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Plunderland Revisited

  Suppose, hypothetically speaking, that a group of extreme right-wing market fundamentalists managed to take control of a country in order to usher in a world where, in the words of Lord Rees-Mogg: The new Sovereign Individual will operate like the gods of myth in the same physical environment as the ordinary, subject citizen, but […]

Legalising Corruption?

This article was written before Paterson resigned. The points it raises go far beyond the egregious failings of one MP – the Prime Minister’s fingerprints are clearly visible. Please read the article and write to your MP.   The phrase ‘paid lobbying’ sounds rather innocuous. It is not. An MP who accepts money to lobby […]

Tackling the Giants: Words and Deeds

In the middle of World War II, in 1942, the National Government of Great Britain commissioned Sir William Beveridge, the Director of the London School of Economics, to produce a report on the reconstruction of Britain after the war ended. His report set out a blueprint for a better, fairer, more prosperous society, which would […]

A Tired, Defeatist Budget

Yesterday, the Chancellor claimed that his budget represented: “Investment in a more innovative, high-skilled economy. Because that is the only sustainable path to individual prosperity. World class public services.” But in almost the next breath, he set out his ‘new fiscal rules’ committing him to balance the books for day-to-day spending by 2024-25 and maintaining […]

The Sewage Rebellion

A decade ago, around 80% of Britain’s bathing waters were rated excellent; over the last 10 years, that has fallen by 20% to around 60%. And of course, the downside is not limited to reduced access to bathing: the environmental consequences of this pollution are severe. The Lords agreed an amendment to the Environment Bill which […]

Time to Change Track

The UK is a rich country with a proud democratic tradition. We have produced some of the world’s greatest scientists and a number of world-leading companies. We are strong in the Arts and our sporting heroes are world-class. Many of us have been (generally) proud of our past and optimistic about our future. And yet […]

Amending the Health and Care Bill

  This article is a distillation of the paper produced by the 99% Organisation NHS Project team, which included former NHS consultants, management consultants, social workers and patients with extensive experience of the NHS. The full paper is available here: https://99-percent.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NHS-Fact-pack-v1.6.pdf. If you would like to see the Bill amended, please write to your MP […]

Malice in Plunderland – a New Kind of Government?

Many members of today’s cabinet are market fundamentalists who believe that ‘mass democracy’ amounts to nothing less than oppression of the ultra-wealthy. In British politics, the Left is traditionally associated with ‘big state’ policies and Right with ‘small state’ policies. Recently, several commentators have suggested that Prime Minister Johnson is pioneering a new kind of […]

How Does Our Government Stack-Up?

Comparing government performance across countries is notoriously difficult: they all have different starting points, and under normal circumstances, they are all tackling different challenges. The year 2020 is an exception because of COVID. Every government faced the same challenge, and they all had essentially the same starting point. So, in 2020, every government had the […]

99% on ‘The Jist’: Podcast

Article by Heather Smith Here is Mark being interviewed by The Jist’s founder, Josh Hamilton,  for his The Jist Podcast of political chatter. Click here to watch the interview or here to listen to the podcast.   Here’s a summary of the interview, which had some really interesting observations from Josh, particularly from his perspective […]

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