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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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#TradeUnionFreedom Launch #CTUF13 23/02/13

http://www.tradeunionfreedom.co.uk/
The Campaign For Trade Union Freedom was established in 2013 following a merger of the Liaison Committee For The Defence Of Trade Unions and the United Campaign To Repeal The Anti Trade Union Laws. The CTUF is a campaigning organisation fighting to defend and enhance trade unionism, oppose all anti-union laws as well as[...]

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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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Talking About Drugs at Democracy 2015 Event

By Andria E-Mordaunt, involved with Occupy since Oct 15 2011,  largely – though not exclusively – as part of the Welfare Working Group (WWG). MSc in Social Policy & Planning from LSE. Former – recovering – drug user. Mother of the wonderful Millie.
On March 13 I went to a gathering at St Mary Abbot’s[...]

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Austerity – Back to the Workhouse?

By Mike Gold
Most media and economic commentators either support debt reduction and the resultant austerity, or demand a bit less austerity and a bit more Keynesian state intervention. There is no Plan B, scream the critics of George Osborne and Seamus Milne1 goes further and calls Osborne an economic disaster.
The truth is far[...]

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