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Tory-DUP £1bn deal may breach equality duties, says NI rights group | UK news | The Guardian
see also crowd sources lawsuit if DUP deal is constitutional/does not break good friday agreement.
DUP  GE2017 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Catalonia: Spain issues deadline to separatists - BBC News
who blinks first. high noon pistol fight. &! - Catalonia: Spain takes step towards direct rule //&! alt view to 'counter revolution' movement left populist outward looking welcoming immigrants welcome nationalism: - neonationalism (global village no accountability) neoliberal kapitalism teilte die leute auf gegen sich auf. nicht vereint. siehe fb there is no global village connection to all (fb zuck dream PR talk), alles kleine identitaeten und grueppchen. isoliert. eigener blase. schaun nicht ausm fenster, wie mittlerweile in der realitaet. wer kennt schon alles seine nachbarn im etagen house wie sein bruder oder schwester? Scotland and Catalonia indy are majority led by left socialist populous. Brexit is led by far-right conservative neoliberalism on steroids populous.
Catalonia  Spain  Gesellschaft  Society  neoliberalism  Capitalism  Individualism  Consumerism  Consumer  Selbstdarstellung  Facebook  Twitter  mental  health  globalisation  bank  bailout  double  standard  indyref  indyref2  Scotland  Brexit  immigration  Identity  Culture  Politics  LGBT  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  left-wing  Jeremy  Corbyn  SPD  btw17  GE2017  workers  union  rights  trade  Community  segregation  GFC  Austerity  vulnerable  working  poor  Precariat  No  Representation  poverty  trap  Deprivation  income  inequality  Super  Rich  1%  Oligarchy  revolving  door  Corruption  social  mobility  redistribution  welfare  state  Privatisation  profit  maximisation  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  IMF  democracy 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Philip Hammond raises further doubts about May's future as Tory leader | Politics | The Guardian
The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that Hammond, Boris Johnson, David Davis and Amber Rudd were involved in feverish plotting to replace May immediately after her snap election gamble in June failed to deliver the promised Tory majority.

When asked repeatedly whether he believed May should lead the party into the next election, Hammond insisted the issue was separate from the immediate question of leading the UK through the Brexit talks.
Brexit  Theresa  May  GE2017  Philip  Hammond  David  Davis  Amber  Rudd  Boris  Johnson  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Essex nursery 'closes because of universal free hours scheme' - BBC News
underfunded policies. promising something w big number £, not adding up. see Prisons, Police, NHS, mental health, infrastructure (electrification), Hinkley Point C, HS2. And School Meals and DementiaTax from Theresa May. And the 2bn that add not up for "bed blocking". See also voter response to 'we don't need to budget our manifesto, look at our track record.' Or the brilliance of disaster (cant make that shit up) the new funding formula and roll out for schools funding per pupil is was.
UK  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  David  Cameron  Austerity  Theresa  May  Jeremy  Hunt  child  care  Prison  NHS  Council  George  Osborne  mental  health  infrastructure  Hinkley  HS2  Westminster  Whitehall  Brexit  GE2017  DementiaTax  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  elderly  social  education  policy 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Household income plays crucial role in determining a child's prospects – report | Inequality | The Guardian
LSE review of 61 childhood studies sheds new light on the role of money on cognitive and educational outcomes, social development and physical health - “We can now confidently say that money itself matters and needs to be taken into account if we want to improve children’s outcomes,” //&! - Neither study explains the cause of the cognitive differences. Although the authors of both studies admit that genetic factors could be involved, they suspect that environmental exposures such as stress and nutrition are more important and begin even before the babies are born. &! &! &!
UK  social  mobility  income  poverty  trap  working  poor  Precariat  education  policy  child  care  IQ  EQ  deprivation  USA  inequality  equality  BTW2017  BTW17  GE2017  sociology  psychology  mental  health  well  being  public  chronic  sick  population  living  standard  Politics  gini  Coefficient  Trickle-down 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
One year on, and Theresa May has betrayed almost everyone she vowed to help | Politics | The Guardian
[a speech to reassert herself] She will say her commitment to social justice and determination to address difficult issues remains “undimmed”, despite her calamitous general election performance. But pre-briefings suggest it will be light on specifics (unlike last year, where it sprinkled with references from poor access to mental health services to unequal life expectancy).

