September 2016 Blog Posts (17)

On Jeremy Corbyn: let’s end cynicism and embrace (critical) hope - Joel Laszarus

I just want to make three points about Jeremy Corbyn and his re-election. I want to argue the following: (1) Ultimately, we should analyse Corbyn’s role in terms of its significance as part of a growing counter-hegemonic war of manoeuvre against capital – a role that has ensured nothing less, in my view, than the ideological death of neo-liberalism; (2) I am deeply sadden by those espousing socialist views and values who express feelings of cynicism and fear…

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Added by joe taylor on September 26, 2016 at 11:38 — 12 Comments

Find each other and act! - Paul Mason

Corbyn has won with 62% – and today much of the focus will be on: what does he do next?

I’m posting this from the conference hall floor where there’s almost a visible generational change: people in suits from the Blairite era alongside people with wild coloured hair and nose rings definitely not from the Blairite era.

He clearly has to compromise enough to bring a majority of…

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Added by joe taylor on September 26, 2016 at 9:50 — 3 Comments

9 Innovations That Could Become the Next “Big Thing” - Nitya Timalsina

Halfway into 2016, it is clear that we are living in a new era of innovation. Beyond Silicon Valley, corporations and startup hubs worldwide are tackling big problems like water scarcity and cancer. The concept of the “next big thing” is becoming redundant because breakthroughs have…

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Added by joe taylor on September 23, 2016 at 7:57 — No Comments

Provoking nuclear war by media - John Pilger

The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian allowed a brief commentary. Such a rare official admission was buried or suppressed, understandably. It would explain too much about how the rulers of the world rule.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague has quietly cleared the late Serbian…

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Added by joe taylor on September 21, 2016 at 11:15 — No Comments

A note on Deutsche Bank - David Malone

Deutsche Bank, one of Europe’s behemoths, is in very deep trouble having lost 90% 0f its share price value since 2007, has been falling sharply all this last year (48% loss this year) and, with its $42 Trillion in Derivatives exposure was singled out by the IMF, as the bank which ,…

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Added by joe taylor on September 20, 2016 at 22:08 — No Comments

The Progressive Case for Replacing the Welfare State with Basic Income - Scot Santens

It appears some establishment voices have picked up on a way of opposing the idea of the monthly citizen dividend of about $1,000 per month, known as universal basic income (UBI), in a way that successfully leaves some progressively minded people afraid.

The fear inspired is that those with the greatest need may be left worse off with UBI compared to the existing status quo of more than 100 government programs that currently…

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Added by joe taylor on September 20, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

Kevin McKenna: Why the powers that be fear Jeremy Corbyn

Words like "unedifying" and "unpleasant" don’t even begin to describe the campaign that the British establishment have undertaken to destroy Jeremy Corbyn. Try "sinister" and "malevolent" and "venomous" instead. Yet, when you assess the nature of the forces which are lined up against him and then observe how his very name brings them to a point where they begin to boil and froth, then you know Mr Corbyn must be a good man.…

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Added by joe taylor on September 19, 2016 at 17:27 — No Comments

State schools face solar tax hike - but private schools exempted - The Guardian

Many state schools with solar panels are set to be hit with a tax hike, according to government plans, but private schools, free schools and academies will not be affected due to their charitable status.

Campaigners say the move will end the installation of solar energy for most schools.…

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Added by joe taylor on September 19, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

A strategy for Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership to succeed - Owen Jones

The Labour leadership contest is all but over. Jeremy Corbyn has won, possibly with an even greater democratic mandate than last year. I am desperate for his leadership to succeed. That is the starting point and purpose of this piece. The challenges faced by the party cannot, to say the least, be understated. At a time of national crisis — when it should have been the Conservatives under intense scrutiny — certain Labour MPs triggered an internal party…

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Added by joe taylor on September 19, 2016 at 8:55 — No Comments

Why The North Will Never Look Back From Self Determination. Robin McAlpine.

I don't live in the North of England. In fact, sometimes I have to remind myself that it is a place and not just an event.

Because every time the BBC produces a documentary about Britain over the last 40 years, it seems to me that 'the North' is treated as something bad that happened in 1985. The pattern is consistent – pictures of places in the South of England looking a bit run down (that's the 1970s), pictures of…

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Added by joe taylor on September 15, 2016 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Record-smashing August means long-awaited ‘jump’ in global warming is here - Joe Romm

We appear to be in the midst of the long-awaited jump in global temperatures.

And that means “The kinds of extreme weather we have seen over the past year or so will be routine all too soon, but then even worse records will be set,” as Kevin…

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Added by joe taylor on September 14, 2016 at 9:00 — No Comments

Undermining hope: The toxic legacy of a pointless leadership election - Jeff Goulding

A year ago today, Jeremy Corbyn was elected, by a landslide, as leader of the Labour Party. It was the culmination of a remarkable campaign that had galvanised hundreds of thousands of ordinary people to join the Labour Party, or register as supporters. After…

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Added by joe taylor on September 13, 2016 at 9:33 — No Comments

Is Sports Direct Changing Its Ways? New Economics Foundation.

With Sports Direct last week announcing plans to ban notorious zero-hour contracts and improve workers' representation, is big business about to change its ways?

Dr Faiza Shaheen, Director of think tank Class, joins Kirsty this week.

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Added by joe taylor on September 12, 2016 at 17:55 — No Comments

No return to grammar schools! - Paul Mason

Don’t let the Tories label your child a failure at eleven

Theresa May has decided to turn the clock back to the 1970s with a raft of new grammar schools. Grammar schools select pupils at 11, labelling the rest second rate — a label that can last for life.

The Tories claim they boost “social mobility” — letting a small number of working class kids break into the middle…

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Added by joe taylor on September 10, 2016 at 7:41 — No Comments

Jeremy Corbyn's media strategy is smarter than his critics realise - Des Freedman

The issue of media bias now sits at the heart of the Labour leadership election and, beyond that, at the heart of debates about whether radical politics can ever get a fair hearing in the current media landscape.

On the one hand, there is overwhelming evidence of the systematic delegitimisation of Jeremy Corbyn in the mainstream press and the disproportionate attention paid to critics of the Labour leader in our main TV news…

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Added by joe taylor on September 7, 2016 at 22:05 — 1 Comment

Apple, Tax and the G20 - New Economic Foundation.

Last week Apple was ordered to pay up to £11bn in fines over a sweetheart tax deal with Ireland.

But did they actually break the law? Who was at fault? And why should it matter to the rest of us?

Natasha Adams, Tax Campaign Manager at ActionAid, joins Kirsty to explain.

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Added by joe taylor on September 6, 2016 at 17:12 — No Comments

Apple, Ireland and Neoliberal Delusions - John Naughton

Imagine this scenario: an International authority decides that a transnational company has deprived a sovereign state of anything up to €19B in back taxes plus interest over 25 years. The company, naturally enough, screams blue murder and declares its intention to appeal the judgment. The ruling, says its CEO, is “total political crap”. So what does the sovereign state decide to do? Why, it’s going to appeal the ruling and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the…

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Added by joe taylor on September 4, 2016 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

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