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Are the women speaking up about sexual assault taking down celebrities or the patriarchy? / LGBTQ Nation
Within a patriarchal society that transmits distorted binary gender extremes, questions inevitably arise: How dare women demand their reproductive freedoms, which would reduce or even take away my (the male) making the decision whether to carry or abort my genetic offspring? How dare a woman choose not to marry a man? How dare women compete with me for a high social position?
How dare gay men think of coming onto me? How dare trans men take on the privileges by transitioning that I have “earned” from birth? How dare trans women relinquish male privilege and betray their gender (read as betray patriarchy itself)? How dare intersex people not choose to “become either one or the other”?
Toxic forms of hypermasculinity require the promotion and use of firearms to keep at bay the intensive psychosocial compulsive fear and dread of penetration from bullets, and by extension the gaze of gay and bisexual men, and the female gaze since patriarchy promises males the right to the aggressive outward intrusive gaze, the right of penetration of “others.” And when patriarchal social and family structures converge with patriarchal religious systems, which reinforce strictly defined gender hierarchies of male domination, women and girl’s oppression and oppression of those who transgress sexual-, sexuality-, and gender binaries and boundaries became inevitable.
Feminism  feminist  Patriarchy  sexism  Sexismus  #MeToo  Aufschrei  Sociology  Psychology  lossaversion  Privileged  gender-based  discrimination  inequality  equality  LGBT  BAME  oppression  hate  speech  crime  Religion  Theology  hierarchies  hierarchy 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
The American far-right is crashing after its Trump victory high | Cas Mudde | Opinion | The Guardian
Cas Mudde is the author of Populism: A Very Short Introduction and The Far Right in America // reactionary movement never come as far as proactive utopian
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january 2018 by asterisk2a
(4207) Inside the mind of white America - BBC News - YouTube
3:30 "most of it I hear is from the news and it is mostly negative." // white privilege also means not knowing about your advantage as white white neighbourhood white name white parents and grand parents and grand grand parents // Institutional racism
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
I sold sex to fund my unpaid internships. Poor kids are still battling the class gap | Paris Lees | Opinion | The Guardian
Granularitaet von Lebenslaeufen. Ossi diskrimination (monitor) in den CEO etagen sind ossis und auch politik nicht angekommen auf bundesebene. privileg always having a leg-up from parents or grandparents. // I remember going on Radio 4 a few years ago, and thinking that all the people I met inside Broadcasting House sounded strange. I couldn’t put my finger on it at first. And then the penny dropped. They sounded like the people on television. The people on the radio. The people you see on the news. The way prime ministers sound. I remember sitting in the car on the way home and realising: “Oh, you’re the people who run everything.”
class  UK  Brexit  No  Representation  Klassenkampf  discrimination  Precariat  working  poor  poverty  trap  prejudice  bigotry  BAME  Society  Gesellschaft  Zusammenhalt  cohesion  privilege  Privileged  meritocracy  meritocratic  East  Germany  Ossi  Saxony  Reunification  social  income  mobility  inequality  career  ladder  equality  gender-based  pay  gap  Marx  Anarchism  Trump  democracy  tyranny  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Capitalism 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Making Britain Great Again by Niall Ferguson - YouTube
Brexit is a misnomer. it is not about British, Brexit is about the English! And Scotland failed to amend the outcome. What matters is age in turnout. The problem of granny voting out. GENERATIONAL CONFLICT in 21st century. And general inequality. Sovereignty was smth for alt-right people (authoritarian liking correlation). [...] and most importantly, IT IS NOT THE ECONOMY ANY MORE, STUPID (identity over pay day). At least for half of it. See also Donald Trump. LIES IN POLITICS HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE POWERFULL THAN 2016 - Brexit and Trump. DailyMail about EEA's. Immigrants take no jobs from "English." Immigration has contributed to growth (GDP). + WILL BE LONGEST DIVORCE. = HIT TO ECON WILL BE AS HARSH AS PREDICTED! HARD BREXIT MIGHT EVEN BE UNDERESTIMATED. [...] Populism (multiculturalism, social liberalism, immigration, environmentalism, feminism, globalisation, capitalism/corporatism) vs Cosmopolitism & Econ Left vs Econ Right [...] Brexit campaign was succesulf as in that leave voters dont think didnt think economically, it would make much of a difference. The more you were for Brexit, the less economics mattered. THIS DIVORCE WIL COST WAY MORE THAN ANYONE COULD HAVE THOUGHT ... and longer. Not 2 years. [...] When populist leaders seek to exploit (populism) policy for their own end (&personal career/gain), the sceptical voter should be ver ver very suspicious.
