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Yorkshire council leaders threaten to pull out of asylum seeker housing scheme | UK news | The Guardian
Responsibility for housing people seeking asylum in the UK was taken away from local authorities in 2012 and given to Serco, G4S and Clearsprings under contracts with the Home Office. The Refugee Council criticised the system in October for “routinely dumping” traumatised people into “squalid, unsafe, slum housing conditions”.
UK  Privatisation  Theresa  May  Tories  Conservative  Party  asylum  Home  Office  Windrush  deportation  targets  Hostile  Environment  Austerity  profit  maximisation  Council  segregation  nasty  Capitalism 
21 hours ago by asterisk2a
No-fault evictions making hundreds of families homeless each week | UK news | The Guardian
In Germany, the landlord has to pay the tenant to leave, if no other circumstances/cause of eviction exist.
UK  profit  maximisation  housing  crisis  Generation  Rent  rentier  homeless  homelessness  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  Theresa  May  JAM 
2 days ago by asterisk2a
Revealed: Tory donors who paid £7m to socialise with May | Politics | The Guardian
The party of for by big (financial) business. // The party spent £18.5m on last year’s snap election, when the Conservatives lost their working majority. Labour spent £11m. Sources told the Guardian the Tories were aiming for a 40% annual increase in the party’s budget – money that would be spent on up to 100 local campaign coordinators.
Lobby  revolving  door  UK  Brexit  election  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  donations  donors  Theresa  May  hypocrisy  JAM  Lobbying  lobbyist 
4 weeks ago by asterisk2a
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. //&! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI2TqlOA0vo - Alon Ziv, author of the book Breeding Between the Lines - Why Interracial People Are Healthier & More Attractive
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  Interracial  public  health  symmetry  beauty  epigenetics  genetics  Brazil  book 
5 weeks ago 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 
5 weeks 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 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt answers young people's questions on mental health - BBC News
Mental and physical health - why the confusion? JEREMY HUNT AGAIN MOVES THE GOAL POST AGAIN AND AGAIN. CCGs. BUT CCG's ARE NOt HELD ACCOUNTABLE NOR MANAGERS WHEN MISAPPROPRIATING MENTAL HEALTH MONEY.
NHS  mental  health  CCG  Trust  Jeremy  Hunt  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  JAM  Theresa  May 
6 weeks ago by asterisk2a
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 
6 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Government accused of misleading parents over schools' success | Education | The Guardian
Government accused of misleading parents over schools' success
Former DfE statistician says often-cited boast of progress relies on ‘flawed’ figures
UK  education  policy  Austerity  Ofsted  LeagueTable  statistics  Tories  Theresa  May  JAM  Conservative  Party  nasty 
6 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Council cuts are putting the vulnerable at risk, Tory peer says | Society | The Guardian
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. - “We’ve reached a point where councils will no longer be able to support our residents as they expect, including our most vulnerable,” Porter added. As well as problems coping with demand for services for elderly and disabled adults, the LGA says councils are struggling with an explosion in the number of children in care, and a rising bill for 80,000 homeless families placed in temporary housing.

An LGA briefing on the prospects for local government states: “The failure to properly fund these services puts the wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable residents at risk, and this cannot go on.”
UK  Austerity  Council  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  JAM  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  adult  social  elderly  care  homelessness  childprotection  poverty  childhood  housing  crisis  affordable 
6 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Warnings of 'anger and outrage' if Transpennine electrification axed | UK news | The Guardian
Northern transport bodies have fought for the government to honour its original pledge to deliver full electrification, a project that was at the heart of plans to improve rail links between cities across the north.
UK  Northern  Powerhouse  London  infrastructure  underinvestment  Brexit  Austerity  FDI  Tories  Conservative  Party  Theresa  May  JAM 
7 weeks ago by asterisk2a
May's extra cash for NHS is not enough, says spending watchdog | Society | The Guardian
NAO’s Sir Amyas Morse warns more is needed to meet needs of a changing population [...] But Morse said the funding increase would only serve to maintain current service levels and would not be enough to meet the needs of a rapidly changing demographic. // &! Tory councils join demand for tax increases to fund social care services - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/01/tory-councils-call-tax-to-fund-social-care - An astonishing nine in every 10 local authorities say that taxation must now be part of the solution in securing the viability of adult social care, according to a comprehensive survey of council leaders and senior figures responsible for care.

