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  • People in suits
    Article: Jun 15, 2022
    By Roy Wood

    The government's plans to cut the number of civil servants by 91,000 - around 20% - within three years, will leave Whitehall unable to handle the huge extra workload caused by Brexit, particularly in areas of trade, agriculture, immigration and business regulation.

    For every 10,000 UK citizens, the number of civil servants was 76 in 2010 but had been cut to 59 by 2016. However, because of the extra workload from planning and implementing Brexit and Covid, there were 70 in 2021. The new plan would see just 56 by 2025.

  • Offshore oil rig with gas flare
    Article: Jun 8, 2022
    By Roy Wood

    Rhetoric:

    "Humanity has long since run down the clock on climate change, it's one minute to midnight on that doomsday clock and we need to act now." Boris Johnson, COP21

    Reality:

    Rishi Sunak announced a 91% tax break alongside a windfall taxon the huge profits of oil and gas companies last week which will hand between £2.5bn and £5.7bn back to the oil companies over three years.

  • Clowns
    Article: May 29, 2022
    By Roy Wood

    In a cabinet, generally agreed to be weak and ineffective and led by a serial liar, Nadine Dorries, our esteemed culture secretary, stands out as the biggest clown of all.

    She is in charge of the policy to privatise Channel 4. Appearing before a select committee last November she said '… just because they [Channel 4] are in receipt of public money….' When she finished the committee chair had the enjoyable job of telling her that, in fact, Channel 4 is not in receipt of any public money.

  • Photo ID image from Pixabay
    Article: May 22, 2022
    By Roy Wood

    You would have thought that all MPs and councillors would agree that 'Democracy is a good thing' and 'We should encourage people to exercise their democratic right to vote'.

    But you'd be wrong. With the Conservative's Election Bill soon to become law photo identification will be required when voting at a polling station. In a devastating condemnation of the Bill the Conservative-led Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee estimated that, in a general election, over 1 million people would be deterred from voting. These would be predominately less well off, young and from ethnic minorities i.e. people who are less likely to vote Conservative.

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