Brexit  Scotland  SNP  Westminster  Whitehall  political  history  economic  immigration  identity  politics  Generationengerechtigkeit  Generation  Millennials  UK  Populism  Populismus  alt-right  far-right  right-wing  corporatism  Corporate  crony  capitalism  Exploitation  globalisation  Multiculturalism  liberal  liberalism  Elite  Establishment  Privileged 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Child abuse inquiry turmoil: the establishment closing ranks? - YouTube
when you have to put the word "Independent" into the name to make the point that it is independent. // James O'Brien vs the hobbled child sexual abuse inquiry - https://youtu.be/BFcxe_2w9ss
Child  Sexual  Abuse  Inquiry  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  Westminster  Whitehall  Establishment  Toff  Privileged  UK  Wertegesellschaft  Religion  Society  Gesellschaft  human  rights  Career  Politicians 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Philip Hammond ditches Osborne's help-to-buy homes scheme | Money | The Guardian
Philip Hammond has confirmed that the government’s help-to-buy mortgage guarantee scheme will be closed by the end of the year, another of former chancellor George Osborne’s flagships now abandoned by the Treasury.

In a letter to Bank of England governor Mark Carney, the chancellor said the scheme had a “specific purpose that has now been successfully achieved”.

Launched in late 2013, the scheme meant buyers only needed to raise 5% of the property value for a deposit, with a government guarantee on a further 15% to give mortgage lenders the incentive to loan larger amounts.
Help  To  Buy  property  bubble  UK  affordable  housing  social  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May  BOE  Mark  Carney  subsidies  subsidizing  privilege  Privileged 
september 2016 by asterisk2a
Glenn Greenwald on Brazil & Clinton vs. Trump - Jung & Naiv: Episode 273 - YouTube
(Chris Hayes - Twillight of the elites 2011) collapse of the elite of authority = disorder // loss of fiath and institutions ... people tune out on TV telling them Brexit and Trump is bad. // Hillary Clinton had all that she could ask for, still Bernie gave her the bern ... gives you the size of resentment and want for change.
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august 2016 by asterisk2a
EHRC Report: What's the point of A levels if your future is blighted by racism - YouTube
race inequality still entrenched/systemic in society. has to work trice as hard as a white posh boy. [...] still sleepwalking into segregation. UK is no one nation. [...] Political Speeches are platitudes. Worthless. // Interview - have less social capital (Toff, Privileged, Establishment) ... invisible glass wall to break into certain professions. // Universities are degree manufacturers! not teaching people to succeed in the real world. //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37114418
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august 2016 by asterisk2a
Atul Singh: "The Global Rise of the Far Right" | Talks at Google - YouTube
people have to come to expect XYZ, but never materialised. literally // communities locally (suburb aspiration) have been broken down by consumerism materialism and 24/7 work / work being identity // & no certainty. thus you hang onto anyone who promises you past certainty, salvation, promised age. continuity in age of uncertainty and volatility. don't know if you have job next month. and gives you promises you collective identity. thus seeking authoritarian father figure. // & have to address - future (certainty, moral purpose), identity, inequality.
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august 2016 by asterisk2a
The Guardian view on the UK labour market: farewell, Lithuanian car valets | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian
Of course, pay was not the only reason that migrant workers came to be so resented. Queues for doctors’ appointments and overcrowded classrooms were easier to see than differences in pay, and they played a bigger part in fuelling resentment. Yet in the same way that migration concealed structural change in wages, its impact on public services served as a distraction from the real cost of the austerity measures brought in by the coalition government in 2010.
Austerity  Brexit  underinvestment  UK  education  policy  NHS  Crisis  child  care  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Tories  Conservative  Nasty  Party  political  class  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  Westminster  No  Representation  Whitehall  Protest  Vote  economic  history  squeezed  middle  social  mobility  meritocracy  meritocratic 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
Understanding Peter Thiel’s Politics
he “no longer believe[s] that capitalism and democracy are compatible.” (Thiel has since said that he was wrong to think America was a democracy, calling it instead a “state dominated by very unelected, technocratic agencies”). [...] Thiel let slip that he was pessimistic about the current system continuing. The failure of the present Establishment, according to Thiel, may point to Marxism, libertarianism, or something else, but “it’s going to be this increasingly volatile trajectory of figuring out what that’s going to be.” [...] political zero to one
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august 2016 by asterisk2a
It’s not the Isle of Wight that is inbred. It’s the establishment | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian
David Hoare, like many privileged people, clings to the delusion that brilliance earns wealth and power – while the poor have only themselves to blame [...] [Book Steve Jones] The more we learn about genes, the more important the environment appears to be.” Robert Plomin spent years scanning children for success genes, but never found them, reports Jones. In life, “success and failure depend far more on the economic than the genetic accidents of birth”
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august 2016 by asterisk2a
Jonah Goldberg on Donald Trump's Candidacy, Liberalism, and Conservatism - YouTube
Centrists - Over promised and under delivered. thus feeling of no representation etc. and feeling of betrayal [...] can't discount the economics of the last decades. [...] Brexit is illuminating. [...] 1% look down on "make america great again" as nostalgia [...] see themselves better than the rest. [...] disdain [...] [...] Republicans (Establishment) could not break out of and from the past. Could not make advances against Donald Trump. [...]
