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Secret documents reveal official concerns over 'seven-day NHS' plans | Society | The Guardian
Dr Mark Porter, leader of the British Medical Association, said the papers proved that government had ignored warnings from healthcare organisations, especially that a lack of extra staff and more funding would hinder progress. That it has also “disregarded its own risk assessment’s warnings about the lack of staffing and funding needed to deliver further seven-day services, is both alarming and incredibly disappointing”, he added. [...] “[It] only goes to show that this was nothing more than a headline-grabbing soundbite set to win votes rather than improve care for patients.” - &! bit.ly/2bPYheU &! deception - bit.ly/2bv8JEZ &! Hospital doctors ‘miss signs of illness’ because of chronic staff shortages - bit.ly/2bcdep2
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august 2016 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt to impose new contract on junior doctors | Society | The Guardian
Health secretary says introduction of contract will go ahead in October, after doctors rejected it in ballot //&! A shortage of nurses in the UK will continue for years to come and could get worse, experts are predicting. - bbc.in/29pQKA9 //&! Thousands of nurses were denied permission to work in England last year, despite hospitals facing staff shortages, new figures show.- bbc.in/29H3H9d //&! Junior doctor leader quits after proposed terms rejected - bbc.in/29GC6rZ //&! 'Uncertainty' in NHS over Brexit - bbc.in/29fhAgW
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Geographies of Austerity: Mark Blyth
EU bank bailout (incl Britain) = 40% of EU GDP (incl Britain) = 5 trillion Euros. AUSTERITY FOR WHOM?! // secular stagnation - ZIRP, NIRP, QE, austerity, liquidity trap, aggregate demand short-fall = creditors paradise. their debt will not be inflated away. deflation - deflationary environment. for the next 2-3 decades. = NO DRIVE TO INVEST IN PRODUCTIVE ASSETS! = productivity gap. [...] rentier paradise. [...] = interest formation (those who have, call the shots, status quo). [...] deflationary spiral (PIGS & Germany) exporting deflation ... getting more competitive [EU has 2015 a current account surplus, bought my USA] = Dr Wolfgang Schaeuble. [...] Fall of Centrists, rise of the SNP & UKIP (reactionary) ... Trump. [...] as investment rate (ie SME/SMB lending) stays same, does not grow = DEAD. Eurobonds/Investment Fund(UK, 5bn 5 years). [...] min 55 - deflationary politics (policy for 1-10-20% of society) is one way train. DEATH. especially w austerity and low wages/secular stagnation.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know - BBC News
Brexit: What does it mean for expats, here and in the EU? - bbc.co.uk/news/business-36606847 //&! Brexit: Five key areas to watch on the economy - bbc.co.uk/news/business-36595638 - foreign direct investment, //&! Age Gap - bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36619342 //&! EU referendum: The result in maps and charts - bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36616028 //&! The David Cameron story - bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36540101 //&! Lord Peter Hennessy: 'This moment is comparable to the end of the British empire' - Brexit: 'An unprecedented geopolitical shift' - bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36625209
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
Inside Story - What's the future of the UK in the wake of Brexit? - YouTube
Felt left behind! proxy protest vote. Dog whistle racism/xenophobia. World of post-fact politics and post-fact campaigning! Still a protest vote vs the elite and establishment always promised Disneyland. Reclaiming democracy at home, from bureaucracy, unelected officials, unaccountable ones, in Brussels. Young voters; 3 in 10 voted. Scewed the result somewhat. This is a warning to mainstream parties around the western world. Politics is being hollowed out, voters go to either extremes as alternative!
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
Labour’s traditional voters no longer share its progressive values | Matthew Goodwin | Opinion | The Guardian
The rise of Ukip was a key reason why Labour was unable to return to Downing Street in last year’s election. [...] The rise of Ukip was a key reason why Labour was unable to return to Downing Street in last year’s election. //&! Britain is in the midst of a working-class revolt. Across the nation this past week I’ve heard the same refrain: ‘No one listens to us, no one cares.’ Now those ignored for so long are demanding a voice - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/17/britain-working-class-revolt-eu-referendum
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
UK GDP growth – beware the march of the spenders | Business | The Guardian
the breakdown was deeply troubling. What it showed was an economy unhealthily reliant on consumer spending. Real household spending was up 0.7% on the quarter and added 0.5 percentage points to the growth rate. In other words, the other components of growth – investment, trade and government spending – contributed -0.1 points to growth during the first three months of the year. [...] drop in business investment, which was down both over the quarter and over the year. //&! bit.ly/1RjxDnh - Making things matters. This is what Britain forgot. Ha-Joon Chang. The neglect of manufacturing and over-development of the financial sector is the cause of the economy’s decline, not fear of leaving the EU
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may 2016 by asterisk2a
The Fix: Can The Junior Doctors' Strike Save The NHS? ( Novara Media )
new junior doc contract is a back door to privatisation in the future. those new contracts. [...] some areas of healthcare will always be unprofitable ... [...] 7 day NHS is smokescreen [...] stealth cuts (pay and pension already, now contracts, and also the bursaries turned into debt contracts thus that item off the gov balance sheet) [...] "need to treat the public as grown ups ... that is how much health care for a sick and old population cost." [...] "we need honesty"
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
The economics of Brexit – Politics Weekly podcast
Leave Campaign, so far, has failed to assure voters that we get through the quiet possible tubulences and uncertainty unharmed severely after 1-2 years. [ economic forecasts/predictions are Wall Streets cottage industry ] Brexit for sure would throw Osbornes plan for a surplus in 2020. ... brexit is about less regulation free trade low tariffs, 'get off the back of our City [London bank regulation]' [low tax, higher pay] George Osborne ... // banks have not voiced their voice loudly because that would be seen by people who bailed them out to tune of doubling the deficit, and still own bank shares ie loyds. it could be seen disingenuous, outrageous, as we are still in doldrums, paying off their debt, and suffering through austerity where the most vulnerable are cut away from society.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Clouds gather over solar power after golden years of success
After a day in which Britain generated more power from the sun than from coal for the first time, the industry should be rejoicing. But the mood is fearful [...] But over the last year both the RO and FiT support mechanisms have been either removed or wound dramatically further down – with the government arguing the industry should largely be fending for itself while bill payers should be spared unnecessary cost. [...] [ spokesman from energy department - no subsisdy for renewables, ... but strike price guarantee for nuclear energy w nuclear waste problem]
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Revealed: England faces shortfall of 10,000 primary school places
[ we are not all in it together ] Councils say funding pressure is deepening crisis but Department for Education says free schools will make up the numbers [...] [north and deprived areas] The latest data reveals that the councils facing shortfalls in places by 2019-20 are Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Leeds, Leicester, Birmingham, Walsall, Bexley, Greenwich, Richmond upon Thames, Sutton and Slough. //&! Poor children need better chance of good school place, says report. High-performing primary schools are under-selecting pupils from low-income families, claims education charity - bit.ly/23AJFFf
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
IMF urges more spending to boost growth
Fund’s steering committee calls for more forceful stimulus and warns monetary policy alone is not enough //&! http://www.theguardian.com/business/imf //&! bit.ly/1V9pfhD - IMF chief: regulators long 'alarmed' over Panama's handling of taxation. Christine Lagarde responds to Panama Papers revelations, noting that authorities were concerned but did not take ‘expected’ action.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Is Stephen Crabb the man to tackle this age of extreme inequality?
