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New coronavirus measures announced by @CMO_England :
1) Anyone with new onset persistent cough or high fever in themselves *or in their household* to self-isolate for 14 days.
#COVID19 1/n
2) Everyone: social distancing, avoid non-essential contact with other people & unnecessary travel.
3) Vulnerable groups - from weekend plan is for them to be shielded from social contact for 12 weeks. 2/n
Vulnerable groups defined as: Those over 70, people with chronic health problems - adults who would normally be advised to have a flu jab, pregant women. #COVID19 3/n
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The last #GeneralElection confirmed to me that the majority of people in the U.K

are either brain dead conformists or sociopathic sadists who like to torture vulnerable people.

I despise working class @Conservatives voters.

They are no different to Hitler's enablers.
They fetishise over the bravery of a past generation who fought two World War's trying to destroy the assholes that working class @Conservatives are.

That populism which enables the wealthiest to divide the poor.

To get the poor to kill others based in a flimsy absurd ideology.
I have no respect, no compassion whatsoever for working class @conservatives voters.

My only enjoyment now will be their self destruction under @Conservatives oppression and stealth #austerity.
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Thread on yesterday’s debate in the House of Lords. A male, Conservative Peer has said what *some* Women’s organisations have been to afraid to say. I’m only part way through the transcript this is part 1.
Many of us have watched the direct attack on single sex spaces and how invariably the male toilets remain unaffected and women’s are converted to “gender neutral” i.e Mixed Sex. Or we are told those with urinals are suitable for both sexes. They are not.
The Question. 👇
Where is the research? Who is disadvantaged? WOMEN! For safety, dignity and privacy. For the record there are many male people who do NOT like mixed sex facilities. And YES there are many strange men in this world and every woman has met them.
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...@bancaditalia CODADEPAJA
I prestiti TLTRO di #PopBari dal bilancio 2015..."anche a nome delle nuove controllate" chiesti ulteriori 516 milioni in 3 mesi...
Evento in stile
#ECB/@bancaditalia 's Ponzi Scheme... 👏👏
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I want to share a new paper. Its relevant to #GE2019. The findings are quite exemplary of the misguidedness of much of economic & social policy under the #ConservativeParty. It should be a harbinger to wary voters: there is more of the same under the Tories & with #Brexit. 1/..
The short summary: the reform to housing benefit from 2011 onwards was intended to save the public purse hundreds of millions. But quite the reverse happened: not only did it create huge amounts of misery and agony, it also ended up not saving the public much money at all. 2/..
What happened? From April 2011 onwards, local housing allowance was massively cut from covering up to the median level of rents, to only cover up to the 30th percentile of market rents. Here is a map of how this affected households in terms of expected losses per week. 3/..
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@bbcquestiontime @IBlackfordSNP Thank you so much for speaking up for #50swomen #waspi. £271-400billion was taken out of the NI FUND as treasury stopped paying in their share around time of bank crash. More than enough to provide decent pensions #NHS & benefit funding.
Govts chose NOT to do this @davidhencke
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So why I think the #GE2019 is really not done yet. A short thread. The summary: I think a hung parliament is still a very likely and a desirable outcome for the UK. I first present some evidence on the former, and then my view on the desirability on the latter. #Brexit
1. Most opinion polls now point to a #Cons maj, including yesterday's @YouGov MRP. MRP is great in the tool box, but still relies on raw polling data. Here,, I argue here that YouGov samples for BES do appear structurally different and potentially biased
2. Opinion polls are still mostly conducted at national level, ignoring constituency-level factors. My PhD student @EleAla shows that in UK, turnout tends to be systematically lower the "safer" a seat is. And this effect is increasing in the poll national lead of the incumbent..
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Hard factual headlines will follow this one:

"Tories have maxed up UK state debt by 2.5 times in just 9 and half years!" This is unprecedented in peacetime!

"Despite #Tory #Lies to the contrary? UK #economy is flat on its back, and likely to fall further - GDP was just 0.1% in the 6 months to 30sep19 being our worst showing since the financial crash!"

GDP(Gross Domestic Product) = total output of UK #economy, on which vital tax-take depends. HMG needs our tax (from companies, employees, householders) to fund OUR public services. Flat GDP growth (low % uplift) means less capability to fund services on which we depend!

