PUBLISHED: 09:56 08 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:56 08 May 2018 The Resolution Foundation Intergenerational Commission has said that pensioners who continue to work should pay national insurance to fund a £2.3 billion windfall for the NHS. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire Scrapping inheritance tax to give young people £10,000 to get on the property ladder is one policy put forward by an influential commission as it seeks to address fairness between the generations. Pensioners who continue to work should also pay national insurance to fund a £2.3bn windfall for the NHS, a think tank has said, while straining social care services should receive the same amount but funded through a property tax. Inheritance tax should be abolished and replaced with a lifetime limit for recipients of £125,000 before levies kick in and the money raised would fund a £10,000 payment for 25-year-olds to help them get on the property ladder, pay for education, set up a business and invest … [Read more...] about Is it fair to give all 25-year-olds £10,000 to help them on the property ladder?
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T he late 1940s were about bombsites, rationing, loss and mourning, but amid the gloom a new generation was emerging. In the grim, grey aftermath of war, children were born on an unprecedented scale in a population explosion: the baby boomers – born between 1946 and the mid-60s – had arrived. It was time for a new life. It was time for the young to grow up with faith in a better tomorrow. When we baby boomers reached adolescence, creating the teenager in the process, it was as if the floodlights had been switched on, revealing a colourful, contrary, anti-authoritarian Britain. In our teens, with rock’n’roll if not much cash, we were the lucky, cocky generation. Anthropologist Helen Fisher inelegantly described the maturing of this huge postwar bulge in the population as “like a pig moving through a python”, changing society as we grew older on a scale never known before. We challenged the Victorian puritanism, censorship, class snobbery and … [Read more...] about Millennials are struggling. Is it the fault of the baby boomers?
Washington is running a secret intelligence campaign targeted at the leadership of the United Nations, including the secretary general, Ban Ki-moon and the permanent security council representatives from China, Russia, France and the UK. A classified directive which appears to blur the line between diplomacy and spying was issued to US diplomats under Hillary Clinton's name in July 2009, demanding forensic technical details about the communications systems used by top UN officials, including passwords and personal encryption keys used in private and commercial networks for official communications. It called for detailed biometric information "on key UN officials, to include undersecretaries, heads of specialised agencies and their chief advisers, top SYG [secretary general] aides, heads of peace operations and political field missions, including force commanders" as well as intelligence on Ban's "management and decision-making style and his influence on the secretariat". A parallel … [Read more...] about US diplomats spied on UN leadership
The 20th anniversary of Harold Shipman's initial arrest is being marked by a new documentary exploring the crimes of Britain's most prolific serial killer. The ITV programme, Harold Shipman: Doctor Death, promises new interviews with witnesses and investigating officers and footage of his interrogation by police in a bid to re-assess the mass murder case. Shipman, a family GP working in Hyde, Manchester, is thought to have killed 218 patients with lethal injections of diomorphine between 1975 and 1998, when he was finally apprehended. Read more Harold Shipman timed suicide to ensure his wife got pension pay out Shipman inquiry judge 'disappointed' with progress Guards feared Shipman might kill in jail Diary shows Shipman's suicidal despair Shipman 'told to hang himself' That death toll - 80 per cent of which is accounted for by elderly women - was placed by the Shipman Inquiry, which published its findings on his actions after a two-year … [Read more...] about Harold Shipman: Who was ‘Doctor Death’, how many of his patients did he kill and how was he finally caught?
Press play to listen to this article By FLORIAN EDERwith ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH Send tips here | Tweet @florianeder | Listen to today’s Playbook and view in your browser POLISH OLIVE BRANCH? There’s an “80 percent” chance Warsaw will soon end its rule-of-law dispute with Brussels, according to Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the ruling PiS party. “We’re currently planning to implement changes that we had earlier agreed on with the European Commission,” he said in an interview published Wednesday in the right-wing news magazine Gazeta Polska. The process “will not be easy,” but is “necessary to bring the situation back to normal.” POLITICO’s Aleksandra Wróbel has the story. Communists in far-right clothing? POLITICO’s Lili Bayer writes that while PiS (and its Hungarian lookalikes Fidesz) may appear on the far right when it comes to cultural politics, their … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook: Polish olive branch — (More) Brexit disunity — Why Selmayr edited his Wikipedia entry