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Alastair Campbell: Theresa May is wrong to hint that ‘God would have voted Leave’ | Politics | The Guardian
the opportunities that stem from our decision to leave the EU, and embrace the world – our shared interests, our shared ambitions and, above all, our shared values can and must bring us together.” [...] Campbell, who is now editor-at-large of the pro-EU weekly newspaper the New European, added: “I don’t think I have ever known Britain more divided. As for her talk of compassion, community, citizenship and obligations to one another, she has taken an axe to those with regard to Britain’s relations to the rest of the world, and plenty of her domestic agenda points in the opposite direction.”
Brexit  Theresa  May  spin  Austerity  JAM  UK  nasty  party  Conservative  Tories  NHS  DWP  working  poor  social  mobility  poverty  trap  Precariat 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Kellyanne Conway's interview tricks, explained - YouTube
thus you have to look and analyse what they are doing! doing! actions. not their words.
Kellyanne  Conway  debate  language  PR  Spin  Doctor  Positioning  speech  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Hunt not in the mood to make excuses - BBC News
https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/health-and-care/nhs/news/83280/nhs-storm-rife-another-mid-staffs-scandal All roads for a move on social care now lead to the Budget on 8 March. Rumours that the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, will announce a new financial package on social care have been rife in Whitehall.
The sudden scrapping of Surrey County Council's referendum on a 15% council tax rise fuelled suspicions that its leader had been quietly tipped off about an impending announcement on social care funding.
NHS  social  care  elderly  adult  STP  Austerity  rationing  Jeremy  Hunt  Privatisation  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  PR  spin  Theresa  May  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  A&E  GP  Philip  Hammond  budget  health  demand  sick  population  chronic  complex  ageing  demographic  bubble 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS in crisis as cancer operations cancelled due to lack of beds | Society | The Guardian
Kerslake says that increasing demand and advances in healthcare mean the NHS needs additional funding year on year of around 4% above inflation to maintain service levels. According to calculations by Professor John Appleby, chief economist at the Nuffield Trust health thinktank, this would mean the NHS receiving £5bn more in real terms next year. Its budget would then be £128.6bn. [...] A more sustainable approach to funding our health and social care services is urgently needed.”
NHS  cancer  CVD  A&E  adult  social  care  elderly  austerity  Theresa  May  Philip  Hammond  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  spin  doctor  taxation  funding  Crisis 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Independent research exposes Tory schools funding lie - YouTube
hidden cuts to education. shrinking real terms bc of inflation. some schools consider running either even bigger classes +30 or 4 day school week. // schools budget overall protected, but not from inflation.
UK  Austerity  education  policy  Ofsted  JAM  post  code  lottery  Tories  spin  doctor  poverty  trap  working  poor  Precariat  youth  unemployment  technological  social  mobility  income  downward  Gini  Coefficient  nasty  party  Conservative  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt accused of compromising weekday hospital care | Politics | The Guardian
[...] The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has been accused of compromising the care patients receive during the week by not taking forward his pledge to hire more junior doctors to help deliver a seven-day NHS. [...] “the government have repeatedly shown themselves to be deceitful with NHS-related issues”
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Let struggling GP surgeries fail, says NHS England letter - BBC News
A letter from an NHS England official to managers and GPs in one region suggests vulnerable practices could be left to "wither by the system".
The note, seen by the BBC and Pulse magazine, claims NHS England is no longer able to "continue supporting practices irrespective of their ability… to transform appropriately".
NHS England denied this was the case.
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october 2016 by asterisk2a
A!104 – Panama Freaks
58:26 - spin doctor and positioning, PR. // es ist ja bekannt das intendanten des fernsehen mal einen anruf bekommen und es richtig stellen sollen, so wie inter BPK: illegal eingewanderte fluechtlinge. was ein oxymoron. ein fluechtling zu sein ist keine illegale sache! // + 10.000 kids missing! // 1:45:54 - Panama Papers. Journalists have for years papers. And don't use them to shine light on the organised system in the western world of tax evasion/avoidance! Wie fatal.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Testing times ahead for Universal Credit
[ in real terms cuts through the back door. spin doctor and positioning ] Universal Credit was meant to bring "radical changes" to people's real incomes and incentivise them to move off benefits and into work, according to David Finch, a former economic analyst at the DWP.
"But... the strength of the improved incentives it was meant to bring have been gradually eroded," he says, speaking in his current role as a researcher at the Resolution Foundation.
There have been significant tensions between the Treasury and the DWP over its cost.
Last year the government announced funding cuts to the universal credit "work allowance" - reducing the amount people can earn before benefit payments are withdrawn.
