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The Tory government’s decision to support construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport underlines how the political and corporate world have become entirely alienated from the real world. This alienation is an outcome of the fundamental alienation at the heart of the capitalist system.
Added by joe taylor on October 31, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments
It’s not been a great year for humanity has it? we seem to be lurching from one low point to another and just when you think we have reached rock bottom, new depths are somehow reached. For many of us it is hard to resist the creeping tentacles of despair.…Continue
Added by joe taylor on October 27, 2016 at 10:09 — No Comments
One of the biggest challenges to the Basic Income movement has been answering the question, “where do the funds come from”? After all, even a basic income of a mere $5,000 per year for every American adult carries a bill of $1.2 Trillion dollars a year — or just about a third of the entire Federal budget! Whether you propose to raise taxes, or to cut back on other governmental expenses to pay this bill, you will find a lot of well defended skepticism.
Recently, however, I was…Continue
Added by joe taylor on October 23, 2016 at 10:47 — No Comments
Bob Dylan was recently awarded the Nobel prize for literature. Of course the award owes more to the truth in his lyrics, than the tune in his head. Nevertheless it is a richly deserved award. Though it may be fashionable to say I was, I’d be lying if I claimed I was a big fan of Dylan’s music. I did…Continue
Added by joe taylor on October 21, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments
When they looked at the strategic plan for Greater Manchester, presented in 2014, many local people were struck by the same thought: there was scant provision for democracy. There will be an elected…Continue
Added by joe taylor on October 19, 2016 at 18:31 — No Comments
The Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, is the head of the UK Department for Communities and Local Government. His department’s remit includes decentralisation (of power) and community cohesion amongst other things. So it is…Continue
When humans amalgamate, no matter the size of the collective, somehow, someone gravitates to the top of the pile then generally shows little, if any, inclination to relinquish that position. Having the biggest stick (totalitarianism, the divine right of kings) is one way of…Continue
Added by joe taylor on October 17, 2016 at 9:14 — No Comments
People rarely get the chance to have a direct say in political affairs but when they do, the consequences can be dramatic as the constitutional crisis that has erupted over Brexit testifies.
Parliament and the government are at bitter odds with each other, and Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, has announced plans for a new independence referendum on the grounds that her country voted heavily to remain in the European Union.
Oh, and there’s a major court case under way…Continue
Added by Gerry Gold on October 16, 2016 at 11:42 — No Comments
The SNP has a strong record of competence in government. It is credible, respected. It is a broad church which has managed successfully to encompass both the left and the right. It is a party of and for its members. It is in no-one's pocket. It still manages to be bold, strong,…Continue
Added by joe taylor on October 14, 2016 at 12:13 — No Comments
Expert accuses government and corporations of collusion over nuclear weapons projects
WESTMINSTER is pouring billions into a dodgy nuclear power project to hide the mammoth development costs of Trident weapons of mass destruction, an Oxford academic has…Continue
Added by joe taylor on October 13, 2016 at 8:58 — No Comments
In her party conference speech Theresa May promised to transform the Conservatives into the ‘party of the workers, the party of public servants, the party of the NHS’. She declared: ‘it’s time to remember the good that government can do’.
Labour have pledged to be even more radical in power than the Attlee government of the 1940’s. In September 2016, on the banks of the Mersey, they laid down the policy foundations that could well deliver on that bold promise. In just one year, the new leadership has completely transformed the party’s outlook. This shift to a more radical set of proposals is as necessary today, as it was seventy years ago.
In 1943, with the war…Continue
The re-election of Jeremy Corbyn is an historic defeat for Labour’s right wing, the mainstream media and the political establishment. Now, the social movement behind his resounding victory can inspire the defeat of the Tories well before 2020.
We cannot wait until the next scheduled general election. By then, the NHS will be in pieces, public services cut to the bone and schools turned en masse into privately-run academies or grammars. Inequality is certain to widen and planned…Continue
Added by Gerry Gold on October 1, 2016 at 12:09 — No Comments