It's the one year anniversary of the Daily Mail's "Steel of the new Iron Lady" front-page about Theresa May. The author of that piece is now Downing Street Press Secretary.
Anyone remember this now infamous front-page?
It feels like a million years ago. It's almost barmy that people thought of Theresa May as "strong" at some point.
Also, the same author (who is now the Downing Street Press Secretary) was also behind the 'Enemies of the People' front-page a few months before.
They're still trying to do it though. We all know that May is weak but the press is still convincing a minority that she is actually competent and confident. She crumbles faster than a dunked Rich Tea and exists in soundbites only.
And Theresa May praised it.
It's been fucking hilarious watching the downfall of Theresa May after her press pushed this whole Iron Lady nonsense.
Fuck knows why - Theresa's faults were clear when she was home sec. It seems that a lot of Tory Britain are pathetically attached to the belief that Maggie will return like Jesus and save them from god knows what.
In part I think it's made worst by the fact that our apparent sense of worth to others (and to ourselves unfortunately sometimes) is linked to our job (or lack of).
The jobless are then "Worthless". It's a terrible mentality I think but it seems true .
Because in this country, the rich don't commit crime. They might perpetrate amusing little peccadilloes, or act foolishly and learn their lesson just by being arrested but not punished, but they never actually commit crime.
Have a friend who retired young on decent payout and combination of inheritance and investments we have this thing going where when the job question comes up in conversation with people its "oh, I'm unemployed", "no, I don't work" "I'm jobless" etc
The look of revulsion on some people's faces.
Making them disgusted is part of the fun.
I believe they would be required to introduce the euro, though
I think we would lose all of our privileges too.
using the little-known treaty clause “Article 49”.
Little-known? It is just the regular article that regulates the application of countries to become a EU member.
But Mr Juncker added for the first time in public that even once Britain had left, it could still change its mind and return to the bloc by invoking another treaty clause.
He never mentioned it before because it is obvious: of course the UK can reapply to become a member after leaving the union. (I believe they would be required to introduce the euro, though).
Why on earth would you want to go back in if it guaranteed poor standing as well as taking Schengen, the Euro and more and more integration? These are not things that the public wants.
Exactly. The EU negotiating team is no longer interested in the bullshit coming from Davis and the rest of the UK side. The UK is getting a hard Brexit, or they stay in.
This isn't even a matter of "who blinks first".
Considering how good a job the Conservative government has done in convincing the loud and obnoxious part of our population that human rights are preventing us from dealing with criminals properly I can only imagine this being terrifying.
I have a friend who seems very rational and well-balanced.
She was saying the other day over dinner that she believes anyone in jail should be forced to work during their time there, for free. Maybe they could do low-skilled labour, she suggested?
I was unaware that she was into slavery, and expressed my surprise and she insisted that it wasn't the same as slavery, no matter how much forcing someone to do unpaid labour through threat of force may sound like forcing someone to do unpaid labour through threat of force.
I asked her what her Jewish husband would think of people being arrested and sent to camps where they would be forced to do manual labour. This, apparently, wasn't the same. "This country isn't run by Hitler" she said. I asked her if she would be happy with Nigel Farage deciding who was a criminal and who should be enslaved. Nope, she wasn't, but there was no way that a right-wing government would ever come to power!
I asked what about people that were physically incapable of doing this work. She had no good solution. They just don't commit crimes, apparently, because if they were incapable of work, then surely they'd be incapable of crime!
I asked about highly educated criminals with skills - did she think that they should be forced to do high skill work instead of this low manual skills? Yes, she did! (Though, of course, she said, there's far less educated criminals, most criminals are uneducated chavs!). So I asked what her opinion of criminals teaching in a primary school was, and she blanched. Maybe we could use it to reduce the NHS nursing crisis - did she want her blood taken by a murderer?
And, I said, would she really want all of her work to be done, for free, by a criminal? After all, why would they pay her if they could enslave someone and make them do it?
It was a depressing journey into the utter blind ignorance of someone that had never stopped to consider how her opinions would be realised, and how that realisation would be viewed.
My cousin is currently doing time and I have other family who are screws (different sides).
Anyway, both agree that sometimes the only way for inmates to defend themselves against some prick on a power trip is to write a letter to the governor claiming human rights violations and threatening to get their lawyer involved. Normal complaints go nowhere, screws can't turn on colleagues for fear of reprisals, but threatening a human rights case means the kid gloves go on and everyone treads fucking softly.
Of course, you can't overdo it, and you have to be able to back it up.
Note: this is what I am told. I am not a screw and have never done time.
Under the Tories though, fuck knows. Maybe they'll decide that criminals no longer need food, or have no right of privacy when talking to their solicitor or barrister, or any other collection of bullshit that serves only to crush their opponents.
Unfortunately that will appeal to a significant number of the population. A lot of people would rather anyone in prison is treated as sub-human.
John Laing sues the federal government right now because its project on the motorway 1 isn't profitable. They demand 778 million €. If they fail to succeed, the subsidiary will go bankrupt and they have to write off the contract.
