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Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns resigns after claims he knew about ex-aides role in sabotage of rape trial

Your mate little Alun isn't it @chrisp65?

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1 hour ago, bickster said:

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns resigns after claims he knew about ex-aides role in sabotage of rape trial

Your mate little Alun isn't it @chrisp65?

First minister to resign during an election campaign since 1974.

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I see that Notso has been ridiculed for his non-appearance on Sky.

In fact he was saving himself for this masterpiece of political communication.

 

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1 hour ago, peterms said:

I see that Notso has been ridiculed for his non-appearance on Sky.

In fact he was saving himself for this masterpiece of political communication.

 

'The language that Jeremy Corbyn has used about business people, about entrepreneurs, about the kind of people that employ, is completely inappropriate'

What 'language' is he even referring to here? 

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27 minutes ago, HanoiVillan said:

What 'language' is he even referring to here? 

It must have been when Corbyn said "feck Business" ...oh....was it not him? oh, Johnson said it... Well, I expect it must have been just high spirits. Jolly good sorts the tories.

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The Conservatives have received significant recent cash injections from a number of Russian donors and their associates, an openDemocracy investigation has discovered.

Well-connected Russian oligarchs and companies heavily involved in lobbying for Russian interests have stepped up their funding of the Conservative party in recent months, our analysis reveals.

The news comes as Boris Johnson stands accused of presiding over a “cover-up” over his government’s refusal to release a report into alleged Russian interference in British politics.

Open Democracy

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7 hours ago, bickster said:

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns resigns after claims he knew about ex-aides role in sabotage of rape trial

Your mate little Alun isn't it @chrisp65?

I’ve been genuinely surprised at the vitriol I’ve seen against him today in my local social media bubble at little Alun’s stunt. He’s known for an absolute minimum of 10 months because that’s when it was a ‘local’ story. The victim in this was a Tory party worker so I don’t think there’s any politicking on her part, she’s saying even now Cairns and his staff have not contacted her and not apologised.

He knew, he’s a liar claiming he didn’t know. 

Then, at midnight last night he posted that as there was no longer a parliament and we were having an election it was his duty to report he was no longer an MP or held office. Then today he ‘resigned’, but is still standing. I hope he does keep to that, he had a 2,000 majority and if he stands we’ll have 5 weeks of asking him about his mate the rape trial guy.

He took credit today for abolishing Severn Bridge tolls. The date was in law passed in 1992.

He was the Minister for Bristol, perhaps he’ll move there now.

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US-style healthcare would be a disaster for our NHS patients – so don’t vote for it

As a GP working in London, it is not uncommon for me to hear people say they can’t afford prescription charges, or that they don’t have the money to buy their medication until they get paid at the end of the month. Some drugs are so expensive they are wholly out of people’s reach. “But if this is such an effective treatment, why isn’t it available free on the NHS?”, patients ask me.

I often struggle to respond. No one should be denied care on account of their ability to pay for treatment. Yet this is now a daily reality for many people, due to the creeping privatisation of our healthcare system by successive governments.

And, as a recent report by Channel 4’s Dispatches has shown – the programme revealed that US pharmaceutical companies have already been discussing raising drug prices in the event of a US/UK trade deal post-Brexit – denial of treatment on the NHS looks set to get a whole lot worse.

If we want to know how bad things can be, we only have to look over to the United States. US citizens currently pay far more for medication produced by US pharmaceutical corporations than the price currently agreed for UK citizens through negotiations with the NHS – with devastating consequences. When the price of insulin medication was tripled in 2017, thousands of patients lost access to the drug, leading to multiple deaths. The high cost of drugs is one reason why US health outcomes are so dire.

President Trump has stated that he’s unhappy about this disparity between what we in the UK pay for drugs and what US citizens pay. But, unsurprisingly, the US president’s answer to American patients dying from an inability to afford overpriced medications is for us to pay the same artificially inflated prices too.

The US pharmaceutical industry is intent on making this happen. According to Dispatches, in the last two years alone they have collectively spent over half a billion dollars on lobbying – and it appears to be working. In addition to the six official meetings between senior UK civil servants and their US counterparts, there have been five meetings behind closed doors with representatives of US pharmaceutical corporations to discuss drug pricing. And the one-sided outcomes of trade negotiations between the US and other countries thus far – such as Canada, Mexico and Korea – should serve as a warning signal to us all, with major consequences for our health and that of our loved ones.

