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Why do ministers find it so hard to reform the NHS? - BBC News
[ white elephant projects do not help NHS, bottom-up change, 10 year plan, reducing pressure by reducing incidences of diet-related diseases, chronic diseases, off pills with food, prevention, intervention, putting money at the right places in order to that higher demand does not occur in the first place. it's a totally different think than talking about efficiencies and privatisation, savings, and co. - see Panorama episode about NHS Crisis where GP's debate w patients whether their lifestyle is ok or not or whether it contribute to them needed statin and a stent or diabetes medication. Reducing Demand isn't a Political win you can tout in PMQ's ] The government agreed on Wednesday to talks at Acas in the junior doctors' dispute. Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has faced significant opposition to his reform plans. Giles Dilnot spoke to previous ministers about the challenges of reforming the health service and why opposition to change can be so strong.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Cambridgeshire's £800m NHS out-sourcing contract ends - BBC News
A five-year £800m NHS out-sourcing contract has ended after eight months because the company running it said it was not "financially sustainable". // Because NHS itself is running on a thin edge where more efficiencies can hardly be found. How does a for-profit company with minimum margin targets will do it with fat execs? They are not able to do it what NHS took +20 years to get to that kind of efficiency at that kind of scale. Sorry, but the positioning of NHS being wasteful is opportunistic way for way to argue for Privatisation, because private companies are so much more efficient; see CEO pay and bonuses of large health care companies in USA.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Video "Konservative wollen BBC eindampfen" | Zapp | ARD Mediathek
Die BBC gilt als einer der Fixpunkte des Qualitätsjournalismus - allerdings nicht in den Augen der Tories. Regierungspolitiker wollen den Sender zusammenstutzen. // -- John Whittingdale --
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
No mention of climate change in the TPP: Sierra Club report shows “dirty deal” means environmental disaster - Salon.com
The Trans-Pacific Partnership will "fuel the climate crisis" warns the environmental organization in a new report [...] Environmental and labor organizations have warned for years that the TPP, which has been characterized as “NAFTA on steroids,” will mean disaster for the climate and for the economy. “A Dirty Deal: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Threatens Our Climate,” the Sierra Club’s new report, details just how disastrous it could be. [...] The Sierra Club’s report finds that the TPP will do the following: “Empower fossil fuel corporations to challenge climate policies in private tribunals” [...] he deal will give foreign corporations the ability to sue governments for implementing environmental policies that do not meet companies’ “expectations” or that could make their investments less profitable.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Conspiracy-theorist nutbags run Congress, and they’re making Benghazi a verb: Next up, climate scientists - Salon.com
But in this political environment, being cautious about just handing a bunch of documents over to Republican is a smart move. After watching the Planned Parenthood and Benghazi hearings, a couple of things are clear: One, the Republicans will extract any stray word or number they can and take it out of context in an effort to advance their political agenda, with concerns about decency and honesty not restraining them in the slightest. Two, if they can’t find something like that, they’ll probably just lie about it. [...] The episode was a stellar demonstration of how the utter lack of morals and decency among House Republicans will lead them to distort and lie about numbers, even in the most obnoxious and obvious ways. [...] Imagine what kind of lies and distortions Republicans could gin up with the complex equations and variables that go into climate science. // confusing people. put doubt into peoples mind.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Malnutrition causing thousands of hospital admissions - BBC News
"We often see parents who are going without food so that they can feed their children, and these parents often struggle to afford enough nutritious food for their children too." He said the Trust did not believe anyone should have to go hungry in the UK, and was working with the public, charities and politicians to "find solutions to the underlying causes of food poverty". [...] "Eating and drinking well is critical when it comes to staying healthy and independent, yet this can become more difficult as we get older. [...] She said people were making choices about whether to pay a bill or feed the family. [...] quite often by the time they come through our doors and need to be admitted, the damage is already done.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Gordon Brown on tax credits and Jeremy Corbyn - YouTube
&! Steve Hilton on refugee crisis, Syria and tax credits - youtu.be/2JiKaIomDJU - ISIS is jihadist ideology, is long-term war. can not close door to refugees at same time you are committed to drone warfare and direct sight bombing with fighter jets. & Is Tories welfare reform reform or smoke screen/spin/reframing of austerity?!
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC independence 'eroded', says director general - BBC News
In a speech to business leaders on Monday, Tony Hall will urge changes to the way the broadcaster is regulated. He wants licence fee payers to have a greater say than politicians. Lord Hall says there has been a "major change" over the past 20 years which has made the foundations of the BBC's independence "weaker". The government has yet to comment. "When I was working in news and current affairs in the '90s, the independence of the BBC was protected by a set of quiet customs and traditions," he will say. "Back then it was Willie Whitelaw who'd provided us with the certainty of a 15-year Charter, underpinning our independence by allowing us stability through the political cycle. [...] He also suggests recent licence fee settlements have been decided behind closed doors without a "full process".
