Archive for ‘Economics’

EWG meeting on Friday 11th April 2014 – minutes

Present: Bharat, Steve B, John, Omar, Janos, Steve M, Schlacke, Clive
1. Review minutes – amended as per Dave – approved
2. CCMJ set up in 1960s. In 1990s meetings went to House of Commons but the planning people continued to meet in a café and then Friends House, followed by SES. SES is focused[...]

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Shelling out for NERC?

The question was asked about this new collaboration between Shell and Nerc. Good or bad?
http://www.nerc.ac.uk/press/releases/2014/03-shell.asp?cookieConsent=A
Shelling out for NERC? Comments from a couple of the Economics WG members.
From Clive Menzies.
It’s not an area I’ve researched in depth but Shell has a pretty appalling environmental track record.
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/nov/07/shell-oil-niger-delta-pollution-amnesty
The positive spin is to[...]

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Should Occupy use Westminster? by Dave Dewhurst

Should Occupy use Westminster? by Dave Dewhurst (Economics WG)
On Jan 27th 2014 Occupy joined a platform at Westminster on the theme of ‘Economic Democracy’. Speakers up front were Peter Tatchell, Janet Williamson – Senior Policy Officer of the TUC, Prof Colin Crouch – who wrote ‘The Strange non-death of Neoliberalism’ and myself, Dave Dewhurst[...]

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The City, the Banks & the EU – all in it together, by Tom Lines (Economics Working Group)

A few times a year – we don’t know exactly how often – 52 people meet in a room in London. We think they meet in the Guildhall. While most ordinary people know nothing about these meetings, the British government is fully up to speed. The people who attend these meetings work for organizations from[...]

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GOODBYE GREENBELT? AN OCCUPIER’S RESPONSE.

This was an article in the guardian today.
Research for National Trust reveals more than half of councils with greenbelt land likely to allocate some for development.
Councils preparing to allocate greenbelt land for development, study shows
Response by David Dewhurst.
”Concreted over’ is a gross exaggeration. You can get about 30 decent semis or[...]

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THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY IS A “STATISTICAL ILLUSION”: MORE MISLEADING OFFICIAL EMPLOYMENT FIGURES.

As claims of economic recovery take hold on either side of the Atlantic, there is a risk that Occupy and other activists will struggle to gain sufficient momentum to halt the dismantling of health, environment and social protections and challenge the austerity prescription. No doubt most people are much poorer than five years ago but[...]

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BLUEPRINT FOR A NEW ECONOMY

The economic system has evolved over centuries to satisfy vested interests which derive their power from it and exercise their will through it. If the value of land and resources was to be shared for the common good, as natural law intended, homelessness would evaporate. The foundations of inequality, conflict and environmental waste were laid[...]

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FROM JOHN LENNON’S WORKING CLASS HERO

From John Lennon’s Working Class Hero
To: “letters@observer.co.uk”
Sent: Tuesday, 3 December 2013, 11:56
Subject: Fucking peasants?
How much can Amazon’s weary pickers afford to improve their pay and conditions before their bosses find it cheaper and easier to automate the process lock, stock and barrel? (Remember grab on the arcade slot machine, programmed NOT[...]

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A PROPERTY OWNING OLIGARCHY HAS LONDON IN IT’S GRIP

The article below has been contributed by Corinna of the Real Democracy Working Group and she also writes for A World to Win.
A property-owning oligarchy has London in its grip
London is being transformed into a glass skyscraper for the super-rich and global property speculators while many of the things which have made Europe’s[...]

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