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Pledge to recruit 50,000 new NHS nurses in doubt – it’s a lie a day from Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has the clap: but his show of appreciation for NHS staff went no further than a photo opportunity outside 10 Downing Street.

Boris Johnson’s pledge to recruit 50,000 more NHS nurses is in doubt after the number coming from the EU fell again and (it says here) coronavirus prevented thousands of arrivals from the rest of the world.

Here’s the Guardian:

The prime minister made the promise a cornerstone of his general election campaign last year and has since reiterated many times his determination to deliver the increase.

But annual data from the Nursing and Midwifery Council shows that the number of nurses and midwives from the European Economic Area (EEA) on its register, and thus able to work in the UK, has fallen for the last three years in a row.

The total now stands at 31,385. That is 1,650 (five per cent) fewer than the 33,035 such health professionals who were in Britain in 2018-19 and 6,639 fewer than the 38,024 who were here in 2016-17, the year in which the UK voted to leave the EU.

Last year just 913 people from the EEA joined the NMC’s permanent register for the first time. That is less than 10 per cent of the 9,389 EEA nurses and midwives who did so in 2015-16. Numbers arriving from Spain, Italy, Romania, Portugal and the Republic of Ireland have slowed to a trickle.

The NHS in England already has more than 40,000 vacancies for nurses.

Johnson simply doesn’t have a clue.

He made the pledge in the run-up to a general election – probably because he thought it would sound good and play well with voters.

He knew he’d be getting no nurses from the EU, and he had been told that Covid-19 was on the way – although, given his limited ability to understand global events, it is unlikely he gave any consideration to the meaning of this.

He spent weeks standing outside the door of 10 Downing Street, clapping for NHS staff in the certain knowledge that the virus was killing some of them and removing many others from active service.

And he knew that nobody would be recruited to boost those numbers.

Worse, his government announced plans to penalise NHS staff (as part of the Tory recovery strategy) and to harm the finances of student nurses who had stepped in to help when the NHS really needed them.

Not only did he lie about recruiting 50,000 more nurses; he has deliberately made the NHS unattractive for anyone considering that career.

Source: Boris Johnson’s pledge to recruit 50,000 more NHS nurses is in doubt | Society | The Guardian

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Coronavirus: Johnson botches ban on evictions

Johnson apologists: don’t you dare try to blame this on the fact that the bungling buffoon has managed to catch himself a dose of coronavirus. That’s his own fault too.

He promised to stop landlords from evicting tenants who can’t pay their rent for reasons connected with the coronavirus – but his legislation doesn’t include a ban.

Instead, landlords are barred from beginning court proceedings to move tenants out from today (March 27) – for a period of “at least three months”.

But any proceedings that have already begun will be allowed to continue.

And landlords will be able to inform tenants of an intention to kick them out from late June.

As Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey said: “It does not stop people losing their homes as a result of coronavirus…

It just gives them some extra time to pack their bags.

Source: Coronavirus: Eviction notices will still ‘drop on renters doorsteps’ during pandemic, warn campaigners | The Independent

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Johnson has broken his minimum wage promise. Will his Tory manifesto be as worthless as May’s?

Duper’s delight: This is the smile Boris Johnson wears when he is lying. Was he wearing it when he promised a big increase in the ‘National Living Wage’?

Boris Johnson has broken his manifesto promise to increase the “National Living Wage” (he means the minimum wage), within days of using it to win a landslide election victory.

Page 14 of the Tory Manifesto states categorically: “In our first months, we announced an increase in the National Living Wage to two thirds of average earnings, currently forecast at £10.50 an hour, and widened its reach to everyone over 21. That means an average pay rise of £4,000 per year for four million people by 2024.”

This was the flagship policy announcement at the Tory conference, where Chancellor Sajid Javid proclaimed it would show the Tories are “the workers’ party”.

It was to be achieved by pegging the wage to two-thirds of median earnings, not 60 per cent as it is now.

But in the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament last Friday, the words “provided economic conditions allow” had been inserted – rendering the promise meaningless.

The Tories will always be able to find an economic adviser who can claim conditions don’t allow a rise in the minimum wage.

In fact, with Johnson’s Brexit disaster looming large, it might be a long time before those on the minimum see any wage rise at all. Meanwhile the cost of living may rise out of control.

(… Not that I want to worry you!)

Then when the dirty Johnson decides to call another election (should that every happen), he can always wheel out the same promise all over again and know he can expect enough people to believe it – all over again.

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Labour activists in their 70s attacked and left with broken bones in two vicious assaults

Police: Let’s hope our law guardians track down the culprits quickly.

