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Philip Hammond raises further doubts about May's future as Tory leader | Politics | The Guardian
The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that Hammond, Boris Johnson, David Davis and Amber Rudd were involved in feverish plotting to replace May immediately after her snap election gamble in June failed to deliver the promised Tory majority.

When asked repeatedly whether he believed May should lead the party into the next election, Hammond insisted the issue was separate from the immediate question of leading the UK through the Brexit talks.
Brexit  Theresa  May  GE2017  Philip  Hammond  David  Davis  Amber  Rudd  Boris  Johnson  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
(482) School of Public Policy | Patricia Tagliaferri Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series - Niall Ferguson - YouTube
Donald Trump is Populist. not autocrat. usa not entering tyranny. he is a tool. a puppet. a tool for demos appetite for populism and strongman. difference is Facism likes military and uniforms. Amber Rudd wanted to count foreign workers and publish it ... // Angus Deaton epidemic of substance abuse and suicide. Yuhval said that you are more likely at your own hands than anything else // comming apart - book // winner takes all problem of neolib global multinational liberal capitalism // min 30:30 - social science, systemanalysis ala luhmann does not help. the plain of real life, real life solutions. // united states of amnesia, no history. // need to study applied history //
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  demagogue  populism  history  Niall  Ferguson  Brexit  AfD  UK  USA  France  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Amber  Rudd  Theresa  May  Nigel  Farage  Elite  Plutocracy  Oligarchy  BarackObama  1%  economic  10%  Super  Rich  inequality  poverty  trap  gini  Angus  Deaton  book  middle  class  American  Dream  social  income  mobility  Abstieg  Abstiegsangst  Angst  Armut  Germany  GroKo  GFC  bank  bailout  capitalism  neoliberalism  globalisation  structural  underemployed  unemployment 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
UK denies residency to London-born children of Dutch-Spanish couple | Politics | The Guardian
Their experience is the latest of many reported by the Guardian illustrating how red tape is heaping worry on families across the country.
Theresa  May  Amber  Rudd  Home  Office  UK  EEA  immigration  Brexit  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  far-right  right-wing  human  rights 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Teenager killed himself in prison after getting deportation letter | UK news | The Guardian
Deport Deport Deport! // society without empathy. parents came here, he grew up here, gets deported to a foreign country ... // this gov is not run by a conservative and unionist party it is run by UKIP-light. // >> Without a British passport, you are a 2nd class citizen. Hoechstens geduldet! << //
UK  Brexit  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Home  Office  Asylum  immigration  EEA  empathy  Theresa  May  Amber  Rudd  Philosophy  ethics  ethical  moral  morality  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  UKIP  Richard  David  Precht  Austerity  Poverty  working  poor  Precariat 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Lord chief justice attacks Liz Truss for failing to back article 50 judges | Politics | The Guardian
The lord chief justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, has launched a forthright attack on the justice secretary, Liz Truss, for her failure last year to defend judges who were branded “enemies of the people”.

The most senior judge in England and Wales also lambasted her department for putting out inaccurate information last weekend about extending a scheme for pre-recording testimony from rape victims.
Brexit  Theresa  May  Liz  Truss  Amber  Rudd  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  right-wing  far-right  DailyMail  Daily  Mail  Populism  Nationalism 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Britain is one of worst places in western Europe for asylum seekers | UK news | The Guardian
Britain is one of the worst destinations for people seeking asylum in western Europe, according to a Guardian analysis of policies, data and reports of the conditions faced by the record recent influx of new arrivals.

At the start of a year-long project with three other newspapers on Europe’s refugee crisis, the Guardian has analysed the experience of refugees and asylum seekers in the European Union’s big five nations – the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy – and found the conditions in Britain do not compare well.
Only Italy, on the frontline of hundreds of thousands of people crossing the Mediterranean, fares worse. &! https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/01/how-britain-hard-stance-refugees-reshaping-european-policy
UK  Home  Office  Theresa  May  Amber  Rudd  immigration  Visa  refugee  asylum  detention  centre  nasty  party  Conservative  Brexit  history  migration  massmigration  war  food  security  national  Europe  Germany  Syria  Iraq  Afghanistan  neoconservatism  neoconservatives 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Scottish woman and French husband quit UK over Brexit | World news | The Guardian
A Scottish woman and her French scientist husband have decided to quit the UK because of Brexit after his application for permanent residency was rejected by the Home Office, despite him working in the country for more than 20 years.

