A national health body seems set to throw millions of people under the bus

Support us and go ad-freeThe National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has caused uproar among chronically ill and disabled people. This is because it’s delayed the release of crucial treatment guidelines. And as many people are pointing out, the reason for the delay is potentially toxic. Myalgic encephalomyelitis: ME/CFS Myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly referred to as ME, is a chronic systemic neuroimmune disease. The latest research says it affects at least 65 million people worldwide and around 250,000 people in the UK. But the numbers could be underestimates. Some research puts the number of undiagnosed ME cases at 80%. Meanwhile, other studies show a prevalence rate in…

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Labour wants to expel a Jewish member of over 50 years

Support us and go ad-freeThe Labour Party is trying to expel a veteran Jewish member. But he isn’t taking it lying down. Another witch hunt victim? Graham Bash is chair of South Thanet Labour Party. He’s a member of the party for 52 years. Bash is the political officer for Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL), and he’s also the political secretary of the Labour Representation Committee (LRC). But Labour’s governance and legal unit (GLU) has threatened to boot him out. In a letter, it said that it has: reason to believe that [Bash] is ineligible to be or remain a Labour Party member because you are a supporter of…

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Labour just lost a councillor but it’s a ‘breakthrough’ for another party

Support us and go ad-freeA Labour councillor has defected to an up-and-coming political party. The move may not be a surprise given Keir Starmer’s woeful leadership. But it does show how the new political party is already resonating with people. Enter Breakthrough As The Canary previously reported, the Breakthrough Party launched in January 2021. Alex Mays founded it. You can read all about Breakthrough here. But as Mays told The Canary: We are a new home for those determined to disrupt the failed status quo and build an alternative. It’s a society that uses its considerable wealth to provide dignity, security and justice for all. We see hope not in Westminster. We see…

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Sturgeon calls on UK government to do more to help Afghan refugees

Support us and go ad-freeScotland’s first minister has criticised the UK government for failing to do enough to help Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban takeover of the country. Abandoning the Afghans Following its defeat in Afghanistan, the UK government has announced plans to resettle 20,000 vulnerable Afghans – particularly women and girls – with 5,000 arriving in the first 12 months. Nicola Sturgeon said more needs to be done to help and Scotland stands ready to play its part. She told the PA news agency: I don’t think the UK Government is doing enough or stepping up and meeting its responsibilities. Twenty-thousand (refugees) over what they’re describing as…

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Inquiry launched into police firearms policy in wake of mass shooting

Support us and go ad-freeA firearms review is to be carried out into the police force which gave Jake Davison his licence and gun back just weeks before he killed five people in one of the UK’s worst mass shootings. Checks The inquiry into Devon and Cornwall Police’s firearms licensing procedures will be overseen by the National Police Chiefs’ Council. It’s the third investigation into the events of last week in which Jake Davison, 22, shot dead his own mother and four others in the Keyham area of Plymouth before turning the gun on himself. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is already investigating the decision by…

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Black and Minority Ethnic workers are still bearing the brunt of the pandemic

Support us and go ad-freeThe unemployment rate for Black and Minority Ethnic workers has risen three times faster than for white workers over the past year. New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the unemployment rate for BME workers has increased from 6.1% in 2020 to 8% this year. In contrast, the rate for white workers has increased much slower – from 3.6% to 4% in the same time period. Unions say the new figures illustrate the continuing disproportionate impact of the pandemic on minorities. Protecting jobs TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: BME workers have borne the brunt of the pandemic. They’ve been…

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Wondering who benefited from the war in Afghanistan? They’ll be meeting in London next month.

Support us and go ad-freeAs the Taliban take over Kabul’s presidential palace, you’d be forgiven for wondering who it is that two decades of war and foreign occupation has benefited. In 2001, the US, UK, and their allies invaded Afghanistan. The invasion certainly hasn’t benefited the people of Afghanistan; since 2001, an estimated 47,245 civilians have been killed. Most people in the US haven’t benefited either, with $2.261tn spent on the war, and 2,442 military personnel killed. Neither has it helped ordinary people in the UK. More than 450 British soldiers have been killed, and in 2013, the estimated cost of the UK’s war in Afghanistan stood at…

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Vaccines manufactured in jab-desperate Africa are being sent to Europe

Support us and go ad-freeMillions of vaccines manufactured in South Africa are being sent to Europe despite concerns about global vaccine inequality. 32m doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been exported for distribution around Europe, while promises to vaccinate a third of Africans remain unfulfilled. South Africa ordered 31m doses of the single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but according to the New York Times, has only administered about 2m. With the percentage of Africans fully vaccinated at just 1.7%, the exports to Europe have prompted renewed concern about vaccines not reaching where they’re most needed. Out of South Africa There was a condition in the contract…

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September phase out of £20 Universal Credit uplift to further impoverish nearly 3.5 million children

Support us and go ad-freeAlmost three and a half million children will be affected by the cut to Universal Credit (UC) payments from next month, figures suggest. Levelling down There were more than 1.8 million households containing around 3.4 million children claiming the benefit as of May 2021, according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). A temporary £20 a week uplift, introduced to help claimants weather the storm of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and described as a “lifeline”, is to be phased out from late September. The Canary has previously reported on the argument that the £20 uplift was never enough by itself and still left…

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