It’s bad enough that Tories think they can get away with lying to the electorate; now it seems they think they can beat their opponents up with impunity.

Or am I jumping the gun by concluding that the attacker who threw a 70-year-old woman over a car – breaking her ribs in the process – while shouting that she was a “Marxist” and a “Trotskyist”, amid a torrent of other foul and abusive language, was a Tory?

Here’s Evolve Politics with the details:

On Sunday, a 72-year old Labour activist was left with a broken jaw after being punched in the face whilst campaigning in the Rotherham village of Hellaby.

Police have since arrested a 51-year old man on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

In addition to the attack in Rotherham, it has just been reported that a female Labour activist – also in her 70s – has been left with broken ribs after being thrown over a car bonnet and assaulted by a person screaming “a diatribe of foul and abusive language” at them.

The latest attack occurred in Hertfordshire, and local police have said that whilst an enquiry is underway, no arrests have yet been made in connection with the incident.

Witnesses to the incident in Hertfordshire say that the attacker was female, and labelled the victim a “Marxist” and a “Trotskyist” before assaulting her.

It is also alleged that the attacker defaced a Labour Party banner before rounding on the victim.

The article notes that another witness to the attack blamed the right-wing media for stirring up anger and inciting violence against Labour activists, in a radio interview.

You can hear that interview for yourself in full here.

Have any party leaders gone on record to condemn these attacks?

Or will we see Dominic Raab wheeled on again to say “nobody gives a toss” and that it’s all part of the “cut and thrust”?

Disgusting.

Source: Two Labour activists in their 70s have been attacked and left with broken bones in separate vicious assaults | Evolve Politics

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Immigration and drug addiction caused huge rise in homelessness, according to Tory minister’s LIES

Is James Brokenshire an imbecile, or does he think we are?

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government said the increase in homelessness since the Conservatives slithered into office in 2010 is not the result of government policy but is being driven by factors including the spread of psychoactive drugs such as spice, growth in non-UK nationals on the streets and family breakdown.

Oh, really?

Personally, I would have said it was due to income changes that made it impossible for renters to pay their landlords or for homeowners to keep up with their mortgage repayments and I would have said this was the result of policies including, but not limited to:

The Tory Bedroom Tax.

The Tory Universal Credit.

The Tory freeze (late a one per cent limit) on annual public sector pay increases.

The Tory squeeze on wages that forced them to plummet during the first half of the current decade.

Tory support for landlords that means they can force people to pay huge rents for accommodation that is unfit for human habitation.

And the electorate knows this.

Look at the responses to his claim:

Oh, and the Tory plan to eliminate homelessness by 2027? It requires the death of anybody who is homeless.

Labour’s John Healey puts the real reasons for the rise in homelessness in a nutshell in the following clip:

And Labour has a plan to help victims of Tory policies who end up sleeping rough:

“Oh, but we can’t support that, can we? It comes from that Jeremy Corbyn person and he’s a horrible Communist! All the newspapers and TV channels say it so it must be true, right?”

There’s a simple answer to the kind of person who says that – or anything similar to it.

Just point out that many of the people who are now sleeping rough were also persuaded to vote Conservative, in order to avoid the Labour policies that would have helped them avoid their current predicament.

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Another Tory promise ditched: Plan to expand mental health services lasted less than two months

Labour MP Luciana Berger said Theresa May’s ‘cuts are harming mental health services’ [Image: PA].


Jeremy Hunt promised to expand mental healthcare, creating 21,000 new posts by 2021, on July 30. It is now September 20 and that plan is in tatters after Clinical Commissioning Groups said they couldn’t afford it and will reduce their provision.

It’s not a record in terms of the brevity of Tory promises – consider some of their mayfly manifesto pledges from this year’s general election campaign – but it is yet another demonstration of the minority government’s inability to achieve anything positive at all.

Before anybody points out that Theresa May promised to improve mental healthcare in January, just remember that she never offered to put any money into her plan and it was essentially meaningless.

And how much are these CCGs giving to private health companies, who will pass much of the money on to their shareholders as profit – meaning it will not be used to provide any health care at all?

Finally, can everybody see what’s missing from the Department of Health statement? Well, it could have mentioned the amount of investment in mental health in 2010, so we could work out the exact amount by which it has risen. Then we could calculate it as a percentage increase, which we could compare with rates of inflation over the last seven years to work out whether there has been only a money-terms (and therefore meaningless) increase or an actual rise in spending.

As it is, the comment is meaningless and casts suspicion on the validity of NHS England’s Five Year Forward View.