Emma Pollet said the family had not taken the decision lightly, but were not confident their rights would be protected after Britain left the EU. [...] The permanent residency card was designed for non-EU citizens coming to the UK to live and is not required by law for any EU citizen living in the country.

However, in the absence of any guarantees from the government, many EU citizens have seen it as a route to establish their legal right to remain in the country post-Brexit.
Brexit  EEA  Theresa  May  Home  Office  Amber  Rudd  UK  immigration  Visa 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Deported woman's family say Amber Rudd lacks compassion | UK news | The Guardian
Joanna Cherry QC MP said: “This case is another example of the inability of the Home Office to take account of special or compassionate circumstances when required and the human cost of the inflexibility of the UK’s immigration rules. This approach suggests relentless prioritising of the net migration target against a sensible and humane approach to individual cases.

“Following the recent outcome of the MM Case in the supreme court, concerning the particularly harsh spouse visa rules, this action in relation to Mrs Clennell further places the Home Office’s respect for family life under question.” Joanna Cherry QC MP said: “This case is another example of the inability of the Home Office to take account of special or compassionate circumstances when required and the human cost of the inflexibility of the UK’s immigration rules. This approach suggests relentless prioritising of the net migration target against a sensible and humane approach to individual cases.

“Following the recent outcome of the MM Case in the supreme court, concerning the particularly harsh spouse visa rules, this action in relation to Mrs Clennell further places the Home Office’s respect for family life under question.”
UK  Brexit  EEA  Visa  immigration  Home  Office  Amber  Rudd  Theresa  May  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Senior MPs accused of damaging UK with divisive rhetoric | Politics | The Guardian
Senior government ministers including Amber Rudd and Jeremy Hunt are damaging the UK’s standing in the world with their divisive rhetoric, the chair of the Commons Brexit committee, Hilary Benn, has said. [...] Indicating that such language could influence negotiations with the EU, Benn said making pronouncements about what the government would achieve from its discussions would harden attitudes towards the UK among European politicians and officials. [...] “When I reflect upon a certain week in Birmingham in the autumn, where people of a particular political party gathered and made speeches, I thought that was a disastrous week for Britain’s reputation in the world. Absolutely disastrous.
Brexit  Ken  Clarke  anti-immigrant  Tories  UKIP  EDL  Conservative  Party  nasty  immigration  EEA  European  Union  Theresa  May  NHS  Jeremy  Hunt  Amber  Rudd  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  White  Supremacy  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  hate  speech  crime  human  rights  refugee  Religion  ISIS  migration  VISA 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Home Office keeps child refugees ‘in the dark’ about move to UK | UK news | The Guardian
Researchers who visited a series of reception centres in France, where children are being held as their UK applications are processed by Home Office officials, found many children had received insufficient information or none at all.
refugee  war  Syria  UK  Home  Office  Amber  Rudd  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  Tory 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
BBCSML: Are there too many foreign workers in UK? (09Oct16) - YouTube
pandering to the sentiment of Brexit (England) w foreign workers list seen only by Gov. // talking about problems only through the prism of immigration bc it is the easiest. them. bc i've voted 2 times tories and it can't be me votin tories and tories policy ...
Theresa  May  UK  immigration  EEA  Amber  Rudd  Brexit  NHS  Austerity  structural  unemployment  technical  long-term  staff  shortage  morale  education  policy  Manufacturing  Apprenticeship  wage  growth  income  underinvestment  Workers  Trade  Union 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Polish workers, Indian students and Italian politicians voice fears over Brexit effect on British culture | Politics | The Guardian
permanent residency rights after 5 years. // post-tory conference lots realise undertone of hate, xenophobia, brit first, ratio how many foreigners you can hire, ... similarities to 1930 Germany // One of Italy’s leading columnists, Gianni Riotta, said: “Some Italians saluted Brexit as a liberation from the heavy European saddle. Now they realise the nasty undertone poisoning Brexit. The lists of foreigners, the ethnic cleansing of doctors and nurses from British hospitals. They now worry. Many Italians work in the UK, to find a job Italy is not offering them.
