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Labour’s disavowed austerity – how the last Labour government planned £94 billion of cuts

Wednesday 6th May will be the 10th anniversary of the 2010 general election which saw the formation of the coalition government by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties. It went on to govern the UK for five years. Most on … Continue reading

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Labour’s disavowed austerity – public sector net investment slashed by £28 billion

On 9th December 2009 Alistair Darling, the then Labour chancellor, delivered his pre-budget report. This was effectively a budget update or minibudget. Darling’s speech on the pre-budget report was a massive snow job. He mentioned the word investment 21 times … Continue reading

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Labour’s disavowed austerity – £20 billion of NHS “cuts” as Labour likes to call them

The second, hidden plank of Alistair Darling’s three point austerity plan for a 2010 Labour government was large savings to be found in the NHS. These would allow the service to cope with increased demand whilst its budget was constrained … Continue reading

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Attlee biographer’s made up quote on charity

In the context of the BBC’s Big Night In charity show and the efforts of Captain Tom Moore to walk around his garden to fund raise for NHS charities I have been seeing a lot of people rather grumpily repeating … Continue reading

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Dr Miles Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, UWE Bristol – Bad acting video clipper

On the great time sucker that is Twitter one of the viral videos of the febrile Covid-19 moment is a clip of the Prime Minister on the ITV This Morning show last Thursday talking, loosely maybe, about “taking it on … Continue reading

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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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