6 Nov 2011: NHS: American Consultancy firm recieves £290,000 a year from UK Government!
An American consultancy firm seeking to profit out of thefallout from the shake-up to the NHS is being paid £250,000 a year by the government for advice on the transition towards health secretary Andrew Lansley's vision of the service.
The company was one of 57 external "organisation and change" management consultants paid almost £8.2m by the government in the last financial year.
The total paid to consultants by the department, including IT and legal professionals, in the last year was £18.5m, despite the government's claims to be cutting down on extraneous spending on management consultancy firms.
Christina McAnea, head of health at the Unison union, said the revelation was evidence of the increasing hold private companies had over health policy. She said: "It is clear that the Tory government's direction of travel for the NHS is towards privatisation and they are increasingly open about that. "But what is also becoming obvious is the close relationships being built between this Conservative government and the private companies who are making, or want to make, a profit from the reforms in the health and social care bill. It is worrying for everyone, but particularly patients, because this is money that should be spent on their care."
7 Nov 2011: David Cameron is poised to hand over £40billion of UK taxpayers' cash to help bail-out the Euro single currency out.
Greece's prime minister, George Papandreou who survived a vote of confidence last Friday, resigned last night, after failing in his attempts to accept an EU bailout and stave off bankruptcy.
But political opponents refused to work with the Socialist Movement leader and he agreed not to lead the new administration.
David Cameron is now poised to hand over £40billion of taxpayers' cash to help bail the single Euro currency out.
7 Nov 2011: David Cameron has full confidence in Home Secretary Theresa May
David Cameron has full confidence in Home Secretary Theresa May, who has not offered to resign as a result of the controversy over border checks, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said today.
Or as misprinted in the Oldham Times, Theresa Maybe?
8 Nov 2011: Theresa May says; "Being home secretary is like keeping a pet tiger - sooner or later it's going to eat you!"
Home secretary, Theresa May, told MPs there is no question of her resigning after admitting she had authorised the relaxation of passport checks at Britain's borders earlier this year.
If it isn't a scandal, then like John Reid, they pre-resign themselves to avoid trouble later.
Still, with her MP's salary she gets £108,108 a year, (£2060.70 per week), plus her expenses May to August 2009 of £3,042.91, and 2010 of £3,343,73, plus her estimated payment from her being a Barclays Bank Advisor of £100,00, along with her off-shore investments, she will not have to worry too much if she loses her post!
10 Nov 2011: Theresa May was warned by Officials of rise in child trafficking by relaxing controls
The Daily Mirror
Theresa May was warned by worried staff that easing border controls would prompt a rise in child trafficking.
The damning disclosure in a leaked memo marked "restricted" will pile pressure on the Home Secretary to quit over the immigration shambles.
The revelations came as Mrs May battled to save her job yesterday.
On another torrid day at the Commons, she admitted she had not visited a single airport or port during her "pilot scheme", which relaxed controls at the UK's borders.
Still, today David Cameron the Prime Minister said; He backs Theresa in the argument over the cuts!
Surely a sign of her impending demise? Still, with her
MP's salary she gets £108,108 a year, (£2060.70 per week), plus her expenses May to August 2009 of £3,042.91, and 2010 of £3,343,73, plus her estimated payment from her being a Barclays Bank Advisor of £100,00, along with her off-shore investments, she will not have to worry too much if she loses her post!
10 Nov 2011: Liam fox - Grace & Favour?
Disgraced Liam Fox is still living in a luxury grace-and-favour flat at taxpayers' expense - a month after quitting his Cabinet job.
The former Defence Secretary is enjoying the perks of the post, which include the plush apartment in Admiralty Arch, Whitehall.
A similar flat would cost up to £98,000-a-year to rent privately. Dr Fox, 50, is also continuing to have the free use of an armour-plated, chauffeur-driven BMW!.
I thought as I was waiting for a bus home from visiting the charity shop to buy some gloves for the winter -
"How nice for him!"
10 Nov 2011: UK Voting Intention Poll Results
Lib Dem's 6%
Seems that the coalition with the Tories was not such a good idea for Nick Clegg? I did warn him at the time, but he didn't reply to my email!
11 Nov 2011: Prisons Minister, Crispin Blunt says he wants to see 'no' women in jail!
To achieve this target, serial killer Rose West, Baby P's mother Tracey Connelly, ans Karen Matthews, mum of kidnapped Shannon, would have to be freed!
Some interesting facts and figures about women currently in UK prisons:
* 70 percent of women prisoners have 2 or more diagnosed mental health issues
* 69% of women prisoners are mothers, and each year it is estimated that more than 17,700 children are separated form their mothers by imprisonment
* 67% of sentenced women in prison say they were either drug dependent or drinking to hazardous levels before custody
* More women are sent to prison for theft and handling stolen goods than any other crime
* There are 14 women's prisons in England
* Women's prisons cost 30% more to run than Men's
* The number of violent crimes committed by teenage girls has jumped by more than 50 per cent in the last two years.
11 Nov 2011: Italy's economic meltdown is pushing up the cost of buying a home in Britain
Italy's economic meltdown is pushing up the cost of buying a home in Britain, experts warned last night.
Fear of a Eurozone collapse has pushed the key inter-bank lending rate Libor to more than 1 per cent.
That is the highest level for two years and double the Bank of England interest rate, forcing mortgage lenders to charge more.
Blundering Business Secretary Vince Cable claimed: "Italy is not insolvent. I think the extreme pessimism and gloom really isn't justified. I don't think we should be panicking."
Within the same hour, PM David Cameron warned Italy's situation was a "clear and present danger". He added: "The moment of truth is fast approaching."
Well fancy that!"
12 Nov 2011: George Osborne has been urged to cut fuel duty
George Osborne has been urged to cut fuel duty for millions of hard-pressed motorists.
Spokesman Nick Rofillia, of the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead quoted: "He is suffering with severe shock, but is maintaining he is in his usual unstable condition. He was showing signs of improvement this morning, when he asked for his statement on his overseas investments accounts to be be delivered."