Of the legendary Jam families, there appears to be no mention. [...] A record 60% of British people in poverty now live in households where someone is in work. &!
Career  Politicians  Theresa  May  nasty  party  Brexit  Conservative  Austerity  JAM  mental  health  NHS  Privatisation  rationing  Jeremy  Hunt  STP  GE2017  Toreis  precariat  working  poor  poverty  trap  inequality  gini  Coefficient  HMRC  tax  evasion  avoidance 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Lib Dems may back government on case-by-case basis, say sources | Politics | The Guardian
Party would be ‘up for talking’ to Tories about supporting issues such as mental health and housing outside of a formal deal [...] Instead, the party has said it will consider each proposal individually, so far backing Labour amendments to the Queen’s speech on remaining in the single market and voting against the main government bill.
Theresa  May  nasty  party  Conservative  GE2017  Brexit  Liberal  Democrats  Vince  Cable  MayDUP  DUP 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
How the Tory election machine fell apart | Politics | The Guardian
Fiona Hill Nick Timothy Lynton Crosby // Tim Bale, a historian of the party and professor of politics at the University of London, argues that the Tories have gradually stopped presenting voters with an appealing vision of Britain. “In the 80s, they had a good balance of negativity and positivity,” he says. This meant exploiting the flaws of Labour leaders such as Michael Foot and Neil Kinnock while also promising a society of entrepreneurs and mass property ownership, an attractive idea in an era of increasing materialism. Yet at the 1992 election, under Thatcher’s less secure successor, John Major, this started to change. “He didn’t want a negative campaign,” says Bale, “but he was persuaded.” When the Conservatives won the election unexpectedly, victory was attributed by many Tories – and commentators and Labour politicians – to a single crude-but-effective Conservative campaign phrase: “Labour’s Tax Bombshell.”
Brexit  GE2017  Theresa  May  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Fiona  Hill  Nick  Timothy  Lynton  Crosby  Rupert  Murdoch  Paul  Dacre  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  Medienlandschaft  Medialandscape  Populism  demagogue  UK  UKIP  Manifesto  Utopia 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Leak shows 'devastating' impact of planned NHS cuts in London | Society | The Guardian
“capped expenditure process” [...] “Some of the proposals could challenge fundamental expectations shared by NHS staff and the public about what the health service is there to provide. We can not do that without a full and proper debate”, said Saffron Cordery, the organisation’s director of policy and strategy.
NHS  STP  Austerity  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  GE2017  social  care  A&E  GP  chronic  sick  population  mental  health  rationing  post  code  lottery  demand  ageing  demographic  bubble  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Theresa May under pressure as DUP says: ‘Show some respect’ | Politics | The Guardian
THIS GOV MIGHT BE ONLY STUFF ABOUT BREXIT. NO SOCIAL CARE NHS and other stuff. // Theresa May will press ahead with a Brexit-dominated Queen’s speech shorn of a series of controversial social policies after failing to complete “confidence and supply” negotiations with the Democratic Unionist party.
MayDUP  Brexit  GE2017  Theresa  May  Conservative  Party  nastyparty  nasty  Tories  social  care  mental  health  Austerity  NHS 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Queen's Speech could be delivered without majority as Theresa May's DUP talks falter | The Independent
I think both sides are somewhat inept and at crossroads with themselves. Or DUP does not want to end up like LibDems tuition fee thingy? - The delay is believed to have been caused by the DUP’s big financial demands, for both higher public spending in Northern Ireland and lucrative tax breaks.
MayDUP  Theresa  May  Brexit  GE2017 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
DUP warn Conservatives: Don't take us for granted - BBC News
No deal has been reached after 10 days of talks between the parties.
MayDUP  DUP  GE2017  Theresa  May  Brexit 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Revealed: How Theresa May aides seized control of Tory election campaign | London Evening Standard
Shortly before the general election was called, Sir Lynton Crosby sat down to write a highly confidential memo for Theresa May’s inner circle. It boiled down to a simple piece of advice: “Don’t do it.” = Theresa Mays own misjudgement of the advice from her closest advisers (duo fiona hill and timothy) put her into peril.
