The MATHS lesson Sunak doesn’t understand
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by NEWSROOM
1M ago
There is no end of data showing the extent of the issues facing the NHS in England as this graph from the FT makes clear. Well worth also taking a long look at this from last November. The crisis (Sunak what crisis?) for the NHS in England is a long story tied to over a decade of Conservative government. There will always be an England – with a NHS crisis Plus a reminder of the analysis by John Burn-Murdoch ‘Years of under-investment have left English hospitals with creaking infrastructure and no spare capacity’ The post The MATHS lesson Sunak doesn’t understand appeared first on Newsnet.scot ..read more
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There’s good news and bad news
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By Russell Bruce What good news you might well ask but it is just a question of looking without denying there is also bad news. I am reminded of Kate Atkinson’s book When Will There Be Good News? as a thought for the days before Christmas. The paperback was published in January 2010. Five months later the UK elected David Cameron’s government with the Lib Dems brought along for the ride to later electoral disaster. 2010 was the last general election that maintained Labour’s dominance in Scotland winning 41 of the 59 Scottish seats. By 2015 Nicola Sturgeon was leading the SNP and the party virt ..read more
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Starmer gets a tattoo
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by NEWSROOM
1M ago
Speaking on LBC, Starmer insisted there would be no deal with the SNP even if that meant the Tories got another 5 years. No deal with the SNP he announced was tattooed on his forehead so we thought that was worth a picture to show the reality of Starmer face to face with the Tories in England’s rightward march away from progressive policies. Scotland must get out of this damaging union of unequals. It is the only way we can use our immense resources and economic strength to govern in the interests of the people. Scotland is the richest part of the UK behind London and the South East by per cap ..read more
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The shadowy elephant in the room
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by NEWSROOM
2M ago
By Kirsty Hughes and Newsroom’s Molly Pollock Kirsty Hughes cogent Twitter thread on Gordon Brown’s Day in the Westminster Shadows, taken up North for the day to Leeds, makes crystal clear that there is nothing in his constitutional proposals to deliver meaningfully for Scotland. Kirsty’s Twitter thread is reproduced below with her permission. 1 Gordon Brown’s report doesn’t seem to be going down well in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. So what’s it for? Is it genuinely trying to do something for English regions or is it mainly about soundbites on change, at least in case of Scotland? 2 On ..read more
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Judgement Day
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by NEWSROOM
2M ago
By Molly Pollock Well, after months of waiting the Supreme Court judgement on whether the Scottish parliament can hold an independence referendum was given this morning. James O'Brien breaks free from the curse of 'balance' to deliver this rant about Westminster's control over a second Scottish referendum…@mrjamesob pic.twitter.com/wO86AKMh9O — LBC (@LBC) November 23, 2022 There is little to say that was not covered by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in her press conference this morning. And the message was strongly repeated at the gathering outside Holyrood. Crowds cheer as Nicola Stur ..read more
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Trump the Slump
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by NEWSROOM
2M ago
By Russell Bruce Election watching is a long ingrained habit but the US elections occupied much less attention given the importance of what is happening in the UK and Europe. Blow by blow coverage did not seem to warrant too much attention until things began to shape up on Friday. The results as of Sunday are good for Scotland, the UK, Ukraine and Europe. Against all predictions, the Republicans failed to take the Senate and the Democrats have held onto control against the usual pattern of the ruling party making big losses in the midterms. The Republican former attorney general who helped lea ..read more
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Wooden and woeful
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by NEWSROOM
3M ago
By Molly Pollock To save her premership Prime Minister Liz Truss unceremoniously ditched Kwasi Kwarteng, her chancellor, having stood alongside him, shoulder to shoulder, and his economic policies. For days she insisted in her laboured speech that she was taking the correct decisions that would lead to economic stability. But the markets had another view and with Britain on the brink of economic collapse she was forced to act – not to resign as many were demanding but to throw Kwarteng to the baying wolves. Her decision, though previously leaked, was made public at a press conference at which ..read more
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Tory wipeout?
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by NEWSROOM
4M ago
By Russell Bruce The Times has a YouGov poll that is causing consternation in Tory ranks. There is an old saying parties don’t win elections they lose them. If this poll was to be replicated in real life then the next election is the Tories to lose. The election is 2 years away if the Tories can get their house in a semblance of order. They don’t have a choice given this poll. Truss’ days have to be numbered she just has not the ability or sense to get a handle on the mood in the country by insisting on doubling down on her policies. It is doubtful that she is capable of a rethink to preserve ..read more
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To those that have
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by NEWSROOM
4M ago
Molly Pollock takes a look at another side of the what the Tory budget hands to the already wealthy So on Friday we got Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini budget with its slashing tax cuts for the rich, for those who have. Apparently it’s the first of many such cuts by a chancellor who wants to “undo 25 years of social democratic tinkering”, so the giveaway which saw the pound’s slide to add £5 to a tank of petrol is set to continue. The pound’s slide has also vastly increased the cost of government borrowing which has risen exponentially with the cuts. Whilst some Tories have kept quiet, others like John ..read more
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Truss Government voodoo economics
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By Russell Bruce Well that went down well didn’t it. Few takers for Kwerteng’s mini budget which was not exactly mini in the extent of the changes he announced. The markets didn’t like it and sterling took another battering. A year ago the £1 bought $1.38 but got ravished yet again in the wake of the budget losing 21% of its value compared to a year ago. Friday’s closing value was just $1.0856. We have covered the fall and fall of the value of the pound previously. In the years before the WW2, £1 sterling still bought $5 US, equivalent today to 40p for $1, but the downward trend became inevita ..read more
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