Posts under ‘Social Affairs’

NHS staff in England are being treated even worse than other public sector workers

by Michael Meacher.

It was Nigel Lawson, I think, who once opined that the NHS was the nearest thing the British had to a religion. If so the government has treated its priestly acolytes uniquely badly. The average real pay of NHS workers has fallen by over 10% since 2009. No less than 40,000 are paid below the […]

Why the Establishment loves Jeremy Clarkson

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Petrolheads everywhere, sob into your empty oil cans. For Top Gear is, as was, no more. The verdict couldn’t have been anything else. Whatever you might think about Jeremy Clarkson, which in my case is not a lot, it was impossible even for him to cling on to his job after a 20 minute tirade, […]

How to put right the corruption, secrecy and non-accountability rampant in Britain

by Michael Meacher.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has cleared armed police officers of any wrongdoing over the killing of Mark Duggan over 3 years ago, following an inquest verdict of lawful killing a year ago. However the police officer who fired the fatal shots refused to be interviewed by the IPCC; why could he not be compelled […]

Extreme and dangerous Tory spending cuts

by Grahame Morris.

The Chancellor’s final budget was less than twenty hours old before Liberal Democrat Treasury ministers tried to disown it by presenting an alternative ‘yellow’ budget, before abusing parliamentary privilege to deliver it as a ministerial statement. However, no matter how many budgets the government presents none of them can hide from the fact that the Coalition […]

What the general election means for education

by Andy Newman.

The basic facts behind Labour’s commitment to education are impressive. Between 1997 and 2010 there were 360,00 more teachers, 172,000 more teaching assistants, and 1,100 new schools built. Results improved, with 12% more pupils achieving five good GCSE grades, and 20% more 11 year old achieving expected standards in English and maths. The further education […]

Why we should say NO to welfare cuts in the next Parliament

by Michael Meacher.

There is an auction taking place on the size of the welfare cuts to be imposed in the next 5 years. The Tories are arguing for £30bn cuts in the first 2 years to 2017-8 via no tax rises, £12bn in welfare cuts, £5bn in extra corporate tax evasion revenues, and bigger departmental cuts (up […]

There is nothing radical about little Englandism

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I’m not an avid follower of Paul Kingsnorth’s work, but I do remember his One No, Many Yeses. This was a contribution – some may say cash-in – to the burgeoning library on the internationalist, anti-capitalist, and fashionably networky movement of sundry NGOs, anarchists and occasional Trots of the early part of the last decade. […]

If you are going to tell porkies, tell big ones

by Dave Watson.

If you are going to tell porkies, tell big ones. That seemed to be the Chancellor’s strategy in yesterday’s budget. It was as if the past five years didn’t happen. The worst fall in real earnings in recorded history a total fall of 7.9% and even this is on the basis of the lower CPI […]

Osborne’s claim of a let-up in austerity in next 5 years is a lie

by Michael Meacher.

George Osborne didn’t deliver a budget yesterday. He delivered a party political broadcast on behalf of the Tory party in which analysis of the macroeconomic state of the economy, which is the real purpose of budget statements, was almost totally absent. Osborne’s speech yesterday had two aims. One was to give the impression that the […]

Fighting for the future of the NHS

by Grahame Morris.

We face an important choice at the next election. Over the weekend UKIP have aligned themselves to the Tories, promising to prop up another Tory led Coalition Government. This comes as little surprise with UKIP being the home of disenchanted Thatcherite Tories. They are funded by former Tory donors with almost £9 in every £10 the […]

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