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Also in the news: Johnson’s plan won’t even start to fix social care crisis

Less than this much: Boris Johnson explains how much concern he has for improving social care for people who are poor.

A smaller-than-usual edition of ‘Also in…’ today because This Site was afflicted with technical problems yesterday (September 14), Enjoy:

Social care: Boris Johnson’s “plan” won’t improve quality but is only intended to help the rich

Winter flu: Johnson is ‘finalising’ plans – that will be diabolical if his social care ideas are a yardstick

The Tory ‘chumocracy’ is huge: one quarter of donors have received honours in return

This is from Byline Times:

More than a quarter of Conservative donors who have given more than £100,000 to the party hold a title or honour.

Three-quarters of the party’s elite donors received these titles after the Conservatives came to power in 2010, an investigation by the Byline Intelligence Team and The Citizens has found.

Of the Conservative Party’s 20 biggest donors since 2010 – those donating more than £1.5 million – 55% (11) have received an honour or title. Ten were given these rewards in the last decade.

Industry boss says food and drink shortages are ‘permanent’ but Johnson protests that Christmas will be ‘normal’

This is from The Independent:

Food shortages in supermarkets and restaurants are “permanent” and shoppers will never again enjoy a full choice of items, an industry boss has told Britons.

In an extraordinary warning, the head of the Food and Drink Federation said staff shortages – triggered by a combination of Covid and Brexit – had killed off the “just-in-time” delivery model.

But Downing Street rejected the claim of a broken system and, in a potential hostage to fortune, predicted the shortages will be over by the festive season.

Pressed on whether the shortages will ease to allow people to enjoy a “normal Christmas”, Boris Johnson’s spokesman told The Independent: “I believe so, yes.”

It’s another wild boast from a man with a bad reputation for making false claims.

What will people think when Christmas arrives and it is plagued with the shortages Johnson swore would not happen?

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Also in the news: right-wing media plan to speed NHS privatisation?

Today’s headlines:

Are the right-wing papers trying to hasten privatisation of the NHS by discrediting staff?

This Writer can’t really understand why the Tories want to move us on to an insurance-based health system when that’s what we’re on already. Attlee and Bevan didn’t call it National Insurance for fun, you know!

The simple reason privatised health care won’t work in the UK is that we already pay out health insurance into a system that is far more efficient – because it pools our resources – than a system in which we all pay individually ever could be.

Any problems with the NHS lie in the choices of what is done with the money. Those choices are bad at the moment because the Conservatives are desperate to hand the whole thing over to private firms who prize their profits over your health. If they gave up and concentrated on providing good health care, the situation would reverse rapidly.

Today’s reason to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel

If I were still a member of the Labour Party, I would probably be expelled for publicising this.

But that is because Labour is currently run by puppets of the Israeli government. Think about it.

After one manifesto promise was broken, they’re all tumbling

Government ran national disability survey – but didn’t bother to read most of the responses

Boris Johnson’s £250m ‘Best of British’ flagship could be designed by foreigners

That’s Tory outsourcing and globalism for you. It would make him into a liar (again) – so he’s obviously not going to be bothered about that.

It should be scrapped anyway.

Johnson threatens to remain as prime minister for another decade

Well, Labour certainly won’t be able to stop him, with Keir Starmer or any of his right-wing cult members as leader – and they aren’t going to let anybody lead the party who actually knows how to beat the Tories.

Still, there’s always the chance that one of Johnson’s own cronies will backstab him instead.

Oh, but wait…!

Oh. My goodness.

He has written 14,000 words in yet another attempt to reset his failed leadership – why can’t he just give up? – and still won’t actually stand for anything by the end of it!

That’s convinced me. Johnson will be in government until he dies – or we do, whichever comes first.

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Also in the news: emergencies the Tories are creating – to break the law?

“If you let politicians break the law in an emergency, they will create an emergency in order to break the law.”

Under national emergency Boris Johnson, the UK is lurching from one disaster to another.

Are they deliberately engineering these problems, just so they can change the law in increasingly corrupt ways? You decide…

Distribution of this year’s flu vaccine is delayed due to failure of deliveries nationally

It seems the Tories aren’t happy with Covid-19 killing off tens of thousands of older people; they want flu to finish the job and terminate the rest. It will also paralyse the National Health Service.

The problem is caused by a shortage of drivers, which should remind us that a Brexit-caused HGV driver shortage is ongoing… unless you’re a Tory minister, in which case it was caused by Covid-19. Or whatever excuse Transport Secretary Grant Shapps can dream up today.

