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Live webchat with David Cameron - this Thursday 19th, 1.45 pm

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JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 17-Nov-09 09:28:05

Hello all - David Cameron is coming on to Mumsnet to answer your questions this Thursday at 1.45-2.45. Please post advance questions here if you can't make it on Thursday. (And please read our Webchat guidelines above before posting ie only one question each). Many thanks.

betz Mon 23-Nov-09 15:03:18

To all those parents of young children out there. I have two wonderful young teens. My youngest was born the day after Labour got in in 1997. I have spent years working with older teens and young adults. I am GREATLY concerned if we vote right and get the Conservatives back in. In my experience of kids my children's age we see the benefits of public spending and investment in our young and later our youth. While I will be the first to admit Labour has huge problems and really New Labour and the Conservatives are merging in policies, there STILL is a difference. Having been through the early years with my kids I really am eternally grateful those years were more left than right. You don't see the benefits or worst yet damages of government policies until years later. My children's and their peer's character, happiness and respect for themselves and others is the fruition of many factors, but government policy has much to thank.

For those who counter my sentiments with the economic disaster we are in, I say this. I was raised in America and know it well. This economic disaster is a global one. It was under the Conservatives in this country we sold our manufacturing base. Having children on the ebb of choosing their vocations we are left with the financial industries and all the creative industries are filled with oxbridge and with public school - privileged. Time and time again I meet young adults whose intelligent won them scholarships to great schools or parents sacrificed to pay for "quality" education only to find it impossible to climb out of their social cast.

With 52% of the worlds wealth owned by 2% of the population why on earth would we support more inequality by voting a more right wing government. Please, please use your vote for your children's future. How many of you have children who could be the next Obama? Barack is a gifted man who reached his potential BECAUSE of leftist policies in the US for equality. The old Etonian Conservatives are NOT for the people because they can not possibly understand the common man. It's not their fault I am sure they think they are doing best??? But I would not risk my kid's futures in their hands. NO WAY.

Marney Sun 22-Nov-09 22:58:13

im hoping the conservatives get in please say you are going to stop the wars .Please give schools freedom from ofsted and get rid of the league tables .What is the use of gcse league tables which are no real guide to schools sucess when the ones at the top are probably their because yhey have the most pupils on alternative courses for one of whIch they can claim 4 passes
Could the Conservatives cleanit up It would be so much more helpfull to know how many pupils in a school were allowed to take gcses or how many were even taught the a or b paper
instead of ridiculous questionaires from ofsted which are vetted by the schools asking daft questions like is th teaching in the school good fair not good real questionaires not vetted by the schools
So when there is a problem in one subject it might get sorted

tatt Sun 22-Nov-09 09:19:01

swc the more you try to argue that DC does understand the problems the more you persuade others that he doesn't. Clearly you agree with his political views and wish to support him being "in touch". However a politician who WAS in touch with public feeling would know that is an argument he can't win. He should admit that his experience is different while saying he still found it quite frustrating enough.

But it was a good way to distract attention from DC being either underprepared or showing contempt for a key voting group and perhaps that was your aim.

Peachy Sat 21-Nov-09 12:12:29

I'm sure I could getDH on here to explain how RGB theory or somesuch caused him to appear orange under lighting (DH doing degree in stage lighting technocology)

But I preferto think iof him as the Tango Kid

Esp.if that means I get to flap him around the jaws with a wet kipper grin

sarah293 Sat 21-Nov-09 09:31:04

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Ronaldinhio Sat 21-Nov-09 09:03:41

tell me more madame.....

glad you liked it riven honestly he needs a lighter shade of slap...that's how shallow I am

it seems a bit sad of me to say something so bloody inane when there are actual genuine problems that he should address. I had no idea about the 4 nappy rule and if that is all we sort out as a collective I'd feel the nest was worth all this collective media fuss.

sarah293 Sat 21-Nov-09 08:26:35

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Pixel Sat 21-Nov-09 00:55:11

I know what you are saying Peachy I think. I was very lucky and was given as many nappies as ds needed and other things like SN nursery were organised for me. I just got sent appointments and that was more than enough to be coping with. When you first know your child has SN it is all so bewildering you don't know what they actually need anyway. If someone had handed me the money and told me to sort everything out I wouldn't have had a single clue where to start. I'm not sure I'd make a very good job of it now TBH. One reason we haven't applied for direct payments is that finding someone to look after ds and organising the finances to pay them etc seems more work than just managing without any respite.

MadameDefarge Fri 20-Nov-09 22:00:01

I still don't understand why nobody backed my idea of kidnapping Barak Obama...

<<sulks in corner>>

Ronaldinhio Fri 20-Nov-09 21:34:33

thanks daftpunk

foxytocin Fri 20-Nov-09 21:16:40

in stitches over daftpunk and Ronaldhino. best part of the thread so far.

daftpunk Fri 20-Nov-09 20:35:40

agree Ronaldinhio...this isn't the Andrew Marr show, and yes, you have every right to ask a question that is important to you...

i think i would have phrased it slightly differently maybe...

no one likes to be described as orange...

Peachy Fri 20-Nov-09 20:17:37

'I would rather decisions on spending were made by me - or at least by my GP, or any actual doctors and medical professionals I am dealing with'
I am sorry it took mea ges to respond after my first post matie, ahd things to do.

OK am onl;y going to speak for me here.

Why wouldn't I want that budget?

Well,neither of my lads is as demanding as Riven's DD2 (I have met her btw, lovely child) but because in part I have two, and just because SN is like it, I basically work a 20 hour day into which I have to cram all the family stuff, the extra SN bits and also I am trying to do an MA and falling behind rapidly.

