asterisk2a + safety + westminster + polarisation   9

British people think their media is the most biased and right-wing in Europe - and they're probably right | Voices | The Independent
Just two individuals - Rupert Murdoch and Lord Rothermere - controlled a staggering 52.2 per cent of online and print national news publications in the UK in 2013 [...] All of these newspapers either backed the Conservatives or Ukip in the most recent election and are all considered traditional right-wing publications. If you add up the readership of these right-wing newspapers, they account for a staggering 69 per cent of national newspaper readership in Britain in 2013. Left Foot Forward concluded their analysis by stating that “over three quarters (77.8 per cent) of the press is owned by a handful of billionaires.”
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Why should Rachel Watt have to sleep in her wheelchair? | Frances Ryan | Opinion | The Guardian
This is the hidden face of Britain’s social care crisis: disabled people left without help in their own homes. Read most coverage of the cuts to social care and it is easy to believe the crisis solely affects older people. According to research by Scope, 83% of disabled people in this country are now living without sufficient hours in their care package. That means being unable to get out of the house or waiting 14 hours to go to the toilet. This is what happens when austerity strips £4.6bn from social care spending in five years. As the government squeezes local authorities, social care has been left with a “funding gap” – a gaping wound, shall we say – that is growing by £700m a year. The King’s Fund thinktank has told the Guardian that the financial prospects for Britain’s social care system in 2016 “could not be worse”. [...] The biggest trick the government can play is the myth that any of this is inevitable. [...] It is the political choice[.]
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Civil servants will be banned from helping Brexit ministers, Cameron says - Politics live | Politics | The Guardian
He put Brexit on the table because it was popular and feared to lose votes to UKIP. Opportunist. Career Politician. Needs a script. And now is changing the script in order not to lose the plot. The public voting yes. // David Cameron has made it clear that civil servants will not be allowed to help ministers who want to make the case for Britain leaving the European Union. He set this out in a letter listing four rules that will apply to ministers who want to campaign for Brexit. [...] [ and makes clear what his cabinet and peers can vote on ] Ministers will only be free to dissent on the issue of staying in the EU or leaving. [...] Ministers who speak from the frontbench will be expected to support government policy. But “we need to be flexible and apply common sense”, Cameron said. [...] This implies that Outist ministers will not be allowed to make the case for leaving the EU from the Despatch Box. [ Meaning his Brexit-Op is a dickless stunt. ]
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
HMRC asked tax avoider to sign pledge not to engage in practice again | Politics | The Guardian
HMRC asked tax avoider to sign pledge not to engage in practice again Department says letter was sent as part of series of measures to discourage wider issue of tax avoidance and was not a legally binding document. [...] [ out of the lions mouth ] "one man’s aggressive avoidance is another man’s sensible planning" [...] [ but benefit "scroungers" go to jail. one tax cheat has yet to go to jail // google "daily mail benefits cheat jailed" vs daily mail tax cheat jailed // tax cheats fleece state because they use infrastructure and services for free, have thought about that? but can't jail you because you create jobs, and thus have a meaning to capitalistic society. benefit claimants, the sick, the vulnerable, the disabled have no place in a capitalistic society and thus in Osborne's budget considerations nor for the NHS which is in his eyes (actions speak louder than words, no investment to better society ... where is the Big Society item?) only a cost item. ] [write ur own rules $]
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november 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
So you hate the Tories – but what comes next? | John Harris | Comment is free | The Guardian
Tory conference: Cameron's 'assault on poverty' pledge belied by new figures. [...] planned welfare cuts would lead to 200,000 more working households in poverty by 2020. bit.ly/1Nop8vl - The thinktank’s analysis also indicates that the number of all households – both in and out of work – that will be in poverty at the end of the parliament is projected to rise by 700,000 to nearly 4 million. The report will pile further pressure on ministers to rethink how they protect the working poor, following the introduction of controversial plans to cut tax credits in the first budget immediately after the election. //&! bit.ly/1VIjIQ0 - Podcast &! Tories hollowness in their tax credit cut & talking abt social mobility @ their conference (audacity [spin&PR& repeating the message over & over they want to get across] to speak abt poverty @ their conference) - bit.ly/1WQaheJ - masking their rightwing neoliberal policy pitching it as centre - bit.ly/1jeVqfG &! bit.ly/1LsHNPO redefine center
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Law students had to help a man in debilitating pain fight being declared "fit to work"
“In any other area of law, if you were getting 19 out of 20 of your decisions overturned, you would want to go back and look at your whole decision-making process again. I think the DWP needs to seriously look at this.” [...] It was a telling revelation, not least because it highlighted the fact that vulnerable people and sufferers of mental health problems are being exposed to the system. King says that, of the cases ABLC took on, more than a third of claimants had already been diagnosed with some form of mental illness before their initial assessment. [...] It’s a precarious time for people with disabilities and mental illness, especially with funding for mental health being cut in real terms by more than 8 per cent, the lack of legal aid support for people wrongly declared "fit to work", [...] adds up to a total of 19 different cuts for the most severely disabled people.
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october 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

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