3.6% fall in UK construction in March, with both new work and repair & maintenance both falling by 3.6% – ONS

English: Chart of UK net migration, 1991-2008

English: Chart of UK net migration, 1991-2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ONS, the UK’s national statistical authority, reports a 3.6% fall in construction in March, with both new work and repair & maintenance both falling by 3.6%. See the data first hand, without any editorial bias.

Source: Construction output in Great Britain: Mar 2016 and Jan to Mar 2016 – Office for National Statistics

For me, this is further evidence of alarm over the risks of a Brexit. I expect that the negative economic news will accelerate quickly in the final weeks to the Brexit referendum.

Ironically, it’s shortage of housing that is driving the xenophobic supporters to favor Brexit. The simplistic assumption that foreigners will disappear and houses will become more available for the indigenous population is weak. Firstly, foreigners are needed because they have the skills that the British workers do not. Secondly, following a Brexit decision, the Brexit supporters will not want to invest in property because the market will be spiraling downwards. Thirdly, there won’t be any council or assisted housing for those on benefits because of savage emergency cuts to the UK’s budget to avoid and uncontrolled nose-dive as international confidence in the UK evaporates.

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Opinion – Study finds NHS ‘MOT’ health checks to reveal signs of illness have few benefits | Health News | Lifestyle | The Independent – John Gelmini

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NHS Job Shop: “Working for Health” in Kentish Town. Closed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

English: East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf, in this piece from the Independent, gives us an interesting take on the NHS which I agree with him, needs to be replaced with something that is fit for purpose.

The Daily Express tries to argue that remaining in the EU followed by TTIP will cause the NHS to be privatised.

I think that both the Independent and the Daily Express are incorrect on this matter; the NHS is already £20 billion GBP in the red, as Stuart Steven its Chief Executive knew last year when he went cap in hand to Cameron and Osborne asking for £16 billion GBP. They sent him packing but did agree £8 billion GBP whilst telling him to find the rest from efficiency savings. As usual they “rolled over” when they were faced with Steven’s special pleading rather than telling him to start reforming.

The Junior doctors saw this and have been emboldened to intensify their strike action to include emergency cover – this is an act which is against the Hippocratic oath and represents industrial misconduct in my view. Jeremy Hunt needs to conscript former military doctors and fire the junior doctors en mass as Ronald Reagan did with the air traffic controllers in America and then he and the Transport Minister needs to take on the public sector trades unions with de-recognition, a switch to automated tube trains and a law to outlaw strikes in essential public services (transport, teaching, nursing, medicine, radiology, surgery as initial examples).

At this stage in the political process the gains made by Margaret Thatcher’s Trades Union reforms need to be built on, not thrown away.

Whether we remain in the EU or leave it NHS reform is essential as is welfare reform, especially of Personal Independence Benefit rules, which are riddled with fraud, plus the need to merge costly Adult Social Care into the NHS.

None of this is a “Bridge too far” but it is clear that in his last days David Cameron wants to ease his way into his new job with as little trouble as possible so that his protege and fellow Bilderberger, George Osborne can similarly ease himself into the Prime Ministership.

Closer to 2020, this sort of action will be impossible, but now, it is not only possible but vitally essential for the good of the country.

John Gelmini