Brexit  UK  EEA  immigration  Theresa  May  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Amber  Rudd 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Hammond acts to reassure City and Wall Street on Brexit | Politics | The Guardian
[LOL] “We have to recognise that part of the mood in the UK that drove the referendum decision is a mood about the pressure on wages at the lowest end, the entry-level jobs in the economy, from large-scale migration, largely from eastern Europe. We have to address that issue, that’s the clear mandate we have received from the British people.”
Theresa  May  Brexit  Philip  Hammond  Amber  Rudd 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Posh Tory Home Secretary Amber Rudd talks tough on immigration - YouTube
[Amber Rudd, well off privately educated, started working at a bank][the hard line is drawn, see with what we can get through and what gets most applause - fast track that] bring down levels of immigration to change tide of opinion on immigration. ... aka free up austerity public services like edu child care nhs and hope wage stagnation ends and everybody gets a raise till 2020! &! http://bit.ly/2d3v7IK &! http://bit.ly/2dsM6VC - as w all political speeches, actions not words will speak.
Conservative  Party  Amber  Rudd  Theresa  May  David  Davis  Liam  Fox  Boris  nasty  Brexit  immigration  UK  EEA  Tories 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Amber Rudd implicated in tax haven avoidance industry - YouTube
... sure. You know you were avoiding/evading tax or at least involved in an operation/company. Why not come forward? Why wait till you are found out? this is beyond poor judgement of the situation and peoples wrath over tax crime. this is poor sensitivity. thinks of herself beyond everyone else. gov in presses sells it as "embarrasing" //&! https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/sep/21/bahamas-leaks-reveal-amber-rudd-involvement-offshore-firms
Amber  Rudd  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Theresa  May  tax  evasion  avoidance  1%  10%  20%  Super  Rich  Plutocracy  double  standard  trust  trustagent  career  Politicians  westminster  whitehall  lobby 
september 2016 by asterisk2a
Theresa May's nuclear kow towing to China will cost UK households £30bn - YouTube
Greenpeace "most expensive object on earth" // even the economist says it is more logical/common sense to invest 15bn over 20 years into renewables and smart grid. // EDF says price is competitive, ehrm sorry, EDF was only one willing to take risk (bidders got out of race one by one) they themselves had internal strive // half truth of former energy sec (lib dem) and osborne/cameron gov that it is good value for money to keep lights on ... yes as is, but not if you invest ~20bn over 20 yrs in smart grid and renewables, stupid. which bring jobs across UK, not just Hinkley Region! duh! //&! http://econ.st/2cTLc5J (politics before economics and common sense) &! http://bit.ly/2cGfCoz //&! history of said reactor promises to invite cost overrun and years of delays. means energy price remains higher compared to Germany thus industry uncompetitive ("March of Makers").
energy  policy  Hinkley  Point  C  price  security  Smart  Grid  renewable  underinvestment  Theresa  May  George  Osborne  austerity  Amber  Rudd  FDI  nuclear  waste  power  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  competitive  competitiveness 
september 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
Five ways to power the UK that are far better than Hinkley Point
These alternatives to the troubled planned nuclear plant will be faster to build and cheaper for energy consumers, say experts
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Hinkley Point C nuclear deal contains £22bn 'poison pill' for taxpayer
[ strike price guarantee over current energy price and fine if it is closed before 2060 ] Public left with huge liability for a government closure of power plant before 2060 under UK’s agreement with EDF
Hinkley  Point  C  renewable  energy  policy  error  policy  folly  George  Osborne  Amber  Rudd  Tories  Conservative  Party  COP21  nuclear  power  nuclear  waste 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Climate change deal: 'Zero carbon' laws promised by government - BBC News
Under current law, emissions must be cut by 80% by 2050 - but ministers have said this does not go far enough. Following the climate deal in Paris, it is clear the UK must not increase CO2 at all because the warming threat is so severe, they added. No details of the law change have been given - and critics said the UK was failing to meet even current targets. [...] However, many in the energy sector will be baffled by what they see as a schizophrenic attitude to climate change from the government. While pledging their allegiance to very demanding CO2 cuts, ministers have made a slew of policy changes that are predicted to increase emissions. [...] government has failed to secure any new nuclear stations, scrapped a competition for carbon capture and threatened cuts in the offshore wind budget unless costs radically fall. [& turned back on] onshore wind and large scale solar energy
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Hinkley: Why do we need the new nuclear power station? - BBC News
[ strike price ] Why is a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point running years behind schedule and the cause of seemingly endless debate? Here are some answers to the questions surrounding the world's most expensive power project. [ prob w renewables is energy storage systems and capacity! ] [...] However, the UK needs to build more power stations if it is to meet growing demand for electricity and the government wants to ensure consumers foot the bill no matter where the electricity comes from.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
EDF finance chief quits ahead of Hinkley Point decision - BBC News
[ 18bn, world most expensive, and internal board power & power politics, get him off, and you are able to go ahead // guaranteed strike price ] Thomas Piquemal stepped down because he feared the project could jeopardise EDF's financial position, according to reports. EDF shares opened 8.2% lower on Monday. Last month, Chris Bakken, the director of the project that could produce 7% of UK electricity by 2025, said he was leaving to pursue other opportunities. Jean-Bernard Levy, chairman and chief executive of EDF, said Mr Piquemal told him of the decision to leave last week and that he regretted the "haste" of Mr Piquemal's departure. The company's board is expected to finalise in April how it will fund the project after postponing the decision a number of times. Mr Levy said the board was studying the investment in Hinkley Point to ascertain the best way to finance the power plant. He added that EDF aimed to announce a final investment decision "soon".
