August 3, 2015

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Neo-Liberalism – Invisible Fascism? -

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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

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

  • Neo-Liberalism – Invisible Fascism?

    “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism, because it is a mergerof State and corporate power.” Benito Mussolini The announcement of the new attack on Trade Unions by the Tories is confirmation that this article I originally posted 2 years ago was, regrettably, very much on the right track. The UK economy today has some startling similarities to the economy of Nazi Germany and privatisation is at the heart of both. The Spanish economist Germà Bel1 stated that the word – which is synonymous with neo-liberalism and Thatcher – has its origins in the German word reprivatisierung (denationalisation) and the…

  • 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,…

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    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…

Neo-Liberalism – Invisible Fascism?

Jul 15, 2015

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism, because it is a mergerof State and corporate power.” Benito Mussolini The announcement of the new attack on Trade Unions by the Tories is confirmation that this article I originally posted 2 years ago was, regrettably, very much on the right track. The UK economy today has some startling similarities to the economy of Nazi Germany and privatisation is at the heart of both. The Spanish economist Germà Bel1 stated that the word – which is synonymous with neo-liberalism and Thatcher – has its origins in the German word reprivatisierung (denationalisation) and the…

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,…

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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…

Neo-Liberalism – Invisible Fascism?

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism, because it is a mergerof State and corporate power.” Benito Mussolini The announcement of the new attack on Trade Unions by the Tories is confirmation that this article I originally posted 2 years ago was, regrettably, very much on the right track. The UK economy today has some startling similarities to the economy of Nazi Germany and privatisation is at the heart of both. The Spanish economist Germà Bel1 stated that the word – which is synonymous with neo-liberalism and Thatcher – has its origins in the German word reprivatisierung (denationalisation) and the…

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…