GE2017  Brexit  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  nastyparty  Theresa  May  TheresaMay  David  Davis  Philip  Hammond  Lynton  Crosby 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Taibbi: Goodbye, and Good Riddance, to Centrism - Rolling Stone
In December, Barack Obama said he wasn't worried about the "Corbynization" of American politics because "the Democratic Party has stayed pretty grounded in fact and reality." [...] For decades pundits and pols have been telling progressive voters they don't have the juice to make real demands, and must make alliances with more "moderate" and presumably more numerous "centrists" in order to avoid becoming the subjects of right-wing monsters like Reagan/Bush/Bush/Trump.

Voters for decades were conned into thinking they were noisome minorities whose best path to influence is to make peace with the mightier "center," which inevitably turns out to support military interventionism, fewer taxes for the rich, corporate deregulation and a ban on unrealistic "giveaway" proposals like free higher education. Those are the realistic, moderate, popular ideas, we're told. [...] Here and abroad, voters in other words stopped deferring to politicians and media figures and began making their own decisions about what is and is not realistic.
Jeremy  Corbyn  UK  Labour  centre-left  centrism  Tony  Blair  BarackObama  TonyBlair  PLP  GE2017  Brexit  far-right  right-wing  Hillary  Clinton  Bill  Bernie  Sanders  JeremyCorbyn  Chomsky 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
UK pay squeeze breaks all sorts of records for all the wrong reasons | Larry Elliott | Business | The Guardian
As John Philpott, who runs the Jobs Economist consultancy, noted: “What’s remarkable is that pay growth, however measured, is so weak at a time when employment is at joint record rate of 74.8% and unemployment at a 42-year low of 4.6%, driven almost entirely in the latest quarter by relatively strong growth in full-time jobs for employees on permanent contracts. Hard times and near full employment make strange bedfellows, highlighting the extent to which a deregulated labour market with an abundance of workers available to fill low wage vacancies has altered the UK jobs landscape.”
UK  Brexit  GE2017  Austerity  wage  income  growth  inflation  living  standard  disposable  discretionary  spending  creditcard  credit  card  household  debt  personal  loan  secular  stagnation  GFC  recovery  bank  bailout  inequality  poverty  trap  tax  evasion  avoidance  taxation  capital  investment  economic  history 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Yes this really is the end of Tory austerity – because it was never about economics in the first place | The Independent
[private sector will pick up the tap - the households did, but not corporations! bc long-term ROI growth in not attractive in the west w secular stagnation! see Richard Koo ] But it was a very long time coming. It became clear within a year of George Osborne’s 2010 “emergency budget”, which forced through huge cuts in capital budgets and an intense squeeze on Whitehall departments and welfare spending, that the austerity medicine was hurting, not helping.

The economy was flatlining, teetering on the verge of recession. Whether this was primarily due to the crisis in the neighbouring eurozone and a spike in global oil prices or because the negative knock-on impact of the government’s domestic spending cuts was bigger than initially thought is still debated by economists.
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june 2017 by asterisk2a
Naomi Klein: ‘Trump is an idiot, but don’t underestimate how good he is at that’ | Books | The Guardian
One essential ingredient of resistance, she suggests, is to retain a belief in telling and understanding complex stories, keeping faith with narrative.

One of the questions that Klein’s book does not reach a conclusion about is how conscious Trump is of his shock doctrine tactics. Is he a demagogue in the scheming manner of Putin and Erdoğan, or just a useful idiot for the forces around him?
