After 200 years plus of capitalism, I am surprised the ordinary worker doesn’t see it; I am surprised that capitalism lasted more than 50 years. See what; why this broad statement? Easy; capitalism doesn’t work. Here’s the reason.
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As we all know, no matter how hard politicians try to reign in capitalism, however hard they try to control it or, on the other side how hard they try to allow it to do as it pleases, capitalism inevitably results in boom and bust.
1. Labour pledge to build a million new homes
2. Labour pledged to create a State-Owned Rail Company that would compete and win back Rail Franchises.
3. Labour vow to cut business rates for small firms
4. Labour vowed to introduce an increased Bankers' Bonus Tax if they win in 2015.
5. Labour promised Free Childcare worth £5,000 a year for working parents who had kids aged 3+4.
The UK Government have started to roll out mandatory Biometric Global ID Cards. These will trace, track and store our information directly, wherever we go. This is now being implemented by the UK Border Agency. If you applied for a residence permit in a category that did not require you to enrol your biometric information and your application is granted on or after 1 December 2012 you
During the 2010 election campaign I heard the Sun columnist Kelvin Mackenzie talking about economics.
“Economics is very complicated,” he said. “You have to be a genius to understand economics.”
This is not true. Economics is easy to understand. Wealth comes from human beings. It’s as simple as that. It comes from human beings engaging with nature in an intelligent and productive way in order to make all of the things we want and need.
I always start the day by reading the online papers and this morning the Huff Post ran with a blinder " England's Poorest Children Start School in Nappies, Unable to Speak or Recognise own name.." ; this particularly resonated as my 3 year granddaughter started school last week.
My immediate reaction was shock and my mind rolled back 35 years to my first adult job.
As 38 Degrees and other campaign groups have highlighted, the government's "Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill" threatens (among many other bad things) to make it practically impossible to expose government lies and misdeeds in the run-up to an election, not to mention hamstringing the main form of organised representation left to ordinary people, by…
When did property ownership become such a major aim in the life of ordinary people? When did living in council owned housing become a stigma? When did mortgages did multi-generation mortgages come to be considered? Who has benefitted? In the light of current levels poverty and homelessness, why did we all go along with it all?
Sarah Glynn's article looks back at the change in housing over the last hundred years or so.