Mushroom

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Not quite sure of the logic here?

Didn't the person in London have to pay 660K for their house in the first place and the person in Hartlepool only have to pay 150K?

So if on equivalent incomes, wouldn't the person in Hartlepool be considerably better off?

Everyone hates means testing, but surely that is the answer, not an arbitrary amount.

I have long been an advocate that people earning over 100K a year (baseline to be index-linked against inflation & individual not joint income) should pay for private healthcare insurance as a mandatory obligation and leave the NHS to cover lower-income earners and that the healthcare insurance must provide a set minimum like £1,000,000 treatment cover. This income level to be extended to pension income as well so on retirement people earning less than 100k pension will benefit from full NHS cover.

Perhaps we need to shift focus on the NHS being a safety net, not a right for all regardless of wealth.
Pensioners requiring care would have purchased their homes many years ago. London prices would have surged over the years whilst the North East has only had modest property price rises. It's not a case of how much they spent or their wages but the asset being much more inflated in London. It's the asset that is taken into account and if needs be, sold to pay for the health care but capped at the same.
Surely the cap should be adjusted accordingly?
But no, Boris looks after the South yet again.
 

Camden

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Government to introduce 'Harper’s Law'​


Emergency workers will receive greater protection from violent criminals after the Government confirmed ‘Harper’s Law’ would be added to the statute book.

Whilst this is an emotional issue, and who doesn't want more Protection for our Hero Emergency Services , but this seems to be a Govt populous "vote getter" a gesture playing on public emotions rather than seeing it for what it is impracticable.

IMHO new laws shouldn't be based on one emotionally charged case and a petition , this Law hasn't unfortunately been thought all the way through and is poorly drafted if I have read it rightly ...

Taking the emotion out of it ... yes, as said we would want Emergency Workers given protection and harsher measures for those who who kill them .but ....

The case it was based on, would this new law have changed the outcome No , because they weren't, not given a life sentences based on any restriction of a Manslaughter charge . In fact the Judge made it clear in the case, that had the guy charged Mr Long been older, he would have passed a life sentence . The sentence of 16 years was based , solely on there ages underaged ...

Murder already attracts an automatic life sentence, where the victim is for eg a police officer doing his his job, the sentencing starts with life without parole.

So this new Law is not for people charged with murder on the Emergency Worker. The new law is, they want those charged under the lesser offence of manslaughter to receive a mandatory life sentence, when the victim is an emergency worker.

The new law in its present draft is absurd and IMHO unworkable , it would mean a restaurant owner gives a meal with nuts in it and the customer dies ...if the customer was a emergency worker, the new law is written he would get a mandatory life sentence , if a builder truck has illegally high load and falls and kills a policeman ...the driver would get a mandatory life sentence for killing an emergency worker rather than the normal Manslaughter charge.

Yes, I believe there should be reform and harsher sentences given, but this law is poorly drafted ...and the Govt is going on public emotion rather than practicability, gesture politics .
 
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enoch

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Not quite sure of the logic here?

Didn't the person in London have to pay 660K for their house in the first place and the person in Hartlepool only have to pay 150K?

So if on equivalent incomes, wouldn't the person in Hartlepool be considerably better off?

Everyone hates means testing, but surely that is the answer, not an arbitrary amount.

I have long been an advocate that people earning over 100K a year (baseline to be index-linked against inflation & individual not joint income) should pay for private healthcare insurance as a mandatory obligation and leave the NHS to cover lower-income earners and that the healthcare insurance must provide a set minimum like £1,000,000 treatment cover. This income level to be extended to pension income as well so on retirement people earning less than 100k pension will benefit from full NHS cover.

Perhaps we need to shift focus on the NHS being a safety net, not a right for all regardless of wealth.
I agree on some of your points about the NHS and health, but the cap is another matter.
 

IbrahimAbi

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...................and so the incompetence goes on.the only requirement to be a tory Minister is to agree totally with Bonking Bunter When will it stop?
 

Mushroom

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It looks now that certain Police force's have been given the approval to take pro-active action against Insulate Britain's activists - Thankyou Pritti Useless.
They have come out with the great idea of asking any motorists who were blocked on the various roads to come forward with dash cam or other footage in order that they can consider taking action against the activists.
Hang on Pritti - The Police turned up at these events and should have all the footage in the world from their own Go-Pro's.
Even better, had they actually arrested the activists for Obstructing the Highway, they could have been trundled away in vans, taken to the Plod station, interviewed and charged to appear at Magistrate's court.
Admitted, the time spent at the Plod station would have been a few hours at most and with bail they would have been back out to do whatever, and facing only fines, BUT if Pritti- who just happens to be Home Secretary and Police Boss had thought of that one from day one, the regular inconvenience would have been lifted for the motorists and the offenders would soon lose interest if every day was a lock up day with a fine to follow.
Is something finally being done as Boris has seen his approval ratings fall again and decided to add this to his ever growing list of balls ups?
 

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