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The Deregulator’s Guide to Mis-Framing Public Health

Deregulation doesn’t stand still.

It is an attitude.

With many manifestations.

It moves.

It’s multi-headed.

Not faithful to any form.

But in as much as you can describe it, it can adhere to communicative principles, for instance:

This article appears in the Sun.

Pay Fury is efficient signalling. Pay is a short word and Fury is highly emotionally loaded. It’s words like this which earn tabloids their money. Fury is a brilliant word for a tabloid style article on anything you wish to highlight.

Pay Fury is a category, a genre in itself.

You can trot this out forever and it will always work.

Health Killjoys pocket £100k

Killjoy is loaded – it means meanspirited, no fun.

Pocket when used as a verb is like trouser – it means took home or earned but is more evocative of securing funds without really working for them, ie stealing.

More than 350 nanny state killjoys pocketed x for y.

The language is of sensation and excess. The emotion, morality, direction, size, certainty, outrage are all embedded in just a few words. That is what words can do. And if you know how to get words to do these things, then you can achieve big things. The tabloid press exist for agenda setting.

“For telling us what to do”

What do the top managers at the Sun earn?

They tell their readers what to think about. They don’t mention what they don’t want anyone to know.

They obviously underpay the underlings.

But the overall goal is to undermines public services and promote post-Brexit private healthcare.

All communicators should be monitoring this paper.

For uncut real time agenda setting you need to stick your head in The Sun.

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Death of Local Journalism, (a)Moral Money, & Systemic Institutional Abuse

Commercial Councils

Businesses want to make money. I get that. They have a duty to their shareholders. To maximise shareholder returns. It’s part of company law.

When Sir Christopher Chope (he of upskirting fame) became the leader of Wandsworth, one of London’s Flagship Tory Councils, in the late seventies, he outsourced the collecting of the rubbish.

Not long after, he sold off council-owned properties to developers and to residents.

Young people in Wandsworth’s children’s homes were moved out to Kent and elsewhere.

Some were drugged and raped, and used as guinea pigs for Big Pharma.

Much of this was reported on in the papers, tv and even spoken about in Parliament.

But it carried on.

The Purse

Capita, meanwhile, were formed and grew into a global government outsourcing firm. G4S, SERCO & Atos have also got into the government contract business.

These are all private, publicly quoted, companies.

With shareholders and a duty to maximise profit and returns.

That is their stated duty.

So while certain journalists, particularly one at the FT, start talking about purpose as opposed to profit, one has to ask if they’ve gone native, or whether they mean what they are saying.

The Moral Bank Account

The FT’s Gillian Tett, for whom I have always had time, has started a new section of the FT called Moral Money.

Though I haven’t delved deep into it, on first glance, the people operating in it were unregulated asset-stripping, venture capitalist, private equity, buy-out people who were essentially hedge fund, vulture fund, disaster capitalists styling themselves as people who suddenly cared.

The whole thing seem to be a marketing scam for that other new buzzword “impact investing”.

I couldn’t believe Ms Tett was lending them her time, platform, trust and all round credibility.

But I refrained from emailing her.

Just.

Here it is: https://www.ft.com/moral-money

For Firefox users, click here: to bypass paywalls

a(M)oral Money

Money is fungible >>> My money is as good as yours!

But the FT are suddenly talking up ESG

Times must be tough. Did Gillian Tett and Editor Lionel Barber convince their bosses at Nikkei that this would fly?

A nice Green market to tap into?

Green Bonds. To save the rainforest. Seeing as the other bonds are making their money from deforestation. A contrarian play.

Frontier investing.

The Hedge Fund money at Extinction Rebellion doesn’t just pay attention.

The pump and dump school of ecological & political marketing.

From Clickbait to Jailbait

Starring Gail Bradbrook, Carrie Symonds, and co-starring Roger Hallam & Boris Johnson.

Increasingly hard to tell them apart.

Except the types of activist Boris usually hangs around with are of the Oligarch variety, Crispin Odey, Evgeny Lebedev, even Mandelson, Blair and Osborne have far more in common with Johnson — hang on a second..

Equal Ops depopulation to facilitate austerity on steroids and no-one will clock?

Psychologically Eugenicising the youth by conditioning them to perpetuate cycles of conflict over ever diminishing availability of opportunity.

