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  • mmd7 (Photo by Chris McIntosh on Unsplash)
    Article: Nov 24, 2020

    Before tomorrows financial statement from the Chancellor the media have been full of stories of an impending pay freeze for public sector workers other than doctors and nurses. The argument is that with huge debts run up this year the country cannot afford the increases.

    At a time when many have lost their jobs or seen incomes drop whilst on furlough in the private sector the argument has some merit. It would have more if a recent decision to award MPs another £3000 per year was reversed ( One Tory MP on the radio argued it was ok as it was recommended by an independent pay body not seeing the irony in the fact that other sectors were going to be refused a pay review!)

  • ldm2 (Photo by Andre Hunter on Unsplash)
    Article: Nov 21, 2020

    The decision of the Prime Minister to ignore the findings of an independent investigation which found Home Secretary Priti Patel had shouted, swore and bullied junior staff thereby breaking the Ministerial Code which he had previously endorsed continues to generate further revelations

    Firstly the Prime Minister is accused in The Times newspaper of interfering in the investigation when two unnamed senior Whitehall officials approached and failed to convince Sir Alex Allan to tone down his conclusion that her behaviour amounted to bullying. Downing Street did not deny these suggestions

  • i774c (Photo by Dee @ Copper and Wild on Unsplash)
    Article: Nov 20, 2020

    Earlier this year there was an almighty row when Dominic Cummings took his family north whilst his wife had covid and subsequently took his infamous drive to check his eyesight. What was particularly annoying about the incident was the way the Prime Minister supported his advisor for taking actions everyone else thought was against the covid lock-down rules. The weasel words and orchestrated ministerial support in the media were a perfect illustration that the rules devised by the Conservative Government were designed for little people like us, not for them and their advisors

  • pnnb (Photo by Jonathan Rautenberg on Unsplash)
    Article: Nov 19, 2020

    We recently commented on what is being described as a chumocracy in which political friends of the government seem to be favoured when contracts are being handed out to fight the pandemic See https://southsuffolklibdems.org.uk/en/article/2020/1383489/living-in-a-chumocracy

    There is obviously a strong argument that corners need to be cut when trying to find global sources of PPE for example but these concerns have been amplified by a report from the independent National Audit Office, Britain's public spending watchdog

  • ogw6 (Photo by Waldemar Brandt on Unsplash)
    Article: Nov 18, 2020

    The government has announced a 10 point plan on addressing the issue of climate change

    The 10-point plan comprises:

    • A ban on combustion engine sales by 2030, with grants for electric cars, and funding for charge points. The sale of some hybrid cars and vans will continue until 2035.

    • A previously announced pledge to quadruple offshore wind power by 2030, to 40GW, enough to power every UK home.

    • Moves to boost hydrogen production, with the promise of a town heated entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade.

    • Investment of £525m towards new nuclear power, based on "the next generation of small and advanced reactors".

    • £1bn next year for funds to insulate homes and public buildings, using the existing green homes grant and public sector decarbonisation scheme.

    • An extra £200m invested in carbon capture initiatives.

    • Support for greener energies in the aviation and maritime sectors, with £20m committed to the latter.

    • 30,000 hectares of trees planted every year, as part of nature conservation efforts.

    • Moves to promote public transport, cycling and walking, although no new schemes were announced.

    • A pledge to make London "the global centre of green finance".