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Len McCluskey: intelligence services using 'dark practices' against Corbyn | Politics | The Guardian
Unite boss says he believes security agents are posing as supporters of Labour leader to abuse rebel MPs // history doesnt repeat, but rhymes; The Plot Against Harold Wilson, BBC 2006 - https://youtu.be/y6v1VxB5Lss //&! The Night The Government Fell (A Parliamentary Coup) - https://youtu.be/1WRVVdGQcN0 //&! http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jul/22/len-mccluskey-whos-going-to-be-the-king-which-ones-corbyn-and-which-ones-us
Labour  Party  Jeremy  Corbyn  Westminster  Whitehall  Establishment  Privileged  Toff  1%  10%  20% 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Does The Myth of Meritocracy show us how to alleviate inequality?
No debate about social mobility is complete without reference to the supposedly halcyon days of the 1950s and 1960s. The class fluidity of those decades, however, was not the result of professions becoming more meritocratic. It was caused by an unprecedented rise in the number of middle-class jobs: there was more room at the top. [...] Bloodworth writes that 21st-century society is characterised by a dwindling of professional jobs and more people slipping downwards: there is “more room at the bottom”. [...] Globalisation has created what the economist Robert H Frank calls “winner-takes-all” markets
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
The biggest blunder of them all
Keeping all this cautiously in mind, let’s look at the British establishment cock-up. According to one of those involved, this all started at a pizza restaurant at Chicago O’Hare Airport at the time of a Nato conference in 2012, when David Cameron and his closest political allies decided that the only way of scuppering Ukip and the Euro-hostile right of the Conservative Party was to give the British people a referendum.

The brutal way of putting this is that Cameron decided to put party management and tactics ahead of grand strategy, grossly overrated his own negotiating skills, and has been badly bitten in the bottom accordingly. He has often looked like a chess player who plays the next move brilliantly yet fails to see three moves ahead. //&! http://bit.ly/29ncCyG - Michael Gove and Boris friendships. //&! http://bit.ly/29B8Nns - Westminster
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
How the Brexit vote unleashed a mutiny against the old order | Politics | The Guardian
But the revolution that had delivered Brexit, driven in large part by white working-class votes, was sweeping all before it in the most unpredictable way – careers and ambitions, along with what had seemed the safest of assumptions. The aftershocks of the referendum were wreaking havoc with the old system. //&! How bad can Brexit be if it has made bankers think about inequality? [...] Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) immediately called Brexit the “biggest electoral riposte yet to [the] age of inequality”. Investment group Pimco, which manages $1.5 trillion of bonds, warned clients about the “battle against inequality”. Meanwhile French giant Axa (with €666bn under its belt) concluded: “UK voters have taken their frustrations about income inequality out on the EU.” - http://bit.ly/29gYh3T //&! decades long neglect from Westminster, Whitehall, No Representation - bit.ly/29lZVDn & bit.ly/29ey7jL
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Why Brexit Is Good For Working People In Clear, Simple Terms - YouTube
Mark Blyth // + centrists lost the plot (leaders from 95 to today in western world - tony blair, clinton, cameron, schroeder, merkel, sarkozy, hollande, gordon brown ... IMF and OECD! and the central bankers. christine lagarde) // global trumpism // trickle down never worked! // Mark Blyth: The Why of Brexit - MR LIVE - 6/28/16 - https://youtu.be/arT40qHKuHQ?t=13m //&! Bhaskar Sunkara: A Marxist Perspective on Current Crises - MR Live - 6/27/16 - https://youtu.be/DcxN5n22OiE?t=14m30s
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC Radio 5 live - In Short, Heseltine: Boris has created 'greatest constitutional crisis in modern times'
The Conservative grandee and former leadership contender Lord Heseltine has launched a scathing attack on Boris Johnson saying he has created the "greatest constitutional crisis in modern times" and added the former London mayor has "ripped the (Conservative) party apart". Mr Heseltine, a former Deputy Prime Minister, said there is now a "great gaping hole in the future of Britain's decisions makers" as well as investors from all over the world. [...] Mr Johnson had abandoned "any sense of responsibility for what he's done".
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Shields and Brooks on voter disenchantment across the globe - YouTube
"the elites brought this partly on themselves // did not provide metropolitan nationalism and patriotism. // there is a political cause to the current real world economic problems on the street and households. // and cultural sense of loss. // if change is working for everyone ... but this is not that time. //
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
Michael Gove the 'Lord Macbeth' of the Commons, says Alex Salmond (From Herald Scotland)
Alex Salmond has mocked the leadership divisions plaguing Labour and the Conservatives by calling for MPs to spend a week debating "political backstabbing".