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
UK's coal plants to be phased out within 10 years - BBC News
[How can gas be central if it has to be shipped from Russia & else?! - bbc.in/1WZQj4D ] UKs remaining coal-fired power stations will be shut by 2025 with their use restricted by 2023, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has proposed. Ms Rudd wants more gas-fired stations to be built since relying on "polluting" coal is "perverse". Only if gas-fuelled power can fill the void created by closing coal-powered stations would coal plants be shut, she said. //&! bit.ly/1G7rJQt Subsidies cut in "emergency" Budget2015 after election which was not in the manifesto. &! Greenpeace said it showed the chancellor is out of step with the times. - bit.ly/1D2ylQg &! bit.ly/1HOeCt0 &! Renewables industry slams move to make them pay Climate Change Levy (also done in the Budget2015) - bit.ly/1j8khAR - "Like making apple juice pay an alcohol tax" &! Gov says in official statement, this move protects customers from higher energy bills??? - bit.ly/1Kkd8GH
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
HMRC still failing taxpayers, say MPs - BBC News
HMRC's record of 11 prosecutions for offshore tax evasion in the past five years as "woefully inadequate". Despite being handed a list of 3,600 British people who hid money in Switzerland, the tax collectors have prosecuted just one person involved. Instead, the tax collectors have offered reduced penalties to people who come forward with information about money they have hidden overseas, something the committee said was no substitute for the "deterrent effect" of prosecution. It said wealthy people who hide money offshore needed to be dealt with "robustly". The MPs said HMRC had also ignored some of their previous recommendations. [...] 11,000 full-time equivalent posts being cut since 2010. "It has been abundantly clear for years that the department has cut too many staff and that services are suffering," said PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka. "The department needs major investment backed by a real political commitment to tackle tax evasion and avoidance as an alternative to more
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
UK healthcare 'lagging behind other rich nations' - BBC News
<< But the report also found evidence that Britons were leading unhealthy lives. Obesity rates were among the highest, while alcohol consumption and smoking rates were also above average. >> //!! Standards of healthcare in the UK are lagging behind many developed nations with thousands fewer doctors and nurses being employed, a report says. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development review of 34 countries found the UK was behind in key areas such as stroke and cancer. It also found spending was lower per head and there was less equipment. The Department of Health said there was room for improvement and money was being targeted in those areas. The report found the UK has 8.2 nurses per 1,000 people compared with an OECD average of 9.1, while it has 2.8 doctors per 1,000 compared with 3.3. Experts said 26,500 more doctors and 47,700 nurses would be needed to match the OECD average.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Robert Reich - Timeline Photos
What about all the ballyhoo about manufacturing jobs coming back to America? Well, some have. But they pay lousy wages. The average wages of production and non-supervisory employees in manufacturing are lower today than they were in 1985, when adjusted for inflation. [...] Bottom line: Most Americans have got zilch out of this recovery. In fact, they’re worse off now than they were in 2000. Meanwhile, the top 0.1 percent is doing fabulously well. More and more people are concluding the game is rigged -- which it is. No one should be surprised at the surge in populist anger on the left and the right.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Isn't Your Body More Important Than Your Home? - YouTube
'general welfare', 'collective good' //&! youtu.be/7oXPWWDgaoo - The Myths & Lies Exposed in the GOP Debate - Carly Fiorina: Crony Capitalism = Big Goverment supporting tbtf/tbtj corporations? << POSITIONING. Blaming it on Big Government, that corporations feel they need to get bigger. LOL &! RT is not only one calling out Carly Fiorina - http://crooksandliars.com/2015/10/cnn-confronts-carly-fiorina-her-factless
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Why A Carbon Tax Is Essential - YouTube
2 degrees is actually a number for disaster. 2 degrees was chosen for convenience and more time (politicians). this is actually a global crisis that is going on now.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
'I don't think Scunthorpe has a future' - BBC News
[ picking winners, when it suits them and gets them the headlines.. get your voice heared if you are big enough ] The cuts are being blamed by many on the Chinese 'dumping' cheap steel in the UK. But unions and Tata also point to high business rates and taxes, something the government has tried to tackle this week with a refund thought to be worth around £50m to the industry. // corporates continue to loot the state.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Warren Buffett Crushes Republicans On Taxes - YouTube
Not having a voice. No being heard. // Empört Euch! (German) Perfect Paperback – Feb 2011 by Stéphane Hessel
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Robert Reich - Timeline Photos
In some cities – San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, New York – it’s 40 to 50 percent. What’s the solution? Part of it is better public transportation – so people can live further away from where they work, in affordable housing. But rather than invest more in public transportation, America is disinvesting. We're spending a smaller percentage of our GDP on public transit now than at any time since World War II. Why? Ask Republicans in Congress and in state legislatures.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Chris Hedges June 8, 2015 Town Hall Seattle - YouTube
Ceased all power and rendered the citizen powerless. This is no capitalistic democracy. This is crony capitalism. Capitalism has no internal constraints. remove external constraints & it will see & use everything (private free market enterprise) as replaceable & commodity w a price (even the planet): the environment, workers health. &! non-violent revolution! // Revolutions are internal affairs w different dynamic. All succesful revolutions are fundamentally non-violent. No revolution is successful until sizable internal protection/security defects (Whistleblower et al) and refuses to fight for the discredited regime/plutocracy/oligarchy/Elite/Super Rich/1%/Corporation/crony capitalism/tax evasion/tax avoidance and joins the revolution. // Living in truth & speaking the truth to power. Pulling people into the streets & discrediting the status quo. Dont pit people against each other. Essay. The power of the powerless // If we do not break it. We & our children have no future!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Cornel West and Richard Wolff talk about Capitalism and White Supremacy - YouTube