Concerns have been growing as a result of another delay to government proposals on resolving the crisis and complaints that pledged funding for care has been diverted to the NHS. // &! SOCIAL CARE - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/02/social-care-nhs-theresa-may-courage-attlee-cqc-david-behan & https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/03/social-care-70-cinderalla-service-funding //&! https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/04/nhs-social-care-health-service - The founding principles of the health service must be extended to social care. Otherwise the NHS will be run into the ground
NHS  ageing  population  social  adult  elderly  care  Council  Austerity  sickcare  demand  demographic  bubble  Theresa  May  Simon  Stevens  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  overweight  self-medication  Tories  Conservative  Party  premature  GP  CQC 
7 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Mental health services for the young is NHS's 'silent catastrophe' | Society | The Guardian
The failings have led to high staff turnover, poor morale and poor working conditions. One child psychotherapist, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I am considering leaving the NHS as I am worried it is no longer safe to practise.

“It is tragic to witness the demise of a once-flourishing and truly multi-disciplinary specialist Camhs. My skills are going to waste. [...] This year, the NHs watchdog the Care Quality Commission rated 39% (26 services) of specialist Camhs as requiring improvement. Those surveyed by the ACP were asked whether they could see any evidence of the government’s claim of making “one of the biggest expansion of services in Europe” – 93 % of respondents said they saw no evidence of this. &! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jun/29/nhs-chief-major-ramp-up-of-childrens-mental-health-services-needed
NHS  Austerity  Tories  nasty  party  CAMHS  mental  health  Theresa  May  education  policy  public  prevention  Generation  Generationengerechtigkeit  Conservative  Privatisation  CQC 
8 weeks ago by asterisk2a
‘Huge mistake’: Britain throwing away lead in tidal energy, say developers | Environment | The Guardian
Nation is a leader in capturing tidal and wave energy, but companies are starting to leave due to lack of government support
UK  Austerity  energy  policy  tidal  renewable  industrial  nuclear  Tories  Theresa  May  Brexit  JAM 
8 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Maidenhead school asks parents to buy toilet roll - BBC News
Amazon Wish List // A school in Theresa May's constituency has sent a list to parents of things it says need buying to keep it running - including toilet paper. [...] On Monday, the school emailed parents with the items on the wish list, including a request for a "never-ending supply" of toilet paper, as well as adhesive tape, pens, A3 paper and Blu Tack.

It reportedly said it had lost £70,000 in government funding cuts.
UK  education  policy  Austerity  Theresa  May 
8 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Dating apps didn’t cause the STI crisis – it was cavalier Tory cuts | Nichi Hodgson | Opinion | The Guardian
Every £1 on prevention and treatment saves the NHS £11, yet sexual health centres are closing due to a lack of funding
NHS  Austerity  public  health  prevention  STI  Cancer  Obesity  CVD  chronic  sick  population  nanny  state  sickcare  demand  Tories  nasty  party  Theresa  May 
10 weeks ago by asterisk2a
New funding system leaves schools worse off, say headteachers | Education | The Guardian
Poll finds 90% of heads had to use cash for disadvantaged pupils to prop up budgets &! https://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2018/may/01/vulnerable-children-need-stable-support-education-policy-institute?CMP=share_btn_tw - We can't keep papering over the cracks. Vulnerable children need stable support The army of professionals we rely on to educate children, support them and keep them safe is increasingly precarious
UK  education  policy  Austerity  Brexit  poverty  trap  social  mobility  meritocracy  meritocratic  working  poor  Conservative  Party  nasty  JAM  Theresa  May 
may 2018 by asterisk2a
The UK Refused To Raid A Company Suspected Of Money Laundering, Citing Its Tory Donations
A national scandal: The government refused to help a French investigation into money laundering and tax fraud - citing the fact the company is "the biggest corporate donor to the Conservative party"
Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  fraud  money  laundering  London  UK  vested  interest  lobby  HMRC  tax  evasion  avoidance  Theresa  May  JAM 
april 2018 by asterisk2a
Exclusive: shock figures reveal state of UK’s brutal prisons | Society | The Guardian
The scale of the crisis engulfing Britain’s prisons can be revealed, after an Observer investigation found that two-thirds are providing inmates with inadequate conditions or unacceptable treatment.

An analysis of hundreds of inspections covering 118 institutions found that a staggering 68% are now providing unsatisfactory standards in at least one respect, with two in five jails deemed to be unacceptably unsafe. &! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/17/britain-prison-crisis-facing-meltdown-gangs-drugs-violence - Are Britain’s prisons facing a meltdown? Few in government can now deny that our jail system is in severe crisis. Yet no one seems to want to tackle it &! https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/22/prisoners-left-to-rot-public-does-not-care-hmp-liverpool
UK  Austerity  Prison  nasty  party  Conservative  Theresa  May  Police 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Councils struggling to cope with surge in child protection referrals | Society | The Guardian
[UK austerity will be costly later on to clean up. and as proven again and again, deadly. ] Councils are increasingly only able to address “critical” situations and help the most at-risk children instead of carrying out vital preventive work to stop domestic violence and its devastating impact on victims, said the organisation that represents 370 councils in England and Wales.
