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Going private? My reply to a job offer from a private health company « MUCK. What the heck is this?

Going private? My reply to a job offer from a private health company « MUCK

I’ve been trying and failing to stop the government from privatising the National Health Service for years, and now a private healthcare company has contacted me about a job! The email from Care UK says they are “seeking a Media Relations Executive for our Head Office based in Colchester and your skills and experience appear to be a good match.” Huh? They are offering a “competitive salary, 25 days holiday and corporate discounts.” The Watson Institute presents Mark Blyth on Austerity. The Man Booker Prize & 44 Years Of Institutionalised Anti-Scottish Racism « As the Man Booker Prize longlist is announced Kevin Williamson asks a question that seems to have eluded the mainstream media: Is the most influential prize in literature tainted with an institutionalised anti-Scottish bias that borders on racism?

Kevin Williamson also throws down a challenge to Peter Stothard, chair of the Man Booker Prize judges, and editor of the Times Literary Supplement, to come to Scotland and publicly debate the stench of prejudice that could yet engulf this year’s award ceremony. When the Man Booker Prize longlist was announced yesterday squeals of excitement could be heard all across England. Among the Many Astonishments « blog.saltpublishing.com. This your website's holding page.

Among the Many Astonishments « blog.saltpublishing.com

Please refer to your welcome email to start building your site and setting up your new email accounts. This welcome page is named index.html and is located in your public_html folder. Once you create or upload a new index page, it will replace this one. Johngapper : Barclay's new marketing ca... A makeup tutorial gone wrong… Antynwa : David Cameron Corrupt and... Welcome to the 1% Recovery » New Deal 2.0. As the 1% reap 93 percent of the income gains from the recovery, we're rapidly returning to pre-New Deal levels of inequality.

Welcome to the 1% Recovery » New Deal 2.0

There was a brief debate focused on the following question: would the gains of the economy continue to accrue to the top 1% once the recovery started, or would they have a weak post-recession showing in terms of raw income growth as well as income share of the economy? The top 1% had a rough Great Recession. They absorbed 50 percent of the income losses, and their share of income dropped from 23.5 percent to 18.1 percent. Was this a new state of affairs, or would the 1% bounce back in 2010? The thoughts of Billy Gotta-Job: some new, some old, none borrowed, and mostly not at all blue. On November 30th last year, thousands of public sector workers went on a one-day strike to protest about reductions in their pension entitlements, and the increasing contributions they are having to make to earn those reduced benefits.

The thoughts of Billy Gotta-Job: some new, some old, none borrowed, and mostly not at all blue

This post isn’t about the rights and wrongs of the pensions arguments, but rather about Jeremy Clarkson’s contribution to The One Show on that day. In parenthesis one might note that Clarkson’s most damaging contribution consisted not in what he said, but rather that pretty much the only thing that was talked about on the day, or that anyone can now remember about it, was Jeremy Clarkson rather than public sector pensions. But let that pass. The furore was all about Mr Clarkson’s suggestion that the strikers should be “taken out and shot in front of their families”. Google, what were you thinking? ← Mocality Kenya. Mocality has achieved some incredible things over the last four years, and has touched the lives of many people in Africa, but alas, all good things must come to an end.

Google, what were you thinking? ← Mocality Kenya

All of the Mocality Kenya and Mocality Nigeria operations will be closed as of 28 February 2013. If you would like to add your business or product you can now do it on OLX , its FREE. Looking for a Business, Service or Product let OLX help you find it. Ian Fraser: The Economist Loses the Plot With This Shallow, Pro-City Propaganda. By Ian Fraser, a financial journalist who blogs at his web site and at qfinance.

Ian Fraser: The Economist Loses the Plot With This Shallow, Pro-City Propaganda

His Twitter is @ian_fraser. I was surprised and disappointed when I opened my copy of The Economist on Friday morning. The magazine is running a feebly-argued propaganda piece headlined “Save the City” as its cover story. Fast Food - Ads vs. Reality.

Barclays stockpiles 'losses' to soften tax obligations. Seth's Blog. An Education in Debt. My name is Lily , I’m fifteen and science is my thing.

An Education in Debt

I really enjoy chemistry, physics and maths and I’ve always thought I would go to university and study something science based when I leave school. If you asked me today what that would be, I would say medicine. Now, the Government say to have the country in debt is a bad thing, and that it reflects negatively upon the nation to be in this position. And yet it seems they want ME to get into HUGE debt.

