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Quaker Meeting on Bringing Back London Better

Action Against Impoverishment This is an approximate transcript of the presentation Mark E Thomas gave to the London Quakers on 16 January 2021. We aim to have a video soon. Introduction Good morning, everybody. First of all, thank you very much for inviting me to come back and talk to you again. Particular thanks to […]

Not Too Late

At the time of writing (14/1/21), out of 152 countries listed on the Statista COVID-19 database, the UK has the seventh highest death toll per head of population. The true death toll in the UK (and in some of the other countries listed) is higher than the confirmed total in the database: in the UK […]

It Could Never happen Here!?

  Politicians around the world have condemned the storming of the Capitol building in Washington by far-right terrorists, and there has been an implicit sense of relief that it was happening in the US rather than in their own countries. But are leaders outside the US right to feel relief, or should they be saying, […]

Happy New Year!?

The year 2020 was dreadful for many people in almost every country. In the UK, over 70,000 families have lost loved ones to COVID-19 – one of the worst death tolls in the world. And an unknown number are suffering from ‘long COVID’ the after-effects of infection, which can still be serious months later. The […]

Four Lessons from 2020

2020 has, globally, been an extraordinary year. On 1 January, COVID was not big news, but it quickly became the dominant issue in virtually every country in the world. Globally, deaths total more than 1.6 million people, and the world economy has shrunk by approximately 4.5% which is a bigger fall than was caused by […]

A Golden Legacy?

In an article entitled, Thatcher’s golden legacy of privatisation, the far-right think tank, CapX wrote: “Economic policy has taken an anti-market turn in recent years, with many nations increasing regulation, running large deficits, and embracing repeated stimulus actions by central banks. There is, however, one good-news story in economic policy that is often overlooked: the […]

Herefordshire 2030: Focus for Herefordshire

Herefordshire is one of the most beautiful counties in Britain. But, like the rest of the country, we have struggled since the Global Financial Crisis. The Herefordshire 2030 project, which was launched in July this year by the Royal Society for the Arts and The 99% Organisation, aims to explore how Herefordshire can – even […]

Why So Miserly?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, last week announced his Spending Review. He was careful to spell out the extent of the economic damage caused by COVID-19 – though he did not mention that other countries, with different COVID strategies, had done far better. And he used phrases like “economic emergency” to describe the […]

Twaddle and Illiteracy

A recent article in the Scottish Newspaper The National accused the BBC of defending Tory austerity and their Chief Political Correspondent, Laura Kuenssberg of talking twaddle and promoting economic illiteracy. This makes a good headline of course – but is it fair? It is harsh, and Kuenssberg is far from alone, so it is unfair […]

Herd Impunity?

Like any group of people, the Cabinet has some members with more ability than others and some with more integrity than others. Unlike other groups, it appears that members of the Cabinet who lack competence and integrity are immune from consequences. All of those pictured above would – had they been employed by any normal […]

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