Posts under ‘Politics’

Up-front NHS charges are just around the corner

by Michael Meacher.

This week, it’s become clear we’re a step closer to a fee-charging, means-tested NHS. The privatisation agenda began with Blair’s  foundation trusts. Next we had Cameron’s offer to ‘any qualified provider’ to compete for any NHS contract. Then a cascade of privatisations and outsourcings throughout the NHS. It rose to a new level with the […]

Behind the lure of Scottish independence lies the threat of “divide and rule”

by Richard Leonard.

The Scottish Trades Union Congress met this week in Dundee, where the Chartists took strike action in August 1842 and marched from Magdalen Green to Forfar for the right of working people to vote. Meeting at such a highly charged time, with the referendum on the creation of a separate Scottish state just weeks away, we should […]

So long, Austin Mitchell, it’s been good to know you (most of the time)

by Jon Lansman.

In this really quite good short film, Austin Mitchell announces he’s leaving Parliament next year (he used to work in broadcasting and it shows). He’s a very decent man who’s done some stirling work in his time, not least in defence of council housing over the years when it was simply taboo in the Labour Party, and […]

The Mirror front page hit a nerve. Bring on the distraction

by Conrad Landin.

The front page of yesterday’s Daily Mirror (left) made for graphic viewing. Its simple message about the injustice of Britain’s reliance on food banks – and the ease with which it could be shared on social media – made it an effective campaigning tool for “digital Bennites”. But within hours, the backlash had begun. Twitter […]

Hungry Britain or benefit scroungers – your tabloid choice

by Newsdesk.

The Mirror and the Express this morning illustrate the shameful divide in media attitudes to inequality in Britain. The Mirror asks why the sixth richest country in the world with more millionaires than ever has handed out a million food parcels this year. Widespread hunger is not news for the Express. It expresses its outrage […]

NHS Wales – a Cameron apology is called for

by Tony Beddow.

The Welsh NHS has for weeks been attacked in the Commons by Cameron and Hunt being described as failing and a shambles. Now, on a weekend when the independent Nuffield Trust reported that NHS Wales compares well with the other UK health systems, Cameron compounded the crime by telling the Tory Conference that the Welsh […]

What lies behind Blairite calls for “an avowedly pro-business agenda”?

by Jon Lansman.

Alan Milburn was once a Trotskyist, who co-ran a small left-wing bookshop in Newcastle, Days of Hope (aka Haze of Dope). Now he is better known as the New Labour politician and former Secretary of State for Health whom David Cameron appointed as his “social mobility Tsar”. He is also one of those Blairite  heavyweights […]

Royal Mail fire sale costs taxpayer £1.4 billion

by Grahame Morris.

The Royal Mail served the nation for over 500 years; however a Government fire sale not only privatised this prize asset but also short changed the public. Last week, the National Audit Office (NAO) delivered a damning report showing that the Government’s rush to privatise the Royal Mail cost the taxpayer £1.4 billion.

Trade unions fear for the future of the Co-op

by Jon Lansman.

Lord Myners impassioned defence of his review of the Co-operative Group in the Observer following his resignation from its board last week will have found favour with many Co-operators. Today, a trade union representing Co-op employees have today leapt into the debate in defence of their members interests, and in support of Myners. Adrian Jones, a Unite […]

Health and care integration: right in principle but a challenge to deliver

by Dave Watson.

Health and care integration is right in principle but it will take more than moving the managerial deck chairs around to deliver quality care. I took a day away from the Scottish TUC congress in Dundee to make a day trip to Brighton to speak in panel discussion on health and care integration at the […]

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