Hinkley  Point  C  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  George  Osborne  Amber  Rudd  David  Cameron  nuclear  power  nuclear  waste  energy  price  energy  policy  renewable  energy  carbon  tax  UK 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Britain heading for power cuts next winter, say 60 local authorities | Business | The Guardian
bit.ly/1TOwjhT &! A group representing 60 local authorities has warned that recent closures of large power stations have left Britain heading for power cuts next winter, despite assurances to the contrary from the government. [...] National Grid needed to act immediately to fill the supply gap by sending out new contracts for at least 2,500 megawatts (MW) of additional generating capacity – enough to power 2.5m homes. The alliance wants ministers to reconsider the level of carbon taxes, saying this is one of the key reasons why so many coal-fired power stations are being shut down early. [...] In recent years, coal, nuclear and gas-fired plants have been shut because of low prices, high operating costs or old age. Windfarms have been erected and new nuclear facilities promised but energy companies say gas plants cannot be built without higher subsidies. //&! bit.ly/1MpvhlE - UK doesn not meet 15% of EU renewables target, but cuts subsidies for renewables, duh! &! bit.ly/1sL8Kty
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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
DWP post for Amazon boss is 'disgusting', says Margaret Hodge | Business | The Guardian
The Labour MP and tax campaigner Margaret Hodge has described as “disgusting” a plan to give an executive of online retailer Amazon, one of the companies at the centre of an intensifying row over taxes, a directorship at the Department for Work and Pensions. Hodge was responding to the news, first revealed by Sky News, that Amazon’s head of Chinese operations, Doug Gurr, is to become a non-executive director of the DWP. The DWP said it would issue a statement, which was not available at the time of publication. Amazon declined to comment. [...] Amazon’s UK business paid just £11.9m in tax in 2014, even though its Luxembourg unit took £5.3bn from internet sales in the UK. [...] [ in private VIP tax deals, double standard, no representation, no democracy. one rules for the oligarchy/plutocracy and another for the peons. ] [ amber rudd - tobacco ties ] [ judgement call by George Osborne to make tax deals and not make everyone equal however big or small they are ]
tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  DWP  double  standard  democracy  HMRC  No  Representation  oligarchy  plutocracy  1%  Super  Rich  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  revolving  door  Amber  Rudd  Westminster  Policy  Makers  folly  Party  Funding  constituency  nasty  neoliberalism  neoliberal  trickle-down  economics  corporate  tax  rate  corporate  welfare  subsidies  subsidizing  Tories  Conservative  Party  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  fairness  Generationengerechtigkeit  bank  bailout  austerity  budget  deficit  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  GFC  recovery  economic  history 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
The lights are going out for solar energy
Back in December, when most people were focussed on Christmas and not renewable subsidies, the government quietly published their decision to cut Feed-in Tariffs for industries such as solar, wind and hydropower by a staggering 65 per cent. Included in the small print was analysis which showed a possible 19,000 job losses, mostly in solar, which would see that industry shrink to under half its size. [...] Instead the government is thinking short-term, and our economy will suffer. For a party that wants people to think of it as economically competent, this is an incredibly bad move.
