Let’s not kid ourselves into thinking the Tories actually care about the environment. A few years ago the Tories had a green logo which they dropped after Cameron failed to deny he referred to Earth-friendly policies as ‘green crap’ and wanted rid of it – maybe because it was too costly to his donors.
Theresa May wants you to believe she’s ‘waging war on waste‘ but look carefully and you’ll see it’s not all waste. It’s only waste which China no longer wants to import. She hasn’t turned green. It’s just about the money with her as usual.
You could say (what’s left of) public sector services are in dire need of extra funds. People are dying waiting for ambulances. People are dying on trolleys in hospital corridors. Meanwhile over in the DWP they are spending taxpayers money on useless things such as advertising themselves. It beggars belief.
Our Freedom of Information request revealed in 2017 the Department of Work and Pensions spent an eye watering £1,409,925.00 advertising themselves in Facebook.
We’re not against advertising on Facebook or anywhere else per se. If public demand for information on DWP services overshadowed the need to save life we would not take issue. This is money which could have been spent saving lives. Meanwhile anyone wondering if the DWP can help with something they would google it or contact the DWP. It’s not rocket science. What do you think about this?
Paramedics were “devastated” to find a pensioner dead in her home almost four hours after she called an ambulance. The NHS is now in such a state that the Ambulance Service has to use taxis to take people to hospital.
Meanwhile Jeremy Hunt has apologised for the state of the NHS then gone on to say things are now much better than they were. Theresa May has also apologised but denied there is a problem.
It seems the public will have to discover the truth for themselves because no Government Minister wants to admit the NHS is in a state of emergency.
A former Tory Health Secretary Stephen Dorrell has admitted there is a problem saying “British public services need major rethink and focus on spending”. (Article Backup)
Another former Tory Health Minister Dan Poulter apparently has his priorities elsewhere after being accused of putting ‘hand up skirts’. Could the Tories be any worse? (Article Backup)
Members who are currently the subject of an inquiry by the Commissioner are listed below, in chronological order according to when the inquiry began, together with a brief description of the nature of the allegation.
- Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP – Alleged breach of paragraphs 10 and 16 of the Code of Conduct – suspended for medical reasons
- Ms Michelle Donelan MP – Alleged breach of paragraph 15 of the Code of Conduct
- Mr Ian Paisley MP – Alleged breach of paragraph 13 of the Code of Conduct
- Mr Chris Heaton-Harris MP – Alleged breach of paragraph 15 of the Code of Conduct
- Mr Virendra Sharma MP – Alleged breach of paragraph 15 of the Code of Conduct
- Mr Paul Farrelly MP – Alleged breach of paragraph 15 of the Code of Conduct
- Mr Tommy Sheppard MP – Alleged breach of paragraph 15 of the Code of Conduct
- Mr Paul Girvan MP – Alleged breach of paragraph 15 of the Code of Conduct
Code 10. Members shall base their conduct on a consideration of the public interest, avoid conflict between personal interest and the public interest and resolve any conflict between the two, at once, and in favour of the public interest.
Code 13. Members shall fulfil conscientiously the requirements of the House in respect of the registration of interests in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. They shall always be open and frank in drawing attention to any relevant interest in any proceeding of the House or its Committees, and in any communications with Ministers, Members, public officials or public office holders.
Code 15. Members are personally responsible and accountable for ensuring that their use of any expenses, allowances, facilities and services provided from the public purse is in accordance with the rules laid down on these matters. Members shall ensure that their use of public resources is always in support of their parliamentary duties. It should not confer any undue personal or financial benefit on themselves or anyone else, or confer undue advantage on a political organisation.
Code 16. Members shall never undertake any action which would cause significant damage to the reputation and integrity of the House of Commons as a whole, or of its Members generally.
NHS spending on care provided by private companies has jumped by £700m to £3.1bn with non-NHS firms winning almost 70 per cent of tendered contracts in England last year.
The figures, revealed in a report by campaign group the NHS Support Federation, undermine repeated government claims that private companies play a small role in NHS care provision.
Figure 3 clearly shows a rise to NHS tenders going to private companies and a fall in NHS tenders from 60% to just 36%.
Richard Branson’s Virgin Care scooped a record £1bn worth of contracts last year, meaning the company now has over 400 separate NHS contracts, making it the dominant private provider in the NHS market.
The extent of Virgin Care’s portfolio has angered campaigners, as the company pays no tax in the UK, and its parent company is registered in the British Virgin Islands – a tax haven.
Speaking of tax – UK tax fraud has risen to £16 billion per year according to the 2017 Annual Fraud Indicator – page 22. This makes Tory claims of doing something about it rather empty.
Jeremy Hunt accepted £32,920 from Andrew Law a major private healthcare investor. He isn’t the only MP with such dealings – take a look here for details.
The very same Andrew Law also donated £2,034,785.34 to the Tories (expecting nothing in return of course). Have a look here for details.
Here is the book Jeremy Hunt co-authored calling for the NHS to be replaced with private insurance.
No doubt Jeremy Hunt is looking forward to his fourth payrise in two years in return for all the ‘good’ he is doing with the NHS. Meanwhile those in the NHS who save lives have to ‘make do’.