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The Labour manifesto and its giveaways is the real threat to the NHS

There is no doubt that the Labour party is really pushing the “Trump: our NHS is not for sale” line at this election. But the big question is why is Labour investing so heavily in this flimsy idea? It does … Continue reading

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The Alston report is built on statistical voodoo

On Wednesday Professor Philip Alston, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, published his final report. This Australian academic, who is based in New York, made wide ranging comments over 21 pages that essentially placed the … Continue reading

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Child Poverty Action Group twisting government data

I have written before about how the Left misuse poverty data and child poverty data. Today I came across someone, who should know better, who was stretching the truth so far I have to call her a liar.  She must … Continue reading

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Factoid graveyard: “500,000 more children in poverty”

This is the reality for millions of people in our country. Food bank use up from 40,000 packages in 2010 to 1,300,000 last year, homelessness up 165% and 500,000 more children in poverty. The Conservatives’ attack on Red Nose Day … Continue reading

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The Alston Report – built on statistical voodoo

In November Professor Philip Alston, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, reported on his 2 week visit to the UK. This Australian academic sounded very reasonable and measured but his argument is built on a … Continue reading

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Train fares rose 47% in last 9 years of Labour

Today Labour is doing its annual train fares campaign. Today the latest Tory rail fares increase kicks in. This time by more than 3% – meaning they've now risen by 36% since 2010. It's disgraceful. We're campaigning to bring our … Continue reading

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The average worker works 32 hours and has done since pretty much all of this century

You might think with all the talk of zero hours contracts and the gig economy that work patterns were changing very fast in the 21st century. They are not. One of the constants in our economy is that we work … Continue reading

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Why did Labour darling need to lie about suicide?

A lady called Jessie Joe Jacobs became the darling of the Labour party conference on Tuesday with a passionate speech on how young women and the North East have been affected by a Conservative government.  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn approvingly … Continue reading

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Happy birthday Harry Leslie Smith – an unreliable witness to history

I am a great admirer of Harry Leslie Smith’s (HLS) generation, not least because my Dad is just less than a year older than him and spent the war fighting the Japanese in Burma as an artilleryman with the 17th … Continue reading

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Brendan Cooper – Professor Shut Up

One of the attractions of Twitter is that it gives people the ability to have a dialogue with people who are generally used to broadcasting. One of the downsides is that you can engage with people in a civil way … Continue reading

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