Article 50 negotiations are a “shambles”, and the negotiators are “delusional” says Oxford economic professor

Yet we were led by Theresa May and David Davis, who were instead determined to treat this as a classical zero sum negotiation where, because you had more power, your best hope was to make the other side believe you will walk … Continue reading Article 50 negotiations are a “shambles”, and the negotiators are “delusional” says Oxford economic professor

NHS and Department of Health must “get their act together” to avoid further hacking chaos, says National Audit Office

The NHS could have avoided the crippling effects of the “relatively unsophisticated” WannaCry ransomware outbreak in May with “basic IT security”, according to an independent investigation into the cyber-attack. The National Audit Office (NAO) said that 19,500 medical appointments were cancelled, computers … Continue reading NHS and Department of Health must “get their act together” to avoid further hacking chaos, says National Audit Office

Government interventions have actually pushed up energy prices

An extensive review of the UK’s energy sector suggests government interventions have helped pushed electricity costs higher for consumers. The independent review, commissioned by the government, was carried out by Oxford University professor Dieter Helm. Helm looked into each element … Continue reading Government interventions have actually pushed up energy prices

Ministry of Jusice reveal 1,700 prison officers have been dropped from eight highest security prisons

High-security prisons holding Britain’s most dangerous prisoners have lost one in four officers since the Conservatives have been in government, it can be revealed. HMP Belmarsh, the category-A men’s prison that has inmates including serial killer Stephen Port and extreme Islamist preacher Anjem … Continue reading Ministry of Jusice reveal 1,700 prison officers have been dropped from eight highest security prisons

Theresa May was warned the UK would be “screwed” if she triggered Article 50 too early – but did it anyway

May triggered Article 50 in March, but at the first round of negotiations in June the Government instantly conceded to the EU’s timetable of settling citizens’ rights, the Northern Ireland border and the divorce bill. [Sir Ivan Rogers, former EU … Continue reading Theresa May was warned the UK would be “screwed” if she triggered Article 50 too early – but did it anyway

NHS junior doctor has long twitter tirade against Jeremy Hunt’s “cocky” tweet

The Skwawkbox have gleefully recorded a twitter thread written by a junior doctor in response to the “cocky” tweet of Jeremy Hunt. He gives many reasons for being upset by the Health Secretary, all backed up with reputable sources. For … Continue reading NHS junior doctor has long twitter tirade against Jeremy Hunt’s “cocky” tweet

NHS charges “will deter ill people from seeking life-saving treatment, and patients with infectious diseases could pass undetected.”

The system, designed to counter “health tourism”, requires medical staff to establish whether patients are eligible for state-funded healthcare before providing treatment. If they are not, patients must pay an upfront charge that is currently set at 150% of the … Continue reading NHS charges “will deter ill people from seeking life-saving treatment, and patients with infectious diseases could pass undetected.”

Oxford economics professor asks whether austerity can survive the hypocrisy of the “magic money tree” and the DUP deal

Simon Wren-Lewis, an Economics professor at Oxford University, asks: “Can austerity survive such hypocrisy?” He says there is “no economic problem with ending austerity”, but recognises austerity is a “vote loser” for the Tories, especially with top Tories such as … Continue reading Oxford economics professor asks whether austerity can survive the hypocrisy of the “magic money tree” and the DUP deal