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(1) Guest DESTROYS Bloomberg Panel On The American Dream Lie - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-2TEwdRnX0&t=416s - The New Feudalism
Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility
- Edelman Trust Barometer - 76% want change - lead by CEO, not wait for government.
Bullshit about the Aggregate.
The Aggregate bullshit you've been telling doesn't matter for fly over American country.
Davos should be cancelled this year because of Brexit, Trump (gov shutdown), Gelbwesten, AfD, Salvini, refugee crisis (Mittelmeer Wall)
Davos is a family reunion for who broke the world.
Outcomes inevitable by policy (Austerity, tax evasion etc)
&! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66hFqKq4fVc&feature=em-uploademail - Stop Talking about Philanthropy
taxes taxes taxes all the rest is bullshit
&! Davos elites reject higher taxes, offer upskilling as answer to inequality - https://www.reddit.com/r/Economics/comments/akbdyu/davos_elites_reject_higher_taxes_offer_upskilling/ https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12196963
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8 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Coca-Cola to sell smaller bottles at higher prices in response to sugar tax | Society | The Guardian
Coca-Cola is to use smaller bottles and sell at higher prices rather than alter its famous sugar-laden secret recipe, while Irn-Bru faces a growing consumer backlash over fears a new lower sugar version will ruin Scotland’s national soft drink.
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january 2018 by asterisk2a
Sugar industry withheld research effects of sucrose 50 years ago, study claims | Science | The Guardian
http://www.spiegel.de/gesundheit/ernaehrung/zuckerlobby-und-wissenschaft-die-bittere-geschichte-von-projekt-259-a-1179551.html // See the Vegan Cardiologist Kim Williams arguing that it is fats meat beef and processed starches food sugar - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4TMsRKOe8Q // and the problem w evidence-based medicine and statistics and research manipulation // and see the new guidelines when to prescribe statins (now earlier) re chronic sick population v side effects v benefits // The problem could be much bigger than the two ISRF studies the researchers have scrutinised. The researchers conclude that the debates we now have on sugar’s effects on our health are potentially rooted in six decades of the sugar industry’s manipulation of scientific evidence.
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
Uber loses court appeal against drivers' rights - BBC News
[ ANOTHER COURT IN UK SAID, UBER DRIVERS ARE EMPLOYEES.] Uber said there were two further possible stages in the appeal process - the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. &! Deliveroo - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41983343 - But the CAC found they were self-employed because of their freedom to "substitute" - allowing other riders to take their place on a job. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41980922 - Handy gig cleaning app. and its policy acts causes social media row.
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
A bad day at the office for Theresa May - BBC News
PR stunt of burning injustice infront of No10 till this week ParadisePapers. Absolute shambles. Prime Minister of No One https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/28/theresa-may-capitalism-jeremy-corbyn-conference & http://uk.businessinsider.com/theresa-may-defends-free-market-capitalism-after-jeremy-corbyns-criticism-2017-9 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41419858 // But there is an atmosphere around the government right now that everything is going wrong.
One minister says what's happening is "just astonishing", another Tory MP said "if it were Ed Miliband as leader of the opposition they'd be 15 points clear".
Another said "I've never seen anything like it", predicting that the government might even fall apart, precipitating an election next year, Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister and Brexit never coming to pass.
The Westminster rumour mill loves nothing more than to predict drama, even Armageddon.
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
Families thousands of pounds worse off after years of cuts, study finds | Society | The Guardian
universal credit intro is hidden cut to tax credits for the poorest to make ends meet. // so much for "burning injustice" of effective tax rate of 65% // “The losses are alarming, and will damage the life chances of hundreds of thousands of children growing up under austerity.” // single mothers and bame single mothers hit hardest by Austerity. // Overall, the study said, cuts to the existing benefit system since 2010 will push 700,000 children into poverty, after accounting for housing costs. The two-child limit for benefit payments alone will put 200,000 children in poverty once the system has been fully extended nationwide, the calculations suggested.
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
Who's Destroying The American Dream by RSA Events
Richard Reeves - PBS did a segment w him, middle class keeps its chips to itself. also if you want more upward mobility, you need also downward mobility. possible w better welfare state net - ie UBI universal basic income. the worse inequality gets the worse reference points get.
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
Archbishop calls for cut to universal credit delays - BBC News
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has warned that an additional 340,000 people will be in poverty by 2022 because of cuts implemented by former Chancellor George Osborne to the universal credit work allowance.
