Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Austerity is taking its toll with life expectancy in Britain beginning to decline. We have come to expect that the lives of the next generation will be better than those of the one before, however, inequality and poverty are for the first time rolling back people's life chances.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
In one of the richest cities in the world ordinary people find it increasingly difficult to live their lives. in particular there is an acute shortage of affordable housing, yet the draft London Plan is skewed not to their needs but towards the interests of developers and growth at all costs.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
May has been forced out at last, unable to sell her unpopular Brexit deal to parliament. The two leadership contenders to replace her both promise to carry through on Brexit, yet that is not what the ruling class wants. While this saga drags on in Britain, the EU continues to get on with other business, mainly jockeying for the top jobs post the EU elections and dealing with its own internal conflicts.
Monday, June 17, 2019
The English local elections of May 2019 were a disaster for the Tories who lost a net 1,269 seats. Their collapse let in the Lib Dems who did not add massive numbers of votes. Their modest gains and the Tories collapse accounted for much of their progress. This shows that their success was not evidence of a major shift towards pro-EU sentiment. Labour made gains and losses but its biggest losses were in Leave voting areas. In a complicated situation Labour did well to hold its support base together.
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Dundee is a tale of two cities - the PR image and the realities of working class life and impoverished communities. Loss of industry and cuts to local services continue to lead to job losses, however trade unions and the Labour Party are fighting back.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Despite what the media would have us believe, those attacking the Labour leadership over alleged anti-Semitism within the Party do not speak for all Jews in Britain.
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Half of all council tax receipts now go on PFI interest payments. How did we get to the situation where working class people and impoverished communities are pouring money into the pockets of big companies?
Saturday, June 8, 2019
From post war ideals of planning towns and land use to benefit people recent years have seen the balance divisively shift in favour of private developers. Nevertheless the Town and Country Planning Association has set out ambitious and radical proposals to reverse this trend and create places of beauty and opportunity for people to live in.