Universal  Credit  DWP  Stephen  Crabb  austerity  spin  doctor  Positioning  PR  Iain  Duncan  Smith  poverty  trap  skill  gap  skill  mismatch  skill-biased  technological  change 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn David Cameron on tax figures
gov claims - closed loopholes 2010 12bn and this parliament 2015 16bn, ... and putting back 1bn into HMRC after raiding it in 2010. // PMQs: Kuenssberg, Paterson and Benn on Cameron v Corbyn - bbc.in/1Yui4OZ &! 'Panama Papers' dominate PMQs clashes - bbc.in/1YtK7OF //&!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Is Stephen Crabb the man to tackle this age of extreme inequality?
The Panama Papers will lead to the dynamiting of Tory credibility, but new work and pensions secretary, Stephen Crabb, is unlikely to prove the saviour of his party’s reputation. [...] Last autumn’s U-turn over cuts to working tax credits was a smoke screen. The axe will fall, only not everywhere, not just yet. From this week, existing universal credit claimants will lose up to £220 a month as the work allowance is pared back faster than the national living wage increases to replace it. [...] Short of taking a vow of poverty and retreating like Charles V to a monastery, there is nothing he can say now that will change the perception that he is at the head of a party that has a fundamental personal interest in preserving the advantages of the 1%.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
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
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
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
Did You Know You're Eating Animals?!
It might sound hard to believe but a lot of people don't actually realize the meat they are eating required the suffering, death and decapitation of an animal.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016 shows Osborne's failure on debt, surplus, GDP
// higher in-work poverty
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: Evan Davis grills Sajid Javid on the numbers - BBC Newsnight
turning a banking crisis into a budget deficit blowout and blaming it on poor working age people with some benefits to their name. //&! What will it be the Budget be remembered for? DEBATE - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/iOrhLL-Pe3E - productivity is about increasing public and private investment, and private investment has been falling year after year. tax cuts ie corporate tax rate, do not increase private investment. and household debt/consumer debt/credit car/car loan/student debt is rising and rising, taking up the slack that Osborne is cutting from the budget.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Hey Britain – Your Kids Have Just Been Privatised
"Thatcher said the problem with socialism is that you run out of other people money. Henry VIII will tell you the problem with crony capitalism is you eventually run out of other people’s assets to sell." [...] In George Osborne’s mercurial March 2016 budget he showed his own Machiavellian sleight of hand. He is now seen as a politician whose leadership ambitions come before the welfare of the British people. Osborne’s allegiance is to The City not the country. When he and Peter Mandelson holidayed on financier Nat Rothschild’s yacht do you think they talked about free school meals and increasing the economic opportunities of the people in Grimsby? [...] Look at his actions and we see that one of Osborne’s aims is to reinstate the class divisions that began to ebb away with socially progressive policies. This last budget sought to weave a line into the fabric of society between the haves and have-nots. [...] We are at the end of the debt cycle and there’s nowhere else to go. [...] This is not the budget for the next generation of young people. This is the budget for the next generation of rent-seekers, moneymen and crony capitalists.
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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
Exercise 'not key to obesity fight', say scientists - BBC News
[ Food Politics of "a balanced diet and everything in moderation ] Exercise does little to tackle obesity, according to a group of doctors and sports scientists. Writing in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, three international experts say it is time to ''bust the myth'' that people can eat what they want as long as they are active. They accuse the food industry of misleading the public, and sabotaging public health campaigns. //&! Britons in denial about obesity, new research finds - bbc.in/1RPPqpJ - New research suggests that despite high levels of obesity, four out of five of people in the UK consider themselves to be healthy. Figures from the World Health Organisation suggest nearly two thirds of people in the UK are in fact overweight. //&! One in three children in Blackpool are overweight or obese by the age of 11, according to a new report. - bbc.in/1UavoZ9
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Lords rebuff Tory plan to cut ESA for second time | Politics | The Guardian
[ trying to redefine who deserves something for nothing, and disability ] Peers defeat government again over proposed £30-a-week cut to benefits for ill and disabled found ‘unfit to work.’ The House of Lords has defeated the government again over welfare reform and work bill proposals to cut £30 a week from the benefits of ill and disabled people who have been found unfit to work. Peers passed an amendment that calls on ministers to deliver a formal assessment of the likely impact of the cut on the health, finances and work prospects of hundreds of thousands of claimants, who will see their unemployment benefits reduced by £1,500 a year. [...] there is no evidence that the proposed cut would help ESA Wrag recipients get back into employment, while campaigners say the cut will push claimants further into poverty. [...] The government estimates that the cut would save the Treasury £1.4bn over four years. [ vs tax avoidance of ~20bn a year ] &! bit.ly/1T621bN &! bit.ly/1Lx6PyH
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march 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
British people think their media is the most biased and right-wing in Europe - and they're probably right | Voices | The Independent
Just two individuals - Rupert Murdoch and Lord Rothermere - controlled a staggering 52.2 per cent of online and print national news publications in the UK in 2013 [...] All of these newspapers either backed the Conservatives or Ukip in the most recent election and are all considered traditional right-wing publications. If you add up the readership of these right-wing newspapers, they account for a staggering 69 per cent of national newspaper readership in Britain in 2013. Left Foot Forward concluded their analysis by stating that “over three quarters (77.8 per cent) of the press is owned by a handful of billionaires.”