The independent charity claimed that a lone parent working full-time on the national living wage will be £832 a year worse off because of the cut. The equivalent figure for couples with a single breadwinner working full-time is £468, it said.
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
Homes are not assets to be passed on to children, says minister | Society | The Guardian
houses became a mini-social welfare net among families. and a helping hand in social/income mobility for those benefiting/children and children children. // also current gen funding elderly care have less wage, less money (inflation), less prospects, no mobility, student debt, and high rents.
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
What to do if your child is overweight - BBC News
One in ten young people in the UK, aged between five and 19, is obese, according to new research that looks at obesity trends in over 200 countries. Consultant paediatrician Prof Mary Rudolf, who advises the government on obesity, says many parents would not know that "a healthy 10-year-old's ribs should be clearly visible - many parents would consider that such a child was quite underweight". //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39846385 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37859484 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37108767 - Childhood obesity: Plan attacked as 'weak' and 'watered down' &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36805577 - Public health cuts 'could hamper anti-obesity effort' &! WHO World Obesity Day // In the UK, one in every 10 young people aged five to 19, is obese. Obese children are likely to become obese adults, putting them at risk of serious health problems, say experts.
These include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancer, such as breast and colon. [...] "Even skinny people are heavier than they would have been ten years ago.
"We have not become more weak-willed, lazy or greedy. The reality is the world around us is changing." - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41550159 &! bariatric surgery - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/11/obese-people-treatment-surgery-britain &! hidden sick environment to navigate: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/11/high-calorie-puddings-dominate-childrens-menus-at-leading-food-chains
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
Analysis: a year in health - supply and demand | Holyrood Magazine
stop increasing general taxation. increase tax on causes. Verursacherprinzip. // Calls for a similarly tough approach on obesity have not yet been rewarded with a strategy, despite one being due last year and Scotland’s obesity rates amongst the highest in the world, even higher than in the rest of the UK.

Could the protracted legal wrangling with the drinks industry have tempered the Scottish Government’s appetite for imposing tough restrictions on food manufacturers and supermarkets? It will be clearer when the obesity and diet strategy emerges in the winter. [...] One long-awaited strategy which did see the light of day was the new mental health strategy, launched by Maureen Watt in March, but the minister may well have been disappointed in the response.

The document “lacks the ambition and investment that Scotland deserves” said the Scottish Association for Mental Health’s chief executive, Billy Watson.

The question, as with the rest of NHS Scotland’s challenges, is how would it be paid for?
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september 2017 by asterisk2a
Back to the future on inflation
[ no rising demand = no inflation ] Globalisation and the march of technology have strengthened the hand of employers and weakened that of workers. So it is no surprise that though unemployment has relentlessly fallen, wage growth remains in the doldrums.

Then there is the war between generations. As the baby boomers approached retirement, they sought to safeguard their wealth. Inflation-targeting central banks, the dismantling of the welfare state and fiscal austerity were the natural results. The modern macroeconomic constitution has disenfranchised the inflationary constituency of the young. &! https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/tax-cuts-for-the-rich-solve-nothing-by-joseph-e--stiglitz-2017-07
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july 2017 by asterisk2a
(2195) Mark Blyth Telling The US Senate That Austerity Policy Is Wrong - YouTube
Mark Blyth & Makers v Takers & Erbschaft & asset & capital tax // wolfgang schäuble George Osborne David Cameron // >> Growth cures debt, cuts / austerity causes debt!!!
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july 2017 by asterisk2a
Tax evaders exposed: why the super-rich are even richer than we thought | Inequality | The Guardian
The higher one moves up the wealth distribution, the higher the probability ​​of hiding​ assets [...] More broadly, the key to successfully fighting tax evasion is to change the incentives for the providers of wealth concealment services. Over the last few years, a number of banks have pleaded guilty in the US to criminal conspiracies to defraud the Internal Revenue Service – yet they were able to keep their banking licences, and the fines they had to pay paled in comparison to their profits. A more ambitious approach would put criminal organisations out of business. If tax evasion ceases to pay, it will disappear.
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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.”
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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
Disability services transform students' lives – we must protect them | Higher Education Network | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2017/apr/07/conservative-government-failing-the-poorest-through-housing-benefit-cuts - As if cuts threatening crucial services in universities aren’t bad enough, the word ‘disability’ is itself now at risk – despite its key role [...] These days I work for disability services within a university. But what we offer is at risk – both from government cuts and changes within higher education.

