Brexit & Austerity
1) Austerity cuts have fallen hardest on deprived communities in the north of England, which are enduring the highest poverty rates and weakest economies, according to a study by The Centre for Cities.
2) Austerity policies do more harm than good, International Monetary Fund study concludes.
3) Research by the New Economics Foundation has revealed austerity has cut UK growth by £100 billion a year and made each household £3600 worse off.
4) Paper by Professor of Economics, Thiemo Fetzer, reveals the political dissatisfaction and economic grievances caused by Brexit contributed to the Brexit referendum result.
5) The Office for Budget Responsibility’s latest Fiscal Sustainability Report warns austerity measures ‘must continue for 50 years’ to rescue UK finances.
6) UK austerity has inflicted 'great misery' on citizens, United Nations says in report.
7) The Conservatives have been accused of “economic murder” for austerity policies which a new study suggests have caused 120,000 deaths.
8) Child poverty above 50% in 10 UK constituencies.
9) The UK is on course for the longest period of falling living standards for 60 years due to Brexit and austerity.
10) Nearly 1 in 4 people in the UK are living in poverty.
The Media Bias
1) Control of the UK media is concentrated in the hands of just a few large corporations, threatening news plurality at an “endemic” level, according to a new report.
2) British press ‘most right-wing’ in Europe
3) How left or right is your paper? YouGov
4) The Daily Mail is a known a supporter of the Conservatives. They are also one of the pro-Brexit tabloids. Deemed a "Questionable Source" by Media Bias Fact Check with reasoning: Right, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Some Fake News.
5) The Sun - "These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy."
6) The Daily Express - as with The Sun "These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. Factual Reporting: MIXED"
7) The Telegraph - as with The Sun and The Daily Express - "These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. Factual Reporting: MIXED"
8) The Guardian (for comparison) - "These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. Factual Reporting: HIGH"
9) The Independent (for comparison) - "These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. Factual Reporting: HIGH"
10) Jeremy Corbyn is the most smeared politician in history
The Conservative Party
A selection of references about vested interests, corruption and tax avoidance by the Conservative Party can be found here:
A selection of references and articles discussing the myths and misconceptions regarding immigration can be found here:
The Leave Campaign
1) Brexiteers have been running a campaign of misinformation to scare voters into quitting EU. Here are the five of the worst myths busted.
2) Another article discussing the Leave campaign lies:
3) Donald Trump inspired Brexit campaign because facts don't work, says Leave founder Arron Banks
4) Vote Leave fined and referred to police over Brexit campaign spending
5) Boris Johnson could be prosecuted over allegations he misled the public during the EU referendum campaign by claiming the UK sends £350m to Brussels each week.
1) Nigel Farage has been caught on camera saying that the NHS should move towards an insurance-based system run by private companies.
2) Farage, who previously condemned tax avoiders in a speech to the European parliament, paid a tax adviser to set up the Farage Family Educational Trust 1654 on the Isle of Man.
3) Nigel Farage was lavishly funded by Arron Banks (who is under investigation by the National Crime Agency over allegations of criminal offences by him and his unofficial leave campaign in the EU referendum), with the insurance tycoon providing him with a furnished Chelsea home, a car and driver, and money to promote him in America.
What's Happened Since
1) Brexit Job Loss Index: 224,585 Jobs lost as of 23 April 2019.
2) Brexit is costing us £500m a week, dwarfing the cost of our membership.
3) The impact of the UK’s vote to leave the EU could have major implications for health and social care.
4) Theresa May's proposed Brexit deal will shrink the UK economy by £100 billion a year by 2020, the equivalent loss of £1,000 per year on average to people in the UK.
5) Every sector of Britain's economy will be negatively impacted by departure from EU, say Whitehall officials.
6) Brexit to swallow £70m meant for developing cancer drugs, says GSK.
7) Dozens of companies have left or are planning to leave the UK due to Brexit.
8) Investment in the UK car sector almost halved last year and output tumbled as Brexit fears put firms on "red alert", the industry's trade body said.
9) Trump says NHS must be 'on the table' in post-Brexit trade deal:
10) The poorest areas of Britain will lose billions of pounds in public spending after Brexit under government plans, a study is warning – while the richest areas gain. That would see Wales stripped of £2.3bn over the six years from 2021, with other big losses in the southwest (£1bn), the northeast (£480m), Northern Ireland (£230m) and the West Midlands (£225m).
12) Brexit to blame for collapse of British Steel says LEP chair Lord Haskins
13) Brexit has contributed to far bigger fall in living standards than 1990s recession, research finds
14) Many more articles and references can be found here:
The Impact of a No-Deal Brexit
1) The British Medical Association (BMA) is today warning that a no deal Brexit could have could have potentially catastrophic consequences for patients, the health workforce, services and the nation’s health.
2) No-deal Brexit: 10 ways it could affect you
3) No deal Brexit would push up fresh food prices.
4) Chancellor Philip Hammond warns of ‘higher unemployment, lower wages, higher prices in the shops’ – rather than an end to austerity – if UK crashes out of EU.
5) A joint report by the Resolution Foundation and academics at Sussex University predict a no-deal Brexit likely to hit low income families hardest. Sharp price rises could cost average household £260 a year if UK leaves EU without a trade deal.
6) Bank of England Governor Mark Carney warns 'No-deal' Brexit could see house prices crash by a third.
7) Brexit poses risk to care, says Royal College of Nursing. Brexit poses an "immediate risk to the provision of safe and effective care" for patients in the UK.
88) As many as 12,400 additional heart disease deaths could occur in a no-deal Brexit scenario but costs, and health harms, will increase whatever deal is agreed with the EU.
9) A radical blueprint for a free trade deal between the UK and the US that would see the NHS opened to foreign competition.
10) One of Trump’s most senior advisers has told Britain it must scrap EU food standards if it wants a successful post-Brexit deal with the US.
11) No deal Brexit would almost add £1,000 per year to shopping bills in the UK, the National Institute Economic Review said.
12) Woody Johnson, the US ambassador to the UK, said the "entire economy" would be included in transatlantic negotiations, which could include allowing American private firms to bid for NHS contracts.
13) Ministers admit almost 65 existing trade deals with non-EU countries are ‘at risk because of Brexit’
14) No-deal Brexit would be ‘catastrophic’ for farmers – NFU president