Posts tagged with: Market fundamentalism

Responsible Government?

We live in a representative democracy: we elect MPs and they are responsible for governing on our behalf.  Or so the theory goes. Currently, we have a government which appears to have no care at all for this theoretical responsibility: They do not care about the truth; They do not care about the law; and […]

Why Sunak Fails

Every spring, the Chancellor produces a mini-budget, the Spring Statement. This one faces a few challenges: for the last 12 years, most people in the UK have been getting poorer which is an unprecedented phenomenon in modern British history; we have a still unresolved pandemic which has both health and economic side-effects; oil and energy […]

Letter sent to 99% members

Dear Member, Johnson has made it clear that he will not go quietly. And even if his departure is now inevitable, he can still do an immense amount of damage before he leaves. So this week, we are asking you to make sure your MP knows your views on our Prime Minister. What Johnson can still […]

Through the Crystal Ball

2021 was a momentous year politically, in terms of public health, and in terms of the economy. It was also the year which showed us how unpredictable the world can be – and in particular the world of politics. In September, Johnson reshuffled his cabinet; and this reshuffle was described by the FT as displaying […]

Christmas Letter: Highs and Lows of 2021

Dear 99% members (and other readers),   As 2021 draws towards a close, I thought it might be worth quickly reviewing some of the high and low points of the year. The year began, as it is ending, with concern about whether the government is doing enough to protect the population of the UK from […]

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 […]

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