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STPs – A new way to wreck the NHS -

Friday, February 17, 2017

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

Monday, January 30, 2017

The real costs of NHS contracting out -

Monday, September 26, 2016

Taxpayers subsidising private pharmacies? -

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Neo-Liberalism – Invisible Fascism? -

Friday, September 2, 2016

Neo-Liberalism – Invisible Fascism?

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism, because it is a mergerof State and corporate power.” Benito Mussolini I originally posted this article 3 years ago and, regrettably, it’s getting worse!! 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 term was first used in English by the Berlin correspondent of the Economist in 19361 to describe how the Nazi…

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The EU Referendum is about class!

Michael Gold at the DA Brexit Training Day

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The EU is a Class Issue

“It is the responsibility of the patriot to protect his country from its government.” Thomas Paine Class war may have ended but there is still the politics of class and this includes perceptions of the European Union (EU). Generalisations are always that but there is a distinct likelihood that the middle and working classes will vote very differently over continued membership of the EU. The majority of the middle class see the EU as a wide canvas, and can buy-in to slogans like ‘Britain Stronger in Europe’ (BSE). They accept that the EU is a work-in-progress, albeit a slow one,…

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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  You thought the banking crisis and the recession were bad? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet! TTIP – Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – is the latest deal the bankers, corporations and governments don’t want you to know about.  But just in case you find out just how toxic it could become, they’ve made sure that voters in the EU and the US will not have any opportunity to vote on it.  It’s happening behind closed doors in Brussels and Washington. The…

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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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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 the balance; today it is Greece that needs to write down debt – but the biggest obstacle is Germany! It is no secret that Greece cooked the books to join the Euro, aided by Goldman Sachs! But that is not the cause of Greece’s present…

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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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