December 2014 Blog Posts (6)

Birmingham Midland Institute - a step back in time

Something in keeping with the season.

https://birminghamhistoryblog.wordpress.com/2014/12/21/a-christmas-carol-for-birminghams-working-men/

Hope everyone has a pleasant break, even if facing challenging times ahead.

Added by Kate Gordon on December 21, 2014 at 11:59 — 1 Comment

Something for your Christmas stocking – a peoples’ manifesto

 With an election fast approaching, mainstream parties are gearing up for what may turn out to be a complex and uncertain outcome. One thing however will remain the same: the brutal Punch and Judy election battle fought out on our television screens with a blaze of tabloid headlines damning one political party or leader while backing another.

Except, strictly speaking, this will not be an election campaign – these gradually ceased to exist  some while back and in case you missed this…

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Added by Gavin Barker on December 20, 2014 at 11:30 — 4 Comments

NHS - the frontline reality. Dr Zoe Norris

A sobering insight into life for a frontline dotor in today's NHS

I am on the frontline. I am the reality of the NHS on a typical day. I am what patients all over the country are experiencing when they ring their GPs. I am what Jeremy Hunt chooses not to wait for, preferring to go to A&E. I am the GP on-call today.

When I arrive before the surgery opens, all the appointments saved for today have gone. Booked…

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Added by joe taylor on December 9, 2014 at 7:20 — No Comments

War by Media and the Triumph of Propaganda - John Pilger

Clips below from a recent article by John Pilger.

The times we live in are so dangerous and so distorted in public perception that propaganda is no longer, as Edward Bernays called it, an “invisible government”. It is the government.

The world is facing the prospect of major war, perhaps nuclear war

This inversion…

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Added by joe taylor on December 7, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

Inequality: the slow revolution - Danny Dorling

In an extract from his new book, Inequality and the 1%, Danny Dorling argues that we need a nonviolent war of attrition against the rich.

Increasingly, the rich feel that they are entitled to as much as they can possibly get away with – that they are entitled to say outrageous things and that no one else is entitled to anything much.

It is clear that higher taxation can reduce greed at the top more…

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Added by joe taylor on December 5, 2014 at 13:17 — No Comments

The ConDem’s Autumn Statement is a declaration of war on the people

The cuts to government spending over the next five years will significantly exceed those made in the last five. Be warned: the austerity we’ve seen so far was only the warm-up for the main event. 

The scale of future cuts proposed by the Tories is so vast and almost unimaginable that it’s impossible to envisage any government carrying them through without provoking massive social and civil unrest. In effect, the ConDems yesterday declared all-out war on the…

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Added by Gerry Gold on December 4, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

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