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January 2014 Blog Posts (6)

We the People…David Malone

This latest blog post from David Malone really needs urgent consideration!!!

"We have lost, given away, pawned the power we once claimed. We have ceased to be who we once were. Or at least who we claimed and hoped to be – The People. Now who are we? The Consumer?  The Unemployed. The Unwanted?  ”We, the Unwanted” does not have…

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Added by joe taylor on January 28, 2014 at 9:25 — 1 Comment

Owen Jones's 'Agenda for Hope':

Sooner or later someone is going to stand up and be counted and 99% of the country will be right behind him - or her!

How about Owen Jones?

"We desperately need an Agenda of Hope. It is a series of policies that the next Government must implement if it is going to transform our country. They…

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Added by joe taylor on January 27, 2014 at 20:27 — No Comments

Why we need a basic income

I posted on my blog the other day about the news that food banks are now providing 'kettle boxes' for clients who are too hard-up to be able to heat their food parcels. It makes you wonder how desperate people will have to become before politicians accept that welfare cuts have gone too far. 

It's good to see discussion of a basic income starting on this network. It needs to be put forward as a real alternative to the welfare wars. I posted some initial thoughts here:…

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Added by Julian Dobson on January 27, 2014 at 18:08 — 2 Comments

UK Petition Basic Income for Every Adult

UK Petition Basic Income for Every Adult

http://basicincome.org.uk 

Many thought it couldn't be suggested; that the government do their job and allocate the resources so that each adult may have the basic requirements to be…
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Added by Natascha muller on January 8, 2014 at 21:00 — No Comments

Europe is slowly strangling the life out of national democracy - by Peter Osborne (The Telegraph)

In the course of two decades as a political reporter my most powerful experience of this kind came when a friend drew my attention to a 20-page article in an obscure academic journal.

Written by the political scientists Richard Katz and Peter Mair, and called “The Emergence of a Cartel Party”, it immediately explained almost everything that had perplexed me as a lobby correspondent: the unhealthy similarity between supposedly rival parties; the corruption…

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Added by joe taylor on January 6, 2014 at 14:48 — 3 Comments

100 years after World War One, we need a new kind of conscientious objector

In 2014 the media will be filled with commemorations of the First World War. Many of them will be poignant, but few will examine what the unparalleled suffering of 1914-1918 was for. I wrote this on my blog the other day:

Appalling circumstances often give rise to heroism and superhuman endeavour. Better by far though to have the courage to oppose the actions and attitudes that give rise to appalling circumstances.

One hundred…

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Added by Julian Dobson on January 1, 2014 at 12:29 — 1 Comment

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