individualism tends to capitalism (each their own coloured widget) vs individuality of the individual. don't mistake the one for the other and you can't achieve the same happiness and well-being with just individualism because it is also based on constant consumption. // what people leave out of socialism and the pundits decry over it. is democracy. democratic socialism. // Plutocracy is undercutting its ability to survive! Problem, the system will take us down with it. // We got ecological catastrophe on our doorstep. Nuclear catastrophe. And Capitalisms catastrophe. //&! Ceased all power and rendered the citizen powerless. This is no capitalistic democracy. This is crony capitalism. - Chris Hedges June 8, 2015 - youtu.be/iA41ggsdeXE - capitalism has no internal constraints. remove external constraints & it will see & use everything (private free market enterprise) as replaceable & commodity w a price (even the planet): the environment, workers health. &! non-violent revolution!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Global Capitalism: September 2015 Monthly Update - YouTube
Private Education (Charter Schools) that get public money, without the public being involved in decision-making how to spend that public money ... were outlawed/illegal, by Seattle Judges 6-2. //&! Tax exception of universities. Yale (4th richest uni of USA with 20bn in endowments) is being subsidized by people of the 7th poorest state. no property tax (largest land owner & employer in New Haven (Connecticut)). Public Services (Fire, Police, Hospitals) & Infrastructure. //&! min 41 Greg Mankiw: carbon tax would discriminate (burden too much) the middle class & poor with no wage growth last 30 yrs in disposable income vs corporates, well off, Super Rich, 1%. Rebuttal: tax more progressively those who can afford it. The crux of a carbon tax & tobin tax, setting it nationally, corporate lobby that it "will" be anti-competitive. Destroy Jobs. // 47:35 Science & Money. 1:09:20 Hegemony 1:22:20 public transport, US dogma; THE CAR! Committed 2 Private Free Enterprise. << Ideology. LA traffic
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Global Capitalism: October 2015 Monthly Update - YouTube
33:40 Price Increase 13.1% 2013/14. Big Pharma + Lobby + insurance company + letting itself being sugar-coated-medical profession = medical-industrial complex. A cosy relationship. // Big Sugar. Big Tobacco. Big Oil/Fossil Fuel. // US spends more % (18%) of GDP on medical related expenses than any other developed/western country. //&! 44:40 - VW! No.1 air polluter is private automobil. "we are not talking about more profits. but maximising profits while accepting the contribution to air pollution and death of the vulnerable (asthma). [...] fraud. that caused who know how many people. [...] example of what capitalism is. if there is more money to make. do it." [+ Zeitarbeit, Leiharbeit exploitation] "deadly behaviour of conglomerates (many recalls blamed on complexity of car) in a rational society, but no questions have been asked." [] [Underinvestment in public transportation in USA. 1/2 of Berlin citizens have no car. tell that LA.] "Decision to Deceive. Knowingly harm People."
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Legal highs: Psychoactive drugs policy 'rushed', say MPs - BBC News
[ why not put a regulatory framework up. and make money through taxation! stupid. where is the neoliberal tough when its needed!? double standard. ] "Britain uses more psychoactive substances than any other country in Europe and is at risk of being overwhelmed by the sheer scale of this problem.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Chancellor urged not to cut vital health fund - BBC News
George "Mr Judgement Call" Osborne // Vital health services in England including stop smoking, obesity and sexual health clinics are at risk, experts are warning. Earlier this year the Chancellor unveiled plans to cut the £2.8bn public health budget by £200m from January. The pot is held by councils so is not covered by the government's promise to protect the health service. But doctors, nurses and other senior health officials say the money is vital to relieving pressure on the wider NHS. A total of 11 groups, including the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Royal College of Nursing, NHS Confederation and Faculty of Public Health, have put their names to a letter to George Osborne asking him to reconsider the plans. The letter warned raiding the funds would simply cause greater ill-health and inequality in the population. [...] [PREVENTION>>] [deal with Osborne for 8bn extra a year this Parliament] included making gains from improvements in people's health. [Cut now, pay more later!]
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Sturgeon does not rule out steel plants public ownership - BBC News
// gov has never been good about picking industries. // how about investing to lower energy prices, that is not nuclear? --- making the whole industries more competitive in world markets. lowering marginal cost across the board. also for consumers. stupid!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Tax credits: SNP and Conservative MPs clash over government cuts - YouTube
Natalie McGarry, the SNP's shadow disabilities spokesperson, and Conservative MP Chris Philp, a member of the Treasury Select Committee, debate the government's tax credit cuts.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Food banks have become a lifeline for many, but where is the way out? | Patrick Butler | Society | The Guardian
Back in September 2012, however, when Bestwood and Bulwell food bank opened, Webster did not expect to be hugely busy, confidently believing it could be “run out of a cupboard”. What happened next was terrifying: the initial trickle of referrals turned into a flood, triggered by what Webster calls “downright poverty”. After a year, volunteers were “on their knees” (though they are on their feet again now, he adds), battered not only by the sheer weight of demand, but by the shocking specificity of the deprivation and injustice they encountered: the food bank client who was sanctioned by the jobcentre (had her benefits stopped) for not attending a job search interview even though she told them she was in hospital having chemotherapy; a woman client who asked if the food bank gave out tampons; she had no money and had been forced to use newspaper instead. It troubles him that so much of their work is, on the face of it, due to avoidable failures in state provision, ...
