Posts under ‘Social Affairs’

Is Thatcherite ideology working?

by Jon Lansman.

In a general election a great number of things will be said, but only a few or even one really matters and that will determine who wins. This 2015 election is in effect a referendum on Thatcherite ideology. Here is what Labour should be saying, but isn’t. Point 1: For 35 years since 1980 the […]

Government duplicity on torture from Blair to Cameron: eleven evasions

by Michael Meacher.

The whole narrative of the UK government’s response to the brutal revelations of US rendition and torture at Guantanamo and ‘black sites’ spread across E. Europe, the Middle East and Asia has been one of subterfuge, deception and downright lying, in sharp contrast to the determination of the political class in the US to get […]

Man Haron Monis: it’s not about Islam

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

What a sad end to the Sydney cafe siege. The gunman, one Man Haron Monis lies dead, but not before he murdered two others. Thankfully, incidents like this are quite rare in Western societies and when hostage taking does happen, it tends to either be a spur of the moment thing in the commission of […]

Tristram Hunt and Churchillian True Grit

by David Pavett.

After every new speech by Tristram Hunt a friend used to say to me “things can only get better”. Now, he’s not so sure.  After the Shadow Education Secretary’s vaunting of Disraeli as a “working class champion”, his refusal to commit to ending selection at eleven and his suggestion that private schools should keep all […]

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 […]

Pain, no gain: the Austerity scam

by Jon Lansman.

To coincide with the Autumn Statement, PRIME Economics has published an excellent short pamphlet  Pain, No Gain: the Austerity Scam by John Weeks (Emeritus Professor of Economics, SOAS, University of London) which explains just why the deficit is not a problem – indeed is a necessary part of the solution – for the UK economy. In examining the […]

Ian Duncan Smith’s policy: starve the poor into committing crime

by Michael Meacher.

The papers are full-on when members or ex-members of the government make a fool of themselves behaving badly when they can’t get their way – Andrew Mitchell foul-mouthing a policeman with the toxic ‘plebs’ allegedly added in because he couldn’t ride his bike through the No.10 gates, and David Mellor ranting at a black cab […]

Private Schools and Labour’s “Class War”

by David Pavett.

  Tristram Hunt’s speech at Walthamstow school on 25th November has had a hostile reception from the right-wing press. The Daily Mail echoed a private school head’s cry of “Offensive bigotry” and says that the proposals are a “threat to private education”. The Telegraph warns us that “Tristram Hunt has resorted to the politics of […]

Angeline Jolie and the mansion tax

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Oh noes, whatever are we to do? Angelina Jolie might be put off from moving Brad and the kids to London. Why? Because of the mansion tax. I’m sure some Tories are happy that Jolie has, as we used to say in Trot circles, objectively lined up with their opposition to the tax. I don’t […]

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