The Panama Papers will lead to the dynamiting of Tory credibility, but new work and pensions secretary, Stephen Crabb, is unlikely to prove the saviour of his party’s reputation. [...] Last autumn’s U-turn over cuts to working tax credits was a smoke screen. The axe will fall, only not everywhere, not just yet. From this week, existing universal credit claimants will lose up to £220 a month as the work allowance is pared back faster than the national living wage increases to replace it. [...] Short of taking a vow of poverty and retreating like Charles V to a monastery, there is nothing he can say now that will change the perception that he is at the head of a party that has a fundamental personal interest in preserving the advantages of the 1%.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Future of Steel - Ken Clarke & Paul Mason - BBC Newsnight
[TORIES CRISIS: bedroom tax, JSA sanctions killing people, Food Banks, redefining child poverty and fuel poverty, Independent Living Fund closed, Housing Crisis, tax cut defeat in Lords, mental health, NHS strikes, Hinkley Point C, energy prices, London Airport expansion/3rd runway, ESA cut, PIP cut and resignation of IDS, Brexit splitting the Party, shit world economy, can't touch triple-lock pensions, Academy plans, Panama Papers (British Territory: Bahamas, Cayman & Co).] Now - Tories are victims to their own policy of underinvestment since 2010 of a future-proof economy "long-term predictability" [BREXIT & austerity not predictable]. Energy prices too high, not competitive. Manufacturing never recovered. Monetary policy has run its course (sedative + Chinas credit bubble). policy folly now wholly exposed! AND now they tinker with the idea of picking winners! LOL! nationalising or part-nationalising through guarantees or subsidies on energy price. & youtu.be/QJw24Z-cEoQ
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
The Week Ahead: the return of the nasty party and a good week for Brexit
David Cameron and George Osborne wanted to cut even more! //&! Nicky Morgan's embarrassing interview over Tory cuts to disabled welfare - youtu.be/hjk06tjx_xQ //&! Jeremy Corbyn - youtu.be/Ain-IP4pHCk //&! IFS: cutting disability benefits to fund tax cuts is a political choice - youtu.be/xVBf9dSa9Mw //&! MANIFESTO Election Campaign Promises - Tories hoist by their own petard over disability cuts - youtu.be/N8VijFKLQek //&! also closed Independent Living Fund - youtu.be/nurjzK5VPAI //& "The electorate don't mind. Those who vote aren't affected." *George Osborne - youtu.be/N8VijFKLQek - WCA to bring down bill by kicking people off was a pipedream & Universal Credit is a real cut in benefits. //&! Nicky Morgan's nightmare defending Osborne's nasty budget - youtu.be/Y9YNcQF4t8I - 12bn cuts were promised in Manifesto 2015. 4.4 tried through PIP. youtu.be/5-3Bp7qzj4Y (pre-election) //& cutting corporation tax (& capital gains tax) - youtu.be/gZ6qNHLnbs0 &! Analysis - youtu.be/v-qmvI9s3pE
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Waiters And Bartenders Rise To Record, As Manufacturing Workers Drop Most Since 2009
On the surface, the March jobs reported was better than expected... except for manufacturing workers. As shown in the chart below, in the past month, a disturbing 29,000 manufacturing jobs were lost. This was the single biggest monthly drop in the series going back to December 2009. But not all is lost: as has been the case for virtually every month during the "recovery", virtually every laid off manufacturing worker could find a job as a waiter: in March, the workers in the "Food services and drinking places" category, aka waiters, bartenders and minimum wage line cooks, rose again to a new record high of 11,307,000 workers, an increase of 25K in the month, offsetting virtually all lost manufacturing jobs. This is how the two job series have looked since the start of 2015: 24k manufacturing jobs have been lost in the past 14 months compared to an increas of 365K food service workers.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016 shows Osborne's failure on debt, surplus, GDP
// higher in-work poverty
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Pensions stance creates budgetary mayhem
Disability benefits: they are forecast to increase by £2bn over the next five years. Could do something there. Sickness benefits: they are predicted to rise by about £1bn. Might be able to save some of that. But what's this? It's rising by £15bn over the coming five years. That's the one. Off our Martian goes to see the chancellor. "What are pensions?" she asks. That is the problem the government is struggling with. Its political refusal to touch pensions, or pensioner benefits, has in a stroke protected the single biggest cost in the welfare budget. And the cost that is rising the most. [ AND ADD INTO THE SAME BUCKET THE NHS and PUBLIC HEALTH BUDGET! ] Welcome to your new job, Stephen Crabb.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Disability benefits U-turn leaves Cameron with £4.4bn to find
David Cameron has been forced to concede that a £4.4bn black hole created by the U-turn over disability benefits will not be filled by further cuts to welfare as he fought to shore up his credibility following the shock resignation of Iain Duncan Smith. The spending climbdown was announced on Monday by Stephen Crabb, the new work and pensions secretary, an hour after Cameron addressed the political crisis engulfing the Conservative party by offering his support to George Osborne and praise for the work of Duncan Smith. [...] but the Treasury clarified the remarks by stressing that there were no plans to fill the £4.4bn gap caused by dropping PIP reforms with further cuts in welfare spending. &! bbc.in/1S10VIg
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith QUITS Cabinet with vicious swipe at George Osborne over shambolic disability benefit cut U-turn Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3499499/Work-Pensions-Secretary-Iain-Duncan-Smith-QUITS-Cabin
[ we are all in this together ] [IDS PIP cuts] 'not defensible' alongside the tax breaks for the wealthy in this week's Budget. [...] He branded slash in benefits for the disabled as being 'indefensible.' IDS hit out at Osborne for lack of awareness and for letting the welfare system be 'salami-sliced' [...] 'I am unable to watch passively whilst certain policies are enacted in order to meet the fiscal self-imposed restraints that I believe are more and more perceived as distinctly political rather than in the national economic interest,' he wrote. The former Tory leader and standard-bearer for the Eurosceptic Right of the party admitted he wanted to cut benefits enjoyed by wealthy pensioners, but these plans were blocked by the Chancellor and the Prime Minister. [...] Mr Duncan Smith believed the Chancellor was too sly and devious in the way he went about balancing the nation’s books. [ Osborne wanted also to increase VAT Solar Panels ]
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Not enough doctors for 7-day NHS, says Royal College head - BBC News
There are not enough doctors to run a seven-day NHS in England, according to a leading doctor.