So frankly, I don't want any more on my plate- not the spending perhaps, but the getting qyuotes, dealing with staff etc etc etc

There is another issue here: Likely it would be dealt with by SN SSD who already deal with DP's .Well, locally SSD has decided that DS1 has a DX that doesn't constitute a disability so I cannot access anything. We do get DLA (at the highest rate, somewhat ironically I feel) but everyuthing else is barred to us. I am trying to get an assessment for myself and ds3 who is technically more severe, but am stuck on a wait list and have been since his DX in March (they are 6 and almost 10 btw, the only support we've ever had is a much appreciated 8 sessions from a NAS volunteer).

My ds1 has Asperger's. Aspergers in some people is quite close to the cut off between quirky and ASD- well something has to be the line doesn't it? IN ds1 though it presents with severe aggression (3 times knocked out this year, me), eating issues that mean he has failed to hit 4 stone so far, learning issues, problems at school(we think we found a specialist comp place for him fingers crossed).

DS1's has hurt the borthers in the past so now we check him regularly all night- actually I stay awake most of the night listening as I worry, he doesn't sleep until midnight anyway. Fortunately he doesn't wake until 8 but sadly for me, ds3 wakes at 5 or 6. ASD body clocks vary too bloody much LOL.

Everything is comoplicated for us; a school run alone means a nightmare of managing a buggy and a ds3 who runs away and is extremely hyepractive (his SNU taxi drops him outside school before I collect the others). Trips out shopping with the boysa re only attempted with 2 adults which has to be DH and I as nobody else lives close. In the summer Dh nipped into a shop and left me alone in a quiet town (Monmouth) and ds3 is only still alive from ds2's quick thinking as he darted out under a 4X4 and ds2 grabbed him, ds3 can open any reins we try so I am petrified what will happen.

Tomorrow Dh and I go out childless,for the first timein 3 years. A long time really.

I can't work despite graduating in 2008 as I have no chance of decent or suitable after school care and have to meet taxi's from ds3's SNU.

DH is well atm but became very seriously depressed which almost cost him his life post DS1's dx.

So you see, I amy be selfish but I don'twant a system that will likley exclude us even more from the things we do already have- SALT, OT etc.I don't want that as I will not be classed as having a disabled child by the SSD.

And I know I am not rare, I am doing my MA in ASD and the lady from the NAS says it is common.

I also think that when people are sorting these services is the same time as they get a DX, I can't explain the pain of a DX to someone who hasn't been there (I have no idea of your background) but although there is much wor4se out tehre, it is horrid, a realphysical pain and a constant never leaving fear about the future.
Not a time to be ahnded a few quid and told to go shop for what you need IMO.

Sorry I bet that doesn't make sense. DS1 stimming and hard to concentrate.

Ronaldinhio Fri 20-Nov-09 20:12:57

yes to be honest it does, especially peter andre or katie price...
I started saying this in jest but actually
why so serious and protective?
If I can't ask insane questions here then where can I ask them? This is not a Andrew Marr based programme or serious political blog site is it? surely I have as much right to ask my question as anything else? whyever not?

AbricotsSecs Fri 20-Nov-09 20:04:00

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cornsilkwearscorsets Fri 20-Nov-09 19:57:28

Can I nominate 'you can't suggest a politician is sending out messages to the Ulster loyalists via his skin colour....even subliminal ones..' as the most surreal post of the week?

PerArduaAdNauseum Fri 20-Nov-09 19:57:10

Who wants to talk about the banking crisis?:

"DavidCameron Thu 19-Nov-09 14:44:06
On banks, bankers and bonuses....

The problem with a Tobin tax is that if we applied it here and others didn't follow we would lose lots of companies that would simply go overseas. It is important to remember that financial services is not just the city - there are hundreds of thousands of people employed in banks, building socs, insurance etc around the country.

What we need is better regulation and we would put the Bank of England back in charge. they should also be able to regulate the level of debt in the economy."

So he talks about better regulation, but after he's said he wouldn't want to scare businesses out of the country. Isn't this not-wanting-to-stifle-growth type attitude precisely what allowed the banks to create such a mess?

Hands up anyone who believes that the conservatives would actually put in place any regulations with teeth?

daftpunk Fri 20-Nov-09 19:54:50

does everything orange make you think of the Ulster loyalists....and what message do you think he was trying to send them..?

Ronaldinhio Fri 20-Nov-09 19:50:43

why can't I?

It seemed completely appropriate to me, speaking as a norn irish unionist and it would have made me vote conservative if that had been his intent

now I will never know

Peachy Fri 20-Nov-09 19:48:50

'people opposed to David Cameron's politics on this site and elsewhere have used his wealth as a reason to minimise the suffering of his family from his child's condition. It is a line of reasoning that crops up with tedious predictability whenever the man is discussed'

Thewe's nowt on this planet that would make me do that,ever

In fact on another parallel thread I have defended his right to be PM with the background he has (my exact argument was that inviduals don't matters, as long as the breadth of the cabinet is representative*)

So if anyone ever thinks I would do that I would be disgusted with them frankly.

* That doesn't mean I ever want to see him as such.

daftpunk Fri 20-Nov-09 19:44:21

you can't suggest a politician is sending out messages to the Ulster loyalists via his skin colour....even subliminal ones..

Ronaldinhio Fri 20-Nov-09 19:37:11

daftpunk do you mean it was too nothing to warrant a space on a thread for the pm?

daftpunk Fri 20-Nov-09 19:34:27

way too political Ronadinhio...

can see why is was deleted

Ronaldinhio Fri 20-Nov-09 19:34:18

mebbe ulster unionists

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