How does that work? Willard Foxton: Why Teachers Are Right To Strike - And Why That Should Be The Tory Point Of View. The Government is trying to save money in the public sector; that's fine - indeed, that's a big part of what I voted for.

Willard Foxton: Why Teachers Are Right To Strike - And Why That Should Be The Tory Point Of View

However, I'm not in favor of unfair, symbolic, ideological cuts. Why are cuts to teacher's pensions unfair, ideological & symbolic? Some Truths. Osborne ushers in post-human politics. Not a good time to be a Chancellor George Osborne has delivered the Brown and red budget: Brown in recognition of the micro-adjustments and slippery attention to detail demonstrated by the last Prime Minister during his days at the Treasury.

Osborne ushers in post-human politics

And red because it is clear that balancing Britain's books is more distant than anyone expected, with the OBR cutting growth forecasts alarmingly. As if in keeping with the bad news he had to transmit, the Chancellor gave his speech in a breathless croak that suggested he had been punched in the solar plexus by Ed Balls. Instead this was a treat in waiting. Mr Balls is not the greatest orator in modern politics, but his bravura demolition of the mini-Budget was worthy of a Shakespearian demagogue or a starving carnivore filmed in mid-snack by David Attenborough.

George Osborne's every blow falls on those with less not more. Class war, generation war, war against women, war between the regions: George Osborne's autumn statement blatantly declares itself for the few against the many.

George Osborne's every blow falls on those with less not more

Gloves are off and gauntlets down, and the nasty party bares its teeth. Here is the re-toxified Tory party, the final curtain on David Cameron's electoral charade. No more crocodile tears for the poor, no more cant about social mobility or "the most family-friendly government" or "we're all in this together". Forget "vote blue go green", with this mockery of husky-hugging. We can’t go on like this. I’m cutting the NHS, not the deficit. Blog Enlarge image » At the last election, David Cameron promised he would "cut the deficit, not the NHS". Yesterday's autumn statement showed the opposite is true. Man-made super-flu could kill half humanity. Global Rich List. Is pizza a vegetable? Well, Congress says so. Hey, America! The GOP is, yet again, looking out for you. This week, Congress took a break from voting to make sure none of your tax dollars will go to all those abortion clinics NPR wants to open in our national parks, to pass a federal law that only the nation that invented Febreze would tolerate.

They have affirmed that pizza is a vegetable. Yes, the tomato sauce on pizza is enough for American politicians to define it and allow it to be served as a vegetable in school lunch programs across the US. Who Are The 1%? Vote on it now. Bauman on inequality and the logic of capital. {*style:<b> </b>*} I’m going to present this without comment. It’s from Zygmunt Bauman’s recent interview that I quoted in a previous post . And what do you make of the recent surge in interest in inequality, and the economic and environmental crises, that proposes de-growth, sustainable economies, post-capitalism or the continuing salience of communism as solutions to these problems? Poignantly and succinctly, the great Jose Saramago has already answered your question, pointing out that ‘people do not choose a government that will bring the market within their control; instead, the market in every way conditions government to bring the people within its control’ (2010).

Scottish Unique ID for all citizens #EDUScotICT. Nation's Students To Give American Education System Yet Another Chance. WASHINGTON—Despite years of putting up with underperforming teachers, overcrowded classrooms, and a gradually deteriorating educational experience, American students reluctantly announced Tuesday that they would be giving the nation's public school system yet another chance this fall. Saying they would "probably kick themselves later" for deciding to enroll once more in a system that has let them down time and time again, millions of American children agreed to put up with their schools' insufficient funding and lack of adequate arts and science programs in hopes that administrators might finally start providing a nurturing, or at least tolerable, environment in which to learn.

"I know I've been burned many times in the past by our nation's educational infrastructure, but if they promise to change, I'd be willing to give them another shot," said sixth-grader Gregory Jacobs, whose Norfolk, CT–area middle school recently cut more than 15 members of its teaching staff. Executive greed is still a besetting sin. Executive pay soars while the young poor face freefall. Where is Labour? Cameron seeks independence referendum clarity. Neal Stephenson: Innovation Starvation. Think it's #timeforplanb ? Rt this pic. Nicolas Sarkozy tells David Cameron: shut up over the euro. Densely-linked cluster of 147 companies control 40% of world’s total wealth.