The government has made £30m of cuts to Disabled Students Allowance since August 2015, which has resulted in the loss of funding for specialist IT equipment and non-medical help such as mentoring, study skills support, note-takers, interpreters and physical assistance. Now, the term “disabled” is also under threat. My manager has had to challenge university directors who want to get rid of the word entirely.
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april 2017 by asterisk2a
European parliament overwhelmingly backs red lines for Brexit negotiations | Politics | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2017/apr/05/nigel-farage-tells-meps-eu-acting-like-the-mafia-and-making-impossible-brexit-demands-politics-live?page=with:block-58e4ddabe4b049a76d24e623#block-58e4ddabe4b049a76d24e623 //&! 1 - The UK must not be offered a deal that offers all the advantages of single market membership. 2 - Talks on a future UK-EU trade deal should not start until “substantial progress” has been made in the talks on the withdrawal deal. 3 - The UK-EU trade deal can only be concluded after the UK has left the EU. 4 - The European court of justice must be “the competent authority for the interpretation and enforcement of the withdrawal agreement”. 5 - Britain must pay an exit bill. 6 - Any future UK-EU trade deal must not allow the UK to cut standards. ( environment, climate change, the fight against tax evasion and avoidance, fair competition, trade and social rights, especially safeguards against social dumping. ) Note: The Tusk guidelines are very similar. This condition is key, because it suggests that MPs who want Brexit to lead to a bonfire of regulation will find this incompatible with a UK-EU trade deal. 7 - Any future UK-EU trade deal must not contain special “sectoral provision” for certain parts of the economy. 9 - Any transitional period should last for no longer than three years. 10 - If the UK starts trade negotiations with other countries before Brexit, that will be against EU rules.
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april 2017 by asterisk2a
Paxman vs Boris on Newsnight - YouTube
Boris explains trickle-down // "they need better education" tories cut education real terms and now teachers ask for toilet paper, pens, and cut culture! a bare minimum education. for culture you have to be better off. after all, there are now no museums and libraries in your town.
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april 2017 by asterisk2a
The Dark Side of Fast Food: Why Does It Make You Sick / Fat / Tired / Taste So Good (2001) - YouTube
manufactured industrial commodity / Eric Schlosser // food-industrial complex is focused on profit and margin. not sustainability. public health. individual health. climate change // fast food is americas highest spending item! // start w 1970's ... 80s in UK!
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april 2017 by asterisk2a
'Parents have been asked to help clean': how budget cuts are affecting schools | Education | The Guardian
Schools in England face a squeeze in funding. We asked how it was impacting on your school – here are the responses we got [...] We can no longer afford books, pencils or computers. [...] The cuts are stopping me doing my job. They are stopping the students from learning. In a time when we should be looking to develop engaging lessons which teach students valuable life skills, I am using 20-year-old textbooks and the kids are copying information from it. It is depressing. I know what a modern curriculum should look like, I know the lessons I would like to teach. I do not have the resources to do it. Eventually this will encourage me to leave. &! https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/mar/07/headteachers-write-to-parents-over-school-funding-and-job-cuts
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
Head teachers take school funding anxieties to Twitter - BBC News
Head teachers and their staff have taken to Twitter to highlight what may have to be axed in schools in England because of budget cuts.
There have been more than 27,000 tweets using the hashtag #whatwouldyoucut since the campaign against the cuts started on Sunday.
The government insists school investment is at a record £40bn.
But the Association of School and College Leaders said this was only because pupil numbers are rising.
It argued that head teachers are having to make tough decisions about which services to cut.
The tweets included photographs of science experiments, school trips, sporting activities and performing arts events.
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
Budget 2017: Hammond to tell us the Brexit vote could have been worse | Business | The Guardian
consumers carried on spending and businesses continued to expand.

The picture for the public finances is also looking rosier compared with Hammond’s maiden autumn statement in November. [...] But here’s what the chancellor will not tell you: living costs have gone up and will continue to do so. The poorest will be hit hardest as the cost of essentials such as food and heating take a growing chunk out of already tight family budgets. Wages will struggle to match rises in inflation and the government’s benefit cuts mean that incomes will fall for the poorest people in Britain. In short, unless the government does something significant to improve living standards this week, inequality will start rising again.
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
IFS: Growth in UK living standards worst in 60 years | Business | The Guardian
The Institute for Financial Studies is predicting that households will be almost 20% worse off by 2021 - IFS calculations show that average household incomes will be 18% lower in 2021-22 than could have been reasonably expected before the financial crisis in 2007-08 - “One of the biggest drivers of the rise in child poverty is policy choices, which is why it is essential that the prime minister and chancellor use the upcoming budget to put in place measures to stop this happening. An excellent start would be to ensure families can keep more of their earnings under the universal credit.”
