Posts under ‘Public services’

£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 […]

NHS staff in England are being treated even worse than other public sector workers

by Michael Meacher.

It was Nigel Lawson, I think, who once opined that the NHS was the nearest thing the British had to a religion. If so the government has treated its priestly acolytes uniquely badly. The average real pay of NHS workers has fallen by over 10% since 2009. No less than 40,000 are paid below the […]

Extreme and dangerous Tory spending cuts

by Grahame Morris.

The Chancellor’s final budget was less than twenty hours old before Liberal Democrat Treasury ministers tried to disown it by presenting an alternative ‘yellow’ budget, before abusing parliamentary privilege to deliver it as a ministerial statement. However, no matter how many budgets the government presents none of them can hide from the fact that the Coalition […]

If you are going to tell porkies, tell big ones

by Dave Watson.

If you are going to tell porkies, tell big ones. That seemed to be the Chancellor’s strategy in yesterday’s budget. It was as if the past five years didn’t happen. The worst fall in real earnings in recorded history a total fall of 7.9% and even this is on the basis of the lower CPI […]

Osborne’s claim of a let-up in austerity in next 5 years is a lie

by Michael Meacher.

George Osborne didn’t deliver a budget yesterday. He delivered a party political broadcast on behalf of the Tory party in which analysis of the macroeconomic state of the economy, which is the real purpose of budget statements, was almost totally absent. Osborne’s speech yesterday had two aims. One was to give the impression that the […]

Tory cuts will put public services and NHS at risk

by Grahame Morris.

We are less than ten weeks away until the general election when the country will give their views on five years of Coalition Government and the policies of austerity. Despite promising to balance the budget in a single parliament, the Prime Minister and Chancellor have missed their target on the deficit by £83 billion. It […]

The truth about Labour and Austerity

by Paul Cotterill.

The labour movement’s post-election battleground: Part I of II Back in January, I was invited by Left Futures to provide a response to a post by Trevor Fisher.  Trevor considers Labour a lost cause when it comes to austerity. This is his conclusion: The objective of the austerity movement is to destroy everything that Lloyd […]

The Tories won’t win because they’re barking up the wrong tree

by Michael Meacher.

George Eaton in the New Statesman has done us a service by revisiting the informative audit of the 2010 election by the Tory pollster Lord Ashcroft, entitled Minority Verdict, which throws new relevant light on the likely outcome of the present election campaign. In 2010, despite Labour polling the second lowest total of electors since […]

Whistleblowers do more to hold governments to account than parliaments

by Michael Meacher.

Whistle-blowers are worth their weight in gold, though governments certainly don’t think so. Some of the most important things we’ve learnt about the nature of the societies we live in have come exclusively from whistle-blowers, without whose help the democratic holding of governments to account in critical areas of policy would have been impossible. The […]

Labour must outline a new settlement for public services

by Michael Meacher.

The future of public services is at a watershed in this election. The independent Resolution Foundation has calculated that Tory plans to balance the deficit by 2018 mean £37bn more cuts still to come. The stark truth of that means a cut in local government spending of no less than 42% between 2010-18, nearly halving […]

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