Naomi  Klein  Shock  Doctrine  book  narrative  Storytelling  GE2017  BTW2017  Brexit  Populism  demagogue  demagoguery  Nationalism  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  1%  Super  Rich  Plutocracy  Oligarchy  Austerity  Lobby  Stories  Privatisation  Free  Market  neoliberal  neoliberalism  No  Representation  globalisation  Trade  NAFTA  CETA  TTIP  TISA  Chicago  School  Margaret  Thatcher  Reagan  Milton  Friedman  Expert  GFC  bank  bailout  economic  history  Marxism  Karl  Marx  Socialism  inequality  poverty  trap  social  mobility 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
First fall in consumer spending for almost 4 years
Consumer spending has fallen on an annual basis for the first time in almost four years [...] Adjusting for inflation, real consumer spending by British consumers on Visa debit, credit and prepaid cards in May was 0.8 per cent lower than in the same month last year. Visa said that seasonally adjusted spending was 1.8 per cent lower in May compared to April. The figures are unofficial, but suggest that sluggish economic growth continued in the second quarter, after a first quarter in which the UK grew at the slowest rate in the G7. [...] household consumption, which accounts for more than 60 per cent of the economy. [ 80 Services and Consumption 20 manufacturing ] /&! - The crucial services sector stands on the brink of a contraction
UK  Brexit  GE2017  Consumer  Confidence  creditcard  credit  card  discretionary  spending  disposable  income  inflation  living  standard  wage  growth  recession  Economy  2017  secular  stagnation  deflation  deflationary  BOE  ZIRP  QE  NIRP  Austerity  Services  materialism  Shopping  Consumerism  consumerist  household  debt  mortgage  Manufacturing 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Positive Psychologie - Warum Wohlbefinden wichtig für Leistung ist
Für die Definition von Leistung spielt Wohlbefinden bisher kaum eine Rolle. Die Psychologin Michaela Brohm-Badry plädiert für ein Umdenken: Nur wenn das Wohlbefinden des Menschen berücksichtigt würde, könnten Menschen ihr volles Potenzial entfalten. // wer depressed muede erschoepft und ohne alternative ist - gezwungen zu horchen - weil er am ende kein 100£ aufm konto hat - kann keine revolution anfangen oder an der revolution mitmachen. Byung-Chul Han - In Fatigue Society (original German title: Die Müdigkeitsgesellschaft)
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june 2017 by asterisk2a
Could the Tories use Facebook to suppress voter turnout?
Last week Buzzfeed – with the help of the advert analysis tool Who Targets Me? – shed light on some of the Conservatives’ “dark ads” on Facebook. They revealed that the party promotes a wide array of anti-Jeremy Corbyn messages, targeted in “crucial constituencies”. The message of each is simple: Vote Theresa May.
GE2017  Facebook 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Corbyn: me, unpatriotic? That’s complete nonsense | Politics | The Guardian
May and her team have sought to refine their campaign message to the simple claim that she would make a better job of defending Britain’s interests in Brexit talks.

But Corbyn said he would strike a constructive tone with the German chancellor and French president on Friday morning, in contrast to a combative speech by May last month when she accused Brussels of meddling in Britain’s election.
GE2017  Brexit  Jeremy  Corbyn  Theresa  May 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Corbyn has just given the best speech of the election campaign so far | Coffee House
From the spectator! - Will Corbyn’s speech cut through? It’s debatable. Had it been delivered even by another hard-Left leader, it could potentially have cost the Tories some law-and-order voters but no one who casts their ballot based on crime and security is going to abandon the Tories for Jeremy Corbyn.
GE2017  Jeremy  Corbyn  Terror 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
LaconicalAudio comments on Jeremy Corbyn accuses Theresa May of ignoring terror warnings when she cut 20,000 police officers and claims she is suppressing a report about Saudi funding of extremists
If Labour get a hung parliament they'll have pulled of a miracle from when the campaign started.
Theresa May will have expected a majority of 100 or more when she triggered the election. Losing seats would be the biggest political upset since Churchill lost the election after the war. (again to a socialist Labour government, then under Clement Atlee.)
june 2017 by asterisk2a
(1397) Theresa May in Election Jitters Caught Lying About Tory Plans to Cut The National Health Service - YouTube
selling of buildings and land and leasing it back = privatisation 2.0 after PFI. // proceeds are used to run NHS! LOL // book Oliver Letwin a- artificially distress NHS and Co to privatise it to make it more palatable. // Naylor Report - /// Simon Stevens is Tories henchman and privatisation agenda!