UK  Austerity  Council  child  protection  services  DWP  ESA  JSA  homelessness  homeless  Sociology  nasty  party  Conservative  JAM  Theresa  May  Brexit 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
The Carillion pension bungle raises this question: where was the oversight? | Simon Jenkins | Opinion | The Guardian
There’s something amiss when a firm £5bn in debt, owing almost £1bn to its pensioners, and with just £29m in the bank is given a clean bill of health &! https://www.theguardian.com/business/nils-pratley-on-finance/2018/jan/29/the-pensions-regulator-a-deficit-of-credibility - The Pensions Regulator: a deficit of credibility Nils Pratley Nils Pratley The regulator may need more powers to intervene – but first it must use what capabilities it has
Carillion  pension  scheme  bailout  UK  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  governance  oversight  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  JAM  Theresa  May 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
NHS doctor must leave the UK to look after daughter in Egypt | UK news | The Guardian
shambles. reports have been mounting that home office is making NHS Crisis worse and Brexit is doubling up on it as much fewer EU going to join NHS
NHS  Crisis  recruitment  Home  Office  staff  burnout  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  Theresa  May  Brexit 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
No big ideas will be coming from Theresa May – and her Tory enemies know it | Anne Perkins | Opinion | The Guardian
politik und ideen und personen sind untrennbar. May hat nur die falsche zeit gewaehlt ihre ideen zu verwirklichen. Und ist sogar die falsche person in der falschen partei politik fuer JAMs zu machen
Theresa  May  Brexit  JAM 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Tory MP Ben Bradley 'sorry' for blog post about jobless - BBC News
eugenics ('in it s broader aspects') was always a Conservative Toff topic to talk about. Theresa May w JAMs, Cameron w Big Society burried under brutal Austerity for those eugenics targets, and Thatcher "there is not such thing as society"
eugenics  Tories  DWP  toff  Conservative  Party  nasty  structural  unemployment  JAM  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  Margaret  Thatcher  JSA  ESA 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Toby Young: how barrage of nudges made OfS position untenable | Education | The Guardian
Toby Young ‘progressive eugenics’ // Young’s appointment showcases the weird and wonderful ways of decision-making in Whitehall and Downing Street, which saw an otherwise unremarkable appointment, to an obscure public body, metastasise into a crisis of competence for Theresa May’s government.
Whitehall  Westminster  Theresa  May  Toby  Young  Conservative  Party  nasty  Tories  education  policy  meritocracy  meritocratic 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Cabinet reshuffle: Justine Greening resigns from government - BBC News
reshuffle shambles. even some saying within own lines. even the telegraphy chines in with "night of blunt stiletto" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-the-papers-42615834 & the times "greening quits in shambolic reshuffle // no attention for JAMs just about managing to contain Michael Goves Environmental post-Brexit visions. currently. Greening refusing DWP pain job to explain Austerity to the least deserved victims. Hunt keeping job + getting social care job hits at new attempt to fix NHS Council elderly care bedblocking problem. Rumor has it that Hunt actually refused to move job! Lidington apparently is "Remainer" &! https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/08/theresa-may-reshuffle-detoxify-tories-brexit - hunt begged for his job passionately and also to "solve" social care ... &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42616014 - In allowing Greening to walk, the PM has lost a Northern voice, who represents a London marginal constituency, who is in a same sex relationship. Even without her six years experience in the Cabinet, any one of those factors are precious commodities in the Tory Party. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42619018 - The talk in Downing Street is of a new "talent pipeline", &! https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2018/01/theresa-may-s-treatment-justine-greening-makes-no-sense-all &! https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2018/01/rather-demonstrating-theresa-may-s-strength-cabinet-reshuffle-confirmed-her &! "Knackered Party" http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/you-cant-reshuffle-a-knackered-party/20734#.WlWkkqhl-Cg - Stripped of any clear mission, or set of ideas, parties quickly become unfocused, incompetent, bitchy. &! https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/09/theresa-may-tory-party-dying-reshuffle-conservatives &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lq3vI6Vc-L0
Brexit  Theresa  May  Tories  Conservative  Party  JAM  DWP  Austerity  Jeremy  Hunt  NHS  Council  social  elderly  care 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt orders NHS England bosses to stick to waiting time limits | Society | The Guardian
Jeremy Hunt orders NHS England bosses to stick to waiting time limits
Health secretary swiftly rejects service chiefs’ public warning that meeting targets is impossible with current funding [...] In an unprecedented move reflecting a widening gulf with the government, NHS England used its board meeting to warn that it had to make “difficult choices” next year that would involve limiting what it could provide for patients. [ only providing basics life saving treatments - not life improvement treatments (elective surgery) ] [...] NHS England has also said it is unable to implement best practice as advised by Nice on a routine basis – an extraordinary state of affairs. We have now reached a point where the NHS constitution will be routinely breached and NHS services are being withdrawn.”
