Private health firms pocket £18 million a day – that’s £6 billion in the last year – from the NHS budget.

In internet comment threads and on Facebook and other social networks we see a lot of screeching from lefties who want to convince you that if the conservatives are re – elected they will privatize the NHS and if UKIP were to be elected (which is not likely to happen this time or even next time, they would abolish the NHS and make us rely on the local hedge witch for our health care.

Neither is true of course, Nigel Farage DID NOT say UKIP would introduce a two tier system like America’s, he said that without reforms to cut out bureaucratic waste and make services more efficient we might have to look at such a system. So let Little Nicky remind you here that it is the NHS Management, the Public Service Unions and The Labour Party that is resistant to reforms, it is the current management regime and the public service unions that have derailed every attempt to modernise the administration systems and it is the managers and senior medical staff who have been bribed‘incentivized’ by Big Pharma executives to prescribe costly and ineffective medicines where cheaper and more beneficial drugs are available.

And of course it is a bit late to be scaremongering about the evil Conservatives or loony UKIPpers privatising the NHS when it was privatized years ago by New Labour under ?Blair and Brown.

Private Firms Milking The NHS
Private health firms pocketed £18 million a day – that’s £6 billion in the last year – from the NHS budget

Private health companies are pocketing a record £18 million each day from the NHS budget as more and more health contracts are passed over to the private sector.

New figures from the Department of Health show that last year £6.6 billion was taken from the NHS coffers to pay private health providers – a 50 per cent rise from before the coalition took power.

Critics of the coalition Government’s health reforms say this trend of allowing private companies to cream off NHS cash is set to increase.

Campaigners are also concerned that independent providers could be putting patients at risk as they strive to safeguard profits, which is cash sucked out of the NHS system.

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A Perspective On The Russian Economic Crisis

One of Little Nicky’s biggest fans (NOT!) gets so mad when we present the Russian view of events to balance the pro – Washington, pro – American global hegemony that there’s a change he will blow a gasket. Russia Today however is not the old Soviet regime newspaper Pravda and Little Nicky hopes most of our readers are smart enough to know that both the Western and Russian versions of events is as heavily spun as any coming out of Russia and the truth lies somewhere in between.

And so we turn to Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (German Financial News) for some balance, because the German business community seems much less in thrall to the US government than the EU or any European national leaders. So here are some thoughts from our German source on how the Russian situation differs from what we are told by western media.

Translated by fatsally from:
Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten

The changes in the international financial and economic life are palpable: Overnight systems can fall apart at the seams, as now, the ruble in Russia.

This question is being asked by many: Is this the Black Swan, which the system come crashing down?

There are signs of a domino effect in the emerging markets, the first repercussion can be observed today in Turkey? How will the crisis affect Europe? Where did the crisis come from?

We show below on the basis of 10 books, what is involved in the crisis. The books are available individually or as a pack of 10.

1. Vladimir. The whole truth about Putin (German language book)

In this extremely competently written analysis of the author debunks various prejudices that circulate commonly Putin. Stanislaw Belkowoski explained that Putin is less a man of intelligence than a clever business man who knows how to serve the interests of the oligarchs. Therefore Putin, despite attempts by the Americans to isolate him,is still an important player for the international financial elites.

However, America’s economic war could have dramatic consequences for the West . The author writes in his critical, but pleasantly unbiased analysis: “Gentlemen, bureaucrats, if the people en masse will soon go on the road [reject the E U globalist consensus] as has recently been the case in Bulgaria, then you cannot say we did not warn you. ”

2. The money Apocalypse

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A book titled “The Death Of Money” is something sensational in German, but a new publication with that title explains the backdrop against which the new Cold War with Russia is taking place:

Author James Rickards explains in plain and intelligible language that we are already in the middle of a currency war: “the purpose of war is the will and the economic capacity of the enemy to break … the destruction of wealth through a stock exchange attack can be more effective than the sinking enemy ships.”