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
Theresa May must take £115bn hint from Kraft Heinz's failed Unilever bid | Business | The Guardian
Warren Buffett and 3G were apparently surprised at hostility from Unilever’s board – but PM must use this bid as cue to form proper policy on takeovers [...] Kraft’s crew of billionaires should get out more. Did they miss the debates that have raged over rootless global companies, asset-stripping deals and the UK’s open-doors policy on takeovers? Hostility was predictable and justified.

Unilever’s board was always likely to reject the chance to be bought by a financier-led firm in search of another target for its job-cutting formula. [...] If Buffett and Jorge Paulo Lemann, 3G’s co-founder, couldn’t see outrage in the offing, they were astonishingly naive.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
How The Democratic Party BETRAYED Workers & Its Base - THOMAS FRANK Interview Part 1 - YouTube
Dems doubled down on betrayal of labour - https://youtu.be/0TnS_P4JGDc // chimes w Mark Blyth and Matt Taibbi assessment. - propaganda game for HRC! - professional class could not accept Bernie. DNC adopted professional class, abandoned working class (left behind, picked up by Trump at the ballot box after Sanders was gone). [...] Dems wiped out! Now counting on Trump to screw it up. That is their strategy! [...] also the draining the swamp, no accountability in the big league game - see nassim talebs skin in the game. see bank bailouts nobody went to jail. sank economy, sank the world, the working poor and middle class have to pay for it. and 1-10% ask for tax cut and get it (trickle-down) ... Austerity. There is no deterrent from white and blue collar crime - financial crime, fraud, like accounting. GFC after-math is precedent, not deterrent from greed. //
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
"Democrats Would Rather Lose Than Win With A Progressive"-Former Sanders Official Nick Brana Pt 2 - YouTube
Democrats fought & stole it from Bernie because they rather would lose to GOP/Trump than move to the left progressives. // See also book Thomas Frank - Liberal - https://youtu.be/M9u2aR19P3g. & Matt Taibbi on GOP and in general the establishment - $ - choosing the candidate not the voter electorate and journalists feeding themselves co-opting into the game then wondering why they are called fake and luegenpresse. And Mark Blyth mentioning Bill Clinton finished what Reagan could not ( Surrender: How the Clinton Administration Completed the Reagan Revolution by Michael Meeropol (Paperback) - https://www.yo​utube.com/watch​?v=a0q_Ww1q1j8. And Obama did not fight GOP in public, he preserved the status quo, did not upset the DNC elite and establishments going to the left and much more progressive and then there was the Drone Warfare.
DNC  Bernie  Sanders  Democrats  presidential  election  book  Thomas  Frank  Hillary  Clinton  Bill  1%  10%  Super  Rich  Oligarchy  Plutocracy  lobby  NAFTA  TTIP  TPP  TISA  2016  journalism  progressive  Career  Politicians  democracy  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  BarackObama  GOP  Matt  Taibbi  Mark  Blyth  economic  history  neoliberalism  Austerity  Globalist  corporatism  profit  maximisation  Taxation  Poverty  working  poor  Uber  oligopol  oligopoly  monopoly  gig  economy  self-employment  squeezed  middle  class  secular  stagnation  social  mobility  inequality  wage  growth  GFC  bank  bailout  recovery  gini  Coefficient 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Inequality report: Top 1% of Scots have more than bottom 50% - The Scotsman
The richest one per cent north of the border owns more wealth than the bottom 50 per cent, with the poorest 40 per cent of households 9.4 times worse off in 2012/14 than the top 10 per cent, compared with 8.8 times in 2010/12. The research paper found that the least wealthy 30 per cent of households “have very few assets, with employment no longer a guarantee against low wealth.”
Scotland  inequality  Gini  Coefficient  poverty  trap  working  poor  income  mobility  social  education  public  health  distribution  redistribution  Super  Rich  1%  10%  Oligarchy  Plutocracy  UK  Precariat  downward  SNP  taxation  upward  skills  skill-biased  technological  unemployment 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report | Business | The Guardian
Pressure on the government to help struggling Britons has intensified after a leading thinktank warned that falling living standards for the poor threatened the biggest rise in inequality since Margaret Thatcher was prime minister.

