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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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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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Online abuse of women in politics is getting worse, says Williams. But relief is on the way

Kirsty Williams, shortly after she had been made the Welsh cabinet secretary for Education.

A long, long time ago, when This Writer was still working at the Brecon and Radnor Express (I think), Liberal Democrat Kirsty Williams was likened to toilet paper.

Her response was to say that if any comparison could be made, she would be Double Velvet. Many people thought it amusing at the time.

Now it seems that was just a mild example of the kind of abuse she received in a political career that has lasted around 20 years, and that she says has become worse because of the social media.

I’ve had my own differences with Ms Williams (I won’t deny it); politically I am traditional Labour and there is a lot of space between my views and hers. But we co-operated on the campaign for the general election voting system to be changed to proportional representation before the referendum – and wouldn’t the UK be a much better place if we had succeeded?

And she was an excellent constituency AM.

So I am saddened to learn that she – along with her husband and children – has been forced to deal with this.

I am far more willing to believe her than some of the representatives of my own party, who – in my opinion – went out of their way to stir up reactions and then squealed when people responded aggressively to their own unacceptable behaviour.

One of the examples in the BBC article is when then-Welsh Assembly Member Neil Hamilton referred to her and Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood as “political concubines”. He got away with it after claiming he had not intended to upset anybody.

But that is deliberately provocative language! How did he think people were going to react?

And when people see those who are elected to high office acting in such a way, they think it is permissible to do the same.

We have a shocking example of this squatting in 10 Downing Street pretending to be prime minister at the moment, having referred to gay people as “tank-topped bum boys”, Muslim women as “letterboxes”, black people as having “watermelon smiles”… the list of his offences is endless.

But it is possible that some relief is on the horizon, with the forthcoming Online Harms Bill that will bring in prison sentences for the behaviour Ms Williams identifies.

She says she would not discourage her three daughters from entering politics but would be worried for them, having to cope with the kind of abuse she has received.

I hope the new law – if it doesn’t have its teeth pulled by some of the offenders in Westminster – will make the environment safer, for all the rest of us and for them.

Even if I don’t approve of the political party they may choose to represent.

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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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Today’s news headlines – what should they really be?

As a sort of intellectual exercise, I’ve just been through Twitter looking at what the main talking-points were, and comparing them with the BBC’s headlines.

It seems to me that the headlines should be:

  • Keir Starmer has provoked Labour groups across the UK to launch ‘no confidence’ votes in his leadership after banning discussion of the way he has mistreated Jeremy Corbyn.
  • Rishi Sunak dubbed “Richie” after it was revealed his wife is richer than the Queen and he omitted this from his list of financial interests.
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg declares that the government is using taxpayers’ money to boost the economy, while failing to declare the income of his own business or to pay taxes on its profits (he has based it in a tax haven).
  • Nadia Whittome, an apparently left-wing Labour MP, criticised for verbally attacking left-wingers in her own constituency party.

But the BBC reckons they are:

  • Hospitals are warning that they could be overwhelmed without a stronger ‘tier’ system to define Covid-19 risk in England. (Isn’t this a story about Boris Johnson’s lockdown failing?)
  • Michel Barnier arrives in the UK for facemask-to-facemask Brexit talks.
  • Public sector urged to be open about its use of computer modelling algorithms.
  • Boris Johnson appoints new chief of staff.

Some of those BBC reports are of fairly wide importance but shouldn’t the BBC be reporting what interests people, too? Is Auntie trying to divert us away from the problems of Labour’s right-wing would-be-dictator and the corruption inherent in Conservative ministers?

What do you think?

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Dyer does it again: EastEnders star calls for end of Eton boys running the UK

Danny Dyer: he’s holding a photo of “that melt” Oswald Mosley and his bunch of “fascist slags” the Black Shirts, during a brief documentary clip about the Battle of Cable Street.

It is time for working-class people to take over from Eton alumni – who have made it perfectly clear that they cannot run the UK properly.

That’s the opinion of Danny Dyer, the EastEnders actor and game show host who is himself descended from royalty, let’s remember.

On BBC Breakfast today (October 28), he said:

Dyer has form when it comes to criticising old Eton boys. Today he was commenting on Boris Johnson but he was particularly scathing about Johnson’s former Eton classmate David Cameron – a previous prime minister – not so long ago:

He makes a good point.

This Writer has long said that the inverse ratio between the quality of Eton’s reputation and that of its former pupils; I am glad to see this viewpoint being put to the wider audience that Dyer can command.

Sadly we will continue to be saddled with dimwitted toffs like Cameron and Johnson, as long as the UK Establishment continues to adhere to out-of-date, out-of-touch beliefs that more than 60 million people should have the courses of their lives dictated by an elite few who have absolutely no understand at all of the realities of life here.

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