NHS  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May  budget2017  rationing  treatment  delay  waiting  times  CVD  Cancer  A&E  diabetes  overweight  obesity  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  sickcare  demand  healthcare  CCG  CEP  STP  GP  elective  surgery  OAP  disabled  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  Austerity  adult  social  care  elderly  NICE  patient  safety  CQC  mental  health 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Budget 2017: NHS trusts given extra £350m for entire winter, despite Brexit bus promising £350m a week | The Independent
Budget had also nothing on social care! -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42065767 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-42096941 begging patients &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42082602 more rationing and restrictions in the books by CCGs eg physical rehabilitation services could be cut. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5112803/NHS-prepares-ration-painkillers-routine-operations.html &! https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4978787/cuts-to-patient-services-feared-after-budget/ // The NHS is getting £1.6bn in extra funding next year, less than half asked for by the NHS to keep the service running //&! https://www.gponline.com/gps-ignored-2017-budget-nhs-england-hints-cuts-services/article/1450955 - GP leaders hit out at chancellor Philip Hammond for ignoring general practice in his 2017 budget, as NHS England officials hinted that a 'disappointing' £2.8bn funding hike for the health service could force cuts. //&! http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/national/15676761.Budget_2017__Additional_funds_for_NHS_will_not_plug_gap__Sir_Bruce_Keogh_says/ - the NHS “can no longer avoid the difficult debate” on what can be provided by the health service on the funds it is operating on. //&! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/23/conservatives-will-break-nhs-funding-pledge-labour-claims - An analysis carried out for Labour by the House of Commons library shows that despite the chancellor, Philip Hammond, announcing an extra £2.8bn in day-to-day funding, real-terms funding per head is set to fall in 2018-19, and remain flat for two years after that.
NHS  winter  crisis  budget2017  GP  A&E  Austerity  CEP  STP  sickcare  demand  healthcare  chronic  sick  population  ageing  demographic  bubble  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  obesity  overweight  England  waiting  time  treatment  delay  rationing  mental  health  locum  staff  Nurses  hiring  paycap  Doctors  Junior  recruitment  stress  burnout  sickleave  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May  Council  bed  blocking  bedblocking  adult  social  elderly  care  Disabled  Privatisation  Simon  Stevens  Jeremy  Hunt 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS battle for money: Where will it end? - BBC News
[ Simon Stevens could walk away, creating a new crate for May's government, as BOE Mark Carney did not extend his BOE gov role beyond Brexit ] If there is a significant financial settlement for the NHS in England, Mr Stevens can claim vindication for his strategy.
But if there isn't, he is faced with a difficult choice - either soldier on with a service under great strain and his five-year plan objectives under threat, or walk away.
He will be well aware of the risk he has taken with his speech.
But perhaps he is ready to go if he has to, arguing that at least he tried to get the NHS the money it needed. &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXlTwgfL6tU - Head of NHS England demands more money (Channel 4 News) &! One short picture of the winter crisis last time around 16/17 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNu3O3Pqebk &! 13/14 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGulU83N6Gc
NHS  Austerity  Simon  Stevens  Crisis  winter  Theresa  May  Philip  Hammond  Jeremy  Hunt  CEP  STP  CCG  rationing  waiting  times  treatment  delay  GP  A&E  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  adult  social  care  elderly  sickcare  demand  healthcare  chronic  sick  population  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  overweight  obesity 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
(4467) Stephen Pollard Reveals His Priti Patel Scoop To James O'Brien - YouTube
May knew about Priti Patel's meetings. This is also about May's gov No.10 cover-up of Patel breaking the ministerial code. Hoping this will not come to light or people press will gloss over it.
Theresa  May  Priti  Patel  Brexit  Conservative  Party  nasty  Tories 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Britain's police budgets to lose £700m by 2020, amid rising crime | UK news | The Guardian
Police chiefs put ‘realistic’ sum at an £400m extra a year, as officer numbers projected to fall almost 3,000 by same year [ as w NHS Police force (and anti-terror) on edge, n perilous state ] -
police force in numbers! >> https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/05/theresa-may-police-cuts-margaret-thatcher-budgets &! https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/10/police-cutbacks-threaten-national-security-warns-counter-terrorism-head-neil-basu - Police cuts will be disaster for national security, warns counter-terrorism head Neil Basu, senior national counter-terrorism coordinator, says funding cuts for local policing will harm intelligence efforts
UK  Police  Austerity  NHS  Theresa  May  Conservative  Party  nasty  Tories 
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.
ParadisePapers  Theresa  May  UK  PanamaPapers  tax  evasion  taxation  Austerity  avoidance  London  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Brexit  neoliberalism  neoliberal  Capitalism 
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.
