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Will Truss Give It All to the Top 0.01%?

Truss has launched her so-called ‘plan for growth.’ This article shows that the likely impact of that plan is to redistribute wealth upwards at an increasing rate, impoverishing most of the UK population. The post-war period 1945-1980 was known as the Golden Age of Capitalism; the period from 1980-2015 was the age of Market Capitalism. […]

Human Rights? No, Thanks, We’re British

    The UK Government has a Bill of Rights Bill which (at the time of writing) is in the Commons for its second reading. Many civil liberties commentators have expressed alarm about the Bill, suggesting that it risks watering down the rights of UK citizens. Are they right to be concerned about the Bill, […]

What Was the Alternative?

Since 2010, the UK economy has been shaped by three critical government decisions: Austerity, Brexit and COVID. We have previously argued that the government mishandled all three (see Austerity, Brexit, COVID – an ABC of Economic Mismanagement). Now even the former Chancellor and would-be Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has admitted that the UK faces a […]

An Unwelcome Certainty in an Uncertain World

As Niels Bohr remarked, “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” And that general remark is particularly true about politics where decisions are taken on the basis of complex (and sometimes less than transparent) motivations. Given that, is it safe to make any predictions whatsoever about the result of the Conservative Party leadership contest? […]

They’re All the Same – Really!?

  There is great scope for improvement and, unfortunately, plenty of scope for being worse than Johnson. It has now become obvious even to his own ministers that Johnson is not fit to be Prime Minister. And of course, that raises the question of who will come after, both for the remainder of this term […]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Conservative Party won an 80-seat majority at the last election, adding the ‘Red Wall’ seats to its traditional safe seats; and it has at times seemed impregnable as a result. But there have since been by-election results which have cast increasing doubt on that position. North Shropshire (in the wake of the Owen Paterson […]

We Are the 99% Song Video

Captain SKA have a new song, which you can hear below. For the video, they would like a montage of photos of people holding up signs (or the book). If you would like to star, just sign up here and they will send you full instructions.  

Back to the 1970s

In recent years, many people have come to feel that the economy is just not working for them. In fact, median wages are lower today than they were in 2007 – a period of mass impoverishment not seen since the 1820s. And now we have a cost-of-living crisis brought on by rising inflation. There are […]

The Future of Herefordshire

This is an approximate transcript of the speech given by Mark E Thomas at Hellens Garden Festival, 11 June, 2022.     Introduction Good afternoon. What a wonderful environment, and how lucky we are to be here in early summer to talk about the future of the county of Herefordshire – the challenges it faces […]

How Many Shades of Gray?

Photo leaked to ITV News Within two days of the publication of this article, Johnson responded to the risk it highlighted – of him being forced to resign for breaching his Ministerial Code – by rewriting the Code so that it has no teeth. There is no longer any serious penalty, even in principle, for […]

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