORE THAN THOSE IN THE PRESENT CONFLICT IN ISRAEL, GAZA AND LEBANON.

Signed Dave Cunningham Father of a severely autistic boy whose son, under Labour, is forced to live with the following realities:

1. Severe bowel problems, it is fact that the ‘scoping’ of People with Autism has been mostly banned because the Labour Party and incompetent Executive can’t explain what they are finding. So opt for ‘don’t look, no problem’ strategy;

2. autistic colitis;

3. SIGN and NHS refuse to recommend best practice medical protocol for People with Autism;

4. Parents are forced to fund testing themselves. But even where partial reimbursement is given NHS Scotland refuse to pay for all the treatment because they say Labour, Executive, SIGN and BNF will not approve it.

5. NHS official policy is to tell parents to go to charities to get ‘charity handouts’ as Labour’s Policy does not allow funding of the best practice. Note much of which is a fraction of the cost of existing treatment.

6. Where NHS do not have the expertise in their geographic area NHS are now systematically refusing to pay for the full costs of GP referrals out with their area. This practice in NHS Fife means that thousands of pounds in GP referrals are being refused to be reimbursed to parents by NHS Fife. Thereby preventing People with Autism getting access to Health care.

7. Many people with autism have the measles virus circulating inside them. The Labour Party claim this is impossible and so again opt for ‘don’t look, no problem’ strategy;

8. Within Scotland parents are being deliberately refused funding to take their child to the ‘Best Practice Clinic’ run by the charity Autism Treatment Trust in Edinburgh. The trust is manned with professionals and with their extensive network of clinicians around the world can go on to provide a truly world class service. But under Labour parents have been banned from receiving funding.

9. etc, etc

FW: HMIE backed by The Labour Party Refuse To Issue Secret Report on Autistic Child. Executive Now Do What They Want, Parliament/People Are Now Irrelevant

Circulated at the request of David Cunningham, a frustrated parent in Scotland and Cross-Party Group member – site.


Attached is yet another of the hundreds of examples of the typical blocks and strategies being implemented by HMIe and Scottish Executive in preventing the parents of Scotland getting quality Education for their Special Need Children. This and the hundreds of other examples proves that there is systemic incompetence and cover up by the Scottish Executive and other bodies who are destroying Special Need Children and their families by colluding to protect themselves against basic challenge and questioning.

The MSP’s of Scotland have to see this as yet more evidence of the Council’s and other public bodies covering their tracks by implementing a Policy of zero disclosure. Problem is the Parents of Scotland are being told by their MSP’s that the Parliament is useless to prevent them doing what they want. I have examples from all over Scotland that prove that the Executive and Council’s are a law unto themselves and that they see the Parliament and it’s MSP’s as nothing more than an irritant to their separate decision making. I will leave the other parents/relatives/friends of Scotland to present their own points but present the following 3 factual examples that demonstrate the case that Parliament is being ignored and is a toothless talking shop:

1. HMIe carry out a secret, incompetently executed review on my son and then refuse to provide any terms of reference, don’t interview the parents, don’t interview the teachers and carer’s and mainly interview senior managers and budget holders. HMIe then refuse to issue the secret report to the parents while all the other government bodies and council has been provided with a copy of the report;

2.Marilyn Livingstone in response to my question as to why my Labour MSP wasn’t issuing letters and questions of her own to Fife Education stated …MSP’s are just really just Facilitators I really don’t know what you expect us (MSP’s) to do?

3. Murdo Fraser my hard working and caring MSP has said Dave, I really don’t know how long I can keep on requesting answers and information. There are clearly many issues and they don’t want to disclose them to me. I have even tried to use the Freedom of Information Act and well you can see what that’s achieved. Due to the time that your case is taking I am not sure that I will be able to keep devoting time to David’s case. There’s not much more that I can do. What follows are now my words. Murdo has been ignored and as a caring MSP has been treated despicably by the Public Bodies. His numerous brave attempts for disclosure has achieved absolutely nothing but an increased collusion between HMIe, Scottish Executive and Fife Council.

A serious question must now be asked.

The Scottish Parliament under Labour are allowing an incompetent Executive and Council to spent the Tax Payers Money doing what they want, when they want. However worse of all The Parliament are Powerless to act against them. In addition MSP’s who do try and get answers are branded as troublemakers. But worse of all the Executive and Councils string them along to the point that the MSP is forced and systematically pressured to give up on the children and families that they represent. The blame for this has to be put at the door of the Labour Party.

Scotland where the Scottish Executive and Councils laugh, scorn and ignore the People of Scotland.

The people of Scotland now know where the real power lives and it isn’t in the Parliament. I am distributing this e-mail all over Scotland and the World, I suggest you do as well.

Dave Cunningham Parent of a typical disabled and sick child who has had services, budgets and justice stripped away by the Labour Party, Scottish Executive and Councils.
27 May 2006

Labour MSP’s corrupt act to prevent a vote in parliament

David Cunningham, a parent who attends the Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on ASD.


Subject: Apologies I Tried My Best But New Labour’s Is To Strong and Ruthless

As the e-mail suggests I tried to get improvements for People With ASD by getting the desperate need for an Emergency Recovery Plan for Autism agreed in the minutes tonight but I have to say that new Labour’s cleverness and ruthless determination to continue the damage to People With ASD and their families hit an unprecedented low in the Scottish Parliament tonight.

Although I had the backing or written statements from:

  • Mr Beuchamp CEO NAS (see attached letter);
  • Mr Macdonald CEO Scottish Society for Autism;
  • Mr Welsh Chairman Action Against Autism;
  • Mrs Macvicar Renfrewshire Chairperson Autism and Aspergers Support Group;
  • Mrs Sinclair Autism Rights;
  • Mr Bostock, Ayshire Autism Group;
  • A significant number of MSP’s;
  • Bulk of attendees tonight.

Elaine Smith Labour MSP, to prevent the request for an Emergency Recovery Plan being voted in with an overwhelming majority, stated very clearly that she would implement the new rule recently introduced. That was she would get up and leave the CPG meeting thereby requiring immediate disbandenment of the meeting and the prevention of a vote. This is based on the fact that a minimum of 2 MSP’s must be in attendance.

I therefore apologise to all of you that I let down but in the presence of such a ruthless Labour Party who in the action tonight and in Peacock’s driving of the new Act for Learning have demonstrated there total inability to deliver for people with ASD. I would ask all who receive this e-mail to pass it on to all family and friends and let them know that New Labour are truly not worth voting for at the next Scottish Elections.

Indeed the new change in the Terms of Reference for the CPG for Autism Group has finally made me realise what most attendees have said for sometime that I am silly to get passionate about minutes. As a few parents and grandparents recently said the words are totally meaningless as the Lib-Lab Pact won’t allow anything significant to come out of the CPG for Autism meetings.

So I apologise to Shabnum and others who I in my desperate fight (thinking the words were important) to get issues raised now realise that none of the words matter, the CPG Meetings are truly toothless , useless talking shops. My visits will now be significantly reduced. What’s the point. Good news for some.

GOD HELP PEOPLE WITH ASD NOW AND GOD HELP NEW LABOUR FOR THEIR RUTHLESS AND IMMORAL ACTION TO ALL PEOPLE WITH ASD IN SCOTLAND.

David Cunningham
1 Dec 2005

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