Universal  Credit  poverty  trap  child  taxcredit  DWP  Austerity  UK  Precariat  deprivation  ESA  disabled  Council  working  debt  Gesellschaft  Sociology  Society  nasty  party  Tories  Theresa  May  Conservative  Generationengerechtigkeit  GFC  bank  bailout  tax  evasion  avoidance  taxation  welfare  state  mental  health  wellbeing  well-being  Psychology  class  Brexit  childhood  parenthood  parenting  public 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Theresa May angers Tory MPs with choice to replace disgraced Fallon | World news | The Guardian
May's trusted confidant gets promotion. Closed circle. Opts for no reshuffle. Can not afford to kick cabinet members and creating more rebel groups on the back benches; pro neutral and anti brexit. she is protecting brexit but leaves party open for further criticism if new allegations w proof appear over time maybe this time with lawyers. // But he has become one of the prime minister’s most trusted aides, negotiating the deal with the Democratic Unionist party that helped to shore up her position in the wake of the general election – and imposing discipline on her fractious MPs. &! // may could do reshuffe to go for transition period brexit 100% and do a uturn on universal credit by kicking DWP minister, together w hammond eg lowering to 60% effective tax rate for. and work on that "burning injustice." // she is no risk taker here. I might even say May is bungling an opportune moment to pounce and exert authority and dominance. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/02/pm-can-ill-afford-sexual-misconduct-scandal-but-even-less-can-she-afford-to-botch-it
Theresa  May  TheresaMay  Brexit  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Labour wins symbolic victory in vote on universal credit - as it happened | Politics | The Guardian
Mhairi Black: plunging people in debt, homelessness, rent arrears and hunger does not incentivise does not put people back in work! https://twitter.com/MhairiBlack/status/920686941674397697 //&!
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/14/chancellor-urged-to-lower-tax-rate-on-universal-credit 60% tax rate anything earned over 16hrs on each pound. // Motion to pause universal credit rollout passes with 299 votes in favour and 0 against after most Tory MPs abstain. Follow latest updates
- phone charges dropped, but roll out goes on, despite house 299 votes to stop roll out. so much for Theresa Mays "concern" for "burning injustice" and Heidie Allens (tory mp) about here talking about it.
DWP  Universal  Credit  Austerity  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Theresa  May  JSA  ESA  WCA 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Home Office treated couple living legally in UK 'like criminals' | UK news | The Guardian
[Home Office is a hostile environment to keep away many, only the ardent and those w money and the determination and ability to fight Home Office w own immigration lawyer £££] “My lawyer kept saying this is not a precedent-setting case. It feels like they were chasing an individual,”
Brexit  Theresa  May  Home  Office  EU  immigration  UK 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
No one can save the Tories | British politics | For Europe, Against the EU | Politics | spiked
The talk of May doing a Michael Howard, the nadir of the Tories previous electoral irrelevance who allowed the space for the Cameroons to emerge, misses the point. PR man Cameron may have been a hollow technocrat, but at least he at least had a strategy: turning the Conservatives into New Labour. The Tories now have neither a play nor principle in mind. Everywhere you look you see a party bereft of vision. [...] The last few weeks of broadsheet tittle-tattle and political melodrama has only confirmed that the Tory Party has no idea what it stands for or who it represents. It’s a relic of the last century, a zombie party. Theresa May, the ‘dead woman walking’ in No10, is precisely the kind of leader it deserves. &! http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/may-the-leader-the-technocrat-party-deserves/20392#.WdwbJ1uPJPU &! http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/whats-the-point-of-the-tories/20384#.WdwbI1uPJPU
Conservative  Party  nasty  Tories  Tory  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Theresa  May  Brexit  Leadership  Jeremy  Corbyn  CPC17 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Mental health: 10 charts on the scale of the problem - BBC News
Over 10 years NHS prescriped 100% more anti-depressants. Medicalised Society. Parked indefinetly on management medication no healing. Left behind. // But so too is the fact prescribing patterns have changed. Doctors are much more likely to keep people on drugs for longer with evidence suggesting it is a more effective way of treating patients.
But as common as antidepressants are, the fact remains the majority of people with mental illness report they are not getting help.
Only one in three of those polled said they were receiving treatment, according to NHS Digital.
NHS  Society  Gesellschaft  mental  health  big  pharma  GP  care  demand  Austerity  CEP  STP  rationing  waiting  times  treatment  delay  self-medication  coping  mechanism  chronic  stress  working  poor  Precariat  poverty  trap  Deprivation  Depression  public  economic  damage  prevention  Social  Media  Facebook  Instagram  well  being  welfare  DWP  JSA  ESA  Selbstdarstellung  Consumer  unhappy  Consumerism  consumerist  Capitalism  Exploitation  Scotland  England  Jeremy  Hunt  CCG  Simon  Stevens  accountability  Theresa  May  unemployment  prejudice  stigma  Disabled 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Theresa May urged to halt Universal Credit rollout - BBC News
Conservative MP Stephen McPartland said his concern with Universal Credit was that for "every pound these people earn, extra, the government's taking 63p back off them".
