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(814) Is Trump's Populism Scam Done? ft. Mark Blyth (TMBS 77) - YouTube
how do you counter Trump?
do you have to take away trump voters
or do you mobilise your base your voters 110%
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8 weeks ago by asterisk2a
(509) Fox News keeps forcing Trump into shutdowns - YouTube
history that GOP Republicans forcing gov shutdowns, history tells, they shoot themselves in the foot.
right wing pundits have no incentive to compromise
pundits have only incentive to stay on air
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9 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Government looks for new spending cuts of up to 6% - BBC News
[ fallacy of Austerity, just Austerity to balance the budget, living off the body, no investment (ROI) to balance future butget by increased tax income. debt does not come down, bc the economy stupid. and imf has backtracked its austerity advice, and latest from imf - investment in health and edu grows economy, got an ROI! ] The Institute for Fiscal Studies has said meeting this target by 2025 would require up to £34bn in further spending cuts and tax rises. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38894023 - To meet his target of eliminating the deficit during the next parliament, which is from 2020 to 2025, Mr Hammond will probably have to find a further £34bn in tax rises and spending cuts, extending austerity.
The report said £17bn of tax rises could be needed to contribute to closing the gap for government between outgoings and income.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
Never mind the optics, Theresa May’s US dash was mortifying | Opinion | The Guardian
this hasty visit smacks of desperation // He will have seen May as that most desperate of creatures: the housebuyer who rashly sold her old house before she had found a new one. Having tossed away Britain’s keys to the European single market, she will soon be homeless – and Trump knows it. For all the niceties – May’s shrewd deployment of a royal invitation for a state visit and her compliment to the president on his “stunning election victory”, flattery which saw Trump glow a brighter shade of orange – he will have seen May as a sucker who needs to make a deal. And he will look forward to naming his price.
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Brexit racism and civil war but what else does 2017 hold for politics? - YouTube
people visibly not white prone to abuse by ideological fanatic Leave Voters. [...] Door that this protest vote opened already closing. Tories and May leaving the JAM's already hanging ... ie by making British Human Rights Act to repeal EHCR a cornerstone of 2020 general election. [...] "things already slipping a bit" [...] ///&! Brexit fallout: UK is "less happy and more racist" than six months ago - https://youtu.be/Vl_KFpG0-EE --- views Gov is London Centric!
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Lib Dems beat Zac Goldsmith in Richmond Park
http://bit.ly/2gTRKOZ - The result in Richmond will make many in Labour and the Conservative party nervous. For Tories who won their seats from Lib Dems in 2015, this is a sign that there is a small but significant block of voters for whom Brexit is a motivating issue. (Nearly three-quarters of voters in Richmond voted Remain.) For Labour, the concern is that a political discussion polarised around pro/anti-Brexit lines leaves them out of the picture - as has happened in Scotland, where the narrative is framed around independence/unionism.  //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-38178486
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december 2016 by asterisk2a
News des Tages: Brexit, Angela Merkel, Boris Johnson, EU, Europa - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Polit-Chaos auf der Insel - Labour-Chef kämpft um seinen Job

Wer glaubt, die EU sei im Eimer, der sollte heute zur Beruhigung seiner Nerven nach Großbritannien schauen. Dort herrscht das eigentliche politische Chaos. Die Schotten wollen das Referendum nicht akzeptieren, und bei Labour bahnt sich ein Putsch an. Parteiboss Jeremy Corbyn wird von etlichen Parteigranden zum Rücktritt gedrängt. Sie werfen ihm wahlweise vor, nicht genug oder zu viel für den EU-Verbleib Großbritanniens getrommelt zu haben. Generell steckt dahinter wohl vor allem die Angst, mit dem wenig dynamisch wirkenden Corbyn als Spitzenkandidat bei etwaigen Neuwahlen keine Chance zu haben. In der Parlamentsfraktion wird heute ein Misstrauensantrag gegen Corbyn erwartet.
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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
BAE Systems workers issue job cuts warning
[ we are all in this together ] They say the problem comes from slower release of Ministry of Defence (MoD) funding for Type 26 warships.
That means work on them will start later than planned, and will be carried out more slowly, probably requiring fewer workers.
Hundreds of jobs have been lost on the Clyde in the past 18 months as BAE reduced shipbuilding capacity.
