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Ben Bradley learns the hard way and – apologises unreservedly for Corbyn spy claims | Politics | The Guardian 

Labour says Tory MP will tweet apology and has agreed to pay undisclosed sum to charity – The Guardian

The grovelling apology makes it crystal clear that what Bradley tweeted had no foundation in truth and was purely based on Tory attempts at smearing Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Let’s not forget that Theresa May appointed Bradley as Vice Chair of the Tory Party only a few weeks ago. One can only question the Prime Minister’s judgement, or advice, over the appointment.

Of course Bradley will also be picking up the Labour Leader’s legal costs and making donations to a couple of Corbyn’s favourite charities.

Well done Ben, you’ve blown a hole right through Tory smear tactics. Thanks for your help.

Source: Ben Bradley apologises unreservedly for Corbyn spy claims | Politics | The Guardian

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24 Feb 2018 Posted by | Politics, Tory | , , , , | Leave a comment

Hands Off Bedford Hospital

Bedford, Luton & Dunstable and Milton Keynes Hospitals are in line to be fast tracked into something called an “Accountable Care System” (an ACS). What’s an ACS you might ask?

It’s something, created by someone, who wants to reorganise the NHS as part of “Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships”, (STP). You get the idea, and probably love the jargon.

The aim is to change the way the NHS is funded, bringing Health and Social Care under one budget. But that budget will be capped. I can’t imagine who would want to do such a thing, can you?

The other thing you need to know is that an ACS is based on the US system, the insurance model, an ACO, “Accountable Care Organisation”. An ACO is effectively a private insurance organisation. See where this is going?

An ACS can be run by a private company, such as Carillion or G4S. Worried yet? You should be.

One other thing. Sometime ago a book was written by Jeremy  Hunt explaining what a good idea it would be if we got rid of the NHS and replaced it with American style ACOs, and moved to an insurance based health care system, just like in the good old US of A.

A capped budget means one thing, there is a limit on what treatment you will be able to get, unless you pay more. Liking it so far?

You may have heard in the last few weeks that the Tories are keen on the National Insurance we all pay being solely for the purpose of funding the NHS. That’s right, we’ll all be paying a specific National Insurance for the NHS. Step two will be the selling off of the National Insurance system to a Private Company, like Carillion, and there you have it, a Privatised NHS.

So this it what you get for your ACS:

  • a capped budget
  • a limit on treatment
  • services limited by cost & budget
  • privatised NHS
  • treatment if you can afford it
  • massive cuts to services

Sounds like a Tory plan. That’s exactly what it is. And it will happen unless people make a fuss, make a big issue of it.

That’s why today I was outside Bedford Hospital, in the cold and rain, with lots of other people spreading the message. And letting the Tories know,  that we know, what their plan is, and we don’t like it.

Here’s a price list, in dollars of what you can expect

  • Epipen  $600
  • Inhaler $125
  • Cataracts $3,542
  • Childbirth $9000 t0 $12000
  • Caesarean section $15,700 to $21495
  • Hip replacement $40,364
  • Knee replacement $49,500
  • Heart attack $50,000 on-going per year
  • Appendix removed $$55,495
  • Heart transplant $$1.2million

Currently I believe you have to pay £8.60 prescription cost for an inhaler or an epipen, all the other things are free. Some of the above costs would be covered by your Privatised National Insurance payments, but not much unless you were able to top up your cover, which most of us wont be able to do.

Of course you might face an excess on your insurance, in much the same way car insurance works. Maybe you would pay the first £300, or possibly 10%.

And don’t forget that a Privatised National Insurance Company would do their damnedest to avoid paying out or reduce your payout. They have to make a profit.

Think on that. And think on Carillion. And think on whether you trust the Tories. Jeremy Hunt? Liam Fox? John Redwood? Boris Johnson? Michael Gove? You could make your own list, it could go on forever.

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20 Jan 2018 Posted by | Bedford | , , | Leave a comment

So there will be no election until 2020, ha, ha, ha, ho, ha, stop it, no, stop, ha,ha,ha.

Cakes for afternoon tea

Sometime this morning, Theresa May sat down with a cup of tea and a digestive biscuit. It was supposed to be a Custard Cream but she recently concluded a custard cream was no good for dunking. So she  changed her mind at the last-minute.

It was a lovely cup of tea, made even better because she had changed her mind at the last-minute and opted for the digestive. Theresa loved her tea break. Time to contemplate changing her mind, again.

It was at that moment that Theresa’s next big idea popped into her head. It was another changing her mind idea. Another one of those moments when she could speak of strong leadership, of being a vicar’s daughter, of strong principles, of being a leader of the people and of changing her mind and doing the opposite of what she had said last week, last month, last year. Yes, she thought to herself, we are decisive about changing our mind.

A General Election. That’s what we need, a General Election. She paused for a moment, but it was only a very short moment. Would they notice? Would the people notice? Would her MPs notice? Would anyone notice? Of course not. It’s what they expected from her. It’s Theresa, she changes her mind and she changes it with conviction.

She had changed her mind so often, on so many subjects, policies, principles and biscuits and no one had noticed, but if they did notice, it’s what they expected from her.

