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Major event TONIGHT launching campaign to end complicity in NHS decline

The headline probably doesn’t do this even justice so here’s Dr Julia Grace Patterson to explain:

The speaker at this event, Dr Bob Gill, knows everything there is to know about how the NHS has been abused, deprived and dismantled over the past 14 years by Tory governments and complicit organisations. Whatever he has to say will be worth hearing.

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Online event TONIGHT calling for Labour to demand ceasefire in Israel/Gaza

An online event to demand that Labour call for a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza is taking place this evening – November 8, 2023 – and you are invited to attend.

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Speaking for the organisers, Labour NEC member Jess Barnard writes: “Israel’s bombardment of Gaza has now killed over 10,000 Palestinians, including more than 4000 children. We need a ceasefire now. Wednesday at 6:30pm please join our call of speakers from across the movement (full info below) calling on Starmer to support a ceasefire. We need to keep the pressure up, and build strong voices for peace and justice. Online, THIS Wednesday 8 Nov., 18.30 – Register here // Share here // RT here

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Why was Rishi Sunak rushed out of COP 27?

Rishi rushes out: why was he really in such a hurry?

It can’t have been to write his speech. Can it?

Rishi Sunak caused a stir – and some hilarity – when he was rushed out of the launch of the Forests Partnership at COP 27:

According to GlasgowWorld,

No official statement has been issued by Downing Street to explain the prime minister’s dramatic exit however it is believed he left early to prepare for a keynote climate change speech he would make later in the afternoon.

Does that ring true, considering what the content of his speech actually was?

He said things like,

“Climate and energy security go hand-in-hand.”

“Putin’s abhorrent war in Ukraine and rising energy prices across the world are not a reason to go slow on climate change. They are a reason to act faster.”

“We can bequeath our children a greener planet and a more prosperous future […] There really is room for hope.”

If that seems good to you, then brace yourself because it didn’t go down well with activists.

His speech caused scepticism from the summit with social justice campaign group Global Justice calling his works “tepid” and [saying it] “failed to address the scale of the climate emergency.”

Friends of the Earth campaigner Rachel Kennerley, said it failed to offer “adequate finance to support vulnerable nations to tackle climate change and deal with its impacts.”

So it seems strange that this speech is being touted as the reason Sunak was practically dragged out of the hall previously.

Should we expect a new government-rocking revelation in short order?

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Government claims mini-budget didn’t cause crash are denied as b*ll*cks

Jacob Rees-Mogg, making a gesture that well defines him.

What a moment on Channel 4 News when Gillian Tett of the Financial Times verbally laid into Jacob Rees-Mogg!

He has been trying to blame the UK’s current economic woes on anything but the government’s mini-budget/”fiscal event”.

Maybe he thought he was winning us over…

And then Ms Tett turned up and said it was “bollocks”:

Peter Stefanovic of the CWU has been describing government rhetoric as “bollocks” for a long time now.

I wonder if he’s delighted that his description is catching on.

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Nadhim Zahawi apologises for chaos after Tory fiscal event

It took him a while but he got to it in the end.

Nadhim Zahawi, challenged to apologise for the economic chaos his Conservative colleagues Kwasi Kwarteng and Liz Truss caused with their cack-handed ‘fiscal event’, tried everything he could to avoid saying a simple word: “Sorry.”

He failed.

He tried to say that prime minister Liz Truss had retracted her plan to end the top, 45p, tax rate.

He tried to say – to hilarity from the BBC Question Time audience – that Vladimir Putin would benefit from the UK being divided (as if that was any kind of moral reason to support a wrong decision by his bosses).

But in the end, he had to accept the inevitable:

It isn’t an apology from Truss or Kwarteng.

But is that yet to come?

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Now the Tories are blaming the results of their nightmare mini-budget on the social media

Watch this:

So there you have it: it’s all the fault of the social media.

I’m glad we’ve cleared that up.

Of course, he doesn’t mean mass-market sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok or whatever, so they won’t be getting taxed properly, even now – he means sites like Vox Political, with our tiny (in comparison) audiences.

I never knew we were so influential.

Or do you think – is there a teeny, tiny, ever-so-slight, possibility that he might be mistaken?

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Truss and Kwarteng can’t manage the economy – so shouldn’t they just go?

It’s a tried and proven maxim that if a government can’t manage its national economy, it will lose elections.

After Kwasi Kwarteng’s “fiscal event” last Friday, the UK economy tanked. The Pound has now hit its lowest-ever level against the Dollar.

It seems likely Liz Truss will lose the next election because of these choices. And letters may have started trickling in to the 1922 Committee already.

Is her time up already? Watch:

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More ridicule as Jonathan Pie lays into Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget

Truthbombs abound in the latest clip from Jonathan Pie.

“The economy is in a worse state than my gusset after a nasty follow-through!”

Laugh – and learn:

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Did Truss-supporting bankers make fortunes ‘shorting’ the pound? Insider dealing?

Easy money: it’s not quite a backhander for bankers who supported Liz Truss to have made fortunes “shorting” the pound in anticipation of its fall during and after Kwasi Kwarteng’s financial statement.

It is being reported that

Liz Truss-supporting investors made “small fortunes” as the value of the pound plummeted following the radical Conservative budget announced on Friday.

This is deeply concerning because it suggests corruption – that these businesspeople who helped Truss become prime minister may have been given knowledge of what Kwasi Kwarteng was going to say and advised to bet that the value of the pound would drop (also known as “shorting”).

An anonymous source quoted in the Sunday Times told the paper they had attended a dinner with hedge-fund managers who were said to have won big betting against the pound last week.

They were quoted as saying: “They were all supporters of Truss and every one of them was shorting the pound.”

The paper added: “Several made small fortunes on Friday betting against the currency.”

Seems straightforward enough, doesn’t it? Well…

Responding to speculation the traders were given insider knowledge of the budget before it was announced – which would be illegal if it were used for their financial gain – Tim Shipman, who co-authored the piece, said: “It’s not fraud, it’s just a bunch of city people having a view and betting on it. It wasn’t a Tory dinner where the mysteries of the budget were secretly conveyed over the canapes.”

Do you believe it?

A lot of people made a lot of money and they were all Tory-supporting backers of Liz Truss, but it was entirely innocent?

Some people have doubts:

What do you think happened?

Source: Liz Truss City backers ‘made small fortunes betting against plunging pound’, report claims

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Kwarteng’s mini-budget: ‘economic and political madness’

The value of the pound crashed as Kwasi Kwarteng delivered his mini-budget speech on September 23.

That’s a staggering indictment against the Chancellor, his prime minister Liz Truss, and their government.

Any money saved by the measures in the budget is wiped out by the extra costs the crash will incur.

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