Good morning, happy new year. I’m glad to know that I haven’t recorded a New Year’s message for you all, but if you missed it, try Rishi Sunak’s message. first one (This was even more mundane than usual and included a claim that he had been prime minister three months earlier, but that was about two months ago). The second (This is an improvement and may have been recorded as repair work), kia starmers (which was more Prime Minister-like and had ample Union Jack presence to rival Liz Truss’ videos), or boris johnsonofwas in some respects the most interesting.
As usual, the former prime minister is touting boostalism, predicting that the economy will pick up and that Vladimir Putin will lose in Ukraine, but also that 2023 will see Britain “finally use all our new “It’s going to be the year we start doing it.” It’s growing its lead as the perfect place to be free, invest, start a business, raise a family or just hang out in a pub. “
Pubs are a British institution and are expected to be particularly good here, so maybe his final argument was correct. But when Johnson talked about the “new freedoms,” he didn’t mention Brexit (perhaps knowing that it was increasingly seen as a mistake). To hide his awareness of how hollow this sounds.
England may be good for visiting pubs. But if you’re looking for the best place to call an ambulance, catch a train, schedule a GP, secure a pay raise above inflation, heat your home at a reasonable cost, and see a doctor, A&E So let’s make sure families don’t have to go to food banks, export to the EU, can afford to buy their first house, have the police catch robbers, recruit staff to work in hospitality, decent adult social care. Find and get affordable childcare. , secure a rape conviction, or even book a driver’s test.
as my colleague gwyn topham As reported in his overnight article, this week’s episode of Britain Not Working is dominated by rail strikes.
Two of the main controversial Mick Lynch RMT General Secretary, and Mark Harper The Secretary of Transportation has both been interviewed this morning. However, neither side is particularly novel and continues to denounce the other side’s ruthlessness. “What we need to hear from the government now is what is it going to suggest to us?” Lynch told Sky News. “I think it’s time for RMT to get off the picket line and go around the negotiating table to finalize a deal with the train operator and Network Rail.” harper told Times Radio.
Rishi Sunak has pledged to introduce legislation this year that would limit the ability of railway unions to cause disruption by requiring minimum service levels to be maintained during strikes. In an interview with the Today show, Harper said while this might help commuters in the future, it wouldn’t solve the controversy.
About the ongoing disputes, the way we have to sort them out is to get people back to the table and resolve the disputes.
A minimum service level law may help in the medium term, but it is not a solution to the ongoing rail strike.
Parliament is not in session this week, but the 10th lobby briefing took place at 11:30 am. So there should be another call from the government, explaining the crisis in the A&E sector and many other issues facing the country. Heading to 2023.
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