In a speech on Tuesday, Royal College of Physicians president Prof Jane Dacre will warn ministers the issue must be addressed if their policy is to work.
She will highlight research that shows vacant posts are not being filled and gaps in rotas are being seen.
It comes as ministers are locked in a dispute with junior doctors over their plans for improving weekend care.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Austerity has hit disabled people hardest – now they're fighting back | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
The charity has accused the council of systemic failures, including removing wellbeing payments without offering an alternative, and raising eligibility criteria for social care so that disabled people who previously received services are no longer able to do so.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
House of Lords votes to keep income-related child poverty measures | Society | The Guardian
[ trying to redefine poverty! ] Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, announced the proposals in July, prompting dismay among child poverty charities. He said the government would scrap its measurement of child poverty and the aim to eradicate it by 2020, while replacing it with a new duty to report levels of educational attainment, worklessness and addiction. Under his plans, the old measurement, based on the percentage of households with below-average income, would continue to be published as a government statistic but would no longer be seen as a target. However, peers voted by 290 to 198 to keep the targets, in a move to prompt the House of Commons to think again. [...] [ TRICKLE-DOWN! ] David Freud, the welfare minister, opposed the amendment on behalf of the government, saying “life chances” indicators were a better way of monitoring what was happening and of directing resources most effectively to tackle the problem.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Konjunktur: Welthandel erlebt schwächstes Jahr seit Krise - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die schwächelnde Nachfrage aus den Schwellenländern hat 2015 zum schlimmsten Jahr für den Welthandel seit dem Ende der Finanzkrise werden lassen. Die Nachricht schürt wachsende Besorgnis über die Entwicklung der Weltwirtschaft.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Meet the teachers, charity workers, NHS staff and scientists Theresa May wants to kick out of Britain | Home News | News | The Independent
In April, new immigration laws will see tens of thousands of skilled workers deported from the UK [...] The Government has responded to a petition urging it to scrap a new £35,000 pay threshold on non-EU workers, calling it a “modest” contribution to cut net migration to Britain. Yet the Government’s own analysis estimates the measure will cost up to £575 million to the taxpayer in the first year alone, and it has sparked a public outcry from the tens of thousands of people set to be affected. [...] employers have had since April 2011 to prepare. //&! From stop35k.org/#!blank/c1enr - "Tier 2 General Skilled Workers who do not make £35,000 salary or who have been in the UK for 6 years, will need to leave or be deported. The Home Office estimates this will cost taxpayers between £181million and £575million" [...] Other proposed legislation is to prevent people from EEA to work here if they do not earn 30k/y or more.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Brexit referendum could destabilise UK recovery, says IMF | Business | The Guardian
[ putting investment decisions and plans on hold! ] Christine Lagarde warns that uncertainty over outcome ‘will be bad in and of itself’ in months leading up to vote [...] But the IMF’s annual health check said “the relatively positive outlook is subject to risks and uncertainties”, including a global slowdown, sluggish productivity growth, a large trade deficit, still-high levels of household debt, and the forthcoming referendum on EU membership. It said any sign of weakness in growth should be met with higher spending by the Treasury. The UK authorities should explore “both revenue and expenditure measures, while protecting spending in priority areas, including healthcare, education, and infrastructure”. The report emphasised that “flexibility in the fiscal framework should be used to modify the pace of adjustment in the event of weaker demand growth”. [ moderates and politicians, wisely worded! no instructions. no direct criticism. ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Hunt 'misrepresented' data on 7-day NHS - BBC News
The Labour leader attacked Jeremy Hunt after the BBC revealed the health secretary used academically unverified and unpublished data to back his plans. Last July, in the pay row with junior doctors, Mr Hunt said there were about 6,000 deaths a year because of the lack of "a proper seven-day service". But this assertion was later questioned by academics. Emails show one of the author's of the unpublished paper, which Mr Hunt was using to justify the 6,000 figure, was unhappy with how his study was being used. [...] This figure was then used regularly by the government in its argument for changes to doctors' contracts. [ they needed it to justify back-door cutbacks to NHS budget. Same w bursaries! ] &! bbc.in/1hVMGcz
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
EU referendum: Half-forgotten memories of Boris - BBC News
Two, Mr Johnson's decision can only serve to sharpen the fundamental divisions which are prevalent within the Conservative Party. As I have noted ad nauseam, political parties are coalitions of the more or less willing, generally held together by a wider cause - that cause usually being the desire to secure power. [...] But comparable calculations apply to other politicians. Senior Tories have to weigh their own prospects in the balance. That applies amply to Boris Johnson who, of course, harbours leadership ambitions.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
'Absurd' visa rules on income force UK citizens into exile, court told | UK news | The Guardian
UK citizens are being forced into exile by the Home Office’s “irrational and absurd” minimum-income visa requirements, with some couples having no hope of ever being able to live together in Britain, the supreme court has heard. UK nationals must earn more than £18,600 to bring over a non-EU spouse, rising to £22,400 if they have a child who does not have British citizenship, and by an additional £2,400 for each subsequent child. Seven supreme court justices including the court’s deputy president, Lady Hale, will decide after a three-day hearing whether the rules contravene article 8 of the European convention on human rights, covering respect for private and family life. [...] the law barred up to 47% of the working British population from living with a non-EU spouse in their home country. [ if you are working poor, you do not add to white society! ] ... for families to be self-sufficient,
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Rush for dual-nationality passports as EU migrants fear Brexit | Politics | The Guardian
