Virgin Care?

If this is correct, then it’s a disgraceful move on all sides- including Richard Branson.

Surely, this can’t be allowed to happen?

Privatisation of NHS continues as hospital contract awarded to Richard Branson


Scrapping University grants, IT’S NOT RIGHT, ITS NOT FAIR

Student grants, which are so influential and important for many students in helping them to reason with the cost of going to university, are being scrapped and replaced by loans.

How terrible, you might say. But it gets worse. In order to push through the plans of scrapping the maintenance grants, which helps half a million students, there will be no Commons debate and no parliamentary vote. Instead of meeting in the house of commons to openly debate and discuss this issue like a ‘democracy’ ought to, it is being discussed in a small unknown room, where the Third Delegated Legislation Committee- A small group of MPs, which has a tory majority, will gather to consider the motion. But even if the committee did want to quash the proposals, they will have no power to do so. It is absolutely scandalous that such a major decision is being taken in this way.

As a student who relies heavily on student grants to survive university, its hard to comprehend the absurdity of the proposals, as the government sneakily tries to transfer these grants into repayable loans.

These grants were provided by the government to help those from the poorest backgrounds and alleviate the cost of making students pay more for their university degree. When the Coalition government increased tuition fees by trebling them to £9,000, we were told that the increase in maintenance grants for students ‘should ensure that the reforms do not affect individuals from lower socio-economic backgrounds disproportionately’.

The current grants provide the right amount of finance for students to live off and have some disposable income. Yes, the proposals will Increase the amount of money that we receive, however with already a mountain of debt to contend due to the trebling of fees, the offer of alternative loans will make the situation even worse. The Institute for Fiscal Studies estimates that the poorest 40% of students will now graduate with debts of up to £53,000 for a three year course, rather than £40,500 at present.

This is undoubtedly going to discourage poorer students from seeking out further education altogether, with further evidence from the IFS, who found that a £1,000 increase in grants created a 3.95% increase in university participation.

This is not a small technical alteration to the way students are being financially supported, it is a major change which could deprive many students in England the chance of going to university.

It is outrageous that this is being implemented, but it is even more outrageous with the manner in which it is being allowed. The Conservatives are ruining the opportunity of going to University for thousands of students- and its not right nor fair.

In a modern day society, it should surely be one of the main objectives of any government, regardless of the politics, that education be of paramount importance. And that future doctors, lawyers, teachers and politicians(!) be given equal support and the best opportunities to become part of the fabric that makes a better and successful society.

Labours’ Lack of Direction and Cohesiveness

A fourth shadow cabinet minister resigned today, and similarly to the previous three to have resigned, Catherine McKinney, has also cited a lack of direction and, I guess what seems a lack of labour ‘cohesiveness’.

Its another devastating blow for Jeremy Corbyn, a man now under huge pressure to start showing a true sense of leadership and begin to start giving back on the promise of a ‘new politics’, something which he so heavily championed to help him gain leadership of the Labour Party.

But even more importantly for Corbyn, is that he needs to cement together the deepening cracks that are appearing within the Labour Party. Anger over the sacking of Pat McFadden, which prompted the resignation of three other ministers, is further evidence of the worrying times that could be ahead for Jeremy Corbyn and Labour.

This has played well to the ears of David Cameron and the Conservative Party. Not only will the lack of unity in the labour camp and the falling support for Jeremy Corbyn please him, but the reshuffle and the fall out from it has made a nice little distraction from the real problems that are facing the UK and Globally in terms of Politics.

Floods. Junior doctors to go on strike for the first time in 40 years. Britain’s supposed support for the justice system in Saudi Arabia. ISIS. And many more, these are the issues that should be at the focus, but as a result of the problems of the Labour Party, they are sadly not being discussed or as heavily acknowledged as they should be.

One day, hopefully in the near future, Labour will at least become a more unified and stronger opposition and we can focus on the things that really should matter in our world of Politics.

A free Vote on the EU

David Cameron has given his ministers a free say on whether they would like to stay within or leave the EU.

Is this a clear lack of leadership and an ineffective whip within the party?, with many opposing views on this issue…. or….

Is he merely allowing his MPs a chance to have their own say (perhaps to make them like him a bit more), and to force the likes of Theresa May and Boris Johnson out from the cracks?

Either way, when Corbyn allowed a free vote on bombing ISIS in Syria he was ridiculed and mocked, so it will be interesting to see the media and public reaction.