The former first minister of Scotland described Labour MPs as "rank amateurs" in their attempts to dislodge Jeremy Corbyn when compared with Michael Gove's bid to become the next Tory prime minister.

Mr Salmond labelled Justice Secretary Mr Gove as "Lord Macbeth" for having "dispatched" Prime Minister David Cameron before knocking Boris Johnson out of the Tory leadership race.
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
Day of change turns rules upside down
And almost the entire establishment's appeal to the electorate was rejected. One member of the cabinet pointed to the problem: "they don't believe us".
Right now, it is not at all inevitable that's a problem the current generation of politicians will ever be able to fix.
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
Stocks are up. But it appears to us that the U.S. economy is going down. Go figure.
velocity is at 57yr low - WOW! the money that is in circulation is in less hands! the econ expanded according to GDP, but less and less $ reach on avg each hand. - "This is serious. The velocity of money tracks how often each dollar is used to buy something in the economy. Falling velocity shows that consumers and business are pulling back… becoming more reluctant to spend and invest… downsizing… and holding onto dollars rather than spending them. This has a similar effect as reducing the supply of money bidding for goods and services. Prices drop. Deflation, in other words. The bubble has developed a leak. The hot air is gushing out." //&! bit.ly/1MOxc9A //&! research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/M2V &! pieria.co.uk/articles/getting_things_wrong_federal_reserve_style - it is associated with stagnant NGDP [...] demand problem.
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april 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
BRITAIN deserves better than the EU Daniel Hannan
Mr Hannan himself was born into privilege. See his Wikipedia page. His refugee crisis proposals (a no-fly zone in syria so that syrians don't put their feed in boats to cross to europe) youtu.be/rqnCg3Wt8d0 //&! Dan Hannan: what we need from Europe is free trade, not a common government - youtu.be/eMwvWHLRrpE - there is no high tide for Federalism in UK, UK is in Devolution mood. //&! Iain Duncan Smith on Brexit case - youtu.be/qOLjsfElH-Y - &! David Cameron speech at bloomberg mentioned - gov.uk/government/speeches/eu-speech-at-bloomberg //&! youtu.be/YL6D8E9EbS4 &! youtu.be/VrwIfXsXbic &! youtu.be/hPo1i_B7wBM &! youtu.be/RCXDHYpINdc //&! David Cameron grilled by uni students (07Apr16) - youtu.be/yXkJ1Y1i4JQ //&! Debate at Oxford Union - youtu.be/eohm9t4-F9g &! other debate here - youtu.be/XgQbEpQGRBA //&! Nigel Farage on MarrShow - youtu.be/J-ywMne-7lk //&! The best of Daniel Hannan - youtu.be/R0rj2DWwFBU
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
No one would listen to Stephen Fry if he was poor
Now he expects us to join him in condemning people who have been affected by events they could not possibly control.

And there are many of them. A recent study found that up to 80% of abused people had at least one psychiatric disorder by their 21st birthday: depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide. Schoolyard bullying can be just as destructive, with one study arguing that bullying carried out by other children is five times more likely than neglect or abuse at home to cause anxiety.

Just as the body’s immune system is still forming in childhood, so too is the brain’s stress response. The effects of childhood trauma cannot be overstated: abuse, sexual abuse in particular, is devastating. Children need love, and they need to feel safe. [...] “freedom from prejudice” v “freedom of expression” [...] [being] voiceless
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
John Whittingdale, the dominatrix, and the papers - BBC Newsnight
more trouble for the Tories, adding to the pile. //&! Should Culture Secretary John Whittingdale go? - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/kydcuQnPvM8 //&! Labour calls to curb John Whittingdale's powers after escort relationship - bbc.in/1Sedsy1 //&! How have we found ourselves in this strange situation where privacy campaigners who have pushed for tighter rules are up in arms because the private life of a single cabinet minister was not reported? - bbc.in/1MuqIMT //&! The press are right to tread more warily when deciding whether to publish stories about the private life of public figures - bit.ly/1qpFZnU
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Workers or Shirkers? Ian Hislop's Victorian Benefits
An entertaining, provocative film in which Ian explores the colourful history behind one of the most explosive issues of our times - welfare: who deserves to be helped, and who doesn't. [... ] all hate, no heart. just spreadsheets. at Whitehall, no 11. [...] Benefit Street = victorian freak show/circus of curiosities [...] writing about others, "othering" them. demonising them or putting them on pedestals, making them saints. [...] IDS "a single mother wo aspiration is a product of the system" would correct that, a product of her environment (society) [ie gentrification - poor living w poor door to door. and everyone is looking down on them.].
