Climate crisis, waiting list suicides, & privatization problems (E169)
Afshin Rattansi goes underground on environmental politics. Tony Juniper, author of ‘What Nature Does for Britain’, believes the government’s entire approach is short-term and does not take into account the benefits provided in nature, such as the “£430 million of free work” done by bees, and warns climate skepticism will leave us “naked” in the face of the extreme challenges posed by climate change. Geoff Heyes, of mental-health charity Mind, warns of a crisis in mental healthcare, with one in six people attempting suicide whilst on NHS waiting lists. We look at what went wrong with Hinchingbrooke, the UK’s only privately-run NHS hospital. American Sniper controversy and Greece’s ‘Marxist’ negotiators hit the headlines in Breaking Views. And did you get your tax return done? HMRC suffers from severe IT problems and congested phone lines, but it’s OK – you can tweet them your problems!
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