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Labour conference: MMR benefit link ‘interesting’ but not policy

Taking child benefit away from parents whose children are not given the MMR vaccine is an “interesting idea”, Labour’s policy chief has said, while stressing it is not being considered.

Media reports suggesting the party was exploring making the universal benefit dependent on the jab have been denied.

Jon Cruddas, the MP drawing up plans for its 2015 manifesto, said he had no idea where the idea had come from.

“There are loads of ideas mentioned but it’s not part of our policy,” he said.

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has dismissed the idea out of hand, saying that making state assistance dependent on parental choice on vaccinations would be “punitive”.

‘Punishing parents’
Experts believe there are more than one million schoolchildren in England not protected against measles after research a decade ago linking the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccine with autism caused vaccination rates to plummet.

The research has since been discredited.

Earlier this year, the government launched a £20m campaign to encourage parents to get their children inoculated following a measles epidemic in Swansea, which saw more than 1,000 people infected.

Several newspapers suggested that Labour was considering making MMR take-up a condition of receiving child benefit as a way of asserting a clear link between welfare and behavioural choices.

But speaking at the party’s conference in Brighton, Mr Cruddas – who has been heading the party’s policy review since 2012 – said it was not part of Labour’s thinking.

“There are loads of ideas that are mentioned. It was put to me and I said, ‘Well, that’s quite an interesting idea,’ but it is not part of our policy.

“My job is the policy review in the party and this isn’t part of it so I can’t say anything more.”

Asked about the issue, Mr Balls said he had had his children injected because he believed it was “the best way to keep them safe” but talk of any link between the vaccine and child benefit was untrue.

“There is no question of a Labour government ever taking child benefit away or punishing parents for choices they make on vaccinations.

“We would never say child benefit is conditional on taking a jab.”

In Australia, payments of certain family benefits have been conditional on up-to-date immunisations for the past year although people were able to opt out as “conscientious objectors”.

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    “Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible. Even if all are miserable, all will believe themselves happy, because the government will tell them that they are so.” -Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society p50, 1953

    The Impact of Science on Society by Bertrand Russell

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    The facts of the matter is there is an agenda to get rid of as many poisonous MMR jabs as possible. This will be to make up for the profits lost due to the truth from Dr Andrew Wakefield getting out a few years ago. Nothing more than big pharma (The Worshipful Company of Apothecaries) out for their pockets and control. Notice how they turn on even their own poisons of old to suit their current agendas. Sickening! Utilize homoeopathic preparations, Pulsatilla and Sulphur to help deal properly with measles. Vaccines did not eradicate diseases, it was the fact we had better hygiene and better living standards. Something Bertrand Russell wanted to reverse in order to aid Malthusian population reduction.

    I suspect the same biological agent used in swansea will be aerosoled over a couple of regions in England next. This will aid the alarmism that the measles has spread from Wales to Britain. Of course the media and create such a stir without any real event. Regardless we will see The Worshipful Company of Apothecaries and its minions utilize this Urdd event for further MMR sales and population controls by deception.

    -= The Unhived Mind

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    Homoeopathics for treating Measles:

    ACONITUM: Useful at the beginning stages of measles, these children have a high fever, a dry barking cough, and red conjunctiva (“pink eye”). Their skin burns and itches, and they feel restless, anxious, and frightened. They toss and turn.

    Apis: In these cases the rash begins but fails to develop fully, and soon disappears, though the child doesn’t feel completely well. Their itching is worse by warmth, and their face and eyelids are puffy.

    BELLADONNA: This remedy is often useful at the beginning stages of the measles when there is sudden onset of a high fever, reddened face, and throbbing headache. They tend to be drowsy, a little delirious, and have some difficulty falling or staying asleep. Despite the fever, they are not very thirsty.

    Bryonia: In these cases the skin eruptions from the measles are delayed. The children have a hard, dry cough and no expectoration. Any motion causes pain. They may experience some mild delirium: the child “wants to go home” even though they are at home.

    Euphrasia: These children have a fever and rash as well as acrid tearing of the eyes and a bland nasal discharge. They become sensitive to light. They have a cough, but only during the day.

    Gelsemium: For these children the onset of symptoms is slow. They have a fever with great weakness and a sense of heaviness, both of the whole body and specifically the eyelids. They are without thirst.

    Kali bic: These children have ropy, stringy discharges from the nose and burning and tearing of the eyes. Their salivary glands are noticeably swollen, and they may experience stitching pains from the ear into the head and neck.

    PULSATILLA: These children experience a mild case of the measles. Their fever is not high, and their symptoms are not too painful. They will, however, have profuse tearing from the eyes and a nasal discharge. They also have a dry cough at night which becomes loose in the daytime. They may have ear inflammation. Although they have a dry mouth, they are without thirst.

    Sulphur: Children with the measles who need this medicine have a purplish appearance. Their itching is aggravated by scratching They have reddened mucous membranes and a great thirst. Their cough and diarrhea are at their worst in the morning.

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