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Dementia tax: To soften us up for US style health insurance. - Roger C.

Since the Tories launched their woeful manifesto for the 2017 election, focus has been primarily on their highly controversially proposed ‘dementia tax’. In a nutshell, the Tories were planning on forcing families to take out insurance to cover social care, with the elderly…

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Added by joe taylor on May 23, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

Saving Britain by taxing the rich - Paul Mason

Labour is raising income tax to pay for the NHS and elderly care. It’s raising a wealth tax to pay for sending students to university for free. It’s reversing George Osborne’s cuts to corporation tax to pay for revolutionary new…

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Added by joe taylor on May 17, 2017 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Labour’s manifesto: a triumph of leadership and hope over cynicism and despair - Jeff Goulding

As I reflect upon the Labour Party manifesto, I am struck by its breadth and scope. It is the most transformational programme offered by any political party, certainly in my lifetime and possibly since the post-war Attlee government. It offers real solutions to the problems faced by…

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Added by joe taylor on May 17, 2017 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

Want a revolution? Vote to save the NHS

You say you want a revolution but, well, you know, it’s all in the head.

The last time Britain had truly had enough of the type of politics of the Tories was…

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Added by joe taylor on May 12, 2017 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Labour party’s future lies with Momentum, says Noam Chomsky

Professor Noam Chomsky has claimed that any serious future for the Labour party must come from the leftwing pressure group Momentum and the army of new members attracted by the party’s leadership.

In an interview with the Guardian, the radical…

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Added by joe taylor on May 11, 2017 at 9:19 — 1 Comment

International tribunal finds Monsanto guilty of crimes against humanity

Is Monsanto, the corporate scourge of the Earth, finally going to pay for its crimes? If the International Monsanto Tribunal has any say in the matter, the answer to that question appears to be an emphatic “Yes.” The tribunal, based in Hague, Netherlands, describes itself as “an…

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Added by joe taylor on May 9, 2017 at 16:34 — No Comments

Carbon pollution is suffocating ocean life and speeding up the next mass extinction - Joe Romm

Depletion of dissolved oxygen in our oceans, which can cause dead zones, is occurring much faster than expected, a new study finds.

And by combining oxygen loss with ever-worsening ocean warming and acidification, humans are re-creating the…

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Added by joe taylor on May 9, 2017 at 8:31 — No Comments

Carbon pollution is suffocating ocean life and speeding up the next mass extinction - Joe Romm

Depletion of dissolved oxygen in our oceans, which can cause dead zones, is occurring much faster than expected, a new study finds.

And by combining oxygen loss with ever-worsening ocean warming and acidification, humans are re-creating the…

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Added by joe taylor on May 9, 2017 at 8:31 — No Comments

Depletion of dissolved oxygen in our oceans, which can cause dead zones, is occurring much faster than expected, a new study finds. And by combining oxygen loss with ever-worsening ocean warming and …

Depletion of dissolved oxygen in our oceans, which can cause dead zones, is occurring much faster than expected, a new study finds.

And by combining oxygen loss with ever-worsening ocean warming and acidification, humans are re-creating the…

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Added by joe taylor on May 9, 2017 at 8:29 — No Comments

Have people seen these Community Development competences from ESB? You can use them for all sorts

CD national Occupational Standards

These national occupational standards are a really helpful list of knowledge, and skills founded on very well thought out and set of values. Have a look and see if you can use them to write job descriptions, put short courses together or just stare at them and…

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Added by Bren Cook on May 8, 2017 at 19:24 — No Comments

Andy Burnhams Deputies

BBC News-New Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham appoints deputies

Have a look at this BBC report about Andy Burnhams choice of deputy Mayors. What is interesting is the areas of responsibility they have and the contribution that people that are members of NatCAN may be able to play or contribute to.

Added by Bren Cook on May 8, 2017 at 14:11 — No Comments

How we intend to build a democracy that works for everyone - Tim Hughes

Today marks 100 days since I took over as director of Involve. Over that time we’ve been hard at work to develop a new strategy for the organisation that both responds to the current context — turning the tide back in favour of an open, participatory and deliberative democracy — and builds towards a long-term transformation of our political system.…

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Added by joe taylor on May 3, 2017 at 7:40 — No Comments

Food banks report record demand amid universal credit chaos - the Guardian

Food banks handed out a record number of meals last year after the chaotic introduction of universal credit, the government’s flagship welfare overhaul, left claimants unable to afford meals when their benefits were delayed.

The Trussell…

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Added by joe taylor on April 25, 2017 at 16:12 — No Comments

'Our health care is at its greatest point of crisis' - Dr David Wrigley

Lancashire GP Dr David Wrigley is a senior member of the British Medical Association. In a personal view, he outlines the crisis health and social care confronting doctors’ surgeries and hospitals.

Doctors are desperate. They have never known…

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Added by joe taylor on April 23, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

Rents are rising so the renters are rising too - Red Pepper.

Not so long ago I knocked on a door in a freezing cold, rain-soaked street in Easton, Bristol. The house had water leaking through an unfinished kitchen ceiling and the floor was rotten.

In Easton 70% of homes are sub-standard – and rents rose…

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Added by joe taylor on April 20, 2017 at 8:10 — No Comments

Corbyn and the Peoples’ Bank of England - Jo Mitchell

Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal for ‘Peoples’ Quantitative Easing’ — public investment paid for using money printed by the Bank of England — has provoked criticism, including an intervention by Labour’s shadow Chancellor Chris Leslie. It seems the anti-Corbyn wing of the Labour party has…

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Added by joe taylor on April 16, 2017 at 14:43 — No Comments

Arctic meltdown: Sea and land ice are cracking up at a record pace - Joe Romm

Driven by warming air and water temperatures, Arctic sea ice continues its death spiral. A big new crack has been found in a major outlet glacier of the Greenland ice sheet, whose disintegration is speeding up.

Last month set records for the lowest…

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Added by joe taylor on April 15, 2017 at 10:10 — No Comments

Has the West Lost Its Mind? - Umair Haque

Surveying the daily wreckage of Trump and Brexit, it’s only natural to wonder: has the West lost its goddamned mind?

I think the answer is the opposite: the West is too much mind. And too little…everything else. Eyes, hands, action, soul, heart.…

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Added by joe taylor on April 14, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Fear And Loathing in Dublin - David Malone

Once again, my friend Jonathan Sugarman, the Irish/UniCredit whistleblower, is to appear before a public body and attempt to put on the record what those in power and their friends in the banks have tried for a decade to suppress.

On Thursday Jonathan is to testify before The Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach. Jonathan was invited to testify some weeks ago. The invitation was for…

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Added by joe taylor on April 11, 2017 at 15:33 — No Comments

Thousands of British children exposed to illegal levels of air pollution - the Guardian

Hundreds of thousands of children are being exposed to illegal levels of damaging air pollution from diesel vehicles at schools and nurseries across England and Wales, a joint investigation by the Guardian and Greenpeace’s investigations unit has revealed.…

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Added by joe taylor on April 5, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

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