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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
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
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
Budget 2016: Four key numbers - BBC Newsnight
weaker outlook for income tax receipts & economy/global economy >> OBR has done 'no projections' on impact of Brexit: Robert Chote - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/A0jvIUKTU1U //&! Budget 2016: Evan Davis grills Sajid Javid on the numbers - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/L0TBTbfNgCw - "WE HAD THE BIGGEST BANK BAILOUT" //&! NICKY MORGAN ON TORY WELFARE ROW - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/IC_Yhggk62o
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
George Osborne held secret talks with EU enemy Michael Gove to bring the Tories 'back from the brink' after disastrous week Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3511281/George-Osborne-held-secret-talks-EU-enemy-Michael-Gove-bring-Tories-bri
Mr Osborne and Mr Gove are on opposite sides of the referendum debate and the Chancellor has been accused of ‘scaremongering’ by the Justice Secretary’s Vote Leave campaign.
The pair are also tipped to go head-to-head in one of the three televised EU referendum debates and could even be the stars for their respective campaigns at the BBC’s Wembley Arena debate a week before the vote.
The Prime Minister had already admitted to MPs on Wednesday evening that it had been a ‘tough week’ for the Government but urged the party ‘not to lose sight of what we can do’.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Academy trust lauded by Cameron in 'serious breaches' of guidelines
Investigation into Perry Beeches academy trust finds serious concerns about financial management, control and governance [...] An academy trust singled out for praise by David Cameron and both current and former Conservative education secretaries has been given a financial notice to improve, after an investigation found “serious breaches” of guidelines.

Government reports raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest involving Perry Beeches academy trust and companies linked to some of its senior administrators. They also found problems with the number of pupils declared as eligible for free school meals. [...] The previous year, Gove was told the Conservative party conference: “There are some amazing schools in Birmingham, there are some great independent schools, there are some great grammar schools, but I have to say the best schools in Birmingham are Perry Beeches I and Perry Beeches II.”

The current education secretary Nicky Morgan has also spoken favourably about the trust.
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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
Budget 2016: the productivity and prosperity puzzle
It wasn't so much "here's a rabbit from the hat" but more: "look over there - a squirrel!" [...] [Productivity] turned out disappointingly again. And that's knocked back the growth estimates for the economy, as well as for pay, for tax revenue, and for company profits over the rest of the decade.
Britain's not alone in that. But keeping company with the USA on such numbers is not that reassuring. [...] And as that is the main, long-term driver of real pay, it means Britain's standard of living will improve from the recession, but at only two thirds of the rate we've come to expect. [ Recovery ] average year saw only 0.1% per year.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: George Osborne's political balancing act
Like Sherlock Holmes, we must look in this Budget for the dogs that do not bark. Four years out from a general election, this is the time in the political cycle when chancellors can take unpopular decisions. A moment, perhaps, for a big reform to our pensions or taxation. Yet the mood music emerging from the Treasury is distinctly adagio. [...] Genuinely radical plans to overhaul pension tax relief have been put on hold for fear of upsetting middle and higher earners. Proposals to cut the 45p top rate of tax are said to have gone the same way. [...] [OBR] is expected to say that the British economy is smaller than the watchdog had expected it would be when it made that prediction. As such, the Treasury would get less than it had expected in tax revenues.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Could this be George Osborne's last Budget?
