Category - austerity

  • 14 Sep 2015

    As a new Shadow Cabinet takes shape, the economy promises to become the most fascinating area of policy debate. Since 2010 we have had an Opposition which hardly dared to challenge the austerity agenda, or the rewritten version of events which was used to justify it.

  • 13 Sep 2015

    Three months ago, when Jeremy Corbyn scraped onto the ballot for Labour leader with seconds to spare, I honestly thought there was no chance he would be elected. I was just pleased his presence in the contest would allow for austerity to be debated on the public stage.

  • 23 Jul 2015

    We are constantly being told that the British public has swallowed the 'scroungers and skivers' rhetoric about benefit claimants, and is broadly in favour of welfare cuts. Any politician who opposes these cuts is widely portrayed as unrealistic and unelectable. But what if that is not true, and the public's attitude is actually far less harsh than the Westminster bubble would have us believe?

  • 21 Jul 2015

    Last night's welfare debate in the House of Commons (20th July 2015) was a less than edifying experience. On the one hand, there were Conservative politicians arguing that the bill, which just piles on the cruelty created by the 2012 Welfare Act, was all about improving lives blighted by dependency. On the other, were the Labour leadership, who were prepared to lay down an amendment, but not to vote against it, despite a significant rebellion from their back bench.

  • 11 Jul 2015

    The Summer Budget produced by the UK chancellor George Osborne will, predictably, continue to widen the gap between the rich and the rest of the population. It may also fulfil economists’ warnings of further economic damage.

  • 8 Jul 2015

    The Chancellor’s measures spelled out in the 2015 Summer Budget "are likely to worsen levels of UK inequality", says the New Economics Foundation.

  • 5 Jul 2015

    The referendum in Greece on Sunday 5 July 2015 is an important moment in history. Will democracy and human economy win through, or will the interests of financial oligarchs and the Troika have their way and the Eurozone return to 'business as usual'?

  • 20 Jun 2015

    Today (20th June 2015) will see the first national anti-austerity demonstration since David Cameron was re-elected. Judging by the response of some commentators to protests the day after the election, I expect there’ll be some who’ll again suggest demonstrators are ‘whinging’ because their ‘side’ lost.

  • 15 Jun 2015

    In recent years, our understanding of what is meant by the terms poverty and social justice has been manipulated. In some quarters, poverty has been redefined to encompass all manner of social ills, and social justice appears to be more about managing and correcting the lifestyles of people who are poor, rather than confronting the reasons why they are poor.

  • 8 May 2015

    On the eve of the election, 650 stories from people at the sharp end of austerity were read aloud in a live performance, as part of artist-activist Liz Crow’s Figures project.