NHS  Privatisation  GE2017  PFI  UK  STP  health  care  demand  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  England  Wales  Conservative  Party  nastyparty  nasty  Manchester  Devolution  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  adult  elderly  social  Prevention  Austerity  Naylor  Report  Oliver  Letwin  book  Living  Standard 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
“The NHS is not safe with the Tories” says Former Tory PM | Nye Bevan News
NHS  GE2017  Austerity  Privatisation  Jeremy  Hunt  nastyparty  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
From the NME to No 10 – could the youth vote win Corbyn the election? | Politics | The Guardian
The huge divergence hinges on a key question puzzling the pollsters. Will a flock of young voters, enthused by Corbyn’s willingness to pump billions into the welfare state and abolish tuition fees, head to the polls in record numbers to back him? Will the adoring crowds that turn up to his events, the cheers he received when he pitched up at a Libertines gig, or the kudos gained from being the cover star for the NME and Kerrang! magazines translate into a new voting zeal among the under-25s?
GE2017  Jeremy  Corbyn  Labour  Brexit 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
UK schools taking desperate measures as funding crisis hits | Education | The Guardian
Parents at St Nicolas’ Church of England school in Taplow, part of Theresa May’s constituency, receiving letters asking for contributions of up to £30 a month to plug a projected £40,000 shortfall next year, or face staff redundancies. [...] Teaching unions say the crisis is the result of years of frozen budgets, further eroded by higher pension, wages and tax costs as well as inflation, with little hope of relief if the Conservatives are re-elected. [...] The cuts come as the National Audit Office has calculated there will be a £3bn real-terms reduction across all schools by 2019.
UK  education  policy  PISA  Ofsted  League  Table  Sats  Austerity  schools  deprivation  attainment  gap  social  income  mobility  poverty  trap  Brexit  Theresa  May  GE2017  skills  productivity  output  gini  Coefficient 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
The Maybot and Monsieur Zen. A drama that didn’t obey the script | Andrew Rawnsley | Opinion | The Guardian
Despite the manifold advantages with which she started this campaign, Mrs May has never evinced any sense of joy about making a case to the country. That lack of enthusiasm for the democratic moment has also shown. It has shown in her unwillingness to debate directly with other leaders, a refusal to engage with argument that revealed a sense of entitlement to be prime minister – no questions asked. It has shown in the brittleness of her performances when she has deigned to expose herself to the scrutiny of the electorate.
GE2017  Brexit  Theresa  May  nasty  party  nastyparty  Conservative  democracy  No  Representation  Tories 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Britain’s economy is broken. We desperately need new ideas | Tom Kibasi | Opinion | The Guardian
If the country was economically bankrupt in 2010, it is intellectually bankrupt in 2017. On the eve of the general election, politicians of all parties have rarely been so devoid of progressive ideas [...] Yet in substance, May’s approach remains mere tinkering at the edges of economic policy. The Conservatives remain stubbornly allergic to – or ignorant of – Keynesian macroeconomics. [...] [and housing and real estate lending distorting the lending picture. houses are not productive! R&D, and firms are. and creating long-term jobs w real incomes to spend (not remortgaging your home bc of housing bubble]
Brexit  GE2017  London  Housing  Bubble  piggybank  Forex  British  Pound  recovery  GFC  Manufacturing  Services  Consumerism  Zombie  Austerity  underinvestment  confidence  fairy  Productivity  output  gap  QE  ZIRP  NIRP  banking  investment  distortion  lending  property  UK  Living  Standard  wage  income  growth  inflation  £ 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
The Conservatives quietly U-turn on their big manifesto promise to build "new generation of social housing" - Mirror Online
U-Turn no 10 - by Theresa May The Conservatives quietly U-turn on their big manifesto promise to build "new generation of social housing"
Housing minister Gavin Barwell has confirmed the Tories new social homes won't have council house rents - they will in fact probably be much higher
GE2017  social  housing  Council  affordable  Austerity  Generation  Rent  u-turn  Theresa  May  nasty  party  Rentier  nastyparty  Tories  Conservative 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Alex Nunns on Twitter: "How the public called #bbcqt (Survation): 36% more likely to vote Lab, 24% less (+12) 24% more likely to vote Con, 32% less (-8) #CorbynWins"
How the public called #bbcqt (Survation):
36% more likely to vote Lab, 24% less (+12)
24% more likely to vote Con, 32% less (-8)
#CorbynWins //&! & - unweighted survation has Labour on 43% and the Tories on 38% lol. ALL ABOUT THAT YOUTH TURNOUT & - Blimey. Survation / MAil on Sunday Poll conducted this morning (ie after QT): Con 40 (-6%) Lab 39 (+5%) LD 8% UKIP 5 % Others 9% & - Lol! Tory chief Patrick McLoughlin sending out lies about fake "garden tax" - desperate
GE2017  nasty  party  Theresa  May  Conservative  Tories 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
TV-Duell in Großbritannien - May unter Druck
"Wenn ich in Brüssel säße und mit Ihnen verhandeln müsste, dann würde ich denken: Sie ist eine Angeberin, die beim ersten Kanonenhall zusammenbricht."
