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More on rich scum

Rich scum are used to people sucking up to them. There’s no need to do that of course – they’re only rich scum. Class War was probably the best at not sucking up to the rich. One thing about rich … Continue reading

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A Full Spectrum Assault on Democracy

George Monbiot and Russell Brand discuss TTIP on the trews.

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Conservative and Lib-Dem-Conservative attacks on disabled people

We’re NOT all in this together: the story of the closure of the Independent Living Fund from Moore Lavan Films on Vimeo.

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Cameron surronded by shiny gold things

UK Uncut  

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Cabinet minister ‘misled’ Parliament over welfare reform

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/10465480/Cabinet-minister-misled-Parliament-over-welfare-reform.html Andrew Lansley, a Tory Cabinet minister, is facing claims that he misled Parliament after doubts were cast on his denial that ministers attempted to influence a report by MPs into the Universal Credit fiasco … Andrew Lansley, the Leader … Continue reading

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Iain Duncan Smith and the Tories F*Up again: Training people to use universal credit ‘could cost hundreds of millions’

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/21/universal-credit-benefit-training-cost-millions Research shows many benefit claimants will need extensive help to get online, open bank accounts and manage budgets Equipping benefit claimants with the digital and financial skills to use the government’s new universal credit welfare system is likely to … Continue reading

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Archbishop attacks UK food poverty

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/19/food-poverty-archbishop-york-john-sentamu John Sentamu calls for ‘more equitable, more caring world’ and questions effects of government’s welfare reforms The archbishop of York has attacked the “new and terrible” blight of food poverty and increasing malnutrition in Britain, questioned the effects of … Continue reading

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Bedroom tax affected more than 522,000 people, first figures show

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/13/bedroom-tax-figures-august The government has released the first statistics showing the impact of the controversial subsidy withdrawal in August More than 522,000 housing benefit claimants were subject to the bedroom tax in August and had their housing benefit reduced by an … Continue reading

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Bedroom tax debate

The Labour party has called an opposition day debate on the subject of the bedroom tax. The bedroom tax has proved hugely disruptive to poor families and the disabled. The debate may be ongoing now or I may have missed … Continue reading

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The lobbying bill is a gift to union bashers

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/11/lobbying-bill-gift-to-union-bashers-blacklisting Given what we know about blacklisting, the lobbying bill’s demands on union membership lists pose a sinister threat The government’s lobbying bill may be in trouble, but its attack on the confidentiality of union membership records continues in the … Continue reading

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Conservative pretend-Liberal Democrat achievements

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/08/unthinkable-editorial-legislative-cooling-off-nick-clegg?commentpage=1&per_page=50&orderby=oldest&tab=all#comment-28705937 [T]he Lib Dems did not just “join” the tories, they enabled an economically extreme rightwing administration to assume power and achieve objectives that even the previously most extreme version of rightwingedness would never have even tried. As a consequence: … Continue reading

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Catastrophic Commons report dismantles IDS’ universal credit scheme

http://www.politics.co.uk/news/2013/11/07/catastrophic-commons-report-dismantles-ids-universal-credit Iain Duncan Smith’s universal credit scheme has been so badly managed it is about to to write-off up to £425 million, according to a devastating Commons report. In a humiliating moment for the work and pensions secretary, the public … Continue reading

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The women who sparked the Labour movement

http://www.theguardian.com/women-in-leadership/2013/nov/04/women-who-sparked-labour-movement The Match Women of Bryant and May formed Britain’s first women’s trade union and won the right to better conditions. So why do so few know about their achievement? by Lyn Brown, Labour MP for West Ham. … Hearing … Continue reading

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Inheritance figures reveal the stark inequality of Great Britain

http://politics.co.uk/blogs/2013/10/29/inheritance-figures-reveal-the-stark-inequality-of-great-bri Official figures for inheritance paint a depressing and completely unsurprising portrait of Great Britain – a place where the rich get richer and the poor get stigmatised. The UK remains a country where those who least need it receive … Continue reading

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‘Public ownership a winner’ say Communists

http://www.communist-party.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1834%3Apublic-ownership-a-winner-say-communists&catid=132%3Apress-statements&Itemid=167 Communist Party trade union organiser, Anita Halpin, has welcomed the upsurge in strikes and demonstrations against the Tory-led government’s austerity and privatisation.  Addressing the Party’s Executive Committee in Cardiff this weekend, she accused the Tories, Liberal Democrats, and big … Continue reading

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Lord Neuberger: Legal aid cuts threaten to deny justice

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24545584 Proposed cuts to legal aid could deny justice to those who need it most, the UK’s top judge has warned. Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger said reduced access to legal aid could lead to inefficient claims costlier for the … Continue reading

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Bedroom tax: ministers ‘overstated likely savings by a third’

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/14/bedroom-tax-ministers-likely-savings Analysis suggesting savings could be £160m less than official projections of £480m dismissed as ‘vested interests’ by employment minister The government faced fresh calls to overhaul the unpopular bedroom tax on Monday, after new research into the first five … Continue reading

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Forcible relocation of vulnerable women and children

Let’s call it what it is – they have no option but to be moved hundreds of miles. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/14/young-single-mothers-focus-e15-newham-rehoused Young mothers evicted from London hostel may be rehoused 200 miles away Twenty-nine young single mothers facing eviction from the UK’s … Continue reading

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Ed Miliband shifts Leftwards at conference but Rightwards in the PLP

Ed impressed me at his conference. Looks like he’s two-faced in the tradition of Labour party leaders: They tell you what you want to hear. Original with comments is at: http://www.leftfutures.org/2013/10/ed-miliband-shifts-leftwards-at-conference-but-rightwards-in-the-plp/. What sort of party does Miliband really want? The … Continue reading

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One home in every street at risk of repossession, warns charity

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/one-home-in-every-street-at-risk-of-repossession-warns-charity-8876317.html Shelter says unemployment and high cost of living are leaving household on a ‘ knife-edge’ One home in every street in some parts of England is at risk of being repossessed, according to a housing and homelessness charity. Shelter … Continue reading

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