The Guardian view on NHS reform: bright idea, dangerous speed

published about 12 hours ago
There is exciting potential in putting the Manchester region in charge of its healthcare. But a frightening number of make-or-break details remain unresolvedBefore the last election the Conservative party was decidedly – some might say dishonestly – quiet about its big ideas on health. Although Andrew Lansley’s blueprint for a regulated medical marketplace was in fact there, buried away on the Tory website for anyone hunting it out, his arresting vision was felt to be too frightening for the manifesto. ... more

The Guardian view on Jimmy Savile: oblivion’s too good for him

published about 12 hours ago
A criminal cheats justice by dying undetected. Without a belief in the afterlife, what can we do?The rage and disgust that we feel at each fresh revelation of the crimes of Jimmy Savile has an unsatisfying quality. It is distinct from the normal course of outrage. The “normal” part is bad enough. The discovery that his sexual appetites ranged from necrophilia to the rape of children is hard to stomach partly because it is difficult to comprehend the existence of ... more

Jimmy Savile given free rein to sexually abuse 60 people, report finds

published about 12 hours ago
Damning reports point finger at politicians, civil servants and senior NHS staff but stop short of holding anyone accountablePoliticians, civil servants and NHS managers gave Jimmy Savile free rein to sexually abuse 60 people, including children as young as eight, over two decades at Stoke Mandeville hospital, two damning reports have concluded.Savile’s celebrity status, his connections with the then prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, and with royalty, and his role as a fundraiser allowed him unfettered access to patients, staff and ... more

Bank of England to boost watchdog role after failing to spot forex rigging

published about 12 hours ago
Central bank to tighten controls and raise staff standards but MP fears changes could see firms move to rival finance hubsThe Bank of England plans to beef up its watchdog role after it failed to spot one of the biggest scandals in the City’s recent history.The central bank said a “root-and-branch” review of its market intelligence operations had found that some staff were unfamiliar with the way City firms operated. Continue reading...

British charity worker Simon Harris jailed for abusing boys in Kenya

published about 13 hours ago
Former public school teacher targeted youngsters who were ‘amongst the most vulnerable in the world’, according to judge A British former public school teacher who sexually abused Kenyan street children after luring them to his lavish home with offers of food, money and the promise of education has been jailed for 17 years and four months. Simon Harris, who ran an educational charity in the east African country, picked up boys in his Land Rover and took them to his ... more