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  • Article: Jan 24, 2020

    The publication by the EU of a document summarising the checks required between the U.K. and Northern Ireland makes sobering reading. Live animals and animal products going to the North will face regulatory checks and industrial products spot checks. EU institutions will have the same rights as today with the European Court having athe final say in the event of dispute. EU officials have the right to be present during checks.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2020

    We reported the appalling NHS A&E waiting times for December recently. It appears the Government now has a cunning plan to fix the problem

    Matt Hancock has signalled that four-hour waiting targets for A&E are likely to be scrapped for the NHS in England!

    The Health Secretary said it would be better if targets were "clinically appropriate" and the "right targets", as he defended the NHS's failure to meet the standard that 95% of patients attending A&E should be admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2020

    The question has to be asked following the Government decision to bail out Flybe who have run into financial problems despite being backed by Virgin Atlantic and Venture Capitalists who recently took over the Company.

    Details of the deal are still a bit sketchy but it appears the Government has agreed to review the Air Passenger Duty and possibly defer payments. To prevent challenges that this is a state subsidy of a private company it appears that all domestic airlines will get the same benefits

  • Article: Jan 14, 2020

    Climate activism has grown dramatically in recent years as the science and peoples experiences have seen the issue climb up the political agenda. In the UK the Extinction Rebellion organisation has got a lot of coverage with its campaign of civil disobedience aimed at drawing attention to the issue

    The Guardian recently had a good exclusive when it found that the Police had added the Extinction Rebellion organisation to its list of terrorist organisations. XR featured alongside threats to national security such as neo-Nazi terrorism and a pro-terrorist Islamist group. Police said including the non-violent climate emergency group was a mistake and recalled the document, but only after they discovered the Guardian had learned of it. The list of extreme ideologies including XR came in a guide dated to last November produced by counter-terrorism policing south-east and was intended for police officers, government organisations and teachers, who by law have to report concerns about radicalisation.

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    Article: Jan 10, 2020

    Publication of NHS statistics for December show that one in five people in A&E are now waiting over four hours to be seen. This compares with a target of 1 in 20 failures, a target last met at the end of the Coalition period in 2015. This follows poor performance in October and November which at the time were also the worst months performance ever recorded since statistics were first published in 2004. These results come despite some hospitals cancelling routine operations to reduce stress on the system