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The government tries to deny cuts exist. But some hapless GPs are being forced to stop providing everyday medications to those unable to pay for them. The retreat of the health service is stealthy and haphazard, as a creeping postcode lottery of cuts gradually erodes the “national” in NHS. IVF, hip and knee operations are being cut back randomly in some regions. In some places patients can only get one cataract fixed: seeing with one eye is enough.feedback
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Aug 17 2017
Polly Toynbee has most recently been quoted in an article called Jacob Rees-Mogg’s pose is fake. The contempt is real. Polly Toynbee said, “The Tory backbencher’s disingenuous pitch for party leadership is a measure of how rightwing fanaticism has captured the Conservatives. In a world grown weary of politics as usual, anyone peculiar is in with a shout; if they can sound funny-peculiar, all the better. Even a weak joke or two these days is worth a shed-load of worthy policies for improving people’s lives. In the decadent politics of entertainment, maybe the one who draws the widest smile wins.”. Polly Toynbee has been quoted a grand total of 26 times in 24 articles.
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Jun 12 2017 - Labour Party

The Labour leader is a man remade. To a remarkable degree, his respectability and plausibility as prime minster is established. Nothing succeeds like success. Jeremy Corbyn looks like a new man, beaming with confidence, benevolence and forgiveness to erstwhile doubters, exuding a new father-of-the-nation air of authority, calmly awaiting his imminent elevation to power. When I met him on Sunday he clasped my hand and, with a twinkle and a wink, thanked me for things I had written.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - OECD

Theresa May’s visionless, empty negativism deserved to fail. This signals a monumental shift in what is to come. The earthquake shock of the exit poll will be forever a “where were you?” memory. Defying all prediction Theresa May was trounced and “Jez we can” was no wishful fantasy. Listen to the sound this morning of the eating of hats and the munch, munch of humble pie from those of us who worried he could never get anywhere near success.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - London

So distorted is first past the post that very few election ballot papers will make a difference. Abandoning this could make everyone’s vote count• Election 2017 live updates. Canvassers out today on a frantic door-knock to get their vote out will often hear that heart-sinking refrain: “What’s the point? Voting makes no difference.” Or “I’m not political”, as if it were an optional hobby. Earnest volunteers may want to wring the necks of the apathetic, the clueless and the idle who are so hopelessly indifferent to the value of democracy.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - British elections 2017

The harsh light of the election campaign has shown up her hollowness – and inability to respond to heartbreak. There was a brief flicker of relief when Theresa May was crowned by her party. At least she was not Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Andrea Leadsom or any of that gallery of extremist Brexiters and free market ideologues. But the country hardly knew her then. Surely, some hoped, she had an air of competence and solidity acquired from six years in the perilous Home Office, where few survive long without mishap. Only now is it obvious how lucky she was to be viewed in this light – but now her record has come back to haunt her.feedback

May 25 2017

The party might have expected to capitalise on the Manchester attack. But Paul Nuttall’s words fell with a thud, and the party’s end is in sight. With Ukip standing at just 2% in some polls, only one group of people will be more frustrated than the party itself: Islamist jihadis. Surely murdering children at a pop concert should set these useless phlegmatic Brits’ blood boiling? Why aren’t these faithless, pusillanimous people retaliating as they should, by surging towards Ukip with cries of revenge against all Muslims?feedback

May 22 2017 - Brexit

The PM’s panicked reaction over social care has trashed her claim to be strong and stable. If she wobbles like this, how will she cope with negotiating Brexit?Screeching types, burning rubber, chaos and panic, this U-turn just four days after printing her manifesto is unprecedented – and incomprehensible. Theresa May’s about-face is a shocker, as she announces a cap on what people will pay for their care. She all but abandons one of her few brave and wise policies in a fit of election madness.feedback

May 18 2017

The Tory manifesto pledge takes a bold step in raising money from elderly home-owners, but there are fairer ways to fund this, as Labour has shown in the past. “No death tax!” the chancellor Philip Hammond proclaimed before the election campaign began. But here comes exactly that – and a very good thing too, as the Tory manifesto recoups the cost of care from property after death. Social care is in a crippling crisis, leaving half a million frail old people with no care at all, while others get notoriously perfunctory 15-minute home visits or often squalid residential care.feedback

May 16 2017

The prime minister’s boast that she champions employee rights scores highly in the annals of electoral fantasy-speak. To believe it takes a lot of forgetting. The art of election-winning is to scrub clean your negatives, to rub out your dark side. The Tory party has so many it dare not mention even its own name. The right to be forgotten on the internet is expected in the party’s manifesto – and they certainly have a lot to forget. On the Maymobile her name is enormous while “Conservatives” is in tiny print, like a “terms and conditions apply” footnote.feedback

Apr 13 2017 - Syria conflict

Thatcher, Major and Blair all bent in the face of NHS crisis – yet through lack of opposition, May and Hammond remain iron-clad adamant: no more money. There is an ebb and flow in reporting on the NHS as Trump, Syria and Brexit dominate front pages. But the pressure-cooker state of the entire service still worsens. This morning’s latest figures are just a snapshot of deterioration – but every target is missed: for A&E, ambulance response times, for treating psychosis within a week, for cancer waiting times, blocked beds and diagnostic tests.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

Reality bites from this week: the reckless charge out of Europe has begun. But at last Labour, thanks to Keir Starmer, is fighting back. Off we go, headlong downhill, off piste, our Eddie the Eagle Brexit negotiators tumbling down towards a great crevasse. Far from “taking back control”, as Theresa May sends off our suicide letter on Wednesday, we will abandon all control as we place ourselves at the mercy of the goodwill or otherwise of each of the EU 27.feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

The future seems bleak but with EU negotiations and a great reform bill still to come, there are many pitfalls for a reckless prime minister. That’s it; the way is clear for Theresa May to plunge the country into a self-destructive journey into thickets of the unknown. This will be her legacy, her hand the one that risked breaking the economy and breaking the United Kingdom too.feedback

Mar 07 2017

As the chancellor prepares to slash the state he claims there’s no cash. Yet he’s preparing to give billions away to the rich. How perfectly their faces fit the parts they play, this pair of graveyard undertakers to public services. Chancellor and prime minister use their grim solemnity to persuade the nation that there is no alternative. It’s all a charade – and they are, of course, play-acting – but they do it alarmingly well. Polls show they still convince voters that this extreme punishment is a doleful necessary.feedback

Mar 02 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

The peers debate was a terrible augury for how Theresa May intends to conduct these negotiations. It looks like things can only get worse. Here’s the Daily Mail’s comment the morning after: “In an act of betrayal and dishonesty, the House of Cronies, Dodgy Donors and Has-Beens voted last night by 358 to 256 to amend the Brexit Bill.”.feedback

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