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Hinkley Point nuclear agreement reached - BBC News
More than £30bn worth of deals between the UK and China are expected to be struck during the four-day visit. [...] 'Security concerns' The Hinkley Point project has come under fire over its cost and the delays to investment decisions and the timetable for building. The government has also been criticised for guaranteeing a price of £92.50 per megawatt hour of electricity - more than twice the current cost - for the electricity Hinkley produces. [<< death knell 4 UK consumer & heavy industry! In 10 years as other countries invested in renewables heavily, energy prices will be much higher in UK, a country which did not invest heavily in the Smart Grid & renewables when it was cheap to borrow to fund private public partnerships; 5-10 year mega projects. Bc nasty party is mercenary, not visionary. &! china is deep in renewables. why not renewables!? build smart grid] The Treasury hopes that within 10 years China will be UK second biggest trading partner. //&! Steve Hilton - bbc.in/1krBjLp
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Ex-health secretary Andrew Lansley to advise firms on healthcare reforms | Politics | The Guardian
Andrew Lansley, the architect of the coalition government’s efforts to privatise parts of the NHS, has taken a job advising corporate clients on healthcare reforms despite David Cameron’s pledge to close the “revolving door” between Whitehall and the private sector. The management consultants Bain & Company took on Lord Lansley in August. The newly ennobled Conservative peer also plans to become an active associate of a “strategic communications consultancy” set up by his wife and will advise on health and social care. His appointments will raise eyebrows because Lansley, who was health secretary for two years until 2012, is still blamed by many in the health service for the Health and Social Care Act, which critics said increased the privatisation of the NHS.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Europe is becoming an undemocratic continent where force matters more than law | Comment is free | The Guardian
Only banks, global corporations and the superrich have any power against this faceless semi-superstate [...] In the past year, on two occasions when tested, European solidarity fell apart. [...] The real power, meanwhile, sits with large corporations, banks and elites. And here’s the strangest thing: for all the power concentrated at the top, the EU lacks the will to operate purposefully in the multipolar global power system. We know, roughly, what the US wants. Ditto for China and Russia. Ask what Europe wants – in Ukraine, Syria or the Arctic circle – and you’ll draw a blank. In a multipolar world, whose chaos zones are expanding, effective states with clear diplomatic aims and red lines matter.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Doctors, teachers, the police – public servants are demoralised | Will Hutton | Comment is free | The Guardian
To toil in the present-day NHS is thankless. [...] Whatever its merits, a workforce whose morale is already low sees it as yet more evidence that professionals’ views don’t count. Morale takes a further downward lurch. [...] Thus by 2020, the government will have imposed an unprecedented 10-year freeze in real pay across the public sector, shrunk its numbers by more than 1.5 million and offered as little upward career progression to public employees as it possibly can. A new industry of private contractors feeding off contracted-out public work will have been invented, offering even worse pay and conditions than the public sector itself. To raise taxes that might alleviate the crisis is ideologically prohibited. [...] Employees are voting with their feet. Between November 2013 and November 2014, 49,120 teachers quit – the highest rate on record. Nearly four in 10 newly qualified teachers leave after their first year. [...] [ Met warned less police officers on street ]
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The government seems intent on ending the solar power industry. It’s madness | Howard Johns | Comment is free | The Guardian
saving on the wrong end of the stick. // &! One solar executive says the 87% cut in state subsidy is ‘obscene’, and will lead to thousands of job losses - bit.ly/1Xdgl0V - “We are all paying £100 for nuclear decommissioning costs in our bills. Solar: five quid? It is nothing to do with the energy bills of hardworking families it is entirely ideologically driven by George Osborne. It is nothing to do with the cost to the energy consumer.”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Tory MPs in 71 marginal seats at risk from cuts to tax credits | Politics | The Guardian
George Osborne has come under fresh pressure to halt controversial cuts to tax credits as new research shows that 71 Tory MPs in marginal seats could be vulnerable to a backlash from families hit by dramatic falls in their incomes. The impact of the cuts, which will leave 3.2 million families worse off by an average of £1,300 a year from next April, is already causing concern among Conservative MPs and ministers, who believe they will punish precisely the kind of working families David Cameron claims to represent. [...] The House of Commons library has found that some families could lose up to £3,000 a year if the tax credit cuts are not reversed. // &! bit.ly/1RPnKjW - With six million people not earning enough to cover the basic cost of living, tackling in-work poverty is crucial,
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
SNP conference: John Swinney to give Scottish councils business rate powers - BBC News
[ so who is actually going to pay tax? to repair roads, winder service, replace street lights, clean the city, police, NHS, ... to fund councils budgets that are already deep in the red and are cut further over the next 5 years. Public libraries, pools, social care, etc etc. dismantling britian. framing it as job creator. as if tax cuts create demand! lol. its a race to the bottom. ] Colin Borland, the Federation of Small Businesses' (FSB) head of external affairs in Scotland, said it was good news that cutting the cost of doing business was "at the heart of the deputy first minister's message". He said: "If used appropriately, these powers could give local economies a welcome boost and it will be interesting to see how many hard-pressed councils will be able to take advantage of them." UK Chancellor George Osborne has promised local authorities in England more flexibility over business rates by 2020.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The new European Union | Credit Writedowns
[ EU banking system was too big to bail in case Greece and else would default even in parts on some of its debt and or make no or delay repayment with interest in full ] In conclusion, the conditions asked of Greece are not likely to be met, because they cannot be met. Greece will be blamed for not living up to its commitments, as it has been this time around. Yet, somehow, the notion of asking for the impossible from a country that has no choice but to sign is fundamentally perverse. [...] The mistake was to break the no-bailout clause that was designed to make sure the Eurozone would not find itself in this position. For selfish reasons (i.e. preventing a bank crisis in Europe and the US), Greece was convinced to accept the first bailout in 2010.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
MPs approve Osborne's spending rules after heated Commons debate - BBC News
MPs have backed the government's new spending rules by 320 to 258 votes after a heated debate in the Commons. [...] He accused Labour of being "profligate" and wanting "to spend money we don't have and borrow for ever". >> bank bailout profligate?
