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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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HOW HEDGE “VULTURES” CAN SEIZE CONTROL OF THE CO-OP BANK

How the Hedge “Vulture” Funds can Seize Control of the Co-op Bank
by Sean Boyle
The recapitalisation plan gives the “vultures” 45% of equity and the option to buy another 25% of equity for £125 million. Exercising this free generous option would give the “vultures” 45% + 25% = 70% ownership of the Co-op Banking[…]

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROVISIONS IN TPP (GOOD INDICATORS OF WHAT WILL BE TTIP)

Intellectual property provisions in TPP (which is a good indicator of what will be in TTIP)
TPP leaked IP chapter summary (13 Nov 2013)
From: https://wikileaks.org/tpp/
Prepared by MS

Note: This is a summary of the IP chapter made available by Wikileaks. TPP (or ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership’ is not the same as TTIP which is between[…]

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