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The barbarians were here all along: a post about technical details of local government finance – The Yorkshire Ranter
This always seems such a vital point. Effectively the bribery of triangulated demographic groups. And also the testing of policy to be reverse ferreted if too much noise makes its way into the press.

Of George Osborne "Another way of putting it would be that he had imported the American tradition of pork-barrel politics into the UK and delighted in doling out goodies to people he hoped would vote for him."

"Osborne tore up the discreet understanding in two ways. First, he radically shrank the pot. No branch of government has had a bigger contribution imposed on it than local government. By 2020, funding to local government will have been cut by 77% and a majority of councils will be getting absolutely nothing. Having intensified the struggle over resources, he then cranked up the electoral use of discretionary Treasury expenditure. The Caledonian Sleeper got £50m, and led the wretched front page of the Guardian. Helensburgh got its swimming pool. The codgers got their 4% bonds…right up until they got railroaded into rolling them over at next to zero rates! Ha-gotcha!"
politics  george_osborne  tories  local_government 
6 days ago by diasyrmus
Pro-Brexit Tory MPs openly discuss how to get rid of Theresa May | Politics | The Guardian
At the gathering on Tuesday night of the European Research Group (ERG) of more than 50 Eurosceptic MPs > membership is ~80 and it claims to have ~90 votes. 48 is the threshhold to do a vote.
brexit  tories  erg 
13 days ago by yorksranter
Tory Brexiteers Are Plotting To Topple Theresa May And Make Boris Johnson Prime Minister
“Lots of people want Boris to run but no one can get a clear sense of whether he wants to do it,” said a former Vote Leave source. Other sources familiar with Johnson’s thinking said the same.
brexit  tories  smallballs 
14 days ago by yorksranter
Met police dropped 30,000 criminal investigations in first 24 hours last year | UK news | The Guardian
Sexual assaults and arson are among the crimes that are being ‘screened out’ within a day of being reported [...] Screening out is the process whereby the Met decides which offences to stop investigating after a primary assessment. In October 2017, in a move denounced as a “green light to thieve”, the Met said it would screen out more investigations, saying that it would end investigations into many reports of crimes, including burglaries, thefts and assaults, where there was judged to be little prospect of identifying a suspect. The force said the step was necessary to balance the books. // &! - Miscarriage of justice body's funding cuts criticised as workload grows Cuts having severe impact on work of Criminal Cases Review Commission, critics say

UK  Austerity  Justice  Tories  nastie  party  Conservative  Theresa  May  Police  injustice 
15 days ago by asterisk2a
The Minimum Wage at 20: How The Tories Used Project Fear To Try And Stop It – Anthony Broxton
The arch-Brexiter John Redwood was brought into William Hague’s shadow cabinet and became the most vocal critic of the policy: “We have warned the government throughout, that a minimum wage policy will not work.” Redwood cited a report that one million jobs could be lost ‘if we had a national minimum wage at half average earnings’.
redwood  hague  tories  minimumwage  experts 
21 days ago by yorksranter
Frankly, I disagree with on this. Above all, what the want, is power. The lesson…
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28 days ago by colmanareilly
Heartless Tories spend £200MILLION fighting to stop sick and disabled people getting benefits - Mirror Online
[ with privatization and savings targets, come targets to deny applications and bring in sanctions - so private companies can get some more profit. See Theresa May's homeoffice deportation targets ] But since 2013, more than 400,000 people have been denied PIP or ESA after a medical assessment - only to win it back on appeal. More than two thirds of current appeal tribunals are successful. //&! Councils don't have accessible housing for disabled:
UK  Austerity  DWP  ESA  PIP  targets  JSA  sanctions  Privatisation  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  JAM  Disabled  poverty  trap 
5 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Yorkshire council leaders threaten to pull out of asylum seeker housing scheme | UK news | The Guardian
Responsibility for housing people seeking asylum in the UK was taken away from local authorities in 2012 and given to Serco, G4S and Clearsprings under contracts with the Home Office. The Refugee Council criticised the system in October for “routinely dumping” traumatised people into “squalid, unsafe, slum housing conditions”.
UK  Privatisation  Theresa  May  Tories  Conservative  Party  asylum  Home  Office  Windrush  deportation  targets  Hostile  Environment  Austerity  profit  maximisation  Council  segregation  nasty  Capitalism 
5 weeks ago by asterisk2a
No-fault evictions making hundreds of families homeless each week | UK news | The Guardian
In Germany, the landlord has to pay the tenant to leave, if no other circumstances/cause of eviction exist.
UK  profit  maximisation  housing  crisis  Generation  Rent  rentier  homeless  homelessness  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  Theresa  May  JAM 
5 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Henry Mance on Twitter: "... but Steve Hilton is worse… "
Journalists are terrible. Steve Hilton is worse. David Cameron was much worse than either
tories  to_blog 
5 weeks ago by yorksranter
Grant Shapps resigns from blockchain positions after FTAV discovers secret pay deal | FT Alphaville
This isn't the first time Shapps has appeared to have a dubious relationship with actuality
shapps  tories  bitcoin  blockchain  chancer 
7 weeks ago by yorksranter
It’s time to burst the biomedical bubble in UK research | Science | The Guardian
The share of overall research council spending accounted for by the Medical Research Council (MRC) has risen from 16% in 2004 to 24% in 2015 – a 75% increase in real terms.
innovation  fuckpatents  gsk  tories 
7 weeks ago by yorksranter
Dangerous liaisons: why syphilis and gonorrhoea have returned to haunt Britain | Society | The Guardian
Clinic appointments fill up in minutes and babies are once again being born with syphilis – what is behind Britain’s sexual health crisis? [...] What makes STI clinics almost uniquely vulnerable compared with other healthcare is that six years ago, the then health secretary Andrew Lansley’s Health and Social Care Act moved the public health budgets that pay for them from the NHS (shielded from austerity) to local councils (which weren’t). Then, to cap it all, George Osborne cut the public health grant to councils by 7.4% in 2015. Almost half of councils in England and Wales now plan to cut sexual health funding, according to a recent BBC survey.
UK  Austerity  public  health  prevention  Council  STD  STI  crisis  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  AIDS  HIV  GP  NHS  welfare  state 
9 weeks ago by asterisk2a

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