The Government has been accused of “empty promises” over boosting mental health provision as new figures reveal that half of local NHS bodies plan to slash spending on vital services.

Cash-strapped Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England said they will reduce the proportion of their budgets spent on offering mental health support in 2017/18, despite previous commitments from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt that spending would increase.

New figures show that 50 per cent of CCGs would see their mental health budgets squeezed next year, compared to 57 per cent in 2016/17 and 38 per cent the year before.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: “This government has increased, not decreased, investment in mental health services. Since 2010, spending on mental health has risen to a record £11.6bn this year, with a further investment of £1bn every year by 2020/21 and we expect CCGs to increase their spending as set out in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View.”

Read more: Government accused of ’empty promises’ on mental health as NHS plans to slash funding


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Private schools can keep their tax breaks now that Tories are in government again

Yes, that’s right. Theresa May managed to dupe some of you into voting for her in the belief that she’d tax those incredibly expensive private schools properly – but, now that she’s back in Downing Street, she’s not going to do it.

What does that make her?

A liar.

In fact, This Writer reckons it’s time we all admitted that she – and all the other Tories – were lying through their teeth throughout the general election campaign.

The Conservative Manifesto was a blatant work of fiction.

Still, no use crying over spilt school breakfasts, eh?

Instead, let’s just remember the lesson to be learned from the general election:

Conservatives are liars.

Next time you vote, remember that.

Theresa May has been accused of “yet another U-turn” after dumping a pledge to strip private schools of their lucrative tax breaks if they refuse to help their state school neighbours.

The Conservative election manifesto vowed that independent schools would be required to sponsor academies, forge partnerships, or offer extra bursaries to poorer children to retain their charitable status.

However, it now emerges that an advice service has been set up instead, suggesting that the plan has been quietly dropped.

The move was criticised immediately by Angela Rayner, Labour’s education spokeswoman, who said: “Ministers are ripping up the manifesto on which they stood just months ago page by page.

“The Education Secretary has had to give up on providing free breakfasts, abolishing free lunches, opening new grammar schools, sticking to her free schools target, the healthy pupil fund, and now she is refusing to deliver yet another election promise.”

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Nuclear workers will strike after Tory promises on pensions prove worthless

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston in Berkshire [Image: PA].

Here are another couple of arguments against privatisation: Private firms raid your pensions.

Oh, and a Tory government will always make promises about the conditions in which privatisation is taking place – and then those promises will be broken.

Usually at huge cost to workers, the state… anybody apart from the people responsible.

Nuclear workers will go on strike after this month, Unite union has confirmed

Workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment are to stage two 48-hour strikes in a long-running dispute over pensions.

Unite said 600 of its members at AWE’s two sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire will walk out for 48 hours from January 18 and 30.

The union said workers felt “deeply betrayed” as promises made a quarter of a century ago guaranteeing their pensions, when they were transferred from the Ministry of Defence to the private sector, have been broken.

The union is protesting at plans to close the defined benefit scheme at the end of the month and replace it with a defined contribution one.

Source: Nuclear workers will strike as they vote for two 48-hour walkouts in row over pensions

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Cameron failed on immigration so you should vote him out

Cripping staff cuts, imposed by the Coalition government, mean our borders are not being protected properly [Image: ITV News.]

Cripping staff cuts, imposed by the Coalition government, mean our borders are not being protected properly [Image: ITV News.]

How nice of David Cameron to put a failsafe into his government that, if he did not manage to get net immigration below 100,000, we should all vote him out of office. He has failed – so, by his own admission, he has to go.

No ifs, no buts – Cameron himself says you should vote him out so it is your duty as a citizen to shun the Conservative Party in the May election.

Isn’t it a shame politics doesn’t work like that? He was on his hind legs at Prime Minister’s Questions just now (Wednesday, March 4), desperately trying to backtrack his way out of the promise he made five years ago.

He said the strength of the UK economy and the benefits system were the reasons why migration had gone up.

Doesn’t he know that the benefits system under his buddy Iain Duncan Smith is our greatest national shame? Or doesn’t he care? Yes – that seems more likely.

As for the economy, it is no endorsement of Conservative/Coalition policy that UK economic activity has been bouncing back after it hit rockbottom on the watch of Cameron’s buddy George Osborne. It fell as low as it was going to go and then picked up – that is the economic cycle and it has nothing to do with anything done by David Cameron’s government.

Cameron went on to claim he wants to keep the economy strong but change the benefits system, while Labour wants to protect the benefits system and trash the economy.

It is true that he wants to change benefits, to ensure that the abuses listed by this blog and many others not only continue, but worsen, along with the despair and deaths of poor people who – in David Cameron’s world – don’t count.