AS ALWAYS NOTHING ON THE DETAILS! Off the cuff ideological policy making! // Many [2.4m] expressed concern that without dual nationality, an “out” vote in Britain’s membership referendum could make life as an EU citizen in the UK, or as a UK citizen in the EU, far more problematic. Even the most cautious extrapolation from the survey would suggest that many thousands of Europeans are taking similar action. “The worst is the uncertainty,” said Stephanie Zihms, a German national from near Bremen, who lives in Edinburgh. “Everyone talks about Brexit in big-picture economic or political terms; no one considers what it might mean personally, to so many people,” said Zihms, a post-doctoral academic. “My life is here now. Would I need a visa to visit my family? A minimum number of points to be able to work? No one can say.” //&! Dual Citizenship - bit.ly/21m0DCD & bit.ly/1cYyRaV - only possible wthin EU countries! But UK would not be a EU country any more ... &! gov.uk/dual-citizenship
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
EU referendum: Leaving EU a 'leap in the dark' says Cameron - BBC News
David Cameron has warned that leaving the EU "could hurt working people for years to come", as he put the case for staying in the EU to MPs. [...] In a two and a half hour statement to the House of Commons, Mr Cameron told MPs that, as a prime minister who was not going to seek re-election, he had "no other agenda than what is best for our country". [...] The UK, Mr Cameron said, would be "safer and stronger" as a result of a exemption from ever-closer union, limits to in-work benefits for EU migrants that he said could last up to 2028 and protection for countries outside the eurozone, telling MPs that the UK was "better off fighting from the inside". [...] He also challenged those backing EU exit to set out their alternative vision for the future of the country. [...] "The people who are advising us to leave have got to spell out what the consequences of leaving are." //&! The Politics of it ... bbc.in/1QukaJf - fear move vs UKIP & Internal anti-EU tribe //&! Video - bbc.in/1QulL1y
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Brexit-Referendum: So gespalten ist Großbritannien - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ was vote pleaser, not to lose much more very conservative people to UKIP. put on manifesto out of fear and opportunism. wasn't thought through. symptom of other things than immigration and migration. IT IS EASIER TO FOOL PEOPLE THAT TO CONVINCE FOOLS THAT THEY ARE FOOLED, WERE FOOLED! ] Das Land ist gespalten - ebenso wie die Regierung von David Cameron. [...] Der Chef der rechtspopulistischen Ukip-Partei, Nigel Farage, nannte den Brüsseler Kompromiss "wahrhaft erbärmlich". Oppositionschef Jeremy Corbyn warf Cameron zwar vor, das Referendum nur aus parteitaktischen Gründen abzuhalten. Seine Labour-Partei plädiere aber für einen Verbleib in der Gemeinschaft. Die schottische Nationalpartei SNP, die drittstärkste Kraft im Westminster-Parlament, ist ebenfalls für den Verbleib.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Boris Johnson says UK is better off outside the EU - BBC News
[ symptom ] EU referendum: Cameron urges Boris Johnson to back Remain campaign - bbc.in/1KBKS6y &! 7 minute speech outside - bbc.in/1KBM6yX - "no democracy in the EU" LOL LOL LOL LOL //&! bbc.in/1QTtxTn - the last thing I wanted was to go against david cameron //&! Iain Duncan Smith: 'The lack of any control on our borders is a critical issue' - bbc.in/1RVKC3P //&! Chris Grayling: 'The EU is holding this country back' - bbc.in/1QTtRBt - immigration, trade agreements with ASIA ... //&! George Osborne on Justice Secretary Michael Gove's desire for UK to leave the EU - bbc.in/1oCBLJd //&! Sturgeon: Leave vote could trigger independence referendum "almost certainly [...] demand of the people" - bbc.in/1Q90KOo //&! "we want to make this debate a high quality one [...] informed choice" - Theresa Villiers: Cabinet meeting had sense of history - bbc.in/1QsxuOo //&! Where Conservative MPs stand - bbc.in/1XGAzA1
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Cameron: 'Britain will never be part of European superstate' - BBC News
[something for nothing ] Cameron: 'Britain will never be part of European superstate' //&! EU referendum: How could June vote affect Scotland? - in Case UK votes yes, triggering a 2nd indy ref - http://bbc.in/1Wz4VU2 //&! EU Referendum: What is in David Cameron's EU deal? The BBC's James Landale reports on the deal UK Prime Minister David Cameron has struck on the EU. - http://bbc.in/1oBpZPl - MANIFESTO PROMISES DELIVERED IN HALF, ESPECIALLY ON BENEFITS. A COMPROMISE! //&! EU referendum: 'The choice is in your hands' - bbc.in/1oBqvwF
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
This Letting Agent Admits The Housing Shortage Is Good News For Landlords - BuzzFeed News
[ Lord Adair Turner book & Richard Koo; banks tend 2 lend 2 property & land rather than productivity/businesses. risk averse, if the family cant pay the mortgage any more, than at least u have not lost all the money! less risky! Its also partly rentier behaviour of banks. // also BOE has to be concerned about future disposable income; rent & utilities eating up 50%-75% of income thus less for consumption! ] “Landlords’ balance sheets are looking healthier than at any point since 2014, and property investors are looking at an excellent rate of return from their portfolios.” Gill warned that changes to stamp duty announced in chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement and due to take effect on 1 April – people selling buy-to-let investments will pay an extra 3% – were bad news for landlords. But overall, the “consistent and developing lack of housing for across all tenures, for a spiralling population” meant the level of demand for rental properties would not reduce, he said.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Mass EU migration into Britain is actually good news for UK economy | UK news | The Guardian
[ symptom! offer of Brexit vote was election move out of fear, UKIP gains ] Far from the unfounded headlines about EU migrants grabbing British jobs, record numbers of British citizens are in work too [...] the quarterly labour market survey – showed that record numbers of British citizens were in work too. Indeed, 1 million more Britons are in work and 850,000 more Europeans are working in Britain since David Cameron became prime minister. [...] Britain should not be seen as a sudden, recent mass invasion to be necessarily feared by every British worker. It is now a fact of life that Britain has been a country of net mass migration every year for the past 20 years. [...] European migrants are not a drain on Britain’s finances; what is more, they actually pay in more in taxes than they take out in state benefits. [...] [60%] are now university graduates [...] For eastern Europeans, 25% are graduates – similar to the proportion in the UK-born workforce. [ below Germany levels? ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Hospitals may refuse to impose Jeremy Hunt’s new contract on junior doctors | Society | The Guardian