And how do the numbers tot up? Dr Andrew Hill from Liverpool University told Dispatches that if the NHS were to pay US prices for all medicines, our annual drugs bill would rise from £18bn to £45bn – a third of the current total NHS budget. These additional healthcare costs would inevitably be passed down to patients, with the further expansion of NHS charging and the establishment of a two-tier healthcare system, in which patients who cannot afford the price of treatment go without.

In order to conceal all of this, civil servants in the Department of Trade have been instructed not to use phrases such as “drug pricing” in NHS discussions, but to use terms like “valuing innovation” instead. So when Conservative ministers give assurances that “the NHS” and “drug pricing” are not part of post-Brexit trade deal negotiations – as they have been frantically doing in response to these revelations – they cannot be taken seriously. Their recent opposition to a Labour motion that would have kept the NHS off the table in post-Brexit trade deals only adds to the case against them.

Ameen Kamlana GP, Grauniad

This is Tory Brexit.

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A useful (and still updating) thread reminding us of the human cost of the 'hostile environment' policy:

 

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Boris Johnson has been caught on camera extolling the virtues of key elements of EU membership to a group of Conservatives in Northern Ireland.

The prime minister told Tory members they had a "great" Brexit deal - as it retains access to the single market and freedom of movement - which the rest of the UK will lose under the terms of Mr Johnson's blueprint.

As the footage emerged, critics demanded to know why the prime minister was dragging Britain out of the EU if he believed the terms of its membership were so beneficial.

Mr Johnson made the comments as he hit the campaign trail in Northern Ireland, where he also restated dubious claims that there would be no checks on goods travelling between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

His remarks directly contradict both Northern Ireland secretary Julian Smith and Brexit Secretary, Steve Barclay, who said last month that Northern Ireland businesses would need fill out export declaration forms when sending goods to Britain under the terms of the new Brexit deal.

Least trustworthy of them all.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-deal-boris-johnson-northern-ireland-speech-general-election-single-market-a9194476.html

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Why is he even bothering in NI?

They don't stand candidates there anymore, they give a free run to the terrorists of the DUP

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lying-johnson.pngThe lies, falsehoods and misrepresentations of Boris Johnson and his government

TRUTH is important in politics. Never more so than today, when huge issues are at stake affecting the lives of every voter and the future of the nation and the world. 

Political deceit is a form of theft. When people or businesses get money by deceit they face criminal charges. When politicians win power by deceit they can do vastly more harm, but face no penalty at all.

Our rulers expect us to comply with their laws and decrees, to pay the taxes they devise, to make the sacrifices they exhort on us, even sometimes to die in war.

In a democratic society, such obedience has to be earned. When our rulers use lies and misrepresentation they fray the bonds of loyalty we owe to the state.

...

Boris Johnson, who is uniquely deceitful among British prime ministers.

...

I have gone to great lengths to make sure that this dossier will be accurate, fair, and balanced. All claims are hyperlinked to the source material. If I make mistakes, I will correct them as soon as they are brought to my attention and I will make clear I have prominently corrected them on the website. Equally, readers of this website are encouraged to contact me with fresh lies or false representations from Mr Johnson and his government at this address. I will then sift, check and verify them before publication.

Peter Oborne

 

Boris Johnson Lies.com

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Of all the subjects to campaign on, you’d think someone guilty of sending unsolicited sexts to females half his age asking for sex, would give this one a wide birth.

 

 

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1.  He's never actually mopped a floor, has he?  And he doesn't know how mops work, except that they are wielded by servants.

2,  Is he drunk?

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2 minutes ago, peterms said:

1.  He's never actually mopped a floor, has he?  And he doesn't know how mops work, except that they are wielded by servants.

2,  Is he drunk?

1. Clearly not

2. No more than usual

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8 hours ago, peterms said:

1.  He's never actually mopped a floor, has he?  And he doesn't know how mops work, except that they are wielded by servants.

2,  Is he drunk?

This is the perfect allegory of how he and the Conservatives run the country.

I laughed my tits off at this, the clueless, privileged twot has never mopped a floor in his life. 

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