Posts Tagged ‘Austerity’

Alexis Tsipras backs mass demonstration in Paris against austerity

by Tom Gill.

Thousands of people protested in Paris on Saturday calling for a change in the austerity policies of President Francois Hollande. The Front de Gauche, whose principle components are the French Communist Party (PCF) and the Parti de Gaunche, led the demonstration that declared “Hollande, enough!” and rallied “against austerity” and for “equality and the redistribution of […]

A Scotland free from Tory rule for good is the offer Labour has to beat

by Jon Lansman.

Watching Alex Salmond’s speech to the SNP Spring Conference, it is almost impossible to see Scottish independence as anything other than inevitable. If not this year, then at least sometime in the not too distant future. It doesn’t matter that I am an internationalist who doesn’t believe that independence can exist in any meaningful sense […]

How PM Matteo Renzi’s ‘Jobs Act’ will sink Italy

by Tom Gill.

Italy’s new PM, Matteo Renzi, has pledged to slash the country’s record unemployment with his American-branded ‘Jobs Act’. But his labour reforms, which will see short term job contracts extended for up to 3 years, are more of the same medicine applied since the turn of the 1990s that have been such bad news for […]

Is austerity already killing people?

by Michael Meacher.

In early 1953 something happened which is uncannily similar to what is happening today. In the 4 months December 1952 to March 1953 when Greater London was shrouded in thick smog, some 12,000 people died. In 1 week alone 4,703 died, more than 2.5 times the number who died in the same week the previous […]

Wolverhampton Council cuts: What are the alternatives?

by John Millington.

Wolverhampton – the home of the once mighty Wolves football team and the former workshop of the world in manufacturing, has been dealt a crushing 21st century economic body blow. Council bosses revealed to their stunned workforce this month that 2000 of them will almost certainly be made redundant following the latest round of cuts to […]

A budget to counter the Osborne wasteland

by Michael Meacher.

Yesterday I focused on Osborne’s overblown and hollow claims about recovery which will pervade his budget tomorrow, but today I propose to answer the obvious retort: so what would you do? First, the haemorrhaging of public service jobs should be ended.  Already 642,000 jobs have been cut from the public sector since 2010, and Osborne […]

For those not in favour of Austerity

by Mark Perryman.

In Budget week Mark Perryman welcomes a new book that demolishes the Austerity myth. When the Con-Dems ushered in the bright shiny new era of coalition politics with a tripling of student tuition fees the wave of anger this provoked seemed to suggest almost anything opposition-wise was possible. Prominent student leader Clare Solomon described the […]

The precariat – just one small mishap away from a cascade of misery

by Deborah Padfield.

When austerity emerged as government’s response to the 2008 crash, people on low incomes faced cumulative increases in poverty. Cuts to transport, social housing and care, health, welfare benefits, legal aid and public funding of the voluntary sector were among the obvious contributors. Five years on, and more cumulative impoverishment faces those whose stagnant wages […]

Fast Facts: Gender social inequality and austerity in Europe

by Tom Gill.

Europe’s austerity fetish and longer term neo-liberal reforms promoted by Big Business, Governments and the EU Commission hurt women disproportionately. Here’s a few facts to illustrate the point. Europe wide  The gender pay gap is around 16% It ranges from more than a quarter (27%) in Estonia to around a fiftieth (2%) in Slovenia. The latest figures […]

Labour’s 2015 election depends on destroying five Tory lies

by Michael Meacher.

This is a strange election.   It’s Labour’s to win given that the most recent polls have shown UKIP hoovering up, not just disgruntled Tories, but – much more dangerously – working class voters in the Midlands who have switched to UKIP in their droves. But whilst Tory support is haemorrhaging to the nationalist Right, […]

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