[7-day service] Tory unrest grows over health secretary’s gamble as opt-out could lead to a flood of local deals with trusts [...] The Guardian has established that none of the 152 foundation trust hospitals in England will be obliged to force their junior doctors to accept the deal and can instead offer them better terms. The disclosure of an opt-out for top hospitals threatens to derail the health secretary’s controversial push to impose new terms and conditions on all 45,000 junior doctors that has sparked their bitter and long-running dispute. [...] Labour accused Hunt of misleading parliament on Thursday by claiming in his Commons statement that an array of “senior NHS leaders” backed imposition. Thirteen of the 20 supposed signatories of a letter of support have since disowned it and said they do not back Hunt. [...] A growing number of medical organisations are warning that Hunt’s move will worsen the NHS’s shortage of medical staff. [ misrepresenting weekend deaths ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS 'will miss £22bn efficiency savings target', says thinktank | Society | The Guardian
[ nothing is addressed in prevention - mismatch between demand by chronically ill (high cost and returning again and again for treatment) and resources available ] Last October Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, committed the service to plugging £22bn of the expected £30bn gap in its finances by 2020 through productivity gains of 2% or 3% a year between now and 2020. Since then the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have promised to provide the other £8bn by 2020 from government funds, though Labour has refused to do the same. “It’s quite possible that the NHS will miss the £22bn target by quite a long way and therefore require much more than £8bn in additional funding. That’s a realistic possibility”, said Richard Murray, the King’s Fund’s director of policy. //&! bit.ly/1j6Q1q1 &! bit.ly/1QuxC1e - Cuts of £4.6bn to local authority social care press hard on the NHS – with beds blocked by frail people [...] [technically raised budget 4 NHS, but demand is rising!]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
The "Tourist" Investors Flooding Silicon Valley With Money Will Go Home One Day - BuzzFeed News
The tourist analogy comes from Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic advisor at the German financial company Allianz and former CEO of mutual fund giant Pimco. He fleshes out his theory of “tourist dollars” in his new book, The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse, describing what happens in emerging economies like Brazil and India when investors from the developed world respond to slow economies at home by seeking more profitable climates abroad. Ranjan Roy, a former emerging-market currencies trader who now runs a tech startup, wrote a Medium post this week connecting El-Erian’s “tourist” theory to the mutual fund investors that have flooded Silicon Valley with cash in recent years. The post was pretty convincing, so we decided to see if El-Erian agreed. He does. And he worries about what those tourist dollars are doing to the locals. [...] they don’t re-up [ like VC's and real Angels would do ] [...] push to stretch for return.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Junior doctors' row: Time for the nuclear option? - BBC News
Ticker bbc.in/1TS2fBY &! BMA rejects final offer - bbc.in/1Q88sno &! bbc.in/1SJRaUx //&! [ 7-day NHS, treating Saturday not as a weekend day thus no extra pay. ] News that junior doctors have rejected a final "take-it-or-leave-it" offer from the government in the contract dispute means the nuclear option - imposition - is now a real possibility. [...] [ should BMA continue w strike action? Or should Junior Doctors concede defeat? And grant nasty party their victorious 7-day NHS for a sick population of babyboomers ... and then move on, to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, etc? ] [...] Some go abroad - to travel and to work - while others are tempted by opportunities in alternative sectors, including the pharmaceutical industry and (apparently) cruise liners who employ ship doctors. And Scotland and Wales would no doubt welcome some of the best English trainees into their health systems given half the chance. [ imposition may be short-termism, but long-term stakes could not be higher! ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Housing: Corbyn and Cameron clash over 'right-to-buy' - BBC News
[ micro/macro econ policy folly / error to promote home ownership. the only asset of UK households hold ... has to be kept afloat! by any means necessary. + Help to Buy ] The way the government intends to pay for its plans to allow social tenants in England to buy their homes is "extremely questionable", MPs say. The Commons Communities Committee criticised the funding model for the right-to-buy scheme, which will see housing associations reimbursed for selling homes to tenants at discounts. [ AND WITH THE MONEY THEY WANT TO BUILT STARTER HOMES FOR THE 30-20% of UK HOUSEHOLDS THAT CAN AFFORD A DOWN PAYMENT OF A 250-400k HOME. ] &! bit.ly/1hpXShr - PM will promise to tear up planning rules in effort to encourage developers to build more housing for first-time buyers //&! Buy to Rent w its tax breaks is a subsidy for privileged! & MPs say it should be paid for directly rather than via council house sales. Ministers say it will help create a million new homeowners by 2020.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt makes the wrong diagnosis - Jason Beattie - Mirror Online
Jeremy Hunt claims the new terms are necessary if the government is to deliver its ambition of a 7-day NHS. But there is a deeper issue of why Mr Hunt is pressing ahead with these reforms when there is a the far bigger crisis facing the health service - the dire state of social care. To put it another way: why is the Health Secretary trying to build an extension when the main house is in danger of collapsing? In the last parliament the Coalition government cut social care by more than £3billion despite warnings it would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS as elderly patients require treatment which could have been prevented if they had been cared for at home. The NHS is now suffering from the consequences of those cuts.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Norway seeks to diversify its economy as oil earnings plunge - BBC News
As oil prices have collapsed, it's become clear that Norway has caught what used to be called the Dutch disease - an overreliance on one industry, in this case the oil and gas sector. With its upmarket waterfront restaurants and the Barcode office blocks, the Sorenga dockside development serves as a poignant reminder of how prosperous Norway had become while the going was still good. [...] Unbalanced economy [...] "The oil and gas industry became too strong in our economy, especially during the last four or five years, reflects Prime Minister Erna Solberg. "Most of the growth came from that sector, and our strong currency left some of our traditional industries behind." [...] Household debts have reached more than 200% of annual disposable income [ Dutch Disease; UK & USA = domestic consumption, Germany = exports and its name, London = Finance and wealthy expats/non-doms, Switzerland = exports and its name , China = export, Brazil = commodity export ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
