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The Road to Serfdom – A Wake-Up Call

This article was written by 99% member, Lynne Jones,  Member of Parliament for Birmingham Selly Oak from 1992 until the dissolution of parliament in April 2010. The article was published in Order! Order!  — the official journal of the The Association of Former Members of Parliament.   Since 1980, we have adopted a system of […]

Trickling Up and Levelling Down

We have become used to hearing the phrase ‘levelling-up’ – in particular in the context of the government’s levelling-up agenda. This agenda recognises that many in the UK have been left behind, and aims to close the gap between the haves and the have-nots. The idea of trickling down is also familiar – if we […]

Poverty in a World of Mass Impoverishment

The most widely quoted measure of poverty is relative poverty which is the defined as ‘having an income of less than 60% of the median income’ (if you imagine everyone in society lined up, poorest to richest, the income of the person in the middle of the line would have the median income). The thinking […]

Saving the UK from extremism

Many others have called for a progressive alliance; this article explains why we support that call. Anyone in the UK with generally progressive views (i.e. anyone from the moderate left to one-nation conservatives who wants to build a fairer world in which everyone gets better-off over time) finds themself in an unprecedented situation. We have […]

A Living Memorial for The Dead

Does the UK care about the virus? At the time of writing (4/2/2021) the UK has seen 109,000 deaths from COVID-19. In terms of death rate per million inhabitants, this is the third worst death toll in the world – significantly worse even than the US. And yet we as a nation, seem to be […]

Discussion with PA Association

On 2 February 2021, Mark E Thomas, Jeremy Stanyard and Owen Carlstrand discussed their work in The 99% Organisation with the members of the PA Association.   Mark introduced the core ideas of 99% (the book and the movement); Owen spoke about the Generation 99 Project; and Jeremy introduced the work of the Herefordshire 2030 […]

A Brighter Tomorrow – 99% and Future Generations

This article was contributed by a 99% member.   ”Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground — the unborn of the future Nation” from the Constitution […]

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, […]

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