Anyone who lynched this hateful individual would – rightly – be guilty of a dreadful crime.
And, paradoxically, doubtless deserving of a medal.

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(not satire – it’s the Daily Mail)

Here’s a sad reminder of why we need press regulation in this country.

Transgender primary school teacher Lucy Meadows – who was mercilessly bullied by jumped-up Daily Mail bully-boy Richard Littlejohn – has been found dead:

Teacher due to begin new term at school as a woman is found dead

Littlejohn – who makes a habit of attacking normal hard-working people like teachers while relying on the impressive legal resources of his employer Lord Rothermere to protect him from any threat of libel from people without the financial means to challenge him in court – recently attacked Ms Meadows in this now-deleted disgusting Mail article (beware – Daily Mail bile):

He’s not only in the wrong body… he’s in the wrong job

This is a good reminder why we urgently needed press regulation.

To protect normal, hard-working people like Lucy Meadows from being…

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“The truth is, they never really privatised as they said they did. They privatised profit, and they socialised investment and losses.”

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UK Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget yesterday informed the nation that by 2018 national debt will have doubled since 2010, whilst the welfare state and living standards have been crushed.  If debt is going up, and services are being cut, where is the money actually going?

 Short History of UK National Debt

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National Debt was a facility created by the development of bills and bonds on the 17th century.  It provided a way for governments to finance wars. It is recorded in £’s but it is also important to see it as a percentage of GDP.  This is important because debt is not significant without understanding how it relates to our income.

Funding World War I meant the debt shooting up to £7.4bn (127% of GDP) between 1914 and 1919. The following two decades saw the Wall Street crash in the 20’s, followed by the recession…

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More Good Days Ahead

communitiesagainstthecuts

At its AGM last night, CATC discussed the decisions made at the anti-cuts conference last Saturday and how to implement them. It agreed to set a date of Saturday 11th May for the first meeting of the new cross-city Federation. All anti-austerity groups, and trade union branches, will be invited to send up to three delegates each. A formal letter of invite will go out shortly.
The conference will be based on a firm no-cuts position. It will also set up a working party to organise a serious local electoral challenge in May of 2014, but delegates turning up do not have to commit themselves to that in advance in order to attend.
Groups around the city are invited to use our “Housing Monster” pamphlet in their area. A local meeting could be planned and advertised on the back page. We could do this for you. We are planning estate leafletting in…

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Budget 2013: Millions Suffer, Millionaires Laughing

But hey, as a non-driver, beer drinker and hermit with no dependents this feels like a budget for everyday folk like me…

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UK Chancellor George Osborne took today waved a red box full of broken promises at the country’s 99%.   Here are some key points of the budget and the litany of failures to date which have made the rich richer by making the poor poorer.

Cleaning up the Mess Left by Labour

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There was a mess left by Labour; but it wasn’t too many nurses and teachers, decent pensions and pay for public sector workers or a welfare state that took care of those in need.  The mess left by Labour was a deregulated financial market, a bloated banking sector, an unprecedented erosion of our civil liberties, illegal foreign invasions, and costly privatisations of our public services to profit making private providers.

This was the mess that led us to a crisis of the banking sector, and an over indebted public purse which snapped with the Bankers Bailout.  The…

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Hundreds Turn Out For Bedroom Tax Demo In Birmingham

Birmingham Against The Cuts

Birmingham Bedroom Tax Demo March 16th (19)Hundreds of people came out to demonstrate against this coalition’s unpopular bedroom tax policy. One of the biggest anti-cuts demonstrations in the past couple of years saw the two sides of the Labour party speak in between amongst community activists and people affected by the bedroom tax, as John Mcdonnell MP and Liam Byrne MP both addressed the crowd – to rather different receptions.

You can read more about the bedroom tax, and the “spare” rooms that aren’t spare in these posts – More concessions show we can defeat the bedroom tax and Birmingham bedroom tax demonstration.

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A Good Day Out

communitiesagainstthecuts

It was a successful and uplifting anti-cuts conference in Birmingham yesterday. The Dickens room was filled to capacity, and over the course of three hours those attending heard the introduction by John McDonnell MP, attended the workshops on the Birmingham cuts or building new anti-cuts groups, and then spent nearly two hours debating and voting on the resolutions and amendments. The conference was closed with a speech from Pete Radcliff, the secretary of the newly formed body – Councillors against the Cuts.
John said that it was no surprise that the austerity onslaught has been met initially with muted resistance, but that up and down the country things are now changing. Our conference was part of that pattern. Pete Radcliff said that Councillors against the Cuts is seeking to expand its support over the next year. Let us hope that this aspiration finds a resonance in Birmingham.
All the resolutions were…

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Bungling Tory MPs complain about effects of bedroom tax policy they voted for themselves

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(no – it’s not satire – it’s out-of-touch Tory MPs!)

After some excellent research by Inside Housing (hat tip to Anne-Marie Spiritualist Medium for noticing this) – the social housing organisation found at least 7 blundering Tory MPs who have written letters to councils to complain about the unfair effects of the Bedroom Tax on their constituents – despite the fact they personally voted for the policy themselves!

Tory MPs Andrew Selous, Jackie Doyle-Price, Richard Drax, Henry Smith, John Randall, Owen Paterson and Alistair Burt have all complained to their local councils about the way their constituents will be affected by the bedroom tax.

See Inside Housing’s article here:

Tory MPs voice bedroom tax worries

I know some Tory MPs are not especially known for being the brightest bulbs on the Christmas tree – but is it really too much to expect our elected representatives to know what the hell they’re voting…

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14 quotes that prove the nasty party is still just as nasty as ever

It’s not satire, it’s how they really think!

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(It’s not satire – it’s the nasty party)

We’ve all heard nasty quotes from Tories such as “Hang Mandela“, The homeless are what you step over when you come out of the opera” etc etc which prove just how nasty the nasty party really can be. But those quotes are all pre-Cameron – who likes to claim his party has changed.

Well, here are a selection of quotes from Tories from the Cameron era which prove the nasty party is alive and kicking and just as nasty as ever:

1) Hugh Jackson– Tory councillor in North Tyneside  – suggested euthanasia was a good way to reduce the costs of looking after disabled children.

2) Steve Hilton – senior adviser to David Cameron and Tory strategy director – said the government should boost economic growth by abolishing all working mothers’ maternity leave and rights.

3) Iain Duncan Smith – Tory Work…

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The Titanic Curriculum – Gove’s curriculum will wreck standards of achievement

Education For Liberation

Michael Gove claims his new National Curriculum will raise standards. What is the reality?

It consists of extremely detailed lists of ‘content’ (spellings, grammar rules, arithmetic calculations, science facts, famous people in history, names of rivers in geography…) It is very weak on aims, concepts, skills; a lack of coherence, progression, and connection with the world.

The learner is missing – there is no sense of what young children are capable of understanding or being interested in. Everything is abstract – terminology, rules, abstract symbols – torn away from sensory experience or experimental and creative activity. Doesn’t Gove realise that most people learn by connecting symbols (words, formulae, etc.) with reality.

The demands have been pitched too early. There are many examples where Gove has looked at what is expected of more advanced 8 year olds in high achieving countries like Finland, and demanded the same of…

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