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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
Brexit-Befürworter träumen vom Singapur auf Steroiden - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Ohne EU geht es der britischen Wirtschaft besser: Das versprechen Brexit-Befürworter, die mehr Handel und weniger Bürokratie erwarten. Doch ihre Hoffnungen sind mit hohen Risiken behaftet. [...] Am Dienstag warnten die Chefs von rund 200 britischen Unternehmen wie Vodafone Chart zeigen, Jaguar Land Rover und Shell Chart zeigen mit einem offenen Brief in der "Times" vor dem sogenannten Brexit. Bei einer Umfrage der Bertelsmann-Stiftung sprachen sich vier von fünf Unternehmenschefs für einen Verbleib in der EU aus. Andernfalls, so die Brexit-Gegner, drohten Jobverluste und Unternehmensverlagerungen. [...] Handel: Schwellenländer statt EU
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Medien in der Vertrauenskrise: Was zu tun ist - mit Anja Reschke | ZAPP | NDR - YouTube
[ symptom ... of our time. = by-product (Luegenpresse)! ] // [ einflussnahme ] [ befangenheit ] // TV = brot, wasser & spiele. // vollmuendiger buerger wird beformundet. kann man ihn nicht zumassen.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
An Alarm Goes Off Threatening The "Strong U.S. Jobs" Myth: Withheld Income Taxes Are Stalling | Zero Hedge
[#misrepresentation - FOI request to HMRC - job creation, ask for list of annual salary 2009 - till now - picture emerges of mostly low pay jobs. with more and more job qualifying for tax credits. ask also for numbers of tax credits during the "recovery" and also income based job seeker allowance, people just working 16hrs or less. - also housing benefit. / also the numbers and incomes for self-employed and their income development during the recovery, do they grow their income? or do they make ends meet? ] The best example of this is when looking at the growth of federal income and employment tax withholdings, the broadest and most timely read on the health of the job market, which as Jed Graham writes, "has been sinking at an alarming rate." While for most of 2015, tax withholdings rose at a rate of 5% or more from a year ago, on the back of job growth and gains in wages, commissions and other incentive pay, in recent months there has been a substantial dropoff in this key indicator.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Museums and nationalism, Imagining utopias by Thinking Allowed
Fearmongering, populism, propaganda = dystopia through the backdoor. // needs political literacy. // just look how public sentiment shifted with the image of the dead boy in turkish beach and after 3-4 months shifted again the opposite direction. // book thomas moore - utopia // // study history to learn about ourself
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Dispatches - Low Pay Britain - All 4
living wage starts from 21? 25? // retail big! high street big! - service sector. no manufacturing ... // IT IS CORPORATE SUBSIDY - PROGRAM FOR LOW PAY! // very far from Germay model! // tax payer pays for people in high street! // Ofsted found inadequate conditions! AND SMALL MINORITY GET ACTUALLY A FULL-TIME JOB! LOL LOL LOL! // Social Market Foundation (research) found lvl2 apprenticeship adds nothing to purse over a lifetime. // its DWP policy to get young people off the paper onto other paper largely, still funded, by the gov - still adding to budget deficit. // Ofsted concerned over apprenticeships "wasting public funds" // WHAT A TORY SPIN! // retail places have shot up, and construction plummeted! the latter is harder or put through training providers ( private companies, PRIVATISATION! ). employers are not in charge. to quote one employee of a training provider "meet targets, get money in" its about the # of apprenticeships, not the quality or economic need/industry. //
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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
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
Nicky Morgan MP: This is what people really think about the Tory Education Secretary | UK Politics | News | The Independent
Nicky Morgan MP: This is what people really think about the Tory Education Secretary Sources in No 10 say she allows Michael Gove to continue calling the shots from the shadows [...] When David Cameron brought in Nicky Morgan as his new Education Secretary, it was widely assumed that Michael Gove had become too unpopular with teachers to remain in the role. [...] Tomorrow, David Cameron will make a major speech on education in which he will detail his personal reasons for supporting the state system and say that, having had an extraordinary education himself, he wants every child to have the same.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Was a deal over doctors' contracts ever possible? - BBC News
