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post Nov 2 2018, 07:52 PM
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I see the Naylor Report is surfacing again.

Fully backed by Theresa May and the Conservatives, the Naylor Report basically says that all hospitals need to sell off their land and buildings in order to get public funding in future. If they don't sell off their assets, the tories will deny them public funding. This needs publicising far and wide, it's a disgrace.

This bloke explains it perfectly... Naylor Report


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post Nov 3 2018, 09:54 PM
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Another thing. Why do people in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland get their bus passes at 60, but in England it's 66?

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post Nov 14 2018, 11:39 AM
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Brexit. So today there’s a “deal” on the table, contained in a 500 page legal document. No-one outside a select few knows the full details, which are not expected to be released until later today, and then everyone in parliament has to somehow analyse it all and vote on it tomorrow.

They couldn’t organise a drinking session in a brewery.


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post Nov 15 2018, 12:01 PM
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Theresa May is getting a right bashing, live on BBC2.

Never seen a PM look so shaky.


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What's this £39 billion for anyway? What do we get for it? Seems like nothing to me. There's no free trade agreement, so why not just keep the dosh and spend it on the NHS.

And we'll be locked into an EU customs union and EU laws. This will stop us getting our own UK trade policy, we still won't be able to manage our own economy.

This is the "best deal" she can come up with? Jeeeeez crying.gif


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QUOTE (3mm @ May 11 2015, 10:56 AM) *
So we can all keep track of what they do / don't do... Source: BBC (but copied below in case link goes down in time)

The Conservative Party has a majority in the new Parliament and, in theory, the ability to pass whatever laws it wants. Here are some of the things the party has promised to do.

Key policies
Extra money for the NHS was a key pledge during the election campaign

Many of the party's main pledges were in its manifesto, but some were also made later in the election campaign. The party said it would:

Introduce a law guaranteeing no rise in income tax rates, VAT or national insurance before 2020
Invest an extra £8bn a year for the NHS by 2020
Hold a referendum on membership of the EU by 2017
Open 500 more free schools
Extend the right-to-buy scheme to housing association tenants in England
Build 200,000 starter homes
Ensure all people who work 30 hours per week on the minimum wage pay no income tax
Double free childcare allowance for three and four-year-olds to 30 hours
Increase the inheritance tax threshold on family homes to £1m by 2017
Make sure there are no above-inflation rises in rail fares until 2020

Below are some of the other key pledges made in the party's manifesto
Economy

Running a surplus by 2018
A crackdown on tax evasion and the "aggressive" avoidance of tax
Spending £100bn on infrastructure over the five-year term

Jobs and investment
Rules for strikes will be changed under the party's plans

Achieving full employment by helping businesses create two million extra jobs over the course of the next Parliament
Creating 3 million new apprenticeships
Replacing Jobseeker's Allowance for 18-21 year-olds with a Youth Allowance time-limited to six months. After that, they will have to take an apprenticeship or traineeship or do community work to claim benefits
Requiring 40% of those entitled to take part in strike ballots to vote for a strike before industrial action can be held
Requiring companies with more than 250 employees to publish their gender pay gap - the difference between average pay for male and female employees
Increasing the minimum wage to £6.70 by the autumn and to £8 by the end of the decade
Investing £6.9bn in the UK's research infrastructure up to 2021

Taxation and welfare

Taking everyone who earns less than £12,500 out of income tax
Passing a new law that would mean all those working 30 hours a week and earning the minimum wage will not pay income tax on earnings
Raising the threshold for the 40p rate of tax so that nobody under £50,000 pays the rate
A freeze on working age benefits for two years from April 2016 (exemptions for disability and pensioner benefits)
Lowering the benefit cap from £26,000 to £23,000 (with exemptions for those receiving Disability Living Allowance or the Personal Independence Payment)

Immigration
The party will cap skilled migration from outside the EU at 20,700

Negotiating new EU rules so people will have to be earning in the UK for four years before they can claim tax credits and child benefits
Introducing a four-year residency requirement for social housing for EU migrants
Ending the ability of EU jobseekers to claim any job-seeking benefits
Requiring EU jobseekers who have not found a job within six months to leave
Insisting new EU member states' citizens do not have free movement rights "until their economies have converged much more closely with existing member states"
Cap the level of skilled migration from outside the EU at 20,700
Extend the "deport first, appeal later" principle to cover all immigration appeals and judicial reviews, apart from asylum cases

Education and the NHS
The Tories pledge to give people the right to a named GP

Investing £7bn over the course of the next Parliament to provide "good school places"
Protecting the schools budget; increasing the amount spent on schools as the number of pupils increases
Scrapping the cap on higher education student numbers
Providing same-day GP appointments for over 75s

Heritage, sports and government
The party pledges more powers for the Welsh Assembly

Freeze the BBC licence fee
Guarantee those who work for a big company and the public sector entitlement to Volunteering Leave for three days per year
End taxpayer-funded six-figure pay-offs for the best-paid public sector workers
Reduce number of MPs to 600
Introduce English votes for English laws
Give English MPs a veto over matters only affecting England
Implement the recommendations of the Smith Commission, set up to consider new powers for Scotland after the independence referendum
Increase some powers for the Welsh Assembly
Devolve corporation tax powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly

Justice

Scrap the Human Rights Act, and introduce a British Bill of Rights
Strengthen counter-terrorism powers
Create new Extremism Disruption Orders, which the party says would help target those trying to radicalise young people on social media

Pensions and inheritance

Increasing the inheritance tax threshold for married couples and civil partners to £1m
Continuing to increase the state pension through the triple lock system, meaning it rises by at least 2.5%
Capping charges on residential care
Introducing a single-tier pension

Foreign affairs and defence

Protect the UK economy from further integration with the eurozone while reclaiming other powers from Europe
Uphold commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on international development
Maintain the size of the regular armed services and not reduce the Army to below 82,000
Expand armed forces reserves to 35,000
Retain Trident and build a new a new fleet of nuclear submarines

Others

Giving Parliament a free vote on repeal of the Hunting Act
Ending any new public subsidy for onshore wind farms

Interesting to look at this list of pledges again. You can work out for yourselves all the ones they haven't honoured.

The Conservatives are big on making promises, but terrible at keeping them. Something to bear in mind when you vote.


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