energy  price  energy  policy  renewable  energy  Amber  Rudd  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  short-termism  trickle-down  economics  carbon  tax  fossil  fuel  nuclear  power  carbonfootprint  carbon  trading  scheme  carbonemission  COP21  competitive  competitiveness  industrial  policy  Steel  Industry  Aberdeen  subsidies  subsidizing  corporate  welfare  Makers  Career  Politicians  constituency  policy  folly  policy  error  Opportunism  opportunist  Party  Funding  Oil  price  commodity  prices 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Hitachi boss issues warning over Wylfa subsidy deal - BBC News
[ giving extortionate (for consumer) strike prices, while cutting renewable feed in tariff 95% and 500m subsidies for Oil/Aberdeen ] The head of the company behind a new £8bn nuclear power station on Anglesey has warned it may walk away from the project if a subsidy deal with the UK government cannot be reached. Hitachi chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi told the Telegraph he voiced concerns about Wylfa Newydd's expected cost to Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. It followed problems a rival faced for the Hinkley Point plant in Somerset. The UK government said it wants low-cost nuclear power. Hitachi owns Horizon Nuclear Power which is behind the plans to build the new power plant, which could be operational by the early 2020s. Horizon is in talks with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on issues such as the strike price, which will be key to attracting additional finance.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Linking junior doctors and terror is cheap politics | Barbara Ellen | Opinion | The Guardian
[ Tories, nasty party at it again; spin and positioning - to use something to put someone or something in a bad light. distract. smoking gun and mirrors. avoid. change direction and tone of discussion or debate. ] Now questions are being raised about political interference, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron calling it an attempt to “politicise the Paris terror attack” and the “lowest politics” he’d seen in years. Keogh and the Department of Health say that it was “entirely appropriate” that they communicate with each other and co-ordinate a response. Communication is generally a very good thing, co-ordination, in this case, not so much. Indeed, some might say that this is desperate stuff, an overt attempt to stir up public fear and animosity towards striking medics.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Weather records: December was 'wettest month for UK' - BBC News
Storms propelled by the jet stream were mainly to blame, it says, with contributions from the El Nino weather phenomenon and man-made climate change. December was something of a freak month, it acknowledges. Climate change has raised UK temperatures by around 1C (1.8F) so far, so it will be many decades before this level of extreme weather becomes the new winter norm, it says. Other scientists say that with climate change, there will be no "normal" weather. //&! Storms Desmond and Eva flooded 16,000 homes in England - bbc.in/1O4iNTC + Frank mainly in Scotland. //&! Collapsed Tadcaster bridge repairs 'to cost £3m' - bbc.in/1VGKjcE //&! York flood victims to get £500 payment for clean up //&! More government money promised for flood-hit councils - bbc.in/1OxmC5e //&! Plan for temporary road in wake of Aberdeenshire flooding - bbc.in/1IPAAPn //&! Flats in Dundee evacuated after storm damage - bbc.in/1PLNTSi
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Storm Frank: What have we done to make the flooding worse? - BBC News
[Strom Eva, Desmond, Frank, ... building code has to be reviewed. new buildings have to be raised, first floor ~1m above ground. no basement. also, roofs have to resist gale winds easily ] Policy-makers are often keen to see brownfield land used for residential development, but these areas are often most vulnerable to flooding. Demand from buyers has fuelled this growth, too. You might assume that there would be huge drops in property prices after highly publicised floods. But in places like Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, and Cockermouth, Cumbria, which experienced heavy flooding in 2007 and 2009 respectively, prices have remained largely unaffected in the long run. [...] "We've tended to straighten rivers, to canalise them, to embank them and all that rushes the water down to the nearby urban pinch point," explains environmentalist and writer George Monbiot, adding that the flow of water should be slowed down and the rivers lengthened instead.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
UK floods: Storm Frank threatens more misery - BBC News
A fresh storm threatens to bring more misery to parts of the UK, including areas already hit by severe flooding. Storm Frank is due to sweep in from Tuesday evening, with Cumbria and south and central Scotland at most risk. There are nine severe flood warnings - meaning "danger to life" - in England and Wales, mostly centred on York which was badly hit by flooding on Saturday. David Cameron has defended government spending on flood defences after the devastation across northern England. Floods minister Rory Stewart told the Today programme that the government was open to the idea of an external review being held. The Environment Agency said on Monday there would have to be a "complete rethink" of flood defences. December has seen communities in Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire swamped by rising waters. Storm Frank poses a new threat in the wake of what Storm Eva brought over the Christmas weekend. [...] costs could exceed £1.5bn. [ Eva, Desmond, Frank ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Surge-hit Hemsby worried about winter - BBC News