The Resolution Foundation said Theresa May would need to make good on her pledge to support “just about managing” households as it released a report showing that rising inflation and an end to recent strong jobs growth would hit the least well-off hardest.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
Wolfgang Schäuble: "Großbritannien ist nicht mit den Cayman Islands zu vergleichen" - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"Aber wenn ein großes Land glaubt, es könne die Vorteile eines kleinen Landes haben, das geht schief", sagte der Minister. Es gebe ein weltweites Interesse daran, dass Steueroasen nicht zu sehr zulasten anderer Länder gingen, sagte der Minister. Das sei unfair. "Und das wird sich der Rest der Welt auch nicht bieten lassen."
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Skills and infrastructure top priority in industrial strategy, say UK firms | Business | The Guardian
The government’s new industrial strategy must focus on improving skills and infrastructure in Britain rather than bailing out struggling large companies, according to a survey of business leaders.

The findings suggest businesses are not in favour of rescue deals such as the government’s proposed support for the steel industry. Theresa May, the prime minister, and Greg Clark, the business, energy and industrial strategy secretary, are expected to unveil an industrial strategy for the UK next week. They will set out the government’s approach to key industries and issues such as infrastructure, skills, regulation and research and development.
Brexit  trade  deal  tariff  corporate  welfare  skills  infrastructure  underinvestment  UK  SmartGrid  Manufacturing  output  gap  Productivity  Theresa  May  Austerity  George  Osborne  Northern  Powerhouse  business  rate  taxation  Apprenticeship 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
A UK trade deal with Trump? Be careful what you wish for | Politics | The Guardian
Health
A big fear during the TTIP negotiations was that US insurers and health providers would undermine the NHS by pressing for open access to the UK “market” in medical care. “A rushed trade deal with Trump may give ministers cover for their dangerous Brexit strategy but it will not hide the risk that this could be a Trojan horse for NHS privatisation,” warned the shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth on Monday.
NHS  Brexit  TTIP  Privatisation  Regulation  self-regulation  CETA  neoliberalism  crony  capitalism  trade  deal  Austerity  taxation  tax  haven  offshore 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
It is clear to anyone in the NHS that we cannot carry on as we are | Bob Kerslake | Opinion | The Guardian
The reasons for our current predicament are well understood. This is a “crisis” that was not only predictable but was predicted. The hard bit here is not knowing what to do, but having the will to do it. First and foremost of the issues we need to tackle is funding. The NHS is not a “bottomless pit” as some have suggested, but increasing demand and continuing advances in healthcare mean that it needs additional funding year on year of around 4% above inflation. Whenever it has not had this for any sustained period of time, it has run into trouble. [...] The debate on funding is not just a matter for the government or the NHS. As a country we need to make some hard choices. We can help ourselves by being fitter and more active, but in the end – if we want the security of having the best health and care services available to us – we will have to pay for them. A cross-party health and care commission could begin that debate with the public.
NHS  crisis  funding  taxation  Sugar  Tax  public  health  Simon  Stevens  Jeremy  Hunt  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS in crisis as cancer operations cancelled due to lack of beds | Society | The Guardian
Kerslake says that increasing demand and advances in healthcare mean the NHS needs additional funding year on year of around 4% above inflation to maintain service levels. According to calculations by Professor John Appleby, chief economist at the Nuffield Trust health thinktank, this would mean the NHS receiving £5bn more in real terms next year. Its budget would then be £128.6bn. [...] A more sustainable approach to funding our health and social care services is urgently needed.”
NHS  cancer  CVD  A&E  adult  social  care  elderly  austerity  Theresa  May  Philip  Hammond  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  spin  doctor  taxation  funding  Crisis 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Netherlands 'will block UK-EU deal without tax avoidance measures' | Politics | The Guardian
The Netherlands will block any EU trade deal with the UK unless it signs up to tough tax avoidance regulations preventing it from becoming an attractive offshore haven for multinationals and the rich, the deputy prime minister of the country has said.
Brexit  UK  offshore  tax  evasion  avoidance  HMRC  European  Union  taxation  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Theresa  May  Philip  Hammond  Austerity  Tories  Conservative  Party  nondom  nasty  Ireland 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS conditions worst ever, say leading nurses - BBC News
Nurses also chime in w warning [...] "immediate and longer-term measures to address the issues". [...] "Unless you adopt a bolder approach, millions of older, ill and disabled people and their carers, will continue to be badly let down."