The Tory refusal to acknowledge the cause of the problem means it may be with us for a while…

… but we can still derive some (rather bitter) humour from it:

Priti Patel’s attack on channel-hopping migrants: intended to distract from the Tories’ National Insurance daylight robbery?

If so, it seems to be working:

But some of us can see what’s at the heart of it:

So let’s remind ourselves of the Tories’ achievements, courtesy of Steve Howard, below:

History repeats itself: UK had Covid-19 ‘freedom day’ in the summer – now Johnson is threatening ‘Locktober’ in the autumn

Apparently the government is lining up the NHS to take the blame.

And why not? By then, doctors and nurses will be too busy dealing with elderly flu victims to defend themselves.

Also in the news:

Here’s the real reason younger people can’t afford to buy houses

Since the 1970s, house prices have risen at more than twice the rate that wages have increased – mostly due to the last four decades of neoliberal pay-squashing nonsense:

DWP to be humiliated by museum of its greatest hit-jobs on people with disabilities

After demanding that schools re-open too early, Labour demands return of face masks to make sure they can stay open

Meanwhile Covid infections spread via schools are skyrocketing.

Tories may be delaying compensation payments to Windrush scandal victims in the hope that they’ll die first

And finally: after Boris ‘Rivers of Sh*t’ Johnson allowed polluters to dump nearly-raw sewage in rivers, will it hasten the date when England runs out of its water supply?

This is what he did:

But is he hoping we’ve forgotten this?

It’s too late anyway: the rivers are already filling up with Johnson’s… product:

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Also in the news: Corrupt Tories vote on National Insurance – and make a killing on PPE

Contempt: Boris Johnson knows he can force the poor to pay for benefits taken by the rich – and give huge amounts of public money in corrupt contracts with Tory donors – and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Here’s today’s roundup of stories This Site hasn’t been able to cover otherwise:

Tory drones vote through National Insurance rise so the poor and pensioners pay to keep rich kids in their houses

They knew it was wrong but they did it anyway because they like using your money when they should be paying themselves. If you can’t see that, you’re as much a part of the problem as they are.

Tory donor who lobbied for government PPE contract via corrupt ‘VIP fast lane’ makes 9,000 PER CENT profit

David Meller is laughing all the way to the bank. He’s given nearly £60,000 to the Tories since 2009 and has made £13 million profit after having a quiet word with health minister Lord Bethell.

Levelling down – up North: social care spending in the North of England is nearly £3,000 lower per person than the national average

It’s because the Tories have starved local authorities of the cash they need – and don’t think for a moment that Johnson’s NI increase is going to change it.

Unite union will use block vote to remove right-wing David Evans as Labour Party general secretary

Unions hold half the votes at Labour conferences, and it is likely that others will follow Unite’s example – especially the Bakers’ union BFAWU, after Evans threatened to expel president Ian Hodson. It is unlikely that Evans’s – and Keir Starmer’s – attempts to gerrymander the delegate count to exclude left-wingers will increase sympathy for the dictatorial and divisive Evans.

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Also in the news: stories you need to read

Summer is over and the news agenda is accelerating.

Events are starting to take place faster than This Writer can accommodate – but we can try to cover the bases by glancing at a few stories that would otherwise pass us by:

Geronimo the alpaca is dead

Don’t believe the government line about sympathy for the owner. It was never satisfactorily proved that this animal had TB at all.

Boris Johnson could be creating a new ‘lost’ generation of young people

Raab refuses to resign over Afghanistan fiasco, showing Boris Johnson’s government has no sense of decency or shame

From 40 New Hospitals To Levelling-Up – You Cannot Trust Boris Johnson

This secretive DWP ‘hit squad’ is trawling through Universal Credit claims to claw back overpayments – unlawfully?

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News media accept supermarket food shortages are due to Brexit – contrary to Johnson’s propaganda

Lorries without drivers: news outlets are finally admitting the shortage is due to Brexit. Boris Johnson won’t like that!

This is an important admission from The Independent, although it lags a considerable time behind some of us in the social media.

The newspaper’s article Brexit food shortages could ‘cancel Christmas’ and last into 2022 acknowledges – in its headline – that Brexit is responsible for the emptying of your local supermarket’s shelves – not Covid-19.

It states:

Britain’s post-Brexit supply chain crisis could “cancel Christmas” and continue to cause food shortages well into 2022, industry leaders have warned.

