UK Column News - 3rd January 2024

Mike Robinson, Debi Evans, and Charles Malet with today's UK Column News.


“Adjusted” Excess Death Statistics: Where Was Ireland’s Pandemic?

00:25 The Independent: Junior doctors prepare for longest strike in NHS history

The Gulf Today: Study predicts 'heart failure pandemic' after Covid–19

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (on X): 

No ‘excess deaths’ here during Covid pandemic, OECD report says, as Health Minister hails high vaccine uptake

Irish Independent: No ‘excess deaths’ here during Covid pandemic, OECD report says, as Health Minister hails high vaccine uptake 

GOV.IE: OECD research shows Ireland avoided excess deaths during core pandemic years

Breaking News IE: Ireland's excess mortality rate fourth-highest in EU

Also relevant (not mentioned in broadcast): Witzbold and Naked Emperor on Irish death rates

Irish Examiner: Funerals delayed as increase in number of deaths puts mortuaries under pressure

The New York Times: Trying to Solve a Covid Mystery: Africa's Low Death Rates

LSE Blogs: Africa’s Covid–19 statistics highlight bias in excess death modelling

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry: MHRA's new International Recognition Procedure (IRP)

GOV.UK: International Recognition Procedure

GOV.UK: MHRA Board Meetings in 2024: Tue, 16 Jan 2024


NHS Latest News With Debi Evans

07:42 Sky News: RSV jab could cut baby hospital admissions by more than 80%, study suggests

iNews: Inside Labour’s plan to open up NHS to private ‘entrepeneurs’

Telegraph: One person a minute will be diagnosed with cancer by 2040, charity warns 

The Times: New NHS blood test 'could transform cancer care'

Nursing Times: A history of nursing in Britain: the 1960s

Daily Mail: NHS unveils first ever national uniform as bosses ditch traditional male and female sizes—so here's what the TWENTY-SEVEN different coloured scrubs will mean

BBC: Somerset Council warns care costs are out of control


Public Sector Finances:  What Does The Government Spend Our Money On?

10:56 Office for National Statistics: Public sector finances, UK: November 2023

GOV.UK: DWP benefits statistics: February 2023

Institute for Fiscal Studies: Taxlab: What does the government spend money on?

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Andrew Bridgen MP (on X): 

An early Christmas present, people! I am pleased that the Backbench Business Committee have granted me a debate on Trends in Excess Deaths on 16th January at 9:30 am.

Please write to your MP and ask them to attend the Westminster Hall debate

UK Column content: Debi Evans Blog: New Year 2024


Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink: Energy Efficiency and (Your) Behaviour Change

18:57 Stotles: Energy Efficiency and Behaviour Change—LED Replacement (Lantern Procurement) Public Contracts Scotland: Title: Energy Efficiency and Behaviour Change—LED Replacement (Lantern Procurement) Phase 10

Sustainable Energy Advice: SEA’s mission is to help ‘Behaviour Changers’ better change behaviour—because our people and planet depend on it

GOV.UK (2011): Behaviour Change and Energy Use

British Gas: PeakSave Sundays—Half price electricity every Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm

To get your electricity half price, you’ll need to: Have a smart meter


Britain’s Transgender Babies, Failed Nightclub Education Guru, And Wales Luring Migrants With Schoolgirls

24:05 GOV.UK: Education Secretary addresses the Education World Forum

Education World Forum: Watch the Education World Forum 2023 film

World Economic Forum: 5 ways to reset education—and how to help

Schools Week: RESET: How to think creatively about alternative provision

GOV.UK (2017): Creating a culture: a review of behaviour management in schools

Amazon: Tom Bennett: books, biography, latest update

GOV.UK (2019): Schools backed to tackle bad behaviour

Behaviour Hubs: Support for Improving Behaviour in Schools

The Guardian: England's school behaviour tsar: 'Letting children off again and again is like a snooze alarm'

Daily Mail (2015): Ex-nightclub bouncer becomes school behaviour tsar to stop pupils using phones and swinging on chairs

Daily Mail (2015): 'Behaviour tsar' was barred from running nightclub because he couldn't control rowdy partygoers

GOV.UK: Gender questioning children: draft schools and colleges guidance 

BBC: Lawyers told ministers schools trans guidance was 'high risk'

Daily Mail: Dozens of under-5s have been referred to the controversial NHS transgender service as officials consider introducing a minimum age for referrals

American Faith: Welsh Government Uses Teenage Girls to Attract Migrant Men to Country


Abortion: Scotland Prepares World’s Most Extreme Prayer Ban

31:58 Time Magazine: Elections Around the World in 2024

AP News: Election officials see a range of threats in 2024, from hostile countries to conspiracy theorists

Catholic Herald: Scottish Catholic group lambasts ‘world’s most extreme’ abortion ‘buffer zone’ legislation 

Roman Catholic Diocese of Argyll and the Isles: Bishops’ Conference of Scotland Statement on Abortion

Catholic Parliamentary Office: Threat to civil liberties as abortion buffer zone bill lodged in Parliament

British Pregnancy Advisory Service: Prices: Most women's abortion treatment is paid for by the NHS

Hansard Parliament: Foetal Sentience Committee Bill [HL]


Putin, Trump And Sam Bankman-Fried: Whose Elections Are Most Corrupt?

40:49 The Independent: Putin to run as ‘independent candidate’ in Russia’s presidential election

PBS: Trump is blocked from the GOP primary ballot in 2 states. Can he still run for president?

Reuters: Sam Bankman-Fried will not face a second trial


What Is A “Covid-Like Cyber Attack”?

42:55 Paridae Vision (YouTube): A cyber attack with Covid-like characteristics (video by the World Economic Forum)

Finbold: This Black Swan event could derail 2024 US elections, warns entrepreneur Gary Cardone 

MSN: CBS Reporter Predicts 'Black Swan' Event in 2024

WhatToWatch: Civil War: release date, trailer, cast & everything we know

A24 (YouTube): Civil War Official Trailer


Search This: “Opinion: BBC now a threat to all local newspapers”

48:21 Eastern Daily Press: Opinion: BBC now a threat to all local newspapers

BBC: Local Democracy Reporting Service


World Powers Scramble For Horn Of Africa: Is Britain Pulling Port Strings?

51:32 United Nations Support Office in Somalia: UK support for Somalia’s security forces: The UK Government announced a further £5 million in funding to support Somalia’s Security Forces

Addis Standard: ‘Historic’ MoU with Somaliland sees Ethiopia secure access to sea, diversify seaport 

DP World Berbera Port: About DP WORLD BERBERA

GOV.UK (2021): UK Ambassador launches construction of the Hargeisa bypass


From ULEZ To Ukraine: Britain Dumps Its Cars

1:01:06 GOV.UK: Donated to Ukraine through the ULEZ scrappage scheme

British Army (YouTube): British Army 2023 Recap

Bob Moran Art: 'Wise' original artwork