Posts under ‘Public Spending’

The case for abandoning austerity is a no-brainer, mathematically, financially and politically

by Michael Meacher.

Labour needs a game-changer to settle the result of the next election once and for all. As it happens it has the perfect opportunity ready to hand. Osborne is foolhardy enough to announce six months before the election that he intends to impose further cuts of £25bn to get on track to eliminate the structural deficit […]

Osborne’s three big lies

by Michael Meacher.

In the last week Osborne has staked out three positions which show the character of the man – duplicitous, machiavellian, dishonest. First he claimed that he had turned the £1.7bn EU budget bill into a triumph by factoring in Britain’s budget rebates in Europe which halved the amount due. This canard unravelled almost as soon […]

The economy, the state and my crisis of faith

by Daniel McAteer.

Last week I had a crisis of faith in Labour. Looking at the Scottish polling, it looks as if Labour’s journey back to government may be longer and harder than we thought. Yet that is not what caused my questions to synchronise into a cacophony of doubt. My worries are for what happens if we do get […]

Labour must outflank the SNP from the Left

by Neil Findlay.

This article was written prior to the resignation of Johann Lamont and is reposted here because it is a clear political statement by someone who many on the Left in Scotland would like to see as the next leader of Scottish Labour, and covers the same ground as Neil’s speech to the Campaign for Socialism conference […]

Leanne Wood interview: another Wales is possible

by Guest.

The annual conference of Plaid Cymru starts tomorrow. Here their leader, Leanne Wood, talks about the Scottish referendum and devolution, questions EVEL (English votes for English Laws) and opposes the evils of austerity. She is interviewed by Socialist Resistance SR: You were a very high profile and active supporter of the Yes campaign in Scotland. […]

Osborne’s own policies shrink tax revenues, yet he cuts more to compensate

by Michael Meacher.

There are now unmistakeable signs that Osborne’s so-called economic recovery is fading, despite all the right-wing think tanks and pro-Tory media to talk it up. A survey of 7,000 businesses by the British Chambers of Commerce has just found that manufacturers have suffered a sharp slowdown in export orders, and even more significantly domestic sales […]

Ebola a much-needed wake up call for the West

by Michael Meacher.

The President of the World Bank, Jim Kim, got it right when he said last night of the international community: It’s late, really late… We were tested by Ebola and we failed. We failed miserably in our response… Every developed country should be prepared to send trained medical staff to West Africa… We don’t need […]

The Tory party’s 15% strategy

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Thankfully conference speeches don’t win general elections. There is no denying that Dave’s final performance at the Tory party’s annual gathering was masterful. It oozed the prime ministerial, that much exalted but seldom-attained quality. His speech was passionate, confident, coherent. Apart from an untimely Freudian (“… these are the people we resent“), Dave acted the […]

The fantasy of Osborne’s deficit cuts

by Michael Meacher.

The gap between Osborne’s swaggering rhetoric in his conference speech and the cold reality of the Tory public borrowing figures is almost unbridgeable. The key point, though you would never guess it from Osborne’s bluster, is that public borrowing under his stewardship is now rising, not falling. The ONS Public Sector Finances report for August […]

Labour HQ censors 91-year old veteran’s reference to welfare cuts and austerity

by Jon Lansman.

Yesterday, I received an email appearing to come from Andy Burnham about what I’m sure he did describe as “one of the most moving speeches I’ve ever heard“. It deserved strong praise — that’s why we featured 91-year old Harry Leslie Smith’s demand for David Cameron to “keep his mitts off my NHS” on Left Futures last week. It received […]

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