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Against The ‘Welfare Card’

December 21, 2012
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This week, MP for Elmet and Rothwell Alec Shelbrooke has proposed making changes to the welfare system in order to effect what the Daily Express today describes as a “crackdown” on the “skivers taking us all for a ride”. The idea is a fairly populist one which fits into the present narrative of benefit-bashing,...
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The European Austerity Backlash

May 23, 2012
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As the disciples of Eurozone austerity are unceremoniously booted out of office, now might be a good time for us to discuss whether the backlash against British austerity, which has been growing since the formation of the coalition, has the potential to expand and provoke yet another government to...
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Market Confidence & The Future Of Europe

February 8, 2012
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It is interesting to note the continuing struggle between EU leaders regarding the debt crisis. For example, the recent fiscal compact is a perfect example of the battle between politicians to push their ideas regarding how to restore confidence. Not Debt But Confidence For some background, it should be said that the crisis in...
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Labour’s Economic Credibility

January 16, 2012
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The past few weeks have focused intensely on the economic credibility of the Labour party. This has now come to a climax with Ed Balls’ apparent u-turn on the coalition’s programme of cuts. I have to admit to the use of some choice language whilst watching Balls’ speech to the Fabian society on Saturday,...
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Focus on #Occupy

November 8, 2011
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At Occupy the London Stock Exchange, the obsession with empty tents and health and safety regulations which has persisted since the camp came into existence appears to have finally given way to more serious discussion. This has no doubt been assisted by the pause in legal...
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Party Funding: Taking Back Our Politics

October 13, 2011
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This month sees the publication of a new report on political party funding by the Committee on Standards in Public Life. In the coalition agreement, the Government promised to ‘remove big money from politics’ by ‘limiting donations and reforming party funding’. The forthcoming CSPL report could...
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Spain Fights Back

May 20, 2011
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Spain Fights Back

Something immensely important is happening in Spain at the moment, although chances are you’re yet to hear about it via mainstream media in the UK. The people of Spain – in particular the youth – are rising up, occupying parks and squares in major cities as part of a major anti-government rebellion.
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A Global Attack on the Public Sector

March 10, 2011
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Whilst those of us within the UK are focused on the impending austerity measures imposed by the coalition government, let’s not forget that the challenges of resisting spending cuts are far from limited to our own nation. Case in point: the US, and more specifically, Wisconsin, where recently-elected Republican State Governor Scott Walker has spent the...
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An Epidemic of Benefit Fraud? The Demonization of Welfare Recipients

January 9, 2011
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You might get the impression from reading stories about benefit 'scroungers' with your Cornflakes each morning that there must be a hidden epidemic of fraudulent benefit claims taking place. A nationwide conspiracy to drain the pockets of middle-England. In reality, this relentless scaremongering has little basis in fact, and those featured in the tabloid...
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Austerity Politics & Blaming Labour

December 31, 2010
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Austerity Politics & Blaming Labour

An opinion I hear fairly regularly when discussing politics with friends and acquaintances is that the Labour Party is to blame for the current high levels of public debt, and that it’s essential we pay down this deficit quickly, through harsh austerity measures, in order to prevent further financial collapse. I take issue with...
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