👀 Nearly £19bn is set to be spent on a new generation of F-35 warplanes, the UK government confirms.

That's more than England spends annually on mental health (source: bit.ly/3UhgdA0)

Channel 4 News audience share this year to end of Nov has grown 20% overall and 35% for 16-34 year olds. Last month reached 9.5 million people and year on year has bucked the trend of overall fall in TV viewing. In turbulent times people trust in depth, challenging news.

I was diagnosed with #HIV in 1998, when I was 30.
At the time, I did not expect to live to 50.
I’m 55 now.
HIV treatment works and it means I can’t pass it on - we call this #UequalsU.
HIV changed. Tell everyone.
#WorldAIDSDay #WorldAIDSDay2022 #AIDShistory #CantPassItOn #FightStigma

BREAKING: Nation astonished that family which made itself exempt from racism laws & had its last racism scandal a week ago has had another racism scandal. It's almost like this family might not be better than the rest of us & it's stupid making their firstborn our head of state x

Random science fact: reindeer have a way of disorienting hunters by forming a "reindeer cyclone." The herd literally runs circles around the hunters, making it very difficult to target an animal. Imagine being in the eye of a spinning stampede of reindeer. Merry Christmas!

Eurostar security staff to strike for 4 days in December over pay

RMT members working as security staff for Eurostar will walkout on the 16,18,22 and 23 of December in a dispute over pay.

The workers, some of whom earn as little as £10.66 per hour rejected a below inflation pay offer and emphatically voted for strike action with an 81% 'yes' vote.
rmt.org.uk/news/eurostar-secur

Elon Musk is creating a huge anti-capitalist movement simply by being a dick.

Hi, Twitter defectee here. Looking for like minded pro Europe, anti Tory, arty farty types. Very happy to be followed by @LauraKT

I've been asked to give evidence at @CommonsDCMS tomorrow on "Trusted Voices"... was a little bemused at first, as not really sure what its about, but didn't feel it appropriate to say no. Hopefully it'll turn into something useful...
committees.parliament.uk/commi

BREAKING: The prime minister has explained that just because he hired a private healthcare lobbyist, doesn't mean he intends to privatise the NHS.

Obviously, there are many reasons to hire private healthcare lobbyists who specialise in lobbying politicians to privatise the NHS x

I don't think that people in the #fediverse have grappled with how toxic threats of defederation #fediblock can be for minorities who picked the "wrong" server. This place was sold as one where there'd be fewer pile ons, but I was met with threats that if I didn't change servers everyone in my community would be taken away.

Whether the underlying criticism was right or wrong, I am telling you that response was too harsh for my first few days on here.

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“The End Fuel Poverty Coalition is advising customers who are contacted by their energy supplier about a prepayment meter installation to talk to the Good Law Project, which is looking to challenge the transfers.” independent.co.uk/news/uk/good

BREAKING: The BT strikes are over after company bosses agreed to give workers a £1,500 pay rise. Isn't that amazing? It's almost like they had that money all along and withheld it from their workers until strike action forced their hand x

BREAKING: Jacob Rees-Mogg says abortion rights are a "cult of death", but this description definitely does not apply to the Tory Party who've only caused 334,000 excess deaths since they came to power x

Good morning! A post just rolled across my fedi-timeline saying not to post about politics on Mastodon, so I'm here to remind you that:

1 "politics" refers to decision-making about how to live together in groups
2 choosing to not participate in political discussion is saying you support the status quo, and is a political stance
3 abstaining from politics because you feel safe from its impacts is a privilege and a choice to abandon your more vulnerable neighbours

BREAKING: A remarkable study has shown that 4-month-old crows can match adult chimpanzees on intelligence tests and easily outperform all humans who think Matt Hancock is a decent bloke x

BREAKING: A poll has shown that Matt Hancock's appearance on I'm a Celebrity has not improved his support among the public, with 81% disapproving. This means Matt ate a kangaroo's dick on national television for nothing 😭

Thinking of all the bugs and reptiles that just had to spend a fortnight with Matt Hancock. We can only imagine how much those poor creatures have suffered x

Who deserves to win I'm a Celebrity? x

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