November 21, 2017

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The Magic Money Tree -

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Housing Wonderland by Ian Lewis -

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Will STPs finally wreck the NHS? -

Sunday, June 18, 2017

STPs – A new way to wreck the NHS -

Friday, February 17, 2017

Private health insurance doesn’t cover A & E!! -

Monday, January 30, 2017

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…

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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;…

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Cameron’s EU Race Card

“The UK believes in an open economy. But we have got to be able to cope with all the pressures that free movement can bring – on our schools, our hospitals and our public services. Right now, the pressures are too great.” Cameron’s letter to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, dated 10th November 20151. If the EU ’emergency brake’ on in-work benefits had been introduced 4 years ago only 84,000 families would have claimed in-work benefits and very little money would have been saved.2 Additionally, experts do not expect the ‘brake’ to reduce the flow of EU immigrants…

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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…

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Walthamstow Hustings

Hello Everyone, Radical Soapbox, otherwise known as Michael Gold, is  the Green Party candidate for Walthamstow in East London for the 2015 General Election and this is the clip of my view of the lamentable state of democracy in the UK in 2015. This was made at the recent joint  hustings of the Waltham Forest Trades Council and Walthamstow Village. If you want to see more of the hustings these can be found at http://bambuser.com/v/5453511 Hope you will vote Green but if not please make sure you vote. Our ancestors fought for the right to vote so don’t let them down. Michael Gold…

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

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism, because it is a merger of State and corporate power.” Benito Mussolini   The Common Market, formed in 1957, originally consisted of 6 member states –- Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg. The basis of the Common Market was the free movement of capital, goods and labour between the member states – the resulting free trade would increase the wealth of all its member states. However, economics is not an exact science – maybe not even a science at all – and theory doesn’t always translate into practice. The basis for increasing…

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Generation Rent are Thatcher’s Housing Legacy

Generation Rent includes many young people with degrees and good jobs who have no hope of buying a house or flat. They have even less hope of being eligible for social housing and are forced to rent in the private sector. Most of the good jobs are in London area and this is where the problem is most acute. House prices remain high 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…

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Arms Dealers on Trial by Mel Strickland.

  Arms Dealers on Trial – sometimes the tools of oppression are literal, and they are for sale at the Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair In September 2013 a group of activists took part in demonstrations against the DSEI arms fair which comes to East London every 2 years. They put their bodies in the way of military traffic and disrupted the set up of the arms fair. One group, charged with obstruction of the highway, mounted a high profile campaign against the arms fair and the business of war, and when the charges against them were…

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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…

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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…

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