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

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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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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Is Capitalism Evil?

The day after  Mark Carney, the  Governor of the Bank of England made a speech saying that capitalism should be  ethical. Mike Gold was asked by Julie Hartley-Brewer on LBC radio Is Capitalism Evil?

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Sex, Drugs & the EU

If proof was needed that EU politicians and unelected officials have finally lost the plot, read on! The EU has decided that the GDP* figures for all 28 member states are inaccurate, and this means that the distribution of the EU’s large budget – which is based on the size of each country’s GDP – is also inaccurate. At least this is what they say but it is also possible that the by artificially increasing GDP countries are made to look financially healthier. Clearly, it’s sensible to make statistics more accurate, but there are serious questions about the way in…

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Ethics and Mark Carney

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…

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Unfaithful Boris screws Tube Passengers!!

The Mayor of London, who campaigned for election on the promise of keeping ticket offices open, now plans to close them as part ofthe 12.5% cut in the budget of London Underground (LU) announced on 21st November. This will, at a stroke, reduce safety, reduce service, cause inconvenience to the travelling public and increase the cost of travelling cattle class. The intention of London Underground is to create a self-service, supermarket model, and that means all Ticket Offices are due to close by 2015. Look at the crowds in busy ticket halls like Euston – long queues for the ticket office,…

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Co-op Bank: Mutual or Bust?

Since the appalling news of a Co-op Bank takeover by US hedge “vulture” funds (Aurelius Capital and Silver Point Capital) a growing body of Co-op members and bank customers are rallying to restore co-operative control and underpin the bank’s commitment to ethical investment.  Background The future of the Co-op Bank has been in doubt since announcing losses arising from the acquisition of the Britannia Building Society. Once the government made clear it would not bail out the Co-op Bank its credit rating shattered and the vulture funds bought up Co-op debt – interest-paying bonds at a lot less than the…

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Tagging the Dead – Incestuous Financial Relationships

“Tagging the dead” was a recent popular newspaper headline1. The story told how G4S – of Olympic Security fame – and Serco were invoicing for tagging 18,000 offenders a day, when only 15,000 were actually being tagged and monitored. Besides invoicing for the few that were actually dead, other fraudulent invoices included people who had moved abroad, been returned to prison, or had never left prison in the first place!! Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, called in the Serious Fraud Office to investigate one company, and subsequently said that both companies needed to have a period of “corporate renewal”. The…

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Neo-Liberalism or Fascism ‘Light’?

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism, because it is a merger of State and corporate power.” Benito Mussolini The UK economy today has some startling similarities with both Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa. The overriding image of fascism is the Nazi jackboot trampling over the brave democratic countries of Europe, and fascism itself will always be associated with a totalitarian state, racial superiority, concentration camps and most of all, the Second World War. Yet the economic and financial system that underwrote political fascism has not received much publicity since the victors always write history. Germany lost the Second…

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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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