As one whistleblower tells me, a vital public health service is being bungled by private contractors, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡, UK 🔜 EUThe rest of the article is below. I deliberately didn't link to it in the first tweet to save your blood pressure.
It is truly shocking, even by the epic low standards of the current Tory government.
You have been warned.
Items such as protective face masks and gloves will no longer be exempt from 20% sales tax
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡, UK 🔜 EU"Treasury confirms it is to end VAT waiver on PPE in UK
Items such as protective face masks and gloves will no longer be exempt from 20% sales tax"
Catastrophic tone-deaf move, making these absolute essentials significantly more expensive.
Exclusive: European commission insists letting UK nationals use e-gates would breach EU law
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡, UK 🔜 EU"UK presses for use of faster passport gates at EU airports post-Brexit
Exclusive: European commission insists letting UK nationals use e-gates would breach EU law"
UK says: "You can keep using ours"
EU says: "So what?"
We hold none of the cards.
Ratings agency cites weakening economy, Brexit woes and coronavirus shocks
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡, UK 🔜 EUThe UK maintained an AAA credit rating with Moody's from at least 1978 all the way through to 2013.
It dropped to AA1 in 2013, AA2 in 2017, and hit a new recent low of AA3 yesterday.
The Tories have been in power throughout that cascade of downgrades.
Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee will go head-to-head to become the trade body's first female director-general
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡, UK 🔜 EU"Liam Fox knocked out of race to lead World Trade Organisation"
Some excellent news this evening. One less opportunity for the UK to embarrass itself on the global stage.
(Until the reports start coming in from Mongolia?)
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡, UK 🔜 EU"Brexit Prompts 7,500 City Jobs, $1.6 Trillion to Leave U.K."
Useful updated tally of the Brexit damage to the City of London (and, by derivation, to the UK as a whole).
Seems moves are accelerating as the clock runs down to the definitive deadline...
With unemployment projected to rise to more than four million as a result of the crisis, the Chancellor has told fellow Ministers that he is deeply concerned about long-term damage.
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡, UK 🔜 EUAccording to the MoS, Rishi Sunak wants to scrap inflation-linked increases to welfare payments and public sector salaries. He's also eyeing getting rid of the so-called 'triple lock' on pensions.
It's always the masses not the classes that end up paying.
Attorney general faces fury of Bar Council as revolt over internal market bill spreads
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡, UK 🔜 EU"Top lawyers slam Suella Braverman for wrecking UK’s reputation
Attorney general faces fury of Bar Council as revolt over internal market bill spreads"
It's so 2020 to have an Attorney General who doesn't seem to have the first clue about the law...
PM believes huge rapid testing programme is ‘only hope’ before a vaccine, leaked document says
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡, UK 🔜 EU"Boris Johnson pinning hopes on £100bn 'moonshot' to avoid second lockdown"
Yes, he's proposing spending £100 BILLION on something that might not work at all! That's more than the GDP of many countries.
Enough to feed all possible snouts in troughs.
BORIS JOHNSON has told the EU to "get real" over the trade negotiations amid revelations that he is considering starving the bloc of access to cheap money on the financial markets in the event of no deal.
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡, UK 🔜 EU"The Sunday Express has learnt that a dossier is being considered by Downing Street proposing that the EU could be punished for refusing to strike a deal by limiting access to being able to raise money on the London financial markets."
Average price soared to £224,123 in August, says Nationwide building society
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡, UK 🔜 EU"UK house prices hit record high after easing of Covid lockdown"
The Tories would see that as a good thing. But it's only good if you're property-rich, and not desperate to move onto - or up - the property ladder. For everyone else, it's terrible news.
You can cut the data in different ways but the UK sits at or close to the top of the league tables for death whichever way you slice it
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡, UK 🔜 EUThis is a quite extraordinary article, given that it's in the Telegraph... It breaks down slowly, calmly and logically why the UK's "success" at weathering the pandemic ranks amongst the very worst in the world by any rational measure you care to choose.
Ex-CBI adviser says economy will not return to pre-pandemic size until 2025 if home working continues
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡, UK 🔜 EU"No return of workers to offices ‘could cost UK economy £480bn’"
A new kind of Project Fear: terrify people back into the office in defiance of the pandemic, or see the commercial landlords lose their shirts. Decisions, decisions.
A combination of Boris Johnson’s policy confusion and a change of opposition leader has had a dramatic impact on the public
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡, UK 🔜 EU"How Labour climbed 26 points to match the Tories in opinion polls"
Level-pegging for the first time since Boris Johnson inflicted himself on all of us. Of course it doesn't mean much, given we're years and years from an election, but better than nothing!
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡, UK 🔜 EU"Guidance for full opening: schools"
Schools reopen on Tuesday, so what does the UK Government do?
Waits until Friday night to sneak out a mass of changes to the guidance it provided on how they should ensure they're COVID-safe for reopening.
Study of two-thirds of British cases in hospital found six fatalities under 19, all with underlying conditions
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡, UK 🔜 EU"'Vanishingly small' risk of death or severe illness for children from Covid
Study of two-thirds of British cases in hospital found six fatalities under 19, all with underlying conditions"
Surely real concern is whether they can carry, and infect adults?
Exclusive: Brussels laments ‘completely wasted’ summer as Berlin takes Brexit off agenda due to lack of ‘tangible progress’
Edwin Hayward 🦄 🗡, UK 🔜 EU"Germany scraps plans for Brexit talks at EU ambassadors summit
Exclusive: Brussels laments ‘completely wasted’ summer as Berlin takes Brexit off agenda due to lack of ‘tangible progress’"
We are the most stupid country in the history of history!