Rickards reported from inside the US Government, as officials in Washington long ago are passed over to this type of warfare. The author is a master, not to take sides with the one or the other, but describes as a thriller perhaps the most decisive war of the future, the battle for the survival of the dollar as the world reserve currency.

Die Geld-Apokalypse

5. The collapse of the dollar.

James Turk and John Rubino predicted the end of the Petrodollar world currency ten years ago. That the dollar in the familiar form is still the reserve currency does not invalidate the analyzes of the authors, but is a testament to the persistence of global systems. However, the book was right about one thing: Parallel to the decline of the dollar price of gold rose.

Gold is becoming the de facto reserve currency: This is how The New York Times recently explained in an interesting Op-Ed, that gold is seen as less a means of payment or a store of value, rather a symbol of power. As money and stocks lose value eroding the wealth of the masses, the rich and rising [corporate] empires find that they can change the rules.

The authors describe prophetically that the crisis of the dollar has to be seen the twin sister of the global debt crisis. China, Russia and many other emerging markets have systematically increased their gold holdings in recent years. In the Rickards book (see item 2) above, global currency war simulations are enacted in the Pentagon, in which China with the introduction of the gold standard, resolves the global power issue.

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Original German
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Die Veränderungen im internationalen Finanz- und Wirtschaftsleben sind mit Händen zu greifen: Über Nacht geraten Systeme aus den Fugen, wie nun der Rubel in Russland. Die Frage, die sich viele stellen: Ist das der Schwarze Schwan, mit dem das System zum Einsturz komm? Folgt der Domino-Effekt in den Schwellenländern, des erste Ausläufer heute schon in der Türkei zu beobachten sind? Wie wird die Krise Europa betreffen? Woher kommt die Krise eigentlich? Wir zeigen im Folgenden anhand von 10 Büchern, worum es bei der Krise geht. Die Bücher eignen sich als Weihnachtsgeschenk (einzeln oder als 10er-Pack) genauso wie als Proviant für die Feiertage (falls nach der Verdauung des Weihnachtsbratens wirklich der Schwarze Schwan auftauchen sollte).

Wladimir. Die ganze Wahrheit über Putin“

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In dieser außerordentlich kompetent geschriebenen Analyse räumt der Autor mit diversen Vorurteilen auf, die über Putin landläufig kursieren. Stanislaw Belkowoski erklärt, dass Putin weniger ein Mann der Geheimdienste ist, sondern eher ein geschickter Wirtschaftsmann, der es versteht, die Interessen der Oligarchen zu bedienen. Daher ist Putin trotz seiner versuchten Ächtung durch die Amerikaner immer noch ein wichtiger Player für die internationalen Finanz-Eliten. Allerdings könnte es für den Westen dramatische Folgen haben. Der Autor schreibt in seiner kritischen, jedoch angenehm unvoreingenommenen Analyse: „Meine Herren Bürokraten, wenn das Volk demnächst massenhaft auf die Straße geht, wie es vor kurzem in Bulgarien der Fall war, dann werdet ihr nicht sagen können, man habe euch nicht gewarnt.“

Die Geld-Apokalypse“

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Dieses im Deutschen etwas reißerisch übertitelte Buch (Englisch: The death of money) erklärt die Kulisse, vor der der neue Kalte Krieg mit Russland stattfindet: Autor James Rickards erklärt in unnachahmlich klarer und verständlicher Sprache, dass wir uns bereits mitten in einem Währungskrieg befinden: „Der Kriegszweck besteht darin, den Willen und die ökonomischen Kapazitäten des Feindes zu brechen…Die Zerstörung von Wohlstand durch eine Börsenattacke kann wirksamer sein als das Versenken feindlicher Schiffe.“ Rickards berichtet aus dem inneren der US-Regierungsbehörden, wie die Beamten in Washington längst zu dieser Art der Kriegsführung übergangen sind. Der Autor versteht es meisterhaft, nicht Partei zu ergreifen für die eine oder andere Seite, sondern schildert wie in einem Krimi den vielleicht entscheidenden Krieg der Zukunft, die Schlacht um das Fortbestehen des Dollars als Weltleitwährung.

