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NHS mental health crisis worsens as 2,000 staff quit per month

Pledge to boost services undermined by failure to retain thousands of key workers, minister admits<p>Thousands of nurses, therapists and psychiatrists are quitting NHS mental health services, raising serious doubts about ministerial pledges to dramatically expand the workforce.<p>Two thousand mental …

Mental Health

Welfare was meant to help the poor, not subsidise exploitative employers | Kenan Malik

We take for granted that businesses create jobs, and so have the right to dictate on what conditions jobs are created<p>It will mean fewer jobs. That was the chorus from many on the right, from Tej Parikh of the Institute of Directors to the chancellor, Philip Hammond, in response to proposals from …

Working-class

Russia is mocking us. First the Salisbury attack, then information warfare. Time to wake up | Carole Cadwalldr

It’s not Stonehenge that will surprise you, it’s the tanks, the camouflage nets, the live ammo rounds<p>Have you been to Salisbury? Have you visited the cathedral, whose 123-metre spire the two men identified as Russian military intelligence assassins claimed was the reason for their visit on two …

Opinion (UK)

Massachusetts police tweet lets slip scale of leftwing surveillance

At the height of Thursday night’s gas emergency that affected 8,000 people and in which one person was killed, Massachusetts state police posted to Twitter a map of responses to fires and explosions.<p>It was an image of a computer monitor, showing locations of 39 incidents as confirmed “by MSP Watch …

Social Media

Read between the lines and you see how panicked the Brexiteers are getting – they know their game is up

It is a decent measure of the Tories’ now total detachment from any sense of public duty that the party is now threatening to split over a vote that …

Great Britain

Inside The Surveillance Nightmare Unfolding In China

<b>You need to know about the world's most advanced surveillance state</b><p>In Xinjiang, a four-hour flight from Beijing, a nightmare is unfolding. China is …

Apple Creating Portal To Give Law Enforcement Agencies Your Data

Apple, a company that gained fame for its well-publicized standoff against police who wanted the secrets held in the iPhone of one of the San …

Privacy

Jacob Rees-Mogg and his gang want to hoodwink voters with talk of 'clean Brexit' and then push us off the edge of the cliff. This is why we should not fall for it

Hardline Brexiteers are rattled. They know their plan to crash out of the European Union without a deal is unpopular. Voters don’t like the prospect …

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Theresa May's government has no deal Brexit plans for 84 areas of British life — here's the full list

LONDON — The UK government's preparations for crashing out of the European Union with no deal cover 84 areas of British life, a new leak has revealed.<p>Theresa May's government will soon publish an array of technical notices for British businesses and households, explaining what contingency plans the …

We underestimate the threat of facial recognition technology at our peril | Cynthia Wong

Information could be abused by government officials, police officers, or even private companies<p>On Friday, the identity matching services bill will be discussed at a hearing by the parliamentary intelligence and security committee. It has serious implications for human rights.<p>Should the government …

Human Rights

The Observer view on how Trump’s scorn has laid Britain’s isolation bare | Observer editorial

As the UK severs its ties with Europe, the kind of humiliation served up by the US president will become routine<p>Time and again, the prime minister repeats the same old refrain: Brexit will strengthen, not diminish, Britain’s place in the world. It is trotted out in every speech, every interview, …

U.S. Presidency

Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and the Rise of Radical Incompetence

LONDON — “I am increasingly admiring of Donald Trump. I have become more and more convinced that there is method in his madness.” These comments, subsequently leaked, were made last month by Boris Johnson, who was then Britain’s foreign secretary. Never one to discount praise, Mr. Trump reportedly …

Boris Johnson

Dominic Raab is a dangerous, anti-feminist ideologue | Schona Jolly

Many of the rights we take for granted have been guaranteed by EU membership. The new Brexit secretary puts all this at risk<p>What do we know about Dominic Raab, and what does it tell us about how he might approach his new job as Brexit secretary? Prediction is a fool’s game in Brexit Britain, but as …

Dominic Raab

If Jeremy Hunt does to the Foreign Office what he did to the NHS, we should all be very afraid

Pity Britain’s poor diplomats. Their suitably decorous celebrations to toast the departure of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary must have abruptly …