[ resources already pledged do not meet demand. especially chronic and complex diseases taking too much of a share of resources. ] In short, the profession believes if staffing is to be increased at weekends it needs to be accompanied by an increase in investment. But ministers are trying to do this for the same money. The sums simply don't add up, doctors say.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Hospitals may refuse to impose Jeremy Hunt’s new contract on junior doctors | Society | The Guardian
[7-day service] Tory unrest grows over health secretary’s gamble as opt-out could lead to a flood of local deals with trusts [...] The Guardian has established that none of the 152 foundation trust hospitals in England will be obliged to force their junior doctors to accept the deal and can instead offer them better terms. The disclosure of an opt-out for top hospitals threatens to derail the health secretary’s controversial push to impose new terms and conditions on all 45,000 junior doctors that has sparked their bitter and long-running dispute. [...] Labour accused Hunt of misleading parliament on Thursday by claiming in his Commons statement that an array of “senior NHS leaders” backed imposition. Thirteen of the 20 supposed signatories of a letter of support have since disowned it and said they do not back Hunt. [...] A growing number of medical organisations are warning that Hunt’s move will worsen the NHS’s shortage of medical staff. [ misrepresenting weekend deaths ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
PMQs: Scotland funding deal must be 'fair', says Cameron
positioning, spin and putting the ball in SNP's / Sturgeons court. Knowing arguing in public about complex things like this which can be spun myriad ways won't help Sturgeon in the matter to get a good deal for her constituency. Knowing it will always be painted that they want more ... // this because of the secrecy of the meetings. //&! bbc.in/1PHiv3t
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Junior doctors' strike: BMA totally irresponsible - Jeremy Hunt - BBC News
[ by redefining Saturday as non weekend day, Gov gets it's 7 day NHS without paying more than needed ] Ministers offered doctors an 11% rise in basic pay last year, but that was offset by curbs to other elements of the pay package, including payments for unsociable hours - they have maintained there is not extra money for junior doctor pay. The government says the changes are needed to create more seven-days services, but the BMA warns safeguards to keep a lid on excessive hours are being weakened and also has concerns about career progression and weekend pay. //&! Jeremy Hunt blames unions for junior doctor concerns - bbc.in/1SFZgxs //&! Last-minute talks are taking place between doctors and government negotiators to avert Wednesday's strike over a contract dispute. - bbc.in/1TaDC45 - [Closed nearly deal; BMA] put forward a proposal that would have seen doctors' basic pay rise by about half the 11% offered by ministers in return for Saturday not to be treated as a normal working day.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
The trap of materialism - YouTube
Consumerism! The more we consume, the better our lifes will be. ... Keeping up with the jonses. [...] the true cost of an item is not the price. as long as carbon, pollution is not priced in. thus the carbon tax and pollution tax (ecological and environmental). [...] WALL E is true. leaving a planet full of junk. and pollution, inhospitable environment. [...] post-capitalism = post-consumerism in age of abundance and marginal cost (energy, water, food). [...] a man's life does not lie in the abundance of his possessions. and be fearful of greed << Bible [...] consumerism does not equal to tue individuality or individualism of a human being among many. its a choice you can pick from and define yourself in public with it ie which color your iPhone has or what case for it [ min 8 Adam Smith; let flourish self-interested selfish economic interest through consumption = growth ] [...] shopping as experience. shopping as a way of life. self-medication. coping mechanism in the rat race.