UK trade deficit widens further as exports suffer | Business | The Guardian
Nevertheless, the UK’s goods trade gap with the rest of the world widened by £1.9bn to a record high of £125bn in 2015. Howard Archer, chief UK economist at IHS Global Insight, said: “UK exports have clearly struggled in recent months, as they have been hampered by sterling’s overall strength in 2015, particularly against the euro, and moderate global demand. [...] Recent declines in the value of sterling are expected to support exports sales, though the deteriorating global situation could mitigate against an improved exchange rate. [...] “Nonetheless, any progress in reducing the trade deficit is likely to be extremely slow in the near term, leaving the recovery reliant on domestic demand.” [...] [ you can lower your corp tax, but if your country is shitty in business environment ie infrastructure and employee qualifications and immigration ... nobody wants to do business ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Junior doctors' strike: BMA totally irresponsible - Jeremy Hunt - BBC News
[ by redefining Saturday as non weekend day, Gov gets it's 7 day NHS without paying more than needed ] Ministers offered doctors an 11% rise in basic pay last year, but that was offset by curbs to other elements of the pay package, including payments for unsociable hours - they have maintained there is not extra money for junior doctor pay. The government says the changes are needed to create more seven-days services, but the BMA warns safeguards to keep a lid on excessive hours are being weakened and also has concerns about career progression and weekend pay. //&! Jeremy Hunt blames unions for junior doctor concerns - bbc.in/1SFZgxs //&! Last-minute talks are taking place between doctors and government negotiators to avert Wednesday's strike over a contract dispute. - bbc.in/1TaDC45 - [Closed nearly deal; BMA] put forward a proposal that would have seen doctors' basic pay rise by about half the 11% offered by ministers in return for Saturday not to be treated as a normal working day.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Oliver Stone - The Untold History of The US - Bush & Obama Age of Terror [Top Documentary Films] - YouTube
10:50 - double speak - "first they steal the words, then they steal the meaning." - Orwell // "living wage" ... child poverty ... Saturday not a weekend day. ... Google Tax deal; VIP ... double standard, one law for those who are not funding the party and one law for those who fund the party. ... and the starter home; a home which is unaffordable for over 70% of households! .... and Brexit; defining a migrant family as a family with one british passport holder and one non-britain ... // oh and over 250m for fossil fuel and cutting 65% of feed in tariff for solar! ... no double standard. oh and the strike price for hinkley! solar is not unaffordable. fossil fuel is. // oh and the Flood Re gov sponsored (20bn?) insurance scheme for properties in flood regions. Insured by the gov.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Prisons overhaul to be announced by David Cameron - BBC News
He will say the "failure" of the current system, with its high reoffending rates and levels of violence, is "scandalous". He is expected to announce prison governors will be given more say over how jails spend their money. [ BUT NOT MORE MONEY AS A WHOLE TO PREVENT, INTERVENE, REINTEGRATE and this was not in the Manifesto ] [...] "Not everyone shows remorse and not everyone seeks redemption. "But I also strongly believe that we must offer chances to change; that for those trying hard to turn themselves around, we should offer hope; that in a compassionate country, we should help those who've made mistakes to find their way back onto the right path." [...] "Prisons are currently violent and overcrowded. As such, they fail everyone: victims, the public, staff and prisoners themselves. [...] outgoing chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales said prisons were "as bad as you could possibly imagine". [...] conditions in adult prisons had deteriorated over the past five years.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
As growth falters, Osborne hopes Mark Carney can keep a lid on interest rates | Business | The Guardian
The chancellor faces lower GDP and lower tax receipts as a result. So it’s vital that consumers’ desire to keep spending isn’t hit by a nasty shock from the Bank [ // Confidence Fairy // ] The Bank of England has downgraded its forecasts for the UK’s GDP growth and the outlook for wages, most likely robbing the exchequer of vital income tax receipts. And without the funds to maintain pensions and health service spending, his critics will gleefully play back the speech from last November during which he declared that Britain was on the road to becoming “the most prosperous and secure of all the major nations of the world”. [...] Yet his words ring hollow when so many of the post-crash problems are still with us, from the burden of high private and public debts to Europe’s rapidly ageing population, which encourage saving over investment, and a reluctance from government and big business to boost capital spending.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Cameron's EU deal and Trump loses Iowa – Politics Weekly podcast by Guardian Politics Weekly
Cameron has come back with McDonalds menu, has promised michelin star menu // there is a reward amongst tories front and back benchers to agree to disagree and come out, what ever is in the final print, unscathed and move on in unity (via public opinion/voters) towards the general election 2020! // bummer, jeremy corbyn didn't arise to the occasion to pluck apart the tories and cameron with this draft deal in the PMQ's // 12:00 out campaigns in disarray!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Brexit threat, eurozone and migration crisis: the EU in 2016 - Politics Weekly podcast by Guardian Politics Weekly | Free Listening on SoundCloud
[ Cameron the career politician, as with the Tories front-bencher. Already plotting 2020; Boris Johnson vs Osborne. Brexit was only on offer (in Manifesto and talking point/debate point, tactical, because UKIP could otherwise steal too many votes and ruin general election 2015 ] // Language "swarm" & "a bunch of migrants" not using these words sets him apart from nigel farage ... < nasty party is UKIP light!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Rules relaxed to become a teacher due to staffing crisis (From Herald Scotland)
[ hiring foreigners ] TEACHER shortages have forced their watchdog to relax the rules on joining the profession. Classroom staff who have qualified outside the country will now be allowed to work in a school immediately under a new conditional registration. People who secure a job in this way will be put on probation while they complete any additional studies or training required for full registration, a legal requirement.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Services for LGBT young people will just disappear | Kirstie Brewer | Society | The Guardian