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Robert Reich: One of the Most Important Differences Between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton - It all comes down to Wall Street.
on.fb.me/1LsCcNT - Finally, tonight, the American public will have a chance to hear the truth about what's happened to our economy and our democracy. Unlike the Republican debates -- which have been circuses of dishonesty, bigotry, and braggadocio -- tonight's Democratic debate offers an opportunity to set out the real challenge: turning a society that's become more rigidly stratified and oligarchic than it has in over a century into one that's inclusive and democratic. Most of the Democratic candidates agree on the problem. Listen for the boldness of their policies. But also know that good policies won't be enough. We need a candidate capable of forging and fueling a movement sufficiently powerful to overcome the regressive forces of big money. So listen also for their passion, their wisdom, and their capacity to move America. What will you be listening for?
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Ben Bernanke urges punishment of individual bankers - BBC News
>> Privatisation where and when it is needed. No, only if it suits their ideology and agenda. // regulatory failure. - youtu.be/Yx1P5Wz2iX4 - Ben Bernanke, John Mack Reflect on 2008 Financial Crisis >> NINJA Loan, homeownership, subprime, ... //&! Ben Bernanke on Lehman Crisis: "We Agreed to Be Vague" (Oct. 6, 2015) | Charlie Rose - youtu.be/EYGbtxzIkvw - 'lehman brothers was a sink hole. money put in from gov in a saving attempt would have resulted in being pulled out by its counterparties and creditors. and had not enough collateral and assets.'
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
More jobs paying below living wage - BBC News
'Prevalent' low pay The ONS figures show that the proportion of jobs paying below the living wage has grown. In 2014, young adults were most likely to be paid less than the living wage. Some 58% of jobs carried out by 18 to 24-year-olds outside of London and 48% of jobs in this age group in London were paid less than the living wage. In accommodation and food services in 2014, an estimated 65% of jobs paid less than the living wage in London and 70% in the rest of the UK. Northern Ireland had 29% of jobs paying below the living wage, the highest in the country. At the other end of the scale, 19% of jobs in the South East of England, London and Scotland paid below the living wage. [...] "These figures demonstrate that while the economy may be recovering as a whole, there is a real problem with ensuring everyone benefits, and low pay in still prevalent in Britain today."
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
More maternity units closing doors, union warns - BBC News
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said a shortage of midwives was having a major impact and mistakes would "almost certainly be made". Some 42% of units shut down temporarily in the past year, its survey found. The government said it was determined to ensure "every mother and baby gets the highest quality care". A poll of 83 heads of midwifery at NHS trusts found there had been a rise in the number of units that had closed their doors, with 33% having closed the previous year. The RCM said budget cuts were also affecting services, with midwives struggling to cope with a rising birth rate and increasingly complex births. [...] But he added that rising numbers of complex pregnancies were also putting pressure on other UK countries. [...] The RCM says there is a shortage of 2,600 full-time midwives. 'Stretched and understaffed'
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Scale of NHS deficits to be revealed - BBC News
"we are looking at a systematic problem across the health service." locum staff & sending patients 4 ops 2 private places paid by NHS 2 clear rising waiting lists (RISING DEMAND) & meet Targets. Bed blocking bc severe shortage of elderly care done by austerity. Ageing & premature ageing population & rise of chronic diseases (& thus other comorbidity things that are a result of chronic diseases:joint pains back pains heart problems mobility problems swollen legs bc bodies lymph system gives up skin problems infections care etc complex needs arise - bc they treat symptoms. not the problem, the root of all evil). NHS cant treat a sick population with the status quo it has been handed down by Tories policy. Tories like 2 remove benefits from parents of truants, disabled, vulnerable (to make their lives better). BUT Big Sugar & Processed Food? No nanny state there. Socially unacceptable. Unpopular amongst majority. Career Politicians unequal real reformer/visionary. &! bit.ly/1OpQXBS
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt forced to backtrack in row over NHS doctors’ contract | Politics | The Guardian
Jeremy Hunt has been forced into a partial climbdown in his dispute with NHS junior doctors in an attempt to stop their fury at a threatened punitive new contract spilling over into strike action. The health secretary moved to defuse widespread anger at his threat to impose new terms and conditions on them by offering two major concessions and assurances that they will not see their pay cut or working hours extended.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Why did the Daily Mail lose its taste for The Great British Bake Off? | Media | The Guardian
bit.ly/1VGijUW - That an Asian Muslim woman in a headscarf can win a thoroughly British competition proves that ‘Britishness’ is broader than some would like to think &! Reality telly loves a ‘journey’, and if it happens to belong to a Muslim woman with a knack for a lemon drizzle cake, then so be it - bit.ly/1LkTlJb
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
UK interest rates held at 0.5% after 8-1 Bank vote - BBC News