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Universal credit cuts to lose low-income families up to £200 a month
[ UC is a backdoor welfare cut ] Changes to be introduced on Monday will push more low-paid working families into poverty, charities say. Tens of thousands of low-paid working families can expect to lose up to £200 a month as a result of changes to universal credit introduced on Monday – the first wave of £3bn in welfare cuts that will affect 1m households by 2020. [...] a full-time single parent would have to work a 14-month year. [...] The cuts stem from changes in the work allowance unveiled by the chancellor, George Osborne, in his summer budget a year ago. These drastically reduced the amount people can earn before low-wage top-ups are withdrawn at the rate of 65p per £1 earned.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
What the Panama Papers Tells Us About Global Capitalism
never seen David Cameron red-faced, so much! [...] sold in 2010!? And what was before that time? The time he was a MP!? [...] we are not all in this together, for sure! // book the hidden wealth of nations. - 7-8trn tax evasion and avoidance - not taxed. //&! Rumble - Just like FDR - Bernie Welcomes the GE CEO Hatred... - youtu.be/jT7NIoDS1gw - taking advantage of the tax laws THEY MADE.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Achselzucken schadet
Panama Papers Warum der Zynismus, mit dem die Leaks vielfach aufgenommen wurden, die falsche Reaktion auf die Enthüllungen ist [...] So wie es keine Neuigkeit ist, dass die globale Finanzelite sich eine juridisch-ökonomische Parallelwelt geschaffen hat. [...] Dennoch ist der fatalistische Zynismus, mit dem die Leaks vielerorts aufgenommen wurden, nicht nur falsch, sondern sogar gefährlich. Aus zwei Gründen: zum einen, weil der Zynismus eine Sprache ist, die der Neoliberalismus perfekt beherrscht. „Der Zyniker“, so schreibt etwa der Philosoph Franco Berardi, „ist ein leichter Schläfer: Er schläft traumlos und wacht auf, sobald die Macht ihn ruft.“ Wer sich in solcher Abgeklärtheit einrichtet, muss sich nicht wundern, wenn am Ende alles so bleibt, wie es ist.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Tyler Cowen: "The Great Stagnation", Michael Vassar & Cowen Debate at Singularity Summit 2011
gains are harder to come by! low hanging fruit gone. [...] VISION IS NEEDED TO GET THE JOB DONE.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Tory party’s civil war | FT Comment
[ we are all in this together ] Lionel Barber, FT editor, and Janan Ganesh, political commentator, discuss the turmoil within the UK’s Conservative party, including the resignation of a cabinet minister following the government’s Budget. //&! Cameron’s Panama profits - https://youtu.be/jOm-24n16ik - skill full worded statements, No 10 was under lock-down.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Obama calls for international tax reform amid Panama Papers revelations
"a lot of it is legal" ... they are not poorly designed the laws have been designed by the revolving door of corporate lawyers and lobbyists. // We are not all in this together.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Dear Nicola, I voted Yes, I think you're great, but I'm #NoVotesSNP
Comment: Writer Darren McGarvey on why independence isn't enough for Scotland's poorest communities. [...] Comment: Writer Darren McGarvey on why independence isn't enough for Scotland's poorest communities.This was no home at all. This was an open-plan torture chamber where deprivation, in the truest sense of the word, was the absolute default position. A home where poverty had not only corrupted people, but left them grotesquely deformed. [...] There is no pragmatism where inequality is concerned. There is only action and inaction. If you can't make an argument for slightly higher taxes to a class of educated people who are fortunate enough to be doing well in a terminally unequal society then I already know what is required of me as a citizen. [...] She died because she happened to be born into poverty. And we grieved for her death while growing up poor. Now her ghost follows all of us wherever we go.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Mary Bassett: Why your doctor should care about social justice
[ DETERMINANT NOT JUST FOR HEALTH, BUT ALSO POOR HEALTH ] the structural inequities embedded in the world's political and economic organizations, inequities that make marginalized people more vulnerable. These same structural problems exist in the United States today, and as New York City's Health Commissioner, Bassett is using every chance she has to rally support for health equity and speak out against racism. "We don't have to have all the answers to call for change," she says. "We just need courage." //&! - Doctors are failing to help people with gender dysphoria - http://www.bmj.com/content/352/bmj.i1694 - via https://redd.it/4cr1cr //&! NOT ONLY IN UK - fundraiser to pay for transition - https://redd.it/4dazwd - http://actionfortranshealth.org.uk/2016/04/03/new-solidarity-fund-round-for-people-of-colour/
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
How runners might line up for a Tory leadership contest
[ endangering the country ] 'Bruised Boy' George Osborne: admired for sharpness, not seen as the most likeable politician [...] Both sides of the Brexit debate agree that in the short term, an "out" vote would mean a degree of uncertainty, and nervousness in the markets. However much it might mark the beginning of a brave new world, there would be an air of crisis. [...] It is not likely the joint resignation of the chancellor and prime minister would steady frayed nerves. They might tough it out - for the sake of the country, of course. More likely they might set a future date, maybe a year away, for their departure and an orderly contest.