NHS  Crisis  elderly  care  adult  social  sick  population  ageing  demographic  bubble  UK  health  demand  premature  taxation  sugar  tax  meat  Alcohol  Tobacco  public  obesity  CVD  cancer  overweight  diabetes 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Lord King says Brexit brings 'real opportunities' - BBC News
economic reform // He said there were "real opportunities" for economic reform and new trade deals which meant Brexit could be a success. // problem is that after the GFC one opportunity was left at at bus stop. now we get 2nd w May/Tories/Brexit ? // like meat tax?
Brexit  liberal  economic  reform  technological  unemployment  working  poor  squeezed  middle  class  Austerity  MervynKing  BOE  markcarney  carney  social  mobility  income  poverty  tax  evasion  avoidance  HMRC  taxation  theresa  may  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Oh for the 1960s! People earned less but could afford more | Money | The Guardian
[ fetish of GDP ] Economic growth since the 1960s has been real, but the link between growth and personal prosperity has broken down, probably since the 1990s. We can carry on pushing for increases in GDP, but it’s meaningless unless it translates into a recovery in living standards. If any government really wants to help the left-behinds, then cutting house prices and rents must be their first priority.
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december 2016 by asterisk2a
McDonald's move will test the type of post-Brexit economy Theresa May wants - BBC News
some betting on the possibility, UK turning into a tax safe haven // The McDonald's announcement - which may not actually mean much in job terms - is part of a wider bet on the shape of the UK economy after the departure from the EU.
Brexit  Ireland  tax  evasion  avoidance  safe  haven  offshore  banking  corporate  rate  taxation 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Car Crash: Angela Constance on the SNP's timid record on inequality. - YouTube
unpalatable to take also from squeezed middle class to redistribute to poor. not just upper 20% // need more tax avoidance and evasion measure. // and corp tax and capital gains / capital income tax. (lower tax bracket if you investment in workforce skills) //&! https://youtu.be/ZDOJpIFQq9k - policy adfviser ! NHS Crisis solved w more taxation. most progressive taxation ?! CONSUMPTION OF ANIMAL PRODUCTS, ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO!
NHS  Crisis  Scotland  income  redistribution  inequality  poverty  working  poor  SNP  child  public  health  sick  population  gini  Coefficient  social  mobility  taxation 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Cannabis Fuer Alle
Who's funding the US cannabis industry? - Webb Garrison wants to start his own cannabis business. He doesn't have any industry experience and he's only just building up his knowledge of the complicated regulations that govern the sector. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36565525 //&! Mindestalter 18 (same for alcohol) oder 21 (alcohol age restiction USA and Colorado for cannabis)? //&! War on Drugs "diese massnahme ist nicht geignet. [...] rechtswissenschaftlich belegt" +++ weniger polizei kosten! und elend in Latain Amerika reduziert. //&! Black Market/Street - you don't know what you get! - bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36573730 - able to regulate, and put recommendet dosage on packaging (Ecstasy, LSD), thus people don't oversode especially w alcohol! and no adverse reactions. and socially more acceptable then.
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
EU-Tabakrichtlinie: Bundesrat beschließt Schockbilder auf Zigarettenschachteln
lobby put down regulation, delayed it for many many many months. // Die letzte Hürde ist genommen: Ab Ende Mai zieren auch in Deutschland Schockbilder und größere Warnhinweise die Zigarettenschachteln. Der Bundesrat hat das Gesetz gebilligt.
