"Aspiration" | Chris Dillow | Stumbling and Mumbling Another great and timely piece - Blairism is out-of-date says Dillow: in the 90s, "the IT revolution was promising a bright new future, so talk of aspiration, modernity and newness chimed with the zeitgeist." But now we have secular stagnation: "When productivity is flat, "aspiration" is a zero sum game"
Far Left UK General Election 2015 Results | All That Is Solid They're all here in all their glory (not!): TUSC lost 128 deposits al for an average of 0.6% of the vote, the Communist Party of Britain scored an average of only 0.4% in 9 seats, the Scottish Socialist Party from whom you might perhaps have expected more in the new Scotland scored only 0.5% in four seats (everywhere else in Scotland they recommended a vote for the SNP), but the prize goes to Arthur Scargill's Socialist Labour Party (which now seems only to exist in Wales) where it got a comparatively "respectable" score of 1.5% across 7 seats. Given our performance in Scotland, who are we to mock?
By Jacques Sapir President François Hollande celebrated on May 6 the third anniversary of his election to the highest office in France. This invites us to look at the record of the man and his policies. Much has already been said about it. The most obvious failure, but also the most predictable of his presidency […]
Not only have the Troika’s austerity policies been an abject failure but in inflicting suffering on millions of people, the three headed beast of the EU-ECB-IMF has severely violated human rights that are recognized by the EU itself. But can the charges stick, asks Luciano Galliano “The governance of the crises in the European Union has led to massive violations […]
Up to half a million teachers, students and parents are expected to march today in Italy protest against PM Matteo Renzi’s education ‘reforms’. The spin is that the changes will offer a ‘good school’ to all in a country that suffers from a dire underinvestment in education – Italy spends less as a proportion of […]
Josep Maria Antentas explains the challenges for the left-wing Podemos, faced with the threat from another political upstart, Cuidadanos, that is rivalling it in the polls The emergence of Ciudadanos (‘Citizens’) has once again changed Spain’s fluid and volatile political landscape. Finally the option of peaceful change, a regeneration of the model, without changing it. Is […]
Sadiq Khan highlights why it's so important that you use the power voting in elections gives you. "The election on May 7th is so important. It's about who runs the country. It's about whether you can get a decent job that pays well. Whether you can get a home that's affordable. And it's even about […]
Let's examine the PM's record. The Government promised but failed to eliminate the deficit in this Parliament. They borrowed £219bn more that they said they would - enough to run the NHS for two years. They decimated public services by destroying hundreds of thousands of good-quality jobs.
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