Jeremy Hunt

Boris Johnson Has Ruined Britain

LONDON — LONDON — For the second time in three years, Boris Johnson, a politician whose ambition and superficial charm far outstrip his ability, judgment or principles, is destabilizing the British government and threatening the country’s future.<p>On Monday, Mr. Johnson, in protest against Prime …

Boris Johnson

Brexiters seem to forget that ‘no deal’ is not legally an option | Brendan Howlin

The Irish border is not just an irritation – we won’t pay the price for Brexit<br>• Brendan Howlin is the leader of the Irish Labour party<p>At a time when Theresa May has enough problems keeping her government intact, Ireland may be regarded as an annoyance in British government circles.<p>The border …

Northern Ireland

May's plan 'sticks in the throat', says Boris Johnson as he resigns over Brexit

Boris Johnson has quit as foreign secretary, claiming in his resignation letter that the UK was headed “for the status of a colony” if Theresa May’s soft Brexit plans were adopted.<p>The leading Brexiter said that he tried to support the line agreed at Chequers on Friday but while the “government now …

News

UK Reveals Plan For A Centralised Biometric Database That Sounds Like An Absolute Nightmare

The UK government's Home Office released a report this week announcing plans for a forthcoming centralised biometric database of its citizens, …

The UN has no right to lecture the UK on poverty. Haven't they seen Benefits Street? They all have flat screen TVs

The bally UN! How dare they come over here and lecture us about poverty.<p>Haven’t they heard of Africa? Nobody blasted dies of hunger here. Did you not …

It's shameful that the UN is investigating the UK over extreme levels of poverty

At first glance, the “fact finding” visit to Britain by the UN’s expert on poverty seems a curious excursion. Professor Philip Alston, the UN special …

The BBC just declared that FIVE children being murdered by Israel is 'NOT A LOT'

Israeli forces have killed 18 Palestinian children in 2018 alone – but after a complaint to the Corporation from a pro-Israel activist, the BBC have …

Adult social care services on brink of collapse, survey shows

Some councils in England ‘cannot go on’ without long-term funding to underpin care<p>Social care services for vulnerable adults are on the verge of collapse in some areas of England, despite the provision of extra government funding, senior council officials have warned.<p>The fragile state of many …

Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy?

Big Tech wants to exploit our personal data, and the government wants to keep tabs on us. But “privacy” isn’t what’s really at stake.<p>The reason you’ve been receiving a steady stream of privacy-policy updates from online services, some of which you may have forgotten you ever subscribed to, is that …

Theresa May’s refusal to accept her responsibility for the Windrush scandal is shameful

Perhaps Theresa May has a better understanding of her heartless policy on immigration than she pretends. When she was challenged in the House of …

Failing The Nation: The Shame Of Our Cowardly MPs

We are up the creek with no paddle, no captain, in a leaking boat, heading for the rapids<p>Davide Seddio via Getty Images<p>Exactly twelve months ago …

In a wheelchair and want your benefits? You’ll need to take the stairs | Frances Ryan

Sending disabled people to inaccessible centres causes pain and distress. Worse, it leads to them being denied benefits<p>Three weeks ago, Linda received a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) calling her in for “reassessment” of her disability benefits. Linda is not her real name; …

With Less Than A Year Until Brexit, Gibraltar’s Vulnerability is Growing

The people of the Rock have always been proud of their longstanding relationship with Britain. Now, suddenly, it feels like a millstone around their …

After today's revelation, we can't deny it any longer: the price of Brexit will be the NHS

Anyone wanting a dagger to plunge into the Government’s Brexit policy can find a freshly sharpened one courtesy of the Institute for Fiscal Studies …

Human Geography

Michael Gove claims that Brexit has made the UK less divided and more open to migration – what nonsense

With the Scottish parliament having rejected Theresa May’s EU withdrawal bill, and support for reunification surging in Northern Ireland, it is an …

Great Britain

Government drops scheme to stop people being wrongly stripped of their benefits because it is a ‘burden’

A “yellow card” scheme to cut the number of people pushed into poverty after being wrongly stripped of their benefits has been dumped.<p>The reform – …

Universal Credit