Something big in British politics changed this week, but not in the way Theresa May hoped. She would like it to be remembered as the moment the Conservatives pledged to pump an extra £20bn a year into the NHS, addressing her party’s traditional weakness and possibly even neutralising Labour’s biggest weapon. However, it might prove a pivotal moment for a very different reason. In his Mansion House speech last night, Philip Hammond confirmed that taxes will rise to pay for the NHS boost. In doing so, the Tories risk throwing away their strong unique selling point as the low tax party, and possibly helping Labour to tackle its biggest weakness – a lack of trust on the economy. Labour has traditionally been seen as the party with a heart, the Tories as having a head. Despite the public’s deep affection for the NHS, when it came to elections, many people voted with their head, or perhaps their wallet. As May reminded MPs on Wednesday, the Tories have been in … [Read more...] about Is Corbyn smart enough to take the golden opportunity Theresa May just handed him?
TORY MPs were hauled into the Treasury this week to give X Factor-style pitches on how cash could be raised for the Government’s NHS spending boost. According to The Spectator, around twenty Conservatives were given the task of pitching to Philip Hammond an inventive way to fund the NHS splurge. Theresa May announced an increase in funding for the health service at the weekend, to the tune of £20billion a year by 2023. The Prime Minister admitted that “taxpayers will have to contribute a bit more”, but has not said exactly where the money will come from. In the bizarre meeting some allegedly proposed changes to council tax, and others supported hitting the mega-rich’s mansions with a 2 or 3 per cent levy. Others weren’t so imaginative, and advocated a new tax to specifically fund the NHS – an idea already slapped down by the Chancellor. Conservative MP Chris Philp allegedly suggested those in retirement pay national insurance, which they are … [Read more...] about Desperate Philip Hammond makes MPs do X Factor-style auditions to come up with ideas for how to fund NHS
PRINCE William yesterday officially unveiled the nation’s brand new £300m rehab centre for injured troops. The Royal, who was patron of the funding drive to build the stunning Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre, joined the PM, Top Brass and over 300 supporters at the opening. The world-beating centre at Stanford Hall, near Loughborough, will replace cherished Headley Court as the nation’s top rehab centre for war wounded. The prince said: “I have seen the growth of an idea transfer into what we see today - and it is a rare and immensely satisfying thing to have witnessed. “At every stage, I have been inspired by people who have triumphed in adversity after some very serious wounding.” It was made possible by the late 6th Duke of Westminster, who gifted a whopping £70m, to start the project. MENTAL HEALTH IS NOT AN ISSUEARMED forces mental health problems remain well below the national average, figures show. Around 163,000 military … [Read more...] about Prince William unveils £300m Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre for injured troops
WHAT has possessed the Government to consider letting convicted rapists from the EU stay here for life post-Brexit? It may comply with Brussels’ rules. So what? Why stick by those after we leave? As an independent nation we should kick out serious criminals we are not bound to keep. Why too are we unilaterally offering all EU nationals arriving by 2021 the “lifetime right” to bring their entire family? What is Brussels offering in return? The Sun is not against immigration. We want only to control the numbers while picking the most skilled migrants to boost our economy. But yet again our Government is rolling over and volunteering new concessions to the EU. Its faith that Brussels will look kindly on our generosity is staggeringly naive. Are the other 27 EU countries now busily reassuring our expats or extending open invitations to Brits? Are they hell. Just as depressingly, the Home Office hasn’t a clue how many EU citizens will take us up on our offer. … [Read more...] about The Government should defy Brussels laws and kick out EU criminals and rapists after Brexit
THE EU Withdrawal Bill has finally passed through Parliament after months of fierce debate. Here's everything you need to know about the flagship legislation and why it's so key to the Brexit process. What is the EU Withdrawal Bill or the Great Repeal Bill? The extensive bill will transfer around 12,000 pieces of existing EU regulation and translate them into UK law. It is seen as vital in ensuring a smooth transition on the day after Brexit. Without it there would be a lot of holes in the law - because so much legislation refers to EU bodies and other EU laws that we won't be a part of when we quit. Ministers say we can then "amend, repeal and improve" the laws as necessary later on. The Government has announced it will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which brought Britain into the EU in the first place. The act meant European law took precedence over laws passed in Parliament. Britain will now have the Great Repeal Bill, now known as the European Union … [Read more...] about What is the EU Withdrawal Bill? The key Brexit legislation explained