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Nicola Roberts calls for better mental health education in schools - BBC News
beds and places for therapy have been cut since tories got to power // its now asking the NHS to pick up the pieces - without substantially more money // this is opportunistic speech and agenda/news headline setting and positioning itself w PR and spin, after englands biggest mental health trust came into spotlight, that it did not properly investigate deaths. and jeremy hunt had to be called in for questioning on short notice! ... and never saying we will give mental health services the money it needs!
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Hungarian PM says UK must alter tax credits plan for EU citizens | Politics | The Guardian
In a sign of the strength of feeling in eastern and central Europe over the proposed ban, Viktor Orbán said Hungarians should not be described as migrants anywhere in the EU, and said Cameron’s EU reform proposals must not be discriminatory. Orbán made his remarks at an upbeat press conference with his British counterpart in Budapest, in which he said he agreed with three out of the four reform proposals that Britain has tabled. His only disagreement is over the plan to ban EU workers from claiming in-work benefits for four years.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Government facing defeat in Lords over tax credits | Politics | The Guardian
Tim Farron instructs peers to back fatal motion, greatly increasing chances of government being defeated //&! bit.ly/1NlQDCE - Live Ticker of that Day: Former shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna says that while state subsidy going to employers to top-up low wages is not desirable, it is the order of the government’s policy that is the problem, ie. cutting tax credits before the wages go up enough. [ << SHOWING HOW LITTLE EVERYDAY MORALITY, ETHICS, HUMILITY, MENSCH, COMPASSION AND SENSIBILITY TORIES HAVE. ] //&! MP Heidi Allen warns tax credit cuts 'betray' Tory values [...] cutting peoples cloth when there is no cloth. - bbc.in/1LlzFDQ [...] want "transitional" arrangements [...] [MP Heidi Allen] said her party must not treat it as "a spreadsheet exercise" since many of those affected would not be able to cope and faced a stark choice between heating their homes and putting food on their tables. //&! bit.ly/1jRP9WJ &! bit.ly/1M6zk5j - Who is MP Heidi Allen?
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Vince Cable: ‘Historically, the coalition will be seen as a success’ – interview | Politics | The Guardian
[A] look at the post-crash global economy, is the first fruit of that freedom. After toeing the line for five years, he can go public with his criticisms of chancellor George Osborne’s handling of the economy. He warns that the emphasis on consumption rather than investment, the continuing reliance on house price inflation as the driver of growth, the decline in productivity and innovation mean fundamental problems are not being addressed. He is also the first minister to lift the lid on the coalition: we learn the Tories could be likable colleagues but “collectively appalling, with ugly tribal prejudices”; that Osborne and David Cameron were unable “to move Theresa May an inch”; that Osborne’s Treasury effectively controlled government, with a hands-off Cameron; and that, in Cable’s view, Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander were too accepting of the Treasury line. [...] [ Cameron the PR man, being in office for the sake of just being in Office ] &! bit.ly/1KROBLk
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
'There was a danger the BBC could go broke unless urgent action was taken' | Media | The Guardian
[ UK schafft sich selbst ab ] The BBC was forced to get tough in its negotiations with George Osborne – and still faces ideological threats, Ray Snoddy reveals in this extract from a new book // 'BBC warned George Osborne it would have to axe BBC2 and BBC4 due to cuts'. Corporation also said it would have to shut local radio stations if Treasury did not provide funds to offset the cost of free TV licences for over-75s, claims new book - bit.ly/1gWv0xo - Hall has insisted that the negotiations resulted in “a strong deal for the BBC”, but both sides have been criticised for agreeing the deal behind closed doors.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Child poverty measurement set to change - BBC News
"We are all in this together." // "In short - can a [Tory gov] that says it is governing for "One Nation" unpick the rules around measuring & cutting the # of poor children in Britain without being accused of cynicism? // &! bit.ly/1GySqhN "The plan sounds reasonable, but the purpose is to whip up confusion at a time when the poor are about to get poorer. [...] “blue-collar Conservatism”, appealing to working-class Tories who are not much interested in such abstractions as relative poverty, but can certainly be rallied against those who are felt to be living at the expense of hard-pressed taxpayers." [pitting them against each other]. &! bit.ly/1TNlpbz &! bit.ly/1x0Ghmu existential threat &! bit.ly/1BMOJtg &! bit.ly/1K9G3OE bit.ly/1QQvINd &! Scrapping £320m independent living fund - bit.ly/1SJO4wT &! bit.ly/1TFWHdg 'trickle-down doesnt work, says IMF [...] 1% & well off only buy 1 pair of jeans. power 2 implement reform? [= rebellion, not able with status quo ppl << Chris Hedges]'