'Strong and Stable'
Yeah, when a company goes bankrupt all their competitors get to have fun mopping up all the loose contracts. I work for an indirect competitor, some of the higher-ups are pretty happy about Carillion failing. It's not the end of the world when a big company fails.
Goodbye schools and hospitals. Thanks Brexit!
UK = Failed State.
It's not about money anymore. You could give the NHS £x billion tomorrow and they wouldn't be able to repair the damage that has been done. The fundamental framework has collapsed.
The NHS needs reform. Certain aspects need to be taken out of Government hands completely eg: staff pay and staffing levels. The fact that any Government can arbitrarily cap pay whilst ignoring supply and demand sets up market failure which we are seeing now.
Certain aspects of the NHS need to be run by independent commissions with clear KPIs and goals that MPs can only influence if they fail to meet those goals.
My wife's been a nurse for the past 20 years, she's worked in hospitals, GP clinics, A&E, care homes, and in places like Africa, America and Australia. It's been her life. For the first time, recently, she's been talking about quitting because the NHS is so desperately stretched. Our friends, doctors and nurses, all say the same - none of them are optimistic about the future of the service, and expect that it won't survive another 10 years.
It's worse than a pay cut - its a solid barrier to entry.
Nursing and Midwifery are largely hands-on courses. They are basically working in the NHS to observe and learn how things are done. It is not the same as a degree where you go and sit in 5-10 lectures a week and can take a part time job in the evening. They are contributing to the running of the NHS, working "normal" hours and are expected to cover nights and weekends too. So they can't easily hold down a part time job. The bursary was meant to help with that - a bit of extra money to recognise we need these skills and they contribute more than normal students while they are learning.
A lot of potential Nurses and Midwives don't come from wealthy backgrounds, and can't afford to go to university and not earn money to pay for their living expenses while they do it. So they simply can't choose that option and go for other university courses instead, or don't bother.
That's, basically the plan. Make the NHS horrible, on purpose. Replace it with something private and expensive. The staff will end up happier, lots of people will make money. All at the cost of our NHS, all at our expense.
The current government is strangling the NHS and there's a simultaneous voice calling it unmanageable. The solution, we are going to hear is part privatisation. Never mind actually funding and managing the service properly in the first place.
We might as well rebrand newsthump as non-satire. Satire and reality are one.
How the fuck do you go bankrupt working for the government? Everyone over charges the government at every fucking stop.
Overcharge the government at every step. Guaranteed contracts that won't be cancelled.
Still manages to go bankrupt
There isn't a magic money tree.
Except for when she needs it.
Antibiotic-resistance is an issue we should have been putting billions into yesterday. However doing so would require deep changes of thinking for many in regards to meat, health, etc, and those are so difficult to change that it's almost impossible. It really does feel like we're facing an oncoming storm that we'll just quietly ignore until, eventually, it hits us.
See also, climate change.
(Or any other potentially existential crisis.)
Key fact "Cóilín Nunan, scientific adviser to the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, told the Guardian: “It is scandalous that [government rules] still allow for poultry to be mass-medicated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Twenty years ago, a House of Lords report said this should be stopped. Even the US banned the practice over 10 years ago because of the strength of the scientific evidence. So why are British and European authorities still refusing to take action?”
I wonder why?
That's extremely worrying. If chickens from supermarket are showing high levels of antibiotic resistant super bugs then they are most likely pumped full of antibiotics.
This just reaffirms my choice of no longer eating meat.
Well there’s a surprise
It's pretty much what capitalism means - bosses/owners are clearly going to be looking out for their own interests first and foremost to the extent that the law allows them, even shareholders except for those with controlling interests only count as owners at a surface level, and if you want workers', customers', community or national interests looked out for, those groups need to have far more input into how companies are run.
if you want workers', customers', community or national interests looked out for, those groups need to have far more input into how companies are run.
This is basically it. And no doubt there are going to be people all over this sub defending the fact they can do this.
The whole story fucking stinks. Being awarded more and more contracts they couldn't deliver on, when it was clear to many firms these guys were in trouble.
So everyone else gets shafted and those at the top walk away with millions. And people will continue to defend this failed system. Madness.
It's pretty much what capitalism means
woah you aint one of them comranists are you?
Criticising capitalism...while using a computer... hmmm hypocrite much? Wasn't expecting an intellectual such as myself to catch you out were you
There seems to be a change in tide from the lead Brexiters over the past week.
Farage has softly mused the notion of a new referendum - suggesting he knows he's politically finished and irrelevant when Brexit fails - as nearly two years in from the vote, the government has made no real progress, the economy is losing money and skilled workers, and the pound is still weak and has not recovered to pre-referendum levels.
BoJo obviously realises he gambled on the wrong horse to boost his political game and is still backing the wrong team with feeble public soundbites that are torn to shreds by a scrutinous European media he, and Brexiters, completely underestimated. Despite these alleged comments, he remains spineless as he is incapable of coming clean with the public to seek any form of redemption for a dignified bow out of British politics. The ego doth protest honour.
I'd rather stay in the EU and no Brexit.
Sounds good. Stay it is!