Theresa  May  Brexit  GE2017 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Finally, the ‘scaremongers’ of Brexit are being proved right | Nesrine Malik | Opinion | The Guardian
How did we let this happen? The economy question seems to have dropped out of the debate because it has been so debased by Brexit evangelists, backed by their cheerleaders in the press, treating any expressions of concern like sabotage. We have gone from “there will be no impact, don’t talk Britain down” to “if there is, it’s worth it”, making a martyr’s virtue of absorbing economic shocks for some greater ultimate good.
Brexit  UK  living  standard  secular  stagnation  GFC  recovery  Austerity  GE2017 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Tories accused of 'sleight of hand' on manifesto grammar schools data - BBC News
LIES! Enabled by populism, demagoguery, totalitarianism (Hanna Ahrendt book) // Prof Alice Sullivan challenges the party's statement that selective schools have proportionately more pupils from "ordinary working class families" than non-selective schools.
She says families in the bottom third for income have been excluded from the calculation supporting this data.
The Tories stand by their manifesto.
GE2017  nasty  party  Conservative  Brexit  Populism  grammar  schools  Theresa  May  Manifesto  Austerity  education  policy  social  mobility  poverty  trap  working  poor  Precariat 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
The Snap: May and Corbyn take on Jeremy Paxman – separately | Politics | The Guardian
polls might be skewed if young actually go out and vote, for corbyn 60+% rate
GE2017  Jeremy  Corbyn  Polls  Survey 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
The truth about the Conservative manifesto? No new funding for schools and hospitals and more austerity | The Independent
But now we know: she couldn’t give an answer because there was actually no extra spending that needed to be paid for. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has calculated that the £8bn of NHS spending is merely a continuation of the path for health spending set out in the 2015 Spending Review and implicitly assumed to be extended in the 2017 March Budget. The IFS thinks the same thing is happening in schools spending, although with the added mischief that the £4bn figure is in cash terms, so unadjusted for expected inflation. //&! - Third of NHS children's mental health services 'face cuts or closure' Between 2010 and 2015, spending on children’s mental health services fell by nearly £50m – more than six per cent in real terms //&! - NHS is 'worse than healthcare in Ireland, Spain and Slovenia' in new global ranking UK scores total of 84.6 out of 100, placing it on an equal footing with Cyprus, Qatar, Malta, Portugal and the Czech Republic
GE2017  Austerity  NHS  education  policy  Theresa  May  mental  health  rationing  STP  Privatisation  nasty  party  demographic  bubble  ageing  chronic  sick  population  care  demand  medical  advances  Simon  Stevens  Jeremy  Hunt  public  economics 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS spending per person will be cut next year, ministers confirm | The Independent
The Government will cut the National Health Service’s budget per person in real terms next year, ministers have admitted in official figures for the first time.

Numbers released by ministers show NHS England will face a sharp reduction of 0.6 per cent in real terms of per head in the financial year 2018-19. 

The numbers corroborate claims by NHS chief Simon Stevens earlier this month that “in 2018-19, real-terms NHS spending per person in England is going to go down”.