Why, just a few moments ago, she had changed her mind on her choice of biscuit and no one noticed. If she could change biscuits at the last-minute, why not a General Election?

Theresa finished her tea, grabbed the lectern from the hallway, and marched out of the front door into the middle of the street. She plonked the lectern down on the road. It was a decisive plonk, a determined plonk, a British plonk, a Brexit plonk.  She surveyed the massed ranks of those pesky reporter types with her dead eye look.

“I have just chaired a meeting of  the Cabinet”, she began. Theresa paused and looked around at the reporters. They believed her. She had just been having a cuppa and a biscuit and here she was telling the reporters she had been in a Cabinet meeting. And the silly reporters believed her. They always believed her.

This PM business was a doddle. Another successful lie. No election until 2020 my arse. “There will be a General Election on 8th June”, Theresa continued.

All she needed to do now was come up with a few more lies, get the silly reporters to repeat her lies to all the people and the election was in the bag.

Theresa fancied another cuppa. She thought of Easter just passed and the role that Judas played.  This time would it be Fig or Ginger with the cuppa?

Judas, what an interesting role, denying the truth when challenged. Theresa was glad she was a vicar’s daughter. She understood the bible. She understood Christian values. She understood Easter. She understood lies. Theresa sighed and thought of the people. She smiled and thought of Donald. Donald always said, “A big lie is always better than a little lie, especially when it’s believed”.

“Fig”, said Theresa decisively. Was it a lie?

18 Apr 2017 Posted by | General Election | , , | Leave a comment

The Queen’s speech is just a load of old tosh

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Injustice

 

Today we were treated to our annual, medieval, fancy dress extravaganza that is the Queen’s Speech. Jewels, ermine and an old black stick.

 

Our 90 year old Queen told us that “her Government”, whilst under investigation for election fraud by umpteen police forces, would do some “Government” to us.

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Protest

It seems ironic that the last year of her “Government” doing things to us has resulted in chaos, defeat, u-turn and an almighty shambles.

People from all walks of life protest, demonstrate, revolt, withdraw their labour, are up in arms about fraud and corruption, and write to their MPs in their millions to vent their anger.

Our Queen must have noticed that whilst her subjects are revolting, “her Government” ministers are at each others throats, tearing each other to shreds, over the simple matter of a referendum of the people.

 

stick it to the ToriesAnd on this day, the Secretary of State for Health discovers that it is a good idea to talk to the junior doctors. She must wonder what the fuck is going on.

So as our Queen delivers her speech in a dull monotone voice, void of any emotion, I bet she is thinking, “How have I managed to keep this show going for so long?”

Has she ever had a good speech to deliver?

This one was particularly dull.

Given that the Government is in such an almighty fucking mess, was is it ever going to be anything else? The Government want a quiet life,at least form their own members, even if everyone is still revolting.

ESA RICHARD FULLEROur Queen, and her Government’s programme, fails to address any of the Government inspired problems we have to solve; housing; NHS; austerity; education; welfare; ownership; jobs; corruption; low pay; excessive pay; climate change; EU Referendum fall-out; media ownership; electoral reform; election fraud; fair taxation; prisons; energy crisis; and so on.

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Museum of politics

You would think that a Government that continually tries to modernise all of us plebs, might take a long hard look at themselves. With their ancient traditions and and ridiculous procedures, it really is time they caught up with us here in the 21st century.

For God’s sake, Westminster is the biggest museum in Europe. And has it occurred to anyone in Westminster that just might be the problem with this country?

At least our Queen can take it easy for the rest of the year in the knowledge that, if the coming year is anything like the last, she wont be required to sign any legislation because it will be in ruins by Christmas. Then she can give us her next speech.

And if things get out of control there always the good old British Bobby to help keep the peace.

Orgreave Justice

 

18 May 2016 Posted by | Bedford, Politics, Westminster, What the fuck? | , | Leave a comment

#Tories admit #Osborne is shit.

Right now the Tories in the EU Leave camp are saying that George Osborne’s forecasts are shit. With all the resources at his disposal the Tories are saying Osborne’s forecasts are not worth the paper they are written on.

OSBORNE #STICKITTOTHETORIESWell that’s no big surprise to millions of us. Just look at his record. So next time George comes up with a forecast telling you everything is going to be wonderful remember what the Tories said: Osborne’s forecasts are shit.

The next time he tells you about his long-term economic plan, or whatever he calls it next time, remember what the Tories told you. Osborne struggles to predict what day it is tomorrow so the chances of him predicting what will happen in 6 months time is zero.

My planTwelve months from now he will not have any chance of forecasting what the economic conditions will be. Osborne is shit, and it was the Tories who told you he is shit.

And just for the record the other lot of Tories can’t tell you anything about what’s going to happen if we leave. They are no better than Osborne.

Now the Tories have let the cat out of the bag. The two Tory gangs hate each other and they don’t have an economic clue between them. And the Tories told you themselves.

Most of us have known Osborne is shit, but at least we have a load of Tories agreeing with us.

 

18 Apr 2016 Posted by | Austerity, Economy, EU, General Election, Tory, Westminster | , , , , | Leave a comment

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