Category Archives: My Life

BLOG – Police Scotland Breach My Human Rights

Yesterday, Thursday 6th February, I was awoken by a loud bang on my door. Dazed, I opened the door to two plain clothes officers from Police Scotland, who then proceeded to push their way into my home. They were there to execute a search warrant to seize all my “electronic devices”. The reason: People have made anonymous and malicious reports

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BLOG – Why as a Muslim I’m Terrified of a Tory Government

This is a short blog post on why, I as a Muslim, am terrified of Boris Johnson’s Tories staying in power. I have adapted it from a Twitter thread I posted. It isn’t meant to be a polished piece. It’s my off the cuff thoughts and worries. This is a view held by many other Muslims and minorities in the

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My New Year Honours List

Having seen the absolute monstrosity that is this years New Years Honours list I have decided to put together a small one myself. I have included some people I think deserve recognition for the work they have done to help the vulnerable. It’s not exhaustive so as you can visit each one’s content. I recommend you follow them all if

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Esther McVey attacks me after I uncovered her identity was stolen

Esther McVey

Esther McVey has attacked me on Twitter after I uncovered that her identity has been used fraudulently. I was carrying out research for an article for Evolve Politics related to MPs financial interests. This involved cross checking the Register of Members Financial Interests and details on Companies House. I was doing this to see if any MPs hadn’t declared a

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My Appearance on LBC talking about Universal Credit

This morning I spoke to Darren Adam on LBC about Universal Credit. I thought I’d put this in a post so you can share it more easily. Follow me on Social Media for more news and updates throughout the day. @RespectIsVital on Twitter Universal Credit Sufferer on Facebook @RespectisVital on Instagram If you like what you see and would like

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Health Visitor questions my ability to parent because I’m in a wheelchair

Alex Tiffin

Over the past few months my children’s mother has been telling me about two health visitors questioning my ability to parent as I’m in a wheelchair. This week it hit a level I cannot stand by and ignore. They suggested to her that I take them separately instead of together. It’s the 21st century the last time I checked, not

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We need to talk about CMV -Me, My Boy & CMV

We need to talk about CMV

Cytomegalovirus (sy·toe·MEG·a·low·vy·rus) commonly called CMV, is a common virus that is generally harmless to people with healthy immune systems. However pregnant women who haven’t been exposed to CMV are at risk of passing it to their unborn child should they come into contact with it. Here is my latest poem I have written about it. There is more information at

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Don’t judge what you cannot see – A poem on hidden disabilities

This is a poem by Nicola Tiffin on hidden disabilities. She wants to raise awareness of hidden disabilities through alternative methods. Enjoy.   Don’t judge what you cannot see When you look at me what do you see? Someone able bodied just like you. But I hide something you cannot see, Neuropathic pain but you still judge me. Sometimes I

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Radical Action – Why I think DWP agents hold the key to forcing change

DWP - Department for Work and Pensions sign

It is well know that Universal Credit is causing hardship, suffering even death. While the public are all too aware of this, employees of The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are living it everyday. That’s why I’m proposing radical action. I will admit that this may not be the most popular of ideas but ask that you hear me

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Hugh Grant knocks Trump decision to defund Palestinian Refugee Agency

Hugh Grant UNRWA

Actor Hugh Grant is never afraid to say what he thinks. In recent times he has taken to backing what some may call divisive topics. He’s been very open about his opposition to Brexit, he’s blasted the Tory Government for there discriminatory policies and now he has thrown his support behind the UN Palestinian Refugee Agency; @UNRWA. What Hugh Grant is

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Proof the DWP intentionally misleads Personal Independence Payment applicants

DWP - Department for Work and Pensions sign

Following my journey through the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) application process and first stage of appeal, I can show how the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are intentionally misleading applicants. The way they are operating is leading to disabled people losing out purely on how things are worded. It’s no secret that applying for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is

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DWP suddenly find debts to recover from Universal Credit back payment

Jobcentre Universal Credit Sufferer - Alex Tiffin

Just a day after telling me that they had overturned their original decision on my fitness to work and stating that I’m due back payment. The Department for Work and Pensions – DWP have now suddenly found debts to recover from it. The catch they couldn’t tell me what they are yet. So I last wrote about the DWP’s sudden

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DWP dramatically admit to damaging my health.

DWP - Department for Work and Pensions sign

In a strange but welcome turn of events, the Department for Work and Pensions – DWP have cancelled my tribunal and recognised my health affects my ability to work. This morning, 29th August, I received an email for Universal Credit stating that I had a message in my online account to read. I was slightly worried as I barely ever

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Independent vs Mainstream a Modern Day David and Goliath

A modern day david vs goliath

Journalism is about holding people to account whether it’s awkward or not, so why does this government get a free pass from the mainstream press?   Suicide is always a topic you must be careful when writing about. You have to be responsible so as not to cause fear or alarm to people who are suffering from a mental health

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