STOP TRIDENT DEMONSTRATION SAT 27 FEB 12:00PM MARBLE ARCH
CND's Kate Hudson makes the case for investing in society not in Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Why does the government say there is no money for jobs, health, education, social services – but there is always money for nuclear weapons and war?
We know how expensive the wars and interventions of this century have been – over £40 billion to the British taxpayer.
Now the government plans to spend as much as £183 billion on replacing Britain’s nuclear weapons system Trident. This figure is based on £41 billion on building the four submarines that carry the system, (the MoD’s own figure) plus the lifetime cost calculated by Crispin Blunt MP (chair of the Foreign Affairs select committee) on the government’s own formula: 6% of the defence budget which is based on a NATO commitment of 2% of GDP, with GDP growing at a rate of 2.48%, the historic growth rate between 1956-2015 = £142 billion. So that’s £183 billion based on government figures – not a wild figure made up by CND!Read more
Student Nurse and Bursary or Bust campaigner Anthony Johnson writes why supporting the Junior Doctors is about supporting all NHS staff and Students and defending the existence of the NHS as a whole.
Tonight’s Meeting hosted by the People’s Assembly, ‘Not Without a Fight, Save Our NHS’ at Conway Hall at 6:30 in central London, matters because our entire NHS is under threat.
The Junior Doctors are under attack and they are OUR Doctors. They may very well be your Doctor right now. And the situation is getting worse in other areas of the service too. Our healthcare students can't afford to train, and we’re all worse off without them.Read more
Junior Doctor Mona Kamal says the fight against the the unfair and unsafe contract must be stepped up and also linked to the wider struggle against austerity, especially after the imposition. This is a fight for the very survival of the NHS and the welfare state as a whole.
After the negotiations for a proposed junior doctors’ contract broke down late last year, Jeremy Hunt has repeatedly threatened us with forcible imposition and last week, immediately after the second inspiring and undeniably successful day of industrial action he went ahead with this self-proclaimed ‘nuclear option’. In doing so Jeremy Hunt has wilfully ignored months of vehement opposition which united medics and allied health professionals alike and mobilised vast swathes of doctors many of whom were previously unfamiliar with political activism. He is knowingly sabotaging NHS workers by disregarding our concerns about patient safety and threatens to destabilise the service- all as a pretext to selling it off. In fact this imposed contract appears to be a crucial step in the wider process of NHS privatisation.Read more
Government plans to axe maintenance grants for poorest students without Commons vote and debate ‘frightening and undemocratic’
The Government looks set to officially scrap maintenance grants today - without a vote and debate in the House of Commons - and will be spoken about by just 17 MPs through a legislation committee, a move some politicians have labelled “shocking,” “undemocratic,” and “frightening.”Read more
I am a second year adult nursing student who, like many others, was shocked and saddened by the news of the proposed NHS bursary cuts. I chose to pursue a career in nursing at the age of twenty seven and left full time work to complete an access course before progressing to study at university. I rely heavily on my bursary and still have to take out a maintenance loan to support myself.Read more
As I write this I’m sat in London, in a £6500 a year off-the-books bedsit-box-room with mice and damp that I pay for in cash. And after a £400 deposit and no receipt, I feel I’m earning my stripes for the financially fucked generation of Britons aptly dubbed; ‘generation rent’. Like many 20-somethings around the country, 50 years of service… at minimum wage… for a borrowed bedsit, isn’t much of an incentive for me to play my part in your ‘Big Society’.Read more