"To me that is an effective tax rate of 63%, which is ridiculous. So the lowest paid are effectively having to pay some of the highest taxes," he told BBC Radio 4's the World at One. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41278248
Universal  Credit  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Austerity  Theresa  May  DWP  JSA  ESA  Damian  Green  UC  tax  working  benefit  taxcredit 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Philip Hammond raises further doubts about May's future as Tory leader | Politics | The Guardian
The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that Hammond, Boris Johnson, David Davis and Amber Rudd were involved in feverish plotting to replace May immediately after her snap election gamble in June failed to deliver the promised Tory majority.

When asked repeatedly whether he believed May should lead the party into the next election, Hammond insisted the issue was separate from the immediate question of leading the UK through the Brexit talks.
Brexit  Theresa  May  GE2017  Philip  Hammond  David  Davis  Amber  Rudd  Boris  Johnson  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
What will cost more than lifting the public sector pay cap? Not lifting it | Faiza Shaheen | Opinion | The Guardian
[finding efficiencies ... ] Let’s start with costs of recruitment and retention. This is a big one. Job advertising isn’t cheap and new recruits take time to settle in. Last year, a study found there had been a 61% rise in advertising spend since 2010 in secondary schools alone, costing £56m in 2015. Shortages in the health service mean NHS Trusts are paying millions every month to agency and bank nurses to ensure there are adequate levels of staff on wards.

Stress-related leave has also increased in the public sector as workers are understandably getting run down working in understaffed schools and hospital wards. This is just staff – what about the costs to our children of being in classes too big for them to maximise their learning or to a sick individual who has an operation delayed?
NHS  School  Police  paycap  Austerity  staff  shortage  locum  retention  Crisis  hiring  recruitment  STP  rationing  health  care  demand  education  policy  Privatisation  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Theresa  May  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  Nurses  elderly  adult  social  bedblocking  Council  bed  blocking  ageing  demographic  chronic  sick  population  public  sector  discretionary  spending  disposable  income  debt  workers  trade  union 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Essex nursery 'closes because of universal free hours scheme' - BBC News
underfunded policies. promising something w big number £, not adding up. see Prisons, Police, NHS, mental health, infrastructure (electrification), Hinkley Point C, HS2. And School Meals and DementiaTax from Theresa May. And the 2bn that add not up for "bed blocking". See also voter response to 'we don't need to budget our manifesto, look at our track record.' Or the brilliance of disaster (cant make that shit up) the new funding formula and roll out for schools funding per pupil is was.
UK  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  David  Cameron  Austerity  Theresa  May  Jeremy  Hunt  child  care  Prison  NHS  Council  George  Osborne  mental  health  infrastructure  Hinkley  HS2  Westminster  Whitehall  Brexit  GE2017  DementiaTax  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  elderly  social  education  policy 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
'Too many' patients locked in for mental health care - BBC News
NHS England said progress was being made with higher funding for care. // no trusts are already eyeing mental health for cuts in the STP and "capped expenditure process" to cap the top end of the year end bill // and its never an overspend its a rising health care demand by chronic sick population and ageing population a demographic bubble - its not an overspend - https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/capped-expenditure-process-explained &! https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/blog/2017/06/will-capped-expenditure-process-help-keep-lid-nhs-finances
NHS  STP  Austerity  mental  health  CQC  waiting  time  rationing  care  demand  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  Theresa  May  JAM  working  poor  Precariat 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
One year on, and Theresa May has betrayed almost everyone she vowed to help | Politics | The Guardian
[a speech to reassert herself] She will say her commitment to social justice and determination to address difficult issues remains “undimmed”, despite her calamitous general election performance. But pre-briefings suggest it will be light on specifics (unlike last year, where it sprinkled with references from poor access to mental health services to unequal life expectancy).