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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
US-Wahlkampf: Die Zukunft gehört den Linken - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Kapitalismus siegt sich zu Tode - und alle schauen betreten weg. Bei den US-Wahlen zeigt es sich wieder: Statt Argumente zu bewerten, verfallen Kommentatoren in überkommene Links-Rechts-Schemata.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Prisons overhaul to be announced by David Cameron - BBC News
He will say the "failure" of the current system, with its high reoffending rates and levels of violence, is "scandalous". He is expected to announce prison governors will be given more say over how jails spend their money. [ BUT NOT MORE MONEY AS A WHOLE TO PREVENT, INTERVENE, REINTEGRATE and this was not in the Manifesto ] [...] "Not everyone shows remorse and not everyone seeks redemption. "But I also strongly believe that we must offer chances to change; that for those trying hard to turn themselves around, we should offer hope; that in a compassionate country, we should help those who've made mistakes to find their way back onto the right path." [...] "Prisons are currently violent and overcrowded. As such, they fail everyone: victims, the public, staff and prisoners themselves. [...] outgoing chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales said prisons were "as bad as you could possibly imagine". [...] conditions in adult prisons had deteriorated over the past five years.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Raffiniert: Die Linie der Neuen Rechten | ZAPP | NDR - YouTube
[ symptom ] // was die grossen koennen, koennen wir auch; propaganda, social media, gute qualitaet, positioning, spin, etc.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
I had alcohol-related breast cancer. Here’s why I still drink | Joanna Moorhead | Opinion | The Guardian
The chief medical officer advises women to think about cancer when having a drink. But if I did that every time I had a glass of wine, I think I’d feel the cancer had won [...] I guess what it comes down to is quite simply the importance of enjoying life. When I had cancer, I discovered that I didn’t just want to survive; I wanted to have fun, to make the most of every single day, and to enjoy happy occasions and meals with my friends and family. [...] drinking wine, beer or tequila adds a dimension to social occasions that I rather enjoy. And somehow it feels to me that it wasn’t worth surviving cancer if I’m going to limit my life to thinking, every time someone offered me a glass of something, about my breast cancer and the likelihood of it returning. [...] Life is too short to cut out something you enjoy in moderation, [ picking up the words from the food lobby, heart disease and cancer in moderation. sprinkling in doubt. to continue that lifestyle. do you say asbestos in mod? ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Draft EU deal: What Cameron wanted and what he got - BBC News
But how does the 16-page letter drawn up by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, measure up to what the prime minister originally wanted from the negotiations? The BBC's chief correspondent Gavin Hewitt gives his verdict while Europe correspondent Chris Morris looks at how the deal will be perceived elsewhere in the EU. //&! - bbc.in/20vdgOT - The deal, which includes an "emergency brake" on migrant benefits, paves the way for the UK's EU referendum to take place as early as June. But would this have the effect of reducing the number of EU migrants coming to the UK? Mark Easton has been investigating. ECONOMIC MIGRANT - bbc.in/1PVT25C &! bit.ly/1Qf0auj - FOI! - only 84,000 EU migrant families claiming tax credits have lived in the UK for four years or less [...] [ Cameron/Tories again selective and misleading. AND redefining migrant families even it the couple has one UK national! nasty party at work again redefining XYZ. ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Tories and SNP 'miles apart' over future of UK grant for Scotland | Politics | The Guardian
[ gouging Holyrood for a not so great deal because they can put them in the corner to agree, because of the deadline if it even takes till next year. they can always positioning themselves in a way and spin it that scots want more than they deserve. more than england. ] A rift has emerged between Conservative and Scottish National party ministers in their secretive talks over the future of the Treasury grant that funds the Scottish parliament. As the 12 February deadline set by Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, approaches, the UK Treasury minister Greg Hands confirmed the two governments still did not agree on which formula to use once Holyrood’s new tax and borrowing powers come into force next year.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
PMQs: Corbyn questions PM over cancer test waiting times - BBC News
[ spin, we need strong economy ] Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn questioned David Cameron over waiting times for cancer diagnostic tests and treatment, during Prime Minister's Questions. Mr Corbyn said there was "a serious shortage" of therapeutic radiologists in England and asked why the government was cutting training places by 5%. He also said £200m was being cut from the public health budget [ public services like STI centres, group therapy stopping smoking, alcohol abuse, and obesity help ]. Mr Cameron said the number of radiographers were increasing because of extra investment in the NHS. He added that the UK was hitting many key targets on treatment but had fallen below the target for cancer patients' first treatment to be 62 days after diagnosis. He also told MPs real advances had been made on public health under his government, including banning smoking in cars when children are present. //&! Follow-up - bbc.in/1NQNUhO
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
PMQs: David Cameron urged to 'think again' on ESA cuts - BBC News
[ we should help them get back to work ... 'by cutting their existence and add to worry, subsistence living and food and fuel poverty' ] Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged David Cameron to "think again" about cuts to employment and support allowance, warning that it will badly impact cancer patients and people with "severe" disabilities. Raising the topic at PMQs, Mr Corbyn said the government should not try to reverse its defeat in the House of Lords over the plans to cut the benefit by £30 a week. The PM said existing ESA claimants unable to work would not lose any money. "But in future, those who are able to get back to work, we should help them get back to work. That is what a compassionate country does," he added, and went on to attack Labour's health and economic policies in Wales and Scotland.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
The Mexicans dying for a fizzy drink - BBC News
Mexicans consume more carbonated drinks per person than any other nation, and the country has one of the world's highest rates of childhood obesity. Two years ago the government introduced a tax on sugary drinks - but is it working? [...] So what do the big US brands make of Mexico's approach? Hank Cardello of the Obesity Solutions Initiative, an industry-funded lobby group in Washington DC, cracks open a can of diet ginger ale and tells us. "You have to look at ways of expanding the tool kit of solutions," he says. "The typical regulatory tool kit is tax, ban, limit, constrain - those kinds of anti-growth words, if you would. They're anathema to what the companies have to do. "We should ban the word 'should'. It's like a parent talking to a child. 'You should eat better, you should do this.' "No. When broccoli tastes like a cheeseburger, I'll eat more broccoli. You don't lecture to people to get them to change."