Der Kollaps des Dollars“

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James Turk und John Rubino haben bereits vor zehn Jahren den Untergang der Weltwährung vorhergesagt. Dass es den Dollar noch immer in der bekannten Form gibt, spricht nicht gegen die Analysen der Autoren, sondern ist ein Beleg für das Beharrungsvermögen von globalen Systemen. Das Buch hatte allerdings in einem Punkt recht: Parallel zum Niedergang des Dollars stieg der Goldpreis. Gold ist, wie neulich die New York Times in einem interessanten Op-Ed erläuterte, vermutlich weniger ein Zahlungsmittel oder eine Wertanlage als vielmehr ein Symbol der Macht, das erodierende Reiche verlieren und aufsteigende Reiche horten – um eines Tages die Spielregeln zu ändern. Die Autoren schildern prophetisch, dass die Krise des Dollar die Zwillingsschwester der globalen Schuldenkrise gesehen werden muss. China, Russland und viele andere Emerging Markets haben in den vergangenen Jahren ihre Goldbestände systematisch erhöht. In dem von Rickards (siehe Tipp 2) beschriebenen, globalen Währungskrieg gibt es im Pentagon längst Planspiele, in denen China mit der Einführung eines Goldstandards die globale Machtfrage stellt.

Trade Is Not Meant to Boost Economies

In view of all the adverse publicity the corporate friendly, anti democracy, anti free speech trade partnerships deals that are being negotiated in secret at the moment we need to take a step back and see where we are being led.

The Trans Atlantic Free Trade Association (an extension of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Association a treaty which has existed about 20 years to allow free movement of goods between Mexico, the USA and Canada and which the Obama administration is trying to bully the other partners into extending into an EU federal superstate style treaty), the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the real nasty involving the US a nd EU and it’s Canadian equivalent CETA) which will give corporate business the power to overrule laws made by national governments, and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) a Pacific Rim equivalent of the TTIP are all being negotiated in utmost secrecy.

Why the secrecy you might well ask. Follow my links above to find out more about the nasties for us ordinary punters that are lurking in the small print of these treaties.

For the past few decades governments and mainstream media have been obsessed with ‘trade’, freeing trade, boosting trade, encouraging trade, creating new opportunities for trade, all that bollocks they spout about. But when you get down to it, free trade existed from the dawn of civilisation and only creased to exist when politicians and bankers decided to start telling us it is ‘a good thing.’

Here’s an article on that theme from another libertarian thinker.

Trade Is Not Meant to Boost Economies

By John Kozy – Global Research

“There was free trade in Africa . . . before the colonialists came.”—George Ayittey

Most everyone believes that trade is an unqualified good, but no one can identify any solid, concrete benefits it has produced in spite of the fact that it has been going on for at least five millennia. Throughout most of those years, it was all free trade, so trade agreements are not a necessary condition for trade. These agreements must have some other purpose.

When anyone asks, what’s wrong with expanding trade?, the answer is, the people doing the trading. In fact, trade has always been a nefarious activity that people are given a laundered version of, a version washed clean of its malevolent nature. But its evil nature is not difficult to identify..

The view of trade most people are familiar with is the Marco Polo version. Marco Polo loaded some European made goods on boats and then camels, I suppose, and trekked across Asia Minor to China where he swapped those goods for goods like fine silk and rare spices and hauled them back to Europe where they were sold for a huge profit. Other traders did similar things. But that is the sanitized tale. In truth, trading was dangerous and vicious. Traders often were subjected to extortion by the peoples whose lands had to be traversed. Other times these traders were merely robbed. And I suspect they did their share of cheating themselves whenever they had opportunities to. Honesty was not a word in a trader’s vocabulary! It still isn’t.

Continue reading at Global Research

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