Boris Johnson’s government has been urged to ease immigration rules so some EU citizens who left the UK during Brexit can return and help fill major gaps in the workforce.

McDonald’s had run out of milkshakes, [and] chicken shortages caused Nando’s to temporarily shut 50 stores last week because of supply problems linked to Brexit.

The RHA [Road Haulage Association] estimates that up to 20,000 heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers from the EU left during Brexit.

Tom Southall, policy officer at the Cold Chain Federation, said Brexit was partly to blame for recruitment problems across the food sector – predicting that it would be 2022 before the nation begins to get to grips with the backlog of vacancies for drivers, pickers and processors.

Norfolk food firm Alfred G Pearce, which grows and processes vegetables, is also struggling with labour shortages, having seen its workforce reduced 20 per cent to 30 per cent down after EU employees returned home during the Brexit process.

Bryan Roberts, retail analyst at Shopfloor Insights, said it would take time to train new workers, even with a major recruitment drive. “Sadly I think things are only going to get worse in the run-up to Christmas and we’ve got a whole load more regulations coming in from Brexit in October,” he said.

Other news media have caught on and are starting to say the same:

It seems people in the UK are finally turning the corner and realising that the way to conquer our differences with the EU was to remain a member state and argue for change (in a rational way, not a David Cameron do-as-I-say-or-I’ll-have-a-strop ultimatum) and not to walk out and end all the trade agreements and border deals we had in our favour.

Of course, the shortage of lorry drivers would be over if Boris Johnson and his Tories would only make two decisions: first, they could swallow their misplaced pride and bring in drivers from the EU to cover the current shortfall; second, they should raise pay rates above subsistence level – otherwise there would be no reason for anybody to help out at all.

Some employers have seen the light and raised wages unilaterally…

… but Johnson and his gang won’t impose these changes nationally because they themselves are not suffering. They don’t care about you and they never did.

So you see now that Brexit was created to engineer the very shortages you are experiencing today, deliberately, by Johnson and his Brexiteer Tories.

Source: Brexit food shortages could ‘cancel Christmas’ and last into 2022, says industry | The Independent

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Next week’s news: NHS victory – and politicians make fools of themselves

Here’s a start-the-week roundup of what’s likely to be in the news in – at least – the early part of the coming week.

1, NHS data dump to private firms is cancelled

Well done everybody! More than a million people opted out, after they finally found out about it, so the plan is now on indefinite hold while NHS Digital tries to find another way to hoodwink us into letting our private information go public.

2. Dominic Raab continues to be lazy and stupid

I know this isn’t news but the fact that he still has a Cabinet job continues to be amazing.

Then there’s this. Wasn’t he on holiday at a Russian-owned hotel, too?

3. Keir Starmer’s new slogan shows he’s out-of-touch to the point of illiteracy

4. Grant Shapps is axing the Eastern leg of HS2 because it costs too much. So much for ‘levelling up’!

5. Brexiteers are still unhappy that they’ve got the hard Brexit they wanted

6. Michael Gove accused of lying to Parliament about another PPE deal

Or it may be one of the deals we’ve already heard about. Who can keep track with these shifty Tories?

And finally: Keir Starmer is irrelevant

I wouldn’t be surprised if, rather than being Labour voters, the people in the photograph turn out to be his in-laws.

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Also in the news: stories we may have missed

Who can read them all? But some of the stories in the news every week are genuinely worth reading – or at least knowing about.

In fact these are stories that Yr Obdt Srvt missed over the last week because I was writing about something else.

I haven’t had a chance to write about a few things – partly through overwork and partly because I appear to have a stomach bug today. What follows are only some of them.

1. Craig Murray jailed.

It has been described as a travesty of justice:

2. Commons Speaker Lyndsay Hoyle came under criticism for trying to sidestep having to take action over Boris Johnson’s incessant dishonesty.

3. NIESR said the end of the government’s furlough scheme would make 150,000 more people unemployed.

The ending of the government’s furlough scheme will lengthen dole queues by 150,000 despite a boost to activity from the ending of lockdown that will make the UK the fastest-growing G7 nation this year, a leading thinktank has said.

In its quarterly update on the UK, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (Niesr) said it had revised up its 2021 growth forecast from 5.7% to 6.8%.

But the thinktank said that even though the UK would move from the bottom to the top of the G7 league table for growth, there would still be a hit to jobs from the ending of wage subsidies at the end of September.

