Come the Independence, what will we do with the military?

For me, the whole appeal of leaving the union lies in the idea of reimagining the country we want to live in from first principals, in the hope that we would jettison a range of damaging traditions which are only accepted because they are unquestioned and which show their direct lineage to the historical tyrannies [...]

An Open Letter to the Salvation Army

Dear Salvation Army My name is Liz, I grew up in the Salvation Army – so did my dad and his dad, and my mum and her mum. I became a Junior Solider at 7, and a band member at 8. You taught me how to play the trombone, and to speak out about what [...]

Driving people to self-immolation: pour encourager les autres

Yes, it has come to this – an unemployed man in Birmingham has set fire to himself outside a job centre. The exact context of his self-immolation is not yet known, and no doubt the government, if they say anything, will talk about tragic personal circumstances, about how they shouldn’t comment on individual cases. And [...]

Hundreds join UK Uncut’s Downing Street Dole Queue to tell George Osborne that ‘Austerity Isn’t Working’

Nearly 400 UK Uncut protestors gathered to form a ‘dole queue‘ outside Downing St today to highlight soaring unemployment under the government’s austerity programme. Unemployed people from across London came together with members of the anti-austerity direct action group UK Uncut to recreate the Tories’ iconic 1979 election poster featuring a queue of jobseekers snaking [...]

UK Uncut to form ‘dole queue’ outside Downing Street to highlight soaring unemployment

Hundreds of people will gather to form a ‘dole queue’ outside Downing St at 11am on Budget Day, Wed 21st March to highlight soaring unemployment under the government’s austerity programme. The jobless total is at a 17-year high of 2.67m, with female unemployment at a 25 year high. Youth unemployment stands at 1.04m, a rate [...]

Defending Health and Safety

I have a confession to make: I’m a big fan of health and safety. I’m not just saying that just to be contrary, or because I like everything the Tories don’t and vice versa – I genuinely think that it’s a good thing. Workers’ Memorial Day exists because of the thousands of people who have [...]

Youth Unemployment: Government Policies Aren’t Working

Figures released by the ONS this week have revealed that unemployment is now the highest that it has been since the early 1990s. There are now 2.57 million people unemployed in the UK, and just short of 1 million – 38.5% of the total – of them are under the age of 25. The coalition [...]

Unvolunteering

By Paul Jon Milne Paul Jon Milne’s art can be found on http://cargocollective.com/pauljonmilne, and his surreal exploration of unemployment, revolution and fighting games can be found on facebook. Trundling through the life of the long-term unemployed, I find myself having to put up with a lot of ridiculous nonsense from the Jobcentre (sorry, ‘Jobcentre Plus’). [...]

The Cost of Efficiency Savings

Of all the dirty tactics that the Conservatives have deployed since coming to power, using the localism agenda as a cover for massive austerity measures has to be one of the dirtiest. Local authorities, which provide the public services that so many people use on a day-to-day basis – social care, housing, schools – have [...]

Labour should tackle unemployment, not the unemployed

The responses to Ed Miliband’s attack on the long term unemployed today have varied. Many in the Labour party have quite rightly slammed him. However, some have defended Miliband. Perhaps the most thoughtful such defence is from the Fabian Society’s Tim Horton, who writes in the Guardian about the founding principles of our welfare system. [...]

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