The central bank said cost pressures in the UK's labour market were rising too slowly for inflation to return to the Bank's 2% target, and that inflation would stay below 1% until spring 2016. Inflation has been hovering around 0% for the past few months, but the Bank had indicated that robust domestic growth and the fading effect of last year's big oil price falls would cause it to bounce back towards 2% next year. Although UK consumer spending had remained resilient, bolstered by wage growth, attempts to reduce the UK budget deficit had restrained activity and global growth had been below average.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Höhere Gebühren und Abgaben: Städte bitten die Deutschen zur Kasse - N24.de
[ Wolfgang Schäuble will keine neuen Schulden machn wegen refugee crisis ] // Tiefer in die Tasche greifen müssen vor allem Eltern von Kindern in der Kita oder in Ganztagsschulen. 40 Prozent der Städte und Gemeinden wollen im laufenden Haushaltsjahr die entsprechenden Gebühren erhöhen. Auch bei der Grundsteuer bitten die Kommunen verstärkt zur Kasse: 38 Prozent planen hier eine Erhöhung. Die Friedhofsgebühren sollen in 26 Prozent aller Städte steigen. Elf Prozent der Städte wollen die Straßenbeleuchtung runterdimmen, neun Prozent Angebote für Jugendliche und Senioren zurückfahren. Sechs Prozent wollen den Betrieb ihrer Schwimmbäder einschränken oder die Bäder sogar ganz schließen. Gesamtschulden dürften zunehmen
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
In the loop October 2: Flemish separatism, F1 and the Juncker plan by POLITICO Europe
min 17 - behind-the-scenes fight in the European Parliament over the appointment of top managers for the so-called Juncker Plan: a €315 billion EU investment plan. // threat of White Elephants, roads and bridges to nowhere ... only politicians can put themselves in front of photojournalists for photo op. no productive investments into the future. renewable, smart grid, private public paternerships, carbon emission reduction projects ie urbanisation planning projects to half city traffic and put cycling network in place, and zero emission public transportation, ... --- no accountability, no oversight no transparency. risk of corruption, bribery, dirty handshakes, ...
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Tory conference: New GP contract for seven-day service - BBC News
The Royal College of GPs has warned a recruitment crisis was making plans for seven-day working "unrealistic". Mr Cameron's comments came as the government denied pressuring officials behind the scenes to delay the publication of figures which show the financial performance of the NHS. A report in the Observer claimed officials at Monitor and another NHS regulator were leaned on to delay financial and other performance figures such as treatment waiting times in order to avoid embarrassment at the Conservative conference, which is taking place this week. Health officials have said the data will be published shortly. On the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Cameron insisted a seven-day-a-week NHS was "a really exciting prospect".
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Deal over junior doctors' contracts was torn up, reveals ex-health minister | Society | The Guardian
Tory MP Dan Poulter says government reneged on an initial agreement last year, replacing it with terms that have triggered ‘understandable’ anger [...] He accuses Hunt of changing tack because the NHS is desperate to identify ways of saving money to help tackle a£30bn hole in its budget that is expected to emerge by 2020. And he warns that cutting junior doctors’ pay – many face losing between 15% and 40% of their earnings under the new contract – will undermine David Cameron’s ambition to create a seven-day NHS because there will be too few doctors to staff it as a result of disillusionment. // &! Cutting the pay and worsening working conditions will not attract new doctors to hard-to-recruit specialisms such as A&E. But more than that, it could compromise patient care - bit.ly/1OdN176
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Half of all teachers in England threaten to quit as morale crashes | Education | The Guardian
bbc.in/1jVDBC5 - Stressed teachers are being reduced to tears and not being helped with their workload, a teachers' leader says. [...] Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said there was no doubt the whole teaching profession, from the newly qualified teacher to the senior leader, was under considerable pressure. "It's essential that we all pay attention to the well-being of staff. That's a shared responsibility between colleagues of the same level, middle leaders, senior leaders and governors, who ultimately carry the duty of care. [...] "At the moment England is in a perfect storm of rising pupil numbers, falling teacher recruitment and poor teacher retention. "Official figures show that the country will need nearly 160,000 additional teachers over the next three years to cope with a projected 582,000 rise in primary and secondary age pupils by 2020.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
A third of Police Scotland staff 'plan to leave' - BBC News
A third of Police Scotland's workforce intends to leave the organisation within the next three years, according to a survey of the force's staff. The survey also suggested that only a quarter of police officers felt they had the resources needed to do their job properly. And fewer than one in 10 staff members thought the force was genuinely interested in their wellbeing. About half of the force's 24,000 staff took part in the survey.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
NHS doctors: the flogged and the furious | Sophia Teoh | Science | The Guardian
As someone within the profession who is directly affected, I can reveal many reasons why the proposed NHS junior doctor contracts are enraging medics [...] Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the NHS, once said: “The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it”. We are those folk. We have that faith. We will fight for our NHS.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The NHS is on a one-way road to privatisation | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian
