March 2017 Blog Posts (15)

On becoming the worst president - Jeremy Fox

A bare couple of months after Trump’s inauguration, he is being widely touted as the worst president in US history. His bombast, splenetic tweets, unsavoury remarks about women, and scapegoating of minorities provide plenty of ammunition for opponents to vilify the new leader of the…

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Added by joe taylor on March 30, 2017 at 15:39 — No Comments

We need popular participation, not populism - Hilary Wainwright

The struggle for the vote for workers and for women was resisted at every stage, and when universal suffrage was finally won, every effort was made to blunt and control its impact through institutional devices. These included second chambers, disproportional electoral systems,…

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Added by joe taylor on March 25, 2017 at 16:31 — 1 Comment

EC Entrenches Dangerous ISDS System – Global Super Court For Corporations To Subvert Democracy

The Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) or investment court system (ICS) has a number of iterations. It is a system through which individual companies can sue countries for alleged discriminatory practices. One small example is where the tobacco company Philip Morris sued Uruguay after having enacted strict laws aimed at promoting public health. ISDS is found in international investment agreements, such as the Energy Charter Treaty, TTP, CETA, TTIP and the…

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Added by joe taylor on March 22, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

More mega-prisons won't fix a broken society - Rebecca Roberts

In the next few weeks a new mega prison, HMP Berwyn, in north Wales, will open its gates and the Ministry of Justice will start the process of filling this new mega prison with prisoners from across the country. Once fully operational it will hold more than 2,000 people, making it the…

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Added by joe taylor on March 22, 2017 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

We need popular participation, not populism - Hilary Wainwright

The struggle for the vote for workers and for women was resisted at every stage, and when universal suffrage was finally won, every effort was made to blunt and control its impact through institutional devices. These included second chambers, disproportional electoral systems,…

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Added by joe taylor on March 19, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Can George Osborne be an MP and an editor? Let the people decide - Martin Bell

Being a member of parliament is a full-time job – as I know from my personal experience, as George Osborne’s predecessor. Being a newspaper editor is also a full-time job. Giving external advice and speeches, however well remunerated, also takes time. Doing all three together, it seems to me, would require the…

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Added by joe taylor on March 17, 2017 at 18:05 — No Comments

Britain is in chaos and now the Tories may destroy the union - Owen Jones

Tell you what, I haven’t half enjoyed all this stability David Cameron promised at the last election. “Britain faces a simple and inescapable choice,” he tweeted solemnly, “stability and strong government with me, or chaos with Ed Miliband.”

Who needs The Walking Dead: if you ever want to scare yourself for kicks, imagine the chronic instability we would now be living through if Miliband had become prime minister.…

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Added by joe taylor on March 14, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Philip Hammond gave us a budget for tax avoiders and giant firms - John McDonnell

This week’s budget revealed the government’s true priorities. It’s not about supporting workers or small businesses. It’s a government for tax avoiders and giant corporations. Phillip Hammond was boasting about the continuing cuts to taxes for corporations and the super-rich, now totalling…

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Added by joe taylor on March 11, 2017 at 18:51 — No Comments

Without migrants our public services would grind to a halt - Mark Serwotka

It is understandable in times of austerity that people are fearful and worried. The country is in the grip of a crisis in living standards and job security, and years of cuts have led to overstretched and underfunded public services, forcing us to compete for access.

Many people, echoing the myths churned out by much of the media, are blaming immigration and freedom of movement.…

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Added by joe taylor on March 11, 2017 at 8:51 — 1 Comment

Budget squeezes the middle leaving the corporations untouched

Unable to find ways of getting the global corporations like Google, Apple and Facebook to pay taxes in the UK, chancellor Philip Hammond’s stop-gap budget instead turns the screw on ‘ordinary working people’ and small businesses.

Hours before the budget announcement came…

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Added by Gerry Gold on March 9, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

'Defend NHS with all your might', Corbyn urges demonstrators # Guardian

Jeremy Corbyn has told tens of thousands of demonstrators to “defend the NHS with all of your might” at a protest march through central London.

Organised to warn that further funding cuts in the health service…

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Added by joe taylor on March 7, 2017 at 9:24 — No Comments

If Music be the food of change, play on

How can music create political change?

I've often wondered, often tried, often got it wrong and sometimes got it right. From helping articulate anti-Thatcher rage with a street band through protest songs, to running a big community musical about the cotton industry's exploitation of both black and white labour, I've tried to use music to bring political change.

Right now I'm creating a piece of musical theatre about the Balfour Declaration. Some people know the story very well,…

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Added by David Mowat on March 2, 2017 at 22:54 — 1 Comment

Option Six: A Europe of Democracy and Social Justice - Paul Mason

The White Paper by Jean-Claude Juncker on 1 March 2017 is a poor answer to the crisis of the European Union. In…

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Added by joe taylor on March 2, 2017 at 13:49 — No Comments

Seth Meyers invites a ‘rogue scientist’ to debunk climate denial of Cruz and Trump - Joe Romm

Dr. Ben Santer is one of the world’s top climate scientists. But you may not have heard of this MacArthur “genius” since, like most scientists, he is unassuming, low-key, and fact-oriented — qualities that don’t generally appeal to the…

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Added by joe taylor on March 1, 2017 at 9:43 — No Comments

A Post-Mortem on the Post-Mortem - Darrell Kavanagh

It is 5 days since the by-elections at Stoke and Copeland. Predictably, the results have led to an explosion of angst amongst opponents of Jeremy Corbyn. And some of his supporters are worrying about how things are going. This article is an attempt to analyse one of the main…

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Added by joe taylor on March 1, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

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