Category Archives: Austerity

Filibustering Farce

The NHS Reinstatement Bill was deliberately blocked on Friday by Tory MPs who spoke on another topic at great length in order to use up parliamentary time – and this is not the first occasion that we have seen this … Continue reading

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Moderate Political Positions

Perhaps I’m being obtuse but I really don’t understand the basis for the constant stream of allegations I see in the media that Jeremy Corbyn is “extreme left-wing”; he’s a socialist – that’s kinda the point, surely – so he … Continue reading

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Civilian Surveillance

I think it’s a real shame that government cuts have led to the closure of so many of our libraries, otherwise the authorities would easily have been able to monitor what we read. As it is, to save the security … Continue reading

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A Sense of Proportion

The temperature of the Earth is rising, sea levels are rising, thousands are fleeing war in the Middle East, terrorism is on the rise, human rights-abusing countries are buying up properties and businesses in the UK, corporate tax avoidance is … Continue reading

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A Labour of Love

Caught up in an internal power squabble, most of the Labour Party appears to have completely forgotten what being in Opposition is all about. Somehow convinced that they lost the last election because of what they stood for, the party … Continue reading

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A Ballot in the Brain

I see that David Cameron is proposing to pass a law banning any increases in tax during the next parliament. This is clearly no more than grandstanding, since such a law is clearly unnecessary, but were a law limiting the … Continue reading

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Splash Happy

It is an outrage that Boris Johnson has elected to purchase water cannon without first gaining government approval – thus exceeding the authority democratically conferred upon him. I wish I could say that I was surprised at this but he made … Continue reading

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Taxed in Britain

In the light of recent high-profile tax-avoidance revelations, it’s a little surprising and rather disappointing that a mind-set persists which feels that we ought to be grateful for whatever tax the rich deign to pay into our system, insisting that … Continue reading

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Tickety Boo?

As the RMT gears up for industrial action, Boris Johnson speaks of modernising and improving London Underground, stating that “fewer than 3% of tube journeys start at a ticket office” as justification for their closure. That is undoubtedly true, of … Continue reading

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The Promise of Tax Cuts

David Cameron has announced that further public spending savings could be used to fund tax cuts, as though that might be something which would benefit most people. That isn’t true, of course: what most people in this country used to … Continue reading

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