tobacco  smoking  public  health  taxation  Lobbying  lobby  lobbyist  European  Union  public  health  risk  cancer  heart  disease  health  care  cost  sin  tax  luxury  tax 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Sturgeon's council tax changes do not go far enough, say critics | Politics | The Guardian
[ don't make a ruckus, sail through the election easier, thus not announce even a reform for next parliament ... ] Councils complain they are wrestling with £350m in cuts and laying off up to 15,000 staff after their overall budgets were cut by 3.5% last month. Investigations by the Guardian have established that councils have amassed record levels of debt and extra liabilities, with borrowing equal to £6,200 for each household – twice the level held by English councils. Debt and private finance liabilities cost councils £1.5bn a year. [...] [ not reforming a 25 year old system, based in prices from 1991! ]
Holyrood  council  tax  taxation  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  austerity  Fiscal  Framework  Scotland  Bill  The  Smith  Comission  Devolution  policy  folly  policy  error  short-termism  Career  Politicians 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
SPERI Annual Lecture 2015: 'The Failure of Austerity' by Lord Robert Skidelsky - YouTube
economic history - "state spending inherently unproductive." // borrowing is deferred taxation - David Richardo - Rational expectations. Market economy always tended full employment. // Theory and Facts did not align. Keynes realised it post-war. Private investment is inherently volatile, ie slump conditions. state to offset underinvestment of private sector and match their retreat. getting rid of abnormal unemployment. done through monetary expansion (QE) and put onto state balance sheet available to spend. // Where 2009 forward QE got to banks ... // Paul Krugman - Confidence Fairy. // "Look after employment, and the budget will look after itself." but today it's the bond holders confidence who shapes budgets. // Keynes 'it is the long-term confidence of businesses that shape investment, confidence in state to no let a slump happen again.' but austerity, out of ammo talk, political-, social environment/sentiment & Osborne's '2016 will be tough year' speech were counter-productive.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
This is the NHS | The Guardian
series this is the nhs // intro bit.ly/1V08gdX - top 5 largest workforce of the world, employing 1.6m people. //&! A portrait of the National Health Service: 'It's almost like a religion' - bit.ly/1NeHbOq - At a critical moment in the NHS’s history, as demand for the care it provides soars and questions over its viability mount, how do its employees feel about their jobs, their employer, its future – and what “the opportunity to serve” actually means for them? [...] “We keep frail people alive for longer, and older patients present more complex cases, and use more resources. [ progressive NHS tax, not flat tax << fairness. also wealthier live healthier ... + Sugar, Tobacco, Animal Product Tax, Processed Food Tax ] [...] [ rising cost, rising diet-related chronic diseases like diabetes amongst population ] 15-16% of all adults, climbing 1% a year for the past five, six years. [ need intervention, prevention, nudging - multi pronged approach ] more than 135 diabetes amputations/week
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Thomas Piketty on Capitalism, Corbyn and why Zuckerberg is getting it wrong - BBC Newsnight - YouTube
home ownership in UK is biggest item of UK's household wealth. 2/3rd of housing is owned. other 3rd is rented. that is why the property bubble/prices have to be kept afloat. otherwise balance sheet recession > deleveraging > debt servitude > lower consumption rate > cratering UK economy as ~70% of UK economy is based on consumption. // blaming others (ISIS) for radicalization. but who put them in this place to be radicalized, in the first place? inequality, youth unemployment. // COP21, western world do not face their historical obligation! // world wealth and income database - www.wid.world
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Minimum alcohol pricing plan 'may breach EU law' - BBC News
[MPU] legislation is significantly to restrict the market, and this might be avoided by the introduction of a tax measure designed to increase the price of alcohol instead of a measure imposing a minimum price per unit of alcohol." [...] /// Instead it says increasing the tax on alcohol tax could be justified as it would combat alcohol misuse and wouldn't restrict the market. /// [...] Alison Douglas, chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland [...] minimum pricing was a better measure than alcohol taxes, which are "limited in their ability to raise the price of the cheapest alcohol to a level that will actually reduce harm". [SWA] had "blocked the democratic will of the Scottish Parliament and sacrificed public health to protect their members' profits". [...] [BMA] "The case for minimum unit pricing has always been based on the fact that it achieves what taxation cannot[."] [...] "unhealthy relationship with drink". //&! bit.ly/1mglhVe
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Australia's Tasmania may raise smoking age to 25 - BBC News
The Australian state of Tasmania is considering raising the legal age for buying cigarettes to at least 21 and potentially as high as 25. [...] Critics have complained the proposed restrictions would be a violation of civil liberties. Australia already has some of the world's toughest anti-smoking policies. It introduced so-called plain packaging in 2012, where packs are coloured an identical olive brown and are covered in graphic health warnings. The country is also one of the most expensive places in the world to buy cigarettes - from around A$20 a pack ($15; £10). // [ statistics/survey - if you don't start to smoke before 30 years of age, you will rarely pick up smoking after that, to sooth yourself. ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Schockbilder auf Zigarettenpackungen kommen im Mai 2016 - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Lust am Rauchen soll den Deutschen vergehen - mit großen Gruselfotos auf Zigarettenschachteln. Das erhofft sich die EU von den neuen Vorgaben, die auch Deutschland bis Mai 2016 umsetzen muss. [...] ihre Einführung immer wieder verschoben, obwohl ihre Einführung beispielsweisefür 2010 angekündigt worden war. Dass die Fotos erst 2016 kommen, gilt auch als Erfolg der Tabaklobby. //&! Tabakkonsum: Passivrauchen beeinträchtigt die weibliche Fruchtbarkeit - bit.ly/1PdipSP - Die Menopause tritt früher ein, das Risiko für Unfruchtbarkeit steigt: Wie schädlich neben aktivem Zigarettenkonsum auch Passivrauchen sein kann, zeigt eine aktuelle Studie.
