Guess Who Profits From Selling Off NHS?

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Russell Brand speaks ‘human’ about the Coalition’s heist of the NHS – selling off the publicly owned ‘Crown Jewels’ to the highest bidder or rentier, under the duplicitous fraud of Austerity.  The EU-US trade deal, TTIP (or NAFTA on Streoids) is intended to make these sell-offs impossible to reverse in the future.

Guess Who Profits From Selling Off NHS: Russell Brand The Trews (E208)

Published on Dec 10, 2014

Russell Brand The Trews (E208).
Reaction to news that a £1billion contract – the biggest ever in the history of the NHS – is out for tender to private companies.
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On TTIP and the NHS, they are trying to bamboozle us

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Dennis Skinner’s ‘spirit of 45′ manifesto

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We are currently reaping the rewards of Margaret Thatcher’s casino economy with everything from the banking crisis, our public utilities being owned by foreign companies, the selling-off of the NHS, Rupert Murdoch, our largely rightwing press, our diminished manufacturing base, and the horrifying revelations of Jimmy Saville, child abuse and Elm house.

As Dennis Skinner put it at the Durham Miners’ Gala, if the miners had won in 1984, the course of history would have been totally different … and we wouldn’t be living through the last months of this hugely destructive and anti-democratic government.   Another 5y is unthinkable and we need to fight back, if need be, again and again!

First and foremost, we must destroy ‘the mantra of balancing the books’ which was a Ronald Regan invention.  The deception is exposed in that it only applies to public spending.  Why should it be good for private business to borrow and invest for expansion but not for government to invest in jobs for the 8m unemployed and underemployed?

Jobs create income which leads to spending and more jobs are created in response to the increased spending – taxes rise and deficit falls.  “Look after the unemployment, and the budget will look after itself”. (Keynes, January 1933)

 

Dennis Skinner at Durham 2014

Published on Jul 13, 2014  Dennis Skinner MP at Durham Miners Gala July 2014

The Dennis Skinner manifesto:

1.  Put an end to the wage freezes

2.  A living wage across the whole of the UK

3.  Introduce free collective bargaining across the private sector

4.  Get rid of zero hours contracts and use of private companies like Serco, Capita and Atos.

5.  Put an end to the sequestration of Union funds.

6.  Proper decent public ownership of utilities

7.  End the Bedroom Tax

8.  Embark on a 1945-style house building programme – ‘Homes for heroes’

9.  A Robin Hood tax with the proceeds fed straight into the NHS

10.  Remember that Austerity is the biggest lie.

Together let’s start building the manifesto of Tony Benn and Bob Crow!

 

 

Support the Firefighters on 10th July 2014 .. and in perpetuity.

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Who in their right minds would think that Firefighters should be working until 60?  What more needs to be said?  And actually, this government doesn’t either, in spite of what they say.  This is just a cynical ploy to reduce Firefighters’ pensions.

The FBU say:

“Firefighting is a dangerous and physically demanding job which requires specific fitness standards.

“It is obvious to everyone that it is more and more difficult to meet those standards in your 50s compared to your 20s.

”Firefighters in that position face a stark choice of being sacked or losing half their pension.

“This is outrageous and all the claims that the government values our firefighters have been exposed as an utter lie.

“They need to wake up to the fact that we are not going away and we will be continuing our fight for pension justice.”

The government in N Ireland recently offered firefighters a retirement age of 55, and the FBU says this demonstrates that the Westminster government’s position is not justified by evidence or lack of affordability.

The FBU recently launched a legal challenge against the government’s proposals, saying they have received legal advice that reducing the pensions available to firefighters by different amounts depending on when they retire after 55 amounts to age discrimination.

In addition to this scandal, the UK public are seeing fire stations closed and the valuable land on which they stand on being sold off to property developers.

Furthermore, there are draconian cuts both in Firefighters and Appliances.  For example, Nancy Platts, Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven, has been campaigning against local cuts which will see frontline services reduced and, according to the consultation document, will increase the number of fire deaths in the city.

Simon Herbert, a local firefighter and FBU official said,

“I believe that the public have been misled on both the consultation process and also the cost of keeping the fifth fire engine in the City.  Cutting a fire engine that responds to over 1,000 emergency incidents a year and enables firefighters to save lives and protect the public merely to save money that could be saved in other areas, is not acceptable.  The Fire Service’s own documents show that cutting 24 firefighters and removing a fire engine would save approximately £900,000.  This amount of money although large can easily be made in other areas or by looking to share back office resources across the south east region.  I would expect all other avenues to have been explored before public safety is put at risk.”

What effect will this have on the residents of Brighton and Hove?

  • Cut 25% of Firefighter jobs from the City of Brighton and Hove
  • Take away a Fire Engine that attends over 1000 (Hove) or 2000 (Brighton) calls a year
  • Leave high rise properties at risk without sufficient resources to attack high rise fires quickly
  • Replace the City’s Ariel Ladder Platform with an inferior appliance

Support the Firefighters as they fight on all fronts to protect the public and themselves from the actions of this cynical government and their supporters on regional Fire Authorities.