And let the few bits of political attention they have left be distracted by no-platforming and non-binary micro-aggressions.

This is what FT, EU, BBC, the Tory Party, Lib Dems, Greens, Extinction Rebellion and significant Labour Party operatives still offer.

And where does it go?

Given the revolution in Local Government started by Sir Christopher Chope and pushed through in Bradford and from Central Government by his Financial Terrorist chums Eric Pickles, George Osborne, & Sajid Javid, one might have thought there would have been a plethora of stories coming out from all over the UK on this stuff.

But there hasn’t.

The death of local journalism and the rise of property-obsessed Commercial Council PR operations means you are now more likely to get a report on the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza than see anything on the various forms of torture and abuse that the London Borough of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea systematically inflict on all too many of their residents on a daily basis right here in London.

It’s the psychopathic business model.

No Guilt, No Shame. No Self-Respect. No respect for others’ dignity.

Just business. Pound signs. The bottom line.

If you involve agency staff to run essential services then their mentality will take over. Which is one of economic survival and not public service.

Yes that’s right, we’re talking Systemic Institutional Safeguarding Abuse.

I’ve started asking some questions – and the picture I am receiving is not good.

More in depth analysis to come.

These scribblings were sparked by my reaction to the following piece by Jim Waterson. I suspect I disagree with Mr Waterson’s politics but he’s been very helpful when I’ve interacted with him, does great reports (for the Guardian) and is good on TV.

There is such a thing in the UK as the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, who do do some great work. But the money behind them is not Moral Money and the staff are mainly made up of pre-institutionalised journalists who have been recruited from the mainstream media. They’re prone to stealing ideas, recruit in their own mould and lack diversity to such an extent as would make even Steve Bannon cringe.

Gary Webb

After Gary Webb uncovered the Iran Contra scandal in which the CIA were dealing crack in LA. He got back on with what he knew best — Local Journalism.

Check how Reuters reported his death in the New York Times:

There is no mention of Webb’s work on the no-bid Oracle contract with the state of California.

I found this piece which cites Webb’s influence on Hip Hop culture.

He told us when you know something bad is happening it probably is, and both you and the government are somehow involved.

They say it was suicide and they also say it was two bullets to the head.

What’s with the Second Bullet?

A message to us all.

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Keir Starmer & Владимир Летвин ( Vladimir Letwin ) Strike Back

Lord Letwin DeRegulator ((Dominator)) ((Der is no Udder))

Wanna Kiss Myself

It’s quite something to see Arch-Remainers parachute Arch-Thatcherite Oliver Letwin into his new emergency-style role as Lord Liberal of Remain.

But does this not slightly give the game away?

That we’re in for a Mandelsonian Blairite Johnson Miller Faragiste Zero Regulation Putin Trump Murdoch Roy Cohn-style Apocalyptic #TINA-style Brexit.

A fool & his attention are soon hacked.

On the BBC yesterday he was made to look as though he was attempting to thwart Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal:

But on Andrew Marr today he said he would happily vote for it.


Propaganda-as-a-service

It is testament to the Billionaire BBC and Press Baron propaganda machine that Letwin was lauded by thousands in Central London for appearing to block Boris’ Brexit and all the deregulation that will come with it, when nothing could be further from the truth.

Crypto-Marxist

In June 2017 Letwin wrote this piece for Evening Standard Editor George Osborne. Note the use of the term Crypto-Marxist. Yesterday he relied on John McDonnell’s vote. I smell shenanigans.

The Real Deal

This is more like it (from August)

The new EU / Boris withdrawal agreement is stuffed with deregulation. No wonder Letwin says he’ll vote for it. Interesting that they put a border around Ireland.

Drift to Union

In 1989 Oliver Letwin wrote Drift to Union: Wiser Way to a Wider Community.

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This was one of the early Eurosceptic works and is said to have radicalised Brexit Headbanger and all round swivel-eyed loon Bernard Jenkin.

Swivel-Eyed Loons

Oliver’s Army

Check out the lyrics:

In his autobiography, Hearts and Minds, Oliver Letwin admits to being hoist by his own petard in regard to Jenkin and the rest of the “bastards”.

Letwin of course didn’t invent Euroscepticism.