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Holyrood and Westminster 'some distance' from finance deal - BBC News
The Scottish and UK governments are "some distance" from a deal on new financial arrangements for Holyrood, according to Scotland's finance secretary. // Osborn trying to get best deal in his interest to show in 2020 he reduced budget deficit by X as proclaimed in 2015.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Shock figures show patients stuck in north hospitals for more than a year despite being fit to leave - Press and Journal
Shock new figures show eight patients across NHS Highland and NHS Grampian were kept in hospital for more than a year, despite doctors giving the green light for them to be discharged. Another 20 patients at the two health boards were left in limbo for more than six months. Last night Health Secretary Shona Robison admitted there was “much more to do” to tackle the so-called bed blocking, which costs the NHS millions of pounds each year. [...] These patients were all classified as so-called ‘Code 9′ patients – meaning they require specialist support, such as space in a care home, before they are able to return to the community. [...] “The availability of suitable facilities to safely accommodate those of our patients with the most complex conditions is limited, [...] unable to dedicate enough staff. The health board admitted that recruitment to the adult care sector was a growing problem, //&! Care homes and the NHS: The silent scandal? - bbc.in/23GhyCd & bbc.in/1PfdoHx
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
A day in court showed me the misery of Britain’s housing policy | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian
The housing crisis they inherited has worsened as rents rise, but David Cameron and George Osborne’s cuts to social housing are a bizarre response: the housing and planning bill going through parliament marks the end of the social housing era. Not by accident but by deliberate policy, 88,000 council homes to rent will be lost, says the Conservative-controlled Local Government Association. Labour says the total will be 180,000 by 2020. Money is sucked out of social housing into the Treasury, as the 1% rent cut saves on the housing benefit bill by stealing funds due to pay for new social homes. Half of all renters get some housing benefit, with the continuous rise in rents. Cutting that support simply propels more into homelessness.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Plant Based News: Escaped Cow, USDA Lawsuit, New Cowspiracy? - YouTube
the PCRM (Dr Barnard is part of it) lawsuit against the USDA w help of Egg Lobby studies, not limiting dietary cholesterol. // cowspiracy follow-up docu - "what the health!!" //&! Cholesterol = Good! Egg Board Pays Off USDA - youtu.be/qI6cwuvE_Tg // sprinkling in doubt! //&! http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=lobby
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Next week's junior doctor strike on - BBC News
[ after they came back on the table from the first strike and another strike as been called off during negotiation ] Next week's strike by junior doctors in England will go ahead as talks with the government have failed to reach a solution - but union leaders say medics will provide emergency cover. [...] BMA junior doctor leader Dr Johann Malawana said despite some "good progress" the union had been left no choice but to announce the stoppage would take place. He accused the government of taking an "entrenched" position by insisting the extra pay doctors get for working on a Saturday is cut. [ Tories redefine WEEKEND, as they did with poverty, and else ] Dr Malawana said: "What we are asking for is fair and affordable recognition of unsocial hours."
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
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
BBC News on the North South Divide with Tom Hunt - YouTube
multiplier effect of service sector job = 1 or lower. meaning need to access tax credits. //&! Northern Powerhouse dept to close Sheffield office and move 247 jobs to London. - Government business department shuts largest non-London office George Osborne’s ‘northern powerhouse’ policy questioned as branch closure in Sheffield casts doubt on chancellor’s pledge to revitalise English cities - bit.ly/1PDlgSA // also northern councils have to cut deeper than souther because of lower tax base!
