Posts under ‘Social Affairs’

Anti-Roma attacks show need to resist rise of the far-right throughout European Union

by Jeremy Corbyn.

Last Monday saw the wonderful sight of Roma flags raised outside Downing Street, representing a small proportion of the 12 million Roma people who live within the European Union. The Roma suffer huge discrimination and abuse on differing levels in every country across Europe. They were the first victims of the nazis, who shipped them off […]

Relax – Cameron says spy agencies acting entirely within the law

by Michael Meacher.

It was the Blairite press officer Jo Moore who in 20o1 on the day of 9/11 coined the infamous phrase: “This is a good day to bury bad news”. Cameron seems to have learnt the lesson when yesterday he used the furore over Maria Miller’s avarice and arrogance to quietly give a welcome to a […]

Labour’s education policy draft is woefully inadequate – here’s an alternative

by David Pavett.

The Labour party has made available eight draft policy documents for discussion and amendment. Once again, the procedures surrounding this process are confusing – but it is crucial that party branches exercise their rights. Constituency parties (CLPs) and affiliated organisations are restricted to submitting ten amendments in total, with no more than four on any […]

Don’t believe Cameron’s hype – the Welsh NHS has much to teach the English

by Julian Tudor-Hart.

Cameron this week labelled the Welsh NHS ‘a scandal’, and some Blairites have echoed him. But Wales is ‘doing more with less’ more effectively than the English NHS – and without privatisation. The Welsh created the NHS, modelled on miners’ mutual aid schemes. They have so far strongly resisted attempts to return healthcare to market […]

NHS: He who pays the Privateer’s Peer

by Solomon Hughes.

Former Labour Health Minister Lord Warner’s call for everyone to pay £10 a month fees to use the NHS got very wide press coverage. The Mail, Telegraph, Times, Guardian and Independent wrote 500-odd-word stories on Warner’s charge-for-the-NHS call. The Mirror, Sun and other tabloids chipped in with 200-word pieces on Warner’s fees, including his extra demand that […]

Britain needs a pay rise

by Grahame Morris.

We are now in the second week of the Fair Pay Fortnight which is raising awareness about Britain’s cost of living crisis. Upon taking office in 2010, the Coalition Government promised to “make work pay”. However, those in work have seen an assault on their living standards, with full time UK workers earning on average […]

The targeting, severity and impact of benefit sanctions needs urgent review

by Michael Meacher.

This is the edited text of a speech I made on Thursday in the House of Commons, in a debate I initiated on the many cases of sanctions being wrongfully applied to benefit recipients, calling on the Government to review the targeting, severity and impact of such sanctions. The process of sanctioning benefit recipients is now […]

A million people were sanctioned and deprived of benefit in the last year

by Michael Meacher.

The scandal of wrongly sanctioning people and depriving them of all benefit for either 4 weeks, 13 weeks or (almost unbelievably) 156 weeks for trivial, ill-considered or utterly unjustified reasons is too little understood by the general public. I will quote a few examples from my own constituency experience or from Citizens Advice across the […]

The latest privatisers’ idea for the NHS: charge patients £10 a month

by Michael Meacher.

So now we know the latest steps being proposed to make the NHS into a full-blown private health service, just like it was before 1948. The various steps to achieve this supreme goal of the private marketeers have been prepared right from the start with great care. First, Blair encouraged and then pressured NHS hospitals […]

Instead of charging for the NHS, try cutting the costs of privatisation

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Let’s get one thing straight from the off. The idea of charging a £10/month NHS “membership fee” is bloody stupid. Not just because it violates the principle that health provision should take place, but for a whole host of other practical reasons. But let’s glide Lord Warner’s suggestion into a lay-by for the moment and deal with […]

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