tobacco  public  health  policy  public  health  public  safety  taxation  Nudge  theory  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Big  Sugar  food  industry  WHO  cancer  Meat  medical  research  medical  profession  medical  advances  health  care  budget  health  care  health  care  spending  health  crisis  sick  population 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Kommentar zur Berliner Landespolitik: Berlin, die kaputtgesparte Stadt | Politik - Berliner Zeitung
[ Berlin doesn't have the local income (taxation from businesses and wealthy) potential for its size compared to other cities. Still the effect of Berlin's history. There is a reason why Call Centres and artists/creative opened shop in Berlin, not Boutique banks and other industries post-reunification ... ] In der Lageso-Krise zeigt sich, dass Berlin noch immer unter den Sparzwängen früherer Jahre leidet. Die Stadt braucht eine Neuorientierung. Nicht nur in der Flüchtlingsfrage.
Berlin  austerity  taxation  German  reunification  Schuldenbremse  Fiscal  Pact  Germany  refugee  crisis  LaGeSo 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
France votes to reduce tax on tampons and sanitary towels | World news | The Guardian
Tax rate on the essential hygiene products to be cut from 20% to 5.5% in government U-turn
gender  inequality  tax  code  taxation  gender  equality  gender-based  discrimination  gender  pay  gap 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Ignoring watersheds, ignoring climate change: flooded by our ignorance | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian
Storm Desmond’s floods expose the utter madness of government policies, both in the hills and at the Paris talks. It’s as if it had come to remind us of what’s at stake. While the climate negotiations in Paris trudge their dreary road, Storm Desmond takes a great boot to our backsides. Yet still we fail to make the connection. The news records the spectacle and ignores the implications. //&! On Monday, experts called for new measures to be implemented –such as raising new buildings a metre above ground – to help cope with global warming-induced flooding. - bit.ly/1YVeQ8r //&! Flood defences failed; bit.ly/1LZTcGN //&! Labour attacks £115m fall in flood management spending - bit.ly/1NCldJY //&! bit.ly/1loVcU9 - 45k homes without power. //&! Pictures w Cameron visiting flooded homes; bit.ly/1QbA7JD //&! Guardian Editorial - bit.ly/1PShdr9 &! bbc.in/1iatrb6 &! bbc.in/1PTFMnG &! bbc.in/1Qc4Vd7 &! bbc.in/1HRT1mb - Vegan as Long-term investment against extreme weather, duh. makes men cry.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
New medicines 'should prevent not just treat disease' - BBC News
Leading doctors say the NHS must prepare for much greater use of medicines to prevent rather than just treat disease. [...] The future of healthcare is a healthier lifestyle. [<< Professor Carl Heneghan from the Oxford University Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine,] [...] "Having a real impact on reducing demand and improving quality of care in the NHS will only happen when the root cause of lifestyle-driven disease is tackled head on // a 50% health tax on animal products and processed food (high in fat, salt, sugar), alcohol, tobacco products (+100% tax) - with plan to progressively increase tax further and further on every other year; which subsidises vegan school meals, NHS, care system, and fruit and veg go tax reduced.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Plastic bag charge in Scotland sees usage cut by 80% - BBC News
[ the plastic bag chage, 5p, is not enough, should be 50p and seen as penalty! thus it is the little brother of Sugar/Processed Food/junk food/fast food/and animal product taxation (extra levies) to show people every day when they show that they know this is more expensive now because this has to pay for my sick days in later life, like insurance premium for risky behavior, to fund NHS! Even seeing it as carbon tax and environmental levy because of how dirty animal products are! ]"It's now becoming second nature to shoppers to reuse their carrier bags and hopefully to think more about our impact on the environment." [...] Asda witnessing a drop of 90% and Sainsbury's 100% as it no longer offers them to shoppers. [...] The policy came into being in Scotland on 20 October last year and England introduced charging at the beginning of this month.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Tobacco tax increase urged by parliamentary group - BBC News
The tax rate currently goes up by 2% above inflation each year, but the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health wants that increased to 5%. It says an extra £100m per year would be generated to spend on anti-smoking projects, and the rate of decline in smoking would be doubled. Tobacco manufacturers described the proposal as "counter-productive".
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
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