Posts Tagged ‘Austerity’

The Real Greek Crisis

by Bryan Gould.

Most people will feel that they don’t need to look far for an explanation as to what lies behind the Greek crisis. Lazy reporting and racial stereotyping will persuade them that the Greeks – a feckless lot, no doubt – have spent more than they should, got into debt, taken out loans from the hard-working […]

The Not-So-Strange Death of Scottish Labour?

by Michael Muir.

When the time comes to construct the pantheon of Scottish Labour leaders, Ken Macintosh MSP will surely stand shoulder to shoulder with Jim Murphy at its highest point. To Murphy’s visions of speedy boarding for veterans and booze at football games, Macintosh has, in the past few weeks, added two radical insights of his own: […]

Jeremy Corbyn in his own words

by Heiko Khoo.

This is how Jeremy Corbyn introduced himself in the Newsnight Labour leadership debate on 17 June: “I was first elected to Parliament 32 years ago, and I’ve spent that time in Parliament representing my constituency and standing up for rights and justice in Britain and all around the world. I believe that is the function of […]

Pre-budget memo to Osborne: records show austerity won’t cut deficit

by Michael Meacher.

Osborne’s 8 July budget will be forced through in the teeth of all economic experience. The history of the last 70 years demonstrates one conclusion irrefutably: austerity is the wrong way to cut deficits. After the second world war had dramatically drained Britain’s wealth and left the country with colossal debts amounting to 260% of […]

Wages, profits & investment In Greece

by Michael Burke.

The IMF has placed a road-block in the way of a deal with the Greek government and it remains unclear whether any agreement can be reached. The prior agreement which the IMF rejected was itself already very onerous. But the IMF wants to shift the burden of paying for the crisis away from taxes on […]

Why I went on the anti-austerity march & regret Labour’s leaders weren’t there too

by Diane Abbott.

Last weekend I attended the huge anti-austerity march and rally organised by the People’s Assembly against Austerity in London. Estimates of the size of the rally varied between 70,000 and more than 150,000. But demonstrators poured into London from all over the country, the march was self-evidently huge and it was definitely a great deal bigger […]

Why Martin Kettle’s one dimensional analysis does the Tories’ work for them

by Bryan Gould.

Martin Kettle, in today’s Guardian, joins the ranks of those no doubt well-intentioned observers whose advice to the Labour party, as it chooses a new leader, seems to be based on a curiously limited and one-dimensional view of the political landscape. In this view, there are only two possible directions of travel and therefore just […]

1/4 million in Saturday’s rally against austerity: 1 million next time!

by Michael Meacher.

Governments don’t listen to Parliament so long as they have a majority, but they do listen to social movements amassing their forces against them. Saturday’s rally against austerity assembling 250,000 activists is a very good start, and it needs to be followed through with ever bigger demos over the next few months. You can always […]

Why David Aaronovitch is wrong about the anti-austerity demonstration

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

What do you do when you give up trying to change the world? There are two options. The first is to fade into private life and spend more time gardening, building a model railway, or indulging whatever other ever-so worthwhile pursuits. The other is to try and make a career as a professional naysayer. It’s […]

End austerity now says Jeremy Corbyn (video)

by Jon Lansman.

Steve Turner, assistant general secretary of Britain’s largest trade union Unite, introduces Jeremy Corbyn in Parliament Square at the end of yesterday’s 250,000 strong march against austerity: I’m incredibly pleased he’s standing for Labour Leader and … I hope you all become affiliated supporters and I hope you vote for him.” And judging from the […]

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