Posts tagged with: Inequality

Four ways to privatise the NHS

The government and its supporters deny that there has been or ever will be any privatisation of the NHS. In their response to the NHS petition, they said: “The government has been steadfast in its commitment to the guiding principles of the NHS which mean the NHS is not and never will be for sale […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The View from Outer Space

    We have all had the experience of being so deeply immersed in something that we could not see the wood for the trees. And there is nothing we are so deeply immersed in as our own lives. So it is worth a little thought experiment: imagine that visitors from a distant galaxy were […]

The Fragility Behind the Facade

There is one critically important area on which the Conservative government, which has been in power since 2010, is performing strongly relative to other countries – vaccine roll-out. On other measures, the government has turned in a desperately weak performance: the UK has the fifth worst COVID death toll in the world – if we […]

Morality and Food Banks

On 27 January, Zarah Sultana, MP for Coventry South raised the issue of food banks with the Work and Pensions Secretary, Therese Coffey. Ms Sultana pointed out that her constituency had one of the largest food banks in the country and said it was a national scandal that many people – including nurses – were […]

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