What could the health service in Wales learn from the other UK nations? What problems do we share - and how could we do things differently? I went on a journey to find out.LESSONS FROM NORTHERN IRELANDHow is it different?Since 1972 it has an integrated system for health and social care - a "one stop shop" - although some critics say the NHS still dominates and social care has been a "poor relation". What is it good at?The legacy of the troubles has had an impact, leading to high rates of mental health problems. But there are innovative solutions, especially in the community and taking care out of hospital. We saw a small estate for people with mental health issues, living in their own rented homes with gardens, built next to the site of an old asylum. The 26 people all have individually-focused plans with support from housing, health and care workers as they need it. I spoke to one of the residents Tommy Cuthbert, who said he had "more confidence" and was "happier".But what are the … [Read more...] about NHS 70: What lessons for Wales from around the UK?
Lady Hale’s image was beamed across the world with all the signifiers of the supreme court – papers, judge’s bench, austere clothing. It was the court’s stunning verdict that would dominate the headlines, of course, but the judge’s spider brooch – pinned to her black dress – had the optics that made it a story of its own. Wearing a spider to deliver news that trapped the prime minister felt pointed – a message backed on a safety pin. Twitter certainly read it that way. “What could Brenda Hale be telling us with her AMAZING giant spider brooch?” wrote @Anna_Girling. By Tuesday afternoon, there was a call for the brooch to have its own Twitter account. The brooch soon made its way, via social media attention, on to a T-shirt sold by Balcony Shirts. Based, ironically, in Boris Johnson’s Uxbridge constituency, the company has donated 30% of proceeds to the homelessness charity Shelter. It has raised more than £5,000 in … [Read more...] about Say it with a brooch: what message was Lady Hale’s spider sending?
Uhuru Kenyatta, the president of Kenya, has committed to eliminating Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), as part of the country's commitment to ending gender-based violence (GBV) and reducing maternal deaths. Kenyatta made the announcement at the ongoing International Conference on Population and Development in Nairobi, Kenya. "I would like to restate my personal commitment and that of the Government of Kenya to providing the leadership necessary to ensure that FGM practice ends within this generation," the president said. Also known as female circumcision, FGM is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. According to World Health Organizations, some of the health risks of FGM include severe pain, excessive bleeding, genital tissue swelling, human immunodeficiency virus, urination problems, impaired wound healing, chronic genital infections and even death. In Kenya, one in five women and girls aged 15 to 49 have undergone FGM with 27 percent of girls … [Read more...] about Kenya commits to eliminating FGM, ending GBV and reducing maternal deaths
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is just one point behind the leading Labour Party in the latest opinion polling for a future Westminster parliament election. The newly released Opinium poll shows the Labour Party leading on 26 per cent of the vote for headline voting intentions, followed by the Brexit Party on 25 per cent, with the Conservative Party having fallen to third place on 22 per cent.The Liberal Democrats sit in fourth place on 12 per cent, with the Green Party on four per cent. UKIP, which has suffered a dramatic loss of support with the emergence of the new Brexit Party, sit on just two per cent, with Change UK polling about the same. The rise of the Brexit Party has so far been staggering considering the party was only launched weeks ago but has seen overwhelming support in the country so far. The polls come ahead of the Peterborough by-election which was called when former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya was recalled by her constituents after serving prison time for perverting … [Read more...] about Brexit Party Ahead of Conservatives, Challenging Labour for Lead in Westminster Poll
Boris Johnson has described men who go to fight with Islamic State as “literally wankers” who watch porn because they can’t meet women. Citing a report from MI5 on the profile of jihadis, the mayor of London said: “If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally wankers. Severe onanists.” Johnson described British jihadis as “tortured” and “very badly adjusted in their relations with women”, something he said was a symptom of “their feeling of being a failure and that the world is against them”. “They are not making it with girls and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort – which of course is no comfort.” He continued: “They are just young men in desperate need of self-esteem who do not have a particular mission in life, who feel that they are losers and this thing makes them feel strong – like winners.” … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson: jihadis are porn-watching ‘wankers’
Stormzy, AJ Tracey, JME, Akala, Novelist, Yizzy.Not the feature list for Pow 2019 - although it would be quite a line-up. Those are just a few of the grime artists who, ahead of the last general election, came out in support of Jeremy Corbyn. They sent tweets urging their fans to vote for the Labour leader and some later performed at events run by the campaign group Grime 4 Corbyn. But head to Grime4Corbyn.com in 2019 and you'll find that there's no website under that address. And you can count the group's social media posts from this year on one hand. It's hard to say what effect the support of grime MCs had in 2017, but some credit them with getting more young people engaged with politics. Although there are doubts over whether or not there actually was a higher voter turnout among young people.Now, two years later we're facing another election - but with seemingly a lot less noise coming from MCs on social media. Will the 2019 election 'youthquake' be more of a tremor? A really … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Is grime still for Jeremy Corbyn?