[ 'founder' of NHS said NHS exists as long as people fight for it. true north ] [ rationing and creating Cinderella service ] The British public has not agreed to the destruction of the health service. It’s up to all of us to fight for it. [...] This translates into unlimited rationing. We are already seeing the rationing of hearing aids and cataracts. Devon CCG announced that all routine surgery would be restricted for obese patients and smokers. And routine shoulder surgery would be restricted for all patients. [...] Simon Stevens’ Five Year Forward View asked the government for an extra £8bn each year but the flip side of this is a further £22bn in efficiency savings. Never has the NHS undergone such a funding squeeze since its inception. Yet we spend significantly less on the NHS than the EU average and well below the likes of France, Germany and the Netherlands. Out of the G7, only Italy has the same level of spending.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
It’s George Osborne who will shape Tory prospects for 2020 | Gaby Hinsliff | Comment is free | The Guardian
Power is leeching from David Cameron, and the colder, more ruthless chancellor is in the spotlight [...] Osborne’s big problem, of course, is that his fingerprints are all over everything the government has done – or not done – to tackle these problems over the last five years, let alone over the next five. And that’s not the only factor limiting his prospects of promotion He’s almost as exposed as Cameron is to fallout from the EU referendum gamble. (Heads we quit the EU, and government heads will have to roll; tails we stay, triggering Tory civil war).
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
UK slips down world competitiveness league | Business | The Guardian
World Economic Form says the UK’s weakness include the budget deficit and the quality of its education system [...] “Where the country falls short is in its macroeconomic environment, where government debt and the budget deficit conspire to place it 108th out of 140 countries. It could do better, too, with the quality of its education system (21st) and maths and science in particular (46th) – both long-term problems,” [...] It also issued a warning about the health of the global economy, saying “a ‘new normal’ of suppressed economic and productivity growth and persistently high unemployment is damaging resilience and leaving the world vulnerable to another protracted slump”. It called on countries to “step up their efforts to re-accelerate economic growth”.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
NHS could be 'overwhelmed' by people with long-term medical conditions | Society | The Guardian
The soaring number of people with long-term medical conditions [chronic] is threatening to "overwhelm" the NHS [...] The challenges posed by patients with chronic medical conditions are so great that they represent the "healthcare equivalent to climate change" and must force the NHS to undertake a major rethink of how it cares for such patients, Dr Martin McShane says in an interview with the Guardian. [...] 70% of the NHS's £110bn budget – £77bn – as well as £10.9bn of the £15.5bn spent on social care in England, [...] NHS will not bridge the £30bn gap that it fears will have emerged by 2020 between its budget and the volume of care needed [...] a healthy patient costs the NHS about £288 a year, those with one long-term condition cost an estimated £783, those with two cost £1,521 // [More doesnt stop sink overflowing! stop the faucet of new chronically sick people. Lifestyle consultant & nutritionist (living their practice & advice) in every GP office! ] &! bit.ly/1KTWoDR
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Why the Work Programme didn’t get Sarah a job | Martin Bright | Society | The Guardian
The government’s flagship welfare-to-work programme institutionalises bullying, interrupted only by undirected job searches // Work programme creates just 48,000 long-term jobs in three years. Flagship jobs scheme the government insisted would help millions back into work is called into question by figures - bit.ly/1ipiBhW
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Junior doctors contract row: an explainer | Society | The Guardian
The health secretary and the British Medical Association are at loggerheads over contract changes and strike action is being threatened – how did it come to this? --- bit.ly/1KHEiaV - ‘I can’t sacrifice my family for the NHS’: the junior doctors forced out of jobs they love. Young doctors are seething with anger over new contracts threatening lower pay, longer hours and increased stress. But do they really have it that bad? Here junior medics on the verge of quitting describe salaries that barely cover the bills – and a workload that means they could end up earning as little as £10 an hour //&! Health unions condemn 'disgraceful' £410,000 payoff to NHS executive. GMB says extra payment to David Flory is hypocritical at a time of widespread budget deficits in NHS trusts and a row over junior doctors’ contracts - bit.ly/1iHmu6p // &! bbc.in/1WumtSc //&! bbc.in/1Gf676y
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
My fear is that Addenbrooke's is just the beginning
Whilst our ageing population creates an underlying pressure on hospitals across the country, the failure of Conservative ministers to plan the NHS workforce and properly fund social care is at the heart of the problem.  A key contributor to the ‘inadequate’ rating given to Addenbrookes was understaffing, particularly in the maternity and A&E services. The CQC is clear that the staff working at the hospital did everything they could for the patients in their care. The problem was that there simply weren't enough of them. [...] The Royal College of Nursing estimate that hospitals spent almost £1 billion on agency nurses alone last year – it’s no wonder hospital finances are in such a dire position. [ Osborne cut spending (when came to power in libdem coalition 2010) on training! stupid, he put the NHS/Hospitals in that position! experts say it won't be fixed for years. pipeline issue was created by Tories! ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Homelessness figures: Nearly 100,000 children in England 'homeless' - BBC News
