NHS Central to Miliband’s Campaign

With the 2015 General Election looming the main party leaders are starting to set out their campaign, Ed Miliband was in Manchester for the Labour Party conference.

In his speech he decided to centre his campaign around ‘saving’ the NHS. BBC reported that he was expecting to raise £2.5 billion in a bid to “save and transform” (MIliband) the NHS. Ed Miliband also said the boost would create 36,000 new jobs for health professionals by the year 2020, these new jobs would be comprised of 20,000 nurses. 8,000 GP’s, 5,000 care workers and 3,000 midwives.

The Labour Party leader planned to raise the boost for the NHS with additional taxes, firstly the long awaited mansion tax which is projected to raise £1.2 billion to £1.4 billion per annum by taxing houses that are worth over £2 million, secondly a crackdown on tax firms requiring them to pay £150 million towards the healthcare of smoking related illnesses and lastly a crackdown on tax loopholes which is expected to generate £1.1 billion as reported by the Guardian.

The Independent likened Ed Miliband’s proposed crackdown on tobacco firms to measures taken in 2009 by US President Barack Obama which would mean they would be based on the market share which (according to The Guardian) makes it harder for the costs to be passed on to consumers. MIliband accused the tobacco firms of making “soaring profits on the back of ill health.”

The crackdown on loopholes would comprise of shutting down the Eurobonds loophole which allows organisations to transfer profits out of the UK therefore avoiding corporation tax. He also plans to generate over half the expected £1.1 billion by preventing the hedge funds from paying zero tax. The final measure included in this part of the boost is to prevent umbrella companies so you can prevent them from avoiding tax and national insurance.

The Guardian’s coverage of Labour’s decision to centre their campaign around the NHS explains the campaign’s structure which is looking to centre around Miliband’s six points one of which is his proposal of change for the NHS. BBC gave a very broad view on the topic and used lots of factual evidence compared to the views offered by the other two publications which offered more depth yet less statistical data.


My First Day at Southampton Solent University

First day of university after moving in on Friday. Officially start my course today got up early so I wouldn’t be late. Haven’t had to be up before 8 for 16 months strange getting up that early. Glad I chose to stay in last night as I don’t think I would’ve coped very well with the early start (even after breakfast and coffee). The day started well and most people I saw seemed pretty chirpy considering the time. I think they must have had an early night (most of us were suffering after a rather heavy Saturday). Heading over to the university for the first time trying to memorise the route I will have to take for the rest of the year. Headed inside the university to look for the room we were meeting in and sat with a few fellow students before the remaining students arrived. After being paired off with a student named Charlotte from South Wales who I had to interview and find out some specific information and vice versa which helped everyone feel involved in the course (on a journalistic and social level) and helped us get to know everyone on the course after presenting the information (some of it bizarre) to the rest of the group following which lunch. After the brief interview we entered into a group discussion on our expectations of the course and what skills a journalist should have which helped us understand what we should expect over the coming year and what skills we would have to develop to excel in journalism over all platforms considering the course is multimedia journalism. Having to register with the nearest surgery required a lot of filling in forms which is never interesting. This was followed by lunch which I headed to the SU Bar for which was the easiest option being so close to the newsroom (which will be handy for the rest of the year.) Following lunch the information was presented in a room packed with Mac computers, from here we were introduced a to two lecturers to add the two we had been greeted by in the opening session. After that the information was presented and some strange facts such as one student having a phobia of bananas and another being a regional fencing champion made my fact of being a chef seem rather boring (much like this post). After this introduction to the group we were made alert to the importance of social media in news as the way we access news in this age is more and more digitally based and presented in platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and the group then followed each other on Twitter and are now connected in Facebook by the page dedicated to the course I am to study for the next three years of my life which started this morning in a newsroom somewhere in Southampton. We were asked to set up a blog using WordPress which has led to this post and which will lead to many more as the year continues as we will be tasked with posting on a specific topic each week set by our lecturers. This post is a product of that session. So overall a successful and fairly productive start to rest of my life and the start of my course at Southampton Solent University. After a early night last night may have to head out tonight with new flatmates and hopefully not suffer the consequences tomorrow considering it’s another rather early start compared to the midday starts I am used to in the catering industry. Let’s hope tomorrow brings more of the same.