In any case, the Out campaign has begun to look as much like an internal Tory party putsch as a principled fight for sovereignty and a better economic future. Those who always mistrusted Cameron and Osborne, regarding them as closet Blairites rather than the true heirs to Thatcher, sense their time has come. By the summer, the Tory high command could look completely different. [...] [Budget2016] more of an exercise in pre-election showmanship than the traditional post-election downer of renewed fiscal discipline and supposedly desirable economic reform. [still] For Osborne, the goal of a balanced budget by the end of the parliament must remain sacrosanct. [...] Don’t risk our economic recovery, will be his underlying message [...] for Cameron and Osborne, this is once more a fight for political survival. //&! ind.pn/21mctLh &! bit.ly/1QJWpjD - If Britain votes against Brexit and the economy stays strong he may yet be the next Prime Minister //&! bit.ly/1Rb24m1
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
The cost of being unhealthy - BBC News
In fact, it is often overlooked in the continuing debate about the pressures on the NHS that getting people to live healthier lives is critical to the future of the NHS. In October, NHS chiefs made an unprecedented plea to ministers - they asked for more money. But it wasn't a "something for nothing" request. They set out a compelling case about how the health service was facing a £30bn shortfall by 2020 - and said if the budget was increased by £8bn in real terms they would do the rest.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
MPs face fight for a seat in 2020 - BBC News
numbers vary wildly, from 21,769 in the Western Isles (Na h-Eileanan Siar) to 108,804 on the Isle of Wight. The Conservatives feel particularly aggrieved by this, since urban seats tend to have fewer voters, and are more likely to have Labour MPs, which can mean it takes fewer votes to elect a Labour MP than it does a Conservative one (their more suburban and rural seats tending to have bigger populations). This has been an unintended side-effect of trying to respect both local geography and traditional boundaries. Parliament says in future constituencies must have 74,769 voters (the number calculated according to the latest UK population). The commission can deviate by up to 5% to take account of geography and tradition, but voter numbers will be the main criteria. Smaller Commons The second change is the next House of Commons will be smaller. Honouring a pledge in the Conservative manifesto, there will be 600 MPs not 650. In England, that means 501 constituencies, 32 fewer than now.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Expect more teenage pregnancies and STIs as public health cuts kick in | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
[ cut public health budget (prevention & intervention) by +200m ] Slicing money out of local prevention services is ‘economically nonsensical’, completely undermining the pledge to pump billions into the NHS [...] 77% [of councils] said they expected obesity interventions to be cut [...] total spend on STIs by 2020 could top £6bn. [...] Every £1 spent on contraception saves £11 in healthcare costs. Cuts to sexual health sector are economically nonsensical [ TORIES SET NHS UP TO FAIL! Simon Stevens is being ser-up to fail! ] //&! King's Fund analysis - bit.ly/1DsQcFS //&! bit.ly/1TTUVFP - short-termism. with cuts to prevention, and no new prevention initiatives ie sugar tax and processed food tax and meat tax (burger king and co), health coaches at gp surgeries ... 5 year nhs budget targets will be overrun massively by 2020. Simon Stevens is asked to resign before 2020 election.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
David Cameron may win the EU vote but lose half his party | Rafael Behr | Opinion | The Guardian
The prime minister has found the referendum schism in his own Conservative party far more bruising than he expected; this war won’t be over by Christmas
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march 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
Whatever happened to the obesity strategy? - BBC News
There is speculation now that it may not be published before Easter. The simple reason is the prime minister's overcrowded diary and his current preoccupation with Europe. David Cameron knows the clock is ticking down to the end of his premiership before the next election. He wants to make his mark on domestic policy and he has identified tackling obesity as an important potential part of his legacy. It is seen at Number Ten as a priority second term issue, to rank with the dementia initiative in his first term of office. Much of the groundwork has already been done by the Department of Health and Public Health England. [...] Mr Cameron's anti-red tape and pro-business leanings might steer him away from such an approach and towards a voluntary deal agreed with the supermarkets. But officials and experts will make the case for government intervention.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Boris Johnsons Kampf gegen David Cameron: Der Tory-Quälgeist - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Boris Johnson wirbt für den Austritt der Briten aus der EU - und bringt damit Premier Cameron in Bedrängnis. Der Londoner Bürgermeister genießt seine Rolle als Störenfried unter den Tories. //&! David Cameron vs. Boris Johnson: Duell der Studienfreunde - http://bit.ly/1Qd5mD2
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
David Cameron's swipe at Boris Johnson in the Commons – verdict | Politics | The Guardian
PM’s withering, uncompromising and near-contemptuous attack on London mayor was personal - and Johnson is unlikely to let it rest //&! David Cameron ridicules Boris Johnson's second EU referendum idea Prime minister aims jibes at London mayor in Commons as cracks appear in Tory truce over EU referendum - bit.ly/1PSvulg
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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
Brexit: Londons Bürgermeister Boris Johnson für EU-Austritt - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Londoner Bürgermeister Boris Johnson will beim anstehenden Referendum für den Austritt Großbritanniens aus der EU kämpfen. Er geht damit auf Konfrontationskurs zu Premier Cameron.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Will Boris Johnson sway the EU referendum result? - BBC News
Boris Johnson is political box office. He is one of Britain's most charismatic politicians. So his decision to support Brexit gives popular appeal to a Leave campaign that has lacked a talismanic figurehead.
