Ken Loach tweeted today that The Guardian chose to delete the first and last line from his letter in today’s paper.
The letter was critical of how The Guardian newspaper has treated Jeremy Corbyn.
THE CHANCELLOR’S BIG ‘CON’ ON THE NATIONAL LIVING WAGE!
The chancellor will unveil in the autumn statement, that the National living wage will rise to £7.50 an hour in 2017. He will use this announcement to feed into the spin that the government are on the side of the “just about managing” – or “Jams”.
But according to forecasts by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), an advisory public body established by the UK government to provide independent economic forecasts, the National living wage should go up to £7.60 in 2017, if it is to reach the government pledge of £9.00 an hour by 2020.
So Philip Hammond is in fact making a cut to the lowest paid workers wages by 10p an hour.
JEREMY CORBYN STATEMENT
30th June 2016
” United we stand, divided we fall is one of the oldest and truest slogans of the labour movement.
After last week’s referendum, our country faces major challenges. Risks to the economy and living standards are growing. The public is split.
The Government is in disarray. Ministers have made it clear they have no exit plan, but are determined to make working people pay with a new round of cuts and tax rises.
Labour has the responsibility to give a lead where the Government will not. We need to bring people together, hold the Government to account, oppose austerity and set out a path to exit that will protect jobs and incomes.
To do that we need to stand together. Since I was elected leader of our party nine months ago, we have repeatedly defeated the Government over its attacks on living standards. Last month, Labour become the largest party in the local elections. In Thursday’s referendum, a narrow majority voted to leave, but two thirds of Labour supporters backed our call for a Remain vote.
I was elected leader of our party, for a new kind of politics, by 60% of Labour members and supporters. The need for that different approach now is greater than ever.
Our people need Labour Party members, trade unionists and MPs to unite. As leader it is my continued commitment to dedicate our party’s activity to that goal.”
Jeremy corbyn issued the following statement, after 172 Labour MPs supported a motion of ‘No Confidence’ in his leadership.
“In the aftermath of last week’s referendum, our country faces major challenges. Risks to the economy and living standards are growing. The public is divided.
The government is in disarray. Ministers have made it clear they have no exit plan, but are determined to make working people pay with a new round of cuts and tax rises.
Labour has the responsibility to give a lead where the government will not. We need to bring people together, hold the government to account, oppose austerity and set out a path to exit that will protect jobs and incomes.
To do that we need to stand together. Since I was elected leader of our party nine months ago, we have repeatedly defeated the government over its attacks on living standards.
Last month, Labour become the largest party in the local elections. In Thursday’s referendum, a narrow majority voted to leave, but two thirds of Labour supporters backed our call for a remain vote.
I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60% of Labour members and supporters, and I will not betray them by resigning. Today’s vote by MPs has no constitutional legitimacy.
We are a democratic party, with a clear constitution. Our people need Labour party members, trade unionists and MPs to unite behind my leadership at a critical time for our country.”
ENERGY SECRETARY FACING SECOND ALLEGATION IN TORY ELECTION EXPENSES SCANDAL.
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye is facing a second allegation of failing to declare election expenses in the last General election.
On Sunday it was reported in the national press that Ms Rudd used a local version of national online advertisements designed by ad firm M&C Saatchi, but failed to declare the ad in her election spending returns.
Ms Rudd posted a version of the same ad on her YouTube page on March 29, 2015, with the slogan changed from ‘Recovering Economy: Don’t Let Labour Wreck It’ to ‘Unemployment down by 1,921 in Hastings and Rye since 2010.’
Now B heard media have learnt that a
controversial wraparound advert that appeared on the front page of the local newpaper, the Hastings Observer, just a week before the General election was paid for by the Conservative party national election campaign despite being aimed directly at local voters.
PETITION TO SACK BBC’S LAURA KUENSSBERG TAKEN DOWN, AFTER BEING HIJAKED BY SEXIST TROLLS.
A petition started in the wake of a perecived bias against the Labour party and it’s Leader Jeremy Corbyn by BBC news Political editor Laura Kuenssberg
has been taken down by Joe, who started it.
The petition had been signed by over 35,000 people, after only 4 days, before todays news.
A very strong article appeared in the Guardian today linking the petition with sexist trolls on twitter and saying the petition had a sexist agenda.