Cuts to council youth budgets are putting vital specialist provision for vulnerable youngsters in jeopardy [...] “Youth provision has always been the Cinderella service and LGBT youth provision is its poor relation,” [...] Overall, youth services directly provided by councils in England have been cut by 36% since 2011 – from £877m to £561m total expenditure, according to figures provided by Kate Green, shadow minister for women and equalities. “Councils are facing impossible decisions about youth services as the government slashes their revenue support grants by over 50%, regardless of the cost to individuals and communities,” //&! Out in the cold: LGBT housing services devastated by austerity cuts. Homelessness among gay, lesbian and transgender people is rising but the few organisations that offer help are struggling to survive - bit.ly/1R6FIyh
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
A day in court showed me the misery of Britain’s housing policy | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian
The housing crisis they inherited has worsened as rents rise, but David Cameron and George Osborne’s cuts to social housing are a bizarre response: the housing and planning bill going through parliament marks the end of the social housing era. Not by accident but by deliberate policy, 88,000 council homes to rent will be lost, says the Conservative-controlled Local Government Association. Labour says the total will be 180,000 by 2020. Money is sucked out of social housing into the Treasury, as the 1% rent cut saves on the housing benefit bill by stealing funds due to pay for new social homes. Half of all renters get some housing benefit, with the continuous rise in rents. Cutting that support simply propels more into homelessness.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Long hours, endless admin and angry parents – why schools just can’t get the teachers | Education | The Guardian
British schools are reporting a classroom crisis, with thousands of disaffected teachers leaving the profession, and new graduates discouraged from training because of the daily stress and grind. And with the number of state school pupils set to rise by a million by 2022, the problem is only getting worse [...] If somebody had said, ‘You can have 60 grand a year to stay,’ I would still have said no // Education secretary Nicky Morgan. // [...] Some of the factors behind stories like these are traceable to the New Labour years, but many are rooted in Michael Gove’s hyperactive four-year reign as education secretary. They go from never-ending paperwork, to a constantly changing regime of exams and assessments. Meanwhile, the prospect of a visit from Ofsted and the possibility of a bad inspection are a constant source of stress – not least because a “requires improvement” or the dread “inadequate” rating will mean even more upheaval. [ top down non-professional insight/exp burokratie ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Next week's junior doctor strike on - BBC News
[ after they came back on the table from the first strike and another strike as been called off during negotiation ] Next week's strike by junior doctors in England will go ahead as talks with the government have failed to reach a solution - but union leaders say medics will provide emergency cover. [...] BMA junior doctor leader Dr Johann Malawana said despite some "good progress" the union had been left no choice but to announce the stoppage would take place. He accused the government of taking an "entrenched" position by insisting the extra pay doctors get for working on a Saturday is cut. [ Tories redefine WEEKEND, as they did with poverty, and else ] Dr Malawana said: "What we are asking for is fair and affordable recognition of unsocial hours."
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Google tax: Osborne says companies 'must pay fair share of taxes' - BBC News
fair share - vs - correct amount // Chancellor George Osborne has welcomed an agreement for US firm Google to pay £130m in UK back taxes, and dismisses complaints from Labour politicians about it. //&! And Google EU Head said "will pay more" - vs - will pay from now on the correct amount - bbc.in/1Qz7uFL
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Number of mental health nurses falls 10% | Society | The Guardian
mental health was one of the first line items cut by trusts! service provided to a minority of constituency base.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
MPs launch tax inquiry after criticism of £130m Google-HMRC deal | Business | The Guardian
MPs have launched an inquiry into the UK’s tax system after the government was accused of allowing Google to pay too little in a £130m deal. The House of Commons Treasury committee announced that it would examine whether a radical shakeup of corporation tax was needed, amid concern that Google has been allowed to get away with an effective rate of 3%. The inquiry is not directed at Google, but will investigate the UK’s shrinking corporate tax base more widely and whether HMRC is doing enough to tackle avoidance. It will ask whether there needs to be a radical shakeup of the system, and whether business taxation could be based on turnover rather than profits. Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the committee, said the UK’s tax law had become too elastic, allowing companies to get away legally with paying too little. [...] [ 6 year audit by HMRC, is a sweetheart VIP backroom deal, 130m was all they got, not more! from Google. ] //&! bit.ly/1RJc713 &! bbc.in/1UoxMJQ
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Can call centre therapy solve the NHS mental health crisis? | Society | The Guardian
Fast-track treatment aims to ease growing problem in the UK, but critics say it is the clinical equivalent to online dating [...] [ mental health - a mental health crisis ] This is no fringe issue in the health of the nation. The NHS believes people with mental health problems die 15 to 20 years earlier than the average, but the system is struggling to cope. Lord Layard, a government adviser on mental health, identified mental health problems as “the biggest causes of misery in Britain today”, with an estimated 6 million people affected. [ needs massive investment, no call centres ] [...] Meanwhile 40% of mental health trusts saw spending cuts over the past two years and fewer than one in eight people who suffered a mental health crisis said they received appropriate care in 2015, according to the Care Quality Commission. The regulator concluded this was “unsafe and inherently unfair”. [ referring complex cases to call centre is neglect and malpractice ]
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Carney: No need for interest rate rises now - BBC News
