Posts under ‘Poverty/Low Pay’

£12bn more cuts will crucify poorest in society and are not necessary

by Michael Meacher.

So the Tories are able to tell us that Labour plans to cut the deficit (which they have never seen) will increase costs by precisely £3,028 per household, a figure now definitively rubbished by the Institute of Fiscal Studies and which the Tory party chairman has now admitted is mere “guesswork”. Yet they can’t tell […]

Does the party of the welfare state talk tough because it doesn’t know where the centre ground is?

by David Osland.

Sometimes I suspect that not a syllable escapes the lips of Rachel Reeves unless it somehow encapsulates the pitch for the latest Channel Four eat the poor documentary while simultaneously disgusting a sizeable chunk of Labour activists. Most recently, her declamation that Labour is not the party of the welfare state and doesn’t represent those out […]

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 […]

Why isn’t inequality a central issue in this election?

by Michael Meacher.

Inequality ought to figure much more sharply in this election than it has done so far. The reasons are obvious: the grotesque injustice in the widening gap between the top 1% (and more particularly the top 0.1% and most of all the top 0.01%) and the rest of us; the way that austerity has been […]

Why the objectors to a citizens income are wrong

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The first rule of polemic is if you’re going to argue against someone’s position, at least do it in an intellectually honest fashion. Falling short of this is Sally Gimson’s piece on Progress. Sally attacks the Citizen’s Income on the grounds that because Charles Murray, author of the notorious and reviled The Bell Curve, and […]

Unequal Britain – one million millionaires, another million depend on foodbanks

by Michael Meacher.

The latest report on UK wealth has just discovered that there are 840,000 persons in the UK who are dollar millionaires (i.e. have assets of at least £660,000 excluding their main home) and that this number is expected to reach a million $millionaires within 3 years. That’s the same year when average wages are predicted, […]

Why Labour should adopt ‘citizen’s income’

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I’m all for nicking good policies, and one Labour and the labour movement should half-inch is the citizen’s income from the Green Party. Of course, the Greens don’t own it, it has been knocking about for a good many years. But they are the only ones pushing it as a key plank of their commitments. […]

Tory jobs claims take a hammering

by Michael Meacher.

The Tories’ biggest economic claims (there are only two of them) are that they generated a recovery (after 18 months it’s already fading) and that they created a million private sector jobs. The latter claim is now under fire from all sides. First, it has just been reported by the thinktank Centre for Cities that […]

Obama imposing $300bn levy on banks & hyper-rich: how about UK?

by Michael Meacher.

It is remarkable that in the citadel of capitalism Obama has just unveiled a plan to impose a levy on the biggest banks and on the wealthiest families that is expected to raise $300bn, yet in Europe any such idea is taboo. In the US the new tax is being crafted to affect only the […]

Tories revert to their age-old policy of stopping the poor breeding

by Michael Meacher.

Occasionally the mask slips and the truth becomes clear. We had already been told that the Tories planned to limit child benefit to the first two children because it would save money. Then IDS (Iain Duncan Smith) let the cat out of the bag: he said it would promote “behavioural change”. This element in the […]

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