In November, the Bank of England raised interest rates by 0.25 per cent, the first rate rise for more than 10 years. You may well have forgotten, because the past couple of months have witnessed a profound lack of negative economic reaction to that rise. GDP in the final quarter of the year (two thirds of which was after the rate rise) is believed to have grown 0.6 per cent – an acceleration from recent previous quarters. The FTSE All Share index is up 3 per cent since November 1.
In March 2009 the UK government announced it was going to bail out 110 private finance initiative (PFI) projects, responsible for £13 billion in public investment. Many critics of the PFI, and of public-private partnerships (PPP) more generally, suggested that these bailouts demonstrated that PFI was nothing more than an accounting con that allowed private sector firms to gain at the taxpayer’s expense.
The Government says it wants a national debate about the future funding of the NHS. The press is full of talk of “hypothecated taxes” and “long-term funding envelopes”. Perhaps it’s all the usual guff and nothing more than code for a bit of a rise in NHS spending for a couple of years. But let’s take them at their word. If you truly wanted to reform the funding of the NHS, how should one do it? Here’s how.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".