NHS  STP  Austerity  rationing  GE2017  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Theresa  May  Simon  Stevens  Jeremy  Hunt  Privatisation 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Schools face years of funding cuts if Tories win election, say thinktanks | Education | The Guardian
IFS says funding will fall by nearly 3% by 2021, with the Education Policy Institute thinktank drawing similar conclusions
education  policy  austerity  Brexit  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  competitive  competitiveness  skills  gap  productivity  output  recovery  GFC  bank  bailout  Privatisation  PFI  Theresa  May  GE2017 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Conservatives admit they don't know how much school breakfasts pledge will cost | The Independent
another u-turn - 60m would be 8p for each pupil! - from 600+m for lunches that was cut // Party admits it does not know how much it will cost to provide breakfasts for all 4.62 million primary school children in England
GE2017  Theresa  May  austerity  Manifesto  nasty  party  Conservative  Tories  education  policy  poverty  attainment  gap  social  income  mobility  trap  chronic  sick  population  public  health  economics 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS faces staggering increase in cost of elderly care, academics warn | Society | The Guardian
major new research which shows a 25% increase in those who will need care between 2015 and 2025.

Within eight years, there will be 2.8 million people over 65 needing nursing and social care, unable to cope alone, says the research – largely because of the toll of dementia in a growing elderly population. The research, published by the respected Lancet Public Health medical journal, says cases of disability related to dementia will rise by 40% among people aged 65 to 84, with other forms of disability increasing by about 31%. [...] Immediate investment in improving people’s lifestyles would pay dividends, they say.
GE2017  NHS  social  care  adult  Disabled  CVD  cancer  Diabetes  UK  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  premature  stroke  heart  attack  bed  blocking  bedblocking  embolism  aneurysm  dementia  Alzheimer  chronic  sick  prevention  western  diet  lifestyle  public  health  economics 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Tackle candidates on school cuts, heads ask parents - BBC News
Head teachers' letters warning of the "dreadful state" of school funding are being sent to parents in at least 3,000 schools across 17 counties on Friday.
The mass mailing urges parents to raise the "current financial difficulties" in schools with all prospective candidates "on the doorstep".
It comes in the week the three main parties pledged more money for schools.
Schools in England are being required to find savings worth £3bn to deal with rising cost pressures.
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Why don't we elect MPs by proportional representation? - BBC News
FPTP is no more fit for purpose in a diverse country like UK! two-party system is out-dated /// "Millions of voters feel they are unrepresented in parliament - whether it is because they live in one of hundreds of 'safe seats' across the country, or because they feel forced to 'hold their nose' and opt for a 'lesser evil' rather than the party they truly support." // rule by majority is not democratic! especially in environment where corporate lobby w vested interest can water down anything at will! see sugar tax, climate change, air pollution etc. // and not to forget the right win media lobby landscape - owning 70% of newspapers.
GE2017  FPTP  electoral  reform  UK  No  Representation  lobby  vested  interest  revolving  door  Capitalism  media  landscape  Generationengerechtigkeit  sustainability 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Schools told not to plan for budget deficits - BBC News
Schools have been told that they "must" avoid planning to go into budget deficits.
The warning comes in a letter from the finance director at the Department of Education (DE), Gary Fair.
It is in response to a move from more than 40 head teachers in greater Belfast who said they would refuse to implement more cuts to their budgets.
They said they would not take measures like laying off staff to save money, even if it pushed them into the red.
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Funding shortfall 'threatens support for vulnerable children' - BBC News
outcome, see Rotherham. Or dead children bc parents keep them out of sight and that is detective work no time for and no money for. // Tough decisions on how to allocate scarce resources mean early intervention services have been cut and families must reach crisis point before they receive help, warns the LGA.