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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
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
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
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
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
HMRC asked tax avoider to sign pledge not to engage in practice again | Politics | The Guardian
HMRC asked tax avoider to sign pledge not to engage in practice again Department says letter was sent as part of series of measures to discourage wider issue of tax avoidance and was not a legally binding document. [...] [ out of the lions mouth ] "one man’s aggressive avoidance is another man’s sensible planning" [...] [ but benefit "scroungers" go to jail. one tax cheat has yet to go to jail // google "daily mail benefits cheat jailed" vs daily mail tax cheat jailed // tax cheats fleece state because they use infrastructure and services for free, have thought about that? but can't jail you because you create jobs, and thus have a meaning to capitalistic society. benefit claimants, the sick, the vulnerable, the disabled have no place in a capitalistic society and thus in Osborne's budget considerations nor for the NHS which is in his eyes (actions speak louder than words, no investment to better society ... where is the Big Society item?) only a cost item. ] [write ur own rules $]
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Osborne's £23bn from the back of the sofa - BBC News
[ from 2010 forecast, deficit should be a surplus by 2016/17 or something like that ] the government's forecaster, the Office for Budget Responsibility, has increased its prognosis of how much the Treasury will raise from existing taxes (not new ones) and reduced what it thinks the chancellor will shell out in interest on its massive debts. In total the OBR thinks the national debt, the aggregate of the annual deficits, will be £23bn lower over the four years to 2020, and just because it is more optimistic about tax revenues and assorted costs. Or to put it another way, George Osborne is today £23bn better off than he thought in July, and without doing anything at all. //&! on.fb.me/1Hq17SP
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Dennis Skinner on Jeremy Corbyn BBC news 14.09.2015 (( the end is brilliant)) - YouTube
Yanis Varoufakis on Jeremy Corbyn and capitalism - youtu.be/oH7aS4bEhnA - right message, sincere, no spin, message true to the heart, address them as adults, bypass the media. the establishment will not give up its privileges //&! Sleaford Mods on Jeremy Corbyn, poverty and language - youtu.be/w4G_UYK0Rkk
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
George Osborne vs John McDonnell - Treasury Questions - YouTube
"economic security for the country (& working people)" out of the mouth of Mr "Judgement Call" (that is what the tax credit cuts are, according to him, in front of select committee in house of commons hearing on the matter. // As if 12bn have no multiplier. 12bn for the corporate sharing it amongst their shareholders who have already bns, there is no multiplier at all. it just moves the digit after the comma. For the poop it is about paying for heating and new shoes. stupid. could afford welfare bill if corporates were to pay their fair share of taxes and not avoid and evade and no corporate welfare like for the steel industry (picking winners). = Show of Career Politician with some ideoligy and dogma and no principles. HE IS A MERCENARY. NOT A VISIONARY. A Career Politician. Calculated. Opportunistic. No long-term view. // IFS did say, in case of austerity, private sector has to pick up the slack. And it did since 2010. And new figures in household debt/credit card debt shows that.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Tax credits: SNP and Conservative MPs clash over government cuts - YouTube
Natalie McGarry, the SNP's shadow disabilities spokesperson, and Conservative MP Chris Philp, a member of the Treasury Select Committee, debate the government's tax credit cuts.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
George Osborne: Tax credit change 'a judgement call' - BBC News
"Judgement Call" - Chancellor George Osborne tells MPs the tax credit change is "a judgement call" and adds that he is "comfortable" with the call he has made, which he says has been backed by MPs twice.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Nuclear Power: Burke on Hinkley Point, EDF and China - BBC News
Adds 1bn£ for consumers to energy bills, an expensive dogmatic folly by mercenaries. //&! UK energy wholesale energy price twice that of Germany - bbc.in/1PAKyWl //&! The coming era of unlimited — and free — clean energy wapo.st/1MEYF71 via https://redd.it/3pmorw // A highlight of Chancellor George Osborne's visit to China was the announcement of £2bn of Chinese investment for a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. But critics point to progress at other EDF projects, and doubt the Somerset scheme can be built on time and on budget. In a personal film, the chairman of environmental think tank E3G Tom Burke claims it would be "a very bad deal for Britain" - for both the environment and taxpayers - describing it as an "expensive folly". //&! bit.ly/1OIhJHv "sheer folly" &! about people living there - bit.ly/1Rph8Ic &! why would edf sell some of its stake? EDF was only one left 2 agree 2 build it 4 a price X after all other bidders backed out - bit.ly/1W4dqoQ &! on.fb.me/1PBwfRk
