Legal aid reforms will create a two-tier justice system

By Adam Pogonowski Yet another example of the Tories’ determination to attack the worst off in our society is their proposed reforms to criminal legal aid. Legal aid has already been removed from civil law areas such as clinical negligence cases, personal injury and divorce. In short, this will leave some individuals unable to access [...]

The academic case for austerity crumbles… but it won’t change anything

So, it turns out that one of the main academic papers used to justify the government’s massive cuts is wrong. I mean, not in the ‘some academics think it’s wrong, others think it’s right, it’s all really complex’ type way. In the ‘they forgot to copy and paste the right formula all the way down [...]

UK Uncut plan to ‘evict a millionaire’ over Bedroom Tax

Anti-cuts direct action group pledges to “bring the cuts home to millionaire misery makers… millionaires with loads of spare rooms, who are avoiding tax, or politicians or business people who are directly pushing or benefiting from the cuts.”

An aspiration nation

An aspiration nation. That’s how George Osborne described the UK in his fourth budget. A budget that brings some fortune to big business, home owners and tax avoiders but gives little hope to the hundreds of thousands who may face eviction because of the bedroom tax, to the single parents wondering how they’re going to [...]

Budget Day Strikes – support the PCS today

It’s budget day. Again. Once more, George Osborne will stand up on his hind legs and assault the people of Britain. And once more, the Public and Commercial Services Union are standing on the from line against him. Tomorrow, PCS members are on strike. They are, quite rightly, demanding a pay rise. For too long, [...]

Alan Milburn was paid by NHS privateers while still an MP

This isn’t new information, but it was new to me. This Guardian article from two years ago says that, when he was still an MP, Alan Milburn was getting £25-30k a year from a company called Bridgepoint. But it doesn’t tell you who Bridgepoint are. Here’s the answer: they are a private equity company. In [...]

tours of Greece: Life and Debt in Thessaloniki

By Nick Dearden – this blog first appeared on the website of the Jubilee Debt Campaign, of which he is director. Nick is currently in Greece on a fact finding mission with people from across Europe. If you’re in Scotland, you can find out more about his travels at Rich Man’s World in Edinburgh on the [...]

London event: Austerity is working – for the 1%

Join us for an inspiring day of discussion, film & workshops in London. The welfare state is under attack, workers’ rights are being eroded and poverty and inequality are on the rise. This is not a new crisis. The austerity measures now being imposed in the UK and Europe have been replicated around the world [...]

The way the economic wind blows and what it means for the left

With employment increasing, is the economic crisis nearing an end? or are we heading for triple dip recession as manufacturing and exports shrink? Will the economy be on the mend by the next election, or will we be in the middle of a lost decade? Each day the  newspapers confront us with suggestions that the [...]

Video: Awesome interview with Iceland’s president – how they saved their economy

Davos, as someone else has said, is where the rich gather to work out how to get richer. So, it’s a joy to see this Al Jazeera interview with Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, president of Iceland, explaining what they did right. Many of us might already know the story of how Iceland saved their economy. They [...]

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