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Racism will not be solved by there being more mixed-race children | Nikesh Shukla | Life and style | The Guardian
“Beige Britain” won’t be the utopia we want. It’ll be the same country it always was, but with a significant demographic change. The whole “mixed-race kids ending racism” feeling is a nice thought that doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t look at divisions in the country right now. It doesn’t interrogate problems we have. It doesn’t end inequality.
UK  USA  discrimination  Racism  post-racial  BAME  hate  speech  crime  inequality  social  poverty  trap  mobility  minority  meritocracy  meritocratic  Austerity  opportunity  education  policy  Gesellschaft  Xenophobia  prejudice  Stigma  Vorurteil  JAM  Theresa  May  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  segregation  Culture  Muslim  Islamophobia  mixed-race 
yesterday by asterisk2a
School exclusions ‘put children at risk of gang grooming’ | Education | The Guardian
‘Off-rolling’ difficult students to boost exam results is fuelling gang violence, says children’s czar
UK  education  policy  Austerity  league  table  Ofsted  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  JAM  Theresa  May  Michael  Gove  Schools  Society  Gesellschaft 
yesterday by asterisk2a
NHS opt-in transplant policy at risk due to cuts and staff stress | Society | The Guardian
Plans to save hundreds of lives by making everyone in England a potential organ donor could fail because hospitals are so short of transplant surgeons and specialist nurses, the NHS’s own analysis of the policy has revealed. // GER got low rate because no money w organ transplantation and nurses are overworked, no time to talk to relatives and get the ball rolling.
UK  Privatisation  Austerity  NHS  organ  transplant  profit  maximisation  transplantation 
yesterday by asterisk2a
New Tory health chief voted to speed up privatisation of the NHS - Mirror Online
Analysis of Health Secretary Matt Hancock's voting record suggests he strongly favours a private healthcare system [...] We have already revealed Mr Hancock accepted donations totalling £32,000 from the chairman of The Institute of Economic Affairs – a think tank that wants to abolish the NHS.
Matt  Hancock  NHS  Jeremy  Hunt  Privatisation  Austerity  IEA 
2 days ago by asterisk2a
Prisons squalid and dangerous due to staff cuts, report says | Society | The Guardian
Chief inspector in England and Wales says conditions have ‘no place in an advanced nation’
UK  Austerity  Prison  Crime  Theresa  May  recidivism  rehabilitation 
5 days ago by asterisk2a
University entry 'should be background, not just exams' - BBC News
The university access watchdog says students' backgrounds should be taken into account when awarding places, to improve "equality of opportunity". A-level grades are a "robust measure" only if the applicants' "context" is also considered, Chris Millward says.

Many universities give extra help to disadvantaged applicants - but a report warns of a lack of openness about how this operates.

All Russell Group universities use some form of "contextual admissions".

Top universities have faced accusations of being socially exclusive and recruiting too few applicants from ethnic minorities.

But they also face scrutiny for being unfair to individual applicants who might lose out on places to disadvantaged candidates with worse results.
UK  education  policy  University  College  meritocracy  meritocratic  inequality  Equality  poverty  trap  Austerity 
5 days ago by asterisk2a
New leadership, same old problems - BBC News
new money won't be seen till next year, new winter crisis is coming for sure, and the wait lists will get even longer. - Health think tanks argue that the 3.4% is really only enough to cope with rising demand, never mind improving care.

Hospital sources point out that the new money won't come to the NHS until next year.

Nothing extra so far has been allocated for this winter and the intense pressure seen in the first months of this year is likely to be repeated.

There is every chance that waiting lists for routine surgery will get longer and accident and emergency performance won't get better.

Even with the £6bn cash boost next year, there are warnings that there won't be any rapid improvement. His instincts will be to tell the service to get on with job with the money it has. But that conviction will be tested in the depths of winter if hospitals are struggling to cope. [...] Also plays with part-privatisation of Elderly Care - asking people to take out a private insurance ... or lose their home ...
Matt  Hancock  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  NHS  Austerity  sick  care  demand  chronic  population  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  CVD  diabetes  Cancer  Council  Social  adult  elderly  rationing  mental  health  Privatisation 
5 days ago by asterisk2a
John Lanchester · After the Fall: Ten Years after the Crash · LRB 5 July 2018
Finance continues to be a dumpster fire of awfulness and despite it being made clear that was the case in 2008 not much has changed.
john-lanchester  finance  banking  austerity  politics 
8 days ago by mr_stru
John Lanchester · After the Fall: Ten Years after the Crash · LRB 5 July 2018
Economic perspective on how the events following the financial crisis contributed to current social unrest. Long but clearly written and easy to follow. Some interesting points:

* quantitative easing added more money into the economy, which ended up artificially keeping asset prices (housing in particular) high
* global debts highly outweigh global credits, with a difference of nearly $9T. Estimated to be sum of wealth hidden by rich.
* "Elephant graph" --- living standards of world's poorest have increased, but developed countries' middle class has tanked, while developed countries' rich have continued gaining wealth
economics  politics  austerity  long-read 
9 days ago by gunsch
The school with 300 holes in the roof - BBC News
A West Midlands head teacher says he is "extremely angry" that budget shortages have led to the cutting of 14 staff - in a school with 300 holes in the roof
UK  Austerity  education  policy  Tories  nasty  party  JAM  Theresa  May  Conservative 
13 days ago by asterisk2a
People risk unjust prison sentences due to lack of court healthcare | Society | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/04/risks-to-children-the-biggest-social-justice-challenge-of-our-time - Risks to children 'the biggest social justice challenge of our time'
Children’s commissioner seeks more help for young people in vulnerable family situations [...] Government spending on early intervention services for children through local authorities has been reduced by 60% since 2010. The research says investing in these services is cost-effective compared with the expense of putting a child into care, which can be as much as £55,000 a year. Local authorities have said there is a growing crisis in children’s social care caused by increasing numbers of children being taken into care or made subject to child protection plans as a result of the failure to provide early support for families.
UK  NHS  injustice  Austerity  childprotection  mental  health  Council  LegalAid  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  Justice  prevention  social  care  Poverty 
13 days ago by asterisk2a

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