Of the legendary Jam families, there appears to be no mention. [...] A record 60% of British people in poverty now live in households where someone is in work. &! https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jul/10/making-maybot-theresa-may-rise-and-fall?CMP=twt_gu
Career  Politicians  Theresa  May  nasty  party  Brexit  Conservative  Austerity  JAM  mental  health  NHS  Privatisation  rationing  Jeremy  Hunt  STP  GE2017  Toreis  precariat  working  poor  poverty  trap  inequality  gini  Coefficient  HMRC  tax  evasion  avoidance 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Mental health care 'risks being over-run' - BBC News
Mental health services in England risk being overwhelmed by a combination of rising demand and staff shortages, a survey of NHS trusts suggests. - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/06/stress-levels-rising-for-mental-health-services - Third, worries over staffing gaps revealed in the report once again underline the urgency for a proper comprehensive workforce strategy, with specific proposals that will improve the experience of people with mental health problems so they receive the care that they need and deserve. &! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/07/nhs-bosses-warn-of-mental-health-crisis-with-long-waits-for-treatment - Report finds 80% fear they cannot provide timely, high-quality care to the growing numbers seeking help
NHS  STP  Austerity  rationing  mental  health  Theresa  May  Simon  Stevens  Brexit  staff  shortage  locum  public  economic  damage  stigma  prejudice  waiting  times 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Lib Dems may back government on case-by-case basis, say sources | Politics | The Guardian
Party would be ‘up for talking’ to Tories about supporting issues such as mental health and housing outside of a formal deal [...] Instead, the party has said it will consider each proposal individually, so far backing Labour amendments to the Queen’s speech on remaining in the single market and voting against the main government bill.
Theresa  May  nasty  party  Conservative  GE2017  Brexit  Liberal  Democrats  Vince  Cable  MayDUP  DUP 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
How the Tory election machine fell apart | Politics | The Guardian
Fiona Hill Nick Timothy Lynton Crosby // Tim Bale, a historian of the party and professor of politics at the University of London, argues that the Tories have gradually stopped presenting voters with an appealing vision of Britain. “In the 80s, they had a good balance of negativity and positivity,” he says. This meant exploiting the flaws of Labour leaders such as Michael Foot and Neil Kinnock while also promising a society of entrepreneurs and mass property ownership, an attractive idea in an era of increasing materialism. Yet at the 1992 election, under Thatcher’s less secure successor, John Major, this started to change. “He didn’t want a negative campaign,” says Bale, “but he was persuaded.” When the Conservatives won the election unexpectedly, victory was attributed by many Tories – and commentators and Labour politicians – to a single crude-but-effective Conservative campaign phrase: “Labour’s Tax Bombshell.”
Brexit  GE2017  Theresa  May  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Fiona  Hill  Nick  Timothy  Lynton  Crosby  Rupert  Murdoch  Paul  Dacre  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  Medienlandschaft  Medialandscape  Populism  demagogue  UK  UKIP  Manifesto  Utopia 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Theresa May under pressure as DUP says: ‘Show some respect’ | Politics | The Guardian
THIS GOV MIGHT BE ONLY STUFF ABOUT BREXIT. NO SOCIAL CARE NHS and other stuff. // Theresa May will press ahead with a Brexit-dominated Queen’s speech shorn of a series of controversial social policies after failing to complete “confidence and supply” negotiations with the Democratic Unionist party.
MayDUP  Brexit  GE2017  Theresa  May  Conservative  Party  nastyparty  nasty  Tories  social  care  mental  health  Austerity  NHS 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Queen's Speech could be delivered without majority as Theresa May's DUP talks falter | The Independent
I think both sides are somewhat inept and at crossroads with themselves. Or DUP does not want to end up like LibDems tuition fee thingy? - The delay is believed to have been caused by the DUP’s big financial demands, for both higher public spending in Northern Ireland and lucrative tax breaks.
MayDUP  Theresa  May  Brexit  GE2017 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
DUP warn Conservatives: Don't take us for granted - BBC News
No deal has been reached after 10 days of talks between the parties.
MayDUP  DUP  GE2017  Theresa  May  Brexit 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Revealed: How Theresa May aides seized control of Tory election campaign | London Evening Standard
Shortly before the general election was called, Sir Lynton Crosby sat down to write a highly confidential memo for Theresa May’s inner circle. It boiled down to a simple piece of advice: “Don’t do it.” = Theresa Mays own misjudgement of the advice from her closest advisers (duo fiona hill and timothy) put her into peril.
GE2017  Brexit  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  nastyparty  Theresa  May  TheresaMay  David  Davis  Philip  Hammond  Lynton  Crosby 
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.
Austerity  Brexit  GE2017  Confidence  Fairy  GFC  bank  bailout  welfare  state  living  standard  deficit  debt  government  household  personal  loan  credit  card  creditcard  underinvestment  inequality  economic  history  social  mobility  income  growth  wage  disposable  discretionary  spending  gini  coefficient  tax  evasion  avoidance  taxation  corporate  taxcut  capital  labour  Productivity  output  gap  recovery  secular  stagnation  infrastructure  investment  Privatisation  Theresa  May  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Ideology  neoliberal  neoliberalism  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  bond  bubble  asset  reflation  housing  distortion  malinvestment  stimulus  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  RichardKoo  Koo  Richard 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Corbyn: me, unpatriotic? That’s complete nonsense | Politics | The Guardian
May and her team have sought to refine their campaign message to the simple claim that she would make a better job of defending Britain’s interests in Brexit talks.