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
David Cameron speech: I'll end welfare merry-go-round - BBC News
Cameron thinks corporations will pay living wage instead of minimum wage & hire full-time only. &! "We are all in this together." &! punishment over incentives (personal), guidance&practical help; JSA claimants are put on private agency lists who get a referral bonus if they put them in work. Scheme, since introduction it seems, was neither a success nor failure. Numbers are kept under wraps. // "It comes amid a debate over plans for £12bn in welfare cuts, the details of which have not been revealed. [...] According to the Treasury, about 4.5 million families received child and working tax credits in 2013-4, nearly 70% of which were in some form of employment. [ flexible labour market conditions (liberal economic reforms) introduced massive rise in precarious employment ] // bbc.in/1Lrsjkj - "You identify a million people who you'd like to take £1,000 away from and I'll do it." [Speech was 4 grounding a message/theme for the cuts ahead] &! bbc.in/1J2i42h bbc.in/1K9KquD bbc.in/1N5iAxq
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Doctors 'having to apologise 20 times a day' for politicians’ broken promises | Society | The Guardian
In a searing attack on the government’s NHS plans, Dr Mark Porter warned that politicians were “living a lie” because of the gulf between their ambition to turn it into a seven-day service and the reality of too few doctors, hospitals and GP surgeries under pressure and budget cuts. Porter, the chair of council of the British Medical Association, used his keynote address to the doctors’ union’s annual conference in Liverpool to highlight what one hospital medic had recently told its online discussion forum: “The most stressful thing is having to say ‘sorry’ 20 times a day for something that isn’t my fault. ‘“Your appointment has been delayed? Sorry. Your operation has been cancelled? Sorry. Every day, I see my patients’ frustration with the health service and I am having to apologise’,” [...] there are two health services. The one that politicians say they’ll provide, and the one they actually do.” &! Rationing Care - bit.ly/1GlS4Mj
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Child poverty rise across Britain ‘halts progress made since 1990s’ | Society | The Guardian
bit.ly/1CkBivl &! bit.ly/1FslKpW - Our fears about child poverty in the UK are coming true: that austerity is entrenching hunger, stigma and educational exclusion. And this sort of damage lasts. &! bit.ly/1HSacAM - Welfare cuts have pushed hundreds of thousands, including more than 300,000 children, below the poverty line since 2012, despite Tory claims to the contrary. &! bit.ly/1waiv5C &! bit.ly/1yHxm6T - A Children's Commission on Poverty inquiry report reveals vividly what it looks and feels like for young people to stand out from their classroom peers because they are poor.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Britain needs a real manifesto for growth | Business | The Guardian
There is a chronic shortage of supply in transport, energy and housing. Roads, rails and airports are clogged; we are in danger of the lights going out due to low electricity capacity and pathetic rates of house building have generated stratospheric prices. Building infrastructure produces permanent economic gain, but provokes temporary political pain. Nimbies object to disruption and we have been reluctant to compensate them properly. So it’s no surprise that people use the archaic planning system to block and delay investment projects. Politicians find it easier to prevaricate and reverse their predecessors’ decisions and set up ad hoc celebrity reviews (e.g. the coalition’s bottling out of Heathrow expansion). When the time comes for spending cuts, investment is first on the chopping block because the economic bruises only come out years later. Political short-termism is mirrored by corporate myopia which holds back innovation. There remains a lack of competition in banking. ...
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Revealed: hitlist of welfare cuts facing Britain's next chancellor | Politics | The Guardian
No Representation; personal & corporate tax avoidance/evasion (criminal behaviour) & non-dom, as well as progressive tax code (just lowered last term to 45% for 150k.) Instead should be 50% as it was. As well as introducing a 55%/60% for 500k/1m. // &! UK living standards fell for all but the richest under coalition – analysis - bit.ly/1Rc2PZg // &! bit.ly/1JU55Cm "when it comes to cuts there is no longer any “low-hanging fruit”. What’s left are in large part harsh cuts hitting middle-income working families" [...] Cameron spoke this morning of a “one nation” Toryism but he will know his £12bn of cuts will disproportionately hit the poor, young sick and​ disabled. The cuts will deliver more pain, fear and instability to those they affect. [...] seriously dismantling the welfare state [Cameron and Tories] will know this carries a political cost. // &! bit.ly/1PwOhQg bit.ly/1GaA37k bit.ly/1Ij67FZ bit.ly/1FJecDL bit.ly/1IAKanv
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may 2015 by asterisk2a

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