Stephen Hawking’s Defends NHS as Hunt Lies about its Privatisation

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I know the Tories will immediately complain about the title of this article, but that’s exactly what’s going on. The Tories have been privatizing the NHS piecemeal since the 1980s, when Maggie Thatcher wanted to sell it off completely and replace it with an American-style insurance based system. Thatcher was prevented from doing so through a massive cabinet revolt, plus the fact that her private secretary, Patrick Jenkin, found out how appalling the American system was after he actually did some research and went there.

But the privatization is still going on. There was a mass exodus of dentists in the late ’80s-early ’90s, after Maggie – or was it Major?-refused to give them any more money. Then came Peter Lilley and his Private Finance Initiative, in which hospitals were to be built and run for the NHS by private contractors. Then New Labour expanded this massively, breaking up the…

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Chief Constable accused in child-abuse scandal. No action in 9 months

Say no more.

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senior police hat.pngFormer child-abuse inquiry panellist Sharon Evans has been in the news in the last few days over a radio interview in which she claimed that she was sidelined – and briefed against – in order to prevent any disruption to Theresa May’s procession to Downing Street:

Ms Evans – herself a survivor of child sexual abuse – believes the treatment of the inquiry, which was instituted by May when she was Home Secretary and which has seen several Chairs sacked with little if any progress apparent, has been tightly controlled and has seemed more suited to facilitating a cover-up than to exposing perpetrators.

sharon evans.pngSharon Evans

Ms Evans, who runs a charity to help child-abuse survivors, has not let her departure from the inquiry panel stop her efforts to gain justice for victims. Nor has she let it curtail either her evidence-gathering or her outspokenness.

And the SKWAWKBOX has seen evidence…

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Jimmy Dore Show: Bernie Sanders Supporters Chant ‘The Media Is Corrupt’ at Rally

& so it goes…….

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This is why Google, Facebook and the mainstream media hate left-wing, progressive and Socialist bloggers and vloggers. People are sick of their lies, and know that they’re corrupt. And they say it.

In this clip from The Jimmy Dore Show from July 2016, the American comedian and his guests comment on a clip from a Bernie Sanders rally in Philadelphia. The crowd spontaneously turned towards the section of the stadium where the media were positioned, and chanted ‘the media is corrupt’, while pointing fairly and squarely at them.

Dore makes the point that not only are people fed up with establishment politics and its corruption, they’re also sick of establishment media. ‘How’, he asks rhetorically, ‘can it not be corrupt, when just five guys own it? Five guys!’ As for how the media felt having the crowd turn on them, he speculates that they’re already so soulless they didn’t feel…

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Democrat Lawmakers Wish to Strip Trump of His Power to Launch Nuclear Missiles

So Tony Blair can not be indicted in the U.K.?

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At last, after the mindless, terrifying posturing of Trump and Kim Jong In, there’s a bit of common sense in this latest nuclear crisis. A group of Democrat politicos, including Mark Lew, are demanding a change in legislation that would strip the American president of his current power to launch a nuclear attack without Congress’ authorization. This piece of legislation is currently backed by 50,000 signatures from the American public. A previous version of the law was signed by 500,000 people.

In this clip from The Ring of the Fire, the front man not only welcomes this piece of legislation, which would restrain Trump as someone too dangerously unstable to have this power, but asks why it was never passed before. All the past presidents, including Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and George Dubya, had the power to launch a nuclear missile somewhere without having to seek Congress’ approval…

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On the Selection of a Female Dr. Who

The 13th regeneration was always going to be the one that counts. The last Scottish doctor wound up very pantomimic, we hope the direction improves.

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The week before last, the BBC finally broke the tension and speculation surrounding the identity of the actor, who is going to play the next Doctor. They announced that the 13th Dr would be played by Jodie Whitaker, an actress, who has appeared in a number of crime dramas. Like many people, I was shocked by this radical departure from tradition, but not actually surprised. The Doctor has been male for the past fifty years, but thirty years ago the Beeb announced that it was considering making the next Doctor a woman as Tom Baker was leaving the role and preparing to hand it on to the next actor. In fact, the announcement was joke dreamed up by the Baker and one of the producers and writing team, and the role went to Peter Davison. The announcement of a possible female Doctor resulted in a few jokes, such as ‘the…

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