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Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist, formerly BBC social affairs editor. Her latest book, with David Walker is The Verdict - Did Labour Change Britain?

The NHS is on life support. Can this plan revive it?

theguardian.com — For the new head of NHS England this was the first great test. Would he dare speak truth to power about the near-death state of NHS finances? Yesterday, he did. He said it loud and clear - £8bn is the minimum needed, no ifs, no buts.

Low pay is breaking Britain’s public finances: the evidence can’t be denied

theguardian.com — How much more evidence do we need? Saturday's Britain Needs a Pay Rise rally couldn't have had a better endorsement than the alarming official figures that emerged this week. Low pay is not just unjust, it's crippling the country's finances.

Death at sea: Syrian migrants film their perilous voyage to Europe - video

theguardian.com — This is the story of five friends - Moaaz, Majd, Rasha, Kinan and Khalid - who fled war-torn Syria to embark on a perilous trip to reach Europe. So far this year an estimated 3,000 migrants have died attempting this same journey.

How to be a confident girl

theguardian.com — Last Saturday was International Day of the Girl, and at the Southbank Centre Jude Kelly, rare female head of a large arts institution, assembled crowds of women from all kinds of occupations to do a couple of circuits in pods on the London Eye, mentoring groups of girls.

John Lydon on Russell Brand's call for revolution: 'The most idiotic thing I've ever heard' - video

theguardian.com — Former Sex Pistol John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, tells Polly Toynbee that comedian Russell Brand's call for people not to vote is ignorant, flippant and liable to 'make you all homeless'.

Johnny Rotten and I agree: neither of us wants Russell Brand’s ‘revolution’

theguardian.com — What better antidote to Russell Brand's nonsense than the man who sang Anarchy in the UK? "Bumhole" is what John Lydon calls Brand for telling young people not to vote. "It's the most idiotic thing I've ever heard." As I was interviewing him for a Guardian video, he gave that famous Johnny Rotten glare.

The strike is a symptom of an NHS in intensive care

theguardian.com — Nurses, midwives and others striking on Monday were making only a token gesture, designed to shock, not harm. But their work to rule will push up NHS debt, meaning expensive agency temps must be hired. Though nurses finally snapped after a five-year pay freeze that has meant a 15% cut, pay is only part of the story: the nursing shortage causes intense pressure.

Start telling the hard truth, Nick Clegg - there is no free lunch

theguardian.com — Can you forgive them? At 7% in the polls, voters are not in a forgiving mood. A Glasgow taxi driver, assuming I was a delegate, vented a tirade - liars, lackeys, lily-livered lickspittles - that sort of thing, but in pithier Glaswegian. Watching the Lib Dems try to writhe out of what they have done is sadly comical.

These brutal new Tories are happy playing Ukip’s game

theguardian.com — Let's get this straight. The Conservative party or its leadership are not being reluctantly dragged rightwards. They are boldly going into the blue yonder, because that's where their yearnings take them. Out of Europe is not just a policy, it's a proxy for all they hate, from human rights to welfare.

Labour conference 2014: How easy to call for political fizz. How tough to deliver it

theguardian.com — This is unlucky timing for Labour's conference, in the hangover days of the Scottish referendum. Intoxicating political passions were stirred as rarely before, English MPs and reporters reeling back down south after drinking a deep draught of authentic political fervour. Nothing will ever be the same again, some said.
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Oct 24, 2014

RT @Bob__Hudson: The NHS is on life support. Can this plan revive it? gu.com/p/42yyk <More questions than answers in this analysis …

Oct 24, 2014

RT @OurNHS_oD: 'Stevens’s plan pretends [the Health & Social care Act] never happened' but it did, so 'we need a change of law' says @polly…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @brummytaff: Low pay is breaking Britain’s public finances: the evidence can’t be denied. @pollytoynbee is on the money! ln.is/gu.com/p/49BCC

Oct 24, 2014

RT @piersrowlandson: @pollytoynbee just to be clear. The NHS needs £8 million per year above inflation. The gap is actually £30 million. No party offering > 25%

Oct 23, 2014

RT @DanSilverSARF: Launch event of "Why We Can't Afford the Rich" by Andrew Sayer, 25th November in London, chaired by @pollytoynbee eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-of-wh…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @commentisfree: The NHS is on life support. Can this plan revive it? | Polly Toynbee gu.com/p/42yyk (@pollytoynbee)

Oct 23, 2014

@Jeremy_Hunt @WOWpetition Shame to see Jeremy Hunt persistently denigrating the NHS, when Stevens says if needs £8bn urgently.

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