Posts under ‘Social Affairs’

World leaders and hypocrisy: Nous sommes a bunch of Charlies

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

It’s not often state-sponsored demonstrations take place in a liberal democracy, but that’s what today’s Unity March in Paris was. That isn’t to deny it was a genuine popular upwelling of people disgusted by Wednesday’s atrocity. No amount of establishment handwringing can bring 3.7m people out onto the streets if the sentiments weren’t truly heartfelt. […]

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 […]

What makes someone murder cartoonists?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The attack on Charlie Hebdo was an atrocity calculated to outrage, to intimidate, to silence critics of Islam, and to remind the West that terror attacks can strike at the heart of its capital cities. It has provoked an outpouring of anger and solidarity with the victims, and not a small amount of stupid bigotry. […]

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 […]

On Charlie Hebdo and defending liberty – a dose of multiculturalism would help

by Jon Lansman.

Today we express solidarity and sympathy with the remaining staff of Charlie Hebdo and the families and friends of their 12 colleagues brutally murdered yesterday. It was an appalling attack on the freedom of speech, including the right to criticise, to satirise and to lampoon which we believe are essential features of democracy. Furthermore, in […]

Too fat to work – meet your new hate figures

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Those lovely folks over at Daily Express TV have hit on a relatively untapped vein of hate. Marry together your idea of the undeserving poor sponging off the hardworking tax payer with fat people and you have the perfect scapegoat: someone who cannot work because they are obese. Channel 5’s Benefits: Too Fat to Work […]

Cancer is social and political as well as medical

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Cancer is the best death, apparently. As a medical practitioner and former editor of the British Medical Journal, one supposes Dr Richard Smith knows what he’s talking about. His argument is almost philosophical, making the case that a long descent into the grave allows for the wrapping up of one’s personal affairs and prepares friends […]

How Ukip and their friends are re-writing history

by Conrad Landin.

If you’ve picked up a newspaper or turned on the radio in the past week, you might have heard about Martyn Heale. He’s Ukip’s branch chairman and election agent in South Thanet – the constituency where one Nigel Farage hopes to be elected an MP next May. He’s also, you’ll probably have heard, a former […]

Our corrupt, self-protective, unaccountable Establishment

by Michael Meacher.

By chance several events in the few days before Christmas highlighted poignantly how the British Establishment – the small political-economic-financial elite who went to the same public schools and the same universities (usually Oxbridge) – automatically close ranks to protect each other when they come under pressure. Jonathan Burrows, a former MD of Blackrock Asset […]

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 […]

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