The Snoopers Charter passes into law

17 November 2016 — Liberty

And it’s a sad day for what was left of our democracy. The new Act is overtly incompatible with human rights law and Liberty say they will take the government to court, hopefully before the government pulls us out of European Human Rights legislation.

No to Snoopers Charter

US, British ‘Clean House’ to Delete Syria Terror Links By Finian Cunningham

15 November 2016

US President Barack Obama has just given the Pentagon orders to assassinate commanders of the Al Nusra terror network in Syria. American media reports over the weekend say the new urgency arises from US intelligence fears that al Qaeda-affiliated groups are preparing to mount terror attacks against Western targets from strongholds in Syria.

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CPNS – THE CRIME OF CRYING IN YOUR OWN HOME

15 November 2016 — Manifesto Club

Community Protection Notices ban crying in your own home; bans on busking and charity collection; victory for the Forest of Dean sheep commoners; and more…

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How the left can win By Jeremy Gilbert

11 November 2016 — Red Pepper

[This is an interesting essay on the left’s current (and on-going) dilemma concerning a theoretically revitalised Labour Party headed by Jeremy Corbyn: What is it? Can the Labour Party transcend its roots in the now defunct labour movement? Can the Labour Party be transformed into a ‘social movement’ (whatever that is)? And if so, is this transformed Labour Party capable of leading us toward a socialist alternative to the current insanity? Read on… WB]

Jeremy Gilbert says that no single party can defeat neoliberalism. A broader social movement is needed

Margaret Thatcher’s government built neoliberalism into a ‘kitchen table’ common sense, putting walls around our imaginations

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The NHS is hanging by a thread

7 November 2016 — 38 Degrees

Jeremy Hunt doesn’t want you to watch this video – it proves the NHS is hanging on a thread. Millions of us are reading this today. And if we all watch the video and share it with our friends and family, we’ll get the word out:

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Media Lens: Yemen Vote – The Responsibility To Protect- Profits

3 November 2016 — Media Lens

At first sight, compassion appears to loom large in ‘mainstream’ politics and media. When the American and British governments target countries like Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, ‘compassion’ is always at or near the top of the agenda.

Time and again, the cry from the political system is: ‘We Must Do Something!’ ‘We’ must save Afghan women from the ‘Medieval’ Taliban. ‘We’ must save Kuwaiti new-borns flung from their incubators by Iraqi stormtroopers. ‘We’ must save Iraqi civilians from Saddam’s shredding machines. ‘We’ must save civilians in Kosovo from Milosevic’s ‘final solution’.

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Unless we move fast, local NHS bosses say that one in three A&Es in England could close

1 November 2016 — 38 Degrees

Unless we move fast, local NHS bosses say that one in three A&Es in England could close. It’s part of Jeremy Hunt’s plan to make big cuts, closures and changes to our NHS without our say. [1]

It doesn’t matter where you live – we all need emergency care nearby. If someone in your family goes into early labour or your child has an asthma attack in the night, driving 10 extra miles before you see a doctor can be the difference between life and death.

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Councillors must look before they leap into secret NHS cuts plans By John Lister

25 October 2016 — OurNHS

Jeremy Hunt can no longer pretend he’s following ‘the NHS’s own plan’.  Expect fierce local battles ahead

Image: Simon Stevens, NHS England

It’s all going horribly wrong for Simon Stevens.

Theresa May has not taken kindly to the NHS boss’s belated admission that he had originally asked for considerably more than £8billion “extra” for the NHS (even as that £8bn figure was itself criticised as “misleading” by Sarah Wollaston MP, who points out the true amount given to the NHS is considerably less than the government claims, and the Nuffield Trust, which argues the £8bn may in reality be just £880m).

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Making the NHS a “hostile environment” for migrants demeans our country By Erin Dexter

24 October 2016 — OurNHS

What kind of country treats migrants like this?

Image: Flickr/SMA

As the Calais “jungle” migrant camp closes today, high profile controversy over the UK’s external borders are only one side of the story.

Three years have passed since Theresa May, then home secretary, committed to creating a “hostile environment” for so-called “illegal” migrants in the UK. Since then the UK has reinforced and multiplied its inland borders, making border guards of teachers, landlords, and healthcare workers.

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The NHS – is it all about the money, money, money? By Paul Hobday

18 October 2016 — OurNHS

As Jeremy Hunt and Simon Stevens appear before the Health Select Committee in an emergency session on NHS finances, Paul Hobday explains why ‘where’s the money coming from’ is the wrong question.

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The Tories just tried to sneak out the biggest EVER privatisation of the NHS By Steve Topple

18 October 2016 — The Canary

The Conservative government has quietly announced one of the biggest sell-offs in the entire history of the NHS. On Friday 14 October, the government’s website released details of nine NHS contracts that are up for sale. And they are worth a staggering £7.9bn; 7.3% of the total NHS budget.

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Big Food and the Politics of Diabesity By Dan Hind

28 September 2016 — Return of the Public

“What did they live on?” said Alice, who always took a great interest in questions of eating and drinking. “They lived on treacle,” said the Dormouse, after thinking a minute or two.

“They couldn’t have done that, you know,” Alice gently remarked; “they’d have been ill.”

“So they were,” said the Dormouse, “very ill.”

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

1. The Word of the Day is Diabesity

The UK is in the midst of a public health crisis. According to the NHS’ most recent Health Survey for England 24% of men and 27% of women are obese; 41 percent of men and 31 percent of women are overweight. Obesity has increased markedly over the last twenty years. In 1996 only about 15 percent of the population was classified as obese. The change over fifty years is even more alarming. In the 1960s obesity rates were at 1 and 2 percent for men and women respectively. Since then they have increased by 1150%.

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Last Chance to Stop the Privatisation of the National Discrimination Helpline

28 September 2016

Have a look at this:
http://bit.ly/2dhoBLF

When private company G4S take over a public service, headlines of abuse, failure and mismanagement often follow.

Now, the government wants to privatise a national discrimination helpline – and hand it over to G4S. Anti-discrimination groups have launched a legal challenge to stop them. A judge decides tomorrow on whether that challenge can go ahead.

As you read this email, the judge will be weighing up his decision. A huge petition against G4S will give the judge some powerful extra evidence – that this is a matter of public concern and deserves its day in court.

Please can you sign the urgent petition now?

http://bit.ly/2dhoBLF

Thanks

Video: ‘Don’t Lecture Me From London About What’s Happening In Syria’

17 September 2016 — ICH

Bouthaina Shaaban is a Syrian politician and is currently the political and media adviser to the President of Syria.

“My people are being massacred by Western forces in support of terrorists.”

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