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Old-age benefits can’t be sacrosanct for ever | David Brindle | Society | The Guardian
Older people’s charity Independent Age is doing just that. In a bold move, it has broken ranks with the wider pensioner lobby, sticking its head above the parapet to call for a debate on the continuation of universal age-related benefits. There is, it says, “a case to be made for using the tax system to remove benefits such as winter fuel payment from the wealthiest pensioners who pay the higher rate of income tax”. The idea itself is hardly novel: the Barker commission set up by the King’s Fund thinktank said last year that it should be considered in a rethink of health and social care funding[.] //&! bit.ly/1QR2BFj - Scrap triple lock that protects state pensions, says thinktank chief. Paul Johnson, head of the IFS, says today’s pensioners have fared extraordinarily well relative to their predecessors [...] OBR [this policy will become unsustainable]. [austerity] “There is a clear distinction being drawn here, in treatment, between those over, and those below state pension age.”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
NHS spending 'to fall as share of GDP by 2020' - BBC News
Tories 2 preside over the largest sustained fall in NHS spending as a share of GDP since 1951, an analysis by the King's Fund says. [POSITIONING & FRAMING! Just change the way of measurement/comparison. Did the same w child poverty. & Polarize saying NHS is inefficient (wasting money) when in reality NHS is one of the most efficient health care system in western world!] >> The Conservatives have promised to raise spending on the NHS above inflation at the last two elections & have kept the promise. They have pledged an additional £2bn this year & an extra £8bn before the election. But the share of the economy devoted to health is set to shrink by between 0.7 & 1 percentage point between 2009/2020, taking the figure back to the level last seen in 2008. [...] Simon Stevens is the head of NHS England and has published a five-year plan for the service which included £22bn in efficiency savings and different ways of working, keeping people out of hospital where possible. [< PREVENTION!?]
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Dawn Butler on David Cameron and tax credit claims - BBC News
[ they knew it would be unpopular, thus they categorically did not reveal the welfare cuts pre-election everyone pressured them to come forward, they did not. like they've had something to hide. just look it up: ind.pn/1By5aCC & bit.ly/1FNubk5 & bit.ly/1LIH29P & David Cameron has said he has no plans to cut child benefit and tax credits if the Conservatives win the election. - bbc.in/1GJQYP9 ] Labour's Dawn Butler said the government promised not to cut tax credits, and claimed that "David Cameron lied". //&! bit.ly/1QR5XIy - Denied before the election, and sold with spin since, this retrenchment hurts the most vulnerable. The upper house must seize its opportunity to force a rethink. //&! PMQ's Cameron The Career Politician. Stick to the message, the key phrases, the spin, the propaganda and polarisation type. repeat it over and over again. - bbc.in/1M953Ji &! bbc.in/1hUlcnJ
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
UK's most expensive city facing 'catastrophe' - BBC News
shortage of supply = unaffordable = nobody can afford to live there, work there, study there. or have to commute from out of town for 1 hour or more. // this is not only a problem in Oxford. NHS Grampian has problems of recruiting because unaffordable house prices and rents pushed up by Oil Industry and the lack of new housing. Same for teaching jobs. // all the while building companies make pumper profits and even skirt around the edges to lower the ratio of social and affordable housing they have to provide with each new big project. its in their interest, if prices were to fell, they would make less money. so they build not enough to keep up with demand at all. and not enough so each new builds profit rises because of risen demand and people willing to pay more for the same house or flat from previous year or two or three despite no real improvement in the build technically/energy efficiency wise/or architecture wise - modern, wide open, big windows. //
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Doctors, teachers, the police – public servants are demoralised | Will Hutton | Comment is free | The Guardian
To toil in the present-day NHS is thankless. [...] Whatever its merits, a workforce whose morale is already low sees it as yet more evidence that professionals’ views don’t count. Morale takes a further downward lurch. [...] Thus by 2020, the government will have imposed an unprecedented 10-year freeze in real pay across the public sector, shrunk its numbers by more than 1.5 million and offered as little upward career progression to public employees as it possibly can. A new industry of private contractors feeding off contracted-out public work will have been invented, offering even worse pay and conditions than the public sector itself. To raise taxes that might alleviate the crisis is ideologically prohibited. [...] Employees are voting with their feet. Between November 2013 and November 2014, 49,120 teachers quit – the highest rate on record. Nearly four in 10 newly qualified teachers leave after their first year. [...] [ Met warned less police officers on street ]