Joe, who started the petition replied to
accusation in the Guardian, he said: “This petition has precisely zero to do with Kuenssberg’s gender. Regardless of the gender you identify with, there is no excuse for biased reporting and misrepresentation of facts when you represent an organisation that has been famed for its impartiality and balanced approach.”
When you click on link to petition now, the following statement appears.
Joe said the following:
“When I started my campaign I was trying to raise a serious issue about what I saw as a reporter not being balanced and fair in the way that the news was covered. My petition has since been hijacked by a group of people who absolutely do not share my views.
I would like to reassure everyone that I am a passionate advocate for equality in all areas, not just gender equality. This petition has precisely zero to do with gender.
As a result of the sexist trolls who have attempted to derail my petition, I have decided to take it down. “
CAMERON IS LOBBYING TO ALLOW CARMAKERS TO BREAK AIR POLLUTION LIMITS UNTIL 2021!!
After the #COP15 agreement was signed, the UK Prime Minster David Cameron said:
“We’ve secured our planet for many, many generations to come – and there is nothing more important than that.”
And only months after Volkswagen admitted that the diesel emissions scandal was the result of a collection of failures within the company.
We learn that the UK government have been pushing for a weakening of air pollution limits and a delay to their introduction in response to lobbying from the motor industry, documents reveal.
The government’s papers called for carmakers to be allowed to far exceed the nitrogen oxides (NOx) limit of 80mg/km until 2021, and to be allowed to go 40% over the current limit after that.
Alan Andrews, a lawyer for ClientEarth, said: “The decision to water down vehicle emission standards was a political stitch-up by the commission and an unelected committee of technocrats that will force us all to breathe illegal levels of air pollution for years to come. These rules are illegal and should be vetoed by the European parliament. If they fail to, the British government should take legal action to strike them down.
The Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) has accepted that more than 50,000 people a year die prematurely as a result of air pollution in the UK. The figure includes about 29,000 deaths hastened by inhaling minute particles of oily, unburnt soot emitted by all petrol engines and an estimated 23,500 by the invisible but toxic gas NOx emitted by diesel engines.
Tony Blair has not openly commented on the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn, until now.
But In the Christmas issue of Right-wing UK magazine ‘The Spectator’, the former Prime Minister has written a blog attacking the way Jeremy Corbyn is running the Labour party and the direction Corbyn is taking the party.
” All wings of the Labour Party which support the notion of the Labour Party as a Party aspiring to govern, rather than as a fringe protest movement agree on the tragedy of the Labour Party’s current position.”
Blair forgets that Jeremy Corbyn was elected Leader of the Labour party with the biggest mandate from members in living memory, with almost 60% voting for him.
Blair contues: ” Right now we’re in danger of not asking the right questions never mind failing to get the right answers. All of it is about applying values with an open mind; not boasting of our values as a way of avoiding the hard thinking the changing world insists upon.”
Blair forgets that membership for the Labour party is higher than at anytime under him.
Whichever party people from the centre left in the UK support. All would agree that Blair’s vision for our Country is out of date and is for the few and not the many.
Read Blair’s full blog @
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BEHIND THE SPIN, MILLIONS OF WORKING FAMILIES STILL HIT BY WELFARE CUTS!!
Research commissioned from the House of Commons library shows that
next year over half a million working familes, already on Universal credit, will lose up to over £2500.
By 2020, when Universal credit will be fully rolled out, Some 2.6 million working families will lose an average £1,600 as a result of benefit changes due to come into force under the universal credit system.
Owen Smith, the shadow work and pensions secretary, said
” It is now quite apparent that the chancellor only offered a partial reversal of his cuts to working people’s incomes in last week’s statement. Next year, half a million families may be hit by cuts to tax credit’s successor, universal credit,”
“This newly commissioned research shows that working families on universal credit still face devastating losses next year. A 23-year-old single parent, with two children working 30 hours a week on the minimum wage, is set to lose £2,500.”
In its analysis of the autumn statement and spending review, the IFS said other commentators had been wrong to describe the chancellor’s measures as an end to austerity. The IFS director, Paul Johnson, said: “This is not the end of austerity. This spending review is still one of the tightest in post-war history.”
In 2006 David Cameron said: “..the NHS is safe in my hands.”
BEFORE THE GENERAL ELECTION 2010
David Cameron promised: “What I can tell you is, any cabinet minister, if I win the election, who comes to me and says: “Here are my plans,” and they involve front-line reductions, they’ll be sent straight back to their department to go away and think again.