As for economic strength – Cameron seems to be forgetting that Income Tax takings are well below where they should be, while the in-work benefits bill has ballooned, because his ministers have worked very hard to keep wages low and make fat profits for their big business paymasters.

Nor are Labour’s plans for the benefit system as Cameron lied. He said Labour wants to protect benefits but Labour has been criticised by everybody, it seems, over Rachel Reeves’s comment about being “tough on benefits”. They all took this to mean she would continue the Tory line of persecuting claimants.

In fact, she meant she would bring the cost of the system down by improving chances of finding work and helping people get what they needed, but why let the facts get in the way of a juicy lie?

And Labour’s economic plans are expected to do far more to improve our economic performance than anything attempted by George Osborne in the last five years, so Cameron goofed on that claim too.

After that, Cameron resorted to listing commitments he claimed he had met. What does this have to do with immigration? Nothing at all – he was just wasting time.

It’s worth mentioning Labour’s immigration policy, which demands stronger border controls to tackle illegal immigration with proper entry and exit checks – you’ll remember that Coalition cutbacks mean Border Force is understaffed and cannot protect our borders in this way.

Labour wants smarter targets to reduce low-skilled migration but ensure university students and high-skilled workers are not deterred, as they are at the moment; even foreign nationals who study at UK universities have to leave if they can’t get a job here within a very short period of time.

And Labour would outlaw employment agencies who only recruit abroad, while the fines for employing illegal immigrants will be increased.

What’s the verdict on Cameron’s claims about immigration in 2010 and his performance today? It is as Ed Miliband said:

Cameron’s promise on immigration was “not worth the paper it’s written on”.

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George Osborne naked – but is it art?

Cor - what a big... carrot: The painting of George Osborne symbolising his empty promises by Kaya Mar [Image: www.kayamarart.com].

Cor – what a big… carrot: The painting of George Osborne symbolising his empty promises by Kaya Mar [Image: www.kayamarart.com].

He was not amused.

It seems this was not what George Osborne had in mind when he hosted a boozy awayday in the Cotswolds to boost Tory spirits ahead of the Rochester by-election and the general election.

The Guardian has reported that he was “straight-faced” when former Tory minister Sir Alan Duncan whipped out a naked portrait of him, representing Osborne’s empty policies and failed promises, during a speech at a dinner in a four-star hotel near Chipping Norton.

Apparently this is Osborne’s ‘just desserts’ for offering unfunded tax cuts to the electorate in advance of the election next year.

It seems the event – ostensibly held to strategise against the threat of UKIP – subsequently deteriorated into the usual chaos of any event attended by the Bullingdon hooligans.

The painting is by Kaya Mar, whose images of politicians in the raw can be viewed on his website.

The artist’s website had this to say: “It was reported that a stone-faced George Osborne was furious about being humiliated by Duncan, who went on to make comparisons between Kaya’s typically fat-bottomed naked politicians in his satirical paintings and the Chancellor’s own increasing waistline – a consequence, perhaps, of all those lavish breakfasts, luncheons and dinners paid for by grateful, un-prosecuted bankers and lobbyists working for corporate privateers and plunderers since he wafted into 11 Downing Street all those hundreds of billions of borrowed pounds ago.

“There is, of course, a glaringly obvious subtext to that weekend’s bad-tempered exchanges and barbs; namely the bitter acrimony felt towards David Cameron and George Osborne by a significantly large cadre of back-bench MPs, who have always disliked Cameron’s slick PR style of policy-lite governance which many feel has done the party a great deal of reputational damage.

“The internal blood-letting and back-stabbing … signifies that fiercely partiisan rival camps for the inevitable forthcoming leadership challenge are finally emerging from the shadows, and have now spilled out into the public view.”

The site went on to suggest that the greatest threats to Cameron do not come from Osborne, but from the “polar opposites” represented by London Mayor Boris Johnson and former Education Secretary (recently demoted to Chief Whip) Michael Gove.

“Johnson is hugely popular for his well-honed theatrical ‘bumbling’, which he uses as an effective smokescreen to disguise his enormous ambition to be Prime Minister,” the site claims. “Michael Gove, with his patently ‘British Empire’ beliefs around education, crime and punishment, is well-liked by the reactionary wing of the party, for whom he represents the best chance of putting the UK’s cultural clock back 90 years.”

It may be too much to hope that this resentment will bubble up beyond symbolic gestures like this – at least, before the election – but it seems that the writing, or at least the painting, is on the wall for both George Osborne and David Cameron.

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