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

Top economist Richard Murphy slams austerity: “The economic crash was not Labour’s fault”

Top economist Richard Murphy reported for Tax Research UK that Cameron and Osborne would be found guilty by a jury of their peers for a mishandling of the economy after the economic crash. He adds that the UK crash “would … Continue reading Top economist Richard Murphy slams austerity: “The economic crash was not Labour’s fault”

Almost a quarter of teachers who have qualified since 2011 have already left the profession

Over 27,000 newly qualified teachers since 2011 have already left the profession. Recent analysis shows that UK teachers are working longer hours than those in other countries and the pay cap has meant a real terms pay cut over the … Continue reading Almost a quarter of teachers who have qualified since 2011 have already left the profession

Professor of cardiovascular medicine calls on Theresa May to restore David Cameron’s “obesity plan”

Graham McGregor, a professor of cardiovascular medicine, has written an open letter to Theresa May asking her to have an urgent meeting with her health policy unit to restore David Cameron’s evidence-based obesity plan. He says he was “astonished” that … Continue reading Professor of cardiovascular medicine calls on Theresa May to restore David Cameron’s “obesity plan”

Former Labour politician who introduced tuition fees says they shouldn’t have been increased and thinks they should be scrapped

Andrew Adonis, the Labour politician behind the introduction of tuition fees, asks how “we got from the idea of reasonable contribution to the cost of university tuition … to today’s Frankenstein monster of £50,000-plus debts” and says tuition fees of … Continue reading Former Labour politician who introduced tuition fees says they shouldn’t have been increased and thinks they should be scrapped

Sajid Javid’s speech about local government at a conference “went down like a bucket of cold sick”

Sajid Javid addressed the Local Government Association (LGA) was said to have gone down “like a bucket of cold sick” according to Nick Forbes, Labour’s LGA leader. His speech launched “a ferocious tirade against councils and their alleged culpability for … Continue reading Sajid Javid’s speech about local government at a conference “went down like a bucket of cold sick”

80% of NHS bosses are worried they won’t have enough money to provide good care for mental health patients this year

NHS bosses have warned of a mental health crisis as patients are forced to wait long periods before receiving care. Shortages of nurses is just one of many reasons why mental health services are struggling, according to a report which … Continue reading 80% of NHS bosses are worried they won’t have enough money to provide good care for mental health patients this year

Labour pressure government to listen to High Court ruling on “unlawful” benefit cap

The benefit cap ruled “unlawful” by the High Court is believed to hit 20,000 families, and Labour are now pressuring the government to listen to the ruling. The court said the cap causes “real misery for no good reason” and … Continue reading Labour pressure government to listen to High Court ruling on “unlawful” benefit cap