” With the Conservatives there will be no more of the tiresome, meddlesome, top-down re-structures that have dominated the last decade of the NHS.”
SINCE THE GENERAL ELECTION 2010..
5,870 NHS nurses, 7,968 hospital beds and a third of ambulance stations have been cut.
The Coalition brought in the biggest top-down reorganisation of the service in its history.
The Health and Social Care Act 2012.
The act removed responsibility for the health of citizens from the Secretary of State for Health, which the post had carried since the inception of the NHS in 1948.
It abolished NHS primary care trusts (PCTs) and Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) and transferred between £60 billion and £80 billion of “commissioning”, or health care funds, from the abolished PCTs to several hundred “clinical commissioning groups”, partly run by the general practitioners(GPs) in England but a major point of access for private service providers.
The Act was opposed at the time by the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners in “outright opposition” to the bill.
There was also huge public opposition
, with the biggest fear being that the Act would open the NHS to the private sector, with NHS contracts being open to bids from the private providers.
THREE YEARS SINCE THE ACT PASSED..
A third of NHS contracts in England have been awarded to private sector.
Of 3,494 contracts awarded by 182 Clinical Commissioning Groups in England between April 2013 and August 2014, 33% went to the private sector.
Last year contracts monitored by the NHS Support Federation campaign group show that private firms won £3.54bn of £9.628bn worth of deals awarded in England – a win rate of 36.8%.
And responses from GP-led clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to a Labour freedom of information request reveal that private firms have been winning 40% of contracts CCGs have put out to tender, worth a total of £2.3bn, only slightly fewer than the 41% awarded to NHS bodies.
One of the biggest private contractors in the NHS, Virgin Care has two arms to its business: 24 GP-led provider companies that provide NHS services through networks of GP surgeries; and community-based NHS services.
Virgin Care, which has been handed contracts worth hundreds of millions of pounds to run more than 230 NHS and social care services, has a company structure including tax havens, meaning it pays no tax in the UK.
NHS patients have had to endure longer waits for treatment as NHS hospitals have increasingly maximised their income from private patients, the number of which has gone up by as much as 58% since 2010.
A&E waiting times in England this year are the worst since records began.
More than one million hospital bed days have been lost because of delayed discharges in the past year,
The number of days health managers are forced to keep patients in hospital because they cannot be transferred into the community has risen by nearly 20 per cent in a year and is now at a record level, at a cost to the NHS of £287m.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IF THE CONSERVATIVES STAY IN POWER…
A leaked document has warned 64 out of 98 NHS hospitals polled are set to overspend by a combined £759million in 2015/16 – treble the size of last year’s deficit.
And across the NHS as a whole, the secret shortfall is estimated to hit almost £2billion.
Two thirds of hospitals face having to make swingeing cuts.
Which could mean cuts in Nurses.
We have just learnt that a new list of approved suppliers to the NHS could lead to a multi-billion pound land grab by a handful of corporations.
This will lead to further privatisation of our NHS.The scope of the private firms is being massively expanded.They will be able to provide services that up until now were done by the NHS
It will result in conflicts of interest as a number of the private firms are also advising the GPs’ commissioning groups.
Four companies dominate the list of approved suppliers published last week. Capita, KPMG, PwC and UnitedHealth, the previous employer of NHS CEO, Simon Stevens, are now listed as suppliers to six of the nine regional consortiums set up to help GPs’ commissioning groups procure services. Ernst and Young is a supplier to four consortiums while McKinsey has been named as a supplier to five. All are members of the Commissioning Support Industry Group, which is a low-profile body that affords them regular access to the senior NHS officials overseeing the creation of the new market in commissioning services.
Dr Jacky Davis, founder member of Keep Our NHS Public, said: “This announcement marks the final step in giving the private sector the power, influence and a big slice of the NHS budget. There is now a massive conflict of interest with private companies like UnitedHealth, KPMG and McKinsey in charge of the GPs’ budget and increasingly buying care from the self-same private sector. The Tories have put Dracula in charge of the blood bank.”
A group of American medical experts wrote a letter to The Guardian in March.They said: “We express concern over recent movements toward transferring more and more services to for-profit corporations in your healthcare system, and measures that encourage the development of a self-pay market for care.
“Access to treatment should not depend on whether someone can spare the money.
“While some may say the changes in England have so far only been at the margins, it is the risk of a slippery slope that should cause concern.”