Paedo-Sceptics

Paedo Harvey Proctor was a eurosceptic long before Letwin came on the scene. He was an Enoch Powell fan. Powell, though a genius in the linguistic realm, was also said variously to be a racist, a eurosceptic, a monetarist and a paedophile. Proctor is well known to have been all of the above.

Tony Benn was a Eurosceptic too and bonded with Powell over their mutual disdain for the EU. Just as Corbyn has always been against the Bosses Union. God knows why he and John McDonnell have U-turned now!

Deregulate This!

Deregulation is the thing which has been the only political topic for the last forty years but which the BBC and other channels of course pretend isn’t actually happening.

Racist though they are, the executives at the BBC would prefer to talk about racism than deregulation!

The Naga Munchetty debacle and particularly Tory Lord Michael Grade’s recent Newsnight contribution proved as much. (Grade is a member of paedo pressure group FAIR)

The gargantuan effort of miseducating the nation would take years of deprogramming to eventually be remedied.

The BBC are happy to refer to unregulated sectors as being bad, but never to deregulation as a political choice.

Deregulation-as-a-service

Check out the spike from 2015 in the graph below. They pretend the stats over the decade are bad, but the inflection point is the deregulation bill of 2015. There was a clause in the bill about privatising and outsourcing children’s homes. I called the Children’s Society, who did this research, at the time, but they couldn’t care less. The graph appears in the video below it.

Again the stat below is for 2012 to 2019 but I suspect the bulk of the rise is from 2015. Some Tory donors will have made big money from the Deregulation Bill.

Deregulation Bill

The Deregulation Bill of 2015 passed almost without mention. Sponsored by Ken Clarke and Oliver Letwin. Both of whom featured in Iain Duncan Smith’s speech yesterday.

So Johnson, Clarke, Letwin, and Duncan Smith are all pimping vulnerable kids into prostitution, trafficking, drug addiction and misery for the sake of a couple of quid. And the BBC say nothing.

Matt Hancock signed off on the Deregulation Bill at the same time as he was talking up TTIP.

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, a Labour Lord, represented Labour for the Deregulation Bill in the Lords against the coalition’s Lib Dem Lord Saltaire.

I watched Hancock and Hunt in Parliament on the same day in January 2015.

Little did I know that Britain would leave the EU and Trump torpedo TTIP.

Or that Hancock would become Health Minister.

Revolving Door

But weirdest of all was when I found out that Lord Hunt was on the books of Tory former health Minister Baroness Cumberlege’s lobbying firm : Cumberlege Connections.

How transparently fucked up is that? A leading Labour Lord being on a Tory’s lobby outfit’s payroll. And guess who else is on Cumberlege’s books?

Only Baroness Browning, the chair of ACOBA, the body that is supposed to police the revolving door. Browning is literally doing the thing she is supposed to be guarding against. Fox in charge of chicken house on a meta-fucking-level.

Speaking of meta, that is what the deregulation bill was. It took bits from pre-existing laws. Same as Brexit is doing to workers rights. Snipping them away in one go.

Post-Deregulation

After the Deregulation bill was passed Sajid Javid became Business Secretary and said he wanted to cut even more Red Tape. The Cameron One in Two Out and One in Three Out Deregulation policies were eventually copied in Brussels and by Donald Trump.

We are the kings of below the radar human rights violations.

And the BBC is key in disarming, disinforming, destroying modern Britain.

Paedo Protection Unit

Concealing deregulation debates from its audience has been as big a con trick as the VIP sex scandal it pulled with Jimmy Savile. It’s tried to pretend Westminster doesn’t have a paedo / rent boy / VIP sex ring problem but, again, it’s plain as day that the BBC is protecting paedos like Harvey Proctor.

Proctor’s winning the Paedo PR war with help from the likes of Stephen Fry, Craig Dillon, and Tarsh Consulting.

The associates on Daniel Janner’s Paedo pressure group FAIR look like they’re almost all evil. I would say Liam Allan has been utterly duped into joining.

Teresa Cooper

For the link between privatisation, profit and paedophilia listen to this podcast from 2018 that connects upskirting scandal MP Sir Christopher Chope who used to run Wandsworth Council with the drugging and raping of Teresa Cooper and other women as part of the Big Pharma experiments that were conducted at Kendall House in the early eighties.