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
SPERI Annual Lecture 2015: 'The Failure of Austerity' by Lord Robert Skidelsky - YouTube
economic history - "state spending inherently unproductive." // borrowing is deferred taxation - David Richardo - Rational expectations. Market economy always tended full employment. // Theory and Facts did not align. Keynes realised it post-war. Private investment is inherently volatile, ie slump conditions. state to offset underinvestment of private sector and match their retreat. getting rid of abnormal unemployment. done through monetary expansion (QE) and put onto state balance sheet available to spend. // Where 2009 forward QE got to banks ... // Paul Krugman - Confidence Fairy. // "Look after employment, and the budget will look after itself." but today it's the bond holders confidence who shapes budgets. // Keynes 'it is the long-term confidence of businesses that shape investment, confidence in state to no let a slump happen again.' but austerity, out of ammo talk, political-, social environment/sentiment & Osborne's '2016 will be tough year' speech were counter-productive.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
"The Untouchables (2013)" PBS documentary about how the Holder Justice Department refused to prosecute Wall Street Fraud despite overwhelming evidence : Documentaries
faustian pact they've made. getting funded their elections by greedy crony capitalists. and are thus beholden to their calls they make and the framework they said they would give them funding for their campaign under. // "breakdown of internal controls [...] 60% of loans in possible portfolio did not meet its own standards, were still bought, put into portfolio" - Citigroup exec // Underfunded/understaffed/non-experience/no-stars @FBI and CIA! corporates have a bigger pocket and star lawyers who know how to position and spin. And without a Whistleblower/Leak it is nearly impossible if not for the case that the accused was really stupid and left a clear trail and or incriminates himself in paperwork/communication. // "criminal intent" //&! No Regrets at Countrywide - bloom.bg/1UptWQC //&! Countrywide’s Mozilo Said to Face U.S. Suit Over Loans - bloom.bg/1RMqPEA //&! NEW SUIT - No, the US government hasn’t forgotten about Countrywide founder Angelo Mozilo - bit.ly/1lQbEfD
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Google tax: Osborne says companies 'must pay fair share of taxes' - BBC News
fair share - vs - correct amount // Chancellor George Osborne has welcomed an agreement for US firm Google to pay £130m in UK back taxes, and dismisses complaints from Labour politicians about it. //&! And Google EU Head said "will pay more" - vs - will pay from now on the correct amount - bbc.in/1Qz7uFL
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Unilever boss warns UK against sugar tax | Business | The Guardian
[ sprinkling doubt. Mexico and France has good case for it. ] Paul Polman says the tax is ‘not the holy grail’ and there is little evidence around the world such a levy can actually tackle Britain’s obesity crisis [...] However, the chief executive said a sugar tax was not the “holy grail” and insisted that the countries that have introduced it, such as Mexico, are not seeing obvious benefits. [ it's about long-term, one step at a time, Sugar Tax is a start ] [...] [ lobby acitivities ] The food and drink industry has been in talks with the government about a national obesity strategy, but it is against demands for an arbitrary reduction in sugar content across the board. Companies such as Coca-Cola have suggested they aim to cut 20% of the sugar in the existing diet of a consumer by a combination of reformulating their products and promoting low-sugar alternatives such as Diet Coke.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Stigma of mental illness | Alastair Campbell - YouTube
you can never anticipate when change, social change comes. legislation is usually a response to change. mental health is last big taboo. // >> "Control the Message." << you can not control where the message goes. you can only control what you say and what you do << budget deficit. need to get into surplus. to pay down debt. but not telling not the disabled increased the budget deficit so massively, but the bankers bailout and the pensioners. and the corporate welfare. never was the cause adressed. what is easier? cut minority? or tax your party funders? the city and non-doms and super rich? mega properties? // what is easier to cut? cancer service, child protection service, mental health service?
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
For a clear view of the NHS, look past the politics and promises of a cure | Polly Toynbee | Politics | The Guardian
[ part of this is the nhs series - http://www.theguardian.com/society/series/this-is-the-nhs ] As a major Guardian analysis will show, our health service is far too complex to be reduced to soundbites //&! welfare for the rich, austerity for the poor and public service/social services.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
The EU referendum, Project Fear Mark II, and the thorny path the SNP must tread backing Europe (From Herald Scotland)
[ Brexit was put on table by tories in order to not lose more votes to UKIP. immigration/migration became a point in the manifesto because of the rise of the far-right in form of UKIP. a Fear based move. nothing principles. career politicians move. their own sleeze and propaganda, polarisation, fearmongering cought up to them. ] THE long-awaited Cabinet split over Europe finally happened last week. Chris Grayling, the Tory Leader of the House, announced that it would be a “disaster” for Britain to stay in the European Union under present terms. But the earth didn't exactly stop spinning. So far, none of the “big beasts” of the UK Cabinet – London Mayor Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Teresa May, or the former Education Secretary Michael Gove – have shown much eagerness to join. One suspects they don’t want to back a loser. David Cameron isn't purring yet, but he is certainly looking very self-satisfied.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt: Imposing doctor contract ‘a last resort’ - BBC News
