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Westminster Abbey Occupation

Cross-posted from Peter Dombi’s website Our Broken System
 
Yesterday members of DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts), Occupy, and UK Uncut staged a protest in the grounds of Westminster Abbey. This was to highlight government cuts to the ILF (Independent Living Fund), a fund which enables some of the most severely disabled members of society[...]

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DPAC are National heroes, by Carl Green

DPAC are National heroes.
The protest on the 28th June wasn’t just to save the Independent Living Fund, which was it’s prime purpose, it was also a fight for Human Rights. It was a fight for freedom in the face of major adversity.
The massive Police presence bought in to deal with probably a hundred[...]

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The House of Commons by Frances Leader.

Made the mistake of hopefully watching the Labour Party placing their questions to DWP bosses Ian Duncan Smith & his partner in crime, Esther McVey today in the House of Commons.
I was waiting for someone to ask them:
“Are you aware that more than 50,000 people took to the streets of London to object[...]

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Putney Debates Planning Meeting: 17th June

Putney Debates 5th Planning Meeting:
at Friends’ Euston.
Plenty to ponder, do, suggest & probably correct. Thanks. Dave
Minutes: Putney Debates 5th Planning Meeting: Tue 17 June 6.45pm
Present: Obi, Carl, Dave, Julie Apologies: Tim

 

 
a) Assembly for democracy – Agreement of the People, John MacDonald & the Haldane lawyers – Julie contact[...]

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Governments and Tax

Cross-posted from Peter Dombi’s website Our Broken System
 
This week the issue of corporate Tax Avoidance was in the news – again. Firstly it was reported that Thames Water, despite making profits of £259m, will not being paying any tax this year*. (With corporation tax at 20% that’s a loss to the taxpayer of[...]

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Canterbury is not for shale by Julie Wassmer

Crossposted from Canterbury Times by Julie Wassmer
LAST week more than 150 high-profile names signed a letter calling for fracking to be suspended pending an “independent and thorough public debate.”
Part of an initiative called Talk Fracking, the letter’s signees included Professor Sir Harold Kroto FRS (Nobel Laureate in chemistry), Professor David Smythe (Emeritus professor[...]

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Privatisation – The Next Financial Scandal

Cross-posted from Peter Dombi’s website Our Broken System
 
This week it was revealed just how lucrative privatisation contracts have become for the private firms which get them, and by the same measure just how much the general public has been ripped-off by them. This time it  relates to the PFI (Private Finance Initiative) method[...]

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EWG meeting on Monday 9th June 2014

EWG meeting on Monday 9th June 2014 – minutes
John, Steve, Janos, Clive
1. Janos has integrated the names to the Opportunities and will integrate the framework as an Appendix 3(b). Some old issues have been archived – to go on the website – Obi? Future meetings stack for Fridays. Including Steve – history of[...]

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Why is the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) a bad deal?

Why is the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) a bad deal? Crossposted from the Touchstone Blog, 28 Apr 2014, by Rosa Pavanelli
The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) is being negotiated in secret to make it easier for big multinational companies to take over the vital public services, such as health care and education, which[...]

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