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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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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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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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Corresponding with Humberside Police by Tim Williams.

Corresponding with Humberside Police by Tim Williams. Tim was one of the Occupiers at OccupyLSX camp and like many others answered the call to stop Fracking in Balcombe, back in July, and then Barton Moss. This is an Occupier’s Perspective of negotiating with the police. Other Occupiers and Protectors may not hold the same views.[…]

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Free Market Fundamentalism

Cross-posted from Peter Dombi’s website Our Broken System
Those of us opposed to the mantra of ‘The Market’ which is forever espoused by devotees of Free Market Capitalism, were pleasantly surprised when the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, spoke out last week against ‘Free Market Fundamentalism’. He was talking at a[…]

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Homesick.The Point of Current Housing Policy is to Sustain a System Built on Injustice.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 3rd June 2013
There is no shortage of explanations, and no shortage of solutions. But the problem that lies behind our multiple housing crises is simple and obvious. It is, at root, a failure to tax.
Another record tumbled last week. In April, we discovered, house prices in[…]

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Job Centre Demo Southend on Sea by Carl Green

It was a good demo at Southend Job Centre, a little short on numbers – there were two of us again but add in all the people that joined us for a chat and that number would be around 30.
I did know from a previous demo I did not attend that the staff[…]

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