The Labour party have accused The Tories of covering up a report they commissioned planning the next five years of The NHS, for another re-organisation of NHS bureaucracy after the election.
The report was handed to the government a few months ago, but they have delayed the public being able to see it until after the election!
Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, said: “David Cameron should come clean with the British people about his plans for the NHS after the election. He commissioned a major report on how to change the way the health service is run but has buried the findings.
“They won’t tell us what’s in it. They won’t tell us what they plan to do with it. They won’t tell us what they plan to do with the NHS. But we do know one thing. We know who wrote it: the Conservative peer, Lord Rose.
“Lord Rose may be good at running supermarkets. But I say to David Cameron: you can’t run the NHS like a supermarket, we don’t want a supermarket health service, so publish this report and show us what is in your secret plan.”
AN OPEN LETTER FROM NHS STAFF
More than 100 senior health professionals write in a personal capacity outlining their view of how the NHS in England has fared under the coalition;
After five years of a government which pledged to protect the NHS, this election campaign makes it timely to assess its stewardship, since 2010, of England’s most precious institution. Our verdict, as doctors working in and for the NHS, is that history will judge that this administration’s record is characterised by broken promises, reductions in necessary funding, and destructive legislation, which leaves health services weaker, more fragmented, and less able to perform their vital role than at any time in the NHS’s history.
In short, the coalition has failed to keep its NHS pledges.
The 2012 Health and Social Care Act is already leading to the rapid and unwanted expansion ofthe role of commercial companies in the NHS. Lansley’s Act is denationalising healthcare because the abolition of the duty to provide an NHS throughout England abdicates government responsibility for universal services to ad hoc bodies (such as clinical commissioning groups) and competitive markets controlled by private-sector-dominated quangos.
In particular, the squeeze on services is hitting patients. People may be unaware that under the coalition, dozens of Accident & Emergency departments and maternity units have been closed or earmarked for closure or downgrading. In addition, 51 NHS walk-in centres have been closed or downgraded in this time, and more than 60 ambulance stations have shut and more than 100 general practices are at risk of closure
The core infrastructure of the NHS is also being eroded with the closure of hospitals and thousands of NHS beds since 2010.
Mental health and primary care are faring no better – with both in disarray due to funding cuts and multiple reorganisations driven by ideology, not what works. Public health has been wrenched out of the NHS, where it held the ring for coordinated and equitable services for so long.
In September 2014, the Royal College of General Practitioners said that the wait to see a GP is a “national crisis”.
In England the waiting list to see a specialist stands at 3 million people, and in December 2014 NHS England estimated that nearly 250,000 more patients were waiting for treatment across England who are not on the official waiting list.
Throughout England, patients have been left queueing in ambulances and NHS trusts have resorted to erecting tents in hospital car parks to deal with unmet need.
A&E target waiting times have not been met for a year, and are at the worst levels for more than a decade; and elderly, vulnerable patients are marooned in hospital because our colleagues in social care have no money or staff to provide much-needed services at home.
Funding reductions for local authorities (in some places reductions as high as 40%) have undermined the viability of many local authority social care services across England. This has resulted in more patients arriving at A&E and more patients trapped in hospital as the necessary social care support needed to ensure their safe discharge is no longer there.
The NHS is withering away, and if things carry on as they are then in future people will be denied care they once had under the NHS and have to pay more for health services. Privatisation not only threatens coordinated services but also jeopardises training of our future healthcare providers and medical research, particularly that of public health.
Given the obvious pressures on the NHS over the last five years, and growing public concern that health services now facing a very uncertain future, we are left with little doubt that the current government’s policies have undermined and weakened the NHS.
The way forward is clear: abolish all the damaging sections of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 that fragment care and push the NHS towards a market-driven, “out-for-tender” mentality where care is provided by the lowest bidder. Reversing this costly and inefficient market bureaucracy alone willsave significant sums. Above all, the secretary of state’s duty to provide an NHS throughout England must be reinstated, as in Scotland and Wales.
As medical and public health professionals our primary concern is for all patients.
We invite voters to consider carefully how the NHS has fared over the last five years, and to use their vote to ensure that the NHS in England is reinstated.
SAVE OUR NHS
The Act must be stopped and the NHS must to be put fully back into public hands.Stop profit being made out of our NHS.
Billions must be pumped back into Social care to relieve the stress on the NHS and make the lives of the elderly better.
OUR NHS can’t take five more years of The Conservatives!
‘SAVE OUR NHS’
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