Marta Klonowska (b. 1964, Warsaw, Poland) - Animal sculptures made from shattered glass pieces. Represented by: Lorch + Seide Gallery.
Nothing could more clearly show that these trade deals are a disaster for democracy on our continent. The European Union wants to stitch this deal together behind closed doors, because if it lets citizens anywhere near it, it won’t be able to control the opposition. But the people of Europe will not have this corporate power grab imposed on them – we will fight against this decision, and we will defeat these trade deals.
~ Nick Dearden, director of the World Development Movement (via relivingthe80s)
There’s nothing simpler than avoiding people you don’t like. Avoiding one’s friends - that’s the real test.
~ Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Sass (via ablogwithaview)
The problem is, there’s nothing easier to lie about than the NHS. UKIP are past masters: Fact 1) “I was sat behind some Indian bloke in A&E.” Fact 2) “There was a woman there didn’t even speak English.” Fact 3) “And she had three children.” Statistic: “Health tourists cost the NHS £2 billion a year!” (A steaming pile of lies of course, multiplying the true cost by a factor of between 25 and 35, but you get the idea.) Anyone can do it. Try believing this. Fact 1) A Labour Government re-organised the NHS on the Tories’ market model, welcomed in the private sector to finance its building plans with private finance deals that came back to bite the NHS on the arse. Fact 2) Before the 2010 General Election, David Cameron scornfully vowed there would be no “top-down reorganisations” if he was Prime Minister. Fact 3) Within months, the Coalition announced the biggest top-down reorganisation in NHS history and, in the name of “patient choice” forcing it to compete within itself and with outside companies for our “business”, instead of co-operating for our health. Statistic: £10 billion a year to run the internal market! £3 billion for the Tory shake-up! Or shake-down, depending on how you look at it! (The costs of the private contracts terminated due to poor performance are only just starting to roll in.) Hard to swallow, maybe, but sadly true. Everything in the NHS is now up for grabs. Let that sink in for a moment. Not just catering contracts or cleaning, but your operations, your cancer care - everything. Since private contractors can hide behind the NHS logo, you probably won’t know anything about it until things go wrong – when you’ll negatively impact the profit margins of these economic interlopers and be promptly shipped back to the NHS. When you hear statistics about what goes wrong in the NHS, ask yourself where the figures on private medicine’s mistakes and failures go. Behind the wall of commercial confidentiality, that’s where. But it’s mostly privatisation by stealth: a nudge towards queue-jumping here, a suggestion that we should pay to see a GP there. ‘Why should this or that treatment come from the public purse at all?’, asks the Daily Mail. And one day soon we’ll have a two-tier system with the noble idea that the poorest families can expect the same quality of treatment - the same respect - as the richest families, as dead as the kids with no healthcare.Read complete article…