Posts tagged with: Market fundamentalism

Corruption? In the UK?

We are all aware that in some countries – like Somalia, Venezuela and Afghanistan – corruption is endemic and hugely damaging. As Robert Zoellick, former President of the World Bank put it, “Corruption is a cancer that steals from the poor, eats away at governance and moral fibre and destroys trust.” The UK, by contrast, […]

What is Happening to Justice in the UK?

This  article was written just before Matt Hancock resigned as Health Secretary. His departure is a welcome demonstration of the fragility behind the government’s facade of invulnerability, but in itself does not address the problems this article raises. In principle, in the UK, we have equality under the law. The law applies, we are told, […]

What’s After COVID?

This is an approximate transcript of a discussion Mark E Thomas held with the Thor Lion doscussion group on the evening of 10 June 2021. You can now also watch a video of the event.   Good evening. With luck, we are within sight of the end of COVID-19 as a major health and economic […]

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 […]

Saving Democracy

This article was orginally written to draw attention to the range of ways in which government is seeking to disable any and all checks and balances on its action, in particular to the dangers of the Internal Market Bill. Now the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill aims to take away our ability to undertake […]

Where Do the British Get Their Information?

This is a difficult time for any Government. They have all been hit by COVID-19 and have had to work out a complex response, not only protecting the lives of their citizens but also avoiding lasting economic damage. It would be natural to expect that perceptions of each government – and therefore voting intentions – […]

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 […]

London: City of Extremes

When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life. Samuel Johnson For centuries, London has been one of the most exciting and dynamic cities in the world. In 2014, it was the most desirable place in the world to work because, “the UK capital’s career opportunities, cultural attractions and cosmopolitan mix beat […]

Five Actions to Save the Post-War Social Contract

The post-war contract was based on people; the market fundamentalist contract is based on markets. Most importantly it represents a radically different view of justice; one which most people would regard as fundamentally unjust. Unfortunately, that is the direction in which we are drifting. During the Golden Age of Capitalism, the economy grew faster and […]

What is the Market Fundamentalist Agenda?

This is a long post, and some of what it says may seem hard to believe. Do not dismiss it until you have read the UK Government Cabinet Paper cited at the end of the post. What do Market Fundamentalists really want? Philip Hammond is one of many former leading Tories who say that the […]

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