Economy and Politics

  • 27 Mar 2011

    This short film by Oonagh Cousins highlights, in accessible terms, what 'the alternative' to the current recessionary government trajectory looks like - and introduces some of the key players - including political economist Ann Pettifor (who is involved in the 'Green New Deal' group, and writes for Ekklesia among others), UK Uncut, the Robin Hood Tax Campaign initiative, False Economy, and others.

  • 27 Mar 2011

    Listening to the the suave propaganda pouring from the lips of Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, and other government apologists over the last 24 hours, I am struck by the persistence of the 'deficit denial' theme - and the fact that it seems to have won over a significant portion of the public. This does not make what is being said any more factually sound, ethically substantial or intellectually rigorous, of course.

  • 27 Mar 2011

    Protesters, police, reporters and commentators are in disagreement about claims and counterclaims over violent clashes in central London last night.

  • 27 Mar 2011

    27 March is UK Census Day 2011, but though it is a legal requirement to return the form, there is much disagreement about how it is being conducted.

  • 26 Mar 2011

    A central London branch of Barclay's Bank was closed early after Christians concerned about economic injustice planned to hold an act of worship there.

  • 26 Mar 2011

    Thousands of Christians have joined with people of many religions and of none to demonstrate their opposition to the UK government's cuts agenda.

  • 26 Mar 2011

    It was right to be here at the March for the Alternative (http://marchforthealternative.org.uk/) today, but this was not the moment when the tide turned. There were too many subtexts; too fragmented an agenda for that.

  • 26 Mar 2011

    A new YouGov poll published on 26 March 2011 shows the majority of people in the UK back the aims of the huge March for the Alternative.

  • 26 Mar 2011

    A wide range of controversies have followed the 2011 census, which is supposed to be completed on 27 March or shortly thereafter. Perhaps the largest is the involvement of multinational arms producer and dealer Lockheed as the main processing contractor. There are also fears for the security of the data, which government lawyers have failed fully to address. And there has been strong criticism around the 'religion' question.

  • 26 Mar 2011

    The strongly pro-government sections of the UK media, not least the Mail and Express, will by tonight - in all probability - be fulminating about the "thugs and trouble-makers" who have taken to the capital's streets to show that the alternative to a massive delayering of the national and local state and swingeing cuts in public services is... well, hooliganism. This will be the case even if it is tiny handful who misbehave, and in spite of the fact that hundreds of thousands will peacefully join the TUC-led march against the cuts, and their impact on the poorest and most vulnerable in society.