Teresa is an inspiration – do find out more about her. Amazing Woman.

Paedos, Pensions, & Private Sector Profits

Oliver Letwin is the the author of Privatising the World and Britain’s Biggest Enterprise.

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Letwin’s wife, Isabel, was head of Legal Services at the Department of Work and Pensions and the Department of Health during the Health and Social Care Act of 2012.

The Act did more to open up the NHS to the Private Sector than any other.

Pushed through by Letwin’s wife and Lib Dem peer Tim Clement Jones while Letwin himself was the eminence grise of the then coalition cabinet.

Cameron had put Letwin in every Cabinet Committee and let him run the Country via the Cabinet Office.

Señora Clegg

Clement Jones was Miriam Gonzalez Durantez’s boss at DLA Piper as well as being the Lib Dems’ Treasurer & Health spokesman in the Lords.

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez is a trade and competition lawyer who worked for Chris Patten in Brussels. After working at DLA Piper she moved to the London office of US law firm Dechert. She is currently Vice Chair of UBS Europe and at the beginning of the year she moved to California with her family and joined Cohen Grasser.

Vicebook

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez is married to former UK Deputy Prime Minister and current Facebook Vice President for Global Affairs and Comms, Nick Clegg.

Clegg of course worked for reputed paedo Leon Brittan in Brussels.

Will Facebook’s new currency Libra be linked to UK DWP benefits payments?

AI & Govt Welfare Contracts

Tata Consulting Services have a contract to supply platforms for Aadhaar, the Indian biometric welfare system,

as well as the private sector AI offshoot for UK benefits — BPDTS.

The Talent

But they are still trying to make it look glam to attract “talent” to its Newcastle offices. Offering Datajams, Dojos, and hackathons. When in actual fact they are just persecuting, traumatising and often killing people who they should be helping.

Tata have been here for 10 years:

Aadhaar – Indian Biometric ID System

This is what can happen when things go wrong – and they have been going wrong for a long time already.

Cathy O’Neill’s Weapons of Math Destruction is brilliant on this.

All roads to (the) Letwin(s)

The following excerpt featuring Clement Jones and Isabel Letwin is taken from Nicholas Timmins’s Never Again

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Old McStarmer had a yarn

Keir Starmer was the lawyer for the McLibel case that was so embarrassing for McDonalds. He went on to become Director of Public Prosecutions. A super political job. They say he’s a proper deep state man.

How funny that John McDonnell, Jeremy Corbyn, Tom Watson, Keir Starmer and OLIVER LETWIN all voted, against Boris, for the same bill.

Were they really all voting against a crash-out?

I am of the opinion that no deal would be better than the one that Boris has agreed.

The Meaning of Meaning

Here’s my mate Roger Lewis and I trying to make sense of events.


Great NHS Heist

If you liked the themes in this blog you would probably like the upcoming film by Dr Bob Gill and Drew McFadyen, The Great NHS Heist.


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Ursula Von der Leyen’s gender balanced pro-war pro-austerity European Commission

Taken from Bloomberg Brussels

Project Pangloss

Even the Archbishop of Canterbury is signing up to “feed the five thousand” magical thinking Brexit #leapoffaith.

Far right Tory Andrew Bridgen castigated the Archbishop for wanting to call citizens assemblies to sort out Brexit.

But I think former oil exec turned man of the cloth Justin Welby just wanted to steal a bit of Boris and Greta’s thunder.

How many kids has he buggered and killed in person and via proxy?

Ian from Canberra suggests the figure could be as low as 42.

Daily Mail promoting the idea that only foreigners get perks in prison.

I should that say pokes?

But this was banned as it affected UK competition law (Enough of that).

Paxo blissfully unaware of the media and especially Newsnight’s role in all this.

Gove: A million to one chance things will go wrong

From Startup to Stasi

Brit to run human rights violating too big to jail Pharma firm

Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Check out Clive’s case. It’s shocking!

Sajid’s Splurge

Fleece the customer for shareholder value!

Don’t vote, it encourages them

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Farage openly promoting Marine Le Pen

But since “quitting politics” he’s already backed Trump in the US election and now he’s doing the same for the leader of the French National Front.

Double Standards

In the tenth minute of this 40 minute interview Farage asks Le Pen if she feels British Prime Minister Theresa May snubbed her by inviting her rival Emmanuel Macron to Downing Street.


