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

Send Fracking Packing!!

Why are we arguing over the safety of fracking, when there is no need for fracking at all? It has been known for some time that if global warming is to be limited to two degrees Celsius (2°C) between now and 2050, then only about a quarter of the world’s proven fossil fuel reserves will be needed.1 The figure of 2°C is not a number plucked out of thin air, but a figure the vast majority of climatologists consider the maximum increase possible to avoid seriously altering the planet’s climate.2 The logical conclusion from this is that if more energy…

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Who’s Banking on Carney?

“It is true, we have the only banks in the western world that are not looking at bailouts or anything like that.”  Stephen Harper, Canadian Prime Minister, 23rd February 2009.1 Mark Carney’s appointment as the new Governor of the Bank of England (BOE) was, we have been told, based mainly on how successful he has been as the Governor of the Bank of Canada (Canada’s central bank). He had navigated the Canadian economy through the choppy waters of the financial crisis and central to his success has been the claim that no Canadian banks had needed to be bailed out….

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It was meant to get better….wasn’t it? by Brenda Rogers

I was just a toddler when war was declared in 1939, so as a child I thought being at war with Germany was the norm! I went to live with my Gran and Grandad, and all my Aunts and Uncles still living there. My mother worked in an armaments factory, and my father worked down the pit and as a reserve fireman, as he had failed the army medical when he and his younger brother had gone to join up.   Young as I was, I remember lots of things about the war. Hearing the warning sirens and hiding with the…

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PFI – A disaster waiting to happen

Gordon ‘Prudence’ Brown convinced himself that the City loved him because he kept Government debt to less than 40% of GDP. If they did love him – and he desperately wanted to be loved – it was because the City made oodles of money with him as Chancellor, and later as Prime Minister. And the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) was a nice little earner. To keep Government debt low, Brown used PFI to fund the building of hospitals, schools and infrastructure. If the Government had borrowed the money at a cheaper rate (and Governments can always borrow cheaper than the…

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A Solution to Thatcher’s Housing Legacy

Mortgages are hard to get, rents keep rising, and being a landlord is becoming even more attractive to those with capital. Sixty per cent of Housing Benefit recipients are in work, as are all recipients of Tax Credits, and both these schemes look like a subsidy to employers for 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 – and failed to solve the imagined problem. The Speenham Land System, introduced in 1795, allowed the Speenham Parish in Berkshire to subsidise the…

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