29 October 2013 — Red Pepper
NHS on the brink of extinction By Kailash Chand
21 October 2013 — Our NHS
The results will be terminal if coalition reforms are not reversed, warns Kailash Chand.
Waiting times at five-year high in British National Health Service By Mark Blackwood and Ajanta Silva
19 Octoberv 2013 — WSWS
Thousands of patients across the UK are facing long delays, exceeding the national target of treatment within 18 weeks of a problem being identified.
The ‘Bedroom Tax’: A Two-Pronged Attack By Insa Koch
1 September 2013 — New Left Project
The ‘bedroom tax’, which was implemented on the 1 April 2013, has been widely criticised as a fundamental attack on the welfare state in Britain. It exposes many people to the risk of losing their houses, threatening to break up family homes and communities. But there is also another problem with the ‘bedroom tax’ which has been largely overlooked: in addition to undermining the welfare state, it fosters feelings of resentment which may well reinforce social divisions among the most marginalised sectors of society.
More competition medicine – now it’s your GP’s turn By Deborah Colvin
9 September 2013 — OurNHS
GPs are the most cost-effective part of England’s NHS – so why is the government so keen to make radical changes to address the lack of ‘competition’?
Asleep on the job – England’s young doctors and the NHS reforms By Guddi Singh
4 September 2013 — OurNHS
Great tides of people press against me, hands outstretched, faces questioning. They wait for something – a doctor? Anguish ripples through the crowd. Those without the right colour passport are turned away. Countless others shake out their pockets: desperate for pennies; desperate for treatment. Their eyes fill with reproach once they recognize I am a doctor. Their searing gaze brands my guilt.
Britain: Police justification for Taser killing in Manchester unravels By Tony Robson
27 August 2013 — WSWS
The police justification for the recent fatal shooting with a Taser gun of a young man in Manchester, England has begun to unravel.
Paying for private failure in England’s NHS – again By Caroline Molloy
8 August 2013 — Our NHS
The NHS is paying millions to a failed private Treatment Centre to escape a contract after a series of patient deaths – and the figures don’t quite add up.
ColdType Issue 76 25 July 2013: Linh Dinh / Belvin Corriette / Juliette Volcler
25 July 2013 — ColdType
The August issue of ColdType is now on line at http://coldtype.net
After Mubenga unlawful killing verdict: Could asylum seekers have a worse landlord than G4S?
9 July 2013 — Open Democracy
• Unlawful killing verdict • Jimmy Mubenga died after ‘restraint’ by three G4S guards • G4S gave disputed evidence to Parliamentary committee about restraint techniques • Lately executive Stephen Small dismissed allegations about abuse of asylum seekers housed by G4S
Ecuador’s Correa: Solution for Edward Snowden’s destination ‘in hands of Russia’
30 June 2013 — RT
“At this moment, the solution of Snowden’s destination is in the hands of Russian authorities,” Correa said in an interview with the private Oromar channel, according to AFP.
Everything you wanted to know about the NHS crisis, but were too afraid to ask By John Lister
24 June 2013 — Morning Star
Why are all the worst horror stories from England?
The NHS in England has been run separately from those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since devolution.
Mass austerity to be outlined in UK government spending review By Robert Stephens
24 June 2013 — WSWS
The budgets of local authorities in England are to be further slashed in the Conservative Party/Liberal Democrat government’s spending review, to be announced this week.
“Intelligence,” Corporatism, and the Dance of Death By Arthur Silber
18 June 2013 — Power of Narrative
You may at first think the following is a bad joke, but I assure you it is not a joke at all. At the very end of this NYT story about Booz Allen and the complex interconnections between nominally “private” business and the national intelligence community, we read: Continue reading
‘Boston Bombers’ Tsarnaev brothers: Where the dots won't connect By Anna Priemysheva
21 April, 2013 — RT
The whole world is now rehearsing the exotic names of the main suspects fingered as the ‘Boston bombers’: Tamerlan and Dzhokhar. The two young men have been treated with ‘celebrity’ attention by the media as the public is struggling to define the motives and circumstances that led to their recent actions. After a dramatic and near unprecedented manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers – accused of staging the Boston Bombings – what appears most clear is that very little clarity surrounds the case. Continue reading
Do you live in a Rotten Borough?
18 April 2013
Any decent democracy requires a viable opposition. But the 21 million living in local One Party States don’t have that luxury. These authorities enjoy power without real accountability – and council taxpayers deserve better.
Death of Margaret Thatcher Reopens the Debate Over Her Cruel Legacy By Roger Annis
15 April 2013 — The Bullet • Socialist Project E-Bulletin No. 805
The death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on April 8 has renewed an intense political debate in Britain and internationally over her legacy. For her ruling class sycophants, Thatcher was a heroine, “one of the greatest” prime ministers Britain ever had. While she is falsely credited with lifting Britain out of a lasting economic slump during the 1970s, she did succeed in imposing a drastic and lasting shift in the balance of social and economic wealth between rich and poor, very much to the detriment of the latter. She was prime minister from 1979 to 1990.
EXPOSED: Syrian Human Rights Front is EU-Funded Fraud
12 April 2013 — Land Destroyer
NYT admits fraudulent Syrian human rights group is UK-based “one-man band” funded by EU and one other “European country.”
Video: Michael Hudson – Thatcher Gave More Power to Finance
9 April 2013 — The Real News Network
Michael Hudson: Thatcher deregulated banking and made London the center of speculation and financialization – April 9, 2013
What If They Held A Constitutional Convention and Everybody Came? By Dan Hind
1 April 2013 — Return of the Public
On March 25th the House of Commons’ Political and Constitutional Reform Committee published Do We Need A Constitutional Convention for the UK? Though the report acknowledged widespread opposition to the idea – from the government, from the Scottish National Party and from the Conservative party in Wales, as well as from some members of the committee itself – it concluded that a convention was necessary, in order to address the growing strains on the UK‘s constitution caused by ‘a huge amount of incremental constitutional change over the past two decades’ (p.17).