Farage himself never let UKIP enter Le Pen’s nationalist grouping in the European Parliament.

Theresa’s Judgment

In this 30 second clip Le Pen refers to Macron as not being the sort of person she thought Theresa May would want to meet as, in contemporary French politics, he’s the key salesperson of deregulation and Globalisation.

Marine Le Pen and Nigel Farage bond over Theresa May’s terrible judgment.

They correctly point out that it makes no sense for Theresa May to say she stands for Brexit and threatening immigrants but then roll out the red carpet for Macron and not Le Pen.

Farage points out that Theresa May wanted nothing to do with Trump until some days after he was elected – despite the supposed similarity in their agendas.

Deregulation

Farage and Trump, unlike Le Pen, strongly back deregulation.

They refer to it as cutting red tape.

But Le Pen talks about protecting French workers from deregulation.

Trump and Farage pretend to rail against corporate power but their loyalties lie with the uber-rich.

Could it be a similar story with Le Pen?

A former top lawyer and daughter of a multimillionaire, her party also needs big cheques but courts and delivers a mainly working class vote.

The only things they really agree on are the threat of open borders and Islamic terrorism.

Economic Patriotism

Le Pen shows solidarity with May and Farage against the vindictiveness of the European Union.

She says the EU wants to punish Britain.

Farage asks her about how she wants to protect French businesses and whether there is room for trade with Britain.

Le Pen says her Economic Patriotism means ensuring French Local Authorities buy from local suppliers.

She also says further measures should be taken to protect french industries from ‘dumping’ – where foreign firms sell their products cheaper because they are able to produce more for less due to weaker labour and environmental laws.

I feel China and Germany are being alluded to here but there’s no mention of British and American exporters and the huge deregulation going on in the USA which they plan to use to boost exports to France.

On the other hand she says she also wants France to “conquer the world” and therefore favours trade.

She concludes that for some industries you need protection but not for all.

This is similar to Steve Bannon’s assertion that he is not a White Nationalist but an Economic Nationalist.

America already had a Buy America policy under Obama.

And while France’s local industries obviously ought to be protected, there are massive inconsistencies in Le Pen’s argument.

But Farage doesn’t point them out.

How can global waves of economic nationalism and protectionism help French exporters?

But we can still sell to each other with minimal taxation, right?

Farage asks if by threatening to impose tariffs on Britain, the EU is ultimately making French workers pay to protect the EU project.

Conversation moves on to talk of migration, borders, Calais and suspending the Schengen agreement.

Brits living in France are reassured that they will not be threatened.

Le Pen says many of the French in London will return to France.

Taxes will be cut as unemployment falls and public spending is cut.

Le Pen says being a Muslim in France is not a problem – it is sectarianism she says she objects to.

She says she is against Islamist Fundamentalism.

When asked about anti-semitism in her party Le Pen says she doesn’t tolerate it and would prefer not to be judged by the words of all her supporters.

Farage says he knows how it feels to be judged by one’s supporters.

Conversation then goes to Putin.

Le Pen argues Russia and US are both as important as each other and that Russia has done a lot of good in Syria.

Farage asks if borrowing from Russian banks compromises her.

Le Pen says she couldn’t borrow elsewhere but that her lender doesn’t choose her policies.

On Trump – Le Pen says she too opposed TTIP and is glad he wants to be a President of the US and not of the world.

Global Revolution

Le Pen says there’s definitely a global revolution going on.

She points out that it is funny that the Anglo Saxon creators of neoliberalism are now the ones who reject it.

Farage says that it was Brussels who created this neoliberalism and not the Anglo Saxons.

Le Pen replies that the Anglo-Saxon world implemented Liberalism and the EU has turned it into Ultra Liberalism.

She says that either way, they are both now on the same side. 

This doesn’t feel unlike rival football hooligan firms enjoying a friendly beer before resuming normal service and beating the crap out of each other.

The Raheem Kassam / Tommy Robinson interview on Breitbart is a great insight into the various conflicts and shifting identities at play in some of these manufactured populist movements.

The Spice Girls, The Sex Pistols and even the Jimi Hendrix Experience were all put together by their management teams.

So why not UKIP or the EDL?