The campaign group Save Hemsby Coastline raised funds to pay for a trial sea defence, but it only covers a short stretch of coastline. Norfolk County Council said sea defences were not its responsibility. [...] An Environment Agency spokesman said it was spending £2.3bn over the next six years to protect 15,000 properties from coastal erosion, but it had not received an application for funding from Hemsby. [[[ >> // taking money away for renewables, and will have to put it and 10x more into extreme weather defences and repairs. does not include economic damage. - Re first big strom this winter Strom Desmond breaches several once-in-100 years flood devences. and winter is supposed be harsh with el ninio powering it and exceptionally cold atalantic bc of greenland iceshield cooling gulf stream ]]] //&! bbc.in/1HQd7Nr
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
The roof is being fixed but beware the house crashing beneath it | Business | The Guardian
Consumer spending is driving economic growth but household debt and the house price-income ratio is at a record high. Be afraid [...] It is worth recalling that when Osborne became chancellor five and a half years ago that he had two big objectives. The first was to repair the hole in the public finances, which is still very much a work in progress. The other was to shift the centre of gravity of the economy back towards making things for export. This remains a pipedream. [...] Despite the welcome pickup in business investment, the main driver of growth has been consumer spending, which has been boosted by low interest rates, the fall in inflation caused by lower oil prices, and a modest acceleration in earnings. [...] “not the ideal shape for the recovery” and it can say that again. The current recovery looks like all the previous recoveries. [...] “Fast-rising household debt is needed to maintain a reasonable rate of growth in consumers’ spending and GDP in a world of austerity ...
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Half of £24bn nuclear reactor investment will go to overseas suppliers | Business | The Guardian
More than half of the £24bn expected to be spent on the first British nuclear reactors for two decades could go abroad to foreign suppliers, a leading UK academic and government adviser has warned. The issue is of extreme political sensitivity because George Osborne has already faced criticism for providing huge subsidies to Hinkley, which is being developed by EDF Energy of France.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
COP21: UK under fire on climate policy - BBC News
Allegations of hypocrisy will be levelled at the UK when the Climate Secretary Amber Rudd appears at the Paris climate summit on Monday. [...] Most recently Mr Osborne scrapped a £1bn fund for a demonstration plant to capture CO2 from a power station and store it underground. It was a major pillar of UK climate policy. Craig Bennett from Friends of the Earth said: "The government is totally hypocritical on climate change. "George Osborne's anti-environmental policy decisions on energy fly the opposite way to the low-carbon route the vast majority of other countries are pursuing. // also hypocrisy to cut renewable's and investment (increase future energy price, see Steel industry; wholesale price 1/3 higher than Germany, in Germany steel companies did not close shop. They complained too. but did not close shop.) and on the other hand say only austerity will strengthen economy and a strong economy guarantees a strong NHS.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
UK's coal plants to be phased out within 10 years - BBC News
[How can gas be central if it has to be shipped from Russia & else?! - bbc.in/1WZQj4D ] UKs remaining coal-fired power stations will be shut by 2025 with their use restricted by 2023, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has proposed. Ms Rudd wants more gas-fired stations to be built since relying on "polluting" coal is "perverse". Only if gas-fuelled power can fill the void created by closing coal-powered stations would coal plants be shut, she said. //&! bit.ly/1G7rJQt Subsidies cut in "emergency" Budget2015 after election which was not in the manifesto. &! Greenpeace said it showed the chancellor is out of step with the times. - bit.ly/1D2ylQg &! bit.ly/1HOeCt0 &! Renewables industry slams move to make them pay Climate Change Levy (also done in the Budget2015) - bit.ly/1j8khAR - "Like making apple juice pay an alcohol tax" &! Gov says in official statement, this move protects customers from higher energy bills??? - bit.ly/1Kkd8GH
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
▶ Kevin Rudd & Labor - The Past Six Years - YouTube
Thinking of voting for Labor in 2013? Take a look back at the past six years of Kevin Rudd and Labor. I am not associated or endorsed by any political party or person. No financial or personal gain results from this video. It is purely for the entertainment of political fans.
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september 2013 by asterisk2a

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