The A&E crisis and the supply and demand game- the need for a new politics of health

As an avid teenage fan of Douglas Adam's Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy I remember particularly enjoying the fact that the answer to life, the universe and everything was 42. And in belated homage to the book of my youth, I'm going to ask the reader to suspend their disbelief and accept that the answer to the current A&E crisis is 35. That's right, 35 is the single number that can properly explain the meltdown in A&E services across the nation this week. To understand this however you have to understand the supply and demand game that our mainstream politicians indulge in during times of crisis.

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In an Age of Space Travel, Why Are We Governed by a System From the Era of the Horse and Carriage?

The Palace of Westminster approaching a state of near collapse with parliament too scared of the electorate to sanction the estimated £3bn cost of repairs is a perfect metaphor for a system of government in terminal decline.

Animosity towards politicians being what it is, the prospect of the Lords, Ladies and Honourables entombed in a catastrophe of their own making might seem a fitting finale for an anachronistic system that's long past its sell-by-date.

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Report: Public Ownership For Railways Actions

As many people prepare for their first day back to work after the Christmas break, rail campaigners are warning that commuters on the UK s privatised railways could be spending more than twice as much of their salary on rail travel than passengers on publicly-owned railways in France, Germany, Spain and Italy. See  Friday’ s press release from Action for Rail here.

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Lets make 2015 the year we break austerity

2015 could be the year of huge resistance and change in Britain. We just need to work hard to convince people that if they fight back they can win writes People's Assembly National Secretary Sam Fairbairn.

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The Bank Seized by the People for the People - live blog. #peoplesbanklondon

Natwest bank occupied, Charing Cross Road

Latest news: "CALL OUT - Westminster Council are attempting to evict the Street Kitchen, they gave us an hour notice not long ago. Can as many people as possible come down to 2a Charing Cross Road to fight the second eviction. Thanks.In half an hour the council and police will begin they're attack, please help"

If you wish to make a donation please follows the following link...http://gogetfunding.com/pr…/love-activists-reclaim-the-banks

Homeless people in central London have occupied a former Natwest bank and converted into a community space to highlight the triple scandal of bank bailouts, homelessness and the housing crisis in London and beyond. #peoplesbanklondon #loveactivists

See below for the full wishlist and ways you can support the action. 

If you can get down to 2A Charing Cross Road (Mapplease do so and bring any food, clothing, sleeping gear, cooking equipment, toiletries, Xmas supplies etc that you have. If you know anyone who is experiencing homelessness please bring them along and generally spread the word. 

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Common sense, collectivist solutions

Most people in Britain want the energy sector — gas, oil, electricity, renewable — in public ownership. This includes a majority of Conservative voters.

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Protest against water charges in Ireland

Helen O'Toole, Anti Austerity Campaigner, provides an eye witness report on the 10 December protest in Dublin  

As another year of political activity in Ireland draws to a close, a year that saw 14 Anti Austerity Alliance counsellors elected at local elections and two Anti Austerity Alliance TD’s (MPs) gain seats in the Dail (Irish Parliament), tens of thousands took to the streets again today to protest at the introduction of water charges.

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