Nearly 100,000 children in England are living in temporary accommodation after being made homeless, new figures show. // &! More & more student start work after graduation in low pay jobs not requiring a diploma, due to current job market/job creation situation in UK! Not hitting 21k repayment threshold - bbc.in/1OU0K3H - OBR show fewer are likely to start paying than was expected when the policy was introduced, [...] freezing the loan repayment threshold - alongside other changes such as replacing maintenance grants for poorer students with loans - will significantly increase the cost of going to university. It says this risks undermining pledges by successive governments to improve social mobility, as well as raising uncertainty in students' minds over the terms of their borrowing. //&! Higher education cuts 'risk NI being left behind' - bbc.in/1gZMrgj //&! Doctors warn Tories not to cut free school meals (child poverty, food poverty) bbc.in/1LewQrn
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
The new right to buy is solving 1979’s problems at today’s expense | Gaby Hinsliff | Comment is free | The Guardian
This Thatcherite policy revival fails to recognise that the main cause of the housing crisis is affordability //&! Housing bill needs radical, long-term measures to reform the market. As well as increasing supply, the government needs to use the tax system to make buy-to-let less attractive as an investment - bit.ly/1PDxWe3
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Wolf Hall director blasts culture secretary over 'ideological' BBC cuts | Media | The Guardian
Peter Kosminsky met with John Whittingdale to discuss cuts he says are rooted in Tories’ dislike of pre-election coverage
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
”Lobbyismen hotar demokratin” - EFN - Ekonomi- och FinansNyheterna
Owen Jones --- shared economic interest. politicians have to be servant to their people. seen as the greatest honor one can receive. and job. legacy. not money/riches (in future). should always aim to put yourself out of business so to speak, for means of progress and healing. // Brexit defense for London // TTIP // open and democratic = less angles for corruption and bribery
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
VW: Das Auto? Der Betrug! Jakob Augstein zur Abgas-Affäre - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Nicht nur Banken betrügen, auch die Industrie. Das zeigt der VW-Skandal. Deutschland hält sich eher ans Recht als das Ausland? Ein Irrtum. Guter Kapitalismus, böser Kapitalismus? Gibt's nicht. Nur die Notwendigkeit des starken Staates. [...] Die Amoralität ist in der Idee der Firma an sich eingebaut. Menschen haben (vielleicht) Moral. Firmen nicht. Da liegt ein grundlegendes Missverständnis im modernen Kapitalismus. [...] In einem langen Artikel über Wirtschaftsethik hat der "Economist" einmal geschrieben: "Unternehmen, die lügen und betrügen, können nicht erwarten, lange im Geschäft zu sein, selbst wenn ihre Handlungen vom Gesetz gestattet sind." Wir wissen, dass das Gegenteil der Fall ist. Aber so streuen sich die Gralshüter der liberalen Wirtschaftsideologie selbst Sand in die Augen. [ The Corporation (2005) by Joel Bakan ] [...] Beschreibt das nicht perfekt das Wesen der großen Konzerne - je größer, desto besser? Und VW ist sehr groß. [ Amazon's monopsony ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
With Hinkley Point, squandermania has reached dangerous new heights | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian
[ cutting renewables, sure. how about 24bn for renewables and SmartGrid 10 years. Duh. And no energy price tariff guarantees needed. ] The only two versions of the EDF pressurised water reactor under construction, in Finland and France, are way behind schedule with doubled budgets. For £24bn you can read anything you like. It is the auto-da-fé of Treasury control. The person who should be laughing is Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn. Hinkley Point competes with HS2 and possibly a new Heathrow runway for the title of “world’s stupidest megaproject”. [...] When Centrica, the last British investor, pulled out of Hinkley in 2013, it did so because not a single adviser thought it a sensible bet. [ and who benefits? companies who benefit from status quo! fossil fuel companies ] //&! The Guardian view on Hinkley Point C: overcomplicated, overpriced and overdue Editorial: Nuclear power may be necessary to limit climate change, but this is the wrong nuclear option - bit.ly/1QztaOV &! bbc.in/1R1NSYr
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
It’s the British establishment that has a problem with democracy | Seumas Milne | Comment is free | The Guardian
‘Rewarding major donors with seats in parliament and jobs in government is a long-established British tradition.’ [...] But political corruption and the implacable opposition of the spooks and military to progressive change are the traditional forms of anti-democratic politics, in Britain, as elsewhere. For the past generation it has been the corporate embrace, the revolving doors, the privatised contracts, the “free trade” treaties, European Union directives, and the removal of economics from democratic control under the neoliberal rules of the game that have set the boundaries of acceptable politics. [ Jeremy Corbyn is a symptom/backlash to the status quo ] Since the 2008 crash the rejection of that broken economic model and the hollowed-out politics that reflects it has spread across the western world, now including Britain. Which helps explain why Cameron’s Conservatives have turned to the most retrograde measures to bring opposition to heel. //&! bit.ly/1FWK86Y
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