Posts under ‘Public Spending’

The light dawns … on the failure of austerity to overcome recession

by Bryan Gould.

A complete understanding of great events will often have to wait until well after the shouting and the tumult die away and a longer perspective permits a more objective assessment of what really happened. Even then, though, greater elucidation proceeds at a glacial pace. Today, we may well find ourselves again at the beginning of […]

Four austerity parties, what is to be done?

by Trevor Fisher.

The Election in May will be the first since 1929 when there will be no clear two party choice. While the rise of UKIP and the SNP affect the Labour Party in different ways, there is an underlying consensus in England and Wales, that the four main parties likely to get seats will be pro-austerity […]

Why are we so obsessed with the deficit?

by Michael Meacher.

In general election year 1970 a last-minute delivery of two US civil aircraft to the UK arguably changed the course of the election. The great issue that year was the adverse balance of payments, and the sudden and unexpected import cost of these two planes was seen to tip the scales against the incumbent government […]

The causes of the A&E crisis

by Michael Burke.

The A&E service in British hospitals is in crisis. All health services come under pressure during winter as seasonal flus take their toll and some lead to more complicated conditions. But winter comes round every year and this is not an especially severe one so far. Yet hospitals across the country report increasing pressures and […]

When will Labour start whacking Tories over their economic policy failures?

by Michael Meacher.

The Tories’ first election poster depicts a road wending its way through the countryside till far in the distance, with the motif below: continue with the Tory-led recovery of the economy which the Labour party wrecked. It’s a theme which will be repeated endlessly up till the election which Labour, astonishingly, has made no attempt […]

Labour can win if it’s bolder

by Peter Rowlands.

With only four months to go Labour can win, but only if two sets of conditions are fulfilled. Firstly, that there is internal discipline generating external unity, with the usual suspects forswearing any ‘advice’, at least until 7 May (Blair and Mandelson please note). This means Progress supporting the Miliband ‘ left’ line, which merely points in a […]

Greek elections: support the popular struggle against austerity

by Newsdesk.

The following is a statement by the Greece Solidarity Campaign issued this afternoon Greece stands on the brink of momentous change. The forthcoming general election presents huge, transformative opportunities to the people of Greece – and to Europe more widely. The anti-austerity party SYRIZA – and the movement and people as a whole – has […]

The killer argument against PFI

by Michael Meacher.

We have always known that PFI was a con trick (i) to take construction and management costs of hospitals and other public buildings offline so they don’t appear in the national accounts, and (ii) to secure the extremely lucrative privatisation of yet another public service at taxpayers’ expense. But the evidence of how the new […]

Osborne decimating the State will finally trigger the resistance

by Michael Meacher.

Osborne’s central objective, he would have you believe, is to cut the deficit. He has failed: the deficit he predicted would be £40bn this year turns out to be £100bn and, worse still, it is actually now rising because of the fall in the government’s income (tax receipts) brought about by his own policy of […]

Osborne’s been caught red-handed – when’s Labour going to take him down?

by Michael Meacher.

Osborne over-reached himself badly last week, what with bare-faced lies, twisting of the figures to save his own skin but which no independent expert can validate, childish responses to well-placed questions which left him rattled and blustering, concealing his real underlying motive to take Britain back to the enfeebled state of the 1930s, insisting in […]

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