Like Christmas adverts and the start of the football season, the NHS winter crisis seems to come round earlier every year. Health Secretary Steve Barclay says his department already needs 'a real sprint' to tackle the manifold problems down the track. If we have to wait for the installation of a new prime minister for decisive action, he adds, it will be 'too late' to solve them. The warnings were inevitably followed by calls for more funding. To which the taxpayer, already suffering the highest tax burden for 70 years and facing a painful cost of living crunch, might reasonably ask: Will any amount of money ever be enough? Few would dispute that NHS medical staff give an outstanding service, sometimes under enormous pressure. Their performance during Covid was heroic. But do they get the management they deserve – either from their own 'suits' or from Whitehall? Health Secretary Steve Barclay says his department needs 'a real sprint' to tackle the manifold problems … [Read more...] about DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Where did our NI tax hike money go?
Peter Stringfellow was routinely denounced by the Left. But if he were alive today, perhaps they’d defend him. Because, improbable as it may seem, Left-wing councillors in Bristol – Brighton’s closest rival for the title of Britain’s wokest city – have just rejected a proposed ban on strip clubs . According to a Green councillor, shutting down strip clubs would “discount the voices of some women” and “restrict their choices”. A Labour councillor, meanwhile, suggested that strip clubs were actually safer for women than city centre pubs. Hailing the councillors’ decision, the Bristol Sex Workers’ Collective said its members were “screaming, crying, throwing up with joy”. Fascinating how times change. When I was starting out in journalism 20 years ago, I worked at a lads’ mag . Every issue featured photos of female models posing with their clothes off. And people on the Left constantly condemned it. They called it objectifying, degrading, demeaning. They were sickened by the very … [Read more...] about When did strip clubs go woke?
Sign up for the View from Westminster email for expert analysis straight to your inbox Get our free View from Westminster email Boris Johnson ’s declaration that he is “ absolutely certain ” his successor will provide more help with rocketing energy bills does not disguise the Conservatives’ failure to grasp the scale of the cost-of-living crisis. They are more interested in their own image with the public than helping them. I am told the government is planning a £20m advertising campaign to publicise their (inadequate) measures to help struggling households. The move has raised eyebrows in Whitehall; officials privately think it pushes the boundaries of what a caretaker administration should be doing, and that the money might be better spent on payments to families. Although the campaign is said to have been approved by the Cabinet Office, one insider said: "It’s highly political. It raises questions of propriety. It’s not what the … [Read more...] about The government is more worried about its image than helping people with energy bills