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Below is a letter I just e-mailed to my MP. I find it disgusting that HM Government spends far more tax money on welfare and healthcare than defence at a time when we’re allegedly under grave threat from terrorism. Yes, I sent it through the leftist 38Degrees, but only for convenience’s sake.

Many believe the NHS needs more funding. Being of a more libertarian persuasion myself, however, I do not believe in additional taxation but of a decrease in wasteful spending instead. So I’m getting in touch to see if you could attend the debate on health and social care on Monday afternoon.

I know this is late notice, but it’s an important opportunity to start working on solutions for NHS and social care funding. Having recently received an overview of how much of my taxes is spent on welfare and healthcare, I would welcome advocacy for more balanced spending priorities. I do not believe it is right to spend disproportionately more on welfare than on defence at a time when the government claims we are under severe threat from terrorism.

I believe the government needs to be much more stringent in clamping down on NHS abuse by non-entitled persons such as tourists or high wealth residents. There also appears to be room for a reduction in coverage for non-essential procedures. NHS spending should be based on sound principles, not political expediency!

On the more Labour flavoured side, 38 Degrees have produced some research laying out 28 different policies that could help get the NHS the money it needs. They can be found here: https://link.38degrees.org.uk/HealthSocialCareFundingPolicy

If you aren’t able to attend the debate, please could you write to the Chancellor about how we can run the NHS more efficiently, or talk to your colleagues about the policies?

Thank you.

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Yesterday’s DTforums Google hangout

I tuned in to the newest marketing hour with Dream Theater (should use quotation marks I think) on Youtube yesterday to see if perhaps I could catch a glimpse of what went missing when they threw the captain overboard and under the bus and put dictator-light Petrucci on a pedestal.

Fat chance. It was just over an hour of backslapping and PR friendly statements, with all questions carefully screened so as to not upset their highnesses. This is the band that won’t shake hands out of germophobia and conceitedness, and I suspect that John Petrucci may have received an endorsement from a grill manufacturer to boot.

What hurt most was their utter disdain of their years of glory. They all stated they hated medleys, and I’m sure they would have slapped the moderator for asking about pre-2011 YTSEjam bootleg releases if they’d all been in the same room. You should’ve seen James switch the topic to their “fantastic” last tour, where they had “special moments”. I presume he was referring to that same tour where the only difference between the only set lists, A and B, was ONE song.

Like I said, they’re denigrating their history and former identity and selling the resulting piss in beer bottles.