The etymology of Social Security: From Safety and Care to Disdain and Unworthiness

The following is a post built on thoughts by Dave Burns | @daveburns422    Has anyone else noticed a drift into a change in the language we use to explain the benefit system?  “Social Security” has somehow been replaced in the press and parliament by the words “Credits” and “Benefits” – Americanism’s that are generally… Continue reading The etymology of Social Security: From Safety and Care to Disdain and Unworthiness

The Tories and housing: A history of violence.

The following was written by Steve Topple | @MrTopple On Monday, the much-maligned “Housing and Planning Bill” gets its second reading in Parliament. While the detail of the bill has been well publicised (extending “Right to Buy” to housing association properties, forcing local authorities to sell off their most valuable stock), the drip-drip of information… Continue reading The Tories and housing: A history of violence.

Does the proposed Trade Union Bill further undermine the ‘Right to Strike?’

The following was written by Frederick Antonio Gallucci | @gibblegbble    Does the proposed Trade Union Bill further undermine the ‘Right to Strike?’ The UK Conservative government recently introduced the Trade Union Bill (TUBill). The reasoning presented by Business Secretary Sajid Javid, alongside many Conservative MPs, focused upon the supposed necessity to prevent the ‘wildcat… Continue reading Does the proposed Trade Union Bill further undermine the ‘Right to Strike?’

Lords Tax Credit Vote; Osborne’s Poll Tax moment?

The following was written by Frederick Antonio Gallucci | @gibblegbble    It is odd that I find myself cheering on the House of Lords, Britain’s unelected second chamber is a strange anachronism, a quasi-medieval second chamber, stocked full of Lords, Barons & Viscounts with quite a few vicars/priests thrown in (“church & state”) This weirdly… Continue reading Lords Tax Credit Vote; Osborne’s Poll Tax moment?

The plutocracy of neoliberal orthodoxy is not the bodyguard of democracy but divisive patronage of profit

The following was written by Paul | @pwmcb    The message is clear, the motive is clear the outcome remains shrouded. This is a short comment on a theme and from the multitude of examples I have scratched the surface of just a few.  Corporate consolidation shrinks rather than diversifies choice Corporate consolidation of markets… Continue reading The plutocracy of neoliberal orthodoxy is not the bodyguard of democracy but divisive patronage of profit