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Fight the #BedroomTax, Waltham Trade Unions Council.

Fight the #BedroomTax, Waltham Trade Unions Council.
See Waltham Forest Guardian piece on the meeting: http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/wfnews/10313287.Trade_unions_set_to_launch_campaign_against__bedroom_tax_/
Waltham Forest Trades Council launch campaign against ‘bedroom tax’ and the Benefit Cuts.
Apart from the panel, we could only point the camera on the floor to protect the identities of people who may have companies hostile to the[...]

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Housing 4 the Counihans and Housing 4 All. Then #Pillowgeddon 2013: We Will not be Silenced

Saturday was interesting.
First was a small static Demo by the Counihan Campaign outside Downing Street. Unfortunately, a demo on a Saturday in Whitehall is not advisable, as there are mostly only tourists in the area. We did have one xenophobe declaiming that all British problems are due to too many immigrants in the country.[...]

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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[...]

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When ‘No’ Is Not Enough

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We were wrong in our last newsletter to dismiss Cyprus as just another bailout. This was the bailout/bail-in that revealed lawmakers’ cavalier attitude towards the law. The bailout that didn’t know whether to call itself a tool of “exceptional” circumstances or a future template, so opted for doing both. The bailout that[...]

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Stop the #BedroomTax Protest – Trafalgar Square, London 30th March 2013

We don’t know what happened to the two previous Event pages that were on Facebook and we are still awaiting details on whether Labour Party members had warned people not to attend the protest march, last Sunday. Details known is that London had about a thousand marching, as finally reported by the BBC, a small[...]

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Symphony of errors

Livestream of the assembly can be found here.
Prelude
No one wanted this job. I didn’t either; there are pleasanter ways of spending an evening than trying to guide a group of disparate (and sometimes desperate) people around a minefield of poor outcomes.
 
My aim as facilitator of this assembly is to take a[...]

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Germany is destroying the Euro!!

It is depressingly ironic that this year is the 60th anniversary of the 1953 London Debts Agreement conference, and Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Greek Syriza Party, is suggesting a similar conference is needed again. In 1953 West German debt was written down by some 60%, and they were given 30 years to pay; today[...]

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London Occupy Economics Working Group (EWG) budget response – “a missed opportunity”

The current financial crises (Eurozone, US and UK public and private sector debt, banks’ insolvency) were precipitated by the sub-prime mortgage crisis of 2008 which was the culmination of a housing fuelled, economic boom in the US, UK and Europe (particularly Spain and Ireland). Rising house prices fuelled an explosion in consumer credit and private[...]

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Rebalancing Austerity – a modest alternative budget 2013 – from Occupy Birmingham

We can’t do everything in one budget, but we can make a start. This is a start, by scrapping the austerity agenda, and starting a programme to reinvest in people and begin to reduce the criminal inequality that successive administrations have enabled. Some of these suggestions have been made by unions, campaigners, some by us.[...]

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