UK Column News - 28th June 2024

Mike Robinson, Debi Evans and Ben Rubin with today’s UK Column News.


London Climate Action Week: Planning for The Impossible? 

00:08 London Climate Action Week: 22nd–30th June is London Climate Action Week #BeatTheHeat

E3G: A new climate politics must make the necessary possible

Who funds E3G? 

We are funded by a mix of foundations, government bodies and NGOs.
[=The usual Climate Cabal]

The World Economic Forum (2021): John Kerry launches First Movers Coalition at COP26

C40 Cities: About C40

Smart Cities World: Rio de Janeiro partners with C40 to decarbonise road freight


Society Shaping Foundations

07:36 19:29 Daniel Sachs Foundation: The Daniel Sachs Foundation was founded on the conviction that the path towards a vital democracy is paved by a new generation empowered to reimagine a shared future.

InfluenceWatch: Daniel Sachs

In 2012, Sachs joined the panel of senior advisors to Chatham House

Obama Foundation: Paul Alarcón Alanes 

Companies House: Apolitical Foundation (People: Paul Alarcon, Daniel Joen Sachs)

Multitudes Foundation: We join forces from across Europe to help reimagine politics

Luminate: Luminate Strategy 2022–2027 (PDF)


MHRA Latest News: It’s Like Rats Deserting A Sinking Ship

19:32 Care Quality Commission: Ian Trenholm to step down as CQC’s Chief Executive

GOV.UK: MHRA Chief Executive Dame June Raine to step down later this year 

Somerville College Oxford (2021): A Prepared Mind: Dr June Raine on Approving the Vaccines

E-mail response to Richard from the MHRA about the July board meeting being removed from the website: 

While the Agency Board meeting will take place on 9 July as scheduled, we will not now be holding it in public and livestreaming the meeting. It will be recorded and made available on the MHRA website in due course.

Debi Evans (on X): Debi Evans Post

Errr what have I been warning of? Trust ⁦@ukcolumn We often bring you news before it is even ‘news’. Do you want to know what to prepare for this winter?


Date For Your Diary: UK Column Live—Saturday, 19th October 2024 (Bristol)

25:05 Support Independent Journalism from the UK Column with only £5 a month

Access UKC News Extra—UK Column Community

UK Column Shop: Agenda 21—Your Life In Their Hands by Martin Edwards

UK Column interview: The Seeds of Change—with Mark Byford

Date For Your Diary: Saturday, 19th October 2024 (Bristol)

Virtual Event: UK Column Live—16 June 2024. Another chance to watch the UK Column’s recent virtual event


Ukraine Signs Security Accord with EU

26:50 France 24: Zelensky signs Ukraine security accord with EU

Consilium: EU opens accession negotiations with Ukraine

Roberta Metsola (on X): Roberta Metsola’s post

As we launch accession negotiations with Ukraine, today we also open a new chapter that strengthens our political bond & deepens our security commitment.

Ursula von der Leyen (on X): Ursula von der Leyen’s post

Dear @ZelenskyyUa the opening of accession negotiations was an historic moment.

You will find your rightful place in our Union.

Today we disburse a new €1.9 billion under the Ukraine Facility.

To keep the Ukrainian state running as you fight for freedom.

The Kyiv Independent: Zelensky: 'Ukraine doesn't want war to last for years,' looking ahead to 2nd peace summit

Ukraine Pravda: Zelenskyy signs law on use of English in Ukraine


Health MOTs at Accident & Emergency Front Door

32:49 Kent Online: Stand-off in A&E at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford as patient beds down on own mattress

Sky News: ‘Health MOTs’ to be offered to older patients ‘at front door of A&Es’

NHS England: Delivery plan for recovering urgent and emergency care services—January 2023

GOV.UK: Up to £250 million to speed up hospital discharge


A Deeper Look Into Daniel Sachs’ Democracy Flywheel–‘Apolitical Foundation’

37:10 Apolitical Foundation: Apolitical Foundation home

Apolitical: Apolitical: the social learning network for government

Robyn Scott (LinkedIn): Robyn Scott—Apolitical

Ben Rubin notes on the people involved with Apolitical

[…] also General Sir Nick Carter, who was until recently head of the UK Armed Forces, ran the 77th [Brigade] for days through Covid and now works for Tony Blair, right? So we're seeing a lot of the same faces crop up.

BBC (2015): Army sets up new brigade ‘for information age’

Apolitical: Apolitical receives $5 million grant from (and Rockefeller Foundation) to train one million civil servants in AI


What Is or Isn’t Causing Bordetella pertussis Infections (Whooping Cough)?

47:26 Time Out: What is the 100 day cough? UK outbreak explained, including whooping cough symptoms

ITV: NHS advice as [Dumfries & Galloway] region sees increase in whopping cough and respiratory illnesses 

BMC Public Health: Impact of the COVID–19 pandemic on Bordetella pertussis infections in England

GOV.UK: Guidance on the management of cases of pertussis (PDF)

NSW Health: Disruption to Supply—Azithromycin 200 mg/5 mL powder for oral suspension

NHS: Whooping cough vaccination in pregnancy


The US Presidential Debate Is A Clown Show

55:52 CNN: Takeaways from Biden and Trump’s presidential debate

The Washington Post: Biden team works furiously to quell any Democratic revolt after debate (Archived)

The Spokesman-Review (Washington State): Joe Biden is a good man and a good president. He must bow out of the race.