Bins resolved

Glad to see that the bins situation is settling down in Brum.

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Bins in Birmingham

Looks like I’d better find out the issues underlying the Birmingham bin strike. Sounds as if it will last till the autumn!

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Liu Xiaobo Chinese democracy activist and Nobel Laureate dies

So sad to read that Liu Xiaobo has died – a courageous advocate of democratic freedoms in China who was always in and out of prison for his work.

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Elderly care should be under the NHS

The organisation and funding of elderly care has got missed out of the NHS. Bevan’s key idea was that we should share the risks of ill health. We are family. If you get ill we will club together and make sure you get back to health or if that’s not possible we will look after you. ……. unless you are old – we say now!

Wrong. We should put this right.

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Regional Government is timely

In the West Midlands we now have a Metro Mayor and he’s a good chap. We ought, though, to have elected regional government of all the various regions of England as well as on Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. I hope to start again working on it. We ought also to create funds (not borrow them) and disburse them into regional development banks on a public service model for the development of productive industry in all the regions.

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