But they could simply fall.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
George Osborne: A profile of the man behind the Budget - BBC Newsnight
// 70% of UK economy growth (GDP), 2015, was consumption. // and trade deficit/current account deficit for 2015, biggest ever on record ---- The UK's current account deficit widened to a record high in the final quarter of last year.
The deficit in the three months to December was £32.7bn, the equivalent of 7% of GDP, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
For all of 2015, it came to £96.2bn or 5.2% of GDP. Both figures were the highest since records began in 1948.
A current account deficit means the value of imports of goods, services and investment income exceeds exports.[...] "An obvious potential trigger for the markets losing confidence in the UK economy could be a vote to leave the EU in the 23 June referendum." [ harder to finance w weak Sterling and higher interest rates, rating agencies hinted at the case of a downgrade of UK's credit worthieness ] - bbc.in/1ZMEvAg
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Iain Duncan Smith resigns: Why? What next? - BBC Newsnight
youtu.be/e2XyYgkYNFE - Resignation stuck a knife into George Osborne. // working age on the bottom of the pile bore the burden of austerity. [...] weakness of labour party could mean Conservative will be in power for a long time. [...] this is big shot of Tory-out vs Tory-in. They wanted Osborne to fail. // tax credits, Google Tax Deal, ESA, PIP/DLA, .... //&! Iain Duncan Smith First interview since his shock resignation - youtu.be/hr5-WbzevyM &! youtu.be/ntKf3HtVNxs - lower gov income (income tax receipts and corp tax) pushed things ahead. No 10 ran DWP ... // Marr Show papers: IDS's resignation and budget shambles (20 Mar 16) - youtu.be/ZkNOxXZW9Kw //&! Budget 2016: Evan Davis grills Sajid Javid on the numbers - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/L0TBTbfNgCw //&! Iain Duncan Smith Resignation Nothing To Do With EU - youtu.be/MJr2WmVtV1c &! youtu.be/_nAHvGZYkfY &! youtu.be/kvmOPZ0wP3o &! youtu.be/Hu_pnQBITPI
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Government accused of redefining fuel poverty to bring down figures
[ fuel poor if your spend more than 10% of your income on gas and electricity. choice between eating and having a warm home. ] Commons committee says 2.4 million people to be classed as fuel poor rather than 3.2 million under Energy Bill amendments //&! 800,000 people ‘lifted’ out of fuel poverty – by redefining it. David Cameron ‘putting interest of energy firms above ordinary people’ - ind.pn/1Rmjc5j //&! BBC Panorama - bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0756g0x - min 6: estimated 12m people skip meals to pay energy bills. gov had simple definition (10%). Tories missed 2016 target, thus changed definition (LIHC), estimates now 20% of population in fuel poverty, 1 in 5. since fuel poverty was introduced as target (to eradicate), it has been rising steadily! Most pensioners are excluded under new definition. est. 9000 deaths from living in cold home. & 1/2 the members of the Fuel Povery Committee have strong links to energy industry //&! bit.ly/1LIr4z2
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
How damaged is George Osborne by IDS resignation?
George Osborne: chief tactician and patron, a man whose word makes or wrecks careers.
That was the view of many Tory MPs for a very long time.
Now, many doubt he will ever be their leader, or even the chancellor much longer.
It's not that they think David Cameron is poised to sack him or that he's about to resign, as Labour demand.
They simply believe a swift leadership election is highly likely whatever the result of 23 June's EU referendum. If it does come that soon there will be, one predicts, a "genocide of the Cameroons and Osbornites".
A stubbornly enduring deficit, a tax credit U-turn, and the sheer numbers of MPs who have chosen to back a leave vote at the referendum have seen Osborne's authority leak.
A weekend of melodrama has - in one Tory MP's view - burst the dam.
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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: Higher rate tax cut is 'wrong choice', says Nicola Sturgeon
[we are all in this together ] [ tax cut for one, and cut away +1bn in PIP ] the starting point for paying 40p income tax in the rest of the UK will be raised from £43,000 to £45,000. [...] Scotland's 40p tax payers: 372,000 - Approximate total number. 10% - Working population. £190m Value of 40p tax cut plan. 14,000 Workers removed from rate by cut [...] Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell backed the threshold change.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
EU referendum: Iain Duncan Smith 'troubled' by Remain conduct - BBC News
[Vote of confidence from the exit-campaigners and backbenchers after the vote, where people say "remain."?] The "acrimonious" conduct of the UK's EU Remain campaign risks damaging the government beyond the June referendum, Iain Duncan Smith has warned. [...] BBC political correspondent Alex Forsyth says this is the strongest intervention yet from Mr Duncan Smith and will be seen as implicit criticism of the prime minister and his allies.
