Fast Leader on 99%

Fast Leader magazine carries an article about 99%  in its March issue. It quotes Martin Wolf of the Financial Times saying: “This book makes three main arguments. First, the middle class is under extreme pressure and may vanish. Second, many of the constraints on purposive action in response, such as presumed fiscal limits or the […]

Two Sides of Freedom

Today, the word ‘freedom’ came up very powerfully in two jarring ways: • Priti Patel, on behalf of the Home Office, celebrated the end of freedom of movement; and • #EUandME chose The Shape: a short (4:30) film on freedom as one of its winners. The Anti-Freedom side of the story Here is Priti Patel […]

Crumbs from the Rich Man’s Table

There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Luke 16:19-21 For such an […]

Does Mass Impoverishment Matter?

It’s the same the whole world over, It’s the poor wot gets the blame, It’s the rich wot gets the gravy, Ain’t it all a bleeding shame?   Anonymous   The Prime Minister has made some impressive claims about the Tories’ record in tackling poverty and its symptoms. For example, he said that rough sleeping […]

When Mass Impoverishment Collides with Health Advice

History is written by the rich, and so the poor get blamed for everything — Jeffrey D. Sachs, economist It is not news that poverty can make it impossible to follow health advice. The submission by The Food Foundation, the London School of Hygiene And Tropical Medicine and SHEFS made it clear that although the […]

On Not Waiting

“You can’t trust other people. If it’s important, you have to do it yourself.” Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book As the book 99% explains, mass impoverishment is a serious problem in the US and the UK – and indeed several other countries. The book also sets out five steps that any government should take if […]

Is the UK Becoming a Feudal Society?

O let us love our occupations, Bless the squire and his relations, Live upon our daily rations, And always know our proper stations.   Charles Dickens There is a growing sense of unease in the UK. Almost four out of five Britons (79 per cent) believe the country is “on the wrong track” according to […]

What is Johnson’s Strategy?

“Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.” ― Noam Chomsky Boris Johnson’s Government was elected on the promise to ‘Get Brexit Done.’ They defined Brexit Day as 31 January 2020 and held a party to celebrate. Officials were instructed not to talk about Brexit after that day. And the […]

American Pie

The 99% Organisation (and the book) often talk about fair slicing of the economic pie. CBS has gone a step further — with a real pie. (click the link to see the video) I If this matters to you, please do sign up and join the 99% Organisation.