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IPPR/@YouGov public attitudes poll finds a 60% majority in favour of significant changes to the way the economy is run with just 2% for the status quo

Support for fundamental economic reform cuts across party and Brexit divides THREAD 1/6…
There's profound scepticism about the economic settlement across all parties

59% agree the economy mainly works for people with high incomes & for big companies

56% agree the gap between wealthy and the rest has widened too much (2/6)
After nearly a decade, public support for #austerity appears to have evaporated

61% said cuts to spending have damaged vital public services - a view shared across all parties (3/6)
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On my way to Berlin for the launch of @ForumNewEconomy. I ll be talking about "Why #Brexit votes happen: An evaluation of the impact of #austerity".
Unfortuantely, there is much more I would like to say... but can't within 10 minutes. So here is what's missing out...
In the run up to 2016 #EURef, the UK was actually slowly and gradually becoming more pro European if you believe 30 @EurobarometerEU studies since 2000.
The 2016 #EURef is culmination of political developments with UK's electoral system playing a crucial role. Here a short thread why & how #austerity induced voter shifts affected election dynamics, pushing Cameron into holding #Brexit referendum:
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🗣️"How is it social housing if I can't survive on a teaching assistant salary?"

Today #ReclaimTheAgenda is highlighting #precariousness in working class & BME/migrant communities.

For example in our 78 research interviews most people were in work but struggled to make ends meet
Housing #precariousness is also a major worry, with many waiting indefinitely to secure decent living conditions.

On top of employment and housing insecurity, public service cuts and #austerity have eroded the safety net.

We Are Ghosts (2019) report 👉🏾
@CLASSthinktank Runnymede & @CLASSthinktank's report We Are Ghosts (2019) found that public sector workers are demoralised by severe cuts.

Often they have workplans and targets that fail to centre the dignity of service users.


We Are Ghosts 👉🏾
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Hello, good evening and welcome to our third Mental Health Question Time of 2019

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QUESTION: Fit for purpose: how can mental health care professionals support physical health?
@osborn_ucl @UCLPsychiatry @CoProNorfolk @NSFTtweets @FGaughran @MaudsleyNHS @SimonGilbody @MHARG_york @Andy__Bell__ @CentreforMH @simranNMHIN @PHE_uk People living with mental illnesses have an increased risk of developing a physical illness compared with the general population, AND when they experience ill-health, they have poorer access to adequate medical services #MHQT
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Not all stories need to be about posh men. Not all stories need to be about people shouting at each other. The 'we hate each other', 'divided Britain' story. I spend more than half of my working life on @funpalaces #funpalaces. I talk to people across the UK all the time. 1/10
They live in villages & towns, cities & countryside. In 2018 Lead Makers (those who take the lead on #FunPalaces) were most likely to live in the most deprived third of postcodes. 56% of Maker teams incl people from an ethnic minority. 2/10
They are all ages: 40% #FunPalaces Maker teams incl people under 18, 41% incl people over 65, and 22% incl people under 18 AND people over 65. So they are the people in UK supposedly divided by age & by ethnicity. 11% of Lead makers have a disability or health condition. 3/10
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No @rorybremner if you want a reasonable discussion then here goes!
1. Brexit vote was narrowly lost by the remain campaign
2. I voted Remain
3. I do not want a no deal Brexit, it was not an option in the referendum.
4 Do I understand why Brexit with a deal is important - yes!
5. In the UK we have public services run by nationalised EU companies
6 UK cannot re-nationalise service industries while a member of the EU.
7. Will a no deal Brexit cause hardship in UK, undoubtedly.
8 I would not vote Lib Dems
9 Lib Dems enabled #austerity
10 Lib Dems enabled policies that have brought about the deaths of many people
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Some people have asked for our comment on the #Treasury #EconomicStrategy document
There are two major issues: process and content.
I deal with these in turn.Note: these are not the official views of the @IEJ_SA 👇
Firstly on *process*
National Treasury has gone rogue...again
They have unilaterally published a policy document without engaging
👉government structures
👉ANC structures or
👉civil society (unless you count financial sector economists present at their colloquia).
Given that we are in a deep economic crisis, this Treasury unilateralism is highly irresponsible, as broad engagement on the *nature of the problem* is critical to coming up with *appropriate solutions*. But it now emerges that such engagement was totally absent.
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Let me tell you a #knifecrime story I dealt with last week as a GP in #Croydon which has a lot of knife crime and loads of chicken shops.
Social services @yourcroydon rang me to ask whether I had any background information on a teenage patient of mine who absconded from A&E after having a stab wound sutured. Didn’t explain how it happened and left before the police and social workers came #KnifeFree
Yes I did!
Parents had been worried about him for several years due to disruption and behaviour problems at school.
Under resourced school didn’t have the capacity to give him pastoral care and asked parents to see GP to get a referral to adolescent mental health services.
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Our secretary General @fjgodfrey gives feedback about the prevention workshop at @PACT_eu #HealthPACT #Wellbeing4all #EU4health
#HealthPACT @fjgodfrey Clearly and frankly, we don't need the excuse that 'we need more data'. What we need is political will to do what needs to be done to improve population health #EU4health #Wellbeing4all @PACT_eu
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Where's the Italian #austerity so many people rant on about?? So much for #Conte's nonsense about #Italy's politics being "enslaved by finance"??