[ backroom door austerity! through redefining what a weekend is. misrepresenting weekend death data to argue for "7-day" NHS and only able to do that through redefining what weekend constitutes (7pm sat to 7am mon). but cancer surgeries don by not-junior docs are not being done on sundays anyways! only emergency procedures are done on weekends by on-call registrars, consultan surgeons, and on-call surgeons for that weekend. duh. and it's interesting the NHS Chief has not come out publicly about that! And was Jeremy Hunt coming up with that 7-day week nhs? or Cameron thought spin how to appeal to tory constituency? ] Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says that the government will impose the new contract on striking junior doctors as a last resort. “I hope it doesn’t come to that,” he told the Today programme. Mr Hunt said that the NHS was “busting a gut” to make sure every A&E department is able to function if junior doctors withhold emergency care as planned in a forthcoming strike.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
The UK must invest in mental health help | Letters | Society | The Guardian
the cost of mental ill health in England has been estimated to be £105bn per year. Fortunately, a number of evidence-based psychological therapies exist and are effective. Investment in psychological therapies to date has been a success, but it is a success that could be multiplied. The improving access to psychological therapies programme is only funded to reach “at least 15%” of the people who need it, and retention and recovery rates could be improved. [...] &! Osborne said that the ILF was “such an important fund … that we will be able to include it in the budgets going forwards”. Reality is not living up to the rhetoric. [ 7-day NHS? ]
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
DWP to apologise to woman whose brother killed himself after his benefits were cut | Society | The Guardian
A woman whose partially sighted brother killed himself after his benefits were cut is to receive an apology from the Department for Work and Pensions, after the health service ombudsman partially upheld her complaint about his case. It marks the end of a two-year battle for Linda Cooksey, 60, who believes her brother Tim Salter, a recluse with undiagnosed mental health problems, should never have been found fit for work by DWP assessors. [...] A report last month linked fit-for-work tests carried out between 2010 and 2013 with extra suicides and mental ill health. The DWP has said it has worked with medical experts and charities to make significant improvements to the work capability assessment (WCA) and give additional support to those with mental health issues.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Nicola Roberts calls for better mental health education in schools - BBC News
beds and places for therapy have been cut since tories got to power // its now asking the NHS to pick up the pieces - without substantially more money // this is opportunistic speech and agenda/news headline setting and positioning itself w PR and spin, after englands biggest mental health trust came into spotlight, that it did not properly investigate deaths. and jeremy hunt had to be called in for questioning on short notice! ... and never saying we will give mental health services the money it needs!
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Wealthy areas 'getting cash aimed at poorer communities' - BBC News
[ when councils can not raise $ because there is no money $ then there needs to be redistribution. thus devolution praised to regenerate areas like the north, is a con trick. positioning. for votes. normal people don't read and think farther than headlines. ] Most of the money aimed at regenerating Scotland's most disadvantaged communities is going to wealthier areas, a report has said. The independent regeneration network, Surf, said current policies were increasing rather than reducing inequality. [...] The report said there was evidence that, following the financial crash of 2008, there was a trend of public and private sector capital being invested in Scotland's affluent areas and commercial centres with poorer areas missing out. It said that was damaging town centres and "secondary locations" such as Falkirk and Paisley. [...] fairer, wealthier and more successful place for everyone."
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Committee warns of decline in Scottish employment standards - BBC News
[ always announcing new jobs created #, but not the wage ] Members said there had been a "decline in job quality" in recent years, with an increase in low-paid zero-hours contract jobs since the 2008 recession. Their report said public money could be better used to support workers. The committee heard evidence from scores of organisations and took submissions from more than 600 people. Convener Murdo Fraser said the evidence from firms and workers suggested there had been a decline in job quality and an increase in low-paid jobs on "exploitative" zero-hours contracts in recent years. He said: "Whilst employment statistics point to an increase to those in work, if we look beyond the figures, we have uncovered a worrying trend in poor quality employment. [...] "We heard during our inquiry that poor quality work has a significant impact on people's health and wellbeing.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Bake Off star Tamal Ray on junior doctors' strike - BBC News
[ misrepresentation of some paper (weekend deaths)! ] Speaking on the BBC's This Week, he says the government is "playing on public fears of under-staffing" at weekends, saying the NHS already offers world-class class surgery, seven days a week. “If you have a medical emergency, you will always be seen,” he says.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
The Guardian view on fair play in politics: a Conservative coup | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian
From trade union reform to parliamentary process, the Tories show a pattern of contempt for the protocols of democracy [...] Thanks to a crafty, albeit constitutionally permitted, parliamentary manoeuvre, a cut that will affect hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged young people went through without proper debate or vote on the floor of the Commons. David Cameron commands a slender majority, but it is enough to pass most of his legislative programme in a more transparent fashion. Only the most controversial elements risk obstruction, either through rebellion on the Tory benches in the lower house or rejection in the upper one. [...] That episode, like the vote on student grants, is consistent with a pattern displayed by this government of impatience with democratic norms, verging on contempt. One habit is bundling measures of primary importance up in secondary legislation. [...] lay the foundations for a long-term Conservative monopoly on government.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
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