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Thursday, 21 March 2013 00:00

Osborne's class war

The sight of Tory back-bench MPs clapping each other on the back when the Chancellor announced a 4p-a-pint tax reduction on beer reveals the depths of George Osborne's desperation.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:00

Democratise the media

The inter-party agreement on establishing a successor to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) merits two cheers, although further judgement must be suspended until the dust is settled.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:00

Resistance or surrender

Members of the Civil Service union PCS will draw encouragement from the decision by Labour and Plaid Cymru members of the Welsh Assembly to refuse to cross their picket line tomorrow.
Monday, 18 March 2013 00:00

Lessons from Cyprus

Both George Osborne and William Hague are attempting to use the situation in Cyprus to justify their pig-headed commitment to the government's austerity agenda.
Saturday, 16 March 2013 00:00

We must beat this cruel tax

Almost exactly a decade ago two million people responded to the call by the Stop the War Coalition to march against the illegal invasion of Iraq.
Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

Don't bury Leveson

It would require the most abject betrayal of political principle by Nick Clegg for Liberal Democrat MPs to troop into the division lobbies next Monday behind David Cameron's attempt to bury Leveson.
Thursday, 14 March 2013 00:00

Miliband can't be complacent

It would be comforting to accept Ed Miliband's assessment at Prime Minister's Questions that David Cameron is "absolutely hopeless" and his government "falling apart," but caution dictates otherwise.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 00:00

Referendum solves nothing

David Cameron must be more gullible than he seems if he really believes that the world will "respect and revere this very, very clear result" to the Falkland Islands referendum.
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 00:00

Fox's dogma spells doom

David Cameron is perpetrating a cruel hoax in pretending that spending on the NHS has been ring-fenced by his government.
Monday, 11 March 2013 00:00

Neoliberalism turns sour

Post-1991 capitalist euphoria over the demise of the Soviet Union encouraged the perception that the private enterprise system had triumphed historically over socialist alternatives, heralding a new dawn for neoliberalism.
Saturday, 09 March 2013 00:00

The delirium of rail privateers

Bob Crow's description of the train operating companies taking legal action against the government as like lottery losers demanding the price of their ticket back sums up the madness of rail privatisation.
Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

Transparent class war

David Cameron is secure in his belief that Vince Cable will not react in any meaningful way to the Prime Minister's contemptuous dismissal of his proposal for government borrowing to spur growth.
Thursday, 07 March 2013 00:00

Chavez, we salute you

Hugo Chavez's death is a grievous blow to Venezuela's working people, but his importance extends beyond his native country's borders.
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 00:00

NHS chief has no shame

NHS chief executive David Nicholson must be delighted to find that he has not only David Cameron fully behind him but also a gaggle of new Labour former health secretaries.
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 00:00

Profit, above everything

What runs through the minds of banking bosses who decide to squeeze £46 million out of their low-paid workers after announcing annual profits of £13.7 billion?
Monday, 04 March 2013 00:00

Action to turn back the tide

It is a mark of the ongoing economic war being waged by those with power over policy that the latest news of soaring directors' pay is merely one in a raging torrent of similar reports.
Saturday, 02 March 2013 00:00

Vultures get claws in NHS

Is Dr Michael Dixon merely a useful idiot? Setting aside his affection for ridiculous bow ties, as evidenced from his biography as chair of the NHS Alliance, he has been among those promoting the model of GP-based commissioning in our health service.
Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

Delusions of the bankers

Workers in our public services suffering cuts in their living standards to pay for the recession sparked by the bankers' crisis must look at RBS and wonder where they went wrong.
Thursday, 28 February 2013 00:00

The great gas swindle

While most workers experience either a pay freeze or below-inflation "rises," the double-digit increase in profits for privatised utility British Gas is a scandal.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Italy's missed opportunity

For people in Britain a general election turnout of approaching 75 per cent would indicate a high level of popular participation. Not so in Italy where the figure usually surpasses 80 per cent.
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 00:00

Cuba's vision now stands vindicated

Cuban President Raul Castro's announcement that the second five-year term to which he has been elected will be his last is a vindication of his political vision for the country.
Monday, 25 February 2013 00:00

Osbornomics a total failure

Vince Cable is correct to dismiss the reduction of Britain's credit rating by Moody's as "largely symbolic," which invites the question why he didn't speak out earlier against George Osborne's fetishisation of AAA.
Saturday, 23 February 2013 00:00

No complacency on blacklisting

Trade unionists will be delighted that Blacklist Support Group allegations of police involvement in compiling victimisation lists are finally to be investigated.
Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00

Twaddle from Reform

How politically independent is the "independent think tank" Reform, which claims that profit-driven private companies are better at running prisons than the public sector and that all jails should face privatisation?
Thursday, 21 February 2013 00:00

Pipe down, Quiet Man

Iain Duncan Smith, once briefly famed as the Quiet Man, is not quiet enough when it comes to spouting complacent nonsense about jobless figures.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 00:00

Housing is a public right

Plaid Cymru housing spokesman Rhodri Glyn Thomas's call for action over the housing crisis in Wales, exemplified by the phenomenon of about 26,000 empty homes, may seem a problem peculiar to that country.
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 00:00

BBC chopping willy-nilly

BBC viewers and listeners should resist the temptation to blame striking journalists for disruption or cancellation of their favourite programmes.
Monday, 18 February 2013 00:00

IDS needs to step into the real world

Iain Duncan Smith clearly lives in a parallel universe if he actually believes that "young people love" being forced to work for their benefits.
Saturday, 16 February 2013 00:00

Profits trump public health

Adulteration of meat destined for the food-processing market in Britain and in other European states is fast assuming a scale little short of the scandal that surrounded the banking industry.
Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00

10p rate call a good start

Ed Miliband's call for the 10p rate of income tax to be brought back is noteworthy and welcome on two counts.
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