Kassam, a self-defining ex-muslim and product of intellectual PC-friendly culture, shifted to the alt-right and now runs Breitbart London which is controlled by Steve Bannon.

Tommy Robinson changed his slightly Irish and double barrelled name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon to head up the English Defence League with an alias taken from a notorious Leeds United football hooligan.

He makes his money running a tanning salon in Luton.

Yes, that’s right.

From people in a multicultural area who pay him money to look less white.

Everybody’s looking for something. And you have to make a living, right?

There’s a beautiful symmetry here.

Where were we?

The French Presidential Election

Farage asks why Le Pen should be French President.

She says because she is profoundly French.

The other candidates just want to represent the Insurance, Banking, and Drug Companies.

Le Pen is asked if, having won the first round, she can win the second round.

She says it is a choice for the French.

It’s no longer a left-right split.

Do we want France to remain France?

She says if voters really want French values such as secularism, equality of race and religion, and not sectarianism, then they will vote for her.

Le Pen says the other candidates have a post national vision.

They want to work for Mrs Merkel.

The election is a referendum on Globalisation.

Farage asks Le Pen if she thinks she will win.

Le Pen says she thinks she will.

 

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US Politics: Healthcare Debate

    Are all Americans deserving of the right to healthcare?

      Yes — Universal healthcare systems should mean free access for all at the point of delivery, focused on protecting public health, and funded via general taxation.
        No — No-one should ever be forced to pay for services they will never use and no-one should be allowed to use services they could never afford.

       

      ACCESS Vs COVERAGE

          The US health care debate on CNBC this morning started with EVERYONE AGREEING that EVERY AMERICAN DESERVES COVERAGE.
          Discussion quickly moved on to whether IMPROVING ACCESS to HEALTHCARE is best achieved by MAKING IT MORE AFFORDABLE.
          It was then pointed out that the only way you could make healthcare more affordable would be to force all taxpayers to subsidise the health system.
          Finally there was talk of the injustice of taking money off citizens whose belief systems prevent them from ever using the health system in the first place.

        When Sqwawk Box presenter Andrew Sorkin pointed out that this was an absurd line of argument his co-presenter stated that though he agreed with Sorkin he still thought the point of view deserved mentioning.

    Check the buzzwords in this recent MSNBC video:

    What is the difference between Receiving Affordable Care, Unaffordable Coverage & Insurance, & Access to Healthcare?

    What is the difference between Classic Republicans, Democrats and Trump’s people?

    Back to the UK

    Looks like Brexit has been brought about to Deregulate the Labour Market and get rid of the minimum wage.

    Here is Dr Bob Gill on what is really happening to the UK’s NHS.

     

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Trump hands keys to Goldman Sachs

Bins financial regulation & consumer protection

But there is some hope, Government Sachs are facing some resistance outside their offices.

It was said that US authorities under Obama were worried that European banks would behave badly if TTIP had gone through.

These new arrangements have restored their licence to misbehave.

 

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Sadiq Khan to get same NHS powers as Manchester Mayor?

Osborne in Manchester

In March 2015 George Osborne handed Manchester’s unelected interim Mayor full control of its £6bn a year health budget as part of his flagship Devolution for Cities policy.

This gave the Manchester Metro Mayor the right to divert funds away from GPs & hospitals and spend it on Social Care instead — as of April 1st this year.

George Osborne has stated he wants all UK cities to follow the same model.

John McDonnell has referred to this as ‘outsourcing the cuts’.

Campaigners are asking whether Osborne will allow Sadiq Khan the chance to do in London what the Chancellor is advocating for every other UK city.

Khan’s campaign team were asked to address this matter in November:

a. Do you believe the entire Health Budget for London should be devolved to the Mayor’s portfolio — or do you believe there are some things which should remain the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Health, DCLG, DWP or local council?

b. Please could you state which aspects of the Health Budget & Other Health-related responsibilities such as for example Land Ownership you think ought to be devolved to the Mayor, and which aspects retained by the relevant Secretary of State or local council?

Despite reminders and assurances they never responded.

This Evening Standard piece contains some clues :

Will Sadiq Khan and George Osborne co-operate or will London become a battleground for Osborne’s bid for the Tory leadership?

Does the Devolution for Cities policy decentralise power or does it tighten Central Government control?