April 23, 2014

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Live At Tottenham Chance -

Monday, April 14, 2014

Austerity – Back to the Workhouse? -

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Who Sets UK Interest Rates? -

Monday, March 31, 2014

NHS – Eve of Destruction -

Friday, March 14, 2014

Hospitals in Intensive Care -

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Requiem For The NHS -

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Unfaithful Boris screws Tube Passengers!! -

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Neo-Liberalism – Invisible Fascism? -

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Co-op Bank: Mutual or Bust? -

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tagging the Dead – Incestuous Financial Relationships -

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

  • Live At Tottenham Chance

    THE PENCIL TEST Sportsman and entertainers, Opened their hands, Closed their eyes, And took Krugerrands.   Under apartheid, There was black, And white and, 14 types of coloured, And, to be seen, To be correct, The authorities Could the 14 reject, And a fifteenth, Select.   Like Mendel, And his peas, Recessive genes, Caused the sight Of the sleight, Change of colour, In children, No longer white.   Sometimes, The authorities, Couldn’t be sure, If a child was pure, So inspectors went, Into the schools, Followed the rules, And with great care, Placed a pencil in the hair, And a…

  • Oliver_Twist

    Austerity – Back to the Workhouse?

    The price of bailing out the banks was austerity but now the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says there is still the threat of the banking system needing to be bailed out again. The IMF was set up at the end of World War 2 and has been shaping the global economy since then, so when such an august part of the establishment issues this warning, it is probably real. The austerity of a thousand cuts was supposed to pay for the bail out but, instead, debt is increasing. On the surface it looks like the Government is incompetent and does…

  • Who Sets UK Interest Rates?

    Britain has a housing boom, partly because of the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, retail sales figures are surging, the stock market is booming, and the current account deficit is at a record 5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is 50% higher than forecast. Normally, these indicators mean that interest rates would have to go up to take the heat out of the economy. However, to make the necessary increase in interest rates now, or anytime soon, would jeopardise the feel-good factor needed for a Tory election victory in 2015. The deputy governor of the Bank of England for…

  • NHS-Launch-Leaflet[1]

    NHS – Eve of Destruction

    “No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned, they are lower than vermin.”   Aneurin Bevan’s famous quote automatically comes to mind as we stagger from crisis to crisis in the NHS, although vermin might object to being mentioned in the same breath as the Tory Party! The arrival of the NHS on 5th July 1948 was not an easy birth. It was opposed by the Tories and by the doctors’ trade union, the British Medical Association…

  • Hospitals in Intensive Care

    The Treasury is trying to force Papworth hospital to put on hold its move to a state-of-the-art site outside Cambridge. Instead, it is being told to consider a shotgun merger with Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust – not for medical reasons, but because of the insanity of NHS financing. Superficially, the reason for the new Peterborough Hospital losing millions is that it cannot afford to make the repayments on its Private Finance Initiative (PFI) debt. In reality, the insanity lies in the method chosen to calculate how the NHS centrally reimburses individual hospitals and hospital trusts for their costs,…

Live At Tottenham Chance

Apr 14, 2014

THE PENCIL TEST Sportsman and entertainers, Opened their hands, Closed their eyes, And took Krugerrands.   Under apartheid, There was black, And white and, 14 types of coloured, And, to be seen, To be correct, The authorities Could the 14 reject, And a fifteenth, Select.   Like Mendel, And his peas, Recessive genes, Caused the sight Of the sleight, Change of colour, In children, No longer white.   Sometimes, The authorities, Couldn’t be sure, If a child was pure, So inspectors went, Into the schools, Followed the rules, And with great care, Placed a pencil in the hair, And a…

Oliver_Twist

Austerity – Back to the Workhouse?

Apr 13, 2014

The price of bailing out the banks was austerity but now the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says there is still the threat of the banking system needing to be bailed out again. The IMF was set up at the end of World War 2 and has been shaping the global economy since then, so when such an august part of the establishment issues this warning, it is probably real. The austerity of a thousand cuts was supposed to pay for the bail out but, instead, debt is increasing. On the surface it looks like the Government is incompetent and does…

Who Sets UK Interest Rates?

Mar 31, 2014

Britain has a housing boom, partly because of the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, retail sales figures are surging, the stock market is booming, and the current account deficit is at a record 5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is 50% higher than forecast. Normally, these indicators mean that interest rates would have to go up to take the heat out of the economy. However, to make the necessary increase in interest rates now, or anytime soon, would jeopardise the feel-good factor needed for a Tory election victory in 2015. The deputy governor of the Bank of England for…

NHS-Launch-Leaflet[1]

NHS – Eve of Destruction

Mar 14, 2014

“No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned, they are lower than vermin.”   Aneurin Bevan’s famous quote automatically comes to mind as we stagger from crisis to crisis in the NHS, although vermin might object to being mentioned in the same breath as the Tory Party! The arrival of the NHS on 5th July 1948 was not an easy birth. It was opposed by the Tories and by the doctors’ trade union, the British Medical Association…

Live At Tottenham Chance

THE PENCIL TEST Sportsman and entertainers, Opened their hands, Closed their eyes, And took Krugerrands.   Under apartheid, There was black, And white and, 14 types of coloured, And, to be seen, To be correct, The authorities Could the 14 reject, And a fifteenth, Select.   Like Mendel, And his peas, Recessive genes, Caused the sight Of the sleight, Change of colour, In children, No longer white.   Sometimes, The authorities, Couldn’t be sure, If a child was pure, So inspectors went, Into the schools, Followed the rules, And with great care, Placed a pencil in the hair, And a…

Oliver_Twist

Austerity – Back to the Workhouse?

The price of bailing out the banks was austerity but now the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says there is still the threat of the banking system needing to be bailed out again. The IMF was set up at the end of World War 2 and has been shaping the global economy since then, so when such an august part of the establishment issues this warning, it is probably real. The austerity of a thousand cuts was supposed to pay for the bail out but, instead, debt is increasing. On the surface it looks like the Government is incompetent and does…

Who Sets UK Interest Rates?

Britain has a housing boom, partly because of the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, retail sales figures are surging, the stock market is booming, and the current account deficit is at a record 5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is 50% higher than forecast. Normally, these indicators mean that interest rates would have to go up to take the heat out of the economy. However, to make the necessary increase in interest rates now, or anytime soon, would jeopardise the feel-good factor needed for a Tory election victory in 2015. The deputy governor of the Bank of England for…

NHS-Launch-Leaflet[1]

NHS – Eve of Destruction

“No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned, they are lower than vermin.”   Aneurin Bevan’s famous quote automatically comes to mind as we stagger from crisis to crisis in the NHS, although vermin might object to being mentioned in the same breath as the Tory Party! The arrival of the NHS on 5th July 1948 was not an easy birth. It was opposed by the Tories and by the doctors’ trade union, the British Medical Association…