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Jeremy Hunt: New chancellor is the man who ruined the NHS

Jeremy Hunt: New chancellor is the man who ruined the NHS

As the former health secretary, Jeremy Hunt is appointed to the Exchequer, his ministerial past puts paid to his ‘sensible’ image Jeremy Hunt has been named the UK’s fourth chancellor in as many months, following the sacking of Kwasi Kwarteng... More…
Universal credit changes: increasing pressure on part-time workers is the wrong move at the worst time

Universal credit changes: increasing pressure on part-time workers is the wrong move at the worst time

Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has laid out the government’s “mini budget”, a package of tax cuts that will mostly benefit the wealthiest in Britain. But people on the other end of the income scale are facing changes too. Kwarteng announced that... More…
Why policy makers and scientists are always wrong about obesity

Why policy makers and scientists are always wrong about obesity

A recent article that we wrote raises a number of important questions about obesity. Why do policy attempts to control obesity fail? Why do scientists ask the wrong questions about obesity? Why does searching for single causes of the so-called... More…
Disposable humans?

Disposable humans?

A response to the recent social commentary on the perceived value of individuals with ‘underlying health conditions’ The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the fabric of society and has left many wondering about the social, political and economic structures that will... More…
Why no talk of an inequality emergency?

Why no talk of an inequality emergency?

We hear much talk now of a climate emergency.  As I was revising a talk I frequently give on ‘global health in an unequal world’, I realised that there is no talk of an inequality emergency, either globally or close... More…
Joker

Joker

May Contain Spoilers In the same week as World Mental Health Day (10th October) the blockbuster, from the DC Comics’ Batman series, “Joker” was number one in both the UK and US box offices.  While the various Batman movies, and... More…
Political Suicide

Political Suicide

Last week it was #WorldSuicidePreventionDay – social media was awash with supportive messages being thrown into the ether for whoever might see/need them, or to virtue signal. We are told it is ok not to be ok, that we should... More…
Rough Sleeping and the Unhealthy City

Rough Sleeping and the Unhealthy City

The rise in rough sleeping is a result of policies of austerity and exclusion,  Yet, increasingly, public discourse frames homelessness as an individual problem.  How can we refocus, so that the health of homeless people becomes a barometer for the... More…
Not in the club? It’s par for the course

Not in the club? It’s par for the course

Golf is a game where individual players hit a small plastic and rubber ball (a descendant of the ‘hairy ball’ it is believed), with a largely metal club. It is widely understood to have originated in Fife, on the east... More…
I, Daniel Blake – is this the collapse of the social contract?

I, Daniel Blake – is this the collapse of the social contract?

Ken Loach’s most recent film I, Daniel Blake tells the story of Daniel, a fifty nine year old joiner from Newcastle, and Katie, an out of work single mother of two from London. They become perhaps unlikely friends after meeting... More…
Sisters Uncut Newcastle – A new anti-austerity voice in the North East.

Sisters Uncut

On the evening of August 22nd in Gosforth there was a sold out screening of Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ’45, with Q and A with the legendary lefty director afterward. It was also the setting of the first public... More…
School Holiday Hunger

School Holiday Hunger

The cost of the school holidays makes them a crunch point for families paying the price of austerity politics. Children who benefit from free school lunches are often going hungry once their school shuts for the holidays. The cost of... More…