January 2015 Blog Posts (5)

Cameron cuts, and the money is recycled to the rich - Polly Toynbee

David Cameron spread out a fabulous feast of bribes. Outlining his party’s tax plans in a speech yesterday, the prime minister made clear that lavish tax cuts for the better off will be the £7bn prize for returning him to Downing Street. This comes after a famine of…

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Added by joe taylor on January 29, 2015 at 16:06 — No Comments

Will you help us put inequality on the agenda for the general election?

The forthcoming election is a rare “tipping point” opportunity to change what gets said and done about inequality by people in power - and we need to make the most of it.

There are encouraging signs: mainstream politicians who previously avoided talking about inequality now want to be seen to be addressing the problem. This is no doubt because 83% of British people think inequality has gone too…

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Added by joe taylor on January 22, 2015 at 17:47 — No Comments

Why is the UK imitating the US prison system?

America now has the biggest prison population in the world. The majority of those behind bars are non-violent offenders, two thirds are African American or Latino. It is a failing system. The UK should pay attention because it's the only country in the western world that's imitating American correctional practices. Why do prisons matter? Because most prisoners will one day walk free and what you do to them behind bars has consequences.…

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Added by joe taylor on January 15, 2015 at 11:51 — 1 Comment

Proving I'm me after 50 years if I want to keep my vote

In November 2014 my wife Susan and I moved from Lenton in Nottingham to Beeston in the adjoining borough of Broxtowe and one of the first thins we did was register to vote, so we filled in the new online forms which now want your National Insurance No. and date of birth as well as your address, Enough personal information to by any measure, given that you do not, as far as I know, have to de-register your vote when moving (especially when a good few people, especially young voters, register…

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Added by Robert Howard on January 11, 2015 at 21:09 — No Comments

Austerity cuts will bite even harder in 2015 - Amelia Gentleman

With the new year looming in front of us, see snips from this article from the Guardian.

Four more years of austerity is “a price that works for our country”, Osborne said as he outlined his strategy. The Institute for Fiscal Studies responded by warning that “colossal” cuts to the state would take total government spending to its lowest level as a proportion of national income since before the second world war. By the end of the process,…

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Added by joe taylor on January 1, 2015 at 11:59 — No Comments

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