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Tory MPs in 71 marginal seats at risk from cuts to tax credits | Politics | The Guardian
George Osborne has come under fresh pressure to halt controversial cuts to tax credits as new research shows that 71 Tory MPs in marginal seats could be vulnerable to a backlash from families hit by dramatic falls in their incomes. The impact of the cuts, which will leave 3.2 million families worse off by an average of £1,300 a year from next April, is already causing concern among Conservative MPs and ministers, who believe they will punish precisely the kind of working families David Cameron claims to represent. [...] The House of Commons library has found that some families could lose up to £3,000 a year if the tax credit cuts are not reversed. // &! bit.ly/1RPnKjW - With six million people not earning enough to cover the basic cost of living, tackling in-work poverty is crucial,
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The triumphant flight of the lame duck - BBC News
David Cameron's self-harm, turning himself into a lame duck with just one shot to the foot, does not stop him from flapping serenely into the future. The quacking squabbles from the pond below do not yet spoil his serenity.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Did David Cameron’s conference speech manage to capture the centre ground? | Politics | The Guardian
The prime minister stood up before his party in Manchester – and then studiously ignored heartland Tory topics. He dwelled instead on social justice, poverty and prison reform. It was an audacious attempt to reset British politics, move to the centre and consolidate his party’s grip on power. Will his move succeed, and how it might reshape the political landscape?
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
So you hate the Tories – but what comes next? | John Harris | Comment is free | The Guardian
Tory conference: Cameron's 'assault on poverty' pledge belied by new figures. [...] planned welfare cuts would lead to 200,000 more working households in poverty by 2020. bit.ly/1Nop8vl - The thinktank’s analysis also indicates that the number of all households – both in and out of work – that will be in poverty at the end of the parliament is projected to rise by 700,000 to nearly 4 million. The report will pile further pressure on ministers to rethink how they protect the working poor, following the introduction of controversial plans to cut tax credits in the first budget immediately after the election. //&! bit.ly/1VIjIQ0 - Podcast &! Tories hollowness in their tax credit cut & talking abt social mobility @ their conference (audacity [spin&PR& repeating the message over & over they want to get across] to speak abt poverty @ their conference) - bit.ly/1WQaheJ - masking their rightwing neoliberal policy pitching it as centre - bit.ly/1jeVqfG &! bit.ly/1LsHNPO redefine center
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
For Osborne, foreign policy is strictly business - BBC News
There are few more precarious positions than prime minister-in-waiting. // Tories don't like human rights, 1 that deal with Saudi Arabia, and 2 want to abolish eu human rights act and replace it with british bill of rights to make it legal to spy on everyone and read everyones communication. oh and then there is the Brexit catastrophe.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The NHS is on a one-way road to privatisation | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian
[ 'founder' of NHS said NHS exists as long as people fight for it. true north ] [ rationing and creating Cinderella service ] The British public has not agreed to the destruction of the health service. It’s up to all of us to fight for it. [...] This translates into unlimited rationing. We are already seeing the rationing of hearing aids and cataracts. Devon CCG announced that all routine surgery would be restricted for obese patients and smokers. And routine shoulder surgery would be restricted for all patients. [...] Simon Stevens’ Five Year Forward View asked the government for an extra £8bn each year but the flip side of this is a further £22bn in efficiency savings. Never has the NHS undergone such a funding squeeze since its inception. Yet we spend significantly less on the NHS than the EU average and well below the likes of France, Germany and the Netherlands. Out of the G7, only Italy has the same level of spending.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
It’s George Osborne who will shape Tory prospects for 2020 | Gaby Hinsliff | Comment is free | The Guardian
Power is leeching from David Cameron, and the colder, more ruthless chancellor is in the spotlight [...] Osborne’s big problem, of course, is that his fingerprints are all over everything the government has done – or not done – to tackle these problems over the last five years, let alone over the next five. And that’s not the only factor limiting his prospects of promotion He’s almost as exposed as Cameron is to fallout from the EU referendum gamble. (Heads we quit the EU, and government heads will have to roll; tails we stay, triggering Tory civil war).
