Pedestrians cross a street in front of bars and restaurants in Hong Kong's Wanchai district,where Rurik Jutting lived. Image: Philippe Lopze/Getty.
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Mail Online finds woman to blame for Hong Kong murders

That joke isn't funny any more.

Hong Kong police have arrested banker Rurik Jutting for the murder of two sex workers, whose bodies were found in his apartment. Below is a screenshot of a story on Mail Online, posted this lunchtime.

Your mole has been trying for some time to come up with a witty, intelligent and thought-provoking insight to accompany it. But we're so incoherent with rage that, try as we might, we can't come up with anything better than, "Oh, for fuck's sake".

Yes, because when a man has been charged with the horrific murder of two women, it must be because of the loose sexual morals of someone who broke up with him two years ago. God forbid that anyone should be allowed to think for a moment that a women was not somehow to blame for this crime. 

Four different reporters are credited with this article. Four of them; all men. Their mothers must be very proud of them today. 

I'm a mole, innit.

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The big problem for the NHS? Local government cuts

Even a U-Turn on planned cuts to the service itself will still leave the NHS under heavy pressure. 

38Degrees has uncovered a series of grisly plans for the NHS over the coming years. Among the highlights: severe cuts to frontline services at the Midland Metropolitan Hospital, including but limited to the closure of its Accident and Emergency department. Elsewhere, one of three hospitals in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are to be shuttered, while there will be cuts to acute services in Suffolk and North East Essex.

These cuts come despite an additional £8bn annual cash injection into the NHS, characterised as the bare minimum needed by Simon Stevens, the head of NHS England.

The cuts are outlined in draft sustainability and transformation plans (STP) that will be approved in October before kicking off a period of wider consultation.

The problem for the NHS is twofold: although its funding remains ringfenced, healthcare inflation means that in reality, the health service requires above-inflation increases to stand still. But the second, bigger problem aren’t cuts to the NHS but to the rest of government spending, particularly local government cuts.

That has seen more pressure on hospital beds as outpatients who require further non-emergency care have nowhere to go, increasing lifestyle problems as cash-strapped councils either close or increase prices at subsidised local authority gyms, build on green space to make the best out of Britain’s booming property market, and cut other corners to manage the growing backlog of devolved cuts.

All of which means even a bigger supply of cash for the NHS than the £8bn promised at the last election – even the bonanza pledged by Vote Leave in the referendum, in fact – will still find itself disappearing down the cracks left by cuts elsewhere. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.