Spesa corrente al netto degli interessi *in livelli* non scende mai!
Il grafico in %PIL l'ho messo solo per ridere piu' forte 1/2
Questa invece è la crescita cumulata dei principali componenti della spesa corrente del governo centrale al netto degli interessi... Mannaggia! ma tutto questo #neoliberismo non ci farà mica male?!
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Super thrilled to announce that "Did #Austerity cause #brexit?" has just been accepted for publication at the @AEAjournals in the American Economic Review. Short thread on whole paper available here
The paper traces the rapid rise of #UKIP after 2010, and the developing of anti-establishment and growing polarisation along key socio-economic divides over time.
And highlights that #austerity policies, in particular, the hollowing out of the welfare state since 2010 induced many individuals to adopt anti-establishment sentiment -- these were successfully channeled into votes for #Leave and #UKIP
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Thrilled to be on the op-ed page of the @FT! word limit was very tight (my 714 cut down to 615) so here follow a few explainers, expansions, further thoughts... 1/x
I was asked to write about mini-BOTS and assignats. Some would say they're complete opposites: assignats "backed" by land, #miniBOTs by nothing. But what gives money value isn't what's "behind" it but what's ahead--who will take it, for what 2/x
If #MiniBots are introduced, they will be circulate as a quasi-currency in parallel w euros. The anti-EU League Party is making vague #MMT anti #Austerity noises, but DO NOT BE FOOLED. A "parallel" voluntary money will not be good for ordinary people 3/x
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Does it occur to people that #Tory #Conservativ Cuts are directly targeted towards ..
Aged, Unemployed, Single parents ,Low paid , Sick & Disabled people , & CHILDREN ?
Can you see a pattern emerge ? All the Vulnerable people especially in #Labour run areas...?
the Cuts have been imposed even more severely ...
The only conclusion is ..

If you do not Work ? The #Tories will do all in their power to Kill people...Including CHILDREN )

I repeat they will actively work towards vulnerable people's demise & Death !
The language from the #Conservatives #Tories ?
They actually call people ...non productive & Useless Eaters ! I repeat ...Useless Eaters ...

If I was wrong & this was only a few top #Tories who were knowingly pushing people to Starvation ,Suicide & Death with their #Cuts
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The long-awaited @Alston_UNSR report is finally out.… A strongly evidenced evisceration of the UK's recent record on #poverty covering the disastrous #humanrights impacts of welfare reform & cuts to social protection, w/ a particular focus on #childpoverty
@Alston_UNSR Other issues addressed by @alston_UNSR incl food security, the gendered nature of poverty, privatisation & serious shortcomings in the way that poverty is measured in the UK. Several key recomms echo those of other #UN #HumanRights bodies to the Uk, incl #CRC & #CESCR Committees
@Alston_UNSR Will lessons be learnt in order to address the 'systematic', 'stark' and 'ideological' erosion of the social safety net ? It was depressingly unsurprising to hear the government's trenchant response to the report as 'barely believable' and of apparent plans to complain to the UN
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Equador: Swedish national #OlaBini arrested for connections to #wikileaks.

Johannes Wahlström:

#JulianAssange's "human rights are violated on a daily basis"

"#JulianAssange is imprisoned for #journalism."

#MikePompeo on lying:

"When I was a cadet, what was the cadet motto at West Point? 'You will not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do'? I was the CIA Director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. It was like - we had entire training courses!"
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The philosophy of science seems distant from political & everyday life. But it maps the fuzzy border between faith & rational thought about facts. "When you tell me I'm wrong you prove that I'm right!" Witch-finders & Freudians unite! You have nothing to lose but your brains:
An example from @Jonathan_K_Cook: "McCarthyism is not just the hounding of someone because their views are unpopular. It is the creation...of a perfect, self-rationalising system of incrimination...the modern political parallel of the witch hunt."…
In UK politics an epidemic of accusations of antisemitism against @jeremycorbyn & the #LabourParty seems to be a proxy indicator of awareness & fear in some parts of our political world that #JeremyCorbyn's fairly relentless focus on #Austerity & Tory misdeeds does get results.
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