Posts under ‘Social Affairs’

My speech on the “emergency” Data Protection Bill

by Michael Meacher.

The following is the text of my speech on the Data Protection and Investigatory Powers Bill: I feel uneasy about the Bill on several grounds. As I am sure that we all do, I clearly accept that there is a need for a new law in order to establish a proper legal foundation to balance […]

The roll of honour: opposed to the Indiscriminate Mass Surveillance Bill

by Jon Lansman.

Sunny Hundal makes the crucial point about  this morning on Labour List: “an emergency was concocted. There’s little point in complaining about the rush because that was the whole point.” Ed Miliband’s Labour Party went along with it and Sunny rightly says “Ed Miliband’s civil liberties credentials are now in tatters.” Presumably, the calculation  was that […]

Reshuffle: ‘Gove Out’ is a hollow victory for education campaigners

by John Millington.

For a man who has had an online game dedicated to slapping him millions of times, it is some what of an achievement that Michael Gove has lasted as long as he has. Derided by teachers and the butt of jokes over his condemnation of strike action despite his union past (he was a member […]

Fall in construction output shows Osborne “recovery” has lost momentum

by Michael Meacher.

The latest economic figures revealing a shock fall in construction output of more than 1% between April and May this year are alarming, but might be brushed off as an isolated quirk if all the other evidence pointed the other way. But it doesn’t. The construction slowdown is matched by an unexpected slump in factory […]

Training and the ‘forgotten 50%’

by Grahame Morris.

For too long there has been an assumption that the best path to success for young people is via the conventional academic route. That kind of thinking is now out of date. For a 14 year old following the traditional academic route there is a clear route through GCSEs to A’ levels and on to […]

Held hostage by big pharma

by Mike Marqusee.

In an extract from his forthcoming new book (which can be ordered here) Mike Marqusee slams the drug companies exploiting his cancer to gouge the public purse. In recent months, I’ve been taking a medication called Revlimid, given as a “late therapy” for multiple myeloma. Since it looks like I may be Revlimid-dependent for a while, I decided […]

Passing the surveillance bill in one day is totally unacceptable

by Michael Meacher.

The Official Secrets Act was rammed through the House of Commons in 1911 in just one day – with the (ostensibly) unintended and undesirable consequences of a national security concept with blanket coverage that we have had to live with ever since. That should surely have taught us the lesson that precipitate telescoping of normal […]

What’s wrong with striking for £1 an hour when richest 1,000 double wealth by £20bn?

by Michael Meacher.

No-one wants to strike, least of all the strikers who lose wages they can ill afford, but what do you do when public sector workers’ pay has been cut in real terms by 8% in the last 6 years and the employers flatly refuse to offer a very modest pay rise to at least try […]

What today’s strikes are all about

by Andy Newman.

While David Cameron bleets about the alleged lack of a mandate for today’s strike, it should be remembered that the turnout in strike ballots would be a lot higher if the current legal requirements were sensibly adapted to allow, for example, workplace balloting, plus internet and phone voting. In any event GMB members voted 3:1 in […]

July 10 strike: Government picks fight with public sector workers

by John Millington.

This Thursday, one and a half million workers including firefighters, teachers, civil servants and local government staff will exercise their democratic right to strike. On the surface the dispute is over pay and pensions but the strike is being billed as a wider protest against cuts to public services and the detriment caused to service […]

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