Carney said that collapsing oil prices and an "unforgiving" global environment meant that tighter monetary policy was not yet necessary. [...] He pointed out that the Fed's rate rise had only brought the US interest rate to the same "lofty level" as the Bank of England's. The Governor said that three factors would be the strongest guide to when interest rates might rise. First, that economic growth in the UK would be higher than the average trend. He said that growth at an average quarterly rate of 0.5% in 2015 had "disappointed". Second, that wage growth strengthens and productivity improves. And, third, that core inflation starts to approach the target rate of 2%. //&! Rate rise pause till early 2017? - bbc.in/1T1Qrge - [ global risks are building, global imbalances, faultlines. ] There's a frying pan - the global growth slowdown - and a fire - high levels of indebtedness - out there. &! bbc.in/1S5N7ks
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Election 2015 polls: Why were they so wrong? - BBC News
The polls which shaped much of the debate during last year's election were off. [...] Election pollsters 'got samples wrong' //&! Election polling errors blamed on 'unrepresentative' samples - http://bbc.in/1Otjiqq
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
For a clear view of the NHS, look past the politics and promises of a cure | Polly Toynbee | Politics | The Guardian
[ part of this is the nhs series - http://www.theguardian.com/society/series/this-is-the-nhs ] As a major Guardian analysis will show, our health service is far too complex to be reduced to soundbites //&! welfare for the rich, austerity for the poor and public service/social services.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
The EU referendum, Project Fear Mark II, and the thorny path the SNP must tread backing Europe (From Herald Scotland)
[ Brexit was put on table by tories in order to not lose more votes to UKIP. immigration/migration became a point in the manifesto because of the rise of the far-right in form of UKIP. a Fear based move. nothing principles. career politicians move. their own sleeze and propaganda, polarisation, fearmongering cought up to them. ] THE long-awaited Cabinet split over Europe finally happened last week. Chris Grayling, the Tory Leader of the House, announced that it would be a “disaster” for Britain to stay in the European Union under present terms. But the earth didn't exactly stop spinning. So far, none of the “big beasts” of the UK Cabinet – London Mayor Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Teresa May, or the former Education Secretary Michael Gove – have shown much eagerness to join. One suspects they don’t want to back a loser. David Cameron isn't purring yet, but he is certainly looking very self-satisfied.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
The Deflation Monster Has Arrived | Zero Hedge
the world’s grand experiment with debt has come to an end. And it’s now unraveling. [...] The next thing is to give money to Main Street. [...] Either way, money will be printed out of thin air and given to you. That’s what’s coming next. Possibly after a failed attempt at demanding negative interest rates from the banks. But coming it is. [...] Once people lose faith in their currency all bets are off. The smart people will be those who take their fresh central bank money and spend it before the next guy.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Why are we looking on helplessly as markets crash all over the world? | Will Hutton | Opinion | The Guardian
[ so much debt in the system, a rise in interest can not be served as is ] The imminent collapse of the Chinese Ponzi-scheme economy shows that we need to bring control to the international economy. [...] There has always been a tension at the heart of capitalism. Although it is the best wealth-creating mechanism we’ve made, it can’t be left to its own devices. Its self-regulating properties, contrary to the efforts of generations of economists trying to prove otherwise, are weak. [...] Profits as a share of national income in Britain and the US touch all-time highs; wages touch an all-time low as the power of organised labour diminishes and the gig economy of short-term contracts takes hold. The excesses of the rich, digging underground basements to house swimming pools, cinemas and lavish gyms, sit alongside the travails of the new middle-class poor. These are no longer able to secure themselves decent pensions and their gig-economy children defer starting families ...
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt: Imposing doctor contract ‘a last resort’ - BBC News
[ backroom door austerity! through redefining what a weekend is. misrepresenting weekend death data to argue for "7-day" NHS and only able to do that through redefining what weekend constitutes (7pm sat to 7am mon). but cancer surgeries don by not-junior docs are not being done on sundays anyways! only emergency procedures are done on weekends by on-call registrars, consultan surgeons, and on-call surgeons for that weekend. duh. and it's interesting the NHS Chief has not come out publicly about that! And was Jeremy Hunt coming up with that 7-day week nhs? or Cameron thought spin how to appeal to tory constituency? ] Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says that the government will impose the new contract on striking junior doctors as a last resort. “I hope it doesn’t come to that,” he told the Today programme. Mr Hunt said that the NHS was “busting a gut” to make sure every A&E department is able to function if junior doctors withhold emergency care as planned in a forthcoming strike.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
The UK must invest in mental health help | Letters | Society | The Guardian
the cost of mental ill health in England has been estimated to be £105bn per year. Fortunately, a number of evidence-based psychological therapies exist and are effective. Investment in psychological therapies to date has been a success, but it is a success that could be multiplied. The improving access to psychological therapies programme is only funded to reach “at least 15%” of the people who need it, and retention and recovery rates could be improved. [...] &! Osborne said that the ILF was “such an important fund … that we will be able to include it in the budgets going forwards”. Reality is not living up to the rhetoric. [ 7-day NHS? ]
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
"Markets Crash When They're Oversold" | Zero Hedge
Technology Destroying Jobs + While the big driver of the decline in economic growth since the 1980’s has been a structural change from a manufacturing based economy (high multiplier effect) to a service based one (low multiplier effect), it has been exacerbated by the increase in household debt to offset the reduction in wage growth to maintain the standard of living. This is shown clearly in the chart below. [...] In fact, each job created in energy-related areas has had a “ripple effect” of creating 2.8 jobs elsewhere in the economy from piping to coatings, trucking and transportation, restaurants and retail. Simply put, lower oil and gasoline prices may have a bigger detraction on the economy than the “savings” provided to consumers.
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