July 7, 2015

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Germany is destroying the Euro!! -

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Back to the Workhouse -

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Payment by Results(PbR) is worse than PFI for the NHS -

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Taxpayers subsidising private pharmacies? -

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Austerity – It’s a lie & unnecessary! -

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Neo-Liberalism – Invisible Fascism? -

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Walthamstow Hustings -

Friday, April 24, 2015

Collecting Tax is about Political Will! -

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The EU and TTIP – A Treaty Made in Hell!! -

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Generation Rent are Thatcher’s Housing Legacy -

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

  • This is a stick up!

    Germany is destroying the Euro!!

    It is depressingly ironic that 62 years after the 1953 London Debts Agreement conference it is now Germany that is refusing to write down debt. Before becoming the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, had stated that a similar conference was needed again. In 1953 West German debt was written down by some 60%, and they were given 30 years to pay; today it is Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain and possibly France, who need to write down debt – but the biggest obstacle is Germany! Understanding the past often helps to understand the present. The history of post-war Europe is about economic solutions to political problems,…

  • ab

    Back to the Workhouse

    The price of bailing out the banks was austerity and the austerity of a thousand cuts was supposed to pay for the bailout but, instead, debt is reducing much slower than projected. On the surface it looks like the Government is incompetent and does not know what it is doing and that the austerity suffered by millions in the cause of debt reduction has been a waste of time and effort. The truth is far more frightening since Cameron, Osborne, Duncan-Smith and the whole rotten coterie are not economic illiterates. Far from it, they understand exactly what they are doing;…

  • Payment by Results(PbR) is worse than PFI for the NHS

    “That’s the standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.” Noam Chomsky   Politicians love to blame everyone else for bringing the NHS to its knees – even the patients themselves are seen to be guilty. How dare you grow old, have dementia, have cancer, be overweight, smoke or need to attend A&E! But the horrific truth is that instead of protecting the NHS, politicians from all the main parties have got into bed with the private healthcare companies, to make the NHS look and perform like a…

  • BUPA VAT

    Taxpayers subsidising private pharmacies?

    It looks as though the UK Government is subsiding private healthcare companies by allowing them to claim back VAT. And this is possibly illegal under EU regulations. A VAT loophole has led to the absurdity of NHS hospitals closing down their own pharmacies and the private sector opening new pharmacies in their place1.  This is happening because the private sector can claim back VAT paid on drugs, yet a NHS pharmacy cannot!! The NHS is exempt from VAT so it can neither charge VAT nor claim it back. However, private healthcare companies are registered for VAT and when dispensing prescription…

  • Keynes

    Austerity – It’s a lie & unnecessary!

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Reich Minister of Propaganda It’s a political – not an economic – decision…

This is a stick up!

Germany is destroying the Euro!!

Jul 1, 2015

It is depressingly ironic that 62 years after the 1953 London Debts Agreement conference it is now Germany that is refusing to write down debt. Before becoming the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, had stated that a similar conference was needed again. In 1953 West German debt was written down by some 60%, and they were given 30 years to pay; today it is Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain and possibly France, who need to write down debt – but the biggest obstacle is Germany! Understanding the past often helps to understand the present. The history of post-war Europe is about economic solutions to political problems,…

ab

Back to the Workhouse

May 30, 2015

The price of bailing out the banks was austerity and the austerity of a thousand cuts was supposed to pay for the bailout but, instead, debt is reducing much slower than projected. On the surface it looks like the Government is incompetent and does not know what it is doing and that the austerity suffered by millions in the cause of debt reduction has been a waste of time and effort. The truth is far more frightening since Cameron, Osborne, Duncan-Smith and the whole rotten coterie are not economic illiterates. Far from it, they understand exactly what they are doing;…

Payment by Results(PbR) is worse than PFI for the NHS

May 20, 2015

“That’s the standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.” Noam Chomsky   Politicians love to blame everyone else for bringing the NHS to its knees – even the patients themselves are seen to be guilty. How dare you grow old, have dementia, have cancer, be overweight, smoke or need to attend A&E! But the horrific truth is that instead of protecting the NHS, politicians from all the main parties have got into bed with the private healthcare companies, to make the NHS look and perform like a…

BUPA VAT

Taxpayers subsidising private pharmacies?

May 17, 2015

It looks as though the UK Government is subsiding private healthcare companies by allowing them to claim back VAT. And this is possibly illegal under EU regulations. A VAT loophole has led to the absurdity of NHS hospitals closing down their own pharmacies and the private sector opening new pharmacies in their place1.  This is happening because the private sector can claim back VAT paid on drugs, yet a NHS pharmacy cannot!! The NHS is exempt from VAT so it can neither charge VAT nor claim it back. However, private healthcare companies are registered for VAT and when dispensing prescription…

This is a stick up!

Germany is destroying the Euro!!

It is depressingly ironic that 62 years after the 1953 London Debts Agreement conference it is now Germany that is refusing to write down debt. Before becoming the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, had stated that a similar conference was needed again. In 1953 West German debt was written down by some 60%, and they were given 30 years to pay; today it is Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain and possibly France, who need to write down debt – but the biggest obstacle is Germany! Understanding the past often helps to understand the present. The history of post-war Europe is about economic solutions to political problems,…

ab

Back to the Workhouse

The price of bailing out the banks was austerity and the austerity of a thousand cuts was supposed to pay for the bailout but, instead, debt is reducing much slower than projected. On the surface it looks like the Government is incompetent and does not know what it is doing and that the austerity suffered by millions in the cause of debt reduction has been a waste of time and effort. The truth is far more frightening since Cameron, Osborne, Duncan-Smith and the whole rotten coterie are not economic illiterates. Far from it, they understand exactly what they are doing;…

Payment by Results(PbR) is worse than PFI for the NHS

“That’s the standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.” Noam Chomsky   Politicians love to blame everyone else for bringing the NHS to its knees – even the patients themselves are seen to be guilty. How dare you grow old, have dementia, have cancer, be overweight, smoke or need to attend A&E! But the horrific truth is that instead of protecting the NHS, politicians from all the main parties have got into bed with the private healthcare companies, to make the NHS look and perform like a…

BUPA VAT

Taxpayers subsidising private pharmacies?

It looks as though the UK Government is subsiding private healthcare companies by allowing them to claim back VAT. And this is possibly illegal under EU regulations. A VAT loophole has led to the absurdity of NHS hospitals closing down their own pharmacies and the private sector opening new pharmacies in their place1.  This is happening because the private sector can claim back VAT paid on drugs, yet a NHS pharmacy cannot!! The NHS is exempt from VAT so it can neither charge VAT nor claim it back. However, private healthcare companies are registered for VAT and when dispensing prescription…