Voices on the Left: 5 leftist blogs to read this week

An overview of progressive news…

1.GB News appoints a president who has spent years promoting climate denial

DeSmog features an article about how GB News appointed someone as chairman who has “a history of sharing stories that dismiss the threat of climate change, heightening concerns about the TV station’s role as a platform for opponents of climate action”.

The site reports that “Between 2013 and 2017, UAE-based investment manager Alan McCormick tweeted numerous articles from climate science deniers, including one calling on readers to ‘celebrate carbon dioxide. “.

GB News has regularly hosted guests who have questioned climate science and oppose net zero policies, including the Net Zero Scrutiny Group (NZSG) of Conservative MPs. In March, presenter Nigel Farage called for a “net zero referendum” on UK climate targets, modeled on his Brexit campaign.

2. Taxpayers billed £17m to subsidize MPs’ food – openDemocracy

OpenDemocracy has an exclusive story of how taxpayers shelled out £17million to subsidize the House of Commons bars and restaurants over a three-year period.

He revealed that ‘politicians could have a full three-course restaurant meal for as little as £10.41 last year’.

This despite the House of Commons’ 17 bars and restaurants suffering huge financial losses – totaling £6.6million in the first year of the pandemic alone.

The findings come amid a skyrocketing cost of living crisis, with a Tory MP saying last week that food poverty was due to a lack of cooking and budgeting skills among the poor, for which he was widely blamed. sentenced.

Others, like Tory minister George Eustice, have urged people to stop buying branded items.

3. Labor can win by focusing on the cost of living, not the ‘culture war’, poll finds

LabourList has compiled a new Opinium poll which shows Labor can win the upcoming general election by focusing on the cost of living crisis and avoiding the ‘culture war’.

The poll, carried out for Progressive Britain, found that when people were asked which debate they were most passionate about at the moment, 46% answered the cost of living.

LabourList reports: “The cost of living came first, ahead of the NHS, the war in Ukraine and climate change. 6% said they were “passionate” about whether or not trans women should participate in women’s sport, and 6% cited the Recreational Drugs Act”.

Commenting after the research was published, Progressive Britain director Nathan Yeowell said: “The local election results match my experience on the doorstep: people are listening and ready to vote Labour.

“But we can’t rely on Johnson to keep messing up, we need to deliver a cost of living program that’s relevant to the current crisis and a vision for work, jobs and security that people can believe in for the next.” election. ”

4. The Conservative plan for stealth privatization of the NHS –Tribune Magazine

Christopher Thomas writes for Tribune Magazine about how the Conservative government is pushing ever-growing numbers of people into private alternatives by neglecting and underfunding the National Health Service.

A worrying survey last month found that half of private healthcare leaders expect their sector’s market in the UK to grow by 10-15% by 2025.

Christopher writes: “In a country where health care is universal, this in itself is a huge coup. Worse, it risks undermining the service support base we already have. The NHS is the envy of the world, but political choices made by a privileged few are turning a fundamentally unfair two-tier model of healthcare into Britain’s new normal.

He says chronic underfunding and lack of investment has led to record waiting lists, meaning more people have started turning to private health care.

“In the long term, declining use could form the basis for the end of the NHS as we know it,” he says.

5. Government plan to cut 90,000 civil service jobs marks a return to austerity, warns TUC-the morning star

The Morning Star features an article on the reaction to the government’s plan to cut 90,000 civil service jobs.

The Prime Minister has called for job cuts to free up money to spend on tax cuts, but the TUC once again claims its evidence the government is committed to austerity.

Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC, said: “This is the return to austerity – and we have seen how austerity has failed not just ordinary people but the country ultimately by curbing the growth.

“How on earth does the government expect to be able to get rid of 90,000 civil servants all at once and not harm communities, I really don’t know.

“Communities will be extremely angry if they seek to be impacted again, in terms of key public services.”

Basit Mahmood is editor of Left Foot Forward

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