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Today, the Queen becomes the longest-reigning monarch in British history!

 

She has surpassed Queen Victoria's reign of 63 years, 7 months and 2 days

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34177107

 

 

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Please don't look at the various comment sections in American news outlets about this historic achievement. It's downright nasty in these parts. It's as if all they know is to respond at anything by slinging shit at anything that moves.


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Please don't look at the various comment sections in American news outlets about this historic achievement. It's downright nasty in these parts. It's as if all they know is to respond at anything by slinging shit at anything that moves.

 

I must admit I haven't read any of these comments but I thought the Americans were crazy for the Royals? The baby was all over your papers I thought? 


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It depends. Normally the people especially women into tabloids are into talk about the royals. Personally I am glad just because of the awful legacy of Victoria. The way Oscar Wilde was persecuted under Victorianism for example was terrible.

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Assisted Dying Bill: MPs reject 'right to die' law

MPs have rejected plans for a right to die in England and Wales in their first vote on the issue in almost 20 years.

In a free vote in the Commons, 118 MPs were in favour and 330 against plans to allow some terminally ill adults to end their lives with medical supervision.

In a passionate debate, some argued the plans allowed a "dignified and peaceful death" while others said they were "totally unacceptable".

Pro-assisted dying campaigners said the result showed MPs were out of touch.

Under the proposals, people with fewer than six months to live could have been prescribed a lethal dose of drugs, which they had to be able to take themselves. Two doctors and a High Court judge would have needed to approve each case.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk...health-34208624

 

 

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Homelessness soars 40% under the Tories - and charities blame welfare cuts

13:23, 24 Sep 2015

Charities have blamed Tory welfare cuts for a 40% surge in homelessness since David Cameron swept into Number 10.

Campaigners say shrinking payments under the benefit cap are partly to blame for a huge rise in families facing life on the streets.

Councils accepted 55,090 households as homeless between July 2014 and June this year - compared to 39,480 in the same period in 2009/10.

 

http://www.mirror.co...-tories-6506576

 

 

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The NHS is on a one-way road to privatisation

Friday 2 October 2015 07.45 BST

The NHS has been legally abolished. Perhaps most controversial is the opening up of NHS contracts to unlimited privatisation. Last year alone, out of £9.63bn worth of NHS deals signed, £3.54bn (nearly 40% of them) went to private firms. Private providers are cherry-picking lucrative services to boost their profits leaving the NHS with less money to provide comprehensive care. This neatly ties in with the next aspect of the legislation.

 

Read more: http://www.theguardi...d-privatisation

 

 

 



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Morons.

 

http://www.dailystar...ugh-East-Sussex



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http://scienceisvita...-vital-as-ever/

 

 

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Economics of the madhouse –

Flood defence cuts: £282m
Cost of flood damage: £1.5bn

 

Well done, Conservatives. :(

 

 

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Top bosses have earned more in 2016 already than most people will earn all year

Company executives will have earned more by this afternoon than many people will earn in the whole of 2016, according to the High Pay Centre.

Analysis published today finds top bosses will pass the average UK full-time salary of £27,645 later today – only two working days into the new year.

The independent think tank reports that FTSE 100 chief executives are paid an average £4.96 million each year, or around £1,200 per hour.

Bonuses have also increased, with ‘incentives’ for the same CEOs rising by almost 50 per cent since last year.

By contrast, annual pay for average workers has increased by only £445, from £27,200 to £27,645.

Read more: http://leftfootforwa...-earn-all-year/



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Yet another taxi strike in London...

http://www.lbc.co.uk...l-london-124768


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Yet another taxi strike in London...

http://www.lbc.co.uk...l-london-124768


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The NHS is under attack from Conservatives who want to go the American way and privatise it.

 

Big strikes and disruption happening lately.

 

 

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This is how all budgets should be spoken about. None of this nominal budget increase bullshit, "record levels of investment", when in reality they're cutting budgets in real terms. I hate how politicians use this inflation trickery to fool people. 


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Tragic and senseless waste of life. A whole band and their manager wiped out.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35572838

 

A disturbing reminder of how fragile and precious life is.



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Isle of Wight model triceratops left in middle of high street

A dinosaur was left in the middle of a high street courtesy of some "drunken pranksters", it is believed.

A 25ft (7.6m) model triceratops had to be removed from High Street in Godshill on the Isle of Wight after it was dragged from the Jurassic Garden.

Owner Martin Simpson said he was shocked to see the model appearing on social media over the weekend.

The dinosaur is part of Mr Simpson's shop garden, where he sells prehistoric gems and fossils.

He said: "It takes about five blokes to move the dinosaur a couple of inches, so it was definitely a concerted effort and drink was probably involved."

He added he would now be securing the dinosaur to make sure the incident did not happen again.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...pshire-35579159

 

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Rough sleeping up by 30% in a year in England

The number of people sleeping rough in England increased by 30% in a year, new figures show.

A total of 3,569 rough sleepers were identified by counts and estimates by local authorities in Autumn 2015, up from 2,744 a year before.

Labour said the figures were "the starkest possible reminder" of Conservative housing policy failure.

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Labour's shadow housing minister John Healey said: "People will find it extraordinary that in England in the 21st century the number of people forced to sleep rough is going up - and this is only the tip of the iceberg."

He urged ministers to exempt accommodation for homeless people from housing benefit cuts.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...litics-35661767


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