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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
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
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
Tory thinktank warns Elliott Johnson's parents against broader inquest | Politics | The Guardian
[ public blackmail and scaremongering fearmongering ] The parents of the Conservative activist Elliott Johnson have been warned by the Tory thinktank where he used to work that their son’s mental health and sexuality would be aired in public if they insisted on broadening the scope of the inquest into his death. [...] George Alliott, the lawyer representing Conservative Way Forward (CWF), the thinktank where Elliott Johnson worked until he was made redundant a month before his death, told the hearing that if the scope of the inquest was broadened it would lead to further questions being asked about Elliott’s sexuality and wellbeing. Addressing the coroner, Tom Osborne, Alliott said: “If this scope is to widen, you are going to have to conclude that it will need to involve references to Elliott’s mental health records and his sexuality.” [ wasn't there just a high court decision that mental health records are not allowed in sexual assault/rape cases (ie to deface victim) ]
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
EU referendum: Boris Johnson calls Cameron's Project Fact 'baloney' | Politics | The Guardian
"stay campaign is project fear" leave campaigners go without facts. [...] Chris Grayling, one of the six cabinet members who favour Brexit, had earlier dismissed a 28-page Cabinet Office report warning of what Cameron called a “decade of uncertainty” if Britain votes to leave, as “completely ludicrous”. Grayling accused his boss of running a “relentless campaign of fear”. Separately, employment minister Priti Patel, another prominent advocate for Brexit, ramped up the criticism of cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood’s decision to limit the support civil servants can provide to pro-Brexit ministers, describing it as “unconstitutional”. [...] Iain Duncan Smith “I have the highest opinion of the British people; [ //&! If it were a pure economic argument, where are the economists?! but it's about ideology, dogma and demagogy ... populism, propaganda, polarisation, manufactured consent, supported by right-wing media's manufactured consent ] &! bit.ly/1oKclJ1 &! Sturgeon - bbc.in/1TM6YGm
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Secondary school places for all 'undeliverable', councils warn - BBC News
[ planning taken out of hands of councils ] [ first the teachers strike (2014), then the doctors strike (2015/2016) - bit.ly/1T3QTfc ] The legal duty of councils in England to ensure that every child has a school place could soon become undeliverable, local authorities have warned. With a population bulge about to hit secondary schools, councils want powers to open new maintained schools and to compel academies to expand. Thousands of children are due to hear on Tuesday which secondary school they will attend from September. However the government says the warning amounts to "scaremongering". The population bulge which has put primary schools under pressure will start hitting secondary schools this year, according to official figures. Last year councils had to provide 2,740,000 secondary school places, but this will rise to 3,287,000 by 2024, the figures predict.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
EU referendum: Leaving EU a stride into the light - Duncan Smith - BBC News
NO FACTS! pure politicking ... dicking around. "hope versus pessimism" // "this country is the greatest on earth" // The campaign to leave the EU represents hope over pessimism, said Iain Duncan Smith, as he dismissed suggestions a UK exit would be a "leap into the dark".
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
David Cameron will be ousted regardless of EU referendum vote | Daily Mail Online
Just 50 Tory MPs needed to trigger vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Cameron dismissed as a 'lame duck' and could face coup after June's vote Cabinet rebel Iain Duncan Smith rubbishes PM's warning that Brexit would be 'gamble of the century' Work and Pensions Secretary says UK's future is more in danger inside EU //&! Iain Duncan Smith declares war on David Cameron: Leading Eurosceptic minister accuses the Prime Minister of having a 'low opinion' of Britons and mocks his 'pessimistic' campaign to stay in the EU - dailym.ai/1KVS11H
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Black MP Dawn Butler reveals she's witnessed 'many' incidents of racism in Parliament | Daily Mail Online
Days later she claimed that black Tory MP Kwasi Kwarteng had been selected for the Tory party in his safe Surrey seat for 'window dressing' and caused outrage by claiming he preferred the company of white people.   Explaining her latest experience of racism, Ms Butler told BBC 5 Live today: 'There was a time when I was in the lift. It was a Members' lift that Members of Parliament use specially in cases [where] we have get to places quickly.  'I was in the lift and some other MP said, 'This lift really isn't for cleaners'.' Ms Butler refused to name the MPs involved, but repeated a similar encounter she had with the former Tory minister David Heatcote-Amory in an MPs only bar.  She wrote in 2008 how she was confronted Mr Heathcoate-Amory in a MPs-only bar. 'He actually said to me, 'What are you doing here? This is for Members only',' she wrote. [...] ​'​He then proceeded to ask me​, 'Are you a member?' And I said​, 'Yes I am, are you?​'​ And he turned around and said to his colleague,
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC: Bericht zum Missbrauchsskandal um Jimmy Savile vorgestellt - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Eine frühere Richterin hat ihren Bericht zum Missbrauchsskandal um den BBC-Moderator Jimmy Savile vorgestellt. Demnach waren die Vorwürfe mehreren Mitarbeitern des Senders bekannt.
