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The NHS Five Year Forward View


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Last week, the NHS published a Five Year Forward View. Amongst other things, it envisages a new care model which is close to the proposals I have brought forward – the Primary and Acute Care System: We will now permit a new variant of integrated care in some parts of England by allowing single organisations to provide NHS list-based GP and hospital services, together with mental health and community care services. And, In some circumstances – such as in deprived urban communities […]

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Book review: A Brief History of Liberty, Schmidtz and Brennan


A Brief History of Liberty by David Schmidtz and Jason Brennan “provides a comprehensive, philosophically–informed portrait of the elusive nature of one of our most cherished ideals”. Each chapter begins with a thesis, comprises a lively, engaging and well-referenced discussion and concludes with questions to consider and comprehensive notes. The theses are as follows: Introduction, Conceptions of Freedom. “Thesis: There are several forms of liberty. Whether they are conflicting or complementary is a matter of historical circumstance.” Chapter 1, A […]

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A “UKIP earthquake”? No – a landslide for disengagement


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Politicians don’t care much about turnout. That’s why most politicians and commentators don’t talk about it. What politicians care about is winning. There’s plenty of news right now about a “UKIP earthquake“. The BBC reports UKIP gaining 30% in an area where they had not run before. They explain excitedly the prospect of UKIP as a disruptive force. So it seems. However, I’ve just learned that the turnout in Wycombe District — somewhat larger than the constituency — was 41,381, […]

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Photos of 2013


Photography reminds me that, despite all its difficulties, this is still a beautiful world: A set of my favourite photos of 2013 is here. It’s been an eventful year in Parliament: my colleague Douglas Carswell provides a good summary. Great forces continue to work themselves out in our economy, society and political system: Parliament appears to be rising slowly to their challenges. I look forward to 2014. In the meantime, Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!  

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PovertyCure — From Aid to Enterprise


A fascinating video from PovertyCure on aid and enterprise: I particularly identified with: Having a heart for the poor isn’t hard. We have a mind for the poor. We will never reconcile all opinion about how to help the poor but there is far more unity than is generally believed over the goal: creating stronger societies through prosperity. As the video concludes, “Good intentions don’t end poverty. Enterprise and freedom end poverty.”

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