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Internationaler Währungsfonds: IWF fordert höhere Vermögensabgaben in Deutschland - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Überraschende Wahlkampfhilfe für SPD-Kanzlerkandidat Schulz: Der IWF will von Deutschland laut einem Zeitungsbericht höhere Steuern auf Eigentum fordern. Untere Einkommen würden dagegen zu stark belastet. // System is Rigged in UK -
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​Enemies of the state​:​ the 40-year Tory project to shrink public services | Global | The Guardian
book spirit level &! - New study shows that the greater the societal inequality and instability, the more the groups on top of society tend to support a hierarchy between groups, protecting their own privileged status. (
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Theresa May pledges mental health revolution will reduce detentions | Politics | The Guardian
[ promising to add 10k staff, while cut 6k since 2010. before that mental health staff and beds have been falling since the 2000s ] While the announcement is likely to be welcomed by mental health campaigners, there will be warnings that a lack of resources, rather than badly drafted laws, has been the real driver of the increase in detention.
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Biggest Brexit donor urges May to guarantee rights of EU nationals | Politics | The Guardian
Senior Leave backers express concern over approach to immigration and say students should be free to come to UK [...] “People who are doing great jobs in this country are feeling insecure and I think it would be really good for those people to have the comfort that we are not going to boot them out in 18 months’ time,” he told the Observer. “I just think we should make the gesture, full stop. I don’t think there should be a quid pro quo, I just think we should make the gesture. They would look pretty churlish if they didn’t [reciprocate by guaranteeing the status of UK nationals in the EU].”

His intervention comes after a week in which Brussels officials expressed concern over reaching a deal on the status of EU nationals in the UK. Brussels is insisting that they are allowed to keep all their rights, including access to healthcare and the right to bring a spouse to the UK.
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Breast surgeon Ian Paterson inquiry pledge from Tories - BBC News
[ statistics from USA reveal that money is wasted on unnecessary ops and medication, then on management of them, then on billing them ] She said she hoped it would reveal why Paterson was allowed to operate for so long with impunity, but called for the inquiry to be held in public so a "bright light be shone into the way the NHS and private practice is being run which allows such things to happen". [...] The Heart of England NHS Trust has paid out almost £18m in damages and legal costs to hundreds of his former patients. These cases did not form part of the criminal proceedings.
An independent report into his work in 2013, by lawyer Sir Ian Kennedy, found concerns dated back to 2003 but were not dealt with for four years.
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UK must get tough on childhood obesity, says top doctors | Society | The Guardian
Obesity Health Alliance issues 10-point action plan in hope of influencing party manifestos for general election [...] “Whichever party takes up the reins of power in June, getting to grips with obesity must be high on the agenda and bolder steps taken to address the obesogenic environment in which our children are growing up. The public want this to happen; what’s needed is clear political will,” members of the OHA say in a letter published in the Guardian. // 1 year lifestyle classes -
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Ukip may be over but the Brexit party goes on and on | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian
[ see twitter britain elects linconshire resylt loss of ukip translates into gains for tory ] A few months after last year’s EU referendum, research by the British Election Study found people identified more strongly with leave and remain than they did with traditional parties. From the moment of her speech at the Tory party conference, Theresa May has been speaking directly to leave, and even now is fighting a general election campaign with vanishingly small Conservative branding.
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Grey power in the new battle of Britain: why older voters will be crucial | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian
It’s breathtakingly cynical stuff – if you want the EU to stay out of domestic elections, don’t make them all about the EU – which can only make future negotiations more difficult. But don’t underestimate how much they’ll cheer in the places it was intended to be heard: golf club bars and Daily Mail-reading households; stout shire villages; and fading seaside towns still drawn to Ukip. This was a speech for Clacton and Skegness, for people old enough to remember a time when we managed fine outside the EU.
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(453) James O'Brien (and Incorrigible) solve the housing crisis - YouTube
thatcher banned councils from borrowing money to build council houses/flats. ie w 50, 100 year loans. Councils would be making profit in the end by owning capital. Thatcher didnt like it, banned it. market and private capital knows best how to make profit. governments not allowed to make profits ROI on investment. Now +1bn housing benefit goes to private landlord. and 1/3 of ex council social housing is rented out by private landlords.
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Tory candidate defends spending up to £1m on West Midlands mayor campaign | Politics | The Guardian
; a new start in democracy for this region. << it's not devolution and mayors is a scam, just shifting blame. tokenism. bread crumbs. [political communication: framing the argument/policy/change/change management/positioning] tokenism for neoliberal capitalism austerity accelerated times of globalisation and the weak suffer what they must.
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