Friday, August 14, 2020
After the financial crash of 2008 some thought that the culpability of the banks would lead to fundamental change - it did not. Nor will it necessarily post-coronavirus, with financial institutions set to benefit from economic support measures put in place by governments and big tech companies and others making big profits in the pandemic. Many hope that the evidence of how workers are key to the creation of wealth and the social solidarity built during the pandemic can lead to change – but that will not happen automatically, change will only occur if it is fought for.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
From the start of the pandemic building workers were in the front line, forced to travel and work in unsafe conditions. Many tried to challenge the employers, however the government failed to act to ensure safety. This might not be unconnected with the fact that big construction companies are major donors to the Tory Party.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Slavery was essential to the development of capitalism and as such the continued power of big companies and financial institutions rest on that legacy. Even if they agree to reparations or token responses to the demands of Black Lives Matter and others, they continue to remain in power, still reaping the benefits of their brutal past.
Monday, August 10, 2020
Cuts imposed under austerity have not just impacted on people's health through cuts to NHS and care services, but also through cuts to other vital services which support physical and mental well-being. This includes access to libraries, culture and creative activities, which have experienced reduced funding. The situation has been made worse by the impact of coronavirus.
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Roger Scruton was an academic best known for his advocacy of conservatism. But what does this amount to? Rather than a set of lofty ideals it boils down to a defence of privilege, prejudice and reaction.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
THE SOCIALIST CORRESPONDENT ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION MEETING Confounding conventional expectations, right wing governments are printing trillions in dollars, euros, pounds and yen, casting aside fears of rising national debts. And while the rich pile up wealth, unemployment rises and wages fall. Now Keir Starmer is urging Rishi Sunak not to increase taxes on the rich in the Autumn budget. A policy in the interests of the working class must be based on an understanding of money, the capitalist system and imperialism; can ‘modern monetary theory’ show the way, or does it have fatal pitfalls? For a presentation and discussion looking at these and related issues, attend our Zoom meeting at 2pm on Sunday 27th September 2020 With speaker: Noah Tucker chair: Elly Baker Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqfu-qqzkuHNfZIfPWbibyj4B2HGNqDdCB
Monday, April 20, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has once again demonstrated the clash between capitalism's priority of safeguarding profits over peoples lives. But it has also revealed the deeper problem that working class people's lives were already precarious before the virus struck. We are not in this together.
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Ten years after his first report Professor Sir Micheal Marmot shows that little has changed in terms of the health of the population. In fact things are getting worse, with stalling life expectancy. The report puts the blame on austerity - not only its impact on health services, but on the wider impact that cuts, poor housing and fewer opportunities have had on peoples lives.