December 19, 2014

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Germany is destroying the Euro!! -

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Luxembourg – A Tax Haven!!!! -

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NHS Hospitals in Intensive Care -

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Is it worth voting in elections? -

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Thatcher’s Housing Legacy -

Monday, August 11, 2014

Austerity – It’s a lie & unnecessary! -

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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

Friday, June 13, 2014

Vodafone’s Tax Credit of £17.4 billion -

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Is Capitalism Evil? -

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mark Carney – A Canadian View -

Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • This is a stick up!

    Germany is destroying the Euro!!

    It is depressingly ironic that this year is the 61st anniversary of the 1953 London Debts Agreement conference, and Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Greek Syriza Party, is suggesting a similar conference is 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, and…

  • Luxembourg

    Luxembourg – A Tax Haven!!!!

    Letter published in the Guardian 10th November 2014 Millions of ordinary European citizens have known for years that Luxembourg, one of the six founding members of the Common Market, is a premier-league tax haven (Luxembourg and Juncker under pressure over tax deals, 7 November). The 80 journalists in 26 countries leaking 28,000 tax papers have confirmed the enormous size of the wholesale tax avoidance by national, multinational and transnational companies. Whether this will produce any more than a short-lived shock-horror from the politicians is doubtful, especially if the media does not keep up the pressure. Radical Soapbox has highlighted companies…

  • NHS Hospitals in Intensive Care

    Earlier this year the Treasury tried to force Papworth hospital to put on hold its move to a state-of-the-art site outside Cambridge. Instead, it was 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, including…

  • Politicians

    Is it worth voting in elections?

        In the UK, 46 million1 people are registered to vote in parliamentary elections. Sadly, 39million of those votes are worthless!! The political parties know this, so their policies are not designed for the nation as a whole, but for winning the marginal seats and gaining or retaining power. Pollsters, spin doctors and focus groups proliferate, and the resulting policies can totally disregard what the public want nationally. The 1832 Reform Act created parliamentary seats in the new industrial towns and abolished the rotten boroughs where there were tiny electorates, often controlled by one individual. Today, the first-past- the-post…

  • Thatcher’s Housing Legacy

    House prices are rising as demand outstrips supply flamed, in part, by the Government’s Help to Buy scheme. The natural corollary is that rents also keep rising and being a landlord becomes even more attractive to those with capital. Sixty per cent of Housing Benefit recipients are in work (90% of new applicants in London)1 as are all recipients of Tax Credits, and both these schemes look like a subsidy to employers paying low wages. However, most of these subsidies end up in the pockets of the landlords!! It is not the first time that wages have been subsidised –…

This is a stick up!

Germany is destroying the Euro!!

Nov 23, 2014

It is depressingly ironic that this year is the 61st anniversary of the 1953 London Debts Agreement conference, and Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Greek Syriza Party, is suggesting a similar conference is 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, and…

Luxembourg

Luxembourg – A Tax Haven!!!!

Nov 13, 2014

Letter published in the Guardian 10th November 2014 Millions of ordinary European citizens have known for years that Luxembourg, one of the six founding members of the Common Market, is a premier-league tax haven (Luxembourg and Juncker under pressure over tax deals, 7 November). The 80 journalists in 26 countries leaking 28,000 tax papers have confirmed the enormous size of the wholesale tax avoidance by national, multinational and transnational companies. Whether this will produce any more than a short-lived shock-horror from the politicians is doubtful, especially if the media does not keep up the pressure. Radical Soapbox has highlighted companies…

NHS Hospitals in Intensive Care

Nov 2, 2014

Earlier this year the Treasury tried to force Papworth hospital to put on hold its move to a state-of-the-art site outside Cambridge. Instead, it was 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, including…

Politicians

Is it worth voting in elections?

Sep 6, 2014

    In the UK, 46 million1 people are registered to vote in parliamentary elections. Sadly, 39million of those votes are worthless!! The political parties know this, so their policies are not designed for the nation as a whole, but for winning the marginal seats and gaining or retaining power. Pollsters, spin doctors and focus groups proliferate, and the resulting policies can totally disregard what the public want nationally. The 1832 Reform Act created parliamentary seats in the new industrial towns and abolished the rotten boroughs where there were tiny electorates, often controlled by one individual. Today, the first-past- the-post…

This is a stick up!

Germany is destroying the Euro!!

It is depressingly ironic that this year is the 61st anniversary of the 1953 London Debts Agreement conference, and Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Greek Syriza Party, is suggesting a similar conference is 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, and…

Luxembourg

Luxembourg – A Tax Haven!!!!

Letter published in the Guardian 10th November 2014 Millions of ordinary European citizens have known for years that Luxembourg, one of the six founding members of the Common Market, is a premier-league tax haven (Luxembourg and Juncker under pressure over tax deals, 7 November). The 80 journalists in 26 countries leaking 28,000 tax papers have confirmed the enormous size of the wholesale tax avoidance by national, multinational and transnational companies. Whether this will produce any more than a short-lived shock-horror from the politicians is doubtful, especially if the media does not keep up the pressure. Radical Soapbox has highlighted companies…

NHS Hospitals in Intensive Care

Earlier this year the Treasury tried to force Papworth hospital to put on hold its move to a state-of-the-art site outside Cambridge. Instead, it was 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, including…

Politicians

Is it worth voting in elections?

    In the UK, 46 million1 people are registered to vote in parliamentary elections. Sadly, 39million of those votes are worthless!! The political parties know this, so their policies are not designed for the nation as a whole, but for winning the marginal seats and gaining or retaining power. Pollsters, spin doctors and focus groups proliferate, and the resulting policies can totally disregard what the public want nationally. The 1832 Reform Act created parliamentary seats in the new industrial towns and abolished the rotten boroughs where there were tiny electorates, often controlled by one individual. Today, the first-past- the-post…