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The new right to buy is solving 1979’s problems at today’s expense | Gaby Hinsliff | Comment is free | The Guardian
This Thatcherite policy revival fails to recognise that the main cause of the housing crisis is affordability //&! Housing bill needs radical, long-term measures to reform the market. As well as increasing supply, the government needs to use the tax system to make buy-to-let less attractive as an investment - bit.ly/1PDxWe3
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Cameron beware: when the super-rich are scorned, they take supersize revenge | Peter Bradshaw | Comment is free | The Guardian
But his just reward was not forthcoming, so Ashcroft set about bulldozing the prime minister’s reputation with a hysterically injured and indignant book which says far more about Ashcroft’s hatred and rage than anything else. The book which has been serialised in the Mail, whose game-plan may incidentally be to get every conceivable bit of bad publicity out of the way as early as possible in this parliament, preparing the way for a Conservative surge under a different leader in 2020.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Lord Ashcroft 'not settling scores' with David Cameron book - BBC News
"If this was just a revenge job, Lord Ashcroft & I could have published it before the election." bbc.in/1V5Rl94 CoAuthor Isabel Oakeshott //&! bbc.in/1FpIfC4 - Ashcroft quits the House of Lords //&! Ashcroft & Cameron - an inevitable end? Two powerful men need each other, and then one of them becomes more powerful, and doesnt need the other anymore. [...] [book] looks a lot like revenge. [...] The Conservatives needed him, as all political parties need money, & between 2002/11 he gave more than £5m. [ those who want leadership position/power, ie Cameron, are & will be never great leaders when history judges them ] - bbc.in/1MEYLko bit.ly/1LrS8QP bit.ly/1MEppd0 bit.ly/1PktP6A bit.ly/1gH7wvI bit.ly/1NHFptp &! So Cameron was young & reckless. Lucky he wasnt young, reckless & poor - bit.ly/1Oqc8Fg bit.ly/1j3nRwJ bit.ly/1LIGEnD bit.ly/1V6xSoy - Cameron is part of a select group of people to whom different rules apply, and he knows it, [like evryone else in Britain [dubbed Hameron scandal].
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt’s ‘24/7’ plan for the NHS proves it – he should be sacked | Jullien Gaer | Comment is free | The Guardian
[ opportunist - constituency wooing gift ] Overworked, stressed health professionals are cursed with a secretary of state who knows nothing of the service they work in and its ideals //&! bit.ly/1KkIX0i //&! UK social care system failing most vulnerable - We see the impact the last five years have had on our services, all directly caused by the ideological bias of our two most recent secretaries of state for health. This includes the failure to plan the future NHS workforce properly, the cutting of local authorities’ budgets almost to the quick - bit.ly/1VRKYZc //&! bit.ly/1gvVO78 - With the NHS a key issue in the election campaign, Guardian Health correspondent Denis Campbell was joined by a panel of leading experts to discuss whether the NHS's unique model of healthcare is under threat.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Corbyn at TUC: 'Labour can win 2020 election' - BBC News
bbc.in/1OVSApe - Jeremy Corbyn's speech, deconstructed //&! Idealists may be appalled at the idea of spin but the Labour leader needs a press team or he risks crashing and burning even faster than anyone imagines - bit.ly/1Kehu05 //&! bit.ly/1NvnqX3 &! bit.ly/1iu0Dj9 //&! bit.ly/1KaBXFa // &! Labour was not fiscally irresponsible. Labour did let itself bully into that corner by bank bailouts with pushed the % of debt/gdp from ~45 to ~80% - Paul Krugman "n short, the whole narrative about Labour’s culpability for the economic crisis and the urgency of austerity is nonsense. [...] This still leaves the question of why Labour’s moderates have been so hapless. [...] Corbyn upset isn’t about a sudden left turn on the part of Labour supporters. It’s mainly about the strange, sad moral and intellectual collapse of Labour moderates."
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september 2015 by asterisk2a

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