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NHS must do more on prevention

NHS must do more on prevention

The NHS was based on the premise that people would be sick for short periods. They would then either recover and be discharged or they would die. The founders of the NHS never expected a situation in which people would live with severe, life limiting conditions decades. They never foresaw things like IVF which are expensive They never foresaw things like organ transplants which are expensive. They never foresaw cures to cancer which are expensive. So the NHS that we…

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Lack of political nouse from Johnson

Lack of political nouse from Johnson

It surprises me how little political savviness Johnson is showing. One would have thought that politician of his seniority would know the most basic maxim of politics. Politics is the art of the possible. It is not going to be possible to push through a hard Brexit with the House of Commons as currently constituted. It will not be possible to push through a no deal Brexit either. The spectacle of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom playing stupid games with…

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Boris has got a deal

Boris has got a deal

Well, well, Boris Johnson has now got a deal. I personally don’t think it will pass. But let us see what happens. The DUP have already made it clear that they wont be supporting the deal. It remains to be seen whether the following 3 groups vote for it: the ERG who refused to support May’s deal. the 21 Tories stripped of the party whip (a couple of whom are now Independents or in the Lib Dems) and the 30…

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Not a Labour voter

Not a Labour voter

I noticed that the Labour Party conference passed a motion calling for New Zero by 2030. As part of that resolution that want to re-nationalise the Big 6 energy companies. Yes the Big 6 are nasty, voracious beasts, who in many cases treat customers appallingly. But the idea that re-nationalising them is going to solve all oir problems is fanciful. This is yet another nationalisation commitment from Labour. They also want to re-nationalise the water companies, railways and Royal Mail….

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Prorogation ruled illegal

Prorogation ruled illegal

 The Brexit process gets more and more astonishing with each passing day. Today, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament was unlawful. I have been of voting age for approx. 38 years. I cannot remember in all that time, a government that made it clear that it intended to defy the law of the land. I don’t recall a government that has ever been found to have misled the Queen, however inadvertently. The thing that Boris…

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Not serious about action on climate change

Not serious about action on climate change

 I went to a conference on climate change the other day. The conference was organised by a think tank that I had not heard of before – Green House. Natalie Bennett chaired the event. I did attend the whole event by any means. But having attended for a few hours, I was struck by a sense that we are barely beginning to tackle climate change in this country. Green House have done a lot of modelling to show that the…

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Independents Rule

Independents Rule

Brexit is causing the two party to really shudder. It has not yet been totally broken but it has given the system a couple of shocks. Firstly, both parties lost MPs who formed the Independent group which morphed into Change UK. Nick Boles was forced out of the Conservative Party. In the past week, Philip Lee has crossed the floor of the House of Commons to join the Lib Dems. Then 21 Conservative MPs who voted against the Government had…

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The Brexit saga

The Brexit saga

The latest development is that the Government is going to prorogue parliament in mid September. The result is that it is going to be much harder for MPs to stop a no deal Brexit. I have no idea how things are going to play out in the next couple of months. I don’t rate Corbyn as a political leader. It remains to be seen whether he and all the other Remain parties can find a way to prevent a no…

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Tax

Tax

We don’t raise enough tax in this country. Too few people pay any income tax. Too many people dodge paying the correct tax – the gap between what HMRC think is due and what they actually collect is well over £30b. And of course those with assets can hide them in tax havens. The tax burden is not evenly spread. Moreover, we have created a situation in which those who make the biggest demands on public services and benefits have…

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It’s 1983 all over again

It’s 1983 all over again

It seems likely that we will have an election in the next few months. I expect the Conservatives to win, unless a no deal Brexit really has called chaos. It feels to me like 1983 all over again. Back then Labour had gone too far to the left. Michael Foot was leader. he too had no dress sense. The party then was committed unilateral nuclear disarmament, leaving NATO and leaving the EU. This was in the days when the Labour…

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