Niesr said the jobless rate would increase from 4.8% currently to 5.4% once the furlough scheme had been phased out

4. We discovered David Cameron shielded offshore trusts from an EU crackdown on tax havens.

David Cameron intervened personally to prevent offshore trusts from being dragged into an EU-wide crackdown on tax avoidance, it has emerged.

In a 2013 letter to the then president of the European council, Herman Van Rompuy, the prime minister said that trusts should not automatically be subject to the same transparency requirements as companies.

The EU planned to shine a light on the dealings of offshore bodies by publishing a central register of their ultimate owners but, in a letter unearthed by the Financial Times that remains publicly available on the government’s website, Cameron said: “It is clearly important we recognise the important differences between companies and trusts … This means that the solution for addressing the potential misuse of companies – such as central public registries – may well not be appropriate generally.”

Now, why on Earth would Cameron want to protect the identities of people avoiding taxes by being in offshore trusts?

I dare say more stories have happened – possibly while I’ve been writing this. Personally I can’t wait to see what they are.

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Police agree payouts for Hillsborough ‘cover-up’. What about the Tories – and Murdoch?

The disgrace – no, the word ‘disgrace’ isn’t strong enough: this is the Sun story that mentally scarred survivors of the Hillsborough disaster and the families of those who died. It wasn’t ‘The Truth’ at all; it was a pack of lies.

More than five years after a jury ruled that 96 people were killed unlawfully in the Hillsborough disaster – and that their behaviour did not contribute to the situation – police forces have agreed to pay compensation to more than 600 people for mental distress caused by the attempted cover-up.

I have two questions.

Firstly: why did it take so long for South Yorkshire and West Midlands police to agree to pay up?

Secondly: Why aren’t the Conservative Party and Rupert Murdoch’s News International paying compensation, too?

Let’s go into the circumstances:

We all know that the Hillsborough Disaster was a fatal human crush at an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, hosted at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium on April 15, 1989.

It happened due to gross negligence by match commander David Duckenfield of South Yorkshire Police.

The police service then attempted to hide the fact that its failures caused 96 deaths and 766 injuries – the worst disaster in UK sporting history – by trying to blame it on the fans who were injured and died, saying those people caused the tragedy by being drunk and misbehaving.

West Midlands was the force appointed to investigate the disaster, but has since been accused of malpractices and failures that have been subject to a long-running investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Not only that, though: the prime minister of the day, the Conservative Margaret Thatcher, refused to release information that made the police look bad.

And The Sun, a newspaper published by Rupert Murdoch’s News International, published a story headlined The Truth that was nothing but a pack of lies, supporting the fantasy created by the police.

This Writer believes a strong argument could be made that the newspaper story – which led to The Sun being boycotted in Liverpool ever since – caused more distress, more anguish, to survivors, and to relatives and friends of the deceased, than the police cover-up on which it was based (although I know it could not have been written if the police and the Tory prime minister had not lied in the first place).

Civil claims for compensation due to malfeasance in public office by the two police forces were submitted in 2015, during inquests into the reasons the 96 died.

The claimants said the lies had caused them to suffer trauma and psychiatric damage, and the compensation is to cover not only those injuries but also the cost of treatment and counselling.

Those claims were made nearly six years ago and the payments haven’t been made yet (at the time of writing). So I repeat: why not?

And how much are these people getting, to make one of the claimants describe the payout as “insulting” in The Guardian‘s news article about it?

The behaviour of the police was shocking, and undermines public faith in the reliability of our law enforcement officers across the UK – not just in the forces concerned.

But – as mentioned above – they weren’t the only organisations caught lying; they weren’t the only people who deliberately caused further distress over Hillsborough.

Margaret Thatcher withheld information – which was as bad as lying because it presented a false impression that the police were blameless.

She was able to do so because she was prime minister at the time – and she was prime minister because she was leader of the Conservative Party that had formed the then-current government.

She died in 2013 but it seems perfectly reasonable to hold the Tories responsible for putting her in a position where she could distort the facts.  Why has the Conservative Party avoided compensating these people?

And that Sun headline has gone down in the history of journalistic infamy. The disgust of the city of Liverpool – in perpetuity – is not enough. Why has News International not offered compensation as well?

All three of these organisations should have offered payouts voluntarily, considering the enormity of the harm they have done, but they didn’t.

The police are only paying up because they were forced to.

Perhaps that aspect of this tragedy is the most damning of all.

Source: South Yorkshire and West Midlands police agree payouts for Hillsborough ‘cover-up’ | Hillsborough disaster | The Guardian

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