Posts under ‘Economy’

Jeremy Corbyn announces universal free childcare in gender equality manifesto

by James Elliott.

Jeremy Corbyn today announced a manifesto for gender equality, titled, ‘Working with Women’, with a range of policies including universal free childcare, an end to cuts to welfare and public services, mandatory equal pay audits and protecting women’s refuges for survivors of domestic violence. The manifesto spans a woman’s life, starting from early years and schooling to […]

Moderates and extremists: What is the Labour Left today?

by James Elliott.

The near-deafening media hysteria over Jeremy Corbyn, variously described as a ‘veteran’, ‘hard left’, and always ‘hirsute’ socialist candidate for Labour leader reached new levels this week, with Progress dragging out Tony Blair to tell 43% of the party that they needed a heart transplant if they want Corbyn to be leader. Owen Jones has […]

British democracy requires a Corbyn victory

by Andy Newman.

Yesterday marked a turning point in the Labour leadership battle. Neither of the trade unions with a leaning towards the Blairite wing of the party backed Liz Kendall. Community announced that they were backing Yvette Cooper, and Usdaw announced that they were backing Andy Burnham. This follows Kendall’s relatively poor performance in gaining nominations from […]

Do the Germans realise the damage they have done to themselves and Europe?

by Bryan Gould.

The Wehrmacht had a crack at it – but that attempt ended in disastrous failure 70 years ago. The long-held dream of German hegemony throughout Europe is, however, back on the agenda and closer than ever to realisation. The Greek crisis threw up many sub-plots – many of them of great significance of course to […]

Osborne shows his true colours: in the pocket of the banks

by Michael Meacher.

Osborne’s sacking of Martin Wheatley, head of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) says it all. His sin was that he was too tough on the banks. The banks are the most powerful section of the Establishment which runs Britain, and Osborne is one of their chattels who does their bidding when half of the Tories’ […]

The end of a civilised Europe? Germany enforces a new gold standard

by Michael Meacher.

Arguably the so-called deal that has been forced down the throats of the Greek people represents the worst of all worlds. It imposes even more draconian terms than were on offer even a week or two ago, with very little conceded in terms of debt relief, but with such added conditions of austerity as will […]

Cameron’s Trade Union Bill is part of the government’s privatisation agenda

by Patrick Smith.

The Conservative’s Trade Union Bill will have its first reading in parliament today. It has been described in today’s Daily Mail as “Cameron’s War on the strike bullies” and has been justified by the Business Secretary as “protecting working people” from the trade unions. The bill would impose a minimum 50% turnout, public sector strikes […]

The end of my European dream

by Richard Murphy.

The imposition of German demands on Greece, without consideration for its democracy, sovereignty or interests, is one of those moments that changes everything. I grew up with a European dream. Born in 1958 I was politically aware from a very young age. Much informed my early views, but most influences were, inevitably, personal. I wanted […]

After the shameful deal imposed on Greece, where are the left Eurosceptics?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The deal imposed by the Eurozone grouping on Greece is nothing short of shameful. It continues to pile up the debt, reducing Greece to the status of a debt colony of the rich, Northern European countries. It, like all austerity programmes, expects working people, pensioners, the young to pick up the tab for payments that […]

Greece: not “reforms” but a triumph of ideology over common sense

by Bryan Gould.

As the Greek crisis unfolds, we are constantly informed by the world’s media that the European power-brokers will agree to a further bail-out only if Greece implements a programme of “reforms”. Most people will see this as confirming their understanding of what the crisis is about. The Greeks, it seems, have mismanaged their economy; so […]

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