Author Archives: Steve Baker

Central banks: the problem or the solution? The Jackson Hole Summit this weekend


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In my maiden speech in the Commons, I explained how central banks and easy money produce the economic dislocations which result in the business cycle. As the economics posts on this site attest, I have consistently defended the view that our economic difficulties are rooted in the chronically inflationary system of fiat money with which society has been saddled since the end of the Bretton Woods agreement in 1971. I’m glad employment, GDP growth and other indicators are positive but […]

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Briefing: Understanding the EU


The European Union in all its complexities and controversies is often not well understood. I am therefore publishing today a briefing: Understanding the European Union (PDF). The development of the European Union (EU) is defined by the principle of ever-greater integration expressed in the relevant treaties, notably in the preamble about ‘ever closer union’. That is, the goal is continual integration among the nations of Europe until economic, monetary, fiscal and political union has been achieved. The Lisbon Treaty defines the EU, […]

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CQC inspection of End of Life Care at Wycombe Hospital


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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) recently released its report on End of Life Care at Wycombe Hospital. There has been improvement since the last inspection in two of the five areas identified. Overall, the CQC rated Wycombe’s End of Life Care as Requires Improvement which is the same rating it gave it in March 2014. Thankfully, the hospital is rated Good for caring, which I see reflected in the report. The reasons given for an overall Requires Improvement for end of life care […]

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Joining a Healthwatch Bucks Dignity in Care ‘Enter and View’ Project


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In 2014, Bucks County Council commissioned Healthwatch Bucks to undertake a review of health and social care provision in residential homes and domiciliary care across Bucks. Since then, Healthwatch Bucks has been using its statutory powers to ‘Enter and View’ health and care providers and independently monitor the quality and effectiveness of care being provided. The goals of enter and view are to: Give service users and their carers a voice, sharing these with Commissioners and care providers Make recommendations on areas […]

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Penn School – update from Bucks County Council


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This morning, I have had confirmation from Bucks County Council it is actively working with parents to find places at new schools for current Penn School students. The Council has been in touch with the special education needs and disability team at the Department for Education and the Department has endorsed the actions the Council is taking. Fifteen children from Bucks are affected by the closure, eight of whom live in the Wycombe constituency. A number have already been found new places […]

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Further Penn School update


I have recently been in contact with the County Council Cabinet Member for Education & Skills, Councillor Zahir Mohammed, and the office of the Secretary of State for Education to see what might be done for Penn School. Councillor Zahir has been working closely with officials, meeting parents on Monday. I have also pored over the School’s inspection reports. I know the situation is causing substantial anxiety and it is clear why. At the inspection of 8-9 May 2013, the school […]

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Hunting with hounds


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It is necessary to control both badgers and foxes in the interests of protecting farm livestock of one kind or another. My position on the badger cull remains as it was before the election: the issues at stake are primarily scientific but the science is disputed. I have therefore decided to support my colleagues in government. I have received correspondence this week asking me to either assert, clarify or reconsider my view in relation to the proposed changes to the Hunting Act. […]

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Penn School update


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Penn School is an independent school in Wycombe constituency which specialises in the education of young people with communication difficulties associated with speech, language, hearing impairment and autistic spectrum conditions. The School has been placed into administration. The situation is thoroughly unsatisfactory for all involved. Parents in particular are bound to be highly anxious about the future. The School was established in 2001, after the previous owners decided to reorganise its special education provision.  The property and other financial assets were invested in the […]

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Conservatives for Britain reaction to the Greek referendum result


At the time of writing, with over 57% of the Greek referendum result known, it appears the result is 61% no and 39% yes. Today’s dramatic result is a wake-up call for the failed EU Establishment. Even the most vulnerable small nation will not be bullied by supranational authorities. The result reflects the politics of neither left nor right but the democratic rejection of an imposed solution to the country’s problems. Whatever we may think of the politics and economics […]

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The launch of the RCEM Emergency Care fact sheet


Today, I hosted the launch of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s ‘Accident & Emergency: Essential Facts’. As the Secretary of State said during his speech at the event, the fact sheet produced by RCEM focuses the mind on the challenges facing emergency care today. The year 2014 saw 14.6 million patient attendances to A&E, equating to 30 patients per minute. The RCEM have produced a video summarising the key facts and data around A&Es and Emergency Medicine in the UK: […]

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