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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
Thousands told their pension savings could be at risk - BBC News
[ fees ] It follows fears that dozens of companies providing auto enrolment pensions are too small to survive. The BBC has also uncovered evidence that employers and workers are being deliberately misled by some providers. The government said it was aware of the issue, and was planning to take action. Independent experts claim the problem could affect up to a quarter of a million people a year who are putting their savings into so-called master trust pensions. Such schemes are popular with the 1.8 million small employers with fewer than 30 staff who are currently signing up under the auto enrolment programme. "There is a risk of these schemes falling over; there is a risk that members might lose their money," said Andrew Warwick Thompson, executive director for regulatory policy at the Pensions Regulator. However, he said scheme assets invested through asset managers regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) would be safe. This will be "the vast majority of cases", he said.
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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
Rural schools failing poor children compared to inner city - BBC News
[ higher tax base, higher spend / lower tax base, lower spend. there have to be subsidies for poorer areas to get quality teachers and the numbers # and up to standard school rooms. // South UK and rest UK difference. ] According to the 2015 figures from Ofsted, the schools regulator, 45% of pupils in Birmingham from poorer backgrounds achieved five GCSEs, grades A*- C, including English and maths. That compared with 35% in Worcestershire and 32% in Shropshire. Laura Fitzjohn, from Ofsted, said councils were shocked when shown the figures, and realised there was more they could do to improve the situation. //&! Children with poor language skills at age five are significantly more likely to struggle with maths at age 11, a study for Save the Children suggests. - bbc.in/1RNG1kd
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
How Billionaires Built The Radical Right! - YouTube
Modern fascism poisons public communication channels. // Obstructing democracy and social democracy. // Insurgency tactic! Like Conservatives adopting some Labour proposed policies! // Undermining faith in government! // no transparency where party funding comes from!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Greg Hands urged to return from break for fiscal framework talks - BBC News
A Treasury spokeswoman earlier insisted Mr Hands would return "at any time" if the Scottish government was "willing to make a substantial move". [...] Despite months of talks, the UK and Scottish governments have been unable to reach a deal on the fiscal framework for the bill. The parties disagree on their interpretation of the "no detriment" principle laid out by the Smith Commission on new powers for Scotland, which stipulates that neither the UK or the Scottish budgets should be left worse off by a deal.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Should Ofsted get a US boss? - BBC News
In particular, they are considering candidates who have been involved in the charter school movement, state-funded independent schools, with a similar ideological DNA to academies and free schools in England. The big impact of charter schools has been in the most deprived urban areas, credited with re-energising schools that had been in a state of chronic decline. It's a claim rejected by their opponents, particularly in US teachers' unions, who say that the successful glitz and PR around charter schools is not backed up by any significant long-term advantage. Some charter schools do well, some do badly... like any other type of school, they argue. The current mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has been accused by charter school groups of putting up "roadblocks" to their expansion. [...] [ PISA & a very mixed picture in USA ... and no co-operation, collaboration and trust. ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
School buildings in 'deplorable' state, head teacher claims - BBC News
A generation of school buildings have leaking roofs, poor windows and cold cramped classrooms, said a head teacher who has accused the Welsh government of not doing enough to address it.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Police drop Kids Company abuse investigation | UK news | The Guardian
[ were they led to believe? who put in the claims? was it from the top? to make the problem go away finally, forever? - bit.ly/1TZqe2k ] Scotland Yard says no evidence was found to justify referring allegations of physical and sexual abuse to prosecutors //&! - Kids Company founder says 'malicious' child abuse claims led to closure Camila Batmanghelidjh says exemplary charity was overwhelmed with demand and tells Guardian of her anger at betrayal of children, staff and donors - bit.ly/1P0td50 //&! Kids Company debacle raises questions about social work reforms. David Cameron and Michael Gove were strong supporters of the failed charity. Can their new direction on child protection really be trusted? - http://bit.ly/1VclPr5 //&! Social workers aren't failing the system – the system is failing them The government’s focus on overhauling social workers’ education will not address the problems of recruitment and retention - bit.ly/1Qbcf7t & bit.ly/1WdmPKZ &! bit.ly/1SNuoLD
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is privately-educated lawyer who voted against gay marriage | Daily Mail Online
Meet the new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan: The privately-educated, high-flying city lawyer and mother who voted against gay marriage because of her faith
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