But Corbyn said he would strike a constructive tone with the German chancellor and French president on Friday morning, in contrast to a combative speech by May last month when she accused Brussels of meddling in Britain’s election.
GE2017  Brexit  Jeremy  Corbyn  Theresa  May 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
UK schools taking desperate measures as funding crisis hits | Education | The Guardian
Parents at St Nicolas’ Church of England school in Taplow, part of Theresa May’s constituency, receiving letters asking for contributions of up to £30 a month to plug a projected £40,000 shortfall next year, or face staff redundancies. [...] Teaching unions say the crisis is the result of years of frozen budgets, further eroded by higher pension, wages and tax costs as well as inflation, with little hope of relief if the Conservatives are re-elected. [...] The cuts come as the National Audit Office has calculated there will be a £3bn real-terms reduction across all schools by 2019.
UK  education  policy  PISA  Ofsted  League  Table  Sats  Austerity  schools  deprivation  attainment  gap  social  income  mobility  poverty  trap  Brexit  Theresa  May  GE2017  skills  productivity  output  gini  Coefficient 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
The Maybot and Monsieur Zen. A drama that didn’t obey the script | Andrew Rawnsley | Opinion | The Guardian
Despite the manifold advantages with which she started this campaign, Mrs May has never evinced any sense of joy about making a case to the country. That lack of enthusiasm for the democratic moment has also shown. It has shown in her unwillingness to debate directly with other leaders, a refusal to engage with argument that revealed a sense of entitlement to be prime minister – no questions asked. It has shown in the brittleness of her performances when she has deigned to expose herself to the scrutiny of the electorate.
GE2017  Brexit  Theresa  May  nasty  party  nastyparty  Conservative  democracy  No  Representation  Tories 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Britain is being led to an epic act of national self-harm over Brexit | Will Hutton | Opinion | The Guardian
Equally, a quarter of British exports with the EU pass through one single port, Calais – £3bn a month – with zero border controls or inspection. Who in Calais is going to inspect these goods to see if they correspond to EU rules if we crash out with no deal? Has France any interest in investing quickly in the customs structure to keep British exports flowing? The M20 and M2 will become gigantic truck parks as drivers wait to be inspected. [...] Nothing is being done at all. Mrs May and her breezy lead negotiator, David Davis, offer platitudes about Britain embracing the globe and no deal being better than a bad deal, but even the most innocent negotiator in the EU team can see this is vainglorious posturing. They are betting on a deal being struck – negotiators with few cards, nor making sure they hold better ones. As matters stand, the consequence of no deal would be calamitous.
Brexit  Customs  Union  David  Theresa  May  BadDealNoDeal  WTO  Single  Market  EU 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
The Conservatives quietly U-turn on their big manifesto promise to build "new generation of social housing" - Mirror Online
U-Turn no 10 - https://twitter.com/MirrorPolitics/status/871044024798412800 by Theresa May The Conservatives quietly U-turn on their big manifesto promise to build "new generation of social housing"
Housing minister Gavin Barwell has confirmed the Tories new social homes won't have council house rents - they will in fact probably be much higher
GE2017  social  housing  Council  affordable  Austerity  Generation  Rent  u-turn  Theresa  May  nasty  party  Rentier  nastyparty  Tories  Conservative 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
London attack: Theresa May says enough is enough after seven die - BBC News
https://twitter.com/iyad_elbaghdadi/status/871490728396038145 & https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/04/theresa-may-british-values-muslims-terror-threat - Speaking in Downing Street after a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee, the prime minister said the country "cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are".
"We believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face as terrorism breeds terrorism," she said.
Mrs May said the UK's counter-terrorism strategy would be reviewed, as she promised to step up efforts to combat Islamist ideology and work with other countries to prevent the internet being a "safe space" for terrorists.
She said there was "too much tolerance of extremism in our country" and while it would involve "some difficult and embarrassing conversations", that must change. [...] Some analysts see this as a last desperate bid by IS to its supporters, following multiple setbacks in the Middle East where its self-proclaimed caliphate is shrinking fast. However, the ideology of IS is likely to survive those defeats and will continue to fuel terrorist attacks around the world. [...] With three attacks in close proximity, terrorism against soft targets is beginning to feel, to some people, like the new normal.
The brutal reality is that this kind of threat is absolutely typical of what jihadists sought to achieve in all their attacks across Europe.
UK  War  on  Terror  Manchester  London  Theresa  May  Muslim  Islam  Extremism  radicalism  radicalisation  ISIS  Al